Pulling together the “largest event ever staged in the Arab world – Expo2020 Dubai” is no mean feat. Offering events, exhibitions and inspiration from 190 participating countries, with millions of visitors expected from around the world. To deliver this, procurement led cross functional teams brining a diversity of experience, expertise, and knowledge of previous expos and major events such as the Olympic Games. Innovative initiatives included online marketplace OMP, a new generation e-sourcing platform developed for the expo, to connect businesses and help them collaborate and compete for international opportunities. The project also created a portal for international participants to access information on procurement in UAE.
Best practices such as embedding procurement professionals in end user departments, harnessing technology and collaborative sourcing also caught the judges’ attention.