Research Fellow at Maastricht School of Management

Honorary Research Fellow at Maastricht School of Management and Chair of Innovation Procurement, The Netherlands


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Professional Experience

Dr. Ramona Apostol holds wide-range expertise in advising on the implementation of public procurement projects, both as legal consultant at Corvers Legal and Commercial Affairs and as independent expert for the European Commission and for UN’s One Planet Initiative. As Honorary Research Fellow at Maastricht School of Management, she has conducted between 2017-2019 research and has lectured on various topics related to the legal and policy framework to public procurement.

Professional Skills

Ramona holds a doctoral degree from Leiden University on the topic of pre-commercial procurement. She also holds post-graduate degrees in Dutch public procurement law and World Bank procurement rules. As practitioner, she has been involved in procurement projects related to the implementation of sustainability criteria in the procurement policy and practice of central and local government agencies as well as related to the procurement of innovation and R&D. She often participates in EU funded research projects related to sustainability and innovation aspects in public procurement. In recognition of her work, she is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and to publish in leading scientific journals.

Articles Under Review

Porpiglia, F. & Apostol, R. (Forthcoming), ‘Breeding the new European Unicorns through synergies between Venture Capital and Pre-commercial Procurement’, under review at European Journal of Public Procurement.


Apostol, R. (2018), ‘Ten Years of EU Support for Pre-commercial Procurement’ BFD 94/2 (2018) 457-503

Corvers, S.F.M. & Apostol, R. (2018), Europese leidraad op het gebied van aanbestedingen van innovaties: een bron van inspiratie?. Tendernieuwsbrief Nr.6

Apostol, R. (2018) & Jaramillo, A., De rol van aanbestedingen in de nieuwe data-economie,
Tendernieuwsbrief Nr.5

Apostol, R. (2017), ‘Trials and Tribulations in the implementation of R&D procurement in the European Union’ (Springer 2017)

Rainville, A. & Apostol, R. (2017). Capturing Value in Innovation Procurement: A Business Case Methodology. Working Paper No. 2017/2. Maastricht: Maastricht School of Management.

Apostol, R. (2014) ‘Pre-commercial procurement – regulatory effectiveness?’ (PhD thesis, Leiden University)

Apostol, R. (2012), Pre-commercial procurement in support of innovation: regulatory effectiveness? (2012) Public Procurement Law Review Issue 6

Apostol. R. (2012), Procurement of Innovation – A structural approach (2012) Public Procurement Law Review, (Issue 4, April 2012)

Apostol, R. & Mair (2012). C. The Pre-commercial procurement of FLOSS: quirks, conflicts and legal complexities, co-author (Proceedings of the UNDERPINN conference, Manchester Business School)

Apostol, R. (2011). Time to align the (social) sustainability agenda with the interpretation of the public procurement rules, co-author, in Aanbesteding en mededinging in beweging (SDU Uitgevers bv, Den Haag 2011), pp.105-119.

Apostol, R. (2011). Legal Perspective: Is Best Value Procurement achievable within the framework of the ARW 2005, Journal for the Advancement of Performance Information and Value, vol.3, iss.1 (2011), p.74-89.

Conference/workshop presentations

Invited presentation at H2020 Space Info Days in Prague, September 12-13 (2019) jointly organized by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Commission (EC) and the COSMOS2020 plus Space NCP Network

Invited presentation at MATRA Rule of Law Training Programme Public Procurement, September (2018) organized by the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Leiden Law School, and The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

Invited presentation at World Bank 14th Procurement, Integrity, Management and Openness (PRIMO) Forum, May 2018, Bucharest, Romania

Invited presentation at the Public Law PhD Programme of Coimbra Institute for Legal Research, February 16 (2017) University of Coimbra (Portugal)