Expo 2020 Dubai triumphs in CIPS Middle East SM Awards

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
9 February 2021

Expo 2020 Dubai has been named overall winner in the CIPS Middle East Supply Management Awards which was sponsored by Ivalua.

The team (pictured) behind Expo 2020 – delayed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic – swept the board, picking up awards for supplier diversity, supplier relationship management, risk mitigation, ethical procurement, and team of the year.

The winners were announced during a virtual ceremony hosted by Sam Achampong, head of CIPS MENA.

Achampong told SM: “We were very impressed by the high standard of entries in this year's awards, which celebrate the best of the procurement profession. The awards provide a showcase of what procurement can offer, not only in added value to organisations, but to society as a whole.

“The coronavirus pandemic has challenged businesses across the world, but it has also highlighted the vital work procurement professionals do to keep supply chains running. I hope the excellence demonstrated by the winners in the awards serves as an inspiration to others in the profession as they work to generate more value and resilience for organisations in a post-pandemic world.”

Expo 2020, which involves transforming a 4.38sq km site “from desert to delivery”, includes a AED27bn construction programme with thematic districts, public realm and Al Wasl Plaza centrepiece. It will be the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region and it is expected to boost economic activity by AED122.6bn. Economic activity during the Expo is projected to equal 1.5% of the UAE’s GDP.

Covid categories

Best Response To Supplier Collaboration

UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Best Response To Supply Chain Resilience

Higher Colleges of Technology


Team categories

Overall winner

Expo 2020 Dubai

Collaborative Teamwork

Meraas Holding

Diversity and Inclusion

Jumeirah Group

Ethical Procurement

Expo 2020 Dubai

People Development

Basrah Gas Company

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Procurement Consultancy


Procurement Team Of The Year

Expo 2020 Dubai

Procurement Transformation

Emaar the Economic City

Public Procurement

Dubai Municipality

Risk Mitigation

Expo 2020 Dubai

Supplier Diversity

Expo 2020 Dubai

Supplier Relationship Management

Expo 2020 Dubai

Technology Innovation

Dubai Health Authority


Individual categories

Leader of the Year

Maha Bouseid

Young Talent

Rachel Collins

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