THURSDAY 9 MAY

Invest in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Invest in Profitable Projects!

Great Hall, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building

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

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Suma Chakrabarti is the sixth President of the EBRD. During his Presidency, the EBRD has increased transition impact on the ground in its nearly 40 countries of operations, recently hitting record investment levels of nearly €10 billion. He has overseen the start of operations in countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean and the Bank now has 69 shareholders. The Bank has also focused on enhancing policy engagement in such areas as Green Economy Transition and social and economic inclusion. All of this has been achieved while maintaining the EBRD’s strong capital base and ‘AAA’ rating. Prior to the EBRD, Suma held key positions in the UK’s Civil Service: he was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, headed DFID, and also worked in the Treasury and Cabinet Office.

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.

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).

Denis Zvizdić

Chairman, Council of Ministers of BiH