Maria Jesús Saénz

Executive Director, MIT SCM Masters Programs
Director, MIT Digital Supply Chain Transformation Lab

Dr. Maria Jesus Saenz is the Executive Director of the MIT Supply Chain Management Master Programs, an #1 worldwide ranked MIT degree that allows learners innovative educational paths in the supply chain domain, embracing the MIT experience. 

Dr. Saenz also serves as the Director of the  Digital Supply Chain Transformation Lab at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, as Research Scientist. The primary research examines new collaborative paradigms that arise while implementing new digital technologies in supply chains. Our research domains are multidimensional collaboration, digital supply chain capabilities and AI in supply chains. We apply quantitative research methodologies in order to assess how data-driven ecosystems create value.

Dr. Saenz teaches various courses at Master, PhD and Executive Education level on Digital Transformation, Supply Chain Management, Collaboration, Risks, Resilience and Project Management. Regarding her education, Dr. Saenz is certified in Leadership for Senior Executives and Participant Centered Learning by Harvard Business School. She received Cum Laude and the Outstanding Doctoral Award for her PhD in Manufacturing and Design Engineering from the University of Zaragoza, where she previously obtained her M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, while she also studied Mathematics Sciences for several years. In 2003, she received her tenure as Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Zaragoza. In 2004, she joined the newly-formed research institute MIT Zaragoza Logistics Center as Professor, and she has also served the Center as its Executive Director. She was also the Director of the Spanish Center of Excellence in Logistics. Dr. Saenz is strategic advisor of startups and has also led various international research projects for the European Commission, as well as for companies on Supply Chain Management innovation, such as Dell, Maersk, Coca-Cola Femsa, Mondelez, P&G, Carrefour, DHL, Leroy Merlin or Caterpillar. She is co-author of more than 100 publications, including books and articles in leading international Journals. Her knowledge transfer work has received 17 awards and her research was cited in the media including Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, WSJ, Forbes, Financial Times Press or Supply Chain Management Review. She has interacted with business leaders as guest keynote speaker in more than 15 countries.


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