The Global Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) was created to improve decision making and foster shared ownership of the cluster.

Why have a global strategic advisory group

The Logistics Cluster is a community of partners actively working to overcome logistics constraints and to drive best practices and solutions aimed at improving the humanitarian response to emergencies.

Partnership is a core value of the cluster. As highlighted in the 2016-2018 Strategy, the Logistics Cluster is built on partnership, and as such it strives to involve a diverse and representative group of humanitarian actors, on the global, regional and local levels, that steers its strategic direction, allowing true involvement and ownership by partner organisations.

Since 2006, the biannual Logistics Cluster Global Meetings (GLMs) have been the fora for organisations to discuss common issues and experiences and take joint strategic decisions on the cluster governance. During the meetings in 2016 it was decided by large majority to create a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG).

The growing participation and involvement of partners and the increased number of operations called for stronger and better structured governance, hence the SAG was established to foster shared ownership of the cluster and improve decision making.

Structure







The overall objective of the SAG, as defined by the ToR, is to promote and drive the implementation of the strategy, ensuring that the decisions taken and the pursuing actions represent the diversity of the cluster partners.

The SAG is composed of eight members elected for two years. The Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator is the Fixed Chair of the SAG. The Chair only votes as tie breaker. WFP, as the Lead Agency of the cluster, has a permanent seat. NGOs and Governmental Organisations have three and two seats respectively. Representatives are elected during the GLM. One Field Logistics Cluster Coordinator is also elected to participate to the SAG as an observer.

The SAG meets twice a year in conjunction with the GLMs in addition to monthly teleconferences. Minutes and other pertinent documents are shared on this page. SAG members can be contacted regarding the strategy, governance and core functions of the Logistics Cluster.

Non Governmental Organisations


WFP


Rebecca Lewin

Rebecca Lewin

Rebecca Lewin (nee Vince), Head of Logistics & Procurement Plan International, responsible for a portfolio of more than 50 countries and 300 offices worldwide. Prior to taking this position, Rebecca has worked in the sector for over a decade primarily in Logistics, with Merlin, Oxfam GB and with the Global Logistics Cluster at WFP. Rebecca was among a delegation representing Logistics at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 and is a member of the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) and Women in Logistics UK. Rebecca holds a Masters in Astrophysics.

Jean-Baptiste Lamarche

Jean-Baptiste Lamarche

Jean-Baptiste Lamarche, Logistics and Information Systems Director, ACF-France, started his career in the humanitarian sector twenty years ago working with several NGOs in different field missions and functions, including Country Director in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Jean-Baptiste also worked in the private sector, notably at CERN in Geneva, contributing to the installation of the world biggest particle accelerator. Jean-Baptiste holds a Masters in Logistics Management.

Vacant

Vacant

This post will be filled at the next GLM.

Cesar Arroyo

Cesar Arroyo

Cesar Arroyo, Deputy Director Supply Chain Division WFP. Cesar served as Chief of WFP Aviation Service in HQ from 2013 onwards. Between October 2014 and September 2015, he served as the Coordinator of Common Logistics Services and Regional Emergency Coordinator for the WFP Ebola Response. From 2011 to 2013, he was a Deputy Country Director for WFP in Sudan, based in North Darfur. He joined WFP in 1997 as Head of Air Operations. Cesar holds a degree in Military Science and Administration, and has several certificates in the aviation industry in Peru, Brazil and USA.

 

Governmental Organisations


Fixed Chair


Field Cluster Coordinator


Didier Merckx

Didier Merckx

Didier Merckx, Team Leader Transport and Logistics & ECHO Flights, has fifteen years of professional experience in the humanitarian and development sectors, including five years with the EU delegation in Kinshasa, DRC. Didier joined ECHO in April 1994 and has been Desk Officer for several countries in Central Asia, North and Southern Caucasus and Central Africa. More recently, Didier started working on Logistics dealing with ECHO Flight and UNHAS projects and successively joining the unit dealing with EU Civil protection mechanisms. Didier is an Industrial Engineer.

Stéphane Arnaud

Stéphane Arnaud

Stéphane Arnaud, Senior Emergency Supply Manager UNICEF Supply Division, responsible for emergency preparedness and response coordination for UNICEF’s global supply chain functions. Stéphane served in Supply & Logistics positions in UNICEF country offices including Niger and Angola and prior to joining UNICEF, he worked for several years for INGOs and the private sector in the field of supply chain management in Africa and Asia. Stéphane is an Industrial Engineer specialised in Business Management.

Stephen Cahill

Stephen Cahill

Stephen Cahill, Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator, since September 2015 and previously Head of Logistics for WFP in Ethiopia, WFP's largest operation worldwide. For the past ten years, Stephen has worked in a variety of emergencies including Sierra Leone for the Ebola Response and the Philippines, where he managed WFP emergency operations in the wake of typhoon Haiyan. Prior to joining WFP, Stephen was a director at a major international shipping company in London in addition to working extensively in South America and the Middle East. Stephen has a background in Economics and Shipping.

Fiona Lithgow

Fiona Lithgow

Fiona Lithgow, Logistics Cluster Coordinator for South Sudan since 2014. Fiona has been with WFP since 2010 working in logistics operations in DRC, the Philippines, South Sudan and in the Regional Bureau for East Africa in Nairobi. Prior to joining WFP, Fiona has been working with NGOs in Uganda and with UNICEF in Sri Lanka for three years. She has a commercial sector background, working in Operations Management in New Zealand. Fiona holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Meeting Minutes

  • Global Logistics Cluster - SAG - Meeting Minutes, 25 October 2017

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    08 November 2017
  • Global Logistics Cluster - SAG - Meeting Minutes, 27 September 2017

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    04 October 2017
  • Global Logistics Cluster - SAG - Meeting Minutes, 12 September 2017

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    19 September 2017
  • Global Logistics Cluster - SAG - Meeting Minutes, 13 July 2017

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    01 September 2017
  • Global Logistics Cluster - SAG - Meeting Minutes, 6 June 2017

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    31 August 2017