ProcureCon Asia 2020

14 - 16 July, 2020

Equarius Hotel, Singapore

+65 6722 9455

CIPS Judges

How We Select our Judges

The CIPS Supply Management Awards Asia judging panel will consist of representatives from CIPS and ProcureCon as well as senior procurement leaders. We do not allow consultants to join our panel and we limit non-CIPS judges to just two terms on the panel. All judges sign a confidentiality agreement with us, as well as declaring any conflicts of interest regarding the entries. Those judges who have declared a conflict of interest do not score those submissions

We are confident that our awards stand out from others in the industry for being highly transparent, robust and ethical. Our standards are incredibly high and we carefully select judges based on this.


Judges score each submission against each category criteria and come together to debate the shortlist and winners. Individual entries are invited for an interview with a small panel of judges.

2019 JUDGES:

Andrew Cannon Brookes

Standard Chartered Bank

Andrew joined Standard Chartered Bank in November 2016, and is based in Singapore with responsibility for the Bank’s strategic sourcing, vendor management and requisition to pay processes, global travel programme, as well as second line governance of Third Party Risk Management. Read More..

The Bank has recently launched a public-cloud based technology solution for supply chain management including TPRM, and has made substantial progress in improving its Procurement return on investment to world-class levels.

Andrew has more than 20 years’ experience in purchasing and supply chain. He was previously the Director of Support Enablers and Inventory Management at the UK Ministry of Defence. In this role, he was a 2* equivalent-ranked civil servant and reduced the UK Defence inventory by a third to £32bn, saving British taxpayers over £2bn while supporting 26 concurrent overseas military operations. Andrew also successfully delivered a £1.6bn Logistics information services programme as part of this role.

Prior to joining the Ministry of Defence, Andrew held a number of senior supply chain management and Procurement roles at IBM. These included leading the outsourced ThinkPad supply chain from Raleigh North Carolina in the US, becoming a Partner in the Industrial Sector consulting practice in Asia Pacific, and heading up solutions and delivery for the supply chain management Business Process Outsourcing offering.

Andrew graduated from Cambridge University and is a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management. He was recently named as one of the CIPS Supply Management Procurement Power List of the most influential people in Procurement.

Andrew is married with three children, and is a keen sailor, golfer and skier. Andrew is also an avid Leeds United football fan.


  1. Top tip for entrants 'focus on what makes your initiative or approach distinctive'
  2. I will be looking for something that makes a material contribution to your organisation's client or employee value proposition

Victoria V. Folbigg

VP Procurement
Zuellig Pharma Holdings Pte LtdS

Victoria is the VP of Procurement in Zuellig Pharma Holdings. Zuellig Pharma, with USD 11bn revenue, is one of Asia’s largest healthcare groups, and the lead distributor of medical data, devices and treatments across 13 Asian countries. Read More..

In her role Victoria leads the company’s procurement department and is responsible for the source to pay technology transformation across Zuellig.

Victoria brings with her over 20 years of Sourcing, Procurement and IT implementation experience.

She has worked across several industries leading teams in Europe, US and Asia to ensure that the procurement function, it’s processes and systems are set up for long-lasting success, whilst driving collaborative an innovative procurement strategies to enable sustainable cost savings.

Before Zuellig Pharma, Victoria worked in SAP, Barclays, PwC and Procter & Gamble.

Originally from Russia, Victoria has lived, studied and worked in Germany and the UK, before moving her family to Singapore six years ago.

She’s a graduate from the European Business School in London, and holds an MBA from ESCP Europe.

Terence Lee

Asia Pacific - GEODIS SCO

Terence – A Resourceful, Entrepreneurial and Creative subject matter expert in Supply Chain, Sourcing & Procurement and Strategy Development, focusing on leadership in organizational change transformation management Read More..

, M&A, business start-ups and developed pioneering niched processes (including consortium-buying and LCCS) with light-house successes globally through strong commercial acumen and excellent stakeholders-to-market engagements in the last 20 years.

Terence had the pleasure of gained both his Masters (in Project Management and Business Administration) simultaneously with University of Adelaide (UoA) back in 2008-2010, winning the Head of Business School’s List of Top Graduates and was an adjunct lecturer with UoA in their Singapore campus for 2 years after graduation. In addition to the knowledge gained from Engineering and Marketing backgrounds, his learning grew exponentially with the exposures working in fantastic companies such as P&G, DHL, BD, Sony (just to name a few).

Terence joined Geodis as their CPO, Asia Pacific in 2018 from his previous role with ST Engineering as Vice President, Procurement, returning to the supply chain roots that contributed to his growth in career and personal aspirations. As CPO, Terence is deeply involved and responsible for the transformation of the Geodis Supply Chain Optimisation (GSCO) Procurement Organization from a supporting function into a profit generating organisation. Through this strategic move, GSCO Procurement is now a closer VESTED partner with our customers in their own transformational journey in the Supply Chain and Procurement space.

Terence resides in Singapore, but frequently travels within AP and to Europe as well as United States where business calls. In his spare time, he spends his moments with his 3 lovely children.

Alex Liau

Director of Purchasing 
The Westin Singapore

Alex began his career with the opening of South East Asia’s first Marriott property – The Singapore Marriott Hotel in 1995. Starting out waiting tables, he found himself moving up among various disciplines of operations, finance and eventually procurement. Read More.

Along the way, Alex went on to be part of hotel opening teams of brands of their first in Asia – The St Regis and Capella Hotels. After a decade’s absence from Singapore, the Westin brand made a comeback in 2013 and Alex was again given the privilege in setting up the hotel. Through the years he has also been involved in the opening or conversion of properties in Asia Pacific, lending his advice and experience on managing and implementing procurement systems, policies and processes. With more than two decades of sourcing experience, he has seen various changes in consumer preferences, lifestyle trends and service innovation in the hospitality industry. Alex holds an MBA from the University of Leicester, UK.

Alex is the current president of the Hospitality Purchasing Association Singapore which holds a membership strength of more than 100 professionals. The association is in its 24th year and aims to foster the learning, sharing and development of professional and individual skills through workshops or specialized masterclasses in the procurement field. Social gatherings are organised as well with family and friends participating to create a more inclusive environment aimed at enhancing members’ work/ life balance.

In his free time, Alex enjoys running. He has completed 36 full marathons and hopes to achieve 50 before turning 50.


What is your top tip for people that are entering the awards this year?

Always have a contingency plan, and a contingency for that contingency.

What are you looking for in a winning entry?

Starts with your A’s… Adaptability for all circumstances, Agility to react instantly and Acceptance to include stakeholders.

Bernadette Maier

Procurement VP & Executive Coach

Bernadette is a seasoned procurement vp and executive coach with a vast experience in building up high performing procurement teams, defining and leading the deployment of global and regional initiatives, driving process efficiency's & cost-effectiveness, quality and compliance in close collaboration with key stakeholders focusing on value delivery and capability building. Read More..

Defining and leading the deployment of global and regional initiatives, driving process efficiency's & cost-effectiveness, quality and compliance in close collaboration with key stakeholders focusing on value delivery and capability building.

In 2011, she was relocated to Singapore to head procurement in Asia-Pacific for Roche Diagnostics & Pharmaceutical. Building a best-in-class procurement team and being accountable for the procurement strategy in all APAC markets emphasizing on processes, systems and compliance to optimize value-add. Innovate and implement procurement processes that support operational excellence, commodity group management, supply information management, strategic sourcing and risk management of all indirect materials and services.

Emma Scott

Representation Manager

Emma studied BA Business Studies and Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University and completed the CIPS Professional Diploma in 2003. 
Emma developed an interest in procurement after starting her career in business process re-engineering and project management. Read More..

She has over 7 years experience as a procurement practitioner and was Purchase to Pay Manager for Experian PLC prior to joining CIPS, where she managed the implementation of a suite of end-to-end e-procurement tools and their surrounding processes. 
Emma is Representation Manager at CIPS and is responsible researching and highlighting current issues affecting procurement professional, promoting the profession and maintaining up-to-date knowledge integrity throughout all of CIPS products and services.

Stan Shin

Director, APAC Regional Procurement, Global Procurement & Sourcing

Stan is a senior strategic sourcing professional with over 20 years of business experiences in strategic procurement & sourcing and 7 years of other various businesses such as IT & MIS management, Sales & Marketing/Operations and Customer Service functions. Read More..

He is currently a Director for APAC Regional Procurement and Strategic Sourcing at eBay. He has lived in Seoul, Korea and Sydney, Australia but now lives in Singapore. He holds a CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management).

Panittra Silanon

Head of Group Procurement
Siam City Cement Public Company Limited

Panittra Silanon is Head of Group Procurement of Siam City Cement Public Company Limited and its subsidiaries, a Cement and Building materials manufacturer in Southeast Asia and South Asia. Read More..

She is responsible for leading Procurement Organization and Transformation to become Strategic business partner, delivering organization excellence in various strategic objectives i.e. Building Commercial Success with Strategic Sourcing, Improving Operational Efficiency through e-procurement and digital technology, Organization and People Capability Enhancement. She has led the team to won 3 CIPS Supply Awards in Asia in 2017, including Overall Winner – CIPS Procurement and Supply Chain team of the year, Most Use of Technology, Best People Development, and other international and domestics awards i.e. SAP ARIBA Awards.

Donna Trowbridge

DBS Bank

Donna Trowbridge is currently CPO of DBS Bank, Singapore’s largest retail bank voted by Euromoney as the world’s best bank in 2018. Read More..

With more than 20 years of international procurement experience, Trowbridge is an accomplished chief procurement officer with broad industry expertise in manufacturing and in professional and financial services.

Trowbridge is a highly motivated self-starter with a passion and ability to develop talent in others and influence at all levels of an organization to ensure measureable results. Trowbridge takes an innovative approach to deliver leading edge procurement solutions, and best value to the business.

Trowbridge earned a BSc (Hons) Business and Technology from Sheffield.

Kaustubh R. Wadekar

Group CPO

Kaustubh has over 20 years of experience in fields of Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, Commodities Trading and Strategy Consulting, ranging from operational to executive leadership roles at regional and global levels. Read More..

Kaustubh joined the Singtel Group in July 2014 as Group Chief Procurement Officer where he oversees the procurement and supply chain activities for the group companies in Singapore (Singtel & NCS) and Australia (Optus). Prior to joining Singtel, Kaustubh was the regional CPO & Director of Sourcing/Supplier Relations China & Asia Pacific at Starbucks, based in Hong Kong. He played a pivotal role in regonialising the supply network for Starbucks Asia Pacific. Before joining Starbucks he held various global and regional leadership positions at Kraft Foods Inc., managing procurement strategy, direct and indirect materials procurement portfolios as well as procurement operations based out of London, Chicago and Zurich. His earlier career included roles as a management consultant and as a commodities trader.

Kaustubh holds an MBA from INSEAD in France

Tracey Yeh

Head of Global CPE Sourcing

I have been working as a procurement professional for 20 years with major global corporations leading top spend sourcing projects, developing procurement policy & processes and building procurement team to support APAC, US and EMEA regions.  Read More..

In my current global role supporting 17 countries, I am responsible for formulating Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) sourcing strategies & leading cross-functional team to win global complex deals. I partner internally with Sales, Presales, Product, Solution, Engineering, Pricing, Commercial and Finance teams and externally I manage all the major distributors and outsourcing partners, and I join the price negotiation to close the major deals and upon winning the deals, I map out the detailed fulfillment process with cross-functional team to deploy more than hundreds of deployment sites across many countries. I have always enjoyed working with international team of diverse cultures.

In 2017, I have had the great honor to present in ProcureCon Asia on the subject of “How to form deeper, more cooperative connections with your suppliers to rapidly detect and neutralize any risks before they turn into incidents? “ I have presented this subject from the angle of Supplier Innovations. I love to lead initiatives to bring about innovative & meaningful supply chain results.

I am a native Chinese from Taiwan and had one time lived in USA for 10 years, speak, read & write both English & Chinese very well.  I am an MBA from Tulane University in USA, a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).  Over weekends, I have been a proud docent for Asian Civilisations Museum since 7 years ago and I sing in the choir for Sunday Mass.


What are you looking for in a winning entry?
Procurement leadership in a complex world

Supplier enabled Innovation to create inspiring new processes & procedures
Embrace technology so that the tedious process is streamlined, more accurate and humane.

What is your top tip for people that are entering?

Inspiration to procurement profession is the key.
Bring new ideas so we can be better.

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