The Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI), formally apicsAU, is a professional institute serving across the various sectors of supply chain management to foster professionalism in the supply chain.
Operating in Australia since 1963, ASCI is a non-profit organisation, with chapters nationally. In April 2015, the Logistics Association of Australia joined the ASCI Community. This was followed in September 2015 by the Alliance for Supply Chain Innovation. In August 2016, the Lean Network Australia followed and in April 2017, the Australian Chamber of International Trade.
With its wider engagement in the Australasian Supply Chain Community, the Board of ASCI (then apicsAU), in March 2017, has approved the change of name from apicsAU to Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI).
In addition to extensive education programs, ASCI offers local activities that facilitate the exchange and advancement of practical knowledge, ideas and techniques. Activities include meetings, short courses, site visits and conferences.
ASCI has since positioned itself as the formal professional accreditation body for Supply Chain Management in Australasia. We have developed a professional framework in line with the requirements of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which is the government body that oversees the governance of professional bodies in Australia.
Membership of ASCI is open to any person with an interest in operations management and provides access to education programs, a network of industry professionals, real-world learning opportunities, articles and information.
Alexandra Rhia - 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.
Laynie Kelly - Managing Director
An accomplished sales, marketing and communications executive with more than 20 years corporate development experience in FMCG, automotive, and construction supply chain technologies. She is a passionate professional championing various initiatives aimed to professionalise and seek proficiency of the supply chain profession. The biggest contribution will be in achieving designations within the Australian supply chain across sectors and bringing pride to the trade.