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April 25-26, 2018

SARAJEVO BUSINESS FORUM


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April 25-26, 2018

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1000+ Investment and Business Projects
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1500 b2b Meetings

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9th SBF: Tourism Projects as Leading Development Opportunity for Region

Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF), the leading business and investment conference in the Southeastern Europe, was created as a platform for business networking with a unique goal of fostering economic development of the region, and this year it will focus on promoting tourism and utilizing new opportunities offered by the sector which has recorded a significant growth in recent decades.

Ibrahim Al Omar, Head of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Confirms His Participation in SBF 2018

Ibrahim Al Omar, Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), confirmed his participation in Sarajevo Business Forum 2018 as the leading investment conference.

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Mehmet Şimşek and Large Business Delegation from Turkey Confirm Their Participation in Sarajevo Business Forum 2018

Mehmet Şimşek, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, confirmed his participation in the 9th International Investment Conference Sarajevo Business Forum 2018, which will be held in the BiH capital on April 25 and 26.

Prosinečki, Hadžibegić and Sturm at Sarajevo Business Forum: How to Increase the Inflow of Investments in the Region

The 9th Sarajevo Business Forum will be held under the slogan "One region, One Economy" on April 25 and 26, and its program will include the panel session entitled "Diaspora, Sports, Arts, Culture & Creative Industry - Transforming Emotions into Investments " in which the diaspora, sport, culture, arts and creative industries will be considered in the context of economic growth and regional development.

Slovenian President Borut Pahor to Come to Sarajevo Business Forum 2018

Sarajevo, April 17, 2018 - President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor will come to the 9th Sarajevo Business Forum which will be held in Sarajevo on April 25 and 26, the organizers confirmed.

First day of SBF: Panel on Women's Leadership in Development of Society

In order to point to the increasing and significant role of women in the development of society and encourage them to take leadership positions in companies, this year's Sarajevo Business Forum, which will be held on April 25 and 26 in Sarajevo, will host the panel dedicated to the role of women as leaders in the development of a society.

Bosnia: 'Balkan Davos' offers scope for new investments

The Sarajevo Business Forum, set to take place on April 25 and 26 in the Bosnian capital, will offer new investment opportunities to the Balkan country, said organizer Amer Bukvic.

Attractive topics and panels at 9th Sarajevo Business Forum 2018

This year, Sarajevo Business Forum will be held on April 25 and 26 in Sarajevo (BiH). It will feature numerous attractive topics for businessmen from the region as well as for potential investors from different parts of the world who are expected to participate in the most important business and investment conference in the region.

Large political and business delegation from Indonesia confirms participation in Sarajevo Business Forum 2018

Large political and business delegation from Indonesia announced that it will visit the 9th Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF) as a leading investment conference which will be held in Sarajevo on April 25 and 26. The delegation will be headed by the Minister of Rural Affairs and Spatial Planning Dr. Sofyan A. Djalil. Among others, the Indonesian delegation will include Alwi Shihab, special representative of Indonesian President and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Hassan Wirajuda, former Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs and an expert on ASEAN countries.

Apply for participation in the 9th Sarajevo Business Forum and learn about investment potential of the region with 30 million people

Registration for participation in the leading business and investment conference in the Southeastern Europe, the 9th Sarajevo Business Forum 2018 (SBF) which will be held in Sarajevo on April 25 and 26 under the motto "One Region, One Economy", is still open.

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Mr. Amer Bukvić
CEO, Bosna Bank International
Mr. Amer Bukvić is CEO of Bosna Bank International and a founder of Sarajevo Business Forum. He has been included on the Islamica 500 list of the world’s most successful individuals in Islamic economy. In 2014, he won the prestigious international Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Award for the Best Entrepreneur and Leader in 2014.
H.E. Senida Mesi
Deputy Prime Minister, Albania
H.E. Senida Mesi is an Albanian political representative and professor. In 2015, Mesi was elected a member of the municipal council for Shkodër. During the 2017 parliamentary elections, H.E. Mesi ran as a member of the Socialist Party and in 2017, she was elected as the member of the Parliament of Albania for Shkodër. In August of 2017, she became next deputy prime minister of Albania. Before her appointment she worked also as lecturer at the University of Shkodër "Luigj Gurakuqi".
Mr. Adnan Ćatić alias Felix Sturm
Former boxing world champion
Mr. Adnan Ćatić, known as Felix Strum, is a German professional boxer. He is the World Boxing Association super – middleweight champion and a former International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organisation, World Boxing Association middleweight champion. After 26 years of a successful boxing career, Mr. Ćatić returned to his homeland and established a factory for mineral water and non-alcoholic energy drinks.
Dr.h.c. Doris Pack
Former President of the Delegation for SEEE, European Parliament
Doris Pack was born in 1942 in Schiffweiler / Saarland (Germany). She served between 1981 and 1989 as a Member of the German Bundestag (CDU/CSU) and is an honorary Member of the PACE and WEU. She was also a Member of the EU Parliament between 1989 and 2014, whereby she also served as the President of the Delegation for South Eastern Europe (2004-2009).
Mrs. Đemila Talić Gabriel
Honorary Consul of Bosnia and Herzegovina in New South Wales, Australia
Mrs. Đemila Gabriel was born on 16 November,1968 in Bosanska Dubica, Bosnia and Herzegovina Due to the war that started in 1992, Mrs. Gabriel became a refugee and went to Germany, Fifteen years ago she moved to Sydney, Australia.In 2010, Mrs. Gabriel was named a director of an Australian real estate company, and soon after that she became a majority shareholder. Since 2015, she has been the sole owner of this company.
Mr. Guido Clary
Senior Banker responsible for lending operations in the Western Balkans, EBRD
Mr. Clary Has been a Senior Banker at the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg since 2010. He serves as a country manager for Albania and is in charge of originating, structuring and executing transactions within the public sector, the corporate sector and banks in the Western Balkans. In 2013, Mr. Clary structured the first Trade/Export Finance Facility in the history of the EIB and led a number of working groups on trade and supply chain finance.
Samir Cerić
Group CEO - Alpha Omega Group, UK/China
Samir Cerić is a serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor, philanthropist and mental health campaigner with an Masters in Mathematics, leading award winning businesses. Ceric co-owns businesses in Europe and Asia and has been involved with Chinese networks over the past 15 years. These days Cerić is focused on technology and truly disrupting the fields of art, fashion, media and sport to bring about higher transparency in these industries. Apart from this, Cerić is an active mental health campaigner supporting initiatives Prince Harry, Prince William and Princess Kate have set up. He is working on bringing some of the world’s top business brands to Bosnia and build luxury ski resorts in the Olympic Mountains of Sarajevo with the world’s renowned architectural practice Zaha Hadid Studio. His vision for Bosnia is to bring high quality projects and high-quality brands in order to help bring long term prosperity back to his motherland.
Rudi Kesić
Founder & CEO, Advantage Business Group
Rudi Kesić is a Bosnian-born British businessman, lawyer, investor and philanthropist. He is the primary shareholder and chairman of Advantage Group of companies, United Kingdom. Rudi's latest business venture in South East Europe (SEE) is the recent establishment of Advantage Law Balkans (ALB) in partnership with the MDC Group, headquartered in Sarajevo, which offers unrivalled regional and sector specific legal and business advice to new investors coming to the SEE region, as well as supporting manufacturers and exporters from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia with their international exporting transactions.
Mr. Hasan Sehovic
President, Bosnia Diaspora Congress, BiH
Mr. Hasan Sehovic was born on 7.11.1960 in Dubrovnik (Croatia) and holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Belgrade. Currently he lives in Izmir (Turkey) with his wife and two daughters. He is the manager at the Terbay Construction a.s. in Izmir and is also a member of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects. He believes in the potential of BiH for becoming a competitive and attractive location for investments and works via the BiH Worldwide Diaspora (SSD) where he acts as the president towards the realization of this potential.
Mr. Faruk Hadžibegić
Former football player and coach, Bosnia/France
Hadžibegić is the most capped Bosnian player and the fifth overall most capped player for the former Yugoslavia national football team. He has an impressive Coaching career. Faruk Hadžibegić started coaching with his former club Sochaux with whom he succeeded in gaining a promotion to Ligue 1 in 1997. After that he became the manager of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. In 2000, he took over Betis, with whom he gained promotion to La Liga in 2001. He returned to France with Troyes before stints in Turkey with Gaziantepspor, Diyarbakirspor and Denizlispor.He was the manager of Dijon FCO since January 2008, but was released in June 2009.
Branimir Gvozdenović
Vice President, Parliament of Montenegro
Branimir Gvozdenović was born in 1961 in Bar and graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Podgorica. He began his professional career in the Secretariat for Development of Montenegro, where he coordinated a young team of experts that,initiated the IT development of Montenegro on the new ICT platforms. In 2001 he became the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy and Economic Development and served this duty during three terms of office.
Ms. Dragana Djurica
Senior Expert on Competitiveness, Regional Cooperation Council
Senior Expert on Competitiveness in the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), where she is entrusted with the work on the creation of the common investment reform agenda of South-East Europe (SEE), along with the integration of capital markets, and industrial development. In addition, she is in charge of coordinating the activities of mainstreaming gender equality into economic competitiveness and promotion of regional value chains in priority industries of SEE. Before joining the Regional Cooperation Council, she took part in the economic diplomacy of the Republic of Serbia.
Mr. Jan Z. Kulenović
Founder and CEO, Munja.ba Incubator
Mr. Jan Zlatan Kulenović holds a BA from the Univeristy of Sarajevo and an MA in Social Development Practice from the London Metropolitan University. He worked as project manager for the Joint Youth Programme at the Open Society Foundation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Being interested in social impact development in the country he founded the Social Innovation Incubator MUNJA, through which he and his team provided training in social entrepreneurship with the aim to empower youth.
Mr. Branimir Muidža
President, Foreign Investors Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Muidža is the director of a cement factory in Kakanj and general director of the Heidelberg Cement group in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. He is also member of the Steering Comittee of TBG Beton d.o.o. Zagreb and Dunav - Drava cement d.o.o. as well as the attorney of TBG BH d.o.o. He is the President of the Council of Investors in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2011, and a member of the Council of Investors of the Association for Improvement of Economic relations between Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In November 2012, the International League of Humanists awarded Muidža with the Golden Charter.
Ms. Maša Čampara
CEO and founder, eMediaPatch
Ms Maša Čampara has 14 years of online media experience with top publishers and agencies. Prior to starting eMedia Patch, Masa worked at iVillage as Sales Planner and Marketing Associate, after what she became the media manager at MediaCom and a media supervisor at Optimedia in New York. She worked on brands such as Staples, Keds, Cartier, Lancome and Sanofi brands. Today she is the head of eMediaPatch that she founded in April 2009 and provides customers a broad range of consulting services.
Mr. Robert Prosinečki
Coach of Bosnia-Herzegovina national football team, Croatia
Robert Prosinečki is a Croatian football manager and former football midfielder. He is working as the manager of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team. After his retirement from active football, he worked as assistant manager of the Croatian national football team.In 2010 he was appointed manager of Red Star Belgrade 2012, Prosinečki left Red Star and took over Turkish club Kayserispor. On 4 January 2018, he was named manager of Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team.
H.E. Zdravko Počivalšek
Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Republik of Slovenia
H.E. Zdravko Počivalšek was born in 1957 and has a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He headed Terme Olimia for the last 15 years. He won the Chamber of Commerce and Industry award in 2004 and was declared Manager of the Year 2010. On 4 December 2014, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him Minister of Economic Development and Technology.
H.E. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark
Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ambassador Wigemark graduated from Harvard University in 1984 and holds a Master’s Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in International Law and Economics. He joined the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1988 and has been posted to Belgrade, Washington D.C., Brussels, Kabul and Moscow, where he served as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden (2003-2007). Since April 2015, Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark is the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Dr. Bandar M. H. Hajjar
President, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group
Dr. Hajjar served as Minister of Hajj from 2011-2016. During his term, he introduced 25 initiatives to develop and enhance the services provided to the Hajjis. Dr. Hajjar occupied the posts of Deputy Dean of the College of Economy and Administration; Deputy Director of the Islamic Economics Research Center; and Head of the Committee on Curricula Taught from an Islamic Perspective.
Mr. Jawad Yousuf Al Hawaj
President of Al Hawaj Group of Companies, The Kingdom of Bahrain
The President of Al Hawaj Group of companies. Established the Al Hawaj group as the prime player in the field of luxury retail in the country apart the strong business interests in hospitality, electronics and education sector. A Marketer, Visionary, Philanthropist and true statesman, Mr. Jawad holds key positions in various government and semi government organizations. Establisher of the business house, AL HAWAJ, the leading name and market leader in the field of luxury retail business in Kingdom of Bahrain.
Mr. Mirko Šarović
Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relationship, Bosnia and Herzegovina
From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Šarović served as the Vice President of Republika Srpska. In 2000, he was elected as the President of the Republika Srpska. From 2002 to 2003, he was the Serb Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and served also as Chairman of the Presidency until April 2003. He served for two terms as a member of the National Assembly for Republika Srpska.
Dr. Duško Knežević
Founder and President, Atlas Group, Republic of Montenegro
Dr. Knežević is the founder and president of the board of directors of Atlas Group Corporation (AGC). AGC is the largest financial group in Montenegro consisting of dozens of companies with far-ranging business interest, including banks and financial companies in Serbia, Cyprus, Russia and Great Britain. . In April 2010, Knežević became a member of Clinton Global Initiative. Knežević founded the Atlas Foundation in 2010 with the mission to support the creation of new societal values and economic empowerment of citizens.
Oliver Jaroz
Senior Manager ‘ CMP Director, European Club Association (ECA)
Olivier Jarosz is a Senior Manager at the European Club Association (ECA), where he liaises on a daily basis with some of the top football club executives in Europe. He is also Project Director of the newly created Club Management Programme (CMP), a bespoke education programme specifically designed for top club executives.
Mr. Sanjin Arifagić
Project Leader of USAID/Diaspora Invest Project and Platform, B&H
With over 20 years of professional experience working with private and public sector clients in South East Europe, Sanjin Arifagić currently heads the USAID Diaspora Invest project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, implemented by Financial Markets International Inc. In his capacity as project manager, Mr. Arifagic leads the Diaspora Invest effort on promoting and facilitating investment in Bosnia and Herzegovina by BiH diaspora members.
Mr. Mirsad Ćatić
Enterpreneur, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mirsad Ćatić is the president of the Board and General Manager of Securitas in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Sweden, he was the Chief of Technical Operations for Eastern Europe Region part of Securitas AB (2013 – 2015) and the CEE Development Director. In 1996 he founded the Alarm West GROUP company and was its director until 2010.
Ms. Maja Miljević
CEO and Founder Zdrava Logika
Ms Maja Miljević was born on 23.10.1989 and lives In Banja Luka. She is the founder and CE of Zdrava Logika (Healthy Logics), a start-up that deals with the production and market placement of organic food. It encompasses 40 co-operant manufacturers, and online shop and a land shop in Banja Luka. It also conducts educational processes related to organic production. Apart from this she worked as a project manager and marketing manager and was the director of BiT Lab doo between 2016 and 2017.
Mr. Takahiko Makino
Regional Advisor for Tourism, JICA HQs
Mr. Takahiko Makino is Regional Advisor for Tourism at JICA HQs. Within the framework of bilateral technical cooperation agreed upon between Japan and the countries in Balkan region, his main duties as a Regional Advisor for Tourism were to help strengthen the facilitation capacity of the National Tourism Organizations, to advise in improving the existing tourism offers and developing new tourism offers, to help establish the tourism marketing strategy.
Mr. Amer Bukvić
H.E. Senida Mesi
Mr. Adnan Ćatić alias Felix Sturm
Dr.h.c. Doris Pack
Mrs. Đemila Talić Gabriel
Mr. Guido Clary
Samir Cerić
Rudi Kesić
Mr. Hasan Sehovic
Mr. Faruk Hadžibegić
Branimir Gvozdenović
Ms. Dragana Djurica
Mr. Jan Z. Kulenović
Mr. Branimir Muidža
Ms. Maša Čampara
Mr. Robert Prosinečki
H.E. Zdravko Počivalšek
H.E. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark
Dr. Bandar M. H. Hajjar
Mr. Jawad Yousuf Al Hawaj
Mr. Mirko Šarović
Dr. Duško Knežević
Oliver Jaroz
Mr. Sanjin Arifagić
Mr. Mirsad Ćatić
Ms. Maja Miljević
Mr. Takahiko Makino

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