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Teams from Bangladesh, Philippines, and Austria Among Winners in 2023 Social Logistics Challenge

As the 2023 Social Logistics Challenge comes to a close, we are pleased to announce our Winning Teams! Out of 62 registered student teams, we had a total of 24 teams from 14 schools in 12 countries submit written and creative reports detailing their SDG problem addressed and proposed solution.

The Top 5 Teams presented their projects to an international panel of judges, who are industry experts in humanitarian supply chain and logistics, on November 7th through November 8th. The sessions allotted 10 minutes for student teams to present their idea and 15 minutes for exclusive Q&A from the judges.

Thanks to our Sponsors, a $5,000 scholarship prize will be awarded to the 1st place team, and $1,000 to the 2nd and 3rd place teams! The awards will be transferred via the students’ respective institution’s financial department and evenly distributed among the winning team members.


Each team prepared a Solutions Package that incorporates both written and visual elements. Teams applied logistical knowledge and training to improve a societal access problem. In additional students identified a region or community of this problem, the multiple stakeholders involved, and how this solution supports one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Each team developed a unique and implementable solution within in a locally-relevant context. This year’s theme encouraged projects focusing on technology disruptions or solutions.

1st Place

Storm Troopers

Khulna University, Bangladesh
Team Members:
Jaowad Rashed (Captain)
Sadia Afrin
Shahriar Mahmud
Mainul Islam Labib
Faculty Mentor:
Professor Nahid Abdullah-Al

Team Storm Troopers addresses migrant labor exploitation and lack of transparency in Bangladesh and offers a solution involving blockchain technology.

SDG Goals:

5. Gender Equality
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
10. Reduced Inequalities
16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

2nd Place

Team Silangan’s “AquaSyncPro” solution stands as a revolutionary blueprint for sustainable water management in Metro Manila’s Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

SDG Goals:
6. Clean Water and Sanitation
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
13. Climate Action

Team Silangan

Asian Institute of Management, Philippines
Team Members:
Rovelyn An Caoile (Captain)
Darl Brean Abrea

3rd Place

Team Arah

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Team Members:
Bohdana Nevierova (Captain)
Dilara Aslan
Nour Lakhal
Sarah Russegger

Team Arah designed an accessible public healthcare solution for remote communities in Papua New Guinea.

SDG Goals:
3. Good Health and Wellbeing
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. Reduced Inequalities

Thank you to all participating Judges for your time and commitment in determining the Top 5 and Winning Teams!

Final Judges

Fatima Ait Bendawad, Head
Global Humanitarian Logistics Competence Center (GHLCC), DHL
Roberta Blankson, Consultant, African Development Bank
Andrea Davis, President and CEO, The Resiliency Initiative
Andre Kreie, Director Logistics Education – Emerging & Developing Countries (LEED)
Kühne Foundation
Dr. Obiora Madu, Chairman/CEO, Multimix Group
Aziza Menouni, Programme Manager Moulay Ismail University of Meknes
Pamela Steele, Supply Chain Transformation Director, Pamela Steele Associates

Preliminary Judges

Deniz Besik, Assistant Professor of Analytics and Operations
Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
Christian Hendriksen, Assistant Professor
Copenhagen Business School
Lydia Novoszel, Research Associate, Institute for Transport and Logistics Management, WU Vienna University of Economics
Jorandi Scholtz, Impact and Partnership Development Manager, MBA Corporate Engagement, University of Exeter
Stefano Starita, Assistant Professor, Head of Online and Blended Learning, Sasin School of Management
Ha Ta, Assistant Professor of Logistics, Florida International University College of Business

2023 Sponsors

DHL Global Forwarding

Helping consumers connect goods to every corner of the world since 1815.  As a leading organization in logistics, DHL Global Forwarding inhibits global trade by promising to always offer reliable, flexible, and efficient deliveries to and from every country globally, in total compliance with local regulations. DHL Global Forwarding partners with businesses, listens to their needs and takes action by collecting and collaborating with their networks and partners across the whole journey.

The University of Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

The University of Edinburgh Business School maintains a clear mission, focus and vision for the future including advancing their standing among business schools and being recognised as a progressive and connected community for thought leadership on the national and global stage. In essence this translates to “inspiring people to do business better”. Edinburgh Business School’s mission is to develop effective and responsible leaders by creating insightful knowledge and inspiring minds in dialogue with the world around them.  Their vision is to be recognised as a progressive and connected community for thought leadership on the international business stage

The Kühne Foundation

The non-profit Kühne Foundation was established by the Kühne family in Switzerland in 1976. Today it is renowned for its initiatives to support academic and further education as well as research in the fields of logistics and supply chain management. The Kühne Foundation is also strongly involved in medical, cultural and humanitarian projects. It is an operative foundation, which develops almost all of its projects itself. Through its extensive funding projects, the Kühne Foundation and its donor Klaus-Michael Kühne exercise their socio-political responsibility.The Kühne Foundation pursues the goal of supporting and developing logistics as an academic field.