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Summit Speakers 2015

Alexander Tolweth, Lufthansa Group Country Manager, Bulgaria

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Alexander Tolweth has been with Lufthansa for 13 years and took up his current position as Country Manager Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia & Kosovo for Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines on February 2014.

After studying economics / travel at universities in Germany, England and France, Alex has been working for Lufthansa in various roles, including global Key Account Management, Network Planning, Pricing. Before moving to Bulgaria he has been Head of Sales UK & Ireland for the Lufthansa Group.

In his spare time he is exploring the Bulgarian country side with his wife & 2 daughters or flying further afield to discover more off the beaten track destinations. He also plays football and likes to go skiing

Robert Arsov, Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners | Macedonia2025 Chairman, USA

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Robert Arsov is a Managing Director at the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners.  Mr. Arsov focuses on advising companies in the IT / Business Services and Networks Infrastructure sectors and has worked with a wide variety of publicly traded and privately held companies on complex U.S. and cross-border assignments.  Mr. Arsov was previously a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Credit Suisse and its predecessor company Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Mr. Arsov received his BS from Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.

Igor Lukšić to share insights on the potentials and the economic integrations of the SEE region at the MK2025 Summit

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Igor Lukšić was an official candidate for the UN Secretary General at 2016, Prime minister from 2010 to 2012, Deputy Prime minister and minister for affairs and European integration from 2012 to 2016, minister of finance in the period of 2004 to 2010, member of the parliament of Montenegro 2001-03 and member of the parliament of Serbia and Montenegro 2003-06. Presently, Lukšić is with PwC as southeast Europe public sector director.

Spending most of his professional career up to date in the public sector and serving in several governmental positions, Lukšić was committed to political and economic freedoms giving boost to many economic and political reforms. Lukšić advocated for transparency, put emphasis on dialogue and proactive approach both related to internal and foreign relations. While prime minister of Montenegro, he opened accession talks with the EU and completed accession to the WTO. When finance minister of Montenegro, he obtained the first ever credit rating, sold the first Eurobonds and made significant steps to improve Doing Business ranking. As a foreign minister Lukšić was among the key cabinet members working to meet NATO membership conditions and was crucial in launching Western Balkans 6 initiative.

Igor Lukšić holds a PhD in economics of transition, he is married and a father of three.

 

The EARLY BIRD price for the Summit tickets end on the 1st of September, you still have time to register at a discounted price and save up to 25%!

  • 100 Euros for Micro and Small Enterprises (up to 10 employees) and for non- governmental organizations (NGO’s)
  • 200 Euros for a regular Summit ticket

 

The fee includes:

· All summit materials

· Participation in all working sessions

· Refreshments during panel session breaks and light lunch on November 1 & 2 Summit Cocktail

· Reception on November 1

· Access to the “Get in the Ring” youth business idea pitching competition on October 31

· Community Outreach Program participation on November 3

Register now at http://mk2025summit.com/

Harry Kraemer, Management and Strategy Professor, Former CEO of Baxter International, USA

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HARRY M. KRAEMER is professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches in the MBA and the Executive MBA programs.

Mr. Kraemer is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, one of the largest private equity firms in the United States where he consults with CEOs and other senior executives of companies in MDP’s extensive portfolio.

Mr. Kraemer is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baxter International Inc., a $12 billion global healthcare company. He became Baxter’s chief executive officer in January 1999, and assumed the additional responsibility of chairman of Baxter’s board of directors in January 2000.

Mr. Kraemer is active in business, education and civic affairs. He serves on the board of directors of Leidos Corporation, Sirona Dental Systems, VWR International, Sage Products Inc., and Catamaran Corporation and on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, The Conference Board, NorthShore University Healthsystem and the Archdiocese of Chicago Finance Committee and School Board.

Harry Kraemer was named Professor of the Year at Kellog for 2008. He is the author of two bestselling books on the topic of leadership.

H. E. Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, President of the Republic of Macedonia

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President Gjorge Ivanov was born on May 2nd, 1960 in Valandovo. While completing his studies in Law at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Gjorge Ivanov became politically active in liberal and reformist-oriented youth organizations. In 1988, he began a career with the national broadcaster “Macedonian Television”, where he was ultimately promoted to the position of Editor. In 1995, Gjorge Ivanov returned to the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, earning a Master’s Degree in Political Science. He further continued to earn his PhD focusing his research on building democracies in divided societies and successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Democracy in Divided Societies: the Case of Macedonia.”

At the Law Faculty, Professor Ivanov taught political theory and political philosophy, introducing new teaching methods which helped open Macedonian academia to Western universities through contemporary literature and magazines. In this period he also became active in EU’s TEMPUS Programme for the Republic of Macedonia, introducing a reformed curricula and English language Master Programmers.

President Ivanov is a leading expert on civil society, being the first to introduce its systematic research in Macedonian academia. He has been a consultant to leading think-tanks and researchers. Professor Ivanov is the co-founder of the first Macedonian political science journal “Political Opinion”, and the founder and Honorary President of the Macedonian Political Science Association. He is also one of the founders of the Institute for Democracy, Solidarity and Civil Society, a renowned Macedonian think-tank which has helped shape the political landscape in Macedonia. While never a party member, he became active in helping fashion the policy of the reformist VMRO-DPMNE party, which supported his presidential nomination in 2009. He won the elections with a distinctive majority.

During his Presidential mandate, Professor Gjorge Ivanov has received numerous invitations to give lectures at renowned European universities. He has received various honorary degrees and in September 2011, President Ivanov was awarded the highest Order of the St. Lazarus Order from Jerusalem

Summit speaker update: Scott DeLong, How entrepreneurs build from zero to $100 million+ and transform the world of the internet

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Scott DeLong graduated university in 2004 and soon after started doing search engine optimization for a marketing agency. At a website for developers, he came across a listing for the sale of a video content website which said it made $30,000 a month in ad revenue. DeLong went on to start Nothing Toxic where he posted horrifying videos of skateboarding accidents and car wrecks. By December 2005, the website was making $8000 a month from Google ads. A year after Google bought YouTube in 2006, DeLong sold 80% of Nothing Toxic and later on sold the entire site.

DeLong started Viral Nova in May 2013. The site exploded in popularity thanks to his ability to formulate catchy titles for the content he finds all over the Internet. DeLong’s sense of the work behind Facebook’s algorhitms helps him drive 90% of the traffic from the world’s largest social network. He and three other freelances helped generate 6.6 million visitors only from the United States. The ingeniousness of DeLong is that he keeps coming up with low-cost programming that brings him sizeable profits through Viral Nova. Viral Nova sold for $100 million in July, 2015.

Wondering about how Scott sees entrepreneurship and making money? The answer is in this quote that we took from an interview that he did with Next Shark:  “The entrepreneurial drive isn’t about money; it’s about succeeding and creating something that people love. Those who go into it with money on their minds will likely be looking for the easiest route to riches and ultimately fail.”

Scott Delong will speak at the Macedonia Economic Summit on the panel ‘How the Digital World is Transforming News and Media’ and ‘Entrepreneurs who Build from Zero to $100 million+ and Transform the World of Internet’.

Summit speaker update: Dr. Viktor Gruev, helping save lives by developing new imaging technologies

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Viktor Gruev is an associate professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with distinction from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and completed his M.S. and PhD. in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Viktor Gruev has received numerous awards for his research on imaging sensors and their application in the medical field. His current research focuses on bringing medical imaging technology to resources-limited hospitals and to the developing world.

Viktor draws inspiration from nature to develop more efficient and effective low-power integrated sensory systems. These imaging sensors integrate new nanomaterials with standard vision equipment, like a cell-phone camera, to create compact, ultra-sensitive imaging devices, which have pre and post-operative applications.

Drawing inspiration from the visual system of the “mantis shrimp,” which is able to detect 22 visual channels, Dr. Gruev has designed artificial material able to detect color, polarization and spectral information at high resolution in real time.

In one study, mice are injected with human cancerous tissue. Cancer is noticed within a few days, and full-blown cancer develops within 2-3 weeks. These animals are monitored and imaged periodically using Dr. Gruev’s technology, enabling the identification of cancerous cells before surgeons would typically be able to see them.

Dr. Viktor Gruev will give a high-level overview about his research and how it is being commercialized on the ‘Reaching Prosperity Through Technology and Innovation’ panel

Presenting new Speaker at the Macedonia Economic Summit: Philip Nordfeldt, Aviation Expert and Founder and CEO of Data Talks

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Philip Nordfeldt is an experienced sales executive in the field of key account management, as well as a competent and knowleadgleble leader in different sales organizations. Philip gained his experience in sales by selling airline companies since 1999. He has led sales organizations for Scandinavian Airlines, Austrian Airlines and for the Lufthansa Group. He is the founder and CEO of Data Talks.

Philip and his different teams have always managed to reach higher market shares and revenues with a lower cost ration than other comparable markets in the highly competitive airline industry.  Philip Nordfeldt entered the big data industry by starting Data Talks. The aim of the company is to improve the sales processes by integrating the use of Big Data in real time.

The company specializes in evaluating the current offers on the market based on the clients’ needs and goes on to purchase and implement the system before training the client to be able to use it. The Data Talks website says that a typical Philip Nordfeldt quote is “Sales never ends, we can always reach higher targets!”

Presenting Bestselling author on Leadership and Management and Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Harry Kraemer as Summit Speaker

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HARRY M. KRAEMER is a professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches in the MBA and the Executive MBA programs. Mr. Kraemer is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, one of the largest private equity firms in the United States where he consults with CEOs and other senior executives of companies in MDP’s extensive portfolio.

Mr. Kraemer is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a $12 billion global healthcare company. He became Baxter’s chief executive officer in January 1999, and assumed the additional responsibility of chairman of Baxter’s board of directors in January 2000.

Mr. Kraemer is active in business, education and civic affairs. He serves on the board of directors of Leidos Corporation, Sirona Dental Systems, VWR International, Sage Products Inc., and Catamaran Corporation and on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, The Conference Board, NorthShore University Healthsystem and the Archdiocese of Chicago Finance Committee and School Board.

Harry Kraemer was named Professor of the Year at Kellog for 2008. He is the author of two bestselling books on the topic of leadership.