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SAPICS YP and Student Conference Speakers






Steven Melnyk

Professor of Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University, United Sates

The emergence of the strategic leader

Supply chains are transforming from tactical to strategic. This new supply chain, requires a supply chain leader with skills and orientations not currently found in many supply chain managers. Here’s what we need to make that change complete, and the steps to get there. Specifically, we focus on the 11 traits that differentiate the supply chain leader of the tomorrow from the supply chain manager of today.  We also explore the challenges of how to develop such leaders.

Professor Melnyk (Ph.D., Western –1981) is an absolute font of supply chain and business management knowledge.  He has co-authored 21 books, over 100 refereed journal articles and numerous practitioner articles. His research focus includes supply chain risk and resilience, strategic supply chain management, supply chain cyber security, and certified management standards. From 2014 to 2016, he was a member of the APICS Board of Directors and previously had a joint appointment from the University of Newcastle (Australia) where he was the Newcastle Global Innovation Chair in Supply Chain Management. In 2017, the Academy of Management recognized him as a Distinguished Scholar in the field.  Professor Melnyk is one of the most popular speakers to have addressed SAPICS audiences over the last 15 years and SAPICS is delighted that he is returning to South Africa for the 2019 Young Professional & Student Conference.




Antoinette Tebbutt, CPIM

Development Manager, Bizzco, South Africa

Survivor South Africa, and the Supply Chain

Antoinette is known to the public as “Toni from Survivor”. She was the outspoken castaway on Season 6 Survivor South Africa which was aired on MNET in 2018. Antoinette was chosen as one of 18 castaways out of over 30,000 entrants! She came 7th in the end having lasted 30 of the 39 days on the island. Antoinette has worked in logistics for over 15 years and is constantly enthralled by how the Supply Chain makes the world go around. As a contestant on Survivor South Africa filmed in the Philippines recently Antoinette was enthralled by the logistics of it all. From moving contestants and crew around, to transporting and building challenges on different islands, to building a set on the sea for the tribal councils. Then sending all that back to South Africa to recreate the set for the live finale show – it is incredible. One memorable moment saw the show bringing Steers to the contestants in the Philippines as a reward merge meal. The Steers team brought all their own equipment (including an ice cream machine), food and even their chef to set up a Steers station in a cove on a stunning uninhabited island for the candidates to enjoy! This really made Antoinette realise how vital the Supply Chain is, but also got her thinking how many people (youngsters especially) are not aware of the possibilities of careers in the Supply Chain. Antoinette will share with the audience the magic and versatility of effective supply chain management in the making of this popular reality show.

Antoinette Tebbutt is currently working as a content developer for Bizzco. Antoinette writes learning material and develops online learning material as well as including doing animations for all lessons.  Antoinette is a trainer, mainly on soft skills such as team leadership, motivation, time management, conflict resolution and business communications etc.  She is also a certified TEFL teacher. She loves public speaking and motivating people.  Antoinette has worked for DHL, Value Logistics, Triton and other organisations in operations and customer management.




 Chantal Kading


              Leading IN

Reaching significant success in your personal life and career, leaning into your career is a requirement. You need to define the mark you wish to make and design your vision. Your career is your stamp on the world. Business has transformed with greater demands of the individual. Marred with fast pace, increased complexity; agility and competencies vs skills are require by employers. In an AI age EI is the foundation, your need to arrive work place ready.  How do you represent this brand via social media, personal portfolio of evidence (CV), an In person interview? Its time to break the boundaries of the emotional shackles, physical excuses and mental roadblocks in order to lead your career to reach your fullest potential and your grandest vision! 




 Martin Mvulane


Adaptability the antidote to uncertainty

In the ever-changing world of business one of the key strengths both organizations and individuals must possess is the ability to “Adapt”. The Courage to Adapt is a Gift, The Ability to adapt is a skill, The Willingness to Adapt is a Choice.


-          How adaptable are you?

-          What are the signs of adaptability?

-          What are the enemies of adaptability?

-          How does adaptability work?

-          How do you identify an organization that is adaptable?




 Liezl Smith


The best thing since sliced bread

We always complain that we learn the same things in planning, and it is a fact: Some of the text books from the 90's have not changed and the same principles are taught today. But there is this new thing that has introduced some new life into Supply chain and operations management: DDMRP. Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning. I do not really like the name, though. Come listen to this session to find out why it is the best thing since sliced bread and why I do not like the name....




Glenda Maitin


Optimising Supply Chain Education and Practical Experience to make an Impact

In late 2018 the newly created Association for Supply Chain Management in the USA (previously known as APICS) was awarded a grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve last mile product availability of medical equipment and drugs in public health supply chains in Africa with particular focus on Senegal, Nigeria and Kenya.  Proudly South African SAPICS Member Glenda Maitin was appointed the Programme Director of this amazing initiative. Glenda is a passionate supply chain professional committed to using her knowledge and experience to make an impact.  An impact not just on supply chains but on the people who manage them.  Her spare time is dedicated to mentoring young supply chain professionals to be the best that they can be.Join Glenda as she shares her experiences and how she has got to the stage in her career that she has now and the challenges she’s faced along the way.




Tony Sinton


How jobs in supply chain will be affected by 4th revolution

The speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent. When compared with previous industrial revolutions, the Fourth is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. Moreover, it is disrupting almost every industry in every country. And the breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of supply, production, distribution, management, and governance.




 Grant Swanepoel


Sometimes you never know where opportunity will take you!

Grant has been involved with SAPICS since his student days and can testify first-hand how being a member of a professional association like SAPICS can really fast track your career opportunities.  He’ll explain that it’s not important just to know a lot of theory.  You have to make the right connections with people in the supply chain community and utilise the opportunities that are put in your way.  Treat every challenge as an opportunity to excel and you will thrive in your career!  Join Grant as he outlines his best recommendation to create a “career supply chain” based on the SCOR Plan, Source, Make, Deliver, Return methodology. How to plan your career, then source the right skills, make / do the work, deliver and market yourself, and get returns 





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