The agenda for the 16th Asia-Pacific CPO Forum will be released soon. In the meantime, we invite you to  glimpse at our 2023 agenda as a sneak peek of what's to come:

Day 1: 

8.30am Arrival Tea & Coffee and Registrations

Welcome, Acknowledgment of Country, Rules of Play

9.00am to 5.00pm

Morning Session

Are you Ready to Ride the Wave: Official Open, Tania Seary, Founder, The Faculty, Procurious and The Source

Riding the wave of Change, The Hon Mr John Howard OM AC

The Howard Government engineered a uniquely, prosperous economy – now hear from its leader on riding the turbulent waves of inflation, a new monarch, a change of government, a possible recession, access to human capital.

The Economy: Now its Crunch Time, Bill Evans, Economist and Head of Research, Westpac

How do you ride the wave of economic prosperity when inflation and a potential recession are rolling up fast? Learn from one of the country’s greatest economists, Bill Evans, and follow the trajectory we’re on and leverage the opportunities, dodge the risks and protect your team against future uncertainties.  

Workforce Resilience, KellyOCG

Fluidity, Capability and Equity. Why are these 3 pillars crucial in building a resilient workforce? Hear from KellyOCG and they share their Global findings, and share steps to insure the agility you need  to navigate and ride the wave.

Afternoon Session

Role player. Legacy Shaper: Creating and Leading High Performing Teams, Tom Harley, CEO, Sydney Swans

Tom Harley’s leadership skills have been consistently praised and credited with helping transform team culture and setting standards for on and off-field behaviour. Tom will give you the top tips on just how you can not only lead high performance teams, but also create them.

Riding the wave of your Career, Dean Ireland, Partner, Maritana

What kind of leader does Procurement want – and what kind of leadership skills do you need? Maritana Partner Dean Ireland has recruited and placed innumerable senior leaders for boards, CEOs and the C-Suite. Hear from a national authority precisely what it takes, and where you should focus your energy.

Career Panel: The Road from CPO and Beyond, Coretta Bessi, Former Chief Operations Officer and Chief Procurement Officer and Lisa Williams, Executive Director, Corporate Services, V/Line Day

Reaching the highest point in Procurement isn’t your endgame – it’s just the beginning. This is your formal invitation to take the next big step and hear from those who have been on the road you are on.

5.15pm Key Insights, Wrap up and Close

5.30pm Networking Cocktail Event

7.00pm Gala Awards Dinner

 Day 2 

9.00am Arrival Tea & Coffee and Registrations

9.30am to 5.00pm

Morning Session

Lead the Culture, Shane Hatton, Author, Trainer, Coach

Great culture is an organisation’s unseen competitive advantage. Your organisation is a collision of cultures. The office is where the worlds of personal and organisational culture collide. It’s the tension that exists between how “I do things” and how “We do things”. Many of these issues are the product of a culture left to its default. Shane Hatton will equip you with tools and resources to create and shape a world class culture by design.

The Future of Technology in Procurement, Mark Reddy, Head of Growth, Portt and Margaret Pyrchla, Executive Manager Energy Transition & Sustainability (Acting), Western Power

The word “future” is a term with endless potential. Streamline the necessary, unlock the opportunity and realise the outcomes with Mark Reddy from Portt and Margaret Pyrchla from Western Power, and find out just what you need to do to enable and boost the strategic potential of your procurement team.

Riding the wave with your peers: Your network is your most important asset – It’s your peers whose experience and outcomes are truly invaluable. Now its your chance to hear from your fellow leaders.

  • Sustainability, Ezra Clough, Chief Procurement Officer, Cleanaway
  • Transformation, Rob Halsall, Executive Director, Procurement, Transport for New South Wales
  • Surviving as a CPO, Henri Fadli, Executive Director, Head of Client Sourcing Asia Pacific, JLL

Afternoon Session

Leading Yourself, Suzanne Storrie, Non-Executive Director, Executive Coach & Mentor, Entrepreneur Farmer

Successful leaders think about their careers (and lives) as a marathon, not a sprint. That’s not to say they don’t know how to accelerate when required, and to adjust and adapt when life throws unexpected challenges or timing at them. But just how do you employ deliberate strategies to maintain momentum and balance. Suzanne Storrie, a respected leader across many high profile and complex industries will be your coach for this marathon and show you how you can enable sustainable & positive changes through leading yourself.

Life Beyond Fear, Mark Mathews, Champion Big Wave, Surfer, International Keynote Speaker

Over the last few years, we have had to ride wave after wave of challenges that may seem overwhelming at first glance. And like most industries, the ocean is a constantly changing and chaotic environment. What does it take to capitalise on the next big opportunity? Learn how you can live a life beyond fear with Champion Big Wave Surfer Mark Mathews as he shares his insights on how to Ride the Wave with courage and resilience - and even how to catch new waves of opportunity.

4.00pm Surfing to the shores of success, Tania Seary, Founder, The Faculty, Procurious and The Source

Key insights, wrap up and close

4.15pm Join us for refreshments