Webinar: COVID-19 and Critical Supply Chains: Medical Services and Food

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It began in China, now Covid-19 has interrupted business cycles in Europe, Americas, and all of Asia. Amongst other challenges that leaders around the world juggle, ensuring that supplies meet demands is a critical piece of this puzzle to humanity.

For companies whose operations have been impacted, if not by the virus itself then by actions to contain the spread, steps may include enhancing their production scheduling agility, activate their secondary supply network, or even prepare for the reality of plant closures. While there is no silver-bullet answer, finding your solution starts by asking, and thinking about, some key questions.

Do you understand where and how your input goods are produced, especially once you move down below your immediate suppliers? Who supplies the raw material or sub-assembly components that goes into their products? Have your key suppliers undertaken a similar assessment? Do you have any contingency supply options? If so, how quickly and at what cost? Is it really a feasible option?

In this session, we will focus on supply chain. How do we maintain and uninterrupted flow of goods and services, while adapting our business model for survival and eventually re-growth? It is a question that may be important not only for the organization survival, but to sustaining people’s wellbeing.

COVID-19: The Day After Tomorrow dialogue series, developed by the Iclif Executive Education Center at the Asia School of Business will provide insights for business practices in this challenging time, and support policies to help humanity to come together to fight this virus and support one another.

3-person 45-min panel where moderator will ask each panelist to share his/her insights on the topic. Followed by discussions on Q&A asked by participants through chat box.


Online: ZOOM


3:00pm – 3:45pm on Wednesday, 15th April 2020


Alok Mishra
CEO of Value Addition

Mr Alok Mishra is CEO of Value Addition focused on helping Medtech companies build capabilities in strategy and marketing. He has recently retired after 20 years in Johnson & Johnson at a Senior Management position. His last role was as Vice President, Strategic Capabilities, Johnson & Johnson Medical Asia Pacific.

Alok has previously held positions as Asia Pacific Vice President Marketing & Business Development and Area Vice President, South Asia (ASEAN+India) Region, Managing Director, J&J Medical Singapore & Managing Director J&J Medical India. Alok has a Master’s Degree in Pharmacy and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. He began his career in marketing in multinational companies in India and the Middle East. He is a Member of MENSA. He was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award 2016 by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sagar, M.P. (India).

He is an adjunct faculty member at the MBA Program of Singapore Management University and Faculty Mentor at Nanyang Business School, NTU, as well as Business Coach at Asia School of Business in Collaboration with MIT Sloan, KL, Malaysia.

Alok is currently on the Board Of Directors of The Health Sciences Authority, Singapore and is Deputy Chairman, Singapore Accreditation Council where he Chairs the Council Committee for Biomedical & Health (CCBH).

Charles Fine
President & Dean,
Asia School of Business

Founding President and Dean of Asia School of Business, established in collaboration with MIT Sloan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For more than 30 years at MIT Sloan, Professor Fine has taught MBA and Executive Education courses in Operations Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, and Innovation. He led the collaboration between MIT Sloan and the Indian School of Business on manufacturing curriculum development (2011-14), and was a founding co-director of MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design (2012) and a founding co-director of MIT’s Communications Futures Program (2002). He previously served as co-director of MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program (1993-1998). Professor Fine has an AB in Mathematics and Management Science from Duke University, and an MS in Operations Research and a PhD in Business Administration (Decision Sciences) from Stanford University.


Zalina Jamaluddin
Senior Director, Corporate Development
Asia School of Business

Zalina Jamaluddin is the Senior Director of Corporate Development and the Secretary to the Board of Governors at Asia School of Business. She is one of the early founding members of the School where she is responsible in setting up and leading external partnerships including major gifts and corporate sponsorship.

With 20 years in the private and public sector, she started in the oil & gas industry, mostly in the ExxonMobil Upstream Company. She was also one of the founding members, in her capacity as Vice President in Malaysia Petroleum Resource Corporation (MPRC). In MPRC, she facilitated and led the team in establishing G-to-G partnership initiatives in the O&G sector and served as one of the Advisory Council for TalentCorp’s Graduate Employability Program. After the government role, she served as the Senior Commercial advisor in Talisman Energy.

She continues to speak and support programs in the women leadership and the energy industry. She was also appointed as National Transformation (TN50) Youth Council member & Industry member and recently, Board Member of the Oil, Gas & Energy Co-operative (KOTP).

Zalina graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering (Cum Laude) from Cornell University, New York.