Dr Sathya Menon, CEO of Blue Ocean Academy, was recently recognized as the Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (FCIPS), the highest grade of CIPS membership. This esteemed qualification from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), UK recognizes individuals as procurement leaders. This accolade honours an outstanding level of achievement, knowledge and experience in procurement and supply, along with passion and determination to advance the profession for the public good. It also elevates the awardee, Dr Sathya Menon, to an exclusive group of elite professionals who have made valuable contributions to the advancement of the profession.
The FCIPS certificate was awarded to Dr Sathya Menon by Mr Sam Achampong, the Regional Head and General Manager of CIPS in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. The fellowship stands testimony to Dr Menon’s exceptional efforts for the development of the profession and encouraging individuals to learn and implement the best practices in the industry. A trailblazer in procurement and supply chain education in the Middle East, Dr Menon is also the recipient of fellowships from prestigious international bodies like the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), UK and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), UK.
With more than 25 years of experience (including consulting and training) in the field of Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing, Dr Menon is a strong proponent of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management education, particularly in the Middle East. He is also a Certified SAP Consultant and holds an MBA and Doctorate in Logistics and Supply Chain.
Dr Sathya Menon, who heads Blue Ocean Academy, has worked with various MNCs like Ericsson, Compaq, Haier and large conglomerates like Samtel, Al Futtaim helping them to expand their Supply Chain operations. Currently, he guides an expert panel of consultants at Blue Ocean Academy to help businesses to streamline their operations to reduce costs and become profitable even during these challenging times. He champions Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) efforts, which is the need of the hour and brings with him the expertise of industry knowledge across multiple domains.
Under his leadership, Blue Ocean Academy has experienced steady growth and has become a well-recognized brand in the training industry. Blue Ocean is always driven to add value to all the stakeholders in the business, be it a customer or an employee. Dr Menon initiated free training programs during these trying times to help people upgrade themselves and forge ahead in their careers. Thousands of people such as citizens of UAE, Sultanate of Oman, Nigeria and Azerbaijan have benefitted from the free training as well as the scholarship schemes that were implemented by Blue Ocean. At present, a program has been launched to provide free training to frontline healthcare professionals and Blue Ocean Alumni.
Blue Ocean Academy is one of the most reputed professional training institutes in the Middle East, with strong presence in the UAE, other GCC countries, Nigeria and Azerbaijan. “Learning is an ever-continuing process. Professionals must always be on a quest for knowledge if they believe in career advancement. As the world is changing at a fast pace, with new technology coming up every minute, we need to ensure that we stay abreast of the changing trends in our industry,” remarked Dr Sathya Menon.
In an illustrious career spanning more than two decades, Dr Sathya Menon has received several awards for being an outstanding employer, an eminent leader, and a great influencer in the society. Some of the recent awards include:
- “Top 100 Leaders in Education” Award given by Global Forum for Education and Learning (GFEL), Dubai, 2019
- “CEO of the Year” Award given by the prestigious Middle East Training and Development Leadership Conference, Dubai, 2019
- Arjun Award from Hindustan Art & Music Society for significant contribution in the field of Social Service throughout the world, Dubai, 2019
- Best Training Initiative in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Asia, Malaysia, 2018
- Outstanding Contribution to Global Learning, Dubai at the World HRD Congress, Dubai, 2018
- Global Training and Development Leadership Award, Mumbai, 2017