Professor Douglas BOATENG, Africa’s first ever appointed Professor Extraordinaire for supply and value chain management (SBL UNISA), is an International Professional Chartered Director and an adjunct academic. Independently recognised as one of the vertical specific global strategic thinkers on procurement, governance, logistics, and industrial engineering in the context of supply and value chain management, he continues to play leading academic and industrial roles in supply chain strategy development and implementation, both in Africa, and around the world. Recognised for his contribution to the advancement of local and international aspects of supply chain management he was honoured with a Platinum Life Time Global Achievers Award (2016) and a Life Time Achievers Award (2013) by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, and its various local industry associations.

He has been an elected member of the UK’s Institute of Directors for over 20 years, and continues to assist organisations and CEOs with board level, directional, and governance matters. In addition, Professor Boateng has been publicly acknowledged by leading institutions, including the Commonwealth Business Council, for his ongoing contribution to international procurement, supply chain development and governance, and its link to emerging world long-term socio-economic development.

Education and Experience

Professor Boateng’s post-graduate career commenced in 1990 following his graduation from Cranfield University (United Kingdom), with a postgraduate degree in Transport Planning and Management. Hereafter, he was awarded an MSc in Logistics in Manufacturing Systems from the University of Central England (aka Birmingham City University, United Kingdom). In 1998 he received a Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom), and four years later was granted an Institute of Directors Graduate Diploma in Company Direction.


Current Work

As Africa’s first ever Professor Extraordinaire for Supply and Value Chain Management, Professor Boateng has extensive practical and scholastic understanding of the inextricable link between supply chain management, and among other things, business strategy and development; operations improvement; strategic sourcing aspects of procurement; service quality; strategic alliance and partnerships; mergers and acquisitions; post-merger integration and corporate restructuring; capital fundraising; win-win and sustainable strategies for public-private partnerships; SMME empowerment and development; and wider national and region-wide socio-economic development.


Africa’s first ever appointed Professor Extraordinaire for Supply and Value Chain Management.

To date he has been at the forefront of various vertical-specific industrial developmental initiatives. Some of the key sectors that he has been involved in include: pharmaceuticals, healthcare, biotechnology, specialty chemicals, transport and logistics, state-owned enterprises, the services industry, financial services, education, mining, petrochemicals, the public sector, NGO’s, government departments, manufacturing, electronics, aviation, gas, and agriculture and allied industries.

Professional and Chartered Memberships

Professor Boateng currently holds professional and charted memberships at the following institutions:

Institute of Directors Chartered Fellow United Kingdom
Institution of Plant Engineers Fellow United Kingdom
Society of Operations Engineers Fellow United Kingdom
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Chartered Fellow United Kingdom
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Fellow United Kingdom
The Chartered Management Institute Fellow United Kingdom
The Institute of Operations Management Fellow United Kingdom
Institute of Business Consulting Fellow United Kingdom
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Chartered Fellow Southern Africa
Institute of Directors Fellow Southern Africa

PanAvest International and Partners

Douglas Boateng is the founder and CEO of PanAvest International and Partners, and the President of the PanAvest Foundation. PanAvest works in partnership with forward thinking businesses and organisations to enhance their value creation, market share, and profitability. Coming together on a needs basis, PanAvest seeks to continuously assist partner organisations to profitably differentiate themselves from the competition. Over the past two decades, some of the companies and organisations that have directly and indirectly benefited from PanAvest and Professor Boateng’s expertise include: MSD, Actavis, Growth link, Beige, CBC, GMA, Engen, Liberty Life, Phd, Merck Inc., SASOL, Regional wide public sector organisations and government department, Pharmacare, Metro Cash and Carry, Rebserve, ACSA, Afrilink, ITV, BET, CNN, IPP Resources, and EATV, among many others.

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  • CEO of PanAvest International and Partners
  • Professor Extraordinaire for Supply and Value Chain Management. UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership ‒ “SBL-UNISA”
  • Independent Distinguished Extraordinary Chair in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Institute of Operations Management (IOM) Africa
  • Chairman, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Africa Strategic Advisory Board. CIPS is the world’s largest procurement and supply chain related professional body
  • Postgraduate and Doctoral supervisor for supply and value chain management ‒ SBL-UNISA
  • President, Institute of Operations Management (IOM) Africa. IOM is a principal UK professional society for operations and supply chain management in engineering, manufacturing, service industries, and the public sector

Other past and present roles include amongst others

  • Non-executive Professional Director, member of Governance Committee for a NASDAQ OTCBB exploration company
  • Advisor to the Executive Chairman of IPP Resources one of East Africa’s largest diversified mineral resources holdings groups
  • Non-executive chairman of a Mobile Marketing company ‒ Tanzania
  • Independent Deputy Chairman, South African Supplier Diversity Council
  • Emeritus Chairman of Best Practice Award and Adjudication Panel, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
  • Founding Non-executive Chairman, West African Institute for Supply and Value Chain Leadership (WAISCL)
  • Postgraduate and Doctoral supervisor for supply and value chain management ‒ WBS
  • Board member, Smart Procurement Advisory Board, the largest SCM information portal in Africa
  • Global logistics and supply chain analyst for MSD/Merck
  • Co-founder and CEO of Izodia Africa (formerly Infobank Africa)
  • Steering committee member of the Commonwealth Business Council’s IT & E-commerce Working Group
  • Member of a program related to the global pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, and biotechnology industry at MIT in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Principal Supply Chain Consultant for Ernst and Young
  • Member of Merck’s product specific Global Logistics and Supply Chain Strategy Team
  • Member of the Worldwide Strategic Team for a FTSE listed company
  • Steering committee member of Merck’s European Logistics Council

Recognitions & Acknowledgements

  • Lifetime Achievers Award from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (World’s largest vertical-specific body) for contribution to global procurement, logistics, and supply chain management
  • The first ever Professor Extraordinaire for supply and value chain management to be appointed in South Africa, and in the rest of the continent. These unique appointments are made by leading institutions of higher learning for individuals who have demonstrated major academic and industrial excellence, as well as global leadership in specific fields. In all cases, the appointee must have attained national prominence and international recognition of outstanding achievement
  • Publicly acknowledged by the Commonwealth Business Council for contribution to international supply chain management and emerging world long-term economic development
  • The first ever independent distinguished extraordinary chair to be appointed by the Institute of Operations Management (UK) to improve executive operations management training in Africa
  • Recognised as one of the carefully selected international sector-specific experts to concurrently hold elected fellowships in at least five leading international professional institutions
  • Publicly acknowledged by amongst others, Who-is-Who of Southern Africa, for his contribution to selected industrial initiatives, including e-commerce development in the developing world since 2000
  • Formally inducted into the Institute of Directors Southern Africa Wall of Fame (2008) for his contribution to international logistics and supply chain management
  • First recipient of MSD (MMD) Doctoral scholarship award for engineering business management in the UK (1991)
  • One of the youngest sector specific professionals to be admitted for membership into the United Kingdom’s Institute of Directors (1994)
  • One of the first vertical specific postgraduate students in the United Kingdom to graduate with an action research Engineering Management Doctorate in 1998, focusing on selected aspects of international Pharmaceutical/Pharma-chemical logistics and supply chain management