Prof. Dr. David Gonsalvez


Prof. Dr. David Gonsalvez
Chief Executive Officer & Rector
Contact: +603 7841 4801 |

Dr. Gonsalvez is the CEO and Rector at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI). He is also a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Gonsalvez is fascinated by transportation. His current research focuses on future mobility and autonomous transportation in the freight industry. He also believes that a strong foundation in procurement is essential for good supply chain leaders. To this end, he has introduced several courses in procurement in MISI both in Master’s programs and in executive education.

From 2010-2014, he was the Executive Director in charge of MIT’s Zaragoza Logistics Center(ZLC) in Zaragoza, Spain which was ranked as the best Logistics post graduate education program in Spain during his tenure. Prior to that he was the Director of Global Supply Chain Strategy, at General Motors responsible for supply chain strategy, planning, and security in GM’s supply chains worldwide. He retired from GM after a 25 year career in 2009.

Dr. Gonsalvez has a B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Ohio State University.

Recent publications:

Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility” by V. Sumantran, C. Fine, and D. Gonsalvez. MIT Press, 2017. ISBN 9780262036665 [Book]
The Personalized Future of Urban Transportation” – V. Sumantran, C. Fine, D. Gonsalvez. MIT Sloan Management Review, Spring 2018.
Going Mobile: The Personalized, On-Demand Future of Urban Transportation” – V. Sumantran, C. Fine, D. Gonsalvez. MIT Sloan Management Review – Frontiers Research Highlight, October 5, 2017.
Supply Chain Shared Risk Self-Financing for Incremental Sales” – D. Gonsalvez, R. Inman. The Engineering Economist Vol 61 (1) pp 23-43 (2016).
The Top Ten Global Health Supply Chain Issues: Perspectives from the field” – N. Privett, D. Gonsalvez. Operations Research for Health Care 3 (2014) pp 226-230.


Recent Keynote Speeches:

Supply Chains & The Circular Economy” – Presented at the Edge SME Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. July 2018
Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility” – Presented at the Automobili-D event in the North American International Auto Show, Detroit, USA, January 2018 (together with V. Sumantran)
Faster, Smarter, Greener: Future Mobility” – Keynote Speech at SAE China Congress, Shanghai, China, October 2017 (together with V. Sumantran)
Suppy Chain Innovation in Pharma – An Outsider’s Perspective” – Keynote Speech at Roche Asia Pacific Annual Leadership Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 16, 2017.
E-commerce: The Grocery Challenge” – Keynote Speech at Global Supply Chain Innovation Forum – New Delhi, India, April 11, 2017.
Three Kings of Grocery Delivery – A Case Study in Retail e-commerce” – Presented at the Supply Chain Innovation Summit 2016, Singapore, December 2016.
Supply Chain Innovation – A Perspective” – Keynote Speech at Supply Chain Innovation+ Forum, Ningbo, China, September 2016.
Procurement Innovation” – Keynote Speeches at Sime Darby Berhad & Sime Darby Industrial Annual Management Conferences, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March & August, 2016
Supply Chain Innovation – Opportunity & Challenge” – Keynote Speech at Express Logistics and Supply Chain Conclave, Mumbai, India, September 2015.
Supply Chain Innovation in Pharma” – Keynote Speech at Supply Chain Workshop organized by Novartis, Roche, and Clariant, Basel Switzerland, April 2015.