Please note: All times shown on the programme are BST

06.45 – 06.50

Opening remarks and welcome to CIPS Global Emma Scott, Global Head of Content, CIPS

Australia and New Zealand Focus

07.00 – 07.30

Opening keynote: Building supply chain resilience: challenges for Australia and New Zealand

  • Highlighting the need for AZ businesses to prioritise supply chain transformation resilience
  • Identifying the capabilities needed to enable and enhance integrated supply chains
  • Shifting toward a ‘risk based’ model through prioritisation and building capacity

Ben Ludik, Head of Procurement, Fleet and Property. Water Corporation in Western Australia

Sharon Morris, General Manager – Australia & New Zealand, CIPS

07.40 – 08.10

Panel discussion: Supplier diversity – ensuring your processes support indigenous-owned suppliers

  • Establishing positive diversity benchmarks and how your organisation can comply with them
  • Truth-telling and why reconciliation efforts may still be needed when conversing with indigenous-owned suppliers
  • Avoiding tokenism with genuine and respectful procurement practices

Glenn Johnston, Director, Procurement & Business Support, Infrastructure NSW

Sean Barnes, Director of Social Procurement, The Ākina Foundation
Joanne Kennett, Senior Manager, Social Procurement & Workforce Development, Transport for NSW
Tania Pouwhare, General Manager, Community and Social Innovation, Auckland Council

08.20 – 08.30

ANZ Reflection

During this session the chairs will discuss the themes, trends and challenges covered during the ANZ Focus.

Sharon Morris
Glenn Johnston

08.30 – 09.00


MENA Focus

9.00 – 9.30

Case study: Procurement for “mega-events”

Sam Achampong, General Manager – CIPS Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

Anis Tabka, SVP Procurement & Contracts – EXPO 2020 Dubai

9.40 – 10.10

Presentation: Building a sustainable In-Country Value addition strategy

  • Diversifying in-country industries and promoting local businesses 
  • Developing competitiveness between enterprises to develop suppliers on both regional and global stages
  • Creating a culture of responsible innovation and entrepreneurship with tools and knowledge

Sam Achampong,  General Manager – CIPS Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

Adil Al Mulla, CEO, ARC Associates and former SVP Etihad Airways

10.20 – 10.30

MENA Reflection
During this session the chairs will discuss the themes, trends and challenges covered during the MENA Focus.

Sam Achampong
Emma Scott

10.30 – 11.00


Africa Focus

11.00 – 11.30
Skills workshop: The future-proof competencies to drive success
  • Identifying new ways to attract exceptional talent
  • Retaining said talent and nurturing career progression 
Speaker: Wael Safwat, Principal Director Middle East, Accenture. Chairman of CIPS MENA Fellows Board
11.40 – 12.10

Panel discussion: Promoting transparency and increasing end-to-end supply chain visibility

  • Outlining your organisation’s role in promoting transparency in every part of the supply chain
  • Professionalising behaviours within organisations to promote procurement’s role in overcoming corruption
  • Traceability as the backbone of a sustainable product system to verify social and environmental claims

Sara Bux, General Manager – Southern Africa, CIPS 

Stephen Ashcroft, Director, General Services and Procurement, African Development Bank Group
Sanet Shepperson, Executive Head Properties and Procurement, Cell C
Dr Faith Mashele, Co-Founder Makgarebe A Mahikeng
Preston Hwena Chartered FCIPS, Supply Chain Management Specialist, Chairperson for CIPS Zimbabwe

CIPS Gauteng Branch

12.20 – 12.30

Africa Reflection
During this session the chairs will discuss the themes, trends and challenges covered during the Africa Focus.

Sara Bux, General Manager – Southern Africa, CIPS 
Emma Scott, Representation Manager, CIPS

Europe Focus

12.40 – 13.10

Presentation: How supplier collaboration can meet challenges of sustainability, supply chain resilience and supplier innovation in a VUCA world

Stephen Cleminson, Alliances Director, Ivalua

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 14.30

Panel discussion: “Future-proofing” procurement – building resilience in supply chains

  • Investing in new technologies to optimise performance in supply chains 
  • Is the “just in time” model still optimal for your business? 
  • Building trust and increasing visibility through more transparent supply chains

Emma Scott, Representation Manager, CIPS

Lydia Blackwood, Head of Sourcing, The Crown Estate
Arjun Varma, Global DIrector & Head of Strategic Capacity Management, Beiersdorf
James Westgarth, Senior Director, Procurement, Lufthansa Group

14.40 – 15.10

Presentation: ESG as part of an integrated supply chain strategy

Andrea Barrett, Vice President for Social Responsibility & Sustainability, Electrocomponents

15.20 – 15.40

How to build and strengthen your supply chain resiliency

Selene Silvestri, Associate Partner, Supply Chain, FICO

15.50 – 16.00

EMEA/Americas Crossover
The crossover session will bring together the EMEA and Americas chairs for a discussion about the themes covered during the EMEA Focus and their similarities with, or relevance to the topics of interest within the Americas Focus sessions.

Emma Scott, Representation Manager, CIPS
Bill Michels, Vice President of Operations, CIPS

16.00 – 16.15


Americas Focus

16.15 – 16.30

America Focus Session

Bill Michels, Vice President of Operations, CIPS

Emma Scott, Representation Manager, CIPS

16.40 – 17.10

Panel discussion: Weathering the next storm – preparing your supply chain 

  • A focus on supply shortages and escalating prices and how to mitigate their effects on your business 
  • Using data and improving data management to protect yourself from future disruptions 
  • Creating effective contingency plans to ‘weather the next storm’ sustainably

Bill Michels, Vice President of Operations, CIPS


Jim Townsend, Chief Procurement Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance

17.20 – 17.50

Closing keynote: Optimising spending to protect our planet and its people

Bill Michels, Vice President of Operations, CIPS

17.50 – 18.00

Closing remarks from Chair