Why Attend?

In just one day out of the office you will:
  • Hear from speakers including bestselling author Mark O’Connell and futurist Rohit Talwar
  • Collaborate with your peers to share tips and best practices, helping you understand how to improve your Source to Pay processes
  • Get access to industry analysts
  • Hear first hand how Basware customers in your industry are achieving success
  • Get involved in interactive workshops with Basware consultants and watch a range of live demonstrations from Basware experts including eProcurement, P2P, Invoice Automation and Dynamic Discounting
  • Reflect on the day and raise a toast with new connections and your teammates at the post event pizza and prosecco party
  • Take home a set of actionable insights to share with your business, helping you simplify operations and spend smarter.

Basware Connect 2017


Basware experts are joined by industry influencers and some of the world’s most influential thinkers to bring you a diverse agenda that will leave you inspired and ready to simplify the way you work and spend smarter. Customer stories, product demonstrations and 1-to-1s with Basware’s Executive team are all part of the Connect experience. Basware customers can look forward to dedicated user group sessions and practical hints and tips on how to get the most from their investment.

We’re continuing to add industry experts and thought leaders to our speaker lineup, but here’s a sneak peek. More to come
  • Peter Smith - Managing Editor, Spend Matters Peter Smith

    Since 2010 Peter has been Managing Editor of Spend Matters UK/Europe, read by thousands of procurement professionals every day. He is also involved with Public Spend Forum, an initiative aimed at improving public sector procurement globally. He gained an MA in Mathematics and Management Sciences from Cambridge University, then joined the Mars Group before becoming Procurement Director for Dun & Bradstreet Europe, the Department of Social Security, and the NatWest Group.

    He is a Fellow and was 2003 President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and has served as a non-executive director of two large public sector organizations and a growing private firm. He also lectures on the University of Birmingham MBA course, and his first co-authored book, “Buying Professional Services”, was published by the Economist Books in June 2010.

  • Rohit Talwar - Futurist, Author & Advisor Rohit Talwar

    Rohit Talwar is a global futurist, award-winning keynote speaker, author, strategic advisor to global corporations and governments, and the CEO of Fast Future. His prime focus is on helping clients understand the emerging future and shape strategic responses that put people at the center of the agenda. Rohit is the co-author of Designing Your Future, lead editor and a contributing author for The Future of Business, and editor of Technology vs. Humanity. He is a co-editor and contributor for the recently published Beyond Genuine Stupidity – Ensuring AI Serves Humanity and The Future Reinvented – Reimagining Life, Society, and Business, and two forthcoming books - Unleashing Human Potential – The Future of AI in Business, and 50:50 – Scenarios for the Next 50 Years. His clients include American Express, Boeing, GE, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, PwC, SAP, Shell, and Tata.

    Fast Future is a professional foresight firm specializing in delivering keynote speeches, executive education, research, and consulting on the emerging future and the impacts of change for global clients. Fast Future publishes books from leading future thinkers around the world, exploring how developments such as AI, robotics, exponential technologies, and disruptive thinking could impact individuals, societies, businesses, and governments and create the trillion-dollar sectors of the future. Fast Future has a particular focus on ensuring these advances are harnessed to unleash individual potential and enable a very human future. See: www.fastfuture.com

  • Ilari Nurmi - Senior Vice President, Business Development and Alliances at Basware Ilari Nurmi

  • Mark O'Connell - Author 'To Be a Machine' Mark O'Connell

    Mark O'Connell is a writer based in Dublin. His book "To Be a Machine" was published by Granta in 2017. "To Be a Machine" won the Wellcome Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Royal Society Science Book Prize.

    He is Slate’s books columnist, a staff writer at The Millions, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker’s “Page-Turner” blog; his work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Observer, and The Independent. He is also the author of the Kindle Single Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever (Byliner/The Millions).

    He has a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, and in 2013 his academic monograph on the work of the novelist John Banville, John Banville’s Narcissistic Fictions, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. He was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow from 2011 to 2012 at Trinity College, where he taught contemporary literature.

  • Andrea Fair - Global Pre-Sales Director, Basware Andrea Fair

    Andrea has 19 years of experience in technology and has dedicated the last 8 of them to Purchase to Pay. She is an expert in clearly articulating the value of having a strong P2P, AP and Invoice Processing strategy in place and has an in-depth understanding of the technology needed to support that. In her current role as Head of Global Presales, Andrea is driving the global strategy at Basware and is focused on supporting our customers to define, achieve and exceed their goals.

  • Chris Bell - Commercial Director, City of London Corporation Petteri Mussalo

    Chris has over 20 years’ experience in leading procurement and commercial functions specialising in business transformation, outsourcing and category management development. Currently he is the first ever Commercial Director in the unique surroundings of the City of London Corporation, with its over 800 years of trading history and its responsibility for the square mile and the City of London Police, the Barbican Centre, Tower Bridge and Hampstead Heath. Chris leads a 60 person strong department with responsibility for Category Management, Procurement Operations, Policy and Compliance, Accounts Payable, Contract Management, Commercialism and Responsible Procurement. This follows on from positions held at Accenture, London 2012, BiP Solutions and a range of Local Government positions in Scotland.

    Chris is very much a results driven leadership professional that leads from the front, he sees people as they key component of any successful operation and is a firm sponsor of mentoring, personal development and apprenticeships. The transformation of City Procurement has seen him being named as the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Management Professional of the year 2016.

  • Andrew Daley - Director, Procurement & Spend Management Petteri Mussalo

    Andrew is the leader of the procurement practice. His core strength is mid to senior level appointments in the procurement profession and he is particularly active in the growing Procurement Technology market.

    His clients include the leading solution providers, their corporate customers and consultancies specialising in procurement led transformation programmes and the deployment of spend management and data analytics tools.

    Andrew’s career in Executive Recruitment started when he joined The PSD Group in 1995. In 1998 he was asked to take responsibility for launching the new Purchasing & Supply Chain division and has specialised in procurement ever since. Andrew was educated at William Hulme’s Grammar School in Manchester before graduating from the University of Sheffield with an honours degree in Economics in 1993. Outside of work he is a devoted father to his two daughters and a keen golfer.


Be sure to check back for agenda updates and exciting speaker announcements, but here’s a preview of what’s to come.
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