ProcureCon Asia 2018

July 11-July 13, 2017

Amara Sanctuary, 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 Companies

Balan Sadasivam
Balan Sadasivam
Head - Technology Procurement
Tata Motors

Balan Sadasivam currently heads the technology procurement function at Tata Motors. He has more than 18 years of international experience spanning a wide range of responsibilities in IT, strategic sourcing and finance. In his current role, Balan is responsible for all procurement activities related to software, hardware, networking and technology consulting.

He is experienced in leading strategic outsourcing, vendor management, procurement process improvements and business transformation programs across geographies.

He is successful in implementing cost reduction projects with special emphasis on IT category spend on enterprise software, hardware, networking, Data Center and professional services. As part of the IT leadership team, he is involved in the implementation of digital business strategies including IT transformational ideas in the field of security, mobility, analytics, cloud and IoT.

Brett Beattie
Brett Beattie
Head of Procurement
Opal Specialist Aged Care

Brett is currently Head of Procurement for Opal Aged Care, the largest privately owned aged care provider in Australia. Brett is an experienced and qualified procurement professional with exposure across end to end procurement processes and is responsible for the effective management of all group wide direct and indirect spend.

Brett has gained his procurement experience from over 15 years in the Pharmaceutical, Health Care, Environmental Services, Logistics, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors through Australia, Asia Pacific and globally. This experience has seen Brett take on remits for creation and execution of building sustainable procurement and risk mitigation strategies, policies, procedures, related functions and teams.

Brett has developed an impressive reputation in Australia driving procurement transformations in both global and national organisations. He has a high level of experience working internationally across diverse markets and business cultures in both mature and emerging markets. In Brett’s roles he has been relied upon to be a spend management advocate, strategist, facilitator of change and a process re-engineer.

Affan Bin Mohd Nawi
Affan Bin Mohd Nawi
Senior Vice President, Corporate Services
Malakoff

Affan Mohd. Nawi, started his first “procurement” stint as a consultant with A.T.Kearney Inc., more than 15 years ago. Affan was also involved in the implementation of an SAP eProcurement solution for Malaysia’s national oil company, PETRONAS, before joining Malaysia’s Investment arm, Khazanah Nasional in 2006. In Khazanah, Affan was instrumental in the Procurement Transformation efforts and later assisted several Government Linked Companies in their Procurement Transformation journey.

Affan had had his hands deep in several enterprise transformation projects involving Pantai Holdings Group (now Integrated Health) and UEM Builders. Prior to joining Malakoff, Affan was the General Manager, Category Management, Group Procurement, Telekom Malaysia. Affan is now the Senior Vice President, Corporate Services Division of Malakoff Berhad.

Malakoff is an Independent Power Producer in Malaysia and overseas, with more than 6,000MW of power generated nationwide.

Affan graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996/1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Decision Sciences and Master’s in Information Systems. Affan is also a Certified Procurement & Supply Chain trainer.

Peter Chen
Peter Chen
Head of Procurement Capability & Operations
Axiata Group

Peter Chen leads the Procurement Capabilities and Operations team of Axiata Group Berhad, one of Asia’s largest telecommunication companies. In his Capabilities role, Chen is responsible for ensuring that Procurement processes, including policies and systems across the Axiata Group are executed in a controlled, effective and efficient manner. He is also responsible to develop the Group-wide functional capability development curriculum for the procurement team at Axiata and its subsidiaries. In addition, his team is also responsible for performance management, reporting, analytics as well as internal process reviews. In his Operations role, Chen leads the procurement function of Axiata Group Corporate headquarters.

Prior to joining Axiata, Chen led the Procurement Performance Excellence team at DiGi, a Telenor company. During his tenure with DiGi, he spent a year in Kolkata, india as part of the team starting up Telenor’s operations there. Chen began his career as an engineer with Motorola before joining Parker Hannifin Aerospace as a Customer Support Manager.

Tianrong Chen
Tianrong Chen
Procurement Manager APAC
Pixel Projects
Miss Tianrong Chen has been working as a procurement professional since 2008 with rich experience in both public and private sectors, and is the youngest committee member of CIPS Singapore.
She holds full membership of CIPS (MCIPS) and a Master Degree of Logistics and Supply Chain Management from University of Sheffield. 
Tianrong started her career at Alstom Transport Singapore and was heavily involved with procurement activities for the construction of Singapore’s Circle Line and Downtown Line subway; she also worked in IT procurement field for government sector. Currently, she serves as Procurement Manager APAC for Pixel Projects APAC at Pixel Projects APAC, an award winning audio visual integration company, where she takes charge of direct sourcing on a global scale, vendor management, price negotiation, control spend, contract drafting and project planning for projects with world’s renowned clients across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Korea, Australia and the rest part of Asia Pacific Region.
Penny Chong
Penny Chong
Head of Procurement
Maybank Kim Eng Group

Head of Procurement in Maybank Kim Eng Group, Penny started her career as an IT specialist, later exploring IT sourcing. She has more than 15 years of experience in various industries from hospitality, IT and financial services.

Over the past five years she has been with Maybank, having started as IT Category Senior Sourcing Analyst before being promoted to Head of Procurement at Maybank Kim Eng Group in 2014. She is leading Maybank Kim Eng overall procurement transformation journey.

In Maybank Kim Eng, she has setup the procurement department in 2015, achieved significant savings, cost avoidance and other value creation by working together with business units.

Sebastian Chua
Sebastian Chua
Head of Procurement
Health Promotion Board

Sebastian started his procurement career with Agilent Technologies (a spin-off from Hewlett Packard) as their Country Manager for India, Singapore, Thailand & Philippines before he took on the portfolio as the Regional Procurement Manager. Sebastian then moved on to join Microsoft & Alcatel Lucent as Head of Procurement to transform their procurement organization in Asia Pacific region.

In 2014, Sebastian Chua took on a new challenge to accept the opportunity to transform the public procurement practices at Health Promotion Board (HPB), a statutory board under the Ministry of Health. He reports to CEO, HPB in his current role as Head of Procurement.

His Procurement Paper "Transformative THINKING. Transformative DOING" was shortlisted for publication at The Journal of Public Procurement (JoPP) in the USA.

Onno Cleeren
Onno Cleeren
Procure to Pay Manager
SA Power Networks
Onno is Procure-to- Pay at SA Power Networks (Australia). In his role Onno is responsible for managing 32,000 purchase orders; 90,000 invoices; 4,000 credit card statements and leveraging SAP MM use. Key achievements in SAP space are: Vendor Spend classification, PR & PO mobile App (Fiori) approval & tracking, eCatalogs, Savings capture & reporting.
Prasad Deshpande
Prasad Deshpande
Vice President/Head of Global Procurement, Supply Chain and Contract Manufa
Biocon

Prasad Deshpande is currently the Vice President/ Head of Global Procurement, Supply Chain and Contract Manufacturing at Biocon Limited.

Biocon is an emerging global biopharmaceutical enterprise focused on delivering affordable innovation. It is committed to reduce therapy costs of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases by leveraging India's cost advantage to deliver affordable healthcare solutions to patients, partners and healthcare systems across the globe.

The Procurement and Supply Chain team is across 5 Business Units managing many contract manufacturing sites and several hundred vendors across the globe. Products supply spans over 72 countries in all continents.

Prasad is an accomplished senior level professional with a unique blend of experience in Fortune 100 companies in various areas across different organizational structures. He has handled global assignments in 4 countries over a decade, across different continents (USA, Belgium, Singapore and India) including business relationships in Latin America, Africa and Middle East Regions.

Alex Drew
Alex Drew
Head of Procurement & SRM
Cathay Pacific

Alex has over 20 years' experience in leading commercial and procurement functions, with strong focus on delivery and operational transformation, value creation, and cost-efficiency.  He currently holds a position at Cathay Pacific Airways, based in Hong Kong, as a Head of Procurement & Supplier Relationships where he is accountable for a broad range of categories including technology, BPO, facilities management and construction, healthcare, HR and consultancy to name just a few.

Prior to his position at Cathay, Alex has had a distinguished career in a variety of procurement leadership roles, across different industries and geographies, where his focus has always been on embedding strong category and strategic sourcing methodologies, and creating empowered teams who can deliver a real differentiator for the organisations and business functions they partner with.

Alex is a passionate supporter of the procurement profession and has worked for many years with a variety of organisations and industry bodies to further develop and promote the profession wherever possible.

Siju Johny
Siju Johny
Chief Procurement Officer, NSW Trains
Transport for NSW

Siju Johny is the Chief Procurement Officer for NSW Trains and got the full responsibility for Strategic Procurement, contract management, supplier relationship management, Probity and governance. He joined NSW Trains in 2013. Under his leadership NSW Trains was awarded as the first Public organisation in Australasia to be certified for Ethical Procurement by CIPS.

Prior to joining NSW Trains Siju was with Singtel Optus as Group Strategic sourcing manager. He has also led the successful implementation of various SAP modules in different organisations. Siju has also worked for blue chip companies such as Westpac, Veolia, Portland Group, Caltex etc to establish procurement teams in Greenfield operations as well as transformation project in established functions, developing teams, skills uplift, systems process and policies, implementing strategic sourcing, category management and setting the long term strategic direction for the function. Siju has extensive knowledge of the different procurement and supply chain environments in both direct and indirect areas. He has also been the key note speaker in various international procurement conferences and presented and conducted procurement training across AUS & NZ.

Siju holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and is a qualified Charted Accountant. He is also a Fellow of Charted Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). In recent years Siju’s efforts in Procurement was recognised through Best Procurement Initiative in Australasia award by CIPS and Most Successful SAP Implementation Project by SAP.

Eric Lim
Eric Lim
Head of Procurement
Press Metal Berhad

Eric has been in procurement division for 15 years, working with both local and multinational company, both service and manufacturing industry. He has gained solid experience of both direct and indirect procurement and sourcing during his employment journey with Tamura Electronic (M) Sdn Bhd, Amsteel Mills Sdn Bhd, Hewlett Packard (M) Sdn Bhd, Appraisal Property Management Sdn Bhd (Jones Lang Lasalle) prior to joining Press Metal Berhad as procurement manager.

Eric is currently reporting to vice executive chairman with the support from 24 professional team members. He has proved himself with strong leadership skill in driving and managing transformation as well as changes within organization. His key responsibility is to deploy centralized procurement, centralized warehouse and inventory system, compliances and policies and innovative procurement strategies.

Justin Lim
Justin Lim
Procurement Category Lead
SBS Transit
Justin is Procurement Category Lead at SBS Transit, where he leads the procurement of major infrastructure and equipment for the startup of Downtown Line. He is involved in various strategic sourcing initiatives to develop supplier bases globally for continued supply assurance. Justin has led multiple e-procurement transformation and established supply chain analytics to drive innovation and value creation beyond traditional performance levers. Prior to his current role, Justin had worked on various offshore project procurement with major oil & gas clients.
Mohamad Mohamad Zain
Mohamad Mohamad Zain
Chief Procurement Officer
Telekom Malaysia
In his 23 year stay with Telekom Malaysia, he has been tasked to lead various assignment in TM Group involving Insurance Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Enterprise Business Management and Revenue Assurance & Fraud Management. 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.
Clara Ng
Clara Ng
Group Procurement Head
The China Navigation Company Pte Ltd (Swire Group)

Clara Ng is Head of Procurement at China Navigation Company Pte Ltd (CNCo) based in Singapore, the Marine division of Swire Group. She joined CNCo in 2014 to lead a Strategic Procurement, which entails redefining policies & procedures across multiple sub-divisions as well as corporate level. Her current role builds on a distinguished 17-year career with Cathay Pacific (CX) Hong Kong, another company under Swire family, where she rose through the ranks of procurement to her final position as a key member of their Strategic Procurement Development team. This experience has given her in-depth understanding of Engineering, Airline, and Maritime Procurement in both Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as strategic procurement skills such as category management, contract management, continuous improvement, and supplier management. She supported to achieve US 550 million saving, managed US 5 billion in assets and US 2 billion contract spend in various priority projects in CX, e.g. Technical Spare Supplies, Aircraft Warranty, Aircraft Engine Maintenance Program and Procurement Transformation, etc. In 2016, she accomplished a procurement transformation Project in Fuel Category successfully. She held a Master degree in Transport Policy and Planning, while she moved to Singapore with her family in 2013.

Siewber Quah
Siewber Quah
Global Sales and Category Director
REC Group
Siewber is a Global Sourcing and Sales Director from REC Solar Singapore. He has handled all aspects of the solar value chain from operations, supply chain, sourcing, planning, logistics to sales. Prior to his life in the solar business he worked in HP and Dell, where he helped transformed the supply chain for the printers and projectors business
Anindya Ray
Anindya Ray
CEO, Global Sourcing
Arvind Lifestyle Brands

Anindya has three decades of experience in fashion and lifestyle industry. Some of his achievements include launching brands like Lee in India, SF Jeans for Madura Garments, heading the design of Allen Solly, creating private label portfolio for MegaMart (now Unlimited), and establishing centralised sourcing and technical services function at ALBL in 2011.

He started his career in ’87 with India’s first retail chain Intershoppe, after which he has also has worked in companies like Arvind, Benetton & Madura handling brands like Lee, Arrow, U.S. Polo, Allen Solly, Benetton to name a few. He has worked in various roles encompassing responsibilities like corporate planning, sales and marketing, merchandising, and design. Currently, he is heading the sourcing, quality & development at Arvind Lifestyle Brands.

Lily Sastriyanti
Lily Sastriyanti
Sr. Head of Procurement Department
China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) SES
Zhivko Stoyanov
Zhivko Stoyanov
Global Procurement Group Head
Rakuten
Zhivko has more than 10 years of experience in global sourcing, contract management, supplier performance and relationship management, and spend analysis and cost optimization. Currently a head of Rakuten Inc’ Global Procurement Group, he is responsible for global contracts, strategic sourcing and vendor management for all Rakuten Group companies in Asia Pacific and Japan, North America and Europe. He has previously developed and executed outsourcing vendor management and resource/cost optimization projects for major European clients of Hewlett Packard in the EMEA region.
Ernie Tan
Ernie Tan
Group Head of Sourcing
AIA

Ernie is currently, the Group Head of Sourcing, where he is responsible for AIA Group’s sourcing and procure to pay (P2P) functions. 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 also oversees business case/project approval process, the offshore finance shared services and P2P transformation projects, across the group.

Prior to joining AIA, he was the Regional Head of Procurement, Asia Pacific for Fidelity International based in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for Fidelity’s strategic sourcing and Procure-to-Pay function. Before that, he was the Regional Head, Global Sourcing for Deutsche Bank, and Vice President, Regional Commodities & Services, for Citigroup based in Singapore.

Ernie received his Masters of International Business degree from the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Chee Yong Teoh
Chee Yong Teoh
Head, Group Procurement and Services
RHB Banking Group

Chee Yong has over 20 years of experience in finance, business development, merging and acquisition, transformation office, property management, administration, security, strategic sourcing and e-procurement across Asia Pacific Region and a host of industries.

He implemented lean and effective procurement structure to provide agile services to RHB Banking Group, thus reducing Procurement personnel by 50%, yet managing transactions and activities more than double. On process and technology, he led end to end procure to pay process via automation from the registration of supplier, RFP/RFQ, ebidding, PO issuance and award, contract depository, payment processing, vendor performance evaluation and spend analysis including forward planning and category management. He manages matrix and dashboard performance tracking and reporting to ensure best customer services and optimise financial benefits to the banking group. He engaged supplier to promote latest innovation and performance while ensuring cost effectiveness for the group. Risk management to ensure sustainability of supplies to the group with the appropriate value, and he believes that group procurement is one of the key drivers for growth in the group instead of a Support Cost Centre.

Chee Yong worked with Ernst and Young, NEC Computers (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Visa, CIMB Bank Berhad before joining RHB Banking Group.

Tatiana Varma
Tatiana Varma
Head of Procurement Office
Concord Trading Shanghai
Tatiana has lived and worked in Shanghai for the past eleven years in the supply chain industry. She is fluent in Mandarin. Tatiana established the China procurement office of Concord Trading in 2011 and managed it till end of last year. Concord is headquartered in Moscow with operations in USA and China specializing in automotive spare parts. She recently became a mother and relocated to Singapore with her family.
Amit Verma
Amit Verma
Sr. VP, Digital Transformation for Procurement & Supply Chain
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)

Amit Verma is a transformation leader with over 20 years of diverse industry experience having worked with Indian and multinational companies and across geographies of India and Europe. He has a successful track record of driving transformation in service functions with P&L responsibility especially in procure-to- pay and procurement covering all aspects of strategy formulation, operating model creation, driving operating excellence and delivering superior operations. In his current role, he drives Digital Transformation in Procurement & Contracting in Reliance.

In his past role, he led the indirect spend team for all the Reliance Group companies and was responsible for managing external relationships and negotiating deals of more than 350 Mn USD per annum. He thrives in entrepreneurial roles and in entrepreneurial organizations where problem solving, creativity, and high degree of self-motivation are needed. He is passionate about driving digital transformation and is a mentor and part if jury for start-ups in the GenNext accelerator program.

In addition, he is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and passionate about supporting people achieve their life passion though Life Coaching

Kaustubh Wadekar
Kaustubh Wadekar
Chief Procurement Officer
Singtel
Benjamin Wee
Benjamin Wee
Director, Procurement & Logistics
Resorts World Sentosa

Benjamin Wee has 18 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.

Daniel Wong
Daniel Wong
Vice President Fleet, Management & Procurement
SIA Engineering
Tracey Yeh
Tracey Yeh
Head of Global CPE Sourcing
Telstra
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.

International Companies

Krishan Agarwal
Krishan Agarwal
Asia Pacific Brand and Business Services Purchasing Leader
Procter & Gamble
Kunal Awasthy
Senior Vice President
Allcargo Logistics

Almost 20yrs experience in market development, managing business and running it successfully. 1999-2006, Head Sales and Marketing with Orix Corp Japan in India, company engaged in Fleet Management, Auto Leasing and financing business. With Allcargo group formerly Strategic Business Head. Currently Sr. Vice President, based out of Singapore looking after freight procurement for the group for APAC. Also helped forge partnerships for Allcargo with Concor (a subsidiary of Indian Railways) and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services.

Andrew Bryant
Andrew Bryant
Global Expert in Self Leadership & Leading Cultures, Best Seller Author, TEDx Speaker and Executive Coach

Andrew Bryant is the past president of Asia Professional Speakers Association (APSS), Corporate Leadership Consultant, bestselling author of 4 books, including, ‘Self-Leadership: How to Become a More Successful, Efficient and Effective Leader from the Inside Out’.

Andrew has inspired audiences as large as 12,000 people, facilitated breakthrough learning sessions and transformed leaders through 1-to-1 coaching. 

Choon Hung  Chong
Choon Hung Chong
Procurement Director, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei
Coca-Cola

Chong Choon Hung is the Procurement Director - Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei of Bottling Investments Group at The Coca-Cola Company. He has been working for the Coca-Cola System since Feb 2013. He graduated with a BA Honors degree in Economics from the Northern University of Malaysia.

Chong began his professional career with Hualon Corporation, a Taiwanese textile manufacturer, as Purchasing Officer. He moved to British American Tobacco Malaysia and spent 13.5 years there handling various supply chain and procurement positions, including an overseas assignment in South Korea.

Chong’s role in Coca-Cola has recently been expanded to lead Cold Drink Equipment operations. He is also driving business development in hot beverage category for the company as part of her career development plan to gain commercial experience.

Daniel Chua
Daniel Chua
Head of Global Merchandising
LEDVANCE
Daniel Chua has more 18 years of Purchasing Experience span across Retail, Telecommunication and Manufacturing in Consumer Electronic and Lighting Industry. He have worked and based in Singapore, London, Hong Kong and now based in Shanghai. He is currently the Head of Global Merchandising Sourcing Center for LEDVANCE Lighting Co; Ltd.
Subha Dutta
Subha Dutta
Global Head of Sourcing and Logistics, Convenience Retail
Shell
Deepak Dwivedi
Deepak Dwivedi
Procurement Excellence Global Operations, APJ
Nokia
Deepak has over 20 years telecommunication industry leadership experience in sourcing, procurement and third party management working with leading multinationals (Nokia, Ericsson). Based in Singapore, he has overall responsibility to manage Procurement Business Excellence for Nokia, Asia pacific and Japan market. His expertise includes strategic sourcing and category management, procurement transformation, change management and Supplier Relationship Management.
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.

Anne-Gaelle Gonet
Anne-Gaelle Gonet
Procurement Director, APAC, Indirect
Clarins

Following a management degree, Anne-Gaelle started her career in sales in the IT sector until she decided to switch to Procurement. After graduating from the Master degree in international purchasing from ESSEC in France, she joined AstraZeneca as a buyer and rapidly took European category management roles.

In 2007, she switched to the Banking sector with ABN AMRO bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland where she took on multiple category leadership roles at European level. Highly motivated by the pace of Asia, she joined CLARINS in 2011 to launch and develop the purchasing function across the Asia Pacific region and is now leading the change with her team across all indirect categories, ensuring CSR is one of the pillars of the Procurement strategy.

Marie Hansell
Marie Hansell
Head of Procurement, APAC
Restaurant Brands International
Qasim Hussain
Qasim Hussain
Chief Procurement Officer, APAC & Africa
Kellogg's
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.
Eleanor Kee
Eleanor Kee
Head of Procurement, Asia Pacific
Mastercard
Michael Koh
Michael Koh
Regional Head of Procurement, Asia Pacific
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.

Haris Komarla
Haris Komarla
Head of Procurement – Asia Pacific
DB Schenker
Haris has more than 10 years of solid end-to- end procurement experience with well-established multinational companies. He held different procurement roles from Procurement Operations, Strategic sourcing and various Category Management across Asia Pacific. He has an experience in setting up new procurement team, procurement strategies and category management plans, and in setting up Procure- to-Pay system (eProcurement system).
Ramesh Krishnamoorthy
Ramesh Krishnamoorthy
Head of Procurement, Asean Pacific
Philips

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.

Rajeev Kumar
Rajeev Kumar
VP, APAC Sales
iCertis

Rajeev Kumar is Vice President, APAC Sales at Icertis. With more than 16 years of experience in global sales, Rajeev brings to Icertis expertise in enterprise software sales, building and managing teams, and international operations. Rajeev has successfully set up sales, client servicing processes and operations in India and APAC in early stage enterprise B2B technology ventures.

Rajeev comes from Progressive Infotech, a leading ICT company, a provider of cloud, digital and operations transformation services. Rajeev led cloud and digital business as a Senior VP and was responsible for all sales, pre-sales and field development activities around India and EMEA markets. Prior to that, Rajeev worked with SaaS product companies, consulting service organizations and system integrators in the cloud and enterprise product and services space.

Kevin Lai
Kevin Lai
Head of Procurement, Upstream Joint Ventures
Shell

Kevin is currently the procurement head for Shell’s upstream non-operated ventures. His portfolio primarily covers Brunei and Kazakhstan, where the JVs collectively have a procurement staff base of more than 600 pax with $3+ Bln third party spend pa.  

He is a Fellow of CIPS and has a degree in Marketing and a Masters in Procurement. Kevin has been in various procurement and category leadership roles in Shell Downstream, Upstream and capital Projects since 2005.

Merry Liu
Merry Liu
Head of Procurement, APAC, Indirect Goods and Services
Bombardier

She is a practitioner in procurement and supply; has been with a large multinational company in manufacturing sector for 12 years, achieved career progression from junior buyer role to the regional procurement head. She has in-depth knowledge in project driven business environment and solid experience of both direct and indirect material sourcing and procurement.

She is the first Chinese National that is awarded the full membership of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in 2009.She got featured in Supply Management Magazine 2009 as One of the top "Young Guns 35 and under 35". She obtained PMP certificate in 2010 and graduated from Manchester Business School in 2015. She is an excellent communicator in multi-cultural working environment, with hands on experience in best cost country sourcing, supplier development and international contracts management.

She has been in managerial role for 7 years, currently managing a team of 15 people with 6 nationalities across APAC region. She has demonstrated a strong leadership skill in driving, leading and managing transformation and changes within a very complex organization. She is a self-starter with a strong passion for new challenges. She is a problem solver and strategic thinker. She has good experience in green-field project.

She completed job assignments in the UK and Belgium year 2009 and 2010.

Gavin Morton
Gavin Morton
Regional Head of Enterprise Supply Chain APAC, Head of APAC Procurement
Citi

Gavin leads over 500 members of staff based in 15 countries across Asia (including Japan) with external 3rd party spend of c$6bn. Services provided to the region by the Enterprise Supply Chain team include supplier risk management, strategic sourcing and payments across over 13,000 external suppliers.

Prior to this role, Gavin was the Head of Categories for EMEA managing a team of 40 expense management professionals across 50 countries with spend of c$2bn, including an assignment to lead the setup of a centralised Procurement team across LATAM based in Costa Rica. Before joining Citi he was the Director Procurement Abu Dhabi Government Services based in Abu Dhabi supporting the Emirates Government’s aspiration to be in the world’s top five governments. He was responsible for creating a centralised procurement function across all Technology, Buildings and Business Support Services to improve service delivery and reduce operating expenditure.

Shankar MR
Shankar MR
Head of Procurement South East Asia, South Asia and Middle East
AkzoNobel
Suresh Nair
Suresh Nair
Global Procurement Director
Micron
Manmeet Singh Narula
Manmeet Singh Narula
Global Catergory Director for Secondary Packaging
Johnson & Johnson
Chin Yeow Ng
Chin Yeow Ng
Head of Procurement Asia Pacific
Puma Energy
Ron Ng
Ron Ng
Head of Supplier Sourcing & Procurement, APAC
Google
For the past 6 years, Ron has been leading Google's APAC Strategic Sourcing and Procure-to- Pay function that covers all spend categories adding up to $2.5B annually within the region. Apart from that, he has other leadership roles within Google's larger APAC Finance community. Prior to Google, Ron spent a combined 14 years at Intel, Honeywell with global leadership roles in the US and the APAC region, as well as earning a full-time MBA at the University of Virginia's Darden School in between. He also recalls graduating from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur with an undergrad degree in mechanical engineering.
Stephanie Petot
Stephanie Petot
Head of Procurement South East Asia
Diageo
Stephanie Petot, Head of Procurement Southeast Asia Diageo, arrived in Singapore 5 years ago. She was born in France but grew up in Paraguay, South America. She has then lived in other counties such as UK, Italy and USA and worked in Procurement for FMCG companies such as Reckitt Benckiser and Danone but also explored the pharmaceutical industry with Guerbet France. She is grateful for the experience life is offering and passionately love teamwork and sharing knowledge.
Graham Rice
Graham Rice
Head of Asia Pacific Procurement
B. Braun

Graham is the General Manager and Head of Procurement for B. Braun in Asia Pacific. Graham’s responsibilities with B. Braun include overseeing the procurement activities across six countries and ten factories in Asia, as well as sitting on B. Braun’s Global Procurement Board.

He has nearly 25 years experience in category management, strategic sourcing and procurement, including spending 7 years running a sourcing and procurement consultancy practice. His experience covers a wide variety of sectors and he has spent the last 19 years based in Asia.

Graham is passionate about driving collaboration into business procurement activities as well as the associated transparency and governance.

Rui Santos
Rui Santos
Head of Procurement APAC
Deutsche Bank
Daniel Staehli
Head/Project Lead Procurement & Risk Management Asia Manufacturing Program
Roche Diagnostics
Maggie Sy
Maggie Sy
Director Asia Logistics & Distribution
Mead Johnson

Maggie Sy has more than 20 years of extensive experience as a supply chain professional with focused expertise in Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Inventory Strategies and Modeling, Demand and Supply Planning and the SIOP process and Commercial distribution strategies and modeling, with a significant part of her career in the sourcing and procurement role. Prior to her current role, Maggie was the Asia Procurement Director for the same company and before that, has been in various supply chain roles in her career with San Miguel Corporation, Nestle (Magnolia) Corporation and Kraft Foods Asia (now Mondeleeze) progressing into regional roles in Asia for more than 12 years now.

In her current role, Maggie is responsible for leading the strategic direction on E2E logistics, Route-to- Market models and Cost-to- Serve programs for the supply chain organization.

In her previous role, Maggie was responsible for leading the strategic sourcing and procurement requirements of all raw and packaging materials for Mead Johnson Nutrition (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd.. As a key member of the senior supply chain leadership team, Maggie also provided leadership in other high profile critical projects where her supply chain expertise was valuable to the success of the project. She has been with Mead Johnson since 2001.

Meng Leong Tan
Meng Leong Tan
Global Sourcing Partner, Indirect Procurement
NetApp
Meng Leong has been a life-long learner of procurement discipline over the last 16 years, drawing precious learning experience from various multi-nationals, such as FreeMarkets, HP, Hewitt Associates, CSC, Chain IQ and NetApp, with global foot prints while sensitive to business climates and cultures of APAC countries. The journey enriched Meng Leong with comprehensive understanding of the whole end-to- end process, from spend analysis to payment, across many categories of direct and indirect procurement, even setting up of new teams and processes. Prior to moving to procurement, Meng Leong was on the other side, as an engineering ‘business’ stakeholder, when he was with Republic of Singapore Navy for 8 years, during which he learned and collaborated with its procurement function, to bring about best values for Republic of Singapore Navy for its naval building, repair and maintenance projects and programs.
Shayam Tiwari
Shayam Tiwari
Asia Head Of Procurement Ophthalmic Products
Novartis

Shayam is seasoned Procurement professional with over 2 decades of experience in working with transnational corporations and managing Asia Pacific geography for buying of goods and services & leading large transformation projects.

Shayam is currently with Novartis Group for last more than 10 years and currently managing Eye Care Division Asia buying as Asia Head of Procurement for last 5 years.

Shayam started his career with Honda Cars within manufacturing after graduating in Mechanical Engineering from premier Indian university IIT Roorkee followed by management degree and learned basics of Supply Chain Management.

In early 2000-2006 (6.5years) period, Shayam managed GE Group expansion into Asia through developing Low Cost Sourcing base in India and as well managed large restructuring projects within GE.

Shayam specializes in distribution and distributors management within emerging markets.

Quang Tran
Quang Tran
Director, Purchasing Asia Pacific
DSM
Mr. Quang Tran was born in Vietnam, migrated to United States in 1979. He has long been working in various roles of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management at world-class companies. He has broad international cultural exposure, experience working for USA, Taiwan, China, and Europe-based companies. Presently, Mr. Quang Tran is Purchasing Director, among the top executives of ~25,000-employee company, responsible for Asia-Pacific region. He’s based in Shanghai. Throughout his career, he believes in the professionalism of purchasing/supply chain management, as an extension of the business. He continuously developed people, organization, steered, and delivered its strategic value for companies. He believes among others, companies excel for sound strategy, strong alignment, consistent delivery, persistence, resilience, good ethics, and people talent development.
Ard Verboon
Ard Verboon
CPO Strategic Sourcing - Direct Materials
Avaya
Vincent Wong
Vincent Wong
Director, Global Sourcing, Global Supply Chain
AB Sciex - Singapore

Vincent Wong is currently the Director, Global Sourcing for SCIEX, a multi-nationalcompany as part of the US Billion dollars Danaher group of companies that havemanufacturing sites and offices globally. He has been a professional in supply chain management for over 30 years with exposure in project management,strategic sourcing, operational purchasing, production planning, warehousing and distribution. He has worked in disk drive, computer, and semiconductor equipment and healthcare industries and has exposure at working two years West Malaysia, one year in Taiwan, two years Hong Kong and four years in China.

His notable major achievement was winning two consecutive years in Best Supply Chain Award competing with thirty over companies from the group in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

He was educated in Australia, Curtin University of Technology with a Master Degreein Business, majored in Logistics Management. Currently also part-time lecturerwith Singapore Institute of Supply Management and trained by UN/WTO as a lecturer in Purchasing Management.

His current field in strategic global sourcing has given him a wealth of extensive exposures and experiences in dealing with challenging suppliers in difficult situations. He has also helps in developing and training local suppliers to adapt to the new healthcare industry.

Langdon Wu
Langdon Wu
Senior Director, APAC Sourcing and Global Sourcing Support Centre
Thomson Reuters

Langdon is managing APAC Sourcing and Global Sourcing Support Centre in Thomson Reuters. His current challenge is to transform global sourcing into a Share Service Centre model for Thomson Reuters. He is passionate to help the business growth; transform sourcing delivery model and develop talents in the region.

Langdon has worked for Accenture, P&G and Reuters with different regional sourcing and Procure to Pay roles across Asia Pacific region. Langdon is currently based in Singapore.

Sardar Ahmed
Sardar Ahmed
Director, Global Supply Chain & Operations
Fonterra Brands

Based in Singapore, Sardar leads Fonterra’s manufacturing and supply chain function. He works closely with Fonterra’s Global Operations team and the GCFS business unit to define, and support the implementation of, the most sustainably effective and competitively efficient end-to-end supply chain solutions – to achieve growth for the Co-operative.

Prior to his current role, Sardar was the Director of Supply Chain; at Fonterra, where he was responsible for end-to-end supply chain solutions across South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Greater China. 

Previously, Sardar’s 25-year long career with Friesland Campina saw him working across key markets from Latin America with ICI (now AstraZeneca) to the Netherlands, the Middle East and South East Asia.

Benny Kesuma
Benny Kesuma
Head of Credit Solutions - APAC
Bureau van Dijk

Benny is the Head of Credit Solutions for APAC at Bureau van Dijk. He is responsible for strategy, human capital development and overall revenue in the credit space across corporates and financial institutions. 

He currently leads the business development of market data and range of software solutions for APAC. He was previously in charge of the custom credit risk management solutions for North America based out of New York. 

Benny has worked on a number of projects involving supplier data management, know your supplier and supplier risk management.

Jacqueline Koh
Procurement Manager, Asia
Microsoft

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Jim Bergman
Jim Bergman
VP - Asia, Middle East and Africa
International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM)
Emmanuel Ebray
Emmanuel Ebray
Managing Director, Southeast Asia, India and Korea
HRS

Emmanuel Ebray started off in HRS as the Managing Director in the France office since early 2011. 

Aged 44 and a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Emmanuel Ebray started his career in the functions of management and logistics consulting and production in France, Italy and Morocco within industrial groups such as Bic, Boiron and Yves Rocher. 

In 2002, he turned to consulting positions in strategy, marketing and sales, he exercises in a variety of sectors, for high-profile clients such as Renault, Peugeot, Orange, or HSBC.

In 2005, he joined the Concomitance Group, a consulting firm in distribution strategy and business performance, particularly set in the world of travel. He handles business development and conducts assignments for clients such as Accor, Compagnie des Alpes (Parc Astérix, Grévin, Walibi ...), Europcar, ASF and Galeries Lafayette.

In 2008, Emmanuel Ebray integrated the French subsidiary of Choice Hotels International as Sales Director Western Europe, where he will be responsible for development affairs segments, leisure and MICE.

Emmanuel Ebray, as HRS Managing Director (based in Singapore), oversees the South East Asia, India and South Korea portfolio and team.

Markus Flamman
Markus Flamman
Head of Corporate Solutions, APAC
HRS

Markus Flamman, Head of Corporate Solutions APAC is a key strategist in Procurement at HRS, a leading Global Hotel Solutions company. Markus has 12 years of Procurement, Project, Real-Estate & Facility management and expertise in Europe and Asia, and with experience in various industries from Banking and Finance to now Travel Solutions, Hospitality and prior experience in Oil and Gas and Government trade and relations. He has been with companies such as Caltex, RBC and ABN Amro prior to joining HRS. His expertise includes reducing commercial risk & cost in Opex & Capex, both in established as well as (semi-) greenfield environments.

Markus is focused on team development, optimising cost and competitive strategies, raising efficiency / process re-engineering design & implementing continuous improvement initiatives, governance and risk reduction. He has managed teams in various sizes both locally & regionally with a focus on talent management.

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.

Catherine Hill
Catherine Hill
Group Marketing Director
CIPS

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.

Mark Lamb
Mark Lamb
General Manager, Asia Pacific
CIPS
Diane Petras
Business Development Manager
Amazon Web Services
Mark Rabjohns
Mark Rabjohns
Senior Value Solutions Consultant
Coupa Software

Mark has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, of which he has spent the majority of time working at enterprise level to help automate and streamline business operations from finance and administration through to logistics & supply chain, as well as maintenance repair & overhaul. More latterly, given the impact on business operations of the Global Financial Crisis, Mark has focused in the Procurement area, where the impact on the bottom line from cost savings, compliance improvement and risk mitigation initiatives are changing the way that the Procurement function is perceived globally.

Mark joined Coupa from stints at SAP Ariba and IBM Emptoris, where he worked as a procurement specialist consultant first in the ANZ region and then in Asia. Prior to that, Mark held various roles across the Asia Pacific region with Oracle, IFS and Exact Software. With all these positions, Mark’s expertise has been in overcoming the pragmatic issues involved when applying technology to business problems.  Working with clients such as the Royal Mint and National Grid in the United Kingdom, and Qantas, Thai Oil, ABB, Visy Pulp and Paper, Hawker Pacific and The Three Gorges Hydro Electric Project in Asia Pacific, Mark has enabled solutions that tackle core business issues, and deliver competitive advantage in fast moving enterprises.

Haja Sheriff
Haja Sheriff
Business Development Manager
Amazon Web Services
Sam Walsh
Sam Walsh
President
CIPS

Sam Walsh was Rio Tinto chief executive from January 2013 to July 2016, the culmination of a 25-year career with the international mining group. Prior to his appointment as chief executive, he led a number of Rio Tinto’s product groups including Aluminium (2001-2004) and Iron Ore (2004-2013) and in 2009 he joined the Rio Tinto board as a director.

Sam started his career as a Trainee Buyer in the automotive industry, and worked for 20 years in senior leadership roles with General Motors and Nissan Australia. Sam was Head of Materials Management at GMH in Australia and Director of Engineering and Supply at Nissan Australia ultimately becoming Executive Director of Operations at Nissan Australia.

Sam has played a key role in charity, community and business associations in Australia and the United Kingdom. In recognition of his distinguished service to the mining industry and the community of Western Australia, Sam was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010.

A strong supporter of the arts, Sam was awarded honorary life membership of the Western Australian Chamber of Arts and Culture and made a patron of the Western Australian State Theatre. In 2014 he was appointed a Trustee of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation.

Sam’s keen interest in supporting international trade led to his membership in 2014 of the B20 Australian Leadership Group and his appointment in 2015 as co-chair of the Australia-India CEO Forum.

In 2012, he was awarded a Gold Medal by the Australian Institute of Company Directors and between 2008 and 2013 he was a director of Australia’s largest diversified media company, Seven West Media.

In 2013 he was awarded CIPS Award for CEO Procurement Champion at the Supply Management Awards. Sam is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the Australian Institute of Management, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and was previously a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals.

Charlie Villasenor
Chairman
Procurement and Supply Institute of Asia (PASIA)

Charlie Villasenor is known as a procurement and supply chain management icon in Asia for his advancement of best practices, ethics, e-enablement, and sustainability in supply management. This brought him his affiliations and engagement at the Board and Advisory levels of organizations like the International Federation of Procurement Supply Chain Management(IFPSM), UN/WTO (InternationalTradeCenter/ ITC–SCMProgram), and Universidad De Los Andes (Bogota,Colombia) and some other Board functions in some corporations.

He has multi-industry experience and currently leads a large multi-national group of supply chain and technology professionals to deliver results to various organizations around the world in such industries as manufacturing, telco, oil and gas, energy, financial services, logistics, retail, construction, services organizations and public sector as well. He is multi-awarded in his educational and professional arena.

Nigel Watson
Nigel Watson
Partner Business Development Manager
Amazon Web Services