Djordje Vukotic, born in 1963, is the head of the Legal Team to The Regulatory Review Unit for the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Principal Legal Adviser to the Council Secreteriat for Regulatory Reform Council for the Government of the Republic of Serbia
Educated in Belgrade Law Faculty and College of Europe in Bruges and trained in World Bank Institute Washington, Vukotic has more thean 17 yeras of professional experience in the policy, practice, and legal drafting of commercial and corporate law, financial law, foreign investments law and privatization.
He was the key Legal Expert for the Regulatory Reform in Serbia project, financed by the Swedish Government and implemented by the World Bank, the key Legal Expert for Serbia in the European Commission funded project European Network for Better Regulation within the Balkan Center for Regulatory Reform in Serbia (2007/2009), and the key Legal Expert for preparation and implementation of the strategy for development of Serbia’s new business-friendly commercial registry, one of the reforms which led to Serbia being identified as Top Reformer within the World Bank Doing Business Report 2006 (2003-2005).
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.
Marko Blagojevic, born in 1974, is an expert in social marketing and communications, campaigning, strategic planning and tactics and election monitoring. Marko is the founder of the Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID), since August 1997, Member of the Board of Directors and Communications Director of the Center and its Director of Operations. CeSID is a top public opinion poll and market research agency in the region.
Marko is also Lecturer at the Department for Political Marketing of the Faculty for Media and Communications, Singidunum University in Belgrade and PR & Communications Consultant for the SVA/Luna advertising agency, Serbian partner of TBWA.
Marko was since 2000 to 2008 the Campaign Director of supporting election campaigns (motivation and recruiting campaigns) and from January 2003 to January 2008 member of the Board of Directors of the Fund for an Open Society, Serbian branch of the Soros Foundation. In his rich career Marko has worked as a contracted consultant for OSCE, NDI, Soros Foundation and Freedom House, on projects in Serbia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia and Montenegro. He was very active as student leader in the anti-Milosevic struggle: in 1997 he was the founder and spokesperson of the first Students' parliament of the Belgrade University, member of the Board of the Students’ Protest (as a representative of the Law Faculty), and also of the Legal board of Students' protest.
Giles Keane , a PR and PA expert, runs the Diplomacy practice
group at Hill & Knowlton International, Belgium.
joining Hill & Knowlton in October 2002, Giles has represented a
wide range of clients in communicating to media and public officials on
issues including public diplomacy, international trade, sustainability,
food safety and technology.
Current and recent clients include
the states and government, interest groups from Europe, Africa,
Caribbean and Pacific regions, and others like the Special Court for
Sierra Leone, the Gates Foundation, Statioil, Visa Europe, and Hewlett
Giles’ strength lies in his ability to combine his
knowledge of policy making and media relations to provide strategic
integrated communications counsel.
Prior to joining Hill &
Knowlton Giles worked as a trainee in DG External Relations of the
European Commission and completed a Masters in European Politics and
Administration at the College of Europe, Bruges.
A native of Dublin,
Giles' mother tongue is English. He also speaks fluent Spanish and
French as well as conversational Italian.
Milan Vujanic, born in 1948, is the foremost Balkans expert in traffic safety, with a PhD in technical sciences, specialty in traffic and communication safety. Milan is currently a Professor of Traffic Safety at the Belgrade University, faculty for Traffic and Communication and head of its Traffic Safety Department. He has been teaching hundreds of students since the early 70s. He is also a member of the Commission for Expert Exams at the Serbian Institute of Technology.
Professor Vujanic is also the president of the assembly of shareholders and the board of governors of the Yugoslav Airlines, the Serbian national carrier. Milan is also a top forensic expert. He was a member of the Belgrade city government in charge of traffic issues and made a valuable input into the latest Bill on Traffic Safety. He is a member of the regional Association for Traffic Safety, the Association of Traffic Forensic Experts, and Association of Driving schools.
Vujanic has been key to the overhaul of the Serbian legal and technical traffic and driving system and bringing it into line with EU standards. He has published seven books on traffic forensics and traffic safety, 41 studies on the related issues both at home and abroad and taken part in almost 100 various seminars or research projects in Serbia and abroad and published relevant studies. He has authored numerous campaigns for traffic safety awareness and strategies to promote traffic safety and behavior of participants. Married and lives in Belgrade.
Currently serving as Serbian Ambassador to Tunisia, Milica is one of the most versatile members of EWB. Her CV includes the positions such as Minister for Diaspora in the Serbian government as well as the Paris-Dakkar Rally VIP Manager.
She has been described as "highly resourceful, multidisciplinary, effective and accomplished leader with experience in many different cultures and work environments in Tourism Development, Senior Government Management, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Cultural Event Management, Land Management and Land Tenure." Even this does not do Milica enough justice. Milica holds M.A. in Law and Anthropology, Specialization in African Studies. Université de Paris I - Panthéon - Sorbonne, Paris, France, and a B.A. in Public Law. Université de Paris II - Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France. She speaks several languages.
Milica's previous posts include monitoring of the Implementation of Projects and Programs of External Cooperation financed by the EC in the Western Balkans and Turkey, Credit Agricole Bank Top Management operations, Securing strategic alliances and partnerships with prominent Serbian companies and Government institutions for Price Waterhouse Coopers.
She was a correspondent for Le Figaro, Le Temps, Radio France Internationale, Le Point TV Channel + Correspondent for the Balkans.
Milica worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a USAID contractor and she also was the Director General of the Serbian National Tourism Organization.
Jaksa Scekic, a journalist with more then 35 years experience in Serbian and
International media, is the TV producer in the Reuters bureau in Belgrade.
After graduating the Law School at Belgrade
University, Jaksa started his journalistic career as a print journalist but
soon moved to Radio television Belgrade, as a
reporter and producer of Belgrade
city programme and then on to 1st Channel News.
Jaksa founded the popular 3rd Channel and was editor and chief of the first
ever Satellite TV programme in the region. His expertise also included satellite
and cable TV technology.
In 1993 he later joined Sky news as the East European
Bureau chief based in Belgrade.
He covered war in former Yugoslavia,
NATO operations in the Balkans, war in Iraq,
and traveled through Europe for Sky News. He spent most of his time in Iraq, heading
the Sky operations there during and after the Saddam Hussein regime. He also
worked in Sky Bureaus in Moscow, Washington, Brussels.
Jaksa is one of the most prominent bloggers
on the web site of a popular independent TV and radio station B92, and he has
been a guest on several panels on International politics and Serbia. Jaksa, married with two grown up
sons, has been teaching TV and war journalism in Belgrade.
Branko Radulovic is an economist from Belgrade. He graduated at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade and holds a master's degree in International Economics from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Economics of Law and Institutions from Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Turin. He was also a visiting scholar at the Cornell Law School. His professional interests include the economic analysis of law, public policy analysis, international economics and econometrics.
Mr. Radulovic is presently a lecturer at the University of Belgrade Law School and works as a consultant in the field of the regulatory reform. He has nearly 15 years of experience and prior to his current positions he served as a private and financial sector specialist with the World Bank and as a research fellow in several Serbian think-tanks.
For the past seven years, he has led or provided key inputs to several drafting committees responsible for business-related laws including the new Bankruptcy Law and has published and presented papers at several academic and policy-oriented conferences.
Slobodan G. Markovich
Slobodan G. Markovich is a historian and political anthropologist from Belgrade. He holds an MPhil in Historical Studies from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Belgrade. He was Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance of the London School of Economics in 2005 and 2007.
Since 2010 he has been Associate Professor in Political Anthropology at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade and a Research Fellow at the Belgrade Institute for European Studies.
Since 2008 he has been a board member of Politika AD, one of the largest media companies in Serbia. Since 2009 he has been a President of the Serbian State Commission for Secret Graves since 1944, and since 2008 he has been editor-in-chief of University and Special Editions at Zavod /- the Serbian State Publisher of Textbooks.
He is in various NGOs in Serbia and in the region. Since its foundation (1998) he has been a Secretary-General of the Anglo-Serbian Society and executive director of the South-East European Summer School for Democracy (jointly organized with the Hellenic Laboratory, London). He has also been advisor at the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence since its foundation.
He has been deputy editor of the South Slav Journal, London since 2009, and deputy editor of Hereticus (journal for critical re-examination of the past). He has written, co-authored and published scores of books and studies.
Miodrag Stojkovic, born in 1964 in Leskovac, Serbia, is one of the world's top genetics researchers. He is a Chair Professor in genetics with the Institute of Human Genetics at Newcastle University. As of January 2006, he is serving as a Deputy Director and Head of Cellular Reprogramming Laboratory, Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe, Valencia, Spain, the top European institution of the kind.
Miodrag is the founder of Spebo and Spebo Medical, IVF clinic in his home town of Leskovac and also teaches at the Human Genetics, Medical School, University of Kragujevac, Serbia.
According to the TIME magazine, Stojkovic's research of human embryos could lead to cure of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and heart diseases. Other German media reported that Stojkovic's stem cell therapy could enable paraplegic patients to walk in the upcoming years.
Miodrag, who holds a PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, has so far published more than 100 works pertaining to his field of research, either alone or as a coauthor, held more than 100 lectures across the globe. He owns two patents, advises five major companies and is the grant recipient from 15 institutions, including the FP7 EC, from countries ranging from UK, France and Germany to Canada, USA and Singapore. Miodrag is also a deputy in the Parliament of Serbia.
Nenad Lujic Mr sc.Med
Well known Serbian orthopedic and oncology surgeon, head of the general medical department head of the Belgrade Orthopedic Hospital Banjica. Married, lives in Belgrade.
Born in 1963 in Belgrade Nenad opted for medicine as his profession already in his teens when he enrolled in the Medical High School in Belgrade. He graduated from the Medical College of the Belgrade University in 1988, did a stint in ER, worked in Athens City Hospital, Greece, and also found time to work as a lecturer for the Yugoslav Red Cross.
Nenad specialized orthopedic and trauma surgery in the Banjica Clinic in Belgrade and spent a year in the SHANDZ hospital, in Gainesville, Florida.
His masters degree focused on the oncology angle of his orthopedic work and he has maintained a leading position in this field in the country.
Nenad is also a consultant trauma surgeon in the Tirsova University Children Clinic and oncology trauma surgeon at the Oncology and Radiology Institute in Belgrade.
Outside the hospital and medical circles, Nenad is a very active member of several charity organizations and chief of the Member Admissions Committee of the Serbian Lobbyists Association.
Serbia’s leading daily Politika’s Foreign Desk Editor, Bosko Jaksic is a journalistic thoroughbred, a frank and unfailing critic of foibles of authorities in Serbia and elsewhere – for the balance. He started off in Politika way almost 40 years ago, first as a junior reporter with the Metro Desk, moved up the world to the foreign desk and then down to the destruction, carnage and misery of wars. He covered the killing fields of Kampuchea, Lebanon’s civil war, Islamic revolution in Iran, Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran-Iraq war, First Gulf War, the hunger in Ethiopia, Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For R&R, Bosko also covered European affairs, including Belgrade OSCE conference, OSCE Stockholm and Helsinki summits, Carter-Brezhnev Vienna summit and number of other European and world events.
Bosko was Politika’s Middle East correspondent in Cairo, 1987-1992 Politika’s Foreign Editor, 1992– 1993, Politika’s Editor in Chief, 1994-1994, Politika’s Italy correspondent in Rome, 1994–1998, Politika’s Secretary General, 2000 – 2001, its Senior columnist, 2001-present and Foreign Desk editor since October 2010. He regularly contributes to BBC, Radio Free Europe, Al Jazeera TV and number of Serbian and Balkan region radio and TV stations.
He has interviewed scores of notables across the world including Benazir Bhuto, Indira Gandhi, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Leh Walesa, Yasir Arafat, Muamar Ghadafi, ayatollah Mohammad Ali Montazeri, King Hussein of Jordan, Gen. Kenan Evren, Rauf Denktash, Shimon Peres, Butros Ghali, Lord Karington, to name just a few.
Andrej Gruden, is one of Serbia’s foremost information technology and financial payment system experts and policy advisors. Andrej was born on September 23rd 1969 in Belgrade, Serbia. He was educated in Serbian and American schools and holds a Telecommunications Engineering degree from the Technical University of Vienna. His fields of expertise include the payment card industry and public finance. His three children are his biggest achievement in life.
Andrej worked for companies such as IBM and Accenture for close to a decade. He worked in the financial industry for clients such as Barclay’s Capital, NatWest, Commerzbank and Credit Suisse in the west European markets. He also worked in the telecommunications and retail industry for clients such as Telia and Sainsbury’ Supermarkets.
In 2003 he moved to Serbia, to assist the Serbian Central Bank in building a national payment card system – the DinaCard. The DinaCard system enjoyed great success, with more than $1 billion yearly turnover, and gained global acceptance through partnering with a US owned global card network. He also assisted the Serbian Ministry of Finance and several other institutions in Serbia responsible for managing the public finances.
In 2007, Andrej formed his own company, Information Technology Consulting Services, designed to help Serbian companies and public institutions improve their management and information technology infrastructure and governance.
Giovanni Porta, a passionate journalist, photographer, writer and blogger, was born in Rome in 1961. Graduating ‘cum laude’ in Political Science from Milan’s State University, his first job in 1998 was with the leading Italian weekly “Panorama” as foreign correspondent, reporting from Western and Eastern European countries, the Soviet Union and several Arabic nations, before becoming the magazine’s war correspondent in the Balkans till 1995 when he joined Italy’s leading independent news radio network as anchor of current affairs programs. In 1999 Rome seconded him to the OSCE Mission to Albania and in 2001 he was transferred to the OSCE Mission in Belgrade as Head of the Media Development Department. In 2004, he became the Director of Operations in Kabul for a French INGO, then moved to Nairobi to work as Regional Representative in charge of Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia for a leading medical INGO and was elected chair of the UN-INGO Consortium coordinating medical assistance to Somalia. In 2006, he accepted a managerial position with Doctors without Borders (MSF) in war-torn North Sri Lanka. In 2007 he led for a Dutch INGO their humanitarian programs in the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) territories where he faced several humanitarian emergencies. In 2009 Giovanni retired from active duty, moving permanently to South East Asia, where he works as a free-lance writer, journalist and photographer, regularly travelling to the Region’s countries. Giovanni speaks fluently several languages, is a passionate scholar of Asia’s history and cultures and the curator of the news blog “Guns n’ Spices”, a daily reasoned selection of South East Asia’s news and current affairs.
Holds MBA in Marketing from the University of Hull, England. Currently works as
Director of Continental Wind Serbia (CWS) and is authorized representative of
the Serbia Wind Energy Association (SEWEA). She is the Executive Director of the
PEXIM Foundation, private not-for-profit foundation which provides scholarships
to talented students from Serbia and Macedonia to study at Cambridge so they can
invest their knowledge and skills in building their country’s capacities for EU
integrations and economic strengthening. In 2013 she won two important awards:
The Most European (in the category of the Most European Project) and Business
Woman of the Year (in the CSR category). Ana has also been involved in the
establishment of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED),
as Serbia’s most effective advocacy organization for businesses, local
governments and civil society, and is currently Vice President of NALED
Management Board. From 2007 to 2009 she served as the Advisor to the Director
of the Government of Serbia Coordination Body for Presevo, Bujanovac and
Medvedja Municipalities. She is also one of the founders of Serbian consulting
company Development Consulting Group (DCG). Her regional assignments included
serving as a Leader of the Regional Communications Group for Development
Alternatives Inc. (DAI), where she directed the efforts of Communication
Advisors of three different USAID-funded local governance projects in Serbia,
Macedonia, and Romania. She also worked as an expert for the USAID Romania
Governance Reform Program in Bucharest. During her studies in the UK, Ms.
Brnabić worked in the Serbian Information Center in London.
Filip Brkovic, 24, is the youngest member of the East-West Bridge. He is the head corporate social responsibility department in the biggest pharmaceutical company in Serbia, Galenika, and a PhD scholar at the European Commission’s joint doctorate programme in international political economy - Globalization, EU and Multilateralism. His doctoral research at the universities of Warwick (United Kingdom), Geneva (Switzerland) and Fudan (China) is focused on global civil society, global development institutions, corporate social responsibility and fair trade.
Filip expressly finished his four-year bachelor studies in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences (Serbia), in less than three years. Eight months later, he became the youngest Master of Arts in the history of the Faculty (MA in Political Analytics and Management). In July 2010, he graduated at the University of Cambridge as a Cambridge Overseas Trust – OSI/FCO Chevening scholar and became the Master of Philosophy in Development Studies. He was a member of the Hughes Hall and rowed for the college’s eight.
Filip is also an active member of national and international NGO sector, having worked on more than one hundred projects involving thousands of young people. He worked closely with the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime and became their representative for the Balkans. In March 2011 he founded the Balkan Centre for Development Studies and became its first president.
Dr. Roland Schlesinger runs the ESQH Vienna Office and in addition he is responsible for the know-how and technology transfer. As a physician and epidemiologist he was the manager of medical project team - High Level Planning Group (HLPG) from 2004 to 2006.
Roland was born in 1967 in Belgrade. After graduating from the Catholic gymnasium in Vienna he attended medical school at the universities in Vienna and Paris as well as economics at the WU University in Vienna. Upon graduation he received a scholarship from the Boston University where he completed the studies in economics and public health.
After a period of travelling worldwide, he worked as a coordinator for UN projects in East and South-East Europe and Arab countries’ region from 1997 to 2001. After briefly working as Deputy Director of the WHO for education and transfer of know-how in public health, Roland transferred to the HLPG in 2004. After his departure from the UN and a spell in Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technologies Assessment (HTA) he worked as a Deputy Director of Karl Landsteiner Institute for quality management and patient safety. Late in 2008 he was appointed by the Austrian Minister of Health as ESQH Vienna Office Director where he has been successfully working to date.
Dr. Schlesinger is in the Management and Supervisory Boards of a number of national and international institutes and organizations. He is married and a father of two children.
Branislav Radeljic was born in 1979 in Belgrade. After having completed studies in Humanities at La Sapienza, University of Rome, he went to Brussels where he obtained a double Masters degree, in International politics (at Universite Libre de Bruxelles) and European integration (at Vrije Universiteit Brussel). As a recipient of the prestigious Overseas Research Student Award, provided by the British
government, Branislav completed the doctoral program in politics/European Union studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Branislav has worked in a number of different areas. As a scholar, he is primarily interested in the EU and Western Balkans. Accordingly, his forthcoming book will look at the involvement of the then European Community in the Yugoslav state crisis. In addition, he is interested in the position of Islam in present-day Europe and its implications for European identity.
While based at the University of East London, Branislav has given numerous public talks and debated his research at universities in Hong Kong, Japan, Pakistan, USA, Serbia, etc. As a result, his findings have been published in various academic journals and edited volumes. Branislav is a member of the editorial boards of the Review of International Affairs and Law and Policy Review.
When outside academia, Branislav has been active as an official interpreter for Serbian, English, Italian and Russian, authorized by the UK Chartered Institute of Linguists. On an occasional basis he conducts research and consultancy work within his area of expertise.
Born in 1961.
A leading Balkans security and crime fighting expert, Djordje has impeccable credentials: a criminology attorney; finished postgraduate studies of management of defense (University of Belgrade) and a fight against organized crime course (US Institute of Peace and Center for Management). Djordje has vast experience in top positions in the Belgrade department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He was also deputy director of one of Serbia's premier security companies - Progard Securitas.
Djordje is also a member of Professional security Management Association and the president of SCP International Committee, chairman of a Serbian Chamber of Commerce department, and since 2010, the director of "Poslodavac" Employers Committee.
Currently he is serving as Chairman of the Serbia Securitas Services Board
He is also one of the leading activists in Serbia's civil society promoting religious and ethnic tolerance, equality, justice, human rights etc...
Prof. dr Slavenko Grgurević
Professor of Economics at the University of Belgrade and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Economic Sciences
Expert, Associate and Head of Project in the field of strategic development, energy, environment and sustainable development - (UNESCO, OECD, UNEP, GEF Council – New York, CEC, DG 17- Brussels , System International Foundation (Club of Rome) Budapest, International Institute for Applied System Analysis - Laxenburg, Vienna, Russian Academy of Science, Siberian Energy Institute-Irkutsk.
Director of International Centre for developing studies of Serbia and Russian Federation.
Member of Energy Division ECE (Geneva), Steering Committee, Sustainable Energy Development
Member of Executive International Union for Property Owners (Brussels) one of the oldest European lobbying association for protection of owners’ property interest.
Vice-President of Union of Employers of Serbia and member of the Managing Board of the Pension Fund of Serbia
Former President for the League for the Protection of Private Property and Human Rights (Geneva, Paris, Belgrade) and Coordinator NGO Cooperation Council for Serbia and Montenegro
In 2000 awarded a medal for NGO sector development in Serbia and Monte Negro – World Peace Community Action Award (USA).
Published over 120 scientific papers in the country and abroad.
Igor Kostic is a researcher, analyst, civil society activist,
and Director of the Initiatives, a leading Serbian NGO. Born in late
1970s in Southern Serbia, Igor, educated in Serbia, Europe and the U.S.,
has over the past 20 years amassed a vast knowledge of strategic
planning, project proposal development, and monitoring and evaluation.
In 2007, out of hundreds of candidates, Igor got the opportunity to
present his own work to the professors and master students at the
Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), and take back the
necessary knowledge for his work.
Igor’s activity in civil society began within the famous
anti-Milosevic Serbian student movement “Otpor” (Resistance) at the end
of the 1990s, and continued in the Initiatives, he co-founded. Since
2000, Igor has been working on designing local projects and actions. As a
result of coordinated activities of the Initiatives, local and national
government institutions, and international organizations, Igor
established the Business Incubator Center and Regional Development
Agency, the first two development institutions in Southern Serbia. These
two institutions were launched as joint bodies (public, private and
civil sector) to help local community development.
Igor has worked with many international organizations, private
foundations, and institutions from Europe, former Soviet republics, and
Recently, Igor's focus is on exploring
opportunities for cross-sectorial cooperation, development of programs
based on long-term research and development of special projects for
international bilateral donors in the field of youth employment, and
effective programs for youth self-employment.
Dusko Suvajac is an expert in Corporate Finance and Foreign
Direct Investments with a Masters degree in Business Administration and
Economics (Halmstad University).
Dusko, born in ex Yugoslavia (Bosnia), is a Swedish national specializing in the Emerging Markets.
his University Studies he conducted a number of important field studies
on behalf of Multinational Corporations and Industry Associations most
notably during 1996/97 in Serbia after the signing of the Dayton
Leaving Prague for Stockholm Dusko joined
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Scandinavia and worked within the European
Transaction Team thereby participating in the growth of the Private
Shortly after the October 5th
revolution Dusko was relocated from Stockholm to Belgrade (as a PwC
expat) to lead the transition in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia.
Dusko’s leadership position within PwC South-East Europe and later at
Suvajac & Partners he participated in several strategic investments
in the Balkans region fostering regional consolidation and co-operation.
Dusko is currently Partner at Suvajac & Partners LLP (London, UK).
Violeta Jovanovic is the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED). She joined NALED in 2007 as its first full-time employee when the organization was only several months old. Under Violeta’s leadership, NALED grew to the organizations that it is today: one of the most important think-thanks in Serbia, employing 20 people in its Executive Office, and gathering over 160 members amongst which some of the biggest local companies and investors present in Serbia, majority of local governments, and a number of civil society organizations. NALED is the only organization in the region which gathers businesses, local governments, and civil sector with the goal to work together and influence positive changes to the business environment in Serbia.
Prior to NALED, Violeta established the Ethno Network with the goal to preserve traditional Serbian handicrafts and combine them with modern design and a luxurious packaging to fit the contemporary industry standards. The Ethno Network was established in May 2005, with the help of USAID, and is today a self-sustainable organization which provides livelihood to women across Serbia’s rural areas and, since 2008, produces gifts for the protocol of the Serbian Government.
Violeta is to this day the President of the Ethno Network.
Violeta possesses over ten years of experience in managerial positions within USAID programs of democratization and economic development, within which she worked on different projects in an effort to secure long-term support for the business community at large.
Vladimir Tatarevic was born in Belgrade where he graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Arts in 1997. After receiving his MA he traveled all over the world, visiting more than thirty countries working for “Trans Ocean Photos”.
In 2000 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, USA where he worked as a photographer for various companies. In summer 2002 he won the first prize in the “Life Touch” national competition of photographers in Atlanta. Towards the end of 2002 he returned to his native town and continued his career as a freelance artist.
Vladimir has had fourteen solo exhibitions and participated in several international exhibitions. His work has been published in many prestigious magazines such as National Geographic, Cosmopolitan, Men's Health and others.
He cooperates with leading advertising agencies in the development of advertising campaigns and is a member of numerous juries for artistic photography in Serbia.
Since 2005 he teaches photography as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade.
Ranks among top Serb business experts in his generation, with excellent
understanding of German-Serb economic and political relations. He is
the managing director for Profine Belgrade, a subsidiary of HT Troplast
AG, Troisdorf, a German subsidiary company in the polymere industry.
is also the Vice-President of the German Business Association in
Serbia, and a board member of the German school in Belgrade. Born in
East Berlin, he graduated high school and faculty in East Berlin and
later in Bonn, then West Germany. Bojan studied economics at Faculty
for Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia, Technische Universität,
Berlin, Germany Hochschule für Ökonomie, Berlin, Germany DR as well as
International Business Strategies at the London School of Economics.
also completed the Advanced Management Program at the IEDC School of
Management, Bled, Slovenia, Advanced Sales Techniques Course at the
Vertriebsakademie, Saarbrücken, Germany, Course on Lead Management at
Management Partner, Stuttgart, Germany, Management Assessment Workshop
at People Invest, Munich, Germany, at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and
He has attended dozens of international business, finance and energy conferences in Europe.
Lidija is one of the foremost regional champions for renewable energy.
She is currently the Country Manager for Serbia of the US company
Continental Wind Partners (CWP). She is the person who brought CWP as
one of the leading multinational companies in wind farm development
business to Serbia in 2009, when she established Continental Wind Serbia
(CWS). Amongst its other references, CWP is the company which developed
the biggest wind farm in Europe (600 MW Fantanele in Romania) and is
currently working on development of wind farms of over 2,000 MW capacity
in Australia and New Zealand. With 470 million Euro planned investment
managed by Lidija Udovicki, this is the largest single foreign direct
investment in Serbia at present. Under Lidija’s leadership, CWS is in the process of development of 300 MW wind farm north of Belgrade, in the South Banat area.
is also the founder of legal consultancy firm Udovicki & Associates
which was opened in 2007 and operates to this day. Lidija’s principal
expertise is in energy and commercial law, and she participated in key
legislative processes and changes to harmonize Serbian energy sector
with the EU. Lidija
Udovicki graduated from the School of Law –
Universidad Complutense de Madrid and is a member of Madrid Bar
Association since 2000. She also graduated from the BPP School of Law,
in London, UK, and became a member of the Law Society of England and
Wales in 2003. She did her training and became fully qualified lawyer in
international law firms in London and Madrid in the field of corporate
law, private equity, and environmental law. In 2006, she returned to
Serbia where she worked for 18 months as Senior Associate in law firm
Karanovic – Nikolic.
Dr Pavle Marjanović is one of the leading managers and
strategists in the developing South East European pharmaceutical
industry. Born in 1965, Pavle graduated at the Medical Faculty ,
University of Belgrade, in 1991. Ever since, Pavle has been actively
participating in shaping the pharmaceutical market in Serbia and the
region. He has further developed his management skills by completing the
prestigious business school of management INSEAD in France and the
general management program in Cranfield, UK.
has started his 20-years long successful pharmaceutical industry career
with Janssen Cilag as a product manager in 1992. Two years later he
joined Eli Lilly , Belgrade, as a product specialist, shortly after
being promoted to marketing coordinator for Serbia, Macedonia, Albania
and Montenegro. Always seeking new challenges, Pavle joined
Sanofi-Aventis in 1998 where he remained for the next 11 years, moving
fast from the position of country representative to general manager and
member of the Adriatic management committee dealing with transversal
projects in this region. Since December, 2009. Pavle has been sitting in
the drivers’ seat of Actavis, Serbia and Montenegro, one of the biggest
generic companies world-wide with a steady market share growth.
the years, Pavle has become a number one contact point in terms of key
issues related to the pharmaceutical industry and works closely with the
government and media to shape a sustainable environment for further
development of the pharmaceutical industry in Serbia.
Father of three, Pavle speaks fluently English, French and Slovenian.
Djura is a manager, political advisor and consultant. He has headed a number of prestigious private universities and faculties in Serbia. Djura was born in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, where he graduated from Law School. He received his MA at the Business Faculty. Djura has extensive experience in economy and his forte is forming and running institutions of high learning. He is also an expert in media and poltics.
He has started his career in the services industry. He was a co-owner and sales manager in a private company manufacturing wood processing machinery. Later he returned to the services sector and did marketing and organization of educational and cultural conferences and events. In 2001, when the Novi Sad Fair management and a group of prominent professors decided to form one of the first ever private universities, Djura was invited to kick-start the project. In 2002, he was appointed the manager of the Faculty for Services Business and he successfully managed the new institution for the next three years. Following this success, Djura also took part in the establishment of the new Faculty for Legal and Political Studies and later ran it. He also managed the USSE University. He was a member of the Vojvodina Commission drawing up the startegy for development of higher education in Vojvodina, focused on private education.
Djura started his political career in 2005 as the head of Vojvodina Parliament Office for Promotiing Vojvodina. He took part in forming the Centre for Promotion and Strategic Development of Vojvodina in Paris, France, and was its Cfirst oordinator. He was also a chairman and member of several Boards of Governors and Supervisory Boards of public institutions founded by the City of Novi Sad and Vojvodina. He is the Advisor to the President and Vice President of the Vojvodina Parliament for the political system.
Djura is committed to humanitarian work and faced with the growing problem of drug addiction in the Serbian society, he co-founded in 2001 the Civil Association for fighting drug addiction and is its Vice-President. He is also a member of several boards and societies for drug addiction prevention. He loves sports and is a fervent champion of healthy life-style. His family – wife and two sons - are his greatest pride and joy.
Aleksandar Petrović, D.Phil., Dipl.-Ing, an outstanding young scientist, was born in Serbia in 1985, and now lives and works in Germany. He got his Phd at Oxford University, Balliol College, in Clinical Neurology, specifically - utilized MR images of brain connectivity to compare anatomy of different individuals. He wrote his thesis in collaboration with the Martinos Centre, Harvard Medical School. He consequently developed novel image processing tools (now part of a renowned FSL software library). Aleksandar won his engineering degree at the University of Belgrade Belgium in the field of Electrical Engineering (Signals and Systems). He graduated summa cum laude with GPA 9.93/10.00 (top 1% nationally). His dissertation on pattern recognition was written in collaboration with K.U. Leuven, Belgium. He is currently working in Siemens (healthcare sector) as a Senior Applications Developer. He also studied at Harvard University, lectured at Massachusetts General Hospital and Oxford University, and worked with the Omron Corp, Japan. Aleksandar was awarded numerous honors, including the Phizackerely Award for excellence in biomedical sciences at Balliol College (2009), the Serbian Chamber of Commerce Award for the best engineering diploma thesis (08), Full Clarendon Award covering the costs of graduate studies at Oxford University (07-10), ComTrade IT Solutions Scholarship; for pursuing graduate studies (07-10), Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts Scholarship for the best electrical engineering student in Serbia (06-09), Yale PhD Fellowship; covers full costs of graduate studies at Yale, DAAD Stipendium; scholarship for attending an academic exchange program (06), U.S. Department of State Leadership Award; Serbian Youth Leadership Program (02)
Marina Glamotchak, Phd in sociology, is a senior research fellow in several institutes and research centres in France: Institut français de géopolitique- Université Pariz VIII, Laboratoire d’Analyse des Systèmes Politiques – CNRS, Univerzitet Pariz X, Centre interdisciplinaire de recherches sur la paix et d’études stratégiques-CIRPES/EHESS, Centre des Études des Mouvements Sociaux-CNRS/EHESS). She lives and works in Paris. Marina won her Phd in Sociology at the prestigious École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Pariz, 2000. She qualified for assistant professor in 2001 at the Conseil National des Universités, France. She won her MA at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Pariz, 1994, winning an award for the best defended thesis. She has done her post graduate studies at the Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy and the Zagreb Faculty of Philosophy where she studied sociology of religion.
Marina’s research is focused on geoeconomy and energy (Russian energy policy in the Balkans and its strategy of influence on EU policies), the sociology of transition (war transition, civil-military relationships and post-conflict situations), sociology of defense (stabilization of SEE; the new regimes and consolidation of peace; the state and legitimacy of the use of force in modern conflicts; the consolidation of foreign policy security of the EU; reform of the army; externalization of militarism, security and defense; players in private security), sociology of police (alternative security factors; private security agencies; democratization of the police; institutionalisation of violence), sociology of immigration (diaspora; political emigration) and the sociology of the state (desintegration of Yugoslavia, construction/reconstruction of new states in post-conflict situations; the state in the context of globalization; the phenomenon of overlapping of states). Marina is the author of six books and dozens of articles in scientific magazines and newspapers and has lectured worldover at prestigious institutions.
Gradimir Dragutinovic, a student affairs expert and organization leader, was born in Belgrade where he graduated from the Faculty of Law.
During his studies, as president of the organization TEU University of Law, he participated in the Student Parliament with the aim of solving student problems at an institutional level. Later, as one of the leaders in charge of academic activities and member of the Council of Faculties, he participated in many international projects like EYCA (European Youth Card), ISIC (International Student Identity Card), Cultural Programs Exchange (CIEE), aimed at raising awareness and mobility of students.
He founded in 2002 the Association of Citizens EURO26, that has quickly become a regional leader with a membership of more than 60,000 young people under the age of 30.
In 2005, EURO26 received the award for the best project in Europe in the field of publishing the European Youth Card.
In 2010 the organization partnered with the Government of Serbia and the European Commission in many projects for the youth population. In the same year it actively participated in the development of youth, as a member of the advisory group for preparing a Law on Youth and the establishment of the Umbrella youth organization of Serbia.
In 2011, it signed a Cooperation Agreement with Ministry of Youth and Sports, acquiring the status of a strategic partner to become an integral part of the National Youth Strategy.
In 2012 in Miami, United States, it was recognized in the area of student projects in terms of ISIC student integration of multiple services on a single card implementing the latest IT solutions at University and student dormitories student restaurants through Serbia.
In 2012 in Yaroslav, Russia, the organization Gradimir heads, received a prestigious award for outstanding results in establishing successful cooperation between Governmental institutions and the non-governmental youth sector.
Current European Boxing Champion in the WBO category, Nenad is also the
State Secretary in the Serbian Ministry for Culture and Youth. Born in
1979 in Loznica, Serbia, Nenad graduated from Law School and also hold a
BA in economy.
Nenad was a director of the Mark marketing Mark
Agency, Marketing manager of the Vitinka company, Banja Luka. He held
other posts but together with active training he also managed to deal in
humanitarian issues and was the Coordinator of the „All the World's
Children“ charity in Banja Luka.
His sports trophies include – twice
the amateur champion pf Serbia, three times the champ of Yugoslavia
etc. His proffessional career included 28 matches with no defeats, and
is ranked 9th in the world. He was a member of the World Chammpion
Vitaliy Klitschko's team in 2010. He has also won numerous sportsman of
the year awards, was named Ambassador of Sports, won numerous
humanitarian and fair-play awards from across Serbia and Republika
Srpska and has been the role-model of thousands of young people in
Serbia, showing that a young person can dedicate himself to sports,
healthy style of living, pursue education with equal fervour and
graduate from faculties with honours.
Today he is charge of youth
issues in his ministry with the aim of creating conditions in Serbia
which will help stem the brain drain of the young and improve their lot
in their homeland.
Aleksandar Krtinic, born in 1974, is a financial expert with 15
years of experience in the Banking Industry and Financial Markets. He
was educated at the United Nations International High School, New York and graduated from the Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA.
is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Global Power Montenegro, and
Finance Director of the Atlas Group conglomerate with HQ in Montenegro
and Serbia. He is responsible for structuring and implementation of
financial management strategies and proper application of all financial
processes and systems in support of Group’s business objectives.
is the co-founder of “Farmer & Spaic” agency , today called
“Kovacic & Spaic”, established in 2006. He is the Executive
Director of NIN of weekly and its former editor in chief since 2010.
He is also a coordinator of trainings in business management for
media editors in Serbia, under the auspices of the BBC 2009 project.
the age of 25, he graduated at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade,
Department for general literature and theory of literature.
After working as a young journalist in the newspaper “Student”,
he started to work as a professional journalist on Radio Belgrade in
1985. He was writing for Index Radio Theater and he was editor of
news on OK channel, the first independent television. When the
multi-party system was formed, he was co-founder of the first private
political newspaper in Serbia- the weekly newspaper Opozicija. Within
project of Foundation for Peace and Resolution of Crises , which he
was representing in Belgrade in 1993, he started the first
independent production, radio show “The Time of Reason” (“Doba
razuma”), which was broadcasted throughout the 90’s and at the
beginning of the new millennium in over 50 radio stations in
ex-Yugoslavia. He was, in other half of 90’s and from 2003 to 2005,
chief of press center and director of Media Center in Belgrade. In
mid-nineties he was the deputy editor of magazine Europe, published
by European Movement in Serbia, and in 2005 he was the co-founder of
weekly newspaper Reporter.
was teaching journalism few semesters on the Faculty of Political
Science, media management on the Faculty of Art, and he gave lectures
on other domestic and foreign schools. He organizes and conducts
trainings for journalists and media managers for domestic and foreign
organizations, in Serbia, in the region, Europe and Africa-such as
MDI (Great Britain), Irex and Freedom House (USA), regional
organization SEENPM and domestic organizations ANEM and Politea.
his career, he cooperated with the most of domestic, as well as with
is the author of six books - in the fields of expertise, journalism
Goran is BSc engineer with rich experience in wide range of engineering
fields. He was born in Belgrade, on September 5th 1963. He graduated
from University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic in 1988.
He started his career in 1988 as an engineer in Serbian Railways,
climbing up the management structure step by step. During first 10 years
he was responsible for several high important operations, such as
logistic and transport of rails from China to Serbia, logistic and
transport of refugees to BIH, logistic and transport of parentless
children from Croatia, BIH and Serbia to Greece. Between 2001 and 2003
he was Assistant to General Director, responsible for commercial and
transport department. During that period he also drafted the laws on
Serbian Railways, on Community of Yugoslav Railways, on Railways in
Republika Srpska and on Community of BIH Railways.
Goran was the Deputy General Manager of Belgrade Airport Nikola Tesla.
During that period, he managed to complete the Terminal 2
reconstruction. He also led negotiations with USA Company DynCorp
International in order to finalize a JVA and form JVC to develop, build
and operate a Cargo and Logistic Center, Business and Industrial Park.
During this period he also managed to facilitate the finalization of
Belgrade Airport’s runway reconstruction with zero traffic delay or
disruption. Also International DBOT type tenders were issued for
designing, building, operating and transferring a business center and a
hotel at the Belgrade Airport. Preliminary design for railway track,
connecting Belgrade Airport with the public railway network, was
finished. During this period Goran also successfully negotiated with an
US Airline Company interested in flying between Serbia and USA in
partnership with JAT Airways.
Between 2007 and 2009 he acted as an
independent consultant for various investors, such as Colliers, IKEA,
Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow, and cooperated with GSTC West Wimbledon
From 2009 Goran is a Technical Director and Executive
officer in the Belgrade Institute Kirilo Savic, a Research and
development center, with activities in all engineering fields, ranging
from steel production to renewable energy solutions.
Goran is a chartered engineer and member of the Engineering Chamber of Serbia.
Goran joined GCA in 2013.