Daniel McKorley is the founder and executive chairman of the McDan Group of Companies, a Ghanaian conglomerate. McDan delivers a broad spectrum of services including shipping and logistics, oil and gas, aviation, construction and hydro, mining, private security and agribusiness.
McKorley is the first Ghanaian to own and operate a private jet terminal as well as the largest salt mine in Africa. He has won multiple awards for his entrepreneurial ventures, among them being named Outstanding C.E.O of the Decade by the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana.
An avid promoter of youth entrepreneurship, McKorley pioneered McDan Youth Connect and the McDan Entrepreneurship Challenge to empower young people to become self-reliant. He also provides humanitarian support to needy communities through the McDan Foundation.
Hau L. Lee is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in the U.S. He is also faculty advisor for the Stanford Institute for Innovations in Developing Economies and a co-director of the Stanford Value Chain Innovation Initiative.
A member of the National Academy of Engineering and widely published scholar, Lee has earned several notable distinctions for his research. These include authoring one of the 10 most influential papers in the history of Management Science, earning the Wickham Skinner Best Paper Award from the Production and Operations Management Society, and being named second place winner of the McKinsey Award for the Best Paper in Harvard Business Review.
In addition to his scholarly achievements, Lee has consulted extensively in the public and private sectors. He also is a co-founder of DemandTec, a pioneering leader in retail pricing and commerce solutions, which went public in 2007.
Gayani de Alwis is the global chairperson of Women in Logistics & Transport (WiLAT), the women’s forum of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). With over 3,250 members, WiLAT seeks to be the most sought-after organization for advocacy and empowerment of women in logistics, transport and supply chain management.
De Alwis began her career as an auditor at Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies. Over nearly two decades there, she rose to become director of customer service and a member of the management committee for Unilever Sri Lanka.
During her Unilever career, she became the first female director for supply chain and first global lead auditor from South Asia. A past president of CILT, de Alwis is also the only person in Sri Lanka who is a fellow of both CILT and Institute of Supply and Materials Management.
Lebogang Letsoalo is founder and chief executive officer of Sincpoint, an organization focusing on sustainable supply chain consulting and advisory solutions. She also is founder of the African Women in Supply Chain Association (AWISCA), which is aimed at driving career awareness, youth development and capacity building in supply chain management.
Prior to founding Sincpoint, Letsoalo was vice president of supply chain for Sasol, a global chemicals and energy company. In total, she has over 20 years of experience on end to end supply chain within the energy, chemicals, construction, transport and mining industries.
Letsoalo has been profiled as one of the 100 most influential women in supply chain and has earned numerous other recognitions for her leadership and mentoring. In addition to her role at Sincpoint, she serves on multiple boards and works to build sustainable, impactful supply chains through frequent conference presentations and media appearances.