ProcureCon Asia 2018

July 10-July 12, 2018

Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Singapore

+65 6722 9455

ProcureCon Asia Day 1 - Mastering The Fundamentals

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM Welcome Address

Danny Levy, General Manager, WBR Singapore

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome Remarks

Gladys Caligagan, Conference Director, ProcureCon Asia

Leading Your Team in An Era of Disruption

Bhavesh Shah

Corporate Vice President, Chief Purchasing Officer

9:15 AM - 9:40 AM The CEO’s View of Procurement: Strategies to engage the C-Suite – How to work better with stakeholders to fully understand their needs and business strategy

  • Understanding your commander’s intent and expectations in becoming a strategic partner
  • Procurement transformation from the perspectives of people, process and technology
  • Supporting innovation – what are best practices to make the organisation run better and enhance experience?

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote: Procurement 2030 - Peering into the future: The trends that will shape the procurement landscape and the role of the CPO

Tarandeep Singh Ahuja, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Tarandeep leads the Procurement Practice across Asia Pacific. With more than 15 years of working experience in procurement and supply chain management, he brings extensive know-how spanning a range of industries, with a particular focus on transforming procurement organisations to accelerate value delivery, deploy digital tools and technologies and set up the organisation for its future success. This keynote will shed light on the future trends that will shape the procurement landscape and the role of the CPO.

Tarandeep Singh Ahuja

McKinsey & Company
This keynote panel delves into how to influence behavioral change within your organization. During the panel, learn how to transform your culture to execute successful procurement initiatives: what works, what doesn’t, and what’s coming down the pipeline for leading companies…because the best leaders know when balancing innovation with the bottom line, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.

  • Interlocking processes – How do you play the role of influencing focusing on things you can change instead of fighting with things you can't do?
  • Proven change management strategies – How do you win your employees’ trust, get them on board with your vision and align themselves with your procurement goals
  • Mastering domain expertise – How do you find your team’s niche capability on what it is that they do best in order to deliver excellence

Each CPO to share a 5-minute presentation of their transformation journey from scratch followed by a 15 minute Q&A

Takuto Ueha

McKinsey & Company

Kaustubh Wadekar

Group CPO

Dr. Christina S. S. Ooi

Head of Group Procurement
Malaysia Airlines

Ahmar Soorty

Chief Procurement Advisor
PLDT Group

Bernadette Maier

Head of Procurement, NEMEA, APAC, LATAM, RCIS & Greater China

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM Morning Networking Break 1

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Out-of-the-Box Keynote: Blockchain and how emerging technologies will enable the digital transformation of procurement

Keith Carter, Associate Professor, Computing / Author on Actionable Intelligence & TEDx Speaker, National University of Singapore
Keith Carter’s mission is to “Help Business succeed with Actionable Intelligence”. Keith is an Associate Professor at the NUS School of Computing, preparing students and workforce with innovative thinking and get them ready to deliver business solutions integrating data visualization and machine learning. He is the author of Amazon Bestseller Actionable Intelligence: A guide to delivering Business Results with Big Data, Fast! Keith's keynote will demonstrate what opportunities blockchain and other emerging technologies bring to procurement.

Keith Carter

Associate Professor, Computing / Author on Actionable Intelligence & TEDx Speaker
National University of Singapore

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM Keynote Presentation: What will spend management technology look like in the near future and what will be the impact of innovation on the purchasing function?

Ivalua is a global provider of spend management solutions offering a single platform with functionality for all procurement and finance processes. In this keynote presentation you will find out how to align and optimize your spend management strategy to influence and impact the top line growth of your business:

  • Source-to-pay digitalisation of today and its future look to improve transparency and data quality
  • Achieving great experience on any device
  • Deep, workflow-enabled collaboration – connecting all internal and stakeholders effectively

Speaker to be confirmed, Ivalua

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Morning Networking Break 2

Track A: Mastering Spend Management

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM Case Study Revolution: Spend analysis tools - How to piece together procurement data from various sources to achieve increased savings, mitigate risks, and improve compliance

Steve Kang, Head of Procurement, Singapore and APAC, ENGIE Services Singapore
At Engie, Steve has implemented Just-In-Time inventory management to increase productivity and reduce wastage. He has successfully set up and operationalised overseas logistics units. With a keen interest in process and cost optimisation, Steve has also spearheaded a number of automation and data analytics initiatives. During this interactive session Steve will shed light on:

  • Better strategic spending – How to leverage data that you received from finance and vendor’s management information system
  • Maximising your resources – How to double your buying team’s capacity without increasing headcount
  • Effectively managing your expenditure – How to track quantity better and reduce spend

Steve Kang

Head of Procurement, Singapore and APAC
ENGIE Services Singapore

Track A: Mastering Spend Management

1:10 PM - 1:30 PM Case Study: Real-time visibility and compliance - How to achieve compliance of every transaction, locally, nationally and even globally

  • Proactive insight to control spending – How to get a single view of all expense and invoice related spend for to drive effective decision-making
  • How to automate your entire invoice management process to cut out wasteful, error-prone manual data entry
  • How to give your entire team the visibility to make strategic decisions on spending before it happens

Reserved for Commercial Partner

Track A: Mastering Spend Management

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Case Study Revolution: Cross-catalogue search and advanced catalogue management – How to bring more spend under management while maintaining control of your approval workflows and business rules

  • How to search and order the items you need whilst automatically incorporating the correct price, SKU and other item information into your PO without the buyer’s assistance
  • Supplier self-service maintenance – How to make the process easier without losing internal control
  • How to ensure catalogue items and prices are always in sync with current contracts

Track B: Mastering Talent

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM Case Study Revolution: How can you develop your talent in procurement to build a grade A team and meet the needs of your business?

Caroline Creven Fourrier, Head of Indirect Procurement, APAC , Syngenta
With more than 10 years procurement experience across various categories and geographies (Global, Regional, country roles), Caroline is an experienced senior procurement leader working as Head of Indirect Procurement for APAC at Syngenta. During this interactive session Caroline will share:

  • What are possible career paths for procurement professionals?
  • How to develop class A procurement team?
  • Leadership also matters, how to identify and support talent’s individual growth toward leadership?

Caroline Creven Fourrier

Head of Indirect Procurement, APAC

Track B: Mastering Talent

1:10 PM - 1:30 PM Case Study: Making procurement sexy – How to attract and recruit digitally savvy talents so you have the right people, and the right number of people, to support growth

  • How to employ simulations and gaming to connect with your talent, particularly Millennials, to analyse whether your candidates are primed to succeed in a given role
  • How to identify promising candidates than a traditional interview in order to save money and reduce time-to-hire
  • How to identify valuable skills in overlooked talent pools to attract and engage the right talent

Reserved for Commercial Partner

Track B: Mastering Talent

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Panel: How can you develop new and existing talent - including millennials - to generate innovation and further the strategic development of your procurement function?

Penny Chong, Head of Procurement, Maybank Kim Eng Group Panittra Silanon, CPO, Siam City Cement Maria Luisa V. Alvendia, Chief of Staff and Chief Corporate Services Officer, PLDT Group Caroline Creven Fourrier, Head of Indirect Procurement, APAC , Syngenta
We all agree that you cannot thrive without the right people. Learn from our panel of experts on how they are developing new and existing talent to guarantee the future success of your procurement function.

Penny Chong

Head of Procurement
Maybank Kim Eng Group

Panittra Silanon

Siam City Cement

Maria Luisa V. Alvendia

Chief of Staff and Chief Corporate Services Officer
PLDT Group

Caroline Creven Fourrier

Head of Indirect Procurement, APAC

Track C: Synergy Workshops

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Synergy Workshop: Maximising blockchains value on procurement – How to streamline payments, increase transparency in the supply chain and create a backbone for enhanced collaboration

  • Blockchain 101 – What it is and what does it mean for procurement?
  • How can you make supply chains more transparent and easier to assess risk?
  • How can you help stakeholders access more detailed and more reliable information in a secure way through the entire supply chain?

Reserved for Commercial Partner

Track D: Creative Boardrooms

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM Creative Boardroom: Ethical sourcing – How can you work with your suppliers to ensure they help rather than hinder your business sustainability and ethical goals?

Qasim Hussain, Chief Procurement Officer, APAC & Africa, Kellogg
In this 50-minute closed-door session, you will have an in-depth discussion with Qasim Hussain, CPO of APAC and Africa at Kellogg, an American multinational food manufacturing including brands like Pringles, Cheez-It, Froot Loops and many more how you can drive sustainability in your organisation. Qasim is very passionate with sustainability and ethical sourcing and at Kellogg, corporate responsibility is part of their essence.

Qasim Hussain

Chief Procurement Officer, APAC & Africa

Track D: Creative Boardrooms

1:20 PM - 2:00 PM Creative Boardroom: Supply chain disruption and risk – How to synthesize external and internal data to rapidly take action and minimize the impact of a disruption

  • How to build a strong foundation to stay aware of risks, trends, and company or supplier needs at all time
  • How to create a supply chain plot plan identifying critical links and methods of communication for all players
  • How to be prepared for economic, political and technological disruptors to stay ahead of the curve

Reserved for Commercial Partner

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Networking Lunch

Track A: Mastering Category Management

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM Case Study Revolution: How to build a digitalised category management organisation to optimise the development of your indirect function

Jorge Juan Munoz Fernandez, Head of Strategic Sourcing and Transformation, Maxis
Jorge is the Head of Strategic Sourcing and Transformation of Maxis reporting to the Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, who has commercial and operational accountability of Maxis total spend (Networks, IT, Marketing, Sales, Devices, Business solutions and Corporate Services) with vendors and third parties. He is also accountable to transform the Sourcing department building a strategic sourcing unit and a Center of Procurement Excellence. Don’t miss this interactive case study where Jorge will share his insights on:

  • How you can optimise value, minimise risk and catalyse innovation with your category management approach
  • What the essential success factors are to roll out an effective category management program
  • How you can enhance your team’s strategic reach and impact on the enterprise

Jorge Juan Munoz Fernandez

Head of Strategic Sourcing and Transformation

Track A: Mastering Category Management

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM Case Study: The state of the art of Asian category management - How to focus and specialise when your portfolio has too much breadth or too much depth

  • How to build the right category strategy for local, country or regional level in Asia
  • How do you leverage local suppliers when planning and specifying your purchase?
  • How do you manage a competitive bid process? What are the selection, process and evaluation criteria?

Reserved for Commercial Partner

Track A: Mastering Category Management

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM Oxford-Style Debate: By 2025 the use of intelligent systems and robots will mean category managers are obsolete

Rob Halsall, CPO, Westpac New Zealand
Fully engage with the most contentious and divisive issues currently facing your industry. Sit back and witness industry leading figures pitting themselves against each other in a battle to deliver the knockout argument. Then, continue the debate in your own small roundtable groups until you reach a majority viewpoint. Will you reconsider your position? And will you walk away with a fresh mindset and better prepared to take on this key conundrum?

Rob Halsall

Westpac New Zealand

Track B: Mastering Contingent Workforce

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM Panel: How do you know if your contingent labour programme is delivering real business value?

Ramesh Krishnamoorthy, Head of Procurement, Asean Pacific, Philips Haris Komarla, Head of Procurement – Asia Pacific, DB Schenker Murugan Shobana, Head of Purchase, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts
Contingent labor allows companies to have scalability during seasonal demands as well as additional skills where specialised disciplines may be needed on a project basis. Although more executives recognise the value of a flexible workforce, managing this highly complex and often disjointed category can pose significant challenges, such as compliance-related issues and inconsistent fees. Listen to our panel of experts on what their strategies are to mitigate the associated risks to drive down your bottom line:

  • How do you formulate KPIs to capture the essence of your business values?
  • How do you ensure that leakages of using non-approved providers are traceable and minimised?
  • How do you recruit and develop the right labour force to ensure that the deliver real value to the business?

Ramesh Krishnamoorthy

Head of Procurement, Asean Pacific

Haris Komarla

Head of Procurement – Asia Pacific
DB Schenker

Murugan Shobana

Head of Purchase
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts

Track B: Mastering Contingent Workforce

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM Case Study: Total Workforce Visibility – How to take a holistic view of your entire blended (full-time and contingent) workforce on a single dashboard in real time

  • How to ensure that you have the right workers with appropriate skills doing the right jobs at the most competitive cost
  • How to balance labor supply and demand to give you better ROI
  • How to fully leverage your entire workforce – existing employees and contingent workers – while streamlining operations and reducing wasted time

Reserved for Commercial Partner

Track B: Mastering Contingent Workforce

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM Case Study Revolution: Contingent workforce risk factors – How to overcome misclassification, co-employment and intellectual property and asset issues

  • How to bring together your workers, processes and data in an integrated, automated process to cut cost
  • How to free up managers from time consuming contingent workforce administrative tasks
  • How to increase employee productivity to save money on labor costs

Track C: Synergy Workshops

3:00 PM - 4:40 PM Synergy Workshop: How to drive sustainability in your organisation to manage supplier risk and help the world become a better place

Charlie Hollis, Head of Procurement, SA Power Networks
Don’t miss this in-depth workshop led by Charlie Hollis. Charlie is a procurement and supply chain leader with more than 20 years’ experience across multiple sectors in operational, strategic procurement and Procure to Pay (P2P). Currently he is managing the procurement department for SA Power Networks, leading a centralised Category and Procure to Pay function with 30 people. Through its transformation project at SA Power Networks over $100m (AUD) of realised benefits have been achieved. During this in-depth workshop Charlie will cover:

  • How to define the sustainable procurement strategic direction
  • How to build a great business case to support sustainable procurement initiatives
  • How to best engage with your supply base

Charlie Hollis

Head of Procurement
SA Power Networks

Track D: Creative Boardrooms

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Creative Boardroom: Women in Procurement: Is there a glass ceiling for women procurement professionals in Asia?

Last year’s Women In Procurement Roundtabe was huge success and a welcomed addition to the ProcureCon Asia agenda - so let’s keep it going and make the community even stronger! You’ll have 50 minutes in an intimate setting to discuss the challenges women in procurement face and celebrate their successes. Participation provides you with access to a growing network of peers you can connect with throughout the year. This session will cover:

  • What are the key success elements for women professionals in Asia to shine in your procurement organisation?
  • How to inspire more women to be part of your procurement team?

Track D: Creative Boardrooms

3:50 PM - 4:40 PM Creative Boardroom: Getting the most from Robotics Process Automation - How to use effective contracting and continuous governance to generate the maximum value from RPA:

  • What are the implications of RPA on your existing operating models and how do you adapt it to your changing customer requirements?
  • Build or buy? How to build robotics capabilities internally or externally to ensure comfort of stakeholders
  • How to create your metrics to define automation as a success or failure

Reserved for Commercial Partner

4:40 PM - 5:10 PM Afternoon Networking Break

5:10 PM - 5:30 PM Case Study: Next generation operating model for procurement: agility, responsiveness and value - How to deliver an ROI over 5X and shift focus from 30% to 70% on strategic activities

Alpar Kamber, Executive Vice President, WNS - Denali
Alpar Kamber is Executive Vice President at WNS and the BU Leader for Procurement Services. He was the Founder and CEO of Denali Sourcing Services, a next-generation procurement services provider that enables procurement organizations to influence more spend and execute more effectively and efficiently. In January 2017, WNS, a global business process management leader, acquired Denali Sourcing Services. In this session Alpar will demonstrate how to achieve 5X ROI and a 70% focus on strategic activities.

Alpar Kamber

Executive Vice President
WNS - Denali

The Millennial CPO

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM All-Star-Panel: How do the new generation of procurement professionals intend to transform the procurement profession?

Taylor Li, Global Category Manager, Perfetti Van Melle
For the first time at ProcureCon Asia, you will hear first-hand information from millennials on how they intend to transform the procurement profession. These rising starts will discuss:

  • How to keep them engaged and motivated
  • How to best utilise their specific talent sets
  • How to make the next generation of procurement talent join your business

Taylor Li

Global Category Manager
Perfetti Van Melle

6:00 PM - 6:10 PM Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

6:10 PM - 7:30 PM Networking Drinks Reception

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM CIPS Supply Management Awards Asia in association with ProcureCon Asia

As two of the leading organisations offering procurement and supply chain professionals globally with senior-level networking, training, learning and development opportunities, CIPS and ProcureCon have joined forces yet again to bring you the CIPS Supply Management Awards Asia alongside ProcureCon Asia.

Respected as a benchmark for excellence, winning such a highly respected Award is the most prestigious recognition you or your organisation in the procurement and supply chain profession can receive.