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Global women leaders event will showcase Africa’s supply chain achievements

Global women leaders event will showcase Africa’s supply chain achievements

Southern Africa’s Professional Body for Supply Chain Management – SAPICS – is proud to be participating in the upcoming Global Women Supply Chain Leaders (GWSCL) 2020 event as an Association Partner.

GWSCL is the first global event to turn the spotlight on the dedicated and successful women working in supply chains across diverse sectors around the world. The three-day event starts on 22 September and includes compelling, inspiring, and educational presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities. It will culminate in the virtual awards ceremony on 24 September at which global women supply chain leaders will be recognised for their achievements. The award categories include 2020 Global Supply Chain Leader, Supply Chain Innovation Excellence, Supply Chain Transformation Excellence, Supply Chain Academic Excellence, Supply Chain Sustainability Leader, Supply Chain Social Media Influencer and the Choice of the Public Award.

“We are delighted to see Africa represented at this event,” comments SAPICS president Keabetswe Mpane. “Thank you to the organisers, B2G Consulting, for recognising the importance of the work being done in the vital field of supply chain management as well as the need to drive diversity and gender parity in the profession. We have come a long way on this front, but there is still much to be done to ensure that women supply chain professionals get the same recognition as their male counterparts and as many seats at the boardroom table,” Mpane asserts.

Outlining the aim of the event, Frederic Gomer, partner at Singapore-based B2G Consulting says: “With an inspirational voice, we aspire to close the diversity gap and end gender inequality in the supply chain industry. Change can only be achieved with the whole supply chain community banding together to support and encourage one another.”

“We are honoured that B2G has included SAPICS in this important event. We have had the opportunity to recommend the inclusion in the line-up of a number of successful and inspiring women who are part of the SAPICS supply chain community and are making their mark in African supply chains,” Mpane reveals. “Nigeria-based Azuka Okeke is the regional director of Africa Resource Centre (ARC), which works with ministries of health to address the critical areas for building more efficient and effective health supply chain systems. Ramatu Abdulkadir is executive secretary/CEO for Kaduna State Health Supplies Management Agency in Nigeria. She and her team are working to transform the country’s public health supply chain with visibility, change leadership, and technology. Glenda Maitin is the programme director for the ASCM’s (Association for Supply Chain Management’s) Public Health Supply Chain Initiative.”

SAPICS’s business development and stakeholder engagement manager, Tonya Lamb, will also be addressing delegates at the GWSCL event. “Tonya will share SAPICS’ journey to professionalise the supply chain management profession. The need for professionally-designated, ethical, accountable and suitably qualified supply chain professionals has never been greater than it is now, particularly with the increasing pressure on supply chains amid the global Covid-19 pandemic,” Mpane concludes.

To register for this event, go to: https://www.gwscl.com/

Registration is free until close of business on Thursday, 3 September.