Event Details

Join BCC AD for a panel event in collaboration with The Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS). In a session moderated by Sam Achampong, General Manager of CIPS, we will hear insights from expert industry representatives on the timely topic of 'The Effect of Procurement & Supply Chain in a Diversified Economy: Navigating the New Normal.'

The panel discussion will be with representatives of the logistics, procurement and supply industries to discuss the impact of the global pandemic and other recent world events on these industries.

There will be opportunity for audience input, with the following topics posed to the panel:

  • How are countries in the region diversifying their economies to deal with new economic realities?
  • What is the role of procurement in these initiatives?
  • How can supply chain disruptions be mitigated?
  • What part does technology play in providing sustainable solutions?
  • How can industry plan for the next 'black swan' event?


  • General Manager of Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Sam Achampong (Moderator)
  • Middle East Resources & Sustainability Procurement Lead of Accenture, Chair of Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Wael Safwat
  • Supply Management Director of Department of Tourism & Culture Abu Dhabi, Waleed Saeed Al Saeedi
  • Director of Procurement & Contracts of Expo 2020 Dubai, Adam Bektic
  • Group Procurement Manager of Al Masaood LLC, Sofiya Poland
  • Procurement Director of DAS Holding, Christopher Bentley
  • Manager of Procurement and Contracts of Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority, Sulaiman Abdulla
  • General Manager of Kerry Project Logistics Middle East LLC, Tina Benjamin-Lea

When: Thursday, 9th June 2022

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Where: Conrad Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

BCC AD Members: AED 150

Guests: AED 240

Attendees will enjoy canapes and 2 house beverages.

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  • Sulaiman Abdulla (Manager of Procurement and Contracts at Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority)

    Sulaiman Abdulla

    Manager of Procurement and Contracts at Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority

    Sulaiman Abdulla is an "Agent of Change" who creates change that drives strategy and strong believer in completion mindset rather than competition in leading digital transformation of procurement function. He led different teams with different initiatives which added value to the organizations in the area of reconstruction of procurement strategy, operational, model, processes, people development and rebuild procurement to support the organization digital business model.

    Sulaiman is a procurement professional holds bachelor bachelor degree in business administration (BBA), certified international commercial contract manger (CICCM), certified international supply chain professional (CISCP), certified international supply chain manager (CISCM), holding also a diploma in property management, international certificate in leadership and management (ILM) and uplifting service champion.

    He is currently managing the role of procurement and contracts manager ang has a past experience over 10 years in different industries including governmental and private sectors telecommunications, IT services, social services, and property management.

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  • Sam Achampong (General Manager at CIPS Middle East & North Africa (MENA))

    Sam Achampong

    General Manager at CIPS Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

    Sam is a senior executive 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 Land Securities in the UK, Abu Dhabi Municipality in the Middle East and MTN across Africa.

    An active member of the procurement fraternity, Sam is currently General Manager of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) for the MENA Region.

    He holds a Master’s Degree in International Procurement from the University of Glamorgan , MSc in Facilities Management from the University of Westminster 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.

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  • Waleed Saeed Al Saeedi (Supply Management Director of Department of Culture & Tourism Abu Dhabi)

    Waleed Saeed Al Saeedi

    Supply Management Director of Department of Culture & Tourism Abu Dhabi

    Waleed Al Saeedi is the Supply Management Director at Department of Tourism & Culture Abu Dhabi. A successful leader who has been instrumental in shaping the future of Abu Dhabi Government Procurement and the Procurement Profession itself.

    Mr. Al Saeedi has spearheaded multiple initiatives throughout his career, in particular, he has been instrumental in the development of digital tools, sustainable practices, frameworks and methods of working designed to reduce costs and boost efficiency. His achievements, such as the award of CIPS Platinum Certification in record time and making DCT only the 12th organization in the world to receive the accreditation, have not gone unnoticed.

    In recognition of his work, the Director has been rewarded with over a dozen award nominations. Accolades received in 2019-20 include Mr. Waleed Al Saeedi being named in the Top 10 Supply Chain Executives of the World by Supply Chain digital magazine and received the “Procurement Leader Award 2020” from Future Procurement Leaders. Furthermore, for the 2018 CIPS MENA Procurement awards Mr. Al Saeedi won the Procurement & Supply Chain Professional of the Year Award.

    Given the outstanding work and performance of the DCT procurement function and the Multiple shortlisting’s and awards earnt through this hard work are well merited.

    Today, Mr. Waleed advocates a vision for the future of procurement to become a leading function in developing future strategies of any organization.

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  • Adam Bektic (Director of Procurement & Contracts at Expo 2020 Dubai)

    Adam Bektic

    Director of Procurement & Contracts at Expo 2020 Dubai

    Adam is a chartered procurement and commercial professional with extensive procurement, supply chain and commercial management experience across the private and public sectors in the UK and Middle East.

    Adam has built, led and managed teams across various supply chain sectors and categories and is presently responsible for all procurement assurance, systems, analytics and reporting matters at Expo 2020 Dubai.

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  • Tina Benjamin-Lea (General Manager at Kerry Project Logistics Middle East LLC)

    Tina Benjamin-Lea

    General Manager at Kerry Project Logistics Middle East LLC

    Tina Benjamin-Lea currently holds the position of GM for Kerry Project Logistics Middle East, Abu Dhabi. She has a wealth of experience within project and defense logistics after having worked for more than 35 years in the industry, focusing on Logistics Management, Heavy lift cargo transport & supervision, Chartering and ISPS Management. She joined Kerry Project Logistics from a position as Logistics Director with AMALAA in Saudi Arabia where she spearheaded Logistics as a member of the delivery senior leadership team. Before joining AMALAA, she held various global roles within logistics and operations in companies such as SNC Lavalin, Shell and TransOceanic.

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  • Christopher Bentley (Group Head of Procurement at DAS Holding)

    Christopher Bentley

    Group Head of Procurement at DAS Holding

    Christopher Bentley was appointed a Fellow to the CIPS in 2017, and current works for DAS Holding. He directs DAS’s procurement functions throughout the Group, providing strategic policy, leadership and direction.

    Christopher has an Honors Degree in Quantity Surveying from Bristol University and holds numerous professional accreditations in the field of Strategic Procurement.

    During his 25-year career Christopher has been involved in many facets of acquisition. These include Commercial Management of Fast Track Fit out Projects in London, to Contracts Management of Critical Infrastructure Projects in Dubai & Abu Dhabi. Within DAS Christopher now leads the Centralized Procurement function for one of Abu Dhabi’s leading and influential Holding Companies with over 50 separate Business Units feeding through the function.

    He has developed a clear mission to support DAS Holdings corporate vision and delivered a preferred, dynamic and strategically aligned Procurement Service. Working in close collaboration with DAS Business Units, the service has focused on optimizing the company cost base and the rationalization of the Group’s Supply Chain to provide a sustainable competitive advantage in every aspect of its global business.

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  • Sofiya Poland (Group Procurement Manager at Al Masaood LLC)

    Sofiya Poland

    Group Procurement Manager at Al Masaood LLC

    Sofiya Poland MSc, MCIPS -Group Procurement Manager at Al Masaood LLC one of the top conglomerates of Abu Dhabi, is responsible for managing Procurement and Supply Chain functions for multiple Business units and corporate support of the Group as well as leading a team of Procurement professionals towards Procurement excellence and people development. Sofiya is internationally experienced Procurement and Supply Chain Executive with a proven track record at developing innovative, holistic P&SM strategies and functions which add significant commercial and ethical values.

    Sofiya has over 18 years of experience in Procurement and Supply Chain internationally. Prior to joining Al Masaood, she was working with Etihad Airways as a Procurement and Supply Chain Manager responsible for managing Procurement for the various critical categories for Etihad airlines. Prior to Etihad, Sofiya worked with Proserv Middle East FZE, Strata manufacturing PJSC, B/E Aerospace in mid and senior Procurement and Supply Chain, production/material planning and control roles. Sofiya is proficient in procurement excellency from theory to execution and worked in a most complex procurement transformation projects from process redesign to implementation of critical procurement digital platforms (S2C, P2P, Spend Visibility, Contract Management and SRM)

    Sofiya has a Master’s in International Transport Engineering from Azov State Technical university (Ukraine) and in 2018 she became a Member of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply FCIPS.

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  • Wael Safwat (Middle East Resources & Sustainability Procurement Lead at Accenture Middle East BV)

    Wael Safwat

    Middle East Resources & Sustainability Procurement Lead at Accenture Middle East BV

    Wael Safwat is the Middle East Resources & Sustainability Procurement Lead with Accenture. He is also the Chair of CIPS MENA Fellows.

    Wael led and delivered award winning procurement and shared services transformation programs across the globe. He held various senior roles as a Head of Procurement/CPO in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

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