Sascha Claude Bender, currently the Head and Director of Procurement of Majid Al Futtaim Shopping Malls in Dubai/UAE, started his Procurement career at Citibank in Germany. During his 13 years in the company he steadily progressed his career in Procurement and held several leadership positions, such as the EMEA IT Hardware Category Lead, the Procurement Head Germany & Northern Europe, as well as the Procurement Head Middle East and Africa. In 2015 Sascha changed to Majid Al Futtaim, and won with his team the 2017 Middle East CIPS Award for the Most Improved Procurement Organization. He is a certified MCIPS and holds a degree in Business Economics and Administration. Sascha is highly specialized in Procurement process engineering, Procurement automation, Procurement software systems and digitization.