Webinar: Risk Management in Procurement: Dealing with Unknown Threats

Date: 18 June 2020 I Time: 01:00 PM (GST)

Risk management has always been a part of effective procurement processes and strategic sourcing. To ensure a smooth and successful procurement and supply chain operations, it is essential that right technologies and well-planned risk mitigation strategies are in place. This is of critical importance particularly in the current times where businesses are dealing with unprecedented challenges.

This webinar on Risk Management in Procurement provided insights into:
• Techniques to manage supply chain risks
• Establishing the importance of supplier risk management (SRM)
• Adopting a proactive risk management approach … and more




Stephen Ashcroft 
Head of Contracts and Procurement, AECOM

Stephen Ashcroft BEng, MSc, FCIPS is the Head of Contracts and Procurement at AECOM Saudi Customs; the first of a new breed of PMOs in the Kingdom.  Steve is a procurement learner stuck in the body of a procurement veteran and with over 25 years’ procurement and contracts leadership experience, and still sees the glass as half full. Stephen is a recognised Strategic Procurement thought leader, published author and advisory board member, regularly speaking at conferences, in multiple countries, with an elevated online presence.

GP Puri
Procurement Advisor, Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)

GP Puri is leading the Supply Chain and Procurement Transformation by enabling Organizational change management focusing on strategies to enable major and long-term improvements to procurement and supply management processes, activities and relationships. He is also developing a vision & a work Team, redesigning sourcing and procurement strategy, processes, organization and supporting technology in ways that deliver immediate and lasting value to realize the vision.

Malcolm Smith
Senior Partner, JMCL Consulting Limited

Malcolm is Senior Partner at JMCL Consulting Limited and is a highly experienced procurement and supply side professional with a reputation for ‘making it happen’. Amongst his notable achievements Malcolm was responsible for the transformation of procurement in a global pharmaceutical giant, establishing the CIPS Centre for Procurement Leadership and best practice standards as well as delivering a vast array of cost reduction programmes using the JMCL Enlightened Procurement approach. In addition to his European base Malcolm has delivered client value in Asia, Africa, North America and the Gulf region.

Malcolm has a particular interest in supply side innovation and sees the current economic conditions as the time for Procurement to step up and add real, transparent, measurable shareholder value.

Sam Achampong
Head of Middle East and North Africa, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

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.


Megan James
Senior Manager - Procurement, EXPO 2020

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Christopher Harvey
Head of Procurement Services, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Christopher Harvey has worked at KAUST in Saudi Arabia since 2011, where he is currently the Head of Procurement Services.  During his time at KAUST, Christopher has managed the procurement of capital equipment, research materials, FM services and construction, with combined annual spend of $750m. Before KAUST, Christopher started his career in an R&D laboratory for Thermofisher Scientific, before moving into a procurement role in 2005.  With a global supply chain in a constantly changing environment, Christopher has had to incorporate risk management into KAUST’s category management program to ensure the university can continue to operate with limited disruption to its operations.