Updated July 13, 2022—We’ve expanded our list with some of your top-requested influencers. See who we’ve added below.
Prior to the pandemic, most folks who weren't in the industry didn’t give much thought to global supply chains. People just clicked on an item on their phones or computers, and it would magically show up at their doorstep. That has changed over the past two and a half years as millions across the world dealt with delays and shortages of everything from toilet paper and cars to avocados and furniture. And businesses have had to grapple with delayed deliveries, overworked staff, and unforeseen levels of uncertainty.
Keeping up with a complex, multi-layered, global industry is harder than most people think, so we decided to share a list of industry experts who share perspectives, news, trends and timely data on a regular basis on Twitter and Linkedin. If you’re looking for fresh, up-to-speed industry updates, here's a list of 55 logistics, supply chain and global trade influencers that our team recommends you follow on LinkedIn and Twitter.
(For Twitter accounts included below, we created a handy list so you can view and follow multiple accounts easily, in one place.)
Please Note: This is not a ranking. We have arranged our list alphabetically (by last name). If you think we missed someone please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet at us (and tag @Flexport in your post).
1. Dr. Muddassir Ahmed, PhD
With a PhD in Management Science and 15 years of experience in the industry, Dr. Ahmed serves as the Founder and CEO of SCMDOJO. His company's mission is to enable supply chain professionals and teams to solve industry challenges by providing on-demand courses, guides, tools, and mentoring from industry experts.
2. Lisa Anderson
As a leading supply chain innovator and consultant with more than 20 years in the industry, Lisa is also a sought-after logistics conference speaker and a renowned author who has appeared in media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, and CEO Magazine.
3. Brian Laung Aoaeh
After a decade in finance and investment management, Brian turned his attention to the rebuilding of the global supply chain with the founding of his VC firm, REFASHIOND Ventures — an emerging VC that invests in startups refashioning the global supply chain.
4. Richard Baldwin
Richard Baldwin is an esteemed professor of international economics at the Geneva Graduate Institute. He holds a PhD in Economics from MIT, and authors two well-known books on global economics. In addition, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Vox EU.
5. Sarah Barnes-Humphrey
6. Kelly Barner
7. Alan Beattie
After achieving his MPhil in Economics from The University of Cambridge, Alan started his career as an economist for the Bank of England. He now serves as the senior trade writer for the FT's daily Trade Secrets newsletter where he explores all things globalization.
8. David Beckworth
9. Paul Berger
Berger is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal where he covers all things logistics and supply chain. Prior to this, Paul worked as a transportation reporter where he covered state and federal policies, regional economics, and transportation technology.
10. Chad Bown
11. Lora Cecere
Lora is the founder of Supply Chain Insights, a research firm focused on all things supply chain. Along with her 30 years of supporting clients, she also holds titles as a published author, blogger, and contributing writer at Forbes.
12. Dave Clark
Dave Clark was the CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon. During his 23-year tenure at Amazon, Dave and his teams built much of their legendary fulfillment, logistics, and transportation network. Earlier this month, we announced that Clark will be joining Flexport as our new CEO in September of 2022.
13. Emma Cosgrove
Cosgrove is a senior reporter at Business Insider where she focuses her reporting on logistics within e-commerce. From the labor force behind deliveries to innovative technology, she tried to help people better understand supply chains and how goods make it to our front doors.
14. Shawn Donnan
15. Timothy Dooner
Along with his co-hosting gig on the "What The Truck?!?" podcast, Dooner brings 16 years of industry experience in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. He has worked with numerous companies including, Reebok, FedEx, and Hasbro.
16. Craig Fuller
17. Cassandra Gaines
Gaines is the Founder and CEO of Carrier Assure Inc., a performance scoring software that helps clients match the right carriers to the right shipments. She also hosts her talkshow “MadGaines Live” on FreightWaves TV where she offers educational, non-traditional info on global supply chains.
18. Adrian Gonzalez
Gonzalez is the Founder and President of Adelante SCM, an online community for supply chain and logistics professionals. He is also the creator and host of Talking Logistics, a weekly talk show where he interviews other industry leaders.
19. Harold (Hal) Good
Good serves as an advisor, consultant, influencer, and evangelist for all things procurement. He brings 30 years of experience leading organizations as the founder, president, and CEO of Procurement Pros Group, LLC.
20. Ben Gordon
Prior to his time as Managing Partner and CEO Cambridge Capital, Gordon spent his career building, advising, and investing in supply chain companies including UPS, Nations Express, and GENCO, to name a few.
21. Martijn Graat
Martijn is the founder and lead writer at Logisticsmatter.com—an online platform and community for emerging trends in logistics and supply chain. He also is the proud creator and host of the "Does Logistics Matter?" podcast.
22. Sherri Hinish
Hinish who calls herself the “Supply Chain Queen” leads IBM's Global Supply Chain Transformation team towards more sustainable processes. She has received many accolades including the 2021, 2020 & 2019 Supply & Demand Chain Executive "Pro to Know," and the "People's Choice 2020 Global Woman in Supply Chain Leader," to name a few.
23. Bjorn Vang Jensen
Jensen holds an impressive track record in managing local, regional, and global supply chains within FMCG, retail, and consumer spaces. He's currently the VP of Advisory Services for Global Supply Chain at Sea-Intelligence.
24. Lars Jensen
With 20 years of shipping knowledge and experience as the co-founder of Sea-Intelligence, Jensen continues to make waves as an independent analyst, advisor, and thought leader in the supply chain industry.
25. Eric Johnson
Johnson is the current Director at S&P Global and Senior Technology Editor at JOC.com. His areas of expertise include financial analysis, procurement transportation management, and global trade management.
26. Lori Ann LaRocco
Author and Senior Editor of Guests at CNBC Business News, Lori Ann interviews industry leaders to uncover relevant financial happenings, top-notch economic strategies, and ways to succeed in business.
27. Phil Levy
Levy has a PhD in economics from Stanford University and many years of experience as an ivy-league professor. He previously served as Senior Economist for Trade on President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers and handled international economic issues for Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s Policy Planning Staff. He's currently the Chief Economist at Flexport.
28. Scott Lincicome
Lincicome is the director of the Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C where he focuses on international trade, the global supply chain, and industrial policy.
29. Sam Lowe
Lowe is a Director at Flint Global where he consults with governments and multinational firms on trade regulation. He also publishes the Substack newsletter, "Most Favoured Nation," and has appeared on BBC and in The New York Times.
30. Scott Luton
31. Joe Lynch
Lynch is the founder of Logistics of Logistics, a consultancy that provides advice and support to clients on supply chains, logistics, warehousing and technology. He is also the host of the "Logistics of Logistics" podcast.
32. Eric Martin
Martin is a well-known reporter and editor. He currently leads Bloomberg News' global coverage of the IMF and World Bank, including their responses to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as trade policy of the Biden administration.
33. Christopher Mims
Mims is a science and technology journalist for The Wall Street Journal. He has previously written for publications such as Quartz, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, and Grist. He also works as a contributing editor at the MIT Technology Review.
34. Rob O’Byrne
35. Boris Panov
Panov, a transportation and logistics load coordinator, adds a much-needed element of humor and levity to an often stressful and complex industry through his engaging memes and other bite-sized content.
36. Ryan Petersen
Petersen is founder and CEO of Flexport. Prior to founding Flexport, he helped run an e-commerce company and co-founded ImportGenius, one of the largest providers of business intelligence to the import-export industry.
37. Adam Posen
38. Rachel Premack
Premack is the Editorial Director at FreightWaves and writes the MODE newsletter on the technological and economic impacts in transportation and supply chains. Previously, she was a senior features reporter at Business Insider where she created the trucking beat.
39. Tom Raftery
40. Cathy Roberson
Early in her career, Roberson worked as an analyst for both an e-commerce start-up and the UPS supply chain. She now manages the logistics-focused market research firm, Logistics Trends & Insights, LLC.
41. Chris Rogers
Rogers is Flexport's Principal Supply Chain Economist. He's a widely-published economist whose in-depth and event-driven research and analysis covers international trade policy, the global logistics industry, and industrial supply chains.
42. Chris Rogers
43. Yossi Sheffi
Dr. Sheffi is the Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics and Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT. He is also the author of 6 books, numerous peer-reviewed papers, and is the founder or co-founder of 5 companies.
44. Ian Shepherdson
As Founder and Chief Economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, Ian provides investor-focused macroeconomic research and insights for institutions around the world. He also won the Wall Street Journal's U.S. economic forecaster of the year in both 2003 and 2014.
45. A.J. Smith
46. Jennifer Smith
Prior to her role as a journalist at Greentarget, Smith worked at the Wall Street Journal in a similar position. In both roles, she covered multiple topics ranging from supply chain and logistics to cultural institutions and the law.
47. Daniel Stanton
48. Nathan Strang
Strang is the Director of Ocean Trade Management at Flexport. As an ocean and intermodal operations expert, he distills complex market trends into actionable insights for Flexport’s internal teams and clients.
49. Peter Sundara
As Head of Global Ocean Product at Visy and former VP of Global Freight Management at Li & Fung Logistics, Sundara strives to pioneer ways in which companies can shift, disrupt, and inevitably alter the supply chain industry as we know it.
50. Peter Tirschwell
51. Jim Tompkins
With 40 years of experience as the CEO of Tompkins International, Jim is a pro at helping companies design and implement end-to-end supply chains. In 2020, Mr. Tompkins founded Tompkins Ventures to help executives navigate pressing logistics questions in today's market.
52. Michael William Vincent
53. Rick Watson
After 20+ years as a tech and eCommerce entrepreneur for BarnesandNoble.com and Pitney Bowes, Rick Watson founded RMW Commerce Consulting, LLC to support investors and management in growing direct-to-consumer businesses.
54. Richard Wilding, OBE
Richard Wilding, OBE is a published author and professor of Supply Chain Strategy at the Cranfield School of Management U.K. As an internationally recognized leader in his field, he consults with companies on supply chain projects and logistics.
55. Justin Wolfers
Mr. Wolfers is a professor of economics & public policy at the University of Michigan. He also serves as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, a contributing writer at the New York Times, and hosts the "Think Like an Economist" podcast.
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56. Tracy Alloway
Working at Bloomberg, Alloway shapes and steers ground-breaking news coverage from Asia. On top of that, she also serves as the Co-host of the weekly markets podcast, "Odd Lots" and is an anchor on Bloomberg TV.
57. Blythe Brumleve
Blythe is the proud Founder of Digital Dispatch—a marketing company for logistics and freight businesses. On the side, she educates on all things B2B, economics, and global trade via her "Cyberly" podcast.
58. Lucian Cernat
Lucian presides as the Head of Global Regulatory Cooperation and International Procurement Negotiations in DG TRADE. Previously, he worked on trade and development issues for the United Nations in Geneva and has authored more than 20 industry-related publications.
59. Sam Chambers
Sam Chambers is a supply chain pro serving as the Editorial Director at Asia Shipping Media Pte Ltd. In addition, he has also appeared in sources like The Economist and The New York Times.
60. Lena Göthberg
Offering more than 25 years of maritime logistics experience, Lena spreads the word via her successful podcast, Shipping Podcast, where she looks to educate and pioneer change in the industry.
61. Dr. Anna Jerzewska
Dr. Jerzewska is the proud founder of Trade & Borders, a consultancy offering advice and training on customs, international trade, and Brexit to a wide range of clients.
62. Sal Mercogliano
Experienced as a professor in polysci, maritime operations, and history, Sal educates on all aspects of the shipping industry. Beyond the classroom, he also spreads his knowledge through his, "What's Going on With Shipping" podcast.
63. Jason Miller
Jason Miller is the Associate Professor of Logistics and the John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Endowed Emerging Scholar at Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business. As an educator, he's passionate about helping practitioners and students better understand industry trends through data.
64. J. Mintzmyer
Serving as the Founder of Value Investor's Edge, Mintzmyer delivers thorough shipping research and information. He is currently a PhD Candidate (IR) at the Harvard Kennedy School.
65. Lisa Morales-Hellebo
Serving as the Co-Founder of REFASHIONED Ventures, Lisa is a seasoned supply chain innovator and entrepreneur. On top of this, she has received numerous honors and awards including, the 202 1 Top 100 Women in Supply Chain and the 2020 Top Executives in Supply Chain Innovation & Leadership.
66. Radu Palamariu
Radu has years of experience as an international business manager helping global companies yield better results. He currently serves as the Managing Director, Europe & Asia Pacific at Alcott Global.
67. Peter Sand
Sand is the present Chief Analyst at Xeneta where he offers next-level intel on global supply chain. Aside from this, Peter is a regular speaking on news outlets including CNN, BBC, and CNBC.
68. Mike Schuler
As Senior Editor and Partner at gCaptain.com, Mike has a boatload of experience dealing with and analyzing maritime industry news for professional audiences worldwide.
69. Nate Skiver
With over a decade of experience helping businesses devise profitable shipping strategies, Skiver founded Level Playing Field, where he helps companies improve their shipping logistics.
70. Chris Vonheim
Vonheim is a seasoned entrepreneur focused on ocean industries, investing, and startups. He also serves as the host behind the business show, “Vonheim.”
71. Joe Weisenthal
With years of industry knowledge under his belt, Joe educates wider audiences as the Executive Editor of news and Co-host of the "What'd You Miss?" podcast at Bloomberg.
72. Greg White
Greg White is principal and host at Supply Chain Now where he interviews industry leaders, hosts weekly Livestreams, and is the creator, executive producer & host of the TECHquila Sunrise vlog and podcast. He is also a founder, investor, and advisor of B2B tech startups.
(For Twitter influencers, we created a handy list so you can view and follow multiple accounts quickly, in one place.)
Please Note: This is not a ranking. We have arranged our list alphabetically (by last name). If you think we missed someone please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com or tweet at us (tag @Flexport in your post).
About the Author
Global Head of Content, Flexport
Trips Reddy is the Global Head of Content at Flexport. She is a former corporate attorney and journalist who has worked at the Associated Press, Forbes, IBM Watson, and the Hearst Corporation.
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