Masterclass Global Supply Chain & Logistics

The Masterclass Global Supply Chain & Logistics involves a series of classes focusing on important and emerging topics within Supply Chain Management and Logistics. The program is supported by several international and renowned professors, each recognized specialist in their respective supply chain and logistics domain. It is endorsed by the European Supply Chain Forum (ESCF) (hosted by the Eindhoven University of Technology), and the Antwerp Management School (AMS). The successful completion of this program gives you a certificate in Global Supply Chain & Logistics from these endorsers.

This program is targeted to the broad variety of people involved with supply chains and logistics (e.g. analysts, planners, consultants, junior to middle management, etc.). The program might be especially interesting for you if you are interested to expedite your career in Supply Chain Management and logistics, and/or are interested in understanding the current supply chain and logistics developments and state-of-the-art, and/or are interested in a better understanding of the key tradeoffs.

The challenging combination of real-life business cases and the relevant academic knowledge makes this a very interesting and exciting program for your future development in Supply Chain Management and Logistics 

Tom Van Woensel

Full professor, Director ESCF, Eindhoven University of Technology and Antwerp Management School

Upon completion of this master class, you have a richer understanding of the complexities that companies face in the broad supply chain and logistics domain. A wide range of topics is discussed giving you a complete overview of relevant decision domains within supply chain and logistics. Specifically, his certificate program gives you a thorough insight into the technological, operational, and organizational aspects of global supply chains and logistics. Recent emerging developments and opportunities (think of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Big data, etc.) to improve supply chain and logistics processes are discussed in detail.

The Master class Global Supply Chain & Logistics covers a variety of topics like transportation and inventory, sourcing and procurement, forecasting, sales, and operations planning and logistics network design. Finally, in the optional company-based project, you will work on a real-life business case that you bring from your own company and will be guided by one of the professors of the participating schools.

The program content is delivered through online lectures, relevant readings, class discussions, and interactive discussions conducted and lead by the relevant faculty. Value chain management case studies and applications will be liberally used throughout the sessions. The complete program is done in an online fashion, guaranteeing high-level interaction with participants worldwide.

Through the Master class Global Supply Chain & Logistics you will be able to:

  • Provide a thorough knowledge and understanding of world-class supply chain management practices and their role in developing and maintaining competitive advantage;
  • Provide experience in viewing supply chain situations from the perspective of suppliers to and customers of manufacturers and service providers;
  • Introduce the tools and applications used in supply chain process evaluation and re-engineering, including sustainability aspects, people, leadership, and change management aspects;
  • Provide experience and feedback in the use of both qualitative and quantitative data analysis;
  • Provide a knowledge baseline documenting supply chain management best practice.
  • The certificate program is designed for people who want to grow in, refresh, and improve their supply chain and logistics knowledge 
  • This certificate program is driven by and embedded in the relevant academic knowledge, but it has a very strong practical aspect via real-life cases, as such, preparing you to handle and grasp the supply and logistics complexity in practice
  • A great program organized by the key schools with a strong focus on supply chain management and logistics. A rich set of timely topics is covered in the program
  • Highly experienced lecturers both from academia and practice
  • An international group of students participating in an interactive online setting
  • Building on a hands-on attitude and pragmatic approach, you will be able to easily apply the techniques and tools within your organization.


The on-campus program (spring cohort) is offered physically spread over three full days (10 AM – 6 PM).


We organize two cycles per year.

The program is offered physically spread over three full days (10 AM – 6 PM). The program is charged € 2,600,00 excl. VAT for three days.

ESCF company members receive 10% discount on the registration fee. Contact us for special rates for larger groups of persons.
Registration fees are to be paid to the European Supply Chain Forum (invoice or PO).

Contents of the Masterclass

The masterclass covers a broad range of timely topics. Key supply chain principles are reviewed and refreshed. This involves the translation of the business strategy into an adequate supply chain strategy, but also defining relevant business models. We discuss several new supply chain trends arising over the past years and are expected to materialize in the future. The increasing role of sustainability in the supply chain is discussed (e.g. cradle-to-cradle, circular economy). As well as other emerging notions and concepts like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, etc. will be framed within a supply chain setting. We discuss the applicability of these tools, but also explicitly handle the limitations. The domains covered involve Logistics and network design, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), Procurement and Sourcing, Forecasting, Transport and Distribution, and Multi-echelon Inventory Management. 


Dr. Zumbul Atan is an associate professor of supply chain management in the OPAC group (Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control) of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). She is the Research Director of the European Supply Chain Forum’s FMCG Community. Zumbul’s research is broadly focused on multi-echelon inventory theory, retail operations, and revenue management. Zumbul has conducted many projects with industry mainly through Master students. Her research is published in leading journals (including Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, IISE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, European Journal of Operational Research). Zumbul chairs the Dutch Operational Management and Logistics Conference and she has been in the scientific committees of multiple international conferences. She has earned multiple university- and departmental-level teaching awards.

Freek Aertsen studied Business Administration (specialization Supply Chain Management) at Tilburg University (cum Laude) where he also obtained his Ph.D. Following that he joined Royal Philips Electronics where he has been responsible for several large multi-site forecasting, planning & control improvement projects. As co-founder and senior consultant at EyeOn, he executes projects to improve forecasting and planning performance at companies. Dr. Aertsen has a wide experience in the design and implementation of supply chain planning models in various industries and countries. As an Academic Director at TIAS and JADS, he contributes to several programs and published different articles, white papers, and books.

Ton de Kok has been a full-time professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management from 1992-2020 at Eindhoven University of Technology. Since October 2020 he is Director of the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam. He is Academic Director of the Tias MOS program and member of Tias Academic Council. Ton is still part-time employed for one day a week at TUE. Ton published over 100 papers in international scientific papers and is considered one of the world-leading experts on Supply Chain Optimization.

As a professional, but also as an academic, Alex’s key experience is in Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Logistics. He was former partner and practice leader SCM at KPMG. Subsequently in his job as independent advisor, he was hired by major companies to supervise and to provide expert guidance for their Supply Chain strategy and logistic optimization projects, most often at board room level. Alex is also co-founder of the Vlaams Instituut voor de Logistiek (Flanders Institute for Logistics). Between 2003 and 2008 he was the first managing director of that institute. Alex is also the inventor of the Extended Gateway® concept. As entrepreneur, Alex is co-founder and current CEO of the disruptive innovator TRI-VIZOR, the World’s First Cross Supply Chain Orchestrator. In 2014, he was awarded the price of Logistics and Supply Chain Professional of the year by the European Logistics Association ( In 2023, he started ISCN.Academy, the Knowledge and Streaming Platform for Supply Chain Executives.

Besides, Alex is parttime faculty at various management schools (AMS-Antwerp, EMLV-Paris and IESEG-Paris) and at the Universities of Leuven and Hasselt.

Tom Van Woensel is a Full Professor of Freight Transport and Logistics at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Prof. Van Woensel also serves as Academic Director of the Global Supply Chain Management program at the Antwerp Management School, Belgium. As a collaborating member, he is also connected to the CIRRELT (Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les réseaux d’entreprise, la logistique et le transport) in Montreal, Canada. Professor Van Woensel conducted a large number of projects with industry, mainly with and through his Master, Professional Doctorate, and Doctorate students. He is also a frequent speaker at academic and professional conferences, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Prof.dr. Van Woensel is also director of the European Supply Chain Forum, a collaborative effort with about 50 large multinational companies.