Eliza Niewiadomska Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Programme at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Eliza Niewiadomska Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Programme at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Eliza is responsible for regulatory advice on digital transformation of government commerce and leads technical cooperation activities under the EBRD UNCITRAL Public Procurement Reform Initiative and the EBRD GPA Technical Cooperation Facility.
Lawyer and economist, Eliza holds postgraduate degrees from the Warsaw University, Poland and the University College London and King’s College in the United Kingdom. Eliza worked for Polish government during regulatory reforms of Poland’s accession to European Union and upon leaving civil service, as a general counsel in the IT industry. Prior to joining the EBRD in 2009, Eliza was head of procurement at power&energy company, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA in Warsaw. Carlos Vanderloo Chairman, WTO Committee on Government Procurement at WTO Secretariat Carlos Vanderloo Chairman, WTO Committee on Government Procurement at WTO Secretariat
Carlos Vanderloo is currently First Secretary at the Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization and Chair of the WTO Committee on Government Procurement. Prior to his posting to Geneva, Mr. Vanderloo was the Deputy Director responsible for Government Procurement Trade Policy in the Government Procurement, Trade and Environment Division at Global Affairs Canada. In this capacity, Mr. Vanderloo was responsible for advancing Canadian government procurement trade policy interests internationally, including at the WTO and in bilateral free trade negotiations. Prior responsibilities included coordination of Canada’s trade policy initiatives in Latin America, including exploratory trade discussions with Mercosur, the implementation of the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement as well as Canada’s trade policy engagement with the Pacific Alliance. From 2007-2011, Mr. Vanderloo was posted to Canada's Mission to the European Union in Brussels where he worked in the trade policy section. Mr. Vanderloo joined Global Affairs Canada in 2003 and has worked in various areas, including trade missions, cabinet affairs as well as the bilateral relations with Europe desk.
Caroline Nicholas Senior Legal Officer, International Trade Law Division at United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Caroline Nicholas Senior Legal Officer, International Trade Law Division at United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
Caroline Nicholas is Head of Technical Assistance and Senior Legal Officer at the International Trade Law Division, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (the UNCITRAL Secretariat). She has served as Secretary to UNCITRAL’s Working Groups I and III, leading UNCITRAL’s work on Procurement and Infrastructure Development, Investor-State Dispute Settlement and Online Dispute Resolution. Caroline also teaches public procurement law and policy at the post-graduate level in several UK and European universities. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Public Procurement Law Review and publishes widely on public procurement and infrastructure development. Prior to joining UNCITRAL, she handled Kuwaiti Government claims at the United Nations Compensation Commission, and practised as a solicitor in the City of London and Hong Kong.
Marzena Rogalska Director, DG Grow of European Commission Marzena Rogalska Director, DG Grow of European Commission
Marzena Rogalska is the Director – Single Market for Public Administration in the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Enterpreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) at the European Commission.
EU Fellow 2015 Harvard University: researched impact investing and competitiveness issues. Head of Unit Clean Technologies and Products in DG GROW. Member of Cabinet of Energy Commissioner 2010-2013 in charge of energy efficiency and non-nuclear research. Prior experience in European Parliament. In Poland for regional and national public administration in Poland: Gdansk Governor's Office, Ministry of Finance and Chancellery of Prime Minister. Member of Bureau of anti-money laundering committee at the Council of Europe. Private sector experience in manufacturing, energy and telecoms. Education: Uniwersytet Gdanski (Masters English Philology) and Diplomatische Akademie Wien (Postgraduate diploma International Economic Relations) as well as the Ecole de Commerce de Rouen and Politechnika Gdanska (Postgraduate diploma in Banking and Finance). Zornitsa Kutlina-Dimitrova Senior Economist, DG Trade at European Commision Zornitsa Kutlina-Dimitrova Senior Economist, DG Trade at European Commision
Zornitsa Kutlina-Dimitrova is a senior economist in the Chief Trade Economist Unit of the European Commission working on economics of government procurement, economic assessment of free trade agreements and economic modelling. She has authored more than 20 publications on the economic impact of international trade policies, international public procurement, trade in services, regional trade agreements, EU tax policy and others. Zornitsa Kutlina-Dimitrova obtained a PhD from the European Institute for International Economic Relations and a master in European Economy from the University of Aachen, Germany. She is also the author of ‘Financial Markets Development and Economic growth in the Central and Eastern European EU Member States (dissertation, Peter Lang, 2009).
Selected publications of relevance for the event: Kutlina-Dimitrova, Z. (2018), Government Procurement: Data, trends and protectionist tendencies, DG TRADE Chief Economist Note 2018(3), European Commission. Kutlina-Dimitrova, Z. (2017), Local preferences: avenues for increasing efficiency in international procurement markets, in: Piga, G. and Tatrai, T. (eds), Law and Economics of Public Procurement Reforms, Oxford: Routledge. Kutlina-Dimitrova, Z. (2017), Can we put a price on extending the scope of the GPA? First quantitative assessment, DG TRADE Chief Economist Notes 2017-1, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission. Kutlina-Dimitrova, Z. and Lakatos, C. (2016), Determinants of direct cross-border public procurement in EU Member States, Review of World Economics 152(3), pp 501-528. Lucian Cernat and Zornitsa Kutlina-Dimitrova (2016), “TTIP and Public Procurement: Going beyond the tip of the iceberg”, CEPS Policy Brief, No 339 (March 2016). Stefan Mathias Ullreich Head of Department Public Procurement and Infrastructure at Finanzprokuratur, Austria Stefan Mathias Ullreich Head of Department Public Procurement and Infrastructure at Finanzprokuratur, Austria
Prior to his current position as an attorney of the Republic of Austria (Head of Department „Public Procurement and Infrastructure“) Dr. Ullreich worked for the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Finance, as well as for the Legal Service of the European Parliament in Brussels. Having completed his Master’s degree at King’s College London with a main focus on public procurement regulation in the EU, his main practice areas include Public Procurement Law, European Law, Banking Law and Civil Law. Dr. Ullreich is also a frequent speaker and a lecturer at, inter alia, the University of Applied Science in Vienna (FH Campus Wien) as well as the author of numerous publications in the fields of public procurement and civil law.
Viktor Nestulia Senior Manager, ECA at Open Contracting Partnership Viktor Nestulia Senior Manager, ECA at Open Contracting Partnership
Before joining the Open Contracting Partnership, Viktor was acting CEO at SOE Medical Procurement of Ukraine – the central purchasing body set up by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine for medical public procurement. Between 2015-2018 he was a Program Director at Transparency International Ukraine. His portfolio included five significant initiatives – ProZorro, ProZorro.Sale systems development, DOZORRO community building, e-Health system development, and Construction Sector Transparency Initiative implementation. He has experience in the private sector and in government. He headed the procurement risk assessment division in one of the biggest agro-holdings of Ukraine and worked in the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
Viktor has a Master’s degree in international economy from Kyiv National Economic University in Ukraine and studied organizational behavior and intercultural marketing at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien in Austria. Viktor’s ambition is to help Eastern Europe and Central Asia become a global open contracting leader. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi Professor at Hertie School of Governance, Germany Alina Mungiu-Pippidi Professor at Hertie School of Governance, Germany
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi chairs the European Research Centre for Anticorruption and State-Building (ERCAS, www.againstcorruption.eu) at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where she teaches state-building and institutional change. She is the author of A Quest for Good Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2015) , Transitions to Good Governance (with Michael Johnston), and Europe’s Burden. Promoting Good Governance across Borders (Cambridge University Press 2019), as well as of various journal articles, for instance in Nature. She was principal investigator in various EU research projects resulting in the public procurement open data portal Opentender.eu or the public accountability mechanisms regulation europam.eu. She also served as a reearcher for World Bank Development Report, for the International Monetary Fund, for the European Parliament as principal investigator on ‘clean trade’, for the Swedish Government on a strategy for international donors to increase effectiveness of good governance assistance programs, for the EU Dutch Presidency on trust and public integrity in EU-28, and for the European Commission DG Research on governance innovation.
Anna Caroline Müller Legal Affairs Officer at World Trade Organization Anna Caroline Müller Legal Affairs Officer at World Trade Organization
Anna Caroline Müller is a Legal Affairs Officer in the government procurement team of the WTO’s Intellectual Property Division. She is a fully qualified lawyer admitted to the bar in Germany and to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales. Prior to joining the WTO in June 2011, she practiced law in the Commercial Litigation & Arbitration section of Clifford Chance‘s Frankfurt office. In her current role, her functions are focused on the administration of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement, related publications and technical assistance. In particular, she works extensively with transition and developing countries interested in GPA accession, often in co-operation with other international institutions supporting procurement reform in the economies concerned. She publishes on a regular basis on topics related to government procurement and competition policy at the international level.
Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba Briz Senior Economist at UNCTAD Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba Briz Senior Economist at UNCTAD
Santiago Fernandez de Cordova is a Senior Economist at UNCTAD and Coordinator of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS). He has been a trade policy expert for over 20 years, particularly on market access issues, standards and structural adjustment. He advises government on economic development, trade negotiation and promotion. He participated as a speaker on economic development and trade liberalization at over 200 conferences worldwide. He is Visiting Professor in Universidad de Navarra Center for International Development and was a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is the Editor of the 3rd UNFSS Flagship on “Voluntary Sustainability Standards, Trade and Development”. Furthermore, he has published the book “Coping with Trade Reform” (Palgrave – McMillan), as well as numerous studies on economic development and trade policy. He is the lead editor of the UNFSS Flagship series, including the 3rd Flagship on “ Voluntary Sustainable Standards, Trade and Sustainable Development”. He has also served as expert and consultant for the World Bank, OECD and World Trade Organization. Prior to joining at the United Nations, he worked in management consulting and investment banking. Santiago holds an MBA from the University LUISS Guido Carl and a degree in Economics from Universidad de Navarra.
Hubert Reisner Judge at Federal Administrative Court of Austria Hubert Reisner Judge at Federal Administrative Court of Austria
Judge at the Federal Administrative Court of Austria since 2014; head of a senate in the Federal Procurement Office (review authority) from 2002 to 2013; numerous publications and lectures on Public Procurement Law and Procedural Law in Austria and other countries; expert in Twinning, TAIEX and EBRD projects since 2004.
Uwe Flach Head of Consulting & e-Procurement at Federal Procurement Agency of Austria Uwe Flach Head of Consulting & e-Procurement at Federal Procurement Agency of Austria
Uwe Flach is Head of Consulting & E-Procurement & International Affairs within BBG (Federal Procurement Agency of Austria) and responsible for a wide range of BBG offerings for expert services and e-procurement solutions. This includes the provision of consulting services around organisational structures and procurement processes as well as the strategic and conceptual development of BBG’s e-procurement solutions.
Uwe is a Sourcing & Procurement expert and leader with over 16 years experiences as Management Consultant and Senior Project Manager. This includes more than 5 years experiences in public procurement, specialized in the areas of Central Purchasing Bodies, e-Procurement, shared services, consulting and marketing. He successfully run and delivered international transformation and transition projects for process and organizational optimizations, IT implementations as well as business process outsourcing in the area of Supply Chain / Sourcing & Procurement. He certified banker and studied business administration in Germany. Stefan Wurm Head of Marketing & Communications at Federal Procurement Agency of Austria Stefan Wurm Head of Marketing & Communications at Federal Procurement Agency of Austria
Mr. Stefan Wurm is Head of Marketing and Communications in the Bundesbeschaffung GmbH, Austrias central purchasing body. He is also an expert in the topics of innovative and sustainable public procurement and is working within this field for more than nine years. Moreover Stefan Wurm is a lecturer and regular presenter on topics of public procurement.
Kakha Demetrashvili Deputy Chairman at State Procurement Agency of Georgia Kakha Demetrashvili Deputy Chairman at State Procurement Agency of Georgia
Prof.-Dr. Demetrashvili has more than 20 years of experience in international public aid and development programs as a senior management team member, team leader, project manager and a consultant to a wide variety of donor, governmental and non-governmental organisations. His experience is worldwide but since 1995 mainly in Central- and Eastern Europe in general, and the South Caucasus area in particular. He has a strong background in Public Management, ICTD, and e-Governance in the context of democratic development and good governance. Since 1997 being as a project manager, team leader and a leading expert/consultant/analyst of UNDP, EU, USAID, CoE, WB, Dr. Demetrashvili was involved in a variety of specialized democratic governance programs including public administration reform, civil service reform, parliamentary strengthening, public finance management reform, government oversight, supreme audit reform, E-Governance, ICT4D, civil registry reform, decentralization and local governance reform, regional development, reform of electoral administration, strengthening of civil society institutions, human rights and national minorities issues, as well as institutional-building and capacity development projects.
In January, 2013 Dr. Demetrashvili has been appointed as a deputy head of a leading Georgian EGOV and ICT agency – Financial-Analytical Service at the Ministry of Finance, supervising development of an ePFMS - Electronic Public Finance Management System. Since June, 2014 Dr. Demetrashvili has employed as a Deputy Chairman of the State Procurement Agency of Georgia – a single public procurement authority in the country. The agency is functioning under the Prime-Minister’s supervision directly, managing, regulating and monitoring the whole public procurement cycle. The agency is maintaining and developing the unified electronic platform – Georgian eProcurement system as well. Dr. Demetrashvili is engaged as a full Professor at the Georgian Technical University leading bachelors’ and masters’ courses in computer integrating manufacturing and mechatronics. Paul Borodai International e-Procurement Expert at EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative Paul Borodai International e-Procurement Expert at EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative
Software architect and development specialist with 12 years of professional experience and expertise in design, development and implementation of the IT web-based solutions in areas of ERP, CRM, flow of documents, communication and trading. As chief technical officer and designer, Paul contributed to more than 80 IT projects in Ukraine and in several EU Member States, delivering proprietary and open source software.
In 2014 Paul joined development team of Open Contracting public procurement system in Ukraine (ProZorro) and is leading one of the most active Prozorro and ProZorro.Sale marketplaces. He is a team member of GPAinUA – a pilot project supporting Ukrainian exporters with participating in public tenders in the WTO member countries. Paul also works as an IT business consultant for international and intergovernmental organizations, such as UNICEF, UNDP and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Dorina Harcenco Policy expert, EBRD GPA TC Facility Dorina Harcenco Policy expert, EBRD GPA TC Facility
Dr Dorina Harcenco has a professional experience of over 15 years, as an Associate Professor, the main taught courses being International Trade and Trade Policies and Economic Integration. She also has experience working in the Ministry of Economy of Moldova, as well as in different research projects as a researcher-coordinator.
Starting with 2013, Dorina works for the EBRD as a regulatory and policy expert in Moldova, Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and North Macedonia following the work at the UNDP as a national consultant for Moldova GPA accession. In July 2016 Moldova has officially joined WTO GPA. The main focus of the ongoing projects is the reform of Public Procurement Sector of Republic of Moldova in the post GPA accession context and in Tajikistan and North Macedonia - assisting it in the WTO GPA accession process. Oksana Kamianetska Chief specialist of International Activities Division, Public Procurement Department at Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture, Ukraine Oksana Kamianetska Chief specialist of International Activities Division, Public Procurement Department at Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture, Ukraine
PhD (Economics), Assosiate Professor.
Oksana Kamianetska has served in Ministry since 2018. The sphere of her responsibility includes taking measures to ensure implementation of the state policy for public procurement sphere of Ukraine. She is directly involved in the preparation of materials for representative of Ukraine in the WTO Committee on Government Procurement, preparing reports on the implementation of the public procurement obligations of Ukraine according to the Association Agreement with EU. She is responsible for cooperation with different international organizations such as European Commission, OECD, EBRD, SIGMA, World Bank, etc. in area of implementation of the best international practices in public procurement system in Ukraine. Nurida Baizakova Director of Public Procurement Department at Ministry of Finance Nurida Baizakova Director of Public Procurement Department at Ministry of Finance
Nurida Baizakova has been working in the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic since 2000, and was appointed the Director of the Public Procurement Department (within the Ministry) in January 2013. Nurida has developed a number of the current guidance materials on program budgeting in the Kyrgyz Republic, and has extensive experience in organizing and conducting training activities on program budgeting.
Nurida graduated in International Economic Relations with honours from the Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture. In 2016, Nurida received a master’s degree from Doshisha University in Japan and successfully defended her thesis on “Implementing program budgeting in the Kyrgyz Republic: problems and prospects”. Oleksii Yurchenko International e-Procurement Expert at EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative Oleksii Yurchenko International e-Procurement Expert at EBRD UNCITRAL Initiative
Oleksii Yurchenko is a digital procurement specialist from Ukraine working with international teams on optimising public procurement processes for electronic environment and developing and implementing Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) digital solutions for public procurement.
Oleksii has more than 10 years of managerial experience in fields of procurement, IT and finance. He works as a Business Analyst and eProcurement Business Consultant and in this role he has worked on different aspects of public procurement systems in Armenia, Cyprus, Jordan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Portugal, Tunisia, and Ukraine. He is a project manager for Transparency International Ukraine responsible for creating Dozorro.org a monitoring system for ProZorro, Ukraine’s electronic public procurement system. Oleksii takes one of leading roles in creating data-based risk methodologies and the OCDS-based risk management tools for Ukraine - risk.dozorro.org and index.dozorro.org. He contributed to development of online monitoring tools for public procurement covered under the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). Oleksii currently works on development of the OCDS-based analytical tools for the MTender in Moldova and public procurement business intelligence system for Armenia. Oleksii holds a Master of Physics at Karazin Kharkov National University and is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English.