Ljubljana Forum 2012

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.


Blaž Golob, Chairman Ljubljana Forum 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.

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.


Barbara Haering, Director of econcept Inc. Up

Barbara Haering

Barbara Haering studied at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. She has a doctorate in environmental sciences from the ETH Zurich and received an honoree doctorate in political science from the University of Lausanne. She is Director of econcept Inc., a private think tank and consultancy with 20 co-workers based in Zurich specializing in strategic planning, envi-ronmental policies and knowledge management. Barbara Haering chairs the Board of Foundation of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Public Administration in Lausanne (IDHEAP) and is member of the European Research Area Board of the EC as well as member of the Board of the Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH Domain) and of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). She has been member of the National Parliament of Switzerland from 1990 until 2007. In this capacity she chaired the Committee on Science, Education and Culture as well as the Defense Committee and was Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE.

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.

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).

  • 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 - ).


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.

Igor Šalamun, State Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning Up

Igor Šalamun
Igor Šalamun was born on 15 June 1965. He graduated from the Faculty of electrical engineering at University of Ljubljana in December 1990. He continued his studies at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics where he got his Masters degree (1995) and his PhD (1999) in nuclear engineering. As a young researcher he started his career at the Jožef Stefan Institute in February 1991. He worked as a Deputy Head of group for supervision of safety systems for nuclear plant; his work included making expert’s assessments of modifications of safety systems in the Nuclear plant Krško and developing management software for a sub-buyer. In July 1998 he was employed by Iskratel, Kranj, as a project and product manager and Head of Service. In April 2006 he continued his career at the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Slovenia, where he was appointed the Director-General of the Energy Directorate. From April 2011 until the appointment as a State Secretary at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia in February 2012 he worked as an executive director in Energy sector at The Capital Assets Management Agency of the Republic of Slovenia where he was also in charge of strategic energy investments.

Roman Jakič, President of Committee on EU Affairs, National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia Up

Roman Jakič
PS - Positive Slovenia Deputy Group (Member)
Deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia
2008–2012 Director, Javni zavod Šport Ljubljana (public institution)
2006– President, Subcommittee for Disability Sports, Ski Association of Slovenia
2005–2008 Director, GALITIJA – Business Consulting, Roman Jakič s.p.
2005– Head of Team of the Paralympic Committee for Summer and Winter Paralympics, Sports Federation for the Disabled of Slovenia
2004–2005 Secretary-General of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia
2003–2004 MEP
2001–2005 President of the Slovenia Athletics Federation
2001–2005 Member of Executive Board of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia
2001–2004 Chairperson of the Political Affairs Committee, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
2000–2004 Deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia
1999–2001 Chairperson of the Sub-committee on Youth and Sport, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
1998– Elected member of the City Council of the Municipality of Ljubljana
1998–2004 Vice-Chairperson of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
1996-2000 Deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia
1993–1996 Secretary-General of the Liberal Academy, Association for Political Democracy and Liberalism Research
1993–1996 Vice-President and Secretary-General of the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY)
1992–1996 Head of International Relations Office, Liberal Democracy of Slovenia
1991–1998 President of Young Liberal Democracy of Slovenia
1990–1992 Deputy of the Chamber of Associated Labour of the Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia
1987–1990 Student and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Working Bodies
Commission for Supervision of the Intelligence and Security Services (Member)
Committee on EU Affairs (Chair)
Committee on Foreign Policy (Member)
Constitutional Commission (Member) 

Romana Jordan, Member of European Parliament Up

Romana Jordan
Dr. Romana Jordan holds a bachelor's degree from Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering from University of Ljubljana, M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology from University of Ljubljana and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics from University of Ljubljana.

Dr. Jordan worked from 1990 until 2004 as a researcher at Jožef Stefan Institute. She was mostly involved in the safety assessments of complex technologies, such as nuclear reactors and chemical industry.

In mandate 2004-2009 she was a Member of the European Parliament, representing the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), which is part of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats). She worked in the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), she was a member and vice-president of the Committee on Development (DEVE), member of the Committee on Climate Change and also EPP coordinator for the Committee on Climate Change (CLIM), substitute of Committee on Budgets (BUDG), former substitute member of the Temporary committee on policy challenges and budgetary means of the enlarged Union 2007-2013, member of the Delegation for relations with the United States and substitute member of the Delegation for relations with Canada.

In June 2009 she was re-elected as Member of the European Parliament on the list of the Slovenian Democratic Party. She is a member and vice-coordinator of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and substitute member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). She is a member of the Delegation for relations with the United States of America and a substitute Member of the Delegation for relations with Turkey. She is a vice-president of the European Energy Forum. In European Parliament she is also a member of the Contact Group for ACER (European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, based in Ljubljana) and an Alternate member of the Transatlantic Legislative Dialogue – TLD.

In Slovenia Dr. Romana Jordan is member of the Executive Board of SDS and member of the Interdepartmental Working Group on EMUNI University.

Dr. Jordan is active also in field of gender equality. She was two times elected for president of Women section in the Slovenian Democratic Party (2005-2009), she is a Member of Women in Energy (WEC) and member of Women in Nuclear (WiN). She is also Honourable member of the committee of Unesco-L'Oreal's national program called For women in Science.

Awards and Prizes of dr. Jordan: Honorary Citizen of the Municipality of Prebold, Golden Rose of SDS and MEP of the year 2007 in the field of energy.

Dr. Romana Jordan is mother of two sons.

Ivo Vajgl, Member of European Parliament Up

Ivo Vajgl
Ivo Vajgl (born on 3 March 1943 in Maribor) is a member of the European Parliament and member of the political group ALDE – Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, elected on the list of Slovenian party Zares socialno-liberalni.
2008-2009: Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia and President of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
2004 - 2008: Foreign affairs Advisor to former President of the Republic of Slovenia Dr. Janez Drnovšek.
2004: Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.
1990 – 2004: Diplomatic service, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Germany, Austria, OSCE, Sweden and all the Nordic and Baltic States.
1980 – 1990: Diplomatic service in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia.
1966 – 1980: Journalist, mostly as correspondent of some major Yugoslav or Slovenian media in other countries (Italy, Germany).
Ivo Vajgl has a degree in agricultural engineering from the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana.

Jan Muehlfeit, Chairman Europe Microsoft Corporation Up

Jan Muehlfeit
ICT industry veteran almost 19 years in MS. Served in different positions in MS Czech/Slovak subsidiary between 1993 – 2000. Led CEE region in 2000-05. Vice President of Microsoft’s Public Sector team in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in 2005, Vice President, EMEA Corporate & Government Strategy in 2006 and later Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation, Mr. Muehlfeit is a Vice-Chair of the Academy of Business in Society (ABiS), board member of JA, Co-Chairman of the European e-Skills Association and a member of the Board of AIESEC and Ovum advisory body. Jan Muehlfeit has been serving in different advisory boards of several European governments in the field of ICT, national competitiveness and education. He also represents Microsoft on the TABD, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue and is involved in his advisory capacity in different projects of WEF, OECD and European Policy Center (EPC). He is also a board member of Czech National museum and member of IBLF Leaders Council. He graduated from Czech Technical University and later on completed executive development programs at Wharton, LSE and Harvard.

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

Christof Droste
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.

Jože Torkar, Director-General, Eltec Petrol d.o.o. Up

Jože Torkar
In terms of formal education, Jože Torkar (born in 1973) is a mechanical engineer and holds both a university degree and a master’s degree in science. His career path began in 1996 in EL-TEC Mulej, d.o.o. in the area of district heating management. In 2000, he took on new responsibilities as the general manager of EL-TEC Mulej, d.o.o. By 2010, the company had become the leading regional provider of energy and environmental solutions with the following core activities: district energy, water distribution systems, effective lighting and energy management for buildings. When Petrol d.d. acquired an ownership stake in EL-TEC Mulej d.o.o. in August 2011, he assumed the position of Managing Director of Eltec Petrol Group d.o.o.

He is a member of the Board of the Mechanical Engineers’ Section at the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers and a member of the expert council of the Slovene District Energy Association.

Jože Torkar has authored two scientific contributions and more than twenty expert contributions published at conferences and received five awards for innovation and development in the area of effective energy and water use and reducing environmental impact.

Lilijana Madjar, Director of Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region Up

Lilijana Madjar
Lilijana Madjar is a Director of Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region (www.rralur.si). A BA in economics and MA in management from the University of Ljubljana, Lilijana Madjar had been a Director of Guarantee and Maintenance Fund of Slovenia and Financial Director of Produkcija Plus (POP TV). As a director of RRA LUR she is currently actively involved in European development institutions and projects dealing with sustainable mobility and energy efficiency (e.g. EU 2020 Going Local). She is a Member of the Steering Committee of the European project Creative Cities and CC Alps.

Mrs. Madjar is very active also as a speaker at professional conferences. In September 2011 she participated at the Conference on Regional Development of South Eastern Region of Serbia with a presentation “The System of Development Agencies in Slovenia and the Most Important Projects”. In October 2011 she held a presentation “Creative Cities and Regions for an Innovative Europe” at the 9th European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels. She actively participated at the 2012 Podim Conference titled Potentials of Creative Industries. She participated at the Design Days 2012 with a presentation titled “Value Chains as an Approach to Development of Creative Industries in the Region”.

Janez Podobnik, Acting Director General of International Center for Promotion of Enterprise (ICPE) Up

Janez Podobnik
Janez Podobnik, born on September 17, 1959, comes from Cerkno, a small town 80 kilometers from Slovene capital Ljubljana. He graduated in medicine at the University of Ljubljana in 1984 and worked as a physician in the Medical centre of Idrija an old mining town southwest of Ljubljana. In 1990, he ran on local elections as a candidate of DEMOS, the coalition of democratic parties of Slovenia. He won with a very high election result and became the president of the local government in Idrija, a post he performed unprofessionally, since he continued to work as a physician until 1992.

In parliamentary elections of December 92, he was directly elected as a parliamentarian of Slovene People s Party. He also became more active within his political party, where he was elected president of the Program Council.

Since 1992, Janez Podobnik has fully devoted to the work of a professional politician as a parliamentarian that has won a wide cross-party respect for his fairness, outstanding capacity for a tolerant dialogue, for his political consistence, wisdom and honesty. He has devoted his attention to social welfare reforms, to preparing legislation for the disabled population, to issues of democratic reforms in health care, education and other social issues. He has also devoted a lot of attention to democratisation of local governments, chairing the association of Slovene mayors. In 1994 local elections, Janez Podobnik was also elected mayor of Cerkno.

Following November 1996 elections, Janez Podobnik was elected president of Slovene Parliament. As the President of Slovene parliament, he has also tried to use his moral and political authority to encourage the initiatives of civil society and showed special sensitivity to the important role of a free and independent press for a politically mature and stable democratic society as well as encouraging high moral and ethical standard of politicians in Slovenia.

After the 2000 parliamentary elections, Mr Podobnik became the leader of the parliamentary group of SLS, as well as the vice-president of the parliamentary committee for foreign affairs, member of constitutional committee, member of the committee for culture, sports, youth, science and education and member of the commission for Slovenians abroad. Until 2004, he was also a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe. Between 2002-2004, he was an Observer in the European Parliament for the Republic of Slovenia, and in 2004, a member of the European Parliament, where he actively participated in the committee for regional politics, transport and tourism.

After 2004 parliamentary elections, Mr Podobnik became a Minister for Environment and Spatial planning in the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, his mandate lasted for full term of four years, and in the first half of 2008 he was nominated a President of the European Council of European environment ministers during Slovenia's presidency of the European Council.

In April 2009 he was nominated Director of the ECPD International Institute for Sustainable Development, Urban Planning and Environmental Studies in Ljubljana, where he is up to this date involved with many important regional and international projects on sustainable development and environment.

In September 2011 Mr Podobnik was invited to the Advisory Board of International Center for Promotion of Enterprises-ICPE, where he was appointed chairman of the Advisory Board and in January 2012 he was appointed by DG of ICPE to the post of a Special Advisor to DG.

In March 2012 Mr Podobnik was appointed to Acting Director General of the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises in Ljubljana.

May 2012

Reyhan Huseynova, founder and chairwoman of the Azerbaijan Future Studies Society Up

Reyhan Huseynova
PhD. of philosophy, Associated Professor, Reyhan Huseynova is a founder and chairwoman of the Azerbaijan Future Studies Society (AFSS), which is a non-profit research center established in 2006. AFSS has also a status of the Millennium Project Node in Azerbaijan. AFSS has started to play a valuable role as a think tank and a network builder between Azerbaijan and international research institutions on local and even regional levels. AFSS frequently arranges and participates in various international futuristic and cultural projects.

In the framework of the Node activities Mrs. Huseynova has initiated and arranged many conferences, trainings and workshops on Futures Studies such as:

On-line educational project “Azerbaijan Foresight” in the field of future research and methodology for the students of Azerbaijan State Economic University (ASEU) by the ASEU, the Millennium Project and Azerbaijan Future Studies Society (Millennium Project Node);

Annual National Essay Contest on the 15 Global Challenges of the Millennium Project for High School and University students of Azerbaijan with annual participation of more than one thousand students. Winners of the Contest participate at the Millennium Prize International Essay Contest, awarding ceremony of which is annually held in Mexico.

Joint projects with the different international organizations, for example:
- project with UNFPA on “Combating Gender Based Violence”;
- joint project of European Union and UNFPA on “Teaching Azerbaijan's Adolescents about Safe and Responsible Sexual and Reproductive Behavior”;
- joint projects with Open Society Institute on “Toward the Europe: European values: the methods of enlightenment”.

Mrs. Huseynova was an initiator and leader of the working group of a study for computing of the first Azerbaijan State of the Future Index (AZ-SOFI), which is a combined project by Azerbaijan Future Studies Society, the Millennium Project and Center for Strategic Studies. The AZ-SOFI is an assessment of the 10-year outlook of the Future (2011-2020), based on 20 years of historical data and forecasts of 20 variables and 24 potential developments that could have a significant impact on the future of Azerbaijan.

Recently, AFSS has been awarded a Grant of Azerbaijan Youth Foundation for fulfilling the project on “Summer Camp for Refugees and Internally Displaced Children of Karabakh Conflict”.

Mrs. Huseynova is a professor at Western University (Baku, Azerbaijan). She had worked as a dean of Western Studies and Western Languages, Political Science Faculty and later as a Vice-Rector of Western University. She is the author of different publications such as “Problems of Azerbaijan culture in the transition period”, educational programs on: “Introduction to regional studies”, “European experience and Azerbaijani consciousness”, “History of the world culture”, History of the Azerbaijani culture” and etc.

Mrs. Huseynova, is also a Vice President of Azerbaijan-France Friendship Society.

She has professional command of 5 languages (Azerbaijani, Russian, English, French, Spanish, Turkish).

Ibon Zugasti, M.S. Up

Ibon Zugasti

Ibon Zugasti, M.S. is Partner/Director at Prospektiker, General Manager at LKS Market Research, Chairman of the Millennium Project Node in Spain, President of the European Regional Foresight College, and National coordinator in Spain for the PREPARE Network.

Since 1999, Ibon has led several European research projects and other consulting projects in the fields of foresight, regional development, sustainable development, training, and energy. He is also advisor for the Committee of the Regions of the EU for the launching of the European Platform on Territorial Foresight. Since 2010, he is the Chairman of the Millennium Project in Spain and President of the European Regional Foresight College.

He is coauthor of different publications such as Latin America 2030: Delphi Survey and Scenarios (The Millennium Project), An initial assessment of territorial forward planning/foresight projects in the European Union (Committee of the Regions of the EU), and The aging Basque population. Economic and social consequences (Basque Government). He also contributes to the yearly publication State of the Future by the Millennium Project.

Ibon earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Deusto, Spain and earned his Master’s in Strategic Management from Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA. He has been teaching strategic management at the University of Deusto and foresight in many seminars at the international level.

Alexander Prosser Up

Alexander Prosser

Prof. Alexander Prosser habilitated at WU in 1998 and held positions at HEC, Paris and the University of Technology, Sydney. His research fields are eGovernment and electronic citizen participation. He co-founded the EVOTE conference series, the EDEM conference series (now part of the DEXA cluster), and co-organises the Eastern European eGov Days and the Internationale Rechtsinformatiksymposium IRIS. He chairs the Forum eGovernment and is member of the board of the Austrian Computer Society. Alexander has well over 100 academic publications and also organised several academic research pilots, among them three Internet voting pilots with a system designed and developed by his own research team.

Organisations he provided expertise for in research projects include the Council of Europe, Eurocontrol, the Austrian Federal Chancellery, IBM, a-trust, the Federal Data Processing Agency, the Ministry of the Interior, Wiener Zeitung (the official journal of the Republic) and the City of Vienna.

Alexander’s teaching focus has been on ERP and business intelligence using SAP systems since 1994. He built up the SAP-based teaching programmes at the University of Technology Sydney, Fachhochschule Salzburg and WU. All subjects he designed and currently teaches are SAP-certified. Alexander is member of the SAP university alliance and one of the few members of the world-wide SAP Business by Design lighthouse programme.

Ozcan Saritas, Research Professor at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow Up

Ozcan Saritas
Dr. Ozcan Saritas is based at the University of Manchester. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR, formerly PREST); a Research Professor at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow; and the editor of Foresight: the journal of future studies, strategic thinking and policy. Ozcan’s research activity has been focused mostly upon long-term policy and strategy making with particular emphasis upon Foresight methodologies and their implementation in socio-economic and technological fields at the supra-national, national, regional and sectoral levels. With a PhD from the “Foresight and Prospective Studies Programme” of the University of Manchester, Ozcan has introduced novel concepts like “Systemic Foresight Methodology (SFM)”, which has been applied successfully to address long term issues involved in Sustainable Development, Renewable Energies, ICTs, and Development and Poverty. Ozcan has been engaged in large scale multinational research and consultancy projects focussing on wide variety of areas including “Research and Innovation Foresight for Europe 2030 (RIF2030)”; “Scanning for Emerging Science and Technology Issues (SESTI)”; and “The Future Impact of Security and Defence Policies on the European Research Area (SANDERA)”. He has been recently awarded a research grant by the Rockefeller Foundation for a Horizon Scanning project to envisage futures for the developmental issues in Africa and Asia. Ozcan has taken part in the design and implementation of executive education courses on foresight concepts and methods in Manchester and in collaboration with international organisations such as the UNIDO, European Commission and European Science Foundation. He has attended a number of conferences and has given keynote speeches on Foresight. He has collaborated with a number of policy-makers, researchers and corporate managers, particularly from Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa which has provided great opportunities to expand his networks across the globe.

David Burrows, Managing Director – EMEA Government Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation Up

David Burrows
Prior to his current role, David was in charge of business strategy and marketing for Microsoft’s UK public sector division, following six years as Director of Education/ Voluntary Sector for Microsoft UK.

David joined Microsoft in 1991 as the ‘City’ Sales Manager, and has held sales and marketing management roles within the UK subsidiary and at the European Headquarters. He previously worked for Digital Equipment Corporation and Olivetti. David has a BA (Hons) from Leicester University.

David is a past serving member of the ITCESSG, a task group within the Information Age Partnership looking at IT Skills as part of the National Skills Task Force, a board member of CC4G (Computer Clubs for Girls); a past member of the DELG Task-Force reporting to the National LSC (Learning and Skills Council) on workplace learning using technology and was appointed as a member of the MOD Defence Education and Skills Advisory Board. He is a past Chair of Trustees of the Learning Lab. In 2006, David was made an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Sheffield Hallum (UK) in the faculty of ACES and in 2008 was made an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Wolverhampton (UK) in the School of Computing & IT, both in recognition for services to Education.

Tonda Rolf Oberbacher, Director Business Development Sustainability SAP EMEA Up

Tonda Rolf Oberbacher
Mr. Oberbacher has a strong business administration and IT background and is member of our extended research team on Urban Management. His expertise covers several industries and solutions, merged into this one demanding and challenging trend of urbanization.

Simon Mokorel, CEO Envigence Up

Simon Mokorel
Simon Mokorel, graduated in 1992 on the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana is a CEO of Envigence d.o.o. company,. He has over 20 years of experience in in fields of profit inteligence and business inteligence. He has a deep understanding of the state of the art and the trends in information and telecommunication technologies. He has worked in close collaboration with some development centers in Europe which has allowed him to examine emerging technologies in numerous occasions, in particular regarding data exchange between heterogeneous systems. His work covers: technical and strategic management of assets, human resources; involvement in tender processes, negotiations, due diligences; actively supporting company with environment protection initiatives and following up on such projects.

Martina Merslavič, Siemens d.o.o. Up

Martina Merslavič
Martina Merslavič is Head of corporate communications, City Account Manager and Sustainability Manager at Siemens d.o.o.. Her responsibilities include managing Ljubljana, Smart city (Ljubljana, pametno mesto) environmental awareness campaign, initiated in 2010 by Siemens and The City of Ljubljana, and project management of the Study Ljubljana – Sustainable Urban Infrastructure – A View to 2050 (the study was commissioned by Siemens and conducted by Institute Jožef Stefan). Martina is also a member of the expert board of »Zlati kamen« – national project awarding the most efficient Slovenian municipality. Representing the corporation that develops and implements a comprehensive portfolio of sustainable urban infrastructure products and solutions worldwide, Martina is a speaker at national events, dedicated to environmental efficiency of the cities.

Helena Petrin, Deputy Chairwoman of the Board, BTC City Up

Helena Petrin
Helena Petrin je v BTCju zaposlena že od zaključka študija na Pravni fakulteti v Ljubljani to je od leta 1977. Opravljala je različna strokovna in vodstvena dela, kot npr. vodja pravne službe, direktorica skupnih služb itd. Od leta 1993 je članica Uprave BTC v ekipi, ki jo vodi predsednik Uprave, gospod Jože Mermal. Kot članica Uprave je bila vključena v vse pomembnejše projekte družbe, ki so pripeljali do stopnje današnjega razvoja, ko BTC City predstavlja enega največjih evropskih poslovno nakupovalnih ter rekreativno – zabaviščnih centrov.

Rajko Pirnat, Director, Institute for Public Administration at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana Up

Sithole Mbanga, CEO South African Cities Network Up

Sithole Mbanga

Michaël Van Custem Up

Michaël Van Custem
Michaël Van Cutsem is head of the Foresight unit at the Destree Institute (European think-tank and research centre in Wallonia, Belgium). He is lecturing occasionally at the University of Liège but works, most of the time in the field with national, regional and local authorities as well as with the European Commission. He acquired skills in foresight both in Paris (Futuribles), Manchester (PREST) and in the United States (Certificated in Strategic Foresight Houston University).

Michaël has worked as researcher for the University of Brussels before entering into the consulting business for Deloitte where he managed the evaluation and strategic policy practice for the public sector. As evaluation manager, his responsibilities included methodological developments in the field of evaluation and impact assessment; training and coaching; project management and methodological expertise in evaluation assignments. He led numerous assignments for the regional, national and European administrations and cabinets. Since 2006, Michaël is working for the Destree Institute and has developed a comprehensive background and toolkit of foresight techniques and practice, by helping territories and organizations (both public and private) to carry on foresight projects and studies. His recent publications and work demonstrate a growing and recognised interest for territorial foresight as well as urban issues.

Michaël is President of the Wallonia Evaluation and Foresight Society (www.la-swep.be)

Some keywords: Regional development – Foresight - Evaluation - Public policy - Governance – European Union - Strategic Policy Intelligence Tools - Urban development – Rural development - Sustainable development - Economic policy - Tourism - Employment policy

Stane Merše, Head of Energy Efficiency Centre, Jožef Stefan Institute Up

Stane Merše
Stane Merše received his Diploma Engineer and MSc degree in electrical engineering at the University of Ljubljana. From 2008 is Head of Energy Efficiency Centre at Jozef Stefan Institute, leading Slovenian scientific research institute. He participated as an expert in preparation of governmental programmes in the field of energy efficiency, energy policy, renewable and cogeneration electricity support schemes, long term energy strategies and emission reduction strategies. He managed several cogeneration feasibility studies and operation optimisation, international projects on European level on energy efficiency, education and promoting of new and innovative energy technologies.

Antonio Di Nunzio, ALESA - Local Agency for Energy and Environment of the Province of Chieti Up

Antonio Di Nunzio

Agnès Morel, EPEC Up

Andrej Brglez, external researcher of the ICK Up

Andrej Brglez
Andrej Brglez is an external researcher of the ICK. He specializes in journalism and investigating reporting. In recent years he is actively involved with the magazine Motorevija, published by the Automobile Association of Slovenia, where he publishes and organizes and conducts safety driving projects as well as coordinates relations with experts on traffic safety and ecology. Additionally, he works with major European manufacturers and designers of new automobile programmes, where he has, in recent years, earned the reputation of a valuable co-worker/consultant and test driver. In Slovenia, he is recognized as one of the foremost experts on motorcycle and car traffic safety. He is also an initiator, a head and co-executor of the first Slovene safety driving course explicitly designed for young motorcyclists as well as an author of safety driving leaflets and tests for car drivers.

Saša Bavec, Knauf Insulation Up

Bavec Saša, PhD, MBA, has graduated in 1995 at University of Ljubljana – Faculty for Chemistry and Chemical Technology. He holds master degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and PhD in Biotechnology (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia). In 2007 he has finished MBA at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. He has started his career in Lek Pharmaceuticals d.d. in 1995 as a patent attorney (later he has become also qualified European patent attorney). In 2001 he has begun to work in the field of Marketing & Sales and during the next years he held different executive director marketing positions in Lek and Sandoz (Novartis). At the same time he was also assistant professor at Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, teaching Intellectual Property. He is from April 2009 on a General Manger of business unit OEM Europe & CIS in Knauf Insulation responsible also for a Slovenian rock mineral wool plant in Škofja Loka (ex Termo). From this year on he is managing also Knauf Insulation’s European technical insulation business.

Mitja Jermol, Institute Jožef Štefan Up

Mitja Jermol
Mitja Jermol has been doing research and development on cybernetics, CAD-CAM systems and artificial intelligence. He is mainly focused on developing concepts and AI based methods and tools for business intelligence, intelligent environments, smart devices and improved business processes for emerging organizational forms. Besides that, he is particularly interested in contemporary models and theories of knowledge, complex systems and knowledge technologies.

Mitja Jermol graduated in 1992 and received his MSc in 1996 from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana. In 1996 he became head of the R&D department in DZS Inc., educational publishing division that was focused in research in knowledge management, digital publishing, multimedia and ICT in education. Since January 2003 he has been working at the JSI in the Department of Knowledge Technologies, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and he is leading the Centre for Knowledge Transfer in Information Technologies.

Mitja has long-term experience with more than 20 large scale RTD projects from the areas of business intelligence, intelligent transport, energy efficiency, networked organisations and information analytics. Mitja is a member of the Knowledge4All foundation board of directors, Opencast -Matterhorn Open Source Project, European Complex System Society, Chaordic Systems Society, W3C Education and Outreach Working Group and European current research information systems (CRIS) community.

Alenka Žumbar Klopčič, director and chief editor of Energetika.net Up

Alenka Žumbar Klopčič
Alenka Žumbar Klopčič has a bachelors degree in Economy and masters degree in Business and she has also finished postgraduate studies at the Faculty of State and European Studies. She joined the editorial board of Energetika.NET as a journalist mid 2004 and took on editorship mid 2007. She is interested in traditional energy industry and the development of regional SEE market. In May 2009 Alenka received a journalist award for quality and professional media coverage of energy sector; the award is granted by Slovenian National CIGRÉ-CIRED Committee. She is also a member of the advisory committee for the project EurObserv'ER, the objective of which is to prepare updated reports regarding renewable energies in the EU. She loves travelling, running and books - she is also a writer and publisher by her self (www.ekoknjiga.eu).

An Krumberger, Chairman of the World 2033 Forum Up

An Krumberger
An Krumberger is a Co-founder of World 2033, a global forum to take place in 2013 identifying major directions of the globalized world bringing together professionals and key decision makers from politics, private sector, non-governmental organizations, media and experts from major global fields. Before, Krumberger served as President of European Movement Slovenia, a pan-European lobby organization which promotes European integration. One of the major projects during his mandate was Ljubljana Congress in 2009 where representatives of civil society from the southeastern Europe met with their national leaders to discuss the role of civil society in their respective countries and wider region. In 2004 he founded International Students Society of Slovenia, an organization providing support to Slovenian students who study abroad and help them in the transition back to their home country. He was active in several other student organizations, especially during his studies in the United States. Krumberger attended several international events as a speaker and moderator, amongst others, he helped to draft an agenda for the future of young people in Europe and Asia at the World Bank Conference on Young People in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Rome, Italy in 2007. He attended high school in Nova Gorica, Slovenia and continued his studies in Tucson, Arizona, USA in the field of Business Administration and Management. He is fluent in Slovenian and English and speaks German and Italian moderately. In his free time he is active in charity.

Simon Delakorda, director of Institute for eParticipation Up

Simon Delakorda
Simon Delakorda, M.Sc., (1978) is a full time eDemocracy / eParticipation practitioner & researcher and founding director of the Institute for Electronic Participation in Ljubljana (www.inepa.eu). Starting in 2000, he participated in an early internet democracy projects within university and NGO's sector in Slovenia. He is an author and co-author of articles and case studies and conference speaker on democracy, political participation, active citizenship, non-governmental organizations and governments on-line. He received political science B.Sc. degree on e-democracy in 2002 and M.Sc. degree on e-participation in 2009. Currently, he is Ph.D. student of Social Informatics at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. He worked as an e-democracy course associate and researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana, as co-founder and head of the Centre of Electronic Democracy at the Institute of Ecology and as an e-democracy associate at the Arctur IT Company Ltd. During 2006-2007 he coordinated and managed the E-participacija web portal and facilitated the first successful e-democracy project in Slovenia - the Citizen's Forum. In 2007 he founded the Institute for Electronic Participation (INePA). His current projects and research focus include political informatics, democratic challenges of digital society, e-participation at the EU level and civil society e-democracy. His memberships include the Slovenian Political Science Association, Demonet: the eParticipation network of Excellence, CEE CN eParticipation experts group and Association of the Slovene NGO's managers. He received awards and experts recognitions as an e-democracy student, expert and facilitator.

Brane Semolič, NETLIPSE Network Up

Brane Semolič
Dr.Brane Semolic is head of the International living laboratory - LENS Living Lab (http://www.3-lab.eu) and a professor of the project and technology management at Cranefield College and University of Maribor. Beside this he is serving as a SIG Project Management Issue Manager in NETLIPSE Network (http://www.netlipse.eu/). NETLIPSE is a Network for the dissemination of knowledge on the management and organization of Large Infrastructure Projects in Europe. He is a former IPMA (International Project Management Association) vice president and present chairman of IPMA Research Management Board (http://www.ipma.ch). Since 1998 he has been serving as first assessor in the IPMA international certification program. He has published over 400 works and has more than 30 years of working experiences as an expert, researcher, consultant, project manager and CEO in different industrial sectors and businesses (IT, chemicals, industrial engineering, support services and government). He is the president of Slovenian Chamber of Business Services, member of Strategic Advisory Board of European Competitiveness and Innovation Program (CIP), member of the PM World Today editorial advisory board and Distinguished International Fellow (DIF) appointed by International Cost Engineering Council.


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