CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Conference Day 1

14 September 2021

PLENARY

09h00

WELCOME | MC Opening Remarks

Gia Nicolaides, Journalist and News reporter, EWN News – Primedia Group.

09h10

Bernie Van Niekerk, Chief Executive Officer, Commerce Edge, Editor, Smart Procurement

Vusi Fele, Chief Procurement Officer, Absa

Prof Geo Quinot, Dean, Faculty of Law Professor, Department of Public Law, Director: African Procurement Law Unit

Larissa Cornelius, Director, Association of Proposal Management Professionals

09h15

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Global Economy and Procurement

Is the age of globalisation coming to an end? This question has been top of mind for business leaders in recent years as Brexit and the US-China trade war has fueled the emergence of a more segmented global economy. Then COVID-19 hit, impeding the flow of critical parts and essential goods and exposing the vulnerabilities built into long-distance supply chains.

Amid this uncertainty, how can procurement redefine itself to lead and stabilise countries in this fractured global economy?

Prof. Karsten Machholz, International Professor for SCM & Procurement, Strategic Consultant and Post COVID-19 Supply Chains Activist, University of Göttingen, Germany

09h45

Q & A

09h55

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Business and Procurement Redefined

Real-world experience from a leading global CPO influencer. Unpacking innovation, business strategies and even expansion and revenue strategies in the middle of the current crisis. Understand how the procurement function has been redefined and repurposed to help organisations make sense of the “now”.

Michael Pleuger, Internationally Renowned Business Transformation, Strategy & Growth Specialist, akirolabs

10h25

Q & A

10h35

THE CEO PANEL DISCUSSION | Procurement Leading in a Crisis or Found Wanting?

CEOs faced the daunting task of saving their organisations from the ripple effects of the pandemic and associated disruptions in the global economy. What was the most challenging curve to negotiate and how did procurement fare?

Panellists
Parmi Natesan, Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Directors – Southern Africa

Sisa Ntshona, Chief Executive Officer, SA Tourism

Johny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, TransNamib

11h20

Q & A

11h30

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | So, for The Record: Behind the Headlines in an Era of State Capture Paperback

For two years he conducted dozens of interviews with politicians, journalists, policemen, state security agents, before piecing together two remarkable tales. This story is both a disquieting exposé of how easily the media can be duped by a conniving cabal for its own selfish ends and a celebration of brilliant investigative reporting by brave and ethical journalists.

Here is the other story of state capture that nobody ever told you!

Prof Anton Harber, Investigative Journalist, South Africa

12h00

Q & A

12h10

COMFORT BREAK

12h30

PRESENTATION | Implementing Restructuring and Business Rescue Plans from a Procurement Perspective

Restructuring initiatives are inevitable! What should procurement know when asked to contribute to restructuring and business consolidation.

Haroon Laher, Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyer, Advisor: Business Rescue and Turnaround Practitioners, Vice Chairman, The South African Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association

12h50

Q & A

12h55

KEYNOTE SYMPOSIUM | Cross-Sector Procurement Trends as revealed by COVID-19

What are some top private sector global trends that the public sector should adopt now?

TREND 1: Digitalisation
COVID-19 has meant two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months. Was government prepared for the stay-home economy? How big is the need for digitalisation in the public sector and what capabilities will the right implementation bring?

Maurice Sayinzoga, Senior Manager, Policy & Research, Digital Impact Alliance

TREND 2: Strategic Sourcing
Is it possible to implement strategic sourcing in the public sector? What is preventing effective strategies in this space?

Dustin Lanier, CPPO, Public Procurement Change Agent, Certified Public Procurement Officer, USA

TREND 3: Outsourcing
Does outsourcing work in public sector? What is the future of public sector procurement and public sector outsourcing?

Jon Butler, Founder and Principal, StrategyShore, USA – World-renowned IT Sourcing Specialist and Author.

13h30

LUNCH BREAK

CEO LOUNGE (Limited to 10 CPOs)

13h40

Welcome | Bernie Van Niekerk, Chief Executive Officer, Commerce Edge

13h45

CEO CLOSE-UP | A WHOLE NEW WORLD: Is it Safe to Make Plans Now?

CEOs are facing a moving target. They have to respond at a moment’s notice to the ever-changing needs of consumers. They have to contend with a host of new pressures, challenges and risks in addition to evaluating the performance of their senior executives. They must set the company’s strategic direction, often across diverse product markets and geographies, and monitor the firm’s risk profile. So what are the CEOs predictions for life after COVID-19? When will it be safe to start making investment decisions?

Just how do CEOs master the art of effective leadership, decision-making and oversight? What are some of their behind the scenes operations? And what tips do they have for CEOs?

Invites

  • Imraan Soomra, Chief Executive Officer, Oceana Group Limited
  • Mark Cutifani, CEO, Anglo American
  • David Hathorn, Former CEO, Mondi
  • Stephen Koseff, Former CEO, Investec
  • Bonang Mahale

14h25

Closing | Bernie Van Niekerk, Chief Executive Officer, Commerce Edge

PUBLIC SECTOR SUPPLY CHAIN SUMMIT

14h30

INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY | COVID-19: Lessons Learnt in Public Procurement

This case study reviews the most important elements of the so-called “procurement covid crisis,” specifically the key disruptive forces which stand in stark contrast to traditional approaches to public procurement.

CO-PRESENTATION

  • Prof Laurence Folliot Lalliot, Professor of Public Law: Public Contracts Law, Paris Nanterre University
  • Prof Christopher R. Yukins, Lynn David Research Professor – Government Procurement Law, The George Washington University Law School

 

14h50

Q & A

 

15h00

THE HOT POTATO PANEL | Is the PPPFA Still Relevant?

In a judgment delivered by the Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) on 2 November 2020, the 2017 regulations (“Regulations”) to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000 (“PPPFA”), were declared invalid, with the invalidity suspended for a period of 12 months to enable the Minister of Finance to correct them.

Now the question on everyone’s mind is – are the regulations still relevant? What are the motivating reasons behind the judgement? And is this a setback to SA’s efforts to address inequalities?

Panellists:

  • Adv Thulani L Mtshwene, MCIPS, Executive Manager: Governance, Transnet
  • Xolani Mpahlwa, Public Sector Governance and Leadership Quality Strategic Advisor, South Africa

 

15h20

Q & A

 

15h30

PRESENTATION | Understanding the Consequence and Accountability Framework for Local Government in South Africa

What are the pitfalls leading to a lack of accountability and how to fix them? How should the Consequence and Accountability Framework be implemented?

 

15h50

Q & A

 

16h00

VISION 2030 | Public Infrastructure Procurement, Delivery and Construction Sector Dynamism in the South African Economy

This talk is based on a policy paper that was submitted to the National Planning Commission to review progress made towards the Vision 2030 with regard to public infrastructure delivery. It identifies the primary causes of underspending and other problems relating to public infrastructure procurement and delivery management and what should be done to address them.

Co-Presentation

  • Dr Ron Watermeyer, Director, Infrastructure Options
  • Dr Sean Phillips, Public Sector Governance and Administration – Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Management, South Africa

 

16h20

Q & A

 

16h30

ESD Expo / Expo time

CORPORATE SOURCING AND SUPPLY MANAGEMENT

14h30

REDEFINE HYBRID INSIGHTS: The Operating Structure Of Procurement

  • SESSION 1 – TALK: The Operating Structure Of Procurement – Why It Matters For CPOs
    When it comes to defining the most efficient and effective operating model for procurement functions there are, unfortunately, no easy answers.
    Should your organisation be centralised or more locally managed?

Rahul Devarakonda, Procurement Thought Leader and Practitioner, Vice President and CPO, Beroe Inc, USA

  • SESSION 2 – CASE STUDY: Building Procurement During the Downturn
    To navigate the global downturn, CPOs must take a step back and consider how best to implement long-lasting and effective initiatives aimed at fundamentally improving the way their companies operate. Where do you start? How do you do it? And what are the fundamental structural improvements in your current operating model should you look at for enhanced efficiency and effectiveness?

Michael van Keulen, Chief Procurement Officer, Coupa Software

  • SESSION 3 – PANEL: Breaking the Mold – Reshaping Your Procurement Operating Model
    This panel provides the general process of thinking when designing the procurement function that can support the business goals. Whether you are an experienced CPO or just been handed over this function, you will benefit from practical ways to use procurement as a strategic lever to reduce cost and drive innovation through an adjusted operating model.

Panellists

  • Susanna Kwon, Executive: Indirect Spend Management (ISM) Procurement Operations Centre, Massmart

 

15h20

Q & A

 

15h30

PRESENTATION | Integrated Business Planning – Why Is It Crucial for Procurement to Master?

Understand how IBP can help you through cross-functional scenario analysis, to make informed decisions around more profitable supplier collaboration, demand shaping, marketing, product growth/development, and more.

 

15h50

Q & A

 

16h00

PHARMA CASE STUDY | How to Streamline Your Vendor Sourcing Strategy Whilst Balancing Risks

Over the past year, pharma has seen a rethink of sourcing strategy in order to mitigate the supply chain disruptions which have threatened the progress of research and distribution of vaccines. This case study addresses future sourcing tactics, front of mind for many, as the focus is on business continuity through pre-identified risk.

Points of discussion:

  • Proactive sourcing strategy in 2021/22: Sole vs. dual sourcing
  • What data is there to assess supplier financial stability and capacity to balance risk?
  • Sharing streamlined processes for vendor onboarding.

Invites

  • James Murphy, Strategic Sourcing, Bluebird Bio, USA
    Samuel Mercer, Principal, Samuel Mercer Consulting, Board Chairperson, Vancouver Island Life Sciences

 

16h20

Q & A

 

16h30

ESD Expo / Expo time

Conference Day 2

15 September 2021

CPO FORUM

07h00

WELCOME | MC Opening Remarks

Gia Nicolaides, Journalist and News reporter, EWN News – Primedia Group.

07h10

OPENING KEYNOTE | The Economy and the Shape of Things to Come

Understanding the recovery curves, to ensure informed Supply Chain decisions and equipping executives with strategic insights.

Dr Azar Jammine, Director and Chief Economist, Econometrix

07h30

Q & A

07h40

KEYNOTE | Prof Mervyn King on Becoming a Good Corporate Citizen

In the context of the King IV Report that will be having far-reaching implications for Corporate Procurement: What external forces threaten good corporate citizenship and what are the remedies? Get insights from the man who was tasked by the former statesman, Nelson Mandela to develop an inclusive stakeholder model, that has since been adopted globally for its best practice and taking into consideration:

1. Economic recovery and social demands,

2. Financial accountability and reporting and,

3. Good governance.

Judge Professor Mervyn King, Chairman of the Council, International Integrated Reporting Council

08h10

Q & A

08h20

SPONSOR SESSION | Debbie

08h30

PRESENTATION | Getting on Top of the Crisis and Moving Towards a More Sustainable Growth Model

Covid Crisis: A threat to business survival or an opportunity to build back better?

Adaptation: Greater climate disruption ahead: Is Africa’s private sector prepared?

Financing: What do African businesses need to change in their financial growth models to prepare for the future?

08h50

End of Session

PLENARY

08h30

WELCOME | MC Opening Remarks

Gia Nicolaides, Journalist and News reporter, EWN News – Primedia Group.

08h40

GLOBAL ADDRESS | Supply Chains in Crisis

Despite some remarkable examples of determination, cooperation and innovation, most countries struggled with at least some aspects of crisis management. While it is too early to draw definitive lessons, what do early reflections and responses show about the resilience of globals supply chains?

A presentation based on World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2021.

Erica Bosio, Program Manager – Growth Analytics, Vice Presidency – Development Economics, The World Bank

09h00

Q & A

09h10

REDEFINE LIGHTNING TALKS | Enterprise and Supplier Development 2.0

  • TALK 1 | Business Case Study – How To Implement Circular Economy In Your Company
    Clem Ugorji, Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company – Africa
  • TALK 2 | Keeping Inclusive Supply Chains Going in the Age of COVID-19
    How can organisations readjust their ESD models and make them pandemic proof?

Absa

  • TALK 3 | How can local SME suppliers survive this crisis?
    What other types of support do small businesses need to survive this crisis?
  • TALKS 4 | What Makes a Competitive Supplier Development Programme?
    Caitlyn Lewis, Founder & Managing Director, Supplier Day, United Kingdom
  • TALK 5 | Measuring Impact and Support of Enterprise And Supplier Development Beneficiaries During COVID-19

09h40

Q & A

09h50

THE HOT POTATO PANEL | Politics in Procurement and Sourcing in The Age Of A Disruptive Administrations

Revelations from the State Capture Commission have left many stunned. Procurement policy has been used to address the past discriminatory practices. However, this panel debates whether, in the process of implementing the good intentions of the government, a conducive environment for corruption to thrive has been created, with devastating consequences to the economy.

Moderator: Gia Nicolaides, Journalist and News reporter, EWN News – Primedia Group.

Panellists:

  • Jonathan Klaaren, Professor at Wits University, serving at the Law School and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER). His current research interests include the African legal profession and the law of competition, public procurement, international economy in Africa, and migration.
  • Steven Powell, Director, ENSafrica
  • René Kling FCIPS FIML FCILT, Fellow – Applied Business, Program Manager, Supply Chain Management, Tasmania University College, Australia
  • Tania Ghossein, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist and Program Coordinator of the Benchmarking Public Procurement project, Wold Bank

10h20

Q & A

10h30

INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE INSIGHTS | Driving Procurement in a Fast World and Disruptive Future

  • INSIGHT 1 – Building Strategic Alliances
    This executive insight will introduce you to the new look of stakeholder relationship management and what you need to know about modern-day risk management.
    Benard Odote, Managing Partner, Rentco (Africa’s Most Exclusive Capital Aggregators, Equipment, Machinery and Asset Leasing)
  • INSIGHT 2 – Sourcing of Research and Development (R&D) Achieving the desired outcomes of Research and Development (R&D) sourcing remains the most critical but yet elusive agenda for practically all organisations. What are the latest R&D sourcing strategies? And what are the determinants and consequences as exposed by the pandemic?
    Prof. Marcus Ambe, President, African Institute for Supply Chain Research, Department of Applied Management, University of South Africa (Unisa), Deputy Chair, SCM Interim Council
  • INSIGHT 3 – Define, Differentiate or Die
    Don’t offer value – help your stakeholders to see value instead. When you can do that seamlessly, you are the CPO of the future.
    Iain Campbell McKenna, Managing Director, Sourcing Solved Talent Advisory Consulting and Host – Procurement in 5-Minutes podcast, United Kingdom

12h10

COMFORT BREAK

PUBLIC SECTOR SUPPLY CHAIN SUMMIT

11h30

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION | Shared Services in Government – Understanding the Procurement Opportunities
Shared services provide an opportunity to reduce waste and increase efficiency through reorganising resources and sharing investments between business units. What are the challenges faced by SCM practitioners in the public sector trying to implement an exemplary shared services model?
Achieving high performance with procurement shared services centres divisions and setting expectations by communicating the procurement capabilities within an organisation.

 

11h50

Q & A

 

12h00

PANEL DISCUSSION | Digitalisation in Public Sector – How to Achieve it.
Discussing:

  • Ways to develop a clear digital transformation strategy for the public sector.
  • What technology investments should the public sector look into now – as revealed by COVID-19?
  • Who should spearhead the digital transformation in the public sector?

Moderator:

  • Jenti Vandertuig, Former Government Procurement Executive / Leveraging Technology to Re-invent Public Sector Procurement
  • San Jose, California, United States

Panelists

  • Thembi Tabata, Chief Financial Officer and Global Chatered Accountant – Public Sector, South Africa
  • Siyasanga Qupe, Supply Chain Leader (Public & Private Sector), S&OP/IBP & Digital Transformation, Uniliver
  • Shaheen Dewani, MBA, SCMP, Sourcing, Procurement and IT Vendor Management (SPVM), ATB Financial, Canada
  • Simon Annan, Procurement Consultant, Public Financial Management Reform Project (World Bank Funded Project), Ministry of Finance Ghana

 

12h20

Q & A

 

12h30

PAPER PRESENTATION | Control and Accountability in Supply Chain Management – Evidence from a South African Metropolitan Municipality

How can local government institutions effectively control and exercise oversight measures to reduce waste, eradicates ethical malfeasance and promotes integrity, transparency and accountability? This presentation will determine the SCM, risk factors that threaten accountability and how they can be mitigated in a typical South African Metropolitan Municipality.
Dr Tafadzwa Clementine Maramura, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Management and Commerce, University of Fort Hare

 

12h50

Q & A

 

13h00

PRESENTATION | Continuously Improving Ethical Supplier Relationships to Increase Public Procurement Value
The concept of extracting value through supplier relationships is widely disputed – with some quarters saying it a recipe for widespread corruption and unethical behavior. This panel seeks to determine the strategies of managing supplier relationships that engender value for money in public procurement, in an ethical way.
Discussing:

  • Policy implications on the management of suppliers in the public sector.
  • Recommendations for ethical supplier relationships in the public sector
  • Identifying and avoiding situations that may provide an opportunity for unethical practices

René Kling FCIPS FIML FCILT, Fellow – Applied Business, Program Manager, Supply Chain Management, Tasmania University College

 

13h30

LUNCH BREAK

CORPORATE SOURCING AND SUPPLY MANAGEMENT

11h30

REDEFINE HYBRID INSIGHTS: Maximising Data, Financial Acumen and Aptitude for Technology

  • SESSION 1 – TALK: Developing a Procurement Data and Analytics Strategy
    How can you use analytics to form meaningful insights and aid effective business decision making? How do you build a data and analytics strategy that enables digital acceleration and agility while driving significant business value?
    Simon Thompson, Analytics & Contract Strategist, Acquire Procurement Services – Australia
  • SESSION 2 – CASE STUDY: How to Unlock Technology Savings
    Companies that do not actively manage or monitor their technology expenses spend 20% more than firms that do. So do you want to unlock savings in your technology environment? Do you want to reduce technology spending and free up employee resources?
    This case study will outline steps and suggestions for improving technology expense management processes and realising savings. The case study demonstrates how changes to select processes can make a huge difference in managing your technology expenses.
  • SESSION 3 – PANEL: Improving Spend And Cash Flow ManagementOver the last few months, many organisations have seen a major disruption to their supply chain which has seen a need to focus on cash flow in order to mitigate damages to the business. How can procurement improve the financial health of their organisation, generate more working capital and use strategic alliances to unlock new models of managing risks?

 

12h50

Q & A

 

13h00

PRESENTATION | Out With The Old (Cost Savings), In With Value Engineering

With short-term business targets under increasing prolonged cost pressures, most procurement professionals are now focusing on the savings realised through negotiations with incumbent suppliers and Value Engineering.

What is the best way to approach Value Engineering in order to unlock a sustainable cost savings and benefits across the scope of the business?

 

13h30

LUNCH BREAK

PANEL DISCUSSION

14h30

PANEL DISCUSSION | Who the Procurement Function Will Not Need in 2022!

Looking back over procurement trends of 2020, there has been much talk about the digitisation of the procurement function and the possibility that machine learning, robotics and AI will gradually take over much of the operational side of procurement. This panel debates whether this is just hype or reality, and what skills the procurement executives of the future will need. Each panellist will give evidence-based reasons why some roles will become redundant even as early as a year from now, and what you can do to ensure that you stay relevant.

What skills will procurement need in the future? Five experts predict how procurement is changing and how this will affect career development.

Moderator:

  • Alejandra Garcia MCIPS, VP Procurement – DSM, Basel, Switzerland

Panellists

  • Sue Barrett, Chief Executive Officer, Ethical & Sustainable Business Growth Strategist, Australia
  • Iain Campbell McKenna, Managing Director, Sourcing Solved Talent Advisory Consulting & Executive Search & Host at Procurement in 5-Minutes podcast, United Kingdom
  • Jon Butler, Founder and Principal, StrategyShore, USA – World-renowned IT Sourcing Specialist and Author.
  • Sarie Homan, Head of South Africa Professional Body, The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
  • Susanna Kwon, Executive: Indirect Spend Management (ISM) Procurement Operations Centre, Massmart

15h00

HUMAN ANGLE | Captured by Al Qaeda: A Tale of Courage in the Face of Terror

Stephen McGown was pursuing his dream of motorcycling through Africa when things took a tragic turn. He shares his harrowing and inspirational tale of being the Al Quaeda’s longest-held surviving captive. “It’s the small things that he did every day that saved his life!”

Stephen McGown, International Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author – Six years with Al Qaeda

15h30

END OF CONFERENCE

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