Keynote Speakers



Important dates



Local Organising Committee

Prof Hatem Masri
President of AFROS

Hatem Masri is professor of BUSINESS ANALYTICS and dean of the college of business administration at the university of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain. He received a PhD in management science in 2004 and Master in operations research in 1999 from the university of Tunis, Tunisia. His research interests include business analytics, supply chain management, financial engineering, and Islamic finance. Hatem is president of the African Federation of Operational Research Societies, founder of the INFORMS Bahrain International Group, general secretary of the Tunisian Decision Aid Society, member of INFORMS and IEEE and volunteer/mentor with the AACSB.

Prof Gerda Claeskens
Professor of Statistics

Gerda Claeskens is professor of STATISTICS at the research group OR & Statistics and the Leuven Statistical Research Center at KU Leuven in Belgium. Her research topics include model selection methods, inference post-selection and nonparametric estimation methods.

Prof Roelof Coetzer
Senior Manager, Sasol Operations Improvement

Roelof Coetzer has been at Sasol from 1998 and for the last few years he acted as Senior Manager of Machine Learning and Statistics within the Data Science Team, Sasol Operations Improvement. He was responsible for line management, project leader of multidisciplinary projects and teams, and the development and implementation of Data Science, Data Analytics and Digital solutions. In total, he has about 30 years’ experience in Industry. However, he is also an academic and researcher, and obtained his PhD in Mathematical Statistics from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2004. He co-authored of 47 peer-reviewed articles in national and international scientific journals and conference proceedings, and have one patent in coal preparation related to coal particle size distribution.

Kim Rozwadowski Triegaardt
Niece of the late Tom Rozwadowski

Kim Rozwadowski Triegaardt lives and works in Christchurch, New Zealand where she is a communications advisor for one of New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research. Kim studied at Rhodes University and worked in the media in Namibia and Kwa-Zulu-Natal before moving to New Zealand in 2000 to be with family. Kim is the niece of Tom Rozwadowski and will give a personal insight into the man behind the medal.

Prof Laura Albert
David Gustafson Department Chair of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Laura Albert, Ph.D., is the David Gustafson Department Chair of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests are in the field of operations research, with a particular focus on discrete optimization with application to homeland security and emergency response problems. Dr. Albert’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Army, and Sandia National Laboratory. She has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications in archival journals and refereed proceedings. She has been awarded many honors for her research, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow Award, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Fellow Award, the INFORMS Impact Prize, four publication awards, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a Fulbright Award, and a Department of the Army Young Investigator Award. She is a Department Editor for IISE Transactions and is on or has been on six other journal Editorial Boards. Dr. Albert has served on the INFORMS Board as the Vice President for Marketing, Communication, and Outreach and served as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs in the College of Engineering at UW-Madison. She is the author of the blog “Punk Rock Operations Research.” You can find her on twitter at @lauraalbertphd.