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Daniel Aegerter (born 1969) is founder and chairman of Armada Investment Group, which he established as his family office organization after the successful merger of his B2B software company, TRADEX Technologies, with Ariba for USD5.6 billion in March 2000. Armada manages the diversified, public and entrepreneurial investments of the Aegerter family. Since starting his first company at age 18 (although still an apprentice at Swiss Bank Corp.), Daniel has been passionate about entrepreneurial activities. He has unique investing and entrepreneurial experience on both sides of the Atlantic. Daniel’s first business venture was the import and distribution of Macintosh peripherals. Besides his business career, Daniel is a passionate polo player.
HRH Crown Prince Alexander holds the title of Crown Prince of Serbia. In April 1941, after Germany attacked and occupied Yugoslavia, his family left in advance of the invading German forces for Athens with the Yugoslav government. From Athens, his father (King Peter II) and his government went to Jerusalem and then Cairo, before settling in London. In July 1945, while living in Claridge’s Hotel, the then Queen Alexandra gave birth to a son, HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia; as Prime Minister Winston Churchill declared suite 212 in Claridge’s Hotel Yugoslav territory, HRH Crown Prince Alexander is thus said to have been born on Yugoslav territory. After the war, King Peter II was illegally prevented from returning to his country by the communist regime, which had seized power in Belgrade. HM King Peter never abdicated. The King and Queen lived in exile in many countries (United States, France, Italy and England). HRH Crown Prince Alexander was educated at Trinity School (New York City, United States), Marie-José (Switzerland), Le Rosey (Switzerland), Culver Military Academy (Indiana, United States), Gordonstoun School (Scotland) and Millfield (England). He subsequently went to the British Royal Military Academy and in 1966 was commissioned an officer in the British Army. After leaving the army in 1972, and speaking several languages, he pursued a career in international business. The Crown Prince and his family have been living in The Royal Palace in Belgrade since 17 July 2001. HRH Crown Prince Alexander has always been a very ardent defender of democracy and human rights. In 1989, he took a very active role in helping his people shake off the legacy of decades of dictatorship and the regime. During the next decade the Crown Prince Alexander conducted numerous meetings and maintained constant contact with the democratic opposition and democrats throughout the former Yugoslavia. In November 1999, Crown Prince Alexander convened a large conference in Budapest for the representatives of the Democratic Opposition in Serbia. Another symposium followed in Bosnia in January 2000 and in April 2000 the Crown Prince convened a large conference of key opposition leaders in Athens. Following the Athens conference, the Crown Prince and leaders of the opposition went to a symposium at Harvard Kennedy School of Government; these meetings helped lead to the successful election victory of Serbia’s democratic opposition in September of that year. Crown Prince Alexander has been a tireless contributor in the process of co-operation and unity amongst the democratic political parties to make his homeland a great democracy for all citizens regardless of political belief, religion or ethnic origin. HRH Crown Prince Alexander enjoys skiing, sailing, water skiing, scuba diving and tennis. He was British Army Ski Champion in 1972. His other interests include music, theatre, information technology, and current affairs.
Jonas Anderhub (born in 1976) and Christof Wolfisberg (born in 1976) are OHNE ROLF. They are virtuosos of printed improvisation. With their absurd and ingenious play on words, they move somewhere between theater, comedy, and animated comic strip. In 1999, they tried out their poster idea for the first time. With deadpan faces they placed themselves in a crowded street holding up a poster saying: “There is nothing to be seen here.” Passers-by were puzzled. Was there really nothing to be seen? Another poster had the answer: “Move on, there is really nothing to be seen!” Over the last 15 years, OHNE ROLF have been performing their programs on many stages and in many TV shows in German, French, English, and Chinese. OHNE ROLF are winners of diverse theater awards.
Kosta Andrić is Managing Partner in ICT Hub and Managing Director at ICT Hub Venture. He has been leading ICT Hub since its establishment in November 2014, when it started as an incubator for technology startups. In three years, Kosta led ICT Hub to become one of the leading organizations in Serbia which support technology entrepreneurship and startups. ICT Hub Venture is the investment fund with the focus on investing in startups in an early stage of their development. Kosta is also a pioneer of connecting technology startups with corporations in Serbia, influencing local branches of multinational corporations to open their doors to cooperation with tech startups.
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.
(born in 1988) is a Senior Software Developer at 3AP AG. Mainly focusing on web systems and technologies.
Ašhen Ataljanc, the famous Serbian prima ballerina, a true diva of the ballet scene of former Yugoslavia. Ašhen was born back in 1971, she later 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 performed in numerous choreographies by Mauro Bigonzetti – Midnight Summer Dream, Comoedia Canti,Cantata I & II, Petrushka, Les Noces, Vespro, Romeo and Juliet, etc. In 2007, Ašhen began her collaboration with Accademia Danza in Milan, operating both as a dancer and a teacher. Throughout her impressive career, Belgrade was always Ašhen’s favourite destination where she worked both as a dancer and a choreographer in collaboration with Edward Clug, Snježana Abramović and Leo Mujić. The Belgrade scene introduced La Capinera, ballet performances Songs, If We All Hush Down A Little, and Sonnets. In 2011, Ašhen founded the Ashen Ataljanc Dance School, designed for ballet enthusiasts, gathering more than a hundred of students per years, true protegés of one impressive teacher, choreographer and pedagogue. As a ballet master, 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.
Nikola Avram MK Mountain Resort Hotel, Tourism and Real Estate Business Development Nikola Avram has over 15 years of experience in various international groups in SE Europe such as Vienna International, Adriatic Luxury Hotels, and Valamar Hotels & Resorts. He has joined the MK Group company 2010 as the CEO of MK Mountain Resort and since then has played a key roll in the designing the company’s strategic plans and has also been responsible for initiating the company’s commercial transformation in accordance with digitalization and innovation of the hotel products and services in various segments and categories.
Nebojsa Babic is 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.
Maria Baias (born in 1982) is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at New York University Abu Dhabi. Her research is focused on nuclear magnetic resonance methods with applications varying from solving crystal structure of pharmaceuticals (including cocaine) and other materials to applications of this method in helping with the conservation of cultural heritage. She is also a body language trainer and teaches people how to use body language in giving a presentation, social networking, lie detection and other circumstances. She lives her life following her favorite quote “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” – Anne Frank.
Antun Balaž is a Research Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Physics Belgrade. He obtained his physics PhD degree in 2008 from University of Belgrade. While working at the Institute of Physics Belgrade, he was also an Assistant Professor (part-time position) from 2009 to 2014 at University of Novi Sad, and since 2015 he is a lecturer and a Board member for the physics PhD program at University of Belgrade. Main research interests of Dr. Antun Balaž are related to ultracold quantum gases and Bose-Einstein condensation, as well as high-performance computing and numerical simulations. Dr. Antun Balaž is one of founders of the Scientific Computing Laboratory at the Institute of Physics Belgrade, which he now heads. This laboratory was established as an EU Center of Excellence for Modeling of Complex Systems, and waslater on accredited in 2014 as a National Center of Excellence for the Study of Complex Systems. Dr. Balaž is principal investigator for the national research project ON171017, and has coordinated/coordinates participation of Serbian teams in a number of EU FP6, FP7 and H2020 projects.
Rudolf Bär (born 1938) is currently a freelance collaborator at the black hole group of Prof. Kevin Schawinski at the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics at ETH Zurich. From 1969 to 2005 he worked at the private bank, Julius Baer Group Ltd. in Zurich, which is quoted at the Zurich Stock Exchange since 1981. He was CEO from 1993 to 2000 and was a member of the Board of Directors until 2005, when the family gave up control. After studying electrical engineering at ETH and completing an MBA at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1964, he worked in Zurich and Brussels for the Dow Corning Corporation. He has travelled extensively to remote locations like the sources of the Orinoco River, where he visited the Yanomami tribes, or to Papua New Guinea and its indigenous people.
Nikola Basta (born 1983.) is an electrical engineer and a PhD student at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade (ETF), where he received his dipl. -Ing. degree in 2008. 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 employed at ETF as a research and teaching assistant in the fields of electromagnetics, microwaves and antennas.
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 in Novi Sad, Serbia. BioSense focuses on multidisciplinary, game-changing and needs-driven research of advanced ICT technologies and its applications in biosystems, primarily agriculture. She is the coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project ANTARES, ranked as the first in the most prestigious H2020 call Teaming, which aims to evolve the BioSense Institute into a market-oriented European center of research excellence. Vesna is the Assistant Director for Research at the BioSense Institute, a full professor at the Department for Physics of the University of Novi Sad, and a mother of three.
Michela Bernacca holds a degree in Russian & English Languages from the University of Padua as well as Master Degree in European Studies from the same Italian University. After two years studies in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in 1998-99 she joined the UN in Vienna for a short term project. In the following 3 years she worked as project manager for big Corporations in Vienna like Philips, Telekom Austria and OMV. In 2004 she opened the first Franchised Berlitz School in Belgrade. In 2012 Berlitz Belgrade has received a prestigious award by Berlitz International Corporation as ‘Best Berlitz School in Europe’. Since that date Berlitz Belgrade is among the top 3 best Berlitz schools in Europe for quality of services delivered. There are now five Berlitz schools in Serbia, four in Belgrade and one in Novi Sad.
Simone Bernasconi is the Managing Director of the competence centre msfi (sustainable mobility and railways, innovation). Before being named MD in September 2015, Simone was a project manager and safety expert at the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA). Prior to this role, Simone has been an independent consultant in the aviation sector. From 2000 to 2010, Simone worked in different management positions in Switzerland and abroad for Swissair, SR Technics and SWISS. Simone has an extensive international experience having lived in USA, Germany, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Simone has a Bachelor degree in electronics from the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), a Certificate in Aviation Safety Management from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and a DAS in General Management from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). He lives in Uster (ZH) with his wife and one daughter.
Sebastian Biedenkopf (born 1964) is Group General Counsel of Robert Bosch-Group. Before joining Bosch in 2013, he worked in various functions for Conergy AG in Hamburg, his last position there was CFO and Interims-CEO. Prior to that, he worked as General Counsel at Maxingvest AG, the Hamburg based holding of Tchibo and Beiersdorf. Sebastian started his career as a lawyer. After four years in Düsseldorf and Washington, D.C., he joined the legal department of Bertelsmann AG in Guetersloh, Germany. There he was responsible for antitrust and media law until he was transferred to New York for three years as General Counsel of Bertelsmann Inc in 2001. Sebastian sits on several supervisory boards, among others DELTON AG, Bad Homburg and EUROKAI GmbH & Co. KGaA, Hamburg, where he is also head of the audit committee. Being an enthusiastic skier and hiker, he has spent more than three years of his life in the Swiss Alps, mostly together with his wife and their three boys.
Aleksandar Bijelic is Chief Digital Officer at MK Group in charge of digital transformation, through defining strategy and supporting execution of strategic projects. He 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 is active member of Serbian Association of Managers.
Miloš Biković (born in Belgrade in 1988) 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 is now trying to make a name for himself in 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 year. In 2018, Archangel Studios signed an agreement with the Serbian government regarding the investment in the Serbian movie industry and CGI.
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.
Marija Bjelopetrovic, Cultural Affairs Assistant at the U.S. Embassy in Serbia. My portfolio includes promotion of the U.S. culture in Serbia, Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation and working with the civil society on promotion of democracy, transparency, anti corruption and human rights.
Bożidar Blażević (born 1976) is the National Chairman of Balkan-Polish Chamber of Commerce. He was a Vice Mayor of Warsaw district Ursynow and held several others key roles in Municipiality of Warsaw. He holds Masters Degree in Economics and International Relations. The founder and initiator of several mayor traditional events and important projects in Polish capital city. CEO of Dalme Ltd
Kipper Blakeley is the Producer of WORLD.MINDS and is the Managing Editor of the WORLD.MINDS Magazine, the closed circulation magazine sent out once a year to our community around the world. He lives at a lake in eastern Switzerland with his wife, who is expecting a child right about the time when Kipper will be producing WORLD.MINDS Belgrade.
Milica specialty is bridging economics schooling in creative environment. She has been actively engaged in establishment of the Serbia Film Commission as an independent industry driven organisation focused on positioning Serbia as international film destination for ten years now. Her role requires wearing many hats and being the agent of change, from destination marketing and business development in film industry, to building training opportunities and liaising with public sector in creating film friendly environment in the country. At the same time she serves as Board member of the European Film Commissions Network. The latest project she took strategic role in is development of Computer Graphics and Arts Conference Belgrade and the ecosystem bridging the tech and art behind the moving images. Apart from this she is an avid music explorer and concert addict.
Lukas Böcker (born in 1989) is food technologist and doctoral student in the Sustainable Food Processing Laboratory at ETH Zurich. The group lead by Prof. Alexander Mathys focuses on a system oriented approach to realize biomass and energy use efficiency, significant waste reduction along food value chains as well as healthy and high quality food production. Lukas’ research interest tackles downstream processes of microalgae proteins to enable this innovative high potential raw material. Prior to his doctoral studies, he explored in internships the Ecuadorian meat industry and the Consulting industry. Besides his microalgae at ETH, Lukas enjoys to be in the Swiss Alps.
Aleksandar Bogojevic Director, Institute of Physics Belgrade Research Professor, Institute of Physics Belgrade. Principle interests: Quantum field theory, gravitation and cosmology; modeling and numerical simulations of complex systems. Author of more than 60 research publications and two textbooks in Quantum Field Theory. Author and co-author of four books, editor of one monograph, author of a large number of essays on science and technology. Mentor on 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.” Education 1978 – 1983 University of Belgrade (BSc Physics 1983) 1983 – 1985 Columbia University, New York (MA Physics 1985) 1985 – 1989 Brown University, Providence (PhD Physics 1989) Thesis: Chern-Simons Structrure of String Field Theory Mentor: Antal Jevicki 1989 – 1991 Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen (Postdoctoral Fellow) Administrative and Organizational Experience 1991 – 1996 Organizer, Danube Workshop meetings in High Energy Physics 2001 – 2003 Executive Director, Education Forum 2001 – 2002 Coordinator, UNESCO project: Alleviating the Problems of Braindrain 2001 – 2003 Coordinator, UNICEF project: Optimization of the Network of Schools 2004 – One of the founders of the Scientific Computing Laboratory at IPB (EU and national Center of Excellence for Complex Systems administrating PARADOX supercomputing facility) 2011 – 2014 Deputy Director, Institute of Physics Belgrade 2012 – 2016 Local Coordinator, Serbia Innovation Project (Government of Serbia, EU, World Bank) 2014 – 2016 President of Governing Board, Serbian Physics Society 2014 – Director, Institute of Physics Belgrade (first National Institute of the Republic of Serbia) 2014 – Member of Senate, University of Belgrade 2014 – Member of National Committee for Cooperation with CERN 2014 – Member of Council, Petnica Science Center 2017 – Coordinator, Verrocchio Project (Priority innovation project of the Government of Serbia
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.
Vladimir Božović is a lawyer and expert in the field of security studies (Ph.D., Faculty of Security Studies, University of Belgrade). He was Inspector General of the Department of Public Security at the Ministry of Interior of Serbia from 2004 to 2007, and the State Secretary at the Ministry of Interior, in charge of internal control and international cooperation during 2012 until 2014. In May 2015 he was appointed Advisor to the President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia in charge of regional cooperation and relation with church and religious communities. Presently he is engaged as an Advisor to the Minister of Interior.
I'm passionate entrepreneur, who believes collaboration is the only way to relate and do business. I co‑founded the first co‑working space in Uruguay called Sinergia. Exited in 2016 and in 2017 co founded Doctari . Currently I serves as an advisor to entrepreneurs, empowering others by helping them develop their businesses and communities. I'm also a lecturer and speaker in various conferences such as Tedx Durazno or Creative Mornings Montevideo. I teach entrepreneurship, innovation and design thinking at Universidad Católica del Uruguay. My main goal is to build a collaborative network that empowers entrepreneurs to develop sustainable companies that impact local and regional economies. Since 2015 I am part of We Americas, a women empowerment network, from where I dream of more women in leadership positions.
Nikola Kolya Bozovic (1975) is an artist born and based in Belgrade, Serbia. He completed his MA at the Mural Painting Department in 2004, at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade. He is a professor at the Faculty of Applied Arts at the Mural Painting Department. 2018/2019 Art director of Yoko Ono project “One Day” in Novi Sad, Serbia. He was awarded many times for painting; among the awards is the extinguished Golden Palette of the ULUS Spring exhibition, and the grant for 2011, by New York Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He exhibited at many group exhibitions like Voyage in China Art Museum, Shanghai and individual exhibitions in the country and abroad. He had a solo eshibition at Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade,“Phantasms on Wheels”, curated by Misela Blanusa. Member of the Board of the October Salon / Belgrade Bienniale Member of Council for the creative industries, Government of Serbia. His works are among several private European and Serbian collections, among which is the RADIX collection in Belgrade, BORUSAN collection in Istanbul, City of Belgrade Museum and Beijing International Art Biennale Collection. www.nikolabozovic.com
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. She was previously the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of Serbia from August 2016 until 29 June 2017, under Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić and Acting Prime Minister Ivica Dačić. 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 by a majority of 157 out of 250 Members of the National Assembly of Serbia. 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 where she had worked in the implementation of the investment of EUR 300 million in the wind park in the municipality of Kovin. 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 and on the Doing Business list of the World Bank. Ana is also a member of the "New Leaders for Europe" group within the World Economic Forum. Sebastian Kurz, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, the Prime Ministers of Estonia, Iceland and Malta, as well as numerous other prominent people also belong to this group.
Juliet Brooke is Editorial Director at Sceptre, the literary imprint at the publisher Hodder & Stoughton in London, part of the international publisher Hachette Livre. Previously Juliet worked at Chatto & Windus (part of Penguin Random House) for eleven years. She has published a number of bestsellers and prize-winners across literary fiction and non-fiction, and also devised the Hogarth Shakespeare series which commissioned world-renowned novelists to retell the plays of Shakespeare. It was published in 28 territories and generated many successes, notably a version of The Tempest from Margaret Atwood and Macbeth from Jo Nesbø. In late 2017 Juliet joined Sceptre to publish serious non-fiction – history, big ideas, psychology, politics, science books, memoir, biography and much else besides, and has commissioned books for 2020 on subjects such as misleading data, the link between economics and loneliness, the toxic impact of news, British twentieth-century art and a memoir about identity politics.
Richard Browning is an English inventor, entrepreneur and speaker. He founded Gravity Industries Ltd in March 2017, the company behind the "Daedalus Mark 1", a flight suit that uses six miniature jet engines to achieve vertical flight. Richard uses his arms to control the direction and speed of the flight, while a display inside the helmet gives updates on fuel consumption and other usage data. He achieved a speed of 32.02 miles per hour (51.53 km/h) with the suit during a Guinness World Records attempt for ‘Fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine powered suit’. Richard has been dubbed the 'real-life Iron Man' by media outlets around the world. He is an ultra-marathon runner and former Royal Marine Reservist. He was inspired by his father, an aeronautical engineer and inventor, who died when RIchard was a teenager.
Ton Büchner (born 1965) is a non-executive Board member at Novartis in Switzerland and at Voith in Germany. Until late 2017, he was the CEO of AkzoNobel, headquartered in the Netherlands. Until 2011, he was CEO of Sulzer AG in Switzerland. Previously, he headed several Sulzer divisions and was the chief representative for the Sulzer Corporation in China. Prior to Sulzer, he worked as a project manager in offshore facility design and construction in the Netherlands, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. He studied civil engineering at the TU Delft in the Netherlands and holds an M.B.A. from IMD in Lausanne.
Jelena Bulajić (born 1990) is a visual artist. She earned a BA from Academy of Arts of University of Novi Sad, and an MA from City and Guilds of London Art School. She creates large scale drawings and paintings that use layering of paint to create photorealistic yet abstract surfaces. The imagery of ageing human faces, and more recently of the surfaces of water and the layers of clouds, runs through her work. She exhibited nationally and internationally. Her works are included in the collection of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Saatchi Collection, among others. Her representation is handled by Carlier Gebauer gallery in Berlin and Madrid. She has received Niš Art Foundation Award, Milivoj Nikolajević Award for Drawing, and was twice the recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.
Jelena Bulatović (born in 1972) is the Executive Director of the Serbian Association of Managers (SAM) and Member of the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Bank in Serbia. She is a business executive with over 15 years of experience in business diplomacy, business development, government relations and project management. SAM is an oversees business association that gathers over 400 top professional managers who run domestic and international companies operating in Serbia. Before SAM, Jelena worked for seven years for USAID Serbia as a Banking and Financial Specialist, responsible for US Government economic growth projects. Since 2014, she has been ranked among the top 100 most influential women in Serbia. In 2016, she was awarded with the "Silver Emblem of the Red Cross" for her extraordinary contribution in helping affected citizens. She is also a Member of the “Summit 100 Business Leaders of the SEE” Managing Board.
Greta Canelli is a Doctoral candidate at the Sustainable Food Processing Laboratory at ETH Zurich.
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. Somewhat orthogonal to his research, Mario is highly interested (and a bit involved) in privacy-aware non-invasive prenatal genome analysis.
Nemanja Cerovac is a serial tech entrepreneur. He is currently CPO at Santiment.net, a behavior analytics platform for accessing and analyzing digital asset data, providing comprehensive insights into the inner workings of crypto markets (raised ~11M$ in ICO july 2017). He began his entrepreneurial career as a CMO and founding member of FishingBooker (fishingbooker.com), a marketplace startup that grew from a small office in Serbia to global market dominance in 2 years, currently operating in 97 countries. Nemanja works with the Source Institute, growing various early-stage projects. Nemanja has the quintessential growth mindset and was consistently able to transform bootstrapped startups into industry leaders, over well-funded competitors in various markets. In addition to The Sources and FishingBooker, he also founded LaptopFriendly (laptopfriendly.co) which is subtly but effectively disrupting commercial real estate markets by helping creative workers find best spots to work from in their city. In 2017 he moved to Silicon Valley to work on Refdash (refdash.co, which was acquired by Facebook in 2018) a platform that helps engineers evaluate their technical interview skills and fast-track their way to multiple companies. They were helping companies such as Lyft, Uber, Mixpanel, Cruise Automation to hire great engineers and scale their product. He’s also an active member of the Serbian Blockchain Initiative (sbi.rs) as well as Serbian Entrepreneurs, a global entrepreneurial network fostering the Serbian startup ecosystem.
Irena Cerovic joined UNDP in 2015 to lead the portfolio on innovation, public policy, and rule of law. Her focus is on innovative uses of technology for democratization and development. Irena previously worked as Executive Director of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, where she spent 10 years engaged on political dialogue and capacity building of decision-makers in Serbia and the Balkans, primarily as related to European Integration, democratic institution building, and regional reconciliation. She currently serves as Member of the Board of the Open Society Foundation in Serbia. Irena holds a Master’s degree in International Economic and Political Studies from Charles University in Prague.
Philipp Cottier (born 1967) is an active entrepreneur and investor in blockchain and fintech start-ups, private equity, hedge funds and emerging markets. He is based in Zurich and sits on the board of several companies, including Bellegarde Capital, L1 Digital, Crypto Finance AG and previously Bank Vontobel. Philipp is also engaged in impact investing through responsAbility Investments and Persistent Energy. From 1998 to 2008 he built up and successfully exited Harcourt Investments, an asset manager focusing on alternative investments with close to $6bn of assets. He started his career at UBS in Basel, New York and Hong Kong, and Boston Consulting in Sydney. Philipp is a committed philanthropist and avid supporter of social causes such as girl empowerment through the Cottier Donzé Foundation. He holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in finance from University of St. Gallen. Philipp is a passionate mountaineer, paraglider and sailor, and completed the first traverse of the famous North West Passage on a catamaran with his family.
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.
Carlos Cruz, over 20 years of Retail Experience in different continents . Driven by customer focus, innovation and creativity
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.
Vladislav Cvetković (born 1969) 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 industrial and financial projects 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. Responsibilities included operational management, 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 region.
Edin Dacic (born 1968 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 250 new jobs and currently employs about 300 employees representing the only Serbian supplier to IKEA. Besides his business activities Edin is President 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).
Dragoljub Damljanović, electrical engineer by education, specialized in power engineering, held many positions in Belgrade electrical utility and fifteen years ago, he started his career in Schneider Electric in Serbia. From sales position he moved to sales management of partners and after that projects and services. He led Schneider business in Serbia and Montenegro for four years, and then took over Energy and Field Service business in South East Europe. He is President of the board of directors of French Serbian Chamber of Commerce and member of the board of Société General Bank in Serbia. Passionate about people, their development and growth. Loves history, philosophy and good music, jazz, classics…
Ms. Regina De Dominicis is the UNICEF Representative in Serbia since 23 August 2018, when she assumed her duties and taken over the responsibilities of the Country Office activities. Prior to this assignment, she was a UNICEF Representative in Morocco, where she led the expansion of the UNICEF-Morocco programme focused on early years, adolescents and youth development. She has mobilized significant resources and intensified South-South cooperation, especially in the area of early child development. Before joining Morocco, Ms. De Dominicis worked in Turkey as a Deputy Representative, and played an important role as a resource person for the development of a strategic partnership with the European Union for the region CEE-CIS, besides her role as a country programme coordinator. Ms. De Dominicis has also worked at the European Commission, and during her career in Montenegro she managed programmes related to human rights, rule of law, public administration and justice reforms, as well as modernization of the education systems. During this period, she has also served in the Kosovo (under UNSC Resolution 1244) emergency, for the development of decentralized social protection responses in the framework of the EU reconstruction programme. Ms. De Dominicis has also worked in the private sector in Canada on public relations and corporate social responsibility. After obtaining her Laurea di Dottore in Political Sciences at LUISS University in Rome, Ms. De Dominicis specialized in European studies at the College of Europe in Europe, Belgium where she obtained her master degree in 1999. Ms. De Dominicis is accompanied in Serbia by her husband and daughter.
Vesna de Vinca is a TV journalist, a writer and a film, fashion and event producer. She researches exclusive topics, personalities and she creates exclusive events. Inspired by last interview with Nelson Mandela, Vesna wrote and published the biography book “Mandela’s Code ”. Vesna holds a PhD in "Exclusive TV Journalism". Since 2004, she has been managing her own production system "De Vinca Production". Since 2006, as a movie maker, Vesna has been a permanent member of the jury of ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival in Paris, led by the Academy Award winner Scott Hillier. She creates fashion spectacles. Promoting the concept of educated women “Beauty with purpose “, Vesna provided full 4-year university scholarships for 364 young women. Vesna creates life concepts of “new humanism”, special concepts of architecture and design. She is a member of MENSA Serbia and The Order of Saint Lazarus Knights. She lives and works on the river boat “De Vinca”, in the confluence of the two rivers, the Sava and the Danube, in Belgrade, because she says that she enjoys uncertainty. Vesna is a pseudonym taken by Vesna Jugovic, with the desire to promote the Vinca civilization that flourished on the banks of the Danube near Belgrade - 5000 years before Jesus Christ.
Alessia Delbrueck is a PhD student in Food Science passionately committed to working towards a new food future – a future with enough, safe and nutritious food for everyone- achieved by innovative solutions and drastic changes to the global food mindset. She received a Master of Science from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and has some years of experience in the food industry.
Dragana Djermanović is a digital transformation advisor and keynote speaker, who was 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.
Miroslav L. Djordjevic is a Professor of Urology and Surgery at the School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia. He completed his medical studies, including his urology residency, at School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia. Miroslav published many papers on the surgical treatment of hypospadias, epispadias, Peyronie's disease, adult hypospadias, buried penis, urethral reconstruction, pediatric reconstructive urology, penile enhancement surgery as well transsexual surgery. In his long and fruitful career, he achieved his greatest results in the field of urogenital reconstructive surgery, as one of the rare in the world to have encompassed treatment of all anomalies of the genital system regardless of gender or age. Miroslav is a member of numerous urological and surgical associations, and he received numerous research awards and honours, including awards given by the European Association of Urology, German Urological Association and the European Society for Sexual Medicine. He is the leader of the Belgrade Center for Genital Reconstructive Surgery which is well-known for education for colleagues from around the world. His great experience in sex reassignment surgery resulted in new knowledge of the surgical anatomy of the male and female genitalia. Miroslav is promoted as Visiting professor at many Universities over the world, and elected to be President of the Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons Association. Last but not least, he got the O1 USA Visa, special status for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. Recently, The University of the State of New York Education Department qualified him to practice Medicine and Surgery permanently.
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 (Canada, Netherlands and the US), to driving innovation as CTO of an Australian public company with operations on four continents (Asia, Australia, Europe and North America), 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 independent and 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, DJ, author and retired punk. 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, the movie actor, publisher of underground comics, graphic artist, DJ in the club "The Hole" and designer 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. "The most important criteria for entering their club," Djurić recounts, "was to join them in their game." He developed "The Populist Project", pointing out the interaction between the individual and the star system by presenting himself on the cover of an imaginary magazine entitled "Hometown Boys" as a player of the most prominent European soccer clubs and as a pioneer with a red neckerchief amidst the most famous protagonists of the Eastern European art scene. When Uroš Djurić paints, he does so in the reassuring awareness of being a conceptual artist. Self-portraits with a guitar are an obvious theme for him, since he is the proud owner of the most expensive Fender Telecaster, featuring a natural wooden body and a rosewood neck – a classic among electric guitars. The present painting's title alone – a well-meant piece of advice from Germany as the country of the economic miracle – already suggests that Djurić 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 Djurić was getting along well with Germany's legendary "enfant terrible" Martin Kippenberger. In appropriating Kippi's genre of drawing on hotel stationary, he underscores his admiration by expanding the format. The text quotes an icon from the international antifascist song repertory. In the personal branding conceived by Kippenberger/Djurić, the last line, which in the original is "we are the workers of Vienna," has logically been changed to "we are the workers of Belgrade + Cologne."
Isidora Djuric is a Statistics master student at ETH Zurich with specialization in Data Science.
Rolf Dobelli (born 1966) is an avid admirer of science. He is a novelist, non-fiction author, entrepreneur and founder of WORLD.MINDS. He is also co-founder of getAbstract, a leading business publisher. Rolf studied business and philosophy at University of St. Gallen, where he received his Ph.D. Personal note: He loves books and doesn’t consume news. Despite his news-diet, he is a regular contributor to Washington Post, Die ZEIT, NZZ, Handelsblatt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. His books have been translated in 45 languages. He lives with his family in Bern.
Dragana Tomić Pilipović is the founder and executive director of the Centre for Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship - CDOP (www.cdop.rs) with more than 20 years of experience in the field of organization development, strategic human resource management and mentoring support to individuals in personal development. Since 2010, she leads the organization CDOP, which main goals are to inform, educate and encourage sustainable development and social entrepreneurship. She founded the Rural HUB (www.ruralhub.rs) in the village Vrmdža, Sokobanja with the aim of empowering villages through the social economy and entrepreneurship. Her passion is encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship, particularly in rural areas.
Biljana Ždrale (born 1971) is the Owner and Sales Director of 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.
Dobrivoje Lale Eric 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 process 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 many 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.
Zoran Erić is an art historian, curator, and lecturer. He holds a PhD from the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Currently he is working as Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade. His research fields include the meeting points of urban geography, spatio-cultural discourse, and theory of radical democracy. From 2005 to 2008 he was a member of the IKT Board and from 2008 to 2010 the president of the AICA International - Serbian Section. He curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions and projects in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Bergen, Graz, Ljubljana, Lueneburg, Luxembourg, Munich, New York, Salzburg, Saint Etienne, Rio de Janeiro, Venice, Vienna, Vitoria-Gasteiz, etc.
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.
Marja Feldin. She loves analytics and creativity with equal passion and enthusiasm. She believes change starts happening, when we start to get somewhat uncomfortable in our everyday. When we manage to push through, we are rewarded with pride and success. She is a marketing manager at Banka Sparkasse, leading digital banking development and communications. Prior to that she was a management consultant for A. T. Kearney, marketing manager for Žito and a branding strategist in communications for Pristop. Starting as a BSC in Journalism and English, she later earned her International MBA at Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. She still enjoys combining hard facts and soft touch.
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.
Alona Fisher-Kamm is the Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Republic of Serbia. She has served in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Head of Training Bureau from 2013 to 2016. Prior to this, she held a variety of positions including Director of Training Department, National Security College, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Madrid, as well as other stations in Europe and Latin America. She completed her PhD in Political Science at Tel Aviv University, with the topic “Israel in the Intellectual Discourse of the Left in Europe – The Framing of Israel in the Media in Spain, France and Britain”. She received her Masters (with honors) at the Security College and Haifa University, and did her bachelor studies in Political Science at Tel Aviv University (again, with honors). She was a Senior Fellow of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, at the Hartog School at Tel Aviv University, where she conducted research on Innovation in the Public Sector. She was also a Fellow at the Forum for Liberal Nationalism at Menachem Begin Heritage Center, in Jerusalem. She speaks Hebrew, English, French, Spanish and is married with four children.
Matija Fontana is founder and CEO of Virtual Office ltd (Slovenia) and Fontana ltd (Croatia). Born in 1988, Matija is an experienced CEO founder of several companies with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry, managed and leaded a myriad of different projects and people. Skilled in management, business organization, business operations, project development and real estate transactions. Core business and main goal and vision is to make doing business easier for our clients by applying one stop shop service troughed concept of virtual companies, virtual assistant and virtual office. Temporally working on several new project, running companies in Croatia and Slovenia thought brand of virtual office and managing more than 80 clients/companies from all around world who are interested in doing business in EU (Croatia and Slovenia).
Pascal Forster (born 1967) is the former managing director of Kienbaum AG, a global management consulting and executive search firm. He has more than 18 years of experience in recruiting senior managers and executives for leading corporations and organizations. In addition, he has helped set up a number of commercial and nonprofit organizations, the most prominent being Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable (together with Thomas Ladner) and Club zum Rennweg (co-founder). He received a B.A. in social sciences and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Gallen. Pascal is a member of the board of WORLD.MINDS.
André Frensch (born 1967) is the creative director of the editorial team of “WORLD.MINDS Magazine” and is the creative director at Ringier AG. He was significantly involved in the development of “Schweizer LandLiebe,” which is the most successful new launch of a print title in recent years, and serves as its editorial director.
Ivana Gadjanski is a Research Fellow and Senior Scientific Consultant at BioSense Institute in Novi Sad, Serbia. She received her PhD in Biology from the Georg August University and Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Goettingen, Germany). She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, where she worked in Gordana Vunjak Novakovic's Lab for Stem cells and Tissue engineering. She was also selected as a Young Scientist at World Economic Forum. Moving into cellular agriculture field - developing solutions for cultured meat - she was awarded a grant from the Good Food Institute. She was then the Coordinator of the H2020 Twinning project, "DRAGON GA 810755". She is the Founder of the Fab Initiative, an NGO working on establishing fab labs in southeast Europe and promoting entrepreneurship in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). She is also the Founder at Pubsonic, a web application for interactive graphical presentation of the open-access biomedical data. She has published two books of poetry in Serbian, "Demoni" ("Demons") and "Klinasto pismo" ("Cuneiform script"), and she received the Strazilovo Award at the literary manifestation "Brankovo kolo" in Sremski Karlovci 2008, for "Klinasto pismo". Her Serbian-English poetry book is in the works.
Jelena Galić is the CEO of the largest domestic private bank in Serbia, AIK Banka. AIK Banka is among top five banks in Serbia based on assets size. During the five years that Jelena has been CEO, AIK Banka has become the only national bank in Serbia to step out toward the EU market, becoming the single shareholder of Slovenian Gorenjska banka and thus enlarging regional presence with cca 4 bIn eur assets size. Parallel with being the CEO at AIK Banka, Jelena is also the President of the Supervisory Board of Gorenjska Banka, and the Head of Banking and Finance Division (under which both banks operates) at Agri Europe Cyprus Limited (AEC), one of the largest Groups in SEE. Prior to 2015, Jelena was a Practice Leader of Business Advisory within Deloitte Serbia (part of Deloitte CE), responsible for East Adria cluster and advisory projects within FSI in CEE. Jelena holds a PhD degree in finance and banking, and has participated in numerous international conferences, publishing more than 40 scientific papers thus far. In addition to her tight daily schedule, Jelena is particularly attentive in regards to her lecturing activity – namely, years back, she has been the Associate Professor at the Belgrade Banking Academy. She likes to say that students are the best audience – they learn from us, but also teach us many useful things. In her free time, Jelena enjoys spending time with her family – twins aged 10 years, her spouse, as well as other close family members and friends. She enjoys reading, travelling, and experiencing new challenges.
Patricia Gannon is a Lawyer, Advisor, Mentor and Entrepreneur. Having established and built up the largest legal practice in the Balkans over 20 years her experience in the region is broad and extensive. Today supporting a broad range of start ups in multiple markets and industry and led by her vision to impact global change in the fields if environments, education and empowerment of women
Daniel Gassin is an Australian pianist of French-American descent, currently living in Paris. In 2007 Daniel was the sole Australian to reach the finals of the Jazz Solo Piano Competition at the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival. In 2008 he was selected to participate in the Jazz & Creative Music Workshop in Banff, Canada, headed by acclaimed U.S. trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas. In the same year, the Daniel Gassin Trio released its second album “Crossover” which was recorded by Mal Stanley for his national radio program ABC Jazztrack. In 2010, the Daniel Gassin Trio performed at the Dubai International Jazz Festival and the Queenstown International Jazz Festival. In 2011 Daniel made his debut as leader at the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival with his newly-formed Sextet. In July of that year, the Daniel Gassin Sextet’s debut album, featuring all original compositions, was released to critical acclaim and widespread national airplay. The album was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the Independent Music (AIR) Awards, and the track “Banff Song” earned a nomination at the 2012 Jazz Bell Awards for Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year. In 2013, Daniel reached the final of the National Jazz Awards, and was awarded Third Prize. In 2016, he was nominated for the prestigious Freedman Fellowship. In September of the same year, Daniel's Trio completed a five-concert tour of Sweden. In November, he inaugurated Quincy Jones' new club - Q's - at the Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai, playing eight concerts with UK drummer Ollie Howell over its opening two weeks. In addition to performing and touring extensively with many of Australia’s (and now France’s) finest jazz musicians, Daniel has also played and recorded with U.S. jazz greats Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Leroy Jones, Rick Margitza, John Riley and Bob Sheppard. Daniel Gassin is a Yamaha artist.
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.
Peter Gomez (born 1947) is professor emeritus of management and former director of the Institute of Management at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). He was professor at HSG since 1990, when he returned to academia after 10 years of practical experience in Swiss industry (Ringier Group, Distral Group and Valcor). From 1999 to 2005, he was rector of HSG and led the fundamental change process of the university. In 2005, he became founding dean of the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, the umbrella organization of all executive education activities of the HSG, which he headed till 2010. In 2006, he was appointed chairman of the board of SWX Group, the Swiss Exchange, which he merged in 2008 with SIS Group and Telekurs Group to form SIX Group (Swiss Infrastructure and Exchange). He retired as chairman of SIX Group in 2013 and is presently president or member of several foundations and holds memberships in academic boards and professional organizations. He engages in major projects to strengthen corporate leadership committed to society. Finally, he likes to travel, play golf, and collect butterflies—a good combination. The most beautiful butterflies are often found on golf courses in exotic countries.
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, General manager Roche, physician! Serving turning medical science into meaningful clinical practice! Learning curriculum linked with INSEAD, London Business School. Future focused! Area of special interest: new business modeling for new world! Daughter, mother and wife!
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.
Branko Greganović has been the CEO and CFO of NLB Banka Belgrade since May 2014. He is an executive with rich international experience in public and private sector; corporate finance, M&A and restructuring. After completing his undergraduate studies in economics, he obtained Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Ljubljana and Master’s Degree in Management from the London Business School, University of London. He gained his business experience at the National Bank of Slovenia, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia and Societe Generale Bank, and he also achieved project cooperation with the World Bank and USAID. Branko Greganović led a team of M&A advisors in the process of establishment of Droga Kolinska Group, and after that, in his capacity as the CFO of the Group he also led the restructuring process of Droga Kolinska Group. Before coming to NLB Banka Belgrade, Branko Greganović led projects of collection of non-performing loans in Hypo Alpe Adria Banka in Croatia from the central bank in Klagenfurt, Austria. Branko Greganović is a member of the Management Board of the Slovenian Business Club and a member of the Management Board of Serbia Association of Managers (SAM).
Béatrice Grossniklaus (born 1967) is a healthcare specialist. As a trained nurse she now works in home care, focusing on care of people with dementia and on palliative care. In order to deal with these very difficult moments of their lives, Beatrice supports and advises people and their families in their homes. In her free time, she takes great interest in travelling and meeting with people from different cultural backgrounds around the world.
Ueli Grossniklaus (born 1964) is Professor of Plant Developmental Genetics at the University of Zurich’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. Throughout his career, Ueli's interests centered on developmental biology, first working with fruit flies and later with plants. Currently, Ueli uses different plant models to investigate the genetic and molecular basis of plant reproduction. He is well embedded in the global research community, reflected by numerous interdisciplinary and international collaborations and grants from various national and international funding bodies, including the European Research Council, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ueli’s major conceptual contributions to developmental biology have implications beyond plant science and have been recognized through a number of awards, including the Amerbach Award for best PhD thesis, a prestigious Searle Scholarship, and election to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the Board of Directors of the International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (ISPMB). Apart from science, Ueli enjoys the arts and likes to experience foreign cultures through books and travel, and his general broadmindedness ends only when it comes to ice hockey, where he shows his roots as an avid supporter of Bern’s hockey club SCB, the current Swiss Champion.
Ivan Grubanov is a painter, author and lecturer 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. Using painting as a research method, his artwork processes the notion of nationhood and its contemporary references. He has extensively exhibited and lectured internationally, including the solo show at the Serbian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015. His artwork is featured in prominent collections such as contemporary art museums in Belgrade, Athens, Leon and Berlin.
Ana Grujović is the Executive Director of the Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Hagander is the Co-Founder of Microcaps AG, a Swiss-based company that offers a novel technology for the production of microparticles and microcapsules used to protect pharmaceutical agents in drugs or fragrances in cosmetic products.
Nils Hagander (born 1957) is co-founder of a-connect, a leading global staffing and project execution firm for highly qualified independent professionals. Nils manages and develops clients in the financial services, industrial, health-care and telecom industries. He is also an active investor in Secheron Hasler, and in air-connect. Nils was most recently a director with McKinsey & Company, and co-leader of the firm’s European corporate finance and strategy practice. He previously worked as an account manager with Citibank in Zurich. He holds degrees in business and economics, as well as in law, from the University of St. Gallen. Personal note: Nils has been an air-show pilot since 1986 and has won several aerobatic medals in Swiss and European championships. He was the first Western European to fly the Russian Sukhoi on the European air-show circuit.
Hi, I’m Aleksandar Hangimana and in the last 8 years I have been working in HR and workforce consulting industry in the SEE region. I’m very passionate about connecting people with opportunities and unleashing potentially in the region. A.
Kevin Heng (born 1978) is a professor of astronomy and planetary science at the University of Bern, and the director of its Center for Space and Habitability. He is a theoretical astrophysicist by training, who is interested in the climates and habitability of exoplanets (planets found beyond our Solar System). He serves on the core science team of the Swiss-led CHEOPS mission of ESA, which aims to detect Earth-like exoplanets around bright, nearby stars. He is an international member of the Science and Technology Definition Team (STDT) of the LUVOIR mission concept study, which is poised to be the next flagship telescope of NASA aiming to detect biosignatures from exoplanets. He is the author of "Exoplanetary Atmospheres: Theoretical Concepts and Foundations," published by Princeton University Press, which won the 2018 Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award of the American Astronomical Society. He holds an European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (2018-2023) worth 2 million euros. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D degrees at the University of Colorado, spent three years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (holding the title of Frank & Peggy Taplin Member), and was a Zwicky Prize Fellow at ETH Zurich, before joining the University of Bern as an assistant professor. In his free time, he writes an annual column for the American Scientist magazine (since 2012). Kevin was one of the speakers at the 2012 Annual Symposium and 2016 WORLD.MINDS Salon.
Björn Hering (born 1978 in Bern, Switzerland) 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.
Katarina Šibalić (1976) 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.
I am part of team Novi Sad European Youth Capital 2019 - OPENS 2019!
Vera Ignjatović is an internationally recognised researcher in the field of paediatric haematology. She leads the Haematology Research Team at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Her team is acknowledged as being at the forefront of paediatric haematology research internationally. Vera utilises basic and clinical studies to achieve her vision of developing novel strategies for thrombosis prevention, detection and treatment in children. She has over 120 publications and 3000 citations and is an investigator on projects receiving over $6M in funding. Vera has presented widely in forums ranging from Thrombosis and Haemostasis to Proteomics conferences, both Nationally and Internationally. She is a Section editor for journal Thrombosis and Haemostasis and a member of the editorial board for journal Thrombosis Research. In addition to her research career achievements, Vera is an Olympian, having represented Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Ana Ilić serves as Advisor to the Prime Minister of Serbia for digital and creative industries, film and tourism. Prior to this appointment, Ana served as Chief of Staff at the Ministry for Public Administration and Local Self-Government. For eight years, Ana was Executive Director at the Serbia Film Commission, non-profit association of the Serbian film industry that aims at developing and promoting Serbia as a competitive destination for international filmmaking. 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.
Nataša Šiljković is a marketing manager for CIVITTA, management consultancy originating from Central Eastern Europe. She spent most of her adult life living and working in Los Angeles. After earning a degree in International Relations and a Masters in Public Diplomacy from USC, Nataša worked as a global brand operations manager for Nike Accessories. Nataša has experience in brand advisory and strategic communications.
Nemanja Žilović is Chief Strategy and Transformation Executive Officer in Telenor Serbia, a leading mobile communication provider in Serbia. He is innovative and data-driven strategy leader with roots in marketing. He has a wide experience in field of telecommunications, and through career he held the positions of Consumer Marketing Director and progressed through a series of roles in Telenor Montenegro and Telenor Serbia. Nemanja holds a degree of the Academy of Arts, Belgrade: Producer in Arts and Media. He is passionate about science and technology, audio books and mountain biking.
Ana Ivic Veljkovic is a teacher of geography whose past 22 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, worn 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.
Uroš Živković is the Founder of gastrobalkan.com – a place where global foodies can explore local cuisine with a twist.
Walker Jackson (born in 1972 in Florida) is a fellow of the Wallenberg Center for Molecular Medicine and an associate professor in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at Linköping University in Sweden. Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease and fatal familial insomnia, wreak havoc on a brain that had previously performed perfectly for 40 to 60 years. Walker's research is focused on revealing the brain's secrets of how it generally fights off these dreadful diseases, with the goal of reengaging these mechanisms in people for which it has failed. He also investigates how disease onset and progression are impacted by poor sleep, a natural feature of human aging. Walker has spent most of his life in the USA, but moved to Bonn, Germany in February 2011, and from there moved to Linköping in February 2018. Outside the lab Walker likes to travel through Europe and bicycle along the Göta canal with his wife.
Tamara Jakovljević is a student of Sensor technologies at Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Slovenia. She is working in the field of media for 7 years like the author of the documentary TV serial at First channel of National TV station of the Republic of Serbia "My hero" and "Golden idea" dedicated to innovations, startups, and entrepreneurship. She is also engaged in the field of international relations like organizer of the "Belgrade strategic dialogue" events. She is associated partner of the SWISS IPG Group. In free time she writes and paints.
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.
Mihailo Janković is a seasoned Chief Executive Officer with entrepreneurial disposition and proven track record in leading businesses through business turnaround, strategic transformation and organisational restructuring enabling sustainable business growth. He is currently CEO of Nectar group, one of the largest regional food and beverage producers, vertically integrated company with multiple production sites across SEE. 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 a.d. and Nectar Group. He served as a board member on various non-profit associations/organizations and finds inspiration in constant performance acceleration, people development and business transformation.
Pavle Jankovic (MA) 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. Mr. Jankovic 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. Mr. Jankovic 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, Mr Jankovic 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.
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.
Marko Jocić email@example.com +381 63 437 487 Marko is a owner of Viktorija Film, which has been one of the leading production companies in Serbia since 1989. Marko was born into a family of filmmakers, father Slobodan Viki Jocic producer and mother Vera Jocic editor. He studied camera at the Drama Arts Academy in Belgrade, worked on various positions in film industry and has been actively producing since 2001. He was producer, executive producer or line producer on 26 films as (Mrtav Ladan, Cordon, 4th Man, Zone of the Dead, Ironclad: Battle for Blood and the South Korean production The Tenor - Lirico Spinto). He has been a CEO of Viktorija Film since 2004. From 2009 he is producing genre movies on English language with US cast in leading roles for international sales, some of them are “Killer Mermaid” and “The Rift”. Last few years he actively writes movie scripts he also producing as “Taxi Blues” and “Isolation”.
Jelena Joksimovic, co-founder of Uradi-zaradi startup - online platform for booking reliable help at your home - cleaning and ironing. I graduated from Faculty of mathematics at Belgrade University and I am interested in data scienence, metrics and data-driven decision making processes.
Rade Joksimovic is one of the most recognized serial technology entrepreneurs in South East Europe, best known for starting his career at a young age (16), and having his first company acquired at age 21 after scaling it to 43 countries across 4 continents in under 2 years.
Vojdan Jordanov is President of the Management Board at Triglav Pension Company JSC Skopje Finance. He is a general management professional, with experience in finance, audit, accounting and related IT, with many leadership roles in current and previous positions. Prior to Triglav Pension Company JSC Skopje, he worked as Partner and Head of Business development at RSM Macedonia, where he still keeps an advisory role. Besides his experience in these companies, he works or has worked on projects with several organizations such as Accelerator UKIM Skopje, Institute of Directors Skopje, Macedonian Stock Exchange 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, and a Master's degree at the Rotterdam School of Management.
Aleksandra Jovanić holds a PhD in Digital Arts and a BSc in Computer Science. In her research and artistic practice she combines various media, mainly focusing on interactive art, art games and generative art. As an Assistant Professor, she currently teaches at all three levels of studies - the undergraduate programme of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, master studies of the Faculty of Applied Arts and art doctoral studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade. As a designer and computer programmer, she worked successfully on the development of prominent web projects, mainly in the field of culture and arts. Beside web design, she has been active in the area of graphic design and also designed film, theater and concert posters and title sequences.
Marta Jovanović is a performance artist, educator and Founder of the PerformanceHUB education platform. She is also the Director of Gallery 12 HUB.
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.
Nataša Kažić is an author, keynote speaker and business development & 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 expected to be published in summer 2019.
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 famous 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 (Brand Conference, E-trgovina, BizBuzz, Brand Fair, Belgrade Venture Forum, Rebranding Serbia, Impact Hub, Gartner conference, INSIDE, Global Adventure Meeting, Octopus, Youth Fair, Pakom Road Show, BRANDstorming, OpenIT, Serbia Creative Industries Conference, Mobile Fest, BISEC, ICT forum, Rajac conference, SymOrg, Management in creative industries, SwissTenGrow conference (CH), SPIN, Incitement, MAF, WikiLive, Entrepreneurship in sport, Employment, education and entrepreneurship…). He has lectured at several faculties of the Belgrade University (FON, FSFV, VISER…), Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Economics in Subotica, Mokra Gora School of Management, Singidunum University Belgrade... 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 – International art organization - leading South East Europe organization for promotion of Techno culture (music, video, fashion, media, design, science, healthy lifestyle…). TECHNOKRATIA organized & promoted more than 4500 cultural events (concerts, exhibitions, conferences, installations, parties, forums, music, science, media & sport events) worldwide. TECHNOKRATIA motto is “Using the high technologies in creative purposes”. After successful DJ career, Dušan became one of the first European VJs (Video Jockeys), performing at big events, mixing, directing and producing video performances, music videos, movies, collaborating with worlds famous music televisions (MTV, VIVA, MCM, TMF...). He was an editor, producer and author of several famous TV and radio shows and printed media (cult show “VJ TECHNO” – worlds only Techno culture TV show on National TV station, shows: SUPERNOVA, ANIMANIA, Mozaik, Night program... all programs at Serbian National Television; FRACTAL show on Radio Politika). He co-founded and was Editor in Chief of TV Metropolis – the first Serbian music television), music and culture editor of print magazines: Vreme zabave, Beoizlog, Music Magazine, EXTREME Magazine...etc. Dušan worked on development of many big brands in creative industries: STREET PARADE (CH), FREE PARTY (A), SONICA FESTIVAL (I), ENERGY (CH), TRANSSERBIA, EXIT, STAR HOUSE, BEOGRADSKI MARATON, PAKOM, E-TVRĐAVA, D-BRAIN, BEER FEST, GOLIJA FEST, VITEZ FEST, IT’S MY PLAY (USA), SRPSKA MAGAZA, IHB, SMS4PARKING, ROLERIJADA, BVF, SOUTHERN SOUL FESTIVAL (CG), TVM, P.L.U.R. FEST, CATCH, BDU, SEA DANCE FESTIVAL (CG), FOREST FEST, SEA STAR FESTIVAL (CRO), FESTIVAL 84 (BIH)… and many more. He has published a range of media, professional, scientific and popular articles in various magazines and publications (KvadArt, Pop Kult, Ekos, Svet Kompjutera, Računari, Raveline, Partysan, Trend…).
Christian H. Kälin is 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, he is a sought-after speaker and 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, and the Switzerland Business & Investment Handbook. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Citizenship Review, an international quarterly.
Michael Kaschke is the CEO and president of the ZEISS Group—a leading company in the optics and optoelectronic industries headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. He has been with the company since 1992 and has held various research and management positions. Michael received a Ph.D. in physics from Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, and has held positions at the IBM Research Center in Yorktown Heights (NY) and in German academic institutions before joining ZEISS. He also teaches as a professor for medical technology at the Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Department of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany.
HRH Crown Princess Katherine holds the title of the Crown Princess of Serbia. Born in Athens in 1943, she was educated in Athens and Lausanne. She studied business at the University of Denver and the University of Dallas. Princess Katherine was in business for a few years in the United States. In 2007 Princess Katherine received an honorary degree in Doctor of Letters from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Her Royal Highness was previously married and has two children David and Alison. She has travelled extensively and has lived in Australia, Africa and the United States. Princess Katherine met HRH Crown Prince Alexander in Washington DC in 1984 and they were married in London in September 1985. Princess Katherine’s charitable activities have been numerous, especially since the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Her Royal Highness has brought much needed relief especially to children, the elderly and all those in need regardless of religion or ethnic origin. Princess Katherine is the Patron of several humanitarian organizations including Lifeline Humanitarian Organization with offices in Chicago, New York, Toronto, London and Athens. At the beginning of August 2001, The Foundation of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine was established in Belgrade with the aim to continue and increase humanitarian activities. Her Royal Highness speaks Greek, English, French and Serbian. She enjoys music, reading and all activities that regard children, cooking and the theatre.
Viktor Kiss, born on April 14, 1973. in Belgrade. I graduated from Faculty of applied arts in 2002. year, ceramics department. In 2013. I started an independet poject „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. On 2015. we started a project Dev9t- the festival that gathers nine types of art and brings artists from all over the world. By the time Dev9t became the biggest art festival in this region. I collaborate with couple of big international companies in Serbia in a field of art marketing- 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, helped me in making sculptures. I stand for idea that my art is fast readable, released from superfluous explications.
Višnja Kisić is a researcher, educator and practitioner in the field of cultural and heritage management, politics and policy. Her practice and research focus on how contemporary societies relate to the past and how cultural heritage informs contemporary imagination, politics, societal issues and identities. Višnja is assistant professor at the Faculty of Sport and Tourism in Novi Sad, lecturer at UNESCO Chair MA in Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Arts in Belgrade, as well as guest lecturer at the University Lyon II in France, University Hassan II in Casablanca in Morocco, Uppsala University in Sweden, and International Relations University in Beijing, China, where she teaches on heritage interpretation, management and policy. Since 2011she has been leading the Serbian branch of Europa Nostra, the largest European association in the field of heritage, where she led numerous projects related to heritage interpretation, management and safeguarding of heritage in Serbia and has co-authored and consulted over 10 interpretation and management plans for heritage sites in South East Europe. She is the co-founder and education and development manager of Creative Mentorship, the first mentoring and professional development program for emerging professionals in cultural and creative sector in Serbia. Previously, she has been working in educational and curatorial departments of Museum of Art and Archaeology in Columbia USA, Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Venice Biennale and National Museum in Belgrade. She has led trainings, capacity building programs, lectures and research in over 20 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, and has been awarded the National Museum Award in 2010, and the European Cultural Policy Research Award in 2013.
Dr Jasmina Knežević, 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, dr Knežević 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. Dr. Jasmina Knežević 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, became the Ambassador of Women's Entrepreneurship, network in Serbia, in 2010, and the 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 dr Jasmina Knežević the "Laureate of virtue 2018" award.
Neda Knežević, MA, has been director of the Museum of Yugoslavia since 2012, and in the last four years a jury member for the ŽIVA Award, which is awarded by the Forum of Slavic Cultures. 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 science and technology. For more than two decades, she has been engaged in the protection, management, promotion and presentation of cultural heritage through the public and private sectors. A series of projects under her leadership was aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of cultural heritage as a powerful tool for intercultural dialogue and sustainable development. Her great contribution is noticeable through 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 its architect. 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, within which she worked on the projects of the Council of Europe. At the ОЗОNE Gallery, for four years she was the program coordinator, where she also organized projects of contemporary art. Also, she was the initiator and a part of the team that worked on proclaiming the power plant Snaga i svetlost in Belgrade for a cultural monument. She worked at the Cervantes Institute on organizing, preparing and promoting program activities. First work experience she gained 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 passing the professional exam and obtaining the title of curator.
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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.
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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 11 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. In the last 3 years Igor led the bidding process for over 71 bids in addition to 47 confirmed events. He has been implementing very successful Congress Ambassador program, creating long lasting relations with local distinguished members of the program.
Max Kriegleder is a robotic engineer consultant and realizing projects related to drones and robotic art. He received his Ph.D. from ETH Zurich, where his research focused on control and state estimation of distributed dynamic systems. Most of his work revolved around the Distributed Flight Array, a modular robotics platform consisting of multiple autonomous vehicles that can drive on the ground, assemble with their peers, and fly in a coordinated fashion when assembled. He was one of the speakers at the 2013 Annual Symposium.
Marko Krstić (born in 1984) 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 as 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. He co-authored more than 20 scientific papers published in international peer-review journals and received several national recognitions. Apart from being involved in scientific projects covered by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development, he participated in two international projects “Techniques Of Modulation And Remodulation for PON (TOMAR-PON)” (project of Portugal Ministry of Science) and “New Approach to Temperature Processes Control Based on Soft Computing Methods (Neuro-temp)” (Eureka Project). He is a Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee of the distinguished VII International School and Conference on Photonics: PHOTONICA 2019, to be held in Belgrade 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 13 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.
Tanja Kuzman is in charge of startup and corporate innovation initiatives for South East Europe at PwC Serbia. She has developed her passion for game-changing ideas and disruptive business models through her role of Investment Principal at Campus Capital, a venture capital fund from the UK. Tanja holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Sheffield, and since 2011 she has been teaching at the FEFA Faculty. 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 of the whole world. She 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. Prior to that, Tanja was engaged as Junior Advisor for Economy and Finance with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for EU Integration of the Republic of Serbia.
Thomas Ladner (born 1968), attorney at law, acts as professional board member in companies with an aggregate turnover of EUR 5bn and as business angel. He started his legal career at the law firm Homburger in Zurich before becoming the youngest partner at one of Switzerland’s leading law firms Meyerlustenberger Lachenal AG where he specialized in private equity and M&A transactions. He became counsel to the law firm in 2009 in order to devote more time to his board, investment and networking activities. From 2000 to 2004, he also lectured on corporate law and contract law at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), from where he holds a Ph.D. (Dr. iur.). Thomas is passionate about creating communities and connecting people. He founded or co-founded the Entrepreneurs' Roundtable (with chapters in Switzerland, Germany, France and The Netherlands), the Club zum Rennweg in Zurich, the Griffith Club and the WORLD.MINDS Foundation. As a member of the board of trustees of the Swiss Technion Society and of African Parks Foundation Switzerland, he is also engaged in nonprofit initiatives. Switzerland's leading business publication "Bilanz" has nominated him several times as one of the most influential business lawyers in Switzerland. He lives in Zurich and works in Zug.
Alexandra Lazar is an independent curator interested in deep cross-discipline learning, specialised in contexts of presenting and seeing art. Current roles include: Director and Founder, Association of Art Galleries Serbia; Head Curator, Serbian Art Collection, Wiener Städtische Versicherung; Trustee, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Belgrade; Visual Arts Advisor, Council for Creative Industries, Serbia; Independent Curator and Critic, member of AICA International and AICA UK. Previous roles: Artistic Director and Curator, Drina Galery (2017-19); Researcher, Slavic and European art of the Twentieth Century, Tate London (2011-16); Member of the Executive Committee of the Artists Union England (2016-2018). As a specialist with career experience of working in the fields of art and critical theory, as well as previously running a gallery, I use my expertise to highlight the emerging sector of art tech, along with the advances which will drive sustainability in the creative industry. As a founding Director of the Association of Art Galleries Serbia, I work on developing the sustainable Code of Practice with the aim of advancing legal, ethical and professional gallery practice in Serbia in accordance to the law as well as the recognised worldwide regulations. Interests include art tech theory, sustainable art market, climate change studies. Linkedin: Alexandra Lazar
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 and one of the most visited websites in Serbia overall. He is the President of the Board of the Dutch-Serbian Business Association. In his prior career at Royal Dutch Telecom (KPN) he was involved in development and introduction of the first mobile Internet service in Europe (service called i-mode, 2002 - 2006) and the first standard Mobile TV broadcast service in Europe (in 2008). He led numerous mobile handset innovations and research projects for KPN where he was also a member of the Intellectual property board. He worked closely with many technology savvy people from Asia and Europe and also with the biggest Hi-Tec companies of the time: Samsung, LG, HTC, Nokia, Sony, Ericsson, Blackberry, ZTE, Huawei, Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Intel.
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. Misa is certified Business Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner (IPEC - Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching). He is Honorary Ambassador of Knowledge, Life Learning Academia, Slovenia. Awarded as a “Manager of the year 2016” by the Serbian Association of Managers. Misa 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; 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.
Rezvan Ma'ani is an experienced political, foreign policy and strategy adviser to Heads of State, CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, UN agencies, and non-profits in the United States, South Africa, China, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Serbia. Former Special Adviser to Michelle Obama, Strategy Consultant to United Nations Deputy-Secretary General Amina Mohamed, Deputy Chief of Staff to Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, and Adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates. Rezvan is a former McKinsey consultant with a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.
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.
Marko Maršićević (born 1971) is the Founder of Marsch Creative Production. He has twenty-eight 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 30 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, specialised 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.
Dragoljub Marković is independent entrepreneur currently working on assistive devices for speech therapy, multimedia consultant for MEDILS institute in Split, and a music producer.
Milan Markovic is a graduate economist and an MA of political science at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, where he studied political violence and a state in the class of professor dr. Dragan Simenunović. He is currently working as an Advisor at Internal Audit Service of the City of Belgrade and as an Art market strategist in VR-All-Art. Milan is passionate about art, whether it's enjoyment in artworks, collecting art, creating art and helping young contemporary artists to promote their work through organizing art exhibitions. His efforts were recognized by the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Serbia and now Milan is one of several members of Prime Ministers Council for Creative Industries.
Nikola M Markovic (born 1988) is a Ph.D researcher in the EU project "BIOENERGY" at the Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany) with strong multinational and multicultural experience. His main research focus revolves around development of the Biofuel Cells and Biosensors. He also has a great passion for growth, technology and community-based organizations.
Milica Mastilović is a Data Acquisition Specialist at 3Lateral, leading the team in charge for primary collection of the data which are essential for the 3Lateral`s technology. Milica is also working as hardware development coordinator and intensively collaborate with research department for pushing the technology bounders. 3Lateral company develops innovative technologies that allow digitization of human appearance and motion at unprecedented level of realism. Milica joined 3Lateral in 2015. and since then she has been working on various challenges, prior in 3D Modeling Team, Studio Management, 3D and 4D scan session directing and operation management. She was born in Serbia, where she finished her Master studies in field of Architecture and Urbanism, at the University of Technical Science in Novi Sad.
Ruedi Matter (born 1953) is the former Managing Director of Swiss Radio and Television (SRF), the market leader in television and radio broadcasting in German-speaking Switzerland. Ruedi is a historian (master’s degree in history and philosophy) and has worked in various positions as a newspaper and TV journalist. In 1997, he joined the news channel n-tv in Berlin as head of business news, and was later promoted to director of programming. In 2006, he returned to Switzerland as editor-in-chief of Radio SRF. Ruedi is married and father of three children.
Rachel Maycock has over a decade of international experience in communications strategy, public affairs and management at the most senior levels in business, third sector and government including working directly to British and Australian Prime Ministers and the First Minister of Wales. Her first job after gaining a Political Science degree from the University of Warwick was in the European Parliament, working on the EU budget, consumer rights, agriculture and trade. Following these 4 years in Brussels and Strasbourg she worked in 10 Downing Street, as an EU Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Rachel then worked on several election campaigns in Australia and worked in the strategy unit of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In 2018 Rachel worked as a Special Adviser in the Welsh Government and now lives in Serbia working on communications strategy.
Ivana Medic is Senior Research Associate of the Institute of Musicology, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts 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 main project of the Institute of Musicology SASA "Identities of Serbian Music Within Local and Global Frameworks: Traditions, Changes, Challenges" and Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Muzikologija / Musicology". She was Head of the international cooperation project QUANTUM MUSIC (2015-2018) financed by CREATIVE EUROPE, with partners from Serbia, Denmark, Slovenia, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Within this project, the international team developed a new instrument, the hybrid (analog-digital) piano and banks of quantum sounds based on experiments conducted at quantum laboratories in Aarhus, Oxford and Singapore. She was also Head of the Belgrade team for the trilateral project CITY SONIC ECOLOGY, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Pavle Menalo was born in 1998. At the moment, he studies Ethnology and Anthropology at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade. His key interests are culture, arts, digital and creative industries as well as science. He mostly focuses on collaboration between creative individuals, governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations. His most notable work experiences are being an editor of “Hrizantema“ film festival and internship at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia.
Jonathan Michel is a world-renowned bassist, composer and arranger of Haitian descent. Born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut, he now lives in New York City. Jonathan is an eclectic artist known for his work as a producer and arranger, as well as performances all over the world. Some associated acts include Billy Paul, Laurin Talese, Soul Science Lab, Melanie Charles, Godwin Louis and Orrin Evans.
Danilo Micic (born in 1981) 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' proptech 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.
Jelena Mihajlovic (born 1993) studied international relations on University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Science, and she obtained Master's Degree in Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zürich. Jelena is passionate about cyber security, policy-making process and European Politics. She is motivated to improve from pure theoretical to practical knowledge thus considering topics on policy and cyber issues. Currently she is working as a research assistant at European Politics Group at ETH.
Marijana Mijanović is an award-winning contralto, born in Serbia but who now lives in Switzerland. After studying piano at the Belgrade Academy of Music, she studied singing at the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam. She is the winner of several international competitions. Her international breakthrough came in 2000 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria under William Christie. Ever since, Marijana Mijanović has been a sought-after soloist at the world’s major opera houses and concert halls such as Opernhaus Zürich, Opéra de Paris, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, as well as festivals such as the Festival d’Aix-en Provence, the Glyndebourne Festival, and the Salzburger Festspiele. She worked with Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, and others. Marijana can be heard on various complete recordings of operas, including Handel’s Orlando and Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Her solo album, Affetti Barocchi, featuring Handel arias, was issued by Sony/BMG. Marijana is also very devoted to teaching. She is regularly invited as a guest teacher at the High School of Music in Zurich, the Belgrade Academy of Music, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the Schola Cantorum Basel, and others. She is a co-founder and artistic director of the Belgrade Baroque Academy, and co-founder and artistic adviser of the New Belgrade Opera. Transitioning from academia to a professional career is the key challenge facing young artists, and these organizations give young musicians access to educational programs, and provide them with numerous opportunities to participate in professional projects: Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea (2014), Handel’s Orlando (2015), Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (2017) and Handel’s Acis and Galatea (2018), produced and presented independently or in collaboration with leading Serbian arts institutions, have seen many young musicians making their professional debuts and earning valuable experience to build their careers.
Bogdan Mijović is a co-founder of mBrainTrain, a company committed to bringing innovative solutions for brain and emotions research. They developed the first mobile device for electrical brain activity that is today used in the renown labs in over 30 countries around the world. They continuously work towards the vision of introducing brain recording into everyday life and are just about to launch a new prosumer product - Smartfones. It is a brain recording headphones -a powerful tool for all of those who want to do some pioneering work in research. In 2012, he was awarded with a PhD in Engineering in neuroscience from KU Leuven, Belgium. He is also engaged as a coach for startup companies - national coach at EIT Climate-KIC, a lecturer in consumer insight measurement techniques at IAA Academy and a mentor at Imagine IF science accelerator in Belgrade.
Nadica Milanović, Innovation Project Manager at Delta Holding with over 15 years’ experience in corporate philanthropy projects and international humanitarian organization. Currently in charge for coordinating innovation related activities and Startup incubator program Delta Business Incubator. Interested in innovation, creativity and good deeds.
Dušan Lj Milenković manages the Serbian Program for the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. He has been working in the political development sector for more than 10 years. He works with political institutions (parliaments, political parties, governments, etc) in Serbia and the region through different projects which includes research, analysis, policy development, and concrete activities. Dušan is especially interested in Political Economy Analysis and use of political insights for the development of policies and politics. He regularly publishes stories and perspectives on his website and had published one book of stories so far.
Mila Milenkovic is heading Team of innovations within Telekom Srbija, focusing on both technical and busines innovation sides of working with startups and partners. Responsible for bringing innovations into portfolio of the company as part of Digital transformanion program and changing perspective if ICT sector from inside-out to outside-in. Major goal is to provide co-ordination of the partnership evosystem and co-operation with the startup community in the area of digital services development and implementation, supported by Agile project management. Passionate about innovations and digital business development.
Milena Milićević helps companies achieve business growth and succeed in new markets with technologies of the future and building committed teams. She works as a digital transformation consultant for diverse industries and business development consultant for IT companies. Milena has significant experience in the following fields: using Augmented and Virtual Reality solutions in digital marketing and Industries 4.0; building online and offline communities for businesses, non-profits and alumni organizations; building destination branding and event management projects from scratch; and teaching university students at Bachelor and Master programs. 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 thought leaders, engineers and IT business people from 10 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. Milena completed her MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Belgrade and an MPhil in Management from the University of Cambridge.
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 recognised 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 (born in 1984) is a 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, their structure and potential role in (patho)physiological processes, primary colorectal carcinoma and iron metabolism disorders. At INEP he has been named as a member of Innovation committee. Besides national research projects, Goran has been country representative in several international scientific collaborations (COST Actions: CA15133 and CA16205), bilateral projects with Slovak Academy of Sciences and one HORIZON2020 project proposal. His research results have been published in international peer reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Additionally he has been presenter at Science Fairs for six years, and included in other science popularisation activities.
Ljubica Milović Mastilović (1981). 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 Milutinovic 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.
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 commercialisation, IP protection and managament.
I am a Co-Founder @ImpactHubBelgrade (http://belgrade.impacthub.net/), CEO and angel investor @Venture Growth Accelerator and founder @We Founder. I am passionate about scaling entrepreneurial practices and startups from Serbia. I dedicate my 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 my daily activities, I create content helping startup and enterprise teams do their work better, I facilitate networking and cross-pollination and I connect mentors with entrepreneurs, experts, and opportunities.
Lukas Morscher (born 1963) is partner and head of TMT at the law firm Lenz & Staehelin in Zurich. Practice areas include technology, digitization, industry 4.0, data privacy, fintech, blockchain, sourcing (ITO, BPO), corporate governance, M&A and stock exchange law. Lukas holds a master’s in economics, a doctorate in law (thesis on financial markets' regulation), and an AMP from Harvard Business School. He is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences with multiple publications, and is a board member and early stage investor in companies in the technology, software, fintech and fashion industries. Married and father of three girls, Lukas loves global family travels.
Michael Mueller (born 1972) is CEO of Valora Group, a Swiss listed retail company with focus on small-format retail, food service and trading activities with operating businesses in eight European countries. Michael joined Valora in 2012 as the Group’s CFO and became CEO in 2014. Before Valora, Michael created in 2007 for an investment group privately held by Georg von Opel an independent asset manager, active as a principal investor in private and public equities, and joined Jelmoli Holding, a Swiss listed retail and real estate conglomerate, initially as a member of the board of directors and the executive committee and, from 2008, as CEO, and delegate of the board of directors. Before Michael’s executive and principal roles, he was active as a management consultant and M&A advisor. After graduation, he joined Bain & Company, where he worked for industrial and private equity clients on strategic transformation and restructuring programs in a number of industry sectors in Europe and the United States. After Bain, he joined the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt, in its M&A practice. Michael studied business law at the universities of St. Gallen, completing his studies with a master’s degree in law (lic. iur. HSG) from the University of St. Gallen.
Zoran Naumović, Attorney At Law, expert in ICT, Corporate & IP Law, owner of Law Firm in Belgrade from 1996 (http://www.naumovic-partners.com), he is a member of many various association such as AmCham, East West Bridge, Serbian Blockchain Initiative, Serbian National Group of Trilateral Commission, one of the founder and member of Serbian Assotiation of Managers, one of the founder of Foundation of Dobar Glas for Arts (http://dobarglas.rs) a member of Presidency of Sport Arbitration in Olympic Committee of Serbia etc.
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.
Prof. Dr. Viktor Nedović is State Secretary for higher education and internationalization of science in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia. His portfolio has comprised of development/design of policies and programmes related to the international cooperation and integration in the European Research Area, coordination of international programmes with particular focus on EU framework programme for research and innovation, national coordination of the Horizon 2020 National Contact Points network. He was coordinatоr of inter-ministerial working group for the Smart Specialization Strategy of Republic of Serbia (4S) development. Also, he is coordinator of the negotiation group for the chapter 25 (“Science and Research”). He is a member of many committees, bodies and expert’s ad hoc groups at the European Commission that are responsible for the creation and implementation of EU policies in the fields of science, research and innovation, like European Research Area Committee, ERAC, Board of Governors of Join Research Center, JRC BofG, 'Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy' of the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee, COST Scientific Committee, Steering Platform on Research and Innovation for WBs and so on. At the national level he contributed to and co-authorised of “The Strategy of Scientific and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, 2010-2015, Focus and Partnership”, “The Strategy of Scientific and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, 2016-2020, Research for Innovation”. In addition to that he is coordinating Priority Area 7 (PA7) of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), Knowledge Society, that is related to the regional cooperation in research, higher education and ICT. From the other side Prof. Dr. Viktor Nedović is full professor of University of Belgrade (Deptartment of Food Technology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Agriculture), Republic of Serbia. He is founder and president of the Serbian Association of Food Technologists (SAFT) and coordinator of Serbian National Technology Platform “Food for Life”. In 2015 he become an associate member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences of Serbia (AESS). Besides it, he is a member of numerous national and international professional and scientific organizations, like: European Federation of Food Science and Technology, EFFoST (in the period 2007-2011 and again from 2013 he has been the EFFoST Executive Committee member); International Society of Food Engineering, ISFE; European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (General Secretary of Regional Section Serbia), EHEDG; European Academy of Food Engineering (EAFE). He is a char person of EFFoST Task Team for the organization of CEFood congresses. His research areas belong to biotechnology, food science&technology, and biochemical engineering. As author and co-author he has published over 400 articles, out of which more than 80 papers in SCI journals and more then 30 as book chapters. In addition, he has edited four books for the renowned scientific publishers (Kluwer and Springer). He has been coordinating or participating in more than 50 reserach and networking projects, out of which more then 30 are international ones, including Horizon 2020, FP7, FP6, EUREKA projects, COST actions, etc. He has been a member of scientific boards of more than 40 international food and biotechnology congresses. He is organizer of national competition of the best PhD thesis in the field of food engineering and food technology and the member of the international evaluation committee at the European competition, and also initiator and organizer of national student’s competition in the creation of eco-innovative food products, EcoTrophelia Serbia, under the umbrella of EcoTrophelia Europe, where he serves as member of the international jury.
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.
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 the Founder and CEO at Fractal Dimension, an ICT Consultancy company. He is also the Founder and CEO at CCS Solutions, a gaming studio.
Andrej Nosov (born 1983) is Head of Heartefact Fund, and is a theater director, publisher and producer. 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 ten plays and created many human rights and LGBTIQ + rights issues campaigns and concepts. 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 and was awarded as one of the leading youth democracy and human rights activists around the world in 2015. He is a member of Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić's Council for Creative Industries.
Marija Novakovic is head of strategy and business development in Siemens in Serbia and has 13 years of experience in different industries and various countries. She is responsible of developing of the cross sectoral opportunities in fields of infrastructure, industry and energy. In particular, she is driving innovations and sales activities in fields of energy efficiency and intelligent traffic systems for the cities. Through these responsibilities, she has a vast experience, expertise and contacts with all relevant stakeholders, like government administration bodies, relevant city’s structures, as well as global and local companies and financing bodies.Through her carrier she was responsible for the strategy of the business segment on the global level in IT industry, developing and implementation of the strategic projects across CEE countries, coordination of the account managers for the top customers and consulting of the CEOs.
Jean-Luc Oesch (born in 1972 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 Oesch 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 is father of Luca, 15.
Prince Michel of Yugoslavia is the grandson of the last regent of Yugoslavia, prince Paul. His other grandfather was the last King of Italy, King Umberto II. Prince Michel of Yugoslavia lives in Monaco and uses his extensive network of connections for the benefit of his clients. He is passionate about photography.
Mihajlo Pažanin is a leading regional expert in the Mindfulness area and founder of meditation study within ISOD. In the past thirty years, Mihajlo devoted himself to the research of knowledge and methods that are intended for practicing the human mind through meditation which were preserved in the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries scattered throughout the Himalayas. Mihajlo has been sharing and presenting his vast knowledge of this intriguing area as a guest lecturer at a number of faculties and international conferences for many years. He is also the author of several memorable books from that field. Given the rapidly growing interest in meditation in the business world due to its exceptional efficiency in the area of personal and organizational development, four years ago, in collaboration with the ISOD school, Mihajlo launched a meditation study specialized for people who, although coming from different industries, have a common desire: to perfect themselves and their teams.
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.
Greta Patzke is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Zurich, where she develops a comprehensive strategy towards functional materials for environmental and renewable energy technologies. Her research team places special emphasis on catalyst development for artificial photosynthesis. Current activities are part of the UZH special research program "Light to Chemical Energy Conversion." Greta follows an interdisciplinary approach in materials science, always implementing new trends from neighboring disciplines to move closer to her vision: targeted materials production for tomorrow's worldwide challenges. Greta was the recipient of the 2017 Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching at the University of Zurich. Personal note from Rolf Dobelli: Greta is a true Renaissance person â€” not only has she been spending her youth with science and music, but she has also digested the world's classic and modern literature from Plato to Proust. Greta was one of the speakers at the 2009 Annual Symposium as well as at the 2016 Annual Symposium.
Mark Pauly (born 1974 in Germany) is a professor at the School of Computer & Communication Sciences at EPFL. He previously held academic positions at ETH Zurich and at Stanford University. His research interests include computer graphics, geometric computing, architectural design, and digital fabrication. He received the ETH dissertation award in 2003, the Eurographics Young Researcher Award in 2006, an ERC grant in 2010, and the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 2016. Mark has co-founded two EPFL spin-off companies, Faceshift AG in 2012 and Rayform AG in 2016. Mark was one of the speakers at the 2008 Annual Symposium.
Nenad Paunović works as an Advisor for IT and Entrepreneurship for the Serbian Prime Minister. Previously, he worked as a business growth consultant, trainer and manager with over 20 years of professional experience. Nenad is also the President of the Board of Serbian Venture Network (SeVeN) which is successfully organizing Belgrade Venture Forum, the largest innovation, investment and entrepreneurship forum in the region. He is also President of the Board of Alumni Club of Cotrugli Business School in Serbia. Nenad is also active in rowing, tennis and long distance running, with a full marathon result of 3 hours and 58 minutes.
Nataša Pavlović Bujas is a curious explorer and an inexhaustible performer, passionate about behavioral science and behavioral economics. She graduated from the University of Belgrade in chemistry but soon left the academic career to found Blumen group, one of the first agencies for integrated communications and business development in Serbia. She stands for the female touch in business - so she became the first woman to be elected to the board of the Serbian Association of Employers. Her expertise in communications and business consulting earned her the awards by IPRA (International Public Relations Association): the “IPRA Golden World Award” and the “IPRA Grand Prize”. Nataša also received the special award for personal achievements in public relations by the PR Society of Serbia, and many others. She drinks good wine only, loves to inspire people, to travel and share experiences. She is a proud mom of a young man who will be starting college this year.
Paloma Peinado Aguayo (born in 1976), is heading the Information System organization for Operations and Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space Division, providing latest technologies and digital solutions for the business and being a key contributor for the digital transformation in the Division. She has a wide experience in Production and Quality, where has achieved the transformation of a Plant implementing Lean methodology and defining a new Quality Management System for the Division implemented afterwards in all Airbus Group. She always says “there are always other way to do the things better” to continue fostering innovation and continuous improvement, she has a patent on one of her inventions. In addition to that position she is member of the CIO Executive Council in Spain with other relevant companies of other businesses. She is a (nonprofessional) piano player, canvas painter and great books reader.
Aleksandar Peković (born 1970) is the Managing Director of Arteria Creative Network in Slovenia. 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 in the Serbia and region – Montenegro, Slovenia, Italy and one of the initiators of the first Cultural, Creative and Digital Networks for Western Balkan Region; Director of the European Capital of Culture project “Belgrade 2020” and “Herceg Novi 2021”, working on opening possibilities for third countries to participate in the ECoC project; former Belgrade Deputy Secretary for Culture; former Chairman of the “October Salon”, famed international contemporary art show in Belgrade; former Head of the Music Production Dpt. of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation; former lecturer in the Faculty of Philology and Art – FILUM – University of Kragujevac; Author, producer and editor of several editions, publications and tv documentaries; Winner of domestic and international awards.
Léa Pereyre works as a product designer at Verity Studios, where she designs drone costumes and is part of a team creating dynamic machines and related systems for entertainment industries. Verity Studies is a spin-off of ETH, formed with WORLD.MINDS community members Raffaello D’Andrea and Markus Hehn. Léa received her bachelor’s degree from the Ecole cantonal d’'art de Lausanne (ECAL) in Industrial and Product Design. She worked on different projects at EPFL or EPFL+ECAL lab with an interest in the collaboration between technology and design. Next to that, she is developing a design studio called Claire+Léa in cooperation with Claire Pondard. She was a speaker at the 2016 WORLD.MINDS Annual Symposium.
Miloš Perović is the operational director and co-owner of TERMOVENT, one of the leading companies in the region specialized in Cleanroom technology. He is Member of the Board of the Serbian Association of Managers. Born on April 17, 1982 in Belgrade, where he graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He is married and has three children. In addition to the operational management of the company, Miloš is also responsible for successfully positioning TERMOVENT in foreign markets. For more than two decades of business practice, TERMOVENT has carried out hundreds of projects all over the world with great success. While consistently following industry regulations and respecting clients’ business needs, as well as agreed project prices, scope and delivery dates, Termovent has established business relationships and has been fostering cooperation with the world’s most famous pharmaceutical companies such as: Pfizer Global Manufacturing, Purna Pharmaceuticals, Pharmasyntez, Novartis, Zoetis, Bilthoven Biologicals, Hemofarm, Actavis, Wellpharma Medical Solutions. In 2015, he was awarded as the "Young Manager of the Year" by the Serbian Association of Managers.
Vesna Pešić. Professor of French and Italian language and literature, translator, essayist and editor-in-chief of Publishing House "Pešić&Sons". Author of several monographs on prehistory of Slavs and ancient civilization, as well as TV show "Liberation of History" and TV documentary series "Silenced History".
Rastko Petaković (born in 1979) is the Managing 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. He focuses particularly on private equity clients and specializes in telecom and other regulated industries. Rastko won the European Emerging Leaders Award by the M&A Advisor in 2015 and again in 2017.
Uroš Petrović (born in 1967) 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 Petrović’s 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. Petrović 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.
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.
Ulrike Pfreundt (born 1985) is a German oceanographer, geneticist, and curious thinker. Currently working at ETH Zürich as a Postdoctoral Researcher, her award-winning work transcends the boundaries of her field. She has studied phytoplankton in zero gravity, and the behavior of bacteria that fertilize half of the world’s ocean. For her most recent project, driven by her passion for the ocean and the urgency that climate change dictates, she assembled a team of digital architects and conservation practitioners to create innovative ways to re-build coral reefs at scale. The team will use 3D printing to find surface structures that allow young corals to settle and form the foundation of a new reef. Ulrike is alumna of Silicon Valley’s Singularity University, where she took a deep dive into future technologies with their risks and promises, grand global challenges, and team and empathy building. She uses her knowledge of exponential trends to understand how these may be combined and utilized to solve the most pressing problems of the complex hyper-connected system that our world is today.
Andrea Popović is a passionate learner, open minded adventurer and an experienced business professional. Andrea has been a consultant with A.T. Kearney for more than 10 years. Currently she is managing projects mostly in the SEE region, with focus on Financial services, digital innovation and disruptive technologies.
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.
Miloš Popović is the Chief of Staff (Chief of Cabinet) to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić.
Vladimir Popovic (born in 1969) 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).
Tijana Prodanovic is a full professor of astrophysics at University of Novi Sad, a visiting professor at University of Ljubljana, and a very prolific science communicator. She has obtained her PhD in 2006 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after which she returned to her hometown to share her experience and help change higher education in Serbia. Her research focuses on high-energy astrophysics and nucleosynthesis. Besides research and teaching, science communication and education takes most of her time. In 2008 she was the winner of national and came 2nd in the international FameLab competition for the best science communicator organized by the British Council. Since then she has been a program director of Science Festival in Novi Sad for many years, she is one of the organizers and program coordinator of Reseracher's Night in Serbia, and she often gives training sessions and workshops to students and colleagues on the topic of improving ones skills in presenting and communicating science. Currently she is working on developing new methods for teaching laboratory science.
Andrija Radojev is a young and ambitious IT entrepreneur, with more than 30 high level IT projects behind him. He is the founder of Thunder Strike, the world's first game development studio specialized for creating digital entertainment for visually impaired people, and for his project Zoundark he received the Social Impact Award in 2018.
Boško Radojković (1966, Serbia) 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 20 editions of Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade, 13 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 digital media and digital inclusion specialist at the Basic Internet Foundation, Oslo, Norway. She is a PhD Chevening Scholar, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Fulbright Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a doctorate graduate from the Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad. She worked as information management and web specialist for the United Nations, was a contributor for the Library of Congress’ (LoC) in DC, and collaborates with Wikimedia, Global Voices, Scientific American, Internet Society, etc. Danica is the author of numerous academic publications, articles in the scientific popular magazines, and participant in projects, workshops, conferences, and programs related to internet technologies and digitalization. Her work focuses on digital media, digital divide and literacies, and internet governance.
Vladimir Radunović is a lecturer and Director of educational programmes 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 is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, and was 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 Rakocevic (born 1971) 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 we are proud sponsor of the biggest Serbian Poets Award named by famous Serbian poet Vasko Popa. Rade holds 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 (Orlovi kids just finished 2nd in Austrian Under 11 year League) and actuel Member of The Board of Belgrade Open School and Trag foundation, and Member of The Supervisory Board of Intersport ISI Slovenia. Married, father of four.
Aparna Rao is part of the art duo Pors & Rao, based in Bangalore, India. Pors & Rao make sculptures and installations often incorporating life like animatronics and responsive behaviours. For the past 16 years, she and her collaborator, Søren Pors, have developed their own simulation tools and motion interfaces, collaborating with Indian roboticist and various Swiss institutions to realise personal emotive expressions through robotics. This has led to her recent project, "PATHOS: Poetic Animatronics Through Hands-on Open Systems", which has been developed at Wyss Zurich (nested within ETH Zurich), and which is a set of tools developed to craft a high degree of nuance in robotic animation. Aparna was a speaker at the 2015 Annual Symposium.
Lukas G. Raschle (born 1960) joined ZETRA International Ltd. in 2006 as a senior partner and co-owner. ZETRA is a leading Mid Market Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring and Real Estate advisory firm in Switzerland. Prior to that, Lukas had a long career in Corporate Banking and Credit Risk Management, most recently as Head Risk Management Primaries at Credit Suisse Switzerland. Lukas holds board mandates in the Private Banking and Healthcare sector and is ready to share his extensive professional experience in a variety of industries as a member of the BOD.
Max Rheiner (born 1972) is a senior lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He has been teaching in both the bachelor’s and master’s programs for the Department of Interaction Design, since 2006. The main areas of discipline that he specializes in are Embodied Interaction and Physical Computing. Of these topics, he conceived and developed the Physical Computing Laboratory for the Department of Interaction Design that has been running since 2006. His research and artistic interest center on interactive experiences that utilize methods from Virtual/Augmented Reality and Immersive Telepresence. Moreover, his artistic work has been recognized and exhibited in a number of international and well-renowned venues such as Biennale Venice, Italy; Ars Electronic Linz, Austria; and Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.
Chantal Riedener is a student of Psychology.
Urs Riedener (born 1965) is CEO of the leading Swiss dairy company, Emmi. Before joining Emmi, he was a member of the executive board of Migros and head of its marketing department, managing Switzerland’s single largest marketing budget. He previously worked for Lindt & Sprüngli, where he successfully expanded the brand position both nationally and internationally through premium products. Urs holds a degree in business administration and marketing from the University of St. Gallen. Urs is a passionate cyclist, cross-country skier, and runner, and loves sports in general.
Schoscho Rufener (born 1964) is chief creative director of MCH Group, a leading international live marketing group. He 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.
Stefan Salom (born in 1981) 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 PhD thesis entitled “Analysis of quantum transport mechanisms in nanometarial based memristive device” at Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. Starting from November 2017, Natasa Samardzic is 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. During action activities she gave invited lecture at 6th MemoCIS Workshop in Krakow (September 2017) entitled “Resistive Switching Effect in Nanomaterials based Thin Film Memristors”. In July 2018, she was invited speaker at Volga Neuroscience Meeting 2018, where she gave lecture on “Nanomaterials based thin film memristors and their potential application in neuromorphic systems”. She is member of IEEE society and OE-A society. Her research interest includes modeling and fabrication of nanoelectronic devices and characterization of nanomaterials.
Ksenija Samardzija is curator and art historian based in Belgrade. She worked in the heritage sector of a public institution for more than 10 years, and she is personally interested in the contemporary art scene. Ever since she was a student, she started to organize exhibitions, promotions and wrote articles about art and design. In 2013 she organized the art association PODR.UM, which has organized more than 50 solo or group exhibitions and actively supports increasing the visibility and building confidence, connections and possibilities for local artists.
After graduating at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade as the top student of class 2017, he graduated with commendation at the University of Cambridge in 2018 (MPhil in Management programme at Judge Business School) as a member of Jesus College. He joined the Peterhof team as a consultant in 2018 and has since been involved in projects in the following areas: corporate strategy, financial analysis, financial modelling and competition advisory. Since he has joined Peterhof, Dusan has been working with leading national and multinational companies in logistics, FMCG, hospitality and oil industry, as well as international organizations and government bodies and state companies. During his studies, Dusan was particularly successful at international case study competitions in the area of business strategy. He was also a scholar of PEXIM Foundation and Foundation for Young Talents – Dositeja. He also received numerous awards such as Serbian Association of Economists Foundation’s award for best student of economics and Harvard Club of Serbia’s award for best student in the area of social sciences in Serbia.
Vesna Savic Djukic, a multi-skilled professional with more than 30 years experience, out of which 25 years in non-profit organization management (UNICEF). Specialized in fundraising and resource mobilization, operations management of humanitarian and development programmes. 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.
Kevin Schawinski (born 1981) is the co-founder and CEO of Modulos AG, an artificial intelligence startup based in Zurich. He studied physics and mathematics at Cornell University and received his Ph.D in three years at Oxford University, for which he won the Royal Astronomical Society’s thesis prize. Afterwards, he moved to Yale University with a NASA Einstein Fellowship and returned to Switzerland as an assistant professor at ETH Zurich. His research focused on the formation of galaxies and black holes and how we can use citizen science and machine learning to better understand the physics involved. In 2018, he founded the ETH Spinoff Modulos to take his academic research out of the lab. In his spare time, he runs, skis and fails badly at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Gerhard Schröder was born April 7, 1944 in Mossenberg, Germany. After completing an apprenticeship and graduating from secondary school, he began studying law and passed the first state examination in 1971, with the second state examination and admission to practice law completed in 1976. Between 1980 and 1986, and again between 1998 and 2005, he was a member of the German Bundestag. 1990 election to minister-president of the State of Lower Saxony. On October 27, 1998, he was sworn in as the seventh chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, a position that he maintained until 2005. He is currently chairman of the shareholders’ committee of the European-Russian pipeline company Nord Stream AG, and is a freelance lawyer in Hannover.
Christian Schumacher-Gebler (born in 1975) is CEO of the Bonnier Media Deutschland Group, Germanys # 3 in publishing when it comes to fiction, nonfiction and children books. Bonnier's publishing houses in Germany are among others Piper, Ullstein and Carlsen. Before Christian took over as CEO for Bonnier Media, he managed a great turnaround story at Ullstein publishers in Berlin. Apart from that, Christian represents the German Publishers in the Federation of European Publisher (FEP). Besides his business career, Christian is a passionate father.
Simone Schürle–Finke is Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) for Responsive Biomedical Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland. Her group develops diagnostic and therapeutic systems at the nano- and microscale with the aim of tackling a range of challenging problems in health care. Prior to taking this position, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, researching nanosensors for in vivo tumor profiling as well as methods to enhance drug transport into tumor tissues (2014-2017). She earned her PhD from ETHZ in 2014, where she focused on magnetic manipulation techniques for biomedical applications at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems. She was awarded with the ETH medal for her doctoral thesis and with research fellowships by the Heinrich Hertz foundation, Swiss National Science foundation, German Academic Exchange Network, and the Society in Science. She was honored with the distinction of “Young Scientist” by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for her contributions toward integrating her scientific knowledge into society for the public good and also serves on the WEF Global Future Council on Human Enhancement. She is a co-founder of MagnebotiX, an ETHZ spin-off. When she is not in her lab, Simone can be found running along the Limmat, or enjoying the mountains year-round with family and friends. Simone was one of the speakers at the 2012 Annual Symposium.
Urs Schwarzenbach (born in 1948) is a Swiss financier who, among other properties around the world, is a major shareholder of the Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich. After working in the Foreign Exchange Department of UBS for 5 years in Zurich, and following a stint in London, Urs returned to Zurich to set up a family office to look after his own affairs in the 1970’s. He has since acquired a substantial farming interest in Australia, his wife’s native home, a base in England near Henley-on-Thames, a shooting estate in Scotland, and holiday homes in Morocco, St Moritz and the South of France, and various assets in the aviation and nautical fields. He also has his own polo team, the Black Bears, which was rated among the top teams in the world, with horses in Australia and in the UK.
Dominika Sefton is the Novartis Country Manager for Serbia and Montenegro. Dominika is a qualified medical doctor, with an extensive 20+ year experience in pharmaceutical marketing, market access and sales leadership, across several countries. Dominika specialises in high performing team growth and transformation, and enjoys developing future leaders.
Katarina Selenic is currently enrolled in Master of Science in Power Engineering at the Technische Universität München. 24 years old and from Belgrade, Katarina received her Bsc in Electrical & Computer Engineering.
Ilija Setka Co-founder of ICT Hub Ventures. Former CEO of Apatinska Brewery and Imlek.
Tatiana Shipulina Neuroscientist, president of Russian memory sport council, founder of the international educational centers for children Ein&Stein
Uli Sigg (born 1946) grew up in Switzerland. He completed his studies with a Ph.D. at the University of Zurich’s Law Faculty. He then worked as journalist and editor for various Swiss newspapers and magazines. From 1977 to 1990, he worked at the Schindler Group, where he held positions as area manager for Asia Pacific and later member of the group executive committee and shareholders’ board. In 1980, he established the first joint venture between China and the West, and remained its vice chairman for 10 years. He then served on the boards of a number of global companies until 1995, when the Swiss government appointed him ambassador to China, North Korea, and Mongolia for four years. Upon his return to Switzerland, he again assumed the chairmanship or board membership of several multinational companies, such as Ringier Media Group. Presently, he also serves as a member of the advisory board of China Development Bank and other Chinese entities. He has spent many years in China, following the opening up of China and its contemporary art scene. As a collector of formerly Western contemporary art, he has formed the most substantial collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world. In 2012, he donated 1463 works to the Museum M+ in Hong Kong, to be built by 2017. In 1997, he established the Chinese Contemporary Art Award, an award for Chinese contemporary artists and art critics in China. He is a member of the International Council of New York’s MOMA, and International Advisory Council of the Tate Gallery in London.
Bojana Simeunovic serves as Junior Advisor for Digital and Creative Industries, Film and Tourism 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.
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 competitions 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.
Branko Simic is Serbian-Swiss researcher with strong interests in drug preclinical and clinical development and experience in on– and off-target pharmacology across different therapeutical areas, including, cardiovascular biology, chronic inflammatory diseases, and oncology. Participated in Dal-vessel trial design and follow up (Roche), to estimate efficacy of dalcetrapib on endothelial function, a well-established surrogate marker of cardiovascular diseases; was engaged in development of a novel organic nitrate, MPC-1011, with the biotech company-mirandaPharmaceuticals, Basel, Switzerland, to demonstrate the proof of principle and prepare the studies for a Phase 1 and Phase 2 for the treatment of peripheral artery disease in patients with diabetes and those at increased risk. Currently working with Andreas Plückthun to develop a virus-mediated gene delivery platform to target specifically tumor cells using different biologics. Passionate traveler, cook and fisherman. Alma mater: University of Belgrade, Serbia and University of Zurich, Switzerland.
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.
Sheena Smith is an American biochemist whose research focuses on the development and implementation of protein engineering strategies for the generation and delivery of cancer therapeutics. Sheena is currently completing her postdoctoral work at the University of Zurich under the mentorship of Andreas Plückthun, where her research focuses on the engineering of a common respiratory virus called Adenovirus as a novel gene therapy platform for the treatment of cancer. Through engineering tumor-specific viral infection, her strategy aims to convert the tumor itself into a therapeutic ‘biofactory,’ secreting drug combinations that act directly within the tumor microenvironment where they are needed most. Sheena’s previous work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focused on the engineering of T cell receptors as candidates for targeted immunotherapies. Notably, she is an inventor of a semi-rational design platform that allows T cell receptors to be engineered entirely in vitro against cancer biomarkers.
Jovana Sokolovic is Marketing Operations Manager for Proserv, a controls technology company. Proserv operates worldwide from 18 sites across four distinct Business Units: Subsea Controls; Production Controls; Drilling Controls and Field Technology Services. Jovana is responsible for developing and overseeing the effective implementation of marketing plans in line with the business unit, corporate, and functional strategies. Prior to joining Proserv, she worked in strategic business development and marketing roles at several companies, across Europe and Middle East.
Biljana Srbljanović is an author and professor at Belgrade's Faculty of Dramatic Art. Born in1970, she graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, finished her postgraduate studies and is a full professor at the same University. She has published eleven plays that have been translated in over 20 languages, produced and staged in over 100 theaters in Europe, North and South America. The central themes of her dramatic works are the breakup of families and communities and the trauma of a brutalized society during and after the Yugoslav wars. She was a visiting professor at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, in New York in 2002/2003, as a Fullbright Fellow, and later a visiting professor in Austria and Italy. She wrote many essays, editorials and articles in European press (»Le Monde«, »La Repubblica«, »Der Standard«, »Der Spiegel« etc), and has received numerous awards for her work: six times Sterija Award for the best new play, Ernst Toller Award, Premio Europa - New Theatrical Realities Award, Freedom Award etc. She has received French medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance. She speaks French, English, Italian and is Novice level in German. She has lived in France, USA, Azerbaijan and is now living and working back in Belgrade.
My name is Milorad Stajčić. I am a contemporary artist (sculptor), owner and co-founder of X Vitamin Gallery in Belgrade, also co-owner of computer firm Ant Computers in Belgrade.
Tamara Stanivuk is a General Manager of MARK hotel Belgrade. This is a 4* hotel designed following the latest hospitality trends. In addition, she is an External HR Consultant for Libra Consulting, which is an innovative brand development, marketing, sales and HR consultancy. Tamara is a strategic and human resources expert with a strong know-how of the hospitality industry management. She is an empowering leader and team member, with a unique perspective and appreciation that human capital is every organization’s greatest asset. With eleven years of versatile corporate experience in strategy, business development and human resources, Tamara has the ability to reach best possible solutions for all stakeholders.
Ivan Stankovic is one of pioneers of modern advertising in the region of former Yugoslavia. He is Professor at the Belgrade Faculty of Drama Arts and President oc advertising agency Communis DDB. Has won numerous awards for his Agency and clients and his achievements in professional life. He is a lecturer, speaker and panelist on many international conferences, events and faculties. He is author of How-To-Logy bestseller book about advertising, which has been translated in several languages and awarded as the Marketing Book of The Year in Serbia.
Nada Stanojevic is a general manager of Serbian company IIPP, one of the Serbian leading private companies in the field of management systems consulting and training services. Even though IIPP is a small company, provides services for Serbian government and giant companies such as SMATSA, Serbian Post, PE “Elektroprivreda”, City Transportation Company Belgrade, BHDCA, JSC “Elektromreza”,… She has background in mechanical engineering and almost 20 years of experience in diverse projects for different industries. Nada 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 power of networking and personal relationships in changing world.
Sofija Stefanovic, professor of physical anthropology and bioarchaeology, University of Belgrade and Pi of the ERC BIRTH project at the Biosense institute, University of Novi Sad. She is investigating human past through analysis of ancient bones.
Dimitrije Stojanovic is VP of Supply Chain and IT in leading food retail chain Delhaize Serbia – Maxi. He has over 15 years of Executive leadership experience in Food/Consumer electronics/Medical equipment industry, consistently enchasing business results and strengthening customer-focused operations. Sees the big picture and tenaciously pursues opportunities for the profitable growth, delivering bottom line results and demonstrating entrepreneurial skills alongside strong business acumen. He led Maxi supermarkets transformation from 2014 until 2019, with double digit growth. Proactive change agent, successfully translating vision into action trough practical implementation plans and motivational leadership. Develops capability, identifies talent and supports growth and success. Operates effectively across cultural boundaries.
Goran Stojanović, a full professor at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Author of 240 articles, including 80 in leading peer-reviewed journals with impact factors, 5 books, 1 patent, 1 chapter in monograph. Keynote speaker for 11 international conferences. He is an External Examiner for PhD students at the Milan Polytechnic, Italy and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. He has more than 15 years’ experience in coordination of EU funded projects (H2020, FP7, EUREKA, ERASMUS, CEI), with total budget exceeding 12.8 MEUR. He was awarded as a best young researcher in Vojvodina (2007) and as the best professor at FTS-UNS (2008). In the framework of EU projects coordinated by prof. Stojanović, he participated in many outreach activities: 5 times in Festival of Sciences, 3 times in Researchers’ nights as well as he had more than 10 TV appearances. He is responsible currently, for 3 Horizon 2020 projects and 2 ERASMUS+ EU-funded projects.
Aleksandra Stojanović Aleksandra Stojanović, Chief of Cabinet MK Group and Corporate affairs director of MK Group, graduated from the Faculty of Economics and gained her Master’s degree from the University of Sheffield. During 8 years in MK Group, Aleksandra Stojanović gained extensive experience in project management and corporate affairs in the field of procurement, sales, marketing, internal and external public relations. Aleksandra is very aactive in defining of sales and marketing strategies for projects in the key business segments of the Group. She is also committed to philanthropy of MK Group best demonstrated by its charity given to education and child health program in 74 municipalities where its employees live and work.
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 programme.
Artistic director/ Curator and manager of visual art programme at the European centre for culture and debate “GRAD” , (Kc Grad) Founder and art director of the Managing board / Management of the various activities and productions / Cultural Front Artist, designer Founder and director / The Hats theatre – theatre group
Sandra Stupar (prev. Rankovic) obtained Bachelor and Master in Mathematics at Oxford University and recently defended her PhD in Quantum information theory at ETH Zurich. Sandra has done research on time in physics, billiard systems in mathematics, optimisation problems applied to spam attacks... She is also a mother of two small girls, and currently on maternity leave. Sandra is on the crossroads between academia and industry, looking for new opportunities.
Bojan Suđić, 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.
Daniel Surbek (born 1962) is medical doctor and Professor at University of Bern since 14 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 development.
Olga Svoboda is International Solutions Director at Tack&TMI. With presence in 55+ countries Tack&TMI is learning and development partner of choice to some of the world’s leading organizations. Olga is an experienced consultant, manager and trainer with 20 years of experience in aligning organizational cultures with behavior transformations and is responsible for developing and creating learning journeys that make learning stick. Olga has cooperated with a number of national and international companies operating in different industry sectors. She brings renewed enthusiasm and energy and employs her considerable knowledge of human resources, business management, leadership and talent management to ensure the success of every new project.
Wojciech Szczepaniak (born 1978) – innovative serial entrepreneur, lawyer and economist. Founder of a well-known commercial law firm which provides financial advice and a multi-family office based in Poland. Investor. Visionary. Chairman and founder of Sparrowland Capital, an investment fund providing mezzanine financing, joint venture capital and private equity for selected trusted partners. Successful in multiple industries including: healthcare, professional services, logistics, real estate, FMCG, agriculture and food processing. In his private time, he enjoys outdoor activities, open-water swimming, hiking, road cycling and several competitive individual sporting disciplines. Completed numerous Ironman70.3 triathlons.
Isidora Tasic (19.04.1999) is a first year medical student at the Medical faculty, University of Nis. She has finished both the elementary and high school with the highest GPA (5.00/5.00), and had achievements on various school competitions including: best company of the year at the nation competition for the young entrepreneurs (Junior Achievement Serbia) and second place at the national competition in biology (2018.). 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. Besides academics, Isidora is very passionate for sports - she played tennis and soccer for many years and was the highest achieving student in sports in the elementary school, and music-she has been playing the guitar for seven years.
Dragana Tasic Otasevic, graphic designer and art and media theoretrician working in the field of spectacle theory
Veronika Tasić Vušurović is a management consultant, trainer and coach. As a consultant, she worked with clients all over Central and Eastern Europe, covering topics of strategy, sales and marketing, and overall business growth. The company she founded, Woozdom, helps individuals and organisations across Europe advance their skills and businesses. Veronika is passionate about creating and performing words, music and movement. Also, she almost shamelessly uses every opportunity to promote the amazing wines from Serbia
Dejan Tešić is an Associate Partner at BlackPine Executive Consulting. He has over 25 years of experience in banking, ICT and international business. 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 using International payment organizations such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, many of those being first pioneer implementations in Balkans and CEE region. Dejan also has extensive experience in corporate and project finance, investor relations and capital markets, HR management, digital marketing and PR activities. He used to serve as a MasterCard Central and Eastern Europe Board Member and High Growth 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 in Cambridge and postgraduate projects at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the author of numerous local and international research publications.
Rachel Therrien is a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader hailing from Canada. Known for her very personal signature, she has developed a reputation as a highly-skilled, versatile and creative artist. Winner of the 2015 TD Grand Prize Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the 2016 Stingray Jazz Rising Star Award, where she presented her second album Home Inspiration, “an emotionally charged show filled improv and exceptional musical orchestration” -FIJM. Rachel recently launched “Pensamiento”, her new afro-colombian inspired jazz album recorded with 12 musicians in Bogota, Colombia, and she’s starting the production of a third album with her Montreal Quitet. A native of Rimouski (eastern Quebec, Canada), Rachel is considered one of the most promising jazz musicians in the Québec music scene, playing in a variety of music styles and enriching her talent through experiences from many different cultures. She has shared stages in clubs and concerts all around North and South America as well as the Caribbean with world-class musicians. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from University of Montreal, a degree in arts management and a certificate from Instituto Supérior de Arte, in Havana-Cuba, where she studied classical trumpet, latin jazz, percussion and Cuban music history. As a band leader, Rachel runs distinct artistic projects.
Nemanja Timotijević was born in February 1983. After several years spent abroad where he goes immediately after finishing high school, he decided to return to Serbia and enrol in the Faculty of Organizational Sciences. He graduated in Information Systems and Technologies in 2011, and shortly after that, he started working at Elite Web Solutions. It wasn’t long after he decided to start his own business with 3 of his friends from the faculty. In March 2012, Nemanja founded CreITive company in which he is now the CEO for Europe. CreITive is a digital innovation agency with offices in Belgrade, Singapore and Dubai. It consists of 50 enthusiastic and driven professionals, that transform existing patterns of doing business. Among many other clients, 4 of fortune 500 companies (VISA, CITIBANK, MICROSOFT, PRUDENTIAL) have given CreITive their trust so far. Nemanja fluently speaks English and Spanish and enjoys free time in nature and sports fishing. He always stood out for his constant improvement of knowledge, leadership and organizational skills, as well as team spirit and focus on business goals.
Christoph Tonini (Swiss/Italian; born 1969) is CEO of Tamedia since January 2013. He joined Tamedia in April 2003 as chief financial officer and member of the management board and has from 2007 on headed, among others, the Services, Newspapers Switzerland, Media Switzerland and before becoming CEO the Digital & 20 Minuten Division. He was also deputy CEO from 2007. Before joining Tamedia, Christoph held various positions for Ringier between 1998 and 2003. Most recently, he held the position of head of Ringier Hungary and Romania. Christoph completed an M.B.A. at St. Gallen University from 2001 to 2003. Prior to that, he completed an apprenticeship in offset printing and studied at the Swiss Engineering School for Printing and Packaging (esig) in Lausanne from 1990 to 1993. Besides his business engagement, Christoph is a passionate father of two kids (12 and 10) and loves various sports as windsurfing, snowboarding, tennis, and cycling.
Mirko Topalski is the CEO of Eipix Entertainment and Clock Drive Games. An accomplished musician, composer, video game developer, comic book author and a successful entrepreneur, Mirko is a multi-faceted creator with an insatiable appetite for world building.
Uroš Travica is a management student at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences at the University of Belgrade. He is the President of the Case Study Club, the student consulting organization, and is a co-founder of the Belgrade Blockchain Society.
Slobodan Trkulja is an award winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer/composer & innovator of ancient Balkan sounds. Frontman of groundbreaking Balkanopolis music group, creator of Modern Tradition genre, founder of Balkanopolis Center for Modern Tradition. Founder and CEO of "Kineski Festival Svetla", 3 week long lantern & music festival that takes place once a year in Belgrade, around Chinese New Year.
Dejan Turk is a CEO of Vip mobile and A1 Slovenia, members of A1 Telekom Austria Group. He is also a member of the Management Board of Serbian association of managers (SAM), Board Memeber and Vice President of FIC - Foreign Investors Association and Superviory Board member of the NLB Bank Belgrade. Dejan Turk is the winner of many prestigious business related awards for successful management including being named , Manager of the year 2009 in Slovenia and 2018 in Serbia . He was also a President of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia and Chairman of UNICEF Foundation in Slovenia. Dejan is also elected president of the Forum for Responsible Business (FOP), a network of leading companies in Serbia that are dedicated to the development of socially responsible business in the business sector. He is also AmCham’s Business Ambassador Leader of Change for 2016. Dejan holds BSc and MSc in Economics and Business Administration in marketing and finances from the Vienna University. He speaks Slovenian, Serbian, English, German and Italian.
Aleksandra Đukić-Vuković (born 1984) received her degree in pharmacy from Faculty of pharmacy, University of Belgrade and holds a PhD in applied biotechnology from Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade. She continued her research in Laboratory of Biocybernetics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia which is part of The European Associated Laboratory for Pulsed Electric Fields Applications in Biology and Medicine. Currently, she works as an assistant research professor at Department of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade. Her primary research interests are biorefinery processes, mainly by probiotic lactic acid bacteria and application of physical treatments and hurdle technologies for improvement of fermentation. She is particularly interested in effects of non-thermal treatments on cell membranes and cell response to different compounds after non-thermal processing.
Boris, founder of Behave, wannabe psychopreneur — building regional businesses centred around understanding and impacting human behaviour (feels right in the age when relationships, experiences and expectations are becoming main economical currencies). From Split in Croatia. Talkative guy usually 😀
Ivan Vasic is Chief Information/Technology Officer at Delta Holding, Belgrade, Serbia. He was also CIO at Komercijalna Banka, Banking. Ivan holds M.Sc. Degree in Engineering from the Belgrade University where he was working for the first six years of his career.
Marko Vasilic is a MSc student in Quantitative Finance at Department of Banking and Finance, University of Zürich and Department of Mathematics, ETH Zürich. He received his BSc degree from the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, where he afterwards worked as a graduate teaching assistant for 2 years, before continuing his studies in Switzerland. Additionally, he is parallel working to attain a second Masters degree from the International Masters of Quantitative Finance (IMQF), acclaimed as the best master program in the field of finance in Serbia. Prior to Switzerland, whilst working for his home faculty he explored internships in the National Bank of Serbia and several local consultancies. Currently is finishing his two year participation in the Portfolio Management Program, offered by UZH and ZZ Vermögensverwaltung, which involves one year of managing a portfolio with net asset value of over 1.8 million USD. His professional interests predominantly cover areas of portfolio management, strategy development, risk modeling, market analytics and valuation.
Nebojša Vasiljević is co-founder and director of the Loop Foundation (Fondacija Petlja) In his long-lasting career, Nebojša Vasiljević worked in various fields of software engineering, public administration, non-government organizations and university. He obtained his doctoral degree in the field of computational linguistics. For seven years, he worked as an Assistant Minister within the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, where he led the Sector for information society. From the founding of the Loop Foundation he works as its director. For more info: www.linkedin.com/in/vasiljevic
Suzana Vasiljevic was appointed Media Adviser to the President of the Republic of Serbia in June 2017. She advises the president on media and public diplomacy issues and directs the Press office of the President, which plays a key role in conveying the president’s strategic and political messages to opinion formers and to the public in general. Press office works to raise the president’s and country profile with audiences in the country and world-wide to build support for president, his operations and policies. At the very beginning of her career in 1991, she held positions involving production and media coverage of the Western Balkan region for some of the world’s most important TV stations, such as BBC, ARD, WDR, Granada television, NHK, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, ABC, ORF, CBS, CBC, MEGA TV, TF 1, on a number of documentary series and films. Offering over 25 years of successful public relations and media experience combined with a four-year degree, Suzana is a highly motivated and driven individual with extensive communication proficiency across a diverse range of sectors, including PR, marketing and events. She has outstanding political and personal contacts with all levels of the government, international and media representatives worldwide. Before assuming her current responsibilities, Suzana Vasiljevic held a position of a Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia (2014- 2017), Special Media Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense (2012 - 2014), Public Relations Manager of the State Enterprise Srbijašume (2011 – 2012), Chief of the Bureau for Media Relations in the Ministry of Interior (2008-2011), Foreign Press Adviser of the Press Office of the Serbian Prime Minister (2004-2008), interpreter, researcher, assistant producer, producer on several award-winning BBC series (1994 -2008), interpreter and producer in German Television ARD (1992–1993), interpreter and producer in Austrian Television ORF (1991–1992) Through these roles Suzana Vasiljevic has accumulated extensive experience in the international media domain with particular involvement in public relations. She has taken part in a number of key PR and media initiatives, including the development of the Strategic Communications Concept for the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia and: - Public Diplomacy and crisis management training – NATO Headquarters, Brussels (2012) - Media Training for Development of the Communication Strategy and Community Policing, Central Scotland Police, Edinburgh, Scotland and Metropolitan Police Service, London, England (2010) - Media Press Workshop in the EU institution, Brussels (2009) - Media Press Workshop for Spokespersons/PR advisers of Serbian Government, International Media Training Center, Washington, DC, USA (2006) - Media Training for PR advisers of Serbian Government, U.S. Embassy and Public Relations Bureau of Serbian Government, Belgrade (2007) - PR Seminars and Crisis Management Seminar organized by OSCE and Council of Europe - PR and External Communication Course in organization of the National Democratic Institute - Seminar on PR in Transitional Governments organized by Conrad Adenauer Stifftung. Suzana was born in 1968 and is a graduate of Faculty of Drama Art in Belgrade. She also studied Journalism and German language at the Frei Universitat in Berlin.
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.
Aleksandar Vlahović is President of Serbian Association of Economists. He assumed that position in 2011, reelected in 2015 and 2019. He is also President and Owner of the investment consulting company AV Holding and audit company UHY Revizija. Also he holds board member position within Erstebank Serbia, Vienna Economic Forum, Junior Achievement Serbia, as well as Advisory Board Member of Southeast Business Development Network Vienna. Mr. Vlahovic is special advisor to the Executive Board of Wiener Stadtische Osiguranje, and member of Audit Committee of Wiener Stadtishe Zivotno Osiguranje Montenegro. He is specialized in providing financial advisory and M&A services in accordance with international applied standards.From 1998 to 2001 Mr. Vlahović was senior partner of Deloitte Touche Central Europe. During his Deloitte’s career he was Office Managing Partner for DT Yugoslavia and Lead Valuation Partner for the Balkans zone countries.From 2001 to March 2004 Mr. Vlahovic was the Minister of the Economy and Privatization in the first democratic government of Serbia, appointed by the Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. During his term of office, numerous important reform statutes were prepared and adopted, of which the principal ones were the Privatization Law, as well as Law on Business Registration and Company Law.From April 2004 to May 2012 he was a Member of Serbian Parliament, elected on the list of Democratic Party, as well as member and chairman of the Finance and Committee for International Economic Cooperation, and Head of the Serbian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PA BSEC). Mr. Vlahovic was the President of the Sports Society "Red Star" (2006-2010). From 2006 to 2016 he was Vice President of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia. Fluent in English and Russian. Married, two sons and one grandson.
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.
Valerie von der Malsburg is the Program Manager at the WORLD.MINDS Foundation. Valerie has extensive experience in working with projects in the cultural field and the visual arts, as she has previsouly worked at The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Deutsche Bank Collection and Art Basel Unlimited. Furthermore, she has helped organize independent exhibitions and event formats in Berlin and Cologne and worked as Curatorial Assistant for exhibitions on Tomás Saraceno, Alexander Calder, Jordan Wolfson and Otto Dix at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. During her studies, Valerie was Editorial Assistant at the news channel n-tv, and volunteered in elderly care and outdoor youth coaching. She studied Art History and Theory, Literature, Political Science and Law in Augsburg, Cologne, and Chicago.
Felicitas von Lovenberg is publisher of Piper Verlag. Piper, founded in Munich in 1904, is one of the bigger publishing houses in Germany and part of the Bonnier group. Piper publishes both fiction and non fiction; the imprints Berlin Verlag, Malik and Pendo are also part of the publishing portfolio. Before joining Piper in early 2016, for many years Felicitas was head of the literature department at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and host of the TV show “lesenswert” (SWR). Whether publishing, writing or talking about books, her goal is always to get books and readers together.
Jean-Remy von Matt (born 1952 in Brussels) is co-founder and was longtime board member of the ad agency Jung von Matt, which he founded with Holger Jung in 1991. Today, the agency has a headcount of over 1,000 colleagues with offices in seven countries in the heart of Europe as well as in Beijing. When it comes to awards for creativity and effectiveness, Jung von Matt has been the most successful German-speaking agency in Europe for the past 25 years. Since 1994, Jung von Matt has consistently hit the German A.D.C.'s top three and has been ranked first thirteen times - again in 2018. Moreover, Jung von Matt has been named the world's most successful agency of the last fifty years in all A.D.C. competitions. In 2012, Jung von Matt was the only European agency ranked in the top five of the Gunn report and No. 3 in the worldwide efficiency ranking. Furthermore, the agency finished the Cannes Lions among the top three independent agencies worldwide for the third time in series. Thanks to its strong creative culture, the agency still attracts the most ambitious people in the industry. The agency's symbol is a dark green Trojan horse and its mission statement is: The power of daring creativity can open any door. Jean-Remy was raised in Switzerland but now lives in Germany.
Daniel von Stockar is an entrepreneur. He is the majority owner and Chairman of software company SoftwareOne with more than 3000 employees in 80 countries and revenues exceeding $7bn.
Marija Vranić (born in 1984) is a computational physicist at the Technical University of Lisbon. She was a graduate of the Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade and received her PhD in 2015 from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon. Her decision to become a physicist has much to do with Petnica Science Center in Valjevo, where she was exposed to exciting and mind-boggling questions of modern science. She was awarded an international John Dawson PhD thesis prize – for the best PhD in the area of laser-plasma accelerators, and the IBM Scientific Prize awarded by the president of Portugal. Her research focuses on interactions of extreme light with matter using high-intensity pulsed lasers. Marija worked for Extreme Light Infrastructure in Prague, one of the projects for the next generation of laser facilities where this year’s Nobel Prize winner Prof. Mourou was an early founder. She uses massively parallel computer simulations to propose new ideas and guide the experiments for the lasers of the future. Her hobbies are tennis, languages, and dancing.
Aleksandar Vratonjić Gligorijević, director, TeleGroup Innovation As the director of TeleGroup Innovation, it’s my job to lead a team that provides hands-on consulting services during the Digital Transformation journey of TeleGroup's clients. My professional experience started with an internship at IBM and continued during the years I dedicated to SAGA and then TeleGroup, both large system integrators in the domain of IT solutions in Serbia. I was awarded Young Leader in Change award by The American Chamber of Commerce for mz contribution to their work in Serbia.
Jelena Vrucinic is one of the pioneers in the field of digital marketing, both locally and regionally. Programmatic advertising and latest technological innovation in digital marketing were a perfect challenge for this recent graduate in International Relations, as she was eager to learn and develop her skills further. With the support of the global tech giant, Sizmek Technologies, Jelena has established a team of programmatic experts, many of whom are now a part of various types of media agencies and companies, and has been constantly working on spreading the knowledge and experience she has gained over the years.
Ivana Vujic Kominac is a theatre director, General Manager of the National Theatre in Belgrade and 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. Mrs. Vujić Kominac 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.
Branislav Vujović is founder and president of New Frontier Group. New Frontier Group was established in 2006 and today is CEE leader in helping enterprises to embrace opportunity of digital economy. Branislav, beside overall responsibility for the group, is leading investor relationship, M&A and group strategy with special focus on innovation and digital transformation. He has IT background and did a masters in Digital Transformation. He graduated with an MSc in Computer Science at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences at the University of Belgrade. Branislav is for a while working on digital revolution and impact on industrial enterprises focusing on difference between optimization of existing business processes (digitization) and creating new digital strategy to increase top results, both revenue and profit. He is teaching at the IEDC, Bled, Slovenia management school and he is Principal Lecturer at the FAFA University in Belgrade, Serbia. He was leading many projects, workshops and seminars about Digital Economy, Digital Business Models and Digital Transformation including seminars on the PWC Academy in South East Europe.
Nenad Vukmirović is Research Professor at Institute of Physics Belgrade (IPB), Serbia. He received his PhD degree in electrical engineering in 2007 from University of Leeds, UK. From 2007 to 2010 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and joined IPB in 2010. His research interests are in theory and simulation of electronic properties of organic semiconductor materials and inorganic nanostructures. Dr Vukmirovic held the FP7 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant for the project Electronic Transport in Organic Materials (2011-2015).
Ana Vukovic (born in Belgrade in 1994) is a PhD student at Center for Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering at Institute of Nuclear Sciences Vinca, with a Master's degree in Molecular Biology. Ana's research interests include bioinformatics and genomics.
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 on stages and concerts in Belgrade and Serbia. In 1990's his band recorded two music albums. His ambition is to publish his first novel and promote the music he creates.
Marc Walder (born 1965), CEO of Ringier AG, was appointed chairman of the group executive board in April 2012. In addition, Marc serves in several boards of directors, such as being chairman of the board of Scout 24 Schweiz, vice chairman of the board of JobCloud, or a member the executive board of the Swiss Media Association and the advisory board of the FIFA Museum. Marc started his career at Ringier in 1991 after eight years as a professional tennis player on the ATP Tour. Following his training at the Ringier School of Journalism, Marc joined the Blick Group, where he held various positions, including deputy editor-in-chief of “SonntagsBlick” and head of the sports desk of the Blick Group. In 2000, he was named editor-in-chief of “Schweizer Illustrierte,” Switzerland’s largest magazine, which he ran successfully for seven years. Marc became editor-in-chief of “SonntagsBlick” in 2007 and additionally took over the editorial management of the Blick Group. Since September 2008, Marc has served as CEO of Ringier Switzerland and Germany and on Ringier’s group executive board. Under his leadership Ringier has consistently pursued diversification and digitalization since then: Ringier has invested significantly in the digital business and entertainment units. In 2008, Marc completed the advanced executive management program at Harvard Business School in Boston. Marc is married, father of two daughters and lives near Zurich.
Linda Walker von Graffenried, a US and Swiss citizen, is the Managing Director of Walker von Graffenried Asset Management Ltd., offering financial services to private and institutional clients primarily in Latin America and Europe, which was founded by her in Zurich, Switzerland in March 1998. Prior to that she was employed for twenty-one years with Citibank as international staff where she held positions in the USA, Venezuela, Peru, Greece and Switzerland in the areas of corporate, investment and private banking. She graduated with a MBA at George Washington University, USA, with a MA at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, and with a BA in French Literature at the University of Delaware, USA. She is a member of COMEXI in Mexico City (Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales), Vice President of the Board of the Latin American Swiss Chamber of Commerce and a member of Polyreg, one of the regulatory organizations recognized by FINMA (Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority). In January 2016 she was appointed Honorary Consul of Mexico in Zurich. In the same year, she established an international advisory board to support a school, taki mundo, for under privileged children with severe hearing loss in Michoacán, Mexico. The school, founded 11 years ago by Swiss individuals is funded exclusively through private Swiss donations. In addition to attending regularly the annual meetings of the World Bank / IMF, she also attends the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) annual meetings, and regular meetings of the Euro50 Group. Last but not least, she is fluent in English (mother tongue), German, Spanish, French, Greek and has a working knowledge of Italian.
Alex Wassmer (born 1969) is owner, chairman, and CEO 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. 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 the Zurich office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, 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. 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), in addition to serving as Group General Counsel and Member of the Executive Committee for global pharma company Novartis. Since 2013, Thomas has been a Privatdozent for finance and capital markets law. Thomas lectures on corporate governance, finance, banking, securities and corporate law at both the University of St. Gallen and the University of Zurich. Among other things, Thomas was named one of the Top 20 Capital Markets Lawyers in the World (the Best of the Best) by IFLR and recognized as “in-house lawyer of the year” and as “transformative individual” by the Innovative Lawyers Report published by the Financial Times. Originally from Valais, Thomas likes hiking and mountaineering and is an avid skier.
Christof Wolfisberg (born in 1976) and Jonas Anderhub (born in 1976) are OHNE ROLF. They are virtuosos of printed improvisation. With their absurd and ingenious play on words, they move somewhere between theater, comedy, and animated comic strip. In 1999, they tried out their poster idea for the first time. With deadpan faces they placed themselves in a crowded street holding up a poster saying: “There is nothing to be seen here.” Passers-by were puzzled. Was there really nothing to be seen? Another poster had the answer: “Move on, there is really nothing to be seen!” Over the last 15 years, OHNE ROLF have been performing their programs on many stages and in many TV shows in German, French, English, and Chinese. OHNE ROLF are winners of diverse theater awards.
Mathias Worni (born in 1978) is a surgical oncologist working at the University Clinic of Bern, Inselspital, Switzerland. He received his surgical training in Bern and Biel in Switzerland and completed a competitive hepato-pancreato-biliary/surgical oncology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in the US. Aside, he finished a rigorous academic training in clinical research leading to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research awarded by the Duke School of Medicine. As a clinician scientist, he has several ongoing research grants in the field of pancreatic cancer research aiming to advance innovative ideas through interdisciplinary collaboration to improve patient’s dismal prospects.
Tom Wujec (born 1959) is a fellow at Autodesk, the world’s leader in 2-D & 3-D design software. As a recognized thought-leader and award-winning innovator, Tom works with the Fortune 500 to foster innovation practices at all stages, from strategic and business planning to the design and implementation of advanced digital design tools. He has brought several software applications to market, including Autodesk SketchBook Pro, PortfolioWall, and Maya (which won an Academy Award for its contribution to the film industry). Tom is a pioneer in business visualization, the emerging practice of using images, sketches and data-driven infographics to help teams solve complex problems. Tom’s work has been featured in many international conferences, such as TED, Pop!Tech, and the Fortune Innovation Summit. Tom is also the author of three books on creative thinking and is a highly sought after international speaker, and delivers visually rich innovation keynotes, workshops, and knowledge maps. Tom has worked as a creative director, writer, and animator, has designed dozens of museum exhibits, and lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. He was a speaker at the 2011 WORLD.MINDS Annual Symposium, as well as in 2014 and 2016.
Gus Wüstemann (born 1966) founded gus wüstemann architects in 1997 in Zurich and, in 2004, opened his second office in Barcelona. Gus studied at the ETH Zurich and has lived and worked in Australia, India, England, and the U.S.A. Gus is co-founder and curator of Catalan-Architects. He frequently lectures within Europe and leads research workshops in the field of space design, architecture, and urbanism. This year, he won the award of the Reiners Stiftung for the project 2verandas. Gus follows an ethical code in his architecture, working with communicating masses and spaces free of social contamination. His projects have been published internationally, and he has won competitions and prizes all over the world. Gus lives in Zurich and by the sea in Barcelona with his family. He enjoys surfing, sailing, and has also climbed some of the highest mountain peaks in the world.
Kurt Wüthrich (born in 1938 in Switzerland) divides his time between positions of Professor of Biophysics at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Professor of Structural Biology at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, CA, USA, Distinguished Senior Professor at the iHuman Institute of ShanghaiTech University in China, and Adjunct Distinguished Professor at the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) in Daegu, Korea. His research interests are in structural biology and structural genomics. His specialty is nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy with biological macromolecules in solution (which means figuring out the structure and chemistry of the “molecules of life” in their natural environment). Kurt’s current research interests focus on G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which perform a wide range of life-supporting functions in higher organisms. The human body contains 826 different GPCRs, which are targets for about 40% of all FDA-approved prescription drugs. Kurt’s achievements have been recognized by the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2002, the Prix Louis-Jeantet de Médecine in 1993, the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology in 1998, and other awards and honorary degrees. Kurt also holds the “Eidgenössisches Turn- und Sportlehrerdiplom,” and he played in a competitive soccer league well beyond the age of 50. He enjoys fishing trips and is a member of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club in Whitianga, New Zealand, which lists Ernest Hemingway among its past members. Kurt spoke at the very first Annual Symposium
Yves Zischek (born 1975) is Program Manager of SmartRail 4.0 for the digitalization of train services in Switzerland and member of the advisory board of Quinx AG. He has been working at SBB (Swiss Railway Services) since 2013, formerly as Head of Telecommunication in the Infrastructure Department. Yves has a master's degree from Strathclyde University of Glasgow and a Master of Arts from the University of Zurich. He has 20 years of experience in Telecommunication and IT and lives in Zurich with his wife and two children. He is fluent in speaking German, English, French and is working on his Italian and Hungarian language skills. He and his family love to travel around the globe and spending time with friends, he likes to climb, ski, swim and run, especially with his kids, and has a huge passion for books, music, vinyl, wine and cigars. He has a talent for impersonation and comedy.