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Senior Director, Supply Chain Management Wayne Lifshitz

Wayne Lifshitz is an entrepreneurial senior leader, systems-thinker, business strategist, and strategic connector with more than 20 years of cross-cutting experience in Big 5 consulting, start-up, nonprofit, federal, and social enterprise sectors. He is currently a Senior Director in Asia for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project and acted as the GHSC-PSM Nepal country director. Wayne also serves as an innovation and investment advisor to the executive office and lead entrepreneur trainer for the UNLEASH Global Innovation Lab. With a breadth of regional and technical experience, he’s led complex multi-year USAID and other international donor projects in global health, food security, supply chain, gender and youth inclusion, environmental awareness, and social impact innovation and business growth in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to Chemonics, he patented and sold several consumer products. He is an early investor in agtech, consumertech, and cleantech companies and led a venture pitch competition in Washington, DC. In addition to a PMP, he is a certified partnership broker and has led numerous public-private partnership efforts. Wayne is an economics graduate of U.C. Berkeley, has earned an MPH from Boston University and studied executive leadership and management at Arizona State University, Cornell and Columbia Universities.

by Wayne Lifshitz

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…