09 February 2021

08:15 – 08:50

Registration and networking

08:50 – 09:00

Chair’s welcome and opening remarks

09:00 – 09:25

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

Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS

09:25 – 09:55

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 and how it has helped them respond to unprecedented change during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dirk Karl, Group Executive & Chief Procurement Officer, MTN

09:55 – 10:25

  • Building supplier collaboration and innovation by working in unity to deliver on our customer promise, despite the pandemic challenges
  • Accelerating digitalisation, introducing contract e-signing across the region and rolling out a new sourcing platform for the full S2A process, as well as new tools to further strengthen due diligence in the onboarding phase
  • The importance of establishing and fostering a digital culture and digital mindset with a clear vision and purpose to enable growth and attract top talent

Maha Bouzeid, CPO, Ericsson MEA

10:25 – 10:55

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.

Sara Omer, Account Director MEA, Ivalua 

Alex Saric, Chief Marketing Officer, Ivalua

10:55 – 11:30

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.

Hamid Ahmed Alhaddad, Green Procurement Officer, ENOC

11:30 – 12:00

Networking break

12:00 – 12:30

The pandemic has thrown up a number of major challenges for the events sector, forcing the industry to rapidly adapt to survive. Large-scale prestigious events are reliant on procurement to ensure their successful execution and, with events being postponed worldwide, procurement has had to react fast to renegotiate contracts and ensure successful delivery of the event at the postponed date. 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.

12:30 – 12:50

Roundtable discussions: designed to increase your knowledge and provide real solutions for some of the most critical issues the profession is facing.  Check out the roundtable topics below.

Topic one

  • 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?

Alex Saric, Chief Marketing Officer, Ivalua

Topic two

Session information coming soon…

Topic three

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

Cory Thwaites, Executive Director Procurement, TECOM

Topic four

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

Topic five

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

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

Topic six

  • Integrating supply chain management into the overall business strategy 
  • Developing long-term strategic supplier relationships
  • Leveraging supply chain management to drive business recovery in the pandemic

Samer Al Madhoun, Supply Chain Strategist & Managing Partner MUHAKAT

12:50 – 13:30

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

Cory Thwaites, Executive Director Procurement, TECOM

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 – 15:00

The importance of resilience in procurement and supply has been thrust into the spotlight since the COVID-19 outbreak. How can we better identify, manage and mitigate risk to ensure business continuity in an age of unprecedented disruption? This panel will discuss:

  • How to build resilience into your supply chain without compromising efficiency
  • Developing robust business continuity plans for a post-COVID world
  • Responding quickly and decisively to risks across your organisation

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

Samer Al Madhoun, Supply Chain Strategist & Managing Partner MUHAKAT

Hani Al Saigh, GM Technology procurement, STC

15:00 – 15:30

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

15:30 – 16:00

Networking break

16:00 – 16:40

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.

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

Waleed Al Saeedi, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Culture & Tourism, Abu Dhabi

16:40 – 17:10

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.

Waleed Al Saeedi, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Culture & Tourism, Abu Dhabi

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

17:10 – 17:20

Closing remarks and end of conference

Please note, agenda is subject to change without notice