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Jérémie Gallien

Name: Jérémie Gallien
Position and department:  Associate Professor of Management Science and Operations
  1. You’re an Associate Professor of Management Science and Operations. Can you tell us a little bit about your research?  

    The goal of my research is to advance the frontier of knowledge in supply chain management and improve the efficiency of health delivery systems in resource-limited countries, with a particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. These may seem like very different areas at first but it turns out there are surprisingly strong synergies between them. As part of this agenda I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with leading organizations such as Amazon, Dell, Zara, The World Bank, The Global Fund and The Clinton Health Access Initiative. Besides field work my research involves mathematical modelling, analysis of large datasets, simulation and best of all, a lot of time spent interacting with very interesting people!

  2. You are teaching on the new Executive Education ‘Supply Chain Leadership’ programme. What will participants take away from the programme?

    I am very excited about this programme, which has been designed to provide a comprehensive, executive-level introduction to supply chain management for high-potential individuals preparing for general management positions. We have partnered with McKinsey’s supply chain practice team and other thought leaders including a former Chief Supply Chain Architect with Microsoft in order to deliver a range of cutting-edge frameworks, tools, case studies, visits and simulations that will altogether strongly develop participants’ leadership capabilities in supply chain organizations.

  3. What does your typical work day look like?

    I walk my son to school, talk to many people including my assistant Vicki who watches my back so I don’t get into too much trouble, read and write and a lot (including a few equations or a paper section if I’m lucky) and usually get back in time for dinner and story time.

  4. Where is your favourite place on campus and why?

    I love the faculty restaurant because in addition to good food and a welcome mid-day break, it offers a nice venue for impromptu conversations with colleagues from all areas of the school. 

  5. What is top of your bucket list?

    See my kids become good, happy people in their adult life.

  6. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

    My best friends from high school.
  7. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

    The importance of humour and listening.

  8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    Inspiring other scholars to conduct rigorous research that is focused on practice.

  9. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

    I don’t recall any specific breakthrough advice, but I was fortunate to have a couple of mentors who deeply impressed me by their ability to always make complicated things seem simple and develop judgment based on broad enough perspective.

  10. Tell us something surprising about you

    I volunteer as primary school French teacher for bilingual children on week-ends.