Pursuing Supply Chain Management as a Legislated Profession.
To become the trusted Professional Accreditation Body for Supply Chain Management in Australia.
Operating in Australia as a not-for-profit since 1963, ASCI has fostered the professional learning in globally recognised best practice supply chain management. ASCI has grown the end to end supply chain management community over the years, merging into its fold the Logistics Association of Australia (2015); the Alliance for Supply Chain Innovation (2015), the Lean Network Australia (2016), and the Australian Chamber of International Trade (2017). As majority shareholder for the SMART Conference and the SMART Awards, it rebranded the conference and awards under its rebrand to Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) as the Professional Accreditation Body to reach its mission to professionalise Supply Chain Management in Australia.
Alexandra Riha - President
Alexandra’s supply chain career path started almost 25 years ago in the pharmaceutical industry, acquiring experience throughout the entire supply chain on all different levels – locally, regionally and globally. Starting off in a pharmaceutical manufacturing site in Austria, Alexandra has acquired broad knowledge along the end to end process in different roles involving all kind of stake holders (manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, distributors and commercial partners).
Strategic thinking, process orientation with having the customer and costs in mind, Alexandra is a passionate supply chain professional with a proven track record in different leadership roles. Over the years she have had to set up, reorganise, adopt technically and rebuild supply chains across Europe, Asia and Australia to make them more efficient and commercially viable.
Personally, Alexandra is very dedicated and focused, but also very people and technology oriented.
Geoff Palm - Treasurer
I am a passionate advocate of continuous improvement and learning. coming from my background in manufacturing, resources and oil & gas. My experience is with companies like Carrier and Honeywell and over three years as a trainer/assessor.
A successful CI approach is about cultural change and the management of that change. The second critical part of CI is developing systems that break down problems and meet the needs of your company. The value add is meeting the needs of the customer, whether internal or external. Both must see value for any system to work.
I believe we should challenge the status quo of any system that does not look at re-inventing itself. I have taken this journey as a consultant and trainer after 30 years of gaining my knowledge. I look forward to imparting these skills to those companies and individuals I meet along the way.
Inderjeet Verdi - Secretary
Inderjeet is a strategic thinker who is able to lead and manage multidisciplinary teams with complex commercial and regulatory environment. Inderjeet leads by example in undertaking analytical tasks, engaging with stakeholders and producing deliverables. Inderjeet delivers productive and effective client services. He has the ability to communicate with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, engendering a broad and inclusive leadership approach to achieve business objectives.
Inderjeet possesses a superior understanding of contemporary asset management, program/project management methodologies, and has a proven record of delivery. He has excellent analytical problem-solving skills coupled with the ability to analyse complex and imperfect information and formulate creative and practical solutions.
Inderjeet deploys his specialist capability in corporate governance, risk and compliance management to enhance corporate reputation and performance. Leading cross function teams, he has worked on many high profile business transformation projects and programs for demanding clients across a wide range of industrial and public sector environments within the Asia Pacific Region.
He has been an active committee member of the ASCI NSW Committee over the years.
Michael Harich - Director
Michael is an experienced supply chain and logistics executive who specialises in end-to-end supply chain solutions, omni-channel distribution projects, reverse logistics covering different industries. With exposure to diverse industries including Consumer Electronics, FMCG, Automotive, Industrial and Healthcare, he has successfully implemented various automation projects to drive significant business improvement in Australia, Europe and Asia. Over the years, he has held a number of senior management roles including as Vice President for contract logistics ANZ.
Michael is a respected leader who is known for developing strong teams to grow the business, for being passionate about improving customer experience through innovation and technology.
Linda Venables - Director
Linda Venables has over 30 years’ international, operational experience building and leading teams in the UK and Europe, with the last 14 years in Supply Chain in Australia.
Most recently, Linda demonstrated her strategic leadership as Chief Logistics Officer at Metcash, driving an end-to-end supply chain transformation with her team which included network design, the introduction of automation and enhanced digitisation of vendor partnership transactions.
Linda has previously held roles on the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Trading Partner Forum and on the Board of GS1 Australia (barcode standards) along with having played a key role in heavy vehicle transport regulation, Chairing the Australian Logistics Council’s Retail Logistics Safety Committee (RLSC) from 2015 to 2018.
Linda was the ASCI Individual Award For Excellence recipient in 2019 and is a member of the ASCI NSW Chapter and the ASCI Risk Committee.
Tom Janoshalmi - Director
Dr Tom Janoshalmi is responsible for SAP’s global Digital Core Movement program, reporting into the Board. In his current role, Tom focuses on developing and implementing strategies for high customer impact technology adoption to enable supply chain resilience.
Tom has a 20-year track record of leading successful business transformations with Global Fortune 500 companies. Since joining SAP, Tom has held several leadership positions, including Chief Growth Officer at Digital Business Services, Line of Business general management in Asia Pacific and in the Americas. Prior to joining SAP, Tomwas Supply Chain Manager at Freudenberg Automotive. Tom holds a Doctorate degree from Newcastle University in Operations Research and a Business Degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a guest professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
View the Board's ASCI Profiles here.