Opening Speech:

Jasmina Selimović completed her academic education at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Sarajevo where she conducted her undergraduate, master's and doctoral studies in the field of actuarial modeling and solvency measurement in life insurance. While being an authorized actuary, Dr. Selimović also works at the Faculty of Economics and Business in Sarajevo as an associate professor at the Department of Finance and the Department for Quantitative Economics, and since 2012 has served as a Vice-dean for teaching and scientific research. In 2018 she was elected as a Dean of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Sarajevo. Fields of her professional research interest are insurance, actuarial, financial and quantitative economics.

Milorad Dodik graduated political sciences at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade. As the youngest functionary of the SFRY, he performed a number of important functions in the Municipality of Laktaši between 1986 and 1990. At the first multi-party elections in BiH, he was elected to the Parliament of BiH. As a deputy at the National Assembly of Republika Srpska entity, he was elected for the first time in 1997, and in 1998 he became the Prime Minister of the Republika Srpska entity. He regains position of the Prime Minister in 2006 for the second time, and at the end of the same year he was reelected to the same position for  third term. He served as President of Republika Srpska entity  in two mandates, from 2010 until 2018 when on  the general election in he is being elected as a Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark is the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Special Representative of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated social sciences in 1984 at Harvard University and afterwards joined Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988. He worked in Belgrade, Washington, Brussels, Kabul and Moscow, as deputy chief and minister at the Swedish Embassy. In 2008, Ambassador Wigemark was appointed Head of the European Commission's Security Policy Unit. In September 2010, he was appointed as one of the first ambassadors of the European Union in accordance with the Lisbon Treaty.

Rifat Škrijelj completed doctoral degree in biological sciences at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at University of Sarajevo, where he is elected as a fulltime professor in the scientific field of Ecology and Zoology. As a chairman of the Environmental Council of Sarajevo Canton, he actively worked on the affirmation of science in solving problems related to the protection of the environment. Also, he served as president of the Biological Society in FBiH. He coordinated number of projects while performing function of the Head of the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences during several mandates. Since 2007 he is a member of the Senate and Ethics Committee of the University of Sarajevo. Since 2011 he has served as Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and in 2016 he was elected as Rector of the University of Sarajevo.
Zlatko Lagumdžija graduated in 1977, master's degree in 1981 and doctorate in 1988 on topics from the field of computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Sarajevo. His professional career began in 1989 as Professor of Economics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sarajevo. Since 1995 he was a director the Center for Management and Information Technology Sarajevo. Since 2006, he is a member of the World Academy of Art and Science. In the period 2001 - 2002 he was Chairman of the Council of Ministers, and Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2001 to 2003. He currently works as a professor in the Department of Management and Information Technology at the School of Business and Economics of University of Sarajevo.

Kemal Kozarić finished doctorate at the School of Economics and Business in Sarajevo in 2009. From 1996 until early 2000 he worked as finance minister in the government of the Sarajevo Canton and then was appointed as Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As governor he served from 2005 to 2015. For the President of the Board of the Deposit Insurance Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina was appointed in 2007. At the moment, he is a Dean of the School of Economics and Business of University of Sarajevo from 01. 09. 2016.

Jasmin Hošo received a doctorate degree at the Faculty of Economics,  University of Sarajevo in 2010. Since 1996, he works as director of Tondach Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the same time, he has been doing many other jobs in various functions. In 2007 he was selected as Manager of the Year.


Branimir Muidža is General Manager of HeidelbergCement Group in BiH and Croatia, General Director of Cement Factory Kakanj, Director of Danube Drava Cement Zagreb and TBG Beton Zagreb, and Procurator in TBG BH company in BiH. He serves as president of the Council of Foreign Investors in BiH since 2011, president of the Business Council of the Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo, member of the Management Board of the „Association for Promotion of German-BH Economic Relations – AHK“, and member of the Managing Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Zenica-Doboj Canton. The company he has been leading for 15 years now – Cement Factory Kakanj has been awarded several international prestigious awards for business, social responsibility, prudential excellence and environmental protection.

Nataša Pucar graduated Communications, currently  works as director of corporate communications of STUDEN Holding, an international company based in Vienna and of a regional headquarter for Southeast Europe based in Brcko. She manages communication processes of Holding in 10 countries and for 8 brands located in the South East Europe. During her professional career, she has gone through many educational courses including London Public Relation School`s public relations, crisis management and corporate communications programs. She was awarded `European Women's Manager` in 2015. Contributing with her work and knowledge,she developed BIMAL, the most recognizable brand of edible oil at BH market, and the brand of AGRAGOLD, the regional leader in sugar market.

Sandra Suljic is a graduate in political science with major in International relations and diplomacy. Parallel to political sciences, she studied sociology at the University of Hagen in Germany and attended numerous professional seminars. She has  18 years of experience working with international civil and military organizations, in doing business within European groups, all in the field of broadbased administrative activities and import/export operations. Since January 2015, she has been permanently employed by ELIN Motors Bosnia as a manager for administration and materials management. She also serves as deputy director of the company and is authorized for human resource management, administration and logistics at ELIN Motors Bosnia in Živinice.

Rainer Hasenauer is honorary marketing professor and marketing lecturer in innovation and technological marketing at WU Vienna. She is an entrepreneur and a researcher focusing on innovative technologies as well as co-founder of HiTec Marketing Research Association in Vienna and Cross Border HiTec Center. Also, she is a member of the advisory committees of investment groups for high technology investment groups, the expert board for the leading hightech startup incubator, the supervisory board of the global market leader in the field of security critical communication systems in real time, and is an expert in innovation in public innovation policy.

Andreas Meindl is the Commercial Advisor of the Austrian Embassy in Sarajevo. He has many years of experience at the Foreign Trade Organization of Austrian Chamber of Commerce and so far has headed offices in New York, Singapore, Lisbon, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires. He also served as regional manager of the Foreign Trade Organization.

Robert Brugger studied business administration at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz (Austria) and Los Angeles University of California (UCLA), and has a PhD in Logistics and Operations Research. He has worked for many years in the leading world companies in Austria and Eastern Europe in all areas of transport logistics, mainly in networking, turnaround initiatives across the region, implementation of key global biz-wins, introduction of trade and the vertical strategy industry. He was a regional director of the CEE conglomerate of 10 organizations in the country, overseeing about 700 employees and 400 million euros annual revenue. Also he was a supervisor for logistics and freighttage and a senior lecturer at various universities. In April 2019, he was appointed General Director of ICS Internationalisierungscenter Steiermark, an organization of export services of the Styrian economy.

Hannes Mösenbacher started his professional career at Bank Austria Group in crisis management in 1998. In 2008, he joined Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG and took over the Department for risk control. Following the merge of RZB and Raiffeisen Bank International, he has served as the Chief Risk Officer since 2017. He has undergraduate degree from University of Economics and Business in Vienna, graduate degree from Graz University and PhD in Business Administration.

Ante Odak is member of the Corporate Management Board at Raiffeisen Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2016 and is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Raiffeisen LEASING. He graduated from University of Lüneburg (Germany) and started his banking career in 2002 at Bank Austria Creditanstalt. He came to Sarajevo in 2003 as a team leader responsible for accounting and controlling within the project of integration of HVB and Central Profit Bank, after which he was appointed director of accounting and controlling at the same bank in 2004. In 2006, he starts working in  Bank Austria Creditanstalt Leasing GmbH at the position of director of controling, and from 2007 to 2009 as a director of finance department at VB Leasing Zagreb. In 2009 he becomes a member of the Management Board within the same company. After six years in this position, he continues his career at Erste & Steiermaerkische S-Leasing Zagreb as a member of the Management Board.

Michael Schickhofer is an Austrian politician and management consultant who has completed business studies at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz. He was a member of the National Council of Austria and the European Committee of the Regions. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Federal Social Democratic Party of the Federal Executive Council and a deputy governor of the Styrian province since 2015. He has provided a large state investment for the purpose of investing in renewable energy sources.

Jeffrey Sachs is an American economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is one of the youngest professors of economics and the world's leading experts in the US, in history. He is known for his work on the challenges of economic development, environmental sustainability, the fight against poverty, the writing off of debt to the poor countries and globalization. Since 2017, he serves as the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General. Sachs is the director of UN Solutions for Sustainable Development, and co-founder and chief strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, a non-profit organization committed to ending extreme poverty and hunger.

Mirko Šarović obtained his academic knowledge at the Faculty of Law of the University of Sarajevo in 1979. Since 2002, he has directed his career towards the political sector of Bosnia and Herzegovina, today he is the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In July 2017, he was awarded the "European Najministar Award" as part of the selection of the best business people and companies in Southeast and Central Europe. According to the European independent jury, Šarović earned the award for "building better business relations and friendship for all in the country.

Stjepan Kumric graduated at the Faculty of Economics of Osijek University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer. He has held various managerial positions in companies related to construction materials. In 2018 he was  appointed as General Manager of  Cement Factory Lukavac, member of the Asamer Baustoffe AG group from Austria. He is president of the Supervisory Board of Limestone Mines Vijenac, as well as a member of the Slovakian CEMMAC a.s Cement Factory`s  Supervisory Board. He completed MBA study program at Limak - Austrian Busniess School in Linz.