Karolis leads Open Contracting Partnership's engagements in Europe and works directly with governments and others striving for a positive impact of opening up contracting data. 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.
Before joining the Open Contracting Partnership, Viktor was acting CEO at SOE Medical Procurement of Ukraine – the central purchasing body set up by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine for medical public procurement. Between 2015-2018 he was a Program Director at Transparency International Ukraine. His portfolio included five significant initiatives – ProZorro, ProZorro.Sale systems development, DOZORRO community building, e-Health system development, and Construction Sector Transparency Initiative implementation. He has experience in the private sector and in government. He headed the procurement risk assessment division in one of the biggest agro-holdings of Ukraine and worked in the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
Viktor has a Master’s degree in international economy from Kyiv National Economic University in Ukraine and studied organizational behavior and intercultural marketing at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien in Austria. Viktor’s ambition is to help Eastern Europe and Central Asia become a global open contracting leader.
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 Polish government during regulatory reforms of Poland’s accession to 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.
Dr. Tomasz Potkański, Deputy Director of the Office of the Association of Polish Cities for Research and Development, manages training and consulting projects for member cities, including the program of supporting inter-local government cooperation. 22 years of practice in managing consulting projects for local government administration, a long-term employee of USAID in Warsaw, consultant of the World Bank, UNDP, CIDA in Poland and Central and Eastern European countries, local government practice, specialist in strategic management, long-term financial planning, public service management and their monitoring, as well as communication and social participation. Associate of the Institute of Public Affairs of Collegium Civitas, volunteer of local non-governmental organizations, including LAGs. Co-creator of the Local Government Analysis System at the ZMP. Currently, he is a co-creator of the POWER 2.18 system project "Public Services Monitoring System".