The project team


Dr. Eugene Stuart (Irish) is an experienced lawyer and public policy advisor, both in Ireland and internationally. He holds a PHD in Law from the University of Belgrade, a Masters’ Degree in European Law from University College Dublin, an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Trinity College Dublin and he is a graduate of the Irish Institute of Public Administration. He also holds two post-graduate diplomas in International Human Rights Law from Turku University, Finland.

With some 25 years’ experience at the Irish Ministry for Economy, Dr. Stuart’s professional experience covers the full range of an Economic Ministry’s brief including its regulatory areas and developmental functions. In the early 1990s, Dr. Stuart worked at the European Commission in several fields, including Competition Policy, and subsequently was the first Head of the State Aids Department at the Irish Ministry for Economy.

Since 1996, he has worked as an international legal & policy advisor in various capacities in over 20 different countries. In the state aids field, he has contributed to the development of state aid regulatory systems in Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova and the Russian Federation. He has also been a Team Leader/ Deputy Team Leader in many EU funded projects – including large horizontal projects with an EU law approximation and policy dialogue focus in Lithuania, Moldova, Serbia (and Montenegro) and Kazakhstan – and was appointed EU High Level Policy Advisor on Public Procurement to the Moldovan Government in 2011.

In addition, he has participated in a range of important international negotiations including those at European Union level and at the OECD in regard to state aid reforms and the international monitoring of public supports to industry. He has also contributed to many international conferences and journals in regard to competition law and policy, state aid and subsidies controls, company law, consumer protection and industrial development.


Oleksandr Shatkovsky

Olexandr Shatkovskyi (Ukrainian) graduated from the Kyiv National Economic University with a Master’s Degree in Management and State Regulation of Economy and holds a Master’s Degree  in International Law from the Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade..

He has substantial experience in public service, as he worked as a Director of the Public Procurement Regulation Department in the Ministry of Economy and asHead of the Legal Department at the State TV and Radio Broadcasting Authority. He has trained at governmental institutions in several EU countries and in Japan and India together with  the Training Center of the ILO and the World Bank in Turin, Italy.

Since 2008, Oleksandr Shatkovskyi has been working as a procurement expert and a coach, in particular, in international projects financed by the EU, the EBRD and the World Bank.


Steen Bruun-Nielsen

Steen Bruun-Nielsen (Danish) is a lawyer with more than 30 years experience dealing with various aspects of legislative work; especially related to the EU and other aspects of international law. His professional experience includes numerous legislative projects and participation in international legislative working groups as an official in the Danish government. In addition, he was employed as a part-time associate Professor of Law and as a legal advisor in the private sector.

Since 1995 he has worked as an independent legal consultant. In this capacity, he has been in charge of a number of international assignments; notably, in Central and Eastern Europe. These assignments included compliance checking/ due diligence and drafting advice on national legislation in various fields, e.g. trade barriers in general, public procurement,concessions and environmental issues. They also included assessment of concrete tender procedures and contracts, especially in the water and waste sectors, the development of procurement legal structures and tender documentation and assistance in tender procedures for infrastructure projects in various sectors ( including waste management, water supply and tourism development). Mr Bruun-Nielsen has also  been involved in the development of several law approximation strategies and work promoting best practices in law drafting and capacity development in the legislative field in general.


Abby SempleAbby Semple, LL.B. (Irish) has been working as an international legal advisor on public procurement for almost ten years. She has managed complex tenders on behalf of public sector clients in Ireland and the UK. She has also worked on the development of procurement law, guidance and policy at the EU level and in Germany, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.  Abby holds a law degree from Trinity College Dublin and a postgraduate qualification in public procurement from the Institute of Public Administration.

Her areas of expertise include the EU procurement directives, green and socially responsible procurement, life-cycle costing, framework agreements, contract design and e-procurement. She has developed criteria, tender documents, guidance and training materials on behalf of a number of authorities at local, national and international level, including the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, the European Commission and U.S. Department of Energy.

Abby writes and speaks frequently on procurement topics, having given over 60 presentations and training sessions throughout Europe and the world. She is the author of one of the first books on the new EU Procurement Directives A Practical Guide to Public Procurement, published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Abby is a member of the Procurement Lawyers’ Association and the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)


Diana HanchakDiana Hanchak (Ukrainian) graduated from the T. Shevchenko National University of Ukraine, Institute of International Relations, with a Master’s Degree in International Private Law.

Ms Hanchak has 10 years of experience in private law, trials and litigations and investment law. She worked as an in-house lawyer for several international companies, including Vienna Insurance Group in Ukraine. Her areas of law practice include drafting, legal consulting, preparation of tender documentation and equity investment agreements, due diligence.

From 2014 until 2016 Ms. Hanchak worked as a lawyer at big multinational holdings in Dubai, UAE, with substantial profile in investment law, land and construction law, registration and advice to start-ups.

Ms Hanchak actively participated in a number of International Financial Forums, workshops and conferences, where she presented to Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine, State Commission for Regulation of Financial Services Markets in Ukraine, Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine, and League of Insurers of Ukraine.


Oksana Sapiga

Oksana Sapiga (Ukrainian) graduated from the International Christian University (2006), the Ukrainian affiliate of the International Christian University in Vienna, with a diploma in Marketing. In 2003 Oksana was one of the two students to be awarded with a scholarship for her academic achievements. Since then, Oksana Sapiga has taken numerous courses and training in PR, Corporate Communications, Digital Media, and Arts.

In 2005 Ms Sapiga started her career at Ogilvy & Mather, an international advertising agency based in  in London, UK. In the following 8 years Oksana developed an extensive understanding of communications and public relations. In 2007 Oksana took on the post of Communications Manager at Ogilvy & Mather. Her work in promoting the Company contributed to an increase in the reputation that Ogilvy & Mather gained in 2008 – 2013; becoming the Advertising Agency of the Year in Ukraine for several consecutive years.

In 2010 Oksana expanded the remit of her role at Ogilvy & Mather, as she took on the position of New Business Manager to help to develop the Company’s business. In this capacity, Oksana built up Ogilvy & Mather’s portfolio with several key clients, including Roshen, Svitoch (Nestle), System Capital Management among others.

Since September 2013 Ms Sapiga has been working as an independent Communications Consultant.

Anna Styuart

Anna Styuart (Russian) graduated from the Faculty of Law at Petrozavodsk State University, Russia. She subsequently practiced law with a Moscow subsidiary law firm until 2001. At that time, she had also obtained a Diploma in Public Policy and Government Studies at the Karelian Government Group, a Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Turku Human Rights Academy in Finland, a Competition Law Training Certificate from the Policy and Legal Advice Centre Project in Serbia and Montenegro and a Competition Law Training Certificate from the Summer School on Competition Law and Policy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In recent years Anna Styuart has worked in Serbia and Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, and Russia  for a range of international donor projects ( USAID, EuropeAid, and the UN). Her responsibilities spanned legal and policy advice, government policy issues in the context of legal reforms, development initiatives, civil society policy, cultural co-operation and economic reforms.



Valentin Dereviankin (Ukrainian) was Deputy Team Leader with the Project until mid-2016. He holds Degrees in Linguistics and Law and developed his knowledge of the Ukrainian public sector working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Property Fund and the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.

Starting from 1997 Valentin has been predominantly involved with the international technical assistance for Ukraine and CIS countries. He worked as a senior expert on trade-related issues, energy law, corporate governance, and competition policy and as a Deputy Team Leader in several EU-funded and the EBRD-funded projects.


Sigitas Cemnolonskis (Lithuanian) was the Project’s key expert on State aid until mid-2016. He holds a Degree in Economics and from 1997 to 2013 he worked at the Lithuanian Competition Council, including as Head of its State Aid Division and as a Member of the Council.

Mr. Cemnolonskis has taken an active role in various international projects. Since 1999 until 2004 he worked as a Component Coordinator in the field of State aid for a number of PHARE projects. During 2011 – 2013 he worked as a Short Term Expert for an EU Twinning project “Strengthening the Enforcement of Competition and State Aid Legislation in Armenia”, which was designed to develop the skills of officials from various Armenian institutions in the area of State aid.

Since 2013, Mr. Cemnolonskis has been working as an independent expert advisor on the application of EU State aid rules in Armenia, Ukraine and Albania.


Anastasia Kalina (Ukrainian) worked at the Project until mid-2016 as an expert on public procurement. She holds a Law Degree (summa cum laude) from the Yaroslav the Wise National Law Academy of Ukraine and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree in International Cooperation Against Transnational Financial Organised Crime from the Universities of Teramo (Italy), Seville (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic) and “A.I. Cuza” Police Academy of Bucharest (Romania).

Before transferring to private practice Anastasia Kalina worked in the Parliament of Ukraine; first providing legal assistance to the Chief of Judicial Bodies Liaison Office and then as an Advisor to a Member of Parliament working out the package of anti-corruption bills when Ukraine ratified the UN Convention against Corruption. More recently, Anastasia worked at the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Austria) and the International Criminal Court (Netherlands).

Ms Kalina is a member of the Kyiv City Bar Association.


Iana Roginska (Ukrainian) worked at the Project until early 2017 as an expert on state aid and public procurement. She graduated from the National Law Academy of Ukraine with a LLM Diploma, the Estonian School of Diplomacy in Tallinn and from the College of Europe with a Master’s degree in European Single Market Law.

Iana started her career in the State Department of Legal Approximation in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. During 2012 – 2013, Ms Roginska worked on legal research for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee in Policy Department of Economic and Scientific Policy of the European Parliament. In 2013 she became a co-founder and Director of the Research Institute on Legal Approximation – a non-profit research organisation aimed at helping to improve policy and decision-making in Ukraine through research and analysis.


Zhanna Boyko (Ukrainian) worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Project. She holds a Diploma in International Relations and has some 10 years of progressive experience in the administration and finance spheres having worked for American Christian NGOs in Buffalo (USA) and Bethlehem (Palestinian Territory)in the capacity of  Accountant’s and Director’s Assistant.

Upon returning to Ukraine she worked in the private sector for five years as an Administrative Assistant in one of the leading commodity management firms that managed the sourcing, marketing and sale of grain and oil seeds to international markets. 



Katerina Velichkova (Bulgaria) has extensive international experience as a consultant with particular expertise in training and capacity development in the areas of public procurement, administrative procedures, administrative burden and impact assessment. Katerina holds an LLM in Public and Administrative Law and a Diploma in Culture study. She is an expert evaluator of the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency and a trainer of attorneys on Legal Proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights.

Mrs Velichkova assisted the Project in an assignment focused on the transposition of best practices in public procurement training and certification into the Ukrainian system.


Peter (Danish) is a qualified lawyer who has practiced EU law for more than 25 years in private practice, public administration, judicial service and universities. Peter’s practice areas include European Union law, public international law and private international law; with focus on competition law, criminal law, environmental protection, human rights, intellectual property, judicial procedure, public procurement and State aid law.He has previously worked as a public prosecutor for the Danish state, as a High Court Judge, and as advisor for the President of the European Court of Justice. His project experience includes reform of the judicial and prosecutorial systems of amongst other Lithuania, Macedonia and Romania. His current positions include that of Director of Lexnet, Programme Director at Riga Graduate School of Law, advocate at Grayston & Company, and consultant at Kyed & Jybæk.

In August-September 2014, Peter joined the Project as a Senior Public Procurement Expert with an assignment to carry out an assessment of efficiency of Public Procurement compliance review board.


Alan Johnson (United Kingdom) has more than 25 years of experience as a Senior Manager and Advisor within both the private and public sectors in the UK and internationally (Hong Kong, Russian Federation, Southern Africa and Eastern / South Eastern Europe). His core areas of expertise include organisational development, performance management, human resource management, institutional capacity building, public administration and civil service reform.

In the public sector, Alan has contributed to the pre-accession preparations of a number of countries through strengthening legal frameworks, establishing new and strengthening existing governmental institutions, strengthening national systems, strengthening existing or developing and implementing new practice and procedures.In the private sector he has supported clients to achieve organisational development and operational improvements in a diverse range of industry sectors including the UK armed forces, avionics training equipment suppliers, food processing, health care, hospitality, industrial polymers, mining, pharmaceuticals, printing / newspapers, surface coatings and retail.

Alan assisted the Project in 2014 in regard to the development of institutional proposals for the AMCU concerning its State aid functions.


Dr. Heinrich Hölzler (Germany) holds aPhD in economics and has more than 40 years professional experience in competition and State aid law, public procurement and economics. He also has an extensive experience since 1996 as a Team leader of multi-disciplinary advisory teams. Dr. Hölzler is the author of a number of books and articles on international competition and State aid policy and law. He assisted the Project in regard to best practice approaches to bid-rigging in public procurement, coordinated the Project’s Study on State Support to Undertakings in Ukraine (published in March 2015) and advised on aspects of envisaged further EU assistance in the field of State aid.


Dr. Ella Libanova (Ukraine) is aDoctor of Economic Sciences, Director of the Ptoukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, an Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, a Member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and a Correspondent Member of the Ukrainian Academy of Economic Sciences. Dr. Libanova researched the material on State support for regional development and the shipbuilding and civil aviation sectors for the Project’s Study on State Support to Undertakings in Ukraine.


Dr. Tetiana Iefymenko (Ukraine) is a Doctor of Economic Sciences, a Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, a certified auditor and the author of the numerous publications on tax policy and public finance. In addition, Dr. Iefimenko is the President of the Academy of Financial Management under the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine. Dr. Iefymenko contributed the sections of the Study on State Support to Undertakings in Ukraine concerning tax benefits and support to the energy and coal sectors.


Dr. Yaroslav Kotlyarevsky (Ukraine) holds aPhD in Economics and is a Member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences of Ukraine and the Head of Postgraduate Studies Institute of the Academy of Financial Management under the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine. Dr. Kotlyarevsky prepared the section of the Project’s Study on State Support to Undertakings in Ukraine regarding support for the rescue and restructuring of enterprises.


Svitlana Taran (Ukraine) is an economist and analyst at the Institute for Strategic Research “New Ukraine”. She is also an advisor to a number of international technical assistance projects in Ukraine and the author of numerous publications on free trade, EU economic policy and State aid law and policy. Ms. Taran prepared the material for the Project’s Study on State Support to Undertakings in Ukraine concerning the steel sector and also advisedon aspects of envisaged further EU assistance in the field of State aid.


Denys Chernikov (Ukraine) is an economist with extensive experience in public administration; specialising in public policy, public finance and European integration issues. Mr. Chernikov has also published several articles on State aid policy and law. Mr. Chernikov contributed the material for the Project’s Study on State Support to Undertakings in Ukraine concerning State support to culture and sports activities.


Dr. Edlira Baraj (Albania) was previously   Director of the State Aid Department of the Albanian Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy. She holds a PHD in Chemistry and has published several scientific publications. In addition, her experience includes presentations and training delivery with a focus on Competition, State Aid and regulatory issues in the public service.


Sergii Iaremenko (Ukraine) is an economist and engineer with extensive experience in public administration; specialising in public procurement systems. Mr. Iaremenko has also published more than 10 articles on different issues of public procurement in specialised magazines in Ukraine.

Mr.Iaremenko took a lead in the preparation of the Project’s highly regarded Commentary on public procurement legislation and on aspects of the on-line training courses produced by the Project.


Børge Krogh Samuelsen M.Sc. Techn Soc (Denmark / Faroe Islands) works in the e-government field in Denmark and the EU. He is an expert in the use of markup languages for knowledge management within public administration and e-business and has worked for the local government in Denmark, in the area of content management, public procurement, record management, e-archiving, interactions / web services on the WWW platform between the public administration and the citizens and businesses, the EU EESSIinitiative and on the “cross boarder data exchange between countries” (inside and outside EU).

In the context of Project work to develop the nomenclature for public procurement to EU standards, Børge designed and developed the pilot procedures for the mapping between the Ukrainian procurement nomenclature and the EU CPV.


Svyatoslav Zhluktenko is an independent consultant in the fields of public procurement, e-commerce, e-learning, R&D, Information Technologies. In particular, Svyatoslav developed indicators for public procurement effectiveness and solutions for electronic documents for e-auctions. He also consulted Ministry of Economic Development and Trade on the official portal of public procurement (, as well as designed data warehouse and software for the portal.


Dr. Goce Armenski (Macedonia) holds a PhD in Information Technology and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce for Information and Communication Technology. He has over ten years’ experience in the design and development of web based systems for public procurement and software architecture. Dr. Armenski combines the delivery of technical project work with an Associate Professor role within the Institute of Informatics at Saints Cyril and Methodius University in Macedonia.

Dr Armenski assisted the Project in regard to the assessment of upgrading needs for the Public Procurement Web Portal.


Matthew Brown (United Kingdom) has significant experience as a Twinning Consultant working within pre-accession countries such as Moldova, Albania and Poland. His Project and donor experience includes work for the EU, the UK Department for International Development and the World Bank. Matthew has particular experience in capacity building at ministry level. He assisted the Project in the design of donor support to he AMCU related to a twinning project.


Graham Fiveash (United Kingdom) is a Senior IT Consultant at Crown Agents and has extensive experience in developing and implementing Procurement systems, Trade Management, Tax and Financial Management Systems for government departments and public sector organisations in a number of countries, including India, Tunisia, Dubai, Pakistan, Jersey, Jordan, Bulgaria, Tanzania, Zambia, Guyana, Ghana, Isle of man, Mozambique, Uganda and Latvia.
Mr. Fiveash assisted the Project with initial strategic proposals concerning the development of e-procurement.


Dana Mitea (Romania) works for the Austrian Public Procurement Agency, where she provides legal advice on procurement procedures and documentation. She is specialised in centralised procurement systems and the functioning of central procurement bodies in different EU Member States. Dana has been actively involved in the drafting EU public procurement legislation and is responsible for legal aspects of the implementation of the new procurement directives in Austria. Dana prepared a range of recommendations and follow-up advisory support for the MEDT on how best Ukraine might proceed in setting up CPBs in certain sectors to achieve economies of scale.


Paul Baker (United Kingdom) is a specialist in economic consultancy and public policy advice in the fields of competitiveness, industrial policy, trade and investment. Paul has worked for the European Commission on numerous assignments, including input to the Commission’s publication ‘European Competitiveness Report – 2015’. He was also the principal author of a discussion paper on ‘Sustainable industrial competitiveness policy: context, challenges and future directions’ and a paper on ‘EU industrial policy: background, underlying issues and key concepts’ for the Ministry of Economy, Walloon Region, Belgium. For the Project, he advised on aspects of envisaged further EU assistance in the field of State aid.


Andriy was one of the first Ukrainian journalists who investigated corruption in public procurement in Ukraine. Andriy is a member of the National Council for Anti-Corruption Policy and the Council of Public Control under the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.


With more than 10 years of work experience in communications, project management, and experience in commercial electronic procurement, Kristina is currently involved in ProZorro project. She is, in particular, responsible for cooperation with government agencies, the public and media.


International law graduate, Anna has more than seven yearsof experience in public and private enterprises, including the Ministry of Environment of Ukraine, Chornomornaftogaz, Ukrspirt and others. She started her career as a legal support specialist at one of the central executive bodies; today Anna is qualified in the field of contract law and public procurement.

In the Project, Anna was assigned to provide legal support to the establishment of the first Ukrainian centralised procurement organisation, working on the legal framework for its operation, developing tender documentation and sample agreements. During her work in the Project, she also provided recommendations on the improvement of the regulatory framework of the central organisations in Ukraine.