09 - 11 July, 2019
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Singapore
+65 6722 9455
Big Idea Speakers
Ex-CEO and Speaker
Air Asia X & iflix and TEDx
As someone who has built, and continues to build, ‘attacker’ businesses and lead teams from start-up to IPO, Azran passionately believes that organisations and corporations can deploy similar structures, focus, and creativity that single-minded entrepreneurs have used, to create breakthrough business models and innovative products and services.
He is currently active in the internet technology space as a co-founder, investor and advisor, bringing to bear his expertise in mass-market consumer marketing and scaling organisations across Southeast Asia. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Naluri, a health technology start-up. He is also an investor and advisor to i¬ix, MoneyMatch, Cognifyx, and YellowPorter. He was previously the CEO of i¬ix in Malaysia and its Group COO – a disruptive internet television video-on- demand service that was launched in Kuala Lumpur in May 2015, and now operates across over 20 markets across Asia, Middle East and Africa with 650 employees after only two years from launch.
Executive Director & Chief Economist, APAC
Rajiv Biswas is Executive Director and Asia-Pacific Chief Economist at IHS Markit.
Rajiv previously worked as Director for South-East Asia for The Economist Group. His previous experience includes working for UBS as Executive Director for Asia-Pacific Country Risk and for the Royal Bank of Scotland as an international economist. He has also worked for an international organization, the Commonwealth Secretariat, as a senior economist in the International Capital Markets Department. Rajiv’s experience also includes working as a consultant for the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank.
Rajiv is a graduate of the London School of Economics, for the B.Sc.Econ.Hons. in Economics, and received his M.Sc. and D.I.C. from Imperial College at London University. Rajiv has published widely on a range of economic, trade and investment related topics, with over 100 published articles. He frequently speaks at international conferences on the global and Asia-Pacific economies, including at World Economic Forum and Euromoney events as well as at United Nations conferences. He regularly appears on international TV programs, including for the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, CNN and Al Jazeera TV.
He is the author of “Future Asia”, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, “Asian Megatrends” published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 and “Emerging Markets Megatrends” published by Springer/Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.
Asian Headquartered Companies
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.
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.
Group Head of Procurement
Donna Trowbridge is currently CPO of DBS Bank, Singapore’s largest retail bank voted by Euromoney as the world’s best bank in 2018.
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.
Mr. Baksi is the Chief Procurement Officer of Tata Steel India. He has an experience of more than 32 years in Tata Steel operations. In his last assignment, he was responsible for the management of JAMIPOL, a Tata Steel promoted Joint Venture, as Managing Director.
He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, he has also completed his Management Education Program (MEP) from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and General Management Programme from CEDEP, Fontainebleau, France.
He has presented more than 10 technical papers on iron and steel refining process in various National and International Seminars.
He has been conferred with various prestigious awards like the ‘EMINENT ENGINEER’ award in 2010, the ‘Distinguished Engineer’ award in 2015 by Institution of Engineers (India) for his contribution in the field of mechanical engineering and the ‘Outstanding Leader in Procurement’ award by Institution of Supply Chain Management (ISCM).
He is a member of the Board of three companies – Nicco Jubilee Park Ltd., Steel City Press and Kalimati Global Shared Services Limited. He is also associated with various professional and socio-cultural organizations:
• Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industries(CII) - Jamshedpur Zonal Council & Member, CII Jharkhand Council.
• Vice President, Association of Supply Chain Professionals (India).
• Executive Committee Member, Jamshedpur Management Association.
• Ex-President, Rotary Club of Jamshedpur West.
In his current role, Mr. Gencay is leading approximately 600 purchasing, supplier quality, and supply chain personnel developing and executing supply base Technology, Quality, Cost, Delivery, and Responsiveness (TQCDR) enhancement strategies at Changan Automobile, a high volume Chinese domestic automobile branded vehicle manufacturing company with annual material purchases of approximately $10 billion USD. Mr. Gencay is charged with increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of his team by centralizing operations, standardizing processes and metrics using Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) lean principles, and enhancing strategic sourcing capabilities and supplier collaboration through implementation of supplier segmentation and world-class purchasing practices.
Prior to his most recent role, Mr. Gencay was a 23-year veteran of General Motors and held various operational leadership roles. Most recently at General Motors, Mr. Gencay turned around a P&L operation in which he oversaw day-to-day operations and performance of 47 locations in NA. From 2014 to 2017, $1.6 billion USD in revenue was generated from the recovery of supplier responsible recall, warranty, and operational issue costs. This performance represented a 318 percent improvement of revenue generation to unprecedented levels. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Gencay was Director of Purchasing and was responsible for supplier material cost performance for various exterior vehicle commodities with annual purchases totaling $4.8B. Mr. Gencay has held various roles in Supplier Quality including Director of Supplier Quality – North America and Director of Supplier Quality – GM Korea in which he was responsible for supplier quality and delivery performance for all of North America and Korea and Japan, respectively.
In his 24 year stay with Telekom Malaysia, he has been tasked to lead various assignments in TM Group involving Insurance Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Enterprise Business Management and Revenue Assurance & Fraud Management. He is managing 391 staffs including logistic and warehousing operation.
Beginning September 2014, he has been entrusted to lead the Group Procurement Division. His journey as Chief Procurement Officer starts with leading the Procurement Transformation program in TM, known as VERSYS Project. It was the change catalyst to institute robust Category Management and Supplier Strategic Management in TM’s procurement practices whilst ensuring appropriate procurement controls and governance remains intact.
FGV Holdings Berhad
Dr Christina Ooi is currently Chief Procurement Officer, FGV Holdings Berhad, responsible to spearhead the Group Procurement transformation and improvement plan including streamlining the internal processes and systems through change management. She brings with her decades of corporate management experience in various Asia Pacific regional senior positions, having successfully developed and implemented transformational strategies to successfully revamp procurement processes in the organisations she had served. She and her teams had won accolades and recognition from the procurement fraternity, both globally and in the Asia Pacific region. Previously, she served as Head, Group Procurement for a national airline company, and as SVP, Procurement Management for a Malaysian telecommunication company. She also spent 18.5 years at a global technology company in both local and Asia Pacific roles in its Integrated Supply Chain organization - sourcing, commodity/category management, global contracting, country management (Malaysia & Singapore), and South-East Asian regional procurement management. Dr Christina holds a Ph.D in Law from University of Malaya, Master of Laws and Master of Business Administration, and has two first degrees, in Law and in Communications. She is a certified Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and was an Asia Advisory Board Member of the International Institute for Advanced Purchasing and Supply. She is also a published author of her first book on talent management.
VP of Finance
Transformation evangelist, Finance professional, Business partner, Change enthusiast.
Michelle graduated from the Nanyang Technological University and embarked on her career in PricewaterhouseCoopers where she learnt the art of auditing from the best in class and bagged her chartered account qualification on a secondment to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Melbourne office.
Seeking to augment her auditing experience with corporate finance experience, Michelle ventured into the commercial arena with the advertising network, WPP, where she worked under the J. Walter Thompson group. During her stint at WPP, Michelle worked on global client accounts in Asia Pacific and North America and led mergers and acquisitions in Asia Pacific, all in the name of driving business growth and transformation.
At Ensign InfoSecurity, Michelle advances her business transformation journey, architecting an enterprise roadmap that entails business process redesign and change management, with the ultimate goal of building a structure ideal for the future.
VP of Procurement
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.
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.
Group Procurement Head
Ernie is currently, the Group Head of Sourcing, where he is responsible for AIA Group’s sourcing and procure to pay (P2P) functions. His team includes 11 executives in Group Office and 70+ in the countries. In this role, he is responsible for streamlining and leveraging AIA’s total expenditure; maximize the value and manage the risk associated with the use of third party suppliers and service providers. He oversees the group’s business case/project approval process, the offshore finance shared services and P2P transformation projects, as well. His best achievement in procurement is he was able to transform AIA’s procurement practices and implemented fully digitized P2P process
Head of Supply Chain & Procurement
Prashant Nagpure heads the Supply Chain and Procurement competency at Tech Mahindra- BPS. In this capacity he is advising clients and business partners in Business Process Outsourcing space. . He is spearheading the next gen solutions development in BPaaS leveraging partner platforms and blending them with AI, Automation and Blockchain. Prashant brings 20+ years of consulting and line experience with several fortune 500 organization such as Agilent Technologies, Dell Inc., PRTM PwC, Jubilant Life Sciences and World Bank.
Head of Strategic Sourcing & Transformation
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.
Head of Global CPE Sourcing
I have been working as a procurement professional for more than 15 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. In my current global role supporting 21 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, 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 have always enjoyed 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 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 6 years ago and I sing in the choir for Sunday Mass.
Head of Procurement, NEMEA, APAC, LATAM, RCIS & Greater China
Bernadette is in charge of Takeda’s procurement for Emerging Markets – responsible for the strategic development and direction of procurement in the Emerging Markets (LATAM, Russia/CIS, NEMEA, APAC, Greater China) in alignment with all business objectives and P&L responsibility. Leading a cross-functional/ multi-national, value delivery focused procurement team across several regions.
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.
Executive VP, Procurement & Asset Management
Netmagic (An NTT Communications Company)
Sandeep Dandekar, as the Executive Vice President, Procurement & Asset Management at Netmagic (an NTT Communications Company) since August 2013. NTT Holdings also entrust him with an additional role as APAC regional leader. Sandeep has been leading the two key domain functions for the company. He discovers profitable suppliers to initiate business partnerships, negotiate with external vendors, examine & re-evaluate existing contracts, track and report key functional metrics to reduce expenses and improve effectiveness, anticipate unfavourable events through analysis of data and prepare control strategies, perform risk management regarding supply contracts & agreements and control expenditure and build a culture of long-term saving on procurement costs.
With over 28 years of diverse experience in Techno-Commercial businesses, Sandeep has experience across different domains like International Marketing, Sales and Procurement Management. He has worked both in domestic and international markets, across sectors like Manufacturing, Oil & Gas with his major functional activity being in EPC.
Prior to joining Netmagic, Sandeep was a part of the retail roll out with Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), where he helped create a momentum to build retail shops pan India. Post his experience in Reliance he worked with Syntel where he was the Head of Global Procurement and Global Travel functions. Sandeep has also worked with companies based in Dubai, Yemen and South Africa. Sandeep is a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and holds an MBA in Marketing.
Sandeep loves spending time with his family who lives in Mumbai with him,. He has several hobbies and passions aside his professional track, which have even been adapted as songs in Marathi films. Post the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai, he felt the need to give back to society in some way and organised a peace-march in his locality, which was his way of paying tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives to protect others. A man of diverse interests, Sandeep has also authored an e-book titled ‘Me, my wall’ and during his tenure based in Dubai, he found an outlet for his passion for the game of cricket by coaching youngsters at the local cricket academy.
Group Executive VP & Head Procurement
Seasoned Supply Management Professional with 20+ years of sourcing experience in diverse industries such as Banking, Insurance, Media and Publication; of which last 9 years as Functional leader. Post completing his graduation in Engineering, he has done his MBA in Operations Management. Completed CPSM certification in 2012. Presently, he is working as President & Head Procurement with Yes Bank Ltd, leading the Strategic Sourcing team handling Pan Bank requirements and supports other Group entities. He has previously worked with Bharti AXA, HSBC, ICICI Bank and Tata group company in various supply chain related roles.
He has extensive experience in setting-up, developing and leading team of dedicated sourcing professionals that delivers sustained value to the organization. He has lead multiple Procurement transformation initiatives and process & system improvisation projects. He specialises in Indirect Spends across various categories such as Infrastructure, Facilities, General Admin, Marketing, IT, Operations, Outsourcing, Consultancy, HR, Travel. He has handled Sourcing assignments for other Asian entities and supported Asia Regional Sourcing team in his previous organisation.
Head of Procurement, India
Advics, Toyota Group
Currently working as a HOD(Manager) Purchase at Advics (A Toyota Group Ancillary for Brake Parts) having 11 years of total experience in Purchasing, Vendor Development & Supplier Quality Assurance. He has dealt with rubber, resin, stamping, forging, machining & special components like electronic sensors. He started carrier with a US base company & now working with a Japanese Giant. He has also worked for localization of Group Company parts exported to Mexico, Poland, Thailand & China. He surely has vast exposure of working in green field projects starting from factory settlement till system integration for smooth processing of regular deals with standardization of processes & workflow. And he has achieved a saving of 15% in totality for the group by communization of process & logistic route with joint usage of warehouses, and reduced quality rejection of 6% in totality by standardization of process with group companies.
He is currently leading a team of 4 junior manager & executive levels. And he is currently taking care of direct procurement related to components manufacturing with Raw Material buying. He also takes care of Measuring Instruments, Plant Machines & Indirect Buying (consumables), and is responsible for outsourcing of services like Electronic discharge coating, Zinc Plating, AMC of machines & inspection instruments.
General Manager of Procurement, Asia, Middle East & Africa
Gilbert is currently the GM of Procurement for Fonterra in the Asia, Middle East and Africa region based in Kuala Lumpur. His team covers end to end procurement including direct & indirect materials & services, 3rd party co-manufacturing and other key global initiatives driving commercial value for the Dairy Co-Operative. Prior to his relocation to Asia, he spent 3 years leading the procurement transformation for the Australian Procurement team. He also spent over 10 years leading global & regional direct procurement function for Cadbury Schweppes, Nestle, Associated British Foods and Jacobs Douwe Egberts based in the UK and Europe. He’s passionate about developing in-house talent to take the procurement function to the next level. He will share with the audiences on their own talent strategy and his team’s involvement in the digital procurement agenda.
Head of Strategic Sourcing & Vendor Management
Has more than 22 years of experience in Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Supply & Demand Planning, Inventory Planning, Production Planning & Control, Import & Export and Vendor Management. With demonstrated history of working in the Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Logistics & Distribution, Engineering, Procurement & Construction, Utility & Power Industries.
Gerard, currently works as Head of Strategic Sourcing & Vendor Management of MERALCO Philippines. His job primarily focus on the development & execution of long term sourcing strategies, and delivering strong sourcing team productivity and resource utilization gains. Leading the development, implementation and alignment of sourcing strategies and supplier network capabilities for spend categories.
In his personal capacity, he is involved on various Procurement Synergy projects - a collaborative buying arrangements to aggregate individual requirements and pool buying power, to generate leverage and gain more favorable pricing, design, supply continuity & assurance benefits.
Director of Enterprise Risk, Procurement & Legal
Lee How Sheng has been with Singapore Pools for 12 years, since
June 2007. His current portfolio is Director (Procurement and Legal). How Sheng heads a team of 6 handling procurement – both centralized and de-centralized.
Prior to joining Singapore Pools, How Sheng spent 25 years in various portfolios in the Singapore Civil Service, including the Ministry of Finance, where he handled public sector procurement policies and tenders in the mid-1990s.
In MOF, he started the Procurement Discussion Group (PDG) which brings together public sector procurement specialists to share best practices and improve procurement practices together.
He is currently undertaking a transformation of the procurement policies and practices within Singapore Pools.
Head of Procurement
Bukalapak is leading online marketplace in Indonesia with the singular mission of empowering Indonesia through digital technology, with tens of millions of visitors and several trillion IDRs in monthly transactions. Bukalapak start to grow technological impact beyond e-commerce focused on the spirit of empowerment.
Teo Mikha Santoso is the Head of Procurement (Bukalapak.com) and Operational Lead for B2B Business (Buka Pengadaan) Indonesia Market. Before joining Bukalapak, Teo began his career at pharmaceutical company and received achievements related to procurement such as Exceptional Delivery Leadership from Global Chief Procurement Officer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd, Tokyo, and First rank award for assessment SCOR (supply chain assessment criteria) for category pharmaceutical company in Asia pacific region.
His total spend on procurement department is > US$50 million and with target B2B GMV US$ 10 million.
5 persons report to him, and also with total organization on Procurement team are 15 person, including B2B business 80 person. (Total whole employee are +/- 2,600)
Setup new development B2B business for Bukalapak,
Key achievement : creating operational saving for business more then US$20 million, using cloud business process.
Category Manager, Sales & Marketing Procurement
Kenneth has more than 6 years of procurement experience in areas of logistic management, direct procurement, indirect procurement and sourcing in Manufacturing and Banking organizations. Currently at DBS Bank Ltd, he is the Category Manager for Sales and Marketing Procurement, working collaboratively with business stakeholders to maximise value and minimize risk. He is also a sustainability champion in leading environmental preservation agenda within the organization and through partnerships across the supply chain.
Kenneth was recently awarded the “CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Chain Professional of the Year” in 2018. He is married, with a 2 year old son. Outside DBS, he is an entrepreneur running two start-ups advocating the importance of hygiene and circular consumption of baby strollers, child car seats and other baby gear.
International Headquartered Companies
Bhavesh SHAH is the Corporate Vice President, Chief Purchasing Officer. He is responsible for the strategic leadership of sourcing, procurement and supplier collaboration for Firmenich worldwide. He is a member of the Executive Leadership of the company.
Since joining Firmenich in 2011, Bhavesh has ushered in a new era of purchasing excellence by strategically managing the sourcing activities of the Company through best-in-class, sustainable purchasing management practices.
He spent 19 years with P&G where he held several key positions in Operations, Purchasing and Executive Management.
He holds a Masters in Engineering, Manufacturing and Management from the University of Birmingham and has completed executive education at INSEAD and Harvard.
Bhavesh has lived in Kenya, London, Geneva, Brussels, Guangzhou and now resides in Singapore with his family.
VP of Global Procurement
Daniel Koh is a VP of Global Procurement at Flex Office in San Jose CA, USA. Mr. Koh is currently leading a team of 130 Sourcing & Pricing professionals globally. Mr. Koh 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. Mr. Koh is currently a Board member of a non-profit organization called Monte Jade West Science & Technology Association based in California USA
VP of Global Procurement
Noelle Lee is Vice President, WW R&D Procurement & Greater Asia Procurement in the Global Procurement function of Becton Dickinson & Co (BD) based in New Jersey, USA. She is responsible for Global Procurement R&D team and provides leadership to BD’s Greater Asia Procurement team. Noelle leads a global team of procurement associates to drive sourcing strategies that supports the enterprise growth ambitions and innovation pipeline. As part of the Global Procurement Leadership team, she also leads procurement transformation, culture and talent agenda and drive M&A synergies initiatives. Noelle joined BD in 2013 where she led the Greater Asia Procurement team and was responsible for a wide portfolio of direct and indirect categories and Source-to-Pay services.
Prior to BD, Noelle was with Diageo as the Global Head of Procurement for Global Travel, Middle East and North Africa. She also brings diverse experience in various procurement, category management, key account management and sales roles across Medical Technology, Consumer Packaged Goods, Consulting and Electronics industries. Besides USA, she has operated out of Singapore, Malaysia and China in previous careers
VP of Global Purchasing, Technology & Operations
Saurabh is the Vice President (Category – Banking Services & IT), Strategic Procurement, Corporate Services at Deutsche Bank Singapore since February, 2011.
Reporting to Global Category Director, he is chartered to partner with the business leaders to structure a center-led, best practice strategic sourcing and procurement organisation capable of delivering cost reduction and related efficiencies.
His primary objective is to deliver superior results by implementing strategic procurement model, sourcing, contracting, and oversee major spend and optimize the value from the supply chain.
He is supporting procurement (tactical sourcing, data analysis, etc.) from professionals in low cost locations
Procurement Director, Asia, Middle East & Africa
A professional with an experience spanning over 26 years across diverse industries like Light Engineering, FMCG & Private Equity in Leadership roles across functions like Operations, Commercial Management, Strategic sourcing, Project Planning & Execution, Business Investments evaluation, Greenfield projects and supply chain management to effectively meet the profit objectives of the organizations.
Head of Indirect Procurement, Asia, Middle East & Africa
Levi Strauss & Co
Shawn oversees the strategic procurement in Asia, Middle East and Africa. He successfully build and develop world-class team of Procurement professionals able to deliver results at the regional level. He ensures strategic alignment with business' growth to guarantee greatest impact from Procurement's involvement. He currently manages 6 direct reports, and has an annual spend of USD 100M.
VP, Asia Treasury & Procurement
Inna Le Guen is a senior procurement executive with 15+ years of experience in Procurement. Inna held a variety of global and regional roles in Russia, Europe, North America and Asia. She worked in a number of Future 500 companies: Pfizer, Xerox, KPMG and most recently Manulife Financial.
Currently, Inna is a Head of Asia Procurement at Manulife Financial, located in Hong Kong. She is leading procurement transformation across the region with the team of ~50 procurement professionals. During her career, her teams delivered greater than $600M USD savings in various categories. But savings targets alone is not everything. The main achivement is that Inna's teams understood how those savings translated into a value for companies' key stakeholders: customers, shareholders and employees
VP of Procurement, APAC
Brady is currently VP for Procurement at Ecolab responsible for the Asia Pacific and Greater China regions. He oversee just under $1 billion in spend across Direct materials, Indirect & Services, and Equipment. His procurement team includes over 50 members across the two regions. He has previously worked as global category leader and led a strategic supplier innovation program, all for Ecolab.
Head of Procurement, APAC, India & Japan
Ramesh is the Head of Procurement for Philips Asean Pacific region. His organization is responsible to fuel profitability and growth in Asean Pacific region through strong strategic relationships, providing procurement insight, innovative thought leadership, and direction to transform the value offering of the Philips businesses. A key part of his responsibility is to develop and drive multi-year Procurement strategies and initiatives at various levels with respect to key policy decisions and resolution of high impact issues.
Head of Procurement, APAC
Johnson & Johnson
Born in Canada, Vincent has had an interesting career across Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific in the pharma and high tech industries. He is currently head of APAC procurement at Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharma since 2014, where he also was head of Japan procurement before relocating to Singapore in 2017. A member of global functional leadership teams since 1998, he has effected transformational and pioneering changes, with a focus on both creating operational efficiencies, and freeing up time and resources to work on value and innovation to help the business achieve its growth goals. While his earlier leadership career was focused on medical education, and leading pharma digital transformation and marketing excellence (including marketing procurement) at Lundbeck Pharma in Denmark, Vincent has focused on procurement for the last 15 years, most recently as Head of Japan Procurement and co-global Research procurement lead at Takeda, based in Tokyo, and before that as Global Head of Indirect Spend at Leo Pharma, based in Denmark, and Global Commodity Manager at Hitachi GST in Japan. His earlier career included roles in software engineering and design. Vincent is known for his deep business understanding, and building procurement functions that get recognized as valued business partners.
Director of Global Procurement
Shyam Tantry is the Director of Global Procurement for NCR Corporation, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies.
In this senior management role, Tantry leads an organization that manages approximately USD 500+ Million in supplier spend across 30+ countries worldwide. Procurement organization under Tantry manages a supply base of over 2,000+ suppliers assisting NCR deliver a global solution to customers in multiple industries including financial services, retail, travel, hospitality, telecom & technology, and small business.
Tantry is a highly experience senior executive who has held variety of roles of increasing responsibility across service delivery, account management, outsourcing/offshoring, supply chain and procurement in a career spanning 20+ years. Having worked in India, Australia and Singapore for European and American corporations, Tantry is extremely adapt at managing stakeholders and driving influence and outcomes in a matrix organization.
Currently, TANTRY is board member of NCR Asia Pacific (subsidiary of NCR Corp) and is a member the NCR Asia Pacific leadership team. TANTRY has a strong track record of cost control, operational improvement, profitability, margin improvement and commercial negotiations.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur(India) and Masters in IT and Business Management from University of Technology (UTS), Sydney (Australia). Tantry also certified as International Company Director with Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Head of Supply Chain & Procurement, APJ
Gernot leads the Market Operations team for Asia Pacific & Japan within Nokia Supply Chain and Procurement.
Joining Nokia in 2000, over the past eighteen years, Gernot has assumed several leadership roles within Nokia, in Regional-, Global Services and Procurement based in Europe, Middle East and Africa. During that time, he has led numerous international teams and ensured the Operations strategy alignment with business requirements. In January 2019, Gernot was appointed Head of Market Operations Asia Pacific and Japan, based in Singapore.
In his current role, Gernot leads a team responsible for the front-end supply chain, acting as the single point of contact in the Market for all Nokia Supply Chain and Procurement topics. With the objective to optimize customer value and Nokia Supply Chain and Procurement performance, his responsibilities cover Pre-Sales support, e2e Market Procurement, Demand Planning and Delivery Execution.
Striving towards building a customer-centric Market Operations team, he is very focused on establishing direct customer relationships across the market to continuously capture the drivers of customer value and related capability requirements. A result driven and people-oriented leader, Gernot has a proven track record of successfully delivering on objectives and leading change in complex environments.
Gernot holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Höhere Technische Lehranstalt in Graz, Austria.
Gernot is married and has one child. In his spare time, Gernot is an enthusiastic cyclist and diver.
Head of Procurement Asia, Japan & China
Heidi Knight is Head of Procurement for Sanofi in Asia Pacific . In her role, Heidi works with the business teams, her team and the supplier community to ensure Sanofi maximize value from the supplier landscape. With over 15 years of experience in procurement, Heidi has previously worked for multinationals including Nokia and Unilever in local, regional and global roles. Heidi has lived in Perth, Sydney, London and Delhi She currently resides in Singapore. Heidi is passionate about working and living in Asia and she has rich experience in markets across Asia Pacific.
Heidi is passionate about diversity and inclusion and believes truly diverse teams deliver the best results. She recently led a program to drive diversity and inclusion at Unilever that had real impact and it has been extended to other parts of the business.
Heidi holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Edith Cowan University and an Masters in Leading Next Generation Procurement from Maastricht University.
Procurement Director, APAC
Stephanie Petot is currently APAC Procurement Director at Amway, where she is leading Procurement Organization Transformation across the Region, and setting up Centers of Excellence. She has over 15 years of Procurement Experience in various FMCG, such as Danone, Reckitt Benckiser, Diageo and also in the Pharmaceutical Industry, covering Direct and Indirect categories. She relocated to Singapore in 2008 and previously worked in France, US, UK and Italy.
Head of Procurement, APAC
Edward Fang is currently work as procurement director and head of procurement for Danfoss Power solutions APAC, leading a team of 23 people with responsibility of sourcing project management, supplier quality management and operational procurement. He has more than 12 years of working experience in Procurement in various positions and hold a black belt certificate in Procurement. Edward graduated from top CN university with both mechanical engineering and also MBA degree.
Head of Procurement, APAC
Graham is the General Manager and Head of Procurement for B. Braun in Asia Pacific. Graham’s responsibilities with B. Braun include overseeing the strategic sourcing, purchase to pay and supplier management activities across the region as well as sitting on B. Braun’s Global Procurement Board.
With nearly 27 years experience, Graham has led teams through procurement transformation projects, post-merger integration activities, Asia sourcing and outsourcing projects, systems implementation, as well as setting up and running a sourcing and procurement consultancy practice. His experience covers a wide variety of sectors and he has spent the last 20 years based in Asia.
Graham is passionate about driving business collaboration into procurement activities as well as the associated transparency and governance.
Head of Procurement, APAC
Penny is the leading the APAC procurement team in supporting the procurement activities for the Asia Pacific region in SWIFT, a global member-owned cooperative and the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services. She has more than 15 years of experience in various industries from hospitality, IT and financial services.
Prior to SWIFT, Penny was in the Maybank Group for 6.5 years, which she spent 4.5 years in building and heading the procurement organization in the investment group of the bank, Maybank Kim Eng. Penny was also one of the pioneer in the Hewlett-Packard Malaysia Procurement Shared Services Hub, focused on the procurement support in the APAC region.
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Regional Procurement Director, APAC
Ben Chan has spent over 15 years in key leadership roles with multinational companies, and currently heading the APAC Regional Procurement function for Richemont Group, a Swiss-based leading luxury goods company owns a portfolio of renowned brands including Cartier, Van Cleef Arpel, IWC, Piaget, Montblanc, Chloe, Dunhill, etc. Prior to his current role, he served a similar capacity in Moet Hennessy, the wine & spirit arm of LVMH Group, where he established and developed the Purchasing function in the region.
Before his Procurement professional journey, he spent the first half of his career life in sales and business development capacity, ranging from start-up company to multi-national listed companies. Having been in both side of the industry given him extensive experience in a board spectrum of indirect categories.
Head of Procurement, Pacific
Shehan is a procurement and logistics specialist with over 15 years of experience across a range of industries and categories. He posses extensive experience in dealing with International and Local suppliers. He has a proven track record of achieving results with significant savings and motivating teams to constantly achieve targets. His work in sourcing and logistics for various Industries has afforded an excellent knowledge of local and international freight and container shipping technicalities while his experience in planning/budgeting has afforded a good knowledge in team management and motivation. Furthermore, his work in Carbon Credit Management and Sustainability has garnered both local and international recognition.
Category Manager for Marketing & Commercial Digitalization, APAC
Aries is currently the APAC Regional Indirect Procurement Manager responsible for Professional services, Marketing and Commercial digitalization. Her 2019 key projects focus on commercial digitalization and reviewing temp labor management (in India, Thailand, Philippines). She succeeded in rolling out Distributor Management system (DMS) and customer connect through digital platforms in partnering with Marketing stakeholders and vendors. Both projects had helped business to meet to efficiency and using data for business expansion. DMS project was managed 30% lower than budget.
Global Head, Supply Chain Management
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. 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.
Executive Vice President
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. Prior to joining Denali, Alpar held management positions at Ariba, FreeMarkets, Diamond Technology Partners and E&Y. Alpar leads WNS clients in building scalable sourcing programs and operationalizing their procurement function that drive consistency, repeatable outcomes, and bottom-line value across the organization. Alpar’s expertise is in procurement value chain, organizational design, change management and global program execution. Alpar Kamber was named a 2011 Pros to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
Graham Crawshaw is CASME’s Services Director with overall responsibility for the quality of more than 175 RoundTables and Virtual RoundTables annually, as well as benchmarking activities covering a broad range of procurement categories and practices. Apart from being a procurement analyst, he is also the leading CASME facilitator, travelling around the world to manage events, meeting clients and to support other facilitators.
Graham majored in Procurement at Coventry University (UK) and achieved a BA (Honours) in Business. He became a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) in 1992 and during the same year he achieved a postgraduate diploma in management studies.
Prior to joining CASME, Graham spent 25 years working in procurement for the music industry within an operational and marketing environment. During this time he spent four years at Capitol Records based in Hollywood, managing the outsourcing of packaging for all major compact disc releases before returning to Europe and parent company EMI Music, where he eventually became the Senior Director of Global Purchasing. At EMI, Graham regularly supported major artists, including The Beatles, Queen and Pink Floyd, in developing and sourcing their unique packaging requirements, and subsequently worked on the company’s first music streaming contract. Expanding on these experiences, Graham has also been a procurement consultant for Warner Music, Ministry of Sound and packaging manufacturer London Fancy Box Co. Ltd.
Graham is married with four children, lives in Wiltshire, South West England, and is a leader in the UK’s Scout Association.
GM of Product Management
Vivek Bharti is the General Manager of Product Management at Icertis. He manages the Business Applications portfolio of Icertis which includes Global Procurement, Partner Management which include sourcing to payment, receipt to capitalization, and requirement to delivery processes. He is responsible for designing a roadmap of market leading, cutting edge functionality for Contract lifecycle and all adjacent business processes. Vivek has rich experience in designing new digital process architecture and executing its global rollouts to replace legacy suites. He joined Icertis from Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa, where he was the Global Head of SCM Transformation, Governance & Digitization. He has worked in various delivery & consulting roles at diverse set of companies across the world with a passion for creating connected businesses.
Sales Director, Asia
Eric has more than 20 years in IT solutions sales across various industries.
For the last 5 years, Eric has been actively engaging CPOs/CXOs in helping them meet their business challenges through technology solution adoptions in Asia.
In Ivalua, Eric is responsible for driving customer acquisition, retention and business alliances in Asia.
Solutions Consultant, Asia
Louis has close to 20 years of experience in e-procurement transformation, solutioning, and implementation for large corporations and public sector in APAC region. He is very passionate in e-procurement and keeping up with the latest procurement technology to solve procurement challenges.
Prior to ivalua, he was with other e-procurement providers such as SAP Ariba and Coupa. He wore multiple hats as a Solution Consultant and Professional Services Consultant providing solutions and implementing the best e-procurement practices across industries that brings the best value for his customers. His experience spreads across multiple industries such as Financial Services, Conglomerate, Telco, and Ministry of Defense. Apart from selling and implementing the e-procurement solution, he was also a technology commodity manager, as an end user, helping his company to saving millions of dollars in a very short period of time.
McKinsey & Company
Lalith is a Senior Expert at McKinsey & Company in Singapore and leader of McKinsey’s Product Development and Procurement (PDP) practice in South East Asia.
Since he joined McKinsey in 2010, Lalith has served leading companies in the Oil, Metals and Mining, Automotive, Advanced Industries, and Consumer Packaged Goods sectors across the region. With a deep expertise in advanced PDP approaches, Lalith has been focusing on integrating digital solutions and tools in execution, such as natural language processing (NLP) based spend analytics and robotic process automation (RPA). Over the years, he has also led several cost-reduction and transformation programs for leading Global and Asian companies.