Agile Procurement: Thriving through Disruption

16 May 2018 - 17 May 2018
08:30 - 17:30

Executive Briefings: 15 May 2018

Intercontinental London - The O2


As analytics becomes more powerful, procurement will be able to play an increasingly pivotal role in business decision-making. As such procurement professionals need the knowledge, tools and skill set to take an increasingly more active role in overall business strategy and leadership.

World Procurement Congress has established itself as the foremost global gathering for senior procurement professionals. Nowhere else will you gain the global insight, access to a more senior network of peers and authoritative content to equip you with the actionable insight, inspiration and networking to help you move forward, at speed.

Hear from the leading experts in the industry

World Procurement Congress 2018 will be expertly chaired by Joe Agresta, Procurement Vice President, Johnson & Johnson.
Take a look at a short introduction video with Joe below:

Joe heads a speaker faculty featuring some of the most influential names in procurement, including:

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Key themes:

  • Thriving through disruption: What is the impact of digitalisation on procurement so far and what is next?
  • How is talent recruitment, upskilling and retention keeping up with the pace of technology development?
  • Is procurement successfully pivoting its role within the organisation to one of "a consultancy within"?
  • Threats to cyber security are further exposing the vulnerabilities of the extended supply chain: New risks demand a new call for action
  • The pathway to creating and delivering an agile procurement organisation
  • Successful models for collaborative innovation

Join the conversation in May when we explore:

  • How organizations and procurement can collaborate to evolve and remain relevant in this age of accelerations
  • How to become more agile and resilient to meet the rapidly changing requirements of today’s enterprises
  • Preparing your organization for automation: How AI is transforming tomorrow’s digital supply chain
  • Insuring against disruption: How to protect IP in a market of open innovation
  • Accepting the big disconnect in your talent strategy and how to fix it: How to recognise the procurement talent of the future
  • How do you create velocity for the function and business in an era of open innovation and IP?

Stay up to date with the latest speaker announcements
and agenda updates here #PLWPC

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Joe Agresta

Joe Agresta

Procurement Vice President
Johnson & Johnson
Maggie Robinson

Maggie Robinson

VP Commercial, Mars Global Services
Mars Inc
Thomas Udesen

Thomas Udesen

Global Head of Procurement
Bayer AG
Gianluca Colombo

Gianluca Colombo

SVP Procurement
Walter Charles

Walter Charles

Biogen Inc.
Jamal Chamariq

Jamal Chamariq

Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain - APAC
Estee Lauder Inc
Simeon Mellor

Simeon Mellor

Head of Global Commercial
Carlo de Notaristefani

Carlo de Notaristefani

President & CEO Global Operations
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
Philip Thomas

Philip Thomas

Managing Director - Head of Global Sourcing
Christian Holzer

Christian Holzer

Group Head of Corporate Function Procurement & Supply Management
Catharina James

Catharina James

Entrepreneur Inventor
Cambridge Nanosystems
Warrick Cramer

Warrick Cramer

CEO Director
Vodafone Group Tomorrow Street
Simon Bradley

Simon Bradley

Head of Innovation Security
Deborah Dull

Deborah Dull

Program Officer Supply Chains
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Stefan Zorn

Stefan Zorn

VP Customer Success
Fried-Walter Muenstermann

Fried-Walter Muenstermann

Jean-Christophe Deville

Jean-Christophe Deville

Purchasing Director
Toyota Motor Europe
Cindy Elliott

Cindy Elliott

Vice President
The Clorox Company
Sebastien Bals

Sebastien Bals

Chief Procurement Officer
Nandini Basuthakur

Nandini Basuthakur

Procurement Leaders
David Rae

David Rae

Director Insights & Innovation
Procurement Leaders
Andrea Sordi

Andrea Sordi

Senior Director Global Procurement Strategy, Capability and Business Services
Mondelēz International
Tony Roberts

Tony Roberts

Head of Group Procurement
Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes

Global Head Procurement Strategy and Innovation
Novartis AG
Harm Veerkamp

Harm Veerkamp

Senior Adviser SEIC
AIE Company
Jeremie Affergan

Jeremie Affergan

Purchasing Breakthrough Innovation Lead
Peter Naegelein

Peter Naegelein

Director of Business Development & Scouting
Veronica Mercer

Veronica Mercer

VP Procurement Corporate Services
GlaxoSmithKline plc
Steve Kirk

Steve Kirk

Global CPO
Adriaan Hakon Hörmann

Adriaan Hakon Hörmann

Procurement Manager Wind Generation
Vattenfall AB
Gordon Tytler

Gordon Tytler

Rolls Royce
Katharina Stenholm

Katharina Stenholm

SVP Chief Cycles and Procurement Officer
Barry Parkin

Barry Parkin

Global Procurement Head
Mars Inc
Craig McKenney

Craig McKenney

Managing Director - Head of Global Enterprise Supply Chain Operations.
Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall

Director, content & community
Procurement Leaders
Tom Seal

Tom Seal

Director Applications
Procurement Leaders


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Our Partners


Headline Partner


GEP helps global enterprises operate more efficiently and effectively, gain competitive advantage, boost profitability, and maximize business and shareholder value. Fresh thinking, innovative products, unrivaled domain and subject expertise, and smart, passionate people – this is how GEP creates and delivers unified business solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness. With 14 offices and operations centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, GEP – based in Clark, NJ - helps enterprises worldwide realize their strategic, operational and financial objectives. To learn about our comprehensive range of strategic and managed services, please visit For more about SMART by GEP, our cloud-native, unified source-to-pay platform, please visit



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Globality is a one-stop shop for procurement teams that combines sophisticated artificial-intelligence technology with deep domain expertise to connect your organization with top service providers around the world. We pre-vet hundreds of firms across various specialties, currently helping businesses source consultancies, marketing agencies or law firms. Globality enhances your existing systems, policies and processes to deliver superior results and faster speed to market. Working with Globality, you’ll improve your company’s bottom line with significant process efficiency savings, substantially lower project costs and optimal results.



Knowledge Partners



Determine, Inc. (NASDAQ: DTRM) is a leading global provider of SaaS Source-to-Pay and Enterprise Contract Lifecycle Management (ECLM) solutions, created through the merger of three pioneering contract management, sourcing and procurement leaders — Selectica, Iasta and b-pack. The Determine Cloud Platform has set a new industry standard with its modular solution approach, single source of data truth, integrated dynamic workflows and Business Process Management. Unlike point solutions, or "cobbled-together" suites, the Determine Cloud Platform is integrated, seamless and simple-to-use for faster ROI and affordable TCO. It aligns people, processes and data so companies are empowered to achieve improved business results. Follow us on @Determine and Linkedin





Founded in 2010, Tradeshift is the world’s largest business commerce platform that connects buyers and sellers. Tradeshift connects over 1.5 million companies across 190 countries, processes over half a trillion USD in transaction value yearly, and has a marketplace containing 28 million SKUs. It offers solutions for procure to pay, supplier engagement and financial services, and enables companies and partners to build custom or commercial apps on its business commerce platform. Tradeshift is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Copenhagen, New York, London, Paris, Suzhou, Chongqing, Tokyo, Munich, Frankfurt, Sydney, Bucharest, Oslo, and Stockholm.





Ivalua is the Procurement empowerment platform. Recognized as a Leader by Gartner, Ivalua’s Source-to-Pay suite is leveraged by over 250 leading companies across the globe to manage over $500 Billion in direct and indirect spend. The platform’s combination of ease-of-use, depth, breadth and flexibility ensures high employee and supplier adoption, rapid time to value and the ability to meet unique or evolving requirements, evidenced by the industry’s leading 98%+ retention rate. Realize the possibilities at Follow us at @Ivalua






Improve your Spend under management


Extract the hidden value inside your data. We help the Purchasing Departments of large multinational companies to see exactly what is going on in Sourcing & Procurement processes and show them how to manage them in the best way. Traditional approaches on Spending Management are in the past: unifying ERPs is costly and slow in implementation; Business Intelligence tools only show aggregated data based on the poor quality of existing classification; offline manual classifications are obsolete. Creactives provides “Augmented Visibility” and “Innovative Tools” to manage Orders, Invoices and Mas-ter Data, described in different languages, with different coding, from more ERPs and other sources.


Insight Partners




In today’s fast paced global market timing is everything. You want to protect, grow or transform your business. To meet these challenges we offer clients small teams of highly qualified experts with profound sector and operational insight. Our clients include corporate boards and management, law firms, investment banks, investors and others who appreciate the candor, dedication, and transformative expertise of our teams. We will ensure insight drives action at that exact moment that is critical for success. When it really matters.





Create real business impact for your organization by using C2FO to improve margins and strengthen your supply chain. As the world’s leading dynamic discounting solution, C2FO enables early invoice payment for a discount to your suppliers without impeding existing contracts. With more than 100,000 participating businesses across the globe, C2FO is the most trusted solution for Global 2000 companies and their suppliers. Learn more about accelerating innovation and results with your team at:




Denali Group

Founded in 1996, Denali Group collaborates with supply chain and procurement professionals to deliver more value, faster and more efficiently. Denali Group’s innovative solutions help Global 1000 companies transform organizational capabilities, improve execution efficiencies, increase spend under management, and accelerate time to savings. Worldwide offices: Bellevue, Washington; Jacksonville, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Pune, India; Istanbul, Turkey; and Shanghai, China.


Denali Group services include:

• Denali Sourcing Services: Managed sourcing execution and procurement outsourcing

• Denali Consulting: Procurement transformation and supply chain optimization

• Denali Academy: Strategic procurement training and development

• Denali Intelligence: Subscription and custom supply market intelligence

• Denali Recruiting & Staffing: Supply chain recruiting and staffing





Engagement Partners





Riskmethods provides companies with a comprehensive end-to-end supply chain risk management solution for proactive identification, assessment, control and mitigation of risks in the supply chain. An early warning system for potential risk ensures that proactive steps can be taken to avoid supply interruption, enforce and protect the corporate image. The SaaS solution "Supply Risk Network", which was developed in Germany, compliance combines state-of-the-art technology with cutting-edge provision of risk intelligence, to establish a leading standard in supply chain risk management.





Taulia drives innovation in the Financial Supply Chain. By turning every invoice into a revenue opportunity, Taulia enables organizations to strengthen supplier relationships while adding millions to the bottom line. Some of the smartest brands in the world rely on Taulia, including Coca-Cola Bottling, Pfizer, Hallmark, John Deere, and many other Fortune 500 companies from various industries. Taulia is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with locations across the United States and offices in London, England; Dusseldorf, Germany; and Sofia, Bulgaria.






Networking Lounge Partners


Founded in 1999, Scanmarket is the market-leading global Strategic Sourcing platform. Our proven cloud-based solution is trusted by 300+ customers across more than 80 countries. Our sole focus is on driving real, measurable business results via an easy to deploy, easy to use platform which includes: Spend Analysis eSourcing (RFx & Auctions) Project Management Contract Management Supply Base Management eLearning


The Smart Cube

At The Smart Cube, we research, we analyse, we understand. We share our insight with clients— information that is relevant, practical, and most importantly actionable—to help them see possibilities, seize opportunities, and manage change to propel their business forward. To learn more about the power of insight, visit our website or contact us.




Drozak Consulting

Drozak Consulting is a management consulting firm specializing in innovative methods for sustainable cost reductions and efficiency enhancements.

Since 1997, we have advised Dow Jones and DAX listed companies, large global organizations, mid-cap companies and public institutions. Our areas of focus include cost reduction programs, supply chain efficiency improvements, and methods for optimizing highly complex awarding procedures.

Our unique combination of expertise, international presence and many years of experience enable us to quickly achieve measurable results and significantly increase the profitability and efficiency of our customers





Citi®, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.


Citi® Commercial Cards, with proprietary issuance capabilities in 100 countries, including local-currency programs in 64 countries, has long been considered a leading commercial card provider to large and multinational organisations globally. Citi Commercial Cards’ products form the core of the expense management strategies for nearly 500 multinational corporations, making Citi a premier card issuer in terms of technology, innovation and volume. For more information regarding any of Citi’s innovative global solutions, please visit





ConnXus supplier management software solutions simplify the complexities of global supply chains and allow buyers to achieve their goals of responsible and sustainable sourcing. ConnXus is a NMSDC, CPUC, CAMSC and State of Ohio-certified minority-owned business enterprise based in Mason, Ohio with local, regional and international capabilities.




Positive Purchasing

Positive Purchasing are industry leaders in driving procurement transformation across the globe. Combining expert training and tools with effective programs and methods, all supported by our proven digital platform, we help organizations deliver a dramatic improvement in their strategic procurement and negotiation outcomes. The result is lower costs, reduced risk, and ultimately, a performance boost and increased business profitability. Each of our Category Management, Supplier Relationship Management or Buyer’s Toolkit - and specialist Negotiation - programs is built on a unique best practice methodology supported by high-impact learning and development. Available individually or as part of a complete Procurement Transformation incorporating competency assessment, functional diagnostic, strategic roadmap and governance, our programs have been implemented successfully in FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies spanning multiple industry sectors worldwide.




Capita Group

Capita Procurement Solutions are trusted by UK and global organisations to support and transform their procurement functions. They design and deliver innovative, flexible procurement solutions that help clients manage and improve their supply chain. As the procurement business in Capita, they transform procurement, drive efficiencies and realise cashable savings from third party spend through a range of flexible procurement solutions, from strategy formation through to transactional activities. They are unique in the market place, supported by an infrastructure that has over 200+subject matter and procurement experts, with insight and intelligence from over 135 Capita businesses.






Sievo is a leading procurement analytics company providing Spend Analysis, Savings Lifecycle Manage-ment, Spend Forecasting and Contract Management solutions, also featured as value leader in Spend Matters’ SolutionMap for Procurement and Spend Analysis. We help our clients identify opportunities, translate them into manageable savings projects, embed created value into budgets and ensure that the savings truly hit the bottom line.

At Sievo, we don’t stop at backward-looking analytics but deliver more by creating forward-looking forecasts and comprehensive analytics. By combining internal information with external data sources our machine learning technologies help revealing hidden value from the complex system landscapes with poor data quality.

Let us help to translate your procurement data into dollars.





Media Partners

Buyers Meeting Point

Buyers Meeting Point provides no-nonsense coverage of the procurement industry - always with the needs of inquisitive practitioners in mind. Buyers Meeting Point provides the procurement industry with an events calendar, blog, active social media network, and podcast, all of which are trusted sources of information for practitioners and solution providers alike. Owned and managed by industry veteran Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point is a strategic resource to forward-thinking procurement and supply chain professionals. For more information follow us on Twitter: @BuyersMeetPoint




Supply Chain Digital

Supply Chain Digital is an innovative, forward thinking ’Digital Community’ aimed at providing Procurement & Supply Chain professionals with industry leading news, analysis, features and reports about the world’s biggest supply chains. Supply Chain Digital showcases the very latest supply chain and procurement trends by featuring insights from ’Thought Leaders’ across the globe who are implementing ’transformations’ inside large scale organizations. As the fastest growing global community of Procurement & Supply Chain professionals - Supply Chain Digital showcases the latest Industry Best Practices, the latest in Procurement & Supply Chain Technology as well as all the leading Events, Associations and Award winning companies globally.




SupplyChainBrain, the world’s most comprehensive supply chain management information resource, is accessed year round through a wide range of ever evolving multi-media formats by hundreds of thousands of senior level industry executives. In addition to addressing the fundamental principles of supply-chain management, SupplyChainBrain identifies emerging trends, technologies and best practices, forward thinking ideas and cutting-edge solutions-and continues to write and report about these as they evolve and mature.




Business Chief

Business Chief, formally known as Business Review Magazines, is a media brand fit for the digital age, providing cutting-edge content tailored for company executives, business pioneers and industry thinkers. Divided into eight separate regional titles, Business Chief tells the stories that matter to business leaders and professionals on their way to the top. Through our expertly-crafted digital magazines, websites, videos and social media, those stories reach the right people. Our flagship features are the Leadership Showcases; exclusive interviews with key decision-makers at some of the biggest companies on the globe, documenting their journeys to business transformation and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. With further themes focused on technology, talent and sustainability, Business Chief has insight on the trends that matter to C and V-level executives, while also delivering consumer-friendly lifestyle content to reflect their interests and wider ambitions. On top of all that and more, Business Chief showcases in-depth digital reports on companies every month, ensuring it covers every angle in the world of business. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.





European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review - EPPPL

Since 2006 the European Procurement and Public Private Partnership Law Review (EPPPL) has been committed to observe and comment on relevant national, EU and international legal and policy developments informing and shaping Public Procurement and PPPs. EPPPL is a blind peer-reviewed international academic journal that publishes original academic articles, research papers and contributions on contemporary legal and policy developments in European Union and International Public Procurement and Public Private Partnerships. More information and a special offer are available on our website.


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  • 2 day Congress pass (16-17 May 2018)
  • 1 seat at World Procurement Awards

Are you a Procurement Leaders member? You will be eligible for a preferential rate to attend the Congress. Contact us at or +44 (0)20 7501 0547 for assistance arranging your attendance in accordance with your membership level.

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