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The PASA CPO Summit will bring together procurement leaders from across the ANZ region for two days of learning, exploration, sharing and ‘real’ networking. The programme features diverse keynote presentations, personal development workshops and round-table discussions on key issues facing procurement leaders today. Networking is also a key element of the event, with time built into the programme for CPO’s to schedule meetings with other participants and for more informal networking at the various refreshment breaks, and of course the CPO Summit Dinner.

Future Proofing You

In a world where change is happening at an unprecedented pace, where what was certain is now uncertain, where volatility is everywhere, where advances in technology are almost impossible to keep up with and the demands on CPO’s and their teams grow ever more complex, you need to take some time to ensure that you are equipping yourself for the future. The CPO Summit theme – ‘Future Proofing You’ – has guided the development of the conference programme. There are sessions that will inspire and coach you as leaders, not of procurement necessarily, but as business leaders. There are sessions focussed on new business trends and technologies, that as a business leader, you should be cognisant of. And of course there are plentiful opportunities to address the biggest procurement challenges of the day, either formally through the round-table discussions, or informally during the extensive networking opportunities.

All of which are designed to ‘Future Proof You’ personally and professionally.

Programme Structure

For all keynote sessions and networking breaks, all delegates will be together. However, delegates will have an option during other parts of the programme to either participate in round-table discussions or an interactive workshop. If you elect to do one of the workshops, please note that this means that you will miss the two round-table discussion topics that are running concurrently with it.

Round-table Sessions with a Purpose

Rather than just be a ‘talk-fest’ the round-tables will work towards answering some of the biggest challenges facing the profession today. The format will see groups of 7-8 discussing the questions at their table with the outputs of their discussions then being shared with the other tables during a facilitated cross-room discussion led by a facilitator. The outputs of the discussions will be captured and summarised for presentation to the entire group during the closing plenary session.


The workshops programme focusses on developing your skills as a leader, manager and influencer. They will be interactive sessions during which you will have your current thinking challenged, while having some fun along the way.


A key element of any event like this is the networking opportunities it affords. To facilitate more effective networking, we will be providing all delegates with access to an app, that not only allows you to see who else is attending, but, if you wish, to schedule some time to meet during the two days. This may be with other CPO’s or participating sponsors. It is purely up to you. There are of course plenty of opportunities for networking during the various refreshment breaks and of course the conference dinner, at which we will have entertainment designed to delight and intrigue.