Building on the success of the inaugural Annual GPCA Forum in 2022, the 2nd edition of the GPCA Symposium, held on 4-5 December 2023, has shone a spotlight on the transformative influence of procurement in the industry. Themed ‘The Future of Procurement,’ the two-day symposium featured comprehensive discussions. Attendees engaged in immersive debates, shared the latest procurement trends, and heard industry leaders discuss innovative sourcing strategies with an emphasis on localization and sustainability. The event also delved into the impact of procurement on bolstering the agility and resilience of supply chains while exploring collaborative opportunities among key players in the industry.

2023 PROGRAM

Day 1: Monday

Location: Main plenary

14:00 – 14:05

Introduction and Welcome remarks by master of ceremony

14:05 – 14:20

Opening remarks: The future of procurement

The world is facing significant geo-political tensions, driving an inflationary super-cycle and unprecedented supply chain risk. In addition, the rapid technological evolution with the adoption of AI, robotics and other technologies is changing the way in which we do business. CPOs are increasingly expected to satisfy customer needs, build resiliency, adopt the latest technologies, and deliver on sustainability targets, all while managing costs effectively. In this session, we explore the evolving role of procurement and review the best practices being adopted by procurement leaders from around the world.

Presenter:

Sachin Halbe

Partner, Strategic Operations, Kearney MEA

14:20 – 15:20

Panel discussion: Building supply chain resiliency in an uncertain world

Supply chain pressures have been increasing since well before the onset of the pandemic. Supply chains are facing shortages in natural resources, historically high inflation, and regulatory uncertainties. All of this, against the backdrop of geopolitical friction impacting established supply routes. The drive for supply chain efficiency is being challenged by the need for supply chain resilience. In this panel discussion, we explore different perspectives on what supply chain resilience means and how companies are building resilience in the face of disruptions.

Moderator:

Sachin Halbe

Partner, Strategic Operations, Kearney MEA

Panelists:

Al Muthir Al Kharusi

Chief Executive – Strategy & Transformation, OQ

Burcu Olcay Üstüner

CEO, BAYEGAN DMCC

Fawaz A Al-Sufayan

Director, Global Supply Chain Procurement, SABIC

Raveen Guliani

Chief Operating Officer Logistics. DP World GCC

15:20 – 15:45

Networking break

15:45 – 16:30

Sustainable supply chains: 3 success stories from carbon intensive industries

Carbon intensive industries are coming under increasing pressure to reduce the environmental and societal impact of their operations. Companies are looking to avoid the reputational, regulatory, and financial risks of poor ESG performance. Supply chains hold the key to transforming enterprise sustainability. In this session, we explore successful case studies from leading organizations that have implemented initiatives to improve supply chain sustainability.

Moderator:

Maria Arefieva

Senior Partner – Strategic Operations Practice, Kearney

Speakers:

Patrick Hore

Global Vertical Head of Chemicals, Maersk

Francis De Ruytter

Regional Head Data Management and SustainabilityPSA International

Ahmed Al Katheeri

SVP, Supply Chain ManagementBorouge

16:30 – 16:35

Closing remarks by master of ceremony

Day 2: Tuesday

Location: Main plenary

14:30 – 14:35

Welcome remarks by master of ceremony

14:35 – 15:20

The Localization Imperative: Success Stories from Procurement

National transformation programs in the region have accelerated the need to diversify economies, putting the development of local industry at the very top of national agendas. Localization programs at national, regional and enterprise levels have provided a framework for growing indigenous industries. Procurement plays an important role as the interface with industry to ensure localization programs are being successfully implemented. In this session, we explore successful case studies from leading organizations implementing localization programs.

Keynote Presentation:

Khalid Al Hajri

Vice President of ProcurementSaudi Aramco

Presenter:

Chiara Riffaldi

Partner, Kearney

Speakers:

Ahmad Murtada Al-Hashemi

Chief Strategy, Procurement & Information Systems Officer, Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO)

Ather Ali Khan

Contracts Manager, Almajdouie Logistics

15:20 – 16:00

Panel discussion: Winning in the digital age of procurement

Many procurement organizations haven’t fully embraced (much less understand) the changing technology landscape. And yet the need for digital excellence is more crucial than ever as procurement’s responsibilities expand in reaction to macro disruptions, new business models, and changing enterprise objectives. Application of AI, as an example, provides opportunities to enhance spend management, automate procurement processes, and improve decision making. In this panel discussion, we explore different perspectives on how evolving technologies will impact procurement and how companies can take advantage of new digital capabilities.

Moderator:

Federico Mariscotti

Vice President Strategic Operations, Kearney

Panelists:

Sultan Al Busaidi

Vice President of Procurement, OQ

Motlaq Mohsen Al Harbi

Vice President- Corporate Procurement, Saudi Arabian Mining Company (MA’ADEN)

16:00 – 16:15

Networking break

16:15 – 17:00

Panel discussion: Realizing opportunities for procurement collaboration in the GCC

Procurement organizations are realizing the increasing need to work together with external entities to solve the problems of today. Within the context of complex supply networks with multiple actors, the challenges being faced on resilience, sustainability, technology and industrial development cannot be solved in isolation. Organizations collaborate under the notion that they will be able to achieve common goals more effectively than independently. In this panel discussion, we explore the key priorities for procurement and the collaboration mechanisms being successfully applied.

Moderator:

Federico Mariscotti

Vice President Strategic Operations, Kearney

Panelists:

Ahmed Abdulla Al-Salahi

Chief Commercial Officer, Qatar Chemical Company (Q-Chem)

Turki Al Johani

Chief Procurement Officer, Tasnee

Omar S. Bahobail

VP, Shared Services, SIPCHEM

Yousef H. Al-Gharabally

Global Procurement DirectorEQUATE Petrochemical Company

17:00 – 17:05

Closing Remarks by master of ceremony

4 December 2023

Day 1: Monday

Location: Main plenary

14:00 – 14:05

Introduction and Welcome remarks by master of ceremony

14:05 – 14:20

Opening remarks: The future of procurement

The world is facing significant geo-political tensions, driving an inflationary super-cycle and unprecedented supply chain risk. In addition, the rapid technological evolution with the adoption of AI, robotics and other technologies is changing the way in which we do business. CPOs are increasingly expected to satisfy customer needs, build resiliency, adopt the latest technologies, and deliver on sustainability targets, all while managing costs effectively. In this session, we explore the evolving role of procurement and review the best practices being adopted by procurement leaders from around the world.

Presenter:

Sachin Halbe

Partner, Strategic Operations, Kearney MEA

14:20 – 15:20

Panel discussion: Building supply chain resiliency in an uncertain world

Supply chain pressures have been increasing since well before the onset of the pandemic. Supply chains are facing shortages in natural resources, historically high inflation, and regulatory uncertainties. All of this, against the backdrop of geopolitical friction impacting established supply routes. The drive for supply chain efficiency is being challenged by the need for supply chain resilience. In this panel discussion, we explore different perspectives on what supply chain resilience means and how companies are building resilience in the face of disruptions.

Moderator:

Sachin Halbe

Partner, Strategic Operations, Kearney MEA

Panelists:

Al Muthir Al Kharusi

Chief Executive – Strategy & Transformation, OQ

Burcu Olcay Üstüner

CEO, BAYEGAN DMCC

Fawaz A Al-Sufayan

Director, Global Supply Chain Procurement, SABIC

Raveen Guliani

Chief Operating Officer Logistics. DP World GCC

15:20 – 15:45

Networking break

15:45 – 16:30

Sustainable supply chains: 3 success stories from carbon intensive industries

Carbon intensive industries are coming under increasing pressure to reduce the environmental and societal impact of their operations. Companies are looking to avoid the reputational, regulatory, and financial risks of poor ESG performance. Supply chains hold the key to transforming enterprise sustainability. In this session, we explore successful case studies from leading organizations that have implemented initiatives to improve supply chain sustainability.

Moderator:

Maria Arefieva

Senior Partner – Strategic Operations Practice, Kearney

Speakers:

Patrick Hore

Global Vertical Head of Chemicals, Maersk

Francis De Ruytter

Regional Head Data Management and SustainabilityPSA International

Ahmed Al Katheeri

SVP, Supply Chain ManagementBorouge

16:30 – 16:35

Closing remarks by master of ceremony

5 December 2023

Day 2: Tuesday

Location: Main plenary

14:30 – 14:35

Welcome remarks by master of ceremony

14:35 – 15:20

The Localization Imperative: Success Stories from Procurement

National transformation programs in the region have accelerated the need to diversify economies, putting the development of local industry at the very top of national agendas. Localization programs at national, regional and enterprise levels have provided a framework for growing indigenous industries. Procurement plays an important role as the interface with industry to ensure localization programs are being successfully implemented. In this session, we explore successful case studies from leading organizations implementing localization programs.

Keynote Presentation:

Khalid Al Hajri

Vice President of ProcurementSaudi Aramco

Presenter:

Chiara Riffaldi

Partner, Kearney

Speakers:

Ahmad Murtada Al-Hashemi

Chief Strategy, Procurement & Information Systems Officer, Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO)

Ather Ali Khan

Contracts Manager, Almajdouie Logistics

15:20 – 16:00

Panel discussion: Winning in the digital age of procurement

Many procurement organizations haven’t fully embraced (much less understand) the changing technology landscape. And yet the need for digital excellence is more crucial than ever as procurement’s responsibilities expand in reaction to macro disruptions, new business models, and changing enterprise objectives. Application of AI, as an example, provides opportunities to enhance spend management, automate procurement processes, and improve decision making. In this panel discussion, we explore different perspectives on how evolving technologies will impact procurement and how companies can take advantage of new digital capabilities.

Moderator:

Federico Mariscotti

Vice President Strategic Operations, Kearney

Panelists:

Sultan Al Busaidi

Vice President of Procurement, OQ

Motlaq Mohsen Al Harbi

Vice President- Corporate Procurement, Saudi Arabian Mining Company (MA’ADEN)

16:00 – 16:15

Networking break

16:15 – 17:00

Panel discussion: Realizing opportunities for procurement collaboration in the GCC

Procurement organizations are realizing the increasing need to work together with external entities to solve the problems of today. Within the context of complex supply networks with multiple actors, the challenges being faced on resilience, sustainability, technology and industrial development cannot be solved in isolation. Organizations collaborate under the notion that they will be able to achieve common goals more effectively than independently. In this panel discussion, we explore the key priorities for procurement and the collaboration mechanisms being successfully applied.

Moderator:

Federico Mariscotti

Vice President Strategic Operations, Kearney

Panelists:

Ahmed Abdulla Al-Salahi

Chief Commercial Officer, Qatar Chemical Company (Q-Chem)

Turki Al Johani

Chief Procurement Officer, Tasnee

Omar S. Bahobail

VP, Shared Services, SIPCHEM

Yousef H. Al-Gharabally

Global Procurement DirectorEQUATE Petrochemical Company

17:00 – 17:05

Closing Remarks by master of ceremony

2023 SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS

SPEAKERS

Chief Executive - Strategy & Transformation, OQ

CEO, BAYEGAN DMCC

Director, Global Supply Chain Procurement, SABIC

Chief Operating Officer Logistics. DP World GCC

Global Vertical Head of Chemicals, Maersk

Regional Head Data Management and Sustainability, PSA International

SVP, Supply Chain Management, Borouge

Vice President of Procurement, Saudi Aramco

Chief Strategy, Procurement & Information Systems Officer, Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO)

Contracts Manager, Almajdouie Logistics

Vice President of Procurement, OQ

Vice President- Corporate Procurement, Saudi Arabian Mining Company (MA'ADEN)

Chief Commercial Officer, Qatar Chemical Company (Q-Chem)

Chief Procurement Officer, Tasnee

VP, Shared Services, SIPCHEM

Global Procurement Director, EQUATE Petrochemical Company

MODERATORS

Partner, Strategic Operations, Kearney MEA

Senior Partner - Strategic Operations Practice, Kearney

Partner, Kearney

Vice President Strategic Operations, Kearney