Strategic Choices & Practical Issues in Global Procurement | WA | 1 CPD

  • 18 Feb 2021
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (UTC+08:00)
  • Basement @ Flux 191 St George’s Tce, Perth
  • 27

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Strategic Choices & Practical Issues in Global Procurement 

A turbulent world at the end of 2019, along with COVID-19 in 2020, has had a marked impact on global supply chains. This has left a trail of new issues, risks and choices for organisations, procurement & supply chain managers and teams that manage exposures to international markets.

Looking ahead, it is clear that increased uncertainty is here to stay in 2021.

This session will unpack:

* key changes in global trade patterns and realignment in supply chains

* the new risk landscape and challenges

* strategic choices; and practical matters to get right

* the new markets that matter as emerging supply clusters globally 

* the approaches and methodologies that are adopted by organisations that succeed with complex global procurement during times of uncertainty.

Keynote Presenters

Kobus van der Wath

Founder & CEO, Axis Group International

Kobus is the Founder and CEO of Axis Group International. He has been working in Asia for over 25 years and is currently based in Dubai and Shanghai. Axis Group solves complex global value chains – by driving ‘cost-down’ in inbound supply chains, enhancing international revenue growth in outbound supply chains and managing cross-border complexities. At the core of Axis Group’s solutions are deep capabilities, experience and track record in global sourcing and procurement; international logistics and supply chain management; and route-to-market management and distribution. In 2019 Axis Group was acquired and became part of Imperial. 

Before founding Axis Group and The Beijing Axis, he was Head of Investment Strategy and Global Market Research for Asia Pacific for Standard Chartered Bank Plc. Prior to that, he was a Senior Strategy Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Asia. In his early career, he was an Emerging Market Investment Strategist in London; a Treasury Economist with Standard Merchant Bank in Johannesburg; and an Economist with the South African Reserve Bank in Pretoria. 

He holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a Master of Business (I.T.) from Curtin University in Australia and BCom Honours degrees in Finance/Investments and Economics, respectively from UJ and Unisa in South Africa. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, teaching ‘Doing Business in China and Asia’. He is also a Fellow at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute for Business Science, in the Centre for African Management and Markets. 

He is well published and has received numerous invitations to present as a keynote speaker in over 25 countries. He is regarded as a thought leader on the topic of China cross-border business and Global Procurement. 

Rachel Wu

MD, Asia, Axis Group International 


Rachel is the MD, Asia of Axis Group. She is responsible for global business development, all client solutions and overall P&L. She has an international team of procurement professionals across Asia, Middle East and Africa that supports her in driving the business forward. This team spans analytical, commercial, technical and logistics experts that form part of a high performance team solving Axis Group Global Procurement & Supply client engagements. 

Her expertise is in global procurement/supply chain, procurement commercial/transaction management, international business, complex negotiations, risk and strategic development. She has advised numerous international clients with their cross-border activities over the past 15+ years. 

Rachel is from Beijing and has lived and worked in Australia, Singapore, the rest of Asia and Africa. She has travelled extensively over the past years and is currently based in Beijing and Shanghai. Before joining Axis Group she worked in senior roles in management consulting, supply chain and logistics. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business on international strategy – and has done public speaking in several countries. 

Rachel holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia and a BA degree in International Business and Trade from the Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing. She is fluent in Mandarin and English. 

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