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.
Procurement Manager, National History Museum
Andy Davies is a career procurement professional with 30 years’ experience in both public and private sectors and is currently Procurement Manager with the Natural History Museum in London. With a degree in architecture from the University of Westminster, Andy 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 and spent nine years as Director of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium, a non-profit collaborative procurement organization with a progressive reputation for responsible procurement. Andy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, has an MBA from Kingston Business School in London and was named among the 2018 UK Top100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers’ Index.
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.
Nicole Vander Meulen is a Legal and Policy Associate at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR). She is an international human rights lawyer, admitted to practice in the state of New York. Nicole leads ICAR’s procurement reform program, organizing the International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights and engaging in advocacy on the integration of human rights into public procurement stemming from ICAR’s seminal report, Turning a Blind Eye? Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing. Nicole also heads ICAR’s work on labor rights in global supply chains. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) and holds Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Development Studies from Calvin College.
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.
Prof Geo Quinot is Vice Dean in the Faculty of Law and 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). Quinot mainly teaches administrative law, constitutional law and public procurement law in Stellenbosch University’s undergraduate and postgraduate law programs as well as public administration masters program. His research focuses on general administrative law, including a particular focus on the regulation of state commercial activity such as public procurement. He is the author of various articles in academic journals and electronic publications, chapters in book publications and author, co-author and/or editor of five book publications. Quinot is a founding editor of the new open-access journal, African Public Procurement Law Journal. 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. 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 and LLD (doctorate in law) at Stellenbosch University.