Official Event Advisory Panel of the Oil & Gas Procurement Excellence Forum Asia 2014

The expert advisory panel of the Oil & Gas Procurement Leaders Forum Asia 2014 has worked with Quest Events to ensure timely, in-depth coverage of the key topics in the industry. These well-known industry figures have lent their vast knowledge to the event to ensure the right, high level speakers are there providing attendees with the information they need.

Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the panel members below who are contributing their valuable time and expertise to ensure the conference agenda is timely and relevant for all stakeholders in the domestic energy sector.

Advisory panel at oil and gas procurement and supply chain leaders conference in asia 2014Jonathan Dutton
Former Managing Director
CIPS Australasia

Jonathan Dutton FCIPS, Director, JD Consultancy & Former Managing Director, CIPSA

Jonathon Dutton was the founding Managing Director of CIPS Australasia for over eight years up until February 2013. He was responsible for all aspects of CIPS activities as the global peak body for professional procurement & supply management in the region. He represented the profession and its standards to the highest levels of business and government. As a former qualified procurement manager himself, as well as sales manager turned marketing director, Jonathan can easily draw on experiences from both sides of the negotiating table. Jonathan has worked in senior positions for British Airways, QANTAS, Regus & CHUBB, and is a fellow of four institutes covering procurement, marketing, management and the royal society of arts. He is also a graduate diploma member of the institute of company directors, and has a degree in economics with accountancy and business law.

Jonathan is married with two young children and lives in Melbourne, and can be reached easily through LINKED IN or his website.

advisory panel at oil and gas procurment leaders forum asia 2014Kobus van der Wath
Founder and Managing Director
The Beijing Axis

Kobus is the Founder and Group Managing Director of The Beijing Axis (, a China-focused international advisory and procurement firm operating in four principal areas. Commodities, Capital, Procurement and Strategy; Clients include global multinationals with a China/Asia agenda and Chinese/Asian multinational firms with a global agenda. Kobus has been working in Asia for over 18 years and is based in Beijing. Before founding The Beijing Axis, he was Head of Investment Strategy and Global Market Research for Asia Pacific for Standard Chartered Bank Plc and, prior to that, he was a Senior Strategy Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Asia. In his early career, he was an Emerging Market Investment Strategist in London a Treasury Economist with Standard Merchant Bank in Johannesburg and an Economist with the South African Reserve Bank in Pretoria. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a Master of Business from Curtin in Australia and BCom Honours degrees in Finance/Investments and Economics, respectively from UJ and Unisa in South Africa. He is regarded as a thought leader in China cross-border business, has published extensively and has been invited to present as the keynote speaker and to lead discussions in over 20 countries.

Michael Skyum
Senior Vice President Supply Chain
BW Offshore

Procurement background from shipping, terminals, manufacturing, logistics and offshore

10 years in Asia (5 China + 5 Singapore)

Part of the procurement management team that transformed Maersk procurement from transactional to highly strategic

Worked as a procurement consultant in Singapore with both MNC and government

Opened up centralized procurement offices in both Shanghai and Singapore

advisory panel at oil and gas procurement and supply chain leaders forum 2014 conference in AsiaRajiv Aserkar
Professor Logistics Supply Chain Management
SP Jain School of Global Management

Rajiv holds the position of Professor, Logistics and Supply Chain Management at SP Jain School of Global Management, Singapore. In addition, Rajiv is the Director, Damco International Graduate Program at SP Jain, where he has complete responsibility of this program for training and development of Damco participants in the various aspects of management. Prior to joining SP Jain in Singapore, Rajiv has worked in various academic and corporate organizations in India, Dubai and Oman.

Rajiv is keenly involved in executive education and his teaching interest includes Transportation Management, Supply Chain Management and Strategic Sourcing. He is also a regular speaker at various international conferences and has presented his research papers in various parts of the world. The present research interest of Rajiv is The Study of Training and Development Needs of Logistics and Supply Chain Professionals in Asia. His other research interests are-
• Supply Chain Disruptions and Mitigation Strategies
• Learning Through Industry Interface Projects
• Current Software Trends of Logistics Service Providers With Feasibility of Cloud Computing As An Alternative
Rajiv has authored two books titled “Logistics in International Business” and “Export Import Management”. In addition, Rajiv is a reviewer of research papers for research journals and he was on panel of judges for Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards in 2009 and 2010.

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