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Navigating disruption and building an agile and resilient future fit supply chain

26 – 28 May 2021 | The Langham Sydney

2020 was an unprecedented time of disruption for supply chains globally. The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in an era where supply chains must turn their focus to increasing agility and resilience in order to effectively navigate and respond to current disruption and uncertainty.

The COVID-19 Pandemic demonstrated how supply chains aren’t immune to external disruptions and catastrophic events, and how achieving and maintaining balance and efficiency is critical during times that drive such change and fluctuations with the likes of global freight, customer behaviours, supply and demand and more.

The pandemic has only reinforced and exacerbated the need for supply chains to gain efficiencies, embrace innovation, navigate disruption, integrate technology, commit to sustainability, focus on the customer and build a savvy-workforce so they can adapt, respond and build a future fit supply chain that is equipped and prepared to deal with such events.

Akolade’s 5th Annual Supply Chain Innovation Summit will explore these themes in depth as it brings together over 40 Supply Chain Leaders who will share their thought leadership on the ways they’re building an agile and resilient future fit supply chain – we look forward to seeing you there!

The Supply Chain Innovation Summit will explore:

Navigating disruption to build resilience against external disruptions and catastrophic events

Building, developing and sourcing the supply chain workforce of the future

Finding alternate sustainable sources and ensuring transparency and visibility of sustainability efforts 

Incubating innovation to transform and prepare supply chains for the future

Embracing technology to enable sophisticated, digital and data-driven supply chain operations

Enhancing the customer experience across the supply chain to build loyalty and differentiation

Hear from 40+ Supply Chain leaders

Jared Athavle

Regional Operations Manager

Red Bull

Marie Varasso

Head of Supply Chain Operations


Paul Eastwood

Chief Executive Officer

Pollen Consulting Group

Michael Knight

General Manager, Culture & People, Primary Connect, Group Support Services

Metro/FoodCo, Woolworths

Aditi Bhagwat

International Supply Chain Manager


Mark Brady

Global Supply Chain Director

McPherson’s Consumer Products

María Clara Esguerra

Supply Chain Director Oceania

Nestle Australia

Dean Newman

General Manager Connect Smart & Program Governance


Sari Maarit Mackay

Supply Chain Director


Tamer Hegazi

National Operations & Supply Chain Manager


Chethan Jain

Logistics Operations Manager

Marley Spoon 

Colm Donnelly

General Manager


Jan van der Merwe

Director, Supply Chain


Vinayak Deshpande

General Manager – Supply Chain Management

Enrich Energy

Barry Savage

Head of Procurement and Supply Planning

The Sorbent Paper Company

Evgeny Krapovnitskiy

Former Head of Supply Chain


Robert Quirk

Director - Supply Chain, Industrial Occupier Services

Melbourne, Savills Australia

David Paynter

Researcher, Centre for Transformative Innovation Supply Chain

Swinburne University

Michael Smith

Associate Director, Agribusiness, Logistics and Economics

Deakin University

Michelle Thomas

Acting Chief Executive Officer


Hayley Jarick

Chief Executive Officer

Supply Chain Sustainability School

David Hodge

Managing Director

Plastic Forests

Craig Dunlop

Head of Distribution and Logistics


Greg O’Loan

Regional Vice President ANZ


Jeremy Goodman

Director of Supply Chain

Carnival Australia

Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope

Head of Business and Human Rights

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Kyle Rogers

Independent Director


Ingo Weidmann

Supply Chain Architect | Coach, Facilitator & Advisor

Alex Linton

Director, Supply Chain and Retail

Pollen Consulting Group

Oliver North

Director Technology

Pollen Consulting Group

Trent Barrett

MD ANZ Supply Chain Leader

Johnson & Johnson Medical

Dr. Segaran Narayanan

Vice President Pacific Supply Chain and Customer Experience

Schneider Electric

Meg Jones

Strategy and Partnerships

Fairtrade ANZ

Rosita van Vuuren

Head of Merchandise Operations


Ron Hurley

Supply Chain Director

Pernod Ricard

Aidan Brecknell

Head of SAP Digital Supply Chain, ANZ


Laura Hefer

Leadership and Team Coach

Value Addicts

Yelitza Guerra

General Manager Distribution, Logistics ANZ and SEA Operations

Device Technologies


Gallery - Past Summits

Who should attend:

Heads/ Directors/ Managers of:

From what Industries?

  • Supply Chain
  • Operations 
  • Inventory
  • Warehouse 
  • Distribution 
  • Logistics 
  • Fulfillment
  • Retail 
  • Food and Beverage
  • FMCG 
  • Healthcare and Pharma
  • Manufacturing 
  • Automotive
  • Utility
  • Resources
  • Transport


Early bird discount

Book now and save $500

Team discount 

Register 3-4 delegates and receive an additional 15% DISCOUNT off the standard price
Register 5-7 delegates and receive an additional 20% DISCOUNT off the standard price

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Email: spex@akolade.co
Phone: +612 9247 6000

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The Langham Sydney, Australia

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