Program of the IFPSM World Summit

The IFPSM World Summit is a cutting-edge procurement event organized annually by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management.



7:30 Depart Helsinki
9:30-15:00 Subcontracting program in Tampere (including lunch)
10:00–13:00 IFPSM Board Meeting (Board Members Only)
15:00 Depart Tampere
17:00 Back to Hotels
18:00-19:15 Visit Helsinki - Sightseeing tour
19:15 Transfer to restaurant Saaristo
20:00-23:00 Welcome Dinner
23:00-23:30 Back to Hotels


 Thursday 27.9.2018 Finlandia Hall, Helsinki Finland

Theme:  Impact of Megatrends

Opening of the World Summit
He Liming, President, The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management & Markku Henttinen, CEO, Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics LOGY
9:15 Latest Development in Global Economy
Speaker to be confirmed

Impact of Megatrends on Procurement in the 2020s,
Geraint John, Research Vice President, Gartner
10:15 Refreshment break
10:45 Panel Discussion: Discover the New Role of Procurement


Globalization & new routes within European market
Håkan Fagerström, Group Head of Cargo, Tallink Grupp
12:15 Lunch

Theme:  Technology Utilization  Theme:  Sustainable Future 

Impact of distruptive trends on technology for procurementMarcell Vollmer, Chief Digital Officer, SAP Ariba How Global Megatrends effect to Supply Chain Sustainability
Johanna Pirinen
, VP Sourcing and Logistics Sustainability, Stora Enso

Managing cybersecurity of the supply chain
Jan Mickos, Head of Cyber Security, CGI
Driving Sustainable top line and bottom line value
Josip T. Tomasevic
, Vice President & CPO, Global Purchasing and Materials Management, AGCO

Reinventing procurement with state of art digital technology (AI)Moray Reid, Global Offerings Leader, Procurement Practice, IBM Services Ram Kuppuswamy, Global Chief Sourcing Officer, Airtel – biggest telecom company in India


Modern Supply Chain Research and Applications,
Yu Yugang, Professor of Logistics and Operations Management and Dean of School of Management at the University of Science and Technology of China, PR China (USTC).
16:00 Case: Haier & IoT Platform Practice
Fred Li
, Global CIO, Haier Group - global leading provider of white goods
Overview of the first day
Malcolm Youngson
, CEO, The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management

Gala Dinner at Crown Plaza Hotel



Friday 28.9.2018 Finlandia Hall & M/S Silja Europa

8:30 Welcome and review of the first day

Towards Next Generation Procurement,
Frank Rozemeijer, NEVI Professor Purchasing and Supply Chain Management at Maastricht University

Theme: Human Factor Theme:  Public Procurement 

Industry 4.0 & its impact on competences in Procurement 2022
Michael Henke, Head of Chair, Chair of Enterprise Logistics TU Dortmund University and Director of Enterprise Logistics Fraunhofer IML

Digitalization of Public Procurement – Best Practices
Tero Meltti
, Head of Unit, Ministry of Finance, Finland


What should be P&SM tomorrow? Which competences to succeed?
Bernard Gracia, EIPM, Dean & Director
Strategic Procurement - SMEs in Public Procurement and Value-for-Money
Christopher Bovis, 
Professor of International Business Law University of Hull

The Procurement Value Proposition to Business
Gerard Chick, Thinker and Innovator, FCIPS
Procurement, the Catalyst for Innovative Solutions
Ingrid De Doncker, 
CEO iDDea and Co-Founder of PTI

11:00 Refreshment break
11:20  Introduction of the new IFPSM Journal for Procurement Professionals
Wang Bo
, President of China Fortune Press
11:35 The Future of Procurement Profession
Horst Wiedmann, Senior Vice President, Strategic Materials Management & Central Services, ZF Friedrichshafen AG; President, Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME)
12:05 World Summit close
12:30 Lunch


IFPSM Council Meeting
(IFPSM Members Only)
16:30–17:30 Bus Transfer from Finlandia Hall to Harbour

Cruise to Tallinn, Estonia
Welcome drinks
Theater Europa, Deck 6

20:00 Dinner Buffet

Saturday 29.9.2018 M/S Silja Europa

9:00–12:00 City Sightseeing in Tallinn, Estonia
12:00 Buffet lunch on Cruise Ship
12:30 Cruise to Helsinki
16:00 Arrive Helsinki