Richard Gargrave, Associate Director, Head of Innovation, Procurement Policy and Advisory Department, EBRD
Richard has 40 years’ experience of public procurement and project management firstly with Crown Agents in the UK and Singapore; 9 years as a consultant on World Bank projects in Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Uzbekistan living in Russia and Belarus; 3 years as World Bank Senior Procurement Specialist in the World Bank Ukraine office. For the last 15 years with EBRD London HQ, working first as a Senior Procurement Adviser on municipal infrastructure projects in EBRD’s countries of operations and since 2010 as Associate Director with the Procurement Policy and Advisory Department (PPAD).
Currently, as PPAD Head of Innovation he has specific responsibility for e-procurement, participating in IFI and OECD working groups. Richard is also the project manager responsible for the concept, design, development and implementation of the SaaS contract for EBRD’s Client e-Procurement Portal (ECEPP). Operational since 2015 and now 300 projects in 26 countries of operation are using the system for EBRD project procurement, with an overall project value of EUR 25bn. The system is operational in three working languages of the Bank.
He has worked on IFI financed projects in Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.