Kühne Foundation


Europe, Switzerland

Dr. Andre Kreie is a Business Economist and holds a PhD and Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. Prior to joining the Kühne Foundation, he gained further work experience in the supply chain business with a globally operating logistics service provider and worked as project manager for logistics design and operations with a leading European DIY-retailer. Dr Kreie has been teaching intensively in business programs at different universities and further education institutions and his research interest is in organizational and network learning, and supply chain risk management to enable the adaptations of logistical systems to a changing environment. Dr Kreie won the International Emerald/EFDM Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for his PhD thesis on “The Adaptation of Supply Chains to Climate Change”. Present activities for the Kühne Foundation involve global projects in advanced and higher education in logistics with a particular focus on university capacity building.

Dr. Daniel Henao Zapata
Global Program Manager
Tel.: +49 4032 8707-312
daniel.zapata@kuehne-stiftung.org https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-henao-zapata-phd-8564296b/

Dr. Daniel Zapata holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Developing Countries from Leuphana University (Germany), and a PhD in HR Psychology from the University of Valencia (Spain). Daniel is actively engaged and vocationally oriented towards sustainability, supply chain management education, entrepreneurship and innovation, and empowerment and gender equality in developing countries. Before joining the foundation, he worked as a consultant for the World Bank and as adjunct lecturer at Leuphana University. Daniel has been working on international development initiatives in more than a dozen of countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia (currently focusing on East Africa). Before his start at the foundation, his work as a consultant at the World Bank, earned him the Vice President Unit Team Award for “Innovating to Promote Female Entrepreneurship in Mexico”. When “out of duty”, he enjoys climbing, running, travelling, and engagement in social entrepreneurship activities. Dr. Zapata has been working at the foundation since 14 of May 2018.

Wolf-Christian Noske
Global Content Manager
Tel.: +41 79 326 78 46
christian.noske@kuehne-stiftung.org https://www.linkedin.com/in/wolf-christian-noske-aa277212

Wolf-Christian Noske is a German logistics professional with comprehensive international work experience in the commercial and humanitarian sector. He holds a Bachelor Degree in “International Business Logistics and Management” as well as a Master Degree in “Development and Emergency Practice”, from Oxford Brookes University in the UK. Mr. Noske has worked as Project Manager in High Value Supply Chain operations with one of the leading global Logistics Service Providers. In 2011 Mr. Noske joined the German Red Cross as Senior Logistics Delegate for the recovery phase of the Red Cross earthquake operation in Haiti. Since 2014 Mr. Noske has been working for the Kühne Foundation on the design and implementation of the Logistics & Supply Chain Capacity Building Programs in the East-African Region.

Jorida Shehu
Tel.: +49 176 557 956 89

Jorida Shehu received an LL.M. in Civil Law and LL.B. from the University of Tirana, Albania. She is completing her MA in European and European Legal Studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Before joining the Kühne Foundation, she worked as Assistant Project Manager providing support for the Project “Improvement and expansion of financial services in rural Albania,” implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Rabobank, EFSE, and FED invest. Ms. Shehu has been actively involved in advocacy and civic engagement, with a particular focus on supporting local capacity building, community empowerment, and democratic governance.


Africa, Kenya

Dr. Lester Brian Shawa
Regional Education Coordinator
Tel.: +278 13 55 61 37

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 LEED Team, Dr. Shawa works with universities across the region to support the development of supply chain education in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Africa, Ethiopia

Elias Melake
Country Coordinator, Managing Director of EMG Consulting, (local agent for Kühne Foundation)
Tel.: +251 91 16 62 672

Elias Melake, an Ethiopian born U.S. Citizen, has decades of experience in the Ethiopian business, non-profit, education, and government sectors. He studied Media Network and Computer & Network Maintenance at Phoenix University and Kalamazoo College. After managing various retail business in the United States incl. the Boston Museum of Science’s retail store in Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Mr. Melake returned to Africa for further business set-ups incl. the consultancy of Oceanic Bank, Lufthansa Technic, Mitrelli, and Velocity Textile Company. Since 2018, Mr. Melake leads the representation for Kühne Foundation in Ethiopia with his EMG Consulting organization in Ethiopia.

Yabesera Bensu holds a Bachelor degree in Supply Chain Management and is currently pursuing her MA in Human Resource Management with Addis Ababa University School of Commerce. Mrs. Bensu gained multiple years of professional work experience in different positions with with Packtra PLC, and Resel Pick Pick Technology PLC. At GAWT International Business PLC, Mrs. Bensu hold the position of Managing Director prior to joining EMG in 2019 as responsible project manager for the implementation of the Kühne Foundation`s logistics education program with domestics and international partners.

Seid Yimam Endries
Country Content Manager
Tel.: +251 912 616 432

Seid Yimam acquired more than sixteen years of professional work experience (six years in managerial positions) across different organizations in Ethiopia. With his focus on logistics and supply chain management, he progressed in multiple further training courses and eventually qualified as a lecturer with over 2000 hours of training deliveries in Amharic and English by today. Seid is in the progress of obtaining the degree of MSc in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Operations from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK and has been with the Kühne Foundation since January 2018.


Africa, Tanzania

Beatrice holds a MSc in International Transport and Logistics form University of Dar Es Salaam Business School (UDBS) and acquired a number of advanced local and International certificates in the area of logistics and supply chain management. Prior to joining Kühne Foundation in 2018 as Country Education Coordinator, Beatrice hold various positions with the International Maritime Agency Tanzania (IMA), ORYX Energies, RURU Logistics, Red Cross Tanzania, and the World Food Program (UNWFP). Besides her current managerial role for the logistics education program, Beatrice currently pursues her PhD in logistics and supply chain management.

Africa, Nigeria

Akut Stephen
Country Coordinator
Tel.: +234 705 333 6055
akut.stephen@kuehne-stiftung.org https://www.linkedin.com/in/akut-stephen-17789a3b

Akut Stephen possesses a Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy, and earned various Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates in Management incl. the CSCP from APICS. He is currently concluding an MSc in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management with a UK-based university. Prior to starting working for Kühne Foundation in 2017, Akut has actively been involved in the professional development of talents in the field of logistics and supply chain management with a focus on the health sector in English speaking sub-Saharan African countries. He consulted various private and public organizations and helped to transform their logistics operations to a more efficient and effective performance. Early 2020, Akut was appointed Country Education Coordinator for all higher and vocational education capacity building projects in Nigeria.

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