Anyone who wants to teach people how to spend state money prudently needs to be courageous and patient, which definitely describes Marcela Turčanová, Vice-President of Slovak APUeN and also Manager of the APUeN Academy of Education. With enlightenment her ambition, she is fully dedicated to and engaged in the digitisation of public procurement and education in working with the Slovak Electronic Contract System. She nominates the best practitioners for the FSA competition, which she organizes every year.
Detailed knowledge and a career in an attractive and challenging environment is a very brief summary of Václav Pelouch’s CV, who has experience in the operation, management and maintenance of the National Theatre in Prague, where he has been working since 1998. He has held various positions there, including managing the theatre in 2012-2013. Currently, he is Head of Technical and Operational Administration, where he ensures the preparation and implementation of investments and public tenders. He may well share with us the latest on the ongoing renovation of the historical State Opera buildings, for which he heads the implementation team.
In public procurement one must really know the law inside-out, says Miroslav Knob, who first put his legal education to use at the Office for the Protection of Competition for five years. He was involved in public procurement as an analyst and later as head of one of the departments responsible for its control. Since 2018 he has been working at OTIDEA as an administrator of public contracts, which he considers to be a superb field with the opportunity to be creative and to get concrete results along with others.
Public Procurement has fascinated Jozef Kubinec since he was a student of the Faculty of Law at Palacký University in Olomouc, where he studied its theoretical foundations and wrote his thesis on the principles of public procurement and policy issues. After a short career in advocacy, he worked as a specialist at the Railway Company Cargo Slovakia from 2012 to 2015, where he had the opportunity to lead the strategic purchasing and public procurement team. Since 2017 he has been working at the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic.
Engaged in public procurement for over a decade, and since 2011 Head of Public Procurement at Masaryk University in Brno, Martin Hadaš, along with his colleagues, carries out central procurement by means of DPS and framework agreements, manages public procurement co-financed by EU programmes, and coordinates the use of eProcurement. Occasionally he lectures. Previously, he ran the tenders in a consulting firm.
She was there in 2010 when Masaryk University in Brno switched to digital procurement and introduced dynamic purchasing systems. Today, Naďa Voráčová is Manager of Public Procurement at the University Rectorate where she is always looking for new solutions. In recent years, she has been working on supplementing DPS with framework agreements, on tenders using electronic catalogues, and on introducing an internal e-shop for the complete digitalisation of central purchasing.
He was offered a job in public procurement on his way to Spain, from where Michal Garaj focused on competition for the Slovak Public Procurement Office (PPO). He succeeded in this area and began to address objections in review procedures. Later he was called to the Council of the PPO, where he helped with second level decision-making. After six and a half years he was "transferred" to the team of the Mayor of Bratislava, Matúš Vallo. Since earlier this year he has headed the Public Procurement Department, where he strives to get the highest added value possible.
Kateřina’s mission, which involves extremely proactive support for changes in the procurement behaviour of contracting authorities and the simplification and acceleration of procurement processes, keeps her occupied 24 hours a day 7 days a week. She will bring a lot of inspiration to the digitisation public procurement. Since 2006, her company Otidea has trained more than 10 000 clients from contacting authorities and has successfully carried out tenders worth more than 5 billion crowns.
She is the creator of great ideas for developing digitalisation at the East Slovak Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Košice. In her position there as Head of the Public Procurement Unit, Zuzana Bučeková has developed and implemented her own unique eProcurement solution, for which she won first prize in the MASTER category at the international FSA competition in 2015. Starting this year, she has been working at Svet zdravia, where she oversees the public procurement process in projects funded by EU funds.
Responsible and meaningful public procurement is what professionally excites Jiří Šimon, Director of the Public Procurement Department at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, where he has worked since 2014. In Ostrava he will share how to successfully centralise tenders, how to supervise 35 departmental organizations, and why they prefer pre-market consultations for more demanding tenders. Based on inspiration gained in the UK, he is also trying to spread good solutions within government working groups.
An awareness that ignorance of the law is no excuse informs the lawyer Michaela Poremská's everyday practice. However, that is only the start of her expertise. Since 2006 she has been involved in public procurement, for which she has been using digital solutions exclusively for almost ten years. In addition, she has written expert articles on the digitalisation of public tenders and has published several books in Czech and English. She passes on her knowledge to students at Mendel University in Brno and to the public at seminars.
Although she jokingly says her relationship with public tenders and eAuctions is like a marriage, it is simply a world that has become a great hobby for Alena Ševčíková, Head of Procurement and Public Tenders at Nové Město na Moravě Hospital. Although it sometimes brings joy and bitterness all at once, she believes that it’s always necessary to overcome obstacles and move on. However, as a woman who managed to save tens of millions of crowns in investment tenders, she well knows how to face the difficult challenges.
Jozef is a qualified lawyer who has been working in procurement throughout his professional life. From 2013 to 2017 he worked at the Slovak Office for Public Procurement Office where he was chiefly responsible for checking for compliance. He’s currently at Západoslovenská distribučná (energy distribution) where he ensures tenders are in compliance with the Public Procurement Act and methodically oversees and sets up procurement processes. As a hobby he writes professional articles and lectures at conferences.
Every area of the economy has its own special features, and in health care, where human health is paramount, this is especially true. Jana Hovjacká, who works at Havířov Hospital & Polyclinic as Head of Central Supplies, will talk about this and much more. eAuctions have been used there since 2009 and she has been involved, for example, in introducing eProcurement to the hospital. In 2012 she became a certified lecturer in digital public procurement.
He’s an incorrigible optimist who believes that procurement in Slovakia can be fun and interesting as well as economically sound and within the law. He proved this, along with his team, as director of the department of public procurement at the Slovak Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, where he saved more than €5 million a year. He writes contracts, objections, articles and books, and used to also write blogs. As a trainer in the field of public procurement in Slovakia, he is able to explain to people where common sense can be found in the law. He is also a co-founder of the Slovak APUEN. Currently, he is Director of the Public Procurement Institute at the Slovak Office for Public Procurement
It has been a huge challenge to be there from the beginning, says Ivana Durczoková about her professional experience with applying the principles of corporate governance, which has become part of the day-to-day practice of the Moravian-Silesian Regional Authority and its contributory organizations. Today, they normally buy energy on the stock exchange, and consumer and medical supplies, including food and some services, in their own e-shop. Ivana first led the project team, and is now Head of Support for Corporate Governance and Control.
Gabriela Vysocká has had a part to play in the fact that the Regional Authority of the Moravian-Silesian Region prioritises the corporate governance of public administration, including procurement, being transparent and effective. She has been working there since its inception in 2001. She started in the IT department as an application administrator, then moved to the Corporate Management Support Department, where she developed a communication tool called the Regional Portal. For the past three years she has been the head of this department.
After ten years in the fusty atmosphere of business and civil law Ľubomír Kubička made the dramatic leap to public procurement. He graduated as a lawyer and he is intensively engaged in the awarding and implementation of public tenders. Another area of his rich professional life involves consultation work with the aim of helping bidders for public tenders. Finally, the challenge that he faces in any spare time he still has is trying to fight against all the nonsense that surrounds us.
Bringing fraternal greetings and news from Slovakia, whose people we understand well both linguistically and philosophically, will be Branislav Šarmír. Since starting his career in 1996 he has worked at large corporations such as EuroTel, UPC, VUB and IBM Slovakia. However, he exchanged executive roles in marketing, sales and client services for dealing with public and corporate procurement in his current job at obstaráme, s.r.o. (Public Procurement Slovakia).