CIPS is committed to delivering conferences and events with a lively informative programme on a broad range of topics that are relevant to our global community. We seek to engage with senior procurement professionals to help us deliver the very best content and we are committed to building diversity in both our programme topics and speakers.  Our programme is still in draft and new speakers are being added each week as we continue to connect with new people.  If you would like to reach out to us about speaking at one of our events or introducing us to new and interesting speakers then please get in touch:

Day one - 08 June

Please note, to accommodate global time zones the programme has been split into 3 parts. All timings are BST.

Part one, 08:00 - 10:00 (BST)

08:00 – 08:15

Opening remarks and welcome from CIPS

08:15 – 09:00

  • Adapting to the economic challenges created by the pandemic and driving business growth through good procurement practices
  • Taking advantage of the increased profile of procurement to become more of a strategic business partner
  • Focusing on collaboration to streamline processes and supercharge efficiency.

David Ingram, Chief Procurement Officer, Unilever

09:00 – 09:15


09:15 – 10:00

  • Exploring the shift towards reshoring triggered by the pandemic and the global implications of this for supply chains
  • Assessing the risks associated with onshoring vs offshoring and striking a healthy balance.
  • Navigating a landscape of increasing protectionism and its impacts on global supply chains

Peter Munckton, Chief Economist and Head of Market Strategy, Bank of Queensland

Patrick Dunne, CPO, Sainsbury’s

Nina Bomberg, Director Global Indirect Purchasing, SEG Automotive

Part two, 13:00 - 15:00 (BST)

13:00 – 13:40

Select your breakout stream below

Stream A

Strengthening leadership and collaboration


  • Enhancing your leadership capability to develop the skills you will need to meet the challenges of the recovery
  • Making strategic decisions that will continue to elevate the profile of procurement post-pandemic
  • Developing resilience in your procurement team and maintaining morale in uncertain times

Clare Jones, Group Procurement Director, Mace

Saki Boukas, SVP Sourcing, Wood Products, Stora Enso

Stream B

Driving responsible procurement


  • Building local capability and capacity in supply chains to reflect growth and diversification
  • The impact of economic diversification projects procurement
  • The building a business case for a local sourcing strategy and securing buy-in.

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

Cory Thwaites, Executive Director Procurement, Tecom Group

Stream C

Championing innovation


More information to follow…

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

13:40 – 14:20


14:20 – 15:00

Breakout streams continued


  • Working with your suppliers to increase communication and share information on best practice for a smoother, more robust supply chain.  
  • Working with your suppliers to better mitigate risk across your supply chain and ensure continuity of supply
  • Collaborating with suppliers to increase flexibility and ensure your supply chain can meet the challenges of shifts in demand

Chris Holmes, Senior Vice President Global Sourcing, Avantor


  • Taking full ownership and responsibility of the sustainability agenda to add more value to the business
  • Engaging and collaborating with global procurement-led sustainability initiatives to spark innovation and drive the agenda forward
  • Collaborating with other departments and organisations to find easy ways of embedding sustainable practices into your ways of working

Chair: Shaun McCarthy, Chair, Supply Chain Sustainability School

Eva Chvalkovská, Expert on Responsible Public Procurement, Department of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic

Aaron Reid, Head of Sustainability and Sustainable Procurement, Balfour Beatty’s

Nathalie Richie, Supply Chain Sustainability Manager, Global Procurement, National Grid


  • How to embed digital transformation not only at the heart of the business but also across your ecosystem partners
  • How to measure the impact of successful digital transformation beyond efficiency and savings positioning your organisation as responsible business  
  • Why is digitization all about people and culture? What are the key competencies and personality traits required to lead this journey?

Wael Safwat, Head of Procurement, North America, Black & McDonald; Chair, CIPS Canada

Part three, 16:00 - 18:00 (BST)

16:00 – 16:40

Breakout streams continued


  • Navigating the procurement challenges of a mass vaccine rollout 
  • Quickly pivoting your supply chain to meet the requirements of the rollout
  • Working closely with suppliers to ensure the rollout is smooth and efficient

Jim Townsend, Chief Procurement Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance


  • Actively incorporating minority and women owned businesses into your supply chain
  • Maintaining a healthy mix of organisations of different sizes in your supply chain to unlock innovation
  • Ensuring that your commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity in your suppliers is reflected in your own procurement team and organisation

Lisa Martin, Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, GSK

Nuha Luqman, Supply Chain Management Manager, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

Carol Anne Williams, Head of Procurement, Laing O’Rourke


More information to follow…

Kristina Londakova, Policy Advisor to the CEO, Behavioural Insights Team

16:40 – 17:00


17:00 – 17:45

  • Elevating the profile of procurement through innovative projects
  • Moving beyond cost savings and turning procurement into a revenue generating function
  • Making the most of your assets and pivoting to new sources of revenue in lockdown

Simon Leigh, Group Procurement and Supply Chain Director, Whitbread

17:45 – 18:00

Closing remarks and end of day one

Please note programme is subject to change without notice.

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