Margaret Bawden, Chair of the IFPSM Global Standard Board
Michael Bevis is an internationally recognized thought leader in the public procurement profession. He has over 30 years of legal and procurement experience and is currently Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, where he is charged with integrating business, technology, operations and budgeting goals to further the City’s commitment to grow Norfolk’s economy and adopt programs that build a solid foundation for partnering with the business community.
Michael is passionate in his support of fellow professionals. He the immediate past Chairman of the Governing Board of NIGP; represents the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management on the Global Standard Board and is the Chair of the Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence.
Michael’s professionalism has been recognized by NIGP (Distinguished Service Award, Pareto Award of Excellence, Manager of the Year, Outstanding Agency Accreditation and Innovation awards), IFPSM (the Lewis Spangler Award), and the National Purchasing Institute.
Michael has presented academic papers and taught professional development classes throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University, the University of Maryland and has taught at DePaul University.
Michael is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School, Lincoln Memorial University and has completed post graduate studies at North Central College (Leadership Studies) and Northern Illinois University (Public Administration). He holds several professional certifications including the CPPO, CPSM and lifetime CPM.
Kune Muh Tsai
Dr. Kune-muh Tsai is a professor of Department of Logistics Management and Dean of College of Management at National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. He received his Ph. D. from Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Purdue University, M.S. from Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Northwestern University and B.S. from Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.
He has published 50+ journal and conference papers and performed 60+ industrial and academic projects. His research interests encompass logistics, supply chain management, production, simulation and optimization. Recently he also worked on cold supply chains and business sustainability. He was invited by Yamato Holdings of Japan to participate in writing the BSI standard on cold parcel delivery – PAS 1018:2017, which became ISO 23412 in 2020.
As Dean of College of Management, Professor Tsai led a team for AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation and it was granted in May 2019. He currently is Chairman of IFLS (International Federation of Logistics and SCM) and also serves as an advisory board member of ISL (International Symposium on Logistics).