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 Agresta Chairman’s introduction video.

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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Venue information

World Procurement Congress 2018 will be held at:

InterContinental London - The O2
1 Waterview Dr
SE10 0TW

The InterContinental London - The O2

Directions from major London Airports

Please note that the Intercontinental is a short 6 minute walk from North Greenwich underground station. Timings listed below are approximations based on normal travel conditions.

From London City Airport:

  • Taxi: 20 minutes
  • Public transport: 25 minutes
    Take the London Underground DLR (Westbound) to Canning Town station. At Canning Town change to Jubilee Line (Northbound) to North Greenwich station.

From London Gatwick Airport:

  • Taxi: 1 hour
  • Public transport: 1 hour 15 minutes
    Take the national rail train from Gatwick Airport to London Bridge station. At London Bridge change to London Underground Jubilee Line (Southbound) to North Greenwich station.

From London Heathrow Airport:

  • Taxi: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Public transport: 1 hour 20 minutes
    Take the London Underground Piccadilly Line (Eastbound) to Green Park station. At Green Park change to Jubilee Line (Southbound) to North Greenwich station.

From London Stanstead Airport:

  • Taxi: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Public transport: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Take the national rail train from Stanstead Airport to Tottenham Hale station. At Tottenham Hale change to the London Underground Victoria Line (Southbound) to Green Park station. At Green Park change to Jubilee Line (Southbound) to North Greenwich station.

For further venue and travel information please click here.

Partnership opportunities at World Procurement Congress

Interact, engage and network with the largest global gathering of senior procurement executives by becoming a partner of World Procurement Congress 2018.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 500+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.

We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.


Joe Agresta

Joe Agresta

Procurement VP
Johnson & Johnson
Maggie Robinson

Maggie Robinson

Former 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
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 Müenstermann

Fried-Walter Müenstermann

President Procurement
Jean-Christophe Deville

Jean-Christophe Deville

Purchasing Director
Toyota Motor Europe
Cindy Elliott

Cindy Elliott

VP Global Strategic Sourcing
The Clorox Company
Sebastien Bals

Sebastien Bals

Nandini Basuthakur

Nandini Basuthakur

Procurement Leaders
David Rae

David Rae

Director Insights & Innovation
Procurement Leaders
Andrea Sordi

Andrea Sordi

Sr. Director Global Procurement Strategy, Capability & 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

Procurement & Excellence
AIE Company
Jeremie Affergan

Jeremie Affergan

Purchasing Breakthrough Innovation Lead
Peter Naegelein

Peter Naegelein

Director Procurement, Product Software & Supplier Innovation
Veronica Mercer

Veronica Mercer

VP Procurement Corporate Services
GlaxoSmithKline plc
Steve Kirk

Steve Kirk

Global CPO
Adriaan Hakon Hörmann

Adriaan Hakon Hörmann

Procurement Manager
Vattenfall AB
Gordon Tytler

Gordon Tytler

Rolls Royce
Katharina Stenholm

Katharina Stenholm

SVP Chief Cycles & Procurement Officer
Barry Parkin

Barry Parkin

Chief Procurement & Sustainability Officer
Mars Inc
Craig McKenney

Craig McKenney

Enterprise Supply Chain Head
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

Insight Plus Partner


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 solutions. The Determine Cloud Platform provides procurement, legal and finance professionals analytics of their supplier, contract and financial performance. Our technologies empower customers to drive new revenue, identify savings, improve compliance and mitigate risk.

The Determine Cloud Platform seamlessly integrates with major ERP or third-party systems such as SAP, Oracle, Sage, QAD and Microsoft. Modular solutions can be configured to add more as needed to provide additional value beyond spend management. Our unified master database and business process approach empower users at every level to make more informed and smarter decisions.

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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


Creactives’ AI technology combined with Knowledge Engineering cleanses, enriches and harmonises multi-lingual textual descriptions of materials managed in ERP records to improve supply chain processes.

Most of the supply chain relevant data managed in ERPs is unstructured, multi- lingual and badly categorised. That means difficulties to improve procurement processes or reduce inventories.

Creactives’ vertical solutions provide accurate, fine-grained categorization on customer-specific taxonomies or on standards ones, plus automated technical attributes recognition to assist end users to assign the right categorization in any procurement and logistic process, search a specific material within Master Data and reduce maverick buying as well as to cleanse and enrich large datasets of records of Material Master Data avoiding duplicates inventories.

Bain & Company

Bain & Company is the management consulting firm that the world’s business leaders come to when they want results. Bain advises clients on strategy, technology, organization, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and helps companies reinvent their operations to uncover a new competitive edge. Bain develops practical insights that clients act on and transfers skills that make change stick. We align our incentives with our clients’ by linking our fees to their results. Bain clients have outperformed the stock market 4 to 1. Founded in 1973, Bain today has 55 offices in 36 countries, and our deep expertise and client roster cross every industry and economic sector.

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:



WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS) is a global Business Process Management (BPM) leader. We offer business value to 300+ clients around the world by combining operational excellence with deep domain expertise in key industry verticals, including banking and financial services, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, media and entertainment, consulting and professional services, retail and consumer packaged goods, telecom, shipping and logistics, travel and leisure, and utilities. WNS delivers an entire spectrum of BPM services in customer interaction services, finance and accounting, human resource, research and analytics, technology solutions and industry-specific processes. More than 35,000 employees serve across 53 delivery centers located in China, Costa Rica, India, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UK and US.


IBM Watson

Watson is the AI platform for business, powered by data. Watson Compare & Comply can turn unstructured business data - like contracts - into actionable insights that empower professionals. It understands contexts, learns at scale, and reasons with purpose.

Engagement Partners


riskmethods empowers leading enterprises with an award-winning Supply Chain Risk Management solution that supports the complete process of identifying risk, assessing impact and mitigating risk. Our approach combines innovative Big Data and Artificial intelligence capabilities with insightful risk intelligence to ensure that the right people have the right information at the right time. Armed with a digitized representation of their supply network’s risk profile, our customers are able to make better decisions and achieve first-mover advantage in the face of threats.




Taulia was founded in 2009 with a single purpose - to enable companies across the supply chain free up cash to boost business growth. Through turning every invoice into a revenue opportunity, Taulia enables organizations to strengthen supplier relationships while adding millions to the bottom line. Taulia is headquartered in San Francisco, California with various 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 isis 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® Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) provides integrated cash management and trade finance services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organisations across the globe. Citi Commercial Cards forms part of the TTS business, offering a comprehensive range of payment solutions, with a greater level of control and spend visibility, to help organisations effectively manage their card programme. As a leading commercial card issuer, Citi offers a global footprint, supported by unrivalled card acceptance and a consistent global customer experience. We continue to lead the way in delivering innovative and tailored solutions.


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 CPUC-certified 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.

Amazon Business

Amazon Business is a marketplace that combines the selection, convenience and value customers have come to know and love from Amazon, with a range of unique features and benefits tailored to businesses of every size. Amazon Business provides easy access to millions of business products at competitive, low prices – everything from IT, office and lab equipment to education and food-service supplies. Amazon Business customers enjoy Free One-Day delivery on qualified orders, VAT-exclusive pricing and invoicing, multi-user business accounts, approval workflows, purchase system integration, dedicated customer support and much more. To register for a free Amazon Business account, visit

JAGGAER – simply comprehensive spend solutions

JAGGAER, the world’s largest independent spend management company, offers the most complete SaaS Indirect & Direct eProcurement solutions covering complex sourcing, supplier and contract management, procure to pay and savings tracking coupled with advanced analytics and intelligent workflow capabilities. Our solutions are trusted by over 1850 organisations across all sectors including CPG & Retail, Energy & Utilities, Engineering & Construction, Financial Services, Healthcare & Lifesciences, Manufacturing and Public Sector.



Having created the purchase-to-pay market over 30 years ago, Basware understands what it takes for businesses to overcome their spending challenges. Only we can connect to you to 100% of your suppliers, enable 100% user adoption and process 100% of your invoices (including paper).

The result? 100% visibility enabling you to make informed decisions based on accurate and complete data.

Basware’s innovative services are used around the world by organisations of all shapes and sizes. You can connect and transact with more than a million businesses on the Basware Network and achieve savings and operational excellence with Basware’s world-class Source-to-Pay solution. And you can grow your business through smarter supplier and working capital management.

No matter what your goal – Basware can help you achieve it by simplifying operations and spending smarter.



DHL Resilience360 is an innovative, cloud-based platform that helps companies visualize, track and protect their business operations. The solution enables early risk assessment for supplier qualification processes and monitors suppliers for immediate supply chain threats as well as early warning signs of internal distress that may develop over time. DHL Resilience360 seamlessly integrates with business systems to track companies’ risk in combination with their business performance indicators. By digitalizing supplier risk management, Resilience360 empowers better decision making and more sustainable sourcing by procurement leaders and positions enterprises to turn potential disruptions into a competitive advantage.



PRGX Global, Inc. is a global leader in Recovery Audit and Spend Analytics services. With over 1,500 employees, the Company serves clients in more than 30 countries and provides its services to 75% of the top 20 global retailers and over 30% of the top 50 companies in the Fortune 500. PRGX delivers more than $1 billion in cash flow improvement for its clients each year. The creator of the recovery audit industry more than 40 years ago, PRGX continues to innovate through technology and expanded service offerings. In addition to Recovery Audit, the Company provides Contract Compliance, Spend Analytics and Supplier Information Management services to improve clients’ financial performance and manage risk.

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.

Partnership opportunities

Interact, engage and network with the largest global gathering of senior procurement executives by becoming a partner of World Procurement Congress 2018.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 500+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions. 

We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact us via email or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.


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

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