Speakers

Gerard Sanders - Deputy General Counsel, EBRD

Gerard Sanders is Deputy General Counsel of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has responsibility for the recovery and litigation work of the Bank, the administration of its investment portfolio and for advising on corporate and institutional matters, including the Bank's status, privileges and immunities and other matters of public international law. He has overall responsibility for the EBRD's legal reform work.

Before joining the Bank, Gerard practiced law with the firms of Simpson Grierson in Wellington and Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. and in the corporate headquarters of BP p.l.c. in London.

Gerard has BCom and LLB degrees from the University of Otago in New Zealand and post-graduate law degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law School. He is qualified to practice law in New Zealand, the state of Victoria in Australia, England and Wales. Gerard is also a chartered accountant. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Securities Institute. He is Visiting Professorial Fellow at Queen Mary College, University of London, where he teaches international economic law, and is co-editor in chief of Law in transition.

Vinay Sharma - Director of the Procurement and Fiduciary Services Department, AfDB

Vinay SHARMA is the Director of the Procurement and Fiduciary Services Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB) since April 2008. In this capacity, he is responsible for development and implementation of policies and procedures for procurement and financial management in bank financed projects, providing fiduciary oversight and for diagnostic work in these areas in countries in Africa. Mr. SHARMA is also responsible for dialog with the countries and other stakeholders on issues of public procurement and public financial management.

Robert D. Anderson - Counsellor, WTO

Mr Anderson is Counsellor in the Intellectual Property Division of the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he heads the Secretariat team supporting the work of the WTO Committee on Government Procurement and the renegotiation of the plurilateral Agreement on Government Procurement. He is also lead advisor in the WTO Secretariat regarding international competition policy issues. He travels extensively to the developing regions of the world to present workshops and seminars on the subjects of government procurement and competition policy. Prior to joining the WTO in 1997, Mr Anderson held various senior positions in the Canadian Competition Bureau (Canada's national antitrust agency) and, earlier in his career, in: (i) the Department of Finance of the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan; and (ii) the Economic Council of Canada.

Mr Anderson serves as a member of the World Bank's International Advisory Group on Procurement, and is a member of the Contracts Committee of the WTO which supervises the Organization's own procurements.

William Dakpo - AfDB

William DAKPO is a Regional Procurement Coordinator. Since 2010, he has been responsible for Bank operations and public procurement reforms in all six countries of the Africa North Region of the AfDB.

Yacine FAL - AfDB

Yacine FAL is Manager of the Procurement Division in the Procurement and Fiduciary Services Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB) since 2008, supervising a group of 48 Procurement Specialists based in the Bank's Headquarters and 28 Field offices. She coordinates procurement activities for operations funded by AfDB, including monitoring compliance, assessing fiduciary risks and conducting performance assessments of African countries' procurement systems, collaborating with development partners, capacity building and dialog on reforms with public procurement authorities in borrowing countries.

Daniel Ivarsson - Senior Adviser, OECD / SIGMA

Daniel Ivarsson is working as Senior Adviser on public procurement at SIGMA. In close, long-term co-operation with the beneficiary countries, he supports institutional development by reviewing laws and regulations, informing about EU practice, and building the capacity of national staff to handle public procurement to high standards.

SIGMA, "Support for Improvement in Governance and Management', is a joint initiative of the OECD and the EU, principally financed by the EU. It provides assistance in the fields of public procurement, public administration and public finances to the countries that benefit from the EU's instruments for pre-accession and for European neighborhood policy (IPA and ENPI).

Natalia Korchakova-Heeb

Natalia Korchakova- Heeb is working as Sector Manager of Economic, Trade and Territorial Development in the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine since 2003. She is managing EU- funded projects in various areas of technical cooperation between the EU and Ukraine, including competition, public procurement, state aid, agriculture, food safety and rural development, and maintains the policy dialogue with government of Ukraine and other major stakeholders, such as international organisations, private sector and NGOs. She contributed to the revision and harmonization of the Ukrainian legislation with EU legislation and adopting the best practices in the area of public procurement. Currently, she is preparing for the launch a technical assistance project aimed at the development of public finance management in Ukraine with focus on public procurement (4 million EUR) and the Comprehensive Institutional building Programme of state aid (10 millin EUR).
In 2010, she received a state recognition award from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food. She Launched and successfully implemented a sector wide programme in the agricultural sector, She contributed to the reform of food safety control system in Ukraine.

Olivier Moreau - OECD/SIGMA

Olivier MOREAU joined SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management www.sigmaweb.org) in November 2010 as senior advisor. SIGMA is a joint initiative of the OECD and the European Union, principally financed by the EU. Its field of activity is the horizontal management systems of government including civil service, administrative law, financial management and control, public procurement, policymaking and inter-ministerial co-ordination and public administration reform strategies in EU Candidate and potential candidate countries (Turkey and the Western Balkan countries) and, from 2008, in the countries of the European Neighbourhood Partnership.

Olivier former served from 2001 in the legal service of the French ministry of finance, then from 2005 as a seconded national expert to DG MARKT in the European Commission.

Anna Caroline Müller - Legal Affairs Officer, WTO

Anna Caroline Müller is a Legal Affairs Officer in government procurement team of the WTO's Intellectual Property Division. Prior to joining the WTO in June 2011 in that capacity, she practised law in the Commercial Litigation & Arbitration section of Clifford Chance's Frankfurt office (2010-2011). In 2008/2009, she successfully completed the German bar training programme (Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf) with seats in New York, USA (German Mission to the United Nations), London (Clifford Chance) and Frankfurt (Clifford Chance). She holds a Law Degree (Baden-Württemberg, Germany, 2004) and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law (Universität Düsseldorf, 2005) as well as a D.E.A. (Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies) in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (2007). Her research is focused on international economic law with recent publications in the field of government procurement. She speaks German, English, French and Spanish.

Michel Nussbaumer - Head of Legal Transition Team, EBRD

Before becoming Team Leader of the Legal Transition and Knowledge Management team, Michel worked for almost three years as counsel on banking operations section, where he was responsible for legal aspects of various investments of the Bank, with a particular focus on SME financing.

Caroline Nicholas - Senior Legal Officer, UNCITRAL

Caroline Nicholas is a lawyer with the International Trade Law Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)) and serves as the Secretary to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Procurement. She works with the WTO, The World Bank and regional development banks such as the ADB, IDB, the OECD, IDLO, and regional trade organizations such as COMESA to promote modernization and harmonization of procurement rules, and to support the rule of law and international trade and development. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Public Procurement Law Review and regular contributor to it and to other journals.

Prior to joining UNCITRAL, advised on claims of the Kuwaiti Government arising from Iraq’s 1990 invasion and occupation of Kuwait at the United Nations Compensation Commission, and worked as an internal investigator in the United Nations. She has practised in the private sector in the City of London and in Hong Kong, specializing in banking and insolvency litigation.

Eliza Niewiadomska - Legal Transition Programme, EBRD

Eliza Niewiadomska, a counsel in charge of the public procurement sector at the Legal Transition Programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Eliza received her Masters in Law from Warsaw University, before studying economics at University College London (MSc. in Project and Enterprise Management). A senior legal expert with over twelve years of professional experience in legal advice and procurement management, gained at key positions in government in Poland.