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Speakers Profiles - Procurement Week 2013

Jane Hutt, AM Minister for Finance and Leader of the House

Jane Hutt AM is Minister for Finance and Leader of the House for the Welsh Government. Educated at the University of Kent, the London School of Economics and Bristol University, Jane is also an Honorary Fellow of University of Wales Institute Cardiff. Prior to her election to the National Assembly for Wales, Jane was director of Chwarae Teg (Fair Play) and was the Welsh member on the New Opportunities (UK) Fund and was an elected Member of the former South Glamorgan County Council.

Frank Brunetta, Procurement Ombudsman of Canada

In his role as Procurement Ombudsman, Mr. Brunetta leads a team of professionals whose overall goal is to promote fairness, openness and transparency in federal procurement. Before his current role, he was Assistant Deputy Minister of the Departmental Oversight Branch, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). His responsibilities included providing independent assurance and oversight on the prudence, probity and transparency of Departmental operations.

Gary Clifford, Director, ICPS, Bangor University

Gary Clifford is the ‘Winning in Tendering’ Project Manager and a Procurement Research Lecturer within Bangor Law School. In 2009, Gary co-wrote the ‘Pre Qualification - Barriers to Procurement Opportunity for Welsh SMEs’.He has also co-directed ‘Tenderwise’. Tenderwise assembled a wide range of valuable information to enable SMEs to overcome the knowledge barriers which prevented them from winning more Public Sector business.

Ian Forrester Mowatt, Session Chair, North Wales, Procurement Partnership

Mr Mowatt is a Senior Manager with over thirty years experience gained across both the Public and Private sectors, including Local Government, Mobile Telecommunications, Oil and Gas, and Nuclear Power Generation. He is experienced in Programme Management, Project Management, Engineering and Procurement. His experience and expertise have lead him to be a Cabinet Office accredited Gateway reviewer for high risk programmes and projects.

Dr Jacqueline Homan, Birmingham City Council

Dr Homan’s main areas of work include low carbon innovation, developing demonstrator projects, work on climate change policy and using public procurement as a means of stimulating (low carbon) innovation and R&D. She has experience of working in cross-sector partnerships and is involved in a number of transnational and UK projects and networks exploring the impact of public procurement as a tool for stimulating innovation.

John McClelland, Chair of Skills Development Scotland

John has extensive experience across the private and public sectors. John's previous roles include Vice President of Worldwide Operations for IBM's personal computer company, Global Chief Industrial Officer and board member of Philips Consumer Electronics and President of 3Com's Business Networks Company.

Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey, High Court of Justice, Northen Ireland

Mr Justice McCloskey is a High Court Judge in Northern Ireland  and was Chairman of The Northern Ireland Law Commission 2009-2012 . Has delivered over 200 judgments in the High Court, Court of Appeal and UK Upper Tier Tribunal spanning a broad range of  fields. Has also addressed a number of seminars and conferences, national and international, presenting  papers on diverse subjects – mainly human rights, public law, EU law, immigration law, extradition law,  judicial responsibility and accountability and modern litigation procedural practice.

Marta Andrecka Aarhus University, Denmark

Marta Andrecka is a third year PhD student at Aarhus University, Denmark. She is currently working on her thesis focusing on the relationship between the formation, and operation of a public/private partnership (PPP) and public procurement law. The main aims of her research are to identify, and analyse the relevant challenges, the legal barriers impeding the application of public procurement law to the public private/partnership construction.

Aileen Murtagh, A&L Goodbody

Aileen Murtagh practices in the areas of procurement law, EU and Irish competition law.  Her particular area of interest is public procurement law where she advises on a wide range of issues.  As a member of the A&L Goodbody procurement team, she advises some of the largest purchasers in the public and utilities sectors in Ireland on all aspects of public procurement.

Nigel Giffin, QC 11 Kings Bench Walk, London

Nigel Giffin QC practises public law at 11KBW Chambers in London.  He has been involved in Procurement Law since the mid-1990s, and has acted in many of the leading cases in England and in Northern Ireland, including Letting International,  Henry Bros, AG Quidnet v Hounslow LBC, and Clinton v DEL. He recently represented Virgin Trains in its successful challenge to the award of the West Coast rail franchise.

Patrick McGovern Partner, Arthur Cox Solicitors

Patrick McGovern is a senior partner at Arthur Cox, one of Ireland’s largest and leading commercial law firms.  Patrick has a very active practice in the area of Public Procurement, Projects and Utilities and has been involved in many of the leading projects in both Ireland (Republic) and Northern Ireland as well as overseas.  Patrick is the national correspondent for both Northern Ireland and Ireland (Republic) for the leading legal journal, Public Procurement Law Review (edited by Prof. Sue Arrowsmith and published in London by Sweet & Maxwell) and is a member of its Editorial Board.

Pedro Cerqueira Gomes, The University of Nottingham, UK

Originally from Portugal, Pedro Cerqueira Gomes is an LLM  postgraduate student from Nottingham University’s Law School.  His research and presentation will look at innovation partnerships  under the new EU proposals.

Ramona Apostol Corvers Procurement Services BV, Consultant

Ramona has been involved in a wide range of procurement projects related to implementation of sustainability criteria in the procurement policy and practice of central and local government agencies, as well as in the procurement of innovation and R&D. She often participates in EU funded research projects related to sustainability and innovation aspects in public procurement and with regard to these topics, she regularly publishes and gives thought provoking presentations.

Sammy Rashed, Novartis Pharma AG, Exec Partner for Corporate Research

Sammy Rashed has over 20 years experience in various senior management roles across various industries. Prior to his current role Sammy was the Head of Strategy and Productivity for Pharma Global Sourcing. Since joining Novartis in 2001, he has headed Sourcing organisations in Canada, Europe, as well as Globally and implemented Category Management focused organisations, evolving the function into a strategic partner for the business.

Gareth Edwards

Mr Edwards is a Trainee Procurement Executive at the Welsh Government. His  first placement was with the NHS Shared Services Team in St Asaph. His second, and current placement, is with Denbighshire County Council on the 21st Century Schools Project. Gareth Edwards is a graduate with no prior procurement experience. He is currently studying for CIPS level 5.

Dr Ama Eyo, Bangor University

Dr Eyo hails from Nigeria where she practised as a Barrister and Solicitor prior to relocating to the United Kingdom. Specialising in e-procurement, including e-auctions, Ama has led strategic procurement programmes within public sector organisations in the UK.

Dr Ron Watermeyer, Infrastructure Options, South Africa

Dr Ron Watermeyer is the founder of Infrastructure Options and a trustee of Engineers Against Poverty. He is a Chartered Engineer with extensive experience in the procurement and delivery of infrastructure.  His work on procurement has formed the basis for not only South African national and government standards for procurement but also the recently published ISO 10845 family of standards for construction procurement.

Surasit Phromjak, The University of Hull, UK

Surasit Phromjak is a PhD candidate at Hull University’s Law School. Surasit holds an LLM in International Commercial and Business Law with Research Method Training  from the University of East Anglia; and an LLM in Private and Business Law from Dhurakijpundit University Bangkok.

Gunther Kostyra Head of the European Social Fund, Programme at Value Wales, Welsh Government

Mr Kostrya has more than 30 years of experience in public sector procurement. This has included a wide variety of roles in purchasing, contract management, and logistics for many NHS organisations at a number of hospital sites.

Jill Evans, MEP Member of the European Parliament, Plaid Cymru

Jill Evans is Plaid Cymru Member of the European Parliament for Wales and First Vice President of The Greens–European Free Alliance group - the fourth largest in the European Parliament. She is also President of Plaid Cymru and Chair of CND Cymru. Jill is currently serving her third term as an MEP.

Abhijit Das, Head, Centre for World Trade Organisation Studies Indian Institute for Foreign Trade, New Delhi

Abhijit Das is a Trade Policy Expert. He combines extensive experience of international trade negotiations with formulating, implementing and managing trade-related capacity building projects. Before his work with the WTO, Mr Das worked as head of the UN’s Conference of Trade and Investment India Programme.

Mary Liz Mahoney, Arthur Cox

Mary Liz Mahony is an advisor to many key players in her field with particular experience in contentious matters. Recent highlights include acting for a contracting authority in the successful resolution of judicial review proceedings brought in respect of a public competition for works contract in the utilities sector.

Alan Aitken, Carmarthenshire County Council

Alan is the Head of Procurement at Carmarthenshire Council.For the past 3 years Alan has been on the ‘Winning in Tendering’ Steering Group and has positively influenced the work of the project and the newly formed Institute of Competition and Procurement Studies.

Alexandre Motta, Managing Director of the School of Finance Administration at Ministry of Finance, Brazil

Mr Motta served in the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management, first as Director of Logistics and General Services and later as Undersecretary of Planning, Budget and Administration of the Ministry of Finance. He was a member of the Boards of Directors of the Company and the same Company Paulista Electric Energy Transmission. He served as Assistant Secretary for Planning, Budget and Administration at the Ministry of Finance and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Data Processing

Anders C. Jessen Head of Unit Public Procurement & Intellectual Property DG TRADE, European Commission

Mr Jessen has worked in the European Commission for more than 20 years. He was first a legal advisor, then as Head of Section in the Washington Delegation responsible for transport, energy, and the environment. This was followed by a period as the Deputy Head of the Unit in DG Trade, before becoming Head of the Unit in 2010. Since becoming Head of the Unit, he is now responsible for trade related  intellectual property rights matter, in relation to third world countries.

Anna Volskaya, Consultant in International Economic Cooperation, CJSC Sberbank - AST (Russian Federation)

Anna Volskaya is presenting the Procurement system in the Russian Federation on behalf of the Russian leading Electronic Trading Platform in the sphere of Procurement – Sberbank-AST. For the past three years Anna has been specialising in International Cooperation, one of the main areas of interest is Procurement (especially e-Procurement). In 2011 graduated from EMBA program at the Stockholm School of Economics successfully defending master thesis on Russian e-procurement.

Dr Pedro Telles, Law and Procurement Specialist - Bangor University

Dr Pedro Telles  joined Bangor Law School in January 2011 as a specialist in public procurement. Pedro has previously worked as a lawyer in Portugal and Spain advising public and private clients in public procurement and commercial practice between 2003 and 2007.

Ceri Evans, Senior Procurement Specialist - Bangor University

Ceri Evans has worked extensively with SMEs over the years, initially out of Cardiff Business School, and most recently Bangor University. He was one of the authors of the WAG “Barriers to Procurement Opportunity” (2009) report which identified the pre-qualification barriers SME suppliers face in Welsh Public Sector Procurement.

Prof. Chris Jansen VU Amsterdam University

Mr Jessen has worked in the European Commission for more than 20 years. He was first a legal advisor, then as Head of Section in the Washington Delegation responsible for transport, energy, and the environment. This was followed by a period as the Deputy Head of the Unit in DG Trade, before becoming Head of the Unit in 2010. Since becoming Head of the Unit, he is now responsible for trade related  intellectual property rights matter, in relation to third world countries.

Claudio Romanini, European Commission

Claudio Romanini has exceptional procurement knowledge. He is one of only two desk officers who has worked on the legislative package from the outset dealing specifically with issues relating to the competitive dialogue and the Utilities Directive.

Prof. Edwin T. Hood University of Missouri, USA

Professor Hood served as Director of the UMKC graduate tax program until his retirement in September 2007. During his tenure at UMKC, he developed the Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic and the Kansas City Tax Clinic, which provide hands-on experience for students while serving the larger community. In 2001, he developed a summer law program in Ireland, and continues to serves at its co-director.

Ellen Hausel Heldahl, Swedish Competition Authority

Ellen Hausel Heldahl most recently served as Deputy Director at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in the Division for Public Procurement Law. She has previously worked among other things as an Association Legal Counsel at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) and was Principal Secretary for the Freedom of Choice Inquiry (Act on System of Choice) and the Innovation Procurement Inquiry. 

Dr Elvira Uyarra, Manchester Institute for Innovation

Elvira Uyarra is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Business School, member of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and an associate of the Sustainable Consumption Institute at The University of Manchester. During 2008-9 she was Innovation Policy and Research Fellow at NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

Fiona Chew Health Trust Europe LLP

Fiona Chew is the Deputy Director of Strategic Sourcing at HealthTrust Europe LLP.

Prof. Steven Schooner George Washington University, USA

Before joining George Washington University Law School faculty in 1998, Professor Schooner was the Associate Administrator for procurement law and legislation at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget. He previously served as a trial and Appellate Attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice.

Temidayo O.Akenroye HHL-Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany

Temidayo O. Akenroye is a procurement consultant at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence . He was a visiting lecturer in Procurement and Supply Chain Management at the University of Salford, UK. He holds a Master (M.Sc.) in Supply Chain Management and  is also a doctoral candidate at HHL- Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Germany. His area of practice and research includes sustainable procurement, supply chain management and innovation management

Vincent Power Partner, A&L Goodbody

Dr Vincent Power is the Director of A&L Goodbody’s EU Competition & Procurement Group, which is consistently ranked at the forefront of Irish law firms. He is described by colleages as  an outstanding, hugely experienced and arguably the top competition lawyer in Ireland. He has been involved in most of the leading competition, merger control, EU, cartel and State aid cases in Ireland for over 20 years.

Marieke Van Putten

Marieke studied consumer and household sciences in Wageningen and acquired an MBA at the Rotterdam School of Management. She has worked as a private consultant for 12 years in Public Procurement and joined the ministry of economic affairs, agriculture and innovation in 2003. She was programme manager of a regional innovation programme until 2009 when she was asked to take part in a PPI project in the Netherlands by the Dutch Government.

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