Members

Ðorde Vukotic

Ðorde Vukotic

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).

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Marko Blagojevic

Marko Blagojevic

Marko Blagojevic is the Director of Office for Reconstruction of Flooded Regions, appointed by the Serbian Prime Minister in 2014 when catastrophic floods took lives and destroyed thousands of homes in Serbia, totaling over a billion euros in damages.

Born in 1974, Marko 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.

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Giles Keane

Giles Keane

Giles Keane , a PR and PA expert, runs the Diplomacy practice group at Hill & Knowlton International, Belgium. 

Since 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 Packard. 

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.

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Milan Vujanic

Milan Vujanic

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.

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Milica Cubrilo

Milica Cubrilo

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.

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Jakša Šcekic

Jakša Šcekic

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.

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Branko Radulovic

Branko Radulovic

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.

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Miodrag Stojkovic

Miodrag Stojkovic

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.

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Elaine Cruikshanks

Elaine Cruikshanks

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.

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Ludvik Toplak

Ludvik Toplak

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.

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Nenad Lujic Mr sc.Med

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.  more...

Boško Jakšic

Boško Jakšic

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.

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Andrej Gruden

Andrej Gruden

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.

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Giovanni Porta

Giovanni Porta

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.

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Ana Brnabić

Ana Brnabić

Membership frozen – in active government service

Ana is the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of Republic of Serbia. She holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Hull, England. Before being sworn in as cabinet minister she held the position of President of the Management Board of the establishment of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED), Serbia’s most effective advocacy organization for businesses, local governments and civil society.

She used to work as Director of Continental Wind Serbia (CWS) and was 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). 

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.

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Filip Brković

Filip Brković

In Memoriam

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.


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Roland Schlesinger

Roland Schlesinger

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.

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Đorđe Vučinić

Đorđe Vučinić

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 of Governors.

He is also one of the leading activists in Serbia's civil society promoting religious and ethnic tolerance, equality, justice,  human rights etc...

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Branimir (Barney) Simić-Glavaski

Branimir (Barney) Simić-Glavaski

Branimir (Barney) Simic-Glavaski is the President/CEO of Bionic Information Technologies and of SimiTec LLC from Ohio, USA, but primarily a highly distinguished scientist. He graduated from University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electrotechnics and won his Ph.D. at the Physics Department, University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K.

Barney was a Professor, United Nations University for Peace & Development,  Lecturer, Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics, Instructor in the Department of Mathematics, Case Western Reserve University, Program Brain Coordinator, Case Western Reserve University, Senior Research Associate, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments Case Western Reserve University, Visiting Scientist, Laboratorio DI Cibernetica, Napoli, Italy, Consultant to the Chemistry Department, University of Southampton, U.K., Assistant Lecturer, University of Kent at Canterbury, Electronics Department and Research Scientist, Faculty of Technology, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Barney thought Process Control, Biological, Control: Calculus and Electromagnetic Fields: Electrical Circuits

He owns 10 patents and is a member of the Institute of Physics, London: Electrochemical Society; Biophysical Society and the Sigma Xi Society.

He has won awards from the University of Kent at Canterbury; Royal Society Fellowship; NSF, The Cleveland Foundation, The Gund Foundation, NAVY AIR, and U.S. Department of Defense. He is the author of close to 70 publications and abstracts and has attended over 200 national and international lectures and seminars.  more...

Prof. dr Slavenko Grgurević

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.

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Igor Kostic

Igor Kostic

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 the USA.

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.

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Dusko Suvajac

Dusko Suvajac

Dusko Suvajac is an M&A advisor with a Masters degree in Business Administration and Economics, Halmstad University, Sweden.

Dusko is a multilingual Swedish national with a vast international experience covering the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Leaving Prague for Stockholm Dusko joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) EMEA and worked within the European Transaction Team. Dusko was relocated from Stockholm to Belgrade as a PwC expat and Head of Corporate Finance.

During Dusko’s leadership position within PwC South-East Europe and later at Suvajac & Partners he participated in several strategic investments.

Dusko is currently Partner at Suvajac & Partners LLP (London, UK) working with clients on several continents specialising in ICT and Security services transaction.
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Violeta Jovanovic

Violeta Jovanovic

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.

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Vladimir Tatarevic

Vladimir Tatarevic

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.

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Bojan Predojevic

Bojan Predojevic

Ranks among top Serb business experts in his generation, with excellent understanding of German-Serbian 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 polymer industry.

Bojan is also the Vice-President of the German Business Association in Serbia, Member of the Executive Committee of the Forum Serbia – Germany and board member of the German school in Belgrade.

Born in East Berlin, he graduated high school in the then German Democratic Republic. Bojan studied economics at Hochschule für Ökonomie, Berlin, Technische Universität zu Berlin and Faculty for Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia where he obtained his Master degree in Economics. Furthermore, he continued his education at the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Business Strategies.

He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the IEDC School of Management, Bled, Slovenia and the courses on Lead Management at Management Partner, Stuttgart, Germany, Management Assessment Workshop at People Invest, Munich, Germany, as well as the Assessment Center at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt.
He has attended dozens of international business, finance and energy conferences in Europe.  more...

Lidija Udovicki

Lidija Udovicki

Lidija is one of the foremost regional champions for renewable energy.  Until 2013, she was 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 on-shore wind farm in Europe (600 MW Fantanele in Romania) and is currently working on the development of wind farms in Australia and Poland. CWP’s Serbian project, the approximately 150 MW Čibuk 1 wind farm in South Banat, will bring around €300 million of foreign direct investment into Serbia.

Lidija 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 until 2013 she participated in key legislative processes and changes to harmonize the 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  more...

Pavle Marjanović

Pavle Marjanović

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.
Pavle 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.
Over 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.
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Đura Vlaškalić

Đura Vlaškalić

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.

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Aleksandar Petrović

Aleksandar Petrović

Aleksandar Petrović, D.Phil., Dipl.-Ing., an outstanding young thought leader and business innovator in the fields of medical devices and smart energy, was born in Serbia in 1985 and now lives and works in Switzerland. He combines expertise in strategic business expansion with background in engineering and medicine. Aleksandar established and managed Sensirion’s smart energy business unit and oversaw the world-wide expansion of microthermal flow measurement technology into natural gas metering. He is internationally active as a consultant for medtec and smart energy industries.

Aleksandar got his DPhil at Oxford University, Balliol College for utilising MR images of brain connectivity to compare anatomy of different individuals. He won his electrical engineering degree at the University of Belgrade (GPA 9.93/10.00) and further studied at K.U. Leuven in Belgium, lectured at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and at Oxford University, and worked with the Omron Corp, Japan and with Siemens Healthcare, Germany.

Aleksandar is a certified negotiator specialised in C-level negotiations involving public, private and governmental stakeholders.

Aleksandar was awarded numerous honours, including the Phizackerely Award for excellence in biomedical sciences at Balliol College (2009), Full Clarendon Award at Oxford University (07-10), Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts Scholarship for the best electrical engineering student in Serbia (06-09), DAAD scholarship for attending an academic exchange program (06), U.S. Department of State Leadership Award; Serbian Youth Leadership Program (02).

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Marina Glamotchak

Marina Glamotchak

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.

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Jovan Ratković

Jovan Ratković

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.
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Gradimir Dragutinović

Gradimir Dragutinović

Gradimir Dragutinović (1980) is director of Global Project Agency (GPA), with more than 10 years of active participation in development of European projects directed towards youth and students in Serbia. His professional interests include youth and education policy, technological innovation in youth and student services and youth tourism.
He graduated at Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade. As student representative, he has participated in the development of many international projects like EYCA (European Youth Card), ISIC (International Student Identity Card), Cultural exchange projects such as Work&Travel USA, working on the awareness raising and improving students’ mobility.
Gradimir is one of the founders of Evropski omladinski centar (EOC), the largest youth organization in Serbia, member of European Youth Card Association. This organization received Hercules golden award for the best card development in Europe in 2005. From 2009, EOC has developed numerous projects for the youth population, which was recognized on the national level through signing Cooperation Agreement with Ministry of Youth and Sports in 2011. and Memorandum on Cooperation with Government of Serbia in 2014. EOC also received a prestigious award for achieving outstanding results and establishing successful cooperation between governmental institutions and non-governmental youth sector in Yaroslavl in 2012. and Special EYCA award for sustainability and development in Zagreb 2014.
He has participated in development of integrated multiple services on a single ISIC project with latest IT solutions, at University in Belgrade and student centers through Serbia and region with great success (Award for the Best five country in the world in Seoul 2014).
He promoted actively also in Rotary idea and participates in lot of international humanitarian events as Country representative and the Chairman of National board of Serbia.

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Aleksandar Krtinic

Aleksandar Krtinic

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.

He 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.

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Nebojša Spaić

Nebojša Spaić

Nebojsa 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.

At 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.

He 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.

During his career, he cooperated with the most of domestic, as well as with foreign media.

He is the author of six books - in the fields of expertise, journalism and fiction.

 

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Aleksandar Kokić

Aleksandar Kokić

Aleksandar Kokic, an economist with BSc in management, was born in Novi Sad in 1949. He was working as a publisher and represented publishers from France, England and Italy in Serbia. Aleksandar moved to Toronto, Canada in 1991 where he obtained certificates in financing worked for seven years as a portofolio manager with Manulife Financial. He was a founder and Managing Director of NGO Belgrade Centre for cultural activities as well as bookstores and galleries in Belgrade and Birmingham,USA. In 2003 he worked at Ministry of Transport and Communication as Advisor to the Minister, responsible for investments, implementing foreign investment projects. Since 2004 he has served in the Ministry of Infrastructure and energy in Department for EU integration and a Member of National Council for Sustainable Development, Clean Development Mechanism, Transport and Traffic Board Member.

Aleksandar has completed a prestigious programs „Project preparation, planning, appraisal and management“ which was organized by European Centre for peace and development, established by the United Nations.

He also is part of the GCA Global Communications Associates Ltd team in the capacity of Investment Funds and Projects Director

Recently, Aleksandar has focused on exploring opportunities for investment and development of programs based on long-term research in renewable energy resources and environment protection.Aleksandar is married and father of four children.

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Sonja Stojanovic

Sonja Stojanovic

Sonja was born in 1964 in Sid, Serbia, and now lives and works in Switzeland and owns the Soline Gmbh, company. She is also an adviser to the owner of Medicus Consulting Mosorka, Co,Switzerland - medical help, adviser to the CEO IDC Group for Swiss/Austria/Germany/, and  member in the Womens Association Embrach /Zürich, Switzerland,

Sonja also holds A Dr.h.c. -Academy of Universal Global Peace,India,2011.

Sonja is also the General Secretary of the Association Swiss Morning Star, Project Manager of the  femaile enterprenurship help – Glamshine, Coordinator Books Aid Project, ASMS.

She si also very active in Female Organisations in Switzerlan

Speaks German, English, Russian and Serbian, Mother of one.

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Jorge Enrique Hernández

Jorge Enrique Hernández

A tireless humanist and environmentalist, Jorge has devoted much of his life fighting for the right of humanity to enjoy a habitat justice regardless of class, gender or nationality. He was born in Venezuela in a poor family in 1942.

An expert in the area of industrial relations, Jorge served for many years as chairman and CEO of several companies and institutions, national and multinational companies, among which are: State Telephonic of Venezuela (CANTV), Maintenance CA Fuller, Marriott in fligth Service of Venezuela, Rena Ware, Intergovernmental Committee for Migration (ICM), Bank Wheelchairs (BANDESIR) Jorcent Medical Suplies CA and United American Investment Corporation, Inc. (USA).

His association with different movements to defend human rights motivated him to write several essays on topics related to social and gender issues involving women in search of personal fulfillment and family.

Jorge is the creator and promoter of the international project "Mothers Entrepreneurs", President of the Asociacion Civil Humanity, Ambassador in Venezuela of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Ambassador in Venezuela of the International Human Rights Organization (IHRO), Cultural Ambassador of the Royal Sultanato de Sulu& Sabah,

Member of the Global Compact of the United Nations, Ambassador of the Spmuda International Humanitarian  Organization

Adviser of the Global Unification International  (GUI), Ambassador and National Commander in Venezuela of the International Blue Cross (IBC), Representative for six Latin American Countries, Association Swiss Morning Star, Switzerland.

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Marko Milić

Marko Milić

Sci. Маrko Milić MSc, born in 1984 in Belgrade, Serbia, is a lecturer at the College of Professional Studies, Academy of Football - " Management of the modern Olympic Movement, Olympism and Olympic education". While completing his PhD studies, as a an Olympian lecturer,  Marko Kimi, committed to the idea of his ancestor  Sir Wiliam de Irby,  Lord Boston Irby, and his grandfather, the prominent academician, dr. Vasa Cubrilovic, devotes his time to spreading the Olympic spirit and ethics among the youth and students.

Having worked in many companies as the national and regional brand manager (Verano Invest Tehnomobil , Reafaelo , Hotel Serbia, Gattaric Group, etc.) Kimi moved in 2011 to the position of Senior Adviser to the President of Association Swiss Morning Star for the Western Balkans (MHB  and  Books Aid Project's).

Marko – Kimi is also Advisor to the CEO Studio Deadalus, (UK), CEO Beogradnja (Russia ), CEO of Caucasus International Ltd. (Georgia) etc.

He is a member of: the Association of Serbian Sports Managers, European Association of Sports Managers, professional staff of the Faculty of Sport University "Union - Nikola Tesla" (Belgrade),  Board of Directors of the College of Professional Studies, Academy of Football, etc.

Marko – Kimi has participated in a several international  conferences and has published numerous scientific papers related to the sport and management. 

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Vladimir M Petrović

Vladimir M Petrović

Vladimir, the President of DADANCO-MESTEK JV, LLC, Westfield, MA, USA, is a perfect example of how applied science, coupled with sound business acumen, can contribute to making the world a better place for future generations. The Serbian-born Australian is a distinguished innovator with a Ma in Fluid Dynamics from University of Adelaide, South Australia. He was also proclaimed “Entrepreneur of the Year in Australia” by Ernst & Young, Sydney, Australia, in 1998. This was the result of his drive to consistently deliver mission critical results. He is driven by visceral, “hard-wired” need to learn, to innovate and to strategize, while his mindset does not recognize the words “it can’t be done”! He has been described as “gifted with the vision, determination and skills needed for high-level international business strategies and tactics.”

After conceiving a strategy for MESTEK to acquire DADANCO’s share of JV and to acquire the key IP, and orchestrating the “Green” technology transfer from Australia to USA, Vladimir established and deployed strategies to grow DADANCO business in the Americas. He created an international multi-million dollar business (predominantly in America, Europe, Russia and Middle East) by developing key alliances, distribution network and manufacturing competencies and quickly more than doubled the business volume for the company. He further developed key markets in NYC, Chicago, Wisconsin, Indianapolis, Ohio, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and spreading, while continuing R & D efforts through filing two new patents to bring at least two new products to market annually.

His other awards include the AIRAH Excellence Award, Australian Institute for Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heating, 1998, NASDAQ Australian technology of the year, NASDAQ, 1999, Emerging Exporter of the year, 1999, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, MMI Industry and Commerce Award for outstanding business performance, Mercantile Mutual Insurance, 1999. He owns several patents and has written a number of books and scores of papers.

A pilot, sailor, chess and tennis player Vladimir is married and father of three children and now resides in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA.

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Mario Luis Fuentes

Mario Luis Fuentes

In Memoriam 1981 - 2014

Mario Luis Fuentes, born in 1981 in Mexico, is an economic, financial and business expert. Mario is currently working as a Sustainability Manager at INFONAVIT, an autonomous organization with a corporate government that includes equal representation of the labor, employer and Federal Government sectors.

Mario, who holds a Master in Financial Economics University of Oxford, joined Pemex in 2006 where he remained for the next 5 years, moving from the position of Financial and Economic Planning Analyst to Deputy Manager as a member of the first Carbon Finance Office design.

Since 2009 he has been a member of SePerú, a non-profit Peruvian environmental credit originator aimed to develop and sell Voluntary Carbon Units originating from avoided deforestation in the Buffer Zone of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve.

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Abdulhaq Niazi

Abdulhaq Niazi

Championing for the women’s rights to work in Afghanistan, Abdulhaq has one of the most difficult, challenging and downright dangerous jobs in the world today. He is the business consultant to the Afghan Women’s Business Federation (AWBF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. He manages and oversees the technical aspects of the AWBF/FAIDA|USAID funded project by providing overall consultancy service, defining work plans, and ensuring achievement of all project activities and milestones, making recommendations for performance improvements, communications, and resource allocations for AWBF programs.

His job is to design the framework for financial management advisory, prepare Business Development, management and leadership training manuals, conduct assessment survey and develop questionnaires to diagnose member associations (SMEs) and assess those who need AWBF capacity building services. 

Analyzing SME’s financial position, including their investments, debts and income for loans and development of their businesses.

He Graduated in June 2010 as Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Amity University

Uttar Pradesh (Noida - New Delhi) INDIA and won his BA in 2006 at Colorado Technical University, USA

Abdulhaq also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Human Rights (Part time program at

Peshawar Campus) Thesis/Dissertation work on Education Environment in Afghanistan Qurtuba

University of Sciences & Information Technology Peshawar Pakistan and has attended the Kabul Medical University & Ahmad Shah Abdali Medical University.  

He also headed the Humanitarian Assistance Service for Afghanistan (HASA) Mission to Peshawar, Pakistan. HASA is a local NGO working for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the country and reintegration of Afghan refugees.  more...

Santosh Biodari

Santosh Biodari

Santosh Biodari founded the organization Peace for People in Nepal in 2009 to help steer the transition process in his country to one that is based on, justice, peace and sustainability.

He was only 15 years old started social work in a local social welfare youth society.

The turbulent times of the Maoist insurgency between 1996 and 2006 convinced him that the media is a key tool for the gathering and distribution of information that will especially benefit in understanding the roots, thereby the cure, of conflict. Bidari studied Mass Communication and Journalism in college, after which he pursued his journalistic instincts as publisher and senior editor at newspapers Vaskar Pakshik and Gadatantirk Bihani.

Peace for People conducts peace education, encourages reconciliation, tolerance and a culture of peace in cities. Bidari is also the Country Coordinator of Master Peace and Advisory Council member of International City of Peace.

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Igor Jovicic

Igor Jovicic

Igor Jovicic is the Secretary of the Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information since September 2013.

Igor was the State Secretary in the Serbian Ministry of Defense, June 2007- July 2012 (coordinating legislative activities under the jurisdiction of the MOD as well as the affairs related to personnel, social and pension insurance, veterans and the disabled care, housing education and training of the MOD and SAF personnel, conscription, work and material duty, democratic and civilian control, religious service, labor union forming by the professional members of the SAF, privacy, confidentiality and protection of personal information).

Served as Chairman of the Military Academy Board, Chairman of the MOD Personnel Committee, member of the Commission for decorations of the President of the Serbia, member of the Council of Relations with Serbs in the Region, member of the Serbian National Council for Co-operation with the ICTY, member of the Defense Planning Committee as well as the Scientific Research Committee, acted as the Republic Serbia representative at various international conferences and meetings in the relevant field of responsibility.

His various previous jobs include: editor for the social, economic and legal subjects and the assistant director of the legal department and human resources for commercial operations, Public Textbook Institute, Chief of Staff of DDOR ''Novi Sad'' a.d.o. CEO, Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, Deputy Secretary General of the Federal Yugoslav Government, 2000-2003, Federal administrative inspector, Ministry of Justice, etc.

Born in 1964 in Zagreb where he graduated at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb in 1989 (thesis: Loan contract) and got Master degree and the same Faculty. He passed the Bar Exam in Belgrade in 1996. His specializations include: Venetian Committee, Council of Europe: Control of executive government: judiciary, parliamentary and ombudsman, Trieste, September 2001, British Association For Central and Eastern Europe: Forum for New Serbia, Refugees Integrations, London, July 2002, US Department of State, USA: Responsibility in state administration and management, US , September 2004, and notably - Ecole Nationale d' Administration, Republique Francaise: Public government and human resources management, Belgrade – Paris, October 2005 – June 2006

Married, father of two children.

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Goran S. Jovičić

Goran S. Jovičić

One of Serbia's foremost experts in civil aviation and security, Goran is a legal regulation adviser in the Civil Aviation Directorate.

Goran was born in 1964 in Zagreb where he also graduated and won his MA in law. He completed his bar exam in Belgrade in 1996.

His career includes Deputy Secretary General of the Government of Serbia and member of the Board for the Legal System and State Organs of the Government of Serbia (2000-2004). In the same period Goran was a member of the Serbian Election Commission.

Security and Safety Manager of the Belgarde Airport Nikola Tesla (2004-2009) and Deputy Director General of the Civil Aviation Directorate of Serbia (2009-2013).

He participated in scores of international conferences pertaining to civil aviation including: FAA Washington, 2005, Tel Aviv 2005,  EFAA Salzburg 2005, Prague 2006, FAA-TSA USA 2006, Osijek 2006,  Israel 2007,  EFAA Brussels 2007, ICAO-ECAC Kiev 2008, ECAC Strassbourg  2009, ECAC Paris 2009, EUROCONTROL Brussels 2009, ICAO Montreal 2010,  COSPAS SARSAT Montreal 2010, Koeln 2010, 2011, Wisbaden 2011, Aranđelovac 2012, Ankara 2012, Brussels 2012, Albourg 2012. He represented the CA Directorate in ICAO, ECAC, EUROCONTROL, EASA, COSPAS SARSAT, EC, SES,  ISIS.

Goran also trained in state administration at the State Administration Academy in Vienna in 2001, election systems at the British Association For Central and Eastern Europe, state administration in the Czech Ministry of the Interior, Prague, State and Local Administration, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2003, Public Administration, US Department of State, SAD, 2003, Management of Aviation Security“ - IATA Aviation Training and Development Institute, Geneva 2005, Civil Aviation Chief  Executives Programme, Singapore Aviation Academy 2010.

Goran also completed the following specialist courses: Modul 0 AVSEC „Questions 2005“ in  ICAO European Regional Aviation Security Training Centre, Kiev 2006, National auditor - inspector of aviation security- ICAO ASTP 123, Kiev 2007, Crisis Management - ICAO ASTP 123, Kiev  2007, Command and Control Integrated Security, Israel 2007, Aviation Security and Risk Assessment Management Course, Singapore Aviation Academy 2008, Airport Security Management Course, Antiterrorism Assistance Program, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State, 2010 and Search and Rescue  Mission Coordinator Basic Coruse, The Royal Danish Air Force, 2010.

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Dušan Vasiljević

Dušan Vasiljević

Dusan, a Master of Science of Electrical Engineering, is an international environmental policy, renewable energy and environmental & energy security expert, with a profound understanding of environmental, social, economic, political and related problems in Serbia and the region. He has been deeply involved in socio-environmental issues for more than 15 years and has developed, implemented, managed a scale of different programs: from extensive networking, capacity building, public awareness rising, advocacy campaigning, up to work on strategic development of the institutional architecture, legislative documents for the national and international fora and versatile environmental and energy security expertise.

Performing the tasks of the OSCE Head of Economic and Environmental Department, Dusan has had the opportunity to manage complex programmes with multilateral stakeholders from the host country but also from the Region and International Community. The programs were designed primarily for the governments and governmental structures, however with strong emphasis on public, non-governmental organizations, media and local businesses involvement. He entered Media Reference Directory (REC) as an expert for the Environment and Health, Public Participation in decision-making process, Access to Environmental Information and Sustainable Development. He is also expert of Human Dynamics, Vienna, in the above fields as well as in environmental and Renewable Energy issues. He entered the European Data Bank from Dortmund, Germany, as Sustainable Development Expert. He was a member of Energy and Climate Issue Group of the European ECO Forum and was involved in activities within ReREP for the implementation of Stability Pact guidelines. He was part of a number of international multilateral and bilateral negotiation processes and initiatives under the auspices of the OSCE.

Dusan is the author of the unique legislative model implemented in Serbia 2001/2002 which was promoted throughout the whole OSCE area and among the participating states. He was the head of the team that created basic environmental legislative in Serbia in 2001/2002 and that introduced the Ministry of Environment and natural resources in 2001 and made the architecture of the Ministry for environment and spatial planning, re-established in 2007. 

He is corresponding member of the International Academy for Environment and Security, Sankt Petersburg, Russia and has published a number of articles and interviews in local and international media since 1991 to date on relevant issues.

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Lidija Bartus Vasiljević

Lidija Bartus Vasiljević

Lidija Bartus Vasiljevic is an experienced TV journalist, anchor and editor, specialized in international political analysis. She is currently the President of the Committee for the International Cooperation of the Chamber of Commerce of Green Serbia and spokesperson and media&marketing consultant - Western Balkans Consulting (WBC). From 2011-2013 she was a consultant at the Louis Berger Group.

Lidija studied at Sciences Po - L’institut d’Etude Politiques de Paris and she is a Master of Journalism and International Affairs. She developed, implemented, managed and conducted a whole scale of different TV programs. As International News Editor in Chief, she was in charge for the management of the International News Department-TV Studio B and responsible for contacts with the representatives of foreign and Serbian government, bodies, organizations, parliaments, individual experts, analysts. She interviewed presidents, ranking officials, diplomats, ministers including Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroder, Romano Prodi, Miroslav Lajčak, Stefano Saninno, Pierre Richard Prosper, Gianfranco Finni, Erhard Busek, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Chris Patten, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Victor Bulmer-Thomas–Chatham House, Ted Galen Carpenter, Garry Dempsey-CATO Institute and others. 

From 2007 to 2008 Lidija worked as a Special Advisor for Foreign Policy and Media to the President of the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia. She provided advisory and inputs for the speakers at political meetings, public events and media appearances, analysed comprehensive data on the actual social, political and economic situation as priority elements for the planning process; monitored and prepared analytical reports on relevant political issues in Serbia

May 2005 Lidija was a Chairman at the United Nations’ 60th Anniversary in SaM – Federal Parliament. From 2005-2007. She was a member of the Jury for the Project “Travelling to Europe“ (European Movement and Austrian Embassy in Serbia). She received an award for a contribution to European integration processes by the Belgrade Assembly and the Government of Austria. She also worked for the World Bank, British Council, and Oxfam. She is the owner of the production company CD News.

She is a member of IWC-International Women’s Club, Founder of Rotary Club Beograd Vracar and President 2012-2014, Rotary International Assistant District D2483 Governor 2013 as well as 2011-2012 Rotary International District 2483 Public Relations Chair-Board of Directors.  more...

Rudi Finci

Rudi Finci

Rudi, born in 1958 in Sarajevo, BiH, has 32 years of experience in marketing & PR, Hospitality Industry and Finance – Private Banking.

He started his career, after obtaining his BA in Economics, in the Marketing Department of the Organizing Committee of the XIVth Winter Olympic Games Sarajevo 1984. Because of his excellent results Rudi was invited by Pageantry World Inc., to help them in their Project during XXIIIrd Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

He then worked for TV SARAJEVO – JRT in the International Relations Department, in charge of all commercial and sales transactions which brought him to major TV Production Festivals in Europe such as MIPCOM Cannes and Rose d’Or, Montreux Switzerland.

In 1987 he joined one of the biggest industrial conglomerates of former Yugoslavia, UNIS – United Industries of Sarajevo and soon became the Chief of Staff in  the President’s Office. Two years later Rudi was appointed the Regional Manager for North and South America.

In 1991 Rudi was elected as one of three Managing Directors od UNIS INTERNATIONAL Inc., sister company based in Chicago Illinois, USA.

At the onset of the war, Rudi went to Geneva, Switzerland, where he graduated in  1996 at the Ecole Hôtelière de Genève. Rudi  participated in the reconstruction of a 5-star hotel and prepared the establishment of the mini-Geneva hotel chain consisting of 5, 4 and 3 stars hotels

In the year of 2000, one of his regular USA clients, recognized his exceptional managerial qualities and recommended him to the owner of a Private Financial Group FORVEST TRUST SA, Geneva where he works in the Financial Research, Due Diligence of Financial Products and  Private Banking as Relationship Manager .

In 2012 he joined Task Force with UBP - Union Bancaire Privée, one of the leading Swiss Private Banks. Rudi is engaged in Private Management Services and Project Development, servicing demanding needs of private clients.

He is also a Certified Professional by International Project Management Association – IPMA, and is member of a dozen volunteering Associations in humanitarian and Economic Aid activities, like Association Swiss Morning Star, where he is the Vice-President. He is also involved in the Jewish organization World Wide.

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Bojan Kostres

Bojan Kostres

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 and Europe.

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Simon Wilson OBE

Simon Wilson OBE

After graduating in Modern Languages from Cambridge University, Simon briefly worked for the Bank of London & South America. In 1988 he joined the British Diplomatic Service. He had postings in Greece, Croatia, USA, Hungary, Oman, Iraq and Kuwait. He left the Diplomatic Service in 2012 and now lives in the Sultanate of Oman where he works as an adviser on government relations for a number of companies specialising in the Gulf. He also acts as an adviser to a UAE university. As well as English, Simon speaks Russian, Hungarian, Serbian, French, Greek and Arabic. His interests include the history of Eastern Europe after the Second World War and the relationship of the Gulf monarchies with the Western world. In his spare time, Simon enjoys fine wine, fine food, travel and books about the history of words. Simon was appointed OBE in June 1997.  more...

Borislav Miljanovic

Borislav Miljanovic

Without any doubt one of the leading communications experts in the region. Borislav is the Managing Director and founder of Represent Communications, an affiliate of one of the leading global public relations agencies, Weber Shandwick. He is also the founder of Real Time Clipping, a leader in the area of new technologies and media monitoring.

Born in Belgrade in 1970, he graduated from the Faculty of Law and obtained a Master and PhD degree at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, where today he conveys his vast experience in public relations to post-graduates.

Borislav was a journalist and editor in numerous media outlets in Serbia for a decade. He also established the Public Relations Department in BK Group and the Royal Palace and was an official public relations representative of HRH Crown Prince Aleksandar II. He was one of the founders of the Serbian Public Relations Society, where he currently presides over the Supervisory Board. He was also a member of the Board of Governors in American Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of many other associations such as the Serbian Association of Managers,  Serbian Association of Corporate Directors, National Alliance for Local Economic Development, Serbian - British Business Club, and Serbian Society of Lobbyists. From the very beginning, Borislav has been setting new standards in the Agency in the area of public relations, and in the last four years the Agency has been No.1 in Serbia in regard to business results. In addition to the agency in Serbia, he has established a regional office in Montenegro.Borislav was awarded by the Serbian Public Relations Society for personal contribution in the field of communications

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Zoran Basaraba

Zoran Basaraba

Current Serbian Ambassador to Israel, Zoran is a foreign policy and communications expert. He moved to New York city in 1982 where he initially pursued Ph. D. in comparative politics and later made a stellar career in marketing and corporate communications. He was part of the team which successfully branded the "Yugo Mania" - first ever sales of a developing world mass-produced car on the U.S. market. In early 1991 he moved to the U.S. pharmaceuticals company ICN with interests across Eastern Europe and China. When ICN's CEO, Milan Panic, became the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia in 1992 Zoran served as his chief of staff. Despite maintaining family residence in the U.S., Zoran has been active in Serbian political and administrative affairs ever since.

Zoran has held a number of senior government positions in Yugoslavia and later Serbia: Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretary General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, etc. His main area of expertise is political analysis and marketing; he was the manager for Panic's historic Serbian election campaign against Slobodan Milosevic. Zoran has proven himself to be an experienced hands-on manager with ability to communicate across cultural and hierarchical boundaries.

Zoran is also a resourceful negotiator and has advised a number of stakeholders on negotiating strategies involving cross-cultural sensitivities. He usually commutes between San Diego, Belgrade, Munich , Podgorica and now Tel Aviv. As of late 2011, he has assumed the post of Serbia’s Ambassador to Israel.

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Efi Papastylou

Efi Papastylou

Efi is a businesswomen,   Founder & President of International Philanthropic Organization PIO (Athens) and Chairperson of Women’s Association of Greece.

After graduation of Political Philosophy and Psychology at the Yale University, Efi has developed a very successful business career in public relations. On a parallel track, she has given tremendous support to her husband with whom she built and developed 17 construction companies worldwide.

 Efi is committed to helping the poor, especially children, youth and women, with a firm belief   that a successful business person has always to feel the heartbeat of society. 

Efi’s moto is:‘If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.’

Efi is an active member in several charitable and academic associations World Wide: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (USA), Special Adviser to the President of Association Swiss Morning Star (Swiss), British Association for Applied Linguistics (UK), Panathenian Women’s Organization (Greece), London Greek business community, (UK) Arab Business Club (UAE), Hellenic Business Club (UK), AWIU, Arab Women Investors’ Union against poverty.

Her main areas of activity are: Children, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights and Poverty Alleviation.

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Prof.dr Ines Besarović

Prof.dr Ines Besarović

Ines is a professor of Business Law and International Business Law at the University of Belgrade since 2001. In January 2014 she is registered as a senior expert for Commercial Law at the European Commission for evaluation of projects. At present, Ines is a local expert in a Study on higher Education Provision and Labor Market Opportunities in the Western Balkan Countries on behalf of European Cooperation in Education and Training-Studies.

Besides a university career, Ines has a long standing career in foreign investment policy in the former Yugoslavia and Serbia as representative of the government and consultant till to 2001. She has worked as the Head of Department for foreign investment in the government of Yugoslavia for many years and has participated at numerous international conferences regarding foreign investment. In March 1990 in Bonn at the conference of OSCE Ines was a speaker for Yugoslavia debating on economic relations and investment policy.

Ines has written a number of articles concerning national legal economic regulations with foreign countries and economic policy. Ines has published three books: “Foreign Investment - How to do Business with Yugoslavia”, 1997, 277 pages, “Business Law”, text book for University, 2004, 338 pages and a text book for University “Company Law, Trade law and International Trade law”, 2010, 456 pages.

As a private consultant for foreign investment Ines has advised clients on corporate and commercial law, with emphasis on privatization, real estate and intellectual property.

Ines was born in Belgrade in 1953. After graduating from the Law Faculty at the University of Belgrade Ines obtained a Ph.D degree (LL.D) at the University of Paris-Paris I Pantheon –Sorbonne at 1981. She passed her bar exam at the Ministry for Justice in Belgrade.

She is fluent in English and French.

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Marko Kotur

Marko Kotur

Marko Kotur, born in 1984 in Arandjelovac, is an expert in civil engineering. He has been a member of the top management teams in capital construction projects in Serbia and Montenegro, worth in total in excess of 1.100.000.000 euros. Currently he is QA/QC Director in Chinese company CRBC and Partner in Serbian company HSE Group. 

Marko studied civil engineering at University of Belgrade, construction management at Union University, and structural engineering at University of Novi Sad where he obtained a M.Sc. degree. During studies he was Vice President of the Students` Union and the team member of project “Easy Travel Card”. He is the specialist for renewable energy resources certified by Austrian Chamber of Commerce.

He started his professional carrier as a trainee in Austrian company Porr Bau. At the age of 27 he became the head of QA/QC department of consortium “Sava Bridge” at capital project Ada Bridge in Belgrade. He continued his carrier as the Project QC Manager at Lot 2 Project after which he joined the management team in Chinese company CRBC at capital project Zemun-Borca Bridge in Belgrade. After successful completion of the project he continued carrier as QA/QC Director at Bar-Boljare highway in Montenegro. At the same time he became a Partner in Serbian company HSE Group (health and safety at work and environmental protection).   

Marko is the member of the Parliament of Institute for Standardization of Serbia (ISS); Expert-associate of Knowledge Committee of Serbia (KCS); member of British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce (BSCC); Executive Manager for Civil Engineering of e-Development Association; member of Union of Engineers and Technicians of Serbia (UETS).

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Parvis Hanson

Parvis Hanson

Parvis Hanson is the President of The Manor Group. The Business Strategic Insights Community. Through The Manor Group, he is a Senior Strategic Advisor to the leadership of the leading corporations and governments from Asia, Europe and North America.

Prior to founding The Manor Group, Parvis Hanson was Senior Manager of the World Economic Forum, in charge of Asian affairs, Information Communication Technologies member corporations and the New Asian Leaders Community. During this time he has developed an extensive experience and knowledge on the world's economic, business and political scene and of its key players. Under his leadership, the World Economic Forum has expanded their presence in Asia and facilitated “Davos” Summits to exchange expertise between leaders in business, government, and civil society.

Parvis Hanson is also Managing Director to Book Hill Partners. Book Hill Partners provides strategic solutions to complex problems, extensive experience at the highest levels of government and business, in the United States and around the world.

Furthermore Parvis Hanson holds also senior advisory roles to United Nations, World Intellectual Property Organization, World Customs Organization, INTERPOL, International Chamber of Commerce, Monday Morning, Sustainia, Naissance Capital and Horasis.

Parvis Hanson is also the co-founder of the Princess Carina Organization an association partnering with selected charities and foundations, catalyzing social projects through focused fund raising.

He has lived, studied and worked in Europe, US and Asia and is fluent in German, French and English.

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Princess Karina Bagration-Moukhransky, PhD

Princess Karina Bagration-Moukhransky, PhD

Princess Karina Bagration-Moukhransky, PhD., has been contributing to numerous philanthropic pursuits since her late teens, at first, as volunteer for the Red Cross mission in Ukraine. Her current involvements range across areas of culture, education for sustainable social development, women's and children's rights protection .

The Princess is the author of various scientific articles in field of cultural anthropology and folkloristics with keen interest in rich Celtic heritage. She is also the author of 2 books”The Olympic Games” and “Indonesia: facts and figures” (under the direction of Professor Frederick Trowman, Cambridge University).

In 2011 Her Highness and her partners founded “Princess Carina Organization”(Switzerland). With the dream to turn Karina's personal life story into powerful tool serving social makeover, the Organization Team does various humanitarian projects. Since 2012 it also benefits from the High Patronage of Geneva Canton. Karina is also a brand ambassadress in luxury segment, an artists and an associate producer of “The Goddess” documentary (a media project, which aims at drawing attention to the modern role of a woman in society done by “DragonLion” Media, Hollywood).

In 2014 Her Highness was decorated by H.R.H. Prince Nugzar Bagration-Gruzinsky with the dynastic order for her ongoing service to society.

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H.R.H. Princess Anna of Georgia

H.R.H. Princess Anna of Georgia

H.R.H. Princess Anna of Georgia, Mba, is a Royal Princess of the Gruzinsky branch of the Bagration dynasty of Georgia.

Devoted mother of three children and a humanitarian, Princess Anna supports charitable projects connected to literacy, Georgian historic and cultural heritage, women rights. Her Highness supports humanitarian projects connected to sport and education, especially Olympic Games. Her Highness also patronizes The Public School for Blind Children №202 of Tbilisi.  

Since 2014 she is heading The International Charity Fund in Research of Georgian Anciency aiming to preserve Georgian legacy and culture.

The Princess is a Goodwill Ambassador of “Association Swiss  Morning Star” (Switzerland)  for Caucasus Countries with the aim to promote education and literacy worldwide.

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Stefan Milić

Stefan Milić

Stefan Milić, born in 1992 in Loznica, the youngest member of EWB, is the Vice-President of the European Movement in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Despite his youth, he already has a 10-year experience in the civil affairs sector and is seen as the most significant youth leader, student activist and young social worker in Republika Srpksa and B-H.  

He attended elementary and high schools in B-H and Germany as an „American Field Service“ exchange program student. He is currently studying Law and through various local and international programs also political sciences and international relations. He has attended numerous international congresses, study visits and seminars in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Belgium, France, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, FYROM, Slovenia, Israel, Palestine, B-H, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, etc. He has closely cooperated with UNDP, GIZ, CARE, OSCE, CISP.

Stefan was the youngest member of the official B-H delegation to the EU institutions in 2010, again the youngest member of the RS delegation to the Holy Land where he received a special award by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, in 2011, and yet again the youngest participant of the European Movement Congress held in Budva, Montenegro in 2013.

Stefan was the Vice-President of the RS Youth Council which represents 250,000 young people from 2011 to 2013. For his social activity Stefan has received numerous awards. The B-H European Movement, under the auspices of the B-H Presidency and the Office of the High Representative, presented him the „European Youth Leader“ award as the youngest laureate in 2011. He was ranked among the top 100 young future leaders of his country in 2014.

Stefan is a certified youth leader, mediator and instructor in the field of public diplomacy, lobbying, project management, non-violent communication, peace activism and transitional justice.

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His Majesty Rukirabasaija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I

His Majesty Rukirabasaija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I

His Majesty Rukirabasaija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I of Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara (Uganda)

His Majesty Omukama (King) Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I has dedicated his life to help his people and his kingdom to achive a higher standard of living and in peace. In 2009 the King founded a non-profit organization, “Association of the Representative of the Kingdom Bunyoro-Kitara, worldwide! (ARKBK) CLBG” to achieve the goals and the positive developments for Uganda people and his Kingdom.

The Mission Statement of HM The Omukama is : “Help People – Preserve Culture – Make Peace. Let us go our way hand in hand together with our sisters and brothers in the whole world.Let us reflect on our humanity!”

Adressing the Caux Forum 2010 His Majesty summed his work: “….to all of us, and I say this emphatically and very clearly! We must not sacrifice all over the world any nation, any ethnic group, any races, etc. for our mechanization and development! We must integrate these nations and these people into the development! No Individual is worth less than the other! If we knowingly destroy our cultural and ethnic bases, we destroy ourselves! We humans have a common past and a beginning; let us remember that!”.

Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom is a subnational monarchy (traditional) in Uganda. HM The Omukama Rukirabasaija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I. is a reigning constituent monarch, traditional ruler. He reigns over a legally recognised dominion, but with no sovereign governing / political power. His titles, however, are recognised by the Republic of Uganda.

“Omukama of Bunyoro” is the title given to rulers of the East African kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara. The kingdom lasted as an independent state from the 16th to the 19th century. The Omukama of Bunyoro remains an important figure in Ugandan politics, especially among the Banyoro people of whom he is the titular head. He is closely related to the Omukama of Toro Kingdom. The Royal Palace, called Karuziika Palace, is located in Hoima. The current Omukama is Solomon Iguru I and his wife is the Queen or Omugo Margaret Karunga. As a cultural head, the King is assisted by his Principal Private Secretary, a Cabinet of 21 Ministers and a Orukurato (Parliament).

His Majesty was born 1948, was crowned 11th June 1994.


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Prof. George Popper

Prof. George Popper

George is a security expert, committed to supporting youth and sport organizations and above all to helping the poor, the elderly and the vulnerable parts of the society.

After graduating economics and philosophy at the University for Political Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, Geroge moved to the US where he founded IBSAA Inc -the International Bodyguard and Security Services Association (IBSSA). IBSSA is the official international association of private security, manpower and technical resources, technological companies and individual members of the security profession. Today, IBSSA is a leading international association involved in organizing, coordinating, giving comprehensive assistance, technical help and development to its members worldwide in the field of security.

In a meantime George was also a Senior Director of the field of Security at the Israeli College for Security and Investigations, Professor and active member of the International Informatics Academy, Deputy Rector and Professor of PRO-DEO State University (PDSU).

Today he is a President of IBSSA Inc (USA), Executive President of the International Budo Academy (IBA), Lieutenant General and Prime Minister of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, Federation of the Autonomous Priories (KMFAP) - Executive Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Cyprus Knights of Sword and Silence - Vice President of the Malta Cross Foundation International Florida, USA - Vice President of FEMERAID International - Member of the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association (INEOA) - Honorary President of the International Protective and Security Academy (PSA) London, UK - Honorary President of the Diplomatic Institution Geneva, Switzerland and Honorary President of the Hungarian Karate Federation

George is married and speaks Hungarian,  English ,German ,Russian and Spanish .


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Zoran Naumović

Zoran Naumović

EWB Legal Counsel

 Born in Belgrade 1968, Educated in Belgrade, Faculty of Law, Belgrade University, 1992, Bar Exam, 1995, Intellectual Property Protection Specialist Exam, 1996,

He is a founder of Law Office Naumović & Partners Attorneys at Law (http://www.naumovic-partners.com). He is an expert in different areas of law - Corporate law, Contracting law, IT and IP law.

He is an active member of various professional and business organizations such as: Bar Association of Serbia, 1995, INTA (International Trademark Association), 2000, American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia (http://www.amcham.rs), 2003 and  Member of Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in AmCham.

He is founder of Serbian Association of Managers (http://www.sam.org.rs), 2006 and member of supervisory board of Serbian Association of Managers from 2006-2015. Now he is a member of Board of directors of Serbian Association of Managers (http://www.sam.org.rs) He is a founder of Foundation “Good Name” which helps young talents in Serbia in the field of classical music and other fine Arts  (http://www.dobarglaszatalente.rs/). Also he is a mentor for legal affairs in ICT HUB business incubator for information and communication technology (http://www.icthub.rs/).

He is an arbitrator at Sports Arbitration of Olympic Committee of Serbia and member of Presidency of Sports Arbitration of Olympic Committee of Serbia (http://www.oks.org.rs), He is member pf EPI (Institute of Professional Representatives before the EU Patent Office), 2011 (http://www.patentepi.com) and he has a title of  European patent attorney in the front of EPO (European Patent Office http://www.epo.org) 2011.

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Marija Jelic

Marija Jelic

Marija Jelic, the youngest member of EAST WEST BRIDGE, is the President of  Network for Business Development (an NGO) and Director of its affiliated project School of Business Skills designed to enable students adapt to working environment and requirements immediately upon graduation and develop in-study relations with potential hiring companies.

She was born in February 1993 and she currently studying Faculty of Electrical Engeneering University of Belgrade, focusing on  Physical Electronics. Marija also graduated from the Belgrade Musical High School in solo singing and flute. She is a Director of Marketing and Communications at New Belgrade Opera. After graduating from Mathemmatical Grammar School, she became one of the Administrator Alumni organization for former students of Mathematical Grammar School “ALMAGI“. During 4th year of High School, she worked as PR Manager at School for Talents in Commercial Bank. As a teenager she had initiative to lead couple of projects and one of them is: "Dealing with the Past-Building the Future" supported by European Christian Political Movement. She was awarded Vuk Karadzic diploma, scholarships City Hall for gifted students, the award "Dositej" Young Talents Fund of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Awards from the cast: short dramatic forms and theatrical performances in the monodrama "Upstart", "Miss Julie," "Master Class". Prize in the competition from the literature, organized by the Serbian literary society for young people, for the story "Life is full of obstacles when you are without support" (published in the book Shortcut). Third prize at the festival of poetry and short stories, "Dusko Trifunovic". Awards for scientific research Rutherford's experiment at the Institute of Physics in Belgrade.

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Aleksandar Crkvenjakov

Aleksandar Crkvenjakov

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.  more...

Ranko Škrbic

Ranko Škrbic

Ranko Škrbic, MD; M.Sc.; Ph.D.

Ranko is an expert in Clinical Pharmacology. During his impressive career, he was the Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) to Serbia, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Government of Republic of Srpska (RS), BiH, Director of Institute for Health Management, Banja Luka, RS, Professor of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Banja Luka Head of National Drug Information Centre, Department of Clinical Pharmacology, established in collaboration with WHO and EU-ECHO, Chairman of Drug Committee, Ministry of Health of RS, Chairman of the RS Drug Registration Committee, EU PHARE Regional Coordinator for Pharmaceutical Sector Development in BiH, local consultant to Stockholm Care; Stockholm, Sweden, UNICEF Regional Coordinator for Essential Drugs and Rational drug use in RS, EU-CARDS  Regional Coordinator for Health Care Reform in BiH and local consultant to Maxwell Stamp, London, UK.

Ranko is a member of the Council of European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (EACPT), of the Serbian pharmacological society, of the Section for toxicology of the Serbian Medical Association, of the Section for clinical pharmacology of the Serbian Medical Association, of the Association of Clinical Pharmacological Societies with Sections of Clinical Pharmacists and Pharmacoinformatics of BiH. He also participated in the World Health Organization Assembly, Geneva, the Special Session of UN General Assembly on NCD, New York, and in WHO EURO Regional Committees: Copenhagen, Moscow, Baku, Valletta, as well as SEEHN meetings. He has published scores of papers in relevant local and international media and journals.

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Blažo Šaban

Blažo Šaban

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.

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Gabriel César Dias Lopes

Gabriel César Dias Lopes

Gabriel is a  Director of California University (Los Angeles)  in Brazil and  Rector of  Logos University  in the city of Manhumirim - Minas Gerais (Brazil) .

As a  Doctor he specialized in psychoanalysis and the traditional Chinese medicine.

He used to work as for many years as the secretary of the city governmentof  Manhumirim in Brasil were he has organized hundreds humanitarian programs to help the children and youth.

After he  got  his Ph.D in Psychoanalysis at Emill Brunner -Florida World University (USA) in 2012., Gabriel has developed a new model of E-learning  for Brasil, with a aim to help poor people  obtain a better education. 

Finaly, for all his efforts Gabriel was awarded a special consultative status with a Brasilian Government, in recognition of his profesional and humanitarian work. 

Lopes is also the Honorary Founder of the World Academy of Human Sciences. - Diplomatic Corps Recognized by the UN / Director of DEIPS - Economics Division, Research and Health Prevention of L'Assemblée Citoyenne Européenne (France) / Member of the Association Française de Psychanalyse Evolutive (France) / Special Adviser to the exchange with psychoanalysis schools worldwide - Association Française de Psychanalyse Evolutive (France)..

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Rza Aliyev

Rza Aliyev

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.

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Nenad Bogdanovic

Nenad Bogdanovic

Nenad Bogdanovic is Serbian-born Cypriot cultural worker and musician. After the graduation from Kragujevac Music School, he studied accordion on the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev. He obtained MA in Cultural Managemet from Northumbria University (UK) in 2007. He is permanently resident in Limassol, Cyprus since 2001. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation, managing national symphony and youth symphony orchestras of the island.

Nenad worked as CEO of Cultural Movement of Limassol EPILOGI – Jeunesses Musicales Cyprus and Dance House Limassol. He played major role in establishing the Euro-Arab Youth Music Centre, which is a joint venture of Jeunesses Musicales International, Arab Academy of Music (of the League of Arab States) and Cultural Movement "Epilogi". Nenad managed various projects for youth in music funded, among others, by EU “Culture” and "Youth in Action" Programmes, Anna Lindh Foundation, European Cultural Foundation and Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. Nenad served as Board member of Jeunesses Musicales International (2008-2014) and from 2013  serves on the Board of the European Music Council.

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Maria Teresa Mauro

Maria Teresa Mauro

A renown human rights expert, an aid, legal and political worker, Maria Teresa has extensive international experience in management good governance; capacity-building, including training; political analysis; elections (legal & technical advisory roles); rule of law; human rights monitoring and investigations, in conflict, post-conflict and developing countries.

She has worked for the United Nations (Department of Peace Keeping, and High Commissioner for Refugees); the Italian Foreign Ministry; the Council of Europe-Venice Commission; OSCE, IFES/USAID, Creative International/USAID, and the Graduate Institute of International Studies-Geneva/CH (Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).

An exceptional analytical, negotiation and organizational skills; strategic and solutions-oriented thinker Maria Teresa currently works as a teacher at the European Inter University for Human Rights and Democratization in Venice Italy.

Previously she worked as an International Electoral Audit Observer-Creative International/USAID, Kabul/Afghanistan, Senior Expert - UN High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Representation-Dakar/Senegal, Senior Program Manager, Graduate Institute of

International and Development Studies, Geneva/Switzerland, Legal Adviser, Juba, Sudan, IFES/USAID, Advisor to the Referendum Commission (RC) in Khartoum, Project Coordinator, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, International Legal Adviser, Council of Europe/Venice Commission, International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Human Rights Expert, Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Regional Political Directorate, Basra, Iraq, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Political Officer, United Nations Liaison Office, Belgrade, UN Protection Forces, Humanitarian Officer, Croatia, UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia,Electoral District Supervisor and European Union, International Environmental Legislation Instructor, Marsala,Italy.

Maria Teresa has also taken part in electoral related observer missions in Afghanistan, Italy, Sudan, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro, Kosovo, Croatia and Cambodia. She is a member of the International Institute of Sociology, International Women`s Club, Civil Voluntary Group, European Movement of Serbia, Pax Christi Netherlands- European Centre for Conflict Prevention.  more...

Robert Jovanović

Robert Jovanović

Marketing manager and producer, Robert was born in Tuzla, 1969, and studied at the Tuzla faculty of Technology and the Economic Faculty, specializing in "Management - Business Process Management". He also actively played basketball in the former Yugoslav basketball league. In the early 90ties he was a basketball coach of Sloboda Dita club in Tuzla where he also ran a basketball school. After working for two years in his early 20ties as a machine technician in the Mramor coal mines, Robert went into private sector, mainly in entrepreneurship, marketing and production industry.  

In 1995 he went to Split to work for UNHCR and “Terre des Hommes” NGO from Swiss as the chief of logistics for the programme which was implemented across BiH until 1997 when he returned to Tuzla and set up with his wife their own media, fashion, marketing and production company, which also includes the “Miss BiH” pageant, licenced from London, and focuses mostly on promoting social values in BiH’s recovering post-war society. Its programmes appeal to the development of awareness through several socially beneficial themes that span both entities in BiH. 

His company also includes the ABC models agency which organizes school for young models, promotes and engages them in BiH and in the world.

Since 1997, twice a year, the agency ABC models traditionally organizes BiH Fashion Week in four BiH cities (Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar and Tuzla), which certainly contributes significantly to the affirmation of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian fashion industry of culture and tradition, along with the young designers and other creative people who participate in the realization of this fashion event.

Robert was also politically active, twice before he was a candidate for Federal Parliament in front of the European Ecological Party. He is currently not a member of any political party, but is still very socially active.

From 2006 to 2015 Robert was a board member of the America-Bosnia Foundation, and two years was the executive director of the Foundation for BiH. During that time, the Foundation has implemnted many projects in BiH and the United States, with the aim of better understanding and strengthening friendly relations with the United States.

He is married and father of one daughter.

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Kenan Ademović

Kenan Ademović

Dr.sci.Kenan Ademovic, attorney at law

Kenan Ademovic was born in 1971 in Sarajevo where he finished six grades of the Elementary School. He lived in Egypt where he finished Elementary School in CAC (Cairo American College). He finished High School in Ethiopia as he lived there at that time.

He completed the Faculty of Law in Sarajevo, as well as his first Masters degree at the University of Sarajevo at the Faculty of Law.

The second Master Thesis he obtained at the University of Bologna and London School of Economics.

He obtained his PhD at the University of Sarajevo, at the Faculty of Law and the theme of this thesis was: "European Constitution and perspectives of B&H towards European Integrations" and gained the title of the Doctor of Laws.

Since 2007. he is working as a partner in the Law Firm Filipovic-Ademovic. The Filipovic Ademovic  Law Office is representing both national and international companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Kenan is the 5th generation of attorneys at law on his mother's side and forth on his father's side.

Kenan's great-grandfather was an Attorney at law back in the late 1883.

He is as well an Assistant Professor for scientific filed "Administrative Law", "Business Law" and "State and International Public Law" and gives lectures at several Universities.

He worked as an legal expert in several projects of the European Commission. As well he worked in OHR in the Brcko District, in OSCE, then in Soros Foundation as a coordinator in the Legal Center of the Soros Foundation.

Recently Kenan Ademovic was involved in one of the USAID's projects "Justice Project in B&H" (2015).

He was a elected representative in the Sarajevo Canton from 2010 to 2014.

At the present he is not active politically.

Kenan Ademovic is fluent in English language.

He is an author of two books, many article regarding legal matters, etc.

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Sava Sajko

Sava Sajko

Sava Sajko, born in Belgrade 1983, is an independent TV& documentary producer, NGO activist and former Olympic triathlon champion of Yugoslavia and Serbia-Montenegro.

Sava started his career at FOX TV Serbia as a presenter. After successfully completing several projects, he established his own company in 2009. One of his first projects as an independent producer was documentary series about ordinary people who had done something remarkable for their community and serve as a good social example. Project named “Moj Heroj” (My Hero), was about human virtues, courage, knowledge and success. Series were broadcasted on Serbian National Broadcasting Company (RTS), Radio Television of Republic of Srpska (RTRS) as well as on Bosnia and Herzegovina Federal TV (FTV). In 2015 he established similar project in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia and produced regional series “Dobro u ljudima” (Intrinsic Good). This serial is broadcasted on CNN’s affiliate TV, N1.

In 2014 he produced the first ever made animated documentary about Michael Pupin - one of the greatest scientists of all times. Because of the educational and motivational mission of the film, Sava decided to distribute film within Serbia’s educational system as well as on Serbian National Broadcasting Company (RTS) for free. Documentary reached an audience of more than 1.1 million. This fact encouraged him to take larger steps on the well-known ground and to create an animated documentary about Michael Pupin’s in English and for the global audience. This new project is named “Toward the Light” and it was recognized by UNESCO’s initiative to celebrate 2015 as International Year of Light. 

Sava graduated from University of Belgrade in 2006, majoring history and Byzantium art. He is founder and the member of Governing board of Treća Srbija political party and serves as the Executive Director at “Tesla Centar”, a Belgrade-based NGO, dedicated on promoting science, sustainable development and education.

 

 

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Zoran Jovicic

Zoran Jovicic

A Serbian defense contractor, Zoran graduated from the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering in Belgrade, Department of Aviation.

Zoran started his professional career at the Yugoslav Air Transport (JAT) at the Crew Planning Division and three years later he moved to a position at the Technical Support Unit at the Belgrade Airport.

Zoran then worked for the next 18 years in “Belgrade Port and Warehouses”,   first as director of Technical and Technological Division and later on as the director of Integral and Container Transportation.

In 1992 in New York he founded his own successful company whose main activity are imports of industrial equipment and spare parts from the US, Canadian and Japanese markets to the ex-Yugoslav market and the markets of some African and Asian countries.

In Serbia, the clients of Zoran Consulting & Trading Co. are primarily all factories operating in the field of defense industry, as well as Petro-Hemija Pancevo (Petrochemical Industry Pancevo), Zelezara Smederevo (Smederevo Steelworks), Copper Mill in Sevojno, “Lafarge” and “Holcim” cement plants. His company supplies laboratory and testing equipment and also electronic equipment from USA and Japan. His focus is also the modernization of existing equipment in several factories of Serbian defense industry.

In 2014 the Company has been incorporated and registered for sales of arms and military equipment. As a result, the Company signed an Agreement with the army and police of Sri Lanka for the supply of military equipment. Zoran attended and actively participated in the Conference on Regional  Safety of South-Eastern Asia held in Colombo in 2012.

Likewise, Zoran participated in the development of two projects: “The Intact Organization – International Risk Security Group” and “Expert Consultants and Instructions”, developed for one Asian and two African states.

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Zoran Daljevic

Zoran Daljevic

Zoran is one of the leading business and financial experts in the region, specialized in the food, beverage and distribution sector. Born in 1961 in Belgrade, a Serbian and Slovenian citizen, Zoran is the Atlantic Group Director of Central finance for Serbia and Macedonia. The AG is the largest producer and distributor of snacks, savory, coffee, beverages and food products in this part of Europe.

In 2015 he was appointed Integration Manager for one of the leading Serbian food companies, Foodland, to oversee its smooth inclusion into the Atlantic Group.

From 2008 to 2011 Zoran was PepsiCo Intl. (Marbo) CFO West Balkans and from 2005-2008

Pernod Ricard Srbija d.o.o. (former Allied Domecq Agencies) General Manager. From 2002 to 2005 he was Allied Domecq Agencies d.o.o. Managing Director and before that from (1997 to 2002) its Finance&HR Director. Zoran worked in the NEA d.o.o. company as Finance Manager, Kriko d.d. company, and the Komet company.

Zoran was the Project Manager of the BPS (Banking Payment Systems) VISA card, VISA International, and sales executive in Iskra Delta Computers, Ljubljana.

Zoran graduated from the School of Economics, Department of economic statistics and cybernetics, University of Belgrade where he was also appointed its Vice-Chancellor of Belgrade in 1983-85.

Zoran also attended professional training courses, including INSPIRE program for Leadership for Atlantic Group, IEDC Bled 2012/13, Finance consolidation trainings Paris Dec 2005, Dec 2006

Finance training: Introduction of IFRS and differences to UK GAAP, Frankfurt 2005, Reporting in high inflation economies; Bucharest January 2001, Company trainings for Budgeting&Reporting 1998-2000, Bristol, Investment Projects, Brioni, 1989, Export Marketing, Brdo, Kranj 1987

Business communication, Nova Gorica, 1987. He is an avid mountain climber.

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Nikola Mijailovic

Nikola Mijailovic

Serbian baritone Nikola Mijailovic has received accolades for his operatic and concert performances throughout the world. A versatile artists equally at home on both concert and opera stages, Nikola has collaborated with some of the most eminent conductors of our day including Giuseppe Sinopoli, Riccardo Muti, Leopold Hager, Zoltan Peszko, Stefano Ranzani, Arthur Fagen, Michail Jurowski, Nicola Luisotti to name just a few.

Mr. Mijailovic was bom in Belgrade, Serbia in 1973. After taking a diploma in piano, he continued vocal studies at the University of Arts with his mother, a renowned serbian soprano Radmila Smiljanic. He made a debut at the age of 19 as Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Vienna Conservatory in 1992.He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the Vienna Conservatory and Master's Degree from Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Galina Vishnevskaya, Edward Zambara and Michael Eliasen. In 1995 and 1996 he participated in Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA where he studied with Marilyn Horne. Nikola Mijailovic completed his studies at Academia di perfezionamento per cantanti lirici del Teatro alla Scala in Milano, under the vocal guidance of Leila Gencer and Luigi Alva in 1999.

Nikola Mijailovic is a World Winner of the 5th Luciano Pavarotti Intemational Voice Competition in Philadelphia in 1995, First Prize winner of Mario Lanza Competition in Philadelphia in 1994, and a Third Prize winner of Leyla Gencer Intemational Voice Competition in Istanbul in 1997.

Nikola Mijailovic made his professional debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as Schaunard in Boheme in 1996, and sang Marcello next to Luciano Pavarotti's Rodolfo the same year in Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Since then, he appeared throughout the world in major opera houses of Milano, Verona, Venezia, Montreal, Hamburg, Hannover, Bonn, Dresden, Catania, Lima, Havana, Moscow, Rome, Vienna, Tokyo, Montpellier, Las Palmas, Malaga, Peking, Shanghai, Rotterdam, Raverma, Tel Aviv to name a few. Paralel to his singing carrier Nikola Mijailovic has been a full time professor at the Vocal department of the Faculty of Music at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia since 2003. Many of his students now perform regulary at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Summer Festival, Vienna State Opera, Plzen Opera House in Czech Republic, Koburg in Germany, National Theater in Belgrade and Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad, among others.

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Qemal Xhemaili

Qemal Xhemaili

Qemal was born in 1967 in Preshevo, Southern Serbia, and is a leading Albanian peace activist.  For years Qemal promoted building bridges, confidence and trust between Serbians and Albanians and championed for multiethnic society there. Always against any radicalism he was and is dedicated to paving the way for prosperity and economic stability. His life moto is: „We need a peace, justice and a truth because of future generations“.

In the 90ties Qemal was a founder and member of the Board of Serbian Liberal Party LDP for Southern Serbia. His main focus in the time of Balkan wars was on peace activities and trust-building between Serbians and Albanians.

After democratic elections Qemal left political life and concentrated his work on a  humanitarian and peace projects through Swiss Association Morning Star (ASMS).

The results of his work are: local municipalities in a Preshevo and Bujanovac organized camps for refugees coming from Middle East and Africa to Serbia; support for education of local youth, he organized for more than 1,200 books to be donated to Preshevo by ASMS; building of several active „informal  dialogue circles“  between Albanians and Serbians, etc.

After several armed incidents in FYR Macedonia between radical Albanians and Macedonians Qemal campaigned in public media all over Serbia for „the need to maintain peace“ – which contributed to lowering of ethnic tensions in Southern Serbia.

Qemal, speaks Albanian, Serbian and Macedonian languages, is married and has two sons. 

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Predrag Milisavljevic

Predrag Milisavljevic

Predrag, a retired Lt. Colonel of the Serbian Army and a security expert, is a well-known supporter of Serbia's faster inclusion into the European Union and strengthening of the countries ties with the rest of the world. Even as an active officer Predrag was dedicated to dialogue between all sides in any conflict. His life moto is „ After clashes we sit and talk, so then it is better to avoid any form of conflict and save human lives“.

He made a brilliant staff career in the Army in the field of security. Before he retired he was the Chief of Staff at the Training Centre and the Analytic Operations Training Centre of Serbian Army. He attended the military police course in Belgrade and the special course for anti-terrorist operations in Belgrade.

As a security expert Predrag has understood importance of individual activism and has always opposed any kind of radicalism, nationalism or racism.

After many years serving in the Army, Predrag focused on humanitarian work. He is the representative of the Association Swiss Morning Star, of Switzerland, for Montenegro and Advisor for Southern Serbia.

Predrag is married and speaks Serbian, Greek and English.

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Karl L. de la Guerra

Karl L. de la Guerra

Karl L. de la Guerra, PPS, CLSS

Karl is a leading world security expert, results oriented professional, highly-skilled in international corporate executive protection,  law enforcement related technical and tactical training, police tactical operations, counter-terrorism, antiterrorism, infrastructure protection, threat assessment/investigations, public relations, aviation security  management, hotel security management and criminal street gangs.

Before he founded in 2013 the Karl de la Guerra, Inc. company, Karl was Executive Vice-President of Capitol Guard & Patrol, Inc. Phoenix, Arizona, who has managed in a 137 state-wide security and private investigation agency.

Karl attended training and education courses including: Community College of the Air Force (Criminal Justice), United States Air Force Security Police Academy (Law Enforcement), United States Air Force Non Commissioned Officers Leadership School with Honours, U. S. Army Special Forces Counter-Terrorism Course, U.S. Diplomatic Security Service terrorism awareness course etc...

From 2004 - 2010 Karl Made numerous appearances on the Phoenix, Arizona CBS television affiliate speaking as a subject matter expert on terrorism and security related topics. 

He is member in American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Gang Investigators Association, International Bodyguard & Security Services Association, FBI Infraguard and U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).

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Faruk B. Günay

Faruk B. Günay

Faruk, born in 1983, is a computer expert, currently a research assistant in the Department of Computer Engineering at the Atatürk University, Turkey. He received his B.Sc. degree in the Department of Electrical-Electronic Engineering from the Erciyes University. Faruk was a transmission department engineer in Türk Telekom Corporation, 2007-2010.

He received his M.Sc. degree in the Department of Electrical-Electronic Engineering, at the Atatürk University. Also, he received his second M.Sc. degree in the Department of Computer Engineering, at the Karadeniz Technical University. Currently, he is a PhD student in same department. His current research interests are in the fields of hardware, wireless communications, optical communications and wireless sensor networks.

Faruk has served as Board member of Turkish Atlantic Council since 2012. Moreover, he is also a member of several Turkish and world-wide think tanks and foundations. He has published and presented scores of papers in scientific magazines and conferences at prestigious institutions all over the world.

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Ivan Ristov

Ivan Ristov

Ivan Ristov was born in Shtip, Macedonia in 1988. He is a security, conflict management  and (counter) intelligence expert. As a PhD candidate (with GPA 10.00) at the Faculty of Security in Skopje, he has a specific doctoral research focus on Turkey's strategic interest in the Balkans and the security opportunities for Republic of Macedonia.

Ivan completed the four-year academic studies term at the Faculty of Security in Skopje in just three years, 2006 – 2009, and graduated with honors as the best student of the 2009 generation with GPA 9.85. In 2013 at the same faculty he earned his MA in criminology and defended the master thesis: "Phenomenological characteristics of smuggling and illicit trafficking in firearms, ammunition and explosives on the territory of the Republic of Macedonia in the period 2001 - 2010".

In 2014, Ivan was appointed at the Faculty of Security in Skopje as an assistant at the Department for police sciences. He helps with the tutorials in different subjects, such as "Introduction into police sciences", "Police ethics and deontology", "Police and public", "Conflict management", "Integrated border management" and "Police management". He has published and presented scientific papers at several academic and professional conferences.

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Simona Joveska

Simona Joveska

Simona was born in Ohrid, the Republic of Macedonia, (FYROM) in July 1986, and lives and works in Bitola.

After her secondary education she enrolled on the Faculty of Biotechical Sciences in Bitola, where apart from her undergraduate studies in Animal products processing in 2009, she also completed her master studies in the field of Management in Biotechnology in 2013.

In addition to her formal education, Simona has received a variety of diplomas and certificates from non-formal education, including the Certificate of Implementer of HACCP. This diploma has helped her to become a member of the Macedonian Scientific Society in Bitola, where she worked from 2008 to 2010.

Since 2011 Simona is a manager in Lootus J Center for consulting, training, foreign languages and computers in Bitola, where apart from her work as a manager, she also works as consultant and professor of mathematics to school children.

She has attended numerous seminars, conferences and training as a representative of non-governmental organizations of which she is a member. The most important training that she has attended is President Ivanov’s School for Young Leaders in 2015.  more...

Maurizio Folli

Maurizio Folli

Folli is a professional lawyer from 1997, specializing in international law with a respectable international practice in many sectors: real estate, company development, children rights. Maurizio particularly dedicated his work for the social and human rights. He is the president of lawyers association in Florence. Maurizio is also a consultant for SUNIA which deals in real estate renting, for APU, the association of building owners, for SILP, the police workers association.

He is also a coordinator and consultant for many non-profit associations, helping people, especially families with children, navigate in the complicated bureaucratic procedures when they arrive from foreign countries.

Maurizio is also a professional journalist, writing for various local and national newspapers, focusing on legal matters.

Consultant for Studio Daedalus from the beginning, Folli manages all relationships between professionals and companies, helping to choose the right company for each project.

Most of the companies that Studio Daedalus Management follows in foreign Countries, need someone who is specialized in local laws and contracts. He organized a web of Professional lawyer staff in many countries to support and give legal advice. The research of the right partner for a Joint Venture, a precise contract and a sure guarantee on the work, is the most important step for a company who would like to work in a foreign country.

The social support in legal details allow Studio Daedalus to plan social projects and make agreements between non-profit organizations, foundation and partners.

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Roberto Moriconi

Roberto Moriconi

Eng. Roberto Moriconi Engineer expert in electrical,  telecommunication, civil and plant security.

During the work for “Jubilee 2000” he was in charged as supervisor for construction of Notre Dame of Jerusalem Auditorium. Before the visit of John Paul II, Israeli Security he was a collaborator to provide to the systems and devices, necessary to Pope  Security.

In recognition of success of John Paul II pilgrimage to Holy Land, the Nuncio and Apostolic Delegate Archbishop Pietro Sambi gave to him me a special gold medal of the Pope.

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Mirza Ustamujic

Mirza Ustamujic

Mirza Ustamujic is the Chairman of the Executive Board of the America-Bosnia Foundation. He was the youngest directly elected Member in the House of Representatives in the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2010-2014 mandate. During his mandate he was proclaimed as the one of the best MPs in the Bosnia and Herzegovina by the CCI, a leading NGO that follow activities of all elected MPs and ministers. His focus was on anti-corruption and especially the fight against system corruption, party influence and the de-politicization of public companies; as well as economic development and youth issues. He was also a member of the Expert Commission that led negotiations for a possible solution of the “Sejdic-Finci” case in Brussels with the European Commission, and he also proposed amendments to the FBiH Constitution to stop acts of corruption becoming outdated. Before his tenure as a MP Mr. Ustamujic was the Sales Director for the Nokia Authorized Distributor for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mr. Ustamujic holds a B.S. in Telecommunications Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering - University of Sarajevo. Since 2013 Mr. Ustamujic is an Alumni of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe. He has participated in numerous regional and international conferences as panels.

He is married with a one child.

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Rade Glomazic

Rade Glomazic

Rade Glomazic, born in 1974 in Podgorica, Montenegro, is a development economist and global development professional. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Developmental Studies at the European Centre for Peace and Development of the UN University of Peace.  He has more than 15 academic publications based on his quantitative and qualitative research.  Mr Glomazic has a Masters of Law Degree and an M.Sc. in Economics, Master of Business Administration from Lincoln University and Postgraduate Degree in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge. Postgraduate courses have also been undertaken at the Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Oxford and Stanford University.  Academic studies in globalisation and international security have been conducted with the United States Institute of Peace and through initiatives of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes. Mr Glomazic has specialised in Southeast Europe; European Union; Development economics; Security and Development; Sustainable Development; Entrepreneurship; Technology and Innovation; Political and Legal Environment of Business; Trade Networks and Fair Trade.

 Mr Glomazic's professional work experience includes more than fifteen years of engagement in Development and Co-operation programmes, of which twelve years involve institutional cooperation, economic development and participation in public administration reform projects. This work has been based in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina; however he  has travelled extensively and worked alongside many international teams from the EU member states. In particular he has cooperated with teams from the FCG Finnish Consulting Group, Helsinki, Eurecna S.p.a, Venice and EPTISA, Servicios de Ingeniería S.A., Madrid. He has also worked with UK companies including West Midlands Enterprise as well as Region Göteborg, Confcommercio, the Antwerp Chamber of Commerce, the Polish Cooperation Fund and the Euro Info Centre and Innovation Relay Centres networks.

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Kemal Yildirim

Kemal Yildirim

Kemal Yildirim, is a professor for international relations and conflict resolution specialist. He is now engaged at founding the Academy of Sciences of Mesopotamia.

Born in Turkey in 1963, he is an Ambassador of Goodwill for the International Human Rights Commission. Kemal is multilingual – he speaks English, French, İtalian, Finnish, Arabic, Assyrian, Kurdish, Hebrew, Turkish and his education has taken him across the globe. He earned his Bachelor degree (BA) in Polsci - University of Jyvaskyla – Finland in 1990 and Master of social sciences degree in Polsci,1992 - University of Jyvaskyla - Finland

Phd Dual degree (Doctor of social sciences) in Political sciences 2013 - University of Azteca – Mexico and the Central University of Nicaragua (UCN). Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Democracy and Human Rights – Law, Politics, History and Rights Centre (IGC) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is also a Doctor of Philosophy at the British American University – Georgetown, Corporate Republic of Guyana. Diploma of Honor –Fundacion Accion Social İnternacional – Argentine – Ambassador of international social action foundation for Turkey and Balkan region (Bulgaria EU) and holds a Scholar’s Degree (SD) in Diplomacy Honoris Causa (Hc) bestowed by the Regents of Saint Rene Descartes University

Doctor of Humanitarian Service – World organization of Natural Medicine and WONM Ambassador for Turkey accredited under İPSP – International Parliament for Peace and Security. He has published dozens of works on conflict resolution, gender rights, international relations, minority issues. He is a member of ESA - European Sociological Association and ISA - International Sociological Association

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Lazaro Emanuel Franco Salles

Lazaro Emanuel Franco Salles

Lazaro, born in 1953 in Pacos de Caldas, Brasil, is a clinical analyst and Chief of Complementary Exams, Hospital Pedro Sanches in Pocos de Caldas (Brasil) and founder the Total Climepe Ltd.

He was the Secretary of Administration of City of Pocos de Caldas, President of Liberal Front party, and member of the Board of Education of Pocos de Caldas.

Lazaro is also the founder and president of Clinical Analyst Association, Pocos de Caldas, member of CONAMGE – National Council of Self- Regulation in Medicine, Director of CONDEMA – Board of Environmental Protection, Pocos de Caldas, founder, CONDECON – Council of Consumer Protection, Advisory Board member, Bank of Pocos de Caldas, member of the Council, Assocacao Atletica Caldese, member of the Council, Institute of Education, St John of Scotland,   President of the ASI-Sulmineira Press Association, of  Poçoscaldense Academy of Letters, the Masonic Academy of Arts International- Lisbon, Portugal.

He is also the Vice-President of the Masonic Academy of Sciences, letters and arts of the Confederation of Brazil-Masonic COMAB.

As a poet, writer and journalist, he has published eight books and was a correspondent for several newspapers and magazines. He is the author of many musical compositions, well known all over the Brasil. He is married and has three children.

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George Reiff

George Reiff

Born in 1971 in Aix-la-Chapelle, George is truly a world traveller who finally settled down in Asia and as a humanist and philanthropist he devoted his life to education and helping poor people and children from India, Laos and Cambodia. He is the Chair Professor at Nan Jeon University, Taiwan. His career includes Honorary Professor for History at Angkor University, Cambodia (2013), Professor for History, EIILM University, Sikkim, India (2012-2014), Advisor of the President of the Faculty of Law Fd., Sukothai Thammatirat Open University 2011-14, Vice Chancellor of the Order of Chwa II Kabalega of Bunyoro-Kitara (since 2010), Delegate of the Austrian Albert Schweitzer Society to Thailand from 2010 and Representative & Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Bunyoro (2009 -) (Article 246 Ugandan Constit.)

He was also the representative of the Parliament Mondial (PMSP) 2007 till 2010, Delegate to the Prime Minister of Cambodia (2007), Delegate to the President of Gambia (2008), Delegate to Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (2009) and Delegate to the Speaker of the Parliament of Malaysia (2010)

George won his (BBA) with specialization Economic History at the Universidad Empresarial (UNEM) in Costa Rica (1997), Master (MBA) with specialization Economic History at Universidad Empresarial (UNEM) in Costa Rica (2003) and Master (MA) in History at EIILM University (2008).

He became a Doctor of Philosophy (external PhD progr.) in Law History at Bundelkhand, India (2013), and hold titles of Doctor honoris causa from the Universidad Nacional de San Martin in Peru, Angkor University in Cambodia and IIC University in Cambodia.

He received the award Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Monisaraphon of the Kingdom of Cambodia (2014), Knight Commander, Order of the Knights of Rizal, Philippines (Republic Act 646), Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Chwa II Kabalega, Kingdom of Bunyoro (Article 246 Ugandan Constitution) and Colonel Aide de Camp of the Staff of the Governor of Kentucky, USA.

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Suki Medencevic

Suki Medencevic

Suki Medencevic was born in Derventa 1964., Bosnia and Herzegovina, and studied at the renowned National Film School (FAMU) in Prague, where he earned his Masters Degree with Honors in cinematography. Since shooting his first feature film in the US in 1994, Suki has become a household name on feature length films, television projects and numerous commercials and documentaries. He keeps lecturing as an important part of his professional life and is currently teaching the art of cinematography at USC - School of Cinematic Arts, New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, and at the Global Cinematography Institute, a newly formed school founded by Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC. As a cinematographer, he has earned many international awards including a nomination for The Golden Frog at Camerimage 2004, International Film Festival of The Art Of Cinematography, and “The Best Photography Award” at Mostra di Valencia International Film Festival in Spain. Suki continues to explore cutting edge technology on a large variety of locations all over the world. In 2010, Suki became a member of the American Cinematographers Society, and is currently living and working in Los Angeles.For Suki  Steven Douglas Smith, Director of Photography and Cinematographer  from L.A. says „ Experienced and very talented Director of Photography.One of the Best in the World“.

Married with Catalina and has two children.

Speaks english czech  and serbocroataian.

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Boban Jovanovic

Boban Jovanovic

Boban Jovanovic, born in 1974 in Cuprija, Serbia, is with Globcal International and a Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations and Ambassador of International Academy of Culture and Art for Republic of Serbia.

Boban finished his Secondary school in Sarajevo, studied at University in Sarajevo and has graduated BA as a Radio and TV Producer from Belgrade University.

He worked as a journalist for newspapers, radio and television, was editor in chief at several local radio and TV stations and finally the Director General of PBS - Public Broadcast System for Eastern Serbia for four years.

Boban was involved in culture and worked as an organizer of top-class cultural events in Serbia.

He was involved in politics and political marketing in Serbia and abroad.

 Over 15 years dealing with the Humanitarian work, especially donations for minorities and the Roma community in Serbia. Since 2011, he lives and works in Malta, serving as an Ambassador of the Office of Diaspora. Boban is the founder and head of Serbian Trade, Informational and Cultural Center "Euro Serbia" and Serbian radio in Malta.

Awarded with Award “BEST IN BUSINESS IN MALTA 2015” for development of historical and religious tourism in Malta.

Father of 3 daughters and 1 son. He lives and works in Malta.

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Peter Ferdinand Gummersbach

Peter Ferdinand Gummersbach

Peter Ferdinand Gummersbach, Esq., KJ, 1st OEBKK, GCCK, KCR etc, 18th Baron of Burford, Shropshire,   England, clansman of the Clan Hackett of Leinster, born in 1968, is a business manager for hotel and catering industry. Peter is also a co-founder of EWB Suisse. He has worked in the STEIGENBERGER HOTEL chain and several other leading hotel chains mainly in Europe. Peter is the Representative of the Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom (Rep. Uganda), County Chief of Germany “Ow'Isaza lya Jamani”, Advisor to H.M. Omukama, HM Omugo, the royal government, the ministers and the Supreme Council of the Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom and member of the Supreme Council. He is the President of the “Association of the Representatives of the Kingdom Bunyoro-Kitara worldwide! (ARKBK) CLBG” and Chargé d’Affaires in Germany.

Peter holds a number of titles including Grand Chancellor - Magnus Cancellarius, and Order Governor – Grand Priory/Chapter Germany, Goodwill Ambassador of Kentucky, Goodwill Ambassador of Houston, Goodwill Ambassador of Arkansas, HonEdD (IU).

Peter also holds the Badge of Honor: Distinguished Service Cross “Johann II. Prince of Liechtenstein”, Golden Honorary Cross “Johann II. Prince of Liechtenstein”, Order of Merit, Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, Grand Priory of Portugal and Africa Medal of Ottoman Dynasty, Medaglia di Benemerenza in Oro, Instituto di Studi Storici Beato Pio IX, The Royal Medal of the Lion (Ethiopia) Order of Merit –Bronze-, L'Ordre de l’Étoile du Bien et du Mérite, Honorary Medal of the Federal Republic of Germany armed Forces / Crisis Reaction Force of the NATO, Federal Republic of Germany, awards and medal from the Kingdom of Thailand, Order of the Knights of Rizal (Republic Act No. 646), Republic of Philippines,  President's Volunteer Service Award USA, 2010, President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, USA, 2015. He is also a Knight (KJ), Patriarchal Order of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem (Greek Melkite Catholic Church), to name just a few.

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Özgün Akkaymak

Özgün Akkaymak

Özgün Akkaymak, born in 1986, is a political scientist and political communication expert, currently the CEO of Victory Alpha Advertising and Communication Co.,Turkey.

He received his bachelors degree at  the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Yeditepe University. He graduated from subliminal sales and marketing program at the Sapienza Università in Italy.

He worked on several subliminal sales and marketing projects during his education in Italy. Akkaymak was hired by CNN TURK and Kanal D on the documentary desk, as an editor. During his career, Akkaymak did a lot of documentaries about national and international political issues. In 2010, he left the media industry and began  to work on political communication strategies and political campaigns. Through this process he founded Victory Alpha Advertising and Communication Co. in 2014.

Akkaymak is a member of several local and world-wide think-tanks and foundations. 

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Dr. Mathias Kunze

Dr. Mathias Kunze

Mathias is an entrepreneur and consultant in international business with more than twenty-five years of specialist expertise in the fields of Business & Management Consulting, International Economic and Tax Law, Communication Consulting, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Marketing. He was born in Meissen in 1971. Having completed the Bachelor’s program in Law, he obtained a Master’s degree in International Management at the Comenius University in Bratislava, where he also successfully completed a doctoral program in Management.

In his capacity as Executive Business Consultant, with consulting mandates in Germany, Mathias also showed great expertise in accessing new markets in Eastern Europe. Especially during the periods prior to and following the EU accession of the Eastern European countries, Mathias took on various consulting mandates for German medium-sized enterprises in Poland in the areas of Organization, Marketing, Accounting, Rating, and Reporting. In addition, Mathias works as a Senior International Tax Consultant in matters relating to European and International Tax Law. Moreover, he is founder and CEO of a consulting firm in the United Arab Emirates, specializing in the design, development, and marketing of high-reach international web portals in the fields of University and Higher Education, Research, Career, Marketing, Finance, Tax, and Web Applications. Added to this is his managerial activity with a communication consulting firm in Switzerland.

Mathias holds a chair professorship in Business Administration at the Nan Jeon University of Science & Technology in Tainan (Taiwan). Also, he is Professor of Management & Business at the EIILM University Studies. Furthermore, he is Director of International Accreditation Council of Professional Training at the European and American International Culture Education Foundation.

Mathias is author of more than thirty scientific papers and studies both nationally and internationally. He regularly organizes conferences and gives lectures on current scientific topics. In recognition of his commitment in establishing international cooperation ventures in the fields of research and education, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. A German national, he is fluent in English, Polish, and Russian.

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Nikola Stojanovic

Nikola Stojanovic

Nikola Stojanovic is an HR management and Organisational leadership specialist, educated on some of the world’s most prestigious universities. He holds an MSc degree in Organizational leadership from Northeastern University, and a Diploma in Strategic management from Harvard.

Nikola was born in 1984 in Valjevo, where he currently lives and works. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree from School of Sciences in Novi Sad, he moved to the US to start professional career at “Savory” while pursuing the two postgraduate programs in Boston. During studies, he became actively involved in several charitable organizations. Upon returning to Serbia, he did a short internship program with ECG, then moved back to his hometown and started working for “Publik”, one of the regional leaders in importing and distributing promotional material.

Being taught by some of the world’s best professors, he became fascinated by the power of marketing and its growing influence on modern business. Currently enrolling a PhD in Marketing and Branding, he plans to pursuit his career in promoting companies, organizations, and countries, and help them achieve their goals.

Areas of interest: Business strategy, Marketing, Corporate culture, Employee development, Business rhetoric, Crisis communication, Negotiation.

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Lamija Tanović

Lamija Tanović

Lamija Tanović has a long university career. She was Professor of Atomic and Nuclear Physics and Solid State Physics at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Sarajevo till recently (Dec.2013). She is working now at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology.

For many years Prof. Tanović has been intensively engaged in the activities for reform and improvement of the education in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In the period 2001-2004 she was head of the Department for International Scientific, Technical, Educational and Cultural Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

From 1994 to 2001, she was Head of the Embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Kingdom of Denmark.

Prof. Tanović is a member of the European Academy of Sciences. She was Chair of the UWC-IBO Programme in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 2006 till 2012 and the founder of Education in Action Foundation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

She is also Chair of the Humanity in Action – B&H Foundation.

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Zlatko Hadžidedić

Zlatko Hadžidedić

Zlatko Hadžidedić, PhD, is an expert in International Relations, Political Theory and Nationalism Studies. Assistant Professor at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, at the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Also taught at the University of Sarajevo, at the Faculty of Political Science.

Born in 1965 in Sarajevo. Obtained BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Sarajevo, at the Faculty of Philosophy (1988), MA in Society and Politics from the Central European University (1999), MPhil in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2006), and PhD in Political Science from the University of Sarajevo, at the Faculty of Political Science (2009).

Served as a Political Advisor to the Minister of Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia-Herzegovina (2006-2010), the Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia-Herzegovina (2004-2006), and the Deputy Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina (2002-2004). Also served as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia-Herzegovina (1994-1998). Cooperated with several political parties as an election campaign manager and provided political advice to several party leaders.

Member of the Association of Free Intellectuals Circle 99. From 2006 to 2015, a board member of the America-Bosnia Foundation.

Published four books,  „Istočnici Istog“ (poetry, 1989), „Pad“ (drama, 1993), „Bosnia Does Not Strike Back“ (international relations, 1996), and „Forced to be Free: the Paradoxes of Liberalism and Nationalism“ (political science, 2012).

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Zlatan Begić

Zlatan Begić

Zlatan Begić, born 1975, is the assistant professor of the Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

He is the author of a significant number of scientific and professional works in the field of Constitutional Law published in prestigious scientific journals in the country and abroad.

He was involved in the realisation of major projects and has participated in numerous domestic and international scientific and professional conferences. As secretary and member of the Expert Group for the Constitutional reform of the Federation of BH , established by the US Embassy in BH, he was involved in the development of recommendations for constitutional reform and in designing a new Constitution of the entity, which is currently in parliamentary procedure.

He was a member of the Expert Committee established by the Assembly of Tuzla Canton in project related to implementation of the Decision of European Court of Human Rights in Sejdić-Finci Case in the Constitution of this Canton.

He is member of the of the International Society of Public Law  and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Politics and Law from Canada.

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Haris Huseinagić

Haris Huseinagić

Prof Dr Med. Sci. Haris Huseinagic, BHCM spec, interventional readiologist, is a veteran Head of the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Clinic of the University Clinical Center of Tuzla and Chairman of the Chamber of Medicine of the Tuzla Canton of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

He studied at the Medical University in Tuzla and Oslo. He specialized in diagnostic radiology in Sarajevo and intervention radiology in Norway.

Haris has lived and worked in 17 countries in the Middle and Far East and Europe. His core speciality is intervention neuroradiology. During his years in intervention radiology Haris has introduced or modified numerous new procedures. As Chief of the Clinic he deals with a multitude of daily organizational problems as well. This is his second term as Chairman of the Chamber of Medicine  of the Tuzla Canton. He lectures at several other Universities both at home and abroad.

Haris was born in Tuzla. Married and father of one.

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Mirza Atić

Mirza Atić

Dr Mirza Atic is an expert in electrotechnology, specializing in the fields of quality electric power and management of electric rotational machinery by applying non-expressed logics.

Mirza was born in 1965 in Tuzla. He graduated at the Electrotechnical Faculty of the University of Sarajevo and earned his MA at the Tuzla Electrotechnical Faculty within the framework of the CEFES programme in 2008. He won his Phd at the Josip Jurij Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia in 2014.

He ranks among the leading Bosnian business experts in his field and is well-versed in Bosnian-German economic relations.

Mirza is currently the Director of the Gealan rep office for BiH.

He has written a large number of scientific papers and has organized several scientific conferences pertaining to electric energy. He also writes and subs for scientific magazines abroad.

 

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Slobodan Marković

Slobodan Marković

Slobodan Markovic, born 1960 in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), is  an architect, graduating in 1985 at the Sarajevo University. Instead of building buildings, he devoted his whole carier to community rehabilitation and development.

Since the earthquake in Montenegro (1979) until the last war and destruction, at every possible ocassion, he was engaged on damage assesments, revitalization, reconstruction and development of communities and social processes. His focus was on changes of a peoples' mind-set and transition processes towards sustainabble households in BiH, self-employment and micro, small and medium business development.

Slobodan is presently a consultant in SME developement agency in Banja Luka, where he was its Director for five years. His main field of interest is restructuring and revitalization of companies in trouble, and switch of generations in managing family businesses, as well as reincarnation of „cooperative“ idea based on traditional human values.

Since 1995, he was involved at different levels in drafting working groups/committees for more or less all documents related to transition and development of social and economic potentials in BiH,from repatriation to economic development.

Slobodan's secret love is a „sustainable rural household development as backbone of wealthy society“.

For the past three years, as one of certified bankruptcy managers, he has provided number of inputs to several drafting committees responsible for business-related laws including the new Bankruptcy Law in Republic of Srpska, the other entity comprising post-Dayton BiH.

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Amela Pejdah

Amela Pejdah

Amela Pejdah was born in 1966 in Tuzla, working as attorney at law in the Law Firm Amela Pejdah & Sanela Džanić. Law Firm mainly deals with civil, commercial and family law.

Amela Pejdah is licensed as an authorized intermediary between spouses before initiating divorce proceedings.

During 2014/2015 she was engaged at the Law Faculty in Tuzla, as an practice expert, for scientific filed „Non-litigation procedural law“.

She has participated in numerous seminars and conferences, mainly from the fields of law that she deals with, like:

Completed three thematic cycles planned program of education on the acquisition of specific knowledge and continuous professional education and training of persons working in jobs juvenile delinquency and legal protection of children and minors, the organizer was the Bar Association of Federation BiH (April 2015)

Refam Creative Solutions - REC, the Society for research and promotion of local and regional development, Collection of claims in terms of Litigation and Enforcement procedure (May 2015)

DEPOCEI TEMPUS project, University of Tuzla, Training in the field of sector's policies of the European Union - Judicial cooperation in civil matters (June 2015)

DEPOCEI TEMPUS project, University of Tuzla, Training in the field of sector's policies of the European Union - European citizenship (June 2015)

DEPOCEI TEMPUS project, University of Tuzla, Training in the field of sector's policies of the European Union - Human rights - the level of respect of human rights (June 2015)

She fluently speaks English and German languages.

 

Married, mother of one child.

 

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Aleksandar Vranješ

Aleksandar Vranješ

Aleksandar Vranjes, born in 1981 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a communication expert, teaching assistant of Political communications at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Banja Luka and a Political affairs advisor of the President of the Republic of Srpska.

Aleksandar holds M.Phil. in Political Sciences from the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, Serbia and a B.A. in Communication Sciences from the College of Communications, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, Serbia.

His research and professional interests include Political Communications, Media and Politics, Public Opinion, Public Relations, Political Marketing, Global Communications and the role of the modern information and communication technologies in the modern society.

Aleksandar has published two books and several articles in domestic and international scientific journals. He took part in several conferences and scientific projects. Recently, he was a researcher in the project "COST Action IS0906 - Transforming Audiences, Transforming  Societies" from 2010 to 2014.

He is alumni of the "BiH Fellowship Programme" of the British Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aleksandar is a member of ECREA - European Communication Research and Education Association. He speaks English (fluent) and German (basics).

 

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Michael Santi

Michael Santi

Michel Santi is a former banker, investment and hedge fund manager.

After having worked within major Swiss banking institutions, he created in 1993 his own asset management in company. He then sold in 2005 his client base and was appointed special advisor to central banks and to sovereign funds.

Michel Santi is the author of several books on macro economy and writes since many years weekly chronicles for the swiss and for the french press. He created "Art Trading & Finance" in 2015, the first Art family office based in Geneva.  

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Goran Nedić

Goran Nedić

Goran Nedic serves as the director and founder of Archigreen, company engaged in wood processing industry trading, financing and consulting.

From 2005-2011 Mr. Nedic was affiliated with Venture Capital Firms (Sweden, UK) and UK holding executive positions at the several manufacturing companies in the Balkan region. 

Mr. Nedic published papers regarding Official Development Assistance, Manufacturing Sector and Financial Regulation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He holds an MBA degree specializing in Accounting and Finance from the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, and MBE degree from the University of Sarajevo’s Faculty of Economics. He received his Bachelor degree in Banking and Insurance from the University of Sarajevo’s Faculty of Economics. He lives in Sarajevo

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Siniša Mitrović

Siniša Mitrović

Sinisa is an environment analyst, a passionate naturalist devoted to the preservation of the natural capital in Serbia and the Balkans. His greatest career contribution is to boost the development of Valjevo, the Serbian town where he was born, and its renaissance during which he helped build a modern gallery, the Petnica Nature Research Station and rally young people to boost economic growth in the region.

His biggest successes were in saving and protecting rare bird species in Serbia, including salvation from extinction of a rare type of white-headed eagle in the Tresnjica canyon near Ljubovija. He has volunteered for the past 25 years as the leader of the NATURA Centre for Natural resources, the national organization for environment and natural resource protection in Serbia.

Sinisa was politically active in the 90ties and in the October revolution in 2000. Since 2001, he was a deputy in the Serbian Parliament and deputy head of the Democratic Opposition (DOS) parliamentary group. He chaired for three years the parliamentary Environment Committee.  Since 2005, he was advisor to several ministers and the Prime Minister of Vojvodina.

Sinisa is now working in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce on issues pertaining to the green growth of the Serbian industry, ecological European integration and application of best technologies and waste and waste water management. He is one of the leading promoters of the doctrine of circular economy as a new tool of competitive economy, energy efficient and responsible towards local communities.    

He is an author of several studies for international organizations like ILO and UNOPS pertaining to the inclusion of the Roma community into the business sector. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Global Compact of the United Nations in Serbia and chairs the group for the promotion of the Millennium goals of sustainable development, adopted in New York in 2015. He is actively involved in including SMEs in the promotion of sustainable development of local communities, preservation of values of local resources and better quality of life in creating new jobs.

He is one of the founders of the MISIJA Foundation, a think tank seeking answers to the challenges Serbia will face in the future. Sinisa also lectures at the FUTURA Faculty for applied ecology, married with two children.

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Lav-Grigorije Pajkic

Lav-Grigorije Pajkic

Lav Grigorije Pajkic, born in 1995 in Belgrade, is an advanced student at the Faculty of Drama Arts and Executive Director of the Serbian Science TV promoting science and knowledge. He is also a project manager in the Center for Strategic Projects, which implements numerous programs in cooperation with the President of Serbia expert staff.

He is working since 2015 in the Serbian Parliament as media advisor to parliamentary deputies. He also heads the National Debate Club which organizes extensive debates among young politicians all over Serbia.

He has already established himself as a young leader in numerous organizations and holds a certificate to this end. Lav has implemented scores of projects with the government and the United Nations, including “Stop Violence Against Women”. He also works as media and marketing advisor in a number of companies and organizations.

He set up in 2013 his own Film and TV Production company which successfully produces marketing clips and ads, graphics and animations for companies both from Serbia and abroad. In 2011 he started working as editor of a diplomatic magazine VIPTRIP in cooperation with foreign embassies in Belgrade. He holds certificates in diplomacy, marketing, graphics design, leadership, lobbying and international affairs.    

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Damir Marjanović

Damir Marjanović

Professor Damir Marjanović is 42 years old, full time professor at Faculty of Science, University of Sarajevo and Head of the Department for Genetic and Biotechnology at International Burch University Sarajevo.

He was also a long term scientific advisor at the Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Sarajevo. Damir is also a scientific assistant at the Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia. Between 2012-2013 he was the Minister of Education and Science, Canton Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He was also employed as an expert in the field of forensic genetics by OSCE (Kosovo), European Agency for Reconstruction (Serbia) and International Commission on Missing Persons (Bosnia and Herzegovina), but he also worked for the Institute Rudjer Bošković and Genos scientific company (Croatia). In the 2011 he won the prestigious Scientist of the Year in Bosnia and Herzegovina award. His main scientific field of interest is forensics, population and molecular genetics and molecular anthropology.

He published four books, eight book chapters, more than 60 scientific and review articles and abstracts in CC, WOS, SCOPUS journals and in total some 190 scientific papers and abstracts in other journals and scientific publications. He was invited to speak at more than 40 different scientific events all over the world.

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Naida Ademovic

Naida Ademovic

Naida Ademovic, born in 1973 in Sarajevo, is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Sarajevo. She is also working in the Institute for Materials and Structures of the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Sarajevo, dealing with different projects like design of bridges, design of structures, revision of different projects, testing of different structures, structural elements etc.

Naida was educated in Sarajevo, Cairo and Addis Ababa. She graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Sarajevo, as the best student of the decade. She obtained her first Master of Science in Computational Engineering at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, as a DAAD Scholarship Holder. She was one of the three best students in her generation.

Additionally, she received a scholarship from the European Commission for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions at the University of Padova and at the University of Minho, Guimarães in Portugal. Currently she is the only person in B-H with such a Master Degree.

She obtained her PhD at the University of Sarajevo, at the Faculty of Civil Engineering.  Naida is the 3rd generation of civil engineers in her family.

She worked as a local expert in several projects of the European Commission, B-H Bridges Reconstruction Unit, Sarajevo; Technical Assistance Unit for EC Assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina. As well, she was employed by the Delegation of the European Commission to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Transport (Bridges, Roads, Airports, Railways and Border Crossings) and Energy Sector. She worked for a USAID project Private Sector Accounting Reform Project.

Naida is an author of two books and many articles regarding civil engineering.

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Vedran Škoro

Vedran Škoro

Vedran Škoro is in journalism for almost 25 years, since 1992 , of which he spent 20 years in editorial positions.

He lives and works in Banja Luka, and is editor of the Alternative Television Banja Luka since 2007, first as an author, editor and host of the Amplitude show, and now the editor and host of the Apostrophe show, and editor of the Info and Political Program desk.

Born in 1965 in Mostar, where he graduated in 1990 in Civil Engineering from the University Dzemal Bijedic in Mostar.

From 1998 - 2000, he was the director of the ITC East Sarajevo . After moving to Banja Luka he toom over the job of Deputy Head of the Desk in the program sector of TV RS.

From 2002 to 2003 he was Director of the RTRS program. From 2003 to 2007, he moved to the Office of the General Director of RTRS, first to the position of manager coordinator and then he became the advisor to the Director General for production and marketing.

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Henry Thomas Jones IV, J.D.

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.

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Nemanja Jovanović

Nemanja Jovanović

Nemanja Jovanović is a political analyst and legal professional, currently working for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Kosovo. Born in 1978, he graduated as a lawyer in 2005, and since 1998 has worked with various international organisations and diplomatic representations in the Balkans region – including the OSCE, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and British Embassy in Pristina.

In June 2012 he attended the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education programme for Public Leaders in South-East Europe, focussing on leadership and negotiation. The same year, he was elected as the vice-president of the association of Kosovo Serb lawyers. He also finished Foreign and Commonwealth Office trainings in Public Diplomacy and Media related work.

Between 2007 and 2015, he worked for the British Embassy in Pristina, where – among numerous other responsibilities – he monitored the developments and progress achieved in the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia on the normalisation of relations. Since May 2015, in his current role with the OSCE, he continues to monitor political developments and other relevant activities in Kosovo, in particular focussing on the four northern municipalities. He assesses trends that may affect the political/security situation, including human and community rights, democratic functioning of institutions, and on public safety and security.

He is a native Serbian speaker, and is fluent in English and Albanian.

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Elmira Bayraslı

Elmira Bayraslı

Writer, consultant and lecturer.

Passionate about foreign affairs, entrepreneurship, and writing, she has spent the past two decades working on foreign policy, international development, and with startups worldwide. Today, she does both as a writer, speaker, consultant, lecturer, and co-founder.

In 2013, she co-founded Foreign Policy Interrupted, an education and media startup dedicated to increasing female foreign policy voices in the written and electronic press.

She is also a visiting fellow at the New America Foundation, and a lecturer at New York University. Her book, From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places was released on September 8, 2015 (published by Public Affairs). It is a book that looks at the growth of innovation beyond Silicon Valley, focusing on talented individuals around the world who have overcome insurmountable obstacles to lead high-growth businesses.

In 2002, she left a cushy job in New York’s private sector for Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. There, she served as the Chief Spokesperson for the OSCE Mission. From 1994-2000 she was presidential appointee at the State Department, working for Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke, respectively.

From 2011-2013, she wrote about global innovations and entrepreneurship in a weekly column entitled, Entreventures, on Forbes.com. She has also contributed to the New York TimesWall Street JournalReutersForeign AffairsVentureBeatThe Huffington Post, and MIT’s Innovations Journal. In 2010, she co-authored a study for Pakistan’s Planning Commission on entrepreneurship, entitled: “Creating a Place for the Future.”

Proudly from Brooklyn, pre-hipsters, she loves yoga, Turkish simit, and the New York Mets.

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Drasko T. Acimovic

Drasko T. Acimovic

Drasko T. Acimovic, born in 1965 in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina, studied in Austria and Bulgaria, is an expert in insurance affairs, is the new B-H Ambassador to Belgium, appointed in early 2016.
He won his MA at the Economic Faculty of the Svishtov State University in Bulgaria and got his Phd at the State Mariopul University in Ukraine.
He is a member of the UTA Academy in Ukraine.
Drasko participated in the reform of the insurance markets in Eastern Europe and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Austrian Insurance Society. He headed the project involving the development of the biggest company in financial mediation in eastern Europe “Eurolife” with 35,000 employees in 11 countries for the Swiss OC Occident company in cooperation with the giants like AiG (USA), Allianz (De) and others.
He is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Eurolife Group in Ukraine, partnered with Aegon of The Netherlands and  PZU of Poland.
He holds the St. Michael award for development of spiritual values awarded by the Patriarch of Ukraine, as well as several other awards.
He speaks five languages and was the Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Austria from 2011 to 2015. 
His novel “The East is not that Close” was published in Serbia in 2014.  
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Aleksandar Buzanin

Aleksandar Buzanin

Aleksandar is an insurance expert, born in Jajce, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1969, living and working in Sofia, Bulgaria.
While his mother was very active and respected in the Jewish community in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bulgaria, his father was a well-known businessman and diplomat and spent a long time in Bulgaria where Aleksandar studied.
He graduated from two colleges - the Technical and Economic Faculties where he also got his MA.
Since the beginning of his career, he has been working in insurance in managerial positions - he was a member of the Board of Governors of Eurolife, Bulgaria, deputy General manager of the Slovenian KD insurance in Sofia, and the founder of the Generali Academy and its first Director in Bulgaria.
For his hard work he won the national award as the best insurance manager three years in a row.
Aleksandar is in the list of the best insurance experts in Bulgarian history.
Married with two daughters.
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Damjan Jugovic

Damjan Jugovic

Damjan Jugovic, born in 1992, made his first youth activist steps in the student council  of the „Mihailo Petrovid Alas" Ugljevik high school as it president. He implemented a number of projects which boosted the development of his school, local community and the youth activist society on the whole. After that Damjan became the member of the Board of Governors of the High School Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina and led its international relations department. He represented the B-H Association in the High School Union of Europe (OBESSU). In the period between 2011and 2014,  Damjan was one of the five youth Ambassadors of Peace with the Council of Europe tasked with promoting peace, dialogue and tolerance among the young. He received his Ma in security and peace studies in Sarajevo at the Faculty of Political Sciences. He was named the best student of his generation at the Sarajevo University. He contributed to the cooperation between Faculties of Political Sciences in Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka and organized a number of conferences which built ties among the students and teaching staff. He is today a member of the Advisory Youth Group of the OSCE. He has won a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a holds a Legion of Honor medal for promoting peace and reconciliation among the young. He has taken part in scores of conferences and seminars in the region. His focus of interest are international relations, security and education.
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James Gunn

James Gunn

James Gunn has over 25 years’ experience working in technology, media, financial advisory and property as both director and shareholder. One of several consultancy positions and directorships, he supports from Belgrade export growth to the United Kingdom and British inward investment. A British citizen and since 2008 a Serbian resident, he was educated in the United Kingdom and lived extensively abroad, including Spain, southern Africa and southeast Asia.

From his team’s Belgrade hub, James leads emerging markets’ corporate affairs and investor relations programmes for companies and governments internationally, and provides company representation services for several inward investors to SE Europe.
His sector experience includes defence, government and commercial diplomacy, pharmaceuticals, mining, technology and telecoms, media, financial advisory and property.  He has also worked and undertaken education in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Thailand and Spain where he lived for extended periods.

James commenced his management consulting career in South East Asia supporting infrastructure development and environmental projects.  In Serbia his mandates include European Union lobbying in the defence, infrastructure development, mining and renewable energy sectors for US, UK and Israeli companies; as well as issues management consulting for a Big Four audit firm.

His professional delivery of advisory services has been recognised by several public, professional and academic bodies including the Criminal Justice Board and Public Relations Consultants Association in the UK.  He is a frequent guest lecturer at leading educational institutions; serves as chairman or director of several charities; and mentors several start-up businesses.  In 2015, James was appointed vice-chairman of the British Society of Serbia.

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Dejan S. Miletić

Dejan S. Miletić

Prof. Dr. Dejan S. Miletić is a university professor, President of the Center for Globalization Studies (CGS), Belgrade, Serbia, and President of the new citizen initiative, Serbian Patriots for Atlantic Serbia (SPAS).

He is Co-Founder and Member of International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community (ICTAC) founded in Athens in 2004, and International Negotiation Teaching and Research Association (INTRA) founded in Athens 2013. He is vice president and co-founding member of the e-Learning Elite Club. Also, he is Professor on the MA studies at the Philology Faculty, Belgrade University.

Recently he was associate professor at Faculty of Business Studies and Law, at the UNION University - "Nikola Tesla", as well as Vice Dean and Assistant Professor of Economics and Management at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Alfa University in Belgrade, Serbia, as well as Professor at the Lincoln University – Belgrade Department.

For many years he has been a professor and head of the lecture course, "Business Negotiation - the Harvard Method", which was attended more than ten generations of students. He is one of the leading experts on societal aspects of Globalization, Negotiation, International Relations/Economics and Terrorism in Serbia, and has published about 50 scientific works and expert analyses.

He is a Member of International Intelligence History Association (IIHA) as well as of several international non-governmental organizations and activist groups for planetary unification and world peace. Since 2013 he is Member of Editorial Board of the “Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence”. He was also a CEO of Serbian Lobbyist Association in 2009.

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Rovshan Muradov

Rovshan Muradov

Rovshan is the Secretary General of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, a  Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Sciences  and the driving force behind the huge success of the Baku International Forum which this year assembled some 70 current and former heads of state or government and hundreds of academicians from all over the world.

Born in 1987 Rovshan studied at State Economic University/Azerbaijan and graduated with a master in International Economic Relations. He later he has been accepted for the doctorate at State Economic University/Azerbaijan. He attended courses at Cambridge College Boston/USA, Sterling University Edinburgh/UK, University of Georgia Tbilisi. 2007 He was nominated to represent Republic of Azerbaijan at United Nations General Assembly as a youth delegate and the only delegate serving for the full 4-year term. Founder of the first and the biggest Student Youth Organization in the Republic of Azerbaijan with 17,000 student members.  He also interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies, and State Committee on work with Diaspora.  He lectured at the State Economic University, participated at international scientific conferences in Tbilisi, Bucharest, London, Istanbul, Alexandria and Warsaw. He has also published several books dedicated to the economic situation of Caucasus Region, and cultural and historical view on Azerbaijan.  He worked as a Country coordinator, later International Advisory Board Member of the Youth Employment Summit International Organization based in Massachusetts, USA.   

In 2012 Rovshan become a founding Secretary General of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, a leading international cultural organization based in Baku aimed to promote Dialogue, Understanding, Learning and Tolerance. Rovshan played an active role in organizing:  “Rebuilding Trust in Wider Europe” High Level Meeting of the Nizami Ganjavi IC and Club de Madrid 4-7 September 2014 Andorra, New Paradigm Consortium Meeting Baku, Azerbaijan (Nizami Ganjavi IC, Club de Madrid, Club of Rome, Green Cross International, World Future Council, UNESCO, Library of Alexandria, Partnership for Change), II Global Shared Societies Forum on Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda Baku, Azerbaijan 2014 (Nizami Ganjavi IC, Club de Madrid, Library of Alexandria, State Committee on work with Diaspora, Republic of Azerbaijan, World Academy of Art and Sciences). He also attended scores of major international events, including UN General Assembly 2007/2011.  

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Sekib Sokolovic

Sekib Sokolovic

Sekib Sokolovic is currently the deputy Head of the Clinic for Heart, Blood Vessels and Rheumatism at the University Clinical Center Sarajevo. He is a Professor of Internal Medicine at Medical Faculty of Sarajevo.

Sekib was born in 1957 in Sarajevo where he had primary, secondary and high school education. He graduated from Medical Faculty in Sarajevo in 1983. Sekib also trained in Los Angeles (University of California, Irvine) and Vienna (AKH) and attended many short education courses in UK, Italy, Germany etc.

He is a speaker at various international Congresses including World, European, regional and local medical scientific events. He is a subspecialist and expert in Cardiology and Rheumatology and Course Coordinator in diagnostic imaging. He also organized numerous scientific events in Bosnia, proving his management and organizing capabilities. He received a several scientific awards for his medical achievement.

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Mithat Can Baydarol

Mithat Can Baydarol

Can Baydarol who born in 1958 graduated from Galatasaray High School in 1978. He first graduated from in Principal Sciences Faculty of Boğaziçi University and then International Relations Department of The Political Sciences Faculty of Ankara University. He also studied Political Sciences in France.
He worked as a research expert in Foundation for Economic Development (IKV), Director for European Surveys in Piar Gallup and wrote in Finansal Forum Newspaper.
He has given lectures on Turkey- EU relations, customs union, and basic principals of the European Law, European policies, consistency to acquis communitaire for candidate countries, European integration process and contemporary issues in Istanbul, Istanbul Bilgi, Galatasaray, Marmara, Istanbul Ticaret and Kültür Universities.
Can Baydarol wrote 10 books and several researches and reports published on EU issues, attended several conferences, panel discussions, study seminars, TV and radio programs on Turkey- EU relations and European policies. He speaks English and French.

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Sinisa Pepic

Sinisa Pepic

Born in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B-H), in 1978, Sinisa received his MA on "The impact of financial globalization on the European Banking" at the University of Business Engineering and Management in Banja Luka. He is an Alumni from the US Government Cochran Fellowship Program.  

From 1997 to 2000 he worked as Language Assistant to NATO (SFOR) in B-H and UNTAT trainer in Germany (Sennelager NATO Training Center). From 2000 to 2003 he worked for international NGO’s ICMC and UMCOR and was in charge of implementation on several projects funded by the United States Government focused on small and medium business and entrepreneurship in B-H.

From 2003 to 2011, he went into microfinance and banking industry and worked for UniCredit Bank Banja Luka, the capital of Republika Srpska (RS). From 2008 to 2011 he was the Regional Director of Raiffeisen Bank BiH. In 2008 he was selected by UniCredit Group to the pool of most talented young managers within the Talent Management Review Program.

From 2011 to 2014 he was Deputy CEO at the Modrica Oil Refinery and a consultant to Zarubezhneft, Moscow. Since 2015 Sinisa is an official representative and consultant to FinTech company Digital Finance International (member of Finstar financial group) in B-H. He is also Visiting Professor (Banking Management) at the University of Business Engineering and Management in Banja Luka.

Sinisa co-authored vital development strategies for the RS Government and the RS Ministry of Trade and Tourism. He was a member of several committees of the Office of the High Representative (OHR) and the UNDP with the voting right, focusing on B-H economic development.

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Dragan Pajić

Dragan Pajić

Dragan Pajić, born in 1995, is an HR Coordinator in EYP (European Youth Parliament) of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), Banjaluka. He is also a president and active member of several non-governmental organisations – „Zdravo da ste“, KKC, KOS, „Budi DRUGačiji“, EYP, KSS, Red cross.

At 19, Dragan was the youngest informative program journalist on ATV (Alternative Television, BiH). During 2015, alongside his regular studies, he was reporting for central news, morning program and „Ovo je Srpska”. Some of his reports have over 20,000 views on You Tube.

He is currently working as an Internet Marketing Consultant for some of the biggest companies in BiH.

Dragan is the Vice-President of the youth in the opposition party PDP (Party of Democratic Progress), Banjaluka and very often a guest at various shows like „Zabranjeni Forum, Pink“, the most viewed show in BiH.  

Dragan was the youngest ever politician to attend the GB Fellowship programe in London, for most promising politicians in BiH. He was at the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation as a representative of PDP youth at parliamentary elections in Sweden 2014. He visited “Sveriges Riksdag” and addressed the members of Swedish parliament. He attended the jubilee PMA (Perpetum Mobile Academy for political leaders in BiH, 2016) and was ranked among the 20 most promising young BiH politicians.   

With a few of his colleagues he started a humanitarian action in 2014 to help his neighbors, sisters Gajić who were suffering from a serious illness called Lafora. He organized humanitarian soccer tournaments, a number for donations, parties, telops on all televisions and gathered over 50,000 Euros to save them.

Dragan is very active on social media with a large following which he uses to motivate other people. Currently he’s making inspirational movies that he publishes on his Youtube channel and writing motivational blogs for several big websites and FB pages. He has thens of thousands reads on his texts and is launching a show, called Key to Success.

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