19 JANUARY 2018

Call for Speakers 2018

Speaker Guidelines
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Terms & Conditions

For 39 years SAPICS has been providing an exceptional platform for supply chain professionals in Southern Africa to exchange knowledge and practical experiences. SAPICS invites you to participate in the 40th Annual Conference, an event which has become the leading event in Africa.

The ideal SAPICS 2018 speaker:

  • is comfortable to speak in front of large groups, ranging from 200 to 1,000 people
  • is interested in sharing expertise, real-world strategies and knowledge with other creative professionals.
  • is willing to share stories about what hasn’t worked as well as what has
  • Is willing to partner with SAPICS to deliver the best possible experience for the audience
  • Is interested, schedule permitting, in attending the whole event and engaging with attendees
  • Is open to helping spread the word about the event –

All speakers are selected on merit and relevance to the desired topics as outlined below.

In addition to speakers who have already been invited to speak at SAPICS 2018, the remaining speakers are carefully selected by a Speaker Selection Committee which is made up of supply chain professionals from across various industries in the profession.

The conference audience is particularly interested in hearing from fellow supply chain practitioners who have experiences combined with practical solutions to share.

How to boost your chances of being selected

The Speaker selection is based on the following criteria:

  • ability to attract delegates to the conference
  • subject interest
  • topicality
  • quality of submission
  • professional expertise
  • speaking expertise

Topics requested by delegates include but are not limited to:

Supply Chain Management around the world

Case studies from around the world focusing on the challenges that have been overcome. Particular interest is in successful, as well as unsuccessful collaboration. The how not to is just as important!


Public sector supply chains, Supply chain finance, new role in Supply Chain Management, Global Sourcing, contract management, Enterprise Development

Smart supply chains

Smart Factories, Augmented reality, Digital Supply Chains, Enterprise Mobility, Technological Trends, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Software, Big data, Blokchain, 4.0 Industrial Revolution

Learning from the best

Benchmarking tools, Solution design, Supply chain design, Evaluation tools, Modeling, Planning, SC Models & Methodologies (Lean, TOC, DDMRP), Integrated business planning, Value Stream Mapping

Sustainability in supply chain management

Agile supply chains, the impact of climate change on supply chain management, Carbon footprint reduction measures, measuring impact of sustainability initiatives, Environmental sustainability

Risk & Resilience

Cyber Security, Data Security, Supply Chain risk and Resilience

Governance & Ethics

Ethics & Behaviours, professionalism, SC Governance, combating Corruption

Skilled supply chains

SCM education, Soft skills, Change management, BBBEE, Supply Chain Research, leadership, workforce, talent revolution, “on demand” workforce

View from the other side

Perspectives from “non-traditional” supply chains (banking, hospitality industry, airlines etc.)


Technology & IT enablers, RFID, ERP, Software solutions

Logistics & Warehousing

Logistics (end-to-end and reverse), Last Mile Logistics, Warehousing, Freight Forwarding & Custom, Fleet Management

Executive Supply Chain Management

Elevating SC to the C- Suite, Economic impact of Supply Chain Management, Competitive advantage,

Overcoming challenges in:

  • Manufacturing
  • SMMEs
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Automotive
  • Agriculture

Presentations which directly promote specific products, services or monetary self-interest will not be selected. SAPICS does, however, offer exhibition space for this purpose. In addition to the opportunity to exhibit products and services relevant to the profession, a series of Commercial Tracks will be incorporated into the 2018 programme. Introduced for the first time in 2016 as Tech Talks, the Commercial Tracks provide a 30 minute opportunity to use the platform to promote products and services (normally not permitted in the main SAPICS Conference programme per the terms and conditions). These sessions are available to exhibitors and sponsors only on a first-come-first-served basis.

The following presentation formats will be considered:

50 Minute Presentation:
Solo or multiple speaker(s) for consideration as a general session presenter (50 minute presentation time allocated including questions)
30 Minute Presentation:
Solo or multiple speaker(s) for consideration as a general session presenter (30 minute presentation time allocated including questions)
Academic or Research:
Research based presentations accompanied by white papers (which will be peer reviewed are encouraged). (50 and 30 minute presentation times allocated including questions)
Ideas Exchange (Minimum 1 hour):
Facilitate an extended session (usually 1.5 hours) of discussion around a selected topic.
3 hours are provided for these interactive educational sessions to small groups. Shorter times are also available if indicated e.g. 1.5 hours. Selected workshops will be included in the programme on Monday and Tuesday or on Sunday or Wednesday morning.

The completed submission form must be accompanied by the following:

  • Speaker biography (150 words in narrative form, not CV format please) – per speaker
  • Colour Photo – jpeg format – (head and shoulders preferably and high resolution)
  • Previous speaking experience (but don’t be deterred if you haven’t spoken at a conference before)
  • Link to video of a previous speaking engagement or pre-recorded example of your speaking ability (if available). If not available please record a brief introduction – no more than your name, job title, where you work and what your proposed topic is to be. Your submission will not be presented to the speaker panel without this. NB if you have not presented at SAPICS before please note that your submission will not be considered without the video
  • Details of published works (if any)
  • Session objective
  • Abstract (50-100 word paragraph)
  • 3-4 bullet points summarising delegate takeaways
  • Motivation for travel & accommodation funding (non-South African residents only, if required).