01 December 2021

Time zone: GMT

08:30 – 08:40

Chair’s opening remarks 

Emma Scott, Representation Manager, CIPS

08:40 – 09:10

  • Summary of 2020 COVID crisis and 2021 supply crises.
  • Digital strategy overview.
  • Leveraging SRM toolkit to manage suppliers remotely.
  • Lessons learned and next steps.

Dan Bartel, Chief Procurement Officer, Schneider Electric

09:10 – 09:20


09:20 – 09:50

  • How data analytics can improve sustainable supply chain management. 
  • Exploring the risks and challenges that inhibit the implementation of data.
  • Analysing the key parts of the data management process and its best practices.
  • Best technologies, tools and techniques employed as part of the process.

Stephen Day, Global Chief Procurement Officer, Kantar

Laura Hobbs, Head of Procurement, G. Network Communications

Lauren Feery, Head of GLobal Procurement and Transformation, Diageo 

Vera Rozanova, Chief Procurement Officer, RUSAGRO

09:50 – 10:05

Networking break

10:05 – 10:35

  • Best practices for creating an intelligent foundation of data and analytics for procurement and IT
  • Overcoming common roadblocks for investment in procurement technology–from building a business case to recognizing results
  • Deepening the partnership between IT and procurement to efficiently support the business

Sheel Patel, Head of Source-to-Pay, Okta

10:35 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:15

  • General overview – Understanding the difference between AI and machine learning.
  • Exploring the way AI and machine learning can turbocharge procurement.
  • What does your organisation need to embark in the AI supply chain revolution?
  • How can your organisation succeed in the AI supply chain revolution?

Sander Voorn, CP Lead Design – Sourcing & Assurance, Shell 

Henrik Larsen, VP, Maersk

11:15 – 11:25


11:25 – 11:55

  • Exploring how the Government eMarketplace (GeM) transformed a vast, complex and fragmented public procurement ecosystem through a forward-looking technology driven approach leveraging a platform integrating multiple ecosystems and using cutting-edge technologies like AI including machine learning, natural language processing, blockchain.
  • Learning how GeM has completely disrupted this ecosystem through its unified digital marketplace and vast and diverse ecosystem of buyer organizations and sellers.
  • Analysing how GeM clocked order values of £3.42 billion- an over 50% increase over one financial year.

Sowmya Karun, Chief Manager, Strategic Initiatives at the Government eMarketplace

11:50 – 12:00

Chair’s closing remarks

Please note, programme is subject to change at anytime without notice