Bernie van Niekerk, CEO, Commerce Edge, South Africa
Bernie van Niekerk is the Publishing Editor of The Smart Procurement Review, an African thought leadership publication dealing with leading trends in procurement and inbound supply chain management.He edits and directs SmartProcurement.co.za, a monthly newsletter with 24 000 readers, most of whom are procurement. He is the moderator of ProcurementTips.com, a leading international forum for procurement professionals. As a respected consultant, he has been exposed to the latest international thinking around procurement and has personally overseen or participated in some of the leading procurement re-engineering efforts in South Africa. professionals. Many of South Africa’s largest companies have retained Bernie’s services to restructure their procurement environments at a strategic level.
He has addressed international conferences such as the Gartner Group and the 12th FPMM World Congress at Sun City. He is the current chairman and convener of the advisory board for Smart Procurement World, Africa’s largest procurement and inbound supply chain conference. In 2013 over 2000 delegates attended the event. As founder and current CEO of Commerce Edge South Africa he has overseen the development of 75 training programmes in Supply Chain Management and the establishment of South Africa’s leading Education centre for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) with over 600 students. Bernie has held several senior positions in South African industry, including many years leading Ernst & Young’s South African world class procurement consultancy. Post Ernst & Young he was Chief Operating Officer of an international e-Procurement company’s African operations.