Webinar: Digitization of Supply Chain and Procurement

Thursday: 10 September 2020 I 02:00 PM (UAE Time)

Technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Robotics and 3D Printing are opening the doors to new levels of performance at every stage of the procurement process. By adopting advanced analytics and digital tools organisations can reduce risk, boost efficiency, and potentially drive down costs. However, the vast majority of companies put the digitization of procurement on the back burner.

The webinar discussed the latest solutions that are guiding next generation procurement transformation and provided insights into how to maximize the benefits of digital technologies to create a true digital procurement organization.

The webinar provided delegaates with an in-depth understanding of:

• How digitization is transforming procurement and supply chain and how digitization is making them more efficient and agile?
• What are the latest and most exciting innovations in procurement and supply chain?
• What is the impact of robots on supply chain? What processes are appropriate for robotization?
• What are the opportunities for 3D printing in your future supply chain?
• How are smart contracts transforming procurement and supply chain?
• How to implement Blockchain in procurement and supply chain management?


Hassan Jamaleddine
Head of Supply Chain, NewBridge Pharmaceuticals

Hassan Jamaleddine is an established expert in Healthcare supply chain, with more than 20 years of experience in renowned multinational pharmaceutical companies for the Middle East and Africa markets.

Mr. Jamaleddine is a graduate of business Administration from the American university of Beirut, and holds various certifications and accreditations in the field of supply chain, and is known for his expertise in managing challenging supply routes and for his passion to adopt novel solutions for improving efficiency and protecting temperature controlled shipments.

Kunal Gupta
Director – Supply Chain, Bateel

Presently a specialist in Food and Beverage Supply Chain Management and Procurement, Kunal heads the Global Supply Chain of Bateel Group (based out of Dubai) that has operations in 15 countries from US to Middle East to South East Asia.

Awarded as ‘Emerging Leader in Supply Chain Management – Middle East’ by Institute of Supply Chain Management, ISCM in Dec, 2018.

He has been instrumental in opening and managing over 200 F&B outlets (Bateel café’s and boutiques, Godiva Café’s , Tim Hortons, Coldstone Creamery and Sbarro Pizza) across Middle East and Europe.

Travel and food continue to be his passion that gets him going every morning.

Shaji Pavithran
Regional Procurement Manager, Middle East Africa and India, Marquard & Bahls AG - Oil Tanking

Shaji Pavithran is the Regional Procurement Manager (MEA & I) with 25 plus years of experience working alongside executive teams of fortune 500 Oil & Gas companies, as a supply chain & procurement professional. Shaji specializes in setting up supply chain functional organization, digitalization, and transformation of the functional group, strategic procurement, planning, and policy formation, driving operational Excellence, value engineering, process mining and process improvement. He is an Engineer, Masters in Quality Management and CIPS certified (MCIPS). 

Alain Baeyens
Chairman, European Logistics Users, Providers and Enablers Group (ELUPEG)

Alain Baeyens is an independent supply chain consultant with over 25 years of experience. His focus is on supply chain optimisation, change management, and training. He is convinced that especially in this age of technology the human factor remains a key element for a successful supply chain.

He is a chemical engineer who in 1992 became a supply chain enthusiast. He held positions in planning, project management, operations management, purchasing, compliance, training, and supply chain management. He has been based in Kuwait since 2017.

In 2000, he worked on his first digital project implementing Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI) systems all over Europe. In 2001, he was part of the e-Supply Chain Solutions team of ELEMICA, the first exchange platform in the chemical industry. Ever since, he followed the evolutions in the digital supply chain closely. Today in the frame of ALICE, a European technology platform, he contributes to the creation of the Physical Internet.

He advocates collaborative sustainable solutions in logistics which can only be achieved in a digitised supply network.

He is Board Member of OTM, the Belgian Shippers Association, Chairman of ELUPEG (European Logistics Users, Providers and Enablers Group), and Vice Chair of ALICE WG1 sustainable.

Mohamed Essam Abdel-Hady
Head of Logistics, Al-Rashideen Group

Mohamed Essam Abdel-Hady is the Head of Logistics for Al-Rashideen Group based in Dubai, UAE, looking after import & export operations, distribution, and planning.  Diverse experience with FMCG - food - beverages - tobacco - pharma industries, and more than 15 years working in supply chain & business development & management consulting. Mohamed holds an MBA degree from the American University in Cairo, and is a graduate of York University in Toronto, Canada with a double major in Economics & Computer Science and has experience with Analytics and big data analysis tools and programming (Azure/Python/R).

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.

In his spare time Malcolm competes at world level as a racing cyclist.

Mahmoud Salem Alalawi
Director, Procurement and Contracts, Higher Colleges of Technology

Mahmoud Alalawi - Chartered MCIPS, has an extensive experience in Procurement & Contracts in Public Sector for more than 10 years. He holds Masters in International Business from Wollongong University in Dubai, and currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree from UK in Supply Chain and Organization Strategy. He is member of different International Bodies and Associations and holds a Chartered MCIPS status from Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

He led and was involved in different transformation projects in procurement & support services during his career, locally and in the region. He is very keen to empower younger procurement generations specially Emiratis with knowledge in procurement and supply.

Mahmoud is currently leading the Procurement & Contracts Department in HCT and also leading the transformation file of the procurement and supply in strategic alignment with the UAE’s National Agenda and the HCT 4.0 strategy to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Mounir Chehab
CEO, Leap Management Consulting

Mounir is an MBA graduate from Grenoble Business School – France in Supply Chain Management from 2004. His background and extensive experience comes from Big4 Management consulting global companies for more than 15 years. Currently he is based in Bahrain & operating over the GCC, he is the CEO of Leap Management Consulting specialized in Supply Chain Digital Transformation, AI, Automation and BPO. No matter how technology supports operations reaching excellence, Mounir believes that human relations always prevails.