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Join us for a programme of lively debate, talks and discussion around a variety of themes and major trends, from boosting small business to the effects of migration on labour markets, the opportunities and pitfalls of tourism and the ways to connect the local and regional to the global economy.

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White Hall, Level 2, Parliamentary Assembly Building
EBRD Blue Ribbon Annual Gathering

The Blue Ribbon programme offers a range of tailor-made advisory services and financing options for selected companies. The programme aims to create a network of high-growth, high-potential “champion” SMEs and enable their organic growth, innovation and competitive edge in accessing wider domestic and international markets. The champions stand out for their market leadership qualities and high-growth potential. The Blue Ribbon network covers 29 countries and meets in Sarajevo to share best practice, strengthen the relationships and discuss the challenges facing SMEs.

Invitation Only – Enquiries:
Nia Evans 
evansn@ebrd.com

8:30 – 09:00
Registration, Welcome coffee, administration, introductions
09:00 - 09:15
Welcome Remarks and Video
Nadia Petkova, Director, Regional Network, SME Finance &Development, EBRD
9:15 – 9:30
Keynote by Alain Pilloux, Vice President, Banking, EBRD EBRD
9:30–10:45
Digital Transformation and SMEs: opportunity or threat?
Alexios Seibt, Principal, Arthur D Little
10:45-11:15
Preparing and presenting your company to outside investors
Andrey Mitchenko, Ecosoft , current Blue Ribbon Member
11:15 – 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30-12:30
Motivating compliance and good governance for SMEs
Introduction: Lisa Rosen, Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, EBRD
Speaker: Gemma Aiolfi, Head, Corporate Governance, Compliance and Collective Action, Basel Institute on Governance
12:30–13:00
Update on Blue Ribbon programme
Alex Paine, Associate Director, SME Finance & Development, Financial Products, EBRD
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gemma Aiolfi

Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action, Basel Institute on Governance

Gemma Aiolfi is Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance. She was previously Legal Counsel to the Integrity Department at ABB Zurich, in connection with the US Deferred Prosecution Agreement. She was Global Head of Anti-Corruption at UBS AG and also worked in the Group Money Laundering Prevention Unit. Whilst employed by the OECD’s Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions she worked with the Chairman of the OECD Working Group, Professor Mark Pieth, and together they established the Basel Institute on Governance.
Gemma studied Law at the London School of Economics, and was called to the bar of England and Wales. She also undertook postgraduate law studies at Basel and Stockholm Universities.

Andrii Mitchenko

Chief Executive Officer, Ecosoft

Andrii Mitchenko is CEO of ECOSOFT, a water treatment systems company in Ukraine. Since 1991, it has manufactured and market engineered water purification solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications. It operates production facilities in Ukraine and Germany and distributes water filters in Europe, the Americas, and CIS countries. He has contributed to 40 scientific publications dedicated to water treatment methods. He is a graduate of the Department of Chemistry, of M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University and holds a PhD in Ecology and Protection of Natural Resources.

Yes

Alex Paine

Associate Director, ASB, EBRD

Alex Paine is EBRD Associate Director, Advice for Small Business (ASB) and heads a development group that designs new financial programmes for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Some of the programmes currently in development focus on deploying advice and financing to women-led businesses; trade finance for SMEs; IPO and corporate bond listings for SMEs; and supporting development of early stage enterprises. Alex also leads the EBRD’s Blue Ribbon programme and oversees strategic development of EBRD’s International Advisory programme (formerly EPG/TAM).
Alex was previously a partner at IMAP (2008-2014), a leading network of merger and acquisition companies, and managed IFC’s SME Advisory Programme in the Balkans. He holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

Yes

Nadia Petkova

Director, Regional Network, SME &F&D Regional Network, EBRD

Lisa Rosen

Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, EBRD

Lisa Rosen is EBRD’s Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for ensuring that the highest standards of integrity are applied throughout all Bank activities. This includes providing advice to all EBRD departments in evaluating integrity and reputational risks relating to proposed and on-going projects; conducting integrity and anti-money laundering (AML) training courses; advising on conflicts of interest; investigating instances of staff misconduct and investigating allegations of fraud and corruption in EBRD projects. She also oversees the EBRD’s Project Complaint Mechanism which provides redress for complaints by local groups adversely affected by Bank projects.
She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (BA), London School of Economics (MSc) and Fordham University Law School (JD).

Yes

Alexios Seibt

Principal, Arthur D. Little Austria GmbH

Alexios Seibt is a Principal at Arthur D. Little (ADL) in Vienna with over 7 years of experience in management consulting working on converging industries, incl. automotive, mobility and telecommunications. Projects range from top-level to functional strategies for sales, after-sales and IT, and concepts for the cutting-edge technologies. He is responsible for expanding the Public Service Practice in Vienna and for key mobility initiatives for private and public players. Prior to ADL, he was a head of finance for a luxury vehicle dealership.
Alexios holds a degree in international business administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business, a Masters in International Management from CEMS and a Masters in International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy Vienna.

Keynote

Alain Pilloux

Vice President, Banking, EBRD

Speakers

Gemma Aiolfi

Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action, Basel Institute on Governance

Andrii Mitchenko

Chief Executive Officer, Ecosoft

Alex Paine

Associate Director, ASB, EBRD

Nadia Petkova

Director, Regional Network, SME &F&D Regional Network, EBRD

Lisa Rosen

Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, EBRD

Alexios Seibt

Principal, Arthur D. Little Austria GmbH

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Blue Hall, Level 4, Parliamentary Assembly Building
EBRD Annual Donor Meeting

Partnerships with donors are an integral part of the EBRD’s work. By engaging with a wide range of donors, the Bank gains vital support to deliver its transition mandate and improve the lives of people in the countries where it works. At this year’s event, donors from three continents will meet to review the results of our partnership in 2018 and discuss the impact of their support in the EBRD regions as well as future priorities.

Invitation Only – Enquiries:
Sarah Platt-Smyth
plattsms@ebrd.com

Speaker information coming soon.
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Sala 101, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility Meeting

The Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF) Meeting is a closed-door event which brings together key implementing partners and government representatives from the Western Balkans to coordinate SME development in the region. The WB EDIF, funded by the European Union, aims at improving access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises in the region through a variety of instruments, and by blending financing with technical assistance. This event will be the third WB EDIF event hosted in the Western Balkans and will provide an opportunity for participants to address key challenges and build on the productive collaboration and dialogue of stakeholders.

Invitation Only – Enquiries:
Nia Evans
evansn@ebrd.com

Speaker information coming soon.
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EBRD Annual Donor Meeting Lunch (by invitation only)
Speaker information coming soon.
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Press Briefing Room, Ground Floor, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Small Business Initiative review, and the Annual Assembly of the Small Business Impact Fund - Working Lunch

This session provides an overview of the activities and results of the Small Business Initiative (SBI) in 2018. Participants will also discuss the operational priorities for 2019 and beyond, including topics such as youth employment/inclusion and SBI impact. This will be followed by the Annual Assembly of the contributors to the Small Business Impact Fund (SBIF): this is a forum in which to present last year’s results, with a particular focus on mobilised resources and the ongoing activities and outcomes of SBIF-supported programmes.

Invitation Only – Enquiries:
Sarah Platt-Smyth
plattsms@ebrd.com

Speaker information coming soon.
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Congress Hall, Level 4, Swissotel
Trade Facilitation Programme

The Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) currently includes over 100 issuing banks in the EBRD regions and more than 800 confirming banks worldwide. The event will give 150 guests the opportunity to review and discuss current market challenges with key industry specialists, regulators and representatives from the World Trade Organization, the International Chamber of Commerce HQ and the local, national International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) committees industry. It will also feature the highly popular annual award ceremony for ‘The Most Active EBRD TFP Banks’ and ‘Deal of the Year’, co-hosted with the “Financial Times Special Editions”.

Invitation Only – Enquiries:
Kamola Makhmudova
makhmudk@ebrd.com
Zammurad Salam
salamz@ebrd.com 


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Marc Auboin

Counsellor, World Trade Organization

Marc Auboin is the Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO) responsible for the institution's trade and finance agenda, including trade finance, and WTO's relations with the IMF and the World Bank. He is Secretary of the WTO Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance, and of the Expert Group on Trade Finance. He has participated in various initiatives to increase the availability of trade finance (e.g. G20 support package, dialogue with the Basel Committee).

Prior to joining WTO, Marc held various positions at IMF, was Deputy Secretary General of the Monetary Committee of the European Union, and worked for the French Treasury. Marc holds a Ph.D in Economics from Sciences-Po Paris and was a research fellow at the London School of Economics and Yale University. .

Faycal Badawi

Director of Foreign Banking Relations & Trade Financing, BMCE Bank Of Africa

Chafic Haddad

Head of EMEA, Financial Institutions, Citi

Andrea Hauptmann

Executive Director, Head of Guarantees Department, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Yes

William Howarth

President, International Compliance Association

Bill Howarth is the President of the International Compliance Association (ICA), an organisation of which he was the founder and CEO for 15 years.

He has a legal and academic background, having spent more than 30 years teaching at universities across the world before joining ICA, where he designed, built and delivered the education frameworks for the ICA.

Bill advises regulators, professional bodies and training organisations in the structuring of certificated education. He has written extensively about a range of disciplines, including law, wealth management, compliance and anti-money laundering and speaks extensively at international conferences.

Alan Ketley

Managing Director, Global AML Advisory, MUFG

Alan Ketley is Managing Director in the Global Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance function at MUFG Bank in New York.

Alan previously spent 13 years in AML at European and US banks in New York, focusing on wholesale products and services such as correspondent banking, documentary trade finance, corporate cash management, prepaid cards, foreign exchange, corporate trust and lending.

Alan joined compliance from sales/relationship management where he was responsible for global correspondent banking services and corporate cash management services provided to banks, multilateral agencies and multinational corporations.

Alan is one of MUFG’s two representatives to the Wolfsberg Group and is currently the chair of the Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire Steering Committee.

Hans Krohn

Regional Head CIS, Commerzbank AG

Yes

David Yung-Lo Lin

Representative, Taipei Representative Office in the UK

Francis Malige

Managing Director Financial Institutions Group, EBRD

Yes

Jelena Moraca

Corporate Strategy & Transactional Banking Department Deputy m, Eurobank A. D.

Jelena Morača is Deputy Manager in the Corporate Strategy and Transactional Banking Department at Eurobank, Serbia.

Her main focus is the development of cooperation with IFIs. As a result of strong team work and collaboration with the EBRD, Eurobank has been recognised as the most active issuing bank in Serbia for the fifth consecutive year by EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP). It is expected that a Trade Ready Programme in Serbia will now be developed, together with the EBRD.

Jelena joined Eurobank in 2007 as a member of the Management Reporting Team in the Corporate Division. Previously, she managed the Financial Department at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport.

She is an economics graduate of the University of Belgrade.

Ulf-Peter Noetzel

Global Head of Trade Finance Financial Institutions, Deutsche Bank AG

Ulf-Peter Noetzel is Managing Director and Global Head of Trade Finance Financial Institutions at Deutsche Bank.

Based in Frankfurt, he is responsible for implementing new sales and product initiatives besides managing the team. Prior to this role, Ulf-Peter spent several years in Singapore as Regional Sales Head in charge of promoting cash and trade products to banks across Asia. During this period, which included the introduction of the euro, his main focus was to promote Deutsche Bank’s leading position in cash clearing services.

Ulf-Peter holds a degree as Dipl. Bankbetriebswirt from the Bank Academy in Frankfurt (School of Finance) and was also a member of its board of curators. He is currently a member of the BAFT Board of Directors and the BAFT Europe Council.

Vincent O'Brien

Chair, ICC Banking Commission

Vincent O’Brien is Associate Director, Institute of International Banking Law and Practice (IIBLP), Washington DC, providing direction in the application of ICC rules and practice. He is also a Member of the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission, and Vice Chair, Banking Commission of the United Arab Emirates.

Vincent has acted as a technical consultant in trade facilitation in more than 100 countries for major banks, development institutions and governmental organisations. He serves as an Adviser on Innovation and Market Intelligence at China Systems Corporation, the leading global trade and supply chain finance solutions provider. He is also engaged as expert witness in international trade related dispute resolution exercises and legal cases.

Selma Omić

COO - Member of the Management Board, Addiko Bank dd

Selma Omić is Chief Operations Officer, Addiko Bank Bosna i Hercegovina where she is responsible for the Operations, IT and REM departments. Together with other Management Board members and her team, Selma has overseen a project to transform the Addiko Bank. She has over 20 years experience in the banking industry with a focus on operations, and has held leadership positions in operations for HVB CPB, Sparkasse Bank, Hypo Alpe Adria Bank and Sberbank.

Selma holds a Master of Management from the School of Economics and Business at the University of Sarajevo, as well as a Bachelors degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Sarajevo.

Lakis Pantelides

Manager Trade Services, Bank of Cyprus Group

Lakis Pantelides has been Head of the Trade Services Department of the Bank of Cyprus since 2007. He is recognized as a leading trade finance professional within and beyond the community of practice, with a supportive and influential role in the expansion and development of trade finance in Cyprus.

In 2015, he was certified by the Cyprus Human Resources Development Authority as a Certified Educational Trainer, developing and providing lectures and programmes in trade finance to the Cyprus banking community and large corporates.

Lakis is a member of ICC Cyprus, the Cyprus National Trade Commission, the ICC Banking Commission and the ICC Guarantee Task Force.

Sanela Pašić

CEO - President of the Management Board, Addiko Bank dd

Elena Ristevska

Senior Officer, Komercijalna Banka AD Skopje

Ms Elena Ristevska is a graduate from the Faculty of Economics, University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje where she later completed a Master of Science degree in Monetary Economics, Finance and Banking. Since 2007 she has been employed at Komercijalna Banka AD Skopje, in the International Division, Department of International Payment Operations and Foreign Currency Accounts. She has worked her way up from a Junior Officer, Officer and now Senior Officer in the Letter of Credit Department, dealing with letter of credits, documentary collections and cheques. Elena has attended several trainings and seminars in Trade Finance, successfully completed the EBRD TFP on-line courses and won the 2016 EBRD ICC Gold Medal in Trade Exchange Clinic

Senad Softić

Governor, Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Senad Softić has been the Chair of the Governing Board and Governor of the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2015, as well as the Chairman of the Management Board of the Deposit Insurance Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He has worked at the School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo since 2007, where he currently holds the position of Associate Professor. At the same time, he is the Head of Master Studies for the Crisis Management course at the Sarajevo School of Economics and Business and Zagreb Faculty of Economics and Business.

Senad holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo.

Moderator

Anna Brod

Principal Banker, EBRD

Kamola Makhmudova

Associate Director, Senior Banker, TFP, EBRD

Rudolf Putz

Head Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP), EBRD

Speakers

Marc Auboin

Counsellor, World Trade Organization

Faycal Badawi

Director of Foreign Banking Relations & Trade Financing, BMCE Bank Of Africa

Chafic Haddad

Head of EMEA, Financial Institutions, Citi

Andrea Hauptmann

Executive Director, Head of Guarantees Department, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

William Howarth

President, International Compliance Association

Alan Ketley

Managing Director, Global AML Advisory, MUFG

Hans Krohn

Regional Head CIS, Commerzbank AG

David Yung-Lo Lin

Representative, Taipei Representative Office in the UK

Francis Malige

Managing Director Financial Institutions Group, EBRD

Jelena Moraca

Corporate Strategy & Transactional Banking Department Deputy m, Eurobank A. D.

Ulf-Peter Noetzel

Global Head of Trade Finance Financial Institutions, Deutsche Bank AG

Vincent O'Brien

Chair, ICC Banking Commission

Selma Omić

COO - Member of the Management Board, Addiko Bank dd

Lakis Pantelides

Manager Trade Services, Bank of Cyprus Group

Sanela Pašić

CEO - President of the Management Board, Addiko Bank dd

Elena Ristevska

Senior Officer, Komercijalna Banka AD Skopje

Senad Softić

Governor, Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Main Hall, Level 1, Hotel Holiday
Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility SME Forum and Launch of the SME Policy Index

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) are important contributors to an economy. This is particularly true in the pre-accession economies of the Western Balkans and Turkey where SMEs contribute close to three-quarters of employment and around 60 per cent of value added. However, their potential remains largely untapped: SMEs are under-represented in international trade and firm-level productivity is significantly below EU standards.
The Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility SME Forum (WB EDIF SME Forum) will open with the launch of the SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2019, setting the stage for an in-depth discussion on the opportunities and challenges in the SME business environment.
This will be followed by an interactive panel session, during which SMEs can share their experiences under WB EDIF as well as exchange lessons learned and best practices on their road to success.

For more information please contact:
Nia Evans
evansn@ebrd.com

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Marko Cadez

President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia

Marko Čadež is President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (CCIS), a Member of the Board of Directors of EUROCHAMBRES from among the non-EU countries, and President of the Managing Board of the Western Balkan 6 Chamber Investment Forum.
He was appointed to the position of the CCIS President for the first time in December 2014, from the position of Vice President in charge of the chamber system modernization, and Director of the CCIS Representative Offices in Germany and Austria. In June 2017, the CCIS Assembly entrusted him with a new five-year term of office. He is a Member of the Economic Council of the Development Agency of Serbia. He executed the office of the President of the Managing Board of the Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA).

Altin Fuga

CEO, APM Shpk

Altin Fuga has been the General Manager of APM since 2012. APM is one of the leading local manufacturers of fabricated metal products in Albania, serving both domestic and foreign markets. Prior to this Altin was a Project Manager and Site Manager for different private companies in Albania. Notably, Altin joined Alb-Star, a leading engineering company in Albania, as a Site Engineer for various projects implemented for Bankers Petroleum. He was promoted to Project Manager and then to Director of Industrial Projects.
Altin graduated from the Polytechnic University of Tirana in 2003 with a degree in Civil Engineering and is a member of the Albanian Association of Civil Engineers.

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Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President, Policy & Partnerships, EBRD

Pierre Heilbronn is EBRD Vice President, Policy and Partnerships. He is a member of the EBRD’s Executive Committee leading on the Bank’s economic, policy and reform agenda, managing bilateral and multilateral donor partnerships and ensuring an inclusive engagement of civil society.

Before joining the EBRD in 2016, Pierre was Deputy Chief of Staff for France’s Minister of Economy and Finance. He also previously served as the European Adviser to the French Prime Minister and was acting General Secretary for European Affairs.

He is a graduate of Institut d’ Études Politiques de Paris and the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), holds a Master of Economics (Cambridge University) and a Master of European Studies (College of Europe, Bruges).

Yes

Marco Marrone

Department Director, Head of Mandate Management Debt, European Investment Fund

Marco is a Director at the European Investment Fund (EIF) heading the Department responsible for the management of mandates dedicated to guarantee products. The Department manages more than 50 mandates across the EU, Accession and Neighbouring Countries.
Over his tenure at EIF, Marco has developed comprehensive expertise ranging from Legal (Deputy General Counsel), to Regional Business Development (Head of Western and Southern Europe) to Portfolio Guarantees Implementation (Head of Regional Mandates). In this context, he has been directly involved in a large range of business activities including portfolio guarantees, private equity investments and microfinance.
Prior to joining EIF, Marco worked in private practice for approximately 10 years, advising on corporate finance transactions.

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

Katarína Mathernová is Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, the Directorate General for Neighbourhood & Enlargement Negotiations. Between 2007-2010, she served as Deputy Director General in DG Regional Policy.
Katarína has held senior management and advisory posts at the European Commission, the World Bank and in the reform government in Slovakia, where she was Chief Institutional and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs.
She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Comenius University in Bratislava, a Masters of Law from the University of Michigan, and is a member of the New York Bar. Her distinctions include the award Slovak Woman of the Year in 2000 and the Pro Bono Human Rights award in 1993 from the International Human Rights Law Group.

Cesare Onestini

Director, European Training Foundation

Cesare Onestini took up the post of Director of the European Training Foundation in September 2017.
He joined the European Commission in 1995, working for six years in education and training policy before serving in a variety of roles in energy, trade, the Secretariat General and external relations, where he was Head of Political and Security Council Affairs in the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York. Mr Onestini joined the European External Action Service in 2010, playing a key role in setting the service up, as advisor to the Chief Operating Officer and Head of the Corporate Board Secretariat, before his appointment as Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to India and Bhutan, where he served for three years.

Biljana Scekic

Associate Director, ASB Regional Head, EBRD - Belgrade

Biljana Šćekić is the Regional Head for Western Balkans (Advisory), SME Finance & Development at the EBRD. In this capacity, Biljana is in charge of advisory support to SMEs in six Western Balkans countries. Prior to this, Biljana served as Montenegro’s Deputy Minister of Finance for Tax and Customs Systems, Financing Municipalities, and Accounting and Auditing. She was also the EU Negotiator for Montenegro, leading negotiations for five EU Chapters. Before joining the EBRD, Biljana was Director General for Economic Diplomacy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.
Biljana holds a MA in Business and Corporate Communication from City University of New York and a BA in Economics from the University of Montenegro.

Andreas Schaal

Director, OECD Global Secretariat, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD

Mr. Andreas Schaal is the Director of OECD Global Relations. From 2013 to 2016, he served the organisation as the Head of the Sherpa Office and the Global Governance Unit and between 2013-2018 as the G20 Sous Sherpa. In these roles, he has worked with the OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to advance OECD contributions to key pillars of the global governance architecture, such as the G20, G7, APEC and the Deauville Partnership supporting Transition Countries in the MENA Region.
Mr. Schaal, a German national, holds a Masters in Public Policy and Public Management from the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Amir Softić

Board Member, Sparkasse Bank dd BiH

Amir Softić is CRO and CFO at Sparkasse Bank Bosnia and Herzegovina with more than 20 years of experience in the banking sector, primarily in the risk management area. He graduated his masters study at the University of Sarajevo and is currently preparing a PhD dissertation on the topic: ‘’EU banking regulation and prevention of financial shocks in Bosnia and Herzegovina’’. During his CRO career he was in charge of the implementation of a comprehensive risk remediation program and new banking regulations.
Parallel to his ordinary job, for over four years, Amir was engaged as a guest lecturer at the Banking Academy of School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo.
Currently, he is a Chairman of the Professional Association of Risk Managers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mirko Šarović

Deputy Chairman of Council of Ministers, Ministry of Foreign Trade & Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mirko Šarović is Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before 1990, he worked in Famos Sarajevo, Engine Factory Sarajevo and Unis Sarajevo for their economic systems. Then, Mr. Šarović began his public service career as Secretary of the Municipal Assembly of New Sarajevo, and later served as President of the Executive Board of the Municipality of New East Sarajevo and Mayor of East Sarajevo. In 1998, Mr. Šarović became Vice President of the Republic of Srpska and eventually President in 2000, and also served two terms as a member of National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska. Later, he acted as the Serb Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and served as Chairman of the Presidency until April 2003.

No

Moderator

Claudio Viezzoli

Managing Director, SME Finance & Development, EBRD

Anthony Williams

Director, External Communications, EBRD

Speakers

Marko Cadez

President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia

Altin Fuga

CEO, APM Shpk

Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President, Policy & Partnerships, EBRD

Marco Marrone

Department Director, Head of Mandate Management Debt, European Investment Fund

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

Cesare Onestini

Director, European Training Foundation

Biljana Scekic

Associate Director, ASB Regional Head, EBRD - Belgrade

Andreas Schaal

Director, OECD Global Secretariat, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD

Amir Softić

Board Member, Sparkasse Bank dd BiH

Mirko Šarović

Deputy Chairman of Council of Ministers, Ministry of Foreign Trade & Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Press Briefing Room, Ground Floor, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Eight Things You Should Know about Middle-Income Transitions

This event promises to be a lively, high-level discussion about the challenges faced by middle-income economies and is based on EBRD’s recent report, Eight Things You Should Know about Middle-Income Transitions, generously supported by the EBRD Korea Trust Fund. Participants will focus on ways in which the transitions from low-income to middle-income to high-income status (the so-called middle-income transitions) have changed over time – reflecting technological progress, population aging and climate change. For instance, knowledge-intensive services can today be exported much like manufacturing products in the past, while manufacturing itself employs fewer workers. Building social safety nets and making economic growth greener have become increasingly important elements of middle-income transitions.

For more information, contact:
Alexander Plekhanov
plekhana@ebrd.com

 

 

Beata Javorcik

Professor of Economics, University of Oxford

Beata Javorcik is a Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College. She is also a Programme Director at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London and a member of the Executive Committee of the Royal Economic Society. Prior to arriving in Oxford, she worked at the World Bank in Washington DC where she was involved in research activities, lending operations and provision of policy advice to developing countries in central and eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. In September 2019, she will become Chief Economist of the EBRD, succeeding the current Chief Economist Professor Sergei Guriev.

A Polish national, Professor Beata Javorcik holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University and a BA from the University of Rochester.

Igor Lukšić

Public Sector Director South East Europe, PricewaterhouseCoopers d.o.o.

Igor Lukšić is currently South East Europe Public Sector Director at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He served in the Government of Montenegro for twelve years. While he was Minister of Foreign Affairs (2012-2016), Montenegro received an invitation to join NATO and Lukšić launched the WB6 Initiative. Lukšić became Prime Minister of Montenegro upon the resignation of Milo Đukanović, and during his tenure (2010-2012) he opened accession talks with the EU and completed Montenegro’s accession to WTO. As Minister of Finance (2004-2010), Lukšić pursued numerous budgetary and tax reforms, issued the country’s first Eurobonds and Montenegro received its first ever credit rating. Lukšić holds a PhD in transition economics from the University of Montenegro in Podgorica.

Moderator

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, EBRD

Speakers

Beata Javorcik

Professor of Economics, University of Oxford

Igor Lukšić

Public Sector Director South East Europe, PricewaterhouseCoopers d.o.o.

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White Hall, Level 2, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Blockchain and its Strategic Value: Looking Beyond the Hype

Blockchain has become an inescapable buzzword in the last few years. Proponents contend that blockchain will disrupt every major industry and will even alter the way that people and societies interact. But the questions remain: Are we at the pinnacle of a history-altering technology that will drive massive economic and social impact, or is blockchain just the latest tech buzzword – more noise than substance?

This panel will address the following key questions:

• What are the potential benefits and tangible examples of using blockchain?

• In which sectors is there major progress in using blockchain?

• What groundwork is still required for blockchain to enter the mainstream and become more scalable?

• What type of regulatory environment is necessary to facilitate the use of blockchain?

• What impact will blockchain-enabled decentralisation have on traditional business models and governments?

For more information please contact:
Jelena Madir
MadirJ@ebrd.com

Vlaho Hrdalo

Union for Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Vlaho Hrdalo is a lawyer and has been a member of the Croatian Bar Association since January 2009. In 2012 he established his own law firm which specialises in FinTech and IT. He is the Chairman of the Croatian Union for Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies (UBIK - Udruga za blockchain i kriptovalute). Hrdalo is also a certified court interpreter of English, has authored several research papers and currently advises several ICOs. He is a graduate of the University of Zagreb and has completed interdisciplinary postgraduate studies in diplomacy (with the thesis “Digital privacy and digital freedom”). He is currently doing a PhD on Smart Contracts.

 

Marko Kovacevic

Chairman of the Board, MVP Workshop

Marko Kovačević is the Chairman of the Board at MVP Workshop - a company specialising in consultancy and R&D related to emerging Blockchain technologies – and is Co-Founder of the Serbian Blockchain Initiative. Marko also serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP), chairs the European Outsourcing Council of IAOP, and is also a Board member of the charity, Dobar Glas. Marko served previously as CEO of Trizma and held executive positions in the Atlantic Council of Serbia, Megatrend University, Telenor, Virtuoni, Dupont Carter and Insomnia Serbia. Marko has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Belgrade, an MIB from Grenoble Ecole de Management, andgraduated from the OPM52 class at Harvard Business School.

Marloes Pomp

Program Officer, Blockchain, Dutch Government

Marloes Pomp is the Initiator and Programme Officer for Blockchain Projects within the Government of the Netherlands and she is responsible for the international strategy of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition. The Dutch Blockchain Coalition is a jointly developed partnership by industry, government and knowledge institutions. Together they have assumed a leading role and joint responsibility for the success of the national blockchain action agenda.

Lukas Repa

Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content an, European Commission

Dr. Lukas Repa is a lawyer by training. He graduated from the University of Vienna, Austria (Mag.iur and Dr.iur) and the College of Europe in Bruges (LL.M) and qualified as an attorney-at-law in Vienna, Austria in 2003. Since 2003, Lukas has worked for the EU Commission in various functions: for ten years he served in DG COMP as an expert in anti-trust and State aid; worked for two years in DG ENER focusing on the internal market for electricity and gas; and since December 2018 he has been in DG CONNECT's Unit F3, where he works as a senior policy officer responsible for blockchain innovation and FinTech. Between 2017-2018, Lukas conducted research at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, as EU fellow where he explored FinTech and Initial Coin Offerings.

Vilius Sapoka

Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance

Born in 1978, Vilius Šapoka was appointed Minister of Finance as an independent politician in December 2016. In 2012–2016, Mr Šapoka was Director of the Financial Services and Markets Supervision Department at the Bank of Lithuania. Prior to that, he was Commissioner, Vice-Chairman, Chairman of the Lithuanian Securities Commission. A decade ago, Mr. Vilius Šapoka was also employed in the Financial Market Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance. In 2003 he was granted the degree of Master of Economics in Banking at Vilnius University, and he also has an International Executive Master of Business Administration from the Baltic Management Institute.

No

Moderator

Jelena Madir

Director, Chief Counsel, EBRD

Speakers

Vlaho Hrdalo

Union for Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Marko Kovacevic

Chairman of the Board, MVP Workshop

Marloes Pomp

Program Officer, Blockchain, Dutch Government

Lukas Repa

Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content an, European Commission

Vilius Sapoka

Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance

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Unitic, Fra Anđela, Zvizdovića 1
Diversity and Inclusion - Managing Talent Third Party Event by Deloitte

Diversity and Inclusion: “Managing Talent”


Moderator:

  • Vedrana Jelušić Kašić
    Financial Advisory Services Partner at Deloitte Croatia

Panelists:

  • Michal Kędzia
    Partner, Enterprise Investors
  • Ljiljana Kunosić
    Managing Director, Bingo
  • Branimir Muidža
    General Manager BIH & Croatia, Heidelberg Cement Group
  • Charlotte Ruhe
    Managing Director CSEE, EBRD
  • Alastair Teare
    CEO, Deloitte Central Europe
  • Boris Vujčić
    Governor, HNB 
  • Irena Weber
    Deputy CEO, Fortenova Group

Panel discussion followed by the networking drinks hosted by Deloitte Bosnia and Herzegovina

Speaker information coming soon.
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Blue Hall, Level 4, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Fireside chat with Baroness Ashton (Open to all participants)

Catherine Ashton played a critical role in all the major diplomatic challenges of her time in office (2009-2014): as the first EU High Representative and Vice President of the European Commission she set up the European External Action Service, negotiated the Iran nuclear deal, as well as dealing with the Arab Spring and the Ukraine crisis. She was particularly active in the Western Balkans including facilitating the Serbia – Kosovo dialogue. At a special curtain-raising event to the EBRD Annual Meeting, held in the late afternoon of 7 May, she will be in conversation with Jonathan Charles, EBRD Managing Director for Communications, reflecting on the past, present and future challenges of the region and what outsiders can do to help.

In order to register for this event, please select 'Associated Events' on the Annual Meeting registration page.

To participate in the Annual Meeting & Business Forum on the 8th and 9th of May, please select ‘General’ registrant.

Baroness Catherine Ashton

 

Baroness Catherine Ashton is a Life Peer in the UK’s House of Lords. She previously held a variety of roles: Director for Business in the Community, the Vice President of the National Council for One Parent Families, a minister in the Department for Education and Skills, and worked in the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Ministry of Justice. In 2007 she was appointed Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Queen's Privy Council in Gordon Brown’s first Cabinet.

In 2008 Baroness Ashton was appointed the first woman British European Commissioner and became the first woman Commissioner for Trade. In 2009 she became the EU’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Mr. Charles came to the Bank in 2011 after a long and distinguished career at the BBC, winning several awards for his journalism. As a BBC presenter and foreign correspondent, he has appeared on BBC1 and BBC World News television, as well as the BBC’s main radio channels.

His specialist areas include economics, Russia, the EU and international diplomacy; he has a keen interest in issues surrounding the single currency. He established television operations for the BBC in Brussels and Frankfurt, and operated in many conflict zones throughout the world. He holds an MA (Oxon) and BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oriel College, Oxford University.

@ebrdcharles

Yes

Speakers

Baroness Catherine Ashton

 

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

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Sala 101, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Transition to Transition: Sharing Experiences (Open to all participants)

The EBRD regions of operations covers a diverse set of countries at different stages of development, but the obstacles and constraints are often similar. The lesson learned from reforms implemented successfully in one country may, with suitable modification, be applied with equal success elsewhere. But what is the best way to share experiences, and do peer-to-peer exchanges across countries really work? In this special event, a distinguished group of policy-makers explain how they have brought their experience of market-oriented reforms to other countries, and they discuss the challenges associated with a “transition to transition” approach to knowledge sharing.

This evening event will take place on Tuesday 7 May and will be preceded by a Reception from 18:15.

 

In order to register for this event, please select 'Associated Events' on the Annual Meeting registration page.

To participate in the Annual Meeting & Business Forum on the 8th and 9th of May, please select ‘General’ registrant.

Imad Fakhoury

Senior Advisor, IFC

Imad Fakhoury joined IFC in early 2019 as a Senior Adviser for Private Sector Solutions.

Fakhoury served as Chair of the World Bank and IMF annual meetings in 2017 and as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2018.

He also served in successive Jordanian governments as Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Minister of Public Sector Development, and Minister of State for Mega Projects.

Fakhoury has an Executive MBA from Kellogg Business School, a Master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Master’s in engineering.

Valeria Gontareva

Former Governor, National Bank of Ukraine

Valeria Gontareva is Senior Policy Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics. Before assuming that role in 2018, Valeria served as the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine between 2014-2017. She was the first woman to lead Ukraine’s Central Bank and oversaw vital reforms to implement a new monetary policy of inflation targeting and a flexible exchange rate regime, in order to clean up Ukraine’s banking sector, strengthen regulatory supervision, and ensure the independence of the National Bank. Valeria Gontareva began her career in financial services in 1993 and gained over two decades of private sector experience at both Ukrainian and international financial institutions before her appointment as Governor of the Central Bank.

No

Giorgi Kvirikashvili

International Advisor, EBRD - Tashkent

Giorgi Kvirikashvili served as Prime Minister of Georgia between 2015-2018. As Chairman of the Georgian Dream Party, he led it to a landslide victory in the 2016 elections. Kvirikashvili spearheaded major initiatives to advance Georgia's Euro-Atlantic and European integration, and his other achievements include the introduction of Schengen visa-free travel for Georgian citizens, tax reform, the abolition of corporate income tax, and the introduction of the Pillar II Pension System.

Prior to being Prime Minister, Kvirikashvili served as Foreign Minister, Minister of the Economy and a Member of Parliament in Georgia. He currently serves as an International Adviser for the EBRD, advising on the creation of the Foreign Investors Council under the President of Uzbekistan.

Ivan Miklos

Former Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic, MESA10

Ivan Mikloš is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic (2002-2006, 2010-2012), and served as Deputy Prime Minister for Economy (1998-2002). Since April 2016, he has been Chief Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine. He is also Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group for Supporting Ukrainian Reforms (SAGSUR) and President of MESA10, the Slovakian economic think-tank. He was one of the leading figures of economic transformation in the Slovak Republic. In 2004, Ivan Mikloš was awarded the title of ‘Best Minister of Finance of the Year’ by Euromoney, and ‘Top Business Reformer’ by the World Bank´s Doing Business report.

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Mattia Romani is EBRD Managing Director for Economics, Policy and Governance. Before joining the EBRD in 2014, he was Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the Global Green Growth Institute; senior expert with McKinsey and Company; and Lord Nicholas Stern’s deputy on the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Finance. Between 2007-2009, he worked as the lead economist on the Stern Review team in the UK Government. Prior to this he had leading roles at Shell International and the World Bank.

Mattia holds a Doctorate (D.Phil.) in Economics from the University of Oxford and a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics.

No

Guðmundur Árnason

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance & Economic Affairs

Guðmundur Árnason is Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in Iceland. He previously served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Education, Culture and Research in Iceland. He is a Deputy Governor to the International Monetary Fund, the EBRD and the Nordic Investment Bank. He is also Chairman of the Board of the General Pension Fund and a member of the Nordic-Baltic Monetary and Finance Committee.

In October 2008 he was appointed by the Prime Minister of Iceland to administer coordination of the authorities´ response to the financial crisis and mitigate its repercussions.

He holds a Masters in International Relations from Sussex University and a Bachelor´s degree in Political Studies from the University of Stirling.

No

Keynote

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Speakers

Imad Fakhoury

Senior Advisor, IFC

Valeria Gontareva

Former Governor, National Bank of Ukraine

Giorgi Kvirikashvili

International Advisor, EBRD - Tashkent

Ivan Miklos

Former Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic, MESA10

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Guðmundur Árnason

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance & Economic Affairs

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Time Location Key Event
Networking Area, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
CSO Exhibition: ‘Connecting for Solutions’

The EBRD, in cooperation with the Paris Peace Forum, is delighted to present for the first time an exhibition that demonstrates how civil society is solving regional and global challenges. Selected CSO exhibitors will showcase how they are solving problems, together with governments and the private sector. Explore and connect to become part of our new initiative to promote exchange and dialogue between different partners!

Look forward to meeting:
• Embark (A Paris Peace Forum project)
• International Gender Champions (A Paris Peace Forum Project)
• Synopia (A Paris Peace Forum project)
• Bhcrafts – Bosnian Handicrafts
• Centre for the Promotion of Civil Society in Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return Initiative (FAIRR)
• Mozaik Foundation
• Needs Map
• RYCO – Regional Youth Cooperation Office
• Save the Children International
• SHURA Energy Transition Center
• National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED)
• Transparency International Ukraine
• WWF

Find out more about these organisations’ “solutions” here.

Speaker information coming soon.
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Great Hall, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Board of Governors' Opening Session

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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Great Hall, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
High Level Panel on Western Balkans with Participation of the Leaders of the Six WB Countries

In 2014 the EBRD President chaired a regional summit of Prime Ministers of the six Western Balkans countries in the Bank’s Headquarters. This was the first time all regional PMs had gathered together in such a format. This EBRD summit launched a new format of regional cooperation, known as the “Western Balkans Six at the level of Prime Ministers”.

Continuing regional integration, led by the EU, is indispensable for the region’s economic prospects and its stability. It is part and parcel of the EU Enlargement Policy. The current level of regional cooperation has been one of the greatest achievements of the Western Balkans. Numerous challenges remain, however, and these need to be addressed in order to unlock the full potential for growth and increase the attractiveness of the region to foreign investors. The Leaders of the WB6 will engage in a serious discussion on a variety of topics, such as: the ways to bridge the gap between the existing level of political commitment to regional integration and how it translates into concrete regional projects on the ground; approaches to address existing bottlenecks for major regional infrastructure projects; obstacles to regional trade; prospects for developing the Regional Economic Area and the “soft connectivity” agenda; as well as state of affairs in the region’s EU approximation and other geopolitical issues.

This region-focused discussion with the Leaders will be followed by more countryspecific presentations on investment prospects by respective Ministers from each of the WB6 countries. Both parts of this interactive highlevel panel will include Q&A and allow for an informal discussion between political leaders, policy-makers and business leaders, and provide the audience with a comprehensive understanding of the Western Balkans region.

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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Marquee
Networking Lunch

Networking Breakfasts and Lunches are complimentary and open to all Annual Meeting participants.

Speaker information coming soon.
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Sala 101, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Investing for Impact and Financial Returns: Trade-off or Trade-on?

Can large scale impact investors really do good by doing well? Or is there a trade-off between financial returns and social and environmental impact? Increasingly, the ‘value’ sought by commercial investors (internal rate of return) and the ‘values’ promoted by civil society (protecting the planet and people) are aligned – long-term value creation for all stakeholders depends on managing environmental, social and governance risks and other sustainability issues. This panel will explore ways in which business and civil society can work together to optimise approaches to impact investing and join forces to promote sustainable development.

For more information please contact:
Luisa Balbi
BalbiL@ebrd.com

Download the full agenda

Margaret Kuhlow

Finance Practice Leader, WWF International

Margaret L. Kuhlow leads the Finance Practice of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), providing strategic direction as well as thought and content leadership to WWF’s global engagement with the finance sector.
Before joining WWF, Ms. Kuhlow was Vice President of Investment Policy at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and was a member of the team that established and implemented the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation.
In her 25-year career, Ms Kuhlow has lived and worked extensively in developing and emerging markets, and has broad sectoral experience in sustainable investment, project finance, and grant making.
She holds a Masters in Public Policy, International Trade and Finance from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

 

Mila Lukic

Partner, Social Sector Funds, Bridges Fund Management

Mila Lukic is a Partner in the Social Sector Funds at Bridges Fund Management. She is responsible for managing the first fund in the world solely focused on supporting social outcomes’ contracts and has worked on over 30 of these projects since 2013, driving better outcomes and better value for public money in children’s services, housing and employment, educational support and health and social care.
She previously worked as a management consultant with Accenture and on an EdTech crowdsourcing social enterprise funding scholarships for young leaders in developing countries.
She is a Trustee for the Bridges Impact Foundation, which supports philanthropic activities that cannot be funded through investment. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Simon Fraser University) and an MBA (INSEAD).

Zoran Puljic

Director, Mozaik Foundation

Zoran Puljic is the 2010 Schwab (World Economic Forum) Social Entrepreneur and the founding Director of Mozaik Foundation - the leading social enterprise in central and eastern Europe and the leading impact investor in the Western Balkans.
Zoran holds an MA Certificate in Development from London Metropolitan University and an eMBA degree from Cotrugli Business School, Zagreb.
In addition, Zoran successfully completed the Harvard Business School Program (Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management) and the Harvard Kennedy Program (The Arts and Science of System Change). He is a Fellow of Duke University ( Public Policy), BoardSource (Governance), and INSEAD (Social Entrepreneurship).

Rosanna Sarkeyeva

Regional Manager - ECA, Triodos Investment Management

Rosanna Sarkeyeva is Regional Manager, Triodos Investment Management B.V., Netherlands, where she is responsible for developing the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector and renewable energy (RE) finance portfolio of Triodos in eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. She has in-depth knowledge of financial and energy sectors in emerging markets and is an active promoter of sustainable banking values.
Before joining Triodos in 2011, she held various positions in commercial and central banks, as a banking adviser and investment manager.
Educated in macroeconomics, banking and energy economics, Rosanna holds a PhD in Economics and an MA in Banking, both from University of Reading, and an MA in Economics from the National State University of Kyrgyzstan.

Yes

Moderator

Alan Rousso

Mananging Director, External Relations & Partnerships, EBRD

Speakers

Margaret Kuhlow

Finance Practice Leader, WWF International

Mila Lukic

Partner, Social Sector Funds, Bridges Fund Management

Zoran Puljic

Director, Mozaik Foundation

Rosanna Sarkeyeva

Regional Manager - ECA, Triodos Investment Management

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Congress Hall, Level 4, Swissotel
Slovenia - the Right Mix of Qualities

At the Crossroads of Economic Development, Transition and Integration: ‘Slovenia - The Right Mix of Qualities’

The Republic of Slovenia is at the crossroads of European corridors and is an advanced transition country which is closest to the Western Balkans. Although Slovenia was the first among transition countries to adopt the euro on January 1st 2007, the country was badly hit by the financial crisis. But it took bold measures and fiscal resources to overcome the problems. Lately, Slovenia has enjoyed a high level of growth and is further integrating its economy into European and global value chains.
Slovenia’s position is due to the right mix of qualities, its so-called ‘4Qs4U’: that means that the country has quality links to regional markets, a quality workforce, quality infrastructure and high quality of life. Find out more: www.InvestSlovenia.org. The EBRD has been instrumental in the Slovenian transition. The recently adopted EBRD Country Strategy for Slovenia confirms the Bank’s continuous support to private sector development projects, as well as related infrastructure and other investments. The Country Strategy aims to further strengthen Slovenia’s competitiveness, internationalisation and green economy transition, and so further enhance the 4Qs4U.Find out more about the EBRD in Slovenia: www.ebrd.com/where-we-are/slovenia/overview.html.
Come to this panel to hear high-level representatives of Slovenian authorities and the EBRD regional team tell the story of Slovenia’s economic transition: how the country built its qualities and how it preserves them.
The event also gives you an opportunity to learn about Slovenia’s conducive economic environment for domestic and foreign investors, and to identify future investment opportunities and priorities in the country. Above all, it provides an example of how the hurdles associated with Connecting Economies for Stronger Growth can be managed and how the EBRD can help. After the panel ends you are free to have one-to-one meetings with Slovenian and EBRD representatives. Join us and enjoy the 4Qs4U that Slovenia can provide!

To find out more about investment opportunities in Slovenia please visit SPIRIT Slovenija and INVEST SLOVENIA pages.

Ajda Cuderman

SPIRIT Public Agency - Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

Ajda Cuderman was appointed CEO of the public agency SPIRIT Slovenia in early 2019. Her vision of SPIRIT is that it develops into an effective public agency ensuring the sustainable growth and development of the Slovenian economy by supporting entrepreneurship, internationalisation, technological development, foreign direct investment and the promotion of the Slovenian economy.
Between 2016-2017, Ajda was CEO of Eltec Petrol d.o.o. in Belgrade where her special focus was implementing pilot projects to renovate lighting and energy in public buildings through public-private partnerships. She was previously at Petrol Group, working as business development manager for energy solutions in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia.
She has a Masters in Business Science (University of Maribor, Slovenia).

Metod Dragonja

State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Slovenia

Metod Dragonja is currently State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia.
After graduating with an economics degree from the University of Ljubljana in 1978, he began working for Lek d.d. Pharmaceuticals. During his later leadership as General Director and CEO, the company became one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in central and eastern Europe.
During his career, he has held various government positions, including Minister of Economic Affairs (1996-1999), Minister of Economic Development and Technology (2014), and State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance (2014-2016). Between 2008-2014, Metod was Director of Nova Ljubljanska Banka in Moscow.

Grzegorz Zielinski

Regional Director, Poland and the Baltics, EBRD - Warsaw

Grzegorz Zieliński is Regional Head of Central Europe and the Baltic States and heads the EBRD’s Resident Office in Warsaw.
Mr Zieliński worked at Ernst & Young before joining the EBRD in 1998. In 2001, he became a banker in the Power, Energy and Utilities team where he was responsible for the Bank’s activities in the power sector in Poland. He subsequently assumed responsibility for the power sector in Central Europe.
Mr Zieliński holds a degree in Business/Economics from the University of Gdansk, Poland, and a post-graduate certificate in European Integration from the EC Research Centre. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Yes

Moderator

Milan Martin Cvikl

Alternate Director, EBRD

Speakers

Ajda Cuderman

SPIRIT Public Agency - Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

Metod Dragonja

State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Slovenia

Grzegorz Zielinski

Regional Director, Poland and the Baltics, EBRD - Warsaw

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Blue Hall, Level 4, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Digitalisation – Preparing SMEs for the Future

SMEs today face a number of fundamental challenges to their growth and competitiveness, particularly as they seek to modernise their capabilities. With greater global connectivity and heightened consumer scrutiny, digitalisation of businesses is no longer an option but a necessity. In the Western Balkans and across the globe, SMEs are exploring how to integrate digital technology into their business models in order to open new markets, improve market intelligence and deliver higher value to customers.

From Industry 4.0 to e-commerce for SMEs, this panel will navigate the various facets of digitalisation and what digital transformation means for small businesses, evaluating the intersection of digitalisation with succession planning, financial literacy as well as other key sources relevant for future SME growth.

Georgina Baker

Regional Vice President, International Finance Corporation

Georgina Baker is IFC’s Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia. She is responsible for a committed portfolio of nearly US$30 billion comprising projects aimed at promoting private sector led development.
With deep expertise in capital markets, Ms. Baker spearheaded the launch of several cutting-edge initiatives at IFC, including the Managed Co-lending Portfolio Program, which mobilizes funding from investors alongside IFC. She also held dual responsibilities as Director of Syndications and Deputy Treasurer, based in London, where she headed Treasury Operations for Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Before joining IFC, Ms. Baker worked in the UK and Indonesia as a mechanical engineer. She holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Dusko Radovic

Owner and CEO, Transfera doo

Duško Radović is the owner and CEO of Transfera LLC, a Serbian transport and logistics company established in 2013 in Belgrade. It provides services for international and domestic transport by road, air and sea, customs clearance and the storage of goods. Under his strong leadership, Transfera has become one of the key market players and serves as an example of a modern, fast growing company.
He is also a founder of Transfera Academy which aims to build employees’ knowledge and skills in the areas of transport, customs representation, marketing and sales.
Duško has more than 28 years of experience in transport and logistics in management positions. He received Ernst & Young’s prestigious business award, ‘Fast-growing Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2016.

No

Qais Sabri

Director, EON Aligner

Qais Sabri is Director at Eon Dental NV, a manufacturer of custom-made dental appliances and a treatment platform, which uses the latest CAD/CAM and 3D printing technology as part of its manufacturing workflow. Eon is currently the leading provider of aligners in the MENA region and aims to change how dental care is administered and marketed.
He is also Co-Founder of QS Medical, a medical devices sales and consultancy company that acts a one-stop-shop for emerging manufactures of proprietary technologies. He began his career with Wells Fargo Wholesale Banking Division as a Relationships Manager.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Business in Entrepreneurial Management, Finance and Accounting from University of Minnesota- Carlson School of Management.

Alexios Seibt

Principal, Arthur D. Little Austria GmbH

Alexios Seibt is a Principal at Arthur D. Little (ADL) in Vienna with over 7 years of experience in management consulting working on converging industries, incl. automotive, mobility and telecommunications. Projects range from top-level to functional strategies for sales, after-sales and IT, and concepts for the cutting-edge technologies. He is responsible for expanding the Public Service Practice in Vienna and for key mobility initiatives for private and public players. Prior to ADL, he was a head of finance for a luxury vehicle dealership.
Alexios holds a degree in international business administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business, a Masters in International Management from CEMS and a Masters in International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy Vienna.

Tatjana Zabasu Mikuž

Managing Partner, South Central Ventures

Tatjana Zabasu Mikuž is a Managing Partner at South Central Ventures, the most active venture capital (VC) fund in southeastern Europe, where she is primarily in charge of M-A-K (Macedonia - Albania - Kosovo) investments and funds’operations.

For over a decade Tatjana has been an active VC investor, responsible for over ten investments into fast growing tech companies from the region. She was a cofounder of the first VC fund started in Slovenia in 2007, which had a pioneering role in the Western Balkans. Prior to becoming a VC investor, Tatjana was a Corporate Finance Advisor at Deloitte.

She currently serves on boards of InPlayer (video focused monetization platform), Cognism (AI supported lead and revenue generation), CustomSell (marketing automation) and Efos (agritech).

Moderator

Ben Hall

Europe editor, Financial Times Ltd.

Speakers

Georgina Baker

Regional Vice President, International Finance Corporation

Dusko Radovic

Owner and CEO, Transfera doo

Qais Sabri

Director, EON Aligner

Alexios Seibt

Principal, Arthur D. Little Austria GmbH

Tatjana Zabasu Mikuž

Managing Partner, South Central Ventures

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Great Hall, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Board of Governors' Plenary Session

Part 1: Strategic Matters (Closed Session)

Part 2: Financial and Institutional Matters (Open Session)

Speaker information coming soon.
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White Hall, Level 2, Parliamentary Assembly Building
The Belt & Road Initiative – How does it change the Region? Raiffeisen Bank International Session

The Belt and Road initiative (BRI) has been live globally and in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for about five years now. Therefore, it is the right time to take a closer look at what has already been achieved in the past years and what is possible and conceivable in the coming years. With regards to CEE a differentiated picture is to be drawn. More progress in the sense of the BRI objective has certainly been achieved in the China-Mongolia-Russia corridor than on the Balkan route or on the western section of the BRI. Nevertheless, it should be stressed that 70% of BRI investments in Central Europe (CE) and South Eastern Europe (SEE) were made in SEE, which is exactly the opposite of the regional GDP weights of the regions (CE: 70%, SEE: 30%). This is positive news in light of the massive investment needs in exactly this region.

RBI’s session will focus among others on the following questions:
• BRI in perspective – scope, size, projects & results so far
• How can a balanced integration (promotion of imports, exports, direct investments, financing) be achieved?
• How to co-ordinate the initiatives of all relevant players in the region?
• What is the impact of the BRI on the private sector and banks operating in the region?

Gunter Deuber

Senior Director, Head of Economics, Fixed Income and FX Research, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

No

Admir Eminović

Executive Director for International Operations, Euro-Asfalt

Lukasz Januszewski

Member of the Board, Markets & Investment Banking, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

No

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Mattia Romani is EBRD Managing Director for Economics, Policy and Governance. Before joining the EBRD in 2014, he was Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the Global Green Growth Institute; senior expert with McKinsey and Company; and Lord Nicholas Stern’s deputy on the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Finance. Between 2007-2009, he worked as the lead economist on the Stern Review team in the UK Government. Prior to this he had leading roles at Shell International and the World Bank.

Mattia holds a Doctorate (D.Phil.) in Economics from the University of Oxford and a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics.

No

Charlotte Ruhe

Managing Director, Central & South Eastern Europe, EBRD

Charlotte Ruhe, EBRD’s Managing Director, Central and South Eastern Europe, is responsible for 18 countries from Poland and the Baltic States to Greece and Cyprus. In a 27-year career at the EBRD, she was previously Director, SME Finance and Development and served as Director for Croatia in Zagreb (2005-2010). Prior to that she led the EU-EBRD SME Finance Facility as a Senior Banker in the Financial Institutions team. Charlotte joined the EBRD as Adviser to the Director for the USA in 1992, and in 1995 moved to the Financial Institutions team. She began her career at the US Department of the Treasury, and has an MA in International Economics (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) and a BA in Journalism and Political Science (Indiana University).

Yes

Moderator

Harald Kreuzmair

Head of Group Funds & Securities Services, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Speakers

Gunter Deuber

Senior Director, Head of Economics, Fixed Income and FX Research, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Admir Eminović

Executive Director for International Operations, Euro-Asfalt

Lukasz Januszewski

Member of the Board, Markets & Investment Banking, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Charlotte Ruhe

Managing Director, Central & South Eastern Europe, EBRD

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Congress Hall, Level 4, Swissotel
Turkey - Rebalancing and Transforming the Economy

Turkey’s economic and social performance since 2000 has been impressive. However, more recently the country has faced a number of internal and external challenges, notably macroeconomic imbalances, geopolitical uncertainties, changing patterns of global capital and trade flows, and the effects of climate change. These challenges tested investor confidence and by the summer of 2018 there had been a significant depreciation of the lira.
After the formation of the new government, the authorities responded with appropriate coordinated policy action. Monetary policy was tightened substantially and the New Economic Programme was introduced. This resulted in macroeconomic stabilisation, but at the cost of a sharp slowdown in economic activity.
Meanwhile, the private sector has been deleveraging. Credit growth, which had been an important catalyst for economic growth in the past, is unlikely to pick up quickly. In the EBRD’s view, the outlook for the medium term is for growth to be below trend.
This year’s Investment Outlook Session will explore the challenge of being a policymaker in such an environment, and also seek the perspective of senior executives of major businesses operating in sectors that have been heavily affected by the changing economic conditions. A major focus will be on what can be learned from the turbulence of the past months, as the authorities seek to rebalance and transform the economy to ensure more sustainable growth in the future.

Serhat Cecen

Chairman, IC ICTAS Yatirim Enerji Holding AS

Serhat Çeçen is CEO of Turkey’s IC Holding, an energy and infrastructure company. In previous positions at IC Holding he has contributed extensively to successful mergers and acquisitions in transport, infrastructure and energy sectors.
Mr Çeçen is also the chairman of ELDER, the Association of Electricity Distribution System Operators and is a Board Member of ENVER, the Energy Efficiency Association.
He is also actively involved in the education and cultural activities of the IC Foundation and Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen University.
Mr Çeçen holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey and from Bentley College in Massachusetts, USA.

No

Hilmi Güvenal

CEO, Hayat Varlik

Hilmi Güvenal has been the CEO and a Board Member of Hayat Varlık, Turkey’s leading non-performing loan (NPL) asset management company, since October 2009. In addition to his responsibilities at Hayat Varlık, he is also Vice-Chairman of the Board at Tam Faktoring A.Ş.
Mr Güvenal holds a degree in industrial engineering from Boğaziçi University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Program.

Meral Murathan

Executive Vice President, Turkiye Sinai Kalkinma Bankasi

Meral Murathan was appointed as Executive Vice President of TSKB, or the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey, in April 2019. In her new position, she is in charge of Development Finance Institutions, Financial Institutions and Investor Relations departments. She previously held a variety of roles at TSKB, including heading the Financial Institutions Department.

Ms Murathan started her career at the lender’s Treasury Department in 1998.

She holds a degree in Economics from Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University.

Kemal Çağatay İmirgi

Director General, Undersecretariat of Turkish Treasury

K. Çağatay İmirgi is Director General for Foreign Economic Relations, at the Ministry of Treasury and Finance, Turkey.
He joined the Turkish Treasury in 2000 and since then has held a number of positions with responsibility for capital markets, external debt, project financing and public private partnerships (PPPs).
K. Çağatay İmirgi is currently in charge of external borrowing on behalf of the Turkish Republic, as well as Treasury guarantees and policy on PPPs and relations with international financial institutions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ankara University and an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

No

Moderator

Arvid Tuerkner

Managing Director, Turkey, EBRD - Istanbul

Speakers

Serhat Cecen

Chairman, IC ICTAS Yatirim Enerji Holding AS

Hilmi Güvenal

CEO, Hayat Varlik

Meral Murathan

Executive Vice President, Turkiye Sinai Kalkinma Bankasi

Kemal Çağatay İmirgi

Director General, Undersecretariat of Turkish Treasury

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Blue Hall, Level 4, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Green Cities = Improved Lives

Cities are dynamic and vital parts of society and are the main engines of social, economic and technological development. Cities have significant resource demands through the services they provide, and as such, cities are a major driver of environmental impact. The EBRD responded to this challenge by establishing EBRD Green Cities in 2016. EBRD Green Cities uses Green City Action Plans (‘GCAPs’) to systematically prioritise and finance transformational environmental and climate related municipal infrastructure.

This session will explore how EBRD Green Cities delivers high environmental standards and what this means for citizens’ quality of life, the role it has to play in EU-accession (at the city level) and the role of smart solutions.

To be followed by a Networking Reception from 17:00 outside the Blue Hall

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Nigel Jollands

Associate Director, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, EBRD

Nigel Jollands has worked on sustainable energy and environmental policy for 25 years. He is Associate Director, Lead, Policy Products Unit in EBRD's Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Department. In this role he works at the interface between policy and finance, supporting the Bank’s green investment programme through policy dialogue with governments in its regions of operations. He also co-leads the development of the EBRD's Green Cities Framework. He was previously Head, Energy Efficiency Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he led energy efficiency policy analysis, co-ordinated IEA’s Energy Efficiency Working Party, and liaised with multilateral energy efficiency initiatives including the G8.

He holds a PhD in Ecological Economics from Massey University, New Zealand.

Yes

Lin O'Grady

Deputy Head, Sustainable Infrastructure Policy & Project Preparation, EBRD

Lin O’Grady has more than 30 years experience of working internationally in the infrastructure finance sector, both on public and private sector transactions. She is increasingly involved in climate finance and, as such, is one of the architects of EBRD’s Green Cities Programme, which combines strategic planning with investment and associated technical assistance for green urban development. She is currently Deputy Head in EBRD’s Sustainable Infrastructure Group (SIG), with responsibility for project preparation including Green Cities.

Prior to this position, Lin spent many years working on transactions in both the transport and municipal sectors at the EBRD.

She holds a BA in Economics (University of Manchester) and an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering (University of Leeds).

Yes

Sarah Ouziaux

Marketing & Innovation Director - Belgium & Assoc. Territories, Tractebel Engineering SA

Yes

Igor Radojičić

Mayor, City of Banja Luka

Igor Radojičić has been the Mayor of the city of Banja Luka in the Republika Srpska (an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina) since 2016. He was elected as a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Sprska for the first time in the 1998-2000 term, and then again in 2002. He became the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Sprska twice in 2006 and once in 2010. As an author and co-author Radojičić has published one book and presented fourteen scientific papers in the field of automatics, bio-medicine, signal processing and the theory of chaos at international conferences in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. He holds a Master’s degree in electrical engineering.

German Velasquez

Director, Division of Mitigation and Adaptation (DMA), Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Dr. German (Jerry) Velasquez is Director of the Mitigation and Adaptation Division at the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Division provides expertise and technical support in the individual result areas of both climate change adaptation and mitigation, including a thorough understanding of the incremental costs of low emission and climate-resilient investments. Jerry also reviews and assesses the pipeline of proposals to be financed by the GCF and helps countries and GCF accredited entities improve their readiness to access funding.

Jerry has previously worked for various UN departments on environmental conventions and governance, as well as on disaster vulnerability and risk. He received a Masters and Doctor of Engineering in Hydrology and Water Resources from Nagoya University, Japan.

Erion Veliaj

Mayor, City of Tirana

Erion Veliaj is an Albanian politician who was elected as the 42nd Mayor of Tirana in June 2015. His leadership has so far been marked by a focus on creating a child-friendly city. Veliaj’s current major project is the “Tirana030” project, which aims to recover landscape and halt the continuous expansion of a city which hosts one-third of Albania’s population. The project foresees the creation of a sustainable Greater Tirana with the addition of a vast two-million tree belt around the city: this will serve as a natural barrier to expansion and will also be pivotal in addressing the city’s environmental concerns.

Erion holds a BA degree in Political Science from the Grand Valley State University of Michigan, USA, and a MSc in European Studies from the University of Sussex, UK.

Moderator

Josué Tanaka

Managing Director, OSP, EE & Climate Change, EBRD

Keynote

Edin Forto

Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton, Canton

Nandita Parshad

Managing Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Group, EBRD

Speakers

Nigel Jollands

Associate Director, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, EBRD

Lin O'Grady

Deputy Head, Sustainable Infrastructure Policy & Project Preparation, EBRD

Sarah Ouziaux

Marketing & Innovation Director - Belgium & Assoc. Territories, Tractebel Engineering SA

Igor Radojičić

Mayor, City of Banja Luka

German Velasquez

Director, Division of Mitigation and Adaptation (DMA), Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Erion Veliaj

Mayor, City of Tirana

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Main Hall, Level 1, Hotel Holiday
Just transition in the Western Balkans and beyond – avoiding ‘stranded communities’ in cooperation with civil society

The challenges related to energy and climate change do not only have environmental but also significant social impacts. Jobs in traditional industries are disappearing, while new high-quality employment is scarce and not accessible to all. Panellists will explore how civil society can play a collaborative role to achieve a ‘just transition’ towards inclusive, resilient and low-carbon economies that avoid ‘stranded communities’ and ‘stranded workers’.

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Elisabetta Falcetti

Director, Sector Economics and Policy, EBRD

Elisabetta Falcetti is the Director for Sector Economics and Policy in the Economics in the Vice-Presidency Policy and Partnership at the EBRD. She leads the team of Sector Economists who work closely with the Banking department in designing investment projects and supporting policy reform dialogue activities that have significant potential impact in advancing the transition to markets in the EBRD countries of operations.
Her research interests include international monetary economics and debt management issues; development and transition economics; and, more recently, infrastructure and growth. She holds two Ph.D.s in Economics, from L. Bocconi University (Milan) and the London School of Economics.

Yes

Petr Hlobil

Director, CEE Bankwatch Network

Petr Hlobil is Campaigns Director of CEE Bankwatch. Bankwatch works with partner organisations to monitor publicly financed projects and promote environmentally, socially and economically sustainable alternatives. Before joining Bankwatch in 1996, Petr worked for various NGOs (e.g. Children of the Earth, Greenpeace) where he focused on energy and nuclear issues. In 1995 he founded the Centre for Transport and Energy (CDE), Czech Republic, which assists NGOs with activists’ training, the preparation of background materials and brochures, and consulting.
Petr has a background as a project designer in the energy industry and has co-authored and edited publications on energy efficiency, climate change, energy policy and the investments of multilateral development banks.

No

Deger Saygin

Director, SHURA Energy Transition Center

Değer Saygin is Director of the SHURA Energy Transition Center. In his former role at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Deger developed and led the global renewable energy roadmap (REmap) programme. This has helped the world’s 70 largest energy consuming countries accelerate the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal -7 and the Paris Agreement.
Deger was previously a researcher at Utrecht University where he carried out projects for IGOs, governments and the private sector in the field of sustainable energy and resource use in the manufacturing industry.
He holds a Ph.D from Utrecht University and has a degree in Environmental Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara.

Vedad Suljic

Director, UKI BiH

Vedad Suljic is Director of the Regional Education and Information Centre for Sustainable Development in South-East Europe (REIC). He has about 10 years experience in project management related to energy and environmental issues, working as an environmental economist at the project level to develop strategic plans, feasibility studies, and business plans. He has worked with national and international development organisations and IFIs such as the EBRD, World Bank, and European Investment Bank (EIB).
Vedad graduated from the School of Economics and Business in Sarajevo and completed specialist study at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering to deepen his knowledge of energy and environmental related issues. He is expecting to get this year his Master of environmental economics.

Peter Vajda

Senior Environmental Expert, Energy Community Secretariat

Peter Vajda is the Senior Environmental Expert at the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna, where he focuses on southeast Europe, particularly the countries of the Western Balkans as well as Moldova and Ukraine.
A lawyer by training with a Masters in environmental law from Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest), Peter has always been involved in issues related to the environment, from both the legal and technical perspectives.
His various previous positions include being a seconded national expert at the European Commission’s Directorate-General (DG) for Environment, and a legal adviser in the unit responsible for EU legislation concerning industrial emissions, as well as in the Office of the Director-General in DG Climate Action.

Oben Çoban

Director of External Relations & Strategy, Save the Children Turkey

Oben Çoban is the External Relations and Strategy Director for Save the Children Turkey. Previously, he worked as an expert and manager in Centre for Strategic Research for and Development, The Hague and NATO. He has ample experience in various strategic communication roles, such as in Afghanistan for the NATO, for ABN AMRO, ING Bank International, Intercultural Communication and Market Reactions Strategies for Air France KLM. His specialises in FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) Communication, financial communication, crisis communication, and C-Level communication.

Moderator

Marianna Wiedenbeck

Acting Principal Manager, Civil Society Engagement, EBRD

Speakers

Elisabetta Falcetti

Director, Sector Economics and Policy, EBRD

Petr Hlobil

Director, CEE Bankwatch Network

Deger Saygin

Director, SHURA Energy Transition Center

Vedad Suljic

Director, UKI BiH

Peter Vajda

Senior Environmental Expert, Energy Community Secretariat

Oben Çoban

Director of External Relations & Strategy, Save the Children Turkey

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White Hall, Level 2, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Green bonds: Development potential in CEE - UniCredit Session

Andrea Diamanti

Head of CEE Corporate and Investment Banking and Private Banking, UniCredit

Yes

Antonio Keglevich

Head of Green Bond Origination, UniCredit Bank AG

Antonio Keglevich has been Head of UniCredit´s Sustainability Bond Origination since 2014. He is tasked with building a strong, effective and knowledgable product team. The priority is to encourage potential issuers to join the growing green/social bond market, but at the same time ensuring the integrity of the product.

UniCredit was one of three joint lead managers in the first ever Green Bond issued by the European Investment Bank in 2007 and has since brought innovations and landmark transactions into the green/social/sustainability bond market.

Antonio has over 30 years of experience in debt capital markets. He has published widely and is a regular speaker at events related to environmental finance.

Marijana Kolić

Executive Director, Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Mihaela Nadasan

Executive Director, Banca Transilvania

Yes

Marko Vukadinovic

Head of CEE FIG, UniCredit

Speakers

Andrea Diamanti

Head of CEE Corporate and Investment Banking and Private Banking, UniCredit

Antonio Keglevich

Head of Green Bond Origination, UniCredit Bank AG

Marijana Kolić

Executive Director, Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Mihaela Nadasan

Executive Director, Banca Transilvania

Marko Vukadinovic

Head of CEE FIG, UniCredit

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Sala 101, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism in South-eastern Europe

Tourism accounts for nearly 10 per cent of global GDP and 1 in 11 jobs worldwide. It is an economic powerhouse that offers opportunities to improve the lives of millions.

South-eastern Europe is no exception in this trend: tourism is growing rapidly and is making a positive contribution to the regional economy.

To reach its full potential, tourism development must be sustainable and inclusive. It needs to create employment opportunities for young people and women, support small businesses and promote the responsible and efficient management of natural resources to increase energy efficiency, protect sensitive ecosystems and safeguard cultural heritage.

Success ultimately depends on productive partnerships between the public and private sectors, financial institutions, investors and a host of other stakeholders.

This panel will explore ways in which to finance inclusive and sustainable tourism; how to build competitiveness throughout the tourism value chain, bringing in local micro, small and medium-sized businesses; and how policies and technology can improve energy efficiency and sustainability.

Burak Baykan

CEO D-Marin/Regional Director, Dogus Group

Burak Baykan is CEO of D-Marin and Regional Director of Doğuş Group, a global marina network. He started his career at Doğuş Holding (Moscow, Russia) in 2010 as Advisor to the CEO. He then became part of the group's Investment Department and acted as Regional Director for Croatia and Montenegro.

Burak is a Board member of Marina Barcelona 92 (MB92). He is also President of the Turkey-Croatia Business Council (DEIK), Executive Board member of the Turkey-Montenegro Business Council (DEIK), member of the Managing Board of Foreing Investors Council and is active in the Croatia Turkey Friendship Association.

He has a Masters in Business Administration (Moscow University Touro) and a Bachelor's degree in Politics and International Relations (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul).

No

Tarik Bilalbegović

Partner, Ascendant P.F.

Tarik Bilalbegović is Partner at Ascendant Project Finance, an investment banking firm that focuses on southeastern Europe. Based in Sarajevo, Tarik has over 21 years of investment banking experience in emerging markets in financing real estate, hospitality and infrastructure projects ($2 billion in aggregate) in Central America, Caribbean, and eastern Europe. In particular, he has worked on various greenfield project developments for Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Marriott, and Hilton. Specific experience includes optimising master plans’ viability and profitability through financial engineering, strategic repositioning, structuring management agreements, structuring third party operator contracts, project financing and asset management.

Vlaho Kojakovic

Director, Property & Tourism, EBRD

Vlaho Kojakovic is Director, Head of Property and Tourism at the EBRD. He is a seasoned banker and a real estate executive with more than 20 years of experience in the sector.

Before joining the EBRD, Vlaho worked as Development Director with the Trigranit Development Corporation, the biggest real estate developer in central and eastern Europe. He started his career in investment banking with BNP Paribas in London.

Vlaho ‎holds an MBA from Imperial College, University of London, and an executive education from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Dino Sokol

Executive Director, Hoteli Zlatni rat, BlueSun

Dino Sokol is a hotelier who has worked in the Croatian hospitality industry for more than two decades. He is currently Executive Director of Hoteli Zlatni rat, which is part of the Bluesun Hotels and Resorts group. He is responsible for the operations of four hotels and their outlets on the island of Brac, in the central Dalmatia region.

Dino is the President of the Brac Consortium Association, which aims to enhance sustainable island development. He is also a member of several professional associations in Croatian tourism, including the Bol-Brac Tourist Board and the Association of Employers in Croatian Hospitality.

He is a graduate of the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management at the University of Rijeka in Opatija, Croatia.

Goran Zivkov

Founding Partner, SEEDEV

Goran Zivkov is a former Assistant Minister and Minister of Agriculture of Serbia. He is an international consultant with extensive experience in policy making and strategy planning in agriculture and rural development. He has provided institutional technical assistance in Serbia and many other countries for various organisations, such as FAO, the World Bank, IFC, UNDP and the EU. He has also acted as the main Serbian negotiator with the EU and WTO in the field of agriculture. His specialisations include agricultural policy, value chain development and agricultural financing.

Goran is the owner of the SEEDEV consultancy, Director of the Centre for Rural Development and Agriculture – Agrikultura, and Member of the Board of Directors of ProCredit Bank a.d. Beograd. 

No

Moderator

Lucy Hockings

Presenter, BBC World News, BBC Global News Ltd.

Speakers

Burak Baykan

CEO D-Marin/Regional Director, Dogus Group

Tarik Bilalbegović

Partner, Ascendant P.F.

Vlaho Kojakovic

Director, Property & Tourism, EBRD

Dino Sokol

Executive Director, Hoteli Zlatni rat, BlueSun

Goran Zivkov

Founding Partner, SEEDEV

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Press Briefing Room, Ground Floor, Parliamentary Assembly Building
EBRD President's Press Conference
Speaker information coming soon.
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Zetra Hall
Cultural Performance & Reception for All Participants

Cultural Reception for all Annual Meeting Participants with a welcome address by HE Denis Zvizdić, Chairman of the Council of Ministers

Coach transfer from 18:45 at the Parliamentary Assembly Building


The Host Country Authorities will arrange coach transfers from the Parliamentary Assembly Building to the Reception as well as a service from the Reception to the official hotels.

The Host Country, with its capital often referred to as the European Jerusalem, famed for its multicultural society, has created a unique, immersive experience, for all participants of the EBRD Annual Meeting 2019. Specially designed for this occasion, the reception and cultural performance will take place in the great Olympic hall, demonstrating the true power of diversity. This program aims to present Bosnia and Herzegovina through its unique and diverse cultural characteristics. This culture has been shaped by generations of coexistence in a society that is the perfect blend of East meets West.

Starting with a performance by NBO orchestra**, offered by the EBRD, the Host performance will combine traditional and modern sounds, with dances featuring some of Bosnia and Herzegovina most famous artists and performers. The cultural performance will be followed by a cocktail reception. 

**No Borders Orchestra and Orkestar Mladih BiH are delighted to be working together on a concert for this year's EBRD Annual Meeting in Sarajevo.

Orkestar Mladih BiH is the first country-wide youth orchestra of Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded in 2018 upon initiative of the Embassy of Italy in Sarajevo, which launched a public call of selection of the best young musicians from across the country. The founding members were selected by Maestro Igor Coretti Kuret, founder and Artistic Director of the European Spirit of Youth Orchestra, who conducted Orkestar Mlaidh BiH’s opening concert at the Sarajevo National Theater on October 15th, 2018.

No Borders Orchestra, established as a civil society organisation in both Berlin and Belgrade, is an orchestra comprised of excellent professional musicians from across the Western Balkans. It grew out of the desire to create a regional cross-border symphony orchestra, one that delivers artistic quality and calls for a new kind of communication. The NBO project rests on two main foundations: music and society.

The Reception is open to all participants (including all registered partners) attending the Annual Meeting providing they wear the Annual Meeting security badge.  For security reasons, the AM badge must be worn at all times.  Security will deny access to any person, including partners, who are not in possession of the badge.

Guests are requested to arrive before the delivery of the welcome address.

Speaker information coming soon.
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Time Location Key Event
Networking Area, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
CSO Exhibition: ‘Connecting for Solutions’

The EBRD, in cooperation with the Paris Peace Forum, is delighted to present for the first time an exhibition that demonstrates how civil society is solving regional and global challenges. Selected CSO exhibitors will showcase how they are solving problems, together with governments and the private sector. Explore and connect to become part of our new initiative to promote exchange and dialogue between different partners!

Look forward to meeting:
• Embark (A Paris Peace Forum project)
• International Gender Champions (A Paris Peace Forum Project)
• Synopia (A Paris Peace Forum project)
• Bhcrafts – Bosnian Handicrafts
• Centre for the Promotion of Civil Society in Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return Initiative (FAIRR)
• Mozaik Foundation
• Needs Map
• RYCO – Regional Youth Cooperation Office
• Save the Children International
• SHURA Energy Transition Center
• National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED)
• Transparency International Ukraine
• WWF

Find out more about these organisations’ “solutions” here.

Speaker information coming soon.
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Main Hall, Level 1, Hotel Holiday
Public Procurement: Open to Businesses and Local Communities

The open government movement has created the means for revolutionizing the way governments work across the world, generating the space for active citizen participation and driving efficiencies in governments. The panel will discuss how more transparent procurement processes can have an impact on improving competitiveness, lowering barriers to entry for small and medium-size enterprises, as well as curbing corruption and strengthening trust in the process. This event is organized jointly with the Open Contracting Partnership and UNDP’s Regional Office in Istanbul.

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Karolis Granickas

Senior program manager, Open Contracting Partnership

Karolis Granickas is Senior Program Manager at Open Contracting Partnership. He works to demonstrate the positive impact of opening up contracting data worldwide and contributes to the creation of tools and methodologies for evaluating change propelled by open contracting.
Karolis worked previously with Transparency International Lithuania, focusing on citizen engagement using ICT. He also contributed to global open data advocacy efforts, together with the Epsi platform, Open Knowledge International, and the Open Data Institute amongst others. From 2014 to 2016, he was a national researcher within the Open Government Partnership Independent Review Mechanism.
He holds a Masters in Law from Maastricht University and a Bachelors in Law from Westminster University.

Moderator

Milica Delevic

Director, Governance & Political Affairs, EBRD

Speakers

Karolis Granickas

Senior program manager, Open Contracting Partnership

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Great Hall, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Invest in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Invest in Profitable Projects!

Explore different investment opportunities and learn why all foreign investors agree that Bosnia and Herzegovina is an attractive opportunity that cannot be missed. The country’s strategic geographic position, investor-friendly legal environment, favourable trade agreements, competitive tax and customs systems, low operating costs, and talented people make it a destination full of potential for profitable investments.

In his welcoming speech, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr. Denis Zvizdić will introduce the country’s great investment potential. He will be followed by Sir Suma Chakrabarti, EBRD President, who will describe some of the Bank’s wide-ranging activities to promote sustainable growth and innovation in the Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Foreign Investment Promotion Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina aims to encourage potential and existing investors to the country, and so is at the disposal of investors at every phase of their projects; from starting a business and selecting a location, to networking with relevant institutions and stakeholders, implementing the project and expanding business.

This special session will focus on specific areas in which Bosnia and Herzegovina has enormous investment potential. Boosted by planned strategic investments, these focus areas can yield high profits and generate overall economic growth. Areas of specific interest include the energy sector, metal processing and automotive industry, furniture manufacturing, food processing, the tourism industry, and IT sector.

And you will hear success stories about private sector initiatives, and how abundant resources can be turned into profitable investment projects with the potential for further growth. Specific examples include:

- Bit Alliance, an association of 58 major IT companies with more than 2800 experts.
- Olympic Centre Jahorina, host of Winter Olympic Games in 1984 and Youth Olympic Games in 2019, recognised as the most promising winter resort in the Western Balkans region.
- Prevent Group, the largest private sector company in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a global contract manufacturer with strong sales and logistics expertise.
- MS&Wood, a design-oriented solid wood manufacturer which has won awards at many international fairs.
- Mljekara Livno (Livno Diary), the brand owner of “Livanjski cheese”, a high-fat solid cheese with a specific flavour that is widely recognised as a top quality product.

Find out more about  investment opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edin Deljkic

President, Bit Alliance

Edin Deljkic is Co-Founder and CEO at Klika, a software development company that soon after its establishment in 2014 became one of the fastest growing IT companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The team at Klika includes more than 100 IT professionals, who provide outsourcing and software development consulting services to leading companies in the USA and EU.
Edin is also Chairman of the Board of the Bit Alliance, the leading association of software industry companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina which works to develop the IT industry in the country. He has been an entrepreneur in the Bosnian IT industry for more than 15 years with experience in managing software development projects.
He studied Computer Science at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at University of Sarajevo.

Igor Gordic

Representative, Olympic Centre Jahorina

Igor Gordic works in the marketing and sales department of Olimpic Center Jahorina, a ski resort in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Almir Jazvin

Member of Supervisory Board, Prevent Group

Almir Jazvin is a former investment banker with 20 years professional experience in southeastern Europe. Almir is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of ASA Prevent Group in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he supervises operations in southeastern Europe with over 8,000 employees. During his tenure at ASA Prevent, Almir has also held a number of CEO and other executive positions.
Almir is the leading regional expert in M&A, finance and operations management, with a reputation for delivering in complex situations and turnarounds. He is a frequent speaker and/or contributor to leading local media and business events. Almir is also a co-founder of a number of successful business ventures including Olympia Capital Partners, a global advisory and investment banking firm.

Zdravko Markov

Commercial Manager, Mljekara Livno

Gordan Milinić

Director, Foreign Investment Promotion Agency

Gordan Milinić is director of Foreign Investment Promotion Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FIPA) since 2016. Before that he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for almost 17 years as a Minister- Counsellor, Head of Department for Planning and Information, Consul General of BiH in Stuttgart, Germany, and as the Minister-Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of BiH in Berlin, Germany. Additionally, he served as BiH’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation, and on a non-residential basis in Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was an assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republika Srpska, an attorney, and a law professor.

Branimir Muidža

General Manager, Tvornica Cementa Kakanj -Heidelberg Cement

Branimir Muidža is General Manager of HeidelbergCement Group in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, as well as General Manager of Tvornica cementa Kakanj, the Director of Dunav Drava Cement Zagreb and TBG Beton Zagreb. He is also the Prokurist of TBG BH in BiH.
Branimir has been the Chairman of the Foreign Investment Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2011, as well as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the University of Sarajevo, a Board Member of the Association for the promotion of German-Bosnian and Herzegovinian business affairs, and a Board member of the Managing Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Zenica-Doboj Canton.
He has completed management education at various institutions, including Harvard and INSEAD.

Dino Osmanbegovic

Advisor to the Management Board, MS&WOOD d.o.o.

Dino Osmanbegović is an experienced financial and banking expert in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He is currently acting as a consultant for various industrial sectors, including the furniture industry, and is acting as adviser to the management of MS Wood, Fojnica, one of the leading producers and exporters of a mid-range and high-end furniture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As a consultant for the World Bank (2013-2017), Dino evaluated leading commercial banks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova and Ukraine. He was previously a corporate banker at Raiffeisen Bank dd BIH where he took part in structuring and funding important private and public sector projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Economics, Finance and Accounting from the University of Sarajevo.

Moderator

Charlotte Ruhe

Managing Director, Central & South Eastern Europe, EBRD

Keynote

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Denis Zvizdić

Chairman, Council of Ministers of BiH

Speakers

Edin Deljkic

President, Bit Alliance

Igor Gordic

Representative, Olympic Centre Jahorina

Almir Jazvin

Member of Supervisory Board, Prevent Group

Zdravko Markov

Commercial Manager, Mljekara Livno

Gordan Milinić

Director, Foreign Investment Promotion Agency

Branimir Muidža

General Manager, Tvornica Cementa Kakanj -Heidelberg Cement

Dino Osmanbegovic

Advisor to the Management Board, MS&WOOD d.o.o.

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Sala 101, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
The EBRD Literature Prize – Connecting the Western Balkans

The annual EBRD Literature Prize is awarded to the best work of literary fiction in English translation from across the EBRD’s regions of operations. The Prize is one of the few international literature prizes which recognise both author and translator.

The panel will showcase the growing importance of the literature in translation and explores the role that the EBRD Literature Prize and other literary prizes play in promoting contemporary writers. The discussion will also touch upon the state and impact of contemporary literature in Bosnia and region and showcase some of the recent literary works translated into English.

Ferida Duraković

Writer, Freelance

Ferida Durakovic is a Bosnian writer. Her published titles include 16 books of poetry, prose, columns, essays, and literature for children. Books of her selected poems have been published outside Bosnia Herzegovina: in the USA (1999), Bulgaria (2015) and Italy (2015). Ferida is the recipient of various awards. Her first collection of poems, published in 1977, earned her two literary awards for ‘best young author’. She received the Fund for Free Expression Award USA in 1993, the Vasyl-Stus Freedom-to-Write Award in 1999, and her children’s book was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Book Award in 2002. Between 1992-2013 Ferida held the position of Executive Director of the PEN Centre in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Sarajevo.

Rosemary Goldsmith

Director, European Literature Network

Rosie Goldsmith (Chair of the Judging Panel, EBRD Literature Prize) is an award-winning journalist specialising in arts and foreign affairs. In twenty years at the BBC, she travelled the world and presented several flagship programmes. Rosie is a linguist and has lived in Europe, Africa and the USA. Today she combines journalism with chairing and curating literary events and festivals for leading cultural organisations. Known as a champion of international literature, translation and language learning, she is Founder and Director of the European Literature Network

 

Mirza Purić

Director / Editor, Plamen Publishing

Faruk Sehic

Novelist, BH Dani

Faruk Šehić was born in 1970 in Bihac. Until the outbreak of war in 1992, Šehić studied Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb. However, at 22 he voluntarily joined the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which he led a unit of 130 men as a lieutenant.

After the war he studied literature and, since 1998, has created his own literary works. He is regarded as one of the most gifted young writers in the former Yugoslavia, a shining light of the so-called “knocked-over generation”. His debut novel Knjiga o Uni (2011; translated as Quiet Flows the Una) was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2013, and was published in 14 countries.

Based in Sarajevo, Faruk works as a columnist and journalist for the respected political magazine BH Dani.

Moderator

Lawrence Sherwin

Former Dep. Director, Communications, EBRD

Speakers

Ferida Duraković

Writer, Freelance

Rosemary Goldsmith

Director, European Literature Network

Mirza Purić

Director / Editor, Plamen Publishing

Faruk Sehic

Novelist, BH Dani

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White Hall, Level 2, Parliamentary Assembly Building
EBRD / European Commission Special Event: Promoting Investment and Improving Living Standards in the Western Balkans through European Integration

2019 will be pivotal for the future of the European Union and will mark one year since the launch of the EU’s Western Balkans Strategy. Featuring senior representatives from EU member states and the European Commission as well as multilateral development banks and the media, this special event aims at exploring within an interactive format why and how European integration is an opportunity for increasing investments in the Western Balkans, how the actual scale and impact of FDI from EU member states and financing from the EU is perceived in this region and how the experience of the newest EU member states can be relevant for the people and countries in the Western Balkans.

 

A coffee reception will start at 10:30

For more information, please contact:

Francesca Foglia: FogliaF@ebrd.com

Majlinda Bregu

Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council

Majlinda Bregu is an Albanian politician and took office as the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council in January 2019.

She was elected as Member of Parliament of Albania, as a Democratic Party member, for three consecutive legislatures (2005-2017). She has chaired the European Integration Committee of the Albanian Parliament and also chaired the National Council for European Integration, the highest consultative body on European integration in Albania. In 2004 she was appointed national coordinator of the country’s first National Gender Institute.

Majlinda has a Masters in Social and Political Science from the University of Tirana and a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Urbino, Italy.

Christian Danielsson

Director General, European Commission, DG NEAR

Christian Danielsson is the Director-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission.

He joined the European Commission in 1995 as a Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Anita Gradin. His various positions at the Commission include Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Verheugen and Director in DG Enlargement. He was Permanent Representative for Sweden (2008-2010), before he became Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission in 2011. In 2013 he became Director-General for Enlargement and since 2015 has held his current position.

Before joining the European Commission, Christian worked for the Swedish diplomatic service. He has a degree in Business Administration and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President, Policy & Partnerships, EBRD

Pierre Heilbronn is EBRD Vice President, Policy and Partnerships. He is a member of the EBRD’s Executive Committee leading on the Bank’s economic, policy and reform agenda, managing bilateral and multilateral donor partnerships and ensuring an inclusive engagement of civil society.

Before joining the EBRD in 2016, Pierre was Deputy Chief of Staff for France’s Minister of Economy and Finance. He also previously served as the European Adviser to the French Prime Minister and was acting General Secretary for European Affairs.

He is a graduate of Institut d’ Études Politiques de Paris and the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), holds a Master of Economics (Cambridge University) and a Master of European Studies (College of Europe, Bruges).

Yes

Zdravko Marić

Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia

Zdravko Marić has been Minister of Finance of the Republic of Croatia since January 2016.

He began his professional career in the scientific and academic field. After working at Zagreb’s Institute of Economics, he was invited by the then Minister of Finance in 2006 to become Assistant Minister for Macroeconomic Analysis and Planning. In 2008 he was promoted to the position of a State Secretary. His portfolio included international financial institutions and he headed the working group for Chapter 33 – Financial and Budgetary Provisions, which was the last closed chapter in the process of negotiations with the European Union.

Zdravko holds a Ph.D from the Zagreb Faculty of Economics and Business.

No

Moderator

Tatjana Veselinović

Producer/Presenter, N1 TV

Speakers

Majlinda Bregu

Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council

Christian Danielsson

Director General, European Commission, DG NEAR

Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President, Policy & Partnerships, EBRD

Zdravko Marić

Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia

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Congress Hall, Level 4, Swissotel
Egypt Investment Outlook Session

Heba Ali

Managing Director, Egypt Ventures

Heba Ali is Managing Director of Egypt Ventures and Vice-Chair of Falak Startups. She has over a decade of experience leading innovative organisations that develop and foster startups and ecosystems across multiple sectors, as well as extensive expertise in strengthening the role of entrepreneurship as a catalyst for socio-economic development.
Previous roles include Partner at Endure Capital, Senior Entrepreneurship Advisor at Mercy Corps, and consultant at IBM and GIZ. Heba was also part of the founding team of Endeavor Egypt, is a Co-Founder of T20 Association, and a Board Member of AYB for Sustainable Development.
She holds an MSc in Development Management (London School of Economics), and a BSc in Strategic Management and International Business (German University in Cairo).

Joseph Boulos

Vice-President, Farm Fresh

Joseph Boulos is Vice-Chairman and Export Director at Farm Fresh, an Egyptian joint-stock company specialised in the production of frozen fruit and vegetables. About 90% of Farm Fresh’s production is exported to food processors and supermarkets, primarily in the the USA and EU. Joseph is also President and CEO of the newly-established American Egyptian Frozen Food Company. Based in the Free Zone in Alexandria, it is an expansion of Farm Fresh's business in the frozen fruits and vegetables industry.
Joseph was previously Managing Partner at the real-estate investment and management firm, Haggar Group in Los Angeles and a senior sales specialist at Keller Williams commercial realty

Reham El Beltagy

Vice President, Group Corporate Treasury, Orascom Construction Industries

Reham El-Beltagy Vice President & Group Treasurer at Orascom Construction where she is responsible for all fundraising, liquidity and cash management, trade/contingent facilities management, Group Treasury control and administration, in-house bank management and interest rate and foreign exchange exposure management of the group. Over the last 12 years, she has led and co-led the financing of several landmark transactions including the divestment of the cement business; growing the construction business as well as investing in select infrastructure projects and building a fertilizers portfolio. Prior to joining OCI, Reham was with Commercial International Bank co-leading many transaction as part of the Debt Capital Markets Team.

Malek Fawaz

Advisor to Minist.of Invest & Int Coop. for Promotional Affairs, Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation

Menatalla Sadek

CEO, Hassan Allam Holding

Ms Menatalla Sadek is the CEO at Hassan Allam Utilities to lead the efforts of creating a renewables platform for the group working on the solar energy, water desalination and a wide range of utilities projects. She has nearly two decades of experience in the investment field in Egypt and Europe. Ms Sadek was Group Chief Investment Officer of GB Auto, a leading Automotive player and non-bank financial services provider in the Middle East and North Africa where she lead the creation of an in-house corporate finance department and was a member of the Executive Committee. Previously, she was Head of Consumer Goods Research at Beltone Financial and Standard & Poor’s European Rating Team.

Hesham Taha

Group Chairman, Mwasalat Misr

Hesham Taha is the founder and Chairman of Mwasalat Misr, a leading company in the field of smart mass transit and the Smart Bus concept in Egypt.
Hesham is a well-known entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in the Egyptian transportation market and has held various leadership and senior management positions in both the public and private sector.

Moderator

Janet Heckman

Managing Director SEMED, EBRD - Cairo

Speakers

Heba Ali

Managing Director, Egypt Ventures

Joseph Boulos

Vice-President, Farm Fresh

Reham El Beltagy

Vice President, Group Corporate Treasury, Orascom Construction Industries

Malek Fawaz

Advisor to Minist.of Invest & Int Coop. for Promotional Affairs, Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation

Menatalla Sadek

CEO, Hassan Allam Holding

Hesham Taha

Group Chairman, Mwasalat Misr

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Main Hall, Level 1, Hotel Holiday
Launch of the New EBRD Good Governance Policies

This event will launch the EBRD’s new Good Governance Policies, which have been prepared by the EBRD’s Environment and Sustainability Department, the Project Complaint Mechanism team and the Office of the Secretary General. These three policies - the Environmental and Social Policy, the Access to Information Policy, and the Project Accountability Policy - represent the fundamental governance policies of the Bank. They cover the Bank’s environmental, social, transparency and accountability-related responsibilities referenced in Article 2.1(vii) of the Agreement Establishing the EBRD, and identify the requirements for clients, management and the Board in fulfilling these responsibilities for all approved Bank projects. The processes for reviewing these 2019 policies received strong internal and external feedback, following extensive external consultations. This event at the Annual Meeting will include a brief introduction to and summary of all three policies. Representatives of the three EBRD teams involved in the preparation of these new Good Governance Policies will share details of the key changes, including those made in response to feedback from public consultations. The event will conclude with a Q&A session. The event will be hosted by the Civil Society Engagement Unit.

For more information please contact:
Nimmi Chagger
ChaggerN@ebrd.com

 

 

Sarah Hanes

Principal, PCM, EBRD

Sarah Hanes is Principal, Project Complaint Mechanism at the EBRD, and lead author of the EBRD’s 2019 Project Accountability Policy. She is a corporate sustainability specialist with experience in environmental and social impact assessment, policy development and stakeholder engagement. She has worked with IFIs, multinational engineering consultancies and the Government of Canada in both accountability and project development roles. Sarah was awarded the Deputy Ministers' Award of Excellence in Policy and Program Development for contributions to Canada's first International Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy in 2009.
She holds an undergraduate degree in International Development and Globalisation (University of Ottawa) and a Master of Environment and Business (University of Waterloo).

Anna Samolis

Principal, Board and Institutional Affairs, EBRD

Anna Samolis is Principal, Board and Institutional Affairs, in the EBRD’s Office of the Secretary General. During her career at the EBRD she has worked in various departments in both the Bank’s London Headquarters and its Regional Office in Moscow, and her positions include Banker in the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure team (2005-2016) and Environmental Specialist in the Environment and Sustainability Department (1998-2004).
Anna holds an MSc in Environmental Management from Oxford University and an MBA from London Business School.

Yes

Mikko Venermo

Associated Director, Lead Adviser, Environment and Sustainability, EBRD

Mikko is Lead Adviser in EBRD’s Environment and Sustainability Department (ESD). As a core member of ESD’s management group, he operates at a strategic level to implement the Bank’s sustainability mandate, with responsibilities ranging from managing EBRD's Environmental and Social (E&S) Policy framework to developing approaches for impactful green and sustainability investments.
Mikko also provides leadership and advice on issues related to robust standards for green and sustainable finance, including the Bank’s Green Economy Transition approach, Green Bonds, Green Cities programme, E&S impact reporting, impact investing and sustainable finance and sustainability initiatives.

Yes

Moderator

Alistair Clark

Managing Director, Environment & Sustainability, EBRD

Keynote

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Speakers

Sarah Hanes

Principal, PCM, EBRD

Anna Samolis

Principal, Board and Institutional Affairs, EBRD

Mikko Venermo

Associated Director, Lead Adviser, Environment and Sustainability, EBRD

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Blue Hall, Level 4, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Ready or Not: Mega Trends Shaping Our Future

To what extent can we prepare for the global shifts reshaping our world? How should we respond to digitalisation, urbanisation, resource scarcity and economic power shifts? Will futureproofing today make for a better tomorrow? The Megatrends session will explore global macroeconomic and geostrategic forces that are shaping the region and our world in significant ways. It will be recorded before a live audience who can ask questions directly to the panelists, and later transmitted for the EBRD podcast series. This panel aims to expose the depth and complexity of these Megatrends which will require innovative and collaborative solutions at the local, national, regional and international levels. With the help of five well-known thought leaders, the session will discuss the major trends, their drivers, opportunities and risks, as well as explore what actions might help to manage the waves of disruptive transitions.

Neil Buckley

Chief Leader Writer, Financial Times Ltd.

Neil Buckley is Chief Leader Writer at the Financial Times, responsible for running the editorial writing team and writing the FT View on subjects ranging from geopolitics to Brexit. He was previously Eastern Europe Editor, overseeing the paper’s coverage of central and eastern Europe and Eurasia. An FT journalist for more than 25 years, Neil Buckley has previously served as Moscow Bureau Chief, New York correspondent and EU correspondent in Brussels, and has twice been a columnist on the FT’s agenda-setting Lex Column. He is a former Business Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards.

Yes

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, EBRD

Sergei Guriev became the EBRD’s Chief Economist in 2016, after running the New Economic School in Moscow (2004-13) and serving as a tenured professor of economics at Sciences Po, Paris (2013-16). As EBRD’s Chief Economist, Sergei Guriev is responsible for advising the President and senior management on economic issues of strategic or operational relevance to the EBRD regions of operations.

Dr. Guriev’s research interests include political economics, labour mobility, corporate governance and contract theory. He has served as the President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics (2016-2017), is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association, and is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

Yes

Tim Judah

Reporter, The Economist / Fellow at IWM - Institute for Human Sciences

Tim Judah is a journalist and author. He covers the Balkans and other regions for The Economist. He is currently a fellow of the Europe’s Futures project at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and is working on the issue of demography and migration in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Southeast Europe (SEE). He has worked for many major publications and broadcasters, notably writing wartime reportage from Afghanistan to Ukraine for the New York Review of Books. He is the author of three books on the Balkans—The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia; Kosovo: War & Revenge; and Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know—and published a book on the conflict in Ukraine (In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine) in 2016.

No

Alexia Latortue

Managing Director, Corporate Strategy, EBRD

Alexia Latortue joined the EBRD in April 2017 as Managing Director for Corporate Strategy. She also manages relationships with other IFIs. She has 20 years experience in international development and financial systems development. Ms Latortue was previously the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Development Policy at the US Department of the Treasury. Before Treasury, Ms Latortue spent 10 years with the World Bank where her last assignment was Deputy CEO of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP). An American national, Ms Latortue grew up in Puerto Rico, West Africa and Austria. She received her MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and her BS from Georgetown University.

Yes

Kerrie Law

Associate, Corporate Strategy, EBRD

Kerrie Law works at the EBRD in Corporate Strategy. Since joining in 2017, she launched the Mega Trends Series at the Bank, which explores various macro-level transformations that are shaping the world. She also co-hosts the EBRD podcast called "Pocket Dilemmas," which addresses geopolitical and socio-economic issues in the Bank's countries of operation. Ms Law previously worked for UNICEF in New York City researching the mobilization of resources for development in Central Asia. She also spent 6 years in the U.S. energy industry. Ms Law graduated from the London School of Economics with a Masters in Public Administration and a concentration in International Development where her research focused on the ethical use of algorithms in government.

@KerLeeLaw

Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Speakers

Neil Buckley

Chief Leader Writer, Financial Times Ltd.

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, EBRD

Tim Judah

Reporter, The Economist / Fellow at IWM - Institute for Human Sciences

Alexia Latortue

Managing Director, Corporate Strategy, EBRD

Kerrie Law

Associate, Corporate Strategy, EBRD

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Great Hall, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Ukraine - Staying on Course

Oksana Markarova

Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of Ukraine

As Minister and previously Deputy Minister of Finance, Oksana launched UkraineInvest – the office for investment promotion, as well as a number of initiatives to support existing investors and to gain new investments for Ukraine. She was also responsible for the reform of the public finance management system and was the co-author of the successful programme for the macro-economic stabilization of Ukraine. In addition, Oksana was instrumental in the creation of E-Data, the biggest web portal of open data on public finances. Before her engagement as a public servant, Oksana had worked for 12 years as the head of the management board and the president of the Investment Group ITT and held a number of other positions in the investment and consultancy sphere. Oksana Markarova holds a master degree in ecology from Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Ukraine), and a master degree in international public finance and trade from the University of Indiana (Bloomington, USA).

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

Katarína Mathernová is Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, the Directorate General for Neighbourhood & Enlargement Negotiations. Between 2007-2010, she served as Deputy Director General in DG Regional Policy.
Katarína has held senior management and advisory posts at the European Commission, the World Bank and in the reform government in Slovakia, where she was Chief Institutional and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs.
She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Comenius University in Bratislava, a Masters of Law from the University of Michigan, and is a member of the New York Bar. Her distinctions include the award Slovak Woman of the Year in 2000 and the Pro Bono Human Rights award in 1993 from the International Human Rights Law Group.

Andrey Stavnitser

Partner at SD Capital

Andrey Stavnitser is the Founder of investment company SD Capital (Shuttle Diplomacy Capital), which aims to attract more global investors to Ukraine. It’s Private Equity (PE) fund focuses on Ukrainian agribusiness, natural resources and manufacturing.
Over the last three years SD Capital has completed two club PE deals of over US$200 million: one with Cargill, involving senior loans from the EBRD and IFC, the other with Dubai Ports World (DPW).
Andrey is the co-owner of the largest port in Ukraine - TIS Group of terminals. He is also Honorary Consul of the Republic of Austria in Odessa.
He holds a degree in International Business (University Montana, Switzerland), an MBA (HCMS French Institute, Moscow) and a degree in Management (ONMU, Ukraine).

No

Moderator

Matteo Patrone

Managing Director, Eastern Europe & Caucasus (EEC), EBRD - Kiev

Speakers

Oksana Markarova

Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of Ukraine

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

Andrey Stavnitser

Partner at SD Capital

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Marquee
Networking Lunch

Networking Breakfasts and Lunches are complimentary and open to all Annual Meeting participants.

Speaker information coming soon.
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White Hall, Level 2, Parliamentary Assembly Building
The Potential of South-East Europe: An Investor’s View, a panel convened by United Group

Earlier this year, one of the largest single foreign direct investments in South-East Europe was announced as BC Partners, a leading international investment firm, acquired majority ownership in United Group, the owner of various telecommunications and media assets across the region including SBB, Telemach, N1TV and SportKlub. This deal signaled the strong potential of this region to investors across Europe. At ‘The Potential of South-East Europe: An Investor’s View’ we will be convening the parties of this momentous deal and a panel of experts to discuss this and other investment opportunities in the region, as well as the macroeconomic and political trends that may impact them. We’ll hear first-hand the experiences of investors in the region, and get expert insight on future risks and opportunities.

Victoriya Boklag

CEO and Vice President Marketing and Media, United Group

Stelios Elia

Managing Director, BC Partners Limited

Zsuzsanna Hargitai

Director, Regional Head of Western Balkans, EBRD - Belgrade

Zsuzsanna Hargitai is Regional Director for Western Balkans at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Based in Serbia, Zsuzsanna focuses on increasing the EBRD’s investments and enhancing policy reform advisory services in the region in light of the countries’ European Union (EU) approximation. During her long career at EBRD she worked, among others, as country manager in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia and Hungary. As Director, she also led the work of the teams for Country Strategy and Results Management as well as for EU Funds Co-Financing and Financial Instruments at EBRD headquarters. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

Yes

Wolfango Piccoli

Co-President, Political Risk Advisory, Teneo

John Simpson

BBC World Affairs Editor, BBC

Moderator

Amir Zukic

News Director, Adria News

Speakers

Victoriya Boklag

CEO and Vice President Marketing and Media, United Group

Stelios Elia

Managing Director, BC Partners Limited

Zsuzsanna Hargitai

Director, Regional Head of Western Balkans, EBRD - Belgrade

Wolfango Piccoli

Co-President, Political Risk Advisory, Teneo

John Simpson

BBC World Affairs Editor, BBC

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Networking Area, Ground Floor, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Charitable donation by the EBRD Community Initiative

The EBRD Community Initiative is providing a one-off donation of €50,000 to the United World College (UWC) in Mostar. The UWC Mostar, founded in 2006, is an International Baccalaureate school that offers a two-year academic programme for high school students aged 16-19. It promotes understanding between different national and ethnic groups through education and contributes to the reconstruction of a post-conflict society in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The EBRD Community Initiative donation will contribute to the UWC Student Residents project. The project is aimed at improving living conditions of the students and maximising the impact of the College on the local community by restoring buildings in Mostar ruined during the war to be used as student’s accommodations.

Dzenan Hakalovic

Acting Head, United World College, Mostar

Dženan Hakalović is currently Acting Head of the United World College in Mostar (UWC Mostar).

Since 2007 he has been teaching History, Peace and Conflict Studies, Global Politics and Theory of Knowledge at UWC Mostar. His positions have included Curriculum Coordinator (Head of Academics) from 2011 to 2014 and Head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013 to 2019.

Dženan has participated in a number of educational projects, including PACE (2007), the International Summer School on Peace and Conflict Resolution (2011), the Pestalozzi Program (2013-2014) and the EIHR Education Summit (2015). He runs workshops for history teachers and is an IB Diploma Programme examiner.

He has a degree in history from the University of Sarajevo.

Speakers

Dzenan Hakalovic

Acting Head, United World College, Mostar

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Blue Hall, Level 4, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Invest in Rising Uzbekistan

Prakash Kejriwal

Director, Indorama Corporation Pte Ltd

Prakash Kejriwal is Director at Indorama Group. Based in Singapore, his current responsibilities include expanding the Group's business interests in Central Asia and Caucasus.
He is on the board of a number of the Group’s companies including its main chemical holding company, Indorama Corporation. Prakash is also on the Advisory Board of the Centre for African Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Before joining Indorama in 2004, Prakash worked in international commoditities trading houses in Singapore for almost a decade.
Prakash Kejriwal is an honours graduate in business and commerce from the University of Delhi and a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili

International Advisor, EBRD - Tashkent

Giorgi Kvirikashvili served as Prime Minister of Georgia between 2015-2018. As Chairman of the Georgian Dream Party, he led it to a landslide victory in the 2016 elections. Kvirikashvili spearheaded major initiatives to advance Georgia's Euro-Atlantic and European integration, and his other achievements include the introduction of Schengen visa-free travel for Georgian citizens, tax reform, the abolition of corporate income tax, and the introduction of the Pillar II Pension System.

Prior to being Prime Minister, Kvirikashvili served as Foreign Minister, Minister of the Economy and a Member of Parliament in Georgia. He currently serves as an International Adviser for the EBRD, advising on the creation of the Foreign Investors Council under the President of Uzbekistan.

Olga Ponkratova

First Deputy CEO, Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinat (NMMC)

Olga Ponkratova, First Deputy CEO at Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinat (NMMC) with 12 years of experience in investment advisory, turnaround, strategy, corporate finance and operational improvement in mining industry in CIS and Eastern Europe. Before joining NMMC, Olga lead metals & mining division of IFG Capital Partners, she advised the Government of Uzbekistan on MMindustry transformation and investment climate improvement. Prior to IFG advised multinational metals and mining holdings and HNWIs on major investment decisions. Prior to Glencore, Olga was a leader of strategy and operational improvement group for MM clients in both PwC and EY.

Sardor Umurzakov

Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan

Dr. Sardor Umurzakov, Minister of Investment & Foreign Trade and EBRD Governor for Uzbekistan graduated from Tashkent State Economic University and obtained a master’s degree from the University of Reading (GB). He also holds a PhD degree in finance from Tashkent Financial Institute. He started his career with Uzbekistan’s National Bank (2000). In 2003 he joined the EBRD Financial Institutions team where he worked for 4 years before returning to Uzbekistan to assume leading positions in the Treasury Department of the Ministry of Finance.
He was appointed a Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade in January 2019 following a successful period as Chairman of Uzcharmsanoat, the country’s Leather and Fur goods Association.

Moderator

Bruno Balvanera

Managing Director, Central Asia, EBRD - Astana

Speakers

Prakash Kejriwal

Director, Indorama Corporation Pte Ltd

Giorgi Kvirikashvili

International Advisor, EBRD - Tashkent

Olga Ponkratova

First Deputy CEO, Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinat (NMMC)

Sardor Umurzakov

Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan

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Great Hall, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
Migration in the EBRD Region: Turning a Challenge into an Opportunity

Migration is a key challenge that defines the political landscape across the EBRD region. Addressing it requires the combined actions of policy makers, the private sector, international organisations and civil society. In the Western Balkans, outward migration flows create challenges for the local economies and hinder sustainable growth. In SEMED countries, parts of Central Asia and Eastern Europe, inward migration and transit flows strain local infrastructure and labour markets. As the latest EBRD Transition Report finds, migration intentions remain high.

There is a strong political momentum now to define more effective solutions and instruments to address the challenges that migration can bring and to harness its potential opportunities. With the major reasons for outward migration remaining a lack of jobs, poor services and concerns about quality of life, the role of the private sector in shaping and leveraging a more effective and coherent response is critical. Given its strong private sector leverage combined with its distinct ability to enhance economic inclusion of youth, women and regions through its investments across all sectors, the EBRD can make an important contribution towards the development of ‘better managed’ migration.

With a lack of jobs, poor services and quality of life concerns the primary reasons for migration, the panel will discuss the role of the private sector in addressing these challenges and harnessing the opportunities that migration can bring.

Manuel Costescu

Executive Director, JP Morgan

Manuel Costescu is a senior finance executive who combines investment and global markets experience with strategic insight. In 2016, he served in the Romanian technocrat Government as State Secretary for Trade and Investment, leading InvestRomania, the country’s Foreign Investment and Export Agency. In December 2016, he won a seat as a member of the Romanian Parliament, representing the diaspora. Most recently, he has acted as Head of Investments and Operations for SEDF, a social impact fund investing in Emerging Markets.

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, EBRD

Sergei Guriev became the EBRD’s Chief Economist in 2016, after running the New Economic School in Moscow (2004-13) and serving as a tenured professor of economics at Sciences Po, Paris (2013-16). As EBRD’s Chief Economist, Sergei Guriev is responsible for advising the President and senior management on economic issues of strategic or operational relevance to the EBRD regions of operations.

Dr. Guriev’s research interests include political economics, labour mobility, corporate governance and contract theory. He has served as the President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics (2016-2017), is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association, and is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

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Tim Judah

Reporter, The Economist / Fellow at IWM - Institute for Human Sciences

Tim Judah is a journalist and author. He covers the Balkans and other regions for The Economist. He is currently a fellow of the Europe’s Futures project at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and is working on the issue of demography and migration in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Southeast Europe (SEE). He has worked for many major publications and broadcasters, notably writing wartime reportage from Afghanistan to Ukraine for the New York Review of Books. He is the author of three books on the Balkans—The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia; Kosovo: War & Revenge; and Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know—and published a book on the conflict in Ukraine (In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine) in 2016.

No

Oksana Markarova

Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of Ukraine

As Minister and previously Deputy Minister of Finance, Oksana launched UkraineInvest – the office for investment promotion, as well as a number of initiatives to support existing investors and to gain new investments for Ukraine. She was also responsible for the reform of the public finance management system and was the co-author of the successful programme for the macro-economic stabilization of Ukraine. In addition, Oksana was instrumental in the creation of E-Data, the biggest web portal of open data on public finances. Before her engagement as a public servant, Oksana had worked for 12 years as the head of the management board and the president of the Investment Group ITT and held a number of other positions in the investment and consultancy sphere. Oksana Markarova holds a master degree in ecology from Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Ukraine), and a master degree in international public finance and trade from the University of Indiana (Bloomington, USA).

Haris Memic

Co-Founder and CEO, Symphony Group

Haris Memic is an investor, a partner in numerous international companies, founder and CEO of the software development company Symphony. Haris graduated in Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Haag. He started his own business, an IT company in 2006. Today, Symphony has offices in San Francisco, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Skopje and Amsterdam and more in development. Leading teams in multiple countries, Haris is one of the pioneer managers in this region. He is committed to developing an organizational "satisfaction culture" that nurtures individual growth in employees within a stimulating and motivating working environment.

Barbara Rambousek

Director – Gender and Economic Inclusion, EBRD

Barbara Rambousek is EBRD’s Director for Gender and Economic Inclusion. She leads its work on gender equality and economic inclusion that creates access to economic opportunity for women, youth and refugees through private sector investments and policy dialogue.

Barbara has 20 years leadership experience in the design and delivery of multisectoral inclusion, gender and development programmes in eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the UK. She was previously Head of Regeneration and Corporate Strategy at the London Development Agency, where she led major urban regeneration programmes and the formulation of London’s 20 year Economic Development Strategy.

She holds an MBA from Cass Business School in London and MSc degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Vienna.

Yes

Moderator

Lyse Doucet

Chief International Correspondent, BBC

Keynote

Mehemed Bougsea

CEO & Co-founder, Think-it

Speakers

Manuel Costescu

Executive Director, JP Morgan

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, EBRD

Tim Judah

Reporter, The Economist / Fellow at IWM - Institute for Human Sciences

Oksana Markarova

Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of Ukraine

Haris Memic

Co-Founder and CEO, Symphony Group

Barbara Rambousek

Director – Gender and Economic Inclusion, EBRD

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Congress Hall, Level 4, Swissotel
EBRD's Sustainability Event

Sustainability is at the heart of the EBRD’s mandate. The Sustainability Event begins with a dynamic presentation of the Bank’s Sustainability Report. We will demonstrate how green growth is central to the Bank’s activities, explaining strategic themes, showing how we monitor and measure impacts, and how we engage with our stakeholders. The report demonstrates what EBRD has achieved and the launch will include an expert review of the report and a discussion with active audience participation.

The event will conclude with the 2019 EBRD Sustainability Awards, where EBRD clients are recognised for their remarkable achievements. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be presented in four categories: Sustainable Energy; Climate Resilience; Environmental and Social Best Practice; and Environmental and Social Innovation.

The event will be followed by a Reception starting at 16:00.

Sustainability Award Judges


The Gold Winners

Sustainable Energy
DFF - Auga Group 
Auga Group AB

Climate Resilience
DFF - Hosh Zaman Greenhouses Client Name:
Individual Enterprise “Hoşzaman”

Environmental & Social Best Practice     
Tredas Financing
IC ICTAS ELEKTRIK TICARET A.S. (“ICEL”)

Environmental & Social Innovation          
Turkish Women in Business - TEB
Turk Ekonomi Bankasi


The Silver Winners 

Sustainable Energy
BUS Electricity Distribution
BUTEC Utility Services S.A.L.

Climate Resilience
South Kazakhstan Water Supply Project
Republican State Enterprise (RGP) Kazvodhoz

Environmental & Social Best Practice     
Olam Regional
Olam Progida

Environmental & Social Innovation          
Ege Profil PVC Plant and Recycling
Ege Profil Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş.


The Bronze Winners 

Sustainable Energy 
USELF: NBT Syvash Wind
Syvashenergoprom LLC/NBT AS & Total Eren

Climate Resilience
Talimarjan Power Project
Joint Stock Company (JSC) Uzbekenergo

Environmental & Social Best Practice
Kitchener Drain Depollution: Solid Waste and Drain Rehabilitation
Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources Irrigation (“MWRI”) / Egyptian Ministry of Local Development (“MoLD”)

Environmental & Social Innovation
Project Meadow (I & II)
Amundi Asset Management


For more information please contact:
Nimmi Chagger
ChaggerN@ebrd.com

Alistair Clark

Managing Director, Environment & Sustainability, EBRD

Dr Alistair Clark is Managing Director of the Environment and Sustainability Department. His role includes ensuring that all investments are consistent with the Environmental and Social Policy and Environmental Procedures of EBRD and he is also responsible for providing strategic direction to EBRD on the implementation of the Bank’s environmental and social mandate and the incorporation of environmental and social aspects in all sector and country policies and strategies. He has been responsible for the 2003, 2008 and 2014 Environmental and Social Policies of EBRD. He is a member of EBRD’s Senior Management Group, the UK Export Guarantee Advisory Council and Trustee of Television for the Environment, a UK registered charity specialising in environmental and social issues.

Yes

Sanda Midžić Kurtagić

NCPC Program Director, Center for Energy and Resources CENER

Sanda Midžić Kurtagić is a Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sarajevo. In the course of her career, Sanda has worked on a number of capacity-building projects in the fields of industry, public utilities, administration and civil society. She has a track record of delivery and has extensive experience in dealing with high profile feasibility studies, waste management planning and benchmarking, environmental impact assessments for industrial facilities, transportation and energy sector.
In 2016, she joined UNIDO to lead the National Cleaner Production Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and implemented the programme in over 30 industrial companies. She is currently the Director of the National Cleaner Production Centre for Bosnia and Herzegovina- CENER 21.

Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Speakers

Alistair Clark

Managing Director, Environment & Sustainability, EBRD

Sanda Midžić Kurtagić

NCPC Program Director, Center for Energy and Resources CENER

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Sala 101, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building
EBRD Alumni Event

The EBRD’s Alumni Association is a global community of around 3,000 members – a unique network of skilled people from many different sectors. Join us at the Association’s Get-together, where you can network and reconnect with former colleagues in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. The event will also give you an opportunity to meet members of the Bank’s management and senior staff.

Invitation Only – Enquiries:
Marlene Frauscher
alumniE@ebrd.com

Speaker information coming soon.
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