The CIPS Middle East Conference and Supply Management Awards 2020 on 30 June 2020 at Rosewood Abu Dhabi has been postponed - new event format or dates to be announced.

CIPS and Haymarket Media Group (who deliver events on behalf of the CIPS) have been closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus on a daily basis and the welfare of our delegates is always front of mind.

In this instance, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the event to the nearest suitable opportunity in the future or to present this as an online, virtual event.

We have not made this decision lightly but we want to ensure we can provide the best experience possible for attendees. If you have booked on the event your booking will be automatically confirmed for the revised date, or event format, which will be announced as soon as possible.   Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Agenda - Tuesday 30 June


Registration and networking


Chair’s welcome and opening remarks


Welcome from CIPS
New decade, new opportunities, new challenges ahead for professionals in procurement and supply

Speaker: Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS


Opening keynote: Achieving innovative digital transformation in procurement 

Procurement at MTN has undergone digital transformation by getting a handle on data that enables the business to implement strategic change. Through using RPA and recruiting data scientists MTN hope to have a ‘procurement cockpit’ providing the business with market insights and accurate decision making data. In this session you will hear how MTN navigated their transformation journey.

Speaker: Dirk Karl, Group Executive & Chief Procurement Officer, MTN


Implementing strategic change through digital transformation can lead to more data-driven decision-making in procurement.

This session will explore how to overcome challenges with implementing technology and harnessing its power to maximise the effectiveness of your procurement processes. 

Speaker: Maha Bouzeid, CPO, Ericsson MEA


Keynote: The keys to successful procurement transformation

To meet the ever growing list of procurement objectives, leaders must effectively transform their organizations. While most have begun this journey, many hit roadblocks along the way which could easily have been avoided. In this session, hear how to map a path to successfully transform procurement into a source of strategic value.

Speaker: Alex Saric, Chief Marketing Officer, Ivalua


Lightning Talks: Leveraging sustainability for competitive advantage  

Leading procurement functions are unlocking the value from an embedded sustainable, responsible procurement strategy. Sustainable supply chains are a strategic imperative for attracting and retaining investors, customers and talent as consumer conscience continues to drive change and demand for more responsible goods and services. Learn from experts and leaders in procurement on how prioritising sustainable practices can place you ahead of competitors.

Speaker: Hamid Ahmed Alhaddad, Green Procurement Officer, ENOC


Coffee break


Case Study: Overcoming procurement challenges to ensure success of major events

Large-scale prestigious events are reliant on procurement to ensure their successful execution. This session will explore how to tackle negotiations with suppliers, meeting project deadlines, and working collaboratively to deliver on time, while establishing a sustainable legacy for future events.

Speaker: Anna Konoplianikova, Senior Procurement Manager Direct Spend, Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company

Anis Tabka, Senior Vice President Contracts & Procurement, EXPO 2020 Dubai


Roundtable discussions 

Practical roundtable sessions are designed to increase your knowledge and provide real solutions for some of the most critical issues the profession is facing. Led by experts, the session will run for 60 minutes, with the option to change tables every 20 minutes.

Topic 1: Navigating the pitfalls in your digital transformation

  • What are the typical roadblocks encountered on digital transformations and how can you avoid them?
  • How do the most successful leaders define success, and how do they measure it? 

Speaker: Alex Saric, Chief Marketing Officer, Ivalua

Topic 2: To be confirmed… 

Topic 3: Optimising procurement performance through data and analytics 

  • Applying spend analytics to collect, cleanse, classify and analyse spend data
  • Using data harvesting and analysis to show procurement’s value within a business 

Speaker: Cory Thwaites, Executive Director Procurement, TECOM

Topic 4: Upskilling and talent management 

  • Building in-house procurement skills and developing centres of expertise 
  • Developing talent and skills needed in the future to work alongside technology in procurement 

Speaker: Luay Naim Shalkhoub, Chief Procurement Officer, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

 Topic 5: Practising effective stakeholder management 

  • Dealing with cultural differences to overcome challenges across businesses 
  • Managing expectations and effectively dealing with stakeholders 

Speaker: Willean Master, Head of Procurement and Supply, G4S (UAE)

Topic 6: Aligning supply chain management with business strategy 

  • Integrating supply chain management into the overall business strategy 
  • Developing long-term strategic supplier relationships 

Speaker: Samer Al Madhoun, Supply Chain Strategist & Managing Partner, MUHAKAT


Case Study: Building a high performing procurement team 

As a procurement leader, how can you get the best out of your team? Getting the people element right is the most crucial to ensure you can meet business objectives. This session will explore how to effectively align people, process and technology to create business value.

Speaker: Cory Thwaites, Executive Director Procurement, TECOM


Lunch and networking


Panel Discussion: What does the future of technology look like in procurement and supply? 

How do we keep up with technological advancements and develop the necessary skills to implement new technologies successfully? This panel will discuss:

  • What are the latest technological advancements we need to be aware of?
  • The relevance of technology in procurement and supply – how can it add value to our practice?
  • What skills do we need to digitally transform our processes?

Hani Al Saigh, GM Technology procurement, STC
Samer Al Madhoun,
Supply Chain Strategist & Managing Partner, MUHAKAT


Lightning Talks: Raising the bar in procurement to achieve higher standards of practice 

In order to grow as a profession, procurement needs to continuously develop, rise to new challenges and drive improvement. This session will explore how standards are changing and how we can excel to reach new levels.

Sophia Fahlen, Head of Sourcing Business Excellence, Ericsson MEA
Samer Al Madhoun, Supply Chain Strategist & Managing Partner, MUHAKAT


Networking Break


Presentation: Abu Dhabi Value and In Country Value – What it means, it’s impact and implementation across the MENA Region

Many countries are implementing laws around In Country Value which will become mandatory in the coming years. ICV relates to building local capability and capacity in supply chains to reflect growth and diversification throughout the region. This session will discuss initiatives around ICV and how we can contribute to it.

Speaker: Khaled Mubarak Banizama, Industrial Development Dept. Director, Department of Economic Development


Panel Discussion: Economic diversification and the maturity of procurement in the MENA region  

This closing session will delve into some of the region’s economic diversification projects and discuss how they will impact and/or change the procurement profession in the MENA region. Experts will explore how the profession is maturing and forecast what skills and talent will be needed for future procurement success.

– Wael Safwat, Head of Procurement, North America, Black & McDonald; Chair, CIPS Canada
– Waleed Al Saeedi,
Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Culture & Tourism, Abu Dhabi
– Luay Naim Shalkhoub,
Chief Procurement Officer, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)


Conference close

Please note the agenda is subject to change without notice