Ricardo Ernst

Co-Director Global Logistics Research Program @ McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Professor of Operations and Global Logistics
Managing Director Global Business Initiative
Managing Director Latin American Board
Co-Director Global Logistics Research Program
McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Education/academic qualifications: Civil Engineering degree from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Venezuela. MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Superioes de Administración, Venezuela. MA degree and Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Wharton School, University
of Pennsylvania.

Employment: Former Deputy Dean (2008-2011) and Professor of Operations, Managing Director Global Business Initiative, Managing Director Latin American Board, Co-Director Global Logistics Research Program at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown

Competence: His research interests include strategic analysis of logistics systems (supplier – manufacturing – distribution linkages) at both macro (strategic positioning of logistics, marketing/manufacturing interfaces) and micro level (models and methods of inventory control, inventory classification procedures). He has been involved in developing metrics and performance evaluations for the logistics requirements and challenges for coordinating complex supply chain projects including non-for profit organizations like the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and EX-IM Bank.

Clients list Consulted with several national and international firms, including General Motors, Michelin, Rockwool, Casa Cuervo, FEMSA (Coca-Cola), Wal-Mart, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and The World Bank.

Other positions: Managing Director of the Global Business Initiative responsible for defining Global positioning of the School as premier destination for Global Business Education. Managing Director Latin American Board responsible for advising the President on Strategy of the University towards the Region. Co-director of the Global Logistics Research Program at Georgetown University School of Business. The Program’s objective is the study of the issues in global logistics through a comprehensive program of cooperation with companies, field studies, and academic research.

Teaching experience: He is a frequent speaker in international conferences and executive seminars. He has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award for the International Executive MBA program, the Joseph F. Le Moine Award for Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Georgetown University, and the MBA Core Curriculum Award, at The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania. He has also been listed as one of the Best Professors by Business Week magazine.

Memberships: Member of INFORMS, Council of Supply Chain Management and Logistics Professionals, POMS, and APICS, and is in the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management (IJPQM) and in the Editorial Board of Operations Management Education Review (OMER).

Publications: Co-author of a book on “Global Operations and Logistics” (John Wiley and Sons) which includes an innovative framework as well as a series of cases from Europe, Asia, the US and Latin America and was translated to Chinese and Portuguese. Over 25 publications in academic journals including Management Science, Operations Research, Interfaces, European Journal of Operational Research, Transportation Science, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of the Operational Research Society, International Journal of Operations & Production Management.

Teaching languages: English and Spanish

Miscellaneous: In January of 2007 he was recognized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with the “Outstanding American by Choice” award. The Outstanding American by Choice Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens. He recently brought his expertise in supply chain management and logistics to the non-profit world during a fact finding mission to Africa with the Fritz Institute, a non-profit organization that assists relief agencies in disaster management worldwide. Has a weekly Editorial Commentary in CNN Spanish.