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ASCM Regional Conference

A Better World Through Supply Chain

Date: TBD

Location: Nairobi, Kenya


Through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ASCM is solving critical public health supply chain challenges including: improving weak distribution systems, implementing reliable monitoring and data-collection mechanisms, and elevating the maturity of local supply chain communities. ASCM will support the Ministries of Health in sub-Saharan Africa to enhance the capabilities of their supply chain practices to provide consistent and affordable access to food, medicine, vaccines and other imperative essentials.

Due to concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Ministries of Health, we have made the decision to postpone this event until further notice. Please continue to check back for updates.

For enquiries regarding the ASCM Africa regional conference please contact Jenny Froome at


Abe Eshkenazi

Abe Eshkenazi CSCP, CPA, CAE

Abe Eshkenazi currently serves as the chief executive officer for ASCM. Prior to joining ASCM, Eshkenazi was the managing director for the Operations Consulting Group of American Express Tax and Business Services.

Eshkenazi has provided business, operational, and compliance consulting services to professional service organizations, associations, and tax-exempt and government organizations. His leadership role included project management, business process redesign, and individual and organizational alignment, including design and implementation of outsource strategies. Eshkenazi has been a frequent speaker on outsourcing, nonprofit mergers, and strategic alliances.

In addition to his CPA, Eshkenazi holds a master of business administration in management from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management; a master of business administration in finance from DePaul University; and a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. Eshkenazi is also an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE), and a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Benard Odote

Benard Odote Group Managing Director
House of Procurement

Benard is the Group Managing Director House of Procurement and the Executive Director House of Procurement Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda Limited, Co-Founder TTP Foundation and FURSA Africa. He has over 10 years of experience in procurement and supply chain management in industries such as Oil and Gas, Energy, Agriculture, FMCG, Manufacturing, Consulting, Service, ICT and Telecommunications. Benard has led various companies throughout his career and has vast experience in a variety of industries from Fiber Optics to Brewing. His countries of work experience are Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, DR Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, South Africa, Switzerland, UK, Guinea, UAE, Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast.

Dominique Zwinkels

Dominique Zwinkels Executive Manager
People that Deliver Initiative (PtD)

Dominique Zwinkels is the Executive Manager of the People that Deliver Initiative (PtD). She is an international development professional with 22 years of experience in managing programs with a focus on health supply chain management, livelihood, food security and nutrition. Since 2016 Dominique has been responsible for the management and overall performance of PtD, a broad coalition of governments and international, regional and national organizations working together to raise the profile of the health supply chain workforce as a key strategic area of health systems. She has both an MBA in International Business Administration and a Master's degree in Nutrition, and is fluent in English, Spanish and Dutch.

Eliud Muriithi

Eliud Muriithi Director of Commercial Services, Kenya
ASCM Africa Regional Conference Co-chair

Eliud Muriithi is a savvy strategic health supply chain, operations and commercial specialist with 20 years’ experience in the health and commercial sectors. He has led key strategic and transformational health supply chain projects in Kenya and the African region and has extensive and solid multi-functional exposure in the health, not for profit and private sectors. Eliud has held leadership roles in health programs funded by development partners, Ministry of Health, County Government and the Private Sector. Eliud has previously served as Director Logistics/Courier - G4S International, Supply Chain Specialist – UNICEF, Business Development Advisor – USAID, Director Commercial Services – KEMSA. He has served in diverse environments including senior leadership capacities in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan. Eliud is holder of Master of Business Administration (MBA), Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology and Agriculture. He has extensive training in health supply chain management and strategic management.

Eric Wakaria

Eric Wakaria Country Director, Kenya

Eric Wakaria is an accomplished Health Systems Strengthening Specialist with over ten years of experience working within diverse public health and research settings in areas of supply chain management, laboratory quality systems management, accreditation and certification, document development, strategic planning and experiential training. He is one of the few in the world to have achieved the master trainer level of the Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA) program, a stepwise quality improvement approach to help laboratories in resource limited settings achieve accreditation. He led the successful implementation of this program in the Kenya National Blood Transfusion facilities. Mr. Wakaria holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Science and Technology from Egerton University and a Master’s of Science degree in Health System Management from Kenya Methodist University.

Francis Murabula

Francis Murabula Executive Head, Procurement and Logistics
Safaricom Limited
ASCM Africa Regional Conference Co-chair

Francis Murabula is a supply chain practitioner with over 20 years management experience across manufacturing, automobile assembly, banking and telecommunications sectors. He has held various senior management positions in which he has developed policies, strategies and implemented supply chain transformational programs. Francis served on the committee of procurement experts on a COMESA program aimed at implementing procurement reforms in the trading bloc. He is currently the Head of Supply Chain Management for Safaricom Limited and has also served as member of the council of Kenya Institute of Supplies Management. He is widely recognized as an expert in his field and has been listed in the International Who’ Who (professional category). Francis holds a Master’s degree in Procurement from the University of Glamorgan, in addition to various professional certifications. In his private life, Francis takes a keen interest in technologies that transform lives through climate-smart agriculture.

Herbert Pechek

Herbert Pechek CSCP, CLTD, SCOR-P
Supply Chain Management Principal
United Nations Support Office in Somalia

Herbert has over 25 years of professional experience in a wide variety of supply chain practices and project management. Having a background in civil engineering helped him to focus on the essential elements of vast and complex operations. He has spent optimizing operations and supply chains in the most challenging environments of the world such as Somalia, Haiti, Timor Leste, or Kosovo, and has substantially contributed to the introduction of horizontally structured end-to-end supply chain processes in the United Nations peacekeeping operations. Herbert has been a customer of malfunctioning supply chain processes, which motivated him to switch sides and become a leading supply chain expert himself. He strongly focuses on client satisfaction and process automation and is a strong believer in continuous improvements and optimization.

Transforming United Nations Peacekeeping Operations into a Horizontal Supply Chain; A Change Management Journey
United Nations peacekeeping has evolved and has been transformed over the past decades into a complex and multidimensional operation with countless strands, activities, and functions. Each one of those is complex and is supported by a network of resources and driven by intricate requirements. This often seemingly chaotic cluster of tasks was assessed, analyzed, and molded into a new framework aligned to standardized supply chain processes and practices over the past few years. Herbert Pechek was the main architect of this transformation for the UN operations in Somalia and was instrumental for the global efforts to transform peacekeeping into a modern, horizontal, and integrated supply chain. Herbert won the Best Speaker award at the SAPICS 2019 Annual Conference in Cape Town.

Dr. Josea Rono

Dr. Josea Rono 
B. Pharm., LMIH, Ph.D.
Co-founder and Managing Partner
E&K Consulting Firm

Dr. Rono is a Co-founder and Managing Partner at E&K Consulting Firm, a pan-African advisory and investment firm providing turnkey solutions in the healthcare, finance and technology sectors. He is a recognized thought leader on supply chain, Health Products & Technology; Health Technology Assessment; Universal Health Coverage; Public–Private Partnerships; Health Financing; Health Systems Strengthening; Health Policy; Global Health and International Development. Dr. Rono is also a co-founder and convenor of The Health Exchange, a pan-African innovation dialogue platform that convenes stakeholders in the health and technology sectors. Dr. Rono is a Karolinska Institute Global Health PhD graduate, a World Bank Health Financing Consultant, and a Wellcome Trust and Swedish Institute Fellow.

Carsten Schubert

Carsten Schubert Director, Sales & Operations
Transnova Africa

Carsten is an experienced supply chain professional with over 20 years’ experience in the transport and logistics industry. Carsten started his career in the construction industry working as a National Account Manager at PPC Cement. This was followed by a position as Sales & Marketing Director at Concor Technicrete. He then joined Barloworld Logistics where he was responsible for managing the outsourced supply chains for a number of key blue chip clients. Carsten has a deep knowledge and understanding of how to help companies unlock value in their supply chain and has completed supply chain optimisation projects for clients across diverse industry sectors.

David Olang

David Olang, CPIM Technical Director
Coca-Cola East & Central Africa

David currently leads the Franchise Technical Operations for Coca-Cola East & Central Africa by providing technical thought leadership to drive the Franchise business plan successfully working with Franchise teams and bottling partners.

David has over 25 years’ experience managing supply chains in various parts of Africa. He has previously worked with Kenya Breweries first as Procurement & Logistics Director and later as Head of Move and Customer Africa. Prior to this, he held various positions in Unilever overseeing 9 countries in Africa with his last positions being Supply Chain Projects Director and Manufacturing Site Lead Unilever.

He brings onboard a wealth of skills with a bias for customer and Consumer Care, Safety, Quality, Environment, Manufacturing, Planning and Logistics.

David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Nairobi University, Kenya. He is also a member of The Association for Operations Management, fully Certified in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM).

Professor Kennedy Abuga

Professor Kennedy Abuga School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi

Prof Kennedy Abuga is an Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi where he's taught for 20 years. Currently, he is the head of the Drug Analysis and Research Unit (DARU), a Quality Control laboratory that serves the pharmaceutical industry. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry from 2007 to 2017. Prof Abuga has over 25 original publications in refereed journals and is actively involved in several research project & consultancies on Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacy practice and Pharmaceutical Supply Chain. He has served on the Editorial Board of the ‘East and African Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ since 2010. Dr Abuga holds Bpharm (Nairobi), Mpharm (KUL, Belgium) and PhD (Nairobi) degrees.


Dr. Stephen Njuguna

Dr. Stephen Njuguna Assistant Chief Pharmacist
Division of Health Products and Technologies, Ministry of Health, Afya House

Dr Njuguna is currently the Assistant Chief Pharmacist – Department of Pharmacy at the Ministry of Health, Afya House. He is a high performing management Executive with a successful career spanning 17 years in the Health Sector – 14 of these in Management; having risen from Hospital Pharmacist, District Pharmacist, County Pharmacist, Director of Health, The Chief Officer – Health Services in the County Government of Kiambu. Dr Njuguna is a qualified Pharmacist with an Executive MBA (major in Strategic Management) and currently undertaking a Masters in Public Health with a major in Monitoring and Evaluation.

Dr. Steve A. Adudans

Dr. Steve A. Adudans MD, DLSHTM, MSc ID Executive Director, CPHD
CEO MediQuip Global & Hewatele

Steve Adudans is a Kenyan born, UK trained public health and infectious disease specialist with over 10 years global experience. He received his under-graduate doctor of medicine and surgery training at the University of Nairobi, School of Medicine, and post-graduate training in Infectious Diseases at the University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He is the Executive Director of Center for Public Health and Development (CPHD, a local not-for-profit implementing public health innovations in maternal, newborn and child health in LMICs in Africa, and CEO of Hewatele (, a public-private-partnership medical oxygen generation enterprise and MediQuip Global (, a biomedical equipment distribution, repair and maintenance social enterprise, both subsidiaries of CPHD. Hewatele runs three oxygen plants in Kenya serving at least 10 million people with affordable and quality medical oxygen.

Andrew dos Santos

Director of AppliSential, South Africa

Andrew is a Director of AppliSential in South Africa. Having completed several supply chain qualifications, Andrew understands and advocates the tenet of ‘the right tool for the right job’. To ensure that he can identify the right tool, he has immersed himself in various fields including statistics, software development, Demand Driven Material Requirement Planning and the Supply Chain Operations Reference model, among others. Using this multifaceted approach, he has been successful in assisting organisations in identifying and implementing the tools that will allow them to drastically improve their supply chains’, and businesses’ competitiveness.

Judith Kariuki

Judith Kariuki
ASCM Associate Director, Kenya

Judith is a seasoned public health professional with 15 years of progressive experience in public health programming. She has held several roles over her career in health spanning from Maternal, Newborn Health (MNH), Public health supply chains, HIV/AIDS, with a special interest in capacity building at different levels of the health care system.

Most recently, she technically supported two programmes as a Sustainability Advisor – promoting sustainable ownership of family planning commitments by strengthening the public sector at the County and National level in The Delivering Sustainable and Equitable Increases in Family Planning in Kenya (DESIP) programme in five Counties, and Strengthening the capacity of CSOs and government on use of MNH data for evidence based decisions and actions for increased accountability and resource allocation to improve MNH outcomes in the mama Ye Evidence for Action programme in two Counties.

John Karani

John Karani, MBA, BA-Econ, MCIPS, MKISM, MCILT, AoEC 

A seasoned Pan African Supply Chain Professional with local, regional, Global Management Exposure with over 27 Years’ Experience in SCM Profession in Parastatal & Private Sector Organizations. Over 18 years as Strategic Procurement Director at Coca-Cola Africa and other Global Blue Chip Companies such as East African Breweries, Glaxo Smithkline, Wrigleys East Africa among others. Experienced in operating in complex global, cross-cultural and multi-geographical locations. Lead SCM Consultant with Local & International Organizations.

John has strong Board Experience as Member & Chair in public & private sector organization. He was recently elected as the Chairman of the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management which is the professional body for all Supply Chain Professionals in Kenya.

For enquiries regarding the ASCM Africa regional conference please contact Jenny Froome at

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