PPRC Directors

Curriculum cursus Prof. dr. Elisabetta R. Manunza

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Full professor of International and European Public Procurement Law at the Europa Institute of the Utrecht University School of Law.

After reading Italian Law and Dutch Law at the VU University Amsterdam, Elisabetta Manunza started working as an expert and a consultant on crown witnesses in international criminal court cases and on the use of special investigations in the fight against criminal organisations, both in Italy and the Netherlands. She became fascinated by the disrupting role of corruption and organised crimes in public procurement systems and their influence on the global economy and thus society. She realized that only academic research could contribute to fight effectively against this devastating phenomenon and started to study it academically. She has also been endowed Professor (with chair) by the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Aanbestedingsrecht (NVvA, Netherlands Association for Procurement Law) at the same University (2009-2014). She holds a Ph.D.-degree in public procurement and European law and obtained the NOW-VENI grant for the project ‘Questioning the Fundamental Legal and Economic Presuppositions and Principles Underlying the European Public Procurement Directives’.

Nowadays, her research interests and publications focus on the question how to improve the innovation, utilization, regulation, promotion and social use of public procurement. Where public procurement is considered as a method to make objective, efficient and lawful choices. Examples include: a new method for choosing rationally and objective between in-sourcing and out-sourcing; forms of agreements between entities within the public sector; legal and economic aspects of awards criteria and methods; innovative organisation forms of public procurement for social services (of general interests); methods for the fight against corruption in public procurement.

She is the co-founder (2013) and co-director of the Public Procurement Research Centre, an interdisciplinary cooperation between the Utrecht University and the University of Twente. PPRC operates in the field of contracting and procurement in the public sector and falls under the Europa Institute of the Utrecht University School of Law.

Since the early beginning of her academic career, the results of her research have been subject of Parliamentary debates and have contributed to the introduction of new regulation. Her analysis on the introduction of the screening opportunities in public procurement procedures contributed to the introduction of a legal screening system – the Policy Rules for Integrity and Exclusion in Public Procurement in the Construction, Environmental/Waste and ICT Sectors (Beleidsregels integriteit en uitsluiting bij aanbestedingen in BIBOB-sectoren) – that differed from what the legislator had initially intended. Years after, on 26 November 2016 she was appointed by ministerial decree for the period of four years in the National BIBOB Supervision Commission (2016-2020). BIBOB is the abbreviation of ‘Bevordering integriteitsbeoordeling door het openbaar bestuur’, the Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act.

Other results of her academic research are regularly subject of parliamentary debate, led to the adoption of important motions and amendments and even to an initiative for new regulation, adopting her recommendation to introduce an objective and transparent testing framework on the basis of which a choice can be made between in- or outsourcing.

A specific highlight concerns her expert activities for the Commission of Economic Affairs of the Second Chamber of Parliament in the framework of the amendment of the Dutch Public Procurement Act 2012 (Aanbestedingswet 2012) and the Proportionality Guide (Gids Proportionaliteit). The position paper, containing 10 recommendations, has led to the adoption of important motions and amendments, e.g. on award criteria and methods and the broader applicability of the Proportionality Guide, by Members of Parliament in March 2016. A motion about an independent monitoring authority is still pending (https://www.pianoo.nl/actueel/nieuws/vandaagstemmingoverwetsvoorstelwijziging and https://www.tweedekamer.nl/kamerstukken/detail?id=2015D45342).

The study of Manunza and Janssen on the public cooperation between the Tax Authority (Belastingdienst) and the Ministry of social affairs and employment for the scan activities was discussed in Parliament on 9 September 2015 and led to an initiative for new regulation (by Ziengs/Verhoeven) on the ‘‘Wet Markt en overheid’’, adopting the recommendation contained in the study to introduce an objective and transparent testing framework on the basis of which a choice can be made between in-house provision of services or outsourcing. During the debate on the Dutch Public Procurement Act 2012 this also led to a motion of Senate Member Dercksen discussing the in-house provision of non-core tasks/services of public bodies.

In 2015, Manunza, Lohmann and Bouwman produced for the Ministry of Interior Affairs the “Juridisch leaflet Maatschappelijk Aanbesteden. Juridische mogelijkheden om de kracht van de samenleving te benutten bij aanbestedingen”. The leaflet now forms part of the societal debate on citizen participation (see e.g. the Kamerbrief 4 March 2016). On the same question of how to involve citizens directly in the initiation and execution of public procurement and to realize societal added value, Uenk produced a leaflet about the social sector for the same ministry (Op weg naar maatschappelijke meerwaarde in het social domein. Toepassingen en lessen van maatschappelijk aanbesteden in de gemeentelijke WMO-aanbestedingen 2015).

(Highest) Education and awards

1990 LLM (Dutch criminal and international) Law, VU Amsterdam
1993 One-year post-graduate research program in International and European Law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague
1997-2001 PhD: defended at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Law; conducted at Tilburg University where she was appointed as assistant professor 

Career            

1990-1997 Consultant and expert on crown witnesses in international criminal court cases and on the use of special investigations in the fight against criminal organisations, both in Italy and the Netherlands
1997-2001 Assistant professor European Law, Tilburg University, School of Law
2002-2005 Associate professor European Law, VU Amsterdam, School of Law
2005-2012 Associate professor European Public procurement Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Law
2009-2012 Chaired professor (bijzonder hoogleraar) European and International Public Procurement Law, Utrecht University, School of Law
2012-present Full professor European and International Public Procurement Law, Utrecht University, School of Law
2013-present Co-founder/co-director of Public Procurement Research Centre, interdisciplinary cooperation between Utrecht University and University of Twente
2016-2020 Appointed by ministerial decree for the period of four years in the National BIBOB Supervision Commission

 

Curriculum cursus Prof. dr. Jan Telgen

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Jan Telgen (1952) received an M.Sc. in Econometrics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Ph.D. in Economics from the same University in 1979.

He has over 30 years of consulting experience. Following a period as head of an internal consulting group of Rabobank Nederland, the country’s largest retail bank, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (through its predecessors) as a partner in 1985. He headed their consulting groups in Operations Management, Quantitative analysis and Procurement. Over the years he has been involved in a multitude of research and consultancy assignments for a variety of Dutch and international firms and public organisations.

In 2003 the 50 people consulting team he headed split off into Significant, a consulting group specializing in Public Procurement and policy analysis. Jan Telgen was partner and CEO of Significant from its inception until he sold his shares in 2009.

Jan also has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research on Public Procurement. From 1987 onwards he combined his consulting work with a part time chaired professorship in Applied Operations Research and Public Procurement at the University of Twente. His research focuses on the efficient use of public procurement methods to be both effective and to achieve policy goals. Topics that he published on include the optimal number of bidders, public provision of social services, procurement control, horizontal cooperative procurement and supplier selection mechanisms.

He was one of the originators of both the International Research Study on Public Procurement (IRSPP) and the International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC). His work in Procurement has been awarded the 1997 IFPMM Maple Leaf Award (best paper in Purchasing) and the 2010 IFPSM Hans Ovelgonne Award (career achievement in Purchasing research). He plays an active role in further developing the Public Procurement discipline.

Jan combines his professorship with research and consulting work on professionalizing public procurement organizations, working with such diverse organizations as municipalities, local and national governments, health care organizations and the United Nations.

He is coordinator (with Elisabetta Manunza) and managing director of the Public Procurement Research Centre PPRC a joint effort of the university of Twente and the University of Utrecht in research on Public Procurement.

He is a board member of the International Trade Centre (ITC) Supply Chain Management program, Intrakoop (€ 800 million cooperative procurement for health care organizations), CPS (education consulting), Pallas (new Dutch nuclear research reactor) and various local and charity organizations.

For the Dutch government he is on the Tenderboard of the National Police, the central Government ICT purchasing and primary and secondary school purchasing. He chairs the government review committee on Small Business Innovation regulations and is chairman of both the expert group on Purchasing Management and the expert group on Social domain purchasing for PIANOo (Dutch national government). 

(Highest) Education and awards

1975 Doctorandus degree in Econometrics (Operations Research) at Erasmus University, Rotterdam
1979 Doctor’s degree in Economics at Erasmus University, Rotterdam
1979 NATO Science Fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research (ZWO)
1987 NSERC (Canada) Distinguished Professor
1996 FPMM Maple Leaf Award (best paper in Purchasing)
2009 ROA Impact Award (joint project with Nadja Jungman)
2010 IFPSM Hans Ovelgonne Award (life time achievements in Purchasing research)
2011 JPSM Best paper award (with Fredo Schotanus and Luitzen de Boer)
2013 UT Best Teaching award in Business Administration and Public Administration

Career            

1976-1979 Assistant Professor of Management Science, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
1979-1980 Visiting Professor, Management Science Program College of Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
1980 Visiting Professor, School of Management, State University of New York, Buffalo, USA
1980-1981 Research Associate, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
1981-1985 Senior Consultant and Head, Department of Applied Mathematics, Rabobank Nederland, Zeist
1985-2002 Partner in charge of the Operations Research and Purchasing Management division, Coopers & Lybrand, PwC Consulting, IBM Business Consulting Services
1987-1994 (part-time) Professor of Management Science, Twente University, Enschede
2003-2009 Founder and managing partner, Significant, Barneveld
1994-present Managing director Public Procurement Research Centre (PPRC), a non-profit cooperation between the Twente University and the University of Utrecht
2011-present Chaired Professor of Public Procurement, Twente University, Enschede