Citigroup Global Markets Limited
Amir Amin joined Citi in 2012 and is a Vice President in the Global Macro Strategy & Asset Allocation team based in London. In his current role, Amir develops broad macro themes, provides cross-asset class analysis and offers trade ideas aimed at macro hedge funds and other leveraged or macro-oriented investors looking for cross-market positioning. In addition, the Global Macro Strategy & Asset Allocation team is responsible for the production of Citi’s Global Asset Allocation and Foreign Exchange Forecasts publications. Amir holds a BEng from Imperial College London.
Baader Bank AG, Founder & Consultant
Uto Baader (born 1944) was the founder and Chairman of Baader Bank AG’s Executive Board until July 2015 and head of the organization for a total of 32 years. In 1983 Uto Baader became an authorised stockbroker on the Bavarian Stock Exchange in Munich, where he began trading in international equities. Before starting his career as a stockbroker, he was head of the International Equities Trading section at Bayerische Landesbank in Munich, where he worked for 13 years. Four years later, following his initial success in Munich, he was also authorised to trade on the Baden-Württemberg Stock Exchange in Stuttgart.
Uto Baader broadened the scope of his business activities in 1993, working on the flotation of a software firm. This later led to the creation of a separate division specialising in support for corporate actions such as IPOs, capital increases and takeover bids. His work as a broker gained a broader institutional footing in 1996 when Uto Baader founded Baader Wertpapier GmbH. At the same time, he acquired a majority stake in the listed company Ballmaier & Schultz Wertpapier AG in Frankfurt, joining its Executive Board. Two years later he merged the two firms, creating Baader Wertpapierhandelsbank AG and taking over the reins of the new company.
After receiving a full banking licence from the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority in July 2008, the company became Baader Bank AG, and Uto Baader became Chairman of its Executive Board.
Former Executive Apple, Nest, Google
Joining Nest as a startup in 2012, Andy was the founding head of Nest’s business development group. Starting with the revolutionary Nest Learning Thermostat Andy developed a channel of over one hundred enterprise partners, helping propel Nest towards a $3.2 billion acquisition by Google. In five years Andy helped expand Nest to over fourteen countries across North America and Europe making Nest one of the world’s most recognized energy efficiency and smart home technologies available today.
Prior to joining Nest, Andy was the Director of Environmental Technologies at Apple where he founded the industry’s first product design strategy for environmental excellence. Working closely with Steve Jobs, Andy achieved a number of industry firsts including the elimination of toxic chemicals, the set up of free take-back and recycling programs, the integration of Life Cycle Assessment in product development, and obtaining Energy Star certification across all products.
Andy has more than 18 years experience in the consumer electronics and IT sector and has patented a number of innovations and published several articles in both environmental and energy publications. Andy serves as an advisor to early stage technology companies and has lectured at Stanford, Berkely Haas and Middlebury Institute for International Studies.. Andy received the 2010 GEELA Award for Environmental Design excellence as well as Clean Production Action's Green Chemistry Award. He resides in the UK with his family and holds a Master of Science in Environmental Technology from Imperial College in London.
|Enrique Bernardo Mariano
Partner and Managing Director, Equity Research Desk; Zagreb Stock Exchange Supervisory Board Member
Bernardo Mariano is founding and managing partner of ERDesk, an investment banking and consulting firm focused in exchanges and global capital markets-related fintech. He has extensive experience in leading consulting teams on capital markets projects in emerging markets, including Russia, Qatar, Turkey, Romania, India, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Dominican Republic, Panama, Costa Rica, Japan, USA and Korea, among others.
In particular, Bernardo he is an advisor to the European Development Bank (EBRD) on the acquisition of stakes in stock exchanges and has advised them in Turkey, Russia, Romania and Croatia Bernardo has received broad recognition for its in-depth coverage and consulting - regularly quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, FT and Traders Magazine, among others. Moreover, - the FIA (Future Industry Association), FIAB (Federación Iberoamericana de Bolsas), the World Exchange Congress and other organizations regularly invite Bernardo as a speaker to discuss market structure, regulation and emerging capital market technologies.
Bernardo is currently an independent board member of Zagreb Stock Exchange and an advisor to the think tank CSIS on capital markets, a board advisor to Bolsas y Mercados Argentinos, where he proposed and executed the vertical and horizontal integration of BYMA) and an advisor to several private equity funds that invest in Exchanges.
Prior to founding ERDesk, Bernardo was COO of US-based electronic Broker Dealer Bulltick Capital Markets, President of Reuters’ Bondex (a fixed income analytics company), Director of Instinet and member of Instinet’s Strategic Committee, founder and partner of West Side Consultants, one of the largest private banks in Uruguay today and the Co- founder of Latinstocks, one of the first online brokers in Latam.
Bernardo holds an MS in Economics from the University of Illinois and an MS in Finance from Columbia University.
CDir FIoD FCIM, Chief Executive, Excellencia Limited
Named by Thomson Reuters as the UK’s top social influencer in Risk, Compliance and RegTech in 2017 and 2018 Planet Compliance Top 50 RegTech influencer, David Doughty (@DavidDoughty) is a Corporate Governance expert and business mentor who works with company directors to assist them in building their boards and ensuring they are as effective as they possibly can be. David discusses a range of topics online, from corporate governance to compliance and risk management.
David is Chief Executive of Excellencia, providing Board effectiveness and Leadership development services to organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He is a director of Executive Transitions Network, an organisation that supports those who are changing career or are embarking on or already have a portfolio career and he also chairs the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare which promotes triple-bottom-line sustainability in healthcare.
David is the Governance Consultant for the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and is a director of Talent4Boards Inc. He writes about Corporate Governance for Board Agenda magazine and the Corporate Governance Institute and has contributed to a number of publications and web-sites.
Previously he chaired the Thames Valley Health Innovation and Education Cluster (TV HIEC), a publicly funded partnership authorised by the Department of Health to improve innovation and education within the NHS across the Thames Valley and was Chief Executive of the Oxfordshire Economic Partnership (OEP) – a partnership between private, public and voluntary sectors, which was responsible for strategic economic development across Oxfordshire and ensuring that the county was a competitive sub-region, both nationally and internationally.
David is an entrepreneurial sales and marketing specialist with strong analytical and commercial skills. He has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in both the private and public sectors and is also a consultant at Board level to multi-national organisations.
A physicist and engineer by training, David has started and developed a number of businesses latterly in the IT sector. He was one of the first people in the country to become a Chartered Director and holds a Masters in Company Direction from Leeds Business School.
Novinar at Večernji list
Ljubica Gatarić, dipl. politologinja, novinarka Večernjeg lista.
Prati područje javnih financija, tržište rada, mirovinski sustav, bankarstvo i širok spektar tema vezanih uz gospodarstvo, rad Vlade, središnje banke i standard građana.
U Večernjem listu piše od 1986. godine.
President of the Management Board Raiffeisen Mandatory and Voluntary Pension Funds Management Company Plc.
Damir Grbavac je predsjednik Uprave Raiffeisen društva za upravljanje obveznim i dobrovoljnim mirovinskim fondovima koje ima na upravljanju 10 mirovinskih fondova ukupne vrijednosti imovine 29 milijardi kuna (koncem 2015 godine).
Diplomirao je ekonomiju na Ekonomskom fakultetu u Zagrebu 1978. godine i stekao zvanje magistra ekonomskih znanosti iz područja poslovnih financija na istom fakultetu 1984. Ovlašteni je upravitelj mirovinskim fondovima i ima položen ispit za financijskog analitičara.
Prije Raiffeisen mirovinskog društva, bio je predsjednik Uprave Raiffeisen vrjednosnica, društva za poslovanje vrijednosnim papirima Raiffeisen grupacije u Hrvatskoj, a prije toga izvršni direktor Sektora investicijskog bankarstva u Raiffeisen banci u Zagrebu. Istovremeno, tijekom prve dvije godine rada u Banci, bio je i član Uprave društva Raiffeisen investment, u to vrijeme specijaliziranog za poslove spajanja i preuzimanja Grupacije Raiffeisen u Hrvatskoj.
Započeo je poslovnu karijeru u Grupaciji Đuro Đaković u Slavonskom Brodu gdje je radio na različitim poslovima od kreditnog referenta u Internoj banci do zamjenika generalnog direktora Holdinga. Član je Nadzornog odbora Hrvatskog telekoma i Podravke. Bio je član prvog saziva Upravnog vijeća Središnjeg registra osiguranika, član Nadzornog odbora Zagrebačke burze, član Savjeta Hrvatske agencije za nadzor financijskih usluga, član ili predsjednik nadzornih odbora u nekoliko drugih trgovačkih društava. Bio je i član radne grupe za područje financijskih usluga tima za pregovore o pristupanju Europskoj uniji.
Autor je više stručnih radova, sudionik stručnih rasprava i izrada prijedloga zakona iz područja tržišta kapitala i poslovanja mirovinskih fondova i čest govornik na stručnim skupovima u zemlji i inozemstvu.
Head of Partnerships, UNICEF Office for Croatia
Lidija Gamulin has been Head of Partnerships at UNICEF office for Croatia since 2015, a role that combines promoting UNICEF programmatic goals among Croatia’s corporate sector and its engagement in child rights with contributing to public resource mobilization for the benefit of UNICEF´s programmes. Besides this, Lidija is also responsible for cooperation among different UNICEF offices. Prior to this, Lidija has obtained a number of roles in the leading companies of the Croatian financial sector. As Head of Sales and Marketing in ZB Invest, she was responsible for all channels of distribution, including B2B. In InterCapital, she had obtained different roles. Lidija possesses an MA in Business Economics from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Economics and an MBA in Finance and Banking from the Zagreb School of Economics and Management.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb
Professor of Mathematics, Luka Grubišić graduated from the Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb and obtained a PhD at FU Hagen University, Fr. Germany in 2005. He received the Friends of FU Hagen and Sparkasse Hagen Award for the Best PhD in Mathematics in 2005, and the dissertation was awarded the sum of cum laude predicate.
As a teaching assistant, he has worked at University of Zagreb, FU Hagen University and was a post doc at RWTH Aachen University.
Since October 2005 he has been employed as an assistant professor and since 2012 as an associate professor at the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. He was the Dean of Studies of the PMF-MO in academic years 2008/09 and 2009/10.
His scientific interests are in the applied and industrial mathematics with contributions in scientific computing, numerical analysis and operator theory. He has had eight invited section lectures at International conferences and more than thirty invited lectures at institutions. He also participated in numerous conferences with contributed lectures.
He was a principal investigator of several research grants with industry and a principal investigator of two bilateral cooperation projects with the USA. The research project (led jointly with B. Basrak) in cooperation with Mireo d.d. resulted in I. Ugrina's doctoral thesis. He was the organizer of five international conferences (two as chairman of the organizing committee), and five mini-symposia within international conferences.
He is the editor in chief of the Croatian electronic math journal math.e, which is a journal for the popularization of science, and a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Glasnik matematički and Applications of Mathematics.
KPMG Associate Partner, Management Consulting
Daniel is the Associate Partner responsible for management consulting services at KPMG in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He has been with KPMG since 2001 and has over 18 years of management consulting experience.
Daniel is responsible for business and IT advisory services for KPMG in Croatia. Projects that Daniel has worked on have spanned areas of business strategy and planning, financial modelling, market research and feasibility studies, corporate restructuring, organisational development, business process improvement, performance management, operations management, as well as due diligence.
Daniel has significant experience in operational restructuring in the financial industry, business plan development, operational analyses and feasibility studies of investment in infrastructure projects as well as corporate restructuring, engagements to improve business efficiency. He has worked on numerous IT audits for clients from the financial service sector and business advisory projects for clients in various industries.
His experience in Project Management Support (PMO) includes providing support in the management of complex business restructuring implementation and IT system implementation for numerous clients in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
Secretary General/CEO, PensionsEurope
PensionsEurope is the leading voice for funded pensions in Europe representing 23 European national pension fund associations covering pensions of more than 110 million Europeans and more than € 4 trillion of assets. Matti has been the Chair and Vice-Chair in 2013-2018 of Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group of EIOPA and is a member of the European Commission’s new High Level Group of Experts on Pensions. Prior to joining PensionsEurope in 2011 Matti worked for 11 years for The Finnish Pension Alliance. Matti has a LLM and an Executive MBA in Insurance and Financial services.
|Dr. Adam Lessing
LL.M. Fidelity Head of Central and Eastern Europe
Adam Lessing is Head of Central and Eastern Europe for Fidelity International, one of the leading global asset managers with US$ 400bn. under management and administration for European and Asian clients.
Prior to joining Fidelity Adam Lessing was the London-based Head of European Business Development for Aviva Investors, the EUR 400 bn. global asset manager. Before then Adam Lessing held positions with AXA Investment Managers, Goldman Sachs Asset Management as well as other companies.
Adam Lessing holds a doctorate in law from the University of Vienna and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of California (Berkeley). He is a member of the board of the Association of Foreign Investment Funds in Austria (VAIÖ), a former member of the board of the Association of Austrian Investment Funds (VÖIG) as well as past deputy chairman of the European Association of Funds and Asset Managers (EFAMA). Adam Lessing has published books and papers on arbitration and on investment funds in various professional journals.
|Dr. Danijel Nestić
Institute of Economics Zagreb
Dr. Danijel Nestić is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, Croatia. His research interests include pension policy, poverty and inequality. Specialist themes include the minimum wage, industrial relations and wage policy.
He has participated in a number of research projects commissioned by science foundations and various ministries, but also served as a consultant to the World Bank, ILO and the European Commission. He has been engaged in short-term macroeconomic forecasting for Croatia. He has been a member of the Croatian Fiscal Board since 2011.
|Prof. Željko Potočnjak
Faculty of Law Zagreb
Željko Potočnjak is Professor at the University of Zagreb – Faculty of Law - Labour Law and Social Security Law Department. Since 1982 he was the research assistant, assistant professor, associate professor, and in 2003 he became a full professor. He is an author of around 120 scientific papers and articles. During 90-this he advised Croatian Government on labor-market and pension system reforms. Between 1998 and 2001 he was president of Governing Board of the Croatian Pension Institute. He is President of the Croatian Association for Labour Law and Social Security Law and member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Labour Law and Social Security Law. From April 2001 to April 2009 he was a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia. Since April 2009 he is a tenured full professor.
From January 26, 2010, he is a member of the National Competitiveness Council. During the academic year 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, he was Dean of the Faculty of Law. On February 22, 2012, he became a member of the Accreditation Council of the Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education. Since December 10, 2014, he is a member of the Governing Board of the Institute "Ruder Bošković".
Executive Director, Systematic Trading Strategies, Goldman Sachs International
As part of the GS Systematic Trading Strategies Team, Rehmat covers the business for the CEE and the Middle East regions.
Prior to joining GS London in 2015, Rehmat has experience in trading merger arbitrage and equity long short strategies as part of a hedge fund based out of Singapore.
Rehmat has a B. Eng. degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and a Masters in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (India) and the University of Cologne (Germany).
|Dr. Tanja Slišković
Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb
Tanja Slišković is an Assistant Professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, Organization and Management Department, and a visiting research scholar at the Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest. She earned her PhD in Economics with a focus on Management from the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb. Dr. Slišković spent a year of her graduate studies as a Fulbright scholar at Columbia Business School in 2012, and was a visiting scholar at Columbia Business School in 2014 and 2015.
Her research interests focus on qualitative and quantitative analysis of professional social networks, and questions of gender and professional advancement. Another stream of her research focuses on organizational and informal social network dynamics; gossip, advice, value-sharing, and friendship networks in private and in state-owned companies. She teaches Business Ethics and Diversity, Corporate Governance and Strategy to undergraduate and Masters students. She regularly publishes research articles and book chapters, and presents work in international conferences, and is an invited speaker at universities across Europe.
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Editorial Board, Stirling Infrastructure Partners
Michael is an investment advisor to pension and sovereign wealth funds. As the CEO of Stirling Infrastructure Partners, he has established a global network of trusted relationships with institutional investors, asset managers, large energy companies, and governments.
He is a member of the firm’s investment committee who assesses infrastructure investments on behalf of institutional investors globally.
Stirling Infrastructure Partners has an established global network of pension and SWF who are focused on investing into the infrastructure market in both OECD and non-OECD countries. His firm also organizes Europe’s largest infrastructure conference for Pension & SWF. Michael's economic analysis has been featured in the FT, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV and other specialist financial journals. He is the founder of Stirling Infrastructure Partners and the Chairman of the Editorial Board for the Stirling Infrastructure Partners conference.
PBZ CROATIA OSIGURANJE d.d.
Od 2001. godine voditelj je projekta mirovinske reforme u Privrednoj banci Zagreb te postaje predsjednikom Uprave PBZ CROATIA OSIGURANJA d.d. za upravljanje obveznim mirovinskim fondom. Autor je više članaka i stručnih radova, sudionik i govornik na brojnim domaćim i međunarodnim konferencijama s temama o tržištima kapitala.
Novinar at Večernji list
Marina Šunjerga, diplomirana politologinja, novinarka Večernjeg lista.
Analizira makroekonomske teme, poreznu politiku, financijsko tržište, ali i rad najvećih hrvatskih kompanija.
U Večernjem listu piše od 2012. godine, a ranije je pisala za Vjesnik i portal specijaliziran za financijska tržišta Seebiz.eu
|Boris Vujčić, PhD
Governor of the Croatian National Bank
Boris Vujčić, was born in Zagreb on 2 June 1964. He graduated in 1988 and received his doctor's degree in 1996, both from the Zagreb Faculty of Economics. He worked as assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb from 1989 to 1997, when he was appointed assistant professor. As a Fulbright fellow he attended doctoral study at the Department of Economics, Michigan State University, USA, in the period between 1994 and 1995. In 1995/1996 he worked in the European Commission in Brussels, first as a trainee, and then as an external advisor in the Monetary Matters Department. From December 1996 till his appointment as Deputy Governor of the CNB he worked as Director of the CNB Research Department. Boris Vujčić was appointed Deputy Governor of the Croatian National Bank on 15 July 2000 pursuant to the decision of the Croatian Parliament. On 13 July 2006, the Croatian Parliament reappointed Deputy Governor Vujčić for a second six-year term of office. From 2005 until Croatia's accession to the EU, Mr Vujčić was also a Deputy Chief Negotiator in Republic of Croatia's negotiations with the European Union. The Governor is a member of the European Systemic Risk Board's Steering Committee and chairman of the Vienna Initiative 2.0 Steering Committee.
Mr Vujčić has been an associate professor at the Zagreb Faculty of Economics since 2003. At the Zagreb Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics, he has lectured as visiting professor since 2004. Mr Vujčić's fields of expertise and teaching include monetary analysis, labour economics and international finance. He is the author of numerous scholarly papers on economic issues. During his career he was a visiting scholar/lecturer at different Universities, such as U. of Sussex, U. of Freiberg and U. of Kentucky, he worked as external collaborator for the International Labour Organization (ILO), he was on editorial boards of journals, like Comparative Economic Studies, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Financial Innovation and Financial Stability, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, a Board Member of the Global Development Network, etc.
Pursuant to the decision of the Croatian Parliament, Boris Vujčić assumed office as Governor of the Croatian National Bank on 8 July 2012. On 13 July 2018, the Croatian Parliament reappointed him for his second six-year term of office.
President of the Board of the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Authority
Ante Žigman, PhD, graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, where he later obtained his master's and doctorate degree. He started his professional career in 1997, at the Analysis Division of the Croatian National Bank. From 2000 to 2004, he worked at the Raiffesen Bank as the Head of Macroeconomic and Financial Research Division and the Chief Economist. In February 2004, he got employed at the Ministry of Finance, where he was Assistant Minister for Macroeconomic Analysis and Planning, and from 2005 he was the State Secretary. In 2008, he became the Board Member at the Partner Bank, and in 2011 he returned to the Croatian National Bank where he worked as a Senior Adviser until being appointed President of the Board of Hanfa in February 2018.
He has written numerous scientific and expert papers in the field of fiscal policy and finance and he is a lecturer in the area of economics and finance. He served as the vice president of the Committee for Fiscal Policy of the Croatian Parliament, and member of the Economic and Financial Committee's Sub-Committee on EU Sovereign Debt Markets.