Prof. Dr. David Gonsalvez
Prof. Dr. David Gonsalvez

Ex Chief Executive Officer & Rector Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation, Malaysia

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.

Research Interest

  • Future of Urban Mobility
  • Autonomous Freight
  • Supply chain risk management
  • Logistics Clusters
  • Impacts of price volatility on supply chain cost
  • e-Commerce distribution models

Teaching Interest

Graduate level: Manufacturing Sytems, Logistics Systems, Retail Supply Chains and E-commerce, Procurement Fundamentals, Transportation Systems, Systems Optimization.

Executive education: Procurement for Purchasing Professionals, Vehicle Logistics, General Supply Chain Management, Retail Supply Chains & E-commerce, Railways Operations.



  • Sumantran V., Fine C., & Gonsalvez D. (2018). “Going Mobile: The Personalized, On-Demand Future of Urban Transportation,” MIT Sloan Management Review, Spring 2018.


  • Sumantran V., Fine C., & Gonsalvez D. (2017). “A framework for driving change in urban mobility,” Supply Chain Management Review, December.
  • Sumantran V., Fine C., & Gonsalvez D. (2017). “Faster, Smarter Greener – The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility,” The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.


  • Gonsalvez D. & Inman R. (2016). “Supply chain shared-risk self-financing for incremental sales,” The Engineering Economist, 61(1),23-43, doi:10.1080/0013791X.2015.1094562.

Conference Presentations


  • Gonsalvez, D. (2018, November). The Environmental Supply Chain & The Circular Economy, Opening Keynote Speech at the 7th Supply Chain Innovation Summit 2018, Singapore
  • Gonsalvez, D. (2018, October). Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility, Presented at the Pan Asia Forum “Smart City Smart Mobility”, Shanghai, China
  • Gonsalvez, D. (2018, July). Supply Chains & The Circular Economy, Presented at the Edge SME Forum on the Circular Economy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Gonsalvez, D. (2018, January). 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, (together with V. Sumantran)


  • Gonsalvez, D. (2017, October). Faster, Smarter, Greener: Future Mobility, Keynote Speech at Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) China Congress, Shanghai, China
  • Gonsalvez, D. (2017, May). Supply Chain Innovation in Pharma – An Outsider’s Perspective, Keynote Speech at Roche Asia Pacific Annual Leadership Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Gonsalvez, D. (2017, May). Supply Chain Innovation in Pharma – An Outsider’s Perspective, Presentation to the Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Gonsalvez, D. (2017, April). E-commerce: The Grocery Challenge, Keynote Speech at Global Supply Chain Innovation Forum, New Delhi, India


  • Gonsalvez, D. (2016, December). Three Kings of Grocery Delivery: A Perspective on E-commerce success and failure, Supply Chain Innovation Conference, Singapore
  • Gonsalvez, D. (2016, August). Supply Chain Innovation, Sime Darby Industrial Leadership Meeting, Malacca, Malaysia
  • Gonsalvez, D. (2016, April). Procurement Innovation, Sime Darby Group Procurement Leadership Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


  • Gonsalvez, D. (2015, September). Supply chain innovation: Opportunity and challenge, Keynote presentation at the 9th Express Logistics & Supply Chain Conclave, Mumbai, India.
  • Gonsalvez, D. (2015, April). Supply chain innovation, Keynote presentation at the Workshop on “Planning for a Stronger Supply Chain in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries” sponsored by Novartis, Roche, and Zaragoza Logistics Center. Basel, Switzerland.

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