The recent past has, more than ever, shown the need for the world to come together to jointly respond to ongoing and looming crises.
Partnership is a core value of the cluster. As re-affirmed by the new 2022 – 2026 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.
The Logistics Cluster has the ambition to consolidate its existing network, further expand it to include new actors, and make it more representative at global, regional, and local level.
Over the next five years, the Logistics Cluster response capacity must match the scale of the challenges ahead so that, working together, vulnerable communities globally are effectively served in crises by a prepared and locally driven humanitarian logistics system.
The overall objective of the SAG 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.
During the meetings in Logistics Cluster Global Meeting in 2016 it was decided by large majority of partners 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. As defined by its Terms of Reference the SAG is composed of eight members who are 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.
STRATEGY & WORKPLAN
Drive and oversee implementation of the strategy and workplan.
Advise on priorities for global activities and the allocation of global funding.
Advise and support on engagement with possible strategic partners.
Endorse the creation of and provide strategic support for Working Groups.
Internal and external for adequate resources to implement cluster activities and operations.
Head of Humanitarian Supply Chain, Save the Children
Susan began her career in the British Army, serving for 22 years in locations such as Hong Kong, Nepal, Germany, Cyprus, Sierra Leone and Iraq. She then transitioned into the humanitarian sector, working with a range of organisations, including the American Refugee Council, International Rescue Committee, Concern and GOAL across various functions including programme, logistics, security and operations as well as in country management. Sue took on her current role as Head of Humanitarian Supply Chain for Save the Children in 2017, where she leads a team working to make improvements in the humanitarian supply chain.
Director of Logistics, Solidarités International
Fabrice began his career in social work, managing socio-cultural organisations in rural and urban communities in France before moving in to the humanitarian sector in 2010. During his time with Solidarités International, Fabrice has worked as Head of Base and Field Coordinator in DRC, Haiti and Bangladesh, as well overseeing logistics coordination for West Africa and Haiti. He has headed up the logistics department since 2014, and was appointed to his current role of Logistics Director in 2017, now overseeing four departments: Supply Chain, Operational Logistics, IT and Information Systems, and Facility Management.
Senior Director Global Logistics & Supply Chain, International Medical Corps
Sebastien works as Senior Director for Global Logistics & Supply chain since 2018 and for International Medical Corps headquarters for the past 7 years. He leads the medical supply chain transformation initiatives within IMC. Sebastien worked for several humanitarian organizations as a field staff since 1998: Telecom Sans Frontieres, Premiere Urgence, Aide Medicale Internationale, Solidarites, Catholic Relief Services, Mines Advisory Group, and International Medical Corps. He led Logistics and Operations department and managed country mission and program portfolio including rehabilitation, agribusiness, small and medium enterprise development, and armed violence reduction projects. He worked in several countries including: Ex-Yugoslavia republics, Burundi, DRC, Sudan, Chad, Mali, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan, and deployed for several emergencies such as Ebola outbreaks, Balkans, Syrian and most recently the Ukraine crisis.
Deputy Team Leader, Support to Operations team / Unit A2, DG ECHO
Richard has worked for DG ECHO for 10 years. He is currently working on the implementation of DG ECHO’s Humanitarian Logistics Policy, which supports a more coordinated and strategic approach to humanitarian logistics across the humanitarian community.
He started his working life in the UK transport ministry working on international maritime law. After working on the response to the air travel disruption caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland in 2010, he was seconded to DG ECHO to what is now the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) helping to coordinate the EU civil protection response to disasters around the world. He was then drafted into a taskforce working on the European migration crisis, and then on support to transport of COVID-19 equipment for EU Member States.
Nadezda (Nadia) Griffin
Team Lead, AFR Team, USAID/BHA/Supply Chain Division
Nadia has almost 20 years of experience managing logistics, operations, and finance in countries worldwide for several INGOs. She was first introduced to humanitarian logistics in 2000 while supporting the International Rescue Committee's programs in the Northern Caucasus. After completing her Master's degree in Political Science/Applied Community and Economic Development at Illinois State University, Nadia continued working in the field and providing logistics and operational support to programs in Sierra Leone and Sudan. In 2008, Nadia joined Action Against Hunger / ACF-USA and continued broadening her logistics experience in supporting programs in DRC, Pakistan, Nigeria, and South Sudan, to name a few. Since 2015, Nadia has supported logistics and supply chain efforts of USAID's program as part of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and currently the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance's (BHA) Supply Chain Management Division with a focus on the Africa region.
Chief of Humanitarian Logistics Services, World Food Programme
Mietek Maj has taken up the role of Chief of the Humanitarian Logistics Services branch in September 2023. Mietek joins from WFP Ethiopia, where he was Deputy Country Director since 2019. Prior to this, Mietek had held diverse roles in WFP, including Chief Logistics Officer in Rome Italy, Head of Supply Chain in Kenya, and Senior Regional Logistics Management in East Africa.
Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator, World Food Programme
Maïlin joined WFP in 2004, and since then she has worked in a number of country offices and emergencies. She has worked in Niger, Chad, the Philippines, Dakar during the West Africa Ebola Outbreak, and more recently Haiti and Nepal, as Emergency Coordinator and Country Director ad interim respectively. Throughout her time with WFP, Maïlin’s work has always been centred on logistics and partnerships: from being a Logistics Cluster Coordinator to working as Logistics Officer with UNHRD, to leading WFP’s ALITE team, providing logistics support to WFP also through operational and stand-by partnerships with the private sector, NGOs and civil agencies. Prior to joining WFP, Maïlin worked in the field of water resource management, as well as with NGOs in Northern Mali & the Sahel, Kosovo, Albania and Morocco managing humanitarian operations & community engagement programmes.
Deputy Logistics Cluster Coordinator, South Sudan
Blessing Joined WFP Information Technology and Communications department back in 2005. In 2009 he moved to the Southern Africa regional bureau (RBJ) to support the region in rolling out IT and Telecommunications infrastructure projects. His first assignment in an L3 Emergency was back in 2012 when he joined the South Sudan operation as a Network Systems Engineer and later became the Lead for the Telecommunications Cluster for South Sudan. Blessing joined the Logistics Cluster in 2017 and was deployed to the deep field as a Logistics officer for Operations in Rumbek. Two years later, Blessing was moved back to Juba where he eventually became the Deputy Logistics Cluster Coordinator for South Sudan operations. Blessing holds an MBA in Logistics and Supply Chain management, a BSc in Network Security and Telecoms Management, and other Technology-related certifications.