ProcureCon Asia 2019

09 - 11 July, 2019

Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Singapore

+65 6722 9455

Main Conference Day 1 Wednesday, 10th July 2019

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

8:45 am - 8:55 am Ice Breaker & Welcome Address

Danny Levy, General Manager, WBR Singapore 

8:55 am - 9:00 am Welcome Remarks

Gladys Caligagan, Conference Director, ProcureCon Asia 2019

Agile Procurement in an Era of Disruption

9:00 am - 9:10 am Chairperson’s Opening

Bhavesh Shah, Former CPO at Firmenich

Bhavesh Shah

Former CPO
Firmenich

9:10 am - 9:30 am Opening Keynote: Strategies to engage the C-Suite – How to work better with stakeholders to fully understand their needs and business strategy

POKKA is a renowned brand in the ready-to-drink beverage market not only in Singapore, but also in over 60 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Rex is a Member of the Board of Directors, and currently the Head of Supply Chain, Manufacturing, R&D, Procurement and Distribution. In this session, you will hear Rex share his thoughts on:

•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? 

Rex Macaskill, Board of Director & CPO at Pokka Corporation

Rex Macaskill

Board of Director & CPO
Pokka Corporation

9:30 am - 9:50 am Keynote Presentation: Principles of executing a successful digital procurement transformation

Over the past 5 years, leaders across industries have embarked on the digitization of procurement processes and systems. Yet, very few have been successful and most others have found this to be a mixed experience. In this session, we share some of the common pitfalls along the transformation journey and the strategies to avoid them and drive towards success. 
Lalith Nambirajan, Senior Expert at McKinsey & Company

Lalith Nambirajan

Senior Expert
McKinsey & Company

9:50 am - 10:20 am to Economist Keynote: A preview of the world in 2020 – How will Brexit, the rise of China, the US-China trade war and other geo-political risks affect procurement in 2020?

Brexit was a shock, they didn’t see Trump’s election coming and the #metoo movement yanked back the curtain on the daily sexism and assaults that had gone unnoticed and unremarked. Recent landmark events in politics and society have taken many in mainstream media and business by surprise, despite the warning signs that were there for those willing to break out of their usual bubbles and hear the views of the underrepresented. Technology gives people ever more ways to connect and social media provides a self-published commentary on the opinions of individuals, but modern culture is seemingly dominated by an unwillingness to listen. Don’t miss this in-depth keynote that will give you the secrets on how to navigate these challenges and those to come to position your procurement team for success in 2019 and beyond.
Rajiv Biswas, Executive Director & Chief Economist, APAC at IHS Markit

Rajiv Biswas

Executive Director & Chief Economist, APAC
IHS Markit

10:20 am - 11:10 am Keynote Panel Interactive: How can you monitor for warning signs of political danger and other supply chain risk categories in order to create a truly effective supply chain risk management strategy?

After listening to our Economist’s view of the future, our heads of procurement will share their key takeaways and reflect on what this means for each of their organisations. In this innovative and interactive format, you’ll spend 20 minutes hearing the panel’s perspectives on this before being presented with a challenge to discuss in your roundtable groups. You’ll then nominate a leader and present your conclusions back to the audience.

•How to diversify geographically and to make sure that a shock to the system, whether it be geopolitical or a natural disaster, can be overcome without having any delays
•How to build out a robust and well-defined, risk management approach embedded into your sourcing process
•How to tap into data sources that offer accurate analysis on how risks are developing to  help future-proof supply chains against the most threatening situations
•How to use technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to mitigate risk 
Kaustubh Wadekar, Group CPO at Singtel

Kaustubh Wadekar

Group CPO
Singtel

Lloyd Gencay, CPO at Changan Automobile

Lloyd Gencay

CPO
Changan Automobile

Walter Charles, Senior VP & CPO at Allergan

Walter Charles

Senior VP & CPO
Allergan

Andrew Cannon-Brookes, Global Head, Supply Chain Management at Standard Chartered Bank

Andrew Cannon-Brookes

Global Head, Supply Chain Management
Standard Chartered Bank

Bhavesh Shah, Former CPO at Firmenich

Bhavesh Shah

Former CPO
Firmenich

11:10 am - 11:40 am Morning Coffee Break

Embracing the Digital World

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Partner Client Keynote: How to fully digitise your business processes and manage spend categories while improving transparency, data quality and supplier collaboration

Daniel Koh is currently leading a team of 130 sourcing and pricing professionals globally. He had taken on a few leadership roles in Flex such as Procurement Compliance Director, led the Global Sourcing team, and is currently member of Flex Supply Chain Council and Supply Chain Risk Management. In this session, you will hear Daniel share a presentation on: 

•How to deploy a single tool to cover the end to end process from need to purchase goods or services to invoice settlement
•How to manage spend across a decentralised, non industrial, multi-business unit environment
•How to plan better to spend less through early involvement, enhance knowledge of suppliers and a integrate a responsible purchasing policy and not just for budgetary rigor

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Power Panel: Becoming a digital native – How can you boost your team’s ‘new tech’ (data analytics, AI and blockchain) buying knowledge to meet the needs of your category stakeholders in an increasingly digitalised world?

Digital products and services are transforming industries, enriching lives, and driving progress across the globe. There are several major roadblocks standing in between the region and an advanced digital economy and society. To bring about a full digital revolution, our experts will address:  

•How can you boost your team’s digital buying knowledge in a digitalised world?
•How can procurement lead the categories into the future?
•What is the impact of technology on your category areas?
•How can technology be brought into the category strategies?
Bernadette Maier, Former Head of Procurement, NEMEA, APAC, LATAM, RCIS & Greater China at Takeda

Bernadette Maier

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

Saurabh Mani, VP of Global Purchasing, Technology & Operations at Deutsche Bank

Saurabh Mani

VP of Global Purchasing, Technology & Operations
Deutsche Bank

Eliza Li, Director of Group Sourcing at AIA

Eliza Li

Director of Group Sourcing
AIA

Amit Verma, Senior VP of Digital Transformation, Procurement & Supply Chain at Reliance Industries

Amit Verma

Senior VP of Digital Transformation, Procurement & Supply Chain
Reliance Industries

Karina Harris, Head of Indirect Procurement, APAC at BP

Karina Harris

Head of Indirect Procurement, APAC
BP

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Partner Client Keynote: How to use AI to transform the contract management process and support your business growth

Digitisation is turning contracts from static documents to strategic assets and AI is bringing them to life, so they can interact with humans, surrounding business systems and, ultimately, even other contracts. The majority of CPOs recognise AI’s potential to transform the contract management process and support their business growth. Listen to our experts from Icertis and Ensign InfoSecurity on how to make better decisions during procurement negotiations. They will demonstrate:

•How to apply AI to the use-cases where it will be most effective – especially high-scale, data-driven business challenges
•How to recommend optimal contract language based on best practices from other related contracts 
•How to quickly access historical performance data from suppliers
Vivek Bharti, GM of Product Management at Icertis

Vivek Bharti

GM of Product Management
Icertis

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Networking Lunch

In this innovative and interactive format, you’ll spend 20 minutes hearing the panels’ perspectives on this before being presented with a challenge to discuss in your roundtable groups. You’ll then nominate a leader and present your conclusions back to the audience.

•How can you retain talent in cross-generational workforce to drive business performance?
•How can you foster an environment that engages your employees and makes them feel like an asset to the business?
•What steps can you take to ensure that the workplace culture is appealing to employees?
•To what extent can you implement compassionate leadership to understand employee motivations?
•How can you empower and engage your employees to create an open and honest work environment?
•How can you best keep employees engaged and motivated to help them advance through your company?
Vimal Shah, President of Strategic Procurement Unit at Yes Bank

Vimal Shah

President of Strategic Procurement Unit
Yes Bank

Panittra Silanon, CPO at Siam City Cement

Panittra Silanon

CPO
Siam City Cement

Firoz Lakhani, GM of Global Procurement at Tata Communications

Firoz Lakhani

GM of Global Procurement
Tata Communications

Dr. Christina S. S. Ooi, Group Procurement Officer at FGV Holdings Berhad

Dr. Christina S. S. Ooi

Group Procurement Officer
FGV Holdings Berhad

Subha Dutta, Global Head of Sourcing and Logistics, Convenience Retail & Head of Logistics, APAC, Middle East & South Africa at Shell

Subha Dutta

Global Head of Sourcing and Logistics, Convenience Retail & Head of Logistics, APAC, Middle East & South Africa
Shell

Alpar Kamber, Executive Vice President at WNS-Denali

Alpar Kamber

Executive Vice President
WNS-Denali

Track A: Building a Powerful Business Culture

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Case Study: How to build talent-driven workforce models that futureproof your business
In today’s ever-changing, fast-paced economy, organisations need agile, flexible workforces. Thus, the ability to shift resources and rapidly meet changing business needs requires a deep understanding of internal talent pipelines, as well as external talent networks, so that key skills can be leveraged and mobilised anywhere around the business, or around the globe, at any time. In this session, you will learn: 

•How to develop and align your current and future workforce to your strategic business needs
•How to move the right people, with the right skills, to the right place, at the right time
•How to transition skills across business functions and teams to help organisations increase efficiencies and futureproof the workforce
•How to manage your external talent networks and non-traditional work arrangement such as contractors, freelancers and virtual worker 

Track A: Building a Powerful Business Culture

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Power Panel: Diversity and inclusion – How to inspire a cultural change and take practical steps in order to create a policy which achieves more that filling quotas
Diversity today means more than race and gender. There’s growing significance placed on creating environments where a variety of different voices are encouraged and heard. Especially in Asia where there are thousands of islands, different languages and races. Join our panel of experts and figure out how you can levarage diversity to grow your business:

•What factors should be included in a D&I policy which aims to be fully inclusive and isn’t purely based on set quotas?
•Are there any steps you can take to ensure that unconscious bias doesn’t cloud your decision when hiring?
•How much of an impact do external factors have on D&I within the workplace?
•What practical steps can you take to create a workspace which truly echoes a policy of inclusion?
Heidi Knight, Head of Procurement Asia, Japan & China at Sanofi

Heidi Knight

Head of Procurement Asia, Japan & China
Sanofi

Ranjana Mohapatra, Procurement Director, Asia, Middle East & Africa at Mondelez

Ranjana Mohapatra

Procurement Director, Asia, Middle East & Africa
Mondelez

Penny Chong, Procurement Lead, APAC at Swift

Penny Chong

Procurement Lead, APAC
Swift

Qasim Hussain, CPO, APAC & Africa at Kellogg

Qasim Hussain

CPO, APAC & Africa
Kellogg

Shayam Tiwari, Head of Procurement Operations, China at Shalina Healthcare

Shayam Tiwari

Head of Procurement Operations, China
Shalina Healthcare

Track B: Leveraging New Technologies And Business Models

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Case Study Revolution: Source2Pay Transformation Journey: How to transform your procurement into a more effective and efficient function to bring greater value to your business
Various organisational changes, company acquisitions and integrations can lead to a sub optimised mode of operation and processes with many non-integrated legacy tools.  Procurement organisations often focus on the savings to impact the business but often miss on effectiveness and the efficiency of the function itself that can trigger greater value to the business. In this innovative and interactive format, you’ll spend 20 minutes hearing the case study presentation before being presented with a challenge to discuss in your roundtable groups. You’ll then nominate a leader and present your conclusions back to the audience. 

•How to streamline your procurement process and digitalise it
•How to implement an effective and efficient mode of operation
•How to elevate the function from operational to strategic focused
•How to optimise procurement running cost and maximise the usage of Procurement Shared Service
Gernot Dobida, Head of Supply Chain & Procurement, APJ at Nokia

Gernot Dobida

Head of Supply Chain & Procurement, APJ
Nokia

Track B: Leveraging New Technologies And Business Models

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Case Study: How CBRE builds sustainable procurement into their digital roadmap
•How to create a business model enabling an end-to-end integrated software purchase
•What are the existing and evolving challenges in a changing digital environment? and how to develop processes for better governing associated risks 
•How to bring supplier enabled solutions with a distinct approach that encompasses not just tools, but also people and processes
Mat Langley, Global Head of Supply Chain Operations & Technology at CBRE

Mat Langley

Global Head of Supply Chain Operations & Technology
CBRE

Track B: Leveraging New Technologies And Business Models

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Power Panel: How can you create optimal synergies with your CIO and IT internal customers to unlock value, deliver concrete wins, and drive ‘user-satisfaction’?
•In what practical ways do we create a valuable ongoing relationship to optimize IT spend?
•What concrete wins have the synergies between procurement and IT delivered in our organisation?
•How can IT and IT Procurement ensure they drive end user satisfaction, and continuously keep this goal in mind?
•Getting a seat at the table: How procurement can get involved in the CIO’s project and budgeting meetings at the beginning of the process – what should IT procurement be doing differently to ensure the earliest involvement?
Shehan Thambimuttu, CPO, Pacific at Air Liquide

Shehan Thambimuttu

CPO, Pacific
Air Liquide

Aries Ang, Category Manager for Marketing & Commercial Digitalization, APAC at Syngenta

Aries Ang

Category Manager for Marketing & Commercial Digitalization, APAC
Syngenta

Lucy Zhuang, Regional Procurement Head, Greater Asia at Intel

Lucy Zhuang

Regional Procurement Head, Greater Asia
Intel

Rajesh Mohata, Director Procurement & Supplychain Management at Cairn Oil & Gas

Rajesh Mohata

Director Procurement & Supplychain Management
Cairn Oil & Gas

Victor Kong

Manager, Information & Technology (IT Procurement Lead)
National Gallery Singapore

Track C: Financial Services Workshop (Limited to 25 participants)

1:50 pm - 3:20 pm Synergy Workshop: Fintech: partner, build, or buy? Should you build capabilities yourself, buy tools from a vendor, or partner with a fintech?
It’s hard to walk the hallways of banking these days without hearing the buzz about exploring partnerships with fintechs.  

“Fintech” covers many things, but is often used to refer to nonbank firms that leverage cutting-edge technology to deliver financial services directly to consumers and businesses. In that sense, banks initially viewed fintechs as competition, as they compete for lending, personal finance, payments, and other consumer services.

But that view has evolved, as banks increasingly realize that the pace of technological change and customer expectations demands the advanced capabilities of fintechs, while fintechs need established bank customer bases.

This 90 minute deep-dive workshop will explore what critical considerations you should factor into exploring fintech partnerships
Eliza Li, Director of Group Sourcing at AIA

Eliza Li

Director of Group Sourcing
AIA

Track D: Digital Transformation for Beginners (Limited to 25 participants)

1:50 pm - 3:20 pm Synergy Workshop: Digital transformation for newbies – How to kick-start your digital innovation efforts across three main challenging areas: people, processes and technology.
This 90-minute hands-on workshop takes you through a simulated industry scenario, followed by an exercise that allows you to deep dive into typical challenges that companies face. You will learn three straightforward techniques that you can immediately apply to various difficulties that your organisation faces, and learn about additional options to create a digital innovation roadmap.
Amit Verma, Senior VP of Digital Transformation, Procurement & Supply Chain at Reliance Industries

Amit Verma

Senior VP of Digital Transformation, Procurement & Supply Chain
Reliance Industries

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm Afternoon Networking Break

Track A: Building a Powerful Business Culture

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Oxford Style Debate: TRUE OR FALSE – As digital skills become increasingly essential reskilling your current employees is the ONLY way to combat the global talent shortage
•The cost of re-skilling outweighs the cost of recruiting or changing your talent acquisition strategy
•The drive to overcome the talent shortage should come from the employer
•A culture of learning outweighs other work-life benefits and leads to a more engaged and loyal workforce
•Internal education is too costly and time consuming to warrant reskilling your current employees
Graham Crawshaw, Content Director at CASME

Graham Crawshaw

Content Director
CASME

Dr. Christina S. S. Ooi, Group Procurement Officer at FGV Holdings Berhad

Dr. Christina S. S. Ooi

Group Procurement Officer
FGV Holdings Berhad

Tracey Yeh, VP of Procurement at Pico Trading

Tracey Yeh

VP of Procurement
Pico Trading

Track A: Building a Powerful Business Culture

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm All-Star Panel: Implementing continuous feedback loops - How to support an ongoing performance management framework while improving employee performance?

•How can you build a culture of feedback from the top-down and weave it into every day conversations so it becomes the new norm?
•How can you allow for quicker progress and decision making by providing employees with real-time information
•How can you leverage frequent and informal catch-ups during times of transitions to gather information on what changes are working and what might need re-evaluating?
•How can you simplify feedback for the employee to provide a clear path of how to improve job performance?
Brady Walz, VP of Procurement, APAC at Ecolab

Brady Walz

VP of Procurement, APAC
Ecolab

Tracey Yeh, VP of Procurement at Pico Trading

Tracey Yeh

VP of Procurement
Pico Trading

Kelly Irwin, Global Head of Procurement at China Navigation Company

Kelly Irwin

Global Head of Procurement
China Navigation Company

Dr. Christina S. S. Ooi, Group Procurement Officer at FGV Holdings Berhad

Dr. Christina S. S. Ooi

Group Procurement Officer
FGV Holdings Berhad

Shayam Tiwari, Head of Procurement Operations, China at Shalina Healthcare

Shayam Tiwari

Head of Procurement Operations, China
Shalina Healthcare

Track B: Mastering Robotics Process Automation

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Case Study Revolution: Delivering value in procurement with robotic process automation – How Allergan improves overall procurement process and cut costs, all without hiring new staff or making a major IT investment
Prashant heads the Supply Chain and Procurement competency at Tech Mahindra. He is spearheading the next gen solutions development in BPaaS leveraging partner platforms and blending them with AI, Automation and Blockchain.

In this innovative and interactive format, spend 20 minutes hearing a case study before being presented with a challenge, then engage in small interactive roundtable discussions before some group presents its conclusions to the audience.

•How to make procurement more efficient by streamlining supplier onboarding and contract review
•How to improve your data management to reduce and correct duplicate entries
•How to eliminate overpayment errors within accounts payable that could potentially save you millions of dollars
Walter Charles, Senior VP & CPO at Allergan

Walter Charles

Senior VP & CPO
Allergan

Track B: Mastering Robotics Process Automation

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Case Study: How to use RPA to provide information on simple queries like order status, shipment status, stock availability, stock price, supplier status, and contract details to free up your staff for more strategic work
•How to create a roadmap of your own procurement chatbot that is user-friendly and will need less human intervention
•How to obtain relevant information on procurement related queries that is easier for both users and agents 
•How to provide 24/7 support to keep business users productive
Jorge Juan Munoz Fernández, VP, Group Procurement at Telenor

Jorge Juan Munoz Fernández

VP, Group Procurement
Telenor

Track C: Retail Workshop (Limited to 25 participants)

3:50 pm - 5:20 pm Synergy Workshop: How to create a robust retail procurement strategy that delivers a seamless value-add experience to your customers
The rapid increase in technology in the retail landscape is having a direct impact on the role of procurement who must now consider everything from the physical hardware to the content that’s being shown on digital screens. In this 90 minute deep-dive workshop, you will hear how to deliver best value in a sector that is continually evolving:

•How to build a sophisticated segmentation model to simplify your category spend and supply marketing
•How to keep legacy systems in check and working effectively considering the vast amount of customer data you have 
•How to proactively communicate with other stakeholders to better understand collaboration opportunities
•Managing your indirect spend – 
how to manage merchandise display, transportation and logistics, store facilities services and materials, and corporate services 
•How to get rid of unwanted costs and squeeze more revenue  to add to the overall profit
Teo Santoso, Head of Procurement at Bukalapak

Teo Santoso

Head of Procurement
Bukalapak

Tianrong Chen, Procurement Manager, South East Asia, at Adidas

Tianrong Chen

Procurement Manager, South East Asia,
Adidas

Track D:Digital Transformation for Pros (Limited to 25 participants)

3:50 pm - 5:20 pm Synergy Workshop: Digital transformation 2.0 – What skill sets do you need to become the trusted “IT advisor” to the businesses of tomorrow?
Digital transformation doesn’t stop after your end-to-end digital process is in place. As a CPO/head of procurement, your responsibility is to keep driving your business forward. Join this workshop and discuss with your peers:

•What changes have already taken place in your IT procurement organisation? (i.e. technology, regulatory and legal requirements, products & services, soft skills, project management etc.)
•What is your profile (role & responsibilities) today as an IT Procurement leader?
•What changes do we believe will take place over the next 5-10 years? What will our profile/soft skills look like?
•What skill sets and knowledge do we need to acquire to future proof tomorrow?
•How can we prepare a development plan for the IT Procurement Leaders of tomorrow? 

5:00 pm - 5:05 pm 5-minute transit to the main ballroom

Big Idea Keynotes

5:05 pm - 5:35 pm Partner Client Keynote: Achieving agility, responsiveness and value - How to deliver an ROI over 5X and shift focus from 30% to 70% on strategic activities

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:

•How to close gaps and address constraints to maximise procurements value
•How to manage spend at both macro and micro level 
•What is the future state operating model that increases reach and throughput? 
Alpar Kamber, Executive Vice President at WNS-Denali

Alpar Kamber

Executive Vice President
WNS-Denali

5:35 pm - 5:55 pm Reserved for Amadeus

5:55 pm - 6:25 pm ‘Out of the Box’ Keynote: 30 Days & 30 Years – The sprint and marathon of breakthrough performance

The adage goes, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. But sometimes, planning can lead to failure.
It today's disruptive and volatile business climate, well-laid out plans constructed in meticulous detail can be rendered useless within a few months of ‘going live’, Surviving requires moving with speed and agility to adapt to rapidly changing external environments. Underpinning that speed and agility is having a foundation of curiosity and purposefulness to keep questioning existing beliefs and assumptions and to have a thirst for learning and constant reinvention. Azran shares his experiences taking on a new challenge or building attacker businesses from scratch that goes against the “incumbency of the status quo with its might of inertial force”. Incumbents have deep pockets, established brands and distribution channels, scale and capital. The only sustainable advantage that a start-up attacker has is speed
Azran Osman-Rani, Ex-CEO and Speaker at Air Asia X & iflix and TEDx

Azran Osman-Rani

Ex-CEO and Speaker
Air Asia X & iflix and TEDx

6:25 pm - 6:30 pm Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Networking Drinks

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019 Awards

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.