Exclusive Breakfast with Conduent and Tradeshift : Frictionless-AP Transforming procurement and finance

10 December 2019
1 Lombard Street, 1776 Exclusive
8:00 am

Exclusive Breakfast hosted by Conduent and Tradeshift | Frictionless-AP – Transforming procurement and finance

Procurement and Finance Operations have always been considered as cost centres. Could they become profit centres?

Significant amount of cash is trapped in the supply chain due to siloed procurement processes, inefficient contracts and unoptimised buying patterns. Cashflows are best estimates and Zero-based budgeting are long drawn. So how can companies use digital as the foundation for interconnected Procurement and Finance processes that manages spend on need basis, improves profitability and delivers better customer experience?

Join industry experts from Conduent, Tradeshift, Standard Chartered Bank and Gartner

  • How to build on a digital foundation that will automate and leverage artificial intelligence for Procurement, Finance Operation and Spend Management – ultimately transforming Procurement and Finance Operations from cost centres to profit centres – Frictionless-AP
  • The need for next generation digital transformation of Procurement and Finance Operations to be agile and collaborative, not just digital.
  • How networked supply chains and connected supply chain processes deliver the agility and collaboration.

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8:00 – 8:30Registrations
8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 Introduction
9:30 – 10:00Executive Panel featuring industry experts from Conduent, Tradeshift, Standard Chartered Bank and Gartner
10:00 – 10:15 Q&A
10:15 – 10:30 Networking / Coffee


Balaji Abbabatulla – Senior Director, Analyst, Gartner

Balaji helps Software Product Managers optimise their Product, Technology and Go-To-Market strategies, especially in procurement and supply chain execution and supply chain planning markets.  Balaji’s research note on the competitive landscape of e-invoicing secured the highest readership for his research in 2019. His latest research on e-invoicing Value Map helps product managers identify white spaces and highlights specific opportunities to gain Competitive Advantage.  Balaji has co-authored research notes advising procurement leaders on how to use emerging technology like machine learning to enable automation of invoice and accounts payable processes.

Michael Harte – Head of Trade Product Europe, Standard Chartered Bank

Michael has many years of banking and finance experience, specialising in supply chain finance and global trade. Prior to his tenure at Standard Chartered, he held positions at Royal Bank of Scotland, Banco Santander, Barclays and HSBC. He holds a Masters in Law, specific to financial compliance and risk, financial crime and UK & international banking law.

Rajib Gupta – Finance, Accounting & Procurement client solutioning and advisory, Conduent

Rajib brings with him over 3 decades of experience in IT and Business Process Outsourcing. In Conduent he heads Finance, Accounting & Procurement client solutionning and advisory. Before joining Conduent, he was an independent consultant, advising large financial services houses, such as Lloyds Banking Group, Aviva for their procurement and sourcing process optimisation, spend management, contracting and supplier management.

Tim Annis – Director of Banking Alliances EMEA, Tradeshift

Tim Annis is director of fintech alliances at Tradeshift, the business commerce company transforming the way all companies, big and small, come together to transact, connect and collaborate with each other. He has spent more than 15 years working in the payments industry helping companies take an innovative approach to both their receivables and payables. Prior to joining Tradeshift he was a key part of the American Express approach to B2B payments within Europe working with global companies in improving cashflow, working capital and growth. Currently he is focused on simplifying the access to cashflow and working capital for the global supply chains of some the worlds biggest companies working with Tradeshift’s banking and funding partnerships across Europe.

Conduent is a technology-led business process services company headquartered in New Jersey. It was formed in 2017 as a divestiture from Xerox. The company offers digital platforms for businesses and governments. It has 85,000 employees in more than 40 countries.


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, Stockholmm, Dubai and Doha.

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