Celebrating its 10th consecutive year, The Asia-Pacific CPO Forum is the region’s premier procurement event dedicated to accelerating commercial leadership at the highest level.
Held at an exclusive venue over two days, it is a once-a-year opportunity for leading Chief Procurement Officers to engage with peers and like-minded business leaders in an intimate and interactive setting.
The Forum is designed for delegates to facilitate the sharing of best practice strategies, develop innovative and responsive procurement approaches, and hear from a compelling speaker line-up of influential thinkers, eminent business leaders and commercially creative minds.
“Outstanding networking, speakers and real insights that I can take back to the business”
Ron Brown, General Manager Supply Chain, MMG
Group Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil
Executive Director Global Research, Walk Free Foundation
Chairman, Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council and former CEO of Fosters Group and Pacific Brands
Anders sorman nilsson
Digital Influencer; Founder, Deloitte Digital
Founding Chairman, The Faculty, The Source and Procurious
Author and columnist with The Australian and Herald Sun
Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer Contango Asset Management Ltd, former Chief Investment Officer & Executive Director, UBS
Principal and Co-Founder, The Beyond Group
AFLW Star & Melbourne Captain
We are operating in a turbo-charged environment that waits for no-one. Futurist and author Anders Sorman-Nilsson will challenge CPOs to consider how equipped their teams are to deal with the coming "waves of change" that leave no room for complacency.
AAMC Chairman John Pollaers will discuss the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), including the rise of the robot workforce.
Digital Influencer and founder of Deloitte Digital, Peter Williams, will explore the unlimited potential for businesses that fully embrace the digital age.
Experts from American Express will discuss the future of B2B payments and give their predictions for the FinTech landscape.
A cybersecurity expert will brief delegates on the challenges and risks for data protection in Australia and the region.
PIVOT: How businesses can thrive in a period of uncertainty
Disruption is inevitable, but is your organisation flexible enough to adjust its short-term strategies while remaining true to your long-term goals?
KPMG Chairman Peter Nash will take Forum delegates through the business outlook for Australia and the region, with an eye on the disruptive forces over the horizon.
George Boubouras, former CIO of UBS, will examine the region's economic outlook, discussing the rise of protectionism and the apparent retreat of globalisation.
A panel session featuring some of Australia's largest organisations will explore how large, unwieldy businesses can learn from SMEs to build the flexibility and agility needed to PIVOT towards disruptive forces.
Endurance, resilience and cost down in tough times
Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director Alison Watkins will discuss how Coke has successfully planned ahead to mitigate uncertainty.
Beyond Group Co-Founder Giles Breault will give delegates his tips on smashing the silos - moving from stakeholder management to business partnering.
A panel session will debate how businesses can plan ahead when the goal posts keep shifting in a period of uncertainty.
Sustainability, slavery and sourcing values
Fiona David, Walk Free Foundation's Director of Global Research, will draw upon her organisation's latest research findings to challenge CPOs on what they are doing to identify and tackle modern slavery in their supply chains.
Experts from SAP Ariba and Fieldglass will explore the rapidly changing nature of procurement, the supply chain eco-system and what this means for the CPO of the future.
Broadcaster, author and columnist Bernard Salt will discuss how Australian businesses are ripe for disruption on a grand scale, and how we need to shift our culture to admire those who can create and operate socially responsible new businesses.
Gala Dinner and CPO of the Year award
The CPO Forum Gala Dinner gives delegates the opportunity to relax, network with their peers, and celebrate the announcement of the 2017 CPO of the Year recipient.