Who is Who
Dana Al Salem is a global tech entrepreneur, investor, speaker & innovation expert. Dana has been at the forefront of digital media since 1994 when she co-founded Clockwork, a Stockholm based, award winning agency that built the first interactive platforms online. In 1995, Dana co-founded Yahoo! France, then Yahoo! Europe, building 42 products and online services for the EU territories. Dana then moved into Television in London in 2002 managing the launch, programming, rebranding, and positioning of Sky Italia, MBC, ITV, where she specialised in On Air audience retention. She was awarded two World Gold Promax awards in 2005. In 2005, Dana founded LostRecords which produced global tours for musicians such as Chris Stills, Louis Bertignac and Youssou NDour. Through consumer database focus, she was able to increase ticket and merchandising sales to exceed those of institutional players in the market. In 2007, Dana founded FanFactory Ltd, a tech agency that focuses on predictive trends analytics, consumer intelligence and behavioural patterns of consumers. FanFactory specialises in converting online consumers into fans and fans into consumers for brands, governments or institutions. FanFactory was awarded the Tech 100 Insider award 2013 as top 100 tech companies in the UK and was the catalyst for Wired magazine in developing the expression Marketing Technologist. Dana developed, in 2015, within the aviation sector, data driven algorithms to streamline logistics on aircraft holding times, AOGs, by predicting their needs in advance. In 2017, as a personal project, Dana launched L’Amandier, a luxury hotel resort in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, winning 2019 Best Luxury Resort by Build Magazine. Between 2016 and 2019, she created innovation-based programmes with the governments of India, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi, covering entrepreneurship, tourism and cyber security. Dana is also a cyber security ambassador for the UK. Dana launched, between the UK and Morocco, the largest military academy in Africa, based in Rabat. In 2020, during the height of the Covid crisis, she built another company focusing on MedTech Innovation and launched the first National Ideathon, in Panama, to encourage entrepreneurs to tackle agriculture, education and creative economy sector issues. Dana is now launching a female focused fund to support female lead companies, or companies with products that assist women globally. Dana is a Grand Jury Member of the World Summit Awards, affiliate of the UN, MIT Pan Arab and BlooMMasters. She is also an appointed Special Advisor to governments including Panama, Monaco, Georgia and Morocco. Dana is an established global keynote speaker on Innovation and Technology. Dana is also a Maiden Voice for OBE Tracy Edward’s Maiden Voyage, whose mission is to provide education to young women globally. Dana is the winner of three Lifetime Achievement Awards and is on the advisory board of several funds and innovation companies.
Dragan Ambrozic is the Program Manager at the Belgrade Jazz Festival. A music critic and promoter, he has a strong focus on the international market.
Efstathios Andrianakis (born in 1984 in Athens, Greece) is an open-minded, well-rounded Project Manager with more than 11 years of international experience in the automotive sector. His engineering and business administration background, as well as the different roles he undertook during his career, enable him to get the big picture, create a vision, support others to embrace it, and make sure proper value is created. As part of technical and commercial functions, he initiated and drove change initiatives, led successfully key-project acquisitions, and ensured operational excellence and process improvement.
Jelena Andrić Grafakos is a Regional Managing Director of the Adriatic group of countries within the ACO Group – a german based, internationally present leading company in the area of water management. Jelena started the concept of ACO Academy in several countries of the region, as a platform for knowledge exchange and raising awerness on development and implementation of state of the art solutions for water and environmental protection in contemporary projects. Jelena is a Master of Civil Engineering, additionally educated in the University of Oxford UK, with a postgraduate diploma in Organisational Leadership. With an earlier education in arts, music and languages, Jelena is among the rare proffessionals combining managerial, leadership, engineering, artistic and linguistic skills. Passionate about leadership and people development, Jelena is also devoted to sports and modern art.
Simon Anholt has advised the Heads of State and Heads of Government of over 60 nations to help them balance their duties towards their own people and territory with their shared responsibility for humanity and the planet. In 2014 Simon launched the Good Country Index, an annual study measuring the impact of each of 163 countries on the rest of humanity and the planet. His TED talk launching the first edition of the GCI is the all-time most viewed TED talk on the topic of Government, with over 12 million views. He is also the founder and publisher of the annual Anholt-Ipsos Nation Brands Index and City Brands Index, which use a panel of 30,000 people in 20 countries to monitor perceptions of 60 countries and 50 cities. Simon was Vice-Chair of the UK Foreign Office’s Public Diplomacy Board between 2000 and 2009. He is Founding Editor Emeritus of the quarterly journal, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. His books include Brand New Justice (Macmillan 2003), Brand America, (Cyan Books 2004, 2009); Competitive Identity, (Palgrave Macmillan 2007); Places, (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) and The Good Country Equation, (Berrett-Koehler 2020). Simon has a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford and studied international relations and security studies at the Royal College of Defence Studies. He was appointed Honorary Professor in Political Science by the University of East Anglia in 2013.
Jonas Anker is the founder and CEO of Anker Capital, a Zug-based startup which offers services in the area of corporate finance.
Miro Antić is the Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer at M2Communications, one of the leading experiential marketing and event production agencies in the region. Since 2008 he has established several marketing and content creation companies. He is an expert in launching of premium brands and their positioning in highly competitive environments and global market as well as creator of multimedia projects and spectacular events. M2Communications achieved worldwide recognition by introducing a new dimension of event production and designing some of the most spectacular events. The agency is working with global mega brands, such as BMW, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Porto Montenegro, Hublot, FCA Group, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, Calzedonia and many others. His team won many international awards, among which is the award at one of the most prestigious live communications festivals BEA World 2018. Miro is a founder of NEO – New Entertainment Office, film production and creative entertainment content production company. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Austrian HR company P & P Executive Search and eminent business associations, Serbian Association of Managers (SAM) and AmCham. He supports talents in sport, arts and design.
Aleksandar Arsenovic (born in 1988) is a Senior Software Developer at 3AP AG in Belgrade. He mainly focuses on web systems and technologies.
Bojana Arsić is the Senior Economic and Trade Advisor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands covering Serbia and Montenegro – a position she has held since November 2021. Prior to this, she served as the Country Director for International Trade at the British Embassy in Belgrade, championing deeper bilateral economic relations and UK financing in Serbia. Growing up in New Zealand, Bojana moved back to Serbia after completing her Postgraduate studies in International Business at the University of Auckland. Her interests include construction and infrastructure development, international project financing, entrepreneurship, and energy and the environment.
Ašhen Ataljanc is a famous Serbian prima ballerina, a true diva of the ballet scene of former Yugoslavia. She entered the Lujo Davičo Ballet School and even before graduating in 1988, she was already a solo performer within the National Theatre in Belgrade. Upon graduation she officially became a solo performer within the National Theatre Ballet Ensemble in Belgrade. In 1991, Ašhen became the laureate of the VI Osaka International Ballet Couples Competition in Japan along with her stage partner at the time, Konstantin Kostjukov; later that year she became the youngest prima ballerina of The National Theatre Ballet Ensemble in Belgrade. Tremendous success was brought to her by the outstanding roles in Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Giselle, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Carmen, Samson and Delilah, The Lady of the Camellias, The Resurrection. As a truly challenged dancer, Ašhen was later stationed in Munich, at the Bavarian State Opera. The dancer then performed as a soloist in the repertoire of the Ballet of the Staatsoper in Berlin in pieces choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev, Peter Martins, Pierre Lacotte – Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Verdiana. In 1999, Ašhen joined the renowned Compagnia Aterballetto, ergo touring Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Russia, Brazil, Tunisia, Malaysia, Great Britain, etc. Ašhen is taking part in many international competitions in Serbia and abroad. In 2018, Ašhen was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Ballet Dancers of Serbia, which is one of many recognitions she received during her time-honoured career. The prima ballerina is the proud holder of Zlatni beočug Award (2018), The Dragon Lady Award for her outstanding achievements; du reste, she was awarded for her interpretation in La Capinera (2007) on the II International Mediterranean Theatre Festival Purgatories and also by the Braća Karić Foundation for Career Achievements (2006). Ašhen was also handed out the October Award of the City of Belgrade for the outstanding achievement in the domain of musical and performing arts for the role of Kitri in Don Quixote (1992) and the National Theatre of Belgrade’s Annual Award for the role of Kitri in Don Quixote (1991/92). Recently, Ašhen has been constantly improving herself within the field of personal development and achieving her full potential in both personal and professional life through advanced strategies of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). In 2018, Ašhen became an Usui Reiki Master.
Nebojša Babić one of the leading Serbian photographers who has won a great many awards, including Great prize of May Salon in 2005, and Pantene Beauty Awards for the best fashion photographer of Serbia and Montenegro in 2002 and 2004. His works are part of the collection of The Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade. Nebojsa has continually cooperated with cultural institutions, humanitarian organizations, publishing houses and creative agencies in Serbia and abroad, significantly contributing to the general development of creative ideas. He has also taken part in the realization of many projects for UNESCO and UNICEF. In 1998 he founded ORANGE STUDIO, a full-service advertising agency, which is today a successful and recognized creative agency. In 2004 he initiated O3ONE, a multimedia art project, first of its kind in Serbia. In 2005 O3ONE received the Bizart award for the most successful strategic partnership between the sectors of culture and the business sector (award of the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Serbia). Nebojsa Babic and the O3ONE project received the Disruption award for a taking a step forward in creativity and having a different approach to art in his work. Nebojsa is a member of many organizations and expert associations (ULUPUDS – Serbian Association of Applied Art Artists and Designers, USUF – Serbian Art Photographers Association, PpofE -Professional Photographers of Europe, SAM – Serbian Managers Association, Serbian Association of Employers, IAA – International Advertising Association and Serbia Philanthropy Forum). He is the father of Tara and Tisa.
Jovana Bakovic is an experienced research scientist in a range of life science areas, including cell biology, oxidative stress, biochemistry, enzymology, and gene regulation. Jovana’s track record is demonstrated by high impact research papers published in leading scientific journals. Jovana obtained her BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Belgrade (Serbia) in 2015. She then completed a Masters of Research in Biotechnology at UCL, where she graduated with distinction and received two awards (Student excellence prize and Dean’s List award, 2017). Jovana then obtained a PhD position focused in Structural and Molecular Biology at UCL (graduating in 2021). Jovana is currently working at IQVIA, a human data science company, to help solve current problems faced by life science organisations and to drive healthcare forward.
Nikola Balaban is CEO of M&I Systems Group, with international expertise in finance, technology and innovation. Forward thinking professional, focused on implementing his proficiencies into developing game changing products, igniting ideas and elevating businesses. Firm believer in empowering people and leading by example through skill refining continuity.
Vladan Balaban is president of M&I Systems Group, an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in software industry, business strategy, technology investment and management. As one of the driving forces behind M&I Systems Group, Vladan’s relentless energy is stemming the way for the Group to achieve global success. American educated, Vladan is dedicated to navigating the Group in the course of progressive thinking, bold creativity and impactful solutions.
Emina Bašić has started many projects and developed business and partner networks for many international companies in Croatia and region over the last 25 years. She worked closely with all the biggest international SW (Microsoft – 25 years, IBM, Kaspersky, Veeam, VMware, McAfee….) and HW companies. This experience has given her a deep understanding of current trends, market potential and business opportunities in B2B and B2C segment. After many years of experience in corporation and passion for new technologies, she decided to continue her journey independently, doing what she loves and believes in. She co-founded a digital job searching app called “TIMEbit”.
Nikola Basta is employed as assistant professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade (ETF), where he received his dipl. -Ing. degree in 2008 and PhD in 2020. From 2008-2014 he was a research associate at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, where he worked on advanced antenna technologies tailored for reception of navigation-satellite signals. Currently, he is teaching and conducting research in the fields of electromagnetics, microwaves and antennas.
James Beacham searches for answers to the biggest open questions of physics using the largest experiment ever, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He hunts for dark matter, gravitons, quantum black holes, and dark photons as a member of the ATLAS collaboration, one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012. In addition to his research, he is a frequent keynote speaker about science, innovation, the future of technology, and art at events and venues around the world (with a sizable following on TikTok), including the American Museum of Natural History, the Royal Institution, SXSW, the Guggenheim Bilbao, and the BBC, as well as private events for companies and corporations, including KPMG, Bain, Dept Agency, and many others. His talk, “How we explore unanswered questions in physics”, was featured on TED.com and has been viewed more than 1.6 million times. He appears in television shows (Discovery, BBC, etc.), on podcasts, on radio shows (such as NPR’s Science Friday), and in documentaries (such as 2019’s Chasing Einstein), and has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, and Gizmodo, among others. James trained as a filmmaker before becoming a physicist and regularly collaborates with artists. In 2015 he launched Ex/Noise/CERN, a project exploring the connections between particle physics and experimental music, film, and art.
Jelena Begovic presently serves as a director of Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade and Head of the Laboratory for Laboratory for Molecular Microbiology. More than 20 years of research experience in the field of molecular microbiology and also in the application of biotech in food, feed, agriculture and pharmaceutical industry. Particularly expertise in research related to development of novel probiotics and challenges associated with new technologies addressing bacterial antibiotic resistance. Published more than 50 papers in leading international journals in the field. From 2013, engaged as Lecturer on Faculty of Pharmacy in doctoral study program Microbiology and Immunology. Actively involved in development and implementation of technology transfer system and open innovation concept in Serbia. Also, a coordinator and participant in numerous scientific national and international projects including those with the industry.
Vesna Bengin is the co-founder of the BioSense Institute and the coordinator of H2020 project ANTARES, which, with a budget of € 30 million, aims to evolve BioSense into a European Centre of research excellence. Besides developing institutional scientific excellence, Vesna also directly focuses on fostering the economic growth of the region, as well as on the development of the national policies in the field of research and innovation. Vesna is a scientific advisor at BioSense, a full professor at the Depart. of Physics, University of Novi Sad and an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She also serves as a member of UNICEF Business Advisory Board in Serbia, a consultant for UN FAO, and a consultant for UNDP. She is a mother of three children. Vesna was a speaker at the inaugural WORLD.MINDS Belgrade in 2019.
Aleksandar Bijelic is Chief Digital Officer at MK Group in charge of digital transformation, through defining strategy and supporting execution of strategic projects. Aleksandar has graduated and received his master’s degree from Faculty of Organizational Sciences and finished Executive Marketing Education at London Business School. In his career as a top management consultant Aleksandar has worked with AT Kearney, Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte in restructuring and developing organizational transformation, increasing operational efficiency and defining digital strategies for numerous organizations across South East Europe in areas of financial services, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications, oil and gas industry. During the work in Deloitte as Senior Manager for Strategy and Operations, Aleksandar has been facilitator at Deloitte University delivering lectures to consultants across EMEA region. Hi is supporting development of innovation and startup ecosystem in SEE region, serving as a President of Board for Serbian Venture Network, and as member of Serbian Association of Managers.
Miloš Biković (born in Belgrade) is an actor and a producer. After graduating from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Serbia, he has become one of the most successful actors in the country. After “hitting the roof” in Serbia, Milos moves his career to Russia and had a leading role in the highest box office movie in the history of Russia, where he works with some of the greatest names of Russian film, including Oscar winner Nikita Mihalkov. Milos has been exploring innovation in film and is involved in bringing that innovation to a level of standardized production where he works. In 2016, Milos became a co-founder of Archangel Studios, which launched 6 international projects during its first years. In 2020 Miloš founded Archangel Digital, a company dedicated to production of animated content and innovation in film industry.
Ivan Bjelajac has been a part of the Tech Industry for 17 years, either as an Engineer, Tech Executive or a company Founder. He contributed to building Devana Technologies – one of the most successful Serbian tech companies. Their SaaS ManageWP was acquired by GoDaddy, one of the biggest hosting companies in the world, and for two years Ivan was the Operating Director of GoDaddy Europe. He was voted one of the “30 under 30” most successful Serbian entrepreneurs in 2011. After that, he shifted his focus towards developing his company MVP Workshop, which specializes both in consultancy and R&D related to emerging Blockchain technologies. In 2018 MVP Workshop successfully executed the Celsius Network’s ICO, which raised USD 50 million. As an Advisory Board Member at Celsius Network, Ivan has been working with his team on a Blockchain-powered lending and borrowing platform. Currently, MVP Workshop works on several Blockchain projects focused around FinTech, Supply Chain, Asset Management and Healthcare. As the CEO of MVP Workshop, Ivan has been named 2018 EY Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year, along with his colleague Malisa Pusonja. He is a Co-founder and the President of Serbian Blockchain Initiative (SBI) – the industry network for businesses implementing Blockchain solutions, with many national and international professionals contributing to the same cause. Ivan is a Partner and Board Member at Serbian Venture Network, which organizes Belgrade Venture Forum – one of the largest VC investment events in the region. Ivan is also a startup mentor at the Founder Institute, StartIT Startup Academy, ICT Hub, and EKOF Startup Centar. He co-founded Zivojin Misic – the NGO which reinvests 10% of Devana Technologies’ profits back to the local community to support education and entrepreneurship among youth.
Kipper Blakeley is the Chief of Staff and Producer at WORLD.MINDS. In this capacity, he runs the operations of WORLD.MINDS, including all of its events throughout the year, and is the Managing Editor of the WORLD.MINDS Magazine. Kipper is originally from Boston but, after traveling to over 90 countries (and living in 6 of them), decided to settle down in Switzerland over a decade ago. He lives at a lake in eastern Switzerland with his wife and son, Zenta.
Božidar Blažević is the National Chairman of Balkan-Polish Chamber of Commerce. He was a Vice Mayor of Warsaw district Ursynów and held several others key roles in Municipiality of Warsaw. He holds Masters Degree in Laws, Economics and International Relations. The founder and initiator of several mayor traditional events and important projects in Polish capital city. CEO of Dalme Ltd
Benjamin Block (born in 1984) is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant and Managing Partner of Aeberli Treuhand AG (AEBERLI), one of the leading fiduciary companies in the Zurich area (Switzerland). AEBERLI provides tax consulting, audit and outsourced services such as bookkeeping and payroll (with its 40 employees). Benjamin took over the company in 2019 together with 2 other partners. Since then, they doubled the number of employees and pushed the digital transformation. One of their clients is WORLD.MINDS, for which they do the bookkeeping, payroll services and financial reporting. Benjamin has a wife and a little son (1 year old) and lives not far away from the famous lake of Zurich. In summer, he loves to take a swim in the lake or going out on the boat.
Aleksandar Bogojević is the Director and Research Professor of the Institute of Physics Belgrade. His principle interests are Quantum field theory, gravitation and cosmology; modeling and numerical simulations of complex systems. He is the author of more than 60 research publications and two textbooks in Quantum Field Theory. He is also the author and co-author of four books, editor of one monograph, author of a large number of essays on science and technology. He has helped mentor a large number of PhD, MSc and BSc theses. Awarded IPB Prize in Physics in 2007: “for contributions related to the introduction of a new method for calculating path integrals.” He studied at the University of Belgrade, did his Masters at Columbia University, and received his PhD from Brown University. He has significicant administrative and organizational experience, including being the organizer of the Danube Workshop meetings in High Energy Physics, the Executive Director of the Education Forum, the Coordinator of the UNESCO project titled “Alleviating the Problems of Braindrain”, among many others. He is also one of the founders of the Scientific Computing Laboratory at IPB (EU and national Center of Excellence for Complex Systems administrating PARADOX supercomputing facility) and served as the local coordinator for the Serbia Innovation Project (an initiative of the Government of Serbia, the EU and the World Bank). He has served as the President of Governing Board of the Serbian Physics Society, the Director of the Institute of Physics Belgrade, served as a member of National Committee for Cooperation with CERN 2014, and is currently coordinating the Verrocchio Project.
Daniel M. Böhi is an accomplished strategic and visionary leader, successful at leading multimillion-dollar global organizations, including 10 years experience in mid-cap, emerging markets private equity funds. He is an entrepreneurial spirit professional with both analytical and long-term strategic and problem-solving skills, and willingness to take calculated risks while developing and executing business strategy. He is accomplished in collaborating with executive management while consistently developing corporate strategy, including customer segmentation, product and market strategy. Daniel is skilled in establishing best practices across assigned territory. In addition, he is a people-driven professional focused on staff excellence and retention programs. He has got excellent interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills, leveraging strength team leadership, cross-team collaboration while cultivating strong working relationships at all levels of organization.
Jelena Bojovic is Policy Director in NALED. She has been engaged in the reform of legislative process and regulatory framework for doing business, investment promotion, business support programs and establishing partnerships between the public and private sectors, as an expert in policy reform and implementation of economic development policies. She started her career in 2000, in the International Republican Institute (IRI) working on the development of political parties, civil society organizations and local governments. After that, she spent five years as the Head of Local Economic Development Team in USAID Municipal Economic Growth Activity program. During that appointment Jelena engaged in institutional capacities for dealing with economic issues in more than 30 local governments. She worked at similar programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Slovakia, Kyrgyzstan and Jordan. Since 2010, Jelena joined NALED, first as the Program Director and then as Policy Director. For the past 3 years, she served as the technical and expert coordinator of the Government of Serbia Joint Group for improving Serbia’s position on the World Bank’s Doing Business list. Winthin this engagement she was the lead expert in construction permitting reform in Serbia, a reform that was recognized by the World Bank, as the biggest reform in Serbia for the past 10 years. She was the Project Manager for the implementation of the electronic construction permitting system (EBPS) in Serbia (supported by the German and Swiss governments) and led the implementation of the World Bank’s project targeted at training and mentoring of the EBPS users. In 2017 she was the key expert in designing the cadaster reform (property register reform), and in 2018 she worked on drafting legislation for this reform – the Law on Property Registration. Since early 2018, Jelena is managing the Program for Public Private Dialogue for Growth in Serbia. She is a member of more than 10 Government’s working groups, working on tax legislation, public procurement, shadow economy, and other business environment issues. Jelena is Genetics Engineer by education.
Nadine Borter is CEO and owner of the advertising agency Contexta, which has evolved into one of Switzerland’s leading communication agencies since its founding in 1968. Nadine, the 2011 Advertiser of the Year and president of bsw swiss leading agencies, has established her reputation with successful campaigns for Appenzeller cheese, SBB, Bank-now, CSS, Swiss Lotto, Swisscom, and Vaudoise, among others.
Igor Bozic is in journalism since 1993. He worked as a reporter and anchor for Radio and TV, and from 2007 he is on executive media positions. He organized first Serbian news channel B92 info, and was first chief in editor. In his career Igor was executive producer of daily Blic, News Director of TV Vojvodina (public service). Igor was in N1 launching team and started as executive producer for Serbia program. From 2021 Igor is Head of news N1 Serbia.
Maja Božić is the Partner and Chief Marketing and Sales officer at Vega IT. Her biggest motivation is to work with people who are better than her, and she is proud to be a part of such a company where she has an opportunity to learn from someone on a daily basis. She is in charge for all marketing and sales activities, including business development.
Tobias Braun is the Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Management Board of German-based Benteler Steel/Tube. Prior to this he was a Partner at Stern Stewart & Co., where he worked since 2007. He studied economics and philosophy and politics at the University of Passau as well as at University College Dublin, before going on to get a PhD in economics from Martin-Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.
Marjana Brkic is advisor at the Department for International Cooperation at the Center for the Promotion of Science. Marjana finished her joint PhD at the University of Ghent and University of Belgrade in the field of Neuroscience. Currently, Marjana is local coordinator of several EU projects related to science education, citizen science, and climate action. Also, Marjana loves to work on the projects in the field of promoting gender equality in STEM.
Ana Brnabić is the Prime Minister of Serbia. In June 2017, she became the first woman and first openly gay person to hold the office. Previously she was the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of Serbia from August 2016 until June 2017, under Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić. As Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, she particularly worked on the reform of public administration through introduction of e-government in Serbia. After Vučić was inaugurated as the President of Serbia on 31 May 2017, he proposed Ana as his successor in June. Her government was voted into office on 29 June 2017. She was elected as the Prime Minister of Serbia for the second time on 28 October 2020. Ana is the fifth openly LGBT head of government in the world, and the second female LGBT head of government overall. Ana holds an MBA diploma of the University of Hull and has been working over ten years with international organizations, foreign investors, local self-government units, and the public sector in Serbia. Prior to the appointment to the Government of Serbia, she had been the Director of the company Continental Wind Serbia – CWS. She has been engaged in different US consulting companies that implemented USAID-financed projects in Serbia. She was deputy manager of the Serbia’s Competitiveness Project, the expert on the Local self-government Reform Program in Serbia and the senior coordinator of the Program of Economic Development of Municipalities. She actively participated in the foundation of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED) in 2006. She made great efforts to build capacities of NALED for representation of interests of the business sector, local self-government units and the civil society in Serbia. She became a member, and thereafter the President of the Managing Board of NALED, which got the status of the biggest autonomous private-public organization that endeavours to improve the business environment in Serbia and has contributed, in close cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, to the building of competitiveness of Serbia on international scale. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit organisation PEXIM, which provides scholarships to students from Serbia and North Macedonia for their master studies at the University of Cambridge. Ana is also a member of the “New Leaders for Europe” group within the World Economic Forum.
Marko Čadež is President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (CCIS) and President of the Managing Board of the Western Balkan 6 Chamber Investment Forum. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Eurochambres, the largest European business association, in which he is a Vice-Chair of the Neighbourhood and Enlargement Committee, and is in charge of Eurochambres Digital Services Network. He was a Co-chair of the Eurochambres Single Market Committee. He was appointed to the position of the CCIS President for the first time in December 2014, from the position of Vice President in charge of the chamber system modernization, and Director of the CCIS Representative Offices in Germany and Austria. In June 2017, the CCIS Assembly entrusted him with a new five-year term of office. He is a Member of the Council for Coordination of Activities and Measures for GDP Growth of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and a Member of the Economic Development Council. He executed the office of the President of the Managing Board of the Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA). He is an expert on Serbian-German relations and communications, and one of the founders and a Member of the Managing Board of the Serbia-Germany Forum. He was born on 1 June 1977, in Belgrade. He finished his schooling in Germany, where he graduated from the Academy for Marketing Communications in Frankfurt, in 2001. From 2003 until his employment in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, he worked for the Embassy of Germany in Belgrade – for almost a decade, as a Spokesman of the Embassy. He was a Coordinator for Serbia and Montenegro of German Deutsche Welle, and Programme Coordinator and Advisor for Political Issues and Communications with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Belgrade. He speaks German and English.
Mario Cekic is a PhD researcher at the Department of Computer Science and Technology in Cambridge. His main research focus revolves around distributed routing protocols and their algebraic abstractions. In the past few years, Mario has also been actively participating in Cambridge’s entrepreneurial scene.
Irena Cerovic leads the Governance team at UNDP Serbia. Prior to assuming this post in February 2022, she was part of UNDP’s Accelerator Lab – as Head of Solutions Mapping, she led the office’s work on depopulation and explored new approaches to tackle complex problems. Previously she managed a portfolio of projects on innovation, public administration reform, and rule of law. She sought innovative uses of technology to drive development; among other things, she led the launch of the Open Data initiative in Serbia. Until 2015, Irena worked as Executive Director of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, a civil society organization where she spent ten years working on political dialogue and capacity building of leading decision-makers in Serbia and the Balkans, primarily in the fields of European integration, democratic institution-building and regional reconciliation. In 2013, she was one of the founders of the Regional Academy for Democracy, bringing together political leaders from the Western Balkans in a joint exploration of the region’s future. Irena was a fellow of the European Fund for the Balkans at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and is a member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Thinkers network. She holds an MA in International Economic and Political Studies from Charles University in Prague.
Vladimir Cmiljanovic the founder and CEO of Swiss Rockets. He is one of Switzerland’s leading serial pharma entrepreneurs, and is a medicinal chemist and cancer scientist with more than fifteen years of experience in oncology drug development.
Vladimir Crnojević is the Director of the BioSense Institute in Novi Sad, Serbia. BioSense has a special focus on R&D in IT for agriculture and food at various levels, from micro and nano-technology sensors, to the Internet of Things, AgriRobotics and Remote Sensing, to Big Data. BioSense has recently been ranked as the No.1 European Center of Excellence within the Horizon2020 Teaming program, and is also the winner of the 2017 Syngenta Crop Data Challenge, due to the institute’s algorithm for smart seed selection. Vlad is also a full professor in computer science at the University of Novi Sad. He studied Electrical Engineering and obtained his Ph.D. in image processing in 2004. He acted as a Director of Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Novi Sad from 2012-2015, and in 2015 founded the BioSense Institute, which has since become the regional leader in EU (FP7 and H2020) projects, including flagship projects like IoF2020 (Internet of Food and Farm). BioSense also has strong industrial cooperation and significant track record in innovation acceleration activities, with more than 100 SMEs in the “AgTech” field funded through its programs. His current research interests include machine learning, image processing, remote sensing, big data and IoT with applications in agriculture and biosystems.
Martin Cuff is a consultant, strategist, speaker, writer and trainer with more than two decades of experience in the development of cultural industries globally. He has worked on all five continents, with projects in Namibia, Tanzania, Georgia, Turkey, Indonesia, Sweden, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Montenegro, Romania, India, Barbados, France, South Korea, the UK, the USA, Peru and Serbia. He is the former Executive Director of the Association of Film Commissioners International, the Colorado Film Commission in the USA, and the Cape Film Commission in South Africa, and is currently assigned to the cabinet of Prime Minister Brnabic as Advisor for Cultural Industries and Tourism.
Dubravko Culibrk is the acting director of the recently established Institute for Artificial Intelligence of Serbia. He is also a Full Professor of Information Systems Engineering at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management of the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. He spent two years (2013-2015) as a postdoc researcher at the University of Trento, Italy with the Multimedia and Human Understanding Group. During his recent sabbatical (2018-2019), he manned the post of Senior Research Scientist at Tandemlaunch, Montreal, Canada. While pursuing his PhD degree (2003-2006) at the Florida Atlantic University, USA he was affiliated with the Center for Coastline Security and the Center for Cryptology and Information Security, working on neural-network-based computer vision. He is a member of Serbian Entrepreneurs and an NVIDIA DLI University Ambassador.
Milan Bosko Ćulibrk is Editor in Chief of the weekly magazine NIN since April 2013. From February 2009. until March 2011, he worked as Editor in Chief of the magazines ’Economist’ and ’Banker’. Recipient of an award ’The Knight of the Vocation (Vitez poziva)’ 2019, ’Verica Barać’ 2018, ’Reformer of the year’ 2011, ’The best European’ 2010. for the field of Economics… Declared as the best Economics journalist on several occasions : ’Golden feather’ 2014, Serbian Association of Managers 2013, Club of Business Journalists 2010, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia 2009. Graduated at Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. He lives in Belgrade, Serbia.
Dejan Cvetković is the CTO at Microsoft’s Dev Center Belgrade. Dejan was born in Belgrade in 1967 where he got all of his education, finalizing with the bachelor’s degree from the faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Belgrade. Dejan started his professional career as software design engineer in Microsoft in Vancouver, Canada in 1993. Over the course of 29 years, he has held a number of different engineering and sales leadership positions in Microsoft across the globe. In 2003, Dejan established Microsoft’s subsidiary in Serbia. As one of the founders of Microsoft’s Dev Center in Serbia in 2005, Dejan has recently assumed the role of the CTO with the vision to grow the development organization with the leading-edge technology engineering projects executed in Belgrade.
Dušan Cvetković is student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He finished his first year of college and pursues a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. Previously studied at the Kent School. He was a member of the Serbian National Rowing team and competed in international races. Interested in technology, sports and escape rooms.
Vladislav Cvetković is Director and Advisory Market Leader in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He has 25 years of diverse professional experience in the areas of financial advisory, Privatization, Investment, Valuation, Project management and Strategy development, across different industries and financial institutions in both private and government sector, as well as academic work. Most relevant is related to reform agenda projects of the Serbian governments in banking system and privatization. He was the Director of Privatization Agency, Serbian central privatization authority for 5 years where he was in charge of privatization origination and execution, post-privatization monitoring and improvements of privatization framework in Serbia. Vladislav was actively involved in the financial sector reform projects of the National Bank of Serbia, including successful initial restructuring of Serbian banking sector, followed by regulatory improvements of financial legislation, privatization strategy development and major banking and insurance companies privatization and restructurings in Serbia. In PwC, he is responsible for development and management of the Business Advisory, Infrastructure and Financial sector projects, both for private and public sector clients in the SEE region.
Yves Daccord is a renowned humanitarian leader, international strategist, influencer and changemaker. His current focus is on the theme of human flows and the role of cities at the age of digital surveillance and pandemics, which will be the subject of a special initiative at the Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for internet and society. From 2010 – March 2020 Yves was Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a global humanitarian organization employing 20,000 staff. A former journalist, TV producer and international relations expert, his ICRC career spanned more than two decades in a variety of posts and challenging contexts – including Israel and the Occupied Territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya and Georgia. Yves was Chair of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) from January 2015 until December 2019, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Overseas Development Institute, of the Board of the International Human Rights Film Festival and of the Board of the Humanitarian Quality Insurance Initiative. Yves holds a degree in political science and an honorary doctorate in social sciences from the University of St. Gallen, awarded in 2017.
Edin Dacic (born in Belgrade) moved with his family to Switzerland at the age of 5. Since his high school time Edin has been passionate about becoming an entrepreneur. At the age of 22 while still studying, he founded his first company, Daccomet AG, in Zurich which he is still running to this day. While taking his first steps as an entrepreneur Edin was graduating in international affairs at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). The following 15 years he was among other things active in automotive business leading joint venture companies in Zurich and Paris that he founded together with a Croatian supplier to French automotive manufacturers. Since 1999 Edin is active in Bosnia and Hercegovina where he is President of the Board of Administration of the furniture producer Standard doo. After Daccomet took over the latter, he managed to transform a typical socialist type of political company that had lost following to civil war the complete market as well as 70% of the staff into the biggest supplier in ex-Yugoslavia of the world leader in home furnishing IKEA. Since 2011 Edin is active in Serbia as President of the General Assembly of Standard Furniture Serbia. After the takeover by Daccomet Standard Serbia created more than 350 new jobs and currently employs about 400 employees representing the only Serbian supplier to IKEA. Besides his business activities Edin is member of the Steering Board of the Berne based association i-dijaspora. The task of this organization is to offer a platform for the diaspora from Bosnia and Hercegovina living in Switzerland for projects in economy, education and culture and is supported by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – DEZA). At the same time Edin is board member of the Belgrade based SSCC (Swiss Serbian Chamber of Commerce) and member of the Steering Board of Sippo’s (Swiss Import Promotion Organization).
Vesna Damnjanović is a full-time professor and Head of Business Case Center at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade. She received the Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing at The Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK. She teaches undergraduate, master and MBA studies. She is the founder and Managing Director of the BBICC, among the top 10 case competitions in the world. Vesna has visited 47 countries and was the mentor of many winning students’ teams at global case competitions using problem solving methodology with consulting approach. She also provided International lecture and case study training as a visiting professor at faculties in Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey, Austria, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Lithuania, Hong Kong, Thailand, Norway, Russia, and Lebanon. Her professional dream is to become a motivational speaker and encourage people.
Siniša Daničić has been General manager at Strauss Adriatic for the past 9 years. He is a general management professional, with experience in finance, audit, accounting and IT, with many leadership roles in current and previous companies.
Gordana Danilović Grković has wide experience in fostering the change of the innovation ecosystem of the country by developing programs and organizations that support start-ups, SMEs and technology transfer. She has initiated the first technology incubator in the country BITF (Business Technology Incubators of Technical Faculties) that supported, from 2008 till 2014, establishment and development of more than 45 innovative companies. BITF start-up programs and results made the base for the establishment of Science Technology Park Belgrade, organization that supports start-ups and growing tech companies with the mission to foster technology development of the country and economy based on knowledge with Gordana as Acting director. Science technology Park Belgrade is established in June 2015 through the partnership of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, City of Belgrade and the University with the mission of creating the strong technology core and fostering the innovation development of the Republic of Serbia. STP Belgrade is growing very fast and till now more than 100 high tech companies were supported through its programs.
Marina Delić, Head of Learning & Development at GI Group Adria, has worked on creating and employing the best development practices for individuals, teams and organizations in the modern business context for the past 15 years. Marina leads a team of outstanding consultants tirelessly researching evidence based knowledge in the area of personal and professional development, put in service of better individual and society. Marina’s leadership proves what power can be attained from encouraging and nurturing group intelligence and creative thinking. She believes in the individual – the power of transformation and need for systemic thinking.
Marija Desivojević Cvetković is the Senior Vice President of Delta Holding, Serbia, responsible for business strategy and development, human resources, information technologies & innovation and corporate communications. From 2008 to 2012, she was the CEO of Delta Food Processing, before which she held the positions of the General Manager of Verano Invest and the Executive Director of Spinnaker New Technologies (ComTrade Group). Marija graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade (MSc), and holds an MBA from the Faculty of Economics, Finance and Administration, Belgrade. She serves as a member of the board in Addiko Bank Serbia as well as in the Serbian Association of Managers. She is also a member of the business club “Privrednik”, the President of the Serbian Triathlon Union and the Vice President of the Olympic Committee of Serbia. Marija speaks English and a bit of German. She is a passionate marathon runner and Ironman triathlete. She is married and has two sons.
Vladan Devedžić is a Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia. Since 2021, he is also a Corresponding Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA). His long-term professional objective is to bring close together ideas from the broad fields of Artificial Intelligence / Intelligent Systems and Software Engineering. His current professional and research interests include programming education, software engineering, intelligent software systems and technology-enhanced learning (TEL). He is the founder and the chair of the GOOD OLD AI research network.
Dragana (Gaga) Djermanović is a growth guide and keynote speaker, proclaimed as the “Woman of the Decade in Social Media and Leadership“ at the International Women Economic Forum (WEF17) in New Delhi. She is the only Serbian business woman listed in The Hundert’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs of Europe, confirmed by Forbes magazine.
Vladimir Djumić has a broad business and educational background. Graduated with a degree in Tourism and Peace studies and also studied International Economics. He has taken part in British, German and Dutch study programs related to communication, consulting, conflict resolution, eco tourism, environment protection, sustainable tourism development, mediation and facilitation. IT has always been key focus, more specifically the emerging Digital Media. Got first Spectrum in 1986 and been online since the first BBSs in the early 90’s. He was a web development pioneer in Serbia in the late 90’s. Nowadays supports activities towards creation of the first National Cycling Strategy as the coordinator of the National Cycling Working Group, working towards development of camping tourism in Serbia and tourism development projects/programs in the region of South East Europe.
Nebojša Djurdjević is the CEO of Digital Serbia Initiative. He is a high-impact executive and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of global experience in electronic payments and fintech. His bold vision, coupled with laser focus on execution, took him from founding and building five start-ups, to driving innovation as CTO of a public company with operations on four continents, to working with Payments Canada on modernization of the core payment systems infrastructure that clears and settles over $200 billion every business day. At Digital Serbia Initiative, Nebojša is leading the team working with more than 25 member-companies to create a business environment that serves the Serbian digital ecosystem as a whole. In the strategic effort to transform Serbia into a digital society, this private, non-profit organization engages with all relevant players including startups at different stages, corporates, the Government, educational institutions, media, various types of support organizations, influential individuals and broader public. Nebojša holds a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade.
Uroš Djurić is an artist. When he gets into a taxi in Belgrade, he is greeted like a pop star. After all, the retired punk enjoys a glamorous image whose fascination reaches far beyond the alternative art scene of the Serbian capital. In 1994, painter, photographer, the movie actor, publisher of underground comics, graphic designer, DJ and host of pertinent radio shows for the Belgrade network B92 published the “Autonomism Manifesto” together with Stevan Markuš, thus establishing the “personal principle” as the chief motivation for the production of art at the fringe of a society in which bankers, politicians, lawbreakers, and war criminals were considered heroes. He samples styles and contexts and cherishes the irony-clad genre of a true intellectual whose success derives from his – occasionally traumatic – affiliation with a minority on the one hand and his belonging to an elite on the other. It is thus not surprising that he got along well with Germany’s legendary “enfant terrible” Martin Kippenberger. His works are part of the numerous notable collections such as Albertina and Ludwig museums in Vienna, Museum of Contemporary Art, City museum and Zepter museum in Belgrade, EVN sammlung in Maria Enzersdorf, Antoine de Galbert collection in Paris.
Rolf Dobelli is an avid admirer of science. He is a novelist, non-fiction author, and founder of WORLD.MINDS. Rolf studied philosophy at University of St. Gallen, where he received his Ph.D. On a personal note: He loves books and doesn’t consume news. His books have been translated in 47 languages. He lives with his family in Bern, Switzerland.
Jelena Đurović is currently engaged in a global fintech company, Payoneer, as a Partnerships manager for the South East European region on a mission to support local entrepreneurs and small businesses to enter a digitalized global market. By vocation, Jelena is a bachelor in the field of banking and finance committed to a life long informal learning trying to keep the pace with innovations in the industry and technology in general. By experience, she is a banking expert for small business lending and innovative business models with more than 15 years in highly competitive banking arena. By carrier, her goal is to be digital transformation enthusiast eager to change the world we live in. By essence, she is a true supporter of entrepreneurship and very enthusiastic about innovation. Privately a big fan of performing arts (music, film, theatre).
Jan Dolinaj is Tech Executive with over 20 years of experience in software industry. He contributed to building Levi9 with over 1200 IT professionals in four different countries. Currently holds position of Country Manager Serbia. Enthusiastic about technology, innovation and building high performing teams.
Aleksandar Dragicevic is a Principal at MidEuropa, the largest private equity investor in Central Eastern Europe. Aleksandar is based in London and is responsible for deal sourcing, execution and monitoring of investments, with a focus on countries of the Adria / former Yugoslavia region. He is involved with multiple MidEuropa’s investments in consumer, FMCG, retail, technology and business services sectors, including Imlek, Bambi and Knjaz Milos in Serbia, Profi in Romania, Pigu Group in the Baltics and JS Hamilton in Poland.
Draško Drašković is the Head of Exploration at UNDP Accelerator Labs, United Nations Development Programme. He previously worked as an Innovation Expert for the United Nations in Geneva, where he advised governments, helping them boost their national innovation capabilities. Before joining the UN, he worked as a Senior Fellow at CERN in Geneva, where he was responsible for development of new instruments for the upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider. He coordinated development of a number of key innovative technologies, representing exceptional technological challenges. He published his research in leading peer-reviewed journal publications and presented at major international conferences and technology forums. He received his PhD in Wireless Communications in London, and he taught engineering courses at universities in London and Madrid. He was awarded a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship for outstanding young postdoctoral researchers by the European Union. He provided technical and product advice to innovative tech startups in the US, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, and the UK. He was selected as a Digital Shaper of Switzerland by digitalswitzerland. Draško is passionate about innovation, sustainable development and creating change.
Aleksandra Drecun is the President of Intersection as well as the Center for Science and Innovation. She is the Director for Europe for the Harvard Alumni Association, the Vice President of the European Science Engagement Association (EUSEA), the World Bank Senior Consultant for Capital Investments, the co-founder of GENIAL, the CEO of the MK/ETF Science Center, the European Commission DG Research and Innovation Horizon Europe Program Committee Member and the Member of the Trilateral Commission. Aleksandra works closely with the US National Science Foundation and several other research funding organizations, participates in numerous international science, education and innovation projects, and lectures on the topics of Responsible Research and Innovation, Gender and Research and Science Engagement. She is the founding member of the Women’s Government of Serbia – CSO aimed at promoting women’s expert potential, and the member of the Responsible Research and Innovation Councils of the Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and of the School of Electrical Engineeting of the University of Belgrade. Aleksandra was the Secretary General at the Ministry of Finance and Economy of the Government of Serbia (2001-2003), Secretary General to the President of Serbia (2004-2006), Special Advisor at the Government of Serbia for the National Investment Plan (2007-2009), and the founding Director of the national Center for the Promotion of Science (2010-2013). She represented Serbia in the Council of Europe GRECO Program and to the Stability Pact Anti-Corruption Initiative. Aleksandra was the President of the Managing Board of Belgrade Philharmonic (2006-2010), the Board Member of Junior Achievement Serbia (2007-2011) and the President of the Harvard Club of Serbia (2015-2018). She received the Nikola Tesla Award, Milutin Milanković Award, Albert Weiss Award, University of Belgrade Best Research Paper Award, and two City of Belgrade October Awards. She graduated at the Law School University of Belgrade, passed the Bar Exam for Yugoslavia, and holds a Masters degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Lazar Džamić Writer, Lecturer, Creative Strategist LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lazar-dzamic-278692 Lazar is an ex-journalist, contributor to The Guardian, former agency Planning Director and a former Head of Brand Planning in Google’s creative think tank ZOO in London. He is an Associate Professor in Business School Lausanne (BSL), teaches in the MBA programme for the School of Business and Economics in Ljubljana, the PwC’s Mini MBA Academy in CEE and at the Faculty for Media and Communications in Belgrade. He is a bestselling author of several books and a frequent conference speaker.
Dobrivoje Lale Erić is leading International Cooperation Department at Serbia’s Center for the Promotion of Science (CPN). The Center was founded in 2010 with the goal to align science and society, and establish firm relations between local and international actors and stakeholders. He is currently managing at national level two EU projects – European ARTificial Intelligence Lab (Creative Europe) and RRING (H2020), aim to increase AI literacy and its understanding by general audience, and to emphasise a societal relevance of the research and innovation processes, respectively. He is also the regional coordinator for the six SEE countries in the framework of the H2020 TeRRIFICA project which is developing and advocating innovative climate change adaptation and mitigation actions. He was working as well on numerous projects and initiatives dealing with research policies, STE(A)M education and art & science practices, while recently his main focus is on climate issues and artificial intelligence. An Art Historian by formal education, he used to work for Museum of Science and Technology and Mod’Art High School, both in Belgrade, and has diverse experience in architecture research, publishing, translation and advertising.
Jan Eugster has been a Swiss sculpture and art fabricator since 1996. Since 2008, he has been consulting, developing and realizing sculptures for artists and design studios with his company based in Switzerland. Since 2009, he has been running a specialized art fabrication workshop in Belgrade. Mosy recently, in 2017, he began running a contemporary art gallery based in Belgrade.
Djordje Filipović is the founder of 30Hills digital product design and development studio focused on startup and corporate innovation. Co-Founder of Boostowski.com startup company which is developing an application to boost retailers’ sales by improving their salespeople capabilities. Co-Founder of Buildcon.org construction project management tool. Graduated from Syracuse University, New York, USA with BS & MS degree. Prior to founding 30Hills , Djordje was working at startup Shoeline.com (Berkshire Hathaway company) and Kering Group.
Matea Franjić (born in 1992) is an Executive Director in Kristal, the largest glass processing company in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kristal is a private, family-owned business. She hols a MBA in human resource management. Matea is interested in innovation, digitalization, improvement of internal processes within the company, and continuous development at all levels. Recently she has finished ASEE Leadership Academy and became Change Leader. Matea is a board member of 2040 Club, an association of 2nd and 3rd generation family business members from Southeast Europe.
Rainer-Marc Frey is the Founder and Chairman of SO Holdings AG and its subsidiaries, including Horizon21 AG, a private investment office established in 2004. Rainer-Marc has a proven track record in investment banking and is a recognized expert in the field of global alternative investment strategies. He began his international career in 1987 and held various positions at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers. In 1992, he founded his own company, RMF Investment Group. Under his leadership, RMF evolved into one of the leading hedge fund organizations in Europe. In 2002, he sold his company to the publicly listed Man Group in London. The merged entities formed the world’s largest Hedge Fund Group at its time. Subsequently he founded Horizon21 in 2004 as his investment platform across a wide range of global investment opportunities. He is active as a strategic minority investor in a range of Mid-Cap companies. In 2013, he led the buy-out of Lonrho Ltd., a pan-African conglomerate where he is the lead investor and acts as its Vice Chairman. He has substantial public Board experience, incl. member of the Board of UBS AG (2008-2014) and DKSH, the largest market expansion services company in South East Asia, from 2008 to 2018. Further he is engaged in a broad range of activities incl. founder and member of the Board of the Frey Charitable Foundation (FCF) which engages in topics of Social Entrepreneurship in Africa. Beyond he is a leisurely pilot and travels the world. He holds a degree in business and banking (lic. oec. HSG) from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Marco Gadola is the Chairman of DKSH, a position he has held since May 2020. He was CEO of the Straumann Group from 2013 until end of 2019. Previously, Marco was the Regional CEO of Asia Pacific at Panalpina from 2012 to 2013 and CFO of Panalpina from 2008 to 2012. From 2006 to 2008, he was CFO of Straumann. Before joining Straumann for the first time in 2006, he was CFO of Hero from 2001 to 2006 and before that worked for Hilti, Sandoz International Ltd. and Swiss Bank Corporation. Marco is Chairman of the Board of Directors of DKSH, Medartis, VFS and WS Audiology, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Calida and MCH Group and a among others member of the Board of Directors of Straumann and Tally Weijl. He is a panel member of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and the Swiss Management Association. He holds a degree in business administration and economics from Basel University, Switzerland, and has completed various programs at the London School of Economics and IMD in Lausanne.
Diana Gligorijević is the Executive Board Member and Global Chief Marketing of TeleGroup. Having developed fruitful career in UN and aero and telecommunication industry abroad (Bell Helicopters), she has implemented the experience and knowledge into building successful IT Solution Provider and telecommunication company Telegroup that has grown into the industry leader of Serbia, as well as the European and Middle East markets. Corporate Social Responsibility is the vital part of the company’s vision and strategy. As a very active member of NGOs, Diana strongly supports „Equal opportunities “, „Women Leaders Club” and „Serbian Association of Business Women “, for which she has been recognized with numerous awards. She holds the seat in prestigious Executive and also ICT Board of Belgrade Chamber of Commerce, American Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Executive Board of “Poslodavac” association.
Zavisa Gordic (born 1989 in Uzice, Serbia) is an electrical engineer and a PhD student at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade (ETF). In 2008, he received Commendation from HRH Crown Prince Aleksandar II as the best student in Uzice Gymnasium. In 2012, he received his dipl. -Ing. degree at ETF while working on his thesis as an IAESTE intern on a project at the Department of Electrical Drives and Power Electronics, University of Siegen, Germany. He gained his Master Science degree at ETF in 2013, while working on his thesis as an intern of Zoran Djindjic Internship Program of German Business at the Department Research and Development at SMS Siemag company, Hilchenbach-Dahlbruch, Germany. Currently, he is employed at ETF as a research assistant in the fields of industrial and collaborative robotics.
Ana Govedarica is the General Manager of Roche Serbia. She is a physician, and is focused on turning medical science into meaningful clinical practice. Learning curriculum linked with INSEAD, London Business School. She is future focused, with a special interest in new business modeling for a new world.
Dejan Grastić is the founder of the Belgrade Cultural Network, a producer of Belgrade Beer Fest. With over 500,000 visitors in five days and huge publicity that follows, Belgrade Beer Fest has grown into one of the trademarks of Belgrade and one of the most recognizable events that the capital of Serbia offers. Positive impressions that visitors of the festival will take with them is the greatest value of the Beer Fest. During the sixteen years of constant work, the Belgrade Cultural Network has imposed itself as one of the leading agencies in the field of executive production and organization of cultural, tourist and music events, realizing numerous concerts of local and international music attractions, the city celebration of the New Year on the streets of Belgrade, as well as projects of generally social character. BKM’s specialty are definitely festival programs that represent a complex organizational venture because they imply a multi-month continuity of managerial activities. From the very beginning, we believe that culture and entertainment can change society in a positive way.
Ivan Grubanov is a painter, author and associate professor at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade. He graduated painting from the Belgrade University of Arts, specialised at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Delfina Studios in London, Casa de Velazquez in Madrid, as well as at the University of Arts in Braunschweig. He holds a PhD in Arts and Social Science from KU Leuven. Ivan’s artistic practice is constantly trying to innovate the mediums of painting and drawing. Starting from a series of sketches made in the courtroom of The Hague Tribunal while witnessing the Milosevic trial to recent large-scale painterly installations such as United Dead Nations presented at the Venice Bienniale in 2015, Ivan has developed a strong interest in political philosophy and the concept of nationhood. His artist book and philosophical essay Unnation, made in collaboration with the Belgian sociologist Peter Vermeersch, establishes him as a prominent scholar and artistic researcher of nation and nationality. His process-oriented painterly method evolves into a podium for knowledge production, persistently posing challenging questions about social and political realities. Ivan has established his international career through numerous solo, group, and biennial exhibitions worldwide, as well as many artistic and scholarly awards. His artworks are part of numerous public collections such as Kunstmuseum Bern, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, MUSAC Leon, Deutsche Bank Collection Frankfurt. Solo shows include National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, MOCA Belgrade, MUSAC in Leon, Le Grand Cafe Centre d’Art Contemporain in St Nazaire, Belgrade Cultural Center, Stroom Center for Contemporary Art The Hague.\nParticipations in group shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Witte de With in Rotterdam, Kiasma in Helsinki, the 3rd International Festival of Contemporary Art of Algiers, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, the 1st Thessaloniki Biennial, Stedelijk Museum CS, SMART Project Space and De Appel in Amsterdam, the Drawing Center and Apex Art in New York, City Gallery in Prague, the Belgrade October Salon, the 3rd Bucharest Biennial of Young Artists, Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, the 3rd Tirana Biennial, the 3rd Biennial of Quebec, Kunsthalle Bern, Office Baroque and Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp, Aeroplastics in Brussels, South London Gallery, ARCOS Museum in Benevento, Museum De Beyerd in Breda, Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo, Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon, Iaspis in Stockholm. Ivan is represented by Ron Mandos Gallery in Amsterdam and Loock Gallery in Berlin.
Ana Grujović is the Executive Director of the Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, where she is working since 2014. Prior to this position, Ana was a visiting researcher at the World Trade Institute (WTI) in Berne, Switzerland. At WTI, she carried out research into the institutional framework of investment and trade promotion activities in Switzerland under the supervision of Professor Thomas Cottier. Her professional experience also includes consultancy work for international organizations, such as the World Bank. She finalized her Master studies in Business Administration in France, at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis.
Björn Hering (born in Bern) is a Swiss entrepreneur, TV and film producer living in Bali. He started his career as a TV and radio presenter at the age of 14 and worked for over sixty TV shows in Switzerland and Germany. From the age of 18 onwards, he produced his own TV formats. He then studied business at the University of Bern and trained to be a teacher. In 2001 he founded the TV production company FaroTV . After having sold his company to the renowned Condor Films in Zurich, he served on the executive board of Condor Films for several years. His show „Joya runs“ earned the „Rose d‘or“ for „best interactive TV Show“. He left the company in 2008 and – after a well-deserved break traveling around Europe in a old caravan – founded several media companies in Switzerland, Singapore and LosAngeles. He decided to put down roots with his Swiss wife and two children in Bali in order to live the spiritual and business life. He started the Bali Beach cleanup initiative and is president of a drug rehabilitation program for teenagers in Namibia. He is a mediocre surfer and a passionate private pilot doing aerobatics with a vintage airplane from World War II.
Claire Huangci is an American pianist. She won first prize at the 2018 Geza Anda Competition and also won the Mozart prize. She has succeeded in establishing herself as a highly respected artist, captivating audiences with her “radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy” (Salzburger Nachrichten). Her unusually diverse repertoire, in which she also takes up rarely performed works, is illustrative of her remarkable versatility. Claire has performed in solo recitals and in partnership with international orchestras such as the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, RSO Vienna, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Moscow Radio’s Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, and at international concert venues including Carnegie Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, la Salle Cortot, Suntory Hall Tokoyo and Franz Liszt Akademie Budapest. She has made guest appearances at festivals such as the Kissinger Sommer, Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Rheingau Musik Festival. Claire began her international career at the tender age of nine with concert performances and competitive successes. She received significant input from her teachers Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and then studied under Arie Vardi at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover. She especially stood out early in her artistic career as an expressive interpreter of Chopin’s music, winning first prizes at the Chopin Competitions in Darmstadt and Miami in 2009 and 2010. She also became the youngest participant to receive second prize at the International ARD Music Competition in 2011. After recording her debut CD with solo works of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev and her prizewinning double album of Scarlatti sonatas (German Record Critics’ Award and Gramophone Editor’s Choice), she released highly acclaimed recordings of Chopin’s Nocturnes in 2017 and in 2018 of Rachmaninoff’s complete Préludes.
Nataša Igić is an experienced project manager with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management. She offers expertise in overseeing all aspects of project planning, from budgeting and resource allocation to ensuring quality deliverables while achieving complete compliance to contract terms and conditions. She provides expert problem solving and creative solutions to overcome obstacles and achieve business goals. Her teams achieve peak performance and large, multi-year contract wins. She is a strong administrative professional, will have graduated from the University of Novi Sad Faculty of Medicine with a degree in physical therapy.
Ana Ilić serves as Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Serbia for digital and creative industries, film and tourism. She is the director of Serbia Creates, Serbia’s nation brand platform, and concurrently serves as the Deputy Commissioner for Serbia’s participation at the Dubai 2020 World Expo. Ana was formerly Chief of Staff at the Ministry for Public Administration and Local Self-Government. For eight years, Ana was Executive Director of the Serbia Film Commission, the non-profit association of the Serbian film industry that promotes and develops Serbia as a competitive destination for international filmmaking. In this role she was additionally elected as a Director of the Board of the Association of Film Commissioners International. Ana has significant experience working at international business consulting companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton on USAID funded projects in the fields of local economic development, tourism and creative industries. She holds a BA degree in law.
Marko Ilić is a Managing Director of group of his families’ companies, mostly involved with hotel supplies in South East Europe with offices in Belgrade and Ljubljana. Before joining family business, he used to work for a few multinational companies in Serbia and abroad. As a student at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade, Marko used to be a President of AIESEC Serbia and Montenegro. He also holds BSc in Politics and International Relations from LSE, EMBA at Cass Business School and MSc in Asian Studies from Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade.
Ekrem Islami, is student of Pharmacy with special interest in the field of Pharmacology. He loves the relationship he can foster with patients through working in a community setting. Interested in pharmacology innovations, adequate use of antibiotics and heart medications.
Ana Ivic Veljkovic is a teacher of geography whose past 23 years of teaching were devoted to high school students from Niš, the biggest city in the south of Serbia. In 2008 she was awarded as one of the top ten teachers in Serbia. In her youth, Ana was a professional player in the First National Handball League and she transferred her experience and grit to the field of student entrepreneurship. For eight years now, she’s been mentoring and supporting high school students in setting up their businesses. Ana is deeply committed to student entrepreneurship which earned her the “Preduzetnikus” award – the best teacher entrepreneur – in 2015. “Green Graffiti”, the student company she mentored, won the national competition and represented Serbia at the European competition of student entrepreneurs. Ana is happiest when she witnesses her students follow their dreams, be it in the area of entrepreneurship or in regional and global geography competitions. In 2019 she joined British Council Programme, School For The 21st Century after she had become certified trainer. It was another challenge that Ana gladly accepted because she recognized the opportunity not only to gain new knowledge and skills but also to use her experience as an advantage during the training process.
Ivan Jakovljević is an experienced leader with a 20+ year track record in tech, start-ups and venture capital. Founder and CEO of Jakov Advisory, a boutique advisory and investment firm working with funds, start-ups and ecosystem developers to create value through tech and entrepreneurship. Former Google executive, Ivan was previously the Chief Development Officer at STV, the largest venture capital fund in the Middle East North Africa region with more than $500M in assets under management. At STV, Ivan was leading portfolio support and value creation, helping STV portfolio companies address key challenges to scale, such as talent, marketing & growth, business development and strategy. Before joining STV, Ivan was Regional Lead for new markets at Google MENA and Principal at Booz & Company, consultants. Ivan holds a Masters in Logistics and Transport Engineering from Belgrade University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Srdjan Janicijevic is a serial entrepreneur with strong multinational and multicultural corporate experience. Dedicated to improving business climate in Serbia through MOKRA GORA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT. His field of expertise is FMCG, media and services, business development, marketing and sales, entrepreneurship, executive education Graduate of University of Belgrade, School of Law, TRIUM Global Executive MBA degree from, London School of Economics, NYU Stern School of Business and HEC, France.
Maximilian Sebastian Janisch is a prodigy mathematician. The high school Gymnasium Immensee accepted him as a student when he was only 8 years old. At the age of 9 years, he passed the final high school exams in mathematics with top marks. The Rector of the University of Zurich at the time was WORLD.MINDS board member Michael Hengartner, and he and the formerly director of the Institute of mathematics, Prof. Thomas Kappeler, initiated a special learning programme for Maximillian within the Junior Euler Society (named after the great Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler). This program was under the direction of the italian mathematician Prof. Camillo De Lellis. In September 2015, at the age of 12 years, Maximillian was accepted by the french University of Perpignan into the second year of mathematics, as a regular immatriculation in Switzerland was not possible at the time. He followed all of their mathematics courses and obtained his Licence (the french equivalent of the Bachelor) in the beginning of 2020. In the summer of 2018, at the age of 15, Maximillian finished all high school exams and got matriculated as a regular student at the University of Zurich, parallel to his studies in France. In November 2020, Maximilian earned his Master’s degree at the University of Zürich under the supervision of Prof. Camillo De Lellis. At 18 years old, he is now the youngest doctoral student of mathematics in Switzerland, under the direction of Prof. Ashkan Nikeghbali at the University of Zürich. Maximilian’s main interests in mathematics are partial differential equations and pure probability theory, as well as applications of probability theory in the areas of deep learning and mathematical finance.
Mihailo Janković is the CEO of MK Group, South-East Europe’s leading investment group, operating more than 60 companies in the agri-food, banking, hospitality, real estate and renewable energy sectors. The group employs over 7,000 people across the Adriatic region. He is a seasoned executive with entrepreneurial disposition and a proven track record in leading businesses through turnaround, strategic transformation and organizational restructuring enabling sustainable business growth. His leadership experience obtained in working for leading multinationals as well as companies owned by private equity funds and private regional companies – British American Tobacco, The Coca-Cola Company, Knjaz Miloš and Nectar Group. He served as a board member on various non-profit associations/organizations and finds inspiration in business transformation, developing new generations of leaders and enabling them to utilize their potential.
Pavle Jankovic is the Head of Department for Regional Initiatives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, where he works on promoting regional cooperation in the Western Balkans conducive to the Region’s overall reconciliation, development and EU integration. He is Serbia’s National Coordinator for the Regional Cooperation Council, the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and the Western Balkans Fund, as well as National Co-coordinator for the EU’s Macro-regional Strategy for the AII region. He was chargé d’affaires and Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to France, founder and President of the International and Security Affairs Centre (ISAC Fund), Assistant Minister for Defence Policy in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) of Serbia and Montenegro, National Security Advisor to the Speaker of Parliament (in 2004 – Acting President of Serbia). His previous posts include work in think-tanks, academia, and international organizations including ASB, IOM, OSCE, US Peace Corps as well as in the private sector since 1993. Apart from Serbia, France and the UK, he has lived, studied and worked in several countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Pavle holds a BA from Schiller International University in International Relations and Diplomacy and an MA from Lancaster University in International Relations and Strategic Studies where his dissertation topic in 1997 was on the methodology for achieving a peaceful resolution of the interethnic conflict in Kosovo and Metohija. Several of his essays and articles on topics ranging from international relations to art and culture have been published and he is the editor of three books on reform of defence and security sector, as well as the expert editor of the National Defence Strategy of Serbia and Montenegro and co-author of the Defence White Paper. Pavle is active in the field of international affairs in matters of international relations, regional cooperation, security and negotiations. He regularly takes part in international seminars and conferences, both as an educator and keynote speaker. He is fluent in Serbian, English, French and Czech. He is married and a father of two. In May 2012, Pavle was promoted to the rank of Commandeur de l’Ordre national du Mérite of the French Republic for his work on developing the Strategic Partnership between France and Serbia, and efforts invested on Serbia’s EU integration.
Radmilo Janković was born on December 27th 1973 in Leskovac, Serbia. After graduating on School of Medicine, University of Nis, he became a Medical Doctor (MD) in 1999. In 2005, he became a specialist of Anesthesiology and resuscitation. In 2008, Radmilo defended his doctoral dissertation (PhD) at Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis. Currently, Radmilo is Director of the Clinic of Anesthesia and Intensive therapy in Clinical Center Nis, Associate Professor at School of Medicine, Member of Commision for doctoral studies and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Nis. Radmilo is an author of many articles in national and international journals, as well as chapters in textbooks. Radmilo has been invited to more than 40 international and 100 national meetings as a lecturer.
Jovan Jelovac lives and works between Zürich, London, New York, Moscow, Düsseldorf, Milan and Belgrade with his global brand creation, strategy and digital intelligence consultancy – Brand New World. Educated as architect, trained as designer, typographer, impresario, producer and branding consultant, Jovan helps organizations of all sizes define their Purpose, Strategy and Value Proposition – clarifying why they exist, conveying the difference they make, and bringing their mission to life across all communication touch points. Still living in Düsseldorf, in 1995 Jovan opened his first own branding company in Belgrade, quickly developing a worldwide network, based on partnerships as equals with outstanding global creatives, with whom he continues to nurture long lasting friendships and collaboration. Jovan founded the non-profit citizen’s association Belgrade Design Week in 2005, which fast became the key annual meeting point of South East Europe’s creative industries, a year-round one stop solution for the creative community, voted in many years by leading media a top ten creative event in the world, member of BEDA, founding member of the Association of Global Design Week Cities and partner of the EU-wide “Human Cities” project. In 2011 a new global branding consultancy was founded in Zürich, Switzerland – “Brand New World AG” – the brainchild of creative entrepreneurs Vesna and Jovan Jelovac. The new agency’s paradigm shift was threading lightly but moving fast into the digital territory, cleverly combining the immense global knowledge and reach of their branding network, with the competitive advantages of an amazing nascent digital marketing and software development business back in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2022, Brand New World was the cultural consultant of the Consortium winning the international architectural competition for the new Belgrade Concert Hall, arguably Serbia’s biggest investment ever into culture. As serial entrepreneur, Jovan provides a highly differentiated platform for his latest venture, Brand New Capital, and its partners – inviting leading creative and business minds of the 21st century together for discussions, project developments and events around the world. As CEO, Jovan’s rare combination of creative and business entrepreneurship, and reputation as a thought leader, creates a unique opportunity for Brand New Capital and its partners to succeed at highest levels, together with his co-founding partner and wife Vesna Jelovac as COO and Stevana Kosanovic as CFO, who joined BNC after 15 years in top Swiss banking. The first two start-ups presented to global capital markets in 2022 are Hidden Sound and Roxanich Wine. Vesna and Jovan currently live and work with their kids in Seefeld, Zürich, in Switzerland, and Dorćol, Belgrade, in Serbia, but during warm seasons you can find them divided between Ibiza and the North Pole, and wherever Red Star Belgrade and Novak Djokovic play on a given day.
Vesna Jelovac (born in 1985) is Co-Founder and communication expert at Brand New World AG Zürich, Switzerland, co-founder of non-profit citizen’s association Belgrade Design Week (member of BEDA, founding member of the Association of Global Design Week Cities and partner of the EU-wide “Human Cities” project) / Capacity Building Consultant for Design Thinking, and the maker of the Brand New World Salon. Brand New World is a boutique Brand Creation, Digital Communication and Business Consultancy. Our specialism is articulating yours. Brand New World was founded by Vesna and Jovan Jelovac, a power couple working in equal measures as global brand consultants, Zürich gallerists, design curators, promoters and educators of Design Thinking, urban reformers, publishers, filmmakers and North Pole explorers. The famous Wallpaper City Guide of Belgrade, features Vesna as host and presenter of her city of birth, and maker of the Belgrade Design Week. Graduated at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, Serbia, Vesna is committed to communication development, promotion and encouraging design-led innovative projects and opportunities in all areas of industries, as well with international and national institutional decision makers, cleverly combining the immense global knowledge and reach of BNW’s branding network, with the competitive advantages of a nascent digital marketing and software development business in Serbia. In 2011 a new global branding consultancy was founded in Zurich, Switzerland – “Brand New World AG” – the brainchild of creative entrepreneurs Vesna and Jovan Jelovac. The new agency’s paradigm shift was threading lightly but moving fast into the digital territory, cleverly combining the immense global knowledge and reach of their branding network, with the competitive advantages of an amazing nascent digital marketing and software development business back in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2022 Brand New World was the cultural consultant of the Consortium winning the international architectural competition for the new Belgrade Concert Hall, arguably the biggest investment ever into Serbian culture. Vesna’s work for Brand New World is the culmination of her fifteen years career, combining her design thinking, business acumen and the possibilities of new media for market penetration and growth. Her latest enterprise is the foundation of Brand New Capital in Zürich, a Strategic Advisory Company with a Private Equity business model, providing a robust stepping stone to leverage entrepreneurs’ intrinsic talents. Vesna is representing the new generation of young and upcoming entrepreneurs in their thirties, and has successfully developed two new start-ups for the global market: Hidden Sound and Roxanich Wine, which she launches in Milan in June 2022 at the Salone del Mobile.
Vitomir Jevremovic is the founder and CEO of Digital Mind and VR-All-Art companies in Serbia. He has a background in both development and business. He has been running a production company Digital Mind, creating VR, AR, web and mobile applications in the fields of marketing, culture, and education. Involved in marketing, digital production and development for more than 20 years, he has been working on various projects from software tools in archaeology to interactive 3D reconstructions of ancient sites, computer and mobile games, interactive installations, animated movies and now Virtual Reality projects. He has worked and authored projects for many worldwide known companies and brands such as UBS bank, BMW, SAP, AMD, Heineken, Nescafe, Mercedes Benz, Philip Morris, etc. Previous to starting his own company Vitomir was a director of a digital department in one of the biggest marketing agencies in Serbia – Communis DDB. He has authored one of the first virtual reality museum installations – VR museum of Nikola Tesla, the first virtual museum in Serbia – Virtual Museum of Zoran Djindjic. He has a degree in archaeology and a passion for digital communication, museums and arts.
Dragana Jevtic, Founder and Director, Creative Mentorship Founder and director of Creative Mentorship, program for cultural workers and creatives, offering possibility for professional and personal development through mentorship work, educational workshops, networking events, promotion of their work and support by the program team. Today Creative Mentorship represents a program, alumni network and community of 200 ambassadors who believe in mentoring, life-long learning, and knowledge and experience exchange. Every cycle we grow by 50 new participants, aiming to build, inspire and support a community of change-makers committed to our vision of a society which nurtures sharing, continuous learning and creativity. Prior to Creative Mentorship, Dragana worked in business development and international cooperation. She lived, studied, and worked in the United States, France and Cyprus. She graduated in International Business at the California State University. In Belgrade, she attended the UNESCO Master Studies in Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Arts.
Vojdan Jordanov is an Executive Director at Triglav Insurance JSC, Skopje, the largest insurance company in North Macedonia. He is a general management professional, with experience in insurance, finance, investment funds, audit, accounting and related IT, with many leadership roles in current and previous positions. Prior to Triglav Insurance, he had the role of President of the Management Board at Triglav Pension Company JSC Skopje, a pension fund management company Skopje, and prior to that he was a Partner and Head of Business development at RSM Macedonia, one of the top accountancies in the country, where he still keeps an advisory role. He is a founder representative and investment committee member at Business Accelerator UKIM Skopje, a start-up accelerator established by 4 founding partners including the largest university in North Macedonia and the President of the management board of the Society of Slovenian and Macedonian businessmen. Both in private and official capacity, Vojdan has worked on projects with multiple public and private organizations in the fields of corporate governance, financial markets, investments, start-ups and business development. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Master’s degree at the Rotterdam School of Management and is a certified auditor.
Biljana Jovanović is the founder and General Manager of LUNA fashion company, from Požarevac. LUNA has been internationally successful brand of sophisticated and high-quality women’s business and formal clothing for more than three decades. In addition to the development of LUNA, she has been building an extremely successful career of a top manager and a woman entrepreneur for decades. In the last 30 years, she won countless awards, recognitions and diplomas in the fields of entrepreneurship, management, leadership, people management and processes. Apart from business success and numerous recognitions, Biljana is also a proud mother of 2 wonderful daughters. LUNA is not just a fashion brand, but an international company that develops people and teams. LUNA is the leader in the production in the region of Southeast Europe. LUNA is an international brand that operates successfully in 5 markets, with technological equipment of the latest generation. LUNA is developing a unique model of concept store with over 20 stores inside and outside of Serbia, in addition to developing the concept of franchise business of LUNA brand and wholesale channels with over 50 associates who build their business with LUNA fashion brand.
Kosta Jovanović is Head of ETF Robotics group at the University of Belgrade – School of Electrical Engineering. He is passionate about human-robot collaboration and wider acceptance of robots in human society. He has already participated in several leading Horizon 2020 European project in robotics which supported robotics innovations in European SMEs with 16M EUR. He is interested in predicting the future… by creating it!
Lazar Jovanovic is an Economist with more than 20 years of experience in the Swiss finance and real estate industry. He is the founder and owner of the advisory boutique Perpetual Wealth AG. Prior to that, Lazar was a Senior Relationship Manager at Swiss private banks. In private capacity, he has been an investor in various real estate and venture capital projects in Switzerland for many years.
Slobodan Coba Jovanović is founder and creative director of branding and design agency Coba&associates. Founded in 2003, the agency is the leading creative force in business and corporate communication redesigning and making brands of national and regional stature and importance. Creative and critical thinking and doing is the motor for social improvement, better understanding of our living environment and the spark for enrichment of any kind in our personal life.
Violeta Jovanović has been engaged since July 2007 as the first employee and Executive Director of NALED, the largest public-private association building multi-stakeholder dialogue and better business climate across the region. As a voluntary president of Ethno Network, actively contributes to the preservation of Serbia’s cultural heritage and economic empowerment of women.
Blagoje Jovović (born in 1989) is the Director and deputy General Manager of MDS, one of the leading companies in the region specialized in IT System integration. In addition to the operational management of the company, Blagoje is also responsible for successfully positioning MDS in foreign markets. He graduated from the Faculty of Organizational sciences.
Miljana Jovovic, Executive Director of Crater Studio, graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in 2006, but her passion for creative processes naturally lead her to the animation and visual effects industry. Having in mind her 10-year long experience in this field, Miljana established the largest computer graphics school in the region having 200 students enrolled in the VFX and gaming courses per year. She is a co-founder of CGA conference with the mission of bringing the international and Serbian VFX and gaming industries together for education and collaboration.
Samir Kačapor (born in 1980) is the director of Regional development agency of Sandzak SEDA for fourteen years now. He works on project identification, preparation and implementation. More than 60 prepared, and successfully implemented projects in various fields with different international donor support from Usaid, GTZ, EU Programs, Swiss development Agency to national agencies and ministries. Besides, he is an entrepreneur running his own businesses in foods and catering and construction sector. Before RDA SEDA, he worked for UNOPS and GORENJE Serbia.
Ivan Kadić is Master of Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy. As a co-founder and CEO of the 60 Seconds app, UK based company (Investment backing from Founders Factory London, The LOréal company, Gaingels USA), and Brands Checker an online AI powered image and data analysis engine that enables brand managers to track and report counterfeit as well as second hand goods online. Besides that, Winner of Bridge 2021 competition in organisation of Department of International Trade United Kingdom, and Innovate is the great United Kingdom. Worked closely in the past year with the office of London and partners, the Office of the Mayor of London, and Manchester University in building a new solution for London and the UK eCommerce market. Lecturer at: eCommerce Academy Serbia and OMGcommerce. Panellist at SME is the MVP 2019, EUBID- EU-Ministry of Economy of Serbia 2019, Webiz 2021. Member of Entrepreneurs community and eCommerce association of Serbia.
Rishi Kakar (born 1974) is the Director and Head of Marketing at the $8 billion IDFC Asset Management Company, one of the top 10 asset managers in India’s fast growing public asset management business. He has been instrumental in driving the industry towards a more customer centric and innovative approach to category adoption. Since starting his career with Coca-Cola in India, Rishi has been passionate about a customer-centric approach to business and the application of design thinking in solving business problems. Most recently he has played a key role in the start up team at IDFC Bank, one of India’s newest universal banks. Deeply curious in exploring areas where design thinking and the social sciences intertwine, Rishi dreams of swimming the English Channel one day.
Dušan Kaličanin is the Program Director of Novi Sad 2021 European Capital of Culture. Dušan is a board president of TECHNOKRATIA, Novi Sad 2021 European Capitol of Culture program director, Founder of INTERAKTIV & DIGITAL ST, Board Member of several companies, institutions, organizations and projects. He is a Entrepreneur, Investor, Culture & Media manager, Creative Industry & Tech Culture Community Leader and Activist. He participated in a large number of professional and scientific conferences, seminars and symposiums as well as a number of educational, scientific, research, business, cultural and media institutions in the Russia, EU, Switzerland, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina Dušan is one of the founders of TECHNOKRATIA, an international art organization, leading South East Europe organization for promotion of Techno culture (music, video, fashion, media, design, science, healthy lifestyle, etc). TECHNOKRATIA has organized & promoted more than 4500 cultural events . He was an editor, producer and author of several famous TV and radio shows and printed media. He has published a range of media, professional, scientific and popular articles in various magazines and publications (KvadArt, Pop Kult, Ekos, etc.).
Christian H. Kälin is a Swiss lawyer, author, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and the Chairman of Henley & Partners. Christian is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in investor immigration and citizenship by investment, a field he pioneered. Holding master’s and PhD degrees in law from the University of Zurich, the advises governments and international organizations. He is the author, co-author or editor of many publications, including standard works such as the Global Residence and Citizenship Handbook, the Quality of Nationality Index, or the Switzerland Business & Investment Handbook. He founded or co-founded several companies, and is also the founder and chairman of Andan Foundation, a Swiss humanitarian organization.
Nataša Kažić is an author, keynote speaker and head of business development at Enetelsolutions. Now a business strategy consultant, she is a former top manager with 20 years of international corporate experience in marketing, strategy and business development in telco, IT and FMCG industries. She is the author of a business best seller book about leadership published in Serbia in 2018, “How to succeed in corporations and stay decent”. Her second book, “Is the future a rigged game?”, is coming out in 2019.
Tatjana Kecojević is a data scientist with a doctorate in Statistics from the University of Manchester. She spent many years working in the U.K. university sector as a senior lecturer and has published an extensive number of articles and papers relating to data analysis. Tatjana established the chapters of R-Ladies Manchester, Belgrade and Novi Sad and is a member of the R Forwards team and a Women in DS (WiDS) ambassador – roles dedicated to empowering women. Currently, she is the director of SisterAnalyst.org, an organisation aiming to empower women from a diverse range of backgrounds through data literacy. In addition to her involvement supporting women in STEM related activities, Tatjana is dedicated to creating an inclusive culture by developing community initiatives supporting all underrepresented groups.
Christoph Keese is executive vice president of Axel Springer, Europe’s largest news publisher and leading digital media company. He leads the effort to transform traditional and print publishing to digital and define Axel Springer’s position in the new ecosystem of quality web media. Prior to his current position, Christoph was senior vice president Public Affairs and Investor Relations. He served as editor-in-chief for the leading Sunday newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” from May 2004 onwards, acting in parallel as editor-in-chief of news portal Welt Online from 2006 until 2008 as well as heading the board of editors of Welt Group. Christoph came to Axel Springer from “Financial Times Deutschland” (FTD) business newspaper, the German language edition of the “FT,” which he co-founded and served as its editor-in-chief. Prior to “FTD,” he was managing editor and business editor for “Berliner Zeitung.” An economist and graduate of the Hamburg Journalists’ School / Henri Nannen School, Christoph joined Gruner + Jahr as assistant to CEO Gerd Schulte-Hillen after completing his professional training. Throughout his career, Christoph has been active in television. He is a constant guest on German talk shows. From 2005 to 2007, he hosted his own show on news channel n-tv and national radio interviewing almost all German bluechip CEOs and many international executives including Steve Ballmer of Microsoft. In 2011, he presented a weekly n-tv portrait series featuring dozens of European business leaders. Starting in 2009, Christoph became member and later chairman of the jury of “Deutscher Fernsehpreis,” the national TV award. As an author, Christoph focuses on economic policy. He is the author of the widely noted books “Rettet den Kapitalismus”—Save Capitalism—(Hoffmann und Campe, 2004) and “Verantwortung jetzt”—Responsibility Now—(C. Bertelsmann, 2006). He runs a private blog, presseschauder.de, on media and internet policy.
Martin Keller is the Chief Executive Officer of IHAG Privatbank since January 2021. From 2017 to 2020, Martin was CEO of Falcon Private Bank and a member of the advisory board at Aquila Capital in Hamburg, the leading global asset manager in the renewable energy sector. Previously, Martin held various international senior leadership positions at Credit Suisse, Man Investments and Deutsche Bank. Martin is a graduate of the Swiss Banking School.
Aleksej Kišjuhas is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad, where he teaches courses such as Contemporary Sociological Theory, Sociological Theory in the 20th century, Sociological Theory in the 19th century, Social Theory in the Age of Reason, Social Theory in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and Sociology of Emotions. He (co)authored five books, “Evolution and Natural selection: From Anaximander to Darwin” (2012), “A Guide to Ideologies I” (2014), “A Guide to Ideologies II” (2015), “Revolutions and Societies: An Introduction to the Theoretical Sociology of Revolutions” (2018), “Ideas, Conflicts and Rituals: An Integrated Theoretical Sociology of Randall Collins” (2019), and more than 50 papers in international and domestic scientific journals and publications. His main interests include theoretical sociology, the history of social sciences, sociology of revolutions and social change, sociology of emotions, and sociological metatheory. Since 2006, he is also a regular columnist in the daily newspaper “Danas”. So far, he published more than 800 weekly columns, covering current sociopolitical and sociocultural topics. He received the Award for the best young scientist of Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad (2015) and the Award “Stanislav Staša Marinković” for journalistic courage and exceptional achievements in investigative and analytical journalism (2016).
Viktor Kiss (born in Belgrade) is an artist. He graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in 2002. year, ceramics department. In 2013, he started an independent project „Ciglana“ as an art quarter in former brick factory. Ciglana aims to release advanced ideas of creative individuals and gives them full support because they are mostly ideas that change the society. In 2015, he started a project Dev9t, a festival that gathers nine types of art and brings artists from all over the world, and which soon became the biggest art festival in this region. In 2020 he become a director of Museum of Contemporary art in Belgeade. He collaborates with several large international companies in Serbia in a field of art marketing, namely Coca Cola, Philip Morris, Red Bull, Telenor, Vip and also with Ball Packaging on ecology promotion and making interactive sculptures for recycling. All the knowledge of material technology as well as craft experience, has helped Viktor in making sculptures. He stands for the idea that his art is quickly readable and is released from superfluous explications.
Jasmina Knežević is the founder and director of Bel Medic. In 1995, she replaced the career of a successful pediatrician and manager at the Children’s Hospital for Pulmonary Disease by insecure and uncertain entrepreneurial work. She established Bel Medic in Belgrade, believing that she would make a more efficient and humane health system tailored to the needs and wishes of patients. From a small office with three employees, she has built a regionally recognizable brand and a top-level healthcare system that consists of a hospital and a health center, which today operates in five locations in Belgrade. Currently, she employs 400 people and hires more than 400 consultants, eminent doctors of our country. To date, more than 300,000 patients from Serbia, the region, and from remote parts of the world have shown confidence in the medical team of Bel Medic. As a pioneer of private health care, which in Serbia did not exist for 50 years, Jasmina was its innovator and builder, dedicated to improving the quality of health care services, and at the same time struggling to preserve the reputation of the medical profession. As a member and leader of numerous business and professional associations, she struggles for the introduction of European values, changes in legal regulations, greater affirmation of women in business and making a better business environment in general. Jasmina was elected one of the 100 best managers of Serbia in 2008, she was elected the second most successful business woman in Serbia in the selection of 50 successful business women. In 2009, she became the Ambassador of Women’s Entrepreneurship network in Serbia, and in 2010 a Mentor of Women Entrepreneurship in Serbia in 2011. At the beginning of 2014, the American Chamber of Commerce declared her the “Woman Leader in Change”, she won the “Planet Business” award for the most successful female entrepreneur in Serbia in the selection of “Ekonometar” and “Biznis” magazines in 2014, and at the end of that year she received a prestigious international award “IWEC 2014”, which is awarded to the most successful business women in the world. She also received the award of the Serbian Association of Managers in the category “Manager of the Year” in 2014, and the award “Creators for Centuries” for the contribution to the development of entrepreneurship in Central and South-Eastern Europe in 2016. The “Top Woman Dragon” award, given by the Association of Business Women of Serbia to the most successful female entrepreneurs, came to her in 2018. Mokra Gora School of Management with partners: Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Serbian Business Club Privrednik, Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Economic Institute, Serbian Association of Managers and Association of Corporate Directors of Serbia, awarded Jasmina the “Laureate of virtue 2018” award.
Nebojsa (Nick) Knezevic obtained his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Belgrade in Serbia and completed his training at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He is the Vice Chairman for Research and Education at the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the current President of the Illinois Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Director-at-Large of the North American Neuromodulation Society Board of Directors and in Editorial Boards of many prestigious medical journals. Nebojsa has extensive expertise in basic and clinical research and has published almost 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, that were cited more than 4000 times; including the most recent publication in the Lancet journal with an impact factor of 79.321. Throughout his prestigious academic career, Nebojsa has developed many research and educational programs for medical students, residents, fellows and attending physicians. Nebojsa manages multiple U.S. and global clinical trials (phases I-IV) for the testing of different pain medications and medical devices for treatment of acute and chronic pain. He is also a recognized lecturer at many national and international conferences. Nebojsa received multiple recognitions and excellence awards for patient care (Top Doctor for 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020), teaching and outstanding research and academic achievements, including the Manchikanti Excellence Award for 2021.He is the current President of the Serbian-American Medical and Dental Society.
Neda Knežević, MA, is a senior curator, Director of the Museum of Yugoslavia since 2012, President of Museum Council of Republic of Serbia, President of Jury for the ŽIVA Award established by the Forum of Slavic Cultures, member of the Executive Board of ICOM Serbia, member of the Executive Board of the Nikola Tesla Museum. She was born in Belgrade, where she graduated in archeology at the Faculty of Philosophy and earned a master’s degree in the field of history and philosophy of natural sciences and technology. For more than two decades, she has been engaged in the protection, management, promotion and presentation of cultural heritage through public and private sectors. A series of projects under her leadership has aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of cultural heritage as a powerful tool for intercultural dialogue and sustainable development. She greatly contributed to the project (Re)Cognition – May 25 Museum and the initiative to valorize and renew the first purpose-built museum in Belgrade, and to name the street where it is located after the architect who had designed it. She worked as a special adviser for cultural heritage to the Minister of Culture, and is one of the founders of the NGO Association for the Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage ARCH, where she worked on projects of the Council of Europe. At the ОЗОNE Gallery, she was program coordinator for four years, where she also organized contemporary art projects. Additionally, she was the initiator and a member of the team that worked on recognition of the power plant Snaga i svetlost in Belgrade as a cultural monument. She worked at the Cervantes Institute on organizing, preparing and promoting program activities. Her first work experience was at the Museum of Science and Technology where she was promoted to the position of supervisor of the Science and Technology Gallery, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts SASA, after she had passed the professional exam and obtained the title of senior curator.
Biba Kocevski is the Global Head of Finance Transformation for Syngenta AG. She has a long standing career in business and finance of over twenty years in some of the world’s largest companies such as Kraft, Danone, Diageo and now Syngenta AG (one of the biggest agricultural and agrochemical companies in the world). Biba has a proven track record of delivering transformational and complex business, finance and people initiatives within both local and international/multi-cultural level.
Ana Koeshall is the Director of the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation Since its inception in 2007, Ana has served as the Director of the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation. The mission of the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation is to contribute to the development of an equal, tolerant and unified society. The Foundation seeks to foster community spirit and solidarity in the society through philanthropy, advocacy and volunteerism. Ana’s primary focus of the past 11 years has been the development and implementation of fundraising strategies, both corporate and individual, as well as nurturing and sustaining the further development of the organization and the growth of philanthropic practice in Serbia. Ana possesses 17 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in the SEE region, with a primary focus on Serbia, Montenegro, and her native Macedonia. Her core competencies are in program management, personnel and human resources management, and fundraising and partnership with corporate, high-net worth individuals, and crowdsourced/mass fundraising sources. She has a B.S. and MA in electronics and telecommunications from the University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia. She keeps herself busy outside of work with her husband, three daughters, a dog and the newest edition to the family, a hamster.
Tamara Kojić is a community manager at Talentuno. Prior to this, she was the CEO of Mokrin House in Serbia.
Maja Kolarić is an Art Director, Curator and Art Critic from Serbia. Currently on the position of Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. Co-founder and ex director of the Novembar gallery based in Belgrade. From 2010 she has been working as a freelance curator and has been organised exhibitions in Serbia and abroad, pointing the special interest in contemporary art and artistic practices of the countries of South-East Europe as well as phenomena that occurs and develop along with the current social topics. She is the Board member of October salon – Belgrade Bienalle from 2019 onward, she has been Selector and Curator of the 17th Biennale of Art entitled: SEE Art Gates: States of Reality in Serbia in 2016 and Curator of the exhibition: Voyage, a Journey Through Contemporary Serbian Art at the China Art Museum in Shanghai, from November 2017 till April 2018. She holds a MA degree in art history, cultural studies, aesthetics and taste studies from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Art History department.
Mina Konaković Luković is an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. Prior to this, she was a Schmidt Science Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. She earned her PhD in 2019 in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), advised by Professor Mark Pauly. She received her MSc and BSc from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mathematics. Her research focuses on computer graphics, computational fabrication, 3D geometry processing, and machine learning, including architectural geometry and the design of programmable materials. She received the ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Honorable Mention, the Eurographics PhD Award, and was recently awarded the 2021 SIAM Activity Group on Geometric Design Early Career Prize.
Evisi Kopliku is an expert on competitiveness at Regional Cooperation Council, focusing mainly on regional industrial development, entrepreneurship support and women economic empowerment. She started her career in research and academia, focusing mainly in corporate finance, foreign direct investments and EU integration process, at Eastern Mediterranean University, the University of New York in Tirana, the Faculty of Economics/University of Tirana and the Canadian Institute of Technology. Evisi was the advisor to the Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship (Albania), focusing mainly on investments, entrepreneurship support, international cooperation and European integration. She was Director of the European Integration and Projects Department in the Ministry of Tourism and Environment (Albania). Evisi has been national coordinator (of Albania) for various initiatives and programmes, such as the COSME Programme (EU Programme for the Competitiveness of SMEs), EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) and National Small Business Act Coordinator (on EU Strategy for improving the business environment for SMEs in the Western Balkans and Turkey). She is passionate about supporting MSMEs and has participated in various entrepreneurship support events in Albania as a mentor (Start-up Weekend initiatives) and co-founder of SME Albania (training academy for SMEs). Evisi has also cooperated with think-tanks and international organizations in the implementation of projects focusing on entrepreneurship/SME support, circular economy, competition policy, etc. She has a Master degree in Banking and Finance from Eastern Mediterranean University; a Master degree in European Economic Integration and Business from College of Europe and has attended various trainings, such as one-year training by the Center for International Development of Harvard University with a focus on the development of FDI policies and development of economic zones in Albania; FDI and export promotion in Japan (supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency), etc.
Marija Koprivica works as a Campus Academic Coordinator at SAE Institute Belgrade. On a global SAE level, she is a Learning Advisor and a Module Leader at the SAE master’s degree programme. Marija completed her Masters studies (Master of Business Administration in International Business, MBA) at the MIB School of Management in Italy and accomplished her PhD degree at the Department for Italian Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. Marija’s greatest passion is her educational and research work, as she deeply believes in human potential. She was a lecturer at several cultural and educational institutions at both Serbian and foreign universities (AFAM SAE Institute Milano, SAE Institute Jakarta). She published a number of scientific articles in scientific journals and international conference proceedings.
Miloš Kostić was born in Belgrade where he received all of his formal education, including the PhD in biomedical instrumentation and technologies at the School of Electrical Engineering. He is a project manager at Tecnalia Serbia, the technology acceleration office of a Spanish innovation center Tecnalia, and his research focus is on human machine interfaces, electrical stimulation, quantitative multimodal assessment and human factors. He is a strong champion of co-development and early user involvement in medical device development, which has resulted in significant influx of related RnD projects to Serbia. With his team, he is leading the technology advancement efforts in multiple H2020 Research and Innovation actions, creating strong links with leading European research groups and tech companies.
Igor Kovacević is the CEO of the Serbian Convention Bureau and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade. Successfully combining academic and business careers for over 13 years, Igor has been part of the Serbia journey from “no destination” to the MICE leader in the region and TOP 50 in the world. In the last 10 years, he has been mainly focusing on working closely with international associations which resulted in establishing proactive sales platform targeting international clients and bidding platforms. Since 2018 he has been the Deputy Chair at ICCA.
Mihailo Kovačević ( born 1975 ) is Co-founder and CEO of Gradska Przionica. He is a self-driven entrepreneur with international experience in USA both in design and creativity of new products. Family-oriented, cycling enthusiast, graduate Mechanical Engineer for motor vehicles at Belgrade University, but at the most Coffee Connoisseur. Best ambassador of German Probat roaster company.
Srđan Krčo received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Novi Sad in 2005 for the work on remote health monitoring systems. He worked at Ericsson for over 10 years, initially on the development of 3G networks, and then of M2M and IoT technologies. Since 2010, Srđan is managing DunavNET, a company designing turnkey solutions based on IoT and AI technologies. He is active in international collaborative research and innovation projects. Srdjan teaches IoT and digital transformation at FEFA Belgrade (Serbia) and ACEIoT Kigali (Rwanda), and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He received the Innovation Engineer of the Year award in 2007 from the Irish Institute of Engineers and is being awarded with Microsoft MVP annual award since 2018. Srdjan is a member of the Management Board of IoT Forum and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre of excellence for digitalization of microbial food safety risk assessment and quality parameters for accurate food authenticity certification in Montenegro.
Duško Krsmanović, is an international export finance executive working as a Head of UK Export Finance for the Western Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to taking this role, Duško worked in businesses, governments and diplomatic organizations, and acted as strategic advisor in sectors of retail, maritime, engineering, innovative pharmaceuticals, tobacco, FMCG, renewables, petrochemicals, creative industries, banking and brewing. He successfully combines academic, government and business background to create and push deals forward.
Radenka Krsmanović Whiffen is the Head of the Proposal Writing Unit for the STRENTEX ERA Chair project at FTN, the University of Novi Sad. She is a former Maria Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at the ENEA Casaccia Research Centre, in Rome, Italy where she worked on pyroelectric energy harvesting. With more than 20 years of research experience of working across cultures in different environments around Europe, she has a strong desire to advocate for the role that science can play in and for society, and the importance of networking and evidence-based policy for successful outcomes and solutions. She was the founding Chair of the Western Balkans Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA). This role enabled her to engage with and represent the interest of researchers from across the region, advocating for dialogue, the free exchange of ideas and working towards common goals. Her principal interests include the relationship between research and science policy, and instruments to develop and encourage academic integrity and responsible research environments, in particular exploring Science Diplomacy role and supporting Gender Equality in Research. She is a founding member of the regional Network of Women in STEM in the Western Balkans, a recent initiative of the UNDP and the Regional Cooperation Council.
Ana Krstajić is a composer, orchestrator and pianist performing and writing music for video games, film, TV, concert performances and theater. She graduated at Faculty of Music Art in Composition and Orchestration (M.M. Serbia) and at Berklee College of Music, Scoring for Film, TV and Video Games department (M.M. Spain). In 2014 she won 1st Prize at the Young Composer Competition “Women’s Works” (Ithaca, NY). Following year, she was designated as Alternate at the Renne B. Fisher Composer Competition (New Haven, CT). In 2016 she won 2nd Prize at the International Composer Competition “De Bach au Jazz” (Paris, FR) in category Contemporary Piano, designated as the youngest Laureate. Same year she won 1st Prize at “The Best Musical Mind” International Music Competition, (Belgrade, SR). She won Honorary Mention at Soundtrack Cologne festival in 2018, following year she was a Finalist at the same festival. Since 2019 she is Cultural Ambassador of Serbia Creates. She was a finalist in several film music competitions such as Film Music Contest (Slovakia), Indie Film Music Contest (Germany), Original Soundtrack Challenge (France). During 2020 she composed music for various theater plays in Serbia and had a premiere of her debut contemporary ballet suite for string orchestra MARKO. Ana’s music was performed in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Germany, Russia, Slovenia and USA. Her Music was broadcasted at the Radio Belgrade 3, Eburg radio station (Washington DC) and Sound Art radio (England). In 2021 for her debut feature film A Cross In The Desert she received the nomination for Best Score – Independent Film – Foreign Language at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Same year she won in the HMMA’s Genre Music – Orchestral Category. She orchestrated Carmina Burana suite for the one of the world’s accomplish violin performer Stefan Milenkovic. In 2022 she won the Score Live international film scoring competition in Spain and at the same tkme was chosen as a mentee for the Alliance of Women Film Composers Mentorship class (Los Angeles) where she will be mentored by the Hollywood composer Joe Trapanese (The Witcher, The Greatest Showman, Oblivion) for the next 6 months. She is currently working as one of the lead composers for the Puffins Impossible animated TV show broadcasted on Apple TV.
Marko Krstić received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2007, 2009, and 2016, respectively, all at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, at the Department for Physical Electronics. From March 2009 he is an employee of the School of Electrical Engineering at the Chair for Microelectronics and technical physics, currently at the position of Assistant Professor. In the domain of his teaching engagements, Marko is involved in courses dealing with general physics, theoretical mechanics, statistical physics, computational physics, and optical communications. Main fields of his scientific research are semiconductor lasers and optical amplifiers for photonic communications and all-optical signal processing. Marko co-authored more than 20 scientific papers published in international peer-review journals and received several national recognitions. He participated in two national, and two international scientific projects, and currently he is a leader of one national project. He was the Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee of the distinguished VII International School and Conference on Photonics: PHOTONICA 2019, held in Belgrade, Serbia in August 2019. From June 2018 he serves as the Acting Director of the Center for the Promotion of Science, a government institution competent for the promotion and the popularization of science, which is currently active in 10 European projects. The Center for the Promotion of Science is a part of the overall strategic plan for the development of Serbia as a knowledge-based economy, constant innovation and networking being its essential resources. The idea to create the Centre emerged from the need to bring science closer to the population, as a necessary condition to increase the general scientific literacy and thus assure the future technological progress in Serbia.
Vanda Kučera is Vice President of I&F Grupa. She has been working at I&F Grupa, one of the leading marketing communications networks in SEE and the Nordic region, since its foundation in 1997. Her career in marketing has lasted for more than three decades. In I&F Grupa, she performed many responsible tasks: she was the director of the department of research, strategic planning and development; she led McCann agency in Skopje in its most challenging moments from 1999 to 2001 and later participated in the establishment of the McCann operation in Podgorica; and she was also the director of the MRM agency, the first digital agency within I&F Grupa. Now she is VP, responsible for corporate relations with various stakeholders (state institutions, professional associations) and all the CSR initiatives and strategies. Currently, Vanda is a Board member of professional associations IAA and UEPS, and business association SAM. As an expert in this industry, she has participated in setting various regulations related to media and the creative industry, as well as drafting laws and codes in advertising areas.
Zoja Kukić (born in 1988) is co-founder and Board Member of Startit and SEE ICT, a nonprofit with 8 hubs across Serbia and an online platform for tech entrepreneurs, which reaches more than 70’000 people every month. She also teaches entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Economics, Finance and Administration at University Metropolitan. Zoja has a Masters degree in Strategic Finance & Management, and is currently on course toward a PhD. Before taking an executive position in SEE ICT, she was Executive Director of Crown Prince Alexander Foundation, focusing on education. She is active in empowering women in the tech sector and has cofounded the local branch of Lean In, the world’s largest female empowerment movement.
Tanja Kuzman is Digital, Startup & Innovation Director at PwC SEE with more than 10 years of combined professional experience in the fields of digital transformation, startup investments, finance and governance. Prior to joining PwC, Tanja was an Investment Principal at Campus Capital, a venture capital fund from the UK. Tanja holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield and she is Assistant Professor at the FEFA Faculty teaching topics related to market analysis, corporate innovation and startups. In May 2014, at the St. Gallen Symposium of Leaders of Today and Leaders of Tomorrow, Tanja was proclaimed as one of the 100 Leaders of Tomorrow. Tanja was a Marie Curie Fellow on EU-funded GREY project, and a consultant on several corporate governance projects of the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group. Tanja was also engaged as Junior Advisor for Economy and Finance in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for EU Integration of the Republic of Serbia.
Milan Kuzmanović (born in 1996) is a PhD candidate in Applied Machine Learning at the ETH Zurich.
Marie Francine Lagadec (born in Japan) is Program Coordinator of NCCR Catalysis at ETH Zürich, which develops carbon-neutral chemical value chains. Previously, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Collège de France, Paris on battery designs towards green hydrogen production, and on smart and safe Li-ion batteries. For the latter, she was awarded the Young Energy Storage Scientist Award by the French Network on Electrochemical Energy Storage. Marie Francine holds a PhD and engineering degrees from ETH Zürich. As a student, she led projects that won awards at international innovation contests in engineering. During her PhD, she co-founded a network for female engineering PhD students and researchers at ETH Zurich, and its successor organisation on diversity and inclusion.
Dora Lality (born in 1983) is chief legal officer and chairman of Material Exchange Sweden, which she established as a co-founder in 2017. Material Exchange is a pioneering technology company delivering transformational change throughout fashion supply chains with a revolutionary B2B platform. Material Exchange digitizes the material sourcing process and simplifies complex relationships between footwear and apparel brands, manufacturers, and material suppliers. In Material Exchange Dora managed and led the fundraising and M&A processes, as well as operation and legal. Material Exchange raised €32 million in funding. Dora was also leading expansions in new markets in 3 different continents. She raised up in entrepreneurial family, his father led a successful family business. She started her career as tax and legal advisor in one account agency, then opened her legal practice and worked as attorney of law almost 10 years. Dora believes in live-time learning, passionate about change and impact driven companies, and she is solution oriented. The most important part for Dora is her family.
Saša Lazović (born in 1980 in Kraljevo) is a physicist also dedicated to technology transfer and innovation. His main field of expertise is non-thermal plasma physics. After his PhD at the University of Belgrade, he continued his research at Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia, KAIST in South Korea, and NCSR Demokritos in Greece. Since 2014, he was involved in founding of the Innovation Centre at the National Institute of Physics Belgrade and in bringing Teslagram® technology to life. He is trained in IP protection and technology transfer by organisations such as WIPO and CEIPI. In 2018, Saša was appointed Assistant Minister in charge of Technological Development, Technology Transfer, and Innovation System at the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development.
Bojan Leković is the Founder and the CEO of KupujemProdajem.com (“I-buy-I-sell” in Serbian), the largest online marketplace in Serbia. He is the President of the Board of the Dutch-Serbian Business Association. He is also the author of the book “Medvedi na putu”.
Marica Ljesar is a Technical Consultant at the Software Improvement Group (SIG) from Amsterdam, Netherlands. Going digital is crucial for an economy’s revitalization and competitiveness. Software quality assurance became very important part of any company risk management. The fundamentals of the SIG approach are advanced software development analytics, tooling and services, results mapped against the industry benchmark. She believes that clear insight into application landscape triggers concrete needs on its structural improvements and enables – not hinders – digital aspirations. Technical background, bachelor degree in Mathematics and Informatics from the University of Sciences Novi Sad and more than 25 years in IT business, made her became inspired by simple solutions, believing in big deals and admiring “repairing” by innovating. Inspired by helping companies grow by getting their software right, she is also actively promoting and performing the SIG approach and capabilities in Serbia.
Miša Lukić is the Founder & Chief Business Designer at NEW STARTEGY. New Startegy, envisioned as a platform, brings together specialized experts and partner companies from around the world in order to solve the most complex business challenges and create new opportunities. Prior of establishing his own business design consulting company, Miša was the CEO for Publicis One, responsible for 30 countries. Miša is certified Business Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner (IPEC – Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching). He is Honorary Ambassador of Knowledge at the Life Learning Academia in Slovenia. He was awarded as a “Manager of the year 2016” by the Serbian Association of Managers. Miša is also the youngest laureate to receive The Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the professional Serbian Advertising Practitioners Association (UEPS); Marketing Person of the Year Serbia 2010 (World of Marketing); Leader in Creative Thinking in Serbia 2013; and awarded for his contribution to development and improvement of the economy in Serbia by Serbian Chamber of Commerce 2014. He is a lecturer, speaker and panelist on numerous international conferences, events and post-graduate courses, as well as a donor and humanitarian.
Tatjana Lukic is a global digital transformation leader, senior IT executive and business coach with over 20 years of highly successful career in the international Information Technology and Management Consulting industry. In her current role as Director for Business Applications at Microsoft, she is leading Microsoft’s digital transformation engagements within the business applications domain across Western Europe and acting as a trusted advisor to Microsoft’s top customers in Financial Services Industry. Tatjana has spent the last 12 years of her career with Microsoft, leading various teams and businesses within Sales and Partner Channel organizations across CEE, EMEA and now WE. Prior to Microsoft, she has spent several years in Management Consulting, working for Booz Allen Hamilton on several USAID projects to develop and implement highly successful industry support programs in the area of workforce development, export promotion, technology upgrading and quality standards (e.g. “USAID Competitiveness Project”). Besides her corporate experience, Tatjana also spent several years on the Board of Directors of a highly successful startup in Hungary, Index Tools, and helped it get acquired by Yahoo! back in 2006. Tatjana holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Central European University in Budapest and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Belgrade University, School of Economics. She is also a certified Leadership and Team Coach and NLP Master and likes to spend her free time mentoring and supporting colleagues and young professionals.
Sergei Lupashin (born in Russia) is the founder of Perspective Robotics AG, the company behind the Fotokite. An aerial robotics entrepreneur, his work includes autonomous cars, next-generation UAVs and robotics for hazardous environments. Sergei presented work from the ETH Flying Machine Arena at the 2008 Annual Symposium and at other venues. He is a TED Fellow and holds a PhD from ETH Zurich.
Caroline Lustenberger (born in Lucerne) is a junior group leader at ETH Zurich and was awarded a SNSF Ambizione career grant in 2019. She is further the Chair of the European Sleep Research Society Gender Equality Forum. Caroline’s research centers around the characterization and modulation of brain activity during sleep to promote recovery processes of brain and body across the age and health span. She combines in-lab, mechanistic studies with long-term, real-life experiments using new wearable devices. In one of her newest projects, she seeks to combine this methodology to establish an early detection of Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms arise using wearable and integral approaches that can be deployed at low-cost, everywhere in the world. Caroline loves solving riddles, be it at work with her team and colleagues or at home with her family and friends. Alternatively, you can find her hiking in the beautiful mountain area of Switzerland.
Sanja Maljković is a stage designer and an assistant professor on study program of Scene Design at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad. In 2008, she founded an independent theatre company called Le Studio, in cooperation with theatre director Jean-Baptiste Demarigny, where she works as a project manager, stage designer, theatre director, video artist and the workshops leader. As a stage designer and a video artist she realized many theatre plays and she demonstrated her artistic works on many collective exhibitions as well. Her field of interest is visual theatre.
Nevena Manić is an Advisor at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, focusing primarily on public administration reform. She is passionate about e-government and digitalisation as the optimal way to improve public services and accelerate development. Nevena has extensive experience in the private and particularly in the public sector, gained while working at the European Commission, in Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and at the Ministry of Finance on contracting and implementation of EU funds. Nevena graduated from the Faculty of political science at the University of Belgrade and holds two master degrees – LL.M. from Faculty of Law and Master of Public Administration at the University of Birmingham, attended as the Valedictorian of Chevening, the UK government’s scholarship programme.
Isidora Mar is an international event producer and expert for live communication. She is constantly working with artists, running creative teams and supervising tech for events around the globe.
Aleksandra Marić is the founder of Amaze&Co., the first consulting firm in the Balkan region to provide management consulting services exclusively for fashion and premium brands. For the past five years she has been teaching “Management of Fashion and Luxury companies” at the Italian School of Design “Accademia del Lusso”. She is a guest lecturer at Plekhanov University in Moscow (Russia), at University of Belgrade (Serbia), and at University of Donja Gorica (Montenegro) and a frequent conference and panel speaker on topics of management and sustainability in the fashion industry. She has written a number of articles and scientific papers in which she emphasizes the issues this industry faces in the 21st century. Sustainability and ethical issues in fashion are the topics closest to her heart, which is why she is an active contributor to the largest fashion movement in the world, „Fashion Revolution“, for which she serves as a Country Coordinator for Serbia.
Jelena Marković is a multi-tasking entrepreneur and professional expert in several fields. Through her own agency, Jelena specializes and offers a sundry number of legal services, library-related consulting as well as performing the Literature Clinical Evaluation Report (CER) Expert tasks. Jelena is utilizing her unique expertise combining extensive working experience as a Legal Analyst and Scientific Literature Librarian and acts as a consultant for the Israeli BioReg Services Company responsible for writing literature protocols and reports for the MDR Clinical Evaluation. As a leading legal expert, Jelena is helping numerous manufacturing clients update their business collaboration agreements with Importers & Distributers, however strictly following MDR expectations throughout the way. In terms of formal education, Jelena obtained her LL.B. degree at the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade, and also holds the Certified Librarian Expert title as well.
Milan Marko Markovic is a lifelong art enthusiast and has worked in the fields of finance and law for a long time. Today, his focus is solely on web3 integration and education on how this ever-growing industry will influence the years to come.
Nikola M. Markovic is a scientist, innovator, and entrepreneur. He founded DeFi impact investing platform, Social Impact Network. He is highly technology-driven with a deep passion for Blockchain and DeFi. He’s an award-winning photographer and avid traveler.
Slobodan Markovic is a Digital Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Serbia. For the past two decades, he has been actively involved in advocating for and developing ICT policies in Serbia. Prior to joining UNDP, he worked at the Serbian National Internet Domains Registry (RNIDS) as an Advisor for ICT Policy and Internet Community Relations. From 2014 to 2017, he was a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), which advises the UN Secretary-General on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). From 2008 to 2012, he worked at the Serbian Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society, advising the Minister on telecoms liberalization, e-government, and e-business policy. In 2010, he received the “e-Commerce AWARD” for his ten-year dedication to the development of the e-business in Serbia.
Marko Maršićević is the Founder of Marsch Creative Production. He has thirty years of professional experience in Creative Industries, span across the former Yugoslavia region. Graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts – Department of Theater and Radio Production in Belgrade. Portfolio boasts hundreds of advertisements and events, as well as more than 35 festivals throughout the region. As a freelancer worked for different media outlets – Radio B92, Vreme, PGP-RTS, Saatchi & Saatchi and others. Was a partner at Mechanical Duck Creative Production and New Moment Y&R – New Ideas Production. Founder of Marsh Creative Production, specialized event production company and Co-Founder of Marsh Open Space, a unique and innovative multipurpose hub in Belgrade specifically designed for diverse micro-events and group co-working. Initiator and Co-Producer of the Creative Forum Ljubljana 2018, first high level forum about Creative Industries in Western Balkans. Since 2016 Co-Founder and Production director of the Indigo festival of Contemporary Ideas in Ljubljana. Since 2017 Co-Founder and Director of the Kontakt Showcase in Belgrade. In 2018, he co-founded the Institute for Creative Industries Arteria Creative Network in Ljubljana, the first Regional Creative and Culture Network in the Western Balkans.
Aleksandar Matanović has been in crypto industry since 2012, when he co-founded a local bitcoin exchange www.ecd.rs, making it the oldest crypto business in the region. Besides the exchange, his company also operates a network of cryptocurrency ATMs, has developed a cryptocurrency payment application for merchants and has spearheaded the growth of crypto adoption in Serbia. Having previously graduated with a BSc degree in Electronics, Aleksandar enrolls in world’s first MSc in Digital Currencies at University of Nicosia in 2014. Two years later, he became one of the first graduates of that course. He strongly believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies will change the world and tries to have an active role in that revolution.
Lejla Mazlic is a producer and presenter at AlJazeera Balkans television. She has over 15 years of experience in international media and NGOs. After finishing journalism studies at the University of Tuzla, Lejla obtained an MSc in International Business Negotiation at French business school in Paris, IESEG. She speaks four languages and always learning at least one more. Lejla is passionate about media, business, innovation, technology and art.
Ivan Medenica works at the FDA as a professor of The History of World Drama and Theatre. He regularly publishes articles in both the national and the international journals. He was the Chairman or Co-Chairman of five international symposiums of theatre critics and scholars organized by Sterijino Pozorje Festival in Novi Sad and the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC). Medenica has participated in a number of international conferences and given guest lectures at Humboldt University (Berlin), Yale School of Drama, University of Cluj (Romania). Medenica is an active theater critic and has received six times the national award for the best theatre criticism. His book The tragedy of initiation or the inconstant prince was also awarded as the best book on theater published in Serbia (2017) and was translated into Slovenian and Macedonian. He was the Artistic Director of Sterijino Pozorje in Novi Sad, the leading national theater festival in Serbia (2003-2007), to which he brought some important structural changes. From 2001 to 2012, Medenica was one of the main editors of the journal Teatron which than became the prestigious theater publication in Serbia and was awarded by an international prize. He was a fellow in the International Research Center „Interweaving Performance Cultures“ at the Freie Universität in Berlin (2011-2013). He is a member of the International Association of Theater Critics’ Executive Committee and the Director of its international conferences. He is also member of the editorial board of Critical Stages, the web journal of the Association. Medenica is the artistic director of Bitef (Belgrade International theater festival).
Ivana Medic is Senior Research Associate of the Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Lecturer in Multimedia Design at the Faculty of Computing in Belgrade, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmiths, University of London. She is Vice-President of the Serbian Musicological Society and Convener of the Study Group for Russian and East European Music with the British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (REEM-BASEES). She is Head of the international cooperation project BEYOND QUANTUM MUSIC (2019-2022) financed by CREATIVE EUROPE, with partners from Serbia, Austria, The Netherlands and Germany. She also manages the project DUALITY financed by the Serbian Innovation Fund. Ivana has written five books and over 70 articles, and edited six collections of essays. She won the 2019 Award “Stana Đurić-Klajn” for the best musicological monograph in Serbia. From 2017 to 2019 she served as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal MUSICOLOGY. She is also a multi-instrumentalist, specialising in contemporary music.
Danilo Micic is the co-founder and CEO of Case3D, one of the leading world companies in real estate immersive marketing. His mission is focused on helping property development brands to make their statements on all continents together with the team available in offices in London, Dubai, Belgium, Russia and Serbia. His strategic thinking is the result of 17 years’ of tech experience enriched by working closely with many influential architectural and real estate companies to design (ili create ili create and design) their digital presence in 3D, Virtual Reality, Augmented and Mixed Reality Worlds. His vision is to make life easier to all of the people, environment, industry and mankind with innovative engineered solutions.
Nikola Mijailović is a tech entrepreneur and HR leader with ten years of experience in the local market. He is CEO and Co-Founder of the startup Joberty, whose mission is to help developers choose the right employers and make better career choices. Joberty won the best MarTech startup award at GITEX Future Stars 2021 in Dubai, among more than 700 startups from 60 countries. Nikola is an active member of the local startup community, and his mission is to prove that we can build successful global tech companies from Serbia.
Svetislav Mijatović, born in 1991, is a docent at the Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade. After graduation from the Faculty of Physics, Svetislav gained a master’s degree in Finance and worked as an Upstream Oil and Gas Analyst in MOL, Budapest, for six months. Realizing that an office job is not suitable for him, he went back to Belgrade and continued his Ph.D. studies in Physics, which he finished in March 2019. He works on topics related to nonequilibrium systems, that apply to the vast variety of phenomena within and outside of Physics. The joy he gets from a combination of teaching and research jobs makes him quite satisfied with his everyday life. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing guitar and cajon, dancing traditional dances, and partying. Svetislav is a husband and a father to be.
Nemanja Mikać is the founder and the CEO of ElevenEs. Nemanja studied at Imperial College in London, where he completed his Master of Science in Advanced Chemical Engineering. He has more than 10 years of experience in aluminium converting, food and pharma packaging business. ElevenEs is the first European LFP large battery cell manufacturer with plans to build several Gigafactories in Europe. His main goal is to effectively empower people to explore the unknown, envision new possibilities and make ecological decisions.
Djordje Miladinovic (born in 1990) is a computer scientist in the filed of Artificial Intelligence (AI). He is currently a researcher in the pharmaceutical industry working on enabling AI-driven drug development. Djordje is most passionate about revolutionalizing healthcare using AI technology. He obtained his PhD at ETH Zurich in 2022. Besides his professional career, Djordje is also passionate about all team sports.
Nadica Milanović is the Innovation Project Manager in Sector for Strategy and Development at Delta Holding Serbia. She is in charge for coordinating and implementing innovation processes within the company and managing the corporate startup program – Delta Business Incubator. Interested in innovation, creativity and good deeds.
Milena Milićević helps companies achieve business growth and succeed in new markets with technologies of the future and committed teams. She works as a digital transformation consultant for diverse industries and business development consultant for IT companies. Milena is among 20 first experts selected and certified for digital transformation in Serbia by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. In her consulting work Milena delivers value to executives and teams in agribusiness, MICE and retail sectors regarding digital transformation strategy, change management, creating new business models and adopting IT solutions. Also, Milena is the founder of INAT centre (Innovation Attitude Centre), a non-profit organization that enhances education and career development of IT professionals for jobs of the future. The organization’s main project – INAT Summit – has been gathering engineers, IT business people, young professionals, students, thought leaders, and expert speakers from 20 different countries in Belgrade since 2017. Due to her education and professional engagements, Milena has lived and worked until age 25 in Belgrade, Berlin, Cambridge, London and Rome. She has been awarded for distinguished achievements by three governments and international bodies. Milena completed her MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Belgrade and an MPhil in Management from the University of Cambridge.
Tanja Milinković is Chief Process & Human Resources Officer in Mikroelektronika. She is responsible for overseeing the business processes, defining rules, policies, and guidelines to ensure that the main objectives follow the company strategy as well as establishing control mechanisms. As of today, she is deeply focused on developing and looking after employees.
Miloš Milisavljević is the leading IoT Smart Cities tech innovator and entrepreneur. As Founder and CEO of Strawberry energy, Miloš pioneered the development of Outdoor Smart City infrastructure, creating smart street furniture that brings Internet of Things to the outdoor places. He is an internationally awarded and recognized speaker and thought leader in the areas of IoT, Smart cities and sustainability. Strawberry energy is internationally awarded Smart City tech company with the mission to help create Smart Cities by making our outdoor places smarter and more responsive to the modern needs of people in 21st century. Strawberry brings Internet of Things to the outdoor places by developing smart outdoor urban furniture for smart cities and offer clean energy, connectivity and relevant digital local and environmental info in the outdoor public spaces.
Goran Miljuš is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for the Application of Nuclear Energy-INEP. Goran obtained his PhD degree in biochemistry at faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade. His field of research interest is protein biochemistry, structure and potential role in (patho)physiological processes, primarily in colorectal carcinoma and iron metabolism disorders. At INEP, he has been named as a lead coordinator of the Technology Transfer and Innovation committee of the Institute. Besides national research projects, Goran has been country representative in several international scientific collaborations, bilateral projects and one HORIZON2020 project proposal. His research results have been published in international peer reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Additionally, he has been a presenter at Science Fairs for six years and has been involved in other science popularization activities.
Milos Milovanovic is international consultant, with deep expertise in the activation and development of convention bureaus as well as destination marketing in Europe and Middle East regions. Milos has over 15 years of experience in the meetings & conventions industry and has consulted many destinations around the world. Milos is author of the Destination Competitive Index, a global benchmarking tool for international convention destinations, published annually since 2018. He is also author of the Leveraging Intellectual Capital global report, aimed at identifying the relative strengths of destinations in terms of the presence of their local association executives who are leaders in the governing bodies of international associations. In GainingEdge, Milos is responsible for the development of research & analysis projects as Managing Director of the GainingEdge Analysis & Research (GEAR) Department.
Ljubica Milović Mastilović is an engineer of architecture and a curator. Focused on research about experiences of space: how spatial organization and visual identity of our surroundings triggers emotions and influences ideas.
Branko Milutinović is a co-founder and CEO at Nordeus. With close to 200 million users worldwide and employees coming from 25 different nationalities around the world, Nordeus is one of the most successful and most awarded European games companies. Since May 2017, Branko has been the Chairman of Digital Serbia, a non-profit initiative with a mission to boost tech entrepreneurship and digital innovation in both industry and education in Serbia, and to create the environment where the Serbian digital industry is globally competitive.
Sanja Miovčić (born in 1978) is acting as an Executive Director at the Foreign Investors Council (FIC) of Bosnia and Herzegovina as of 2016. The FIC is the most important independent business association, which since 2006 has been actively promoting and developing a predictable, competitive and sustainable business environment through open dialogue with the authorities and other relevant partners. Sanja has more than 20 years of professional experience in numerous international companies and organizations. Sanja is supporting organizations on investment and business development issues with highly developed problem solving and strategic planning ability. She used to live and work in several countries and she is very familiar with the Western Balkan regional economic, investment and social environment and challenges. In addition to Sanja’s dedication to work and personal development, languages, writing, reading and sailing fuel her passion.
Darko Mirković is recognized as an entrepreneur and consultant as well as a brilliant coach. His moto is “Believe and Achieve”. Alterna International Ltd Belgrade, founded by Darko Mirkovic, attained Master License for Brian Tracy Global programs. Darko is one of the first licensed coaches in Serbia for “Structogram-Training System”. His lectures have been attended by more than 50.000 people. He is also the founder of the company “Svet osiguranja i bankarstva”, within which the magazine “Svet osiguranja” and “Svet bankarstva i investicija”, as well as the portal bonitet.com.
Adnan Misimović (born in 1986) is a cofounder of profitBI which helps wholesalers and distributors achieve profitable growth using data analytics. Previously, Adnan worked as the CEO of Megamix, a Bosnian wholesale distributor which is owned by his family. Adnan also manages his family’s investments and advises other entrepreneurial families about asset management. Since 2021, Adnan has chaired the management board of Klub 2040 (The 2040 Club), an association of 2nd and 3rd generation family business members from Southeast Europe. He is an avid reader and an author of zaradoznale.com (For The Curious) newsletter in which he shares personal recommendations about books, articles, and life hacks. Adnan was born in Bosnia, worked in Austria and Serbia, got an MBA in Slovenia, and married a girl from Croatia.
Marija Mitrović Dankulov is Associate Research Professor and the Head of Innovation Center at Institute of Physics Belgrade. She completed her Ph.D. in statistical physics at the Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade in 2012. After her Ph.D. studies at the Department of Theoretical Physics, Institute Jožef Stefan, Slovenia, she undertook postdoctoral work at Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science, School of Science Aalto University, Finland. She has extensive knowledge and experience in theoretical and computational physics. Her primary research interest is statistical physics of complex systems, with the emphasis on physics of social behavior and complex networks theory. As a Head of Innovation Center she is involved in technology development and commercialization, IP protection and management. Marija was a speaker at the inaugural WORLD.MINDS Belgrade in 2019.
Aleksandar Mladenović is MBA graduate in finance & investment banking. Aleksandar is currently the CEO/CFO of PEAKSEL LLC NIS (video game development and publishing company, located in Nis, Serbia.). He is in charge for FINANCE & LEGAL issues within the company. Previously, he actively participated in various innovative projects and financial inclusion in the banking sector.
Goran Mladenović is Startup advisor and SME consultant (ITG Consulting), CEO (NI CAT cluster ), permanent advisor of Car Sync, Canandi, Kagera, Founder and Institute mentor. He has got twenty years of experience on managerial and specialists positions.
Svetlana Mojić Džakula is the owner of Salt & Water studio for architecture and yacht design. She helps her clients to create interiors which fulfill their dreams, needs and tell their stories, whether these interiors are on land, on water or in the air. She finished her Master of Architecture in Novi Sad and a specialisation in Yacht design in Venice. Svetlana is a passioned sailor who spent over a decade on the National sailing team. Her vision is to redefine spaces where people spend their time, enabling them to use the latest technology and be more connected to nature than nowadays.
Gaia Montelatici is the Co-Founder at ImpactHubBelgrade. She is also the CEO and angel investor @Venture Growth Accelerator and founder @We Founder. She is passionate about scaling entrepreneurial practices and startups from Serbia. She dedicates her work to accelerating the impact and growth of women-and diversity-led enterprises and startups that create value for profit, people, and the planet. During her daily activities, she creates content helping startup and enterprise teams do their work better, she facilitates networking and cross-pollination and she connects mentors with entrepreneurs, experts, and opportunities.
Nenad Moslavac is strategic partnership builder, connecting and leveraging on local and international networks. Nenad is experienced in the project and team design, organization’s strategic planning, evaluations and in the management of complex programs. He was engaged as an adviser and consultant on support to workforce development, business incubation, access to finance, and startup growth, prior to founding Impact Hub in Belgrade. As most recently, Nenad is engaged as a General Partner in the US based venture builder STUDIO X Ventures, enabling early stage startups from the Western Balkan region to connect with investors and mentors to better perform business development and bring the impact from the region at a more strategic level.
Nadia Mrabit, half African – half European, gained over 17 years of experience in international project management. With a broad and comprehensive experience in both private and development sectors, Nadia puts together the bits and pieces of both worlds to achieve more effective and sustainable impacts of projects and businesses. She has been working on Africa for the past 13 years on various topics including sustainable energy, as well as agribusiness, entrepreneurship and climate change. Her strong belief in Africa’s potential and the need to unleash it, made her move to the continent for over 6 years, living in three different countries and travelling across Africa. Today she is part of the African diaspora: based in Europe and travelling frequently to different African countries. She still bridges Africa to Europe and the rest of the world through her role as co-founder & partner of Business Club Africa. This private business community gathers senior-level executives doing business on the Continent across all industries, including energy, with members living in Africa and beyond. Members of the Club can expand their network with the right people, grow their business and fast-track their success. She is committed to support youth and women to unleash their (business) potential acting as a mentor for entrepreneurs in Africa especially, as well as facilitator around people leadership and more. She holds three master’s degrees in management from leading international ESCP Business School (Paris-Oxford-Berlin track) and is regularly expanding her knowledge and know-how through training and field missions.
Michael Mueller is the CEO of Valora Holding. He joined Valora Group in 2012, initially as the CFO of Valora Holding and since 2014 he has been the CEO. Michael has a master’s degree in Law (lic. iur. HSG) from the University of St. Gallen. In his previous roles, he was the Owner & Managing Director of Rubus Capital Management Ltd. between 2010 and 2012, CEO/Delegate and Member of the Board of Directors of Jelmoli Holding AG between 2007 and 2010 as well as CEO of GVO Asset Management Ltd. between 2007 and 2009. Before this, he was a merger & acquisitions advisor in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and he worked for Bain & Company as a strategy consultant in strategic transformation and restructuring programs between 2001 and 2005. In addition to his role at Valora, Michael has been a member of the Board of Directors of Merbag Holding AG since 2021.
Zoran Naumović is an Attorney At Law, born and educated in Belgrade, after graduating from the Belgrade Law School in 1992 and passing the bar exam (1995), he became a member of the Serbian Bar Association in 1995 and is the founder of the Naumovic & Partners Law Office. He is an expert in ICT, Corporate & IP Law. He is a member of many various association such as American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia (AmCham), Confindustria Serbia, Serbian Blockchain Initiative, Digital Supply Chain Institute, a member of EPI, Institute Representatives for the EU Patent Office, INTA (International Trademark Association), a Member of the Presidency and Arbitrator at the Sports Arbitration of Olympic Committee of Serbia, one of the founders and members of the Serbian Association of Managers, a Founder of a Dobar Glas Foundation that has been helping young talents in Serbia in the field of classical music, a member of think tank Organization East West Bridge, and he is a member of the Serbian National Group of the Trilateral Commission, he is fluent in English.
Aleksandar Nedeljkovic is the Chief Business Officer at Mainstream Group, the #1 managed hosting and enterprise-cloud provider in Adria region, and the leading new age IT integrator/cloud enabler in Serbia. Mainstream was among the fastest growing tech firms in CE and EMEA by Deloitte Technology Fast 50 CE 2015 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2015. Prior to this role, Aleksandar was Chief Financial Officer at Mainstream Group, Manager in the Business Advisory Services at Deloitte Belgrade and Foreign Investment Advisor at Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency. In his career, he acquired vast experience working with founders and top management in area of strategy design and implementation, finance transformation, operational transformation, setting-up & scaling-up operations, funding & capital raising, corporate venturing & business partnership models and complex project management. He participated as team leader or team member in number of engagements performed for domestic and international entities, especially in ICT, financial services and energy & resources sector. He graduated IEM studies at Faculty of Technical Sciences (University of Novi Sad) and holds MBA in finance from WU Executive Academy (Vienna University of Economics and Business – WU). Beside work, Aleksandar is beloved husband and father with a great passion for growth, technology and community-based organizations.
Luka Nenadović is the senior data scientist at Jaggaer, the world-leading procurement company. He was the first data scientist to join the company and from the day one was involved in creating Jaggaer Digital Mind, the project of autonomous procurement with intelligent recommendation system. The main focus of his work is building scalable end-to-end cutting edge machine learning solutions, based primarily on neural networks using cloud technology. His formal training is in theoretical physics with research interests in quantum field theory, algebraic and geometrical structure of space-time and gravity. After receiving PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Belgrade, before joining Jaggaer he worked for several years as professor of physics and researcher. Polyglot, fluent speaker of Latin language.
Dimitrije Nešić (born in 1995) is a Junior Data Scientist at Miticon, and a student of Faculty of Electronic Engineering University of Niš, Serbia. Currently working on the final project for Bachelor Studies, with the subject “Classification of lesions on mammogram images using Convolutional Neural Networks”, Dimitrije is an alumnus of Junior Achievement Serbia and Young Ambassadors of Entrepreneurship. He is also a member of the Working Group for Humanitarian Activities at the Youth Niš Office, as well as being a piano player and jazz lover.
Sandra Nešić is Head of Innovation Consultancy at the Center for technology entrepreneurship and innovation – ICT Hub. Sandra is passionate about helping businesses discover possibilities and ways to create and deliver value to their customers. She has spent her career lecturing, doing research and consulting clients on how to think about new growth creators and developing a sustainable innovation capability and culture. She has been part of ICT Hub team since 2015, taking roles in charge of education and business acceleration programs and event development, organization and delivery, focused both on startups and corporates. Since 2017, she is actively involved in new product and service design and development for numerous clients, mostly multinational companies doing business in Serbia and Balkan region. As a part of ICT Hub Team, Sandra is responsible for innovation agenda – services and education programs we design and deliver and our team of business designers and consultants, providing initiatives that advance knowledge-sharing on innovation practices across the company and playground to grow their talents. Sandra is also an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications and has published a number of articles in academic journals on management, innovation management and entrepreneurship.
Jasmina Nešić Lovše has nearly 20 years of consulting experience in the SEE energy market providing strategy consulting services to utilities and other organizations within the energy sector. She has proven experience in the analysis and implementation of policies, regulations, and standards in energy systems (incl. thermal energy, renewable energy, digital solutions, distributed energy resources, power system planning, and smart grid), as well as in the economic and financial analysis of investment projects in the energy sector. On projects, she is responsible for end-to-end project management covering complete project life cycle.
Claude Nicollier (born in Vevey, Switzerland) is an Astronaut with 4 Space Shuttle missions and a Professor emeritus at EPFL in Lausanne. He became an astrophysicist after studies in physics in Lausanne and astrophysics in Geneva. He also trained as a Swiss Air Force pilot and as an airline pilot. He is a graduate of the Empire Test Pilot’s School, Boscombe Down, United Kingdom, class of 1988. He was selected in 1978 in the first group of astronauts of the European Space Agency (ESA), then was detached to the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, for full training as Mission Specialist on the US Space Shuttle, following an agreement between ESA and NASA. He served as a crewmember on four Shuttle missions between 1992 and 1999, including two on-orbit interventions on the Hubble Space Telescope. He spent a total of more than 1000 hours in space during these four missions. He is currently (2020) a member of Space Innovation in Lausanne, Switzerland, and honorary Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL.
Andreja Nikolić is the Founder and CEO of kadrovska.rs and mojsavetnik.rs. After graduating from the Faculty of Law in 2018, Andreja worked in the Nikolić family law office in Paraćin, together with his father, brother, wife and associates. Realizing that advocacy is not the way that he wanted to continue his career, in 2018 he and his wife founded the company JN&AN NIKOLIĆ CONSULTING, which owns the Kadrovska application as well as the Mojsavetnik professional portal and is the largest purchaser of parking service receivables in Serbia. Today, Kadrovska has 254 users from over two thousand companies with a total of 27’000 employees. Andreja love blues, socializing and books. He is a member of Club 2040.
Boško Nikolić is Head of Department of Software Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia and Head of Computer Centre, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia. His expertise includes artificial intelligence (natural language processing, machine learning, expert systems, intelligent systems, intelligent question routing systems, and visual simulators for teaching artificial intelligence), Internet programming, and web-based information systems. He has more than twenty years of professional experience in making and deploying web-oriented information systems, intelligent systems, and web applications.
Nenad Nikolin is a serial entrepreneur, business consultant and startup mentor. He is the co-founder and CEO of the ICT consulting company Fractal Dimension, which specializes in planning, managing and supervising projects. He is specialized in designing and planning projects in the field of business process optimization and application of new technologies and solutions in modern business. He works as a business consultant for startups Anoris technology, ECG4Everybody, ServerBytes, Race Duels, Valutator. He is the Founder and CEO of CCS Solutions, a company specializing in the Development of software solutions mobile applications and Digital transformation. Nenad is also the founder of startups CouchCoach, MojeVino, MojaVizitKarta, S&N Winehouse, Zelena Maska/Green Mask. CouchCoach is a participant in the Euroleague TechChallenge 2018 in Barcelona and was selected in the TOP8 European startups in Vienna, at the B2B Software Days 2019. Nenad is the winner of several international startup competitions, including the Spark.me 2017 competition (Bečići, Montenegro), BootCamp of the World Bank 2018 (organized by the Innovation Fund of the Republic of Serbia), Get in the Ring 2018 competition in Belgrade, Startup Live 2019 competition (Belgrade, Serbia), and Seedstars SEE 2019 (Novi Sad). He was also a representative of Serbia at, among other competitions, Nur Sultan in Kazakhstan, Podim (Maribor), Techsylvania (Cluj-Napoca), Startup Europe (Sofia), Untold Stories (Budapest), How To Web (Bucharest), Sarajevo Unlimited (Sarajevo), TechChill (Riga) and 4YFN (Barcelona). In his free time he does gardening, pig breeding, poultry farming, wine and brandy production, skiing, hiking, cooking and collecting art objects. He lives in the countryside in a rural household for 13 years, and he is founder of an art colony.
Andrej Nosov is Head of Heartefact Fund, and is a theater director, publisher and producer. He is Obama Foundation Europe Leader 2020. After seven years of being a chairperson of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, a regional network of non-governmental organizations for establishing progressive connections in the post-conflict region of former Yugoslavia, Andrej founded Heartefact in 2009. The Heartefact Fund is committed to creating a regional cultural space through creative, expert, and artistic exchange in the region of the Western Balkans, and for ten years now, Andrej and his team of collaborators are advocating new models of production, regional cooperation and alternative forms of education, creating a space for artistic communication about the most important social issues. In the same decade long period of time, Andrej directed more than fiftin plays and created many human rights and LGBTIQ + rights issues campaigns and concepts. His creative work includes development, direction and creative leadership. He produced more than 20 awarded theater plays mostly by contemporary young authors and playwrights. He was a Regan Fascell Fellow at the USA National Endowment for Democracy. He is a member of Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić’s Council for Creative Industries.
Sara Novosel is a dedicated and skilled Managing Director at Blue Ocean Lab, a company that helps discover the power of information and data. For the past 7 years, Sara has been developing skills in marketing, design, communication, negotiation, project management, planning, and business management. Sara’s goal as a Managing Director is to help open new markets and offer a high-quality and comprehensive analysis of data with the aim of implementing digitalization more efficiently and quickly in Serbia and beyond. While she enjoy’s all aspects of her job, Sara’s favorite part is being able to explore different aspects of Blue Ocean strategy and leadership and seek new markets and business models that are directed towards setting their own criteria and rules of the game on the market. Sara is looking forward to further development and a lot of good wind on the blue ocean of challenges.
Zoran Obradovic is a Distinguished Professor and a Center director at Temple University, an Academician at the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe) and a Foreign Academician at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He mentored 45 postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students, many of whom have independent research careers at academic institutions (e.g. Northeastern Univ., Ohio State Univ.) and industrial research labs (e.g. Amazon, Facebook, Hitachi Big Data, IBM T.J.Watson, Microsoft, Yahoo Labs, Uber, Verizon Big Data, Spotify). Zoran is the editor-in-chief at the Big Data journal and the steering committee chair for the SIAM Data Mining conference. He is also an editorial board member at 13 journals and was the general chair, program chair, or track chair for 11 international conferences. His research interests include data science and artificial intelligence in decision support systems addressing challenges related to big, heterogeneous, spatial and temporal data analytics motivated by applications in healthcare management, power systems, earth and social sciences. His studies were funded by AFRL, DARPA, DOE, NIH, NSF, ONR, and the PA Department of Health and industry. For more details see http://www.dabi.temple.edu/zoran-obradovic
Jean-Luc Oesch (born in Switzerland) completed his studies at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, with two master degrees, one in philosophy and French literature and another one in political science. His early working experience comprises teaching French in Nanjing, China, working as a Research Assistant at the University of Lausanne and working as a social worker, delivering social assistance to asylum seekers in Switzerland. He has then worked for seven years in three OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Missions (to Croatia, in Kosovo and to Bosnia-and-Herzegovina), focusing on governance and democratization issues and being seconded by the Swiss government. In 2008, he joined the Swiss diplomatic service as a career diplomat. His assignment includes a position of Deputy Regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans, including Turkey, and two posts of Deputy Swiss Ambassador, in Belgrade between 2011 and 2015 and at the Swiss delegation to the OSCE in Vienna, between 2015 and 2018. Since the 1st of October 2018 he is back as Counselor and Deputy Ambassador at the Swiss Embassy in Belgrade, which in the meantime has doubled its capacity, having been integrated with the Swiss Cooperation Office with overall 45 staff. He is leading the diplomatic section at the Embassy, which includes political, economic, legal and cultural affairs. The Embassy in Belgrade is also covering Montenegro. As hobbies, Jean-Luc wrote a novel (fiction), plays chess and go and travels. He speaks fluently French, Italian, German, English, has good knowledge in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian and is currently learning Chinese. He has a fifteen year old son, Luca.
Nikola Oklobdžija is the president of Kodar Energomontaža d.o.o. He develops short and long-term goals, plans, and strategies, and ensures the company’s compliance with the stated mission and vision. In addition to his ongoing work at Kodar Energomontaža d.o.o., Nikola is the founding partner of Terra Solar d.o.o., where he’s focused on the development of solar power plants and the creation of a third-party ownership model. His interests are in renewable energy, sustainability and technology.
Božana Ostojić is a subaquatic sports professional, sports official & activist, and a constant adventurer who inspired a generation of young sports professionals, environmentalists and activists. She was a record holder in many subaquatic disciplines and a member of the famous Jacques Cousteau team. She was/is engaged in many sports organizations as a member and chairman or Sport@Environment Commission in the Serbian National Olympic Committee, European Olympic Committee, World Diving Federation, Serbian Underwater Association, Russian Geographic Society (Expeditions: Siberia, lake Labynkyr, Barents sea, Polar Circle – Arctic). As a sports educator, she was engaged in several national diving federations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Records in competitive sports: Scuba diving (air): world depth record 126.8 m (unbeaten); Underwater hockey: Bronze, European Championships 2003; Underwater hockey: multiple Yugoslav and Serbian champion; Finswimming: multiple Yugoslav and Serbian champion, European Championships; Underwater orienteering, multiple national champions; Handball: Yugoslav 1st division (1986-1989); Athletics; International Top Athlete status in Yugoslavia & Serbia recognized for over 20 years. She is still diving, skydiving, sailing, mountain biking, mountaineering and piloting ultralight aircrafts.
Marko Panić is a scientist among business people and a businessman among scientists. Works both as a scientist at the faculty of Biology – University of Belgrade and as an entrepreneur. Marko is a published scientist in the field of genome engineering and molecular biology and is a founder of a micro startup – SmartResearch. The aim of both of these career paths is the same: create novel devices and methods in order to make laboratory work faster and more affordable.
Marija Pantelić is the Chief Business Sustainability Officer in a family company Bosis, a regional leader in producing printed and laminated cardboard packaging. Marija is very passionate about responsible and sustainable business models and circularity and is regarded as an ambassador for SMEs in Serbia in this field. She is currently pursuing Sustainability PhD studies. Her life goal is to prove that responsible and sustainable business is not just possible for SMEs but that it can also serve as a key driver of business and growth. Marija advocates conducting a purpose-driven business, supported by a strong organizational culture, and producing products with soul, which add unique value to all downstream partners and consumers, have a positive impact on the society and planet, and leave a lasting value for future generations. In 2022, Marija was awarded the Ernst & Young Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year award and many other national awards in the field of responsible and sustainable business.
Tamara Jakovljević Papić is a Ph.D. in Sensor technologies at Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School (2021, Slovenia). She is a CEO and co-founder at Baby FM, health tech startup supported by Innovation Forum Cambridge, Star Tech and Raising Starts Accelerator programs. She is Assistant Professor at Singidunum University Belgrade teaching the entrepreneurship in software engineering and business skills. She were engaged in the field of media production for more than 10 years as an author of the documentary TV serials “My hero” and “Golden idea” at RTS1, dedicated to innovations, startups, and entrepreneurship ecosystems. She is also engaged in the field of international relations and organisational management as a committee member of the ”Smart city SEE”.
Slavica Parlić has more than twenty years of experience in travel industry. Lived and worked both in Serbia and Miami, Florida, USA. Demonstrated experience in maximize the quality of the customer experience and create unique value for the business and the brand as Business Developer in Miami Mover Experience LCC and Vice Director in Easy Travel & Events d.o.o.
Nenad Paunović is Director of Delivery Unit for IT and Entrepreneurship within the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia. He is leading national efforts to create a world class business environment for digital and innovative industries in Serbia. Please refer to https://innovations.serbiacreates.rs for more details. Previously, he worked as a business growth consultant and executive with 20 years of professional experience. Nenad is co-founder of Serbian Venture Network (SeVeN) which is organizing Belgrade Venture Forum, the largest innovation, investment and entrepreneurship forum in the region. He holds an EMBA from Cotrugli Business School and was President of the Board of Cotrugli Alumni Club in Serbia. Active in various sports, he holds a full marathon result of 3 hours and 58 minutes.
Isidora Pavlovic is a Data and Applied Scientist at Microsoft. After obtaining undergraduate degree in Mathematics at University of Belgrade, she completed master studies in Statistics at ETH Zurich.
Janko Pavlović is an entrepreneur, engineer and inventor. Janko was born in the Republic of Serbia. He studyied bachelor studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (power engineering) in Belgrade, and graduated with an innovation: a smart stove, saving around 50% of energy during the boiling process. Afterwards he enrolled in master studies at the same faculty with the major in ”Smart City”, which he successfully finished with a new invention, so-called ”E-Lungs”, a completely new type of hybrid vehicle. It’s an electrical hybrid without batteries, a first in the world. Both inventions were successfully competing and presented on many world conferences and competitions. Right now Janko is an entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Serbian start-up ”digital worx”. Digital worx is a software development company focused on innovative software solutions for industrial IoT and industry 4.0. DW is helping small and medium factories to become smart ones. Next to it, he initiated The Things Network Belgrade community which is a part of global non-profit organisation TTN, gathered around LoRaWAN technology. This organisation is completely focused on Smart city solutions. Additionally, Janko is an active member of Rotaract club and in ’19 he was a Board member of Rotaract Europe dedicated to IT matters.
Katarina Pavlović is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Project and Innovation management in Belgrade, Serbia. She is a graduated biochemist with PhD in Quality management. She combines more than 20 years of professional experience in industry and thorough scientific knowledge, using it extensively in business advisory to a large number of companies in her consultancy portfolio. She is an experienced business developer and strategist, who addresses the issues of corporate growth, changing market conditions, capital requirements and investment options, innovation and change management, enterprise risk management, agile and business model transformation, learning and leadership. As a very active participant in the Serbian Innovation Ecosystem, she has been engaged as a startup mentor, coach and consultant, innovation ecosystem builder and SXV angel investor, working with startups from the ideation to the investment stage.
Aleksandar Peković is the Managing Director of Arteria Creative Network in Slovenia and CODA Artists in Serbia. Aleksandar graduated on Dpt. of Film and Television Production at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He was an author and director of projects in the field of culture and creative industries and one of the initiators of the first CCI Networks in Western Balkan Region; Director of the European Capital of Culture project “Belgrade 2020″in Serbia and “Herceg Novi 2021” in Montenegro, working on ECoC project inception among Balkan non-EU countries; Belgrade Deputy Secretary for Culture; Chairman of the “October Salon”, a famed international contemporary art show in Belgrade; Head of the Music Production Dpt. of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation; former lecturer in the Faculty of Philology and Art – FILUM – University of Kragujevac, Serbia; Author, producer and editor of several editions, publications and tv documentaries; Winner of domestic and international awards.
Rastko Petaković is the Senior Partner of the law firm Karanović & Partners. As a lawyer, Rastko specializes in M&A, competition law and business regulation. He is ranked by eminent legal directories as the leading competition and M&A lawyer in Serbia. He has advised clients on the most complex antitrust investigations and the largest M&A deals in the market to date. Rastko focuses particularly on private equity clients and specialises in regulated industries. Outside of work, he spends his time trying to kickstart Serbia’s digital ecosystem. He serves on the board of Digital Serbia, digital industry’s non-profit focusing on digital economy, and CRTA, one of the leading civic society institutions in Serbia. Rastko won the European Emerging Leaders Award by the M&A Advisor in 2015 and again in 2017.
Marko Petković (born in 1982) is the founder and CEO of Peaksel, video games development and publishing company. Since 2012, Peaksel published over 300 games and apps on multiple platforms and received over 500 million users worldwide. Before he started the company, Marko studied chemistry for 4 years but he quit and graduated in digital media at Hyper Island in Stockholm. He likes to travel and play video games with his 6 years old son, Filip.
Uroš Petohleb is manager. His specialization is governance and management of companies, management of domestic and international projects, dispute resolution, investments, business consulting. As successful businessman he took one of the leading positions in a medium-sized company before hi turned thirty. In his career so far, he managed several companies and participated in many management and supervisory bodies. His field of activity ranges from investment, law, higher education, stocks and crypto markets, IT and investing in startups.
Filip Petrovic is the Trade Commissioner of the Global Affairs Canada, at the Embassy of Canada to Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia. Filip and his team support Canadian companies and their business interests and projects in markets of accreditation. His previous engagement was with the Embassy of Japan. He graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics, and has a Master’s degree from Faculty of Political Sciences. He is a life-time ice hockey lover, with 30 years of involvement in the game, including playing and coaching, but also shares this love for other sports, including crossfit as of 4 years ago. Filip is a proud father of two sons.
Jelena Drakulić Petrović is the Chief Executive Officer at digital media company Ringier Serbia. She started working at Swiss media company Ringier doo in 2004 as the brand manager of the daily “Blic”. Thanks to her skills and great results, very fast she was appointed as the director of marketing and development and the director of daily publications. She participated in the rapid and successful growth of the company’s portfolio. While only 30 years old, Jelena became one of the youngest CEOs of the publishing house Ringier Serbia in 2008. When Swiss Ringier AG and German Axel Springer SE established a joint venture in Eastern and Central Europe – Ringier Axel Springer Media ten years ago (2010), Jelena became and stays the only woman in our international company in CEO position. In 2009 Jelena participated in the transparent privatization of NIN magazine, the oldest and most influential socio-political weekly in the Balkans, which was marked 80 years of existence in 2019. A year later, she successfully set up an integrated editorial office and under her leadership, Blic.rs is established as the largest, inviolable and most successful regional portal for last ten years. At the beginning of 2013, she founded the Blic Foundation which helped more than 500 children from socially endangered families through humanitarian actions, provided heart hearing screening devices for babies in all 56 maternity hospitals in Serbia and renewed the Department of Neurology at Valjevo Hospital. Also renewed dairy kitchen at the Institute for Mother and Child as well as the only children’s ophthalmologist department in Serbia… In 2017, Jelena graduated from the prestigious Business Harvard School in the field of business management. On her initiative in the same year, on behalf of Ringier Axel Springer Serbia, she joined the leading revolutionaries of the IT industry in Serbia and founded the Digital Serbia Initiative – a non-governmental and non-profit organization with the strategic goal of developing a strong, globally competitive digital economy in Serbia. Jelena is one of the most successful and influential women in the world of Serbian digital media business. She’s a wife and a mother of a son and daughter.
Tanja Petrović is the Chief Marketing Officer, in charge of Central Southern Europe for Coca Cola. She is a marketing professional with 18 years of experience in the best FMCG companies worldwide: The Coca-Cola Company and British American Tobacco. Currently she works as regional Marketing Manager for new business of Plant based category for The Coca-Cola Company, being responsible for 27 countries of Europe. Marketing is core for her, yet she is a professional with strong cross0functional business experience, including the role of Interim Country Manager for the cluster of 4 countries (Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia & Kosovo) in 2016 and 2017. Tanja has won many local & regional marketing awards for her work.
Uroš Petrović is a writer whose work extends the boundaries of contemporary literature for children and young people. He is the author of seventeen books and has received more than fifteen prestigious awards for literature for young people. Exercising one’s brain, meeting with the wondrous, strange, but also terrifying, the unbridled imagination and special humor in his books are all also becoming increasingly popular reading for adults. All his books are among the most widely read titles of this century’s Serbian children’s literature and have been published so far in Italy, Hungary, Greece, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. The first 3D feature film in the history of Serbian cinema has been made of his award-winning novel “The Fifth Butterfly”. Uroš also spurred the nation to think in the “Labyrinth” quiz as the Creator of the Labyrinth character and the most serious obstacle for competitors, broadcast by Radio Television of Serbia. He is the author of three board games and has received two “Good Toy” awards. Uroš is also the recipient of a large number of prestigious awards for his photographs, published around the world. He is co-author of the innovative program “NTC learning system” for schools and kindergartens, which is used in more than ten countries of Europe. Uroš is frequently invited to lecture at business events and congresses, universities, schools and other institutions in the country and abroad. He was president of Mensa Serbia and is one of the most successful IQ X test solvers in the world.
Ulrike Pfreundt is a German entrepreneur, ocean scientist, geneticist, and curious thinker, whose award-winning work transcends the boundaries of her field. She is alumna of ETH Zürich and Silicon Valley’s Singularity University. In 2020, Ulrike co-founded rrreefs, a not-for-profit startup that rebuilds dead coral reefs at scale. Driven by their passion for the ocean and the urgency of dying coral reefs, Ulrike and her co-founders – the Swiss artist Marie Griesmar and the German biologist Hanna Kuhfuss – create eco-engineered modular reef systems that enhance biodiversity and halt coastal erosion.
Luc Piguet is the CEO and co-Founder of ClearSpace, a ground-breaking initiative based at EPFL in Lausanne to clear up Space debris. In 2019, the European Space Agency (ESA) selected Luc and his team at ClearSpace to lead a European consortium that will develop technologies to capture and deorbit space debris. ClearSpace is the result of a long-term project that began in 2012 at the EPFL Space Center (eSpace). Already, the aim of the initial CleanSpace-1 initiative was to develop technologies to capture and deorbit obsolete space objects – such as out-of-use satellites, rocket stages, parts of solar panels, and loose nuts and bolts – that had been put into orbit over the past 60 years and that are now filling up the space immediately above the Earth. These objects orbit our planet at a speed of 28,000 kmph, making them dangerous projectiles for working satellites and astronauts at the international space station. That’s why, in addition to deorbiting future satellites at the end of their useful life, space agencies need to find ways to get rid of the space satellites and debris already up there. Eight countries are involved in the ClearSpace project: Switzerland, the UK, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden. Luc studied at EPFL, with a degree in Electrical Engineering and an Executive Program at Stanford GSB.
Bruno Plattner is a board member of Plattner Group and a director of its Plattner Motors business unit, being proud Warwick Business School and PwC alumni. In three years, together with his team, Bruno has achieved triple-digit sales growth, introduced eight prestigious moto brands in portfolio and extended business to other territories, while constantly improving concepts, organization, processes, culture, motivation and service.
Šemsudin Plojović, born in 1981, Novi Pazar, Serbia. Bachelor’s and Master’s degree received in Belgrade, where in 2008 he received his doctoral degree with a dissertation at the University Braca Karic (Alfa BK University http://www.alfa.edu.rs/). He received his second doctoral dissertation degree at the University of St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje FJR Macedonia (http://www.ukim.edu.mk/en_index.php). Since April 2015, he holds a position of full professor at University. Current Position: Professor at Information Technology School – ITS, Belgrade and Manager of Regional innovation Smart city Centre Novi Pazar. He has professional and academic experience in the fields of IT application, Business analytics and Project Management. Worked in various research projects funded by the UN, the Government of Serbia, the EU, as well as local governments.
Rafael Polania is Colombia born. He earned a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. In 2006, he moved to Germany to pursue his Master degree in Computer Science, and shortly after he received his PhD degree in Neuroscience with honours. Afterwards, Rafa was a senior researcher at the Department of Economics at University of Zürich and spent some time at Columbia University (New York, USA) where he investigated the neuro-computational mechanisms underlying human decision making. Shortly after, Rafa was awarded the prestigious ERC Grant and became Professor of Decision Neuroscience at the Department of Health Sciences and Technologies at ETH Zurich, and additionally mentioned Honorary Fellow at the Department of Economics at the University of Zürich. In his Lab, Rafael works to develop theories and concepts of neuroeconomic behaviour based on neuroimaging data, causal interventions, and formal mathematical models to reveal the nature of human (i)rationality, with the goal of applying these concepts to understand economic behaviour, improve clinical diagnostics and treatments, and guide policy making. In his spare time, Rafa loves playing sports, biking and hiking with his two little kids!
Andrea Popović Kumar manages global HR strategy projects for A.T. Kearney. A passionate learner, she is an open-minded adventurer and an experienced business professional with over 10 years of experience with the firm.
Branko Popović holds MA in Theater Directing from INSAS In Brussels and PhD in Theater and Film Studies from the University of Bologna. He is active as director and performer in the field of post-dramatic theater as well as in the field of visual arts as a curator and artist. His research interest focuses on the interweaving of performativity and theatricality in performance and life and on the politicality of art. He is one of the initiators of the artivist platform F.A.C.K. and of the collective Samouprava.
Dan Popović possesses high capacity to operate as an intercultural interface between business and science. Employed as the Director, Business Operations at Medison Pharma, the leading pharma company in Israel operating in 4 continents, Dan is a seasoned executive with 25 years of diverse international managerial experience in big multinational corporations (MSD, Novo Nordisk, BHC Roche) as well as start-up companies (PolyPid, QBI) in numerous geographies like EU, non-EU, Israel, and CIS countries. Dan’s experience is predominantly in life science, however not excluding business and management consulting in various other industry sectors, too. Dan has a proven track record in general management on both regional and country levels, marketing & sales, commercial operations, market access, business development, clinical development and project management. Solid experience in leadership and restructuring. Strong scientific/medical expertise & substantial financial proficiency. Dan holds the Executive MBA from the IEDC Bled Business School of Management, M.Sc. from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, as well as a PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Natural Sciences in Zagreb.
Miloš Popović is the Chief of Staff (Chief of Cabinet) to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić.
Saša Popović completed his academic education at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, where he got his master’s degree in electrotechnical engineering and computer science. During his studies, he began working as a programmer. Together with his university colleague Vladan Ostojic, he founded Vega IT in 2008. It was their first company. They still own and manage Vega IT together and have co-founded or joined more than 20 other businesses so far. Saša’s caring for his colleagues and the company’s emphasis on customer satisfaction have resulted in Vega IT’s annual growth of over 30% since its inception – in terms of income, profit and number of employees. The company is around 800 people strong at the moment. Ever since becoming an entrepreneur, Saša has been encouraging leadership, intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship within the company and within the local community.
Vladimir Popovic is thr State Secretary in charge of Science, Technological Development and International Cooperation at the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. He is full professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Department of motor vehicles. From 2013 onwards, he has been general manager of CIAH Laboratory (Centre for testing and homologation of vehicles), a major science-research potential of the Republic of Serbia in the area of motor vehicles. From 2014 to 2016, he was President of Board of Directors at Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences. Currently, he is also President of the Council for Cooperation between Science and Commerce (Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Serbia).
Jelena Popović-Bujić, is Chief Executive Officer of Iceberg Salat Centar Company and EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2021 for Serbia. She has a longstanding professional experience, during which she specialized in market research, strategic marketing, brand management, marketing communication, business strategy as well as new product and market development. She began her professional career in 2001 at the Ovation BBDO agency, after which she expanded her experience by working for Dunav TBI Pension Fund and ComTrade Group. In 2009, Jelena founded One Way Consulting Company. In a very short time, One Way managed to provide its Marketing, HR and IT services to many well-known domestic and international clients. Since 2015 Jelena has been part of the Iceberg Salat Center Company to contribute to brand development, the introduction of new technologies in vegetable and fruit processing, business improvement and consumer education in the healthy eating sector.
Nataša Pržulj has made outstanding contributions to the field of network science and bioinformatics. She is the inventor of graphlets, a methodology now utilized in many algorithms. She initiated extraction of biomedical knowledge from the wiring patterns (topology) of complex and large molecular (omic) networks. Her recent work includes designing machine learning methods, mostly based on non-negative matrix tri-factorization, for fusion of heterogeneous biomedical data, applied to advancing biomedical knowledge and precision medicine. She received more than €15.6 million in competitive research funding, including three of the most prestigious, single-PI, European Research Council (ERC) grants: €1.6M ERC Starting, €2M ERC Consolidator and an ERC Proof of Concept. Her publications have been cited over 11,280 times, she has h-index of 47 and i10-index of 72 (Google Scholar). She supervised 9 PhD students to completion and is currently supervising 9 more. She has been elected to several academies, including Academia Europaea – The Academy of Europe, ELLIS – The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems, Fellow of The British Computer Society Academy of Computing, The Serbian Royal Academy. She is on editorial and scientific advisory boards. She is a Founder and Director of Graphlet Technologies, a startup firm.
Michael Putz is co-founder and CEO of blackshark.ai. Blackshark.ai is a team of 50+ A.I. specialists, geospatial engineers, data scientists and real-time rendering programmers based in Graz (Austria) and San Francisco working on a digital twin of our planet. The company is using AI to fill in the gaps from limited input data to automatically reconstruct a semantic representation of our world. A deep learning neural network segments and classifies buildings, vegetation and roads globally, and a novel approach is used to reconstruct detected building attributes in highly detailed 3D. Instead of storing petabytes of geometry data in the game, patented Blackshark.ai technology lets the player stream the data in real-time. The blackshark.ai platform is already used in various industries ranging from autonomous driving, virtual sensor simulation for autonomous drones, gaming, mapping/navigation, location intelligence, earth observation, geospatial and insurance.
Katarina Radijević (born 1975) is a Product Manager at Link Steel doo in Serbia.
Dragan Radivojevic is a CEO of No Hassle Digital, a digital marketing agency focused on helping small and medium sized businesses get the most out of their paid online ads. Dragan’s background is in software development and database administration but he moved to online advertising 10 years ago. He now manages a team of 30+ people and is helping around 150 clients. Outside business Dragan is a newly started practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Andrijana Radojičić is an MBA graduate from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, and holds a MSc in Management and BSc in International Economics and Finance from Università Bocconi. During her studies, Andrijana was the first foreign president of Women in Business association, and is still a devoted advocate of corporate feminism. Andrijana left her career in consulting with BCG, to take over a diversified portfolio of family businesses in Serbia, and works in the hotel, automotive and medical industries. An innately curious person, she seeks challenges and opportunities that offer new knowledge and experiences.
Boško Radojković is the founder and director of Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, since year 2000. Guitar Art Festival is the first and most significant event for professional guitar in Balkan and one of the best in Europe. He also founded Yugoslav Association of Classical Guitarists in 2001 (now Serbian Association of Classical Guitarists) and he is its executive director. This is the first official association of classical guitarists ever founded in former Yugoslavia. In the end of 2001, he gathered representatives of guitarists in the First Foundation Congress of Classical Guitarists of South East Europe and then ASEG (Association of Classical Guitarists of South East Europe) was founded. In period from January 1st, 2012 until May 2014 he was a director of Jugokoncert, the biggest concert agency for promotion of classical music in Serbia. Since 2000 till today, he has succeeded to organize 21 editions of Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade, 14 editions of Guitar Art Summer Fest in Herceg Novi, Montenegro, to found guitar trios Kings of Strings and Kings of Strings The Youngsters, educational programs of guitar classes in Belgrade and 15 cities in Serbia and many different projects and concerts where he presented the biggest guitar names.
Danica Radovanović is a senior internet tech professional on digital transformation and inclusion. Danica serves as an expert on Child Online Protection (COP) for the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ITU. She is a project associate at the University of Oslo, and an academic board member who advises on educational programming and pedagogy at the ICAF (International ChildArt Foundation). Danica has worked for the United Nations of the FAO, worked on digital inclusion projects at the Basic Internet Foundation, and expert-advised Google’s NBU initiative study on digital literacy. She is a PhD. Chevening Scholar, Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford), and a doctorate graduate from the Faculty of Technical Sciences (University of Novi Sad). She is the author and editor of the forthcoming Springer book on Digital Literacy.
Vladimir Radunović is a lecturer and Director of educational programs in the areas of Internet governance, cybersecurity and e-diplomacy at the DiploFoundation, an international non-governmental institution based in Switzerland, Malta, Serbia and the United States. He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, and a member of the Advisory Group for the United Nations Internet Governance Forum. His professional focus is on digital policies, cybersecurity, cyber-diplomacy and e-diplomacy, education and capacity-building for institutions, decision-makers and policy-shapers. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade and has a Master’s degree in contemporary diplomacy from the University of Malta, and is currently doing his PhD on cybersecurity. He lives in Serbia.
Rade Rakočević is founder and chairman of Senzal capital, which he established as his family office organization after he sold his regional brokerage house Senzal Belgrade to KBC Securities Belgium for EUR20 Mill in October 2007. Senzal capital now primary invests in Serbian SMEs and start-ups (Tender5, Peerfect) and they are a proud sponsor of the biggest Serbian Poets Award named by famous Serbian poet Vasko Popa. Rade holds a master degree in finance and PhD in Political Science from University of Belgrade. He is former President of Serbian Association of American Football and he is still passionate player of flag football in his team Novi Beograd Orlovi. He is currently a Member of The Board of Belgrade Open School and Trag foundation, and Member of The Supervisory Board of Intersport ISI Slovenia. He is married and is a father of four.
Ivan Rakonjac has more than ten years of experience in the manufacturing sector, in the development and application of new products, quality control and production management. Ivan managed numerous projects from the field of energy efficiency of public and urban lighting, as well as the environmental impact of lighting, comfort and safety of work areas and open public spaces. The last six years he spent in the public sector involved in promoting and supporting SME and innovative ecosystem growth. Since 2015, he is the Managing Director of the Serbian Innovation Fund, a key state institution supporting innovative activities and managing funds for stimulating innovation. Ivan transferred his professional experience to university teaching in the field of project and risk management. Currently, he holds the position of assistant professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Security Studies. Ivan holds MS in the field of industrial systems engineering at L’École Centrale Paris and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade.
Milan Randjelović is Managing director of the Science and technology park in Nis, South Serbia. He is an experienced professional with already 20 years of experience in the field of local economic development and business development. He has specific experience in the academic, public and private sector as well as in entrepreneurship. He has strong leadership skills and high capacity for problem solving, exquisite communication skills and an inborn tendency to “think outside the box”. Over the years, he has successfully prepared, implemented and monitored the implementation of numerous business infrastructure projects of regional and national significance such as: the establishment of Science technology park Nis, the development of the Industrial zone and Free trade zone in Nis, the Business incubator and the Startup center establishment. He is highly competent in Strategic planning both on public policy and strategic planing as well as business development strategy. In addition to high competence in infrastructure and development projects implementation, he is very well versed in managing the process of business development. He is a renowned expert with numerous publications in scientific journals and textbooks in field of economy, business and investments and, as such, a member of several expert bodies on regional and national level. He received his doctorate in 2017 at the Faculty of Economics, University of Nis. He was elected Assistant Professor in Management and Business (Decision making theory) at the Faculty of Diplomacy and Security in Belgrade in 2021.
Miloš Rašić holds a Ph.D. in the field of socio-cultural anthropology. He has been employed at the Institute of Ethnography of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2016 as a research associate. He completed all levels of studies at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. During his career, he worked at the Museum of Yugoslavia (2014-106), where he earned the title of curator; at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, as a teaching associate (2015/2016); at the Department of Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology, Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (2017/2018 and 2019/2020), as a lecturer in several courses in the field of ethnology and anthropology and anthropology of dance in undergraduate and master studies. In addition, he collaborated with the Ensemble of Folk Dances and Songs of Serbia “Kolo” on the design and implementation of the project TradicijaNova (2016-2019). He regularly publishes scientific studies and participates in domestic and international conferences, and is a member of several professional associations. In his research, he deals with topics from the domains of anthropology of identity, migration, dance, music, cultural heritage, and performance.
Labud Ražnatović is one of the founders of Ražnatović/Ognjanović&Partners Law Office in Belgrade, which represent some of the leading Serbian Companies. Specialist in Commercial Law and company incorporation, with broad experience in assisting foreign investors to start and develop business activities in Serbian markets. Founder and long-term president of Young Lawyers of Serbia, an organization that gathers hundreds of young lawyers to improve judiciary and human rights in Serbia. Labud was a member of the European Young Bar Association Executive Committee in several mandates. He is a passionate snowboarder and nature lover.
Dragana Ristić (born in 1978), is Predictive Index consultant and Head of HR in Zumtobel group Serbia. Lawyer from vocation, during the last 17 years she is developing expertise in start up HR projects, training, assessments and labor Law. Certified Predictive Index (PI)® Consultant since 2019 for Ex Yu region, cooperating and supporting the clients from different areas of business. Experienced in multinational retail and production companies METRO, FALKE and Zumtobel Group. She is as well mediator in Serbian Court. Being responsible for various HR projects including establishing training platform over Train the Trainer program and assessment center. She is collaborating with GIZ, German Serbian Chamber of commerce and other HR groups to develop strong network and business insights. Passionate about people development and creation of high performing teams within organization, using people analytics data and Predictive Index methodology. Working in Zumtobel Group as a Head of HR.
Jelena Ristic is a Country manager for Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina markets at Mastercard, a technological leader in non-cash transactions. Jelena is responsible for the development and execution of local strategies in these markets and maintaining strong partnerships with key customers in the private and public sectors. Since 2009, she has been continuously developing and implementing innovative methods for card payments, ensuring that they are always fast, safe, and secure. She has built a business reputation on the achieved results, fair and good relationships, by developing public-private partnerships that make everyday life easier for citizens. Jelena is also the Vice president of the Fair Competition Association of NALED and a member of the Advisory Board of the Rome Business School. She has a degree in economics and came to Mastercard from the banking sector.
Ljiljana Rogač Mijatović is an associate professor at the Department of management and production, and deputy director at the Institute for theater, film, radio and television at the Faculty of dramatic arts, University of arts in Belgrade. Since graduation, she has been engaged professionally at cultural institutions, international arts festivals & events, as well as in the field of tourism and country promotion abroad. Parallel to her university activities, Ljiljana is the member of the Prime minister’s Council for creative industries of Serbia, and member of the Scientific council of the Fund for science of Serbia. Ljiljana is the author of the influential book Cultural Diplomacy and Identity of Serbia, published over seventy academic papers, and acted ac co-editor of a number of publications in cultural studies, cultural sustainability, digital humanities, etc. Beside her academic career, Ljiljana is a passionate dancer of the Argentine tango.
Dragana Rogulja is an Associate Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard. Her Ph.D. training was in developmental biology with Ken Irvine (Rutgers University), and her postdoctoral training was in behavioral neuroscience at Rockefeller University. She joined the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School in 2013, where her lab studies sleep, circadian rhythms, and motivation using fruit flies and mice. The questions they want to answer include: Why is sleep essential for survival? How do animals disconnect from their sensory environment during sleep? How do you decide to take an action?
Daan Roosegaarde is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. From an early age, Daan has been driven by nature’s gifts such as luminous fireflies or jellyfish. His fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic works such as SMOG FREE PROJECT (the largest outdoor air purifier which turns smog into jewelry), VAN GOGH PATH (bicycle path which glows at night), and his most recent SPACE WASTE LAB to visualise and capture space waste. Daan studied Fine Arts and graduated from The Berlage Institute in Rotterdam with a Master in architecture. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers on landscapes of the future. Daan is Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, visiting professor at the University of Monterrey in Mexico, advisor for Design Singapore Council, visiting professor at Tongji University Shanghai, and a member of the NASA Innovation team. The work from his Studio Roosegaarde has been exhibited at the Rijksmuseum, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Design Museum in London. Daan won the London Design Innovation medal in 2016. He was a speaker at the 2019 WORLD.MINDS Annual Symposium.
Schoscho Rufener studied economics at St. Gallen University and scenography at the Zurich University of the Arts. Being the born entrepreneur and a devoted observer of trends in society and economics, he soon started building various ventures mainly in entertainment, events, and lifestyle. A dominant role in his work became Rufener Events, the event agency he founded in 1999 and sold to MCH group in 2009. Rufener Events is a leading agency organizing events throughout the world with offices in several countries. His portfolio of equity holdings includes top bars and restaurants in the Zurich area, successful entertainment formats and high profile communication agencies. He is a board member of WORLD.MINDS.
Maja Sahbaz is an Associate Partner in EY’s Strategy and Transactions, based in the Belgrade office. She has over 17 years of experience in real estate and investment transactions, working with local and international clients. Since joining EY in 2013, Maja has led or been involved in various corporate finance projects and transactions in the Balkans and CSE. Maja holds an MBA degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University, focusing on finance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Belgrade University in Japanese Language and Literature, and she studied both in Belgrade and in Japan. She is passionate about real estate, architecture and all things infrastructure and construction. She is curious about all things life, and spends her free time exploring.
Damir Šaljić (1986) is a Senior Adviser and Development Coordinator at the United Nations. Damir is a political economist with over ten years of experience working for bilateral and multilateral organizations in BiH and the Region. He joined the United Nations after having worked for eight years as a Senior Adviser for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he supported and led the implementation of international policy priorities for BiH and the Region. Prior to his engagement with the International Community, Damir worked in the Private sector. Between 2010 and 2012 he led and successfully completed an international arbitration dispute, representing over 50 domestic and international companies against the state (EUR 8 million). Damir holds a master’s degree from Trent University and is a PhD candidate at the University of Sarajevo. He is a passionate runner and tennis player.
Stefan Salom is a co-founder and the Director of Development at Infostud. Infostud is the largest vertical classifieds in Serbia, with nearly 200 employees, and is active in the fields of recruitment, used cars and real estate classifieds, as well as insurance sales. After graduating in theoretical physics, Stefan realized that he could make greater impact by doing business than by pursuing sciences, so he fully focused on his then 5-year old startup, Infostud. Today, he is very active in improving Serbian entrepreneurship and educational ecosystem, both individually through lectures, participating in entrepreneurial promotion projects and coaching, and through involvement in the Digital Serbia Initiative, which aims to help the transformation of Serbia into a digital society.
Nataša Samardzic (born in Novi Sad in 1986), Assistant Professor, Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia She received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad (FTS-UNS), Serbia in 2009 and 2010, respectively. In 2011, she joined Department of Power, Electronics and Telecommunication, Chair for Electronics at Faculty of Technical Sciences as Intern Research. Starting from 2013, she was engaged as Teaching assistant, at several Undergraduate and Master courses on the study program for Microelectronics and Biomedical engineering including: 1) Introduction to electronics, 2) Materials in electronics, 3) Nanoelectronics, 4) Quantum and organic electronics and 5) Medical electronics. During her PhD studies she spent two months at EPFL, Lausanne where she worked in CMI-Center of Micro Nano Technology. In December 2016, she defended her PhD thesis entitled “Analysis of quantum transport mechanisms in nanometarial based memristive device” at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. Starting from November 2017, Nataša has been an Assistant Professor at FTS-UNS. She is reviewer for several scientific journals with impact factor. She is engaged in the national scientific projects as well as project funded by Horizon 2020 program (RISE 690876) and COST Action IC1401. She is member of IEEE society and OE-A society. Her research interest includes modeling and fabrication of nanoelectronic devices and characterization of nanomaterials.
Srdjan Šaper is the Chairman of I&F Grupa. During more than 30 years of experience in the marketing and communication sector, Srdjan has progressively become not only the leading professional in the field of marketing but one of the most prominent public figures and active contributors in the world of business and culture of contemporary Serbia and the former Yugoslavia region. Today, he’s the Chairman of I&F Grupa, one of the leading marketing communications systems operating in 12 countries across two European regions, Adriatic and Nordic. Srdjan has initiated many projects in the cultural and communication sphere. He is frequently invited to lecture as a key-note speaker at various international conferences on marketing and communication. In recent years, he served on the boards of various public and business institutions and humanitarian non-profit organizations. Srdjan graduated from the Faculty of Drama, Film, and Television Directing. He is also the founder and member of the music band VIS IDOLI, one of the leading New Wave bands in ex-Yugoslavia during the 80s. As a big supporter of the art scene, Srdjan opened Novembar Gallery, a contemporary art gallery that offers innovative, high‐quality art produced by established, emerging as well as newly discovered artists coming from Serbia and the Adriatic region. He is also the author of the original idea for the highly popular TV series BESA.
Oliver Šarov is the European Integration & Economic Officer in the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia. Before joining the EU Delegation, Oliver was Senior Policy Adviser for Economy and Trade in the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, covering Serbia and Montenegro where he focused on Serbia’s and Montenegro’s EU accession processes as well as working to strengthen and facilite bilateral economic relations. Before joining the Netherlands Embassy, Oliver was engaged as Economic Adviser in the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain to Serbia, predominantly working on providing strategic policy and programme advise for economic governance reform projects supporting the Serbian Government. Oliver has had a life-long interest in diplomacy, geopolitics and European integration and subsequently has a degree in European & International Politics from Maastricht University. Oliver is fluent in Dutch, English and Serbian and is competent in German.
Branislav Savić, Plant Operations Manager at Ball Corporation, Beverage Packaging EMEA Belgrade, steers Ball’s manufacturing facility in Serbia since 2015. Born in Belgrade, Branislav has earned his M.Sc.Eng. degree at Munich University of Applied Science, and spent more than a decade in Germany and Spain, where he worked as an R&D engineer in the field of vehicle dynamics for distinguished companies, such as TÜV SÜD. In his early career, Branislav initiated several successful startup businesses in IT and automotive industries. He returned to his hometown and joined Ball Corp. in 2004. His background in Mechanical Engineering and creative way of thinking always guided him to be passionate about people development, promotion of technology, innovation and modern manufacturing culture, as well as support for initiatives to improve the local business environment. Being passionate about life overall, he thinks fast, walks fast and enjoys driving fast cars. Skiing, sailing and building a tree house are his specialities. Fluent in German, English and Spanish.
Vesna Savić Djukic is a multi-skilled professional with more than 30 years of experience, out of which 25 years in non-profit organization management (UNICEF). Specialized in fundraising and resource mobilization, partnership building and emergency operations management. Proven record of creation and management of partnerships with the business sector in support of child rights. Strong background in community mobilization, public speaking, event management and set up of the public & private sector infrastructure in support of donation culture.
Gregor Schinko is a lawyer and Chariman of the Supervisory Board of Austria’s leading hearing care company Neuroth.
Lukas Schinko is President of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board of Austria’s leading hearing care company Neuroth. In October 2011, at the age of 24, he took over as Chairman of the Board of Directors from his mother Waltraud Schinko-Neuroth. This means that the company is now managed by the fourth generation of the family. Before joining the company, he graduated in electrical engineering and thus built up a valuable understanding of the highly technical hearing aid sector. Schinko has been working in the family business since 2007 and completed the specialist training as a hearing aid acoustics master craftsman.
Christoph Schüpbach is the CEO of Regent Lighting, one of Europe’s leading industrial lighting companies. Prior to this, Christoph was the CEO for 11 years at the Schleuniger Group, a leading provider of solutions for the wire processing and testing industry (part of the listed Metall Zug Group, employs approximately 1000 people on three continents). Christoph has a bachelor in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School. He spent six years as Market Manager at Bystronic, responsible for Northern Europe and then for NAFTA and Asia. Prior to this, Christoph had spent ten years at ABB as Head of the Surge Protection Division.
Daniela Schwarzer is executive director for Europe and Eurasia of the Open Society Foundations. Daniela is a renown expert in European affairs and transatlantic and international relations. She is an honorary professor of political science at Freie Universität Berlin and a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Prior to joining Open Society, Daniela was director and CEO of the German Council on Foreign Relations. Before this, she served on the executive team of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to working at the fund, Daniela worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. She was a special advisor to European leaders such as EU High Representative Josep Borrell and to countries including Poland and France during the preparation of their EU Council presidencies. She has also worked as an opinion page editor and France correspondent for the Financial Times Deutschland.
Ilija Setka is the Co-founder of ICT Hub Ventures. He is the former CEO of Apatinska Brewery and Imlek. From 2019. Co-owner and CEO of Banjalucka Brewery. Rock musician and songwriter who published 4 LP albums with bands Moreuz and Hypnotized.
Oliver Shah is a PhD student in theoretical astrophysics at the University of Zurich and is a member of the NCCR PlanetS. His research is devoted to the diverse and exciting field of exoplanets. In particular, he develops sophisticated computer models to further our understanding of the interior structures and evolution of such bodies and hence to provide more indepth means for interpreting observational data. Furthermore he is deeply interested in advancing our comprehension of planetary habitability and what our findings reflect back to us here on earth.
Tatiana Shipulina is a neuroscientist, and is the President of Russian Memory Sport Council. She is also the founder of the International Educational Centers for children, Ein&Stein.
Katarina Šibalić has master`s degree in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology. She`s been working at Strauss Coffee for more than 15 years. She started carrier as Plant Technologist and five years after, through research and development, became member of Strauss Adriatic marketing team where she gained extensive marketing experience as Research and Consumer Insight Manager, Brand Manager and Project Manager for local and international projects. Over the years she completed numerous professional trainings in business strategy, marketing and communication. Currently she is Marketing director at Strauss Adriatic. Her passion is growing brands and businesses through human-centered approach to innovation, leadership and organizational culture, as well as education of young professionals.
Nataša Šiljković brings her international experience in communications and love for digital diplomacy to large-scale international projects. In her portfolio, Nataša has projects thematising digital technologies, advanced robotics, cross-regional technology transfer, societal impact of technology and international promotion of creative industries. She helps projects to build and strengthen their brands, establish strong digital presence and communicate better. While she was a member of the international management team in Civitta, Nataša helped to design and implement a new digital branding strategy for the company. During her time in the United States, Nataša was a global brand manager for Nike, where she worked with global Nike sales, finance, production and PR teams. Nataša holds a Master’s degree in Public Diplomacy and Bachelors of International Relations from the University of Southern California (USC).
Aleksandar Simić is a Composer & Social Activist. With various collaborations and commissions from such institutions as the United Nations, Vatican, US State Department, Russian Federation, NASA or Yad Vashem, Aleksandar is widely hailed as one of the brightest and most intriguing in his generation of composers. His opus encompasses hundreds of pieces in all genres, ranging from solo, chamber and vocal works, to grand scale pieces for the symphony orchestra or choir and orchestra. He has composed music for theater, film, television, and international sports com¬petitions whilst many of his pieces have been used to mark important jubilees across the globe. Back in 2005 he founded a chamber ensemble, Aleksandar Simić & The Seraphim, delivering a unique and exciting combination of genres by creating a perfect blend of what we call contemporary classical sound and a plethora of intimate musical inputs, resulting from the composer’s inimitable personality and life experience. Besides music, Aleksandar is well-known for his public advocacy. Over the years, his reputation of a humanitarian and a social activist has been established through his persevering work with many different organizations, from the United Nations, through East West Bridge as the chapter of the Trilateral Commission, or NY based Pave the Way Foundation, to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, contributing in the fields of inter-religious dialogue, peace mediation, human rights and in numerous charity campaigns.
Jovana Simovski is an artist in the making. After getting a Masters degree in English Literature, unexpected events got her in the world of visual arts. She has been part of Lumina Images since 2012, working on commercial projects and cooperating with creatives across the fields of architecture, design and art direction in Europe and Asia. After two years of translating/proofreading at Lumina, she found herself with a camera in her hands and discovered a completely new language to explore. At this moment, Jovana is working on her first independent art projects exploring the conversation between images and words. Her interests include film studies, philosophy and history of art and conceptual art. She is famous for always working with the same assistant – her jet black cat is always there to add just the right amount of contrast to everything she photographs.
Jelena Skorucak (born 1988 in Belgrade, Serbia) is a data scientist passionate about applying cutting-edge technology from research to solving real-life problems. She studied software engineering and medicine at the University of Belgrade, and obtained PhD in biomedical engineering at ETH Zurich. Jelena currently holds a postdoctoral research scientist position at University of Zurich, working on medical data.
Jovan Soldatović (John) is an engineer, technology architect and C-Level professional. Jovan was born in Sabac, Serbia 1993, grew up in Sabac, Serbia, and graduated with a B.Sc. Higher Technological School of Applied Sciences. Jovan is the registered inventor for various technology patents in web application development, education, and engineering. He has also been honored with awards for leadership and entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur and engineer, Jovan combines his unique skill-set and experience to create entertaining content, incubate successful technology silos, and build strategic business relationships. In the early years, he worked as Software Engineer for a larger web development companies where he programmed Intranet solution and developed different infrastructure applications. On a personal note, Jovan is married, husband of 5 years and proud father of Sergej, former competitive handball player.
Mina Sovtić Dobra (born in 1995) is an actress and activist. After graduating from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, she started doing theatre, TV and film work including Roots, Black Wedding, Debt to the sea and more. Besides acting, she is strongly involved in advocating for mental health of young people, establishing an organisation called ZaJedno with her colleagues, which mostly consists of forum theatre and workshops as well as campaigns with the focus to remove the stigma surrounding mental health. Apart from her professional work, she enjoys writing, reading and spending time with animals.
Gerassimos Spyridakis is a Managing Director at Bank Julius Baer in Switzerland since January 2016. Prior to joining Julius Baer, he spent 19 years with Citigroup in NY, Brussels, London, Athens and Geneva. While at Julius Baer and Citi, Gerassimos held senior management positions including Global Head for Africa, Israel, Monaco, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey for the wealth management divisions. Before joining the finance sector in 1997, Gerassimos worked in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Greece and Romania as a brand manager and management consultant for multinational companies such as United Distillers, Gallaher and Roche Pharmaceuticals. Gerassimos holds a BSc in Business Administration from the American College of Greece and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Manchester Business School in the UK. He has attended Executive Education courses at IMD in Lausanne and Insead in Paris. He is also an alumni of Singularity University in Silicon Valley in California, London Business School in Investment Management and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Fintech. Gerassimos is also the President of MITEF Greece (2020-2023) which is MIT’s acceleration program for startups. He has also served as a board member, senior advisor and investor in a number of startups in Artificial Intelligence companies and the health care space. He currently serves at the European Executive Committee of YPO (Young President Organization). He is also part of Harvard Business School’s President Program, a member of Executive Coach International and member of the Supervisory Board of the Argonaughts Leadership Community. He is a keen motorcyclist and the Founder of the Global Charity Initiative “Photography Without Frontiers”. His photography has been exhibited in London, Milan and Athens with the aim to support children in need around the world.
Milorad Stajčić is a contemporary artist (sculptor), and the owner and co-founder of X Vitamin Gallery in Belgrade. He is also the co-owner of computer firm Ant Computers in Belgrade.
Ivan Stanković is one of pioneers of modern advertising in the region of former Yugoslavia. He is a professor at the Belgrade Faculty of Drama Arts and President of the advertising agency Communis DDB. He has won numerous awards for his Agency and clients. He is a lecturer, speaker and panelist on many international conferences, events and faculties. He is author of a bestseller book about advertising, which has been translated in several languages and was awarded as the Marketing Book of The Year in Serbia.
Nataša Stanković Đokić, born at 3rd March 1987. Attorney at Law since 2014. and Managing partner of PLS Law office in Niš, Serbia. Acquired the title of Master of Laws at the Faculty of Law, in international business law, at University of Niš in 2014. Graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Niš at 2011. Member of Junior Chamber International since 2011. in various position up to Secretary General of the Chamber in Serbia, currently with alumni member status. Graduated from the Higher Vocational School for Entrepreneurship in Belgrade with the title of professional manager in 2010.
Nada Stanojević is general manager of IIPP, one of Serbia’s leading private companies in the field of management systems, consulting, and training services. Even though IIPP is a small company, it provides services for the Serbian government and large companies such as SMATSA, Serbian Post, Electric Power Company, City Transportation Company Belgrade, BHDCA… among others. Nada has a background in mechanical engineering and 20 years of experience in diverse projects for different industries. She is passionate, not only for engineering, but for technical development and innovations, especially in the field of Asset management, and she represents Serbia and Montenegro in General Assembly of European Federation of National Maintenance Societies. She believes in the power of networking and of personal relationships to change the world.
Ilija Stanojkovic is software engineer specialized in machine learning and intelligent systems. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from ETH Zurich and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Novi Sad. To enrich his academic knowledge with practical experience, Ilija completed several internships in leading tech and high-frequency trading companies such as Microsoft and IMC Financial Markets. In his current position at 1plusX, a marketing technology company, he develops solutions that leverage the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to aid digital businesses unleash the full potential of their data. Besides his fascination for algorithms and smart models, Ilija never says no to hiking, skiing, and traveling in his spare time.
Sofija Stefanović is a professor of physical anthropology and bioarchaeology, University of Belgrade. She is the PI of the ERC BIRTH project at the Biosense Institute at the University of Novi Sad. She is investigating human past through analysis of ancient bones.
Aleksandar Stevanović is Strategy & Operations Executive supporting companies to create and execute strategic aspirations. He has got industry & advisory experience in managing and transforming companies by enhancing operations, utilising data and digital products. He was a Board member at one of top-100 CEE corporations with €1B of revenue and 4000+ employees, present on 12+ markets in Europe and Africa. As a management consultant, he led 20+ projects on corporate performance improvement across SEE for clients in FMCG, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, banking and telecommunication. He lives between Belgrade and Zagreb.
Jelena Stevanović is employed in FIS as Agile Senior Project Manager – Scrum Master where she leads several teams developing software solution for financial derivative instruments. She also has more than 15 years of experience in IT industry by implementing software solutions throughout CEE region as insurance and risk management expert, Project manager and Advanced Certified Product Owner.
Aleksandra Stojanović is the Corporate Affairs Director for the MK Group. She is responsible for keeping corporate governance aligned with all relevant stakeholders including governmental and non-governmental organizations, business community, media decisionmakers and other key representatives. Holding this role for a multidisciplinary company such as MK Group, the main activities are focused on keeping all targeted groups involved and engaged throughout the process of strategic business planning and implementation, keeping achievement of the Company’s goals as number one priority. This role demands understanding of business and fast changing market conditions, predicting potential risks as well as opportunities, and taking strategically planned actions to keep and further promote the Company’s reputation and business goals achievements. At the same time, for a system that has nearly 7000 employees, every-day tasks include very important responsibility of keeping internal communication flows impeccable on all levels. Moreover, this position within MK GROUP implies project management, development of some company processes, implementation of corporate values, cultures and other elements of the corporate governance process. Another important role and position in the company is as a Board Member of the first wind energy company in Serbia (Fintel Energia), where she serves as an independent member in charge of some processes of wind projects development and IPO process of this affiliated company.
Dimitrije Stojanović is owner and senior consultant at Linking Dots consulting agency, with over 20 years of experience in top management positions in international corporate environment. He built his career in the global retail chain, as a member of the Board, on VP Operations & Business Development and VP Supply Chain & IT positions, and was CEO of Aroma markets, convenient stores chain operating in Serbia and Montenegro. Dimitrije is specialized in strategic transformations, business process improvement and organizational development.
Marjan Stojanović is a business operation strategist with over 25 years of international experience. Marjan, as an engineer, left Serbia in the mid-’90s and started his family and professional life in Canada. In 2020, he decided to return to Serbia permanently, and since then has been living and working in Belgrade. Marjan’s first position since relocation to Serbia was as Head of ICT Association at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Serbia. Currently, he is a part of an exciting new Celcius team located in Belgrade. He also holds the position of the Chairman of The Board at The Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research and Development of Serbia.
Marko Stojčić (born in Belgrade, in 1975) is a City Architect in the City of Belgrade. He is a Member of the Chamber of Engineers of Serbia since 2008, a member of the Union of Architects of Serbia since 2001, and a member of the ASSOCIATION OF BELGRADE ARCHITECTS, Member of The Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia (ULUPUDS) since 2001. He is a licensed urban planner at the Chamber of Engineers of Serbia, a responsible designer, and a responsible contractor. Marko initiated the foundation of the Serbian Chamber of Architects, for which he received the support of the European Commission from Brussels in 2010. He is also the founder of the Sports and Recreation Commission at the Institute for Standardization of Serbia. He was actively involved in the design of public, residential, commercial, and sports facilities as well as public space design projects from 2001 to the present. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the most important regional architectural magazine “Arhitekton”. Marko is the author of many projects in Serbia and abroad as well as many Urbanistic projects. Among the most significant are: the Sports Center Complex in Kosutnjak park, within which is the National Training Center (sports medicine building, multifunctional hall, Olympic swimming pool, stadium, and hotel), youth sports camp Karataš, the new building for Scientific Center of the Institute of Physics of Serbia, etc.
Jelena Stojković works in HR as a recruiter for transatlantic companies. She is also a German teacher and Ph.D. student in Tourism and Hotel management. Her great interest in this field of science is wine tourism. Wines and mountaineering are her great loves. Other than that, she writes poetry and novels.
Milena Stojkovic is an Associate Partner at Foster + Partners, a global studio for sustainable architecture, urbanism and design, founded by Norman Foster in 1967. Her work is focused on developing environmental design responses and sustainable strategies for projects including Apple global flagships, luxury residential towers, airports, healthcare facilities and masterplans for new cities. She holds a PhD in environmental design and is a tutor at the UCL Bartlett MSc Environmental Design and Engineering program.
Ljudmila Stratimirovic is the Artistic Director/ Curator and manager of visual art program at the European Centre for Culture and Debate “GRAD” (Kc Grad). She is also the founder and artistic director of the Managing board. She is initiator and artistic director at Art Weekend Belgrade, and is the Founder and designer at MajMaj fashion brand.
Daniel Surbek is a medical doctor and professor at the University of Bern since 17 years, and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Inselspital Bern. He was trained in Basel, London, and Philadelphia. His scientific interest focuses in stem cell research and prenatal medicine. His research is funded by Swiss National Fund, EU and NIH. Daniel is board member of several national and international medical societies. He is author of over 250 scientific publications and has received numerous awards. Daniel was founder of the Bern Charity event in favor of children with leukemia. His general interests include art and ethics in reproduction und human development.
Bojan Suđić is the Executive and Artistic Director of RTS Music Production, Chief conductor of Symphony Orchestra and Choir RTS, Full professor of conducting and Chief conductor of Academic Symphony Orchestra at the Faculty of Music Art, University in Belgrade, Artistic Director of BEMUS Festival in Belgrade, Principal guest conductor of UNIMI orchestra in Milano, Italy. During his career he was also a Resident conductor of Royal Opera in Stockholm, and General Music Director of National Theatre in Belgrade.
Goran Svilanović (PhD in Law) served as Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (2013-2018). Between 2008 and 2012 he was Co-ordinator of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (2008-2012), and the Chairman of Working Table I (democratization and human rights) of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (2004-2007). From 2000 to 2004, Goran was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. Between 2000 and 2007, he was a Member of Parliament and president of the Civic Alliance, political party. Goran is consultant at Abkons and heads their offices for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.
Olga Svoboda is an entrepreneur, leader and consultant, and she is passionate about people, building communities, finding solutions to client challenges, and helping people grow and learn. After 25 years of experience in developing and managing various programs and strategies in Human Resources arena, Olga is today Board Member and Country Manager in Talentuno Technologies, an innovative recruitment crowdsourcing platform that combines technology and human touch and takes recruitment to the next level. Olga’s role is to contribute to shaping Talentuno’s expansion strategy in the CEE region and manage the regional subsidiaries.
Wojciech Szczepaniak is an innovative serial entrepreneur, lawyer and economist. A visionary investor, he is founder and chairman of Swiss-based Sparrowland Capital, an investment fund providing mezzanine financing, joint venture capital and private equity for selected trusted partners. Sparrowland has been successful in multiple industries including healthcare, professional services, logistics, real estate, FMCG, agriculture and food processing. Wojciech is the founder of a well-known multi-disciplinary commercial advisory firm which provides financial advice and a multi-family office based in Poland. In his private time, he enjoys outdoor activities, open-water swimming, hiking, road cycling and several competitive individual sporting disciplines. He has completed numerous Ironman triathlons.
Zana Tabaku is Co-founder & CEO of Appdec and a local tech leading figure who can often be spotted mentoring and inspiring young and talented Kosovar women and girls in the sector of ICT. Among first female entrepreneurs in ICT sector in Kosovo and a person that will as well change the “opinion” for Kosovo young women and their professional orientation and ambition. During this period, has been the main driving force of Appdec by promoting its vision and achieving the company’s mission statement. In 2018, became one of the three alumni recipients of the “Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund” award, ultimately leading to engage as part of the core team of alumni to coordinate the first ‘Junior Geeks’ program the only one selected from Southeast Europe in 2018. Zana’s expertise is invaluable in coordinating the curriculum and tech-related activities of the Junior Geeks 2.0 program, funded by the US Embassy in Kosovo. Experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in ICT industry. Skilled in Software Development, Project Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Organizational Development. In the previous years, worked as Software Engineer in Appdec and Software Developer in Cacttus sh.a for four years. During this period was also a Board Member in Kosovo ICT Association (STIKK), Admission Committee Member and Mentor in Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) since 2012. Third year student in Data Science program in London School of Economics, University of London.
Dušanka Talić, born in 1971, is CEO of GrECo International Serbia, insurance broker, which is part of GrECo Holding Austria. As a commited professional, she was in different leading positions in Raiffesein Leasing and Wurth. Having strong entreprenurial spirit, she founded insurance broker Interisk, which she sold to GrECo International in 2016. Dušanka was professional volleyball player and member of former Yugoslavia national team, still very devoted to sports. Also, she is licensed Brian Tracy professional coach.
Isidora Tasić is a forth-year medical student at the Medical Faculty, University of Nis with the GPA (10.00/10.00). She worked as a research intern at the Physiology department and actively participated at two highly academic international congresses in the Netherlands (ISCOMS) and Bulgaria (ICMS). In 2021, Isidora won an award for the best presentation at ICMS and for the best research at the Pre-clinical science session. In 2021 as well she participated at the European Multicolloquium of Parasitology with a poster presentation. Isidora was one of the first two students in Serbia to achieve full merit scholarship via ASSIST program to finish one year of high school in the USA (St. Andrew’s School Rhode Island). Furthermore, Isidora received a full scholarship and completed a biomedical program at Yale University via Yale Young Global Scholars Program. Isidora is an ambitious medical student with a solid grasp in fundamentals of medicine, looking for an internship and clinical experience in the medical field in 2023.
Dragana Tasić Otašević is a graphic designer as well as an art and media theoretician working in the field of spectacle theory.
Veronika Tasić Vušurović is a management consultant and business skills trainer. As a consultant, she works with clients all over Central and Eastern Europe, covering topics of strategy, sales and marketing, and investment – and helps employees advance their business skills. Veronika acts as strategic advisor for a leading corporate law practice in Southeast Europe, Karanovic & Partners. And she loves finding time to mentor tech startups via several incubators and accelerators. Veronika is passionate about creating and performing words, music and movement. She almost shamelessly uses every opportunity to promote the amazing wines from Serbia.
Velibor Tegeltija is an entrepreneur, hedonist, founder and owner of a number of premium restaurants in Belgrade. He loves all things technology and innovation and has been putting this in practice for 20 years through his IT company E-port. Velibor is also a sailing captain in Greece and sea admirer. Happily married for 20 years and a proud dad of a boy and a girl.
Dejan Tešić is an Associate Partner at BlackPine Executive Consulting. He has over 25 years of experience in banking, investments and digital services. He held C-level executive positions in leading Serbian banks including Komercijalna Banka, Banca Intesa, AIK Banka and Piraeus Bank. Throughout his professional carrier, Dejan had led numerous projects aimed at implementation of state-of-the-art technologies in financial services industry. He had personally contributed to introduction of latest technologies in the area of online payments with international payment schemes such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, many of those being first pioneer implementations in SEE region. Dejan also has extensive experience in corporate and project finance, investments and capital markets, HR management, and digital services. He used to serve as a MasterCard Central and Eastern Europe Board Member and High Growth European Markets Customer Advisory Forum Member. Dejan holds PhD degree in business and managerial economics from Faculty for Business Studies and MSc degree in ICT Management from Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade. He had improved his knowledge through executive education at London Business School, Visa Bank Card Business School Cambridge and postgraduate projects at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dejan is the author of numerous local and international research publications and regular speaker at business and investments conferences.
Vesna Todorčević received her PhD degree from the University of Belgrade in geometric function theory. Vesna is a full professor at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences of the University of Belgrade and a full research professor at the Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Vesna also teaches subjects such as the history of mathematics and the mathematical theory of music in the University of Belgrade’s Multidisciplinary Graduate Studies program. Vesna is a frequent contributor to the “May, Month of Mathematics”,an activity organized every year by the Mathematical Institute SASA and the Center for the Promotion of Science and she leads the seminar “Mathematics and Music” at the Mathematical Institute. Vesna has lectured around the world and dreams of writing a book about countries she has visited.
Marta Arsovska Tomovska is the Director of the Team for eGovernment at the Office of the Prime Minister of Serbia. Previously, she was Macedonian Minister for ICT and Public Administration, and a C-level executive in several companies in the IT and telecommunication industry. She is considered to be one of the pioneers of the internet access and e-commerce in the Western Balkans. Marta is an Executive Board Member of the UN framework organization World Summit Awards, and is also serving other boards. Certified by the UN’s ITU for building national digital innovation ecosystems, she is now advising governments, organizations and corporations on digital transformation and innovation. BSc. in Electrical Engineering, MSc. in Economy (e-commerce) and Computer Science, educated at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Marta is frequent panelist and speaker on the most prestigious ICT conferences worldwide on topics such as digital transformation, innovation, and eGovernment.
Mirko Topalski is an entrepreneur during the day and a music composer by night. He completed his MA studies in Sound Design at the Novi Sad Academy of arts and has a long career as a performing artist working with the cult punk band Obojeni program and world music sensation Sanja Ilic and Balkanika, among others. Mirko is the founder of one of the first video game development companies in Serbia, Eipix Entertainment, and one of the founders of the Serbia Games Association. He founded several other gaming and non-gaming companies, including Sonic Dune, a company for the development of audio production devices. He currently works as a director of Playrix RS, which is part of the multinational giant in the world of free to play mobile video games – Playrix. He is also the winner of many awards, of which Ernst & Young Fast-Growing Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 and Captain Misa Anastasijevic 2017 stand out. As a composer, he mostly works in two styles. These are electronic music and classical music. He used to write applied music and has more than 50 published works in this field, mostly music for video games, theatre, film, and advertising. A notable mention in this category is the music for the video game Hidden Expedition Smithsonian Hope Diamond, which was made in collaboration with the largest museum complex in the world – The Smithsonian Institution from Washington. The two styles of music are rarely intertwined for now. Electronic music is mostly in the ambient style of Vangelis and Jarre, and sometimes 8-bit music reminiscent of early video games, while there are also various experiments. Classical music is tonal and largely neo-baroque. Currently completed works are exclusively for the piano, and works for organ, and smaller chamber ensembles are in their infancy. Mirko is a big fan of science fiction and comics, so it is interesting to mention that he is also the co-author of the graphic novel Lightstep Chronicles, which was published by the renowned American publisher Dark Horse in 2018.
Slobodan Trkulja is Serbian award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer/composer & innovator of ancient Balkan sounds. Frontman of groundbreaking Balkanopolis music group, creator of Modern Tradition genre and founder of Balkanopolis Center for Modern Tradition. Slobodan is also a founder and CEO of “Kineski Festival Svetla”, 3 week long lantern & music festival that takes place once a year in the city of Belgrade and Novi Sad (Serbia) around Chinese New Year.
Sanja Ugrcic Pavlovic is a consultant with 9 years of management and technical experience in digital and financial markets, risk, and complex project implementation. Having worked for two Big Four firms and USAID policy projects, Sanja also carries substantial expertise in working with the public sector. She was a leader in working for both regulatory and market application side of digital solutions in Serbia, mostly focused on financial technology. Sanja is currently the Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for one of the most successful FinTech companies in Serbia, actively working with public institutions such as the National Bank of Serbia, Securities Commission and Ministry of Finance on pioneering registration and operations processes under the new FinTech regulatory framework.
Marko Vanić is R&D Project Manager of Science & Technology Center of Petroleum Industry of Serbia. His first steps towards science, Marko made as a high school student at the Petnica Science Center geology program. Since then, he is engaged with science, youth education, and science promotion activities. Marko holds a B.Sc. degree in Applied Geophysics from the University of Belgrade, and an M.Sc. degree from the IDEA League Joint Masters Program (TU Delft, ETH Zurich, and RWTH Aachen). After Master studies abroad, Marko decided to return to Serbia, and be the change he wants to see. Besides his efforts to improve education in Serbia, Marko is chairman of the Society of Exploration of Geophysicist (SEG) Student Excellence Program Committee, working with committed volunteers from all around the world, to help geoscience students worldwide to develop their potential.
Baptiste Vasey is a DPhil candidate with the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford, a Berrow Foundation Lord Florey scholar at Lincoln College, and a surgical resident at the Geneva University Hospital. He obtained a Master of Medicine from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and passed the Swiss Federal Medical Licensing Examination in September 2017. Following graduation, he was awarded one of the four Swiss Mercator Fellowships on International Affairs to investigate the potential of computer-aided decision support to improve access to appropriate healthcare in low-resource settings. As part of this fellowship, he spent three months in Burkina Faso working on IeDA, Western Africa’s largest mHealth project, redesigning the clinical application’s architecture, joined the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the prevention and control of NCDs at the organisation’s Headquarters in Geneva and collaborated with the MIT Gehrke Lab (Boston), investigating new biomarkers for the detection and classification of dengue fever. Baptiste’s research focuses on computer-aided decision support to improve the management of patients presenting with postoperative complications. His interest in artificial intelligence (AI) being used as adjunct, rather than replacement, to human intelligence also led him to investigate how AI-based algorithms should be evaluated in clinical settings. With an international steering group of experts in machine learning, human factors and guidelines development he led the development of the DECIDE-AI reporting guidelines, recently published in Nature Medicine and the BMJ. The DECIDE-AI guidelines aim to improve the reporting on early-stage clinical evaluation of decision support systems driven by AI, which can be compared to phase 1/2 trials for drugs development or IDEAL stage IIa/IIb studies for surgical innovation.
Vladimir Veljić graduated at both Faculty of Physics and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in 2012 and received his PhD in physics in 2019 all at the University of Belgrade. Shortly after that, he made the career switch from academia to industry, from Science to Data Science, motivated by a desire to see his knowledge produce immediate impact on the society.
Ruža Veljović is Corporate Affairs & Communicatins Director at CBS International, member of Cushman & Wakefield. She is a passionate professional with 20+ years’ experience working in the marketing industry and media sector. She studied marketing at the Faculty of Economics, Belgrade University
Srdjan Verbic teaches data science and data literacy at FEFA in Belgrade. He is also a co-founder and director of Social Innovation Observatory. Srdjan is a consultant in the fields of education, science and innovation. He has a physics graduate degree and a PhD in artificial intelligence earned at Belgrade University. He used to be minister of education, science and technological development.
Nandor Vereš, born 1988 in Zrenjanin, is CEO of the family owned agricultural company Agrosoj Neuzina. The core business of the company is trade and production of agricultural products (cereals, vegetables, fruits).
Vuk Vidor has spent most of his life in Paris where he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture. Right after graduation and a few projects dealing with utopian architecture, he started his career as an artist. Focusing mostly on painting and drawing he has developed a specific type of work which in time also included installations and films. In the early years he also worked as a director of music videos and commercials in Paris and Belgrade and has done stage designs for theatre plays and exhibitions. He was the director of the Serbian Cultural Center in Pars from 2012 to 2014. He started a group called “Under Realism” with 15 other painters from Europe and organised several exhibitions focusing on more imaginative aspects and expressions in contemporary painting. He has exhibited throughout the world and is currently based between Paris, Belgrade and an unknown island. When not holding a brush in his left hand he has a tennis racket in his right one.
Viktor D. Vildovic is the CEO of ViktorProduction.com. By the time I reached adulthood, he had received over 20 awards and medals mostly in technical sciences, mechanical and rocket engineering. He spent the next 15 years working at small companies in production, sales & marketing continuously learning and taking university courses and others regarding mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, physics, propulsion and space related subjects. In 2012 he established a company – VictorProduction.com – and continued to learn, build and work on important projects.
Bojana Visekruna serves as Advisor for Creative Industries and Science at the Office of the Prime Minister. She has professional experience in event management, media and PR, working as Speaker Liaison for TEDxVienna and PR and Event Manager at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade. Bojana is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University Belgrade and her research interest is in the area of applied ethics. She organizes and runs philosophical workshops on different topics. Bojana is passionate about acquiring new knowledge. She is driven by a belief in the ability and willingness of people to change.
Ivan Vitorović is the Chief Executive Officer of Mona hotel management d.o.o. He is a passionate hotelier, entrepreneur and economist that strives to establish a well-known Serbian hospitality company that can help Serbia to grow its GDP through tourism.
Viola Vogel (born in Tübingen, Germany) is a Professor of Applied Mechanobiology in the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich. She has conducted pioneering work in the field of bionanotechnology and mechanobiology. Since so many diseases are associated with mechanical over- or understimulation, she deciphers the nanoscale machineries that bacteria and cells utilize to sense mechanical stimulations and to translate them into biochemical signals that change tissue functions and inflammatory processes. Applications are in stem cell differentiation, cancer, tissue engineering, the development of a new generation of drugs that target non-equilibrium protein structures, and new methods of preventing bacterial infections since many bacteria exploit mechano-regulated adhesion molecules. Her work was internationally recognized by numerous awards, major lectureships, services for international organizations (Human Frontiers Science Program, British Marshall Fund, Humboldt Foundation), the U.S. government (including the National Research Council and NASA), scientific advisory boards (Max-Planck Society, France, Netherlands, U.S.A., Singapore, U.K.). She was a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, serves on the Jury of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and was recently elected into the Leopoldina and the National Academy of Engineering, USA. Viola enjoys exploring other cultures, international science policies, as well as photography, painting, skiing, and hiking.
Carsten Vollrath is Founder and CEO of SWISS IPG PARTNERS GROUP. He has more than 25 years of industrial and consulting experience in the following industries: Automotive/Manufacturing (OEM, supplier), MedTech business, Consumer goods, Energy, Transport/ Logistics sector (railways, aviation, logistic service providers). SWISS IPG PARTNERS GROUP, founded and headquartered in Switzerland, is an international thought factory and top management consultancy driven by senior partners with long-term experience in business transformation. IPG stands for value creation through business model innovation combined with performance excellence along all three axes “innovate – perform – grow”. During Carsten’s more than 20 years of consulting, he developed an integrated portfolio of cross-industry solutions. Carsten regularly participates in research projects at leading university faculties and continuously reviews new, innovative management practices. He holds several patents for consulting solutions. Carsten has a large international network of renowned research institutions and industry associations as well as handpicked researchers and cross-industry experts.
Ljubomir Vračar (born in 1973) is a professor at Faculty of Electronic Engineering in Niš, Serbia. His field of interest is smart city technologies, sensors and microsensors, energy harvesting sensors and 3D printing. During his professional career, Ljubomir has worked with numerous scientific institutions home and abroad. He is owner of four patents in the field of sensors. Passionate cyclist and promoter of green transport.
Aleksandar Vratonjić Gligorijević is the Chief Marketing Officer of TeleGroup. He began his career as an intern at IBM while finishing his Bachelor’s degree in IT management at the faculty for mathematics and computer science of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. After returning to Serbia he continued building a career in the local IT industry, which provided him with ample experience in sales of IT services and solutions. He is one of the founders of TeleGroup Innovation spin-off, which is already fundamentally transforming the business approach of the local SMB sector in the era of digital economy. He rose to the position of Chief Marketing Officer of TeleGroup system at the beginning of 2020. His mission is to create new value, alongside his team, for TeleGroup customers in all the markets in which the company operates. Aleksandar is the recipient of the “Young Leader in Change” award for his contribution to the development of young talent, given out by the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia as a part of its “AmChamps” program. He promotes the development of the regional IT industry and especially the tech start-up ecosystem through active collaboration with organizations Digital Serbia Initiative, Startit, and ICT Hub in Serbia.
Katarina Vučićević is a full-time professor at University of Belgrade – Faculty of Pharmacy, and U.S. Fulbright Scholar alumni. She teaches master, doctoral and specialization studies in the area of pharmacokinetics and clinical pharmacy, and supervises PhD research in pharmacometrics. She has been extensively involved in building drugs’ PopPK-PD models for HIV (PrEP), and malaria prophylaxis at University California San Francisco (UCSF), CA, USA. She is the author of more than 40 research and professional publications and university textbooks. Katarina is an experienced, ambitious and efficient academic with extensive experience in academic clinical research projects involving pharmacometric modeling and simulation dedicated to optimize dosing regimens for every patient. Her professional dream is to contribute to digitalization of healthcare systems by bringing complex drug models to simple use in everyday clinical practice. Katarina is an external expert at Medicines and Medical Devices Agency of Serbia, member of the Central expert committee for medicines at Republic Fund of Health Insurance Serbia, and president of the scientific committee of 8th Congress of Pharmacists of Serbia.
Ivana Vujić Kominac is the Theatre Director and General Manager of the National Theatre in Belgrade, and is also a professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. She directed over 120 plays on stages in Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, and Italy. Her plays were performed in festivals all around the world: New York, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Thessaloniki, Sibiu, Adani, Berlin, Sarajevo, Skopje, Banja Luka, Kotor, Umag. She is also an editor of literary editions of University of Arts in Belgrade dedicated to performing arts. She organized numerous artistic and scientific conventions and conferences, workshops, forums in the field of performing arts. The last meaningful project of the sort was organizing the IFTR (The International Federation for Theatre Research) congress in Belgrade, in July 2018. Ivana is also a member of the executive board of this organization, as well as other formal and informal professional-artistic councils and networks. She founded 5 new theatre stages in Belgrade, and she has numerous awards and acknowledgments that she was presented with throughout her career.
Jelena Vukčević is a curator, master professor of history and phd candidate in the field of management of cultural institutions and cultural tourism. She is the author of over 20 professional and scientific articles, two photomonographs and several monographic studies, as well as 24 solo exhibitions dealing with the history, ethnology, intangible heritage etc. Jelena is Secretary of the Committee for the Reconstruction and Construction of the Medieval Church of Djurovača. She is currently working as an organizer of museum activities in the Museum Collection of the National University of Trstenik.
Boris Vukić is Partner and one of the founders of Adizes Southeast Europe (ASEE) and Senior Associate Adizes Institute USA, where he was certified in 1995 to run organizational change. At conferences on the topic of family companies in Zagreb, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Skopje, Podgorica, Prishtina, he spoke as an introductory speaker and he was also a panel moderator, co-organizer and so on. In 2015 Boris founded Klub 2040, which consists of members of the second generation from companies from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and which has more than 150 members. Author of the book “Apocryphs of Management”, for which he was inspired after working with companies and founders on their path from entrepreneurship to professional management. He is also the author of the publication “Business Transfer Barometer of Serbia”, which was made on the basis of research during 2017. He is an author of the book „The Founders, Successors, Managers“, created as result of ten years work with companies that are dealing with a change of management and ownership transfer from the first to the second generation. In hundreds of companies, he initiated, commenced and led family forums and the development of family protocols. Although his ID bears his Novi Sad address in it, he lives and works in the area that was once called Yugoslavia.
Dina Vukićević is award-winning Director of Sales and Marketing at five star boutique hotel Square Nine Hotel Belgrade-member of The Leading Hotels of The World. Hospitality professional with strong background in sales and marketing, strategy and leadership. During the last 20 years, Dina used to work in various luxury hotel chains as part of pre-opening team, business development and sales. She is passionate about unique hotel architecture and design, storytelling, people development and revenue growth. Dina holds University degree in Business Economics, as well she is certificated NLP Master.
Danijela Vukosavljević, founder and CEO at VUK Consulting, a firm that provides strategy and operations consulting services for organizations to improve their performance in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. She has 25 years experience in Financial Sector. Danijela has valuable experience and awareness of current financial issues and substantial understanding of overall Finance & Banking terminology & responsibilities by managing area profitability growth and leading product, process, service and sale related activities in the SEE region. Danijela is a high-performing business and operations-management executive followed by strong background in Retail, Corporate, Risk ,Operation and IT (process &product management, IT-development & roll out strategic IT, Business transformation and innovation programmers. Since 2013, she is the assistant professor for the closer scientific area of the Finances and Banking and lecturing in the respective field.
Marija Vukosavljević is the owner of New Experience consulting company. The company is an outcome of 30 years of business experience in construction, engineering, management consulting, IT and project management. Nowadays, Marija works with entrepreneurs and SMEs in reshaping their companies and upgrading their business and management skills. She is particularly supportive of women-run businesses. Being a dedicated athlete all her life, Marija has for years now been committed to Latin dances such as Bachata.
Aleksandra Vukovic is an entrepreneur, experienced marketing consultant and faculty lecturer. Aleksandra is the founder of Nura, a hands-on, results-oriented marketing studio, and creator of Singular Advantage, a strategic, consultative marketing concept for tech and innovation companies.
Jelena Vuković has over 17 years of experience working in Human Resources. She developed and grew through HR functions in domestic and international companies, like Delta Maxi, Delhaize, Ahold Delhaize, Bambi. Jelena is passionate about personal and organizational development and always trying to find a way to help others to grow.
Petar Vušurović is the editor-in-chief of the “TU magazin”, a B2B publication dedicated to tourism and hospitality. As a connoisseur of wine, he authored the first book on Serbian wines and wine-makers (updated edition to be issued soon). Petar is a lead singer in a rock’n’roll band and often performs in Serbia and the region. In the 1990s, his band recorded two music albums. His ambition is to publish his first novel and promote the music he creates.
Alex Wassmer is owner, chairman, and delegate of the board of KIBAG Holding AG, one of the leading construction companies in Switzerland. He is also a member of the board of Probst Maveg SA, Crissier. Since 2002, Alex has been a member of the board of the Kunsthalle Foundation in Bern and, since 2014, a member of the board of trustees of the Dachstiftung Kunstmuseum Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. Since 2020 he is also the Chairman of CVVC AG, a venture capital company in Zug, Switzerland that specializes in blockchain investments. Alex holds a law degree from the University of Bern. He is Chairman of the board of WORLD.MINDS.
Thomas Werlen is the Managing Partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH. Quinn Emanuel is the world’s largest litigation-only law firm. Both a US- and Swiss-qualified attorney, his practice focuses on white collar and corporate investigations as well as on cross-border litigation, international arbitration and complex financial disputes. He was involved among other things in high-profile matters such as FIFA, Sika and more recently in a regulatory investigation of a large Swiss financial organization. Thomas is recognized as one of the top attorneys in Switzerland. He has gained unique experience at the highest levels in law firms in New York and London (Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Davis Polk & Wardwell and Allen & Overy). Later he served for six years as Group General Counsel and Member of the Executive Committee for global pharma company Novartis. In August 2019, Thomas has been named Professor for finance and capital markets law at the University of St. Gallen. Thomas lectures there and at the University of Zurich on corporate governance, finance, banking, securities and corporate law. Originally from Valais, Thomas likes hiking and mountaineering and is an avid skier.
Aleksandar Zabunovic is a managing director of Digitec Galaxus doo a daughter company of largest Swiss e-commerce retailer. With operations in Switzerland, Germany and Austria, our Serbia office with 300 employees supports the european expansion from software development to data integration and customer excellence. Aleksandar’s main focus is nurturing a strong culture and development of emploees building a world class e-commerce skills.
Biljana Ždrale is the Sales Director and Consultant at Mercuri International Serbia (Mercuri International is the Global leader in Sales Consultancy and Sales Training). She has been working in Sales in Serbia and abroad since 1995, and in Sales Consultancy for the last 13 years. In 2018, she co-founded an innovative startup, which develops an app that improves Retailers’ Sales by improving their Salespeople Capabilities. Being a psychologist, she’s very passionate about the psychological side of business and entrepreneurship. She’s the author of the book “I’ve made my own Sugar Daddy”, which deals with the role of women in the success of their partners. She’s married and is the mother of teenage twins.
Miljan Ždrale is a Head of EBRD’s Agribusiness for Central and South East Europe as part of Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness Group in the Banking division. Since 2002 when he joined EBRD, Miljan participated/led, in Agribusiness only, more than 40 transactions in the amount exceeding EUR 1.5bln. He is responsible for EBRD projects in agribusiness, food retail and FMCG in SEE, jointly managing active sector portfolio in CSEE region in excess of EUR 2bln, with annual new investment of EUR 150-200m in private sector projects in CSEE. Miljan is the key contact for many large international (Carlsberg, Bunge, Delhaize Group, Lidl etc.) and regional companies from the SEE. He has been a Non-Executive Director at the Supervisory Boards of Carlsberg’s operations in Belarus, Agri Europe, and a Supervisory Board member of Moji Brendovi. He is appointed Board member at Axereal, one of the leading French co-operative, and in the leading retail chain Voli in Montenegro. Miljan holds BSc/MSc in Finance, attended Executive Education for Private Equity at Saad Business School and Agribusiness Seminar at Harvard Business School. He speaks Serbian/ Croatian, English and Russian.
Tatjana Žeželj Gojković has produced over 20 feature films and series and numerous TV advertisements, winning a bevy of international prizes in the field. Her first feature film Panama premiered in the Official selection of the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Camera d’Ore. Today, majority of the films she produces are international co-productions along with one of the most successful franchise in the region – South Wind. Expanding from feature and series to gaming, music label and animation — by creating the animated series ‘Puffins Impossible’ starring the world-famous Johnny Depp, she took part in developing a cinematic form that was only hinted in Serbia until recently. In cooperation with Andrea Iervolino and Miloš Biković she participated in opening two animation studios, in Belgrade and Novi Sad. She is a partner and the CEO of Archangel Digital Studios.