Timna Eckschmidt is a Research Analyst in the Center for Humanitarian Logistics and Regional Development, a joint research center by the Kühne Logistics University and HELP Logistics. Combining research, operations and consultancy, her current focus lies on the resilience of health supply chains to epidemic outbreaks and humanitarian supply chain preparedness.
Timna graduated with a B.Sc. in Sustainable Food Management at the FH Joanneum in Austria before joining the KLU, where she received a master´s degree in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management. She conducted her master thesis in collaboration with the Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, focusing on strengthening the position of smallholder producers in agricultural value chains through collective action. This research was conducted using a System Dynamics modeling approach. Her academic and professional interests lie in value chain development and humanitarian logistics. During her studies, Timna spent semesters abroad in Colombia, at the Universidad de los Andes, and in The Netherlands, at the University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein. In addition, Timna gained practical experience in organizations operating along the food supply chain, including food manufacturing and trading companies.