DigCBA contributes to the responsible use of digital CBA in the refugee crisis. Digital technology, including mobile money, electronic vouchers, electronic cash, and recently blockchain-based systems, is transforming CBA. The technology has the potential to increase access to financial resources and services during times of crisis while increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of assistance.
DigCBA has six work packages (WPs) following the action design research.
WP1 aims at developing conceptual frameworks based on literature review and best practices for further study in other WPs.
WP2 looks at characterizing contextual features of target locations where refugees live.
WP3 aims at assessing the technology readiness of humanitarian organizations and other key CBA actors based on the TOGAF framework.
WP4 provides support for evaluating technology readiness of business partners and vendors in CBA.
WP5 involves decision analysis and support for policy makers.
WP6 starts from the beginning and lasts till the end of the project covering project management, dissemination and engagement activites.
University of Agder (UiA)
Hossein Baharmand (Project manager)
Hossein Baharmand is an Associate Professor in Project and Supply Chain Management at the School of Business and Law, University of Agder, Norway. His primary research interest lies in the development and application of decision support methodologies (based on both qualitative and quantitative approaches) in order to solve complex problems in crisis and humanitarian operations.
Aima Khan is a postdoctoral researcher at UiA as part of the DigCBA project. She has a doctorate in system dynamics and MS in Management Sciences. She has an MBA (specialization in Finance) and has some teaching experience in accounting and finance.
Her PhD work focused on assessment of impact of corporate finance policies on firm valuation using system dynamics. In addition, her work also includes econometrics applications in finance.
Saeed is a Professor in Supply Chain Management at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder. Saeed was an honorary visiting fellow at La Trobe Business School, Melbourne, Australia, and a visiting scholar at the School of Business IT and Logistics, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, University of California, Berkeley, United States, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan, and Nelson Mandela University Business School, South Africa.
Ahmed has a doctorate in ICT and an M.Phil. in Systems Dynamics. He also has a B.Sc. in Telecommunications and Electronics and a Diploma in IT. His research focuses on optimal public policy design via mathematical modelling and simulation, in addition to the development of innovative ICT solutions and Interactive Learning Environments.
Adam Widera (Principal investigator)
Widera is a researcher at the University of Münster and managing director of the ERCIS C³M.
His research activities cover the modeling, simulation, analysis and performance management in humanitarian logistics as well as the design and evaluation of humanitarian information systems. He has been involved in various European and national research projects in the context of humanitarian logistics and crisis management.
Hellingrath is a full professor for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at the
University of Münster and director of the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS) since 2008. Prior to this position, he was heading a main department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund and held a position as professor for Planning and Modeling of Production and Logistics Networks at the University of Paderborn. In 2003, he
received the Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Prize for the software tool “OTDSim” which simulates
automotive supply chains. Prof. Hellingrath has been involved in previous European research
programs both as a contributor and as a reviewer.
Kalla is a research assistant at the University of Münster. His research mainly deals with the
application of enterprise architecture management in the context of supply chain planning and supply chain risk management.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Fabio Sgarbossa (Principal investigator)
Sgarbossa is Full Professor of Industrial Logistics at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MTP) at NTNU (Norway). He is leader of the Production Management Group at MTP and he is responsible of the Logistics 4.0 Lab at NTNU. His research interests cover many research areas from intralogistics to supply chain management, with specific focus on how advanced technologies impact on production and logistics systems.
Makerere University Business School (MUBS)
Joseph Ntayi (Principal investigator)
Prof. Ntayi is the Dean Faculty of Computing and Management Science at Makerere University Business School. Dr. Ntayi is a holder of a PhD and bears a great deal of experience in consultancy, research curriculum review and development, former, Project Manager, the Netherlands Programme for the Institutional Strengthening of Post-secondary Education and Training Capacity (NPT/UGA/040). Support for institutional Capacity Development in Public and Private Procurement Management in Uganda.
Namagembe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Procurement and Logistics Management.Her areas of research research interest include Supply chain management, Procurement and Innovation.
Gloria Nakajja holds a degree of Master of Science in Procurement and Supply Chain Management (MPCM) and a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA, Hons) all of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. She is highly qualified and skilled in the field of procurement and supply chain management, continuous improvement and operations management. Gloria is an energetic and ambitious person with excellent communication skills and has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task that she can undertake, or situation that she is presented with. As a graduate, Gloria is excellent in working with others to achieve a certain objective on time with excellence
Dr. Gideon Nkurunziza is the Head of Education Department and a Senior Lecturer in Management Science Department at Makerere University Business School. He is a PhD holder in area of business process re-engineering in financial institutions. He is a professional trained teacher, a Member of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (MCILT,UK), Data analyst and an International scholar in area of business process reengineering, finance and business education.
Charles Olupot is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Makerere University Business School. Charles also serves as the Director, MUBS ICT Centre, an Outreach Unit of Makerere University Business School; a Centre that conducts ICT research, training and Information Systems Development. Charles has over 10 years of experience in ICT implementation, Management and Administration. His current research interests include scalability of digital innovations and digital entrepreneurship and. Other areas of experience include digital financial services, e-Customer Relationship Management, e-Agriculture, ICT4D, ICT Project Management and Monitoring & Evaluation.
Charles holds Masters of Science in Information Systems (Msc.IS), a Post Graduate Diploma in ICT, a Post Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Bachelor of Business Computing (BBC).
Joseph Elasu is currently a PhD student of Energy Economics and Governance in Makerere University Business School. He holds a masters of science in Finance and Accounting from Makerere University and a bachelor of Business Administration and Management (Finance & Accounting option) From Uganda Martyrs’ University. Joseph also has education and teaching background (13 years teaching experience both at primary and tertiary institutions). His research interests enclude Energy transition and Energy financing.
Hanken School of Economics
Wojciech Piotrowicz (Principal investigator)
Piotrowicz is Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility and Director of the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute), in Helsinki, Finland. He currently leads an Academy of Finland research project (2019-21) focused on humanitarian logistics in conflict areas, and a Work Package in the DigCBA project.
Dr Lijo John is currently a project researcher with HUMLOG Institute at Hanken School of Economics and Assistant Professor in Opearations and Supply Chain Management at SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai, India. He completed his PhD from the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK). Prior to his doctoral studies, he did his M.Tech from NIT Calicut in Industrial Engineering and Management and B.Tech from University of Kerala in Mechanical (Production) Engineering. Dr. John was also a Visiting Researcher at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada. He is also a recipient of Shastri Research Fellowship by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute under Government of India. His research areas include humanitarian logistics, supply chain management and supply chain contracts. His research has appeared in referred international journals such as Annals of Operations Research (ANOR), Sustainability, International Journal of Services and Operations Management, to name a few.
Abdelsalam Adam Hamid
Hamid is a Project Researcher at the HUMLOG institute at Hanken School of Economics. Abdelsalam obtained his PhD from college of business studies, business administration Department, Sudan University of Science and Technology, in Supply chain, he is an assistant professor of supply chain at international Maritime college Oman. In addition, he worked as an assistant professor and head of Business administration Department at Sudan university of science and technology. Abdelsalam has published more than 20 articles in various journals, and his research interests lie in supply chain practices, Logistics operations, Management and industrial business. He is a reviewer for many journals.
Maghsoudi is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the HUMLOG Institute, Hanken School of Economics. He is engaged with the Academy of Finland supported Cash and/or Carry project looking into the delivery of cash and in-kind assistance to vulnerable populations affected by complex emergencies. His main research interests are cash and markets in a humanitarian setting, supply chain financing and coordination.
Harpring is a PhD student at Hanken School of Economics in the department of Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility. His research focuses on humanitarian logistics with a special interest in the use of cash and voucher assistance in complex emergencies, including how services are procured and implemented.