Call for Speakers 2017

General speaker submissions is now closed
Academic Paper Submissions
Delegate Registration

The ideal 2017 Speaker:

  • Is experienced and comfortable speaking 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 – alignment to the conference theme will be an advantage.

The conference audience is particularly interested in hearing from fellow supply chain practitioners who have both experience and practical solutions.

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
  • Relevance to the conference theme

Do not submit too many applications as this may split the votes of the individuals on the Speaker Selection Committee.


Supply chain management around the world

Case studies from around the world focusing on the challenges that have been overcome. Particular interest in successful (and unsuccessful) collaboration.


Public sector supply chains, supply chain finance, and the new role in supply chain management.

Smart supply chains

Smart factories, augmented reality, digital supply chains, enterprise mobility, technological trends, artificial intelligence, innovation, software, and big data.

Learning from the best

Benchmarking tools, solution design, supply chain design, evaluation tools, modelling, and planning.

Sustainability in supply chain management and Supply Chain Risk

Agile supply chains, the impact of climate change on supply chain management, carbon footprint reduction measures, and measuring the impact of sustainability initiatives.

Skilled supply chains

SCM education path, soft skills, change management, BBBEE, and supply chain research.

View from the other side

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

  • Logistics (end-to-end and reverse)
  • Warehousing
  • Visibility
  • Governance
  • Manufacturing
  • Big data
  • SMMEs
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Automotive
  • Reverse logistics
  • Agriculture

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