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 - CPO, Firmenich
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Bhavesh Shah

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

Rex Macaskill - Member of Board of Directors, Pokka International
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? 

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Rex Macaskill

Member of Board of Directors
Pokka International

9:30 am - 9:50 am Keynote Presentation: Where could tomorrow’s procurement have the greatest impact?

Digitising procurement won’t do a company much good if its people don’t think it helps them get their work done. That means mapping out the details of how people involved in the procurement process work, tracing each step in the journeys that these procurement “users” follow in order to get their tasks done. That’s potentially a lot of work. Moreover, “user” should be defined broadly: Some of the biggest benefits from a digital procurement transformation may lie outside the procurement organization, such as from suppliers that provide better terms once they are paid more promptly and reliably. 

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

Rajiv Biswas - Executive Director & Chief Economist, APAC, IHS Markit
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.
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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?

Kaustubh Wadekar - Group CPO, Singtel Lloyd Gencay - CPO, Changan Automobile Walter Charles - Senior VP & CPO, Allergan Andrew Cannon Brookes - Global Head of Supply Chain Management, Standard Chartered Bank
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 
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Kaustubh Wadekar

Group CPO
Singtel

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Lloyd Gencay

CPO
Changan Automobile

Walter Charles

Senior VP & CPO
Allergan

Andrew Cannon Brookes

Global Head of Supply Chain Management
Standard Chartered Bank

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 - VP of Global Procurement, Flex
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
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Daniel Koh

VP of Global Procurement
Flex

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?

Bernadette Maier - Head of Procurement, NEMEA, APAC, LATAM, RCIS & Greater China, Takeda Saurabh Mani - VP of Global Purchasing, Technology & Operations, Deutsche Bank
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?
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Bernadette Maier

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

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Saurabh Mani

VP of Global Purchasing, Technology & Operations
Deutsche Bank

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

Michelle Quek - VP of Finance, Ensign InfoSecurity Vivek Bharti - GM of Product Management, Icertis
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
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Michelle Quek

VP of Finance
Ensign InfoSecurity

Vivek Bharti

GM of Product Management
Icertis

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Networking Lunch

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm VIP Lunch Sponsored by McKinsey & Company (By invitation only)

Track A: Building a Powerful Business Culture

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Panel Revolution: Retaining top talent – What are the 5 critical success factors to keeping your best talent satisfied and motivated in a cross-generational workforce?
Vimal Shah - Group Executive VP & Head Procurement, Yes Bank
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?
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Vimal Shah

Group Executive VP & Head Procurement
Yes Bank

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
Noelle Lee - VP of Global Procurement, BD Heidi Knight - Head of Procurement Asia, Japan & China, Sanofi Ranjana Mohapatra - Procurement Director, Asia, Middle East & Africa, Mondelez Penny Cheong - Head of Procurement, APAC, Swift
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?
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Noelle Lee

VP of Global Procurement
BD

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Heidi Knight

Head of Procurement Asia, Japan & China
Sanofi

Ranjana Mohapatra

Procurement Director, Asia, Middle East & Africa
Mondelez

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Penny Cheong

Head of Procurement, APAC
Swift

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
Gernot Dobida - Head of Supply Chain & Procurement, APJ, Nokia
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
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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 to drive smarter software management in order to optimise cost, mitigate compliance risk and create a more a more effective sourcing process
•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

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’?
Shehan Thambimuttu - Head of Procurement, Pacific, Air Liquide Aries Ang - Category Manager for Marketing & Commercial Digitalization, APAC, Syngenta
•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?
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Shehan Thambimuttu

Head of Procurement, Pacific
Air Liquide

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Aries Ang

Category Manager for Marketing & Commercial Digitalization, APAC
Syngenta

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

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.

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
Graham Crawshaw - Content Director CASME Dr. Christina S. S. Ooi - CPO, FGV Holdings Berhad Tracey Yeh - Head of Global CPE Sourcing, Telstra
•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
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Graham Crawshaw

Content Director
CASME

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Dr. Christina S. S. Ooi

CPO
FGV Holdings Berhad

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Tracey Yeh

Head of Global CPE Sourcing
Telstra

Track A: Building a Powerful Business Culture

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Case Study: Global employee exchange programmes – What strategic approaches can you take to empower your workforce, stamp out burnouts, improve retention and encourage innovation from your people?
•Why does moving staff to offices in other countries boost their personal career growth and contribute to business success?
•How to use the personal interactions help employees feel more connected to your company culture
•How to use the oversees programme to boost employee networks and let them get things done faster when they get back to the office 
•What kinds of follow up trainings should you provide after the programme? 

Track A: Building a Powerful Business Culture

4:50 pm - 5:20 pm All-Star Panel: Implementing continuous feedback loops - How to support an ongoing performance management framework while improving employee performance?
Brady Walz - VP of Procurement, APAC, Ecolab Tracey Yeh - Head of Global CPE Sourcing, Telstra

•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?
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Brady Walz

VP of Procurement, APAC
Ecolab

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Tracey Yeh

Head of Global CPE Sourcing
Telstra

Track B: Mastering Robotics Process Automation

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Case Study Revolution: Delivering value in procurement with robotic process automation – How to improve your company’s overall procurement process and cut costs, all without hiring new staff or making a major IT investment
Prashant Nagpure - Head of Supply Chain & Procurement, Tech Mahindra
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
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Prashant Nagpure

Head of Supply Chain & Procurement
Tech Mahindra

Track B: Mastering Robotics Process Automation

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Case Study: Scaling beyond initial pilots – How to simplify a complex project to make jobs easier for a robot

Track B: Mastering Robotics Process Automation

4:50 pm - 5:20 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
Jorge Juan Munoz Fernández - Head of Strategic Sourcing & Transformation, Maxis
•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
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Jorge Juan Munoz Fernández

Head of Strategic Sourcing & Transformation
Maxis

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
Teo Santoso - Head of Procurement, Bukalapak
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
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Teo Santoso

Head of Procurement
Bukalapak

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? 

5:20 pm - 5:25 pm 5-minute transit to the main ballroom

Big Idea Keynotes

5:25 pm - 5:55 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 - 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:

•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? 
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Alpar Kamber

Executive Vice President
WNS-Denali

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

Azran Osman-Rani - Ex-CEO and Speaker, Air Asia X & iflix and TEDx
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
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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.