Procurement and supply: Unlocking competitive advantage

Registration, coffee, exhibition & networking hub:
Meet the CIPS representative for your region, fellows and millennials and find out how exhibitors can help you.

09:15 Opening Keynote: How we reformed procurement in the UK

Francis Maude, The Rt Hon. the Lord Maude of Horsham

09:45 How to engage senior stakeholders
Sam Walsh AO FCIPS, CIPS President & former CEO of global mining giant Rio Tintowho began his career in purchasing, starts this session via video message, following which CPOs from across the region will share their stories and advice about how to engage with boardroom bosses as well as internal customers.

10:15 Innovation nations: Presentations, panel & interactive workshop 
Government’s across the Middle East have published development strategies that aim to move them towards becoming knowledge-based economies capable of sustaining their own development. Speakers will provide a brief insight into the visions of the nations they represent as well as examples of innovation and change. They will then take questions from the floor. The discussion will then be thrown open to delegates to exchange ideas on their own tables before feeding back into the room.

Mutasim M. ElHassan, Head of Business Support, Procurement Directorate, Qatar Foundation & Chairman of CIPS Sudan Branch

Lisa Campbell, Category Manager – Engineering & Construction, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

Kurt Warren FCIPS, Associate Operations Director, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, New York University Abu Dhabi & Chairman of CIPS MENA Fellows

11:15 Talking point: MENA millennials
What millennials in the region can do for you & what they expect in return.

11:20  Morning refreshments & tabletop business card swap in the exhibition hall

11:50   Break out sessions - Pick & mix deep-dive sessions

Breakout Session 1: 
Data harmonization is the foundation for spend control
Most large organisations struggle when it comes to data quality to support procurement decisions. Reports, KPI’s and prognostic simulations should analyse data to give control, advice and confidence regarding strategic decisions, but the information accessible across different systems is not matching. This results in a lack of decision confidence, ability to track strategic achievements and spend control.
Big data may solve this issue but this concept comes with enormous cost and project implementation cycles.
The speaker will demonstrate how the unique intellectual property of SynerTrade can create a harmonised supplier base and full spend control over dozens of systems within a 6-month time frame.
  • Gain back control over your global supplier base, your global spend and your material group categories
  • A new way to aggregate data across different ERP systems

Breakout Session 2: 
Procurement Strategy: Unlocking value quickly in a downturn
In tough times, smart companies invest in procurement, Dan Quinn SVP of MENA region for BravoSolution Tejari will discuss why and overview some key tools and techniques for identifying and unlocking value quickly.

12:30 Keynote:
The Strategic link between Capex and Opex purchasing for sustained growth and competitiveness

Abdullah Al-Osaimi FCIPS, General Manager, Global Projects Procurement, SABIC

12:45 Talking point: Transforming lives, the CIPS Foundation
How recipients of a CIPS Foundation scholarship have benefited over the past 12 months, what the CIPS Foundation is and how you can support it and young talent.

Dr Sijo Tom, Director, Zabeel International Institute of Management & Technology 

12:50 Lunch, networking and visit the exhibitors 

13:50 Keynote:
Unlock competitive advantage through Strategic Inventory Management and Procurement

14:05 How procurement can add value & optimise costs 
Jason Brown will discuss how the NBAD procurement team added value and raised its profile in 2016. His presentation will be followed by a panel debate and workshop to exchange ideas about how procurement and supply professionals can add value to their organisations and get noticed in the process.

15:00 On-stage Interview with TECOM's CSO

On-stage, quick-fire interview with Luc Mathern, Chief Strategy Officer, TECOM

15:30 Afternoon refreshments & tabletop business card swap in the exhibition hall

16:00 Emotional Intelligence and effective communication – learn how managing yourself and motivating others can take you to the top of your profession
Emotional Intelligence is a critical factor in distinguishing high performers and an important determinant of effective leadership and life success. Find out how to combine EI with key marketing skills to best advantage, to take you and your team to the top.

Cath Hill, Group Marketing Director, CIPS

16:45 Motivational final speaker 

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