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.

Shakti Arora

Shakti Arora is a BE (Mechanical) & MBA with over 34 years of professional experience. He is currently Group CPO (Chief Central Procurement Officer) of RAK Ceramic PJSC & CEO of Ceramin a trading arm of the RAK ceramics. His last job was with Holcim India, as CPO with a procurement volume of 2-3 billion $/annum. He has worked with India’s major business houses Tata’s, Mahindra’s and some leading MNC’s like Gillette, Holcim & Timex. His experience comes from varied industries like Automotive, Auto Components, FMCG and Electricals & Ceramics.

He has extensive experience in Purchasing, Supply Chain, Mergers & Acquisitions, Cross Border integrations, Business Development, Turnarounds. He has headed a 500Mn $ multi location company after developing it from scratch through acquisitions for Mahindra’s. At M&M he was Sr. VP – Business Development for ‘Systech’, a 1 billion $ auto component MNC as a Founder Member & Director.

Shakti’s other professional interests are creating and managing motivated teams, create environment where work is a pleasure, yet continue to set new benchmarks.

Extensively traveled internationally and had the opportunity to have gone through training at IIM, Harvard, IMD & Michigan University to name a few.

He is also a life member of Indian Institute of Materials Management and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (FCIPS).

His personal hobbies are traveling, reading, theatre & golf. He is blessed with 2 children, his son is B. Tech from IIT Mumbai and daughter is an Architecture graduate. His wife NIDHI, is M.Sc., M.PHIL & is self-employed as Wealth Management Advisor.


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