Master of Advanced Studies
in Humanitarian Logistics and Management


Gerard de Villiers


Gerard is a professional transportation engineer for almost 38 years and specialises in transport economics, logistics and supply chain management at Arup Consultants since May 2011 in Johannesburg, after four years as Chief Logistics Officer of World Vision International.

He started his career as a railway engineer in 1979 and subsequently spent time at various consulting engineering companies in transport, transport economics, humanitarian logistics, freight logistics and supply chain management projects.

He was logistics specialist from 2004 to 2005 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research where he served as co-leader of the team that developed the first Freight Logistics Strategy for South Africa. More recent projects include project leader for the development of a container terminal strategy for Transnet Gauteng terminals, the Regional Corridor Development Strategy study for the Department of Transport and the North-South Corridor Rail Pre-Feasibility study from Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Durban in South Africa.

Gerard has various local and international post-graduate qualifications and teaches part-time at the University of Pretoria as well as the Università della Svizzera italiana in Switzerland. He was Honorary Professor at the University of Pretoria from 2009 to 2011.

He is a Fellow of SA Institution of Civil Engineering, member of many other local and international vocational societies and has presented technical papers at conventions, seminars and vocational societies in South Africa, the US and Australia. He has also contributed to "Business Logistics Management" textbook published in 2002 as well as co-editing "Strategic Logistics Management", published in 2008 and revised in 2016. He also provided input to "Land Use Management and Transportation Planning", published in 2015 and "Transportation, Land Use and Integration: Applications in Developing Countries, published in 2017.

His qualifications include:

  • BSc Eng (Civil), University of Pretoria  1979
  • BCom Hons (Transport Economics), UNISA 1984
  • BEng Hons (Transportation Engineering), University of Pretoria 1986
  • Certificate in Logistics Management, University of Pretoria 1991
  • MSc (Logistics), Aston University (UK) 2009


Supply Chain Management Principles class + Prof. Gerard de Villiers at MASHLM