Welcoming Our New Professor for Sustainability

Since the beginning of the year, Dr. Andreas K. Gernert has enriched the faculty of Kühne Logistics University (KLU) as Assistant Professor of Sustainable Operations. The mathematician and former game designer uses game theory as an analytical model in his research, always with the three dimensions of sustainability – environment, social issues, and economy – in mind.

Research topics include: exit strategies out of modern slavery in the agricultural sector, profitable business models for first aid services (e.g. ambulances) in developing countries, and the interplay between fairness and efficiency in the distribution of goods in humanitarian aid missions.

"I conduct research at the intersection of sustainability and human rights, or humanitarian aid," Gernert summarized. "At KLU, this profile puts me in the position to link two research centers, and at the same time I am surrounded by colleagues who stand for the same values and are passionate about similar topics. This is a truly exciting work environment." In fact, Professor Gernert is located in two research centers at once, the Center for Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management (CSLS) with a focus on the decarbonization of supply chains and the Center for Humanitarian Logistics and Regional Development (CHORD), with the latter jointly supported by KLU and HELP Logistics.

Prof. Gernert is teaching operations management and sustainable supply chain management. "My goal is to involve our students actively from the very beginning and to make them the creators of their studies. To this end, I regularly use interactive teaching methods, such as case study discussions or the Socratic method."

Before joining KLU, Professor Gernert was a post-doctoral researcher in Technology and Operations Management at the renowned private business school INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He received his doctorate from the private EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht.

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Prof. Dr. Andreas K. Gernert, Assistant Professor for Sustainable Operations