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.



As technology company Turkcell grew and developed, strategic procurement became ever more crucial to the business. As part of its people development strategy, the employer brought in a training initiative to develop recruits with a dedicated ‘Purchaser Development Cycle’.

The scheme was designed to transition people from transactional procurement, through recruitment, development and then performance management, to give them strategic procurement skills and increase their knowledge from category-based expertise up to multi-sectoral knowledge. The end-to-end training provided in the first year of the procurement journey, as well as Turkcell’s Young Talent Programme, helped the company boost performance and retain valuable employees.

In a bid to encourage entrepreneurial thinking among employees, the tech company runs an ‘innovation and entrepreneurship bootcamp’ in partnership with MIT. At the most recent bootcamp, under the watchful eye of MIT instructors, attendees considered the ‘internet of things’, blockchain, presentation and pitching.

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