Marcus_Ambe.jpgThis month SmartProcurement profiles Prof. Marcus Ambe, from the University of South Africa, Unisa.

Full name: Prof. Marcus Ambe

Position: Chairperson of the Tender Committee (Other Projects) at Unisa;
Chairperson of the Supply Chain Management Research Group, Unisa;
Chairperson of the implementation committee for Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme, Unisa;
Professor in Supply Chain Management, Unisa School of Public and Operations Management;
Deputy Chairperson: Technical Standards and Competencies for the interim Supply Chain Management Council, SA

Your organisation’s procurement expenditure: R2-billion

Who does P & SM report to: Chief Finance Officer (CFO)

Private sector or public sector: Public sector

Core business activity of the enterprise: Teaching and learning, research, community engagement

Number of people in your P & SM organisation: 20

Management motto: Define tomorrow

Personal motto: Leading by example

Membership of professional bodies: CIPS, IPSERA

What is your vision for P & SM: Provide sustainable solutions to transform the supply chain landscape in Africa

Personal best achievement: Development and implementation of enterprise and supplier development programme at Unisa 2018-2020

Most important commodities: All are valued

The person that has had the biggest influence on your life: My father (Joseph Ambe)

The person that has had the biggest influence on your career: Many mentors

The person that you would most like to meet: None at the moment

What do you like most about your job: Empowering and developing knowledge

Is there anything that you dislike about your job: Not at the moment

The businessperson who has impressed you most: Aliko Dangote

Favourite quote: Most successful people are not necessary intelligent but are wise

Your favourite South African organisation: Development Bank of Southern Africa

Your favourite global organisation: UNESCO

Your philosophy about life: Believe in yourself

Favourite reading: Africa Writer Series

Favourite music: R&B

Favourite sport: Football

Favourite website:

Hobbies: Sport, Travelling, Gospel Music

Car: Mercedes

Married: Married

Children: Three Kids