The 2012 Global Supply Chain Business Summit is the 5th in a series of biennial Summits that have spanned nearly a decade.

The concept is the brainchild of Dr John Gattorna, acknowledged as one of the outstanding contemporary supply chain ‘thought leaders’.

The idea is to bring together in one location the very finest thinkers and practitioners in the world of enterprise supply chains, to debate and discuss the big issues of the day that are influenced by supply chain performance- and there are very few enterprises on earth where this is not important to corporate health.

In 2010, the Summit was held in Sydney in conjunction with the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and the theme was: “The rules of the game have changed... time to re-set your enterprise supply chains”.

It appears nothing has changed in the world in the intervening two years, with extreme volatility in financial markets world- wide, and similar volatility in the markets for goods and services. We seemed to have learned very little from GFC1 in 2008/09.

The theme for our 2012 Summit in Singapore is: Supply chain ‘thought leadership’ through
Innovation – Design thinking – Alignment.

This event is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

and the

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australasia (CIPS A’asia).


This Summit will be co-hosted by the SP Jain School of Global Management, which has campuses in Singapore, Dubai, and Sydney.

Dare we say, the chosen theme is on the optimistic side, especially in light of the crash of financial markets for a second time in three years, in August, 2011.

But life goes on in spite of the obstacles placed in our way. People need to eat, be sheltered, cared for, and transported from place to place. All this and more is front and centre the task of enterprise supply chains in our global enterprises, and our armed forces. Budgets have to be stretched further than ever before in these volatile times, but at the same time with the same or better service outcomes. Increasingly, you have to know what you are doing; competence is becoming essential. Guesswork no longer suffices.

The 2012 Summit is structured around ten (10) panels, each focusing on a major topic of interest and concern to a wide business audience; the details of each panel can be found under the Agenda/Program tab.

To generate the high level of informed debate required in these Summits, we have hand-picked the participants on each panel, aiming to the conceptual and the practical.

In addition, the 50 places set aside for paying delegates will only be filled by executives that we feel can add to the debate. Indeed, every person at the Summit will be there by personal invitation- this is a closed event for the ‘best of the best’ in those businesses with global and regional supply chains.

We have also tried to lift the debate from a narrow focus on functional specialism, to one of facilitating cross-functional interaction and understanding. After all, business in general and indeed enterprises of all types are just the summation of the multiple supply chains (pathways) running through them. So invitees include C-level and SVP level representatives from across functional areas.

Hopefully the learning generated during the ten panel discussions and other informal discussions during the event will lead directly to elevated performance in those enterprises represented. There are no absolute experts, so we have to learn by doing and sharing experiences with our peers. This captures the spirit of the 2012 Summit in Singapore – enjoy the experience in this iconic location.