Digital Leadership Executive Circle: New York

16 November 2017
Aquavit - 65 E. 55th St.
5:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us and Wipro for Cocktails!

Procurement in the Age of AI: Extinct or Evolved?

Enjoy cocktails and conversation in good company with Tradeshift on November 16th after work. 

Enough with the polite procurement panels

At this happy hour for procurement professionals, no topic is too touchy for our panelists. Join us for an authentic discussion about the impact of AI on the future role of procurement. Our panelists represent different levels and functions within procurement, so you can get unique–and sometimes dissenting–perspectives on the topic.

You’ll learn:

  • What procurement practitioners wish execs understood about the challenges of AI
  • What BPOs say procurement organizations must do now to prepare their people and processes for the “age of AI”
  • Whether preserving procurement really matters–and why
  • How procurement leaders define a procurement leader of the future

Bring your curiosity and your questions, and enjoy cocktails and conversation on us.



65 East 55th St. New York NY 10022


Thursday, November 16th

5:30pm – 9:00pm


Agenda – (subject to change)

  • Drinks & Networking
  • Welcome & Panel – open discussion format
  • Drinks, bites & networking



Katrina Mezigian – Vice President, Everest Group

Katrina Menzigian, Vice President, Everest Group, leads the firm’s research practices on Contact Center Outsourcing and Customer Experience Services, Finance and Accounting Outsourcing, and Procurement Outsourcing services. These practices involve both ongoing subscription research and custom decision support projects for enterprises and services providers. Katrina also is a frequent participant and presenter at industry forums, webinars, and client sessions. She brings 20 years of experience in conducting market research, developing competitive intelligence, and advising service providers and buyers on a wide range of outsourcing, offshoring, and BPS issues to her role.

Katrina also leads Everest Group’s Research Relations program. In this role, she is responsible for offering Everest Group’s point of view on critical developments within the global services industry. This includes engaging with key service provider and enterprise executives, industry organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure enduring collaborative relationships.

Katrina’s past roles include VP of BPO Research at IDC, and research and consulting roles at the American University of Armenia, and the Edward R. Murrow Center for International Communications at Tufts University.

She holds an MA of International Affairs from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a double BA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Amit Sharma – General Manager & Head CBS Solutions (F&A, Procurement, Order Mgt & HR) at Wipro BPO

Amit has over 16 years of Procurement Supply Chain Consulting, Global Sourcing, Category Management, Shared Services, Outsourcing & Procurement Technology Design experience across a range of industries. At Aditya Birla Minacs, Amit leads spend management & data harmonization services for global customers. Amit also provides product management oversight and P2P integration support for back-office F&A functions…

Prior to joining Aditya Birla Minacs, Amit spent 5 years with Infosys where he single-handedly conceptualized & established the Global Procurement Outsourcing business. Amit played a variety of roles including consulting, Outsourcing advisory, solution design, transitions, client management & global operations. At Infosys, Amit led multiple ‘Source to Pay’ Innovation initiatives delivering greater efficiency, improved spend visibility, enhanced effectiveness & compliance for Infosys’s global customers including world’s largest Oil & Gas Company, global commodity producer, Leading Anglo-Australian Mining Company & Top 10 US Bank.

Prior to joining Infosys, Amit spent 10+ years with Bechtel Corporation & has worked in North America, India and Trinidad. At Bechtel, Amit played a variety of roles ranging from Spend Management, Global Sourcing, Project Procurement, Material Management, Procurement Systems Design, Engineering Integration & Implementation. Amit was also instrumental in establishing Bechtel’s procurement captive operations in Gurgaon, India.

David Ahrens – CMO, Tradeshift

A 25 year tech veteran in marketing, David has held leadership roles at SAS, SAP, Marsh, FRONTEO and now Tradeshift, the leader in business commerce solutions. Having worked extensively with the Finance community at various industry events, roundtable discussions and other executive advisory boards, David has an excellent grasp on the Office of the CFO. As a marketer, he tends to align programs and initiatives with an element of financial appeal to ensure the ultimate buyer and decision makers understand the value proposition. He loves the challenge and reward of this fast-paced industry and enjoys the cross-functional nature of marketing, bringing an infused strategy and business development approach.



Wipro Ltd (NYSE:WIT) is a global information technology, consulting and outsourcing company with 170,000+ workforce serving clients in 175+ cities across 6 continents. The company posted revenues of $7.7 Billion for the financial year ended Mar 31, 2016.

Wipro helps customers do business better by leveraging our industry-wide experience, deep technology expertise, comprehensive portfolio of services and vertically aligned business model. Our 55+ dedicated emerging technologies ‘Centers of Excellence’ enable us to harness the latest technology for delivering business capability to our clients. Wipro is globally recognized for its innovative approach towards delivering business value and its commitment to sustainability. Wipro champions optimized utilization of natural resources, capital and talent. Today we are a trusted partner of choice for global businesses looking to ‘differentiate at the front’ and ‘standardize at the core’ through technology interventions.

In today’s world, organizations will have to rapidly reengineer themselves and be more responsive to changing customer needs. Wipro is well positioned to be a partner and co-innovator to businesses in their transformation journey, identify new growth opportunities and facilitate their foray into new sectors and markets.


Founded in 2010, Tradeshift is the world’s largest business commerce platform that connects buyers and sellers. Tradeshift connects over 1.5 million companies across 190 countries, processes over half a trillion USD in transaction value yearly, and has a marketplace containing 28 million SKUs. It offers solutions for procure to pay, supplier engagement and financial services, and enables companies and partners to build custom or commercial apps on its business commerce platform. Tradeshift is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Copenhagen, New York, London, Paris, Suzhou, Chongqing, Tokyo, Munich, Frankfurt, Sydney, Bucharest, Oslo, and Stockholm.

Best in class B2B commerce is done online today, and Tradeshift is the leading provider of solutions that enable buyers, sellers, and partners to easily connect and transact digitally in public, private, and semi-private marketplaces. Built on an open, networked platform, Tradeshift applications can be configured or extended to meet the unique requirements of a company. Business users and/or their IT partner can subscribe to applications available in the Tradeshift Store or enlist 3rd parties to build applications. The Tradeshift platform also allows companies to build their own curated B2B marketplaces where they might have leverage or a comparative cost advantage. The Tradeshift Business Commerce Platform provides the technology companies need to create custom solutions in Procurement, Finance, and Supply Chain.

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