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Procurement & Deliver/Return Director, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program–Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Marlene Amedome

Marlene Amedome is a U.S Army Veteran and Supply Chain Director with over 20 years of experience in Supply Chain. Marlene was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, in the region also known as the Lion Mountains. At the age of 14, she moved to the United States due to the civil war in Sierra Leone. She has held numerous supply chain roles including being a USG DAWIA certified Level II Contracts Specialist, a Program Manager, a Procurement Specialist, Transportation Specialist, and Subcontracts Specialist.  Prior to joining the International Development Sector, she spent the last 20 years of her career supporting the Warfighter.  Marlene holds a Master’s degree in Acquisitions and Supply Chain Management from the University of Maryland and is currently in the first year of a Law degree.

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The Upsides and Downsides of Increasing Regional Manufacturing

The COVID-19 pandemic catapulted supply chain management and resilience into the spotlight as never before. We all learned first-hand how global supply chains, which focus on efficiency and cost control, were vulnerable to supply-side (COVID-19 control measures, such as trade and travel restrictions) and demand-side (panic buying) disruptions. Sadly, and perhaps predictably, countries with the…