09 February 2022

08.00 – 08.50


09.00 – 9.45

09.45 – 10.10

Innovation as a new way of working

Innovation is beyond digitalization and technology enablement. People are still at the heart of every function, but how do we continue to drive business value, new ways of working and our capability to progress.

Wael Safwat – Chair, CIPS MENA Fellows Committee

10.10 – 10.50

Embedding sustainable and ethical supply in your procurement strategy
During this session you’ll hear examples of how sustainability is more than local sourcing. It will explore strategies, tactics and targets that support long term stakeholder relationships and how to attract suppliers, investors, customers and talent with the alignment of the UN SDGs.


Emmanual Augusti –  Vice President for Consulting, GEP

Moderated by:

10.50 – 11.25

Working with suppliers to build capacity in local supply

The pandemic has forced businesses to source locally and we have seen an increase in In-Country Value across the region. But how is this impacting the procurement function and how can we create high performing teams to navigate and work with these challenges.


Moderated by: Wael Safwat, Chair, CIPS MENA Fellows Committee

11.25 – 11.50

Networking coffee break

11.50 – 12.30

Regional mega events and the impact on procurement while driving the sustainability agenda

The region has quickly become home to mega events and developments. What is the reality within the procurement function to deliver in line with deadlines? How is the sustainability agenda embedded for an event or development that takes years of planning?


Moderated by: Sara Omer, Middle East Sales Director, Ivalua

12.30 – 13.00

Procurement in 2030 – Embracing Change

Over the last 2 years, businesses across the world have witnessed unprecedented disruptions, the business continuity plans made on paper were put to action. With the realignment in strategies, the procurement department felt the maximum pressure of delivering more with less resources. This session will address the journey of how the Purchasing function will evolve in the next 10 years and deliver value by building an agile and resilient operating model.


13.00 – 13.50

Networking Lunch

13.50 – 14.20

Strategy and technology united: Minimising the impact of change management

Quite often we see companies embarking on their digital transformation journey with many internal and external stakeholders involved. Most of these companies acknowledge the criticality of the change required internally, but change amongst external parties is equally crucial. Fact is — strategy, services execution and technology are typically different domains with different vendor bases. The closer (and earlier) we introduce those parties to each other and help build a strong working relationship, higher are the chances for the project to succeed.

Abdel Halim Ahmed – Head of Middle East and Africa, GEP Worldwide

14.20 – 15.00

Building resilience into your supply chains

Over the past 18 months we have seen a huge disruption in our supply chains. As we look into the next 12 months, what issues may we face and how do we optimise our procurement function to become risk savvy and demonstrate value across the business.


Sulaiman Abdulla- Manager – Procurement & Contracts, Telecommunications and Digital, Government Regulatory Authority 

Sofiya Poland –Head of Procurement, Al Masaood

Natasha Schulz – Group Head of Procurement, Evercare

Moderated by:

Cory Thwaites- Executive Director Procurement, Dubai Holding Asset Management

15.00 – 15.30

Managing emotions in negotiations

We are in a world of continuous change. Our emotions often get the better of us, especially in high pressure scenarios or in situations which involve conflict. During this session we will explore how to make intelligent use of emotions during negotiation by focusing on managing intangible interests within your procurement function. You’ll be equipped with some practical tools to implement, leading to team success.


Yael Chayu, Negotiation expert

15.30 – 16.00

Networking Coffee Break
16.00 – 16.30

CPO’s in the limelight

Over the pandemic, the procurement function rose to fame. But how do we continue to demonstrate the value of the procurement function to the rest of the business and how can you build your personal procurement brand internally and externally. How do CPO’s articulate the reality of what they do in a way that they can be understood by the wider team and what is the impact on the business?


16.30 – 17.10

Accelerating your digital transformation maturity

To meet the ever growing list of procurement objectives, leaders must effectively transform their organizations. Digitalization is essential, to free capacity, improve decision-making and enable efficient, effective collaboration with suppliers. While most have begun their digital journey, many hit roadblocks which could easily have been avoided. In this session, hear how to map a path to digitally transform procurement into a source of strategic value.


17.10 – 17.20

18:30 – 23.00

Closing remarks

CIPS MENA Excellence in Procurement Awards

*Programme is subject to change