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The day-long Supply Chain Symposium in Auckland will consider the innovations that are expected to affect the supply chain industry in the next five years

Supply Chain Symposium confirmed

The inaugural Supply Chain Expo has a new name – the Supply Chain Symposium – and details are firming up fast, including keynote speakers and the venue.

Confirmed for Wednesday 28 August 2019 at the ASB headquarters on North Wharf in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, the day-long event will consider the innovations that are expected to affect the supply chain industry in the next five years. 

Organised by The Forklift Association with the support of ASB, Goodman, CILT NZ and FTD magazine, the event will provide business leaders and their peers with a rare opportunity to gain a perspective of the likely future landscape of supply chain.

Event organiser Andrew Stone says: “The symposium will be a day about concepts and strategy, but largely focused on what are soon to be tangible innovations for the supply chain. The audience will be those who consider long-range perspectives and the strategic intent of a business.”

The event will traverse three key innovation themes – sustainability, technology, and people and culture. “Each topic is presented by leading figures in their respective fields, people who are genuinely forging viable paths to the horizon of what we currently consider possible,” Andrew says.

Dr Barbara Nebel – sustainability

Barbara’s passion is to enable organisations to succeed sustainably. As CEO of thinkstep Australasia, she often describes her job as translating sustainability into traditional business language. Together with her team she delivers a full range of sustainability services from strategy and materiality assessments through to detailed lifecycle assessments and ‘cradle to cradle’ projects.

As the convenor for the working group on carbon for Standards New Zealand, she contributed significantly to the development of international standards for carbon footprinting, and in her role as president of the Life Cycle Association New Zealand (LCANZ), Barbara initiated the Australasian EPD Programme (for environmental product declarations). 

Lauren Salisbury – technology

Lauren has recently returned to New Zealand after 20 years in the world’s largest technology markets, commercialising technology across multiple industries where the patterns of emerging technology and business models are converging. She has deep experience as an executive, independent director and advisor in established organisations looking to harness physical industrial and human assets with emerging technologies like the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and mobility. 

With extensive experience across supply chain, from startups to large multinationals, Lauren brings a unique perspective on how technology and data is enabling industry boundaries to shift, therefore offering not only accelerated learnings, but new commercial opportunities for the transport and logistics industry.

Cherie Tirikatene – people and culture

Cherie Tirikatene is the CEO of SEED NZ and the founder of Te Kukupa. She is passionate about Maori and Pacific Island ICT development which was one of the main drivers for the Te Kukupa platform which is to encourage rangatahi into this sector. She is also the director of finance and commercial for Mana Labs which partners with a wide variety of organisations that serve the health, wellbeing, personal development, and employment prospects of community members.

Cherie is a passionate advocate for iwi, hapu and marae-based development and self-determination. She can see the potential in the rangatahi she engages with and actively encourages their participation in ICT as a vehicle to deliver on their future desires.

Deep coverage

Event participants will be invited before the day to contribute their questions and thoughts to ensure the speakers address them during the day. The format is designed to provide deep coverage of the subject matter while engaging with participants. Invitations to industry leaders will be made in late May, and limited public tickets may be made available in mid-June.

To register your interest for tickets, visit www.tfa.org.nz/symposium or contact Andrew Stone: andrew@tfa.org.nz

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