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Future Proofing You

The Business world is changing at an unprecedented pace. Stability and certainty are things of the past. To not only survive, but thrive, in this new environment, you must learn to adapt.

In the ‘Future Proofing You’ keynote, Jacob will show you how to deal with this ever-changing business environment and how you need to think, act, and move to remain relevant and bulletproof. Disruption is here and we cannot think in old ways, Innovation is crucial. We must learn to be at the cutting edge, dynamic and, most importantly of all, transformative. As CPO’s you must be able to lead the way. Jacob will challenge your thinking, open your mind to new ways, and show you how to use emotional intelligence to succeed in the new corporate paradigm.

Jacob Galea, International Executive Coach & Keynote Speaker

The Future of Trading Relationships

Business survival depends on the efficiency and effectiveness of trading relationships. Over recent years, there have been dramatic shifts in the way we select, structure and manage our relationships. Now, the combination of volatile, uncertain markets and disruptive, digital technologies points to further fundamental change. The need for collaboration, transparency, flexibility and shared risk has never been greater.

But what does the future of trading relationships look like, how will it be achieved – and who is already there?

Tim Cummins, President & CEO, IACCM

Many fears about AI are wrong

Should you be worried about progress in Artificial Intelligence? Will Artificial Intelligence destroy jobs? Should we fear killer robots? Does Artificial Intelligence threaten our very existence?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is in the zeitgeist. Billions of dollars are being poured into the field, and spectacular advances are being announced regularly. Not surprisingly, many people are starting to worry where this will all end. The Chief Economist of the Bank of England predicted that Artificial Intelligence will destroy 50% of existing jobs. Thousands of Artificial Intelligence researchers signed an Open Letter predicting that Artificial Intelligence could transform warfare and lead to an arms race of “killer robots”. And Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others have predicted that Artificial Intelligence could end humanity itself. What should you make of all these predictions? Should you worry? Are you worrying about the right things? And what should we do now to ensure a safe and prosperous future for all?

Professor Toby Walsh, Scientia Professor of Artifical Intelligence, UNSW Australia, Research Group Leader @ Data61, CSIRO, Guest Professor, Technical University of Berlin

Demystifying Blockchain

Daily, in the press and our social media feeds, we read about blockchain and how it is going to change the world. Much of the focus has been on Bitcoin and other digital currencies that depend on blockchain technology, but increasingly we are hearing more about how blockchain will revolutionize supply chains and industries ranging from finance to health. With words like “trust” and concepts such as ‘smart contracts’ being talked about what does blockchain really mean for organisations.

In this keynote, we will aim to demystify blockchain by answering questions around what it is, what it isn’t, where it is going and how and when it is likely to start impacting you and your business.

Alice Sidhu, Partner, Digital and Cognitive Business Transformation, IBM Global Business Process Services

Business Agility – Working Smarter and Faster

Terminologies often used to describe change in business are ‘restructure’, ‘reinvent’, ‘reinvigorate’, ‘recreate’, ‘realign’ and ‘diversify’ – all of which add to our ever-increasing workload.

Is it time to dump the common saying – ‘we need to do more with less’ and open our minds to doing less work, but more of the right work?

This presentation will explore the impact of change on –

• Client/stakeholder relationships
• Workload and constantly changing priorities
• Allocation of resources
• Poor communication

Participants will be provided with insights into the value-add activities you can enact today to help you thrive in a dynamic and exciting business environment; just surviving is no longer an option.

Christine Petersen, Managing Director, Time Technology

Round-tables Wrap-up

So what were the outcomes of the round-table discussions on many of the biggest challenges facing procurement leaders today?

This session will feature eight short presentations revealing the key points from the discussions for delegates to take-away.