Speakers
Ljubljana Forum 2011



Blaž Golob, director of CeGD Up

Blaž Golob, director of CeGD

Blaž Golob is the founding director of the Centre for eGovernance Development for South East Europe (www.cegd.eu) and the president of Bled Forum on Europe, foresight think-tank (www.bled-forum.org), which is a Millennium Project Node for South East Europe (www.stateofthefuture.org). Mr. Golob is an associate member of the Business Advisory Council for South Eastern Europe and IEDC Bled School of Management Leadership forum.

Mr. Golob is an expert on foresight, policy making, strategy design and law. He provides advice and co-operates with European Commission, different governments and public entities, civil society and private sector in Slovenia, Europe and worldwide. He specialized in European Law at Cambridge University.

As a president of European Law Students Association ELSA, based in Brussels, Mr. Golob strengthened NGOs activities in 41 European countries, Africa, Latin America, Japan and USA. Mr. Golob started his career in private sector as an editor in GV leading publishing house in Slovenia for business and legal magazines. During the negotiation process with the European Union Mr. Golob worked for the Government of Slovenia. At the concluding years of the EU enlargement process, he worked for the European Commission, namely leading EU socio-economic think-tank Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) based in Seville (http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu). Mr. Golob is a co-author of the EU Enlargement futures studies and author of the European Commission study-report on; S&T Institutions and S&T Policies in the EU Acceding Countries; Challenges for the Development of the Knowledge Based Economy.



Zoran Janković, Mayor of Ljubljana Up

Zoran Janković, Mayor of Ljubljana


Zoran Janković was born on 1st January 1953 in the village of Saraorci in Smederevo, where he spent his childhood. Subsequently, his family moved to Ljubljana, where he first attended Poljane High School and then graduated successfully from University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics.

Zoran Janković’s professional career began before he had finished his studies in 1978 in the investment sector at the Slovenian Post Office. His extremely successful and brilliant business career took him to appointed CEO of retailer Mercator, which he successfully led until November 2005.

Almost exactly a year later, on 22 October 2006, receiving 62.99% of the votes cast by the citizens of Ljubljana, he was overwhelmingly elected Mayor of the capital of the Republic of Slovenia. In October 2010 he won the second time with an overall majority of the votes (64,79%) , while his list once again has an absolute majority in the city council, where they hold 25 of the 45 seats.

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Corinne Hermant-de Callataÿ, Policy Officer, European Commission Up

Corinne Hermant-de Callataÿ, Policy Officer, European Commission

The speaker works in the ‘Urban Development and Territorial Cohesion’ Unit of the Directorate General ‘Regional Policies’ of the European Commission. She is in charge of the Interservice Group on Urban Development and has been responsible for conducting a reflexion process on ‘Cities of tomorrow’ since mid 2010.

Before joining the Commission in 1988 she has been involved, as a social science researcher, in urban research from 1975 to 1978. She then specialised in investigating the social and organisational impact of new technologies. She wrote a book and contributed to several publications on the educational use of ICT and on the impact of new technology. From 1995 to 2004, she was coordinator of the Open & Distance Learning/Minerva action of the European Socrates programme (European cooperation in education).

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Jerome C. Glenn, The Millennium Project Up

Jerome C. Glenn, The Millennium Project

Jerome C. Glenn is the co-founder (1996) and director of The Millennium Project (on global futures research) and co-author with Ted Gordon of the annual State of the Future of the Millennium Project for the past twelve years. He was the Washington, DC representative for the United Nations University as executive director of the American Council for the UNU 1988-2007.

He has over 35 years of Futures Research experience working for governments, international organizations, and private industry in Science & Technology Policy, Environmental Security, Economics, Education, Defense, Space, Futures Research Methodology, International Telecommunications, and Decision Support Systems with the Committee for the Future, Hudson Institute, Future Options Room, and the Millennium Project. He has addressed or keynoted conferences for over 300 government departments, universities, NGOs, UN organizations, and/or corporations around the world on a variety of future-oriented topics.

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Boris Podrecca, Atelier Boris Podrecca Up

Boris Podrecca, Atelier Boris Podrecca

Boris Podrecca grown up in Trieste; studied in Vienna, master class Roland Rainer Ateliers in Vienna and Venice.

Guest professorship in Lausanne, Paris, Venice, Philadelphia, London, Vienna, and Harvard-Cambridge (Boston), Triest, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Maribor.

Since 1988 Professor at the University Stuttgart / Germany, Director of the Institute of Design and Theory of Space.

Public spaces in Vienna, Salzburg, Leoben, St. Pölten, Ottensheim, all in Austria, Cormons, Verona, Motta di Livenza, Ravenna, and Trieste in Italy, Piran and Idrija in Slovenia as well as Split in Croatia.

Realized buildings in Austria:
Several residential and public buildings, car houses for Mazda, the headoffice of the Vienna Insurance Group in Graz, in Vienna the Insurance Offices Basler, the conversion of the Ringturm, the Millennium Tower and the Vienna International Biocenter.

Internationally have been realized among others the conversion of the Museum of Modern Art Ca'Pesaro and the residential housing Judeca Nova in Venice, the Grifone Area and hotels in Bolzano, Italy; the conversion of the University of Maribor, Slovenia; and the designhotel Mons in Liubiana, Slovenia, hotel resorts in Dubrovnik and Zadar in Croatia as well as under construction in Campione Lago di Garda, Italy. Also under construction the Museum of Porcellaine in Limoges and Hotel Kempinski in Vienna.. .

Numerous designing of exhibitions as well as participations.

Numerous won competitions, at least the big urbanistic one "Railway station area of Bolzano"

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Maria Vassilakou, Vice Mayor of Vienna Up

Maria Vassilakou, Vice Mayor of Vienna

    Education:
  • High school graduation in Athens, Greece
  • MA in linguistics and psychology at the University of Vienna
  • Research Associate at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Vienna
    Political functions:
  • Spokesperson of the International Students’ Office of the Austrian Students’ Union
  • Secretary General of the Austrian Students’ Union
  • Member of the Vienna Provincial Parliament and Human Rights and Security Spokesperson of the Vienna Green Party
  • 1997 – 2001: Member of the Executive Committee of the Vienna Green Party
  • Member of the Federal Executive Committee of the Austrian Green Party
  • 2001 – 2004: City Councillor and Member of the Vienna Provincial Government
  • July 1, 2004 – November 25, 2010: Head of the Parliamentary Group of the Green Party at Vienna City Hall
    Functions at the Vienna City Council and Vienna Provincial Parliament / Vienna City Senate and Vienna Provincial Government:
  • November 29, 1996 – April 27, 2001: Member of the Vienna City Council and Vienna Provincial Parliament
  • April 27, 2001 – July 1, 2004: City Councillor and Member of the Vienna Provincial Government
  • July 1, 2004 – November 25, 2010: Member of the Vienna City Council and Vienna Provincial Parliament
  • Since November 25, 2010: Deputy Mayor and Deputy Governor of Vienna; Executive City Councillor for Urban Planning, Traffic & Transport, Climate Protection, Energy and Public Participation
Political focus, projects:
Maria Vassilakou is the first member of the Vienna City Council and the first Executive City Councillor with a migration background. She was born in Greece and sees Vienna as an open, modern and diverse city. Throughout her career she has pursued active policies that embrace Vienna’s diversity.
 


Miran Gajšek, Head of the Department for Spatial Management, City of Ljubljana Up

Miran Gajšek, Head of the Department for Spatial Management, City of Ljubljana

Miran Gajšek, M. Sc., B. Arch., born in Celje on 11th August 1960. Lived in Ljubljana and now living in Celje, Slovenia. Married. Two sons.

Education:
Finished Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, title: Spatial development of Ljubljana in the north, (1987). Finished Masters degree at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, title: Regionalization and citisation of Slovenia, (1995).

    Employment:
  • 1987-1993: Town Planning Institute of Republic of Slovenia, (research work, detail plans for cities Ljubljana and Novo mesto)
  • 1993-2000: Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Office of spatial planning, (Department on regional planning - two years as head, Department of international issues)
  • 2000 - Municipality of Celje, (MOC): Department of Spatial planning and Land management, Director (2000-2002), Assistant director 2002-2003;
  • 2003 - 2005: MOC: Head of Sector for Spatial planning and European projects; Municipality of Ljubljana: Head of department of Town Planning, (2005 - ).

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Georg Wilms, Vice President at Siemens One Up

Mr Georg Wilms, Vice President at Siemens One

Georg Wilms is Vice President of Siemens One – Urban Development. This program was initiated by Siemens AG to address the challenges that cities face today in relation with sustainable urban development and the need for adequate infrastructures.

In this role, he is responsible for business development, strategy, partner relations, account management and support for the global business.

Georg Wilms holds a dual degree in engineering and business administration obtained in Munich, Germany and Grenoble, France.

He has served as country CEO and in a number of other senior management functions within the Siemens group. During his career with Siemens he spent more than 12 years outside Germany, mainly in Africa, North America and Middle East.



Guy Danon, Local & regional government, Public Services Field industry, SAP Europe, Middle East & Africa Up

Guy Danon, Local & regional government, Public Services Field industry, SAP Europe, Middle East & Africa

Guy has joined SAP in 2004, after graduating from the international MBA Program of H.E.C School of Management, Paris. Since 2009, Guy Danon is heading the Local & regional Government commercial activities for SAP, across Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Prior to this, Guy has held different positions within SAP’s EMEA headquarters. Israeli by origin, Guy has started his professional career in the corporate finance world, followed by a sales and business development management role within an Israeli IT consulting company, a prominent alliance of Microsoft within the Israeli market. Follow Guy’s experiences within EMEA’s Local & Regional government market through twitter (@GuyDanon) or contact him by email at Guy.Danon@sap.com.



Dejan Cvetković, Regional Technology Officer, Microsoft CEE Up

Dejan Cvetković, Regional Technology Officer, Microsoft CEE

Dejan Cvetković is the Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft, Central and East Europe. Having gained an education in Serbia he then built his career within Microsoft Canada in a wide variety of positions, ranging from software development to business development. Some of the innovative projects where he led teams and developed solutions include the very first e-banking for HSBC and e-government for Western Canada back in mid 90s. In 2003, Dejan was appointed as a first General Manager for the newly formed country team of Microsoft Serbia and Montenegro. In 2008 Dejan assumed the role of Microsoft public sector business director for Central and East Europe where he has brought together a strong and ambitious team of professionals that forged relationships with a network of 10000+ local partners and generated a list of clients that reads as the Who’s Who of Central and East Europe business and technology, but also includes educational institutions, humanitarian projects and international organizations. He is deeply involved in raising funds within Microsoft Software for projects to be realized in Central and East Europe. He believes in hard work, commitment and generating visible results.



Michael Witbrock, CTO, ENVIGENCE Up

Michael Witbrock received his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and currently act also as Vice President for Research at Cycorp (and CEO at Cycorp Europe) where he leads research in automated knowledge acquisition from text and dialogue, automated reasoning, and intelligent human-computer interaction. Previously he was Principal Scientist at Terra Lycos, working on integrating statistical and knowledge based approaches to understanding web user behavior, a research scientist at Just Systems Pittsburgh Research Center, working on statistical text summarization, and a systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon on the Informedia spoken and video document information retrieval project. His dissertation work at CMU was in the area of machine learning for speaker modelling. Dr Witbrock frequently acts a an expert consultant to the European Commission in the area of human-computer collaboration for eGovernment, and is technical director of the FP7 LarKC project. He is author of numerous publications in areas ranging across neural networks, parallel computer architecture, multimedia information retrieval, web browser design, genetic design, computational linguistics and speech recognition and is a inventor on six US patents.

Specialties
AI Entrepreneurship; Research management; Machine learning, automated inference, parallel computer architecture, intelligent information retrieval, computational linguistics and collaborative systems, and speech recognition



Christof Droste, General Manager, Hella Saturnus Slovenija d.o.o. Up

Mr Christof Droste, General Manager, Hella Saturnus Slovenija d.o.o.

Place and date of birth: Warstein, Germany, 03.04.1961
Citizenship: German
Education: Univ. Graduate in Electrical Engineering

Work experience:
Mr Droste has been employed in HELLA KGaA HUECK & CO, Lippstadt, Germany, for 24 years.

From 1987 to 1998 Hella Aftermarket (spare parts): For 12 years in management positions, he was engaged in strategic planning and the development of a business network of spare parts, he coordinated the operations of Hella spare parts plants at the level of Hella Group and organised new product lines (e.g. product line for air conditioning spare parts).

From 1999 on Hella, Original Equipment (first equipment products for the automotive industry):
Director of the components plant at the leading Hella site in Germany,
From August 2003 on, Technical Director of Hella Saturnus Slovenija,
In 2006, Crisis Manager in the Hella lighting equipment production plant in China,
In 2007, Deputy Managing Director of Hella Saturnus Slovenija,
In 2008, Managing Director of the company Hella Saturnus Slovenija.

    Employment:
  • 1987-1993: Town Planning Institute of Republic of Slovenia, (research work, detail plans for cities Ljubljana and Novo mesto)
  • 1993-2000: Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Office of spatial planning, (Department on regional planning - two years as head, Department of international issues)
  • 2000 - Municipality of Celje, (MOC): Department of Spatial planning and Land management, Director (2000-2002), Assistant director 2002-2003;
  • 2003 - 2005: MOC: Head of Sector for Spatial planning and European projects; Municipality of Ljubljana: Head of department of Town Planning, (2005 - ).

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Anton Rop, Vice President of the European Investment Bank Up

Anton Rop, Vice President European Investment Bank

Mr Anton Rop has been appointed Vice-President and Member of the Management Committee of the European Investment Bank (EIB). He will take up his post on 18 August 2010, succeeding Ms Marta Gajęcka, who has completed a three year term as EIB Vice-President.

Mr Rop, a Slovenian citizen, has been appointed by the EIB’s Board of Governors on the basis of a proposal from the Minister of Finance of Slovenia with the agreement of the shareholder constituency composed of the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

In the Bank’s Management Committee, Mr Rop will hold supervisory responsibility for operations in several Member States of the European Union (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) and for financing in support of the development of the trans-European transport and energy networks (TENs). He will also serve as an Alternate Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), of which the EIB is a shareholder.

Mr Rop commented on the announcement of his appointment: “I am grateful for having the opportunity to join an institution which is helping the EU go forward by contributing to the real economy and especially by fostering the economic progress and deeper integration of the countries that have joined the Union since 2004”.

Prior to joining the EIB, Mr Rop was a Deputy in the National Assembly of Slovenia, chairing the Committee on Finance and Monetary Policy. From 2002 to 2004, he was Prime Minister of Slovenia after having been Minister of Finance since 2000. From 1996 to 2000, he held the position of Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs. Mr Anton Rop graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana with a Master’s degree in economics, having also completed a thesis on government spending and economic growth.



Jože Mermal, BTC Up

Jože Mermal, BTC

Jože Mermal (born on 8 October 1954 in Ljubljana) has a bachelor's degree in economics. He found his first employment with the BTC Company, and has worked there since 1978. By 1993, when he was appointed CEO of BTC d.d., he had performed various functions and held various positions, including Head of the Planning and Development Department, Assistant General Manager, and procurator in the commercial section.

He was also a member of the Management Board of the joint-stock company, and the project manager responsible for overseeing the Interspar shopping centre project, which was one of the key projects in the development of today's BTC City. Jože Mermal has held the position of CEO of the BTC Company for 18 years.

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  • CeGD

    CeGD
    www.cegd.eu

    Centre for eGovernance Development for SEE


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