Public Procurement Research Group

Fellows

Sope Williams

Professor Sope-Williams Elegbe

Sope Williams-Elegbe is a Professor and Head of the Department of Mercantile Law and the deputy director of the African Procurement Law Unit, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She specialises in public procurement, anti-corruption law, development law and legal issues around using blockchain and artificial intelligence in the public sector.

She is the author of four books: Fighting Corruption in Public Procurement (2012); Public Procurement and Multilateral Development Banks (2017); with G. Quinot, Public Procurement Regulation for 21st Century Africa (2018) and Public Procurement Regulation in Africa: Procuring for development in uncertain times (2020).

Sope is a Vice-Chair of the Debarment and Exclusion sub-committee of the International Bar Association and a member of Transparency International's Working Group on Debarment and Exclusion. She was a member of the World Bank's International Advisory Group on Procurement (IAGP) from 2008-2011. She has been involved in advising international institutions and government bodies on procurement and anti-corruption matters.

Sope has an LLM (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and a PhD in public procurement and anti-corruption law from the University of Nottingham. She has taught at the universities of Stirling, Nottingham and Lagos.

 

Geo Quinot

Professor Geo Quinot

Geo Quinot is Professor of Law in the Department of Public Law at Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Founding Director of the African Procurement Law Unit (APLU) and Co-Director of the Socio- Economic Rights and Administrative Justice Research Project (SERAJ). He is also admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. Quinot teaches administrative law and public procurement law in the Law Faculty and the School for Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University. He also regularly instructs public administrators in both administrative law and public procurement regulation.

His research focuses on general administrative law, including a particular focus on the regulation of state commercial activity such as public procurement and legal education. He has published widely in these areas. He is the author, co-author and/or editor of seven book publications. Quinot is a past editor-in-chief of the journal, Stellenbosch Law Review andthe founding editor-in-chief of the new open-access journals, African Public Procurement Law Journal and Ukumela: Journal of legal reasoning, writing and education. The latter two journals are the first of their kind on the African continent.In 2012 and 2013 he served on a ministerial task team in the South African National Department of Health, focusing on the reform of health procurement systems in South Africa.

In 2014, he completed an extensive research project for the South African National Treasury on the establishment of the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer and subsequently assisted that Office on reform of the South African public procurement regulatory regime. As an advocate, Quinot advises on matters relating to administrative law and especially public procurement law to both public buyers (organs of state) and suppliers to the state.

Quinot obtained the degrees BA(Law) and LLB, both cum laude, at Stellenbosch University; LLM at the University of Virginia School of Law in the USA as a Fulbright scholar; MA (Higher Education Studies) cum laude at the University of the Free State; MPA cum laude from the  University of Birmingham in the UK and LLD (doctorate in law) at Stellenbosch University. 

 

Luigi Fiorentino

Cons. Luigi Fiorentino Consigliere

Luigi Fiorentino is one of the leading experts of procurement law and policy in Italy. He is currently the Chief of Staff of the Italian Minister of Education and was formerly the Chief of Staff of the Minister of Education and Universities (from September 2019 to 9 January 2020, until when the ministerial competences for education and university were separated into two ministries).

He was previously the Chief of Staff of the Italian Minister of Agriculture (2018), of the Italian Minister for regional affairs (2015) and of the Italian Ministers of Education and Universities (2011-2014). He was Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet Office (from 2015 to 2018). He was General Secretary of the Italian Competition Authority (2007-2011) and from 2000 to 2001 was head of the Italian National authority for Public Purchasing (Provveditore generale dello Stato).

Luigi has published extensively in the field of public administration, public procurement and public management and has presented his work at numerous conferences in Italy and abroad. He is the scientific director of the Italian Review for Public Management (RIPM) and editor of numerous collections on public procurement law and policy in Italy. In his writing he has explored how the legislative framework applicable to public procurement in Italy has evolved in the past 20 years focusing in particular on the development of the system for the aggregation of public purchasing via the establishment of central purchasing bodies.

He teaches “sociology of organization – advanced course” at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and “Public Management” at the Master in Management and Policies of Public Administrations at the University Luiss of Rome, School of Government. Luigi has a Degree in Law Cum Laude and a specialisation (LLM/Diploma) in Administrative Law and Public Administration (awarded with 90/90) from the University of Naples. View further details.

 

Anna Gorczynska

Professor Anna Gorczynska

Anna Gorczynska, PhD, Assistant Professor, is employed in the Department of the European Economic Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz, Poland. In 2014, she was nominated for the Director of the Centre of Public Procurement and Public-Private Partnership (www.centrumzp.uni.lodz.pl). The center was grounded on the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz as the first scientific and research center on efficiency of public procurement system in Poland.

Anna Gorczynska read law on the University of Lodz and prepared her master-thesis titled “Direct investments of the foreign capital in Poland”. In 2005 she prepared her dissertation titled “Public procurement in the EU law” and she is actually preparing the habillitation on green public procurement. She was also law student on German universities (Muenster, Giessen, Bonn). She is postgraduate of International Law and Bussines Law School organized by Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. in the cooperation with Jagiellonian University (1994, 1996).

In 1999 she participated in the Internationale-Parlaments-Praktika in Bundestag, Germany. In 2000-2002 she was working in regional lobbing offices in Brussels. She was also guest-professor on the Freie University in Berlin, University in Giessen, University in Bari and Alma Mater Studiorum Universita di Bologna. She regulary participates as a guest speaker in the international conferences (eg. 2010 - International Public Procurement Congress in Benjin, China; 2011 – Copenhagen, Public Procurement Global Revolution V; 2013 – Public Procurement Global Revolution, Nottingham; 2014-International Public Procurement Conference, Dublin, 2015 – Public Procurement Global Revolution, Nottingham, 2017 – Forum CompraVerde, Roma, 2019 - Public Procurement Global Revolution, Nottingham, 2019 – Global Procurement Conference, Villa Mondragone, Italy, 2019 – Polish-Chinese Conference, Shanghai).

Her main scientific interests and publications refer to public procurement law (recently mainly green public procurement), protection of environment, PPP, competition law, regional policy, structure funds of the EU, e-administration, ICT, sports law.

 

 

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