Procurement: A trusted business partner

24 November 2020 - 26 November 2020
08:30 - 17:30
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Making procurement a trusted business partner and advisor

Today’s global trade environment has never been more complex. Rising costs, environmental concerns, regulations and increasing complexities in international trade are all making procurement more challenging than ever before.

The Asia Pacific Procurement Congress 2019 explored how functions could overcome these challenges and ensure that their strategy would deliver maximum value to the wider business. The event brought together 200+ of the region’s senior most procurement executives for 2 action-packed days of thought-provoking insights, knowledge sharing and networking.

Maximising procurement’s unique position for driving value

The Congress took a holistic approach to the most pressing procurement issues and explored how to make strategy the primary tool for creating value and earning business trust by focusing on these areas:

Organisational design, talent and culture

Implementing a structure and culture to develop a world-class procurement team

Operating model, processes and delivery mechanisms

Developing partnerships for increased business impact and C-suite trust

Technology and access to relevant data sources and insights

Embracing digital opportunities to help reposition procurement as a valued business partner


See the winners of the 2019 Asia Pacific Procurement Awards

The awards celebrate the most progressive initiatives, teams and people, raising the bar for procurement excellence in the Asia Pacific region, with winners automatically shortlisted for the World Procurement Awards 2020!

It’s much more than just an agenda

The 2019 Congress attracted around 300 total participants from some of the world’s leading brands, with 2020 set to be even bigger and better.

Register your interest now for updates on new additions to this fantastic network, and how you can leverage it to deliver maximum value to your company.

Leading brands attending in 2018 included

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Be inspired by the best

Experts who share their knowledge and insights in singpapore included:
  • Dan Bartel, CPO, Scheider Electric
  • Jolly Yeung, Head of Greater China Procurement, Microsoft
  • Brady Walz, VP Procurement, Asia Pacific, ECOLAB
  • Coretta Bessi, CPO, Ausgrid
  • Steve Hrubula, CPPO, National Australia Bank Group
  • Peter Morichovitis, Chief Information Officer, City of Gold Coast

Don’t just take our word for it

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"Excellent networking opportunities as well as good insights. The presentations and roundtables trigger important reflection topics that I’ll take back to the office for further work."
Thomas Delory, Senior Regional Procurement Director- Asia
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"A wonderful event to network and upskill yourself while understanding what is happening in other industries."
Caroline Creven Fourrier, Regional Head of Indirect Procurement APAC
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"There are many complexities of procurement in the Asian context, so to come to an event like the Asia Pacific Forum where I can gain experience and insights from other leaders in the procurement field facing similar challenges is invaluable."
Glen Bath, SVP Corporate Services (Central Procurement)
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"I want to get the bigger view and picture of the function. PL stands out because of the quality of the participation, the speakers and attendees, and the quality of the agenda."
M.R. Shankar, Head of Procurement South East Asia, South Asia and Middle East
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"A great event gathering all industry leaders under one roof, to discuss and share learnings about the latest trends, potential needs and how industries should be proactively looking at."
Lay Ean Oon, Sourcing Manager
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"The key differentiator with PL conferences is the level of competency. There is a division in the seniority of attendees compared to other events, with some focused discussion sessions specifically for senior leaders, allowing for a different kind of dynamic which I think is very useful."
Ramesh Krishnamoorthy, Head of Procurement
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"An amazing experience! A lot of action packed discussions, very informative and very relevant, all targeted to senior procurement professionals."
Andy Bee, Change & Training Manager


Register interest for 2020

Register interest for 2020

Get the latest updates on the 2020 agenda, receive special offers and learn about exciting new developments in the pipeline.

2019 Speakers

Speaker Line-up

The 2019 Asia Pacific Procurement Congress agenda featured the knowledge and insights of leading experts from a range of industries, including:

Dan Bartel, CPO, Schneider Electric

Dan Bartel


Schneider Electric

Steve Hrubula, CPPO, National Australia Bank Group

Steve Hrubala


National Australia Bank Group

Zhen Lee, Senior Director, Shared Services and Head of Procurement, Cadillac Fairview

Zhen Lee

Senior Director, Shared Services and Head of Procurement

Cadillac Fairview

Siju Johny, CPO, TransGrid

Siju Johny



Jolly Yeung, Head of Greater China Procurement, Microsoft

Jolly Yeung

Procurement Lead, Asia


Brady Walz, VP Procurement, Asia Pacific, ECOLAB

Brady Walz

VP Procurement, Asia Pacific


Gernot Dobida, VP Procurement, Nokia

Gernot Dobida

VP Procurement


Lius Mat Yusoh, Head of Procurement Planning, PETRONAS

Lius Mat Yusoh

Head of Procurement Planning


Pablo Zini, Chief of Strategic Sourcing, The International Monetary Fund

Pablo Zini

Chief of Strategic Sourcing

The International Monetary Fund

Arun Kumar, CPO, Perfetti Van Melle

Arun Kumar


Perfetti Van Melle

Gerry Mattios, Expert Vice President, Bain & Company

Gerry Mattios

Expert Vice President

Bain & Company

Jet Antonio, Former Senior Director Procurement, Mondelēz International

Jet Antonio

Former Senior Director Procurement

Mondelēz International

2019 Partners

Asia Pacific Procurement Congress 2019 partners

Headline Partner


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


Insight Plus Partner

Greensill Capital

Greensill is a leading provider of working capital finance for companies globally. Founded in 2011, Greensill provides businesses with alternative sources of funding, allowing them to provide suppliers with the opportunity for faster payment, while at the same time preserving their own capital position. The company is headquartered in London with offices in New York, Frankfurt, Chicago, Miami, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Sydney, Warrington and Bundaberg. Greensill provides working capital finance facilities to customers across Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company owns Greensill Bank, which was founded in Bremen, Germany in 1927, has a suite of proprietary Supply Chain Finance Funds run by world leading fund management organisations, acquired Finacity in June 2019 and FreeUp in October 2019. Greensill works with dozens of institutional investors that together provide stable funding. Greensill will provide more than $150 billion of financing by end of 2019 to more than 8 million customers and suppliers across more than 165 countries. For further information, please visit



Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 492,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.



Hotailors develops travel solutions for the extended workforce that help companies book, approve and expense travel 10x faster. Our solutions guarantee that bookings meet travel policies, expense limits and third-party approvals. While our partnerships ensure that companies get the best prices possible. Using Hotailors’ SaaS tools companies save 90% of the time, and 30% of the costs, usually spent on managing travel.


Knowledge Partner


Markit is a leading online IT purchasing system working in 34 countries globally. Markit integrates more than 200 leading IT distributors in the world into simple and transparent online platform and provides efficient tools for companies to manage, centralize and streamline their IT purchasing.

Markit is saving time and money for companies with simplicity and transparency - we provide the best total cost of IT purchasing for companies large or small. Working in Europe and USA with estimated 110 million EUR turnover in 2018 Markit is looking to open Asia as the next region in a bid to best service global companies. More than 15% of Fortune Global 2000 companies are already using Markit as part of their IT purchasing.




JAGGAER offers software as a service (SaaS) based source-to-pay eProcurement solutions with advanced spend analytics, sourcing, supplier management, contract lifecycle management, savings tracking and intelligent workflow capabilities, all on a single platform, JAGGAER ONE. JAGGAER has pioneered spend solutions for more than two decades and continues to lead the innovation curve by listening to its customers and stakeholders in all industry sectors, public services and academia. for business ( is a tailored offering specifically focused on business bookers and travellers to allow seamless booking and managing of business travel in the simplest, smartest and most rewarding way. More than one in five bookings made on are made for business. Enhanced features for business travel on highlight those places which are frequently used for business, tapping into its extensive review data to make easy work of finding those that are business traveller tested and approved. for Business also provides a free tool for travel managers and assistants that allows booking on behalf of others. for Business is a platform with enhanced functionality and reporting designed to meet the specific needs of corporate travel, while delivering the same ease as enabling every business traveller to book with confidence, wherever their business takes them.

Insight Partners

Standard Chartered

We are a leading international banking group, with a presence in more than 60 of the world’s most dynamic markets, and serving clients in a further 85. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.

Please visit or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.



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.



A.T. Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm with more than 3,600 people working in more than 40 countries. We work with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, as well as with the most influential governmental and non-profit organizations.

A.T. Kearney is a partner-owned firm with a distinctive, collegial culture that transcends organizational and geographic boundaries—and it shows. Regardless of location or rank, our consultants are down to earth, approachable, and have a shared passion for doing innovative client work that provides clear benefits to the organizations we work with in both the short and long term.


CPO Challenger Series Partner


JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specialises in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 91,000 as of March 31, 2019. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.


Engagement Partner


Bain & Company is the management consulting firm that the world’s business leaders come to when they want results. Bain advises clients on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, operations excellence, consumer products and retail, marketing, digital transformation and strategy, technology, and advanced analytics, developing practical insights that clients act on and transferring skills that make change stick. The firm aligns its incentives with clients by linking its fees to their results. Bain clients have outperformed the stock market 4 to 1. Founded in 1973, Bain has 57 offices in 36 countries, and its deep expertise and client roster cross every industry and economic sector.


Networking Lounge Partner


EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 198 purchasing categories and 155 countries.


Industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Nestlé, Schneider Electric, Michelin and BASF are among the more than 55,000 businesses on the EcoVadis network, all working with a single methodology to evaluate, collaborate and improve sustainability performance in order to protect their brands, foster transparency and innovation, and accelerate growth.




Businesses around the world rely on Egencia, today’s leading business-travel management platform, for personalised experiences, improved compliance, and always-on customer care. As part of Expedia Group, we also provide the world’s most relevant travel options. All to help businesses go where they need to go.



ArcBlue is a leading specialist procurement and supply chain consultancy operating across Asia Pacific. Our mission is to deliver positive change through procurement and supply chain. We aim to support organisations to use procurement and supply chain as platforms to achieve more – more savings, more efficiency, more insight, more social outcomes, more value, more clarity, more influence, more flexibility, more assurance or more visibility. Our business operates across six key streams– Advisory & Change, Search, Capability Development, Procurement Technology, Social & Sustainable Procurement & Project Contracting. ArcBlue has a range of tried, tested and proven methodologies to ensure your projects are a success.





Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics company, can help you understand the companies in your ecosystem – we make it simple to assess companies domestically and internationally. Your business wants to understand who your third parties are and who you are doing business with. The challenge is to establish whether there are shareholders or companies within complex ownership structures which create risk within your supply chain. Our extensive financial company data, corporate structures and adverse data deliver more certainty on your business partners and the individuals behind them. Our purpose-built supplier risk platform helps you screen and monitor suppliers. It is powered by Orbis, the world’s most powerful comparable data resource on private companies, with information on 310 million companies. Use it to make better decisions, with more certainty.




Media Partners

Solution Map

Buying a procurement solution? Quickly gauge the market with SolutionMap by Spend Matters. It’s free, fast and easy to use:

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Based on 1,000+ functional requirements across the source-to-pay, contingent workforce and services procurement technology spectrum, SolutionMap reliably benchmarks leading solution providers using equal parts analyst- and customer-based scoring inputs.

SolutionMap helps procurement professionals keep track of technology market developments, assess provider capabilities based on organizational needs and identify best-fit vendor shortlists for solution selection.

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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.

Supply Chain Brain

SupplyChainBrain is the world’s most comprehensive supply chain management information resource. In addition to providing complete coverage of all fundamental supply chain principles, SupplyChainBrain identifies emerging trends, strategies and best practices, forward-thinking ideas, cutting-edge solutions and the latest innovations - and continues to write and report on these as they evolve and mature.

Buyers Meeting Point

Buyers Meeting Point is owned, managed and edited by career procurement professional Kelly Barner. In addition to providing the industry with events coverage, book reviews, podcasts, and a vibrant social media network, Kelly is one of the most prolific writers in procurement and supply chain. Her work is featured on a number of industry blogs and she is regularly asked to write and contribute to thought leading white papers. Click here to learn more about or connect with Kelly.


CPOstrategy is the go-to source for Chief Procurement Officers and Supply Chain Leaders, discussing the latest transformation stories and the exponential improvements to supply chain performances, through converging efforts between people, partners, technology and process/strategy.

CPOstrategy runs a Supply Chain and Procurement showcase series utilising unique, executive personal narrative, to give light to core topics such as Procurement transformation, supply chain digitisation, contract management, supplier relationship management/ vendor management strategies, change management approaches and beyond.

2019 Innovation Workshop Start-ups

Innovation Workshop Start-ups



IoT, TV White Space, Wireless Communication, Real estate

Digital Transformation, Marketing & Creative Experts



Robotic & AI driven automation of Procure to Pay Processes



AI, IoT, Chatbots, Digital/Virtual Assistants, RPA



Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, Machine Learning.

DLT Ledgers

DLT Ledgers




Enterprise SaaS, eProcurement, Automation, Workflow Management

Band Protocol

Band Protocol

Blockchain, Smart Contract, Hyperledger, Distributed ledger, Ethereum



AI, Machine Learning, Procurement Transformation, Digital Supply Chain, Automation.

Transforma Robotics

Transforma Robotics

Construction, Built Environment, Robotics, Spray Painting, Quality Inspection, AI, Industry 4.0



Aggregator, Whitelabeled Platforms, Payments & Financing



Special Travel Flows for contractors, Cashless Booking, Tailored Travel policies & allocated cost centres