Launch Event of NITL Alumni Group

(18 Nov 2013)

The inaugural event of the recently formed NITL Alumni Group took place in Dublin last week. There was a great turnout of alumni from NITL’s M.Sc. programmes, as well as of current programme participants. The largely informal event facilitated networking amongst supply chain professionals from a wide range of companies and sectors.  

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Edward Sweeney of NITL opens the event

In his opening remarks, NITL’s Edward Sweeney welcomed attendees and explained that the launch of the Alumni Group was one of several events planned to mark NITL’s 15th birthday. Hundreds of Ireland’s leading supply chain professionals have participated in NITL’s award-winning postgraduate programmes over that period and the launch event represented an excellent opportunity for past and present participants to share their experiences. 

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Some of those in attendance at the launch event

Edward then welcomed Professor Martin Christopher of Cranfield University and invited him to make a short address to the event. Martin is a recognised global thought leader in the supply chain field and his contribution to theory and practice is reflected in the many international awards that he has received. Earlier this year he became the first recipient of the “Supply Chain Leader” award at the Irish National Supply Chain Awards. His keynote address focussed on the third industrial revolution and its impact on the supply chain landscape. 

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Professor Martin Christopher who delivered the keynote address 

Martin delivered an insightful and thought provoking address which set out some of the major challenges facing supply chain professionals in the light of the many changes that are taking place in the global economic and business environment. Following his address, Edward Sweeney facilitated a short Q&A session before bringing the formal part of the evening to a close. The supply chain discussions then continued in earnest with Martin’s views on a variety of issues sought by a large number of the assembled NITL graduates, staff and current programme participants!   

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Edward Sweeney and Martin Christopher (note the Darwinian quote on the slide: “It is not the strongest of the species that survive nor the most intelligent but the one most responsive to change”). 

The event was well and truly enjoyed by all and the response has been universally positive. NITL would like to record its thanks to Martin Christopher for taking time out of his busy schedule to address the event, the Marker Hotel for their professionalism and hospitality on the evening and in particular to Rachel Leane for her hard work in organising the event. We look forward to many further such events over the coming months and years.

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