With 20+ years of C-level experience in banking, Božidar is deeply involved in the tech startup community as an angel investor and strategic consultant. He is currently setting up a new VC fund aimed at growth financing of regional tech scale-ups.
Over twenty plus years working as tech editor and analyst, TV talk-show host, Linkedin tech influencer and conference director, moderator & speaker, with special interest in telco, mobile devices, consumer electronics, software development, crypto and startups.
Dr. Nikolaos Dimitriadis is an award-winning communications professional, book author, educator and consultant. He spoke at TEDx for the urgent need for Brain-Based Communication and he contributed to the NeuroMarketing Manager Program at Hamburg Media School.
Robert Čoban is at the helm of the largest magazine publisher in the region, Color Press Group which has subsidiary companies in all 6 countries of the former Yugoslavia. The Group publishes 110 magazines and has 25 websites.
Successful marketing expert with many years of experience and proven achievements in brand building, portfolio expansion and new product development in the world’s leading companies in the FMCG environment.
Vanja Bertalan is the co-owner and CEO of Human, an interaction company from Zagreb, Croatia. For more than 20 years he’s been creating digital experiences that make interactions easier and drive value for clients.
Mark has led the business development team of Nets as the Nordic payments champion into winning new business across the rest of Europe which has culminated in the recent merger with Nexi and SIA as the Nexi Group. He is an accomplished commercial and business leader within the Financial Services sector, with a proven track record in new business acquisition, delivery, growth and strategic development. He was previously Global Managing Director of TSYS Managed Services (now Global Payments) and Director of New Market Development within the BNP Paribas Group.
Vera Kenehan has more than 20 years of industry experience bringing to market advanced technologies.
She has been working with and helping numerous startups scale and is mentoring aspiring student entrepreneurs at Stanford University.
Nina Angelovska, PhD is an entrepreneur, President of the Macedonian E-commerce Association, Asst. Prof. at the University of Tourism and Management, Skopje, and the former Minister of Finance of the Republic of North Macedonia. In 2018 she was named Forbes 30 Under 30.
President of Slovenian eCommerce Association & CEO of biggest pastry brand in the region (BAM – become a master). With 10+ years of e-commerce experience in various industry fields such as Food, Pharma, Fitness.
Krešimir is a Croatian public relations professional and business consultant specialized in crisis management, strategic communication in politics and social media. He runs his own consulting agency – Manjgura one of the first Croatian public relations agencies founded in 1997.
President of the Voice of Entrepreneurs (UGP), the strongest independent association of entrepreneurs in Croatia, serial entrepreneur, co-owner of brands – Crno Jaje, Osiguraj.me, GoHome & Bots & Pots – the world’s first robotic restaurant.
Vladan Atanasijević has proven experience in governance of large corporations and start-ups. He was managing international companies in Adriatic (Comtrade, Asseco, Hermes Soft Lab) but also founded and successfully spin-off start-up company Virtual Team.
Nikola Mehandžić is Director of Payoneer for the Market of Serbia and Southeast Europe. He is in charge of developing Payoneer’s cross-border payments with the mission to empower companies who operate within the global digital economy.
Bojan Mušćet is a Croatian journalist, editor, publicist, writer, consultant and technology analyst. He has published about ten thousand articles in more than a hundred magazines, newspapers, TV shows and Internet portals in Croatia, the Balkan region, Italy and Germany.
Jasmina Koprivica is Head of Digital Media in Euronews Serbia with a demonstrated history of developing and running top Serbian news websites such as Blic.rs, B92.net, Telegraf.rs and many more digital projects. Oriented to creating media platforms that are targeting mass audience and providing first class experience for various forms of digital advertising.
Dejan Tonić is the Regional Coordinator of the EBRD’s Star Venture Programme in the Western Balkans region. He has been part of EBRD since 2013, on the position of Associate, at the SME Finance & Development Group. Dejan considers himself as a professional and devotee in providing support and matching people, ideas and money.
As a Gen Z, I take my call to reduce the complexity of everyday life. Instead of just talking about what is needed to be done, I already created and enacted plans to make my mission become a reality. One of those big ideas is a social economy plugin Collab Cart.
Jovan is founder of RAJIC Law Office, a law firm that represents clients in innovative industries of 21st century. At the same time, he is a lead attorney and President of the Board at Renewables and Environmental Regulatory Institute – RERI, a pioneering regional organization dealing in energy transition, urban and smart development and environmental law.
Danko Vuković is a technology executive at Elbet, focused on the development and sale of virtual betting software products targeted primarily to European and African markets.
Since Elbet’s inception in 2002 as a technology company specialized in the gaming industry, Elbet has distinguished itself as one of the leading suppliers for virtual games software worldwide.
Ivan Bjelajac has been a part of the Tech Industry for 20 years as an engineer or a tech executive. He is the CEO and co-founder of MVP Workshop, a Venture Builder company focused on Web3, that was a part of development of over 50 Blockchain products, including 2 unicorn companies, Celsius Network and Polygon.
Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment S.p.A.and Iervolino Studios
Andrea Iervolino is the co-founder of the world-renowned production company, Iervolino and Lady Bacardi Entertainment S.p.A., the parent company of Iervolino Studios, the creative animation studio based in Serbia, together with Monika Bacardi. He is also the founder of Space11 Corp and the social media platform Tatatu, focused on providing never-before seen and exciting content.
With more than 16 years of experience working for international companies, driving digital transformation through various industry verticals, Mirza is now leading Infobip’s European regional team, which is covering 42 countries with its operations. At Infobip, global leader in omnichannel engagement, we help our clients and partners overcome the complexity of consumer communications, grow their business, and enhance customer experience – all in a fast, secure, and reliable way.
Passionately engaged in eCommerce, IT, sales and business development projects. His academic background is in business but true passions are products, services and digital business models. Aside from eCommerce he is an active member of the local startup scene.
Currently responsible for developing the customer service strategy and managing the overall performance of teams and processes to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Strongly believes that customer experience shouldn’t be a temporary tactic, but a central strategy in business.
Zoran has more than 25 years’ international experience in digital media, telecoms, and management consulting. Before joining Centili, he led projects in the EU, MENA and APAC, holding top executive and leadership roles with Apigate, Axiata Digital, StarHub, Arthur D. Little, Value Partners and Peppers & Rogers Group. He joined Centili in March 2020.
Experienced Executive & Entrepreneur with 20 years of extensive international experience in electronic payment solutions encompassing card acquiring, POS, mobile and web e-commerce payment gateway solutions. Results-driven business leader with proven track records. Combines strong customer focus with board-level influence and expert negotiating ability.
Years of studying in marketing, working in different type of media and being an sport influencer, made one good knowledge in how to be creative and how to make good relationship with brands.
With 10 years experience in the Digital and Tech industries across sales, account management and business development, as Senior Director of Business Messaging solutions Etienne leads the direct sales and B2B marketing teams globally, as well as coordinating Viber for Business product strategy.
Previously at Viber, he spanned marketing and business development in France and Western Europe to increase Viber’s visibility, re-engage and acquire new users to grow the existing user base.
The co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mainstream, Ljubiša is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology. Under his direction, Mainstream has grown to become the leading provider of premium web hosting and multi-cloud solutions in South East Europe.
Ljubiša combines his deep technical knowledge with the unique perspective he has gained
through more than 15 years of experience to explore opportunities on how to leverage cloud technologies to unlock their business potential.
He has been an entrepreneur since he was 13 and he has more than 25 years of experience across various industries, much of it at the CEO level. He has worked in more than 80 countries across five continents and participated in over $1.7bn of purchase, sale, and financing transactions.
Gabriel is leading Mastercard’s business development team for the Central and Eastern European region and his responsibilities are focused on implementing emerging payment technologies and identifying new business opportunities in various areas, such as e-commerce, online payments, instant payments or digital wallets.
Ioana has extensive experience in the field of financial & tech marketing and B2B, B2C & B2B2C communication. She is leading Mastercard’s regional campaigns and also coordinating the communication of projects through which Mastercard is actively involved in the community.
With over ten years of experience in the retail industry and top management positions in sales, a master’s degree in economics, and vast knowledge in the field, Ljiljana Ahmetović has been known as one of the pillars of the regional e-commerce scene from the very beginning. As a passionate mentor and employee development enthusiast, her current endeavor is Shoppster.com.
With over 16 years of experience in logistics, Nikola is now the deputy managing director of D Express company. In D Express, the biggest company in Serbia with expertise in express delivery, he assists clients in overcoming all of the logistics challenges in the e-commerce industry. The focus is on services and trends in courier companies in both domestic and international trade.
Mr. Željko Stašević joined Kempinski Hotel Adriatic in December 2020 as General Manager, from his assignment as a consultant of the hotel division for MK Group in Belgrade. He has more than 25 years of experience in managing and realigning four- and five-star hotels, Michelin-star restaurants, nightclubs, golf clubs and has started his hospitality career as a sommelier working at renowned institutions such as Harvey Nichols, Marco Pierre White and Claridges, then moving into hotel operations as Operations Director within the UK. In 2004, Željko moved to Belgrade to take on his first assignment as a General Manager.
Jelena Ristić is a Country manager for Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina markets at Mastercard, a technological leader in non-cash transactions, responsible for the development and execution of local strategies. She is also the Vice president of the Fair Competition Association of NALED and a member of the Advisory Board of the Rome Business School.
Cosmin is the Country Manager for Mastercard Romania and Croatia with 20+ years of experience in payment industry. Through his career, Cosmin has been managing the business relationships with financial institutions and other stakeholders, from both the public and the private sectors, continuously coordinating operations and big projects and seeking innovation.
Several years of experience in high brand retail and eCommerce with focus on innovation and new technology around B2B2C experience.
Strong player in the hospitality and travel segment within the DACH region within online and offline business.
Director of the Public Administration Reform and eGovernment Team at the Office of the Prime Minister of Serbia
Previously, she was Macedonian Minister for ICT and Public Administration, and a C-level executive in several companies in the IT and telecommunication industry. She is considered to be one of the pioneers of the internet access and e-commerce in the Western Balkans. Marta is an Executive Board Member of the UN framework organization World Summit Awards, and is also serving other boards. Certified by the UN’s ITU for building national digital innovation ecosystems, she is now advising governments, organizations and corporations on digital transformation and innovation. BSc. in Electrical Engineering, MSc. in Economy (e-commerce) and Computer Science, educated at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Marta is frequent panelist and speaker on the most prestigious ICT conferences worldwide on topics such as digital transformation, innovation, and eGovernment.
Radoslav is a skilled business and technology professional with referenceable experience in International IT Consulting Services. Accomplished professional with a track record in International IT Consulting Services. For more than 25 years, he has been building and leading international IT delivery and support centers. Rade leads the Technology Consulting team in EY Serbia.
Goran is a Senior Manager and Technical leader of the Technology Consulting team in EY Serbia. In the last almost two decades he wore various hats from engineering to tech executive. He has extensive experience leading teams in the implementation of numerous demanding Digital experience and eCommerce solutions, and advising architecture teams, using a variety of technologies and tools. His professional interests, contributions and work with companies cover programming, people management, and business and technology alignment.
Vuk has more than a decade of IT experience. He is a certified HCL Commerce Architect who has a proven record of designing, developing and customizing critical systems deploying HCL Commerce platform. He has experience in the development and implementation of key business-critical systems by providing consultancy in planning, design and implementation, troubleshooting and problem-solving, reliability and efficiency initiatives. Vuk is a Commerce team lead in the EY Technology Consulting team in Serbia.
Erich Cossutta is the Founder and President of the Dragon Maritime Group which is one of the leading logistics providers of SEE. Mr. Cossutta’s extensive experience in transportation and logistics, has enabled him to better understand dynamics of the SEE economy, the value of innovation, technological transformation, and makes him a better entrepreneur with a great imagination who is always looking for improvement.
Matko is leading MEUR 200+ operation value in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Poland of Finnish technology company known for its delivery platform for food and merchandise. Ex-McKinsey consultant with professional experience across various industries such as Telco, IT, Food Delivery, etc. Former executive of Hrvatski Telekom in charge for E2E process design and change management.
Igor Jakovljević, General Manager for DPD Croatia and DPD Slovenia, has more than 20 years of experience in logistics. Leading almost 1000 delivery experts in Adriatic region his aim is to provide a high level of service quality and a unique customer experience for customer and consignees.
I have been working in the banking sector since 2008 in different roles but always in the sales. I am bringing to the merchants’ voice and engaged in payment solutions and advanced technical solutions. My main goal is developing sales results by connecting together different markets and using their strengthnesses. We are on a continuously changing road to become more global market player.
Direct marketing veteran with rich international experience. For twenty years he was a partner in Slovenian company Studio Moderna which has become the leading direct response marketing company in central and eastern Europe. Since 2012 as a refugee from the marketing world he found his passion in developing Mokrin House which operates as a co-working and co-living space for freelencers, remote workers and digital nomads from all over the world. Mokrin House is also popular destination and inspirational spot for companies from the region for their team-building activities and hybrid work models.
President of M&I Systems Group, an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in software industry, business strategy, technology investment and management. As one of the driving forces behind M&I Systems Group, Vladan’s relentless energy is stemming the way for the Group to achieve global success. American educated, Vladan is a former professional hockey player, and an avid promoter of the game.
With over a dozen years of experience in the IT Technology space, Vujadin is an established Digital Commerce Innovator with experience helping organizations build industry-leading omnichannel commerce programs. As a Software Architect in the EY Technology Consulting team in Serbia, he designs and implements complex eCommerce systems with deep expertise in Adobe (Magento) Commerce platforms. Skilled in eCommerce and Web Application frontend and backend technologies, Vujadin builds system integration solutions, taking into account the complexity of corporate environments and shifting client needs.
I am a skilled technology and business enthusiast with great interests in IT/BI and Automobile industry. As an entrepreneur, I always love to be part of the new generation of innovators which
plays huge role in constant development of businesses I am involved in. As an executive with more than 15 years of experience in Automobile industry and 10+ years in business information and IT, my objective is to support technological development of companies that will lead to the future of more competitive business environment.
Felipe Alves is the Chief Supply Chain & Customer Excellence Officer at Ananas, a new e-commerce marketplace part of the Delta Holding group with huge ambitions in the Balkans.
More than 12 years in consulting, working as Partner in BCG core member of the e-commerce practice globally, involved in several projects that boomed after COVID.
Worked for clients such as bol.com, Allegro, Amazon, Mercado Libre, and other marketplaces, besides several FMCG which were planning to develop their e-commerce and DTC capabilities.
Sonja Cossutta has over 10 years of experience working in international markets with a focus on project management, change management and technology.
She is also co-founder of Terramagica, the first regional one-stop ecommerce destination for a curated collection of Istrias hidden gems which are available through a international delivery to your door service.
Marco Landi , now President of QuestIt, an AI Company, has a long experience in global Hi-Tech business. He has been WW COO of Apple Computer in Cupertino responsible for Global Operations, Marketing and Sales after a successfull turnaround of Apple EMEA activities. He was part of the Apple Management Team that brought back Steve Jobs, after 11 years of absence from Apple. Marco Landi has published three books: “ Connecting the dots “ on how he reached the top position at Apple , “ Business Humanum Est “ about his principles for leadership in the business and “ Connections “ on his ideas to use AI technologies for the benefits of Humanity. Recently Marco has ipublished a new book on AI with Prof.Gori and the journalist Nicola di Turi: A guide to AI for all people.
His professional journey started in the car industry and his passion for cars brought him to the leading position of the largest sales and service org. in Croatia. Since 2020 he is the CEO of Neostar, an innovative digital platform for selling, buying, and maintaining cars.
An inspiring leader with almost 25 years in gaming industry. Darko is a walking encyclopedia and leader who exudes calm and constructive approach.
Thanks to him the company he leads grows from year to year.
Peter Nalli is Head of Animation and Visual Effects for Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment. He has worked on over 20 international feature films as a Visual Effects Supervisor and as an acclaimed Art Director on various high-profile advertising campaigns. Peter is the co-creator and showrunner of the animated series, Arctic Friends and Puffins as well as the animated spin-off superhero series Puffins Impossible, created in Serbia.
One of the most influential media entrepreneurs in Adria region with unique vision for new opportunities in crowded media landscape. As a 15-year-old journalist brought TV rights for NBA in war ravaged Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pioneered many media projects and introduced some of the world leading media brands such as CNN, Euronews…to regional markets and consumers. Always looking for ways to rediscover media consumption and currently working on Bloomberg Adria project – multimedia platform and TV channel in five countries.
Filip Novak is the regional Territory Manager at Salesforce with a focus on mid and large sized companies. Being a partner and trusted advisor to customers from all industries in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and the rest of the region, he does his best to turn the Salesforce vision of modern business into reality and convenience for companies in our region. Transferring experience and best practice of the #1 CRM platform in the world, Filip brings his clients additional ideas and inspiration for business transformation where the customer and customer experience are in the spotlight.
Igor Jovanovski is co-owner and CEO of Kameleon Solutions, the most awarded Salesforce consulting company from the Adriatic Region. For more than 14 years of experience, gor successfully leads a team of people working on the digital transformation of companies.
To be continued…