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Summer Dann, University Student and AIEF Scholarship Recipient

Chris Willcocks, VP & Head of Intelligent Spend and Business Network, SAP

Etosha Thurman, Chief Marketing & Solutions Officer for SAP Intelligent Spend and Business Network

Greg Harbor, Senior Vice President & General Manager, SAP Intellegent Spend Group APJ


The role of procurement and supply chain management professionals has transformed. The last few years have shown the importance and power of spend management.


Hear about the key elements of a modern spend management strategy that will help the profession continue to evolve and take it to the future.

Tane Hunter and Angus Hervey, Co-Founders of Future Crunch


What is today’s key quality for individuals and organisations that wish to thrive in a world of constant change? In this presentation, Future Crunch provides the answer. The next decade belongs to those who are willing to adopt new ways of thinking. People with a high AQ, or Adaptability Quotient - the ability to thrive in unpredictable environments.


The audience will walk away with the understanding of what it takes to foster AQ, how to identify it in others, and how it can be a superpower for anyone looking to maintain a competitive advantage, no matter what comes next.

Felicity Emmett, Senior Economist, ANZ Bank

Greg Harbor, Senior Vice President & General Manager, SAP Intelligent Spend Group APJ


Organisations are grappling with a rapidly changing economic environment, demand is struggling to be met and inflation is rising. In this discussion speakers will discuss:

  • Supply chain disruption - what is impacting this and how may this resolve
  • Geopolitical impacts on nearshoring, friend shoring, what is the impact on the economy
  • Local Economy - how will inflation and interest rates develop?
  • Early warning - what are the things to look out for which may signal a change

Rajat Sarna, Chief Procurement Officer, Vodafone New Zealand

John Hall, Territory Executive, New Zealand, SAP Intelligent Spend and Business Network


Rajat Sarna and the Vodafone NZ team have received numerous recognitions across Australia and New Zealand. Listen to Rajat distil the key drivers for this success including the need for a start-up mentality. In this session Rajat will discuss:

  • The transformation undertaken by his team, its outcomes and the reasons for its success
  • How to avoid pitfalls along the way
  • Strategic outcomes that allowed Procurement to lead the business on key agendas such as sustainability and social procurement

Tara Anderson, CEO, Social Traders

Sandra Waga, Head of Membership, Supply Nation

Chon Raman, Chief Operating Officer, Intellegent Spend & Business Network, APJ


In this session the panellists will take the audience through the benefits that can be derived when organisations are engaged in social and indigenous procurement.


Additionally, they will discuss how procurement executives can get started and build momentum around these initiatives in their organisation. 

Nicole Aspeling, Head of IT Finance and Corporate Application, Woolworths

Debbie Johnstone, Head of Governance and Operation, Woolworths

Cameron Paice, GM & Head of Customer Engagement, Intelligent Spend & Business Network, SAP APJ


Join us as we hear from key leaders in Woolworths outlining how they turned their business from largely manual to one that simplified buying decisions for its large user base to create strategic value. In this session executives will discuss:

  • What drove the requirements for transformation - why did they embark on the journey and the key milestones delivered
  • The Partnership between Business and IT to drive continuous improvement and innovation, and ultimately deliver a strong user experience
  • What is next in Woolworth’s journey?

Christel Martin, Director Procurement Excellence, Transport for NSW

Philip Chan, Manager of Modern Slavery, Ethical and Sustainable Supply Chain, University of Sydney

Drew Mauldin, Customer Success Partner ISBN, SAP


Procurement has the power to make small changes that can drive large social outcomes. 


In this session panel members will talk to us about their journeys in driving ethical & sustainable procurement within their organisations and take us through some actionable steps that everyone can take to secure a better future for everyone.

Mitchell Ross, Co-Founder and CEO of Muru Office Supplies

Julia Lörsch, Co-creator and Executive Producer, Digital Story Tellers

Tim Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, Integrity Health and Safety

Mirabel Mowat Smith, Relationship Manager, Australian Network on Disability

Nick Horn, Supplier Account Manager, SAP Ariba Network


Through Covid, natural disasters and global disruptions, the last 24 months have seen a shift in society’s attitudes to one embracing ethical procurement and appreciating the value of supplier diversity. However, for many companies and their buyers, it’s a journey to make this a reality.


We bring together a group of suppliers to talk about their experiences with buyers and perspectives on how to support a diverse supplier pool and some of the challenges they see facing organisations. 

Ian Griffith, Head of Procurement, DuluxGroup Limited

Tass Scopetos, Director & Strategic Advisor, SAP Procurement APJ


When faced with supply chain challenges thrown up by the pandemic, DuluxGroup looked to develop new ways to build and manage their relationships with suppliers

  • Hear how when faced with single sourcing DeluxGroup strengthened the relationship with their supplier by creating value
  • DuluxGroup reflects on how digital technology has helped them navigate supply chain issues
  • Understand some of their key lessons and the next steps coming out of that

Steve Scott, Head of Sales, Taulia APJ 

Gina McNamara, Regional CFO, SAP APJ

Tushar Gulhane, Working Capital Management CoE, SAP APJ


Working capital is becoming a key focus for CFOs in times of inflation and supply chain disruptions.


Learn from panelists on how their companies and suppliers can get healthy access to cash and maintain financial health of supply chain during economic uncertainty. 

Mark Stockwell, Director eInvoicing, Australian Taxation Office

Dominic Atkinson, Procurement & Supply Chain Leader, PwC


eInvoicing is the next evolution of processing efficiency, providing significant efficiency and security benefits across your supply chain.


Hear how the small business supplier and customer experience will provide greater real-time opportunities and quality data. Additionally, learn about what is the latest government policy direction on this.

Varun Jalan, Director - Value Advisory & Digital Transformation, SAP


The challenge category managers face is too much or too little data. With every category being unique, the lack of operationalisation of tools and inconsistent metrics frequently results in varying quality of analyses and strategies.

  • Hear about the latest developments in category management around strategy creation and planning that will help it to deliver to its original strategic intent. 
  • See how the SAP Category Management solution has evolved to meet the needs of the next generation of users

Cher Mitchell-Vialle, Deputy CFO ANZ, Veolia Australia and New Zealand 

Joe Bellofiore, General Manager – APAC, excelerateds2p


Join excelerateds2p and Veolia in this deep dive session on building and managing a source-to-pay transformation programme through times of uncertainty:

  • Discover the importance of a discovery phase when building a compelling case for change
  • Learn how technology can enable value realisation for your organisation
  • Explore how to unlock value with improved visibility and granularity of data

Gordon Donovan, Global Market Research Director, SAP


In a global study, Economist Impact surveyed 430 C-level executives to understand how businesses and industries are transforming procurement to be a force multiplier.


In this session SAP Global Market Research Director, Gordon Donovan, presents market trends, challenges and opportunities for procurement where the potential misalignment areas are and what the data reveals about the CPOs' vision for 2023 and beyond.

Rachel Goos, Project Director, Source 2 Pay, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

Andrew Hunt, Regional Head of Business Network, SAP APJ


In this session Rachel Goos joins us to discuss how Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads' digitisation projects came into their own during lockdown, allowing them to continue customer and community support. In this session you will:

  • Understand the TMR journey, what they did that drove success and their learnings
  • Learn how Queensland TMR are now better placed to support social procurement and drive impact within the community
  • The next wave of innovation that TMR will be driving

Chris Willcocks, VP & Head of Intelligent Spend and Business Network, SAP

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