International conference by the Public Procurement Authority of Hungary

Speakers

DAY 1 – 5 JUNE 2019

PUBLIC PROCUREMENTS SERVING SUSTAINABILITY AND INNOVATION


Emmanuelle Maire

European Commission, Directorate-General for the Environment

Emmanuelle Maire works at the European Commission in Brussels, in the Directorate general for Environment (DG ENV). She heads the team responsible for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption. The core activity of the team is to support the transition to a circular and green economy in the European Union.

She held several positions before that with the European Commission, being Head of unit for multilateral environmental cooperation (2015-2018), and Head of Unit for the EU Internal market in aviation (2010-2015). Prior to that, between 2001 and 2010, she was a desk officer in the field of competition law, preparing the European Commission decisions on the permissibility of state aid to airlines. She was as a member of the EU aviation team that negotiated the first 'Open skies' agreement between the European Union and the United States. She also assisted the Director of Air Transport in the general coordination of European aviation.

Emmanuelle Maire graduated in political science and international relations from the Universities of Grenoble and Paris-Panthéon Sorbonne in France, studied political science in Germany and holds a European Masters degree from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.

 

János Bertók

OECD Public Governance Directorate

János Bertók leads the OECD activities for promoting strategic public procurement, integrity, control and audit in the public sector. The OECD helps policy makers and practitioners build a comprehensive and coherent integrity system, cultivate a culture of integrity and strengthen accountability, through risk-based internal control and effective oversight.

The OECD comparative analysis supports evidence-based policy debate and standard setting, including emerging and high-risk areas to integrity, such as public procurement, lobbying and political financing. The OECD is in the forefront of providing comparative data, mapping out good practices and developing principles, policy guidelines and practical tools for policy makers and managers.

 

Farid Yaker

United Nations Environment Programme

Farid Yaker works with UN Environment, Economy division, Paris. He has been leading the work of UNEP in the area of Sustainable Public Procurement since 2008.

Mr Yaker taught Agricultural economics at the University of Blida, Algeria from 1988 to 1990 before joining the international NGO Enda (Environmental development action) after the Rio summit that he attended in 1992. After managing an international programme on the promotion of participatory approaches in the field of urban environment from 1994 to 1999, Mr Yaker took the direction of the European office of Enda, from 2000 to 2007, before joining UNEP in 2008.

Mr Yaker holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis, USA

 

GREEN SOLUTIONS AND EXPERIENCE

 

Orsolya Barna

Hungarian Public Procurement Institute

She graduated at Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences at the faculty of Law, and then she continued at the ELTE Institute for Postgraduate Legal Studies where she gained degree as a lawyer specialised in Environmental Protection and in European Union Law.

She is an attorney-at-law. Since 2006, she has been a registered official public procurement consultant, later she has become a liable accredited public procurement consultant, one of the funders of Hungarian Public Procurement Institute (MKI), and she is its senior lecturer.

Among typical public procurement procedures, her speciality is green public procurement (GPP/SPP), in-house, and innovation-purposed procurement. The configuration of the conception of the so-called Green Public Procurement Regulations is also attached to her name. She has wide-range of experience in public procurement of government and of municipalities; she is the author of several green and sustainable public procurement publications and public procurement textbooks. She is the co-author of the “Repertory of Terms and Samples of Document of Public Procurement and Design Contest”.

She is the leader of MKI Green Public Procurement Workshop and she is a lecturer at the course of lawyer specialised in public procurement in Ferenc Deák Institute for Postgraduate Legal Studies in Pázmány Péter Catholic University.

 

Christopher H. Bovis

University of Hull, United Kingdom

Professor Christopher Bovis is an international leading authority in public procurement and public-private partnerships. He specializes in all areas of European Business Law, anti-trust law and policy, with particular emphasis on public sector management.

He advises national governments in public sector reforms and he has acted on behalf of public sector and industry on numerous high profile projects. He has been instrumental in structuring flagship public-private partnerships in the UK, EU and overseas.

He has published extensively in international legal and management journals and has produced numerous monographs and articles on European and international business subjects. He is Editor in Chief of European Procurement and Public-Private Partnerships Law Review, published by Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft. He is the author of The Law of EU Public Procurement, by Oxford University Press, Public Procurement: Case Law and Regulation, by Oxford University Press, The Research Handbook on EU Public Procurement Law by Elgar, and Public Private Partnerships in the EU, Routledge. His academic work has been translated into different languages, including Chinese, Russian, French and German.

 

Dalma Kittka

Budapest Capital Mayor's Office, Hungary

She graduated in 2003 at Faculty of Law at the University of Pécs, in her hometown. She began his career in domestic and international law firms, gaining nearly 7 years of experience in civil and economic law. In 2011, she began his public service work at the Budapest Capital Mayor's Office as a co-worker of the Public Procurement Department.

Since January 2016, she has been leading the Public Procurement Reference of the Mayor's Office, which is responsible for conducting public procurement and procurement procedures of the Municipality of Budapest and the Mayor's Office and of performing other related tasks.

She started to deal with public procurements serving the sustainable development and consumption as a member of the project CEPPI “Support for Innovative public procurements in Cities” awarded by the Municipality of Budapest. In the recent years, for the invitation of the European Commission and several international networks and organizations (eg ICLEI, GLCN) she has represented the Municipality of Budapest at thought-provoking conferences and exchanges of experiences. She actively contributes to the development of Budapest's Sustainable, Green and Innovation procurement Strategy. Her personal commitment and interest in environmental protection motivates in the realization of value-creating public procurement.

 

András Béres

Ottó Herman Institute Nonprofit Ltd.

His first degree is agrarian mechanical engineer and He also holds a phD degree of technical sciences in the field of agrarian-genetics and ​environmental technology of the Agrarian University of Gödöllő, based on his researches into air pollution control and odour measurement. His main area of research is air pollution control, environmental impact assessment, estimation and evaluation.

He has been teaching subjects in connection with environmental, energy management, waste management, wastewater treatment and renewable energy sources for 25 years at several Hungarian higher education institutions, primarily at Szent István University as a university associate professor.

Previously he also worked as environmental expert and as Chief Manager of Quality Management for an environmental analytics laboratory.

From July 2015, he was the Deputy Director General of the Herman Ottó Institute, Deputy Managing Director, Head of the Environmental and Nature Preservation Directorate, and he has been Managing Director of the Institute from September 2018. In recent years he has been awarded the Environmental Engineering Prize by the Environmental Division of the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers and the Award for our Environment handed out by the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

DAY 2 – 6 JUNE 2019

INNOVATION CHALLENGES IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

 

Péter Kovács

European Commission, Directorate-General for Trade

Peter is the Head of the Intellectual Property and Public Procurement Unit in DG TRADE of the European Commission. His team is in charge of negotiating procurement market openings for European companies and products in third countries; and of promoting EU procurement policies and practices internationally, in the interest of EU industry. He also contributes to the development of the European Union’s procurement policy in the internal market.

He has extensive experience in trade and customs matters, in security policy and in international relations/negotiations.  Before joining DG TRADE, he spent his career in DG TAXUD of the European Commission, at NATO International Staff and at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

András Arnhoffer

Zalavíz Waterworks Company

Born in Veszprém 1968, he graduated as a qualified engineer at the Budapest University of Technology and later obtained a qualification as occupational drainage engineer at the same university.

He started his career at the North-Zala Water and Sewer Ltd. (Zalavíz). After graduating as an Occupational Engineer, he became the Head of Technical Unit and later the Head of Development Unit, and since 2000 he had served as the Technical Director of the company. In 2013, he started an independent business, where he was engaged in technical activities, technical consultancy and scientific research and development activities. From 2016, he is the President-Chief Executive Officer of Zalavíz. Thanks to the innovative solution of Zalavíz, a damaged sewer section in Zalaegerszeg was replaced while both public utilities, such as the diversion of the generated wastewater, and the main street traffic above the public utilities were provided without interruption.

He is a member of the Hungarian Water Utility Association, and until 2012 he was Co-President and President of the Regional Water Economic Council of West-Transdanubia. He is currently a member of the Water Economist Working Committee of the Academy Committee in Pécs of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

 

András Háry

Automotive Industry Test Track Zala Ltd., Hungary

Dr. András Háry is the Executive Director of Automotive Industry Test Track Zala Ltd.

The Ltd. is a company founded to create the test track of the Zalaegerszeg automotive industry, whose task is to construct the test track, to prepare the operation of the track, and support the foundation of the related research and knowledge background.

Dr. András Háry has a degree of mechanical engineer and Doctor of Economics, MBA.

 

Gábor Hamsik

Platio, Hungary

Gábor Hamsik has nearly 20 years of experience with international companies in management positions pertaining to sales, marketing and business development, mainly in the chemical and energy sectors. For nearly four years, he also worked in the profession of HR as an executive search and organizational development consultant.

From May 2019, Gábor manages the Hungarian technology company, which aim is to produce sustainable building materials and pavement for environmentally conscious companies and individuals using environmentally friendly technologies. Platio’s goal is to make solar technology and recycled materials part of the constructed environment.

Renewable energy and environmental protection have always played a prominent role in Gábor's professional career and private life, so the task of developing the Platio both on the domestic and international market was a great challenge for him when he took on the role of manager.

 

SECTION I.

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT REVIEW AND EFFICIENCY

 

Sándor Puskás

Public Procurement Arbitration Board of Hungary

I am Sándor Puskás, I hold Administration Management and Law Degrees, and I took administrative qualification exam and Bar exam.

I have been working as a public procurement commissioner at the Public Procurement Arbitration Board of the Public Procurement Authority since 15 April 2006.

From 1 October 2013 to 9 of March 2016 I was working as the Deputy Chairperson of the Public Procurement Arbitration Board, on 10 March 2016 I was elected the Chairperson of the Arbitration Board.

As a member of the National Administrative Examination Board I conduct several subjects on the administrative qualification exam’s consultations and I am also an examiner here.

I regularly make presentations at conferences of the Public Procurement Authority, on the courses of Universities for public procurement lawyers and public procurement managers, as well as at professional organization events.

Several of my articles were published in the Public Procurement Review.

 

Jugatx Ortiz Gonzalez

European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Jugatx Ortiz Gonzalez is Legal and Policy Officer at unit G3 “Procurement Legislation and Enforcement” at the Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission. Previously, Jugatx worked in the public and private sectors as a project and policy officer. She worked at the Delegation of the Basque Government to the EU, where she coordinated a network of regional and local authorities from all around Europe in the areas of education, employment and integration. She holds a Master degree in Law and Business Administration as well as a Master of Laws in European Law from the Institute for European Studies in Brussels.

 

Iveta Pospíšilíková

Office for the Protection of Competition, Czech Republic

Iveta Pospíšilíková has graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Palacký University in Olomouc. After her studies, she worked as a lawyer at the Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture in Brno, then at the Municipality of Brno.

In 2012, she joined the Office for the Protection of Competition and she served as a secretary of the Public Procurement Remonstrance Committee. In 2014, she was appointed the Head of the Unit of 2nd Instance Decision-Making 1 (Public Procurement). In 2017, she was appointed to the position of the Director of the Department of 2nd Instance Decision-Making (Public Procurement).

 

Gabriele Herlemann

Bundeskartellamt, Germany

I was born in Munich, Germany, on the 3 April 1961. I studied law at the University of Munich and I made my degrees there. I also made my doctorate in law at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property in Munich.

I started to work as a lawyer in 1989 at the German Competition Authority, the Bundeskartellamt. After the reunification of Germany in 1989 I spent the years from 1991 to 1999 in the former eastern part of Germany, the German Democratic Republic, working in a ministry on state level in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. I was responsible for the implementation of public broadcasting in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and also for the state supervision of public broadcasting.

In 1999 I returned to the Bundeskartellamt. I worked in the field of competition law until 2000. After the public procurement tribunals had been established in the national German law at the Bundeskartellamt in 1999 according to the European Directives on public procurement, I started to work as a judge in one of the then two public procurement tribunals. First I was an associate member of the chamber, in 2004 I became chairwoman. This is still my present position.

 

Goran Matešić

State Commission for Public Procurement Procedures, Croatia

Goran Matešić is one of the leading experts in public procurement and President of the State Commission for Public Procurement Procedures for two mandates.

Twelve years’ experience as an Attorney at law, and a great experience as a practitioner in public procurement, concession, and commercial contracts field. Experience in international law (UNCITRAL, World bank) and legislation of EU in the public procurement field.

Goran Matešić has a great experience conducting public procurement contracts, public procurement procedures, and in the interpretation and legal acts drafting in the field of public procurement, concession awards and experience in negotiating process for the accession to the European Union (Croatia, Macedonia, Monte Negro, Bulgaria, Romania) as a Consultant, Coach and lecturer.

 

SECTION II.

STRATEGIC ASPECTS IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENTS

 

Tünde Tátrai

Corvinus University of Budapest

Economist and lawyer, Associate Professor at the Department of Logistics and Supply Chain at Corvinus University of Budapest.

She received his Ph.D. in 2006 with the title of the degree thesis: “Public procurement as a special procurement activity and it’s development opportunities in Hungary”. Her habilitation was defended in 2017 with the subject of "European practice and experiences of the centralized public procurements in the context of domestic centralized public procurements".

She teaches economic law, activity management, supply chain management, public procurement law, procurement law, sustainable procurement and electronic procurement. She is Professional Manager of the postgraduate program of public procurement at BCE, and Project Manager at BCE AACSB International Accreditation. Her research area is related to procurement and public procurement. 

She is a participant in numerous domestic and international research pertaining to procurement and public procurement topics and author of articles. She is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Public Procurement, home correspondent of the European Procurement and Public Private Partnership Law Review. Besides several Hungarian higher education institutions, She teaches at Rome Tor Vergata University and at the Higher School of Economics. She is also member of the MTA Logistics Committee member of the European Commission’s Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement and of the EXEP Expert Working Group on e-Procurement.

 

Jan Telgen

Public Procurement Research Centre, Netherlands

Jan Telgen has over 30 years of consulting experience in PricewaterhouseCoopers as a partner responsible for their consulting groups in Procurement. In 2003 the 50 people consulting team he headed split off into Significant, a consulting group specializing in Public Procurement. Jan Telgen was CEO of Significant for 6 years.

Jan also has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research on Public Procurement. From 1987 until 2018 he held a chaired professorship in Applied Operations Research and Public Procurement at the University of Twente.

He was one of the originators of the International Research Study on Public Procurement (IRSPP). His work in Procurement has been awarded the 1997 IFPMM Maple Leaf Award, the 2010 IFPSM Hans Ovelgonne Award and the IPSERA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Currently he leads a social enterprise named PPRC (Public Procurement Research Centre) devoted to developing and disseminating knowledge about Public Procurement.

 

Hubert Nowak

Public Procurement Office, Poland

Hubert Nowak – President of the Public Procurement Office (as of December 2018), previously the Vice-President of the PPO; Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Łódź University; postgraduate studies at the Warsaw School of Economics; MBA studies at the University of Warsaw and MPA managerial studies at IESE Business School – University of Navarra and the National School of Public Administration.

In professional practice, Mr. Nowak specializes in issues related to civil law, public procurement law, economic and commercial law and has a vast experience in obtaining and spending EU funds.

Mr. Nowak’s experience in the field of public procurement includes the position of a controller, expert in conducting contract award procedures as well as representative of parties before the National Appeal Chamber and courts.

Mr. Nowak is also an academic lecturer, frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, author of closed trainings in the field of public procurement and co-author of various publications on public procurement.

 

Janka Valčuhová

Office for Public Procurement, Slovakia

Janka Valčuhová works for the Office for Public Procurement since 2010. She is a senior expert at the Legal department. She is engaged in the legislative procedure and cooperated in the process of designing the new legislative framework regarding the social economy and social entrepreneurship, specifically the sections on responsible public procurement.

She is a member of the working group for Social Public Procurement initiated and established by the Office for Public Procurement. The working group issued the Guidelines on the application of socially responsible public procurement in the Slovak Republic as a basic handbook for the contracting authorities.

With the cooperation of the Institute of public procurement, she participates in the preparation of a new methodology on socially responsible public procurement. 

 

Antonia Schmidt

Bitkom e. V., Germany

Antonia Schmidt is the Advisor for Public Sector at Bitkom. Bitkom is Germany’s digital association and represents more than 2.600 companies of the digital economy. Ms. Schmidt is responsible for all topics concerning the digitalization of government and public procurement. She has accompanied the negotiations for the declaration of sustainability in procurement with the procurement office of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministeriums des Inneren). Furthermore, she manages the Bitkom initiative for guidelines on vendor-neutral procurement of ICT-products.

Before working at Bitkom she was a Senior Consultant for one of largest global consulting firms in the area of Technology Consulting for the Public Sector. She holds a Double Degree MSc in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics and Universidad Adolfo Ibanez and a BSc in Business Administration from WHU- Otto Beisheim School of Management.