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Bruno Olierhoek

Supply Chain Partnerships

Drawing on his experience as the former CEO of Nestlé ESAR (East and Southern Africa Region), Bruno Olierhoek discusses supply-chain partnerships.

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Bruno Olierhoek has been an international executive with Nestlé for more than 27 years, working in a diversity of markets in Asia, Europe and Africa. During his tenure as CEO of Nestlé Pakistan, Bruno was also president of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry, representing 191 international companies from 35 countries, covering 14 sectors of the economy with assets of $83 billion. He was the managing director and chairman for the East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) from 2018 to 2022.

For Bruno, business is all about holistic impact. A strong believer in the concept of Ubuntu, he has achieved solid year-on-year business results, while building his team, creating value for communities and restoring nature. This was achieved through innovative business models and initiatives such as Hatcher, RE2AL (Realising Empowered and Enabled African Livelihoods), the Sub-Saharan African Youth Alliance, ZiWeb (Zimbabwe Women Empowered in Business), using spent coffee grounds to grow oyster mushrooms, and pioneering a fintech retailer credit system and cashless digital daily payments to over 50,000 dairy farmers.

Bruno won the Conscious Company Award in 2021.


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Simply viewed, supply chains enable companies to source raw materials from suppliers at one end and deliver finished products to customers at the other. What is on the face of it a purely commercial process, has the potential to unlock tremendous benefits when it is approached holistically.

This is the view of Bruno Olierhoek, former CEO of Nestlé ESAR (East and Southern Africa Region) and committed believer in holistic impact and Ubuntu.

In this recipe he says that communication is the key that unlocks successful collaboration between corporates and startups, discusses how to balance flexibility and efficiency in a supply chain, and emphasises the importance of cross-functional collaboration.

The many practical examples he shares of Nestlé’s supply-chain innovations and partnerships with entrepreneurs and communities are instructional and inspirational in equal measure.

What You'll Learn


In this recipe you will learn:

  • How to approach technology-based innovation in the supply chain.
  • Factors to consider when you choose supply-chain partners.
  • The importance of a combination of hard and soft KPIs when measuring the performance of teams and supply chains.
  • What nature can teach us about efficiency and waste management.
  • Why community engagement entails far more than the occasional handout.
  • The secret to successful collaboration between corporates and startups.


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