Special Guest
Special Guest
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Judit Polgár
Hungarian Chess Great Master, the best female chess player of all time
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Judit Polgár
Hungarian Chess Great Master, the best female chess player of all time

(born 23 July 1976) is a Hungarian chess player. She is generally considered the strongest female chess player of all time.[1] In 1991, Polgár achieved the title of Grandmaster at the age of 15 years and 4 months, at the time the youngest to have done so, breaking the record previously held by former World Champion Bobby Fischer. She was the youngest player ever to break into the FIDE top 100 players rating list, ranking No. 55 in the January 1989 rating list, at the age of 12.[2] She is the only woman to be a serious candidate for the World Chess Championship, in which she participated in 2005; she had previously participated in large, 100+ player knockout tournaments for the world championship. She is the first, and to date only, woman to have surpassed 2700 Elo, reaching a career peak rating of 2735 and peak world ranking of No. 8 in 2005. She is the only woman to be ranked in the top ten of all chess players, first reaching that ranking in 1996. She was the No. 1 rated woman in the world from January 1989 until her retirement on 13 August 2014.

Speakers

Speakers

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Christopher Sawchuk
CPO, The Hackett Group
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Christopher Sawchuk
CPO, The Hackett Group

Mr. Sawchuk is a Principal, Global Practice Leader and advisory leadership team member with The Hackett Group, an intellectual property-based strategic consultancy to global companies.

He has over 20 years of experience successfully advising hundreds of Fortune 500 as well as midsized companies across all industries globally.  Mr. Sawchuk has provided operational and transformational guidance in strategy and organizational change as well as process design and digital technology enablement to significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these companies.

He is globally recognized (and won several awards) in his specialty of supply management including strategic sourcing and risk management.  He is cited regularly in business publications, a frequent presenter at industry and academic events, author of numerous research papers and books, and a current and past member of the advisory boards of several developing companies as well as the supply chain degree program at the University of South Florida.

Mr. Sawchuk’s background includes engineering, operations and sales roles with both United Technologies and IBM.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College and a Masters in Business Administration from Binghamton University (State University of New York).  He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of South Florida.

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dr Jan Vašek
Procurement Expert & Assistant Professor, MIAS School of Business at CVUT
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dr Jan Vašek
Procurement Expert & Assistant Professor, MIAS School of Business at CVUT

He is one of the best specialists in the field of purchasing management, and he can transfer acquired experience to students and trainees. He studied at Palacky University, Harvard University, Oxford University and Cranfield University. He gained practical experience in the field of purchasing at Toyota, Inergy, Automotive Lighting and Swiss Krono. He is an inspirational speaker and his speeches literally draw listeners to the heart of the problem.

This has been confirmed many times by the participants of the largest procurement conference in Poland, PROCON / POLZAK, placing it at the forefront of the speakers.

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Mateusz Borowiecki
Managing Director, OptiBuy
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Mateusz Borowiecki
Managing Director, OptiBuy

Has many years of practical knowledge. Passionate, an expert in the purchasing industry. He has over 15 years of experience in managing international purchasing and consulting projects (including in the financial and medical sectors). He is a specialist in the implementation of comprehensive purchasing systems and IT tools (Ivalua, NextBuy). He managed optimization projects on a European and global scale. He shares his knowledge and experience as part of industry conferences, meetings, trainings, and lectures for students (ALK in Warsaw and WSB in Wrocław). He is the author of numerous publications on supply chain management.

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Sara Abdellatif Omer FCIPS
Sales Director Middle East & Africa, IVALUA
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Sara Abdellatif Omer FCIPS
Sales Director Middle East & Africa, IVALUA

Sara is a Senior Regional Leader in Supply Chain and Procurement Practice, and a Board member of the Global Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Sara comes with more than 20 years of professional experience in Procurement, Supply Chain Management and Digital Procurement. She plays a pivotal role in delivering value to regional organizations by leading them through their procurement and supply digital transformation journeys. Sara has recently joined the Leading Supply Chain and Procurement Technology provider, Ivalua, at the capacity of the company’s Account Director for the Middle East region.

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Krishan K. Batra
President & CEO, ISM-INDIA
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Krishan K. Batra
President & CEO, ISM-INDIA

Krishan Batra has diverse experience of 4 decades in the field of Technology & SCM. He enjoys engaging people in sustainable transformation and inspiring business excellence. In his last assignment with UN organization as Chairperson of the supply chain, he was instrumental in re-engineering business processes and implementing ERPworldwide.

He started his career with Voltas after completing M.Tech from IIT Delhi. Later he completed MBA from Syracuse University in USA. Krishan has worked in Switzerland, Denmark and USA in different capacity.

Mr. Batra was actively involved in developing EDI Standards during his tenure with the United Nations in Geneva. He is the founderand developer of UNSPSC Classification Standard which is used by SAP, ORACLE, and many others as a global standard.

He is instrumental in developingBlockchain Certification Program in India. He has conducted various training programs in this field. He is Advisor of Economic Times on use of new technologyto digitize the supply chain. ISM-INDIA is an affiliate of ISM USA which is the largest and oldest organization in the world with its presence in 70 countries. ISM-INDIA is an Associate Partner of Economic Times on Supply Chain issues & knowledge partner of many organizations.

During his job with UNDP as Chairperson of ACP, he has the opportunity to review the implementation of Blockchain for election, health projects in Estonia.

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Tim S. Tabrizi
Inspired Leader, former CPO WSA
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Tim S. Tabrizi
Inspired Leader, former CPO WSA

Experienced international manager with more than 20 years in the fields of medical technology, IT, telecommunications, automotive, logistics, and traditional production. Accomplished in constructing and developing expanding organizations with an international focus, as well as in the consolidation and restructuring of companies.

He has an exemplary track record in the optimization of the supply chain with no impact and often improvements in quality. Serial entrepreneur with experience in founding and building start-ups, including overall responsibility for sales, marketing, IT, and infrastructure.

Proven expert and keynote speaker in the fields of transformation, digitization, Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, and disruptive technologies. Gifted in cultivating talent and creating working cultures that exemplify productivity and high work standards. Responsibility for leading international teams with more than 50 employees.

Extensive intercultural experience and sensitivity (USA, MENA, Singapore, UK, Spain, China) as well as excellent communication skills in five languages.

Skilled and composed in handling difficult negotiations up to the highest levels of management and ownership. Valued Private Equity Industrial Advisor (EQT Group).

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Michael Stietz
Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer of Körber AG
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Michael Stietz
Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer of Körber AG

MICHAEL STIETZ is Senior Vice President& Chief Procurement Officer of Körber AG in Hamburg, Germany.

He is responsible for the management and development of the GroupProcurementand Supply Chain Management function.
For more than 15years, he has been working in various Operations, Procurement& SCM functions.
He is initiator and co-founder of the first Procurement Chair at the University of Mannheim, Germany and also guest lecturer at the Universities of Mannheim, Berlin and Karlsruhe.

Körber AG

We are Körber – an international technology group with about 10,000 employees, more than 100 locations worldwide and a common goal: We turn entrepreneurial thinking into customer success and shape the technological change. In the Business Areas Digital, Pharma, Supply Chain, Tissue and Tobacco, we offer products, solutions and services that inspire. We act fast to customer needs, we execute ideas seamlessly, and with our innovations we create added value for our customers. In doing so, we are increasingly building on ecosystems that solve the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Körber AG is the holding company of the Körber Group.

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Sam Achampong FCIPS
Regional Director, CIPS Middle East & North Africa (MENA)
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Sam Achampong FCIPS
Regional Director, CIPS Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

Sam is a procurement professional with extensive experience in Procurement and Supply Chain management across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. He has held Senior Procurement and Strategic Sourcing roles for organisations such as Majid Al Futtaim, Abu Dhabi Municipality and Nakheel in the Middle East; MTN across Africa; and Land Securities in the UK.

An active member of the procurement fraternity in the MENA region, Sam is Regional Director of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) for the Middle East & North Africa Region.

He holds a Masters Degree in International Procurement from the University of Glamorgan (Wales)‎, MSc in Facilities Management from the University of Westminster (England) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.

He is a regular speaker at industry events and an advocate for professional standards in procurement and supply management.

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Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Fröhlich
President & Professor, Strategic Procurement Management, CBS
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Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Fröhlich
President & Professor for Strategic Procurement Management, Cologne Business School

Prof. Dr. hab. Elisabeth Fröhlich studied business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich and at the University of Cologne. After her dissertation on the subject of “Supplier Evaluation”, she continued her professional career at the seminar of Prof. Dr. U. Koppelmann at the University of Cologne and completed her habilitation on the subject of “Modelling Requirement Profiles in Procurement”.

Since the end of 2007, Elisabeth Fröhlich has been a professor at the CBS International Business School (former Cologne Business School) responsible for the field of strategic procurement management.

Since 1 May 2013, she has been managing the CBS in her function as President. She is a board member of several scientific organizations, e.g. the PRME (Principles Responsible Management Education) Board, Chair of the PRME Nomination and Governance Committee, and PRME DACH Chapter Chair, Rotary Club Köln Römerturm or BME e.V. Region Köln. She is the spokesperson of the “Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde” (Cologne Scientific Circle) and business ambassador for the City of Cologne.

Her current research focuses on sustainable supply chain management and green procurement, qualification in purchasing, and strategic supplier management. Procurement 4.0 as well as organizational, personal challenges of an “agile purchasing” and new, innovative teaching formats of Responsible Management Education are further main areas of research. She has published several books and articles on the above-mentioned topics and supports several journals as an external reviewer.

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Nita Nair, AVP
Strategic Sourcing & SRM, Emirates NBD
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Nita Nair, AVP
Strategic Sourcing & SRM, Emirates NBD

She led the implementation of end to-end sourcing processes and systems (Ariba, Zycus) along with managing procurement operations using Oracle ERP system (P2P, iProc). She is also leading the tactical and strategic sourcing teams with special expertise in managing IT, all lines of Insurance, General / Professional Services, Business Operations, Management consultancy, Contract Resourcing, Premises, Facility management, and Marketing.

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R V Srinivas Rao, FCIPS
Head of Group Logistics Qatar Airways, Qatar
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R V Srinivas Rao, FCIPS
Head of Group Logistics Qatar Airways, Qatar

A double postgraduate with various supply chain qualifications including Fellowship with prestigious and world-renowned CIPS, UK.

An impressive track record holder of consistent success and significant value addition to Supply Chain specially on Value Stream Management, Process Optimisation & Automation, Contract management, Cost Compression & Value Enhancement, and Warehousing and Change Management.

Possesses over 23 years of strategic and operational supply chain experience within Aviation and Manufacturing Industries like Dubai Aluminium, Emirates Airline, Dnata and now with Qatar Airways as Manager, Procurement & Logistics handling various portfolios within Procurement.

A regular speaker at supply chain events and a strong advocate for professional standards in procurement and supply management. Has mentored several UAE and Qatari Nationals and is also a founder member of CIPS Qatar branch now holding the position of Branch Chair.

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Peter Smith MA FCIPS FRSA
Managing Editor (2010-18) of the Spend Matters Europe
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Peter Smith MA FCIPS FRSA
Managing Editor (2010-18) of the Spend Matters Europe

Peter started his procurement career at Mars Confectionery, then was Procurement Director for Dun & Bradstreet Europe, the Department of Social Security, and the NatWest Group. He is a Fellow and was 2003 President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and has served as a non-executive director of two large public sector organisations and a growing private firm. From 2010-18 he was Managing Editor of the Spend Matters Europe website, read by thousands of procurement professionals every day. Penguin Business published his latest book in October 2020. “Bad Buying – How Organisations Waste Billions Through Failures, Frauds and F*ck-ups” lifts the lid on some amazing global stories of disaster in the business world!

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Radoslaw Kucharczyk
Global Head Mars Procurement Shared Services
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Radoslaw Kucharczyk
Global Head Mars Procurement Shared Services

I have spent most of my professional career with Mars. Initially working in the Digital Technology space. In 2014 I was asked to set up a global Procurement Shared Service organization for Mars, launched in 2015. For the past three years, I am running it as Global Head Mars Procurement Shared Services. Personally, I am based in Warsaw, Poland, where I live with my wife, son, one young dog, and one old cat.