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 has long been involved in responsible public procurement. She was formerly director of the non-profit organization Nová ekonomika (New Economics) and since 2014 she has been head of the Public Procurement Department at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, where she also leads the project “Socially Responsible Public Procurement”. She sees the potential of strategic procurement in public procurement. Previously she has also been Chair of the Education Committee of the Council of the European Union.
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 12 years, he has known the world of purchasing from various angles, from the buyer, through the sourcing manager to the purchasing solutions consultant. Currently in the position of Head of Business Development for purchasing solutions at SAP, he helps customers find optimal ways of digital transformation in purchasing, finance and logistics. Zdeněk is also working on strategic projects associated with new solutions. In the spirit of "versatility is the key to the buyer's success", In his free time, he devotes himself to studying foreign languages, beekeeping and martial arts.
Lawyer specialising in public sector law, in particular public procurement. She works at Havel & Partners, a company named Public Procurement Law Firm of the Year for the fourth time last year and which has the largest public sector team in the Czech Republic (25 lawyers). In addition to advocacy, Adéla Havlová is active in the leadership of professional associations (Association for Public Procurement and Union of Administrators - UNIAVEZ) and is a member of the expert group of the Ministry of Regional Development for legislation on public procurement for the Association for Infrastructure Development and a member of the expert team of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on responsible procurement, within which she is engaged in the development of best practice and innovation in public procurement, including issues of computerization, procurement practices, responsible procurement, quality assessment, etc. Since 2014, she has been a member of the Competition Protection Authority's Appeals Committee. She works with know-how from other EU member states, especially Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and, of course, Slovakia. She regularly lectures and publishes in professional periodicals.
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" :).
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.
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.
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.
Peter Kubovič has worked for more than 10 years at the Slovak Public Procurement Office (PPO) in various positions mostly related to the supervision of public procurement and the resolution of disputes. He has participated in the preparation of dozens of PPO decisions and expert opinions, and has also co-created public procurement legislation. He is currently head of the Public Procurement Department of the City of Trnava. He has also been a long-term lecturer and author of professional presentations.
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.
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.
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’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.
After studying and practising law in London, where he worked until 2012, Mark Šmíd's professional career led him to the law firm Maple & Fish. It focuses primarily on public procurement law, EU law, competition law, and the protection of personal data and privacy. He also teaches at the Faculty of Law at Trnava University and is a lecturer in seminars on public procurement law, European funds and personal data protection. He also contributes his knowledge to professional journals.
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.
20 years of experience leading and advising complex and complicated procurement and supply chain projects, with a track record of achieving extraordinary outcomes in costs and lead times. Strategic leadership on procurement addressable spend from 100m up to 1bln EUR, with successful delivery of transformation objectives, implementing TCO, make vs buy or should cost modeling principles. Known for being an enthusiastic, data-based decision-making leader shaping strategy and priorities and able to motivate teams to overdeliver.
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.
As a great advocate of modern procurement with the emphasis on a human approach and analytical thinking, Peter Majtán has as his motivation to always be better. What’s his motto? "Push the Sky Away" by Nick Cave. A graduate of the University of Economics in Bratislava, he began his career at Slovnaft, where he gradually developed his experience in the procurement of services, procurement projects and maintenance procurement (MRO). He is currently Senior Category Manager for the MOL group’s, MRO Material & Equipment.
After finishing law school and three years of practice in a law firm, she started working in public procurement, where she worked as the head of the Procurement Department at Czech Radio. During her time in this role, she introduced eAuctions and promoted digitalization. She has been the Executive Director of the Association for Public Procurement for the past two years. She organizes training events, develops new partnerships, has "set in motion" a project of working groups in selected areas of public procurement, and publishes in the magazine "Public Procurement in Practice". She is also involved in legislative initiatives to facilitate public procurement.
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.
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.
She has been involved in procurement in multinational concerns since 2004. She worked at Nestlé Czech Republic as a service and Indirect Materials Buyer, SAP procurement modules specialist. Since 2007 she has held the position of Procurement Services and Indirect Materials Manager at Nestlé Czech Republic. She is currently a Teamleader, Non-Core Commodity team at innogy.
After graduating in Law from Bratislava University and working for ten years in business and civil law, Ľubomír made the dramatic leap to public procurement and deals with entering public tenders. He deals with the implementation of public tenders and also does consultation work helping candidates for public tenders. In any spare time that he still has, he fights with the nonsense that surrounds us.
Starting out is the hardest part say the wise, which is true not only in business. Martin Daniš, who started literally from nothing to set up public procurement processes at the Banská Bystrica Regional Authority, knows all about this. As Head of Public Procurement he went straight ahead and introduced the digitalisation of all public procurement, even including low-value tenders. He has been in the field for more than seven years, previously working as a consultant at VOSK, where he handled about 200 public procurement contracts, while also resolving objections from bidders.
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.
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.
Martin Kapler has worked in the field of procurement since 2008. He has worked for companies such as Eiffage Polska Budownictwo SA, Eiffage Construction ČR, ArcelorMittal Ostrava & ArcelorMittal Polska. He is currently the Material and Services Purchasing Manager at Kofola ČeskoSlovensko, including its subsidiaries HOOP Polska and UGO. In all previous jobs, the introduction of e-auctions and e-inquiries was one of the basic steps to increase purchasing efficiency while increasing transparency. The biggest challenge for him was and still is the implementation of electronic tools in the field of procurement of construction works and technologies.
Martin graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. He gained his work experience as a Sales and Project Manager in the construction and energy sectors. Since 2014, he has been with NAFTA, where he is a Senior Procurement Specialist.
Vítězslava Fričová, a lawyer from the European Commission, who is also familiar with European legislation as a Senate lawyer or as the Head of the Brussels office of the Academy of European Law (ERA), will tell us more about the concrete impact of various decisions of major institutions. Previously she also worked for the Office for the Protection of Competition (ÚOHS), where she supervised compliance with the Public Procurement Act and later led the Methodology Department.
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 Lehar has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of procurement in various international companies with the clear objectives of optimizing procurement activities. His career also includes an FMCG sales mission to understand the entire supply chain from customers to production and back. In recent years as the Procurement Manager of Plzeňský Prazdroj for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and Austria, he has tried to pay more attention to leadership and helping others develop.
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.
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).
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.
We will undoubtedly be convinced that our neighbours in Poland also know about procurement, consulting and sourcing by Mateusz Borowiecki. A truly wide-ranging expert with more than fifteen years’ experience in international projects, including IT projects; he has introduced clients to the procurement systems of a variety of providers. He regularly speaks at procurement conferences, publishes papers on corporate procurement and is a lecturer in postgraduate studies in procurement at Kozminski University in Warsaw and at WSB in Wroclaw.
Blažej is currently in charge of catalogue sales at Mercateo, one of the largest b2b e-commerce platforms in Europe. He claims to be a receptive, flexible person, always willing to learn new things, with a high level of agility to change and eager to face new challenges. He can motivate himself and others with energy and enthusiasm to achieve committed goals, quality, and service. Blažej is an innovative person, a team player with excellent communication skills and a good sense of humour.
Graduate of the Faculty of Business Management at the University of Economics in Bratislava. During his career he has worked in marketing and customer care in the telecommunications, banking and IT sectors. Since 2011 he has been involved in public as well as corporate procurement and e-auctions. He looks for opportunities to improve processes to make procurement simpler and clearer.
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.
Barbora is very communicative and positive and has gathered experience in many different procurement positions over more than 20 years. She has successfully purchased materials, chemicals, services, and energy, so her professional scope includes everything from seamless and uniform items to strategic or niche commodities. She takes a creative approach to her work and loves devising procurement strategies as well as taking an individual approach to each case. Currently, she is responsible for investment procurement for Mondi Szczecin and Mondi Szczecin White Paper.
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.
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.
Supervisor of PROEBIZ systems for Slovakia, who after studying andragogy decided to transfer the acquired experience to his own work. He is right at home in the environment of computerization of procurement processes. He conducts dozens of training courses a year and has trained hundreds of people. He is also involved in organizing other company training events and is actively involved in the implementation and development of the systems.
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.
He enjoys implementing TENDERBOX 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 PROEBIZ 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.
She worked for four years within the PROEBIZ project as an expert lecturer and administrator specializing in eAuctions in the corporate and public sector, where she helped PROEBIZ's Czech and foreign clients with the most complex e-auction cases. Currently, she is a dramaturge at PROCUREMENT BOARD TV, where she also acts as a presenter of programs for the professional procurement community.
This legendary trainer of the extensive eAuction platform PROEBIZ was in at the beginning of the digitalisation of procurement negotiation processes. As a specialist in dynamic bid comparison, he has handled thousands of eAuctions over the last 15 years in terms of strategies for setting up, running and evaluating even the most complex cases. The number of hours he has spent passing on his experience through education can be numbered in the thousands. No wonder he has invented his own type of electronic auction, which bears his name.