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Lausanne, Switzerland

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Cross-border Research Association, CBRA, formally established in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2005, is an independent research institute focusing on advanced supply chain security, crime prevention, risk management, cross-border trade and logistics, trade facilitation, coordinated border management, and public-private co-operation research, training and consulting – all this in the context of global supply chains and logistics systems.

Other CBRA-competencies include international standardization work, particularly in the context of supply chain security management; development of quantitative economic models, including cost-benefit analysis; development of e-learning applications; as well as execution of scientific dissemination, particularly in the context of European FP7 and other research projects.

The CBRA research team - consisting currently of four staff members (Aug.2014) - is collaborating closely with / providing guest lectures at HEC University of Lausanne in Switzerland, Riga Technical University in Latvia, University of Costa Rica, Shanghai Customs College in China and a handful other top Universities and training institutes on worldwide basis.

CBRA works with both public sector and private sector actors, while carrying out this research, for the benefit of business and government practitioners, policy makers and academics alike.

Scope and activities

Supply Chain Security and Global Trade Facilitation

  • Research activities

    Research is the ´R in CBRA´ – our main activity since the beginning, the bread and butter for our institute. During the past ten years our team has carried out a multitude of research projects in supply chain security and trade facilitation, varying from a four month study on 21st century supply chain models (with the World Customs Organization) to a three year research and development project on risk management in global container logistics systems (FP7-CASSANDRA –project). CBRA´s role in these and many other research projects include literature reviews; methodology development; surveys and case studies; qualitative and quantitative modeling; metrics development and impact assessments; and so forth.

    Besides research projects with the World Customs Organization (e.g. in Customs risk management), and European Framework Program 7 (e.g. INTEGRITY, LOGSEC, FOCUS, SAFEPOST, CWIT and CORE), we have carried out projects with the Swiss Science Foundation (e.g. in Interplay between supply chain companies and authorities to improve supply chain security); with the World BASC Organization in Latin America (survey with BASC member companies); and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO, in Switzerland (survey on e-customs services); just to name but few examples.

    We look forward to working with world-class partners – from governments, industries, non-governmental organizations and academia – also in the future, and kindly ask you to contact us on your research ideas and future consortia, including but not limited to Horizon 2020 –program. We love our research project portfolio – and strongly believe that this shows in our contributions and tangible research outcomes and results!

  • Education activities

    CBRA delivers lectures in supply chain security and trade facilitation particularly for undergrad and postgrad students at various Universities and research institutes across the world. At our “home university” in Lausanne, Switzerland, we give one lecture each year for 3rd and 4th year masters students; and another lecture for Executive MBA students – both lectures as part of Operations and Supply Chain Management –courses. At Riga Technical University we have a similar scheme both for part-time and for full-time students, as part of their International Logistics and Customs Management -courses.

    On top of these, we deliver ad-hoc lectures across the globe, not only for academics, but also for industry and government practitioners – past examples include Shanghai Customs College in China; University of Costa Rica; World FreeZones Association in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and a Security services company in Texas, USA; to name few examples. The next step in CBRA´s education services is to expand the content from current 2-6 hour sessions to 16-32 hour courses – this development takes place in particular in the context of FP7-CORE –project.

    Please feel free to contact us in case you are interested on any of the above: anything from a 2-hour overview session to a full-blown 32 hour course – we are happy to discuss this further with you.

  • Consulting activities

    Based on the 10+ years of research and education experience in supply chain security and trade facilitation, CBRA-team has started to engage also with consulting activities in these two fields. Our first references include a Trade Facilitation Master Plan –project in Abu Dhabi; an Authorized Economic Operator and Mutual Recognition Agreement –project in Thailand; as well as Air Cargo Security Screening Roadmap –project in the European Union.

    We welcome you to contact us to explore further what we have to offer for your organization – anything from a few weeks review or advisory work to a multi-month / year in-depth consulting engagement.

  • Other activities

    Other activities carried out by CBRA – time-to-time linked with Research and/or Education and/or Consulting activities – include the following: Policy reviews and recommendations; Economic models and calculations; User requirement collection; Guidebook and compendium production; Roadmap development; Future scenario development; Standardization projects; Specific web-based databases and applications; Conference organization; and Information dissemination.

    Our latest activity area covers e-learning solutions and services, particularly in crime prevention and supply chain security management, both for industries and for governmental agencies. Please send us an email to learn more about our other activities – we are also open for suggestions to expand the above list of activities in the future!

Team and collaborators

CBRA research team

cbra dr sangeeta mohantycbra lausanne switzerland

Dr. Sangeeta Mohanty holds a MAS (Master of Advanced Studies in European Integration) with a Major in International Business, and a doctorate degree in English Literature from the University of Basel, Switzerland.  She worked as a project manager, being responsible for change management workshops in the Learning and Development division of the multinational corporation, Syngenta.  Since 2011, she has been conducting research activities for Cross-border Research Association, as a Policy Analyst. She has undertaken research on international security policies and programmes, critical infrastructure and critical supply flows in the EU, challenges and complexities in global supply chains, as well as global trade facilitation, including a major study on indirect border tax de-minimis threshold levels.

 

cbra mr vladlen tsikolenkocbra bryansk russia

Mr. Vladlen Tsikolenko (M.Sc.Eng.) is the Technical Manager for Cross-border Research Association, CBRA, working in variety of research and consulting projects with CBRA since year 2005. His specialties include information systems, processes, standards and data models; mathematical modeling; logistics management; and technology management.

 

cbra dr perttu kaharicbra helsinki finland

Mr. Perttu Kähäri holds Master degrees in Engineering (Helsinki University of Technology) and in Economics (Helsinki School of Economics). He will be receiving his doctorate degree in International Business from Aalto University School of Business later this autumn, with his research focusing on management of multinational corporations. Perttu held a number of management positions during his 15 year career in DHL, within logistics, marketing, strategy, and finance, at global, European and Nordic levels, as well as in the country operation in Finland. He has managed, participated and steered numerous projects in business transformation, system implementation and process improvement, and has also worked as a consultant specializing in service business, also co-authoring books in the field. Most recently Perttu served as CFO in Are Group, one of the largest companies in Finland in property services and electrical and HVAC installations. Perttu joined CBRA in 2014 to provide expert support in select international project as a Senior Analyst.

 

cbra dr juha hintsacbra lausanne switzerland

Dr. Juha Hintsa is a senior researcher, lecturer and consultant in the fields of supply chain security and global trade facilitation. He has professional background in consumer goods, steel industry, and software sector – before shifting to his current field of interest in summer 2001. Juha has a Masters in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland and a PhD in Management from HEC University of Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2005 he founded Cross-border Research Association (CBRA) as an independent research institute to focus exclusively on supply chain security and trade facilitation research, acting as the Executive Director and a Board Member for CBRA. Juha has published around 45 articles in academic and practitioner journals and proceedings, as well as in publicly available governmental and industry reports. He makes contributions with the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA EMEA) regulatory affairs working group and European Committee for Standardization (CEN); he is a member of the Partnership in Customs Academic Research and Development (PICARD) advisory group for the World Customs Organization; and editorial board member for the Journal of Transport Security and the World Customs Journal.

 

Research collaborators

cbra mr toni mannistocbra lausanne switzerland

Mr. Toni Männistö is a PhD candidate at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where his PhD work focuses on security of international postal service. Before embarking on the doctoral program, Mr. Männistö obtained his MSc degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University of Technology, Helsinki, in 2011. During his studies, since 2009, he has been collaborating with Cross-border Research Association (CBRA). Current research interests of Mr. Männistö include supply chain security, customs risk management, and critical infrastructure protection.

cbra mr peter myerscbra geneva switzerland

Mr. Peter Myers holds a Master of Business Administration from HEC University of Lausanne Switzerland.  He has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.  He is a retired Logistics Officer from the United States Army Reserve where he served for over 23 years.  He also has extensive private sector work including:  engineering assignments at IBM, Honeywell, and Motorola where he designed modules for embedded microprocessors.  He was awarded a patent for a period preserving timer invention while at Motorola.  His most recent assignment was as a Project Manager/Senior Project Engineer/Security Expert at a Geneva-based, global inspection company. While there he conducted a myriad of different activities including: product development for cargo track and trace, in transit visibility, port security systems, and access control systems.  He also worked on FP7 projects including CREATIF where he conducted and managed the research into CBRNE testing and co-authored three technical papers on the subject.  In collaboration with the OSCE and UNECE he co-authored the Handbook of Best Practices at Border Crossing Points. Since summer 2014, Peter acts as Security Advisor for CBRA.

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Andrew Traill, PhD, BSc(Hons) has a PhD from the University of London evaluating European short-sea and inland shipping. He has since gained over 20 years of experience in freight transport and international trade policy. Particular knowledge and expertise covers maritime, port, customs and documentation, air, road, and rail freight policy, environmental policy, maritime competition policy, the development of EU anti-terrorist security measures, industry-specific service performance indicators and joint-industry operational best practice.  Andrew spent 12 representing the freight interests of the British Shippers' Council. This was followed as Policy Director for 6 years with the European Shippers' Council (ESC) and various short-term consultancy projects, independent freelance writing, developing and managing a shippers' internet portal.  In 2011, Andrew was contracted by Green Freight Europe, supporting the development and expansion of the industry-led carbon reduction programme. Involvement with projects more recently have included the development of a AEO Mutual Recognition Agreements and a study into de-minimis thresholds - both with CBRA, and a scoping study for a major demonstration of an Urban Logistics Centre in Greater Manchester.

Research partnerships with Universities

HEC LausanneHEC Lausanne

Founded in 1911, HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland, trains capable, responsible economic leaders and entrepreneurs and generates ideas which mark their time. HEC Lausanne is regarded as a high quality academic institution, offering high-grade management and economic education and conducting prolific and visible research across various fields of business studies. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, the school is at the center of an exceptional cultural network and at the heart of a vibrant business community made up of multinationals and SMEs. Cross-border Research Association works in close research and education co-operation since year 2005 with the HEC Department of Operations.

Riga Institute of International Business and CustomsRiga Institute of International Business and Customs

Riga Technical University, RTU in Latvia is the first technical university in the Baltic countries – its history dates back to 1862 when Riga Polytechnic was founded. Long lasting traditions, advanced teaching methods, new technologies and innovative approach provide the University with the opportunity to ensure research excellence and offer exciting full-time or part-time studies in RTU in Engineering Sciences, Technologies, Natural and Environmental Sciences as well as in Architecture and Engineering Economics. Cross-border Research Association has a research and education partnership with the RTU Institute of International Business and Customs, which forms a part of Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management, since the year 2012.

The University of Costa RicaThe University of Costa Rica

The University of Costa Rica - Universidad de Costa Rica, UCR, in Spanish - is a public university in the Republic of Costa Rica, in Central America. Its main campus, Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio, is located in San Pedro Montes de Oca, in the province of San José. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious institution of higher learning in Costa Rica. It is also the most important research university in the country, and in Central America. Approximately 39,000 students attend UCR throughout the year. Since the year 2008, Cross-border Research Association has an informal research and education partnership with the Customs Administration and Foreign Trade Program of the UCR.

CBRA Board of Directors

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cbra dr juha hintsa2cbra lausanne switzerland

Dr. Juha Hintsa is a senior researcher, lecturer and consultant in the fields of supply chain security and global trade facilitation. He has professional background in consumer goods, steel industry, and software sector – before shifting to his current field of interest in summer 2001. Juha has a Masters in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland and a PhD in Management from HEC University of Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2005 he founded Cross-border Research Association (CBRA) as an independent research institute to focus exclusively on supply chain security and trade facilitation research, acting as the Executive Director and a Board Member for CBRA. Juha has published around 45 articles in academic and practitioner journals and proceedings, as well as in publicly available governmental and industry reports. He makes contributions with the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA EMEA) regulatory affairs working group and European Committee for Standardization (CEN); he is a member of the Partnership in Customs Academic Research and Development (PICARD) advisory group for the World Customs Organization; and editorial board member for the Journal of Transport Security and the World Customs Journal..

cbra dr ari pekka hamericbra lausanne switzerland

Dr. Ari-Pekka Hameri is professor of operations management at University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has been involved with numerous international research and spin-off projects dealing with industrial IT and supply chain management. He has published over 70 articles in international management and science journals concerning technology management and transfer, and management of production, projects and supply chains..

Projects and publications

  • FP7-project CORE

    FP7-project CORE

  • FP7-project CWIT

    FP7-project CWIT

  • Thailand Europe Cooperation TEC-II, PDSC

    Thailand Europe Cooperation TEC-II, PDSC

  • Trade Facilitation Master Plan for Abu Dhabi Customs Administration

    Trade Facilitation Master Plan for Abu Dhabi Customs Administration

  • FP7-project SAFEPOST

    FP7-project SAFEPOST

  • FP7-project CASSANDRA

    FP7-project CASSANDRA

  • FP7-project FOCUS

    FP7-project FOCUS

  • Customs risk management study with WCO

    Customs risk management study with WCO

  • FP7-project LOGSEC

    FP7-project LOGSEC

  • e-Customs study in Switzerland

    e-Customs study in Switzerland

  • Supply chain security standardization in Europe – case CEN

    Supply chain security standardization in Europe – case CEN

  • FP7-project INTEGRITY

    FP7-project INTEGRITY

  • World Bank Supply Chain Security Guidebook

    World Bank Supply Chain Security Guidebook

  • The 21st Century Supply Chain Model study for WCO

    The 21st Century Supply Chain Model study for WCO

  • Study on BASC-program in Latin America

    Study on BASC-program in Latin America

  • Future roles for customs brokers

    Future roles for customs brokers

  • Other CBRA key projects, publications and presentations

    Other CBRA key projects, publications and presentations

  • Download the list of all publications

    Download the list of all publications

Latest From CBRA Blog

Security vs. quality

Time-to-time security and quality management in global supply chains are considered to be of similar nature – but are they really?

Gerwin Z. & FP7-CORE

Our second blog-interview is with Mr. Gerwin Zomer, focusing on CORE - Consistently Optimised Resilient Secure Global Supply Chains.

Time-based security

Could the good old phrase ´time is money´ - used already by B. Franklin, the 18th century – be applied to 21st century supply chain security?

Eyes on Horizon 2020

Horizon2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program ever, with €80 billion in funding. CBRA aims to play an active role in H2020.

More on crime taxonomies

Continuing to explore supply chain crime taxonomies (blog 13.10.2014) - an interview with PhD Candidate Toni Männistö on his latest research results.

B2G bribery in logistics

News last week by the Transparency International on global corruption triggered CBRA´s blog topic to deal with B2G bribery in cross-border supply chains.

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