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Principal Advisor for Supply Chain Management Tom Brown

Tom Brown joined Chemonics as Principal Advisor for the Supply Chain Management Practice. Tom is a supply chain management professional with 25 years of experience working in health supply chains in low- and middle-income countries. During this time, he has successfully led health supply chain projects in sub–Saharan Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe, and has worked for implementers and donor organizations. His expertise includes supply chain strategy, supply chain operations management, governance of supply chains, and the political economy of supply chain reforms.  Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Classics from Reading University and has more recently completed post-graduate studies in supply chain management at Cranfield University.

by Tom Brown

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…

Context and Adaptation: The Secret Ingredients of Supply Chain Innovation

A few years ago, I attended a roundtable discussion on private sector engagement in public health supply chains. Several business leaders shared their wisdom about how to make private sector supply chain partnerships work. There was a lot of discussion about technology and other interesting subjects, but the insight that really stuck with me was…

3 Questions with Tom Brown on Championing Innovation in Health Supply Chains

1. What drew you to work in health supply chains? I started out working in supply chain projects in the National Health Service here in the United Kingdom and did that for two years before getting opportunities to work on projects overseas. I’ve now been working in health supply chains in low- and middle-income countries…