As a procurement specialist with more than twenty years of experience in multinational companies such as Ikea, Innogy, Makro and Amazon, he has held strategic leadership positions and gained procurement experience in all its complexity. He is a major promoter of e-procurement and other modern tools for efficient procurement, as well as maximum transparency in the tender process. He currently applies his experience as Procurement and Operations Manager at ESET.
Tom leads the procurement team in the Asahi Brewery Group, aiming to make a lasting contribution to the strategic development of Asahi Europe & International in terms of savings, innovation, risk management, and environmental sustainability through advanced category management, and close relationships with suppliers and internal customers.
Experienced procurement manager with more than 15 years of experience in various procurement positions, with experience in service, manufacturing and commercial sectors. He is currently Chief Procurement Officer at Penta Hospitals International, where he is responsible for procurement for 36 hospitals and a network of polyclinics in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland. He focuses on developing the strategic role of procurement, maximizing procurement synergies and digitizing procurement processes.
It may come as a bit of a surprise that the domain of Zdeněk Pytlíček, who has worked his way up from buyer to strategist, is all procurement activities that do not involve "buying". At GasNet, he is currently focusing on digitization, automation and robotization of procurement processes, implementation, and development of procurement systems, reporting and analysis, and procurement legislation. Example? In 2017, the first robotic procurement process was launched and now more than 92% of procurement transactions are carried out by machines, without the intervention of buyers.
Leona’s involvement in responsible public procurement has a long-term character. She was the director of the non-profit organization Nová ekonomika (New Economy), and since 2014 has been the Head of the Public Procurement Department at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, where she also led the project "Socially Responsible Public Procurement." She sees the potential of public procurement in strategic procurement. Previously, she experienced, among other things, the Presidency of the Education Committee of the Council of the European Union. In addition, she works at the Ministry of Regional Development as a Director General of the Public Investments, Construction, and Social Inclusion Section.
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.
Jan has been gathering experience in international procurement and logistics since 1995. He has led procurement teams in smaller and larger companies such as Unipetrol, KUKA and BLANCO. He is involved in projects covering process management, mapping and analysis, process improvement, experience transfer, lecturing, translation, personal development training, and his own B2C project. In the latter, he combines his love of good beer and creative fulfillment in graphic design. He lives in a small village in the Ore Mountains and likes to walk with his partner and their dog. He plays bass and sings in a thrash metal band. Among other things, he also likes Pratchett's Earthsea, its characters and stories.
Over the last 16 years, he has experienced the procurement world from different perspectives, from a buyer and sourcing manager to a procurement solutions consultant and sales representative. As a Senior Sales Executive of Procurement Solutions at SAP, he helps Czech and Slovak's customers find optimal digital transformation methods in procurement, finance, and logistics. In addition, in the spirit of "versatility is the key to success," he enjoys studying foreign languages, beekeeping, and martial arts in his spare time.
Adéla is a lawyer specializing in public investment and public procurement law. Today, she is Of Counsel at HAVEL & PARTNERS, where until 2023, as a partner, she built a team specialized in the public sector (40 lawyers), which during her tenure won four awards in the Public Procurement Law Firm of the Year competition. Since January 2023, she has assisted the Ministry of Regional Development (MoRD) team in preparing the National Public Procurement Strategy following the Responsible Procurement Project (RPP) at the MoLSA. In addition, Adéla Havlová serves on the boards of professional associations (Association for Public Procurement - AVZ and Union of Administrators - UNIAVEZ) and is a member of the MMR Expert Group on Public Procurement Legislation. She is dedicated to developing best practices and innovations in public procurement, including computerization, circular economy, procurement practices and systems, quality assessment, etc. Since 2014, she has been a member of the Appeals Committee of the Office for the Protection of Competition. She draws on know-how from other EU Member States, particularly Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Slovakia. She regularly lectures and publishes in professional periodicals.
Rasto co-founded Cequence, a Slovak solution that uses the latest technologies (machine learning, artificial intelligence, NLP) and integrates ChatGPT from Open Ai for modern contract management. He brings to the Cequence team 15 years of experience in leadership positions within contract management, process engineering, and digital innovation in procurement. He has negotiated contract terms for multinational companies in purchases worth more than 50 million Euros. His interest in technology has applied to continuous process improvement in procurement, contract management, team efficiency, and internal company collaboration. Today, his ideas and vision for smart contract management have translated into the Cequence solution, which helps clients save thousands of hours of work every day. When he's not thinking about the future of contract creation and negotiation, he's interested in street art and alternative art forms, planning his next trip to an exciting destination, or evaluating the quality of a local beer.
Jaroslav Lexa is an eternal optimist who has never lost faith in the possibility of procuring in Slovakia in a funny, engaging, economical, and compliant with the law. He writes contracts, objections, articles, and books and used to have a blog. As a public procurement trainer, he can shed light on where common sense is found in the law. He is a recognized public procurement expert, promoting innovative practices in this area, including social and environmental aspects. Moreover, he is a co-founder of the Slovak APUeN. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Office for Public Procurement, to which he was appointed by the Government of the Slovak Republic in 2020.
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.
Jan Janek is a Director in the Consulting Department at Deloitte Austria and leads the Procurement Excellence team. He has 15 years of professional experience in strategic procurement and Procure-to-pay transformation. He is an expert in managing complex projects ranging from governance, change, and automation to digitalization. In addition, Jan focuses on optimizing the operating model using appropriate methodologies and tools.
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.
Procurement Officer, Commodity Purchaser and Procurement Manager: these are all positions that have been held by Hana Sušková during her career. She is currently the Procurement Director at AL INVEST Břidličná. She gained her experience in leading teams, implementing new systems, electronic procurement processes, and negotiating with industrial suppliers in companies such as Škoda Vagonka, OKD, OKK Coking Plants and Tatra Defence Vehicle.
At the Ministry of Transport in the role of Director-General, he is tasked with implementing knowledge and processes with regard to subordinate organizations within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport. At the Ministry of Health, he performed conceptual, coordinating, and monitoring activities at the level of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic in the field of public procurement. He coordinated and methodically guided the procurement processes in relation to organizations under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health, assessed and controlled the public procurement process in the healthcare sector, issued expert opinions on public procurement processes in the healthcare sector. He implemented central purchases in the healthcare sector, established central Dynamic Purchasing Systems, and participated in the creation of the FLASHBONE system, which was used at the Ministry of Health for the procurement of respiratory devices during the critical period around the COVID-19 pandemic and at the State Material Reserves Administration for the procurement of OOPP. As a lecturer and trainer, he regularly participates in various training sessions on procurement topics and holds a certificate for technical preparation and administration of eAuctions and tendering. He is a graduate of the certified semester course DIGITAL PROCUREMENT TEAM. He holds other important positions, serving as the chairman of the supervisory board of INMM Košice, and is involved in publishing and lecturing activities.
From his position as Head of Global Commodity Management at the multinational concern Siemens Energy, he oversees the strategic development and implementation of sourcing processes. His responsibilities include production plants for industrial steam turbines, industrial generators and gas engines worldwide. He is a respected expert in the field of centralized procurement and project management in the implementation of new procurement tools and procedures. He has also utilised his experience in other procurement teams, such as the RWE energy group.
Miroslav Singer, former governor of the Czech National Bank and current economic strategist at Generali CEE, is a person who elegantly transforms economic challenges into opportunities. From a high school student to obtaining a doctorate in the USA and reaching the heights of the Czech economy, Singer's professional life resembles a thriller, where predictions, financial strategies, and unexpected twists intertwine. At eBF, he will reveal how he navigates the uncertain waters of the global economy, all with his characteristic ease. He will show us that economics can be entertaining
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.
Kateřina Koláčková is dedicated to her mission, which is to provide highly active support to contracting authorities and to simplify and accelerate public procurement 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. She certainly has ways to inspire others in public procurement, whether through her experience implementing various contracts across sectors or different forms of evaluating bids. Since 2004, she has been actively involved in public procurement from the perspective of contracting authorities. As a result, she has implemented tenders in the tens of billions.
He studied law at the University of Westminster in London and the University of Trnava. Since 2012, when he finished his legal practice in London, he has been practicing law in Slovakia as a partner and founder of Grand Oak Legal. He focuses on public procurement law, European Union law, competition law, personality protection, company law, and state aid. He also teaches at the Faculty of Law of the University of Trnava the subjects of public procurement law, state aid, and common law basics. Furthermore, he regularly contributes to several professional journals on public procurement law. In addition, he lectures at seminars focused on the same law, Euro funds, and personal data protection.
As Head of Public Procurement at the Slovak Ministry of the Culture, 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.
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.
His impressive career within Procurement has included several expert and managerial positions. Before the transformation of Procurement in the MOL Group, he served as Director of Procurement at Slovnafta and currently manages the strategic team responsible for Category Management of materials, equipment, and maintenance services at the MOL Group. He is a SEED/Corvinus Executive MBA graduate and the CIPS Practitioner one-year course. In his spare time, he likes having fun.
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.
He graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava, majoring in Finance, Banking, and Investment. After school, he started working as a consultant, becoming an expert in procurement transformation, implementation of Strategic Sourcing methodology, and Strategic Procurement. He has managed significant materials, services, and investment purchases for prominent Slovak and European companies as a consultant and in-house. For the last five years, he has been working again as a consultant, helping major global companies to find room for savings even during peak inflation. He aims to maximize the use of analytics and data to maximize win-win partnerships with suppliers.
Since graduating from law school, she has been involved in public procurement, gaining experience as a Representative of the Controlling Body of EU funds and as a contracting authority. At that time, she was the Director of the Pilsen Region Public Procurement Department, which administers public procurement for 115 contributory organizations. In 2022 alone, her team saved the regional government more than CZK 400 million. She promotes modern and innovative ways of public procurement and the digitalization of public administration. In her spare time, she enjoys diving, sports, and traveling.
In the past, I participated in creating the Customer Centre for Veolia Energy Group, which I also managed for over ten years. In 2019 the opportunity came along, and I was offered to become part of the Central Procurement Team. As I was looking for a change, I accepted the challenge. Currently, it has been my fourth year as Head of Materials and Operational Procurement at Veolia Energy CR and Procurement/ Commodity Manager of its subsidiary Solutions and Services.
Martin has extensive experience in supply chain management, procurement, strategic and operational purchasing, logistics, replenishment, planning, forecasting, S&OP, distribution systems management, and general operations in retail, wholesale, distribution, manufacturing, and co-production.
Ondrej is a counsel at HAVEL & PARTNERS and focuses on advising the public sector, commercial relations, and contract law. In addition, Ondrej advises on complex ICT, innovation, transport, energy, insurance, and infrastructure construction projects. Ondrej also focuses on rail and passenger road transport regulation and often supports foreign clients in implementing their projects in the Czech Republic. Furthermore, he is the author of many professional articles, co-author of the MMR methodologies in the field of VR, and an active participant in professional groups and conferences.
Jozef is the Head of Public Procurement at the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic. He is actively working to increase procurement innovation, professionalization, and centralization of public procurement. To strengthen the role of public procurement in the security sector, he joined the European Commission's Expert Group on European Research and Innovation in Security (CERIS). In addition, he leads the working group "Suppliers and Innovators" within the Horizon 2020-funded iProcureNet project. The project focuses on methodologies to conduct joint cross-border procurement and steps to make procurement a catalyst for innovation in the security sector. He studied law at Palacký University in Olomouc and public procurement management at Tor Vergata University in Rome.
Since 2004 she has been involved in procurement in international concerns. She has held various positions in procurement. She is intensively involved in the streamlining of procurement processes using modern IT technologies and the development of procurement competencies in the areas of strategic procurement. She also works as a mentor in Business & Professional Woman CR z.s. Currently, she holds the position of Head of Procurement at GasNet, s.r.o., which operates the most extensive gas distribution system in the Czech Republic.
Lubomír graduated from the Faculty of Law of Comenius University in Bratislava. After ten years in commercial and civil law, he moved into the dramatic environment of public procurement and deals with public procurement. He is currently the Director of the Public Procurement Department of the Economics Section at the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic. In his spare time, he puts up a fight against the nonsense around us.
He has been involved in public procurement for over ten years, working through academia and the private sector to anchor public administration at the Office of the Banská Bystrica Self-Governing Region. Here, as Head of the Public Procurement Department, he set up the processes related to public procurement from scratch and fully streamlined them. In addition to public procurement, he is involved in the investment process as Director of the Public Procurement and Investment Department.
He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. He gained work experience as a business and project manager in the energy and construction industry. Since 2014, he has worked at NAFTA, where he held the position of Senior Procurement Specialist and was involved in the comprehensive computerization of the procurement process. He currently works at Svet zdravia, a.s. ProCare, a.s., Chief Operating and Procurement Officer, covers procurement and operations for a network of 17 hospitals and 14 polyclinics in Slovakia.
Director of the Public Procurement Department II at the Office for the Protection of Competition. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at Charles University, he worked for almost ten years at the Prague 2 Municipal Office, where he was involved in public procurement; in 2012 he moved to the other side of the imaginary barricade and has been supervising the procedures of contracting authorities ever since. He participated in the formulation of the thirteenth part of the currently effective Public Procurement Act regulating supplier protection, i.e., objections and supervision of compliance with the Act by the Office for the Protection of Competition. In addition to its undeniable complexity, he believes that public procurement is also characterized by its dynamism and the diversity of the problems addressed, which require a comprehensive approach to solving them. He regularly lectures and publishes on topics of public procurement. He is a member of the expert group of the Ministry for Regional Development on the Public Procurement Act.
Turnover is vanity, profit is reason, but cash is reality. So says Michal Kolesár, with whom we will be discussing the topic of price fixing through hedging at the eBF. At Asahi Europe & International, he holds the position of Group Treasury Manager, recognizing that proper risk management and governance is essential to the survival and growth of any business. He previously worked at the consulting firm PwC, the Molson Coors brewing group, and ING Bank.
Michal has nearly 20 years of experience in procurement in various international companies (FMCG, consulting, energy sector) with clear objectives to optimize procurement activities. His career also includes a mission in FMCG sales to understand the entire supply chain from customers to production and back. Recently, he has been focusing on optimizing the procurement process, Problem-Solving, Simplification, Sustainability, and Risk Management areas and leadership. Moreover, he likes assisting with the personal development of his colleagues. He is the Procurement Director at Orkla Foods Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Agata Szymczak can be briefly described as a Procurement Specialist focusing on procurement at the global Amazon company. Together with her colleagues from Amazon, she will present at the eBF, among other things, basic business principles that are transferable to any industry. It's all about customer obsession, passion for innovation, commitment to operational excellence and long-term thinking.
Since his studies at the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague, he has been involved in the legal profession, with which he has linked his professional life. The founding of OTIDEA LEGAL enabled him to combine his legal experience with OTIDEA's know-how in public procurement. He has acted as a defense counsel in several media-oriented criminal cases and thus deals, among other things, with the criminal aspects in public procurement.
Jan has over 15 years of operational experience in purchasing as well as strong strategic and transversal insight, especially in the field of direct and indirect purchases. Jan has built and utilised professional, procurement tools and supply chain processes with efficiency. Jan works as a Chief Procurement and Chief Technical Officer in Penta Hospitals CZ (Its mission is long-term development of its health care facilities and to become a sought-after health care service provider and a responsible employer). He is focused on technological, facility and supply chain issues. He has worked as a Purchasing manager in AeskuLab 2012–2017 (one of the largest providers of medical laboratory services in Czech Republic). He was Supply chain manager (2007–2012) in ČD – Telematika (one of the largest providers of internet, data and voice services).
Leoš Vrzalík has been tasked with introducing the principles of sustainability into the central purchasing of the Asahi CE. In his position of Sustainability Procurement Lead he focuses mainly on packaging, carbon footprint and raw material supplies. Prior to this, he worked for 17 years in managerial positions at Skanska. The fact that he has linked his professional life with the principles of sustainability is well illustrated by the fact that he was also the Chairman of the Board of the Czech Green Building Council.
During my time at 2N Telekomunikace, I managed to create and lead the Strategic Procurement, Industrialisation, and Development Operations department. My work involves quite a lot of negotiation, traveling across Europe, and an annual month-long stay in China to develop our business relationships. After the company was acquired by Axis (Canon group) in 2016, I have been managing all procurement integration activities. Outside of work, I enjoy a wonderful life with my family, friends, music, and good food. I love road cycling and when asked if I play basketball, the answer is: "YES" :).
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.
For the last twenty years or so, he has been managing the logistics department of the energy company ZSE, so he knows all the routes from suppliers to the right place in the company. He responsibly and creatively manages strategic procurement, operational procurement and warehousing with transport. Thanks to his specialization, he is a member of the "Corporate Supply Chain" and the "Grid BAP" in the E.ON Group. He promotes maximum digitalisation, transparency of the entire procurement process, and the creation of qualification systems for suppliers.
Nela is the founder and soul of Fpohybu - a company that guides sedentary and manual workers to incorporate movement and healthy habits into their daily routine through playful, cleverly designed wellbeing programmes. Opening up a sustainable pathway to improve their health, performance and mental well-being. Currently, Fpohybu is on a mission to build a healthier company culture in over 77 Czech and global companies.
Sven is an experienced manager in the world of logistics, rolling stock, infrastructure and mobility services. He currently works for the Austrian Federal Railways as Corporate Procurement Coordinator and is responsible for public tenders and sustainability. His unique strength is to be the creator and product owner of a revolutionary sustainability cost model integrated into LCC. His invented IT tool is applicable across industries and helps companies to collect real data to build robust strategies and reporting, e.g. CSRD, CSDDD and more.
EAME Procurement Manager - Corporate Services at the global company ExxonMobil with over 20 years of experience in Procurement, including 18 years in leadership positions. Possesses extensive professional expertise across a broad spectrum of procurement categories, encompassing Corporate Services, Marketing, Talent Management, Information Technology, and extending to commodity categories such as chemical products, fuels, and lubricants. Primarily focuses on strategic procurement for the European and African markets. Karolína is a passionate and active advocate for inclusion and diversity, actively supporting equal opportunities for the professional and personal development of women.
Branislav Šarmír will come to Ostrava with news from brotherly Slovakia, with whom we understand each other very well linguistically and philosophically. During his professional career, he has worked since 1996 in large companies such as EuroTel, UPC, VUB, and IBM Slovakia. In addition, however, he has traded management positions in marketing, sales, and customer service for public and corporate procurement, which is his current "job" at obstaráme, s.r.o.
Zdeněk has worked as a lawyer in the public domain for nearly thirty years and has been involved in public procurement for more than fifteen. He was, for instance, the Director of the Public Procurement and Central Procurement Department at the Ministry of the Interior. Since 2014, he has headed the Public Procurement Department at Charles University, and among his responsibilities belong university-wide procurement and methodological support for staff. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Public Procurement and represents the University in the Responsible Public Procurement Platform. When outside work, he enjoys cooking and cycling.
After more than 20 years, Barbara is a savvy buyer. She is always up for a conversation and is generally good-spirited. Her extensive experience in procurement of various levels and types (from purchasing materials, chemicals, or services) is rather impressive. She is also no stranger to energy purchasing. Her scope of procurement ranges from no-frills, unified, and strategic to niche items. She enjoys her work, finds it creative, and loves coming up not only with procurement strategies but also with a personalized approach to every case. Barbora has a creative and positive attitude. She is currently involved in investment procurement for Mondi Štětí a.s. and Mondi Štětí White Paper s.r.o.
Martin has been involved in public procurement issues almost all his professional life, from his position as a clerk at the Public Procurement Section of the Public Procurement Office, a student and teacher at Mendel University in Brno, where he lectured and actively published professional articles on this topic, and currently as the head of the Public Procurement Department at the Brno University of Technology. He regularly participates in conferences, seminars, and workshops on public procurement issues and publishes in professional journals. He advocates and promotes an open, less conservative, less formalistic, rational, and innovative approach to public procurement. The contracting authority's energy should not be focused only on the procedural side of the procurement, which does not play a vital role in the 'search for quality.' Instead, the main focus is developing the BVA/m4E method as an effective and versatile tool for selecting a quality supplier. Since 2021, Martin has been a member of the Public Procurement Appeals Committee of the Office for the Protection of Competition.
Barbora Brabcová is an enthusiastic professional with more than 20 years of experience in the Supply Chain field, among others, from the international company Kiefel GmbH, where she specialized in procurement. In 2019, she founded her consultancy firm that focuses on smaller and medium-sized engineering companies and helps to optimize their processes. Barbora is also a passionate lecturer at the University of ZČU in Pilsen. She is dedicated to education in artificial intelligence and its use in everyday practice. She has capitalized on her experience and enthusiasm for modern technologies in Lernfix, an application she created that addresses the area of Lessons Learned. In addition, Barbora has excellent insight into procurement and strategic management, allowing her to promote associated modern tools and technologies.
Long-time manager of the PROEBIZ project. Consultant and innovator in digitalizing corporate and public procurement systems with more than 20 years of experience in the field. He strives to spread computerization in procurement processes not only in the private but also in the public sector. Currently, he is the Executive Director of PROEBIZ Group.
Marcela is the CEO and co-founder of the consulting company APUEN AKADÉMIA s.r.o. and Vice President of APUeN SK, an OZ founded to promote the electronicisation of procurement. In her professional practice, she is mainly engaged in advisory and consulting activities for contractors and public procurers. In addition, she contributes to the development of legislation and application practice in public procurement. It also cooperates with non-profit organisations such as Transparency International Slovakia, the Stop Corruption Foundation, and slovensko.digital. She is passionate about public procurement and she gives many inspiring lectures in this area, she participates at international conferences and streams on her youtube channel. She is a member of the Procurement Board, a collective of inspirational buyers and procurement professionals.
She started working in public procurement in 2018 while studying at the Faculty of Law of Trnava University. She is currently working at the Municipality of the Capital City of Bratislava, surrounded by the top and inspiring public procurement experts, who make her believe that public procurement can be done well and inspire qualitatively.
Apart from a few years spent abroad, she is one of PROEBIZ's core employees. Since 2000 she has been involved in implementing the PROEBIZ TENDERBOX tendering tool in the first manufacturing companies and institutions in the Slovak market and, since 2013, also in developing, implementing, and improving the JOSEPHINE system. In addition, she has e-procurement as a hobby and always takes pushing the boundaries in e-procurement as a challenge. Kristýna is currently working in the organizing team of the eBF procurement festival and is part of the Procurement Board training.
Adam is a graduate of Law and History. He is involved in the Responsible Approach to Public Procurement - Strategic Procurement project at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Moreover, he focuses on sustainability issues in public procurement.
Currently holds the position of Head of the Public Procurement Department at the Technical Administration of Communications of the Capital City of Prague. He is the Head of the Public Procurement Department of the City of Prague. He is a qualified lawyer specialized in public procurement with experience in legislation and methodology at the Ministry of Regional Development, where he dealt with central procurement, ICT procurement and at the Ministry of Agriculture, where he was responsible for construction contracts, technology, framework agreements and DNS. He is an enthusiastic lecturer in public procurement. He has initiated pre-market consultations, promoted responsible procurement, been inspired by several working visits to the UK, and completed the Public Procurement Excellence course. He has been a member of several government working groups on public procurement. He's a keen innovator.
Graduate of the Faculty of Law of Comenius University in Bratislava. He has been involved in public procurement since 2013, starting with "euro-fund" contracts for beneficiaries of NFA (non-refundable financial contribution). Since 2019, he has been the Head of the Central Procurement Management Department at Comenius University in Bratislava, the largest university in Slovakia. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and announcing contracts in the DNS.
At eBF it will be hard to miss an expert who has carried out corporate purchases worth more than €3.5 billion. Jacek Jarmuszczak, who has 17 years of experience in supply chain management, is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after speakers in global procurement. Previously, he held the positions of Strategic Buyer in the Philips Group and Global Category Manager in the Carlsberg Group and Danfoss Group. Then Vice President at Nextbuy. Now he works in his own venture as a founder of OperaPro Procurement Consultancy and Okiem Kupca - YT channel.
What path we follow is important, but even more important is the goal we want to achieve. Juraj has been working in public procurement since 2010. Three years later, he switched from the bidder to the contracting authority. He anchored at the Eastern Slovak Institute of Heart and Vascular Diseases, where he and the procurement department embarked on a path of gradual computerization to streamline their work. He created and implemented pre-market consultations, an inherent part of most executed contracts. This year, they have started the implementation of pre-market consultations through an electronic system.
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 years she has been the head of this department.
She has been in the oil industry for over ten years, gaining practical experience in sourcing and tender negotiation or supplier relationship management. Mariann Kurucz is now in charge of Procurement Digital Strategy & Delivery at the multinational MOL Group. Previously, she has also worked as a buyer and as a team leader in procurement at a global level. She has also experienced building strategic relationships with suppliers through her position as a Category Manager.
Petr Dovolil is a member of the Presidium of the Czech Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD). He represents PwC in the CBCSD and has been an ESG Manager and Senior Consultant since 2021. He has over 23 years of experience in public policy, regulation, institutions, public procurement, and sustainability. In addition, he has extensive experience in EU-funded infrastructure projects, EU policies and laws, international contracting standards, PPPs, and Czech private and public law. In the last ten years, he has been heavily involved in numerous infrastructure projects and technical assistance to EBRD, EC, and EIB in the Czech Republic and abroad across infrastructure sectors (mainly water, transport, energy, waste, and buildings) around green transition, including ten projects (as Team Leader) on the EBRD "GET Policy Framework - Water Window" (Green Economy Transition). Peter also led the Mott MacDonald team on behalf of the EBRD Green Cities Framework contract. His current focus is on sustainable development, green and digital transformation, and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) compliance, including the EU Taxonomy, screening (climate, environmental and social), and EU sustainability finance.
Tomáš has been involved in procurement since the beginning of his professional career. For the last 15 years, he has worked in the telecommunications industry. He has spent a significant part of his career with České Radiokomunikace a.s. as a procurement and PMO manager, where he was involved in projects related to the transition from analog to digital television broadcasting, the digitalization of radio broadcasting, as well as the construction of data centers and the development of IoT. Since 2019, he has been the Executive Director of Central Procurement and PMO at Letiště Praha a. s. He is, therefore, fully responsible for implementing all tenders and RFPs, as well as for the performance of strategic projects related to the operation and development of the airport.
Branislav works at the Ministry of Investment, Regional Development, and Informatization of the Slovak Republic as the Director of the Public Procurement Department. He also performs tasks for the Central Coordination Body Section, coordinating entities implementing EU-funded projects. He has more than 17 years of public procurement experience, including the Public Procurement Office, where he started, the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, and the private sector. At the Ministry, he performs tasks related to the public procurement of goods and services for the needs of the Ministry and coordinates. Furthermore, he provides methodological guidance to entities involved in the EU funds management system in public procurement. He is the author of the Unified Guide for Applicants and Beneficiaries on the Process and Control of Public Procurement for the 2014-2020 programming period and the new guide for the 2021-2027 programming period. In May, he will join the Public Procurement Office and head the unit responsible for methodology and training. He studied law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bratislava. In addition to his application practice, he also lectures and publishes.
After years spent in a manufacturing environment, he moved into the turbulent world of e-commerce. At Notino, one of Europe's top 10 online cross-border retailers, Matěj manages the procurement process and supply chain. He uses his experience in procurement, logistics, and manufacturing to combine operation and automated procurement management with the feverish business pace and steady 30% year-on-year growth of Europe's number one beauty e-commerce company.
Alexandra is a Responsible Procurement Officer at MOL Group, located in Budapest. Her primary responsibility include Sustainable development within Group procurement, improving and promoting Sustanability practices within the supply chain and continuously improve the calculation the Scope 3 emission. Before joining MOL Group, Alexandra worked as a Sustainability consultant and spent 9 years with an Electronics manufacturing company as an Environmental compliance expert. She is a certified ISO 9001 and 14001 lead auditor. Alexandra has a Master’s degree in environmental engineering and quality engineering. She started her professional career as a purchasing specialist at a Cosmetics manufacturing company. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field of environmental engineering and environmental consultancy. She has always been passionate about the environment and sustainability , learning has always been the force in her life. When not working, Alexanda prefers spending her free time with her family and traveling, she is also active in sports.
He graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava, majoring in Economic Policy. He is an analyst at the Institute of Transport Policy of the Slovak Ministry of Transport. He came to the field of public procurement by chance during the development of methodological guidelines related to the increase in input prices. He loves his data and its use in various areas.
His area of expertise is complex contracts and the search for solutions. Tomáš graduated from the Faculty of Law of Comenius University in Bratislava. After more than ten years in the legal profession, he joined the Public Procurement Office, which he considers his alma mater. Since 2020, he has been working on a unique outreach mission in public procurement at the Slovak Ministry of Transport as head of the Public Procurement Department. In March, he strengthened the Council of the Public Procurement Office.
Zuzana is a Senior Enterprise Technology and Performance - Procurement team Consultant. She has worked in procurement technology for four years and helps clients with digital procurement transformation, specifically selecting appropriate technologies.
Martin co-founded Cequence, a Slovak solution that uses the latest technologies (machine learning, artificial intelligence, NLP) and integrates Open Ai's ChatGPT for modern contract management. To the Cequence team, he brings international experience from the start-up environment. He has worked through various roles in Business Development, Customer Success, and Digital Transformation. He became interested in innovative solutions that moved his industry forward by leaps and bounds while studying at universities in Denmark and Sweden. Then, he came to Cequence from the US, where he helped public institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area with the digital transformation towards citizens. Today, his ideas and vision for corporate solutions, built on the best of modern digital design, translate into Cequence solutions that help save clients thousands of hours of work every day. In his spare time, you can find him tackling the paths on his bike, cooking a delicious meal, or shredding hiking boots in the mountains.
Mária is the Digital Procurement Lead at Deloitte. She has ten years of procurement experience and helps companies with digital procurement transformation. For the last four years, Mária has focused on implementing SAP Ariba solutions, focusing on strategic sourcing. In addition, Maria gained experience in procurement in the oil and pharmaceutical industry.
Patrik is a passionate expert in applied energy and electrical engineering with rich experience as a business and marketing manager at an international level and in the entrepreneurial sphere. His studies at the Faculty of Economics at VŠB-TU, specializing in Systems Engineering and Informatics, provide him with a broad perspective and the ability to apply his knowledge in various professional fields. Patrik is the founder of his own company focused on applied energy and electrical engineering. In addition to professional success, he enjoys spending time with his family and four children. His hobbies include active sports, traveling, meeting friends, music, and gastronomy. His involvement in the Group for Energy brings many years of experience and a professional approach to the community.
Marek graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Trnava where he is currently finishing his Ph.D. programme. In the field of public procurement, he combines experience from working for a public contracting consultancy as well as preparing bids for bidders from the position of an internal employee. Over the years he has gained extensive experience in the procurement of major transport, infrastructure, and IT projects as well as bid preparation. He has published numerous articles on public procurement and co-authored the Great Commentary on the Public Procurement Act (Wolters Kluwer, 2016) as well as several other publications focused on this area.
Petra has been working for the South Moravian Region since 2014. She has always been interested in public procurement but only got into it after several years of working for the Governor and the Regional Council. Since 2019, she has been part of a friendly and experienced group of procurement specialists around Jakub Váňa. What she appreciates most about public procurement, alongside her colleagues, is the variety of activities and the fact that her contribution creates something concrete and tangible that benefits other people. She believes that the region, as a major contracting authority, should set an example and cultivate the contracting environment, try to make the best use of public funds, and consider social and environmental issues. She is captivated by innovative practices and solutions that she can implement in public procurement thanks to the support of the county.
For more than 10 years, Matej has been amazed by the world of procurement and above all, e-procurement. He has always worked either on the side of the technology vendor or its partners. He currently holds position as Business Transformation Advisor helping customers move to SAP cloud solutions. His goal is to find an optimal and individual path for each company during such a digital transformation. In his spare time, he is engaged in a variety of sports (kayaking on wild rivers, cross country skiing or even telemark skiing), but as well spends his time passing experience to his kids.
Tomáš is the Head of HR for the regional headquarters of Asahi Europe & International. Tomáš has been working in HR since 2011, when he joined Plzensky Prazdroj. He studied psychology and has been using it in a business context for a long time. In recent years, he also had a chance to participate in various business transformations and organizational designs, including procurement ones. Since then, he has continued on his mission to design organizations by aligning their purpose, strategy, and culture.
He has worked in procurement his entire career, mostly in banking. He started in IT and project sourcing at Komerční banka, then spent nine years building procurement at the newly formed Equa bank. After the bank merger with Raiffeisenbank, he oversaw Central Procurement. After the experience running procurement teams in banking, he decided to go independent and now works as a procurement consultant for various banking and industrial companies, mainly in the IT sector. Apart from that, he likes to buy anything with an engine and at least two wheels. He also finds meaning and mission in being involved in various charitable activities.
Kristína Zárubovová works currently as Buyer at Amazon Fulfillment Slovakia, where she focuses mainly on the electronic sourcing, negotiation and managing relations with suppliers. She also deals with the purchase of some commodity categories and with the contract management. She has gained previous purchasing experiences from automotive industry, where she was in charge of purchasing indirect materials for the French sites of PSA Group Stellantis. She went through the digitalization of purchasing processes in both of these companies. In her work, Kristína follows leadership principles and works on creating a stable supply chain, which she describes as an important key to success.
The legendary trainer of the PROEBIZ platform was at the beginning of the computerization of procurement negotiation processes. From his position as a specialist in dynamic bid comparison, he has handled thousands of eAuctions in terms of setup strategies, processes, and evaluation of even the most complex cases. Not surprisingly, he also invented his type of electronic auction, which bears his name. He is currently involved in the Digital Procurement Team and eProcurement.TV educational projects and several other developmental educational projects.