Laura Rock Kopczak
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service

Laura Rock Kopczak is an educator, researcher and consultant in Supply Chain Management, a field in which she has over twenty-five years of teaching, consulting and industry experience. Her current focus is on humanitarian and global health supply chains. Laura works half time teaching at NYU Wagner School of Public Service and in the MIT-Zaragoza Masters in International Logistics Program and half time consulting and doing research with organizations such as MSF, IFRC, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN WASH cluster, GAVI, PSI, JSI, the Rockefeller Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Fritz Institute.

Laura obtained her MBA from Columbia Business School, her MS in Operations Research from Columbia University School of Engineering and her PhD in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University.

Until recently, Laura worked as a professor at Stanford University and as one of three co-directors of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum. Dr. Kopczak has lived overseas in Japan, France and Spain. Previous to pursuing an academic career, she worked for ten years at Hewlett-Packard Company in a variety of individual and management positions.

Semester Course
Spring 2014 PADM-GP.2212.001 Managing Humanitarian Challenges: Delivery and Logistics

“Boots  on  the  ground”  create  the  action  in  humanitarian  action.  Whether  it  be  medicines,  tents,  blankets,   pumps,  textbooks,  communications  equipment  or  vehicles,  materials  and  supplies  must  be  in  place  for   humanitarian  response  to  take  place.    Humanitarian  logistics  is  the  management  and  execution  of  the   activities  needed  to  plan  for  and  move  relief  materials  and  supplies,  along  with  related  funds  and   information,  from  suppliers  to  beneficiaries.  Logistics  activities  include  needs  assessment,  planning,   procurement,  transport,  warehousing,  distribution  to  beneficiaries,  and  reporting.    Effective,  timely   logistics  is  critical  to  response  to  emergencies  arising  from  armed  conflicts,  epidemics,  famine,  and  natural disasters.   

 

This  course  provides  an  overview  of  humanitarian  logistics  by  introducing  the  challenging  context  in  which   it  takes  place,  the  organizations  typically  involved,  the  products  and  services  needed,  and  the  operational  approaches  taken  and  challenges  encountered  in  meeting  the  needs.  Issues  covered  include  operational  challenges,  funding  issues,  coordination  and  strengthening  local  capacity.    The  course  combines  lectures,   readings  and  teaching  cases  covering  organizations  such  as  IFRC,  UNICEF  and  MSF.


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Spring 2014 PADM-GP.2212.001 Managing Humanitarian Challenges: Delivery and Logistics

“Boots  on  the  ground”  create  the  action  in  humanitarian  action.  Whether  it  be  medicines,  tents,  blankets,   pumps,  textbooks,  communications  equipment  or  vehicles,  materials  and  supplies  must  be  in  place  for   humanitarian  response  to  take  place.    Humanitarian  logistics  is  the  management  and  execution  of  the   activities  needed  to  plan  for  and  move  relief  materials  and  supplies,  along  with  related  funds  and   information,  from  suppliers  to  beneficiaries.  Logistics  activities  include  needs  assessment,  planning,   procurement,  transport,  warehousing,  distribution  to  beneficiaries,  and  reporting.    Effective,  timely   logistics  is  critical  to  response  to  emergencies  arising  from  armed  conflicts,  epidemics,  famine,  and  natural disasters.   

 

This  course  provides  an  overview  of  humanitarian  logistics  by  introducing  the  challenging  context  in  which   it  takes  place,  the  organizations  typically  involved,  the  products  and  services  needed,  and  the  operational  approaches  taken  and  challenges  encountered  in  meeting  the  needs.  Issues  covered  include  operational  challenges,  funding  issues,  coordination  and  strengthening  local  capacity.    The  course  combines  lectures,   readings  and  teaching  cases  covering  organizations  such  as  IFRC,  UNICEF  and  MSF.


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