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April 2015

Petar Spaseski, Global SAMS Toolkit Manager, Hatch, Australia

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Petar has 10 years experience in the IT Industry. He is skilled in Systems analysis, Systems integration, design and development of web applications, Microsoft Web Technologies, SQL Server, SQL Programming language, Java, PHP, JavaScript and general database design and associated programming interfacing. He is also skilled in eLearning Technologies, Learning Management Systems and Learning Content Management Systems.

MrSpaseski has extensive experience in the design and development of both client server and internet based applications gained through his involvement in developments such as the HATCH SAMS Toolkit web applications, portion of the Macquarie University Web site, HATCH eLearning systems integration with BlueScope Steel SAP and various intranet applications for these organisation.

Most recently MrSpaseski has been the lead on a series of Microsoft Web based application implementations/projects for a number of HATCH clients.

Specialties:Technology Development, Enterprise Infrastructure, Application Architecture, eLearning, ASP.NET, C#, MS SQL, PHP, Java

Gordana Gavrilovic, Sales Director Europe, Redknee, Serbia

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Gordana Gavrilovic is Sales Director Europe in Canadian based company Redknee, leading provider of BSS software and data monetization solutions around the globe. Prior to Redknee, Gordana persuaded her carriers in Siemens, Nokia and Telekom Srbija, gaining multinational experience with complex projects and intercultural environmentall around the Europe and being  successful lead in acquisition and competition of GSM projects in SEE with innovative solutions.

Gordana holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade and Master of Business Administration from Webster University, St. Luis, USA, holding also IPMA B level certificate for Senior Project Management, speaking fluently several languages, English, German, Russian, and Serbian as mother tongue.  Gordan is acting SecretaryTreasurer and Board member of CANSEE- Canadian Serbian business association.

Andrew Brown, Delivery Unit Manager, Endava, United Kingdom

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A skilled IT services professional with over thirteen years’ experience in software development management and implementation I have wide-ranging skills including project and programme management, account management, sales support, requirements gathering, systems analysis and testing.

I enjoy pioneering, and am passionate about seeing technology unlock business value. I have extensive experience in managing geographically distributed, multi-disciplinary teams from concept through to delivery; including managing senior stakeholders and commercial management of major programmes for Endava. Throughout my time at Endava I have been engaged with clients in senior delivery roles and know what it takes to build strong client relationships and deliver large, complex programmes.

Until recently alongside delivery responsibilities for Endava clients I was responsible for the oversight and development of the Project Management function in the UK including line management, staff development and training, recruitment, performance review, project governance and sales support.

Most of my experience at Endava has been within major financial services clients in the areas of payment processing, clearing and settlement, treasury services and insurance. I have been deployed on client site as a senior resource looking at programme management, test strategy and test management responsible for the delivery of programme teams of up to 150 people.

I have excellent internal and external experience within the context of rapid growth over my time at Endava. I have input into the processes and taken responsibility for organisational changes which have supported Endava’s continued development and growth. I have also worked within clients where our chief focus has been on supporting their growth and ensuring they are organised effectively. This has been across a broad range of areas including project management, testing, and nearshore development.

George Stamkoski, Founder, Volatile Media, UK

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Producer-Director George Stamkoski founded Volatile Media UK in 1994 following a contract to direct reports on the conflicts in former Yugoslavia for UNTV, part of the UN Division of Information.

George has since produced documentaries, educational and public information media projects for the European Commission, UK Foreign office, educational bodies and NGOs, plus commercials and corporate content for the finance, publishing, travel, events, telecommunications, movie, fashion and music sectors in Europe, Middle East, Africa, USA and Australia.

Specialising in outreach projects that foster dialogue and build cultural bridges across southeast Europe and the Arab World, George’s expertise lies in exploiting multi-media distribution strategies to implement short and long term publicity campaigns.

George has also worked as an actor and associate producer on over a dozen German and British movie projects. He speaks 5 languages and was educated in Australia, Germany and Britain. In 2011 he was one of 12 UK producers selected for the UK Trade and Investment’s Gateway to Global Growth Programme to harness British expertise in delivering corporate, PR and business development services to key export markets.

At the Summit, George Stamkoski will talk about developing the film production industry in Macedonia.

Borche Ilioski,Assistant Vice President Corporate Development and Investor Relations at Euromax Resources

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Borche Ilioski was born in Kicevo, Macedonia. He has an extensive international academic record, including an Executive development program from York University (Schulich Business School – Toronto), Executive MBA in Finance from the University of Sheffield, a BA and MSc in Telecommunication from Technical University, Sofia and Awards from the Pacific Institute and the Leadership School of President of Republic of Macedonia.

Borche Ilioski is an Assistant Vice President Corporate Development and Investor Relations at Euromax Resources.  His previous employment includes working for Macedonian Telekom and T-Mobile Macedonia (member of Deutsche Telecom Group), Vice President and Chairman of Innovation and Technical Development Committee at ISLAA, Guest Speaker at school for TOP Management at Motiva Management Education.  He and his wife live in Skopje, Macedonia.

Dr. Jasmina Knezevic, Fouder and President, Bel Medic

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Dr. Jasmina Kneževic, MD – a pediatrician, is the founder and the President of the Board of Directors of Bel Medic, founded in 1995. She is also President of the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Serbia.

Dr. Knezevic will speak on the panel: Talent Management: The untapped potential of women talents.

Under her leadership, Bel Medic became the leading private hospital in Serbia with 180 full time employees, 300 leading consultant physicians and more than 200,000 patients. At the time of her managing, Bel Medic received “The Best of Serbia” award twice (2006, 2009) and “Superbrands” award, as one of the best brands in Serbia in the medical field, also twice (2007, 2013).

Dr. Kneževic  received “The Best European” award by the International European Movement in 2003 for private enterprises and the integration of European ideas into our environment, the “Flower of Success for the Dragon Lady” award in 2007 for the best European female company in the region; and “Captain Miša Anastasijevic” award in the category of “Leading Business Women“ in 2010.

Dr. Kneževic was also selected as one of top 100 Serbian managers in 2008, and as the second most successful business woman in Serbia chosen by 50 successful business women in 2009.
She was the Ambassador of Women’s Entrepreneurship Network in Serbia in 2011, and a Mentor of Women Entrepreneurs in Serbia in 2012 (both EU projects). At the start of 2014, magazines “Econometar” and “Biznis” selected her as the recipient of the “Business Planet” award for the most successful female entrepreneur in Serbia. In 2014, she also won the award “Woman Leader in Change” by the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia.

She is permanently devoted to the creation of a better business environment. As the leader in the private healthcare sector, a member of the Healthcare Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce, a Board member of the Regional Medical Chamber and of the Association of Business women in Serbia, she has great impact on the changes taking place in the private sector, mostly in the medical field.

Jim Dunn, Project Director, The Pacific Institute

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Jim Dunn is a Project Director and Regional CEO at The Pacific Institute in United Kingdom. His background is in Engineering and Behavioral Psychology.

At the Macedonia Economic Summit, Mr. Dunn will talk about the thought patterns of high performance and how these can be acquired.

Mr. Dunn graduated from Glasgow University with an Honours degree in Engineering. He spent most of his working life in the UK Steel industry holding a number of Engineering and Operations Management posts before moving into a Senior Management role in Human Resources with responsibilities for employee and learning development.

Since leaving the industry he continues to consult with U.K. companies, Education establishments and Community groups on organization and employee development matters including team working, culture change, leadership and personal development. He has considerable experience in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Psychology and is widely recognized as a communicator and skills developer.

He has been actively involved in the management of numerous projects throughout his career and continues to practice and teach in this field. In 2001 he joined The Pacific Institute, an international consultancy group specializing in behavior and culture change and organizational development.

He is currently a member of the Corporate team and has the role of Project Director, TPI Europe.
He serves on the International Board of the “Way of Hope Foundation” a Christian voluntary organization based in Budapest and dedicated to working with Orphans and other disadvantaged youngsters throughout Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia and Croatia

He is the author of several books including The Effective Leader, The Smart Guide to Work and a fiction series for teenagers.

Mario Seric, Director and Owner, MarCon, Croatia

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Mario Seric was born in Split, Croatia on January 09, 1976.

He holds an economics BA with tourism specialization from the University of Zagreb. Mario furthered his education at Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, New York, where he acquired a Master degree in Management in Hospitality (MMH) – MBA in Hospitality Management with Specialization in Hotel and Real Estate Development.

His professional experience started in 1998 as a Consultant in Horwath Consulting Zagreb where he became Senior Consultant and Partner. He administered a variety of projects, including the Strategic marketing plan for Croatian tourism from 2001 to 2005, commissioned by the Government of Croatia. He went on to manage several hotel and mixed-use development projects in Croatia and Southeast Europe.

Since 2006, he is Owner and Managing Director of MarCon, Split, Croatia and Manages projects for intelligence, consulting, and development in tourism, hospitality, and real estate, operating in Croatia and in the greater Mediterranean area. In 2009, he became Director of the Association of Hoteliers of Split and Dalmatia and in 2010 he was Member of the Management Board, where he planned, organized, and led promotional, development, and other activities of the association of fifteen leading hotels in Central Dalmatia.

He is part of the Cornell Hotel Society Alumni network, the Ron Brown Fellowship Alumni network at the US State Department, Open Society Institute alumni network at the Soros Foundation, etc. Mario has been a Project Team Leader at American Airlines and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

Seric has also published several articles in renowned newspapers and magazines and has done various strategic management projects for different organizations worldwide.

Gazmend Kadriu, CEO of Union Bank Albania

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Mr Gazmend Kadriu is the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Union Bank Albania since the start of Bank’s activity in 2005. He is an experienced banker with over 20 years spent in the banking systems of Albania, Kosova and Macedonia, in commercial banking, as well as bank supervision, auditing and consulting.

Mr Kadriu worked in Bank Supervision Department of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, 1993 – 1998, of which half as Head of the Department. Later went to bank auditing and consulting, including three years in Ernst & Young Skopje, from 2001 to end-2003. Afterwards, he was CEO and Board Member of the New Bank of Kosovo (now NLB-Prishtina Bank) in 2004. Meanwhile he has served also five years as Board member and Risk Management Committee member in Tutunska Banka Skopje, Macedonia.

Ognen Cubalevski, ODW Elektrik, Plant Manager, Macedonia

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Ognen Cubaleski is an experienced management consultant with international background.

He has intimate SEE / CEE market knowledge, green field investments, sales and marketing, start-up and business development, energy (focus on renewable energies and energy efficiency) as well as heat transfer expertise.

General management, B2B sales expertise of highly engineered technical products. Key Account management as well as sales through sales channels (distributors & agents). Project management.

Expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energies, SEE markets, start-ups and green field investments in Macedonia.

BSc in Mechanical Engineering. Executive MBA from CSUH East Bay, Hayward, USA.