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 an expert in the use of artificial intelligence for processing large amounts of data, Radoslav Delina has been involved in several international projects focused on the preparation of data outputs to be further analysed for the evaluation of economic or financial risk. He is Head of the Department of Banking and Investment at the Technical University of Košice and concurrently acts as a correspondent for the European Commission initiatives eBusiness w@tch, eWork, e-Skills for the 21st Century and others.
As Head of Procurement at the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, Ondrej Kuruc believes that honest work brings its own rewards. Since his arrival he has overseen all centralised public tenders for the ministry, including the best known and most successful ones (CT scanners, beds and linear accelerators). So far he has carried out six above-threshold centralised tenders, and in five of them a total of 137 electronic auctions were carried out with savings of over €42 million. He has additionally established dynamic purchasing systems which are intended for all established hospitals.
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.
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.
He started in public procurement as part of his internship while studying law and this field immediately appealed to him, largely thanks to his great colleagues at the South Moravian Regional Authority, who taught him a great deal and who he is currently honoured to lead. He sees public procurement as an opportunity to contribute to the development of the environment which we inhabit from day to day, so he tries to approach it responsibly and with common sense, but at the same time so that the award process is not only the same merry-go-round of formalities, but it is able to satisfy our goals and priorities.
Tomáš is a co-founder and director of ISECO, which deals with projects in the fields of IT and information security. He has been working in the field of IT security for the last ten years, both in the private and public sector, including participation in a number of public tenders. He devotes his free time mainly to his family and cycling and has a positive attitude towards the wine-growing regions and their products.
Jakub is CEO and founder of Česko.Digital. He has also recently participated in the publication of the Handbook for the Management of State IT Projects. A few years ago, he made one of the largest deals in the history of Czech IT companies, when he sold his software company Apiary to the global technology giant Oracle. It was then the biggest business success of the young Czech business generation. Now he has left the American giant and founded the non-profit organization Česko.Digital, through which he wants to create a platform of IT professionals and with their help improve life in our country.
Jana is the founder of the law firm SEDLAKOVA LEGAL and has been working with IT law for many years. Thanks to her work for innovative technology companies, her knowledge in the field is constantly shifting and keeping pace with the rapidly changing world of IT. Under her leadership, SEDLAKOVA LEGAL received awards as a recommended law firm in the IT law and intellectual property rights categories at the Law Firm of the Year Awards in both 2018 and 2019. Furthermore, she was innovative lawyer of the year in 2017. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University in Brno. She is also the founder of Ochrana nápadu (Protection of the Idea), a company providing fully-fledged legal assistance to start-ups, Taxcounting, which provides tax advice, and the non-profit project Právo v roušce (Law under the Mask).
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.
Tomáš managed to shake things up in e-sourcing at the brewery giant Asahi Breweries. As Head of Procurement for Asahi Breweries Europe he is responsible for local teams and procurement activities in a number of European and Asian 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.
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 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.
Where chaos rules and there are no rules, order and systemization must one day prevail, otherwise we’d get nowhere. Michal Kristiňák, a lawyer with a wealth of professional experience in procurement and logistics, knows this as well as anybody. In recent years, he has overseen the development of procurement and legal teams at energy and gastronomy concerns, such as the Medusa Group, where digitisation and centralization of procurement contributed to significant savings. Currently, he works as Procurement Manager at Amazon Fulfilment Slovakia.
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.
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 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.
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 EU Category Manager at Amazon. He is a huge proponent of digital procurement and an advocate of maximum transparency in the tendering process.
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.
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 Czech Technical University in Prague.
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.
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 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, 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).
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.
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.
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 abroad.
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 project team of the PROEBIZ platform. He leads the project 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 Sentinet 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.
The cornerstone of any digitisation is the smooth and faultless running of the software. Jiří Špalek ensured this as technical manager of the PROEBIZ project. He headed 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 institutions and administers certain online tenders. With twenty 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.
This guide to all PROEBIZ systems is keen to pass on the magic of collective know-how through presentations with the help of tricks and tips from his experience. He sees his mission as overcoming of fear by introducing innovations and digital solutions into procurement processes in both the private and public sectors. He enjoys imagining a vision of success and then overseeing it materialise.
He says about himself that he excels in everything he does or even just thinks about, but above all is extremely modest. PROEBIZ trainer Jan Cudlin will convince you of this as another Training Point specialist. He‘s been working at Sentinet since 2017, when he joined the Moravian team. Currently he helps solve the most complex digitalisation issues and implement solutions in both companies and institutions.
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.