Australian Forum - Accelerating procurement's transformation & resilience

Beyond current crises: Accelerating procurement’s transformation and resilience

The procurement world is changing, and it’s more important than ever to stay ahead of the latest developments to keep your competitive edge.

As you’ve come to expect from Procurement Leaders, the world’s premier network for senior procurement professionals, we’ll bring our unique global perspectives to youbuilding on the insight we garner from our global community and our premier portfolio of events across all continents. 

We’re launching our brand new Australian Forum in Sydney this year, leveraging our extensive network of CPOs and senior leaders around the world to bring you a day full of bespoke insights that will take your function’s strategic innovation goals to the next level.

With an agenda built for CPOs, SVPs, and VPs, this event is the perfect way to network, share knowledge and gain inspiration from the change-makers who are  revolutionising how the function utilizes new technology and digital strategies to drive value for the business. Get ready to accelerate your function’s transformation.

Why should you attend?

Interactive content tailored to you

Challenge yourself to think outside the box with a series of case studies, success stories, round tables and design thinking workshops that will encourage interactive knowledge sharing and innovative ideas around digital strategy and innovation. 

Gain a wider perspective

Benefit from a wider perspective on the macro business trends affecting procurement in a TEDx style session featuring a speaker of world-wide renown from outside the procurement industry.

Make long-lasting connections

We understand how important it is to connect with your industry peers and have included opportunities throughout the day to encourage you to get to know your fellow delegates and share ideas in a more informal environment.

Industry-leading research insights

The event is underpinned by Procurement Leaders’ world-class research insights on the biggest issues affecting procurement including future trends, C-suite alignment, digitalisation and innovation within processes, talent, technology and sustainability.

Our hand-picked line-up of procurement innovators and change-makers 

Gain the exclusive opportunity to hear from high-profile renowned figures at Australian Forum 2020

The Hon Julie Bishop

Former Foreign Minister of Australia

Reflections on troubled times: Leading in an age of uncertainty 

We are at inflection point, and current crises are predicted to have a long lasting effect on global economies with higher costs than any previous epidemics. Join the Hon Julie Bishop and hear first hand how to lead in turbulent times, and emerge from the current crisis stronger. 

The Hon Julie Bishop served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until her resignation in 2018. She was the first female to hold the role as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, serving for 11 years.

As Foreign Minister, Ms Bishop was responsible for strengthening Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships with Ministerial responsibility for more than 5,000 departmental staff, 110 overseas missions as well as government agencies Australian Secret Intelligence Service and Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research. In 2014, she led the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, and was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Under her leadership, the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper was developed, providing a comprehensive policy framework for the next decade; and the New Colombo Plan was established, enabling Australian undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region. Within five years more than 40,000 students have participated in the Plan. In a political career spanning over 20 years, Julie also served as Minister for Education, Science and Training, Minister for Women’s Issues and Minister for Ageing. Prior to entering politics, Ms Bishop was Managing Partner of the law firm Clayton Utz in Perth.

Julie is the Chancellor of Australian National University, chair of Telethon Kid’s Institute, board member of The Prince’s Trust Australia, director of The Palladium Group, member of the international advisory boards of Afiniti, Greensill Capital and the Human Vaccines Project. She has also established a boutique advisory firm, Julie Bishop and Partners.

An agenda built to help you deliver


With peers who have a similar strategic focus to learn from each other’s successes and side-step potential pitfalls


Your strategic plans to measure progress and find ways to improve to your action plan for advancement


For common short-term challenges so you have time and resource to progress on your mid to long term strategic roadmap

Be part of a truly global network

Becoming a member of Procurement Leaders means becoming a member of a truly global network of procurement professionals spanning almost every major region in the world, as you can see in the map opposite.

Every year we host member exchange events in different locations, most recently in Basel and Philadelphia. Our larger congresses, taking place throughout the year in London, Miami and Singapore, attract hundreds of senior procurement leaders who attend to network, learn and advance their functions.

Find out more about becoming a member. 

World Procurement Congress

13-14 May 2020, London

The undisputed leading gathering of 700+ procurement leaders in the field, featuring cutting-edge content and real life case studies from inspiring speakers including an impressive line-up of global CPOs. This year’s theme is Delivering on C-suite priorities.

Americas Procurement Congress

10-11 September 2020, Miami

Americas Procurement Congress 2020 brings together over 300 of the region’s leading procurement minds, to determine how procurement can take its next big step – becoming a driving force of business performance.

Asia Pacific Procurement Congress

November 2020, Singapore

A two-day Congress, gathering Asia Pacific procurement executives to discover and discuss the processes, tools and behaviours needed for procurement to deliver value that contributes to top-line business growth.