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GSA UK Symposium 2017

11 programmes over 2 days within 1 massive symposium!

This year, the GSA UK's premier event will be the most innovative, daring and bold event delivered in the organisations history! We have planned a two-day symposium packed full of events designed to help you navigate the complexity of our increasingly volatile industry!

Forget any previous symposium event you have ever been to. This years symposium has a truly global attendance with delegates from 23 countries expected including GSA members from China, Russia, South Africa, Bulgaria, Germany, the Nordics and the USA to name a few.

Sourcing has been re-ignited by the digital age, can you afford to fall behind in a fast-changing industry.

Date: 27 - 28 June 2017

Day one:  Sourcing Workshops from 9am - 1pm

                  Sourcing Strategy Forum from 2pm - 5pm

Day two:  Full Day Conference from 8:30am - 5pm

                  GSA's 30th Birthday Extravaganza from 6:30pm until 11pm

Venue: Etc Venue, St Pauls

Please click here to see the full two day agenda.

Speaker line up

Dr David Bray, Eisenhower Fellow, Harvard Exec, and FCC CIO

Simona Simion-Popescu, BSO Director, Coca-Cola

Shawn Sullivan, Public Policy, Central America and the Caribbean, Airbnb

David Rickard, Director, Microsoft Procurement 

Phil Fersht, CEO and Chief Analyst, HfS Research

Patrick Wynne, Director, Procurement and Partnerships, Telegraph Media Group

David Wyer, Head of Supplier Relationship Management, BBC

Bill Butler, Senior Procurement Analyst, BBC

Olivier Renoult, Oversight Leader – EMEA, Société Generale

Avinash Vashistha, Chairman & CEO, Tholons

Scott Newman, Managing Director & Senior Vice President, State Street Bank

Elias Van Herwaarden, EMEA Service Leader, Global Location Strategies, Deloitte

Alexander Reay, President, Nordic IT Association

Chris Halward, Global Standards Director, Global Sourcing Association

Ian Puddy, Vice President - Global Sourcing, Global Sourcing, Vendor Management and I&O Practice, Gartner

Leslie Wilcocks, Professor, LSE

Anurag Srivastava, Vice President, Everest Group

Eric Simonsen, Managing Partner of Research, Everest Group

Lyubomira Mihaylova, Managing Director, ScaleFocus

Karen Rooney, Heading Robotics Centre of Excellence, Zurich UK Life

Keir Greenwood, Vice President & General Manager, Europe, Arise Virtual Solutions

Charlie Aird, Global Leader of the PwC Shared Services, PwC

Yu Jiang, Chairman, Welsend

Kerry Hallard, CEO, Global Sourcing Association

and many more...


The GSA UK Symposium attracts over 250 sourcing professionals annually, and this years 2-day event is expected to double that! To ensure optimal value from networking, we achieve a 50:50 ratio of buyers to suppliers at our Symposium every year. As such, we limit the number of service provider places available.

Those that attend the Symposium have an interest in all types of strategic sourcing, including shared services and outsourcing. They represent companies and individuals which span the breadth of the strategic sourcing industry: buyers, suppliers and advisors.

Registered attendees include;

Below are the 11 programmes that will be featured in our Symposium:

Cyber Security and Cyber Threat:

Looking at mobile, Big Data, the Cloud and the wider Internet of Things: how these technologies are transforming our businesses and indeed our lives - and the clear and present danger of cyber threat. Come to our keynote session on Day 2 and hear from Dr David Bray.

3 Unique Workshops:

New technology and an increasingly connected global ecosystem have converged to reshape how we work. Learn the skills you’ll need to be productive in the future by attending one of our three skills-based learning sessions on Day 1. Choose from Design Thinking, Strategic Robotic Process Automation or Negotiating Skills.

Sourcing Strategy Forum:

Attend Day 1 and understand the new sourcing location landscape and the risks and opportunities of strategies such as offshoring, insourcing and automation, helping you make the right decision for your organisation.

Digital Transformation:

How do you know if you are digitally enabled and if you’re not, where do you start? We will be reviewing digital transformation case studies and how to transform from legacy, to help you develop a customer-first digital strategy. Attend our Digital Transformation interaction track on Day 2.

Women in Sourcing:

We will share our industry targets for social inclusion through impact sourcing and other inclusion initiatives like the GSA Women in Sourcing mentoring scheme, designed to encourage bright careers in sourcing. We are hosting a private Women in Sourcing networking lunch on Day 2.

Automation User Group:

Robotic Process Automation is everywhere, but if you think you knew everything there is to know about it, think again! Come to the GSA Automation User Groups: Automation 101 and walk away with a playbook for RPA implementation or as an Automation Expert to discover how to create your own Automation Centre of Excellence

Sourcing Trends - 2017 Update:

As part of our sourcing strategy sessions on Day 1, we will inform you of the sourcing trends shaping enterprises today and what’s enabling them to achieve more value, increase agility and become increasingly competitive.

The Big Debate: What are the Societal Impacts of Automation?

Humans and technology go hand-in-hand, we discuss the considerable advantages and potential pitfalls of the use of robotics, AI and Virtual Reality. Hear our panel of distinguished thought leaders and experts debate the impact of robots on the future of work, and the workforce in our Big Debate on Day 2.

Launch of the Industy Satisfaction Barometer:

The GSA will unveil the far-reaching outcomes from it‘s extensive body of industry research during the opening session of Day 2.

Back to Basics - The Fundamentals of Sourcing:

As sourcing evolves, so too are sourcing models, delivery outcomes, contracts, the relationship dynamic and collaboration and innovation partnerships. Find out who is doing what and where to stay ahead of the game, by attending our interactive tracks on Day 2

GSA turns 30!

2017 sees the GSA celebrate it’s 30th anniversary. As such, we invite past, present and future friends of sourcing to come toast this momentous occasion with us, and help celebrate our continued success and commitment to the industry. The GSA birthday extravaganza will take place in the evening of Day 2. Party with us!

The GSA UK’s Symposium agenda has been powered by the Global Sourcing Standard, encouraging our Associations members to embrace best practice and evolve with innovation.


Sourcing Service Providers and Advisors - £2000 per person for the full two days

Full agenda

To see the full agenda, click here

partnering opportunities

Partnering with the GSA for the Symposium means you will be positioned as a Partner or an Ambassador of the event, and not just a sponsor or exhibitor. This means that we take the time to understand your specific targets, and then leverage our extensive marketing experience to ensure there is a dedicated focus on your brand and value proposition in the run up to, during, and after the event.

Because every business has very specific requirements, our Partner and Ambassador packages are bespoke, therefore, the attached Guide List is provided to give you an idea of what your designated budget might provide.

Contact to discuss how you can become a partner!

Click here to see what took place at the 2016 Symposium

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