09 February 2022

08:30 – 09:10


09:10 – 09:30

Welcome from CIPS

09:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:40

During this session you’ll hear examples of how sustainability goes beyond local sourcing. It will explore strategies, tactics and targets that support long term relationships and how to attract suppliers, investors, customers and talent with the alignment of the UN SDGs.

10:40 – 11:20

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 manage risk and demonstrate value across the business.

11:20 – 11:40

Networking Coffee Break

11:40 – 12:25

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.

12:25 – 13:00

13:00 – 13:40

Networking lunch

13:40 – 14:40


14:45 – 15:45


This session examines the development of long-term strategic relationships to better manage external stakeholders for business continuity and the value of engaging stakeholders and aligning interests.

We are in a world of continuous change. It’s no longer enough to focus on negotiations, but what are the key soft skills we need to address in an ever-changing market? In this session we will explore strategic negotiation insights for excellence in procurement strategies, and the impact soft skills gaps can have on results.


Session information coming soon…

15:45 – 16:05

Networking coffee break

16:10 – 16:35

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?

16:35 – 17:20

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?

17:20 – 17:30

Closing remarks and end of conference

Please note, agenda is subject to change without notice

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