Namibian - German Centre For Logistics
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Welcome to the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics!

Without logistics there is no economic development or activity at all. Logistics is the key activity in every economy and in our globalized world. To perform properly, logistics need know-how, skilled people, adequate infrastructure and appropriate technology.

The Namibian-German Centre for Logistics is unique in the region. We are the only ones to combine

academic expertise with practical know-how in logistics,
research with economic skills,
practitioners with experts
state of the art logistics from Europe with familiarity of African markets

Liaise with us to learn more!

Our Partners

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Logistics Know-How for Development

  • The setting:

    A working transport system is vital for economic development. Efficient, reliable and sustainable logistics are essential precondition to accommodate customer demand, keep storage costs at a minimum and secure replenishment of materials for production.

    The significance of the topic goes far beyond national borders. Integrated logistics are essential particularly for the landlocked states like Zambia or Botswana. On a basic level, working transport systems ensure supply of customable goods even in remote areas of SADC-countries. On a higher level, Namibia and SADC countries as members of the competitive globalized world need to strengthen the position of the local industry.

    To achieve these goals, the industry has to improve its performance through better service, professional management, target- and client- oriented development, and further education of professionals.

  • Our mission:

    NGCL strives for excellence in logistics. Our mission is to contribute to the economic development of the country and the region by providing the expertise and strategies that promote and further logistics.

    NGCL thus started its activities with education. We educate the future leader of the logistics industry, train staff and provide skills that the industry needs to realise its full potential. But the Centre immediately expanded its activities with research since knowing and learning more about the specific conditions of logistics in Southern Africa is essential not only for proper education but also for developing new strategies for the industry. Excellence also needs a sound network of experts. That’s why we aim at gathering and connecting local and regional companies, industry partners and the administration and authorities in networking events and conferences.


What we Offer

The portfolio of the Centre is developed from a needs-based approach, according to what is needed to let logistics become a powerful motor for economic development. These four main fields of action are
Education and Training – Applied Research – Consulting – Networking

  • Education

    In cooperation with the two partner universities NGCL offers four university programmes.
    These are:

    Bachelor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    Bachelor of Transport Management
    Bachelor Honours of Logistics
    Master of Logistics

    All focus on the specific needs and challenges of logistics in the SADC region. These are for example effective usage of port and logistics corridor, supply chain management for sparse regions and value added services in logistics. Students get holistic insights in business processes, technology, information systems and legal framework. The programmes are theoretically based but give a strong emphasis on practise. Logistics practitioners from the region and experts from abroad gave important input in the curriculum development for maximum practical relevance of the content.

    Students are furthermore integrated in the centre’s technology transfer projects to gain real life experiences. Our alumni are part of an international alumni network through DAAD.

  • Training and Short courses

    In order to keep up with competitors and to use resources more efficiently, logistics and transport professionals need constant continuing education in their field. To facilitate the continuous education and development of logistics and transport professionals the centre has secured Accredited Education Provider status for some renonwn professional bodies:

    Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transportt
    Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply
    Operations Management Association for Southern Africa

    The Centre is also member of the Supply Chain Council.

    As Accredited Education Provider for CILT, we have many years of experience in offering the following qualifications:

    „International Advanced  Diploma in Transport and Logistics“ in Windhoek, Luderitz and Walvis Bay
    „International Diploma in Transport and Logistics“ in Ongwediva, Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Luderitz

    For your convienence, we do also offer tailor-made training for your staff, just contact Brigthen for details



  • Applied Research

    Our goal is to provide a centre of excellence for logistics in Namibia. Therefore, we started our research work by initiating a major project called “State of Logistics in Namibia”, which comprised a thorough survey-based examination of the situation of relevant industry sectors and companies in the country. Thus we are guided by the results of our “State of Logistics” project, but also feedback from stakeholders following the annual workshop and, most importantly, by the government’s requirements as expressed in their NDP_4 and vision 2030 documents. These unanimously point to logistics and one of the key factors that will influence the future of the country, and the region. This gives a lot of starting points for more research work.

    With this major work accomplished we have settled a sound base for our Applied Research. This entails for example analysis of supply chains, identifying bottlenecks, finding solutions for procurement challenges, or identifying your companies opportunities with the expansion of the port in Walvis Bay or the use of dryports. Contact Chris or Logan if you want to learn more!


Our Partners

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  • 2014

    • Lambourdiere, E., Savage, C.J. and Corbin E., (2014) “Global Supply Chain Management and Logistics Partnerships: A LSP’s Downstream Programme Perspective”, Logistique & Management Vol. 21, No.
    • Savage, C.J., Bamford, C.G., Fransman, L. & Jenkins, A.K., (2014), ‘Namibia would like to become a regional gateway by developing a global logistics hub: Will this aid development or frustrate it?’ in proceedings of ISL 2014, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
    • Fransman, L. and Savage, C., (2014), ‘Can Namibia become a regional gateway by developing a logistics hub around Walvis-bay’s port?’, Nawa Journal of Human Sciences, 8(1), June 2014.


  • 2013

    • Leach, D.Z., Maden, W. and Savage, C.J., (2013) “High-capacity vehicles: An investigation into their potential environmental, economic and practical impact if introduced to UK roads.”, International Journal of Logistics Research & Applications: A Leading Journal of Supply Chain Management, 16:6, 461-481, DOI: 10.1080/13675567.2013.856390
    • Fransman, L.; (2013), Multiagent based systems a better platform for transport collaboration in developing countries, Working paper presented at the International conference on business innovation and growth, Gaborone, Botswana, July, 2013.
    • Savage, C.J., Fransman, L. and Jenkins, A.K., (2013) “Logistics in Namibia: Issues and Challenges”, Journal of Transport & Supply Chain Management, S.A.
    • Savage, C.J., (2013) “Becoming a regional gateway by developing logistics hubs: A blessing or a curse?”, in the International Conf. on Business Innovation & Growth, Botswana.
    • Savage. C.J., Fransman, L. and Jenkins, A.K., (2013) “Logistics in Namibia: Issues and Challenges – re-engineering for competitiveness” in Logistics Research Network conference, Birmingham, UK.
    • Gibson, R. and Savage, C.J., (2013) “Know your risk, know your appetite for growth”, Operations Management, Number 1, February 2013, UK
    • Fransman, L.; (2013), Multi-agent collaboration platforms: Are they feasible for the Namibian Transport Industry?, in proceedings of International Conference on Engineering & Business Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICEBE), Windhoek, Namibia, 07 – 10 October, 2013, pp. 182-188
    • Gibson, R. and Savage, C.J., (2013) “Know your risk, know your appetite for growth”, Logistics & Transport Focus, Vol. 15. No. 5, May, 2013, UK
    • Gibson, R. and Savage, C.J., (2013) “Supply chain resilience: The possible application of triple bottom line costing to supply chain risk management.”, 18th International Symposium on Logistics, Vienna, Austria.
    • Lambourdiere, E., Savage, C. and Corbin E., (2013) “Global supply chains, logistics clusters and economics growth: What could it mean to Caribbean territories?”, C.O.T.E (Conference on the economy), Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
    • Schmidt, T. und Hofmann, S. , (2013), „Performance Improvement through Logistics Management Software – A Case Study of a Namibian Logistics Service Provider“
    • Böhlke-Itzen, J. (2013), „Logistikausbildung in Afrika – die Welt begreifen, um sie zu bewegen“
  • 2012

    • Kampf, R., Průša, P. & Savage, C. (2012) Systematic location of the public logistic centres in Czech Republic. Transport, Taylor & Francis, 26:4, 425-432
    • Lambourdiere, E., Corbin, E. and Savage, C. (2012) Logistics service providers’ globalization strategies and organization networks. In proceedings of Recontres Internationales de la Rechesche en Logistics (RIRL), Montreal, Canada.
    • Lambourdiere, E. and Savage, C. (2012) Logistics Service Providers and the Transport geography of Global supply Chains. In proceedings of International Geographical Congress (IGC), Cologne.
    • Lambourdiere, E. and Savage, C. (2012) The LSP and the “Teminalisation” of supply chains. In proceedings of World Congress of Regional Science Associations International (RSAI), Timisoara, Romania.
    • Leach, D.Z., and Savage, C., High capacity vehicles: An assessment of their potential environmental, economic, safety and practical impact if introduced to UK roads. (2012), In proceedings of Logistics Research Network Conference (LRN), Cranfield, UK
    • Jenkins, A.K., Fransman, L. and Savage, C., Logistics in Namibia: Issues and challenges. In proceedings of 2nd Carpathian Logistics Congress (CLC), 2012, Jeseník, Czech Republic.

    NB    Full report published as “Logistics in Namibia: Issues and challenges”, The Polytechnic of Namibia, (2012) ISBN 978-99916-884-0-4

    • Lambourdiere, E., Savage, C. and E., Corbin, (2012) Global supply chains, logistics clusters and economic growth: What is could mean to Caribbean territories? In proceedings of Conference on the Economy (COTE), Trinidad & Tobago.
  • 2011

    • Mbai, N., Savage, C., Průša, P., (2011), The wider ramifications and sustainability of global supply chain developments (A Namibian case study). In: Proceedings of the Carpathian Logistics Congress, Podbanské, Slovakia.
    • Schmidt, T., Mbai, N. and Fransman, L., 2011. Challenged by Economic Growth: Logistics in Namibia. Erschienen in Business und Innovation, 2(2011), pp. 52.

Excellent staff for a Centre of Excellence

Backbone of our work is our staff. NGCL takes utmost care of the continuous qualification of its staff, on every level and for every individual. Our mission of educating future leaders and building excellence does not stop with our staff but it starts right there. Our employees go on trainings regularly, gain experience abroad, and update their know-how on several regional and international conferences.

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    Neville Mbai, Director

    Neville hold an Honours in Logistics and a Masters in Maritime Transport (International Shipping) from the University of Plymouth, UK. He is NGCL’s director since 2013 and is since its inauguration in 2009 staff member of the NGCL. He is responsible for the overall strategy of the Centre, partnerships, cooperations and donor relationship management. Father of three daughters, Neville enjoys his family life, and if time allows, watching (!) soccer.  ++264 – 61 – 207 2869

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    Chris Savage, Applied Professor

    Originally a microbiologist, Chris migrated to industrial engineering and operations research before becoming a logistician. He worked for a 15 years in process industries such as pharmaceutical, film and animal feed manufacturing as well as brewing and then spent another 15 years as a logistics consultant working in the UK, Hong Kong, Europe and Australia before joining academia in 2002. He spent 9 years at the University of Huddersfield in various positions culminating in the post of Principal Lecturer (Transport & Logistics) and Director of Outreach & Enterprise (Applied Sciences). He is the author of a number of logistics related publications and monographs as well as academic papers and articles. After being appointed as head of the research department at the NGCL he chose to focus on the state of logistics in Namibia and the requirements for successful port-centric logistics clusters as the foundation for future research endeavours. Holding qualifications in biology, industrial engineering, management and logistics, Chris is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and the Higher Education Academy. Outside work, he has been joined in Namibia by two of his three daughters, whilst the eldest has remained in the UK to manage a transport operation for Michelin Tyres and look after her own daughter.
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    Logan Fransman, Research Assistant

    Logan is a young and ambitious graduate originally from a business computing background. He moved into Logistics ICT before recently changing his focus to the field of logistics and transport research. The move into Logistics ICT has driven his knowledge into specialized fields like: asset management systems, tracking and tracing as well as RFID and barcoding systems. Logan is vital part of our research department where he focuses on transportation systems and IT in logistics in general. Logan is a true jack of all trades device, and since its inauguration contributing to the Centre’s success story. Logan is also the head of a young family that occasionally enjoys a bit of social tennis.
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    Brighten Simasiku, Project Manager

    The head of our Commercial Department has a background in education and since then enjoyed extensive further training and qualification in project management and consulting. Brighten joined the team in 2013 and has since then proven his excellent qualities with our industry partners, the organisation of NGCL’s annual conference and professional networking. Brighten is known for his good communication skills that compliments his hardworking nature. Finally being a father of two bubbly kids, its no wonder he enjoys the silence when hiking in his spare time.
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    Sylvester Kaukungua, Coordinator Short Courses

    Sylvester has long-term and first-hand experience in logistics in Namibia and knows his industry in and out. He is responsible for the short courses that NGCL offers to industry, but also lectures on all of these, where he can feed-in all of his expertise in the field. Father of a sweet young boy, the little spare time he has is filled with tennis.
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    Elizabeth Nashidengo, Liaison officer

    Elizabeth is responsible for a smooth communication and collaboration with the world surrounding NGCL, primarily the Polytechnic of Namibia and our students, but also our donor (the German Academic Exchange Service) and our partner university in Germany (Flensburg University of Applied Sciences). Liz joined our team in 2013, and has since then quickly become indispensible as she connects the many parts of NGCL’s network. Besides, she is a prime example of a lady, as she enjoys sports, shopping and travelling.
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    Nikki Merceline Maletzky, Office Administration

    Our most recent team member joined NGCL in late 2013. Without her sense of order and humour, NGCL’s team would quickly find itself in chaos and resulting despair. Her love for soccer will definitely soon be appreciated and shared by her two little boys that keep her busy in her spare time.
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