Igor Khalevinsky - Chairman
Igor is appointed by the United Nations Secretary General as Member, the UN
Committee of Experts on Public Administration (formerly Group of experts on the
United Nations Programme in public administration and finance) for the initial
four years starting from January 2014 and then at the first session of the
Committee in April 2014 Igor was elected by the Committee as its deputy
Chairman. The Committee is responsible for supporting the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among Member States. Igor is also the Chairman of the Board of Russian Diplomats Association, appointed in March 2013, and the Vice-President of the International Alliance "Labor Migration". He has finished his term as director of the Customs Union Commission, Department for Management, November (2012).
Born in Novosibirsk. Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1967. In 1974 he was awarded a degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow.
From 1967 till 2009 he was on the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, USSR/Russia. 1967–69 and 1974–79 – the USSR Embassy in Pakistan. 1969–74; 1980–83 – in the MFA. USSR. 1983–88 – Senior Counsellor, the USSR Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York, USA. Member, Advisory Committee on administrative and budgetary questions, UN. 1988–1991–Deputy Director, Director, Consular Affairs Department, USSR MFA.
In 1992 he was Deputy Minister of Labor and Employment of the Russian Federation. 1992–96 – Deputy Minister of Labor of Russia; 1996–97 – Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Development of Russia; 1997–98 – Ambassador-at-Large and Deputy Inspector General in the Russian MFA; 1998–2003 – Head of the UN Office in Belgrade, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro; 2003–2009 – Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including in 2004–2006 – Plenipotentiary Representative of Russia to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), in 2005–06 – Chairman of the Permanent Council at the CSTO as well as in 2006–2008 – Member, Advisory Committee on administrative and budgetary questions, UN. Since June 2009-Director, Department of Management, in the Secretariat of the Customs Union Commission.
Igor has written a number of publications on the issues of international relations, world economy and social policy.
Since 1994 he has been Vice- President of the International Information Academy. Since 2002 he has been member of the Management Board of Serbian Society for Fight against Cancer.
Ambassador (ret.) Ralph R. Johnson
President of the International Practice Group of Quinn Gillespie &
Associates, Ralph has deep and long experience working with key
policymakers in the foreign affairs arena, including at the Department
of State, the National Security Council and in the United States Senate
and House of Representatives. Prior to his role at QGA, Ralph was the
Principal Deputy High Representative in the Office of the High
Representative in Sarajevo from August 1999 until July 2001. He assumed
his responsibilities in Sarajevo following three years (1996-1999) as
Ambassador of the United States of America to Slovakia. Following his
retirement from the Foreign Service in 1999, Ralph established a
consulting firm that provided political risk assessment and political
advisory services to U.S. and other investors in Central and Eastern
Europe and the Balkans. From 1993 until 1995, Ralph was the Coordinator
for U.S. assistance to Central and Eastern Europe where he was
responsible for the oversight and coordination of all U.S. assistance to
Miroslav J. Vesković
Coordinator of scientific support to macro-regional strategies, European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Miroslav was former Rector of the University of Novi Sad.
Miroslav is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He ranks among top Serbian scientists, foremost in nuclear physics and is the leader of the NICOLE Group of scientists cooperating within the ISOLDE project of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). He has been working as a distinguished researcher with ISOLDE, CERN since 1989. A PhD in sciences, he was appointed Rector of the University of Novi Sad (UNS) in 2009.
Miroslav was awarded The Danubius Award 2013 which honors persons with extraordinary scientific achievements pertaining to the Danube Region. Founder of this award are the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF). He was presented the award by Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research Karlheinz Tochterle and President of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) Erhard Busek, on May 14, 2013 in Vienna.
Before being appointed Rector, Miroslav was an Assistant Minister, Serbian Ministry of Science and Technological Development, Department for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (2008-2009), Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, UNS (2005-2008), UNS Vice-rector (2002-2004), Head of the UNS Institute of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, full-professor of Nuclear Physics, UNS, Head of UNS Nuclear Physics Laboratory…
Miroslav worked abroad also as a Research Associate, Physics Department, University of Oxford, Research Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, and Research Fellow, Sussex University, Brighton, and in Institute Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France
His focus is on rare nuclear processes, nuclear structure – nuclear magnetic moments, low temperature nuclear orientation, low background gamma spectroscopy, environmental protection, radioecology
He was the President of Serbian Physical Society), Head of International Committee of Serbian Physical Society, Member of European Physics Education Network and Deputy President of KONUS (Conference of the Universities of Serbia)
Leading Serbian sociologist, scholar and political analyst. Born in 1970, Jovo is an Assistant Professor in Political Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade.
Jovo has been dealing with the national conflicts in ex-Yugoslavia, with special focus on Serbian and Croatian nationalisms and the idea and ideologies of Yugoslavism before the WWI, during the War, and between the two World Wars. He is profoundly interested in theories of ethnicity, nation and nationalism, national minorities, refugees, conflict and war studies, different ideologies, ex-Yugoslavia, and its successor states. He has also analyzed foreign press writing on dissolution of the Socialist Yugoslavia and the Wars of Its Succession and the stereotypes of the Balkans, and particularly of the Serbs. His Ph.D. thesis was Shifts in the Interpretations of the Death of Yugoslavia.
Jovo studied at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Donahue Institute, Institute for American Politics and Political Thought, University of Helsinki, Department of Social Science History, IMESS Scholar, Post-doctoral fellowship, Erasmus Mundus, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, Ph.D, Olympia Summer Seminars: War, Conflict and Identity. Kokkalis Foundation and Yale University, University of Oxford, Faculty of Modern History, Department of history, Post-graduate course in Modern history of the Balkans etc.
He is an author of dozens of books, position papers, analyses and frequently is a guest at political talk shows.
Goran Svilanovic, former Minister for
Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro, has just been appointed
Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, in June 2012.
Before this, he was the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and
Environmental Activities and the Chairman of the Working Table I of
the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe and a member of the
Serbian Parliament since 2004.
Active in politics for more than a
decade, Mr. Svilanovic was a member of the Upper Chamber of the
Federal Parliament of Serbia and Montenegro from 2000-2003, President
of the Civic Alliance of Serbia from 1999-2004, and before that the
party’s Vice President (1998) and Spokesperson (1997). From
1989-1998 he was a Teaching Assistant at the Law School, University
Mr. Svilanovic also served on the
International Commission on the Balkans, and in 2004 was the Laureate
of the Sasakawa Foundation Prize for the Young Future Leaders of the
World. Mr. Svilanovic has worked with a number of non-governmental
organizations, including the Centre for Anti-War Action, the Belgrade
Center for Human Rights, and the Center for Advancement of Legal
Studies. He has published many articles and books on civil procedure
and civil law, as well as on the legal status of refugees and issues
relating to citizenship.
Ms. Cruikshanks has over 25 years of public diplomacy and strategic communications experience. Having worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London and in Brussels, she then joined Hill & Knowlton International in Brussels. She built the public affairs client base there over a time period of 21 years to being the biggest consultancy on the Brussels scene. In addition, she had the role of Head of Hill & Knowlton’s global public affairs practice bringing together public affairs practitioners from all over the world.
Elaine has worked for a number of governments and international organisations such as the Global Fund, the Gates Foundation, Temasek (Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund), the governments of Botswana, Republika Srpska, Dubai, Maldives and Turkey.
Ms Cruikshanks served as a Board Member on the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU from 1998-2008. She was also a founding member of the European Public Affairs Consultancy Association. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Euractiv Foundation.
Since January 2010, she is the owner and managing director of Elaine Cruikshanks Consulting, an independent consultancy specialised in providing strategic advice and public affairs and public relations support to governments, associations, corporations and NGO’s.
Aleksandar Simic, composer and humanist, was born in Belgrade, in 1973. He spent most of his youth shifting between different cultures and continents, from London to Singapore, from St. Petersburg to New York. Half-way through med school he switched to study music and quickly established himself among leading composers of his generation. In his large and versatile opus that encompasses concert, spiritual, world and film music, a special place is reserved for compositions that were used to mark important jubilees such as 50 years of victory in WW II (for the Russian Federation), or 950 years of the East-West split (for the Vatican).
Although he wove his liberal political views and humanism into his music, Aleksandar has been a spokesperson and an activist for some of the most important charity campaigns such as Helping the Blind, the Safe House program or Notes from the Heart. His made a contribution to the global inter-religious dialogue over the many years and in many different countries: be it as a part of the mediating team between the Vatican and the State of Israel, or as a part of the Pave the Way Foundation from New York, to name a few. He was a part time lecturer at the Faculty of Political Sciences teaching Political Philosophy. He is presently assisting the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Special Prosecutors Office for War Crimes in the program called The Last Hope.
Ludvik Toplak, born in 1942, Slovenia, married with two children, is a University professor of International Business Law, a Rector, an Ambassador, a Manager and a Politician, rolled into one. Ludvik is currently the President of the European Centre in Maribor, Slovenia, since 2007. His education includes University of Maribor and Ljubljana, Slovenia, University of Belgrade and Novi Sad, Serbia, New York University, NY and State University of New York Potsdam, USA. He specialized in Oslo, Seattle and San Francisco, Atlanta, London, New York, Strasbourg. His professional experience includes: University Professor, University of Maribor, Faculty of Law, Vice-President Iskra Delta Computers (IDC), Ljubljana (1980 - 1987), Vice-President of the Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia (1990 - 1992), Rector of the University of Maribor (1993 - 2002) and Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Holy See (2002 - 2006)
Ludvik is a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts (since 2000), member of the Steering Committee of the I.C.H.E. (International Conference on Higher Education), member of Pan-European Union, member of the Board of European Rectors Conference, Magna Charta Universitatum, member of Collegium, member and President of the Danube Rectors' Conference (1996-1999), member of the international committee European Forum Alpbach (1999- ) and Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia (1999-2001). His main activities and focus of interest lie in social reforms, political parties, human rights, diplomacy and his major fields of expertise include Law, Economy, Environment, Management, Small Businesses, Cooperatives, Professional Ethics, University Management, Foundations, Charity.
Alex Machaskee is the retired Publisher, President and Chief
Executive Officer of The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper. In that
capacity, he was responsible for the overall policy, operation and
direction of the newspaper.
Machaskee joined The Plain Dealer in 1960. Before being named Publisher
in 1990, he had served five years as Vice President and General
Manager. Previously, he served as Director of Labor Relations and
Personnel, Assistant to the Publisher and Promotion Director. In June,
2006 Mr. Machaskee retired from The Plain Dealer.
in Warren, Ohio, Mr. Machaskee worked as a sports reporter and general
assignment reporter for the Warren Tribune before joining The Plain
Dealer. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a bachelor’s
degree in marketing. Mr. Machaskee was awarded the honorary degree of
Doctor of Humane Letters by Cleveland State University in 1995, from the
University of Akron in 1998 and from Heidelberg College in 2006.
Zorana Z. Mihajlović
Membership status frozen – in active government service
Zorana is Serbia’s top energy expert. She is currently the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction,
Transport and Infrastructure. In the previous government she held the post of
Minister of Energy, Development and Environment Protection. The Serbian
Government has also appointed her EBRD Governor.
Educated in Serbia, Zorana holds a PhD in the field of Energy and Economic Development and is a Professor of Economy, Sustainable Energy Security, Renewable Energy Resources and the Economy of Natural Resources at one of best private universities in Serbia, Megatrend University in Belgrade.
Zorana started her successful career as a high school professor in 1993, but soon joined the Serbian power company EPS
in 1996 and ended her 10-year employment in the energy giant as the head of the Planning and Analyses Department. She joined the Cabinet of deputy Prime Minister of Serbia Miroljub Labus in 2004, was his energy advisor until 2006 when she took over the position of his Chief of Staff and chief of his energy and environment protection department.
Zorana was a member of the EPS Board of Governors, and was also the energy advisor to the general manager of the Nikola Tesla airport in Belgrade, and the editor in chief of the EU Market monthly magazine.
With her reputation spilling over the borders of Serbia, Zorana was also RS Prime Minister Milorad Dodik’s energy advisor as the RS strives to develop itself as an energy hub in The Balkans. In October 2011 Zorana has been appointed Deputy Dean of the Megatrend University Scientific and Research Department. She is the founder of an NGO “Women’s Government.
Zorana is a member of a number of other NGOs and expert associations, including the European Movement for Serbia and Serbia-France Society. She has written or co-authored four books focusing on energy and development. She has taken part in hundreds of seminars or projects, like the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) “Sustainable Development Strategy for the Republic of Serbia”, all devoted to energy, energy security, environment protection, energy sector corruption and relationship between energy and politics.
Darko Tanaskovic born in Zagreb, 1948, is the leading Orientalist scholar in this part of Europe. He is a regular or visiting Professor and head of Oriental studies in several universities and institutes in Serbia and abroad, including Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Skopje, the College of Social Sciences (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales – EHESS) in Paris. He is teaching multiple subjects: Arabic, Turkish, Introduction into Oriental Philology, Arabic Literature, Persian Literature, Foundation of Islamic Civilization, and in postgraduate curriculum - Introduction to the Comparative Grammar of Semitic Languages, Linguistic and Literary Arabic, Islam and Christianity, Islamic Fundamentalism, etc.
He has published more than a score of books and over 600 pertinent scientific and professional papers in the field of Oriental studies. Darko is a member of the Executive Committee of the Euro-Arabic University in Rome and member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences - Salzburg. He is a corresponding member of the Turkish Language Society in Ankara and is fluent in several languages. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia.
Darko served as the Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan from 1995 till 1999. He was appointed a member of the Yugoslav Commission for Truth and Reconciliation in March 2001. From 2002 till 2008th served as the Yugoslav Ambassador to the Holy See (the Vatican) and with the Knights of Malta . Pope John Paul II awarded him the with The Order of the Grand Cross of Order of Pius IX (October 2004) and the Grand Master of Malta Knights Order (October 2005), Order of the Grand Cross of the Order for military merits. Darko Tanaskovic is married with three children
Gábor Kovács is a banker and philanthropist from Hungary. After high school he received a scholarship to the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) from where he graduated in 1980. Mr Kovács started a professional career at the foreign currency division of the Hungarian National Bank. In 1985 he transferred to Citibank as managing director, later he moved to Citibank London where he was responsible for the bank’s Eastern European investments. In 1991 Mr Kovács returned to Hungary to form an investment company, Bankár Holding, specialized in corporate mergers and acquisitions and investment banking. Expanding his interests beyond the financial sector, Mr Kovács opened the first private hospital in Hungary in 1998. Mr Kovács has been purchasing works of art for fifteen years. Covering the period from the early 18th century to the present, the collection is comprised of nearly 400 pieces. In 2002 he established the Kovács Gábor Art Foundation (KOGART) with a donation of 3 billion HUF (approximately 10 million GBP) with the aim of supporting contemporary artists in Hungary. The Foundation’s gallery is located in a historic villa on Andrássy Avenue in Budapest, bought and renovated by him. Mr Kovács also purchased a monastery in Sopron, Hungary. The project received significant support from the Norwegian Fund and the building was renovated in 2010 to become the home of an international retreat, education and meditation centre of an international organization, World Servers Foundation (WSF) that was enabled by Mr Kovács in Geneva in November 2010. Mr Kovács is very honoured to be a member of the Trilateral Commission since 2006.
Ulysses Kyriacopoulos is the Chairman of the companies S&B Industrial Minerals S.A. and Motodynamics S.A.
He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission and the General
Council of the Bank of Greece. He was the Chairman of the Federation of
Greek Industries, UNICE Special Representative for Mediterranean Affairs
and former Vice President of UNICE, the leading organization that
represents employers΄ interests in Europe.
Ulysses is serving as member of the Board of Lambda Development SA
and of Lavipharm SA. and on the Βoard of Air Liquide Hellas S.A., Delta
Holding S.A, and J.Boutaris & Son Holding S.A. as well as on the
Advisory boards of INSEAD and Athens College. He was also formerly the
President of the Greek National Opera and Vice President of the Hellenic
Exchnages Holdings SA. .
He studied Mining Engineering at Montanuniversitaet Loeben in Austria
and at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England. He received
his M.B.A. at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD)
in Fontainebleau, France.
Ulysses was born in New York in 1952 and speaks four languages. He is married to Nicole and they have 3 children.
Mihai Nicolae Tanasescu has been a Senior Adviser to the
International Monetary Fund’s Executive Director for 13 countries of
Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus region and the Middle East
since 2007. He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission.
Mihai was a member of the Romanian National Assembly and Chairman of
the Budget Committee (2004-07). As Minister of Public Finance (2000-04)
he strengthened the macroeconomic stability of Romania and negotiated
its entry into the European Union. He also sat on the Board of Governors
of a number of international financial institutions including the IMF
and the World Bank.
Mihai has taught economics and public
finance at Bucharest’s Academy of Economic Studies. He also studied
economics and budget planning at the prestigious École
Nationale D’Administration (Institute Internationale D’Administration
Pubique) in Paris and participated in Harvard’s Business School’s
executive development programme. He has written more than 500 articles
and interviews, published in leading world papers like the FT, WSJ,
Emerging Markets, etc.
Marko Čadež, born in 1977 in Belgrade (Serbia), is the President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. He is a leading media, communications and Serb-German relations expert who has made an immeasurable contribution to the development of the NGO and media sector in Serbia. Schooled in Germany, Marko graduated at the Academy for Marketing Communications, Frankfurt (Main) in 2001. He also studied at the International Institute for Journalism (IIJ), Sofia and the Deutsche Welle Akademie and Television Training Centre, Sofia, the South East European Network for Professionalisation of Media (SEENPM) and Danish School of Journalism. He is also a Licensed Trainer for Multimedia Journalism.
He started his professional career as an intern in daily newspaper "Politika" in Belgrade, later became a journalist with daily newspaper "Vesti" in Frankfurt (Main), and then moved on to staff the Serbian Desk of WDR in Cologne. He was a member of "Forum of Media Initiatives" (FOMIN), Belgrade, and in 1999-2000 Coordinator for Campaign on voters mobilisation "Nas je više" ("We are the majority") of FOMIN and opposition movement OTPOR. He was a lecturer at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Montenegro; Coordinator of investigative reporting workshops in Belgrade, organised by SEENPM, FOMIN and FRESTA of Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Coordinator of court reporting workshops in Belgrade, organised by FOMIN und Heinrich Boell Foundation, Programme Coordinator and Advisor for Politics und Communications with Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Belgrade, Editor and presenter of monthly TV business show “PUT” at the Serbian State TV - RTS, trainer for Strategic Communication Management for Press/Media Officers of Serbian political party "G17Plus" (financed by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation), Editor-in-chief of online magazine "Politikas" of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Belgrade.
Marko joined the Press Department of German Embassy, Belgrade in 2003 and two years later was appointed the Embassy Spokesperson, a job he still holds. He is also the Deutsche Welle Coordinator for Serbia and Montenegro
Jovan Ratković is the International Secretary and Member of the Presidency of Social Democratic Party (SDS) in Serbia.
Previously, Mr. Ratković served as Special Adviser (2004-2006) and Foreign Policy Adviser (2006-2012) to the President of the Republic of Serbia, Adviser to the Minister of Defense of Serbia and Montenegro (2003-2004), and National Coordinator of Serbia and Montenegro of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (2002-2004).
Before joining the public service, Mr. Ratkovic had been actively involved (as co-founder of Otpor movement and Managing Board member of the non-governmental Serbian Information Centre in London, UK) in the pro-democracy movement in Serbia that forced the autocratic leader Slobodan Milosević out of the office.
Jovan Ratković is a graduate of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK and alumni of Bucerius School of Global Governance and the Munich Security Conference Young Leaders Programme.
In 2008. the President of the Republic of Italy decorated Mr. Ratkovic with „Star of Italian Solidarity“ Medal – Order of the Knight.
Marko Škreb, former Croatian National Bank Governor, is the Chief Economist and Strategist at Privredna banka Zagreb, Croatia. Before that, he was a professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics. Following his academic career he joined the Croatian central bank, first as Research and Statistics Director and later on as Governor (from 1996 to 2000). In 1997 he was awarded the Central European Annual Award for Excellence - Best Central Bank Governor by the prestigious Banker media.
Since then he worked as consultant for International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to central banks in numerous countries, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Madagascar, Montenegro, Romania, Ukraine, etc. Marko also worked as a consultant, Independent Evaluation Office, IMF, Washington DC, on the evaluation of the Financial Sector Assessment Project (FSAP). During that time participated in a short term mission to Ukraine for the WB (on monetary policy and liquidity).
Besides his work at the PBZ, he teaches Money and Banking course at a private University in Zagreb, Croatia. Marko is a member of Intesa Sanpaolo International Network Research Steering Committee. He published a few articles and edited books, most of them on transition questions with the focus on financial issues.
Vladan Atanasijević is a leading Serbian IT expert with a reputation that well surpasses the region. He is a member of the Asseco SEE Board of Governors and Integration Systems Director. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED).
Born in Kragujevac in 1967, he attended technical faculties in Zagreb and Belgrade. Vladan has over 20 years of experience in the IT sector, working on projects involving large information systems for the government and both the public and financial sectors. He also has 15 years of experience in managing leading IT companies at the Serbian market.
He began his career in the Zastava company, Kragujevac, where he moved up the ladder from the position of manager of the organization system development department to the company’s telecommunications Executive Director. He founded his own start-up company, Virtual Team, in 2001 producing software for regional and global leaders. Five years later the company was merged into Hermes SoftLab, of Slovenia, and Vladan ran the Serbian branch. After being the head of ComTrade Spinnaker New Technologies for one year, he moved to the leading IT company in the region, Asseco SEE, to the position of Integration Systems Director, a post he occupies today. His cooperation partners are banks, state organs and institutions and large systems.
Vladan has won numerous awards, including Microsoft World Wide Award twice, Manager of the Year awarded by the Business Journalists Club, Manager of the Year awarded by The Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Best Start-Up Investment in Serbia Award and many others.
Vladan is also very active in a number of business and manager’s associations and is involved in economic development and manager profession promotion. He was appointed NALED Chairman of the Board of Governors in 2013: he is a founder of the Serbian Managers Association (SAM): deputy Chairman of the IT Experts Society of Serbia (DIS); member of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), member of the Advisory Board of EMC company, etc.
Dr h.c. Dipl.Ing. Zoran Vitorović
President of the Association Swiss Morning Star, Zoran, is a media expert, business consultant and above all an NGO idea champion. Born in Belgrade in 1967 he lives and works in Switzerland.
Zoran started his media career as a correspondent and editor for Ed Assoziatione, the Swiss magazine Business and Finance, Radio Subotica, DVV (Serbia), Voice of Russia, TV ECO, Switzerland, TV Melos, Novi Sad, TV Most, Novi Sad, TV Channel 9, several Serbian dailies. He owned TV & Radio production “EU and We”, Bosnia. He also worked for Radio Deutche Welle and BBC.
Today he is a member in the UN Correspondents' Association, Vienna (UNCAV) - was its Vice president in the 90ties - Independent Union of Serbian Journalists (NUNS), Union of Serbian Journalist (UNS), IFJ, Brussels.
Zoran is also the Patron for the Swiss AUGP, Academy for Global Universal Peace (India), Board Member, AUGP (India ), Director (Finance) Snahalaya Ashram, (India), International Governor of AUGP (India), Junior Privy Counsellor JPC, Royal Office OHA Affairs, Royal Houshold Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom (Uganda ), S.E. to His Majesty Omukama I , Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom, (Uganda), Planipotentiary& Adviser ARKBK, Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom (Uganda), Goodwill Ambassador,TCHSI (Canada) for Europe, Intergovernmental Goodwill Ambassador, the Canadian Health Science Institute (TCHSI) for Europe, Member, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy IDC (Germany), Member, Advisory Commission, Global Unification International (Australia), Goodwill Ambassador SPMUDA (Philippines ) for Switzerland, Dep.Director SPMUDA, for Europe, Delegate to IFBC (International Federation Blue Cross & Blue Crescent-UK.
His carrer includes: Co-Owner Caucasus International Ltd (Georgia), Co-Oowner Medicus Consulting Mosorka (Swiss), Representative for the Swiss Strong Salles Inc (USA), Representative for the Swiss TCA Group, (UAE), Advisor to the CEO Studio Deadalus, (UK), Advisor to the CEO MPM Poliplast (Serbia), Advisor to the CEO Royal Investment LLC (Russia) and Advisor to the CEO Austrian/German Gas Company PREMAG/Premaberg, Advisor to the CEO Canadian Company YUCAN Trading, Advisor for financices and bank's for DE HAAS Diamond Wholesaler Company, Vienna, Austria, etc.
He was the ASMS Delegate to several United Nations conferences in UN Geneve, 2011-2013 and the ASMS Delegate to the G20 Civil Summit, Moscow, 2013.
Ivan, a security expert, was born in Krusevac, Serbia in 1973 and studied Philosophy at the Belgrade University. He lives and works in Mexico City since 1999 as CEO and Owner of Ayax Global Security Group which is specialized for VIP Protection, Anti–Terrorism, Anti- Kidnapping and Dangerous Human Behavior. Ivan is a member of ASIS International, ASIS Mexico and IFPO. He is certified CPO and CPOI by International Foundation for Protection Officers and has specialized in Dangerous Human behavior by ESI International. Ivan has given numerous lectures and conferences about VIP Protection, Anti- Terrorism and Anti-Kidnapping in Mexico, South America and USA. He is the author of scores of articles on the same subjects in specialized security magazines.
He was the Chairman of the Executive Protection Committee of ASIS Mexico from 2002- 2005 and has received numerous awards for significant contributions in improving Executive Security in Mexico.
Politician from the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina, which
boasts of six official languages, Bojan is the Deputy President of the
League of Socialdemocrats of Vojvodina (LSV).
Bojan is a member of the Serbian parliament, Deputy Chairman of the
Parliamentary Committee for Defense and Home Affairs, member of the
Committee for European Integration and member of the Committee for Legal
and Political Affairs.
He is also member of the delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Region for Economic Cooperation.
Born in 1974, Bojan has a BS in economy but has been a politician and
member of LSV all his adult life. He cofounded the LSV youth and LSV
Women’s Forum. He founded and was the editor in chief of the LSV
newspaper “Slobodna Vojvodina”. He was the chief of the elections
campaign HQ in almost all election campaigns for the past 20 years.
Bojan moved steadily in the LSV ranks – from first secretary of a
local chapter in Ecka, a little town in Vojvodina, within five years he
became the LSV Executive Committee Chairman and LSV Secretary General.
He was very active in the anti-Milosevic movement having been arrested
15 times in the 1999/2000 demonstrations.
He became a Serbian parliament deputy for the first time in 2000 and headed the LSV deputy club.
In 2004, Bojan became the youngest ever Speaker of the Vojovodina
parliament saying his primary task is to “restore Vojvodina’s
constitutional position” provoking anger in some rightist circles.
In 2008 he retuned again as deputy to the Serbian parliament and has
been a member ever since. Bojan is staunch supporter of Serbia’s drive
to become a member of the European Union. He is also very actively
cooperating with other social democratic parties in former Yugoslavia
Leading neurosurgeon in the region, Lucas, 48, is the head of the Department for Surgery of the Peripheral Nerves, Functional and pain management surgery (Department B), Clinic of Neurosurgery, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia. He is also a professor of neurosurgery, School of Medicine University of Belgrade.
Lukas graduated Medical School, University in Belgrade, in 1991 with an average grade 9.36.and specialized in neurosurgery in 1998 with cum laude. His further training in neuroscience, neurosurgery, radio surgery and health service management took him to Japan, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Portugal, France, Croatia, Romania, Brazil, Argentina, UAE, to name just a few countries with relevant and outstanding medical institutions where he worked, trained and excelled with summa cum laude. Since then he continued cooperating with dozens of hospitals, institutes and institutions worldwide.
Lukas has so far published 318 scientific publications, papers and presentations in international and national scientific papers and chapters in scientific books, including the Medical Lexicon which he co-authored.
He has organized tens of international conferences and symposia on his subject in Serbia and the region and is a member of 17 international organizations in his field, including the Southeast European Neurosurgical Society-SEENS, which he founded in 2012, the European Association of Neurological Surgeons – EANS, Executive Committee, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons – CNS. Lucas was an invited speaker at too-many-to-count international meetings and mentored dozens of future experts. Married with two children.
Chief of Secretariat
Top charity and fund-raising event expert, Jagoda has organized the biggest and
most glamorous donor events in over the past decade and more in Belgrade. Most
recently, she was a part of the team that organized the landmark 38th European
Session of the Trilateral Commission in Belgrade from Oct 31 to Nov 2, 2014.
Jagoda was in charge of the very effective spouses program which as a result
left a lasting and pleasant memory of Belgrade, its people, churches, museums
and restaurants among the partners of the Trilateral Commission members. She
joined Kovacic & Spaic in 2013 as the New Business Development
A Law School graduate, Jagoda started her career in the Yugoslav Airlines,
but won her PR spurs by bringing and setting up the Stimorol brand in the then
During the stormy ‘90ties she worked as producer for international media
outfits like RAI, Danish and Swedish TV.
After the wars of the ‘90ties, Jagoda organized the first ever visit by the
HSBC bank to Serbia.
At the start of the new millennia, Jagoda and three other ladies from the
USA, Great Britain and another from Serbia, formed the famous Dream Team which
raised millions for the Children’s Oncology hospital in Belgrade, mainly by
organizing the talk-of-the-town and fully-booked black-tie gala dinners. Thanks
to their dedication, an entire new floor of the hospital was built, fully
equipped, including three ORs. Furthermore, they raised funds to buy three vital
pieces of equipment worth more than 500,000 euros for the Dragisa Misovic
Hospital, Belgrade, and another for the Zemun Hospital. Jagoda participated in
the events’ organization, PR, marketing, fund raising, donor and media
Jagoda is the co-owner of the Nicosia- and London-based Global Communications
Associates GCA Ltd consultancy and Chief of Secretariat of the Belgrade-based
international think tank East West Bridge.
Most recently Jagoda has participated for the past four years in the program
for wives of the Trilateral Commission at the past eight sessions across the
world which she attended with her husband, a member of the TC Executive
Committee. She is now organizing a similar program for the wives who will
accompany their husbands to the 38th Session of the European
Trilateral Commission in Belgrade from Oct 29-Nov 02, 2014.
Jagoda has lived Switzerland, England, USA and BiH. While in England, she
also pursued her private passion – interior decoration and graduated from the
famous British KLC School of Interior Design. Speaks English, Italian and
French, married and mother of three accomplished children.
Zeljko Mitrovic born in 1967 in Zemun, Belgrade, an excellent
musician, music and TV producer and businessman, is the CEO and founder
of the Pink Media Group, the biggest media company in the region. He is
also a member of the Serbian Group of the Trilateral Commission.
Zeljko started in the late 80’s with a recording studio, then opened a
radio station in 1993 which was followed in 1994 by a TV station, TV
Pink, soon the most popular commercial TV in the country. Zeljko founded
the music publishing house CITY Records which today boasts of millions
CDs sold and 500 performers under its label. After launching his
satellite program, Zeljko in 2002 launched TV Pink Montenegro and a year
later Pink BiH, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the only truly pan-entity
Today, Zeljko also owns another 43 channels broadcast in the networks
of the biggest cable operators in Serbia, Montenegro and BiH. By the
end of 2014, he will round up his program with 60 channels of various
profiles like music, 10 blockbuster channels, educational, fashion etc.
Zeljko then included into PINK INTERNATIONAL COMPANY a subsidiary,
the PFI - PINK FILMS INTERNATIONAL – a unique film production complex
catering to the most exacting producers of blockbusters and TV shows. In
2004 Zeljko bought a business jet airline which today operates six
Zeljko is also a philanthropist and financially supports the needy and orphaned.
In his teen years, Zeljko founded a popular band Oktobar 1864 as one
of the most talented base guitar players of his generation. He has now
formed another one, “Berklee Groove”, which has released so far four
singles and an album is in the making. Happily married, father of four.
Ana Djukanovic, a prominent lawyer born in 1960, devotedly pursued her career in judiciary. Steadily mounting the steps of legal hierarchy from 1985 to 1999, she was judge at the Basic and High Court in Montenegro, and from 1999 to 2003 a judge at Supreme Court. In 2003, Ana founded a Law office “Ana Djukanovic”. Ana is an associate member of the Serbian National Group of the Trilateral Commission.
Throughout her sterling career, she has been devoted to civil and administration law and to helping young people. Ana has become one of the most prominent figures in bar vocation in Montenegro, and was later on recognized even regionally and internationally.
Ana has extensive experience in civil law, corporate law, administrative law, and by connecting the knowledge and experience gained in judiciary service and bar vocation, she has offered her clients comprehensive information, reviews and analysis of issues from different perspectives, transforming problems into challenges and constructively addressing them. She has been engaged at many projects of regional significance, crucial for the Balkans, including privatizations, providing consulting services for leading companies in South – Eastern Europe and representing large investors’ interests in Montenegro.
Ana has won numerous prestigious national and international awards, including: New Economy 2009 for Best Business – Law Lawyer, World Finance Legal Awards 2010 for Best Lawyer, Corporate Global Awards 2011 for Best Law Office, World Finance Legal Awards 2012 for Best Lawyer and Best Corporate and Commercial Firm, World Finance 100,World Finance Legal Awards, 2013 – Best Lawyer in Montenegro,World Finance Legal Awards 2013 – Best Corporate and Commercial Firm in Montenegro.
Ana was involved in drafting of the Law on Real Estate, Law on Free Zones, Law on Executive Procedures, etc.
A distinguished Serbian mathematician and intellectual, Miloljub was born in 1967 and graduated at the Faculty of Mathematics of the Belgrade University, his thesis being „Numeric Mathematics, Cybernetics and Optimization“. His specialist work was entitled 'Differential Equations“. He won his masters degree at the Belgrade FEFA Faculty analyzing „Knowledge as Source of Competitive Advantage“. His Phd thesis was called „Quantification of Intellectual Capital's Impact on Competitiveness“ and he defended it at the Singidunum Faculty, Belgrade in 2011.
He was a math professor from 1995 to 2003 when he became the Director of the Electrotechnical School Nikola Tesla in Belgrade. He was appointed Deputy Director of the Institute for the Promotion of Education and Teaching in 2004. Miloljub was a deputy in the Serbian Parliament from 2004 and parliamentary group leader from 2004 to 2006. He was also the Deputy President of the Serbian Parliament from 2007 to 2008 when he became the Director of the Serbia's Curicullum Literature Publishing Institute until 2013. He is the Editor for Mathematics at the Institute, Professor of Analyses with Algebra in the Mathematics Gymnasium and assistant Professor at Universities Singidunum and FEFA since 2011.
Miloljub has published „Intellectual Capital“ book and coauthored together with Dobrila Tosic and Daniel Milenkovic„Elements of Differential and Integral Calculus“, co-edited together with Milovan Vitezovic and Miodrag Mateljevic the „People of Intellectual Virtue: 170 years of the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts“ monography, and has published scores of expert works in mathematics and intellectual capital. Married with two daughters, Tijana and Milena.
Ranko VUJACIC, born in 1951 in Belgrade, is a UN and development projects expert. He has spent three decades working in the United Nations International Development Organization where he started in 1981 as Chief of UNIDO Division of Administration, General Services, Buildings Management Section, Electrical Engineering and Buildings Operation Unit all the way to Director of UNIDO, Program Support and General Management Division, Operational Services Branch. Ranko is a chairman or member of numerous high-level committees within UNIDO, other international organizations and Austrian authorities. Ranko resides in Vienna.
De La Salle College, Malta , the Technical University, Graz, Austrija, the Technical University, West Berlin, Germany, where he received his MS in electrical engineering, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria, Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris, France and Escuela Diplomatica, Madrid, Spain. Needless to say, Ranko is fluent English, French, Spanish, Russian and German. He was awarded a honorary PhD by the European University at the Technical University in Vienna.
Ranko has published numerous articles in local and international press on various subjects like UNIDO and related matters but also on Njegos, Nikola Tesla, Mileva Maric Einstein. He has organized scores of events related to culture and arts and promoted Serbian and Montenegrin culture in various European capitals.
Former Serbian Ambassador to Bulgaria, Director General of RTS, the former state TV and now a PBS, journalist, national news anchorman, media producer, editor, director of documentary films, marketing guru, Aleksandar is one of the leading and most recognized media figures in the country.
Aleksandar is the co-owner and director of Zizgin Art, a marketing, events and media production company. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Serbian Ambassador to Bulgaria. From 2004 to 2007 he was the New Director in the leading Serbian commercial TV - Pink Corp - anchorman of main TV news and educator of young journalists.
Aleksandar took over as Director General of the state TV RTS in 2001 with possibly one of the most difficult assignments in the post-Milosevic Serbia – he was to transform and streamline what used to be a cumbersome and bloated Milosevic propaganda machine into a mainstream Public Broadcasting Service. At that time, the whole system included 65 companies starting with three national and four regional TV and Radio, branches in every major Serbian city. Rest of the conglomerate included News production, current affairs, education, sport, documentary programs. The RTS system was responsible for the maintenance of complete network of transmitters, transport facilities, technical support and employed more than 8.000 people at the time.
Within a minimal time framework, infrastructure and TV equipment were restored completely and the public’s trust towards TV and Radio programs has been built up. At that time, the RTS became the institution with the highest ratings with the Serbian TV and Radio audience. Renewed cooperation with International Telecommunications Union and reestablished membership in EBU for Eurovision and EuroRadio. The ambitious program for restructuring of RTS into a PBS was done in cooperation with an international OSCE expert team.
Aleksandar has an MBA at Faculty of Architecture (University of Belgrade). Postgraduate studies: Organization at Faculty of Organizational Sciences (University of Belgrade), Development and history at Faculty of Architecture (University of Belgrade). He is also a visiting professor at several Belgrade faculties.
An avid sailor, Aleksandar is married to a Greek diplomat.
Prof Dr Zoran Ilievski is the Political Affairs Advisor to the Macedonian President and professor at the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus”. Born in 1981, he is also coordinating the School of Young Leaders of President Ivanov and the President's Council of Foreign Affairs.
Zoran won his B.A. in Political Science, Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus”, in 2004, a M.A. in European Integration and Regionalism, Faculty of Law, University of Graz, Graz, Austria in 2006, PhD in Political Science, Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” in 2009, attended the Academic Fellowship Program for Returning Scholars of the Open Society Institute, Budapest, Hungary and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, Istanbul, Turkey.
Zoran was engaged at the Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, as Assistant Chair for Political Theory (2007-2009), Assistant Professor of Political Theory (2009-2014), Head of Department of Political Science (2009-ongoing) and Associate Professor of Political Theory (2014-present), 2009-2012 Coordinator of the Теmpus IV ETF-JP-00442-2008 international project: “Examples of Excellence in Joint Degree Program Development in South-Eastern-Europe”, 2009-2014 Contact person for the Republic of Macedonia of the FP7 Research Program of the European Union, in the area of Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities, 2008-2010 Assistant Coordinator of the Tempus JEP-41035-2006 international project: “Masters Programs in EU Institutions and Policies and Political Management”, 2005-2009 Senior Non-Resident Researcher at the Kompetenzzentrum Südosteuropa in Graz, Austria and a collaborator of EURAC Research in Bolzano, Italy.
For his extensive research work, Zoran won several awards including Knight of the European Order of St. George of the House of Habsburg-Lothringen, (St. Pölten, Austria). He is an Associate Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science (San Jose, California, USA), Distinguished Fellow and Appointed Professor of Ethical Leadership, New Westminster College (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).
It, communications and security expert, Blazo has been tasked with setting up East West Bridge Montenegro. Blazo is the Wireless Montenegro Executive Director.
Blazo graduated from the Electro-Technical Faculty in Podgorica, Montenegro, at the Electronics and Telecommunications Department. He later got his MA in IT Management.
His first job was in the Montenegrin Secretariat for Traffic and Communications, dealing with international communications and allocation of radio frequencies. He monitored the work of radio and TV equipment, telephone exchange systems and other PTT systems in his country. He was a member of the board of directors of Montenegro Post and of the state broadcaster, Radio-Television of Montenegro. He was also the state representative in the launching of the first mobile phone operator in Montenegro and the Chief Inspector for Telecommunications in Montenegro.
His career also included a spell of four years as Executive Director of Montenegro Railways.
He is currently involved in launching the TETRA security network in Albania, Slovenia and Republika Srpska, building of a small hydro-dam, building of a 20 million euro tourist complex Sea Garden, building of an international data center in Montenegro and setting up a call center for security companies.
Rza is a private banker, Wealth Manager, at the ANDBANK, Escaldes-Engordany, Principality of Andorra, in direct contact with HNWI from Central Asia, Caucasus, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Greece and Lebanon. Rza is also the Deputy Secretary General of the influential Nizami Ganjavi International Center promoting Learning, Tolerance, Dialogue & Understanding whose influence has long since surpassed the Azerbaijan borders. The NGIC has successfully organized the Baku International Fora for the past three years turning it into a must-attend annual event on the world policy discussion agenda, drawing scores of current and former heads of state or government and hundreds of academicians.
After receiving his Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs in 2011 at the
Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Baku, Azerbaijan (a double Major: Conflict Resolution and Security Studies; Caspian Basin Studies) Rza got his PhD in Economy in 2013 at the Academy of Public Administration. He won the prestigious Good Will Ambassador Award from the US Congress and Children Uniting Nations in recognition of international support to the welfare of children and the fight against trafficking. He is the Special Envoy of “Children Uniting Nations”, World Academy of Arts and Sciences – Junior Fellow and a very active participant in Club of Rome and Club de Madrid meetings.
He was previously a financial adviser, private banker at Credit Andorra SA, Andorra La Vella, Principality of Andorra, Founder and Director of ST Ventures LLC, Baku, Development Officer at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Baku, Adviser, Youth Delegate from the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations, New York, during which time he had delivered a speech at the UN General Assembly Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC) and produced the Draft UN Resolution on Policies and Programs Involving Youth. He was also a Development Officer at the American University, School of International Affairs, Washington DC, Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Baku, Intern at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the USA, Washington DC, Research Assistant at the Atlantic Council, Washington DC, focusing on the energy issues, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and China.
Rza, only 26 years old, speaks Azerbaijani, Russian, English, Spanish and Turkish.
Jakob A. Finci
One of the Founding Fathers of East West Bridge Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Jakob Finci is a prominent Sarajevo lawyer, specializing in international commercial law, ambassador, professor and one of the most prominent humanitarian, social and religious leaders in his country, recognized for his efforts worldwide.
Born in 1943, Jakob comes from an old Jewish Sephardic family, which draws its roots in Sarajevo from mid-16th century after being expelled from Spain.
Jakob is very active in Jewish Community and in 1991 was one of the founders and first Vice-President of the reborn Jewish cultural, educational and humanitarian society LA BENEVOLENCIJA, the only implementing partner for UNHCR, and one of the most successful NGOs, helping all citizens of Sarajevo and BiH on a non-sectarian basis in the war-torn country. In 1993, Jakob became its President, a post he holds to this day.
In 1995 he became the first elected President of the Jewish BiH Community. From 1996 until 2000 Mr. Finci was the Executive Director of the Soros Foundation - Open Society Fund for BiH.
Since 1994 he is a member, and from 2001 to 2002 was the President of the Association of Free Intellectuals Circle 99. In 1997 Mr. Finci co-founded the Inter Religious Council of BiH, and for two years served as the first President of the IRC, fulfilling the same function again in 2003.
In 2000, he was elected Chairman of the Association of Citizens “Truth and Reconciliation” aimed at establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in BiH.
In 2001 the High Representative appointed him to Chair the Constitutional Commission of the Federal Parliament and in 2002 the first director of the State Agency for Civil Service.
In 2008 he was named as BiH’s Ambassador to Switzerland, and non-resident ambassador to Lichtenstein.
On academic side, after working as a tutor at the UN University on the ECMIR project between 1988 and 1990, Jakob since 2001 lectures at an interdisciplinary postgraduate studies program at Sarajevo University. He also lectures on international commercial law, privatization, conflict resolution, interethnic coexistence, as well as about matters as the organization of humanitarian work, fund raising, Judaism, etc.
As the only Bosnian representative, Mr. Finci is a member of the Advisory Council of OSCE -ODHIR’s Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
For his work, Jakob has been decorated several times: the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the American decoration First American Freedom in Richmond Virginia. He has also been named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur of the French Republic, and in 2009 was proclaimed “Person of the Year” by Sarajevo’s daily newspaper SAN, and Man of the Year for 2013 by Bosnian daily “Večernji list”. Jakob Finci received International Prize Primo Levi in 2013 in Genoa – Italy. Mr. Finci is married with two sons.
Prof Dr Milan Dimkic, dipl eng
Prof Dimkic is Serbia’s foremost water management expert in Serbia. Born in Belgrade, 1953, he graduated from the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Belgrade University, hydro technical department, where he later also got his MA and Doctorate. His expert and scientific career is closely linked with the Jaroslav Cerni Institute where he founded a department for water protection within the Section for underground water systems and has worked on the protection and regeneration of polluted underground water-wells, thereby significantly promoting the Institute’s work. Dimkic is the Institute’s Director since 1999.
Dimkic is a regular professor at the Faculty of Technical Sciences of the Novi Sad University. He has made a great contribution in teaching and promoting young engineers. The Institute has hired some 120 young engineers, 10 doctors of science and he is currently mentoring six doctoral theses and score of master theses.
Dimkic is the President of the Serbian Society for Water Protection, deputy chief of the Serbian delegation in the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), vice-president of the Group for underground waters management and member of Serbia’s delegation to the International Waters Association (IWA), etc. He was the chairman or presidency member of several significant international conferences and symposia. Together with two others he is the editor in chief of the book “Management of underground waters in big confluences” and EiC of the Serbian magazine Water Research and Management.
Milan has authored or co-authored over 50 studies and expert papers and close to 200 articles and studies in expert literature, magazines etc., both at home and abroad. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding work, including the prestigious October and Jaroslav Cerni Awards as well as the Professor Dr Vojislav K. Stojanovic Award given by the Association of University Professors and Scientists of Serbia. He was decorated with the White Angel Medal, 2nd degree.
Ambassador Jennifer Brush
Former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, Jenny is a successful, decorated US and International Diplomat with 28 years of international experience, specializing in the former Soviet Union and former Yugoslavia, conflict resolution, nonproliferation and security issues. Conversant in seven languages, Jenny has broad experience managing international and USG assistance programs.
Prior to her last posting in Kosovo, Jenny was the Head of OSCE Mission to Moldova, Director of the Office of South Central Europe, EUR Bureau, State Department, Washington, DC, U.S.Embassy Belgrade, DCM/Charge d’Affaires, a.i. U.S. Embassy Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, DCM/Charge d’Affaires, a.i. U.S Embassy, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Deputy Chief of Mission, Department of State, Bureau of Nonproliferation, Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction, Washington, DC, U.S. Mission to United Nations System Organizations in Vienna, Austria First Secretary, U.S. Embassy, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Second Secretary, where she opened first U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the midst of the war, U.S. Embassy, Ankara, Turkey, U.S. Embassy, Warsaw, Poland and U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Yugoslavia from 1987 to 1989. Jenny received her Master of Public Policy at Princeton University in 1999, and Master of arts at University of Washington , Seattle, WA in 1983.
Jenny has received numerous awards for her outstanding work including: Superior Honor Award for managing Embassy Ashgabat during the historic aftermath of the death of President Saparmurad Niyazov, Superior Honor Award for managing Embassy Majuro during the negotiations on the Compact of Free Association, John B. Weinberg Fellow in the Masters of Public Policy program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, Superior Honor Award for courage and bravery in arbitrating ethnic differences in the Bosniak/Croatian Federation, Superior Honor Award for courage and bravery in establishing the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo during wartime conditions, Meritorious Honor Award for courage and bravery in assessing the potential for the outbreak of violence in Kosovo, National Defense Fellow for Russian studies at the University of Washington, Russian and East European Studies Program, Thomas J. Watson Fellow studying workers' self-management at the Political Science Faculties at the Universities of Zagreb and Sarajevo.
Former advisor to the US President and National Security Advisor, Walter has extensive 23 years of comprehensive experience in problem solving working in the State Department and the White House and subsequently as a manager in the private sector. He is currently the Director, Program in National and Competitive Intelligence and Adjunct Professor for Business Administration at the University of South Florida.
He was Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO where he managed a mission of 170 during the Obama transition and prepared the President’s participation in the NATO summit in Strasbourg/Kehl, 2001-2003l Security Council / White House, Director, European Directorate, Department of State – Since August, 1980, Fall 2001 Director, Task Force on Terrorism, supervising a staff of over 300 in the largest task force in State Department history following the September 11 attack, 1999-2001 Director, NATO Office where he managed the largest policy office in the State Department and supervised annual programs of $200 million, 1997-1998 Chief of Mission, American Embassy Tallinn, Estonia, 1996-1999 Political Counselor, American Embassy Stockholm, 1995-1996 detailed to American Embassy Sarajevo during the Dayton Peace Talks, 1994-1995
Political Officer, American Embassy Bonn, 1992-1994 Senior Baltics Desk Officer, and before that Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Grenada desk officer, Political Officer, American Embassy Berlin (East), Visa Officer, American Embassy Stockholm etc.
Walter was decorated in 1996 with Secretary of State’s Award for Heroism, one of the State Department’s most prestigious awards. On the eve of the Dayton Peace Talks, he talked his way through Serbian guard posts and navigated a harsh snow storm to drive about 250 miles and successfully secure the release of an American journalist. He also holds the Superior Honor Award, 1991, for contributing to the negotiated settlement of the re-unification of Germany, and has received the highest country awards from the Presidents of Germany, Romania, Hungary, Lithuania, and Latvia as well as the King of Sweden for improving ties between the United States and their countries.
Ambassador Yalım Eralp (retired) is a faculty member in the Department of International Relations of Istanbul Kültür University, and a diplomatic commentator at CNN TÜRK.
In 1962 he received his bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University. His career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spanned from 1962 to 2000, during which time he worked in New York, Brussels, Washington, D.C., Rome, and India, where he served as ambassador. He has also served as Advisor to Prime Ministers Mesut Yılmaz and Tansu Çiller, and as Ambassador at OSCE in Vienna.
At the present he is the Chairman of Defne/Daphne a Turkish-Greek Friendship Society.
Mark Russell Martin is the Secretary of State of Arkansas. He was elected to his first term in November 2010 with a promise of secure elections and a more fiscally conservative approach to state government. He was re-elected to a second term in November 2014 with the vision of making Arkansas the best American state to start a business, continuing to build on the successes of his first term. He is a former three-term member of the Arkansas House of Representatives.
After service in the United States Navy as a submariner and nuclear technician, Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He since held numerous technology-oriented positions in private industry, prior to the launch of his career in public service. Martin is involved in several professional engineering organizations, is a past board member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Prior to becoming Secretary of State, Martin served three terms as a State Representative, representing District 87 and as President of M3 Engineering. While in the legislature, Martin served on the Budget, Insurance & Commerce, Education, and Advanced Communications & Information Technology Committees, and as Chairman of the Economic & Tax Policy Committee. He was also a member of the Arkansas Sportsmen’s Caucus and the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus.
As Secretary of State, Martin serves as Chair of the State Board of Election Commissioners and the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Information Network of Arkansas, and the State Board of Apportionment. He has also become a sought-after diplomatic resource, due to his knowledge of engineering, agriculture, and governmental operations. Martin has served on numerous diplomatic and trade missions, working with senior officials in the United States Departments of State, Commerce, and Agriculture on missions to destinations such South Korea, Pakistan, Ghana, China, & Turkey. He also actively participates in international Christian missionary activities.
Henry Thomas Jones IV, J.D.
Henry Jones is a communications and advocacy expert with more than twenty years of American and international Public Affairs practice. He has conducted political campaigns, managed crisis communications efforts, and guided long-term advocacy campaigns on FIVE continents, in over fifty-four sovereign states and territories.
Henry is a strategic communications advisor to the Arkansas Secretary of State. He has provided strategic counsel to an international client base including presidential and prime ministerial leadership, political party leadership, and executive management. He is experienced in strategic communications, crises management, image rehabilitation, branding and identity establishment, and political campaign management and strategy. He is experienced in advocacy before the United Nations, the European Parliament and the United States Government, and has testified before Congressional committees, parliamentary commissions, and the United States National Security Council.
Henry holds a Juris Doctorate from Whittier College and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the California State University. He the inaugural professor of leadership at Reston University, and has served as an adjunct professor of political science at Pulaski College. He has lectured on politics and policy across the globe, from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in the UK, the Konrad Adenauer Stifttung in Germany, and the Robert Schumann Institute in Hungary, to the EBI Think Tank Institute in Mongolia and the Lagos Business School in Nigeria. He is a member of the International Association of Political Consultants, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Republican National Lawyers Association.
Henry resides in Arkansas with his wife and four children.
Miloš Stevanović, born in 1983 in Bijeljina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, is an attorney at law in the Law firm Stevanović. Since 2006, when Milos took over the company, it has grown into the largest law firm in BiH and one of the leading law firms in the region, all in a very short time. Milos is the newest Associate Member of the Serbian Group of the Trilateral Commission as a representative of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
After finishing his studies at the Faculty of Law in Belgrade in 2006, he expanded his legal and business knowledge through work and cooperation with prestigious offices in the UK, Israel and the leading offices in the region.
In previous governments of Republic of Srpska, he was the Prime Minister's advisor, he was also engaged in the Ministery of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, as the advisor for International Relations and Diplopamcy, as well as the advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs in the field of international relations and diplomacy.
At the moment, he is expanding his family business in the field of finance, banking and accounting, within the "Standard Group".
Ambassador Ünal Çeviköz is a Turkish diplomat who retired from Government service in September 2014. He began his diplomatic career as second secretary at the Turkish embassy in Moscow in 1981. He served as the chief of section at the East European Department of the Turkish MFA in Ankara, later as counsellor of the Turkish embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 1989, he was detached from the MFA to work in NATO’s International Secretariat, first at the Economics Directorate and then the Political Directorate as an East European expert. In 1994, he was commissioned with launching the NATO Information Office in Moscow, after which he prepared the NATO-Russia Founding Act. On return to the MFA in 1997, he worked as the head of the Balkan Department and then as the Deputy Director General for Caucasus and Central Asia.
He has served as the Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan (2001-2004), to Iraq (2004-2006) and to the United Kingdom (2010-2014). He was also the Deputy Under-Secretary for bilateral political affairs at the Turkish MFA from 2007 to 2010 and prepared the protocols signed between Turkey and Armenia. Ambassador Çeviköz presided the 28th General Assembly of the International Maritime Organisation between 2013 and 2015.