The Steering Committee of the International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights is composed of seven individuals with expertise in public procurement and human rights. Short Bios of the Steering Committee members are provided below.
Andy Davies is Director of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium, a non-profit, collaborative buying organisation run by its Members, for its Members. LUPC’s aim is to maximise value for its Members in the acquisition of goods and services without causing harm to others. Andy is a career procurement professional with 25 years’ experience in both public and private sectors. With a degree in architecture from the University of Westminster, he spent 10 years at London Underground before establishing a UK procurement function for a building materials group. Andy then founded and led a 45-strong procurement function at a large local authority with an annual spend of £500m, followed by spells with both the UK fire and police services, where Andy developed a specialism in collaborative procurement, which he brings to the job as Director of LUPC. Andy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and has an MBA from Kingston Business School in London.
Dr. Aris Georgopoulos is Assistant Professor in European and Public Law at the School of Law of the University of Nottingham and Head of the Research Unit for Strategic and Defence Procurement of the Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG). Dr. Georgopoulos read law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Catholic University of Leuven (ER¬ASMUS) in Belgium, after which he read for a PhD at University of Nottingham Law School. He has been a Global Governance Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, and also a Grotius Fellow at the Law School of the University of Michigan. His research interests lie in the area of EU Law, public procurement law and policy, and public law. He has acted as expert advisor to national authorities and to international organisations and institutions in the area of public procurement regulatory reform. He has taught at Universities in the United States, China, Colombia, Italy, Malaysia and Turkey.
Dr. La Chimia obtained a First Class Degree in Law from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” an LL.M. in International Commercial Law and a Ph.D from the University of Nottingham, School of Law. She is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor in Italy since 2002 where she became a member of the Italian Bar. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and the head (and founder) of the Humanitarian and Development Procurement Unit of the Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG). Dr. La Chimia has taught at a range of international institutions, and her main research interests lie within the area of Public Procurement Law, Aid Effectiveness and institutional reforms, Corruption, International Development, International Trade Law, and European Law. She has extensive knowledge of EU internal and external procurement policies and has conducted extensive research on US aid procurement policies. Dr. La Chimia has also been published in many international and European law reviews and edited collections.
Dr. Olga Martin-Ortega is a Reader in Public International Law at the School of Law, University of Greenwich, where she leads the Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group. She has been researching business and human rights for over ten years. Prior to joining the University of Greenwich Olga was Senior Research Fellow and member of the Management Team of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London. She has a PhD in International Law from the University of Jaen and a Law degree from the University of Sevilla (Spain). Olga is a member of the Board of Trustees of Electronics Watch and a member of the Board of Directors of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium. She is a founding member and coordinated the European Society of International Law Interest Group on Business and Human Rights until September 2015. She is a founding member and member of the Advisory Board of the Business, Conflict and Human Rights network and member of the executive committee of the London Transitional Justice Network. She has published extensively on the issues of business and human rights, corporate human rights due diligence and public procurement and supply chain responsibility.
Amol Mehra, Esq. is the Director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, a coalition of leading human rights, development, labor and environmental organizations working to ensure businesses respect human rights in their global operations. Amol is an international human rights lawyer by training, focusing on business and human rights and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Amol has worked to build accountability frameworks in both domestic and international arenas, including over private military and security companies and around supply chains and extractives industries, among others. Amol leads ICAR’s work on public procurement and human rights. In addition to his work as Director of ICAR, Amol is an advisor for several other organizations. For example, he serves on the Advisory Council for the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights and as a Coordinating Member and Thematic Specialist for Amnesty International USA. Amol holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree with a Honors in International Law from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Claire Methven O’Brien is Strategic Adviser on Human Rights and Business at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark’s National Human Rights Institution (NHRI). In this role, Claire provides expert advice to multinational corporations, international financial institutions, governments, international, regional, and civil society organisations on measures to support respect for human rights in the business context, including in the area of procurement and supply chain management. Claire has provided technical support and training on human rights to International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management, the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association, and the International Standards Organisation ISO20400 Program Committee. She is a Member of the Sustainable Public Procurement Working Group of UNEP’s 10 YFP on Sustainable Production and Consumption. Claire holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute in Florence, and other degrees from the University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics and City University, London. She has been called to the London Bar.
Robert Stumberg is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he also directs the Harrison Institute for Public Law. The Institute is a teaching and service program that works with public officials and nonprofit organizations. He is a coauthor of Turning a Blind Eye: Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing (ICAR 2014). In addition to work on procurement reform, he also contributes to projects that help governments cope with the impact of trade agreements on governing, adapt to climate change, and develop community food systems. His education includes: BA, Macalester College; JD, Georgetown University; LLM Georgetown University.