The Bartlett School of Planning


OMEGA Seminar: 21st Century Megaproject Port Development & Logistics

20 November 2019, 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

Omega Seminar Series

Prospects & problems in the use of blockchain

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Helen Chen


14 Upper Woburn Place

Port and logistics services will continue to evolve. One of the main drivers of industry transformation is the digitization of major parts or the economy and society. Currently, supply chains of which ports and logistics are a part are in the phase of integration and synchronization as the preparation for larger scale automation and the smartening of the system. This development brings innovations like platforms and digital marketplaces, autonomous zero emission vehicles, regional offerings and innovative ways to manage risks in the global demand and supply system. Blockchain allows decentralizing the management of megaprojects. In projects with significant metadata, such as construction, scaling could be a challenge due to the current limitations of the technology. Where the technology can cope significant improvements can be achieved. The utilization of smart contracts helps to automate project management processes and avoid waste of time and money. Time will tell what blockchain can really bring.

Further details about the OMEGA Seminar Programme can be found on the OMEGA Centre’s website (http://www.omegacentre.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/publications/seminars/omega-seminar-series-2019/). For enquiries and to join the mailing list, please contact Helen Chen (sizhe.chen@ucl.ac.uk)

About the Speaker

Director & Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at World Economic Forum, Geneva

Wolfgang Lehmacher is a global thought leader and practitioner in supply chain and logistics. He was Director, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum, Partner and Managing Director, China and India, at the strategy firm CVA, President and CEO of GeoPost Intercontinental, the global expansion and investment vehicle of French La Poste. Prior, he was Head of Eastern European and Mediterranean Regions, and Country General Manager Switzerland at TNT. He is founding member of the Centre of Excellence for Global Emerging Supply Chain Technologies, launched by Reefknot, Kuehne and Nagel and SGInnovate, Singapore. Lehmacher is FT, Forbes, Fortune, BI and Nikkei contributor and author of numerous white papers and business books, including The Business Book Global Supply Chain.