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    Co-Founder and Partner, Ecohub Global


    General Manager, Supply Chain & Procurement, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, ConocoPhillips
    General Manager, Supply Chain & Procurement, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, ConocoPhillips

    John Lim is General Manager, Supply Chain, Asia Pacific, Middle East for ConocoPhillips.

    John joined ConocoPhillips in 2009, after serving in senior regional positions for Chevron since 2006. Prior to joining Chevron, John held managerial positions in the Strategy Development and Chairman’s Office of Keppel Corporation, a global conglomerate in Singapore. He was subsequently appointed as General Manager of a subsidiary in 2003.

    John is currently a senior combat officer in the reserve of the Singapore Navy where he had an extensive career managing capital projects and naval operations, which he joined after he was awarded a military scholarship to study in the United Kingdom.

    He is also active in contributing to the non-profit sector in Singapore. He is founding member and former chair of the board of New Life Community Services focusing on assisting disadvantaged Children and Youth. He is also current board member of Lakeside Family Services.

    John graduated with a bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from University of Manchester.

    Global Procurement Director, Diageo
    Global Procurement Director, Diageo

    Tiow is currently the global procurement director for Diageo, based out of Singapore and leads end-to-end procurement (supply/direct materials, marketing/commercial and indirects/overheads categories) for the teams across Asia Pacific. He sits on Diageo’s global procurement leadership team.

    Tiow also leads the best cost country sourcing agenda (BCCS) for Diageo globally and was instrumental in the implementation of the solution for the organisation.

    He built his career in Diageo through a succession of procurement roles, heading up procurement teams across SEA markets and was also the pioneering member of marketing procurement for the region. Tiow also drove the capability development of the procurement community during the early years, designing curriculum that catered to the needs of the business and worked in partnership with the country heads to embed these programmes.

    Prior to Diageo, Tiow led the regional packaging and ingredients category for Philip Morris across Asia Pac manufacturing affiliates. Tiow is a trained engineer with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical power engineering and a certified ISO 9001:2000 lead auditor.

    Principal Consultant, EZ Solutions
    Principal Consultant, EZ Solutions

    Chee Kin currently consults and advises companies on supply-chain and procurement development. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in planning and managing business operations across a number of industries and functions. His last engagement in the Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) group saw him in leading positions, firstly to establish the Regional Procurement network in Asia Pacific, followed by his last role as VP, Global Head of Procurement Organisation, Standards & Tools.

    In his regional role, Chee Kin established the operational plans for implementing the newly created Corporate Procurement function in Asia Pacific. He went on to implement the plans by recruiting and organising resources to fill the key positions in the countries and regional office, and introduced new Procurement processes and standards to support the rapidly growing business in Asia Pacific.

    From a regional role, Chee Kin went on to take up a global position to develop, implement and manage the standardised toolsets of DPDHL Procurement. This covered the policies, processes, organisation standards and IT platforms of ePurchasing, eSourcing, Business Intelligence, Spend Analytics and supplier management. His other responsibilities included the initiation and management of strategic programs such as the Group-wide initiative of “Purchasing Compliance”, the transformation of Operational Buying into service centres, and the coordinated approach of skills development for Procurement professionals.

    Prior to DPDHL, Chee Kin spent almost 10 years in consulting to local companies on management topics, mostly on operations management and strategic business planning.

    Head of Procurement, Health Promotion Board
    Head of Procurement, Health Promotion Board

    Sebastian Chua has accumulated 20 over years of procurement experience within the Indirect Procurement & Project Sourcing domains and held several regional and country positions in Asia Pacific.

    Sebastian started his procurement career with Hewlett Packard/Agilent Technologies as their Country Manager for India, Singapore, Thailand & Philippines before he took on the portfolio as the Regional Procurement Manager. Sebastian then moved on to join Microsoft & Alcatel Lucent as Head of Procurement to transform their procurement organisation in Asia Pacific region.

    At Microsoft, he was recognised for providing leadership in the category sourcing strategies & operational excellence in Asia that contributed to organisational indirect spend reduction, process efficiencies and supply base rationalisation as well as launching a pioneer transformation initiative for outsourcing the operational finance & tactical procurement functions around Accounts Payable, Records, Payroll and Procurement transactional services.

    At Alcatel-Lucent as their Senior Procurement Director for Asia region, Sebastian was recognised for providing innovative business solutions and achieving break-through strategies across a series of procurement transformation initiatives in the areas of People & Organisation, Business Alignment & Supplier Partnership, Program & Process Excellence and Controls & Compliance.

    In Sep 2013, Sebastian Chua took on a new challenge to accept the opportunity to transform the public procurement practices at Health Promotion Board (HPB), a statutory board under the Ministry of Health. He reports to CEO, HPB in his current role as Head of Procurement. His Procurement Paper "Transformative THINKING. Transformative DOING" was published at The Journal of Public Procurement (USA), APAC CIO Outlook and Supply Chain Asia. In recognition of his procurement leadership, Sebastian was nominated for numerous awards at the World Procurement Congress (UK), ProcureCon EPIC Awards (USA), CPO Award by The Faculty (Australia), Procurement Leaders APAC Forum, etc. In 2017, Sebastian was conferred the Supply Chain Professional of the Year by The Supply Chain Asia as well as the Asia Supply Management Awards by the CIPS.

    Sebastian is an industry speaker for the MBAs at the NUS Business School, The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific, Nanyang Business School and Singapore Management University. He was also invited to speak at many procurement forums in the region like ProcureCon Asia, Procurement Leaders APAC Forum, Annual Shared Services Outsourcing Asia, PASIAWorld Annual Procurement Conference (Philippines), Annual Bio/Pharma Cold Chain Summit (China), International Public Procurement Conference (Indonesia), Annual Aged Care Procurement Conference (Australia), Annual GovProcure (Australia & New Zealand), Annual HealthProcure (Australia), Australian Government Procurement Week, Biologistics

    Financial Executive, Hitachi Asia
    Financial Executive, Hitachi Asia
    Founder & CEO, JEDTrade
    Founder & CEO, JEDTrade

    Daphne notably spent close to 10 years in the corporate banking sector, starting from SME lending in the early years and then for most part of her banking career specialising in supply chain finance, receivables finance and trade credit insurance for large corporates and global MNCs. Trade finance is a subject matter close to her heart as she believes more companies can benefit from innovative solutions leveraged on important supply chain relationships.

    Currently, she is the Founder & CEO of JEDTrade - a digital trade finance solution; and Managing Director of Good Tree Partners - a training and management advisory firm. Daphne is a regular speaker at various trade and industry events, and a trade finance module partner and trainer for institutions and corporates. Daphne graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor in Business Administration and has a professional accreditation in Structured Trade & Commodity Finance.

    Supply Chain Director, Mundipharma
    Supply Chain Director, Mundipharma

    Philippe Ruffier has 20 more year experience in Supply Chain in Asia. He worked for Accenture for 3 years, Michelin for 8 years as the head of SC Asia for passenger cars, in Johnson and Johnson  for 7 years in various local and regional Director positions, and for Mundipharma since February 2015 where he is responsible for the end-to-end Supply Chain for Consumers business in Asia, Middle-East and Latin America, with exposure to the pharmaceutical planning and Operations  for the 3 regions. He lived and worked in various countries in Asia,  including Singapore, Vietnam, China, Japan, Australia and Thailand, and gained country management exposure in Vietnam.  His strengths are mainly in direct procurement, local and integrated regional planning optimisation.

    Philippe hold a MBA from Manchester business School and various professional accreditations in Supply Chain.

    Head of Procurement, Asia Pacific, Dimension Data
    Head of Procurement, Asia Pacific, Dimension Data

    Michael Koh is the Head of Procurement, Asia Pacific, at Dimension Data. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cyber-security. Prior to his role, Michael served as the Head of Procurement, Asia Pacific at T-Systems, Germany's ICT services and consultancy firm, A Deutsche Telekom Group Company and Schneider Electric ITB, France’s global specialist in energy management, automation and critical power and cooling for data centres. Michael started his procurement career with Hewlett Packard, held quality management and supply chain roles with Motorola and Dell. 

    In 2017, he joins Supply Chain Asia, The Procurement Council, a not-for-profit professional body, to create awareness and attract people to the professional. He is a certified Green Belt and was awarded Supply Chain Asia Technology Award in 2015. The award distinguished individuals who excel and show high interest in driving the professional forward. 

    Michael holds a Master degree in Materials Engineering from Nanyang Technological University. He has articles published in The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Supply Chain Asia, APAC CIO Outlook, and is a vivid speaker at conferences on procurement. With his working experiences, he is well-versed in procurement transformation.