Abdulah Skaka was born in Sarajevo on December 5, 1983. He completed his primary school education and graduated from high school in the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Graduated on the Faculty for management and business economy and obtained his master's degree from the Sarajevo School of Economics with the thesis „Improvement of Strategic Operational Processes in the City Administration through Application of Modern Managerial Concepts – City of Sarajevo“.
Skaka was elected as 38th Mayor of Sarajevo by the City Council on February 6th, 2017, after he served as Deputy Mayor. As the youngest elected Mayor of Sarajevo, Skaka brought new energy to the work of the City Administration and improved the important role of the City in the development of the state. He is the president of the Municipal Board of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA).
He took position in the City Administration following a successful career in private entrepreneurship. Previously, he worked as consultant and project manager in several companies, within the promotion and revival of old crafts, and affirmation of young people in starting up and developing companies. He is happily married and a father of two children.
Ajsa Hadzic holds a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering - the field of Energetics from the University of Sarajevo. She has done research for her master thesis in France, where she attended classes at HEI – Hautes Études d’Ingénieur, the field of smart cities.
Ajsa also has been selected as an intern to the UNDP smart city initiative. Currently, she is involved in smart city activities at Blum R&D Labs - first smart city lab in Sarajevo.
Ena Mulavdić was born in Sarajevo in 1988.
She graduated from the First Bosniak Gymnasium and the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Product Design Department. Within the CEEPUS project, she spent a semester studying in Poznan, Poland, at the University of Natural Sciences, Department of Wood Technology and Furniture Design. During her education in Sarajevo, she won several awards at regional design competitions, and in 2012. started the SOS Design Festival, dedicated to design and architecture students. She completed master's degree at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Institute of Natural Sciences, Department of Industrial Design. During her time in Istanbul, she was the creative director of the Cultural Dialogue Promotion Association "IKASD". She is the founder of contemporary art jewelry studio ELIRD, together with Ebrahim Mohammadian Elird. Studio ELIRD is created in 2016., when Ena and Ebrahim decided to combine knowledge in design and art and use it to create artistic and unique jewelry. Their work has been awarded with several international awards so far and has been featured in world galleries and magazines (Vogue UK, Vanity Fair UK, Tatler UK, GQ UK, Glamor UK, Golschmiede Zeitung, etc.). She lives and works in Sarajevo.
Irena Bibic is an entrepreneur from Bijeljina and owner of ZKR Baby kutak.
Irena is an example of how profitable business can be created out of hobby. Today, Baby kutak has 4 employees. In Baby kutak one can find baby cribs and linens, canopies, decorative pillows in many different shapes - candy, cloud, star as well as breastfeeding pillows. Products can be tailored to each customer's needs and wishes and become a unique lifelong memory.
Irena's motto and message for future young entrepreneurs is Don't give up on your idea and dreams.
Irma Terzic is entrepreneur from Sarajevo born in 1993.
Irma is the owner of business IMB Marketing agency. She was employed when she decided to start her own business. In implementation of her business idea Irma involved her colleagues from the faculty who studied and/or had experience in the field of marketing. IMB Marketing offers creative solutions, preparation, design and printing of promo materials, design and sewing of uniforms as well as rental or sale of promo counters and banners. The agency's special service consists of IN/OUT store promotions that enable communication with clients on site.
Mirela Omerovic is head of the department for entrepreneurship at Youth Employment Project (YEP) supported by Government of Switzerland.
She works on realization of activities within the YEP Business Ideas Incubator, which supported establishment and development of over 120 business ventures from 32 local communities in BiH. Her entire work experience is related to the field of entrepreneurship, including work in governmental and non-governmental organisations.
The guiding principle in her career is to contribute to spreading of the entrepreneurial spirit among young people, strengthening of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, and the promotion of entrepreneurship.
Professional with extensive experience in all aspects of the IT industry, starting with hybrid mobile and native iOS, web, and backend development to the in-depth knowledge of stellar design and quality processes.
His startup origin story began with a team of three on NAGA, a fintech company that is revolutionizing the world of trading through technology, and elevated to the current CTO role, as Dzenan exceeded in the leadership position, showing that he is the engine that any product needs.
Creativity, high motivation, and profound knowledge are never going out of style, no matter which role Dzenan holds.
Faris Zacina (Founder and CEO @ Ministry of Programming) :
Faris is the founder and CEO of Ministry of Programming https://ministryofprogramming.com/ , the most successful company in the Balkans focused on building startups with international partners and supporting entrepreneurs toward product success.
Having started as a designer, and then worked as a programmer, and lately as a manager, Faris is very passionate about designing software products that delight customers, with a strong focus on data-driven processes, continuous delivery, and analytics.
Keith is passionate about helping entrepreneurs change the world by connecting their ideas with the right tools, resources, technology, and funding. He is also passionate about Vancouver finding its unique and important place in the global startup stage. He co-founded Spring to focus on early-stage entrepreneurs with high growth potential who want to make the world a better place. Whether you call it social good, impact, conscious capitalism, do good, or social entrepreneurship, Spring is the place to transform your ideas into impact. Spring runs a comprehensive set of entrepreneur, incubator, accelerator, and funding programs for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs in over 30 cities on 5 continents, with over 650 entrepreneurs launching 300+ businesses, creating 300+ jobs, and raising over $12.5M in early-stage capital in Vancouver alone.
At the joint program of Nottingham Trent University and Griffith College Dublin, in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo, he earned two Masters Degrees: a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Business Management (HETAC) and a Master's degree in Management at the Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo.
He has been employed at the Sarajevo Canton Chamber of Commerce since 2012. originally serving as Chamber Secretary and then as President of this Economic Association. Prior to joining the Chamber, he worked for several companies and international organizations, and his engagement is particularly notable in his involvement with Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, on a project of technical support and strengthening primary care in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Muamer Mulahasanović was born on 27. 8. 1985. He is an economist by profession.
He has more than 10 years of relevant work experience gained during the implementation of various development projects funded by the European Union (EU), UNDP, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Government of the Kingdom of Norway, the Swedish Development Agency (SIDA), etc.. He is currently employed with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where he carries out economic development related tasks, including supporting the development and enhancement of private sector competitiveness with a particular focus on fast-growing and export-oriented industries. In addition, he is engaged in UNDP's activities of integrating the STEM concept into education, drafting sector studies and providing dedicated support for the growth and development of start-ups. He lives and works in Sarajevo.
Naida Bajric is a lawyer and entrepreneur from Lukavac, born in 1991. After graduating from Faculty of law and obtaining a master's degree, Naida could not find a job, which is why she decided to start her own business.
Administrative and law office Bajric was founded 2 years ago. The office offers services of drafting all forms of legal acts, obtaining documentation, drafting requests, contracts, appeals, lawsuits, complaints, obtaining licenses, etc.
Naida's motto is: Any business idea has its own way, dare to realize it!
Peder Ulander is a marketing & strategy executive with an outstanding record of building strong global product and marketing strategies that deliver superior results. He’s always been fascinated by what comes next, and has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology At AWS, Peder leads the open source team.
Prior to AWS, Peder led Marketing for the Networking Business Unit at VMware and helped build the vision of connecting apps and data from the data center to the edge with the Virtual Cloud Network. He was also responsible for building the cloud.com brand, leading the company’s marketing strategy from initial public launch to the acquisition by Citrix. With over 5 exits from 4 startups under his lead, Peder has had a successful run working with some of the world’s most innovative startups as well as held executive positions with established global players like Sun Microsystems, Citrix, and Cisco.
Priit Martinson runs the Government Technology & Digital Transformation practice of PwC Estonia. He is delivering Estonia’s leading policy and technology-driven e-governance solutions as a one-stop shop and advising foreign nations on how to transform their public services.
Priit has more than ten years of experience in international trade, foreign direct investment and business development in Europe and Asia.
He is well-connected among the Estonian start-up community, supporting the technology companies on their market expansion and fundraising activities.
Priit holds an LL.M. degree in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Ranko Markus is director of GOPA mbH representative office in BiH since 2008, and the leader of the Youth Employment Project (YEP) since 2013. His special interest are in the field of labour market, entrepreneurship, development policies and investments.
He is a member of the Steering Board of the Foreign Investors Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He also worked at the Enterprise London School of Economics, as an Economic Development Advisor, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as Head of the Municipal Development Planning Team.
Una Dakic is a young entrepreneur from Banja Luka, creator of the brand "LEŽIBEG" and owner of LU studio, which produces and sells specific pieces of furniture, known as lazy bags.
Leži beg is a product in three different variants, the most attractive of which is a multifunctional armchair with soft filling and high quality fabric. The entrepreneurial story of this architect began in the area of interior designing, when Una recognized the market need for a specific product or piece of furniture that could be a unique, comfortable part of both residential and commercial buildings and spaces.
Hartmut Wimmer, the founder and CEO of Outdooractive, is one of the trail blazers in the digitization of outdoor tourism with over two decades of business experience.
Founding his own engineering company in 1994 and successfully concluding several challenges in architecture, Hartmut decided to concentrate on touristic infrastructure. As he saw himself confronted with plenty of problems when it comes to planning trips, he decided that it was time to find a solution to gather all necessary information and data in one place – and so he founded Outdooractive in 2008. Ever since Hartmut has been striving to create the world’s largest outdoor platform simultaneously connecting the community and all players in the outdoor tourism sector with cutting-edge technology. As Hartmut himself is a great outdoor enthusiast his major concern was to build a virtual home for like-minded people sharing their experiences and their adventures in the great outdoors.
Hartmut holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Munich and has personally contributed to the success and growth of the Outdooractive platform by sharing hundreds of his trips and trails on outdooractive.com.
Aleksandar Stepančev is Manager, Systems Engineering in Cisco for Balkan Region. Aleksandar has more than 20 years of leadership experience in Balkans region and Cyprus. He was occupying top management positions in Information Technology and Business Strategy and Development. His strategic thinking, cross functional business experience, IT knowledge and proven track record in consulting and couching provides valuable resource in Companies Digital Transformation.
Aleksandar Stepančev holds a master’s degree in Electronic and Telecommunication from the University of Novi Sad and Master of Business Administration from United Business Institutes, Brussels.
Karen Palmer is the Storyteller from the Future. She is an Award Winning International Artist and
TED Speaker. She creates immersive film experiences at the intersection of film, A.I. technology,
gaming, Immersive Storytelling, Neuroscience, Consciousness, Implicit Bias, and the Parkour
philosophy of moving through fear.
There have been numerous articles on her work published in Forbes, CBS TV , Fast Company ,
Engadget, NBC,The Guardian described her work as“ It leapfrogs over VR”.
She is the creator of RIOT an emotionally responsive, film, which uses facial recognition and A.I.
technology to navigate though a dangerous riot. You are confronted by a riot cop. Respond with
fear and the film goes in one direction respond with anger and it goes in another. RIOT makes the
player aware of their subconscious behaviour and enables them to consciously build new
neurological pathways in their brain, to override automatic behaviour responses and create new
The RIOT AI prototype was honoured as part of the Digital Dozen Break Throughs in Storytelling
2017. Columbia DSL acknowledged the most innovative approaches to Narrative in the industries
of art, entertainment, journalism and marketing.
The RIOT AI prototype premiered at Festival of The Mind then the Future of Storytelling New York,
the V&A in London, the PHI Centre Montreal, Sensory Stories Exhibition, SXSW Austin, The
Museum of Modern Art Peru to name a few.
She has spoken at the FoST Global Summit, the Strategic Storytelling Seminar Canada, the
Google Cultural Institute in Paris, at the Sydney Opera House TEDx Australia. She was keynote
speaker at ZKM Living Amongst Intelligent Machines AI Conference in Germany, the Nederlands
Film Festival and Silbersalz Festival, Future, Science & media Festival, Halle Germany. She was
opening speaker for Wired for Wonder Festival, the theme was inspiration and wonder in Sydney &
Melbourne and the Expanded Realties symposium. Speaker at The future of Immersive Storytelling
London, IFA+Summit Innovative Summit in conjunction with the biggest Technology trade show in
the world, Berlin. The Neuro-Hackathon London, XConf Technology Conference NY, Strategic
Storytelling Seminar NYC Lincoln Centre, MIT Special invited speaker, Sensory Storytelling
conference CPH:DOX under the theme, Art, Technology & Change, that focused on the rising
political awareness and activism at the intersection of art, technology and social change. She has
also been a TED resident NYC and an AI Artist in Residence at ThoughtWorks Technology NYC.
Previous immersive storytelling commissions include her project “Evolution” for the 2012 London
Olympics Cultural Lead and “Syncself” which was nominated an HBO Award nominations at
Filmteractive Festival in Poland.
Aleksandar is currently employed as the Expert Advisor to the Director-General of the Communications Regulatory Agency Bosnia and Herzegovina, from December 2017. He moved back to the Bosnia and Herzegovina as the part of an initiative for creating an expert group of the regulatory authority competent for the implementation of 4G, Digital TV and other significant and critical national projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Since January 2017, Aleksandar has started serving in the IEEE on the global level as an executive board member. IEEE is a renowned representing electrical engineering community with 600.000 members and the budget approx. One billion$ US, which makes the IEEE the world’s largest professional, non-government and not-for-profit organization and the most significant engineering organization, which advances technology for humanity. Aleksandar is an active IEEE volunteer for more than 17 years and nowadays he is the member of a few working groups and executive committees on a global level: IEEE Publications Services and Products Board, IEEE Conferences Committee, IEEE Young Professionals Committee, IEEE Platform Guidance Group, IEEE Internet of Things Standards Steering Committee and many others global level OUs, but also in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia in their local sections and chapters. He served in the IEEE Industry Engagement Committee in 2017.
He is very active in promoting smart technologies for improving quality of life and building a smart society at all. Aleksandar has substantial international experience in technical, business, education and regulation/legal side of smart technologies. He was awarded a grant from IEEE Communications Society for 1st Summer School for 30 best Ph.D. students in Telecommunications worldwide in 2015 and is the author of 8 papers on IEEE conferences and workshops. Furthermore, he was one of 19 members in the international expert group in IEEE for creating the trend/survey paper „Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applied in Cybersecurity“1.
He is an individual expert member or the official representative of the Communications Regulatory Agency Bosnia and Herzegovina n many technical, standardization and policy organization, as follows: IEEE, ITU, BEREC, 3GPP, RIPE, IETF, EMERG, IEC and many others.
His research interest is Cellular Mobile System 4G/5G with focus on Internet of Things applications and services and especially for Smart Cities and their initiatives, but also Computer Networks Design, Routing, and Switching and Communications Security including Applied Mathematics methods and algorithms in Cryptography.
Aleksandar is the project leader of many past and current international, regional and domestic projects related with Smart Cities, Smart Grid and Emergency Communications, including the first practical implementation of the Smart City services in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the first in the region: “EU MED Project ESMARTCITY: Smart Public Lights in East Sarajevo” in the cooperation with the Development Agency of East Sarajevo and local government.
Aleksandar is also a Distinguished Lecturer of Friedrich Naumann Foundation on Smart Technologies, Smart and Responsive Cities topics. He is also co-founder of Smart Cities Education Initiative in the Western Balkans region as the representative of the IEEE partner, together with representatives of Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
Aleksandar is very related to educational activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and the Western Balkans region. He served as a member of Executive Board of the BH Futures Foundation in the period 2017-2018 for the very beginning of the organization building many innovations, entrepreneurship and mentorship programs and activities. Aleksandar is also co-founder and agitator for the European Robotics Week program in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was the main judge in a competition in robotics for kids: First Lego League Serbia 2019.
In years before, Aleksandar graduated BSc in 2009 and MSc in 2016 at the University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). In the period between 2009 and 2014, Aleksandar was employed in University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Electrical Engineering (Bosnia and Herzegovina) as research and teaching assistant in the field of computer sciences, computer networks and cybersecurity. In 2014, he received Maria Curie Fellowship from EU for Ph.D. studies and was working on the FP7 ADVANTAGE ITN Project in Working Package 1 team for Smart Home design at University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences (Serbia). The primary research topic is Architecture Design for 5G Cellular System, with focus on optimizing uplink Communications and Power Control in Small Cells and Uncoordinated Random-Access Control for Massive and Critical Machine-to-Machine communications, as his Ph.D. topic.
Aleksandar Pavlović is Cybersecurity Sales Specialist in Cisco for past four years, responsible for company’s security business in eight countries of Southeast Europe. Being more than twenty years in this industry, he successfully led local companies of Siemens Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks (now Nokia Networks) as General Manager. He was CTO of Targo Telekom, one of the first FTTH service providers in the region, based on GPON network, and he held Deputy Director position in Institute for Informatics and Statistics of Belgrade city. Aleksandar Pavlović graduated Telecommunications on University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
Dajana Dzindo is a co-founder and executive director of Foundation 787 which supports women and youth in B&H in starting and growing their businesses. She is also coordinating "Western Balkans Women in Business" program of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) where she also serves as women in business expert and works in the field of development finance. Her previous work experience is related to economic and CSO development in USA, North Africa, Turkey and Western Balkans. Dajana holds MA in Business Communication from University of Sarajevo and Zagreb, and has professional interests in entrepreneurship, women’s rights and communication.
Prime minister of Sarajevo Canton Edin Forto was born in Sarajevo in 1972. where he graduated from "Ognjen Prica" high school in 1991. During the Bosnian conflict 1992–1995, he worked as journalist, editor, and DJ for several creative and media outlets, including Obala Art Center, Radio ZID, Radio 202, and BH Dani magazine.
Forto moved to the United States in September 1995. He received a BA in Media and Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillin 1999. Two years later, he graduated in international affairs from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Forto spent two years at Eurasia Group, a political consultancy in New York, before moving back to Sarajevo in 2003, when he joined Nexe Group, a Croatian industrial company specializing in construction materials and road building. He remained with Nexe group until August 2015 when he became a professional politician.
Haris Bašić, Minister of the Ministry of Economy of the Sarajevo Canton, graduated from the Anglo-American University, Prague (Bachelor in Business Administration, minor in Politics).
He holds a Master of “State Management and Humanitarian Affair” from the University of Sarajevo – University of Belgrade – “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy - Joint Interdisciplinary Master Program.
Mr. Bašić attended Leadership Institute, Washington DC, USA and completed “Campaign Management” Extensive Education Program, and has extensive political and diplomatic experience; International academic background and an extensive experience as lecturer on the subjects of Business Management and Administration, Business Ethics and Customer Care, Worldwide Destinations.
He was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Kingdom of Denmark – Copenhagen, Danish Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and worked as Head of the Cabinet of Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as a Political Advisor at the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He worked at B&H Center for International Development of the State University New York – USAID – Project of Support to the parliaments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as an expert in the field of research and education.
Mr. Haris Salkic is a student at University of Sarajevo, Mechanical Engineering Faculty. He finished Technical High School of Brcko District 2015 with excellent final results. During the high school period he designed and developed three prototypes of robotic arms: „Hydraulic Arm 1“, „Hydraulic Arm 2“ and „Robotic Arm by Haris“. Two of them were sent on State Competiton of Technical High Schools of Bosnia and Herzegovina in years 2014 and 2015, where the great potential of his projects was recognized and Mr. Salkic won the first place in both state competitions. Mr. Salkic is now very reputable student, the representative of the Robotics Club of his University and a member of CGP Design Engineering Team. He worked as a team leader on many projects of robotic arms development, such as „BUBA Robotic Arm“, which he presented at Unlimited Sarajevo Festival 2018 and 2019. The same project was presented at Brcko Business Forum 2018 and it was very well rated by the investors coming from all around Europe.
At the moment, he is the founder and CEO of HAS Robotics Start-Up Company, which won the first place at Sarajevo Business Forum Start-Up Challenge as the start-up with the best idea and potential. His start-up was also selected as one of the three best start-ups in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the award that he won is attendance at Start-Up Academy in Niksic, Montenegro and Pristina, Kosovo, as well as participation at the Podim Conference 2019 in Maribor, Slovenia.
Head of Startup and Entrepreneurship, SPARK Business Park Ltd.
Ivona currently works as a head of Startup and Entrepreneurship program at SPARK, an advanced technology platform dedicated to IT, business and digital professionals, startups, companies, and projects. She has four-year experience in the non-governmental sector, work with startups, project management, an organization of events, and finances. Ivona coached and mentored more than 30 startups through their acceleration at SPARK.
Born in Sarajevo in 1979, where gratuaded Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo (IV year) segment of Accounting and Finance. After completing her practical career, she is completing her international MBA (Master Business Administrations) MBA program, and in the meantime, she is licensed as an International Certified Internal Auditor at the Global Institute of Internal Auditor.
Work experience is based on 15+ years in large international corporations on management positions in INA MOL Group (Oil & Gas Company), AGROKOR Group (FMCG Industry), SO DIGITAL (Clinets: NIKE, UBER etc.)
Today she is an owner and CEO of her own successful eXtea ltd. Sarajevo Company for two years. She is engaged in business, financial and IT consulting, and to the fullest assistance, among other things, to all newly opened entities and Start - up companies with their extensive experience and education. She is often hired as an consultant by external international companies for business and investment advice for the Balkans region, as well as a guest lecturer at Universities across BiH.
For many years she has also been a 'pro bono' mentor to talented young people up to 20 years of age in the fields of their business and technological development. She acts on their behalf and on their behalf, helps them in a sharp and turbulent market to show themselves and prove themselves, to market their business ideas, products, services and find investors.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Business Women in BiH since 1 December 2017 and make macroeconomic strategies to develop a better business environment in B&H.
Together with its company and successful team, it continuously achieves better business results in the domestic and international markets.
After graduating in Computer Science from Czech Technical University in Prague, and after completing the postgraduate study, Petr Pavlu has started his professional career in IT and telecommunications in 1992. Before joining Cisco Systems in 1998 he worked in Digital Equipment Corporation and Andersen Consulting as a technical sales support engineer, consultant and project manager. He was focused primarily on network technologies and solutions, and on networking aspects of business applications.
In Cisco Systems, Petr Pavlu worked in various international teams, supporting channel partners and customers in different regions, primarily Central and Eastern Europe. He was responsible for technical sales support, consulting and systems engineering team management, and for business development associated with Cisco enterprise technical architectures. He holds CCIE certification in Routing and Switching.
Petr Pavlu is based in Prague, Czech Republic, and in his current role he is responsible for technical presales organization of Cisco in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.
Vladimir Bataev is an independent expert in smart & circular deep tech urban solutions — applications of novel technology in urban environments. He focuses on tight integration of transport, energy & urban infrastructure with the help of ICT. He facilitates strong collaborations between municipalities, urban designers, architects & technologists, with particular emphasis on startups & SMEs.
In 2017 together with Boyd Cohen (the author of the definitive Smart City Wheel model) he developed & taught a people-/innovation-centric smart city induction course to the municipality officials at the Public Administration Academy of Kazakhstan.
In 2016 he was nominated for the Global Smart City Leader & Promoter Award by the Smart Cities UK program.
Since 2016 he is a principal consultant at Zaz Ventures (CH/BE/UK), the top EU innovation funding consultancy which has raised €250m+ of funding for various innovative companies & consortia.
He has led 45 SMEs to funding under the ultra-competitive Horizon2020 SME Instrument. Companies funded include such prominent innovative European startups & SMEs as SeaBubbles (FR), Carbiotix (SE), PureFiber (IE), Pharem Biotech (SE), Daedalean (CH), Biophos (CH), Insikt Intelligence (ES), Skypull (CH), Furhat Robotics (SE), Airinum (SE), Connecterra (NL), Intrinsic-ID (NL), Hydromea (CH), Gleechi (SE), Mirrakoi (CH), Aiva Technologies (LU) & multiple others. He advised SMEs in smart cities, IoT, ICT, AI, security, transport, logistics, energy, 3D printing, biotechnology, healthcare & other industries.
Since 2018 he is an international advisor in the Advice for Small Businesses initiative of the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development.
Since 2016 he is an SME Instrument Business Innovation Coach for European Agency for SMEs (EASME). In particular, he has coached the IoT security solution provider Intrinsic-ID (NL) selected by the European Commission as the most innovative European SME in 2016. He is a business innovation expert & mentor for the Smart Cities Month (BY) and the startup accelerator Generation S (RU), and an external evaluator of the Eurostars-Eureka innovation funding program. He adjudicated numerous startup competitions in Belarus, Malaysia, Netherlands & Russia with major industrial partners (e.g. SAP).
In 2015 he founded & headed the Smart Urban Solutions Unit at the smart transport & logistics solution provider EsperantoXL (NL). This unit focused on applied research, consulting & project implementation of smart urban solutions at the intersection of information technology, data analysis, urban design, architecture & policy frameworks.
Zoran Memić is an information security enthusiast currently working as Manager in Service platform department of BH Telecom where he leads the team of engineers responsible for virtualization platforms, Cloud services and Services security of BH Telecom. After 13 years in industry he gained experience in defensive security operations, offensive security and digital forensics as an Expert witness in ICT. Now, he is investing a lot of time to stay up to date with latest trends in security and team&project leading techniques. He is also involved in technical presales activities and Business development process of BH Telecom Cloud.
My name is Ivana Šarić, and I am head of department for maintenance and development of “e-Government” system at Council of Ministers of B&H. Our institution is central operational body responsible for private cloud (36 services for 58 institution) for state level. I hold a degree in informatics from the University of Sarajevo (Faculty of Electrical Engineering), and for the past ten years, I have worked at Parliamentary Assembly and then Council of Ministers as a person responsible for IT systems and for Public Administration Reform in field of e-Government for state level institutions. I have outstanding experience as IT Expert and Project Coordinator between state level institution, private sector and international institutions and wide experience in planning, implementing and delivering of various interoperability IT systems for public sector. Lately we finished Government service Bus implementation trough ICIS (Investment Climate and Institutional Strengthening) project so now we have online platform for exchanging data between institutions on all four administrative level, which will help to accelerate implementation of e-services for citizen and business.
Erna Sosevic is an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of the first digital service for the private sector Bizbook.ba and one of the women pioneers of the tech startup scene in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After 11 years of work experience in the real sector, she launches Bizbook, a tool that introduces digital economic transformation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and has won the title of Best B&H Startup for 2018, as well as a regional Runner Up Award for achievement in the field of digitalization of companies. Erna is a speaker at many local and regional and European startup and entrepreneurship conferences, a mentor and advisor to startups, a judge at start-up competitions and an advocate for greater involvement of women in entrepreneurship. She was the first to digitize three trade fairs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bizbook is on the radar of many investors and accelerators.
Faris Biogradlić is a young entrepreneur who founded the digital marketing agency called Paradox Media, based in Sarajevo. He and he's team help local and international clients to grow their business and profits through online marketing campaigns.
Faris holds full day seminars and online courses, where he teaches the participants how to use digital marketing channels to gain new customers and advertise profitably.
Kasim Tatic is a full professor at the School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is teaching Microeconomics, Managerial Economics, Theory of the firm and Industrial organization, and is a Head of the Microeconomics Chair. He took his master degree in the year 1991 (Faculty of Economics, Belgrade) and received his Ph.D. in the year 2000 (School of Economics and Business, Sarajevo). His interest and research focuses on economics of strategy, knowledge management, greening of business models, competitiveness and strategic management, as well as on entrepreneurship, creativity and development of human potentials. He has been lecturer on several international postgraduate and doctoral courses (e.g. “Green Entrepreneurship” module at a doctoral course in Budapest). He has a rich working experience:
School of Economics and Business, Sarajevo: Vice Dean and Director of the Center for International Cooperation, Head of Department of School of Economics in Zenica;
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sarajevo: Project manager on the 270 million US dollars BRFF project on the financing small and medium enterprises (1995-1998);
Ministry for Refugees and Social Welfare of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Director of the Agency for Humanitarian Aid (1994-1995);
“FONDEKO”- Foundation for Promotion of Sustainable Development and Quality of Life, Sarajevo: Executive Director;
“AMAXIMUS” – Association for Development, Creativity and Environment, Sarajevo: leading expert
In the last 35 years he served as a consultant in many organizations and companies; as well as an expert on numerous projects concerning economic issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EC Delegation in BH, OECD, UNDP).
Dzan Kapic is founder and CEO at Flower Factory. A company that was made with founder’s wish to implement green surfaces and draw closer ecological ideas to citizens of his city. Although Dzan’s Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy has little to do with landscaping and ecology, he uses his skills to make needed bridges. Nature, people with suitable educational background and much needed resolutions with those who have an ability to make a difference. Not only locally, but regionally and internationally, Dzan’s aim is to educate the youth about environmental responsibility and to draw attention of corporations that could possibly invest in bringing up the future society. To awaken ecological awareness to recycle and make waste usable, and preserve natural resources and of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Start with a small garden, build an ecosystem.
"Ismir Omeragić is a marketing consultant by his vocation. He believes that he didn't choose his profession, it has chosen him. He is the founder, co-owner and CEO of Valicon BH, Marketing consulting research based company. His rich experience, with roots in market analysis and consulting, is based on in-depth understanding of different industries – from finance, through FMCG, politics, retail to tourism. Ismir regularly delivers speeches to students at BH universities, and participates in different regional and international conferences. Ismir is Lego® Serious Play® Methodology certified facilitator.
I finished elementary school in Jablanica and medical high school in Mostar, where my work on tuberculosis began. However, the idea of finding a cure for tuberculosis was put on pause due to lack of resources. My enrollment at the Burch International University in 2018 introduced me to the world of genetics and bioengineering. Through collaboration with professors and faculty associates, and through learning about the world of genetics and bioengineering, I managed to significantly build upon my idea. The idea soon evolved into a drug design capable of eliminating tuberculosis bacilli from the human body, thereby contributing to the global eradication of tuberculosis.
Irem Silajdžić, konsultantica za zaštitu okoliša iz konsultantske kompanije ENOVA iz Sarajeva. Ima 20 godina radnog iskustva u sektoru okoliša, posebno u oblasti upravljanja otpadom, i sa aspekta strateškog planiranja i sa aspekta konkretnih akcija u industriji i uslužnom sektoru. Neki od projekata na kojima je radila su projekti uvođenja resursne efikasnosti i čistije proizvodnje u industrijskim preduzećima u BiH, istraživanja i strateške studije za smanjenje plastičnog otpada i otpada od hrane, kao i na strateškim projektima razvoja zelenih gradova. Angažovana je i kao konsultant za upravljanje otpadom na projektima Svjetske banke u BiH, a predstavlja i Savez općina i gradova Federacije BiH u radnoj grupi za upravljanje čvrstim otpadom u Mreži lokalnih vlasti jugoistočne Evrope (NALAS).
„Jasmin Hadžigrahić is currently a head of the IT department in the Cental bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina for more then 6 years. He has over 15 years of professional experience in the information systems field ranging from; managing IT companies and IT departments, working with software development teams, to software Analysis, Design, Development, Testing and Implementation. He also has a wide knowledge of programming in Oracle and Microsoft technologies.
He earned a MSc degree in technical sciences from the University of Cukurova, Adana , Turkey, graduating in 2001. Jasmin speaks fluent English and Turkish. He curently lives in Sarajevo, with his wife and two children.“
Malcolm Duerod earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at U.C. Berkeley in California. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School with a Master’s in Business Administration. Malcolm worked on Wall Street for close to 10 years in investment management. He is the startup coordinator for the Burch Student Incubator, giving workshops and mentoring student teams in their business startup activities. Additionally he is a member of the Board of Directors at International Burch University and a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.
Strategy and Business Development professional with expertise driving revenue
growth in the US, UK and EMEA. 10 years of experience developing strategies,
analyzing business markets and managing relationships to determine customer’s
needs and deliver greater results.
Mirza Varatanovic is CEO of BS Telecom Solutions, a company that is a regional leader in traffic management and control software. Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and project management in various industries such as infrastructure, telecom, utility etc. He has strong business development professional skill.
Born on 12th of May 1978.
Graduated (2003) and received PhD (2013) at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo.
Expertize Sustainable Urbanism and Smart City.
Employed at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sarajevo since 2004 at the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Planning. Last position Assistant Professor.
MP at the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, House of Representatives (since 2018). President of Committee on Spatial Planning, Housing, Ecology and Tourism and member of Committee on Finance and Economics and Committee on Transport and Communications at the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Vice president of Naša stranka from 2015 to 2019. International Secretary of Nasa stranka since 2017.
Coordinator of Smart Sarajevo project for Government of Canton Sarajevo (since 2018) and Consultant at Canton Sarajevo PM cabinet on urban planning, environment and construction (since 2019), consultant for UNDP (2015-2018), lecturer for Friedrich Neumann Foundation at Smart City (since 2013), lecturer for West Minster Foundation (since 2019). Cofounder of Smart Cities Education Initiative.
Active in international projects, international cooperation and workshops, author at international conferences in the field of urban and spatial planning, sustainable development and smart cities.
Stevica has a background as a developer and a serial founder: Habbits, Locodels and Alamo (robotic land mowers) are just three from his extensive portfolio. He is seriously involved with the Croatian start-up scene. In 2012 with the support from the US Embassy and later organisational support from STEP Ri, he founded Startup Camp; a program for early-stage startups. Dozen of start-ups managed to raise $2.2m USD after the program.
In 2015 he attended International Visitors Leadership program; the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program. During those two months in the USA he met numerous investors, start-up founders and entrepreneurs from both the States and all over the world.
On top of 16 years of being an entrepreneur, Stevica serves as a Head of Scouting in Fil Rouge Capital. His role is to find prominent teams and startups that will secure seed and VC investments.
Danijela Topić, 28 years old. Co-founder and the CEO od the LUCIDO, event managment and marketing agency, since 2017.
I consider social responsibility to be among the top 5 priorities in business and daily life. My first steps in activism are from primary school, and since then I have recorded many significant points.
In 2005, won a gold medal on "Mali inost" for the first online school magazine in RS, coordinated the development of the drafting the most important document for young people in RS (Youth policy of Republic of Srpska 2010-2015), served as President of Youth council of Republic of Srpska, and was member od Commission for coordination of youth issues in BiH, etc etc.
Currently, through LUCIDO, we are developing mobile app for connecting domestic food producers and consumers (buyers).
My big passion is exploring, calm my mind in nature and throw out negative energy via kick box. Commitment and focus are my two essentials for everything in life.
Peđa Predin brings 8+ years of experience in corporate strategy, business development and global expansion. Previously, he served in various management roles at Norwegian growth stage company Gelato (www.gelato.com), including Head of Global Expansion, China Country Manager and Head of Logistics and as Business Manager at Microsoft CEE (based out of Germany). Pedja also plays an active role in the startup community in Serbia through mentoring and coaching as well as Advisor to the Board of Directors at ICT Hub Venture (investor in One Assessment). He obtained his MBA from INSEAD (France), and BS in Finance from St. Francis College (New York, US).
Head of Startup and Entrepreneurship, SPARK Business Park Ltd.
Ivona currently works as a head of Startup and Entrepreneurship program at SPARK, an advanced technology platform dedicated to IT, business and digital professionals, startups, companies, and projects. She has four-year experience in the non-governmental sector, work with startups, project management, an organization of events, and finances. Ivona coached and mentored more than 30 startups through their acceleration at SPARK.
With more than 10 years of experience in business development, sales, marketing of products and services of international brands, Adnan Čeljo has worked with and sold solutions to enterprise customers and regional enterprise companies. Adnan is currently the head of project sales department in Comtrade Distribution doo Sarajevo.
Ajdin Hasanić, 22 years old.
Born in Sanski Most, currently living and working in Sarajevo.
Co-founder of the HudHudPro, video-production company / digital marketing solutions agency.
I’ve managed to develop skills in video-production and marketing bussinesses, as well as social media influencing and public speaking.
Bad skills at: Writing my own CV.
Aleksandar Mastilovic is currently employed as the Expert Advisor to the Director-General of the Communications Regulatory Agency Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he was involved in projects for starting 4G, DVB-T and Roaming agreement for the Western Balkans. He is EU Marie Curie Alumni-Fellow at the project EU FP7 ADVANTAGE (2014-2017) for research work in smart technologies and Ph.D. thesis for 5G solution and enabling IoT applications at the University of Novi Sad - Faculty of Technical Sciences (Serbia), including Smart Cities and Smart Grid. Since January 2017, Mr. Mastilovic is appointed a member of the Publications Services and Products Board (PSPB), Conferences Committee, Young Professionals Committee in the world’s largest professional organization, the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering). Mr. Mastilovic participates in the ITU working groups on cybersecurity and IoT, 3GPP working groups on 5G standards. He is the co-founder of the Smart Cities Initiative for Western Balkans and the Smart Cities Festival in Belgrade (Serbia). He designed the first full capacity working smart city service Smart Public Lighting in East Sarajevo as part of the EU Interreg MED Esmartcity project. He received the IEEE Communications Society award for Top30 Ph.D. students. In 2015. Mr. Mastilovic is an active volunteer in the Global Solutions Young Leaders in the G20 organization
Born and raised in northern Bavaria, Thomas quickly developed his great love for the mountains.
Climbing, canyoning, MTB and ski tours are his greatest passion.
During his studies in business law, he was drawn to the wide world he traveled for 3 years.
The own company as a tour operator should further enrich his experience in tourism for another 5 years.
The opportunity to sell his company and start with Outdooractive in International Sales brought him to Destinations Marketing.
He is responsible for Business Development at Outdooractive, oversees all sales activities outside the DACHI area and for this purpose manages an international team in order to promote global market development.
He has already achieved great success in his 5 years in this field. e.g. Outdooractive as a central database service provider for the Slovenian tourism board, in order to contribute to the sustainable digitization process in tourism throughout Slovenia.
He is responsible for the Project "Via Dinarica" (long-distance-hiking-trail), which is based in BiH and supported by Outdooractive. This has been running successfully for over 3 years and shows the positive effect in cooperation with a central database, which Outdooractive is and the resulting marketing opportunities through a content marketing network (ecosystem).
Currently, a conceptual tender of GiZ Serbia has been won by Thomas Bullmann in order to develop a leading product in sustainable cycle tourism in the Balkans. These projects and time he spent onsite developed pure desire by him to push the Balkan countries and its pure natural beauty and lovely and warm-hearted locals.
Dijana Duvnjak is founder and CEO at HitoSkills individual and corporate communications company and co-founder and Steering Board President at Foundation for socioeconomic development 787. As Communication Skills Coach, Dijana is working with local and international clients in communication skills improvement through group trainings and individual coaching sessions. Since five years already, Foundation for socioeconomic development 787 helps women and youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop their business ideas and promotes entrepreneurial culture; 787 plays an important role in BiH entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing complete, high quality programs and networking opportunities.
Dragomir Petronijevic was born in 1983. in Belgrade. After having finished 11th Belgrade Gymnasium he continued studying economics, and later he gained experience in the areas of industrial management and creative industry.
From 2009. to 2014. he had occupied the position of the Chief Executive in the Youth Office, Municipality of Vozdovac.
Since 2014. he is a member of the City Council and President of the Council for Employment of the City of Belgrade.
Since 2018. as a member of the City Council, he has been in charge for the areas of commerce, creative industry and international cooperation.
Speaks English and Russian languages.
Dzavid Isanovic is an embedded system designer with a bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from International Burch University in Sarajevo. Besides 6 years of experience in mixed signal embedded design, he specialises in PCB and digital structures design, while his knowledge of IoT technologies has provided him engagement in many Smart City projects. He also served as an IT and Automation Advisor for a company that runs public transport in Sarajevo. He is currently working as an instructor for CityOS foundation and electronic design engineer in Energoinvest's Blum R&D Lab - first smart city lab in Sarajevo.
Mr Harry Kalliaras, was born on 13thof September 1972 in Trikala, Hellas, where he grew up. He graduated from the Faculty of Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Geology, focused in Engineering Geology. In 2005 successfully completed his MSc Business Management Graduate Program and acquired MBA. Attempting to gain an integrated view of the aspects of investment activity, the dynamics of the spatial economy and regional and local development policies, as well as the theory and practice of regional policies, in 2018, he obtained the MSc in Investment and Regional Development from the Department of Engineering Planning & Regional Development of the University of Thessaly.
Since 1998 until today is developing continuous professional activity in respect of the undertaking, organization and support studies, strategic planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of development programs and investment projects, planning and implementation of Quality Management Systems.
Since 2000 he has worked with local and regional development institutions (PINDOS S.P.C., KENAKAP sa, ANDIA, e-Trikala sa) in the planning & implementation of inter-local, inter-regional and transnational cooperation projects and 2016 began his collaboration with the Municipality of Trikala as Advisor to the Mayor in operational and strategic planning.
He knows and speaks fluently English.
In his free time, he climbs the mountains, because his love for climbing, skiing and mountain activities.
Mirko is a member of the intellectual property and IT team at PwC Legal Estonia. He is experienced in intellectual property issues, IT contracts, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, data protection and government technology.
Prior to joining PwC Legal, Mirko worked at an Estonian based blockchain technology company where he was responsible for the legal strategy of a cryptocurrency, cryptocurrency exchange platform and payment gateway service. Throughout his studies, Mirko practiced law at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the European Union and the City Council of Tartu.
Mirko holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Tartu with a specialization in IT law. He has also studied at the University of Konstanz in Germany.
Nađa Zubčević enrolled in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Sarajevo in 2011, after she obtained the title of Master of Biochemistry and Physiology. She focuses on her research knowledge and publishes four scientific papers.
The research spirit is leading her to create an innovation called the "Antibacterial toilet seat" that aims to improve hygiene in public toilets and prevent the spread of infections. The innovation has had a great impact not only in BiH but also in foreign portals, such as portals in Russia, Turkey, Japan and others. Innovation was represented in many international competitions and has won numerous medals, among which one was the major Semi Grand Prize from Seoul. Soon she is planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign for this innovation in order to launch the first series of the product.
Sasa Mrdovic is associate professor at Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo. He teaches computer networks and security courses.
His main research interests include digital information security, digital forensics and next generation networks. Sasa published two books “Computer Systems Security” and “Practicum of Computer Systems Security” and a number of papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He has been reviewing papers for various journals and conferences.
Sasa Mrdovic also works on projects with industry and government in the area of information security. Important projects are Strategic framework for cyber security in B&H, Data security policy for B&H census, and PKI infrastructure project. He is an appointed expert witness for ICT. He holds CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional) certificate.
Benjamina Londrc- Born in Sarajevo in 1991. She graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Sarajevo in 2013, received her master's degree from the Law Faculty of the University of Sarajevo in 2014. Winner of the silver badge award at the University of Sarajevo for outstanding achievement during her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. In 2015 she graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, Department of History. In 2018, she received her PhD from the Faculty of Law, University of Zenica, Department of State History and Law. She is the youngest doctor of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the first post-war doctor of classical Roman law. She is currently attending her second PhD at the Department of History at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo. Author of several publications, books, articles, and translations and reviews. She has participated in numerous international and domestic scientific conferences.
Ljiljana Savović Spaić is entrepreneur from Trebinje. Through work for employer and perceived tourism development in Trebinje, she recognized opportunity for starting her own business that will offer logistical services of rent of luxury villas at Ivanica (small town near Trebinje) and rent a car services. Through feasibility analysis of her business idea she recognized additional aspect of her business. Ljlijana decided that besides providing commercial services, her business could provide free transport for vulnerable groups from Ivanica and surrounding area to Trebinje and back, since transport to health services etc, for these people are limited. Her business is growing, implementing its commercial and social purpose.
Adi Pandžić is senior assistant professor at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Sarajevo on the following Courses/Fields on BSc & MSc study within Department of Mechanical Production Engineering: Mechanical Materials 1 & 2, Joining Techniques (Welding), Welding Quality Insurance, also phD. student on same faculty. Adi is co-founder at CGPdesign team, team of young engineers, designers and software developers which turns your ideas into reality. He is expert in the field of 3D design (Solidworks) and 3D printing, in CGPdesign team he is working as a product designer / engineer and educator. As a product designer he worked for companies like nVIDIA, AMD, Intel, HP, EpicGames (Unreal Engine), Dassault Systemes, Maxon etc. With CGPdesign team he worked with more then 1000 students as a educator / mentor. In 2015 he won "Grabcad Golden Gear Award" as a mentor and main designer with his group of students, in competition with over 4 millions engineers and designers. Also in 2018 he won "Project of the year 2018" contest as a best project designed using Solidworks.
Amer Hadžikadić, Adriatics Cluster leader, Oracle Digital
Managing Director, Oracle BH
Amer Hadžikadić is Managing Director of Oracle Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2015. He has been appointed to additionally manage the Oracle Digital business in Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia since 2019.
His main responsibilities include implementing Oracle's business plan, management of human capital and resources, and driving overall success of Oracle in the forementioned markets.
Besides Oracle, his experience includes IT and Organization management positions in banking sector, and Executive Director and System Engineer positions in IT companies.
While engaged in the industry, he also teaches at the SSST University in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2007.
Hadžikadić holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Brankica Pandurevic is Assistant Minister for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
For the last 15 years she has been employed in the civil service in the positions of Head of Department and Assistant Minister.
She has been in the position of Assistant Minister for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship since March this year. In her new position as Assistant Minister, she took the role of SBA Coordinator for BiH (SBA-Smail Business Act).
Experienced accountant and auditor with almost a decade of working experience in in the accounting agency as an accountant, supervisor and today country manager at Unija accounting company. After completing United World College in Mostar in year 2008 Dino enrolled at Sarajevo Economics and Business School and graduated in 2011. In Year 2012 he has started working as an intern for accounting company Mujan Finance but also enrolled at master's programme at the Sarajevo Economics and Business School. In 2013 he additionally started working for Unija. His master's thesis was completed in year 2015. In the meantime he also became certified accountant in 2013, licensed auditor in 2016 and licensed appraiser in 2018. Beside the professional work in accounting, he was also active in consulting business among whom two most significant projects were the development of the feasibility study for the Airport Mostar and research study on prospects of clustering, both for MarketMakers BiH.
Dražen has over 10 years of experience in leading international projects with a strong focus on business development, marketing & operations.
In his current role as CEE project manager for the Vienna Business Agency, Dražen is actively promoting Vienna as an attractive business location in Europe, responsible for initializing cooperation agreements between cities and their business agencies and acting as the first point of contact for companies that want expand to Vienna .
Dražen is particularly interested in new technologies and market trends, advising international
startups, investors and other stakeholders from the startup ecosystem on the Viennese and
Dražen has proven work experience in Croatia, Austria and Cambodia and speaks Croatian,
English, German & Slovenian fluently.
Emir Kurtic, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Management and Organization department of the School of Economics and Business at the University of Sarajevo, where he teaches SMEs management, Decision making in business, Project management, and Management in sports. Besides working at the University of Sarajevo for the previous ten years, Emir has been running the Football Academy ACADEMICA Sarajevo in parallel for the past six years as a social entrepreneurship project which gathers more than 200 kids of all ages and in which football serves as a medium for a deeper social change. Within the ACADEMICA, Emir KURTIĆ serves both as a chairman and a youth coach with an UEFA A license. Additionally, Mr. Kurtic serves as a consultant working with various companies of a different size and stage of their growth, aiming to provide them with a strategic and operational support required for their further development
Ermin Prašović is Oracle Solution Engineer, and he works for Oracle BiH since 2004. His experience is closely related to projects on Oracle technology including Oracle Database and Oracle Exadata platform, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Cloud. He has over 20 years experience in IT industry. Before joining Oracle he worked in privately owned IT companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Faculty of Electrical Engeneering Sarajevo, and he is certified Oracle Enterprise Architect (OEA) for Oracle Core Technology.
Keith Rajecki is vice president of Oracle’s solutions for the global public sector, education, and research industries. He is responsible for Oracle’s industry strategy and solutions, working with customers and partners to drive strategic initiatives. With more than 20 years in industry solutions, he has developed and implemented technology solutions for every aspect of information technology to solve complex business problems.
Kenan Karčić, Mr.Sci, is an experienced Sales Executive, working at Oracle for 9 years. Besides Oracle, he is a President of American Chamber of Commerce of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Successful at powering innovation and leading digital transformation initiatives for prospects. Dedicated professional with belief that consistency and dedication build the most successful business partnership.
Kenan earned a master’s degree in Strategic Information Management from the University of Sarajevo and University of Zagreb, graduating in 2012 and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Sarajevo. He currently lives in Sarajevo with his wife and two children.
Maher Al-Osta is a renowned expert in digital marketing and social media advertising. Born in Beirut, he was educated in Bosnia and Herzegovina and England, after which he perfected his knowledge in programming, working with databases and communication in local and international non-governmental organizations (ROCK, CRASH, MINE, UNDP, UNV, CISP). Maher has over 10 years of work experience in the marketing and PR sectors.
As an online marketing manager at Uniqa Insurance, he worked on the development of new online products, web shops development, digital campaign strategies, social media advertising, Google and YouTube advertising, content marketing, email marketing and newsletter strategies, SEO, generating new sales and leads the process.
Uniqa is the first insurance company in Bosnia and Herzegovina to fully operate its business online.
Maja Miljević is managing director at SPARK, an advanced technology platform dedicated to IT, business and digital professionals, startups, companies, and projects. She is an economist from Banja Luka, with a five-year experience in entrepreneurship and marketing. Her startup journey started as a founder of Zdrava Logika.
Nedim Hifziefendić is Cloud Consultant at Oracle. He has over 18 years experience in designing, developing and implementing wide range of ICT systems (Middleware, DWH/BI, SOA/BPM, Java/ADF) using Oracle technologies. Considerable experience in next areas: IT project management, business process analyses and consulting, designing, implementing, integrating and maintaining a variety of software solutions.
Nedim holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Faculty of Electrical Engineering from Tuzla University as well as Oracle University Certifications in DBA, PL/SQL, DWH and BI areas.
Samir Jodanovic is the director of the Development Agency of Una-Sana Canton in Bihac. Since 2011, he has worked in the private sector in management positions, and was a member of the Supervisory Board of a transport international company. He has rounded up his knowledge and experience of the private sector to the position of director of a development agency, where he has been since 2016. His duties include the regular duties of the director, without limitation powers. The Una-Sana Canton Development Agency (DA USC) was established with the goal of contributing to the economic growth and development of the Una-Sana Canton (USC), in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, creating conditions that will allow strenghtening of competitiveness and realization of development potential, and in order to ensure support for underdeveloped areas to increase and optimally use their development potential.
Rare is a serial entrepreneur, educated in software engineering.
With his latest venture in Additive manufacturing, Rare cooperates with some of the biggest production companies in Serbian market. This experience, together with his knowledge about software, enables him much deeper understanding of innovative technologies and their application in the real world.
Rare’s entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, together with openness to sharing and cooperation, makes him valuable partner in almost any innovative venture.
Partner at VALICON. Strategist, recognized by the advertising industry as slovenian advertising person of the year for 2015, member of Slovenian Tourist Organisation’s expert council. Zenel works with Valicon's biggest clients primarily focusing on visioneering, disruptive business models, platforms, strategic branding, growth and internationalisation, leading the Valicon Think tank - team of marketing experts in the South-Eastern Europe. True believer in disruptive force of the Web 3.0. Involved in three widely recognized european blockchain projects - Iconomi, Cofound.it and Datafund.
Assistant Minister for the Development of SME and Entrepreneurship in the Ministry of Economy and Entrepreneurship of the Republic of Srpska.
Markus Wissmann is currently based in Germany,
Düsseldorf. He has been with Cisco for more than 10
years working in various management roles leading
international sales, go-to market and business
development across multiple segments.
Today Markus runs Cisco´s Smart Cities business for
Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia and focuses
together with his team on a large number of key
urbanization engagements in more than 100 Cities.
Markus has over 20 years of ICT sales and business
development experience and started to gain smart cities
expertise almost 10 years ago. He is also an experienced
Real estate professional with hospitality subject matter
expertise and wide-ranging experience in sustainable real
estate and green building developments.
Prior to Cisco Markus led hospitality sales and business
development for Siemens Dubai where he lived for 5
Adi Behlulovic, Founder of ScaleUP, has a Bachelor degree in Information Systems and Management. Before opening his own company, he worked as a Software Developer, Business Analyst, Project and a Product Manager. He is going to share his story full of up’s and down’s.
Amir Trokić has joined Mastercard in 2010, and currently holds Account Director position.
His work area focuses on the development of cooperation between Mastercard and key traditional and non-traditional clients in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including banks, state institutions and public enterprises.
Amir has a wealth of experience in the payment and card industry. Among other, he gained knowledge at NLB Bank in Bosnia and Herzegovina working on the introduction and development of card business in the Bank, as well as in Global Payments Europe SEE, one of the world's largest payment industry companies where he was in the position of Sales Manager. He is the author of a large number of articles published in professional magazines in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Amir Trokić holds a degree from Faculty of Organization and Informatics at University of Zagreb.
Mr. Blaž Golob is a CEO of GFS Institute and European Blockchain Hub.
As a Chairman of Ljubljana Forum on Future of Cities, he works with city stakeholders, digital & IoT industry solution providers and investors. As an innovator and digital entrepreneur, he recived international recognitions from Silicon Valley media, Microsoft award for the envisioning event of the year, to Hong Kong financial institutution.
As a former employee of the European Commission’s foresight think-tank, he provides consulting services about e-Governance, innovative business models and new emerging technologies. As a member of the EU Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship, he contributed to the work of the European cities and companies to successfully realise digital transformation.
As a researcher and innovator he invented the model of Smart City published in Austrian Computer Society, which is composed by five pillars, as the intersection between citizens and city leaders. He is engaged in different digital transformation and foresight consulting projects.
Mr. Damir Prlja holds a bachelor and master degree with an honor from the Faculty of Electrical engineering - University of Sarajevo.
He is employed at the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina as Senior Adviser for Information Society.
Mr. Prlja is the National Coordinator for the Digital Integration and Transformation in the Multiannual Action Plan for Regional Economic Area – (MAP REA), he is also the focal point and leader at the Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Western Balkans region.
Mr. Prlja also cover the the fields of electronic communications, cyber security, electronic identification, electronic services, digital skills, as well as other ICT fields related to the digitization of public administration and the development of e-services for the private sector.
He works heavily with Oracle and Microsoft technologies, and has applied his acquired knowledge and skills in building advanced and automated business process software in the Transport Sector within the Ministry.
CEO of the technology company The Badger Crew and Executive director of media production NGO 35mm Darko is also a mass communication specialist and TEDx speaker. He has masters degree in movie and TV directing and has 22 years of journalistic background. Darko has been awarded Humphrey Fulbright scholarship at Arizona State University where, alongside journalistic, he finessed his entrepreneurial skills at Innovation and entrepreneurship lab. Afterwards he worked as video producer at CNNMoney New York.
Entrepreneur/CEO involved in wearable tech industry he has has founded an LLC The Badger crew that created a wearable product “The Badger” - digital badge able to display images, logos, videos and used as conference connecting tool for attendees in conference/tourism and trade fairs industry. His Phoenix, AZ based LLC is soon transforming in Ccorp being funded by the Wall street based VC fund. Darko is constantly testing new products and ideas in order to revolutionise and leave a permanent footprint in tech and media industry. He is cofounder of several startups in Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia that are in range from hardware/software to agriculture.
Known as media innovator, author and editor in chief of several outlets. One of the most known and trusted journalists in Montenegro. Creator of the shows - Insider(documentary series), Intriga (investigative journalism) and Robin Hood(investigative social talk show).He authored more than 500 TV shows, more than 100 documentaries, tv adds, and promotional campaigns. He ventured as a campaign manager in more then 10 projects for companies and political parties.
He occasionally works as media consultant that is constantly upgrading, testing new ideas, in pursuit of new milestones in the media industry.
Elvedin Grabovica, born in Sarajevo in 1974, is distinguished professor at Faculty of Economics at University of Sarajevo. He finished his studies in Sarajevo and had worked as a professor of informatics in Second Gymnasium Sarajevo, as a Consultant for IT support in Bureau for revision of BH institutions and as General Manager in T3 Telekom and JP Elektroprivreda BiH. Currently he is working as a professor at Faculty of Economics and Assembly Chairman of Meganet d.o.o. He published variety of papers on different topics related to Information Technologies and Strategies of Development.
In Atlantbh, a company he founded 20 years ago, Milad worked with some of the most admired Fortune 500 companies, turning ideas into working products and limitations into solutions, while utilizing authentic Bosnian resources and human capital.
However, Milad attributes much of his company’s success to the people that make up the Atlantbh team. This is why he constantly strives towards creating a better work environment. With flexible work hours, unlimited vacation, one-on-one mentorship programs and bi-yearly personal evaluations with a more humanistic approach, Milad seeks innovation even in internal business practices to better benefit the people working with him.
He is actively involved in BIT Alliance, leading organization of the software industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina, devoted to education and the development of job opportunities in tech.
Milad is a strong believer that talent and intelligence may be spread evenly across the planet, but opportunity is not.
Senior Manager, Business Development - Smart+Connected Communities for Cisco Systems
Pratish Menon has been with Cisco for close to ten years, all of which has been in the Smart Cities and Communities space. In Cisco, he has led teams in both regional and global roles across the solution management, ecosystem development and go-to-market functions. In his current role, Pratish works with local, state and central governments in Europe to plan and execute a digitization agenda for sustainable social, environmental and economic development.
Prior to Cisco, Pratish worked in corporate strategy and consulting functions for 11 years across manufacturing, information technology and media industries. He is based in Bangalore, India.
In the IT industry for more than 12 years, Sedin worked in BiH and UK as a developer and a consultant. Since 2012 he is actively working in management holding positions of development manager, technical director, and business development advisor, still keeping coding and technology as his true love.
Bringing international experience, Sedin is a CTO in Ministry of Programming, with the main focus on building high-quality products that help entrepreneurs succeed faster
Professionally raised in global powerhouse Siemens where he gained interdisciplinary corporate experience, including expertise in sustainable solutions for city infrastructure.
Proven record in taking part to create one of the most efficient public enterprises in the country, JP Sarajevo, where he was both CFO and CIT.
Consultant on management systems, innovation, and smart cities; certified chocolatier and passionate smartivist - our own Operations Minister.
Lejla Mujkanović Krka, Bachelor of Law, Master of Public Administration and Non-Governmental Organizations has got many years of experience in the field of legal and organizational affairs. She has worked in the non-governmental sector in project preparation and management. Through her experience on numerous local and international projects she has influenced the improvement of the status of young people in the local community. She has taken several European courses in entrepreneurship development. She graduated from the School of Political Studies of the Council of Europe in 2013. She is currently engaged as a manager of Sarajevo Unlimited.
ADIS FAJIĆ, PhD ME, Expert Advisor, Federal Ministry of Development, Entrepreneurship and Craft
Adis Fajić is an expert advisor for strengthening SME competitiveness in the Federal Ministry of Development, Entrepreneurship and Crafts. He has 14 years of experience in creating, implementing and evaluating policies and instruments to support the development and strengthening of SME competitiveness. Since 2015, he has served as the entity coordinator for the implementation of SBA for Europe.
Asst. prof. Adis Muminović PhD is assistant professor at University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently engaged in research in several field of engineering and design: CAD, rapid prototyping, mechanical design, industrial design, product development and design, active magnetic bearings and tribology. He is co-author of a book Product Development and Design. Also, he is Co-Founder of CGP Design Team (www.cgp.ba), educator in the area of CAD softwares, and mentor for StartUp-s in area of engineering and product development and design. A fan of science fiction, outer space and mountain biking.
Employee KJKP „RAD“ d.o.o. Sarajevo
Waste Management Education Assistant
Participating in education projects on proper waste management
Participation in projects for the disposal of special categories of waste (animal waste)
Cooperation with the competent authorities for public utilities in order to solve the problems of public hygiene and waste management
Experienced Head of Product development with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. Strong consulting professional skilled in Business Process, Business Planning, Strategic planing, Project managament ,Internal Audit and Analytical Skills.
Head of Solution Mapping follows the lead of people as experts in their own sustainable development and seeks for local solutions that emerge not only from hackathons and strategic meetings but also from common folks ingenuity in facing the wicked problems of today. (S)he also connects the implications of bottom-up solutions for the design of policies and system-wide interventions and applies collective intelligence into sustainable development. Amina Omićević is a rebel against the business-as-usual approaches and an admirer of all things natural. With over a decade of experience in development practice within and outside of the United Nations, Amina is driven by a sometimes irritating sense of purpose and commitment to make change happen and has an eye keen to zoom out for context and zoom in for content.
Head of Exploration will be working on identifying, visualizing and communicating the emerging - global and local - development trends, data, technologies and issues with a particular focus on the edges and "below the radar screen" events and weak signals of change, opportunities and (unusual) players, and systemically map their impacts on economy, environment, society, and livelihoods. Arijana Drinić is an activist and employee of UNDP with eight years of engagement, and over ten years of experience within the NGO sector in BiH. Her areas of interest are innovation and technology, human rights with a focus on gender equality, youth activism, and social change. Arijana is a traveler, foodie, believer in humanity, (in a way) data geek, M&E devotee and madly passionate about exploring different ways to inspire the positive change in the lives of others.
Denis is a Senior Teaching Assistant at the University of Zenica, department of Polytechnics. His area of expertise includes CAD technologies, with a focus on application in the field of medicine. His team designed and produced their own 3D printer, and was involved in several projects which were done in cooperation with the Neuro Surgical Unit of the Cantonal Hospital Zenica.
For 12 years, Esmar has been working for top telco companies and other corporations, launching various products, impacting 200 million end users. Now, he is working in startup world, so he can bring you the best of both worlds, applying minimalist approach and leading by example.
Mechanical engineer and cofounder of MAKE3DE digital factory, expirianced in product development and prototyping.
Head of Experimentation work is focused on validating ideas and projects. Ideation around a complex challenge usually generates a lot of solution ideas. Those hypotheses need a reality check. Experiments will be conducted to tests how people react to those ideas so to identify what works in the real world and what doesn't. Kemal Bajramović is an experienced IT Product manager and Agile coach. Skilled in identifying business opportunities, recording and refining requirements, developing and testing digital prototypes to solve complex adaptive problems, managing and facilitating the Agile process of delivering the optimal value to the business. Previous experience includes the work in the field of e-Government, Public Procurement, Human Resources Management and Agile Management consulting.
I have spent my career in the borderline between business and technology and bring expertise from Junior application developer to sales executive roles that combine Financial Services & Banking with Digital Projects.
Having worked across the board in Financial Services & Banking (key roles as a leading in IT & Business transformational projects)
Gain relative end-to-end understanding of the entire business and of both the challenges and opportunities that financial institutions face today.
On the technology side, I bring hands-on experience from the IT Companies where I have had the chance to explore how technology and new e-business models can drive innovation and help businesses grow.
Enabling digitization throw Innovation, technology and partnerships throw Fintech’s recently become my obsession and work focus.
Key domains that represent my experience / background / focus include the following:
Financial Services & Banking
Software and Technology Services
Digitization or digital projects
Product management & New Product development
Nejra Lepić Salkić is an agricultural engineer. At the beginning of this year she founded company of natural juice production - "Sherbetlook". The "Sherbetlook" was created as an idea to keep tastes that relate to the tradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as đulbešećer rose juice, juice of sambucus, etc, as well as to provide affordable healthy and nutritious produce to the Bosnia and Herzegovina and wider.
With producton of fresh juices, the "Sherbetlook" wants to share a story about tradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina through modern design of products, packing, quality of products and and good services.
The locally grown fruits are used for all products of "Sherbetlook".
"Sherbetlook" successfuly cooperates with catering services and also sells products through the social networks.
Dr.sc. Sabina Baraković is employed as expert adviser at the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is university professor. She has published over 40 scientific papers and 4 books, delivered over 30 invited lectures and participated in over 10 international projects.s
Academic Education: Bachelor of Economics (Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo)
He has undergone numerous trainings over almost 30 years of work experience in banking.
He began his professional career in former Privredna banka Sarajevo DD Sarajevo, and later he became an Assistant Director of Foreign Affairs. In 2003 was elected for the Secretary of the Federation of Banks of the FBiH. In 2006, he worked with a team on introducing FBiH Bankers Association to the Banking Association of BiH, where he currently works as an advisor.
Actively participated with others through the Association of Banks in the legal proposal
regulations draft regarding electronic signature in BiH.
Sedin Kahriman was born in Sarajevo on april 6, 1978. Graduated from the Faculty of Transport and Communications in Sarajevo where he also gained the title of Master of Technical Sciense. Currently working on his PhD.
He joined the BH Telecom in 2005. Has held the positions of Executive Director for Business Development and Executive Director for Information Technology.
In december 2018 he was appointed acting General Manager of BH Telecom.
Zdravko Vojvodić, Owner and Managing Director of Lignum d.o.o. Mostar, was born 21st of August 1956 in Mostar. After graduating from Electrical Engineering High school, he enrolled in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Mostar, which he graduated from in 1979. With great ambition and mind to develop innovative ideas, he started to work in Wood Industry as Sales Manager. Over time his ambitions and hard work resolved into starting his own company, Lignum d.o.o. Mostar, in 1992. Step by step, he raised his enterprise from a small office into a furniture manufacturing company. With the fast development of the industry, Zdravko recognized the possibilities of the local market and decided to unite the local companies in the Wood Industry. Together with other manufacturers in Wood Industry, he founded the Wood Cluster Herzegovina in 2014, which will give the opportunity to the local wood sector to compete in the European market. He served as President of Wood Cluster Herzegovina until 2018, where he promoted the Wood Industry and the development of the local educational community in the same sector. Recognized for his leadership in the evolution and promotion of Wood Industry and Forestry in BiH, FBiH Chamber of Commerce appointed him as Vice President of the Forestry and Wood Industry Association in GKFBiH, where he continues to explore possibilities for the wood sector.