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GSA Symposium 2017

12 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! With a two-day symposium packed full of events designed to help you navigate the complexity of our increasingly volatile industry!

Unthink 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.

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

                  Drinks Reception from 7pm - 8pm

                  GSA's 30th Birthday Extravaganza from 8pm until 11pm

Venue: Etc Venue, St Pauls

Please click here to see the full two day agenda.

Below are the 12 programmes that will be featured in our Symposium:

Cyber Security and Cyber Threat:

Looking at mobile, Big cloud, the Cloud and the wider Internet of Things: how these technologies are transforming ourbusinesses and indeed our lives - and the clear and present danger of cyber threat.

3 Unique Workshops:

Global connectivity, smart machines and new media are reshaping 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. Choose from Design Thinking, Strategic Robotic Process Automation or Negotiating Skills.

Sourcing Strategy Forum:

Understand the sourcing landscape and the geo-political risks of offshoring, helping you make the right decision for your organisation.

Digi-Tech 2017 - Digital Transformation:

How do you know if you are digitally enabled and if you are not, where do you start? We will be reviewing digital transformations and how to transform from legacy, to help you develop a customer-first digital strategy.

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.

Automation User Group: Driving your way towards a centre of excellence:

Robotic Process Automation is everywhere, but if you think you knew everything there is to know about it, think again! As the GSA launches its Automation User Group and sets about establishing a Centre of Excellence, learn what you don’t know and walk away with a playbook for RPA implementation.

Outsourcing Trends - 2017 Update:

New technologies are emerging daily and it’s a challenge to keep up! We’ll share with you the latest tech to impact sourcing, plus provide a glimpse into the future-world of mobile and Cloud, where everything from cars and clothes to commerce are connected – and what the sourcing world could look like in a universe where your next customer might be a robot.

Outsourcing 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.

Launch of the Industy Satisfaction Barometer:

The GSA will unveil the far-reaching outcomes from the most extensive body of industry research it has carried out in 30 years.

Back to Basics- The Fundamentals of Outsourcing:

As sourcing evolves, so too are sourcing models, delivery outcomes, contracts, the relationship dynamic, fundamentals of best practice, and collaboration and innovation partnerships. Find out who is doing what and where to stay ahead of the game.

GSA Hackathon - Version 1.02

After our successful Hackathon at our European Conference in 2016, we are launching Hackathon 1.02. Get ready for innovation and invention at the GSA Hackathon!

GSA turns 30!

Celebrate our 30th birthday in style as we look to the future of our industry at our 30th birthday party.

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.

Full agenda

To see the full agenda, click here.

Speaker line up

John McAfee, Founder, McAfee Anti-virus Software and now CEO & Chairman, MGT Technologies

Dr David Bray, Cheif Information Officer, United States Federal Communications Commision

Simona Simion-Popescu, BSO Director, Coca-Cola

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

David Rickard, Director, Microsoft Procurement

Jim Heard, Head of IT Services, Heathrow

Phil Fersht, CEO and Chief Analyst, HfS Research

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

David Wyer, Head of Supplier Relationship Management, BBC

Bill Butler, Senior Procurement Analyst, BBC

Olivier Renoult, Oversight Leader – EMEA, Société Generale

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

Lyubomira Mihaylova, Managing Director, ScaleFocus

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

Kerry Hallard, CEO, Global Sourcing Association

and many more...


Sourcing Buyers - £1000 per person for the full two days

Sourcing service providers and advisors - £2000 per person for the full two days

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

For anymore information regarding the Symposium, feel free to contact


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.

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