Open Guest lecture: William Vannier, Supply Chain Director of Médecins Sans Frontières (Leger uten grenser)
William VANNIER is the Supply Chain Director of MSF. He proposes a quick presentation followed by an open discussion and Q/A session about the specificity of the Humanitarian Supply Chain, MSF and the Humanitarian work at large.
William Vannier, Supply Chain Director of Médecins Sans Frontières (Leger uten grenser)
About the theme of the lecture
Humanitarian work, by nature, happens in places where access is not granted, hampered by political wills, safety and security challenges, lack of logistics infrastructures, scarcity of manpower etc.
The international non-governmental organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF - Doctors Without Borders) has always wanted to reach those more inaccessible patients, solely based on impartial needs, since its creation 50 years ago.
In order to do so, MSF must constantly reinvent its Supply Chain model as constraints are ever changing. And contrary to what we can find in the profit sector, MSF must often let go the principle of efficiency (ideal usage of resources for pre-selected objectives) for the effectiveness one (deliver according to the unforeseeable needs).