Tomáš managed to shake things up in e-sourcing at the brewery giant SAB Miller, which was the owner of Plzeňský Prazdroj, brewers of Pilsner Urquell, until last year. As Head of Procurement for Western & Central Europe he is responsible for local teams and procurement activities in a number of European countries. Professionally, he focuses primarily on increasing the efficiency of local operational teams, including measurement of their performance, the introduction of a uniform IT infrastructure, development of eSourcing and tactical spot-buying.
You’ll undoubtedly come across him wherever there are events supporting and providing education on the digitisation of public procurement and the use of eAuctions for evaluating bids. Jan Zahálka is a legal expert at re-medical specializing in healthcare and at the top of his agenda are healthcare funding and issues surrounding medical equipment. In the context of providing advice to legislators he has managed to design and enforce a "small user amendment" to the law on public procurement.
Perhaps it’s a little surprising that Zdeněk Pytlíček, who has done everything in procurement from buyer to strategist, is currently involved in all types of procurement activity except actually buying. At Innogy he is currently concentrating on procurement legislation, processes and systems. For example, since last year they have been running a system that allows prequalification of suppliers which has resulted in significant savings in the construction of gas networks worth about €90 million a year.
As Head of Public Procurement at the Slovak Ministry of the Interior, Daša Paláková says that if you stuck a pin in the map at the workplace of all of her staff who needed to buy something, then you’d end up with a hedgehog in the shape of the Slovak Republic. It follows from this that her expertise must be just as abundant. She has been working in public procurement since 2006 and, among other things, was involved in the successful implementation of the Electronic Contract System.
Someone who has more than twenty years’ experience in multinational companies such as Ikea, innogy and Makro can literally be a textbook example for a procurement conference. Just such an experienced professional is Miloš Olejník, currently Headquarter Procurement Leader at HB Reavis. He is a huge proponent of digital procurement and an advocate of maximum transparency in the tendering process.
As a member of the working group which has step by step been developing a system and legislative framework for public eProcurement in Croatia, Zvonimir Jukić has been a key participant in the development of digital procurement in Croatia. He works as Head of the Legal Education Department at the Official Gazette in Zagreb and is also a member of the working group for the development of electronic publishing and e-tendering. He is coming back to Ostrava again after a year, and will also be able to share his experience as a trainer in this field.
A specialist in international business law, policy innovation in public procurement, and public procurement legislation and its application in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Jaroslav Kračún will bring to Ostrava experience on a European scale. He has worked at the EC since 2008 and currently works at the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Also worthy of mention is the theoretical knowledge he has gained at such prestigious seats of learning as the Sorbonne in Paris and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Strasbourg.
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.
The presence of this Siemens representative is perfect proof that eBF in Ostrava regularly attracts the biggest and best buyers both domestically and globally. Martin Zelinka, Head of Procurement at this multinational‘s Power & Gas Division in the Czech Republic, and a respected expert in centralized procurement and project management for the implementation of new procurement solutions, will be here yet again. In the past, he also played a major role in RWE's procurement team.
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.
He says about himself that he’s a player who loves to talk. This is why Mário Biňas lectures on eProcurement, which he has been involved in since 2013 when he started an eProcurement revolution at BILLA in Slovakia. He created a template which enabled online auctions and tenders to be carried out for every department in the company and has been adopted by the BILLA group internationally. He had previously worked at GFK, Centire and Slovnaft in analytics and strategy. Currently he’s building his own company which supports the digitisation of procurement in small, medium and even large enterprises.
To be at a procurement conference and miss the appearance of Jan Vašek would be an absolute sin. Jan, who has worked at the very top of procurement, is an inspiring, energetic and amusing speaker who is able to pass on his experience to students and practitioners alike. His knack of drawing audiences into the issue is grounded in his procurement experience at Toyota, Inergy, Automotive Lighting and Swiss Krono. Currently he lectures at Ostrava Technical University.
Marketing specialist, consultant and head of the PROEBIZ project, Milan Kaplan has frequently shared his experience at conferences in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. In the 1990s he founded NAR which specialized in marketing for industrial concerns. Subsequently, he began to develop and put into practice eBusiness technologies, such as using eAuctions for supplier selection and the digitisation of the procurement process. The PROEBIZ project is now the most widespread eAuction platform and a source of know-how throughout Central Europe.
If digital procurement is to be held in high esteem, there must be a place in its ranks for Ondrej Jombík, who in virtually all circumstances advocates maximum digitisation, transparency throughout the procurement process and the creation of a qualification system for suppliers. As Head of Logistics at the energy concern ZSE, where he has worked since 1998, he is of the opinion that eAuctions have largely been able to clear the market of the methods of wild capitalism of the 1990s. Thanks to his specialization, he’s a member of the EON Corporate Supply Chain and Grid BAP.
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.
Jana Hybšová is responsible for a public procurement budget of several billion crowns a year at the General University Hospital in Prague where she has been Head of Public Procurement for the last five years. In the demanding domestic healthcare sector she has been able to take advantage of her experience with all types of contracting authorities and competitions which she acquired during her previous work. Right from the start public tenders have been her exclusive field of interest.
In order to push the limits of quality in public procurement ever higher, Stanislav Bogdanov regularly returns to Ostrava. At the procurement festival, he will represent the highest level of state management as he is Director of the Digitisation of Public Procurement and Concessions Department at the Ministry for Regional Development. In the past he participated in the project for a national eProcurement platform and was the main system supervisor.
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, six years ago he exchanged executive roles in marketing, sales and client services for dealing with public and corporate procurement in his current job at VO SK (Public Procurement Slovakia).
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.
An experienced procurement manager, trainer and consultant; Karel Otýs is all of these things. He left his senior management procurement position in 2011 to establish his own consulting and training practice. He is enthusiastic about teaching, connecting, advising, sharing, discussing, motivating, training and coaching not only buyers and procurement managers, but also their internal clients and occasionally suppliers. He’s able to find novel solutions with an emphasis on efficiency and simplicity, but also has the ability to break down a complex problem into simple, understandable molecules.
In his previous job Jiří Róžański made a significant contribution to the RWE group (now Innogy) carrying out all its tenders digitally. He is now bringing a similar benefit to Xella, where he is Head of Procurement. As a great supporter of digital solutions, he knows how to explain their accessible with clarity to a wide range of audiences.
He is Head of the Innovative and eProcurement Unit in the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. He has worked for the Commission since 2001. He has been working in the European Commission since 2001, in teams dealing with international affairs for particular industrial sectors, economic analysis and impact assessment of EU Single Market policies.
Alina has over twenty years’ tendering experience, including participation in international training courses on procurement procedures and the World Bank standard tendering documentation. She was involved in the organization of international tenders for loans granted by the World Bank for the Forestry Support Project and the Flood Impacts Project in 1997. She has lectured on increasing knowledge of public procurement procedures for the PHARE 2002 project under the aegis of the Public Procurement Office. She has experience in the implementation of the provisions of the Polish Public Procurement Act. In the implementation of a public procurement system for the Forestry Commission, she participated in drafting standard tender documentation suitable for their needs and the training of personnel. She has participated in the work of the parliamentary committee on amendments to the Law on Public Procurement.
Václava has been working at the Vysočina Regional Authority since 2001, originally as a lawyer and now as an analyst and methodologist for joint procurements. She is also responsible for the legal compliance of complex public procurements. She has been dealing with the digitalisation of public procurement since the introduction of the mandatory publication of profiles on the register of contracting authorities, when the Vysočina Region developed and certified its own register of CA profiles. They are currently using a commercial procurement solution, which is normally used for the complete digital implementation of tenders, including DPS.
Since 2008 Jana has been working as Head of the Central Supply Department in a hospital where she is responsible for the supplies of three hospitals. She has been dealing with eAuctions since 2009. She has participated in the establishment of a logistics system and the introduction of eInquiries. In 2012 she became a certified lecturer in electronic public procurement.
An awareness that there is no excuse for ignorance of the law extends into the lawyer Michaela Poremská everyday practice. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg for her. She has been involved in public procurement since 2006 and has been using digital solutions for almost ten years. In addition, she has written expert articles on the digitalisation of public procurement and has had several books published in both Czech and English. She passes on her procurement knowledge to students at Mendel University in Brno and to the public in workshops.
Martina graduated in law from the Pan-European University in Bratislava. Her first practical experience with eAuctions was acquired more than 15 years ago in a company of the Penta Investment Group. After more than 10 years’ experience in the private sector, in 2015 she joined the team of Petra Antala, the Mayor of Žiar nad Hronom, as Head of Public Procurement. From this position she advocates the full digitalisation of public procurement processes, and so in 2018 the town of Žiar nad Hronom became the first local authority in Slovakia to launch a DPS for public procurement.
Jiří is Director of the Public Procurement Department at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic. After working at the Ministry for Regional Development as Head of Public Procurement Methodology, he has been developing his practical experience since 2014 at the Ministry of Agriculture. Here, along with his team, he organises tenders for his ministry as well as central procurements, and oversees tenders for 35 sub-organizations, including the Czech Forestry Commission and the State Agricultural Intervention Fund. The Ministry of Finance was also inspired by the control system he established in the government's Public Procurement Methodology. He was the initiator of the preliminary market consultations which since 2014 have become a common part of the larger or more demanding ministry contracts. He is also an advocate of responsible public procurement, employing jobseekers in the public procurement sector and of suppliers creating internships for university students. His local approach to project management and meaningful procurement has been inspired by two visits to the UK. He is a member of several government working groups on public procurement.
Gradual steps have marked the rich and varied career path of Valentina Vaňková, who at eBF will bring her procurement experience home to Ostrava. Currently she works at the City Hall in the Public Procurement and Equity Department as Head of Equity and Joint Procurement. She graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and acquired her first experience in transport and logistics. She worked at ČSAD and subsequently founded her own logistics company Forman VK.
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.
Having been there since 2010 when Masaryk University switched to digital procurement and introduced DPS, Naďa Voráčová is today Manager of Public Procurement at the Rector’s Office, where she is always looking for innovative solutions. In recent years she has been working on supplementing DPS with framework agreements, as well as competitions using electronic catalogues and the introduction of an internal e-shop for the complete digitalisation of central procurement.
Lenka Kundratová can undoubtedly be labelled as a very successful and experienced consultant, who has managed the implementation of eAuctions as a procurement tool into more than eighty private and public sector organisations. Currently she heads the PROEBIZ business consultancy team, in which she benefits from the wide knowledge base she built up in her previous jobs as a marketing director and head of procurement.
Tomáš started using eAuctions in tenders in 2004 while working in engineering, which he had done for nine years before moving in 2006 to become one of the chief ambassadors of the PROEBIZ project. He built his reputation in the Slovakian market and since 2015 has been concentrating on new markets, especially Croatia.
A symbolic return to her roots is one of the motifs of Jana Vítová's professional journey, who was absolutely the first employee of NAR marketing in 1990. Although she eventually left and started her own business, in 2007 she accepted an offer to come back and since then has successfully expanded the ranks of PROEBIZ users. She holds the post of Country Manager, heading the consultancy team for Moravia, parts of eastern Bohemia and Vysočina.
Marian Gałuszka is head of the PROEBIZ eAuction support centre known as "Houston". He leads the support team, trains clients both at home and abroad, and participates in the development and testing of the system. He has been working for the parent company NAR marketing since 2009. He had previously been involved in logistics at Pro North Czech. He studied International Business at the University of Krakow, including language study stays in the US and Canada.
He enjoys implementing PROEBIZ eAuction software into the in-house processes of companies and public organisations. He specialises in streamlining public procurement processes by building a clear tender structure. Peter Mikuláš joined NAR marketing in 2010 as a fresh graduate, and he is currently working as a Country Manager for Bohemia.
Do you need advice on how to make eAuctions really work? Then contact Jiří Cudlín, head of the PROEBIZ project team, which deals with the optimization of eAuction systems, the digitalisation of public procurement on a European scale, the simplification of the approval processes in both public and private organisations, and the interconnection of software systems. Besides his professional work, his personal characteristics include a tendency to dry humour, the American ability to praise himself, and making goulash the Italian way.
The cornerstone of any digitisation is the smooth and faultless running of the software. Jiří Špalek ensures this as technical manager of the PROEBIZ project. He heads the PROEBIZ point team which consists of user support, development and IT administration. This team oversees the implementation of PROEBIZ software products into companies and administers certain online tenders. With fifteen years’ experience in the field, he also boasts the positions of trainer and consultant in digital procurement on his CV.
Successfully tackling demanding tenders with the help of eAuctions is one of Karel Stoszek's main missions. He is the PROEBIZ Business Manager for Healthcare and Public Procurement in the Czech Republic. His specialization in both areas is logical and natural because in the past he has worked in a managerial position at a regional hospital and also served as a town councillor for a long period of time.
If you want to know what is new in the development of the JOSEPHINE system for the digitalisation of public procurement then the person to ask is Petr Donath. He has been working at NAR marketing since 2013, where he started as a PROEBIZ trainer in the Slovak team. He has his roots firmly in our region and in his field, having graduated from Ostrava Technical University and having previously worked as an analyst at the Municipal Police Directorate of the Czech Republic in Ostrava and later at the Regional Administration of the North Moravian Region.
A specialist who looks at eAuction issues in both corporate and public procurement through the lens of a professional administrator and trainer, Ivana has acquired her experience at NAR marketing, where she assists clients of the PROEBIZ project to resolve the most complex eAuction cases.
He’s the most well-known trainer or, if you will, mentor of the PROEBIZ system. In short, this is Andrzej Kulbiński, who joined NAR marketing in 2007. He started as a hotline operative and, three and a half years later, became an eAuction specialist. What does this mean? Thanks to his knowledge, under the Assistance Programme he is able to resolve the most challenging problems concerning eAuctions in both companies and institutions in the context of assistance.