Kühne Foundation - HELP Logistics

Europe, Switzerland

Mr. Sean Rafter
Managing Director

After attaining a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mr Rafter worked for an independent automotive consultancy for 7 years in the advanced technical field of acoustics and vehicle refinement. He spent another 7 years working in IT & Telecommunications as Software Engineer and Operations Team Lead overseeing and maintaining several business critical systems such as billing and customer databases. Mr Rafter subsequently entered the humanitarian sector and climbed quickly recognised for his leadership and experience in large-scale emergencies and his strategic vision in regards humanitarian logistics. Mr Rafter joined HELP Logistics in 2015.

Mr. Jonas Stumpf
Director Global Programs

Mr Stumpf obtained his Masters in Logistics and International Management from the University of Mannheim in 2009 and wrote his Master thesis on “Emergency Logistics – Fields of Improvements”. Before he joined the Kühne Foundation, he worked at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where he conducted supply chain analyses and provided training courses at headquarters and various field offices in the Central and Eastern Africa region. From 2013 to 2016 he began HELP Logistics operations in Asia where he established a broad network of humanitarian actors. His current role focuses on the design, development and coordination of training and consulting services for global partners.

East and Southern Africa, Kenya

Mr. Cormac O’Sullivan
Regional Director, East & South Africa

Mr O’Sullivan has a MSc. in Project Management for Logistics Management. He started his career in the supply chain teams of blue chip corporates such as Apple Computers and Sainsbury’s before transitioning to the humanitarian sector, where he worked with INGOs and the UN in East and Central Africa. Mr O’Sullivan is a skilled systems analyst and project implementer who combines extensive knowledge of supply chain management in complex, challenging and high-risk environments with an experienced understanding of corporate, humanitarian and public models. Mr O’Sullivan has extensive experience in operational and strategic support; and system strengthening with public health supply chain systems and models; as well as with humanitarian supply chains in emergency and conflict situations. He joined HELP Logistics in 2016.

Ms. Naomi Muriithi
Project Manager & Pharmacist, East & South Africa

Ms. Muriithi has a MSc. in Pharmacognosy and is a pharmacist by profession who developed an interest in medical supply chain & logistics while working with the Kenyan Ministry of Health. While there, she was responsible for the delivery of HIV/AID's supplies to patients at Comprehensive Care Centres. She completed CIPS purchasing and supplies management training which uniquely enabled her to raise awareness in the private sector on the importance of having a pharmacist-led purchasing process for all medical and non-medical supplies for greater efficiency. She is skilled at identifying gaps and interpreting needs while improving capacities of people. Ms. Muriithi has worked in humanitarian and medical supply chains with INGOs and the UN in East Africa and Central Asia. She joined HELP Logistics in 2017.

Mr. Bensolomon Baraka
Project Manager & Food Economist, East & South Africa

Mr. Baraka has a double MSc. in Agricultural and Applied Economics. He has worked with UNICEF and CGIAR  on cash relief programs and on pioneering research on gender in relation to scientific agriculture research respectively. Mr. Baraka is passionately committed to research concerning the improvement of food and nutrition security through supply chain optimization. He has conducted research projects in East Africa and Peru and presented on his findings in East/West Africa and Europe. Mr. Baraka has extensive understanding of the complexities of logistics networks in food systems and the vital role of institutional arrangements in these networks. At HELP Logistics, he focuses on supply chain resilience in critical food supply systems. He joined HELP Logistics in 2018.

Ms. Victoria Njunu
Project Manager, East & South Africa

Ms. Njunu joined HELP with 16 years of experience in DHL Express across the Sub-Saharan Africa (East, West and Southern) region. She started out as a business analyst and quickly found she had an interest in operations. She took on team leadership and management roles; implementing continuous improvement projects using Six Sigma and Lean principles. Recognised for her leadership and operational experience, she became head of the business unit responsible for commercial, operational and financial leadership in SSA. With an educational background in mathematics and logistics, she is committed to using her expertise in the logistics industry to improve supply chains that will then improve the lives of the people. She joined HELP Logistics in 2019.

Dr. Lester Shawa
Regional Education Coordinator

Dr. Shawa has a PhD (HE), an MSS (Development Studies) and an MEd (Education Policy Studies). He has more than 17 years of work experience in university teaching, research and management. His rare combination of expertise in higher education studies (policy, governance, management, curriculum, pedagogy and quality discourses); international development; policy discourses and teacher education give him great technical insight into how education systems can be utilized in furtherance of development. As part of the Global Education Team, Dr. Shawa works with universities across the region to support the development of supply chain education in Sub-Saharan Africa. He joined HELP Logistics in 2020.

Mr. Niklas Jäschke
Senior Project Manager, East & South Africa

While obtaining his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from RWTH Aachen University, Mr Jaeschke conducted a variety of industry consulting projects in production optimization and logistics at leading German SMEs. Mr Jaeschke worked as a management consultant at P3 Group, where he helped clients from different industries address challenging issues around digitalization and participated in leading a large-scale digital transformation project in the German transportation industry. Mr Jaeschke started his work in the humanitarian sector in 2015. Since 2017, he works at HELP Logistics and applies his strong technical background and consulting experience to support the humanitarian sector.

Asia, Singapore

Mr. Jason Connolly
Regional Director, Asia

Mr Connolly holds a Master’s degree in Poverty Reduction and Development Management from Birmingham University, UK. He worked for 14 years in the UK Government’s Department For International Development (DFID) as the lead Emergency Supply Chain Manager within their Conflict, Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team. He led the UK Government’s supply chain operation in 2017 on hurricanes Irma and Maria that required 4 concurrent, yet unique, operations in the Caribbean islands. He has worked in Africa, Middle East and Asia and joined HELP Logistics in 2019 to strengthen logistics preparedness and private partnerships in Asia.

Mr. Yogesh Jadhav
Project Manager, Asia

Mr Jadhav holds a Masters in Supply Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Global Program, Malaysia. He has also completed his Bachelors in Mechanical engineering from the University of Pune. Mr Jadhav is a specialist in strategic sourcing, supply demand planning, and inventory management. He worked with an OEM in a Strategic Sourcing role on category management, supplier relationship management and vendor development. Since 2019, he works at HELP Logistics performing supply chain analytics and supply chain optimization using, Tableau and advanced excel tools.

Dr. Narath Bhusiri
Project Manager, Asia

Dr Bhusiri obtained a Doctorate Degree in Logistics System Engineering from the Department of Urban Management, Kyoto University, Japan in 2013. He was a Research Fellow for 4 years specializing in Urban Logistics Management and Optimization at the Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific, National University of Singapore (NUS). His main research areas included transportation and fleet management and supply network design and strategies. Dr Bhusiri has worked for a 3PL logistics service provider as Senior Solution Design Analyst (Transportation) and led multiple industry and governmental projects within Asia and the Pacific Region. Since joining HELP Logistics in 2018, he performs supply chain assessments and strategic sourcing optimization.

Middle East, Jordan

Ms. Alia Gharaibeh
Regional Director, Middle East

Ms Gharaibeh holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and has 15 years of experience in managerial positions in the Middle East. She is the first SCM ITC certified Supply Chain Manager in Jordan; a certification granted by the International Trade Center and the United Nations. As an entrepreneur and business consultant, she advised and trained shipping and retail SME's. For several years, Ms Gharaibeh lectured at the German Jordanian University (GJU) where she mentored the new generation of young logistic professionals on topics of supply chain, logistics, and operations management. In recognition of her leadership, she has fellowships with Arab American Business, John Smith Rule of Law (UK), Common Purpose (UK), and Vital Voices (US). Since 2015, she has led HELP Logistics in the Middle East.

Ms. Nourelhuda Alaqqad
Project Manager, Middle East

Ms Alaqqad has a Bachelor's degree in Logistics Sciences from the German Jordanian University (GJU) and holds a Certified Supply Chain Analyst credential from the International Supply Chain Education Alliance, USA. She worked in various supply chain fields, at a leading metal company in Germany, SMS Meer and the freight forwarder Peter Wittwer Global Logistics. In 2015, she discovered her passion for humanitarian logistics and joined HELP Logistics where she delivers projects and trainings across the region.

Mr. Ahmad Habash
Project Manager, Middle East

Mr Habash holds a bachelor degree in Logistic Science from the German Jordanian University (GJU) and a Master’s degree in Public Management and Good Governance from the University of Potsdam - Germany, with a strong focus on refugee response. He worked in the private sector in supply chain management, manufacturing and logistics before joining the humanitarian sector. He has worked for World Vision International (WVI) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). He joined HELP Logistics in 2020.

Ms. Farah Moghrabi
Project Manager, Middle East

Ms Moghrabi has a bachelor degree in industrial engineering from the German Jordanian University (GJU), an MBA degree with Focus on Green Energy and sustainable businesses from Bologna Business School and a Certified Supply Chain Professional from APICS. She has 9 years international experience with multinational corporations, local start-ups and non-profit organisations. Her focus is on operations, business development, supply chain and solar energy and is a committed to sustainable development in the humanitarian sector.

West Africa, Senegal

Mr. Kay Hillmann
Regional Director, West Africa

Mr Hillmann has gained his professional experience in more than 30 years in several senior management and MD positions in the private sector. In particular, Mr Hillmann focused on mid-size industries in Switzerland, Germany and the US with focus on international activities. His core expertise was establishing, managing and optimising organisations and operations. He has experience in Africa and Asia. Mr Hillmann has had continuous engagement with foundations as well as honorary activities in socio-cultural and welfare facilities. Since 2010, he is acting as honorary consul of Switzerland in Bremen, Germany. He graduated from University of St. Gallen (HSG) in 1986 and received a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting.

Mr. Hugo Chaignaud
Senior Project Manager, West Africa

Mr Chaignaud obtained his Master’s degree in International Purchasing, with a strong focus in logistics, from Strasbourg Business School. His early years with the Kühne Foundation involved developing certified supply chain programs and lecturing in Tanzania and Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He deployed in Malaysia to lead a Supply Chain Optimization project with WHO before joining HELP Logistics Kenya office full-time in 2016.  His area of focus was preparedness and resilience analysis with emphasis on health and food supply networks. In 2020, he took up the challenge to establish a new HELP Logistics office in Dakar.

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