Open Procurement with Impact: How?

Public procurement is a powerful tool to achieve social impact and environmental transition. Governments across the EU are looking for ways to make procurement work for social equality, economic opportunity and a green transition. All of which are at the core of the Recovery plans of the EU countries. Openness and transparency is key in achieving these goals.

It offers the biggest platform for discussion in 2022 in the areas of transparency, technology and innovation in public procurement. It will explore how we can make procurement better using open data, technology, and stakeholder engagement. How can open procurement help achieve better outcomes including more competition, inclusion, and sustainability? How can we overcome existing challenges in barriers in publishing public procurement data, how can we deal with challenges such as commercial sensitivity, privacy? What are effective mechanisms for engagement and monitoring?


Together with the Ministry of the Interior of the Netherlands and the Open State Foundation, this conference will bring together leaders in government and civil society.

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Background documents

In the lead up to the conference, we are sharing some articles and resources to kick off a conversation, explore where we are, and where we want to go to make public contracts count.

The potential for connecting open data and procurement is endless.
Using open data, open source, and an open standard is key to rebuilding trust.
Opening up contracting data will only be as impactful as the capacity to transform it into actionable information.



Some of the speakers that will be sharing their insights and leading the sessions during the event.


Fredo Schotanus
Fredo Schotanus holds the endowed chair of Public Procurement, Utrecht University's School of Economics and is part of the management team of the Utrecht University Centre for Public Procurement (UUCePP). This is an interdisciplinary research centre in the field of public procurement, both from a legal and economic perspective. For the chair of Public Procurement, he studies sustainable, social, and effective contracting and procurement in the public sector. One of his interests which is relevant for the workshop is open public procurement data.


Elisabetta R. Manunza
Elisabetta R. Manunza is Professor of International and European public procurement law and Co-Founder and co-Head of the Centre for Public Procurement at Utrecht University.


Lucien Claassen
Lucien Claassen, Category manager ICT, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Experienced and driven by sustainability strategic ICT buyer, with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Strong information technology skills in Business Process, Coaching, IT Service Management, IT operations, Data management and Strategic Sourcing. Works with sustainability as a starting point. See LinkedIn for more information and details.


Sally Guyer
Sally Guyer is Chief Executive Officer for the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management, a global membership organization enabling global public and private sector organizations and professionals to achieve world-class standards in their contracting and relationship management process and skills. Sally is an experienced and accomplished commercial and contracts management professional, holding senior commercial positions at a range of corporate and multinational organizations. After gaining an Honors degree in Law, Sally spent her time in the corporate sector, where she worked globally in the Telecomms and IT industries, before establishing her own legal and commercial consultancy in 2007. Sally is passionate about enabling business efficiency and growth through contracting and commercial excellence. Whether in contract development, negotiation, training or general communications, Sally has built a reputation for service excellence and responsiveness. Her focus is on the creation of positive and successful business relationships, constantly striving to ensure that businesses realize their true potential and value.


Sascha Haselmayer
is Ashoka fellow creating mechanisms to spread innovation into cities, improve governance, and radically alter the way cities deliver much-needed services. Sascha trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London and delivered a range of global urban strategy projects in the Europe, Latin America and Asia before in 2001 co-founding Interlace-Invent, a consultancy advising on science & technology, socio-economic and development strategies in cities for global cities, universities, investors and international organizations. In 2003 he co-founded Living Labs Global, an organization to promote service innovation in cities. Sascha has lectured widely and co-authored two books on service innovation in cities, markets and new approaches to public procurement. Sascha is recognized as a social innovator and entrepreneur through an Ashoka Fellowship and by being a selected member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Advisory Board of the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.


Gavin Hayman
Gavin Hayman is the Executive Director of Open Contracting Partnership, a silo-busting collaboration across government, business and civil society to open up and transform public contracting and procurement. Before joining the Open Contracting Partnership, Gavin was Director of Campaigns and then Executive Director of Global Witness. He helped create the international Publish What You Pay campaign and negotiated the intergovernmental Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative to improve disclosure and oversight of over trillion dollars of oil and mining money paid around the world. He is also an expert on illicit financial flows, and helped lead global efforts to end the abuse of anonymous shell companies for money laundering and financial crime, including at the G8 and Open Government Partnership. He has a Doctorate from the University of Reading and has worked with Chatham House in London and the United National Environmental Programme in the past on analyzing and investigating global environmental crime.


Eliza Niewiadomska
Eliza Niewiadomska, senior counsel in charge of the public procurement sector at the Legal Transition Programme , EBRD Eliza is responsible for regulatory advice on digital transformation of government commerce and leads technical cooperation activities under the EBRD UNCITRAL Public Procurement Reform Initiative and the EBRD GPA Technical Cooperation Facility. Lawyer and economist, Eliza holds postgraduate degrees from the Warsaw University, Poland and the University College London and King’s College in the United Kingdom. Eliza worked for the Polish government during regulatory reforms of Poland’s accession to the European Union and upon leaving civil service, as a general counsel in the IT industry. Prior to joining the EBRD in 2009, Eliza was head of procurement at power & energy company, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA in Warsaw.


Jean-François Thibous
Jean-François Thibous is the project director for the digital transformation of public procurement at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. He is leading a major digital project aimed at interoperating French buyer profiles as well as actions in the field of open data for public procurement. Jean-François began his career in the senior civil service in France and at the European Commission. He was also an advisor for economic and social affairs in the ministerial cabinet for sustainable development. He has also worked in the corporate world as director of an investment fund, managing director of an environmental group and founding president of a management company for large public-private projects. Jean-François is a graduate of the « Ecole Polytechnique » and the « Corps des Ponts, Eaux et Forêts ».


Sergejus Muravjovas
Sergejus Muravjovas is the CEO of Transparency International Lithuania and the founder of He is a fan of anti-corruption initiatives that lead to sustainable and measured change and is particularly interested in the behavioral approach to good governance. Sergejus is a mentor at People Powered | Global Hub for Participatory Democracy and a member of the National Progress Council of Lithuania. He currently pursues a PhD in Behavioral Sciences at ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius, Lithuania. From 2009 to 2015, he served two terms on TI International Board of Directors.


Kirsi Koivusaari
Kirsi Koivusaari is the Chief Financial Officer in Hansel LTD with years of experience in public procurement, financing and accounting, HR, business strategy, risk management, and sustainability. Hansel LTD is a non-profit limited company and acts as a central purchasing body for the public administration in Finland. Hansel's aim is to create saving for society by tendering and maintaining the joint procurement agreements for services and products that bring significant savings in the form of prices, quality, and process costs. Hansel also offers procurement tendering and development services. Kirsi will be talking about Hansel's online service on Finnish public spending by name: (


Adriana Homolova
Adriana Homolova is a data journalist for KRO-NCRV based in The Netherlands. She crunches data mostly for Investico, a platform for investigative journalism and OneWorld, magazine for sustainable and global citizenship.


André Weimar
As director Procurement, Facilities and Housing Policies André Weimar is responsible for the Procurement infrastructure of the Central Government. From ballpoints to computers, cars to energy and to catering. Impact is key. Environment, people and society have to profit of it! Now the Chief Procurement Officer is curious to find out in which way more openness could lead to more impactful orders.

Do you want to know more about the procurement strategy of the Dutch central government? Take a look at it: Procurement with Impact


Thom Townsend
Thom Townsend is Executive Director of Open Ownership which supports Governments around the world to implement open information about who ultimately controls and benefits from companies registered in their jurisdictions. This data supports the ending of the abuse of anonymous companies, enhances the business environment and provides essential information for better understanding who ultimately benefits from trade. Prior to joining Open Ownership Thom was Head of Data Policy for the UK Government.


Jonaid Myzyri
Jonaid Myzyri, after completing his studies and being honored with a Gold Medal at the Faculty of Law, University of Tirana, built his career in the procurement field. He joined Albania's Public Procurement Commission and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy in 2015 and was elected by the Assembly of the Republic of Albania as chairman of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). As chairman of PPC, he undertook the most important reform of the last 10 years in the procurement review body: digitalization of services (e-appeals). Also, by using the new standards of publication based on OECD principles, he intends to promote transparency and openness as tools to further improve the procurement system in Albania. This ongoing reform of digitalization has been praised by SIGMA-OECD, by ranking Albania and the Public Procurement Commission in first place in the Western Balkan region.


Elena Calistru
Elena Calistru is the chair and founder of Funky Citizens, a Romanian-based NGO. Funky Citizens builds research-based, data-driven advocacy tools. Funky Citizens’ tools aim to be educational and actionable, encouraging citizens to engage in accountability and government responsibility initiatives in which they can see an impact. Elena has more than 10 years of experience in civil society projects, both at national and international level. Her expertise is mainly in the area of good governance, transparency, public finance and advocacy. She strongly believes that data and online tools can empower citizens to influence public sector reform.


Sandor Lederer
Sandor Lederer is one of the founders and Director of K-Monitor, a non-profit public funds watchdog based in Budapest, Hungary. It was founded to improve the levels of transparency, accountability and the rule of law in Hungary. Civic participation and technology-driven solutions are among the organization’s key instruments. Sandor is a European Young Leader at Friends of Europe, a German Marshall Fund alumni and a Barack Obama Fellow. He has been a member of the International Advisory Board of the ePanstwo Foundation (Poland) since April 2017. Currently, he acts as a Members of IAB support ad hoc and strategic activities of the ePF in Poland and in the CEE region. He represents K-Monitor in the board of the TransparenCEE Network.


Giovanni Paolo Sellitto
Giovanni Paolo Sellitto works for the International Relations Unit at Italy's National Anticorruption Authority. He is an ICT engineer and since 2006 has been leading on e-government projects for the digitalization and cross-border interoperability of public procurement at national and EU level. He was involved in the set up of the National Database of Public Contracts and related digital services, ANAC's Public Procurement Open Data Portal and in various projects for the standardization and the digitalization of public procurement at Italian and EU level, like CEN BII, eSENS, H2020 TOOP, the eProcurement Ontology, and an e-procurement dataspace BDTI pilot.


Krzysztof Izdebski
Krzysztof Izdebski is an expert at the Open Spending EU Coalition and the Stefan Batory Foundation. He is a member of the Osiatyński Archive Advisory Board, the Marshall Memorial, Marcin Król and Recharging Advocacy Rights in Europe Fellow. He is a lawyer specialized in Freedom of Information, re-use of public sector information and technologies which impact democracy. He has wide expertise in relations between public administration and citizens. He is the author of publications on freedom of information, technology, public administration, corruption, and public participation.


Paul Maasen
Paul Maassen started working with the Open Government Partnership in June 2012. He is currently the Chief, Country Support (CCS). The CCS leads on the implementation of the strategy for OGPs engagement with and strategic support of all OGP stakeholders at the national and local level. His team with staff in over 10 locations supports global efforts of open government champions, primarily of government and civil society, in using Open Government Partnership to further their objectives on transparency, accountability and participation. Before assuming this role Paul was responsible for overseeing the OGP support to civil society across the globe. Paul has a long track record in the role technology and media can play in changing people’s lives and the societies they live in. Prior to joining OGP Paul worked as Head of Finance and Partnerships for WWF International’ Global Climate & Energy Initiative, working primarily with WWF offices in emerging economies to strengthen the design and sustainability of their programs. Before joining WWF Paul worked for 7 years with Dutch development organisation Hivos, as program manager for the global ICT & Media program. This is where he learned the ropes of being a funder and got a deep understanding of the complexities of realizing change in developing and repressive countries. Paul strongly believes in the potential of individuals to make a difference if they set their mind to it and get the tools – including technology – to realize their potential. He was also involved in the establishment of the East African citizen agency initiative Twaweza. Paul attained private sector experience with Dutch telecom company KPN. He holds an MSC in industrial engineering and management. Paul is based in Brussels.


Manuela Cruz
Manuela Cruz is in charge of the TED and EU Procurement Unit at the Publications Office of the European Union. She joined the European Commission in 1992 and worked in areas ranging from the Structural Funds, Administration, Communication, Public Health and publication of EU Law. Manuela graduated in Law in 1990 at the Portuguese Catholic University in Porto, Portugal, and has post-graduations in European Studies and in Public Administration.


Rachel Hanna
Rachel Hanna joined the Access Info team in 2019 as Legal Researcher and Campaigner and uses her position to advocate for the universal enjoyment of the right to information. In this role, Rachel runs Access Info’s human rights based research and legal analysis projects, using final results to hold government accountable and campaign for change. As Director of the Northern Ireland Open Government Network, Rachel provides strategic leadership to the organisation and ensures its effective management, aiding it to set the foundations for building a more public-focused, participatory, open, and accountable government in Northern Ireland. Rachel has a degree in Civil and Common Law with Spanish studies from Queen’s University of Belfast, and a master in International Human Rights Law, specialising in the rights of unaccompanied foreign minors.


Karolis Granickas
Karolis Granickas is Head of Europe working with the European institutions, country governments and civil society to improve public spending in the region. He focuses on strengthening institutions and their public spending using openness principles. He is interested in how open contracting can help power sustainable transition in Europe. Karolis is a member of the European Commission Multi-Stakeholder Expert Group on eProcurement (EXEP) and he also co-leads the Open Spending EU Coalition - a community of open spending champions in the EU. Before joining the Open Contracting Partnership, Karolis worked with Transparency International Lithuania, focusing on citizen engagement using ICT. He also contributed to global open data advocacy efforts, together with the Epsi platform, Open Knowledge International, Open Data Institute and others. From 2014 to 2016, he was a national researcher within the Open Government Partnership Independent Review Mechanism.


Two days of sharp and snappy sessions with lots of interaction, co-working, networking and peer exchange. No long presentations, definitely no manels, but practical, hands-on activities driven by participants.

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    Share what’s working, what isn’t & how to overcome common challenges
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    Discuss how to turn data into impact on people’s lives
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    Surface the best and brightest tools to track and improve procurement
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    Determine how to meet user needs, build long-term alliances and overcome blockers

Day 1           

Monday, 30 May

9:00 AM
Doors open, registration & coffee
Welcome and opening
Welcome by the European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands
Why are we here & what we want to achieve?

Why is the Netherlands proud of being your host on this topic & what is the Dutch plan to achieve the goals of Procurement with Impact, the procurement strategy of the central government and what role openness about procurement plays?

Andre Weimar, Chief Procurement Officer, The Ministry of Interior
Serv Wiemers, Executive Director, Open State Foundation
Open procurement vision in the EU
Manuela Cruz, Head of Unit, TED and EU Public Procurement
Paul Maasen, Open Government Partnership
Representative of the EC (TBC)
Coffee break
Panel discussion: Reimagining procurement
Sascha Hazelmayer, Citymart Berlin
Gavin Hayman, Open Contracting Partnership
Elisabetta Manunza, Centre for Public Procurement, Utrecht University
Eliza Niewiadomska, EBRD

What is the role of openness in sustainable procurement for the 21st century? How can we create an environment where procurement creates equal opportunities for all and ensure democratic accountability? Is transparency enough?
Inspiration session: How to make it work?
Group 1: Procurement data: what to publish and how?
Led by: Fredo Schotanus, Utrecht University & Giampaolo Sellitto, ANAC Italy

What information should be collected and published to achieve better and more sustainable procurement across the EU?

Group 2: How to effectively engage stakeholders?
Led by: Sergejus Muravjovas, TI Lithuania & Kirsi Koivusaari, Hansel Finland

What measurable change are we looking for? How do we define success? How do we know there is more transparency, accountability and engagement?
Coffee break
Plenary reflections from Day 1
Report back from workshops & closing reflections
Social event
Glass of wine & a snack in venue location

Day 2           

Tuesday, 31 May

9:00 AM
Welcome coffee
Doors open, arrival of participants
Welcome & and opening by CPO
An introduction to what we'll tackle on day two.
Workshops/Thematic sessions: Part I
Group 1: How to deal with commercial secrecy and privacy?
Led by: Andrew Bowen, UK Crown Commercial Services & Thom Townsend, Open Ownership

What are the most sensitive questions to ask in the light of privacy and commercial secrecy? Does GDPR impact transparency of company and beneficial ownership? How to balance public interest to know with a right to privacy? How can reform become an enabler for more transparency?

Group 2: Making sense of EU procurement data infrastructure.
Led by: Colin Maudry

EU eForms, OCDS, eProcurement Ontology - how do they all come together? How to make the most of them?
Workshops/Thematic sessions: Part II
Group 1: Openness & sustainability / strategic procurement
Led by: Lucien Claassen, Government of the Netherlands & Karolis Granickas, OCP

How can we make sustainable procurement work better through open data and stakeholder engagement?

Mechanisms for effective civic monitoring
Led by: Sandor Lederer & Adriana Homolova

How to get civic monitoring right? What are the most important ingredients to ensure effective civic engagement? How to move from projects to an ecosystem of monitoring?
Wrap-up and follow up: A review of what we've accomplished together.
Closing reception
Some well-earned refreshment and relaxation!


Open Procurement with Impact will gather 100 of the best and brightest public procurement leaders, practitioners and champions from across the EU.

It is always possible to attend the conference online, you can login whenever you want. Also it is possible for everyone to attend the first part of the conference physically, with presentations about the EU policy, the Dutch approach and the panel discussion (see the agenda). A lunch will be served afterwards. The physical attendance of the other parts of the conference is limited due to the constraints of the location. If this is so, the registered participants will be informed in time whether physical presence is possible.


The conference will take place at the Koninklijk Instituut van de Tropen, Amsterdam.


Koninklijk Instituut van de Tropen is located in Amsterdam Oud-Oost and, as all of the city, can be easily reached by public transportation. Participants can choose from the many options to stay in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

We recommend staying at Hotel Arena or other hotels in the area.