Procurement: Procurement as an Enabler of Sustainability


Kenny Onasanya (Host)

A dynamic, degree-qualified, and professionally certified procurement and supply chain management expert and Pharmacist with diversified experience in international public procurement and supply chain management in developing countries managing donor-funded projects (USAID, CDC, and Global Fund). A global supply chain strategic leader with experience managing multi-million dollars operations in a resource-limited context. A certified member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK), Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP, Canada) and Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS UK).

Nick Gothard (Keynote Speaker) - Senior Leader - Defence and Aerospace Sector

Nick Gothard is an experienced leader with 20 years’ experience working Defence and Aerospace sector. This has included leadership roles in procurement, contracting, supply chain, business operations, strategy and transformation.

Nick has a passion for driving sustainable outcomes through business operations, and during his career in procurement, he has been instrumental in introducing a range of social procurement initiatives focused on increasing the participation of Small-to-Medium Enterprises and Indigenous businesses in supply chains.

In his current role, Nick supports the execution of a large and diverse aerospace services business in the Asia-Pacific region.

He holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Management) degrees from the University of Queensland.

Chris Newman

Chris founded ArcBlue in 2013 alongside Co-Managing Director Dan Fielding. ArcBlue is now one of the region’s leading Procurement and Supply Chain consultancies with offices and over 150 team members across Asia-Pacific. In 2021, ArcBlue was acquired by global consulting leader Bain and Company to lead growth in procurement and supply chain programs across the region. One of ArcBlue’s key areas of expertise and experience is social and sustainable procurement, where Chris has been a leader over the last decade. Chris is dedicated to the idea that we can drive positive change through our strategic commitment to procurement and supply chain. 

Amy Crisafulli 

Amy is a seasoned professional with 17 years of experience in procurement and supply chains. She has a strong interest in social and sustainable procurement and is passionate about fostering collaboration with Suppliers to drive change and long-term success. Amy leverages her extensive expertise to support clients implement innovative and responsible procurement practices.

Peter Morichovitis 

Peter Morichovitis is a Procurement and Supply Chain leader with extensive experience in public and private sectors, including government, utilities, resources, manufacturing and construction.   Peter currently consults in this space and is the Principal Consultant for Peak Services.  Before joining Peak Services in 2020, Peter was at the City of Gold Coast for ten years, holding the roles of Chief Procurement Officer and Chief Information Officer.   Before that, Peter held various Procurement and Supply leadership roles at BHP. Peter is a Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Peter possesses a Master’s degree in Marketing as well as undergraduate qualifications in Commerce and Journalism.  He is also an accredited Black Belt in Six Sigma methodology.  Peter’s procurement expertise has been externally acknowledged on several occasions.  He was crowned Australasian Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year by CIPS and led the City of Gold Coast to win Best Global Procurement Transformation at the Procurement Leaders Global Awards. 

Gajinder Bagga 

Director | Senior Procurement Professional at Simply Procurement

  • Director, Consultant, Senior Procurement professional with almost a decade of board level experience with particular experience in IT, Healthcare, Bank, Energy, FM, FMCG, Rail (Rolling Stock and Maintenance), Local and Federal Government, Hire and Financial industries.
  • Delivers sustainable results in businesses by shaping procurement practices, improving procurement processes and financial systems together with implementation of Lean methodology.
  • An expert in Strategic negotiations with a proven track record of forging strong collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders and external parties delivering exceptional results.
  • Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (FCIPS) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM). Has multiple Publications in Journals & Magazines including Harvard Business Review and  was an award finalist as CIPS Australia Professional.
  • Using his strong academic background, has been able to shape procurement practices, and continues to work alongside influential thought leaders in the area of procurement and supply chain for innovative solutions to deliver the desired level of business transformation.

Pieter Nagel 

Pieter is a highly qualified Supply Chain Management professional offering more than 30 years of commercial, industrial, and academic experience within diverse industries, governments, and education sectors. He has extensive international experience, particularly in Asia, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. Dr Nagel has taught extensively on a tertiary level and senior executive programs worldwide. He has expertise in technology-related supply chain management transitions, aligning corporate strategy with the associated enabling aspects of the supply chain. His focus is on Supply Chain Ecosystems as these underly business practices and contemporary business models within the global business environment.

Justin Butcher

Masters educated executive with over 18 years of experience leading and developing procurement, supply and logistics in Australia’s largest mining and manufacturing companies. My current role is head of the Procurement and Supply division for Australia’s second-largest mining contractor. In terms of scope, the largest roles I've looked after have included responsibility for teams of up to 90 reports (direct, indirect), $800M+ supplier spend, $130M+ in inventory, 250,000+ stock keeping units, 2,000+ supplier base, 2x distribution centres and 6,500 freight movements per annum.

The ASCI Supply Chain Sustainability Series 2024 is proudly hosted by The Australasian Supply Chain Institute.

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