Nenad Bakić is entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He has background in Mathematics, Internet, Human Resources and Finance. Serial entrepreneur – founded several online and human resources services businesses. In 2007 sold jobsite MojPosao in the largest internet-related transaction in the region. Current businesses include HR services and temporary employment companies in the region. Activist value investor in public companies listed on the ZSE and an angel investor. A standing member of the jury for EY Entrepreneur of the Year. Founded and finances an NGO IRIM, operating in Croatia through a movement Croatian Makers, devoted to developing STEM education, primarily robotics and automation, in Croatia and region by donating robotics and automation equipment, and organising education and activities through a family of platforms. Through Croatian Makers League, some 1,800 robots were donated to 360+ Croatian schools and a robotics league organised. Initial financial donations and the whole know-how and franchise donation helped develop similar projects in some other countries in the region. Currently, the largest project is STEM revolution, distributing more than 20,000 micro-computers BBC micro:bits to children in Croatia, mostly funded by crowdfunding with large public support. Supports various civil sector initiatives and actively involved as opinion maker in public discussions on economic and general issues, promoting liberal democracy and free markets. Author of the blog Eclectica.hr, the most popular blog in Croatia. Married with 2 children.
Originally from Belgium, and mother of one, Martine Rahier holds an Engineering degree in Agronomy from the Free University of Brussels (1977). She continued her studies in the USA at the Universities of Cornell and Berkeley, and obtained a PhD in Science from the University of Basel in 1983, and “Habilitation” in Ecology from the University of Zurich in 1993. Granted a professorship by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 1988, she became a Professor of Entomology and Animal Ecology at the University of Neuchâtel in 1994. In 2001, she founded the “Plant Survival” National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), a network comprising more than 200 people. In 2008, she was elected rector of the University of Neuchâtel ending in August 2016. Martine Rahier has been a member of several national and international university committees, from appointment commissions to committees designing study programmes in various universities; she has also been president and member of committees assessing research programmes and projects, as well as of scientific associations. Author of numerous publications, she has also supervised a large number of doctoral theses. Martine Rahier was a member of the Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities (2008-2016) and president (2013-2015) of the “swissuniversities”.She is member of the German accreditation council since 2013, vice-president of European University Association since 2015, member of the council of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria since 2017, and board member of WWF Switzerland since 2017.
Marine Condette is Manager, Accreditation and Member Services at AACSB International’s EMEA headquarters in The Netherlands. Marine holds a double diploma in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Lille, France and the University of Kent, UK and obtained a MA in European Public Administration at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. She has gained a robust experience in international higher education, having worked at Educational Testing Service (ETS), Laureate International Education and the French Embassy in the Netherlands.
Tomislav Sokol graduated magna cum laude from the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb in 2006. He then earned his Master’s degree at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium’s largest university, and one of the world’s top 100 universities according to Times Higher Education. His principle subjects included European Economic Law, European Constitutional Law, European and International Social Law, and European Commercial Law. In 2010, he completed the Regional Summer School on Social Security Coordination (magna cum laude), held by the Council of Europe. Tomislav Sokol compleated his PhD at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He has been an Assistant at the Law Department of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management since 2007. He is currently on the position of the Associate Minister of the Ministry of Science and Education.
Prof. Jasmina Havranek, PhD, was born in Zagreb where she finished primary and secondary school. She graduated and obtained her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb. She was appointed full professor with tenure in 2001. Prof. Havranek was the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, in 2001-2006. She was the President of the National Council for Higher Education of Croatia between 2003 and 2005. Since 2007, she has been serving as the director of the Agency for Science and Higher Education. During her term, the Agency for Science and Higher Education has received important international recognition. In 2010, the European Regional Economic Forum selected the Agency as an example of good practice in the implementation of the quality assurance system in science and higher education. The Agency for Science and Higher Education became full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education – ENQA, and, on 25 November 2011, it was entered in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education – EQAR. The Agency has been member of the CHEA International Quality Group since September 2012, a full member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education – INQAAHE since November 2006, and a full member of Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education – CEENQA since April 2008.
ASHE is also member of the Institutional management in Higher Education – IMHE and the Organization for economic co-operation and development – OECD. In 2005, she was appointed civil expert at the NATO’s Food and Agriculture Planning Committee (Brussels). She has taken part as an invited speaker in her field of expertise at the University of China, USA and India and at many conferences in the EU Member States. Professor Jasmina Havranek has been active in various international organizations in the field of higher education. She has also participated in many Croatian and international conferences in field of science and education, and has taken part as an invited speaker at several international conferences. She has spent her entire career fostering the value of quality standards and culture, and the sharing of information for the purpose of understanding and improving the public policy in the field of higher education and science.
Prof. Rose Luckin has been developing and writing about the Learning Sciences, Educational technology and Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIEd) for over 20 years. Her research explores how to increase participation by teachers and learners in the design and use of technologies. In addition to over 50 peer-reviewed articles and two edited volumes, Prof. Luckin is the author of Re-Designing Learning Contexts (Routledge, 2010), and lead author of the influential Decoding Learning report (Nesta, 2012). Rose is a member of the Welsh Assembly’s Successful Digital Futures group and was previously a member of the board of BECTA (the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) and founder and chair of their Research Advisory Group. Rose is a member of the EPSRC college of reviewers and has advised the research councils of various countries on the design and use of educational technologies. Her research applies participatory methods to the development and evaluation of technology for learning. This work is interdisciplinary and encompasses education, psychology, artificial intelligence and HCI.
Dr. Casilda Güell (Barcelona, 1977) is the Academic Director of the General Management Area at OBS Business School (Grupo Planeta Formación y Universidades). She is a fellow of the European Institute, London School of Economics. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a PhD in International History at the London School of Economics. She was a visiting researcher at the European University Institute. She has been a lecturer at London School of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya and OBS Business School. Author of several books and academic papers, she has also worked as a consultant for the Prince of Girona Foundation, Football Club Barcelona (advisory board), The European Council of the European Movement and the LSE alumni office.
David Asch was at De Montfort University in Leicester for nine years, initially as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law and then as Deputy Vice Chancellor where he had responsibility for the University’s planning and resources and all five Faculties. Prior to this he was Professor of Management and Dean at the Open University Business School, Europe’s largest business school. Since March 2012, David has been a part-time Professor of Management in Coventry University’s Faculty of Business Environment and Society.David has written over 50 articles and books on strategy, management and change. He has been a Special Advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on human resource development and civil service reform, and an advisor to the World Bank on developing distance learning in developing countries. David has been a consultant/advisor to directors and senior management teams at a number of leading international firms including Allianz-Cornhill Insurance, BAA, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu/ICL, KPMG, Oracle, 3M, Reckitt Benckiser, The SAS Institute, and Xerox. In September 2014, David joined EFMD Quality Services as an Associate Director.
Ivana Marinkovic fulfilled her BA on the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade with the major in Scandinavian languages and literatures. She continued her permanent education and continuous improvement of her knowledge and in Norway where she was granted a scholarship by the Royal Norwegian Government at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Humanities. Besides the obtained degrees in languages and linguistics, Ivana posses an EMBA from HEC (France) and a master degree from the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade (Serbia). Her work experience includes a senior management position in the leading multinational company for retail and finance services «NCR» where she managed 150 employees from different countries. In the passed years Ivana has also worked for international NGO, «Doctors without Borders» in Norway. Besides the aforementioned qualifications, Ivana is fluent in English, French, Norwegian and Danish. She has joined EFMD in January 2015 as an Associate Director for Central and Eastern Europe.
Prof. Metka Tekavčič was named Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (FELU) in 2013. From 2001 to 2007 professor Tekavčič was Vice-Dean at the FELU. From 1999 to 2001 she was also the Head of the Academic Unit of Management and Organization. Her research interest lies in the fields of cost and performance management, as well as non-profit and especially education management. Prof. Tekavčič is president of the FELU’s Senate and the Head of the Institute for Management and Organization. In 2014 she was awarded the Artemida award for Women’s Excellence in Management. From 1992 till 2013 she was a member of the City Council of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has long been and remains a member of the supervisory boards of many important Slovenian companies and other institutions. In addition to her work, prof. Tekavčič has also served as a member of the advisory board at the University of Primorska and was elected as vice-dean of Challenge: Future. In 2016, the Dean Tekavčič was appointed as a new member of the EQUIS Accreditation Board.
Mislav Malenica is an entrepreneur/engineer trying to make the world more data driven. Focused on leveraging data to augment human intelligence in order to increase their efficiency on individual level and within organizations. Founder and CEO of Vingd Inc. a data science startup that uses virtual currency and gamification to influence public perception, significantly increase monetization efficiency, predict future behavior and generate sales leads.
Afif Rustom is an Educational Technology Business Development Professional whose international career has been focused on transforming institutions in K12 & Higher education to digital education & flipped classrooms through various tools and methodologies enhancing the overall curriculum and learning experience. He has been focused too on working closely with different ministries of education and consortiums to implement scalable wide scale digital educational transformation. In such capacity he held various roles within EMEA with recently being European Senior Regional Manager Sales & Learning Solutions at McGraw-Hill Education. His projects were across 40 countries. He is currently a Senior Business Development Executive for Europe, Middle East & Africa at VitalSource Technologies working closely with various Hied & K12 Institutions, regional partners, publishers, consortiums, & ministries of education to implement digital solutions. Key Interests: Technology, Digital Education, Business Intelligence, Innovation, Learning Science, & Professional Development.
Goa Borrek works with institutions, educators, and senior leaders to help them integrate highly effective plagiarism prevention solutions to raise levels of academic integrity and support academic excellence. Over the last three years, first with Ephorus and now with Turnitin, he has interacted with hundreds of faculty members to share Turnitin’s global experience and the best practices of other institutions in order to promote institutional, and ultimately student, success. Goa is passionate about promoting the importance of academic integrity onto the national agenda in countries across Central and Southern Europe. He has presented at several European academic conferences, including New Technologies in Education in Serbia, Higher Education Conference in Croatia and INTED conference in Spain. Goa studied Sociology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He is fluent in Dutch, French, Spanish and English.
Bojan Poljičak is a business manager with over 20 years of experience, currently working as Country manager of Adecco. His experience involves different management positions in international companies in Croatia and Central & Eastern Europe region, in both goods and services businesses. He has interest in leading people and organizational change, new business models and sales and service delivery models. In his current role he gained expertise on subjects of changing world of work and future of jobs. He has Business & economics degree from University in Zagreb, and has attended leadership programs on Insead and Imd business schools.
Malgorzata Jaroszewska-Grabos started working for Pearson in March 2000 as an ELT sales representative. In 2008 she took the position of Higher Education Key Account Manager. Currently she manages Higher and Professional sales in Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining Pearson she worked in Pepsi Cola General Bottlers. She was also a teacher. Malgorzata graduated from English Philology, Pedagogics as well as from HRM Psychology.