Janny Leung, President 2022-2024
Janny Leung is the Master of Choi Kai Yau College and Professor at the State Key Lab of Internet of Things for Smart City at the University of Macau. Her main research interests are combinatorial optimization, transportation and logistics. Her research has been well-supported by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the U.S. National Science Foundation. She has been plenary speaker at international conferences, and serves on the editorial boards of several leading journals. She was the President of the Informs Forum on Women in OR/MS in 2001, and was elected a Fellow of Informs in 2020. She served as the Scientific Program Chair for the 19th Triennial IFORS Conference held in Melbourne in 2011, and was the IFORS Distinguished Lecturer at the Athens EURO conference in 2021.
M.Grazia Speranza, Past President 2019-2021
M.Grazia Speranza is Professor of Operations Research at the University of Brescia and currently serves as Vice Rector. She was Vice-President of IFORS in 2008-2009, President of EURO in 2011-2012 and President of TSL (Transportation Science and Logistics) society of INFORMS in 2014. Her main scientific interests are: mixed integer programming, transportation and logistics, portfolio optimization. She is author of more than 150 papers published in international journals. She has been plenary speaker at several international conferences and editor of scientific journals. She is currently co-editor of the series ‘EURO Advanced Tutorials in Operational Research’.
Frits Spieksma, Vice President
Frits Spieksma is a Full Professor and Chair of Combinatorial Optimization in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. His primary research interests are in various scheduling, routing, and clustering problems that have the potential to affect practice. He has served the OR community in various roles, notably as President of the Belgian OR Society, and as founder of the EURO Working Group OR in Sports.
Richard Hartl, Treasurer
Richard Hartl has been full professor of production and operations management at the University of Vienna where he was also head of the Department of Business Administration. A Senior Extramural Fellow of the Center for Economic Research (CentER), University of Tilburg, he is associate editor of several top journals and has regularly received teaching awards while obtaining research grants for both theoretical and applied research. He was Austrian Society for OR (OEGOR) President. His main research areas involve the application of OR methods inproduction, logistics, and transportation.
Stefan Nickel, VP representing EURO
Stefan Nickel is a full professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT (Germany) and one of the directors of the Institute of Operations Research. Since 2011 he additionally holds the positions of one of the directors of the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI) and of the Research Center for Computer Science (FZI). From 2006-2015 he was editor-in-chief of Computers & Operations Research. He is editor-in-chief of Operations Research for Health Care since 2016. Stefan Nickel has authored or co-authored 5 books as well as more than 120 scientific articles in his research areas Locational Analysis, Supply Chain Management, Health Care Logistics, and Online Optimization. In addition, he conducted several industry projects with well-known companies.
Rina Schneur, VP representing NORAM
Rina Schneur is an Operations Research scientist and has focused her career on applying analytics methodologies to industry problems. She was a Dir. of Business Analytics at Verizon, Sr. manage at Sabre Technologies and did her Post Doc. at the Math. Dept. of IBM Research Center. Rina also served on Verizon’s energy board. In 1999 Rina co-founded Emptoris Inc., a procurement solution provider, and served on its advisory board for ten years. Rina served on INFORMS’ board for seven years, as VP Meetings and President. She is currently serving on the ProBono analytics committee. Rina is currently leading and active with various grass roots and philanthropic organizations. Rina graduated from The Technion with a BSc. In Engineering and from MIT with a MSc and PhD in Engineering and Advanced Analytics.
Antonio Mauttone, VP representing ALIO
Antonio Mauttone is Associate Professor at the Computer Science Institute of the Faculty of Engineering of Universidad de la República (Udelar), Uruguay. He holds a PhD on Informatics from Udelar, obtained in 2011. His field of expertise is the modeling of urban transportation networks, focusing on the analysis and design of public transportation systems using mathematical programming, metaheuristics and simulation. Prof. Mauttone has published his work in international journals, and he participates regularly in both regional and international conferences in Operations Research and Transportation. He has co-chaired the organization of international workshops, has been part of program committees and has developed editorial duties as co-editor of conference proceedings and journal special issues. He was Vice President of ALIO from 2019 to 2021.
Francis Miranda, VP representing APORS
Francis is the Asia Pacific Director for Data Science and Quality at GfK, a global analytics company. He has 25 years’ experience in operations research and data science holding various leadership positions including Operations Research Team Leader for Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines, Integrated Planning and Business Analytics Head at Zuellig Pharma, and Data Science Director and Innovation Board Leader at Nielsen. His main interests include supply chain optimization, mixed integer programming, and machine learning applications in market intelligence. He has a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from De La Salle University-Manila, and a MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He is part of the 2022 cohort in the Advanced Management and Leadership Program (AMLP) at Oxford University. He is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Asia Pacific Operational Research Societies (APORS), and Immediate Past President of the Operations Research Society of the Philippines (ORSP).
Gavin Blackett, IFORS Secretary
Gavin Blackett has served as the Secretariat on the Administrative Committee of the International Federation of the Operational Research Society (IFORS) since 2023. Previously he served as Executive Director for the UK Operational Research Society for over 16 years, following a career as an OR consultant.