WINNER: CIPS YOUNG PROCUREMENT AND SUPPLY PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: ADAM BEKTIC – EXPO 2020

Described as an indispensable part of the senior leadership team at Expo2020, Adam Bektic proved his mettle as a leader. He established and transformed operations, led strategy development, negotiations and risk management. He is currently procurement lead on all temporary event overlay requirements for Expo2020 and manages around AED 615 million of spend.

Bektic took on lead responsibility for the non-construction centralised procurement team for all non-real estate and delivery matters. During the past four years at Expo2020, Bektic has consistently exceeded performance targets, including a minimum 10% saving across packages procured, reduced procurement cycle times and improved compliance with key governance policies, processes and procedures. Year on year he has achieved savings on behalf of the event and in 2018 his average saving for temporary event overlay was 31%. Richard McGuire, vice president at Procurement Expo2020, praised Bektic’s “exceptional maturity and technical competence” as a procurement professional.

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