This will be a vibrant contemporary discussion about supply chain management (SCM) digitalization that brings the audience up to date on what industry leaders are doing and also shares real case examples from supply chain professionals.

The objectives of this session during Supply Chain Week are:

  • Update on the SCM digitalization landscape – what you are seeing in the leaders across the globe
  • Explain the concept of Digital by Design for supply chain
  • Explain the foundations to successful digitalization in supply chain
  • Share real project experiences across different technologies


Thursday, May 19, 2022
11 AM – 12:30 PM MDT | CST
12 PM – 1:30 PM CDT

2 CPD per session up to a max of 10 CPD for the week

Thank you to our session sponsor The Answer Company


Andre Serpa, Supply Chain Manager, Pembina Pipelines

Andre is a Supply Chain professional with over 15 years of Digital Procurement experience. He holds an M.B.A and an SCMP Designation. His experience is in both consulting and industry in a varied set of industries – Energy, EPCM, Rail & Public Sector. He has led end-to-end global supply chain teams as well as worked on multiple high-profile engagements. His projects focus in 4 key areas: category management, process improvement, digital procurement platform implementation and Supply Chain operating model design & rollout. He is very passionate and has upskilled in disruptive digital programs & methodologies in Supply Chain (Digital Procurement Platforms, AI, RPA, Scrum, VSM and others). He is currently leading the Center of Excellence/ Governance group at a large midstream organization.  

Nari Viswanathan, Senior Director, Product Segment Marketing, Coupa

Nari is currently Sr. Director of Product Segment Marketing at Coupa, where he helps bring products to markets in the areas of Supply Chain Design and Planning. Over the past 20 years, Nari has held VP and Director of Product Management, Research and Marketing roles at Aberdeen Group, River Logic, Steelwedge and E2open. He has significant experience building products from the ground up and managing the P&L for a product suite. He is a proven B2B marketer with expertise in content marketing, competitive intelligence, and positioning. He has published numerous thought leadership articles, whitepapers, blogs and delivered dozens of webinars during his career.

Nari Viswanathan is a five times SDCExec Supply Chain Pro to Know award winner. Nari holds a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. 


Darren Redies, Director of Pre-Sales and Solution Design, The Answer Company

Darren has been with The Answer Company since 1999, and specializes in Needs Analysis and defining solutions for our customers. Darren devotes his skills to maximizing the benefits realized by customers through their investments in ERP solutions. His experience across a wide range of industries and his gift for clarity helps our customers find insight when facing their complex issues.

Darren is recognized as a savvy leader with strengths in re-engineering business processes, defining continuous process improvements, and building consensus. He prides himself on bridging the gap between business needs and technology, and in finding elegantly simple solutions to complex problems.

Amit Varma, CEO, Braintoy

Amit Varma is a serial entrepreneur with experience in building digital technology businesses. He believes that Artificial Intelligence can transform industries by making them more efficient, transparent and profitable.  

For Braintoy, Varma is a co-CEO and manages the global business and research partnerships. He closely works with Supply Chain Canada in coaching SCM professionals to apply AI to work. Previously, he had also founded Veerum, another Alberta company that commercialized the Digital Twin technology for construction. 




Moderator - Esther Chan, Senior Manager of SCM (Global), Requis

Esther  Chan is a certified  Supply  Chain  Management  Professional since  2007, with over  14 years of SCM and business experience in the construction, oil and gas, manufacturing, and IT sectors, and has been employed and contracted for hire at several large publicly traded and privately-owned companies.  She is currently working in the field of digital procurement, as Sr. Supply Chain manager at Requis, a SAAS cloud-based SCM platform for the past 2 years.  Working in management and senior roles, along with experience in the field, Esther brings a wealth of experience in the areas of strategic procurement, materials and services procurement and digital Supply Chain solutions.


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