ProcureCon Asia 2018

10 - 12 July, 2018

Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Singapore

+65 6722 9455


Our Speakers

70 CPOS and Heads of Procurement are confirmed to share their expertise at ProcureCon Asia. The speakers below will share their insights on how they plan to overcome innovation and transformation challenges in Asia Pacific.

Scroll down to see all 70 speakers and why they are so well positioned to speak about your biggest pain points.

Asian HQ Companies

Kaustubh Wadekar
Kaustubh 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. 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.

Dr. Christina S. S.  Ooi
Dr. Christina S. S. Ooi
Head of Group Procurement
Malaysia Airlines

Dr Christina Ooi is currently Head, Group Procurement, in Malaysia Airlines Berhad, responsible to drive world class world class procurement transformational leadership and efficiencies under its restructuring programme. She brings with her decades of corporate management experience in various Asia Pacific regional senior positions. Previously, she was Senior Vice President, Procurement Management for a Malaysian telecommunication company for five years to spearhead its strategic procurement transformation. Christina was also in the IBM Corporation for 18.5 years where she held key local and Asia Pacific roles in Sourcing, Commodity/Category Management, Global Contracts Council, country management for Malaysia and Singapore, and as ASEAN/South Asia regional procurement manager. Her last stint in IBM Singapore saw her lead the procurement services practice for a global client across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Turkey, and South Africa. She is a certified Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaysia, and a published author of her first book on talent management.

Alex Drew
Alex Drew
Head of Procurement, Indirect Categories
Cathay Pacific
As Head of Procurement at Cathay Pacific, Alex is accountable for all sourcing, supply-chain and supplier management activities across the group relating to indirect spend. The scope of his team includes a diverse range of categories such as technology, finance, legal, property and construction, outsourcing, HR, consulting, digital marketing and transport to name just a few. His remit includes not only traditional sourcing, but also the transformation of the team into a trusted and valued business partner function. He is a passionate believer in the continuous evolution of the procurement profession.
Bernadette Maier
Bernadette Maier
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.

Rob Halsall
Rob Halsall
Westpac New Zealand

Rob Halsall is currently the CPO for Westpac New Zealand, having held senior roles within Westpac Group in Australia, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the University of Sydney. Rob has over 20 years international procurement experience within Automotive, Chemicals, Aerospace, Telecommunications, Tertiary and Financial Services organisations. Rob’s current role includes responsibility for all Technology and non-Technology procurement as well as Procurement Operations, Commercial Analytics, Governance Management and driving the sustainable procurement agenda. Key career achievements include being the youngest recipient globally to be awarded FCIPS status in 2011, post grad lecturing at the University of Sydney Business School, being a Board member of Drive Electric NZ and being an active coach and mentor and accredited professional in Emotional Intelligence, Workplace Motivators and Behaviourial intelligence. Rob is also the Managing Director of providing high performance coaching and business advisory services to assist individuals and businesses achieve the outcomes they strive for.

Penny Chong
Penny Chong
Head of Procurement
Maybank Kim Eng Group

Penny is the Head of Procurement at Maybank Kim Eng, an investment banking arm of Maybank (a Malaysian universal bank). She has more than 15 years of experience in various industries from hospitality, IT and financial services. Over the past five and a half years she has been with the Maybank Group. She joins the Maybank Kim Eng Group in 2014 and setup the procurement department in year 2015, leading the Maybank Kim Eng overall procurement transformation journey. 

Penny is leading a team of 3, has standardized the procurement process and currently centralized sourcing activities and contract management for the Maybank Kim Eng groups of companies, presence in 10 countries. Her team is managing procurement spend with a total yearly budget close to RM300mil. 

Within the 3 years transformation journey, Penny has achieved significant savings, built good business partner relationship with the key stakeholders in the organization and amplified trust from the business units. 

Mohamad Mohamad Zain
Mohamad Mohamad Zain
Chief Procurement Officer
Telekom Malaysia

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.

Ernie Tan
Ernie Tan
Group Head of Sourcing

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.

Swapnil Dubey
Swapnil Dubey
Global Head of Indirect Procurement and Logistics
Tata Communications

Swapnil is responsible for creating, managing and optimizing related organisational policy, processes, measurement systems and infrastructure to maximize business results in worldwide operations with support of 70+ sourcing, procurement and logistics experts, handling global portfolio across 40 countries.

He is leading a team which has handled ~USD3Bn spend over the last 5 yrs in current profile across all Indirect spend categories like Telecom electronics, IT Hardware and Software, Telecom and Data centre Infrastructure, Commodities, Office Supplies and facility management. Customer centricity is another key driver for all engagements and business relations.  

He is experienced and skilled in supply chain strategy and transformation initiatives to create and manage strategic plans and implement workable solutions, operational targets and goals. He is leading Supply Chain Transformation program to make Supply Chain agile, resilient and future-proof. 

Ahmar  Soorty
Ahmar Soorty
Chief Procurement Advisor
PLDT Group

As Chief Procurement Advisor, he earned accolades for his leadership and negotiation style – collaborative and hands-on – and effective governance of 4 departments across multiple subsidiaries with 700+ employees and 9 direct reports. 

When he joined PLDT, one of his top priorities was making an immediate impact by transforming multiple SCM organizations in to center-led group construct agile organization. He led the strategy brainstorming and design, restructuring the organization from top-down. He gained board and executive sponsorship for his strategy implementation and functioned as a change agent for diverse teams. 

The results of his efforts so far, have generated major cost savings across the board as well as the creation of an organizational structure and policies that could efficiently handle the changes and growth forecasted over the next 3 years. 

He has extensive experience in the Telecommunication industry from working with major telecom vendors and Service Providers such as Motorola, Nokia, Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company [du] and Indosat Ooredoo across Middle East and Asia Pacific markets.

Panittra  Silanon
Panittra Silanon
Siam City Cement

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. 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.

Jorge Juan Munoz  Fernandez
Jorge Juan Munoz Fernandez
Head of Strategic Sourcing and 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.  

Vinod  Kumat
Vinod Kumat
Head of Fuel & Chemicals Procurement
Reliance Group

As the Head of Fuels and Chemicals Procurement for Reliance Group, Vinod Kumat is responsible for procurement of all fuels, lubes and chemicals required by Reliance Group companies, like, Reliance Power, Reliance Infrastructure, etc. Fuels required include Naphtha, HSD, LDO, Bitumen, Petcoke, Lubricants and chemicals. The peak annual procurement under him amounted to about 500 Million US Dollars. Vinod Kumat has over 32 years of experience, mainly in petroleum field, both on sales and purchase side. While working at Reliance for last over 9 years, he organizes and monitors fuel procurement across India. He successfully switched LDO/FO fuel for boilers to Diesel at the integrated Ultra Mega Power Plant of 4000 MW at Sasan. This was a first in a thermal power station and has become a benchmark. He also created a smooth supply programme for fuel and lubricants supply to all the heavy earth moving equipment in its captive  coal mines of  20 MMTPA capacity, optimizing cost and efficiency. 

Tracey Yeh
Tracey Yeh
Head of Global Customer Premise Equipment Sourcing
Tracey has started her procurement role working for a major chain of US department stores many years ago to be involved in buying all sorts of merchandise globally. For the past 15 years, her procurement work experience is in IT and banking industry leading strategic sourcing team in managing critical categories and high-spend regional projects, and managing strategic outsourcing suppliers. It has always been her aspiration as a procurement professional to create competitive advantage for the corporation. And she has always found it fascinating to be working with the international team of diverse cultures including meeting up with suppliers from different places and she has learned so much from them.
Prashant Nagpure
Prashant Nagpure
Head of Supply Chain and Procurement
Tech Mahindra

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.

Murugan  Shobana
Murugan Shobana
Head of Purchase
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts

Murugan takes care of Mahindra Holidays and Resorts Limited’s procurement department for 40 resorts all over India, which includes setting up the purchase and stores department function for the new resorts including recruitment of the right candidate.  He has a total of 60 staffs working under him currently, and has an annual budget of over USD 7 Million. 

He is very proud to be able to bring about savings of Rs. 50 Crores for the organisation. The morale of staff was very low when he took over the function due to the remote locations of the properties, which makes sourcing very difficult. When he took over, he was able to organise the department, set up a good training program and increase the morale of staffs. He also initiated and hosted an annual event which changed the outlook of his people, and also the central purchase contract which not only brought savings but also eased the procurement process overall.

Dorthe Bergholdt
Dorthe Bergholdt
VP of Global Sourcing
BW Offshore
Dorthe Bergholdt is the VP of Global Sourcing with BW Offshore. She leads a global team of 25, spread over Category Management, Contract Management, Sourcing and Vendor Qualification. The Sourcing team was built over the last 3 years and has been put in place to ensure a global leverage of the Company’s spend as well as professionalising the Vendor Relationship Management. The team’s main accomplishment over the 3 years include implementing a comprehensive risk based Vendor qualification process, significantly increasing “Spend under Management” by establishing Umbrella and Frame Agreements with critical vendors and for high frequency purchases and creating a Category approach to complex spend areas, thereby ensuring a holistic view on the SC, including a tight involvement of technical experts in the processes.
Dorthe will share the learnings and tools the team has used to get a strong handle on the risk imposed on BW through their vendors yet enabling a nimble SC.

Maria Luisa V.  Alvendia
Maria Luisa V. Alvendia
Chief of Staff to Chief Corporate Services Officer
PLDT Group

With over 25 years of experience , Maria has managed procurement teams in different industries such as automotive, telecommunications, media , IT and  BPO in the North America and Asia regions.   Her accomplishments include creation of procurement shared services teams, implementation of enterprise resource systems and strategic negotiations with major vendor partners for the group. Maria was recently positioned as Chief of Staff to the Chief Corporate Services Officer of the PLDT Group, with Supply Chain Management as one of the 9 groups under CCSO and as one of her  areas of  responsibility.  Part of her task is continued oversight of the procurement functions for the Group. Her critical role is to enable the Chief Corporate Services Officer to work most effectively and fulfill commitments to the Group’s partners, clients and customers.  Her role requires a combination of focus and flexibility towards achieving the organization’s objectives in the most effective and efficient manner.  

Charlie Hollis
Charlie Hollis
Head of Procurement
SA Power Networks

Charlie is a Procurement and Supply Chain leader with more than 20 years’ experience across multiple sectors in Operational, Strategic Procurement and Procure to Pay (P2P). Currently he is managing the procurement department for SA Power Networks, leading a centralised Category and Procure to Pay function with 30 people. Through its transformation project at SA Power Networks over $100m (AUD) of realised benefits have been achieved.

How Sheng Lee
How Sheng Lee
Director of Enterprise Risk, Procurement and Legal
Singapore Pools

Charlie is a Procurement and Supply Chain leader with more than 20 years’ experience across multiple sectors in Operational, Strategic Procurement and Procure to Pay (P2P). Currently he is managing the procurement department for SA Power Networks, leading a centralised Category and Procure to Pay function with 30 people. Through its transformation project at SA Power Networks over $100m (AUD) of realised benefits have been achieved.

Jasmin  Abu Bakar
Jasmin Abu Bakar

Jasmin Abu Bakar is currently leading the procurement transformation journey in CIMB Bank, driving the cost efficiencies, operational improvements, strategic regional operating model roll out under the T18 Transformation program of CIMB Group. She has more than 30 years of experience in various portfolios of operations, property management, customer service and procurement. Her driving force and passion for procurement, coupled with her experience in operations led her to be highly instrumental in leading transformational procurement programmes in several organizations including Telco, Airline and Financial Institutions. Jasmin joined CIMB in 2016 and holds a key role in leading the team to roll out the Procurement Regional Operating Model covering category management, procurement operations, systems & support, vendor & contract management. She is also accountable for the procurement strategies and operations in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and other international offices. She is a passionate believer in building talent for the organization, merging the existing team members and new hires to spearhead a strong team of procurement specialists who will drive forward the required results for the organization.

Benjamin Wee
Benjamin Wee
Director, Procurement & Logistics
Resorts World Sentosa

Benjamin Wee has 19 years of experience in procurement, supply chain management and logistics. He has broad experience in various industries, mainly consumer electronics, petrochemical and semiconductor. He is a change agent and led many transformational projects in various companies. He served as the business process and compliance leader for Motorola Mobility, SABIC APAC and Resorts World at Sentosa. As a member of Change Control board at Motorola, he was a key influencer in transforming Motorola’s Supplier Relationship Management system (known as MOTISS). He is also a strong advocate of sustainable procurement practices and an active volunteer at CIPS Singapore branch

Gaurav  Sharma
Gaurav Sharma
Gaurav Sharma

Gaurav has been handling procurement and commercial operation domain for about 10 Years now. At present, he is responsible for procurement spend of $ 220 Million per annum and involved in managing commercial operations of $ 450 Million per annum. The procurement and operation span covers 6 manufacturing units in Europe and India.

3 Years before, his organization decided to set up Singapore office as Centre of Excellence for Procurement and Supply Chain. He was responsible for Procurement and Commercial process setup and implemented a data driven Procurement & Operation management platform.

Along with the benefit of automation, they are also able to derive in-depth insights for supplier risk assessment, cost benefit analysis along with various optimization initiatives through data driven approach.

In his personal capacity, he is involved in application of Machine learning algorithms to further drive the procurement and operations industry ahead. He enjoys coding in python, mathematics and working with sensors.

International HQ Companies

Bhavesh Shah
Bhavesh Shah
Corporate Vice President, Chief Purchasing Officer

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.

Qasim Hussain
Qasim Hussain
Chief Procurement Officer, APAC & Africa
Arun Kumar
Arun Kumar
Chief Procurement Officer
Perfetti Van Melle

Arun Kumar is responsible for the design and establishment of a Global Procurement Function at Perfetti Van Melle (PVM), a market leader in Sugar Confectionery, whose brands include Mentos, Chupa Chups, Fruitella and Alpenliebe. Arun’s prior assignment in PVM was to lead the Supply Chain Function of PVM Asia Pacific. His key responsibilities include Regional Sourcing, Demand Management, Capacity Planning and Customer Fulfilment. In this role, Arun led the Supply Chain teams of PVM in Asia which, between them, serviced over 15 Asian markets and several markets outside Asia. Arun was also member of the PVM’s Global Supply Chain Leadership Team. Before this, Arun lead the Supply Chain of PVM India where Arun was instrumental in designing and establishing a Service Level System for Customer Fulfilment. In a price inelastic market, Arun led the Sourcing Team in generating sustainable and continuous savings by leveraging vendor relationships and working collaboratively with vendors.

Daniel  Fu
Daniel Fu
Head of Procurement, MEA, Asia and Greater China
InterContinental Hotels Group

Daniel Fu is Vice-President of Procurement at InterContinental Hotels Group, responsible for strategic procurement and business partnering with stakeholders and suppliers across Greater China, Asia, Middle East and Africa regions.

Since joining IHG in 2014, he has brought his 25+ years of experience to bear, in developing and leading an agile, centre-led organisation, to support not only corporate indirect spend, but also the rapidly growing needs of nearly 700 hotels operating across more than 40 countries.

The launch of a next generation cloud-based procurement system with an e-commerce retail "look and feel” is now transforming the way IHG is sourcing for their hotels and managing supplier relationships.

Lucy  Zhuang
Lucy Zhuang
Regional Procurement Head, Greater Asia

Ms. Lucy Zhuang is Director & Head of Procurement for Intel Corporation in Greater Asia region. She leads up indirect sourcing team and manages spends across different categories like Marketing & Communication, Travel, Professional Service, IT Equipment, Telecom and Connectivity , Health and Benefits etc.

Lucy has more than 20 years’ experience spanning across different areas of supply chain covering logistics, import/export trade, procurement and planning. She also has rich experience in the project management, especially in green-field site ramping up.  In most recent three years, she has been actively driving Intel’s Sustainable Supply Chain strategy implementation in the region.

Subha Dutta
Subha Dutta
Global Head of Sourcing and Logistics, Convenience Retail
Jet Antonio
Jet Antonio
Head of Procurement, MEA & APAC
Rui Santos
Rui Santos
Head of Procurement, APAC
Deutsche Bank

Rui is currently Deutsche Bank’s Head of Procurement for APAC. In this capacity, Rui looks after the cross-category management and material addressable third party spend of a diverse vendor portfolio across 15 countries. Rui joins Deutsche from Barclays where he was a founding member of the Barclays Sourcing Center in Singapore, responsible for the Bank’s global strategic sourcing and category management across the UK, Western Europe, US, and Africa.  He managed sourcing teams focused on technology and operations services in payments, cash management, commercial and consumer credit data and debt recovery. 

Ramesh Krishnamoorthy
Ramesh Krishnamoorthy
Head of Procurement, Asean Pacific

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.

Prior to Philips, Ramesh spent the better part of his career transforming and running Supply Chain and Procurement organisations in companies such as Hewlett Packard, Motorola and Hughes Software Systems. He started his career with the Indian Armed Forces as a commissioned officer. Ramesh has worked in senior leadership positions with P&L responsibilties both in general management and supply chain development capacities in Europe, Middle East, South East Asia and Asia Pacific and Japan regions.

Ramesh is a thought leader in Procurement and Supply Chain and makes valuable contribution to the industry by speaking in various professional procurement forums. He has published various white papers on Strategic Sourcing and supplier management and is an Advisor to the PSB Academy Singapore as a part of the Science and Advisory Panel.

Ramesh holds Executive certifications in Export Marketing from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Export Management and a degree from University of Delhi.

Noelle Lee
Noelle Lee
Vice President, WW Procurement R&D & Greater Asia Procurement

Noelle heads up the Strategic Sourcing and Shared Services Procurement teams across Asia Pacific and Japan and is accountable for all direct spend, indirect spend and Source-To-Pay processes. She is a member of the Global Procurement Leadership Team and leading Procurement transformation efforts. She will be sharing her insights on how you can improve and aligne dialogue between internal and external stakeholders.

Shin  Stan
Shin Stan
Head of Procurement, APAC

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. 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).

Inna  Le Guen
Inna Le Guen
Head of Procurement, Asia

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 Fortune 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. Inna, with support of her team, is leading procurement transformation in Asia region with a vision of transitioning from process based to value based procurement.

Haris Komarla
Haris Komarla
Head of Procurement – Asia Pacific
DB Schenker

Haris manages the team of 22 Professional Procurement members of DB Schenker in 16 APAC countries.  His main responsibilities are setting up, standardizing, and implementing procurement team, Procurement structure and Procurement strategies across APAC. The other important responsibility is to reshape his procurement team from procurement operational focus into strategic procurement that delivers cost savings which will impact DB Schenker EBIT, and other shareholders values.  In 2017 he delivered 200+% cost savings compared to budget.

On his panel discussion, he will share how to formulate KPIs that capture the essence of business values, and ensure that leakages of using non-approved providers are traceable and minimized (build process and procedures to ensure leakages are known and controlled)

Caroline  Creven Fourrier
Caroline Creven Fourrier
Head of Indirect Procurement, APAC

With more than 10 years procurement experience across various categories and geographies (Global, Regional, country roles), Caroline is a an experienced senior procurement leader working as Head of Indirect Procurement for APAC at Syngenta.

She holds a master degree from the ISC French Business School as well as a Procurement master from the MAI (CIPS accredited) and is now finalizing a PhD on Talent management in times of organizational redesign. Her passion lies in the professionalization of the procurement function in Asia.

Steve Kang
Steve Kang
Head of Procurement, Singapore and APAC
ENGIE Services Singapore
Steve has more than 12 years of experience in the areas of procurement, logistics management and category sourcing. He has successfully set up and operationalised overseas logistics units. With a keen interest in process and cost optimisation, Steve has also spearheaded a number of automation and data analytics initiatives. Currently at ENGIE Services, he has also implemented Just-In- Time inventory management to increase productivity and reduce wastage.
Frans Barends
Frans Barends
Chief Procurement Officer
Georgia Institute of Technology

As the CPO of Georgia Institute of Technology, Frans manages Procurement, Accounts Payable, Risk Management, Logistics, Property Control and Travel. GA Tech conducts over $750mm (top 5) in research and has 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students. He has successfully reorganized operations putting Georgia Tech "Procure to Pay" in a recognized lead role in Higher Education. The systems includes a single access eProcurement, ePayables and T&E which include electronic requests, routing, approvals, fully intergrated imaging, eInvoicing and ACH payments. This is supported by a strategically focused operation.

Carlos Garcia
Carlos Garcia
Vice President, Hong Kong & Singapore Country Lead, COO Corporate Services, Global Procurement
Deutsche Bank

Carlos has 20 years of Procurement experience working in companies such as Virgin Retail Europe, 4C Associates (Diageo account), DHL, Barclays Bank and currently at Deutsche Bank.

He’s been working in Asia for over 10 years, 7 years based in Shanghai where he set up and managed in IPO (international Procurement Office) for DHL, 3 years at Barclays Bank in Singapore where he managed the Schemes / Payments global category and currently is the Global Procurement Country Lead for Hong Kong and Singapore at Deutsche Bank – in this role he is responsible for overseeing key Procurement / Sourcing activity across both countries working closely with the local business stakeholders and COO and providing support across all categories for all business divisions.

Barath Sikkan
Procurement Director, SEA
Air Liquide
Michael Koh
Michael Koh
Head of Strategic Sourcing, APAC
Dimension Data

As Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group, they accelerate their clients' ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cyber security. Prior to his role, Michael served as the Head of Procurement, APAC at T-Systems, ICT services and consultancy firm, A Deutsche Telekom Group Company, and Schneider Electric ITB, global specialist in energy management, automation and critical power and cooling for data centers. He started his procurement career with Hewlett Packard, held quality management and supply chain roles with Motorola and Dell.

In 2017, Michael joined Supply Chain Asia, The Procurement Council, and a not-for-profit professional body, to create awareness and attract people to the professional. He is a certified Green Belt and awarded Supply Chain Asia Technology Award in 2015 - award given to distinguished individuals who excel and show high interest in driving the procurement professional forward.

Eric  van der list
Eric van der list
Head of Global Procurement & Sourcing
Future Pipe

Eric is responsible for the procurement of all goods and services required for the production and the shipping of glass reinforced pipe and all related services with 200-300 Million USD budget. He has 5 direct and 7 indirect reports working on strategic and tactical subjects; 17 reports in the plants. In his role as Senior Director of Global Procurement & Sourcing, he reorganized the procurement organization from loose islands to a centrally coordinated business driven organization, delivering the best value to the business, mainly built on supplier solutions.

Mat  Langley
Mat Langley
Global Head of Supply Chain Operations

Mat Langley is the Global Head of Supply Chain Operations at CBRE, the largest Real Estate company globally and is on the Board of Advisors for Shortlist, a vendor and freelance management SaaS start-up. Prior to this he was the Director of Commercial Management and lead the Supply Chain transformation initiatives in APAC. He has also been the Head of Enterprise Supply Chain at Citibank in Singapore. Within the twenty years of strategy and procurement experience, Mat has fifteen years working on sustainability and environmental leadership teams after gaining a MSc in Sustainable Development, and is bring sustainability concepts into managing supply chain risks and gaining competitiveness.

Tiow Wei Yeong
Tiow Wei Yeong
Head of Procurement, APAC

Tiow is currently the global procurement director for Diageo, based out of Singapore and leads end to end procurement (supply/direct materials, marketing/commercial and indirects/overheads categories) for the teams across Asia Pacific.

Tiow also leads the best cost country sourcing agenda (BCCS) for Diageo globally and was instrumental in the implementation of the solution for Diageo.

He built his career in Diageo through a succession of procurement roles, heading up procurement teams across SEA markets and was also the pioneering member of marketing procurement for the region. Prior to Diageo, Tiow led the regional packaging and ingredients category for Philip Morris across Asia Pac manufacturing affiliates.

Tiow is a trained engineer with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical power engineering and a certified ISO 9001:2000 lead auditor.

Mandy  Li
Mandy Li
Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager
Johnson & Johnson

Mandy Li is a procurement expert with more than 10 years’ experience in world leading FMCG companies. She has achieved marked business results and value creations across multiple categories in four different countries. Started as a purchasing manager in Procter & Gamble, she has gained vast experience in Procurement service & solution, indirect and direct strategic sourcing as well as external manufacturing network design. She is currently with Johnson and Johnson, leading Liquid External Manufacturing strategy and Oral Care value stream sourcing for Asia Pacific.

Taylor Li
Taylor Li
Global Category Manager
Perfetti Van Melle

Taylor is the global procurement category manager for packaging at Perfetti Van Melle. He focuses on flexible and metal global category sourcing and strategy development. He has total of 7 years sourcing experience across direct materials . He has delivered higher single digit numbers YoY savings 5-10% with collaboration with multifunctional team and excellent supplier relationship management; And drove BCP plan implementation and helped business in tough crisis situations, able to turn crisis into opportunities

Samuel Tan
Procurement Director, Singapore & Malaysia
Compass Group
Cesar Augusto  Romero Cordero
Cesar Augusto Romero Cordero
Head of Procurement, Asia

Industry Expert Contributors

Catherine Hill
Catherine Hill
Group Marketing Director

Cath is a member of the CIPS Group leadership team. She joined CIPS in June 2011 as Marketing Director and is now responsible for a global portfolio that also includes PR, Representation, Publications, Events and Communities. Cath has an Executive MBA from Cranfield University School of Management. She has worked in marketing and general management in a number of sectors including insurance, retail, leisure and information services. She led the launch marketing strategy of Bluewater, then Europe’s largest retail and leisure destination, and established Scoot as one of the UK’s biggest (and earliest) digital brands. More recently she has been responsible for integrated insurance marketing strategies for the likes of M&S, HSBC and RAC.

Cath regularly chairs and presents at CIPS events and other conferences, and is a spokesperson for CIPS on topics such as the role procurement has to play in eradicating modern slavery and the need for the profession to raise its game and raise its voice.

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

Keith Carter’s mission is to “Help Business succeed with Actionable Intelligence”. Keith is an Associate Professor at the NUS School of Computing, preparing students and workforce with innovative thinking and get them ready to deliver business solutions integrating data visualization and machine learning. He is the Actionable Intelligence Senior Strategist at KBC Global Partners, helping senior leaders to develop data driven business strategy; leveraging big data and develop capabilities to seize opportunities; leading digital transformation across Finance, Banking, Fintech and Supply Chain. He is also the Chief Information Officer and Machine Learning Lead at Datarama, a Fintech start-up.

He is the author of Amazon Bestseller Actionable Intelligence: A guide to delivering Business Results with Big Data, Fast! Keith's mission is to help others succeed, through his work in lecturing, writing, mentoring and consulting. 

He believes, the current wave of valuing data as highly as gold will create more jobs than ever in human history.

In his previous roles, he has worked with Accenture, KPMG, Goldman Sachs and Estee Lauder. Keith received his MBA from Cornell University. 

Tarandeep Singh  Ahuja
Tarandeep Singh Ahuja
McKinsey & Company

Tarandeep is a Partner in McKinsey’s Melbourne Office and leads the Procurement Practice across Asia Pacific. With more than 15 years of working experience in procurement and supply chain management, Tarandeep brings extensive know-how spanning a range of industries, with a particular focus on transforming procurement organisations to accelerate value delivery, deploy digital tools and technologies and set up the organisation for its future success. He has led large scale performance transformations across metals and mining, energy, industrial and consumer goods companies, and is helping clients with their challenges in supply chain and working capital management.

Takuto  Ueha
Takuto Ueha
McKinsey & Company

Takuto Ueha is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, Tokyo and leads the Procurement and Product Development Practice in Japan.

With his expertise in Operations and strong passion for Procurement excellence, Takuto has worked with the region’s leading companies, overseeing major operational transformations across the automotive, consumer goods, electronics, energy and infrastructure sectors. He is designing and leading projects to help clients achieve sustainable impact and growth, as well as building organizational capabilities. Bringing a deep understanding of the local and regional commerce, as well as global operational experience, Takuto engages with clients by supporting and advising both executive and operational levels.

Marcelo Garcia Casil
Marcelo Garcia Casil
Co-Founder and CEO

Founder and CEO of DXMarkets, a start-up company building blockchain-based products for the financial services industry in areas covering capital markets, investment, payments and digital identity. Having previously worked at a number of large global banks, Marcelo has wide-ranging experience in designing and building large-scale enterprise-grade systems with a focus on investment banking and financial solutions. 

Marcelo has exceptional knowledge in areas of digital innovation and financial technology, which coupled with strong technical architecture and management skills has earned him the recognition and endorsement from amongst his clients, teammates and peers.

Boon Hiong Chan
Boon Hiong Chan
Head of Market Advocacy APAC and MENA
Deutsche Bank

Boon serves as the Head of Market Advocacy for Global Transaction Banking Asia Pacific. Contributing to industry development and product governance, the team analyses legal, regulatory and market changes to work with stakeholders to respond and adapt to these changes. Prior to this appointment, Boon has held IT system analysis, business strategy, product development and profit & loss management roles in transaction banking products. These products include Trade Finance, Working Capital/e-commerce, Trust, Debt and Securitization Services, and Funds and Securities Services. He is presently focused on the intersections of new technologies with financial services for implications on legal, regulatory, business models and internal controls. These intersections include blockchain, virtual currencies and data.

Kay Van-Petersen
Kay Van-Petersen
Global Macro and Crypto Strategist

Kay Van-Petersen has over 15yrs experience in the global financial markets, across a variety of different strategies as a trader & analyst. He was worked in London, Copenhagen, Hong Kong & Singapore – across banks & hedge funds. He is known for his actionable & at times contrarian views across the global macro sphere (Equities, Bonds, Currencies & Commodities), as well as in the crypto universe. He is one of the few bank strategists to have been a big public crypto advocate from as early as 2014 & made the prediction in late 2016 when Bitcoin was around $700, that it would triple in 2017 (it ended up doing 14x for the year, going from 952 to 14,310). He’s a strong advocate of crypto assets, the underlying technology & feels that we are in the making of the biggest technological innovation since the dawn of the internet. As well as being personally invested & involved in the crypto ecosystem he has a number of different consulting roles in the space.

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Alpar Kamber
Alpar Kamber
Executive Vice President
WNS - Denali

Alpar Kamber is the Executive Vice President and Business Unit Leader for Procurement practice at WNS. He was the Founder and CEO of Denali Sourcing Services -a next-generation procurement services provider – which was acquired by WNS in January 2017. In his current role, he enables clients to build scalable sourcing programs and operationalise their procurement function to drive consistency, repeatable outcomes, and bottom line value across the organisation.

Prior to joining Denali, Alpar held management positions at Ariba, FreeMarkets, Diamond Technology Partners and Ernst & Young. His expertise lies in procurement value chain, organisational design, change management and global program execution.