Speakers

Marjana Majerič
Deputy General Manager, Technology Park Ljubljana
Marjana Majerič, M.Sc., is a business strategy, business planning and financial management specialist. She shares her over 17 years of extensive business experience as a mentor and advisor in Technology Park Ljubljana SME community. She served as a Manager of Investment in Venture Capital Fund Horizonte Venture Management; as Deputy Director of the first Slovene private incubator; she was Director of loan department for SME's in Volksbank-Sberbank. She is honorary member of program council of Ljubljana University Incubator and former member of editorial committee for monthly magazine SLEVCA (Slovene Venture Capital Association), member of different committees for evaluation and approval of projects/companies in financing, rewording, etc. She has been awarded with U.S. government honorary award "Woman and Entrepreneurship".
Uroš Merljak
Channel Sales Manager, Schneider Electric Slovenia
Uroš finished studies of Telecommunication at University in Ljubljana. He started to work as a Programmer and Head of technical support department at Vabaco varovanje d.o.o. in 1994 and continued in 1997 has a sales engineer for Video and Multimedia systems in TSE d.o.o. He was a project leader, commercial manager and responsible for deployment of Quality system according to ISO9001. In 2012 he joined Schneider Electric as a sales engineer, continued as Retail division Manager, Partner business Team Leader and Partner business Manager. His current job incorporates almost all Schneider Electric portfolio, especially Low voltage equipment and Industry equipment. His vision is to position Schneider Electric as an innovative market leader in areas of Energy Efficiency, Mobility and IoT together with the whole Schneider Electric Slovenia team.
Aleš Hančič
Director, TECOS, Tooling and Die Cluster Slovenia
In 2005 dr. Aleš Hančič joined TECOS Slovenian Tool Development Center, first as a young researcher and PhD student in the field of biopolymer composites, and then as Director of Research and Development. In November 2006, he was hosted by the University of Minho in Portugal, where he completed a part of the experimental work on the doctoral thesis at the Department of Polymer Engineering. In August 2012, he received his doctorate at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Ljubljana. In 2013 he was appointed a Director of the Slovenian Tool Development Centre TECOS. In the recent year he has also been employed at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana as a research and teaching assistant and as a research associate lecturer at the College of Polymer Technology in Slovenj Gradec. He is also the president of Board of Directors of Centre of Excellence for Polymers CO PoliMat.
Dejan Podgoršek
Manager for Business Development & ISVs, SEE, IBM Slovenia
Dejan Podgoršek joined IBM in 1991 as AIX system engineer, then he took over HW sales and in year 2000 become IBM HW sales manager. In 2010 Dejan took international position and was leading the team in CEE for Growth Initiatives. 2013 joined IBM Developer Relations team and now he is leading the Business Development & ISVs in the SEE region. Part of the role is also leading IBM Innovation Center Ljubljana where the team can help you build, market and sell your solutions. You can use IBM Innovation Centers to port and test solutions, engage with IBM Watson IOT and other IBM cognitive solutions, Analytics, Cloud, .... close deals with your clients, collaborate with IBM, Business Partners, academic leaders, IT professionals and Outthink you Business.
Jure Lampe
CEO - SenLab
Jure Lampe is a serial entrepreneur. He is responsible for the development of many new business opportunities in six companies he has owned and managed since 1992. He has been involved in different projects as a developer, a researcher, a team leader and an advisor. His team holds some prominent awards, including “Bluetooth.org application of the month”, “Bluetooth.org CES finalist”, “Wearable Technology Show Winner” in SmartHome, “Finalist” in IoT category and two “AAL forum awards”. SenLab participates in several EU research projects with IoTool and IoChat solutions.
Marcus Kottinger
IBM - Industry 4.0 / Business Development
Since 2014 Marcus Kottinger supports European IBM Partners in executing projects which deals with digital transformation in the name of IBM‘s Watson IoT brand. Core industries are energy, utilities, telecoms and public infrastructure management companies, mainly acting in Smart Cities areas. Before Marcus Kottinger joined IBM he worked at Siemens in the field of energy and asset management in Europe Mideast and Africa to optimize backend process to achieve sustainable energy consumption and an efficient asset utilization within the locations of Siemens in Europe.
Jernej Adamič
Zenodys B.V. - Founder & CEO
Jernej Adamič is a founder and CEO of a startup company Zenodys, started in 2014 and he's engaged as a Business Strategist. He's an early adopter and IoT evangelist. Zenodys provides an Internet of Things Visual Platform for Industry 4.0. Jernej has been in product and business development for 15 years and has been running digital agency for the last 6 years. Between 2007 and 2015 he has been working as a general manager at Adnet d.o.o. and between 2012 and 2015 as a marketing advisor at Kabi d.o.o. In 1997 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Ljubljana and in 2006 an MBA form University of Kansas.
Tomaž Savšek
Assistant Director - TPV d.o.o.
Dr. Tomaž SAVŠEK has a BS (1989), an MS (1992) and a Ph.D. (1998) in electro technical science from the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Ljubljana. He was a Research Engineer at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Ljubljana from 1989 to 1992. Since 1992, he headed a project team for the development of a combat simulation system. He also headed Centre for Operational Research and Simulations. He has Certificate of Senior International Defence Management Course from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA. Since 2006, he is Assistant General Manager in TPV, responsible for the public private partnership and strategic research and development projects. He is also a professor at the Faculty of Industrial engineering in Novo mesto, focused on green car initiatives and e-mobility.
Marko Jankovič
Researcher - Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana
Marko Jankovic is a researcher at the Faculty of Computer and Information science, University of Ljubljana. At the moment he is actively involved in the EkoSMART project as part of which he is working on the solutions to support remote patient monitoring. In the past he gave presentation on several local and international conferences (DSI, RCIS, etc.).
Toby Ruckert
CEO - Unified Inbox Pte. Ltd.
Perpetual inventor, classical pianist, and serial entrepreneur Toby Ruckert is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Unified Inbox. With Unified Inbox Pte. Ltd., an intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) messaging platform company, Toby built an extensive network of global telecoms, ISPs and manufacturers for IoT, robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Passionate about startups, new business models and the future of communications, Toby is a popular speaker at global technology conferences on the topics of IoT, AI and other transformational technologies, as well as entrepreneurship, business philosophy and creating a culture of innovation.
Sandra Roosna
Soracom - Director, Marketing and Business Development
Sandra Roosna is Director, Marketing and Business Development at Soracom, one of the world's fastest growing IoT operator offering connectivity solutions. She is a vital part of a team, that is breaking down the technical barriers to IoT/M2M and enabling prototyping to commercialization already for nearly 6,000 businesses in 120 countries. Sandra has 10+ years of experience in business development and proven track record of significant accomplishments in strategic marketing, e-society development and implementing secure identity solutions.
Irina Shklovski
Associate Professor - IT University of Copenhagen
Irina Shklovski is an Associate Professor in the Interaction Design and Technologies in Practice research groups at the IT University of Copenhagen. Her research is positioned at the intersection of communication, information science and human computer interaction, largely focusing on big data, information privacy, social networks and relational practice. Current projects consider privacy, interactions with data, online information disclosure and data leakage on mobile devices working to address the sense of powerlessness people often experience in the face of massive personal data collection. She is the coordinator for the EU Horizon 2020 project VIRT-EU, which examines how IoT developers enact ethics in practice in order to design interventions into the IoT development process to support ethical reflection on data and privacy in the EU context.
Matevž Pogačnik
Associate professor - University of Ljubljana, Faculty of electrical engineering
Matevž Pogačnik is an associate professor with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. He is the leader of the joint multimedia group of the Laboratory for Multimedia and Laboratory for Telecommunications. His research and project work is focused on development of interactive multimedia services for different devices with a special emphasis on user experience and different interaction and presentation modalities. He is mostly involved in projects related to development of interactive services in the fields of eco awareness, eLearning, rehabilitation, telemedicine and infotainment on mobile, smart TV, IPTV and VR/AR devices. Matevž Pogačnik participated in numerous European research projects, national research projects and industrial projects and preparations of new study programs in the fields of multimedia and digital TV.
Sanmit Ahuja
Chief Executive - ETI Dynamics Ltd, UK
Sanmit is the Founder and CEO of ETI Dynamics. He has over 20 years experience in a range of sectors including Technology, Media, Finance and Infrastructure. He is a major champion of sustainability and and is personally spearheading a number of technology commercialisation ventures. His core skills are infrastructure finance, technology commercialisation and developing high impact initiatives. Prior to founding ETI Dynamics, he was the head of investments for Commonwealth, a multilateral of 53 Commonwealth countries. He set up a number of venture and development finance vehicles for the organsiation. He is also a Board Member of Centre for Ganga River Basin Management & Studies (CGanga), a think-tank formally set up by Ministry of Water Resources (India) to aid the Government in implementation of the Ganga River Basin Management Plan. Sanmit is also the Vice Chairman of Oval Observer Foundation, a strategic engagement and an action platform for economic, social and political issues related to emerging markets and high growth nations. Sanmit holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from University of Pune, India and an MBA from London Business School.
Dejan Ljuština
PwC - Member of the Management Board
Dejan Ljustina is a partner in the PwC CEE partnership in charge of the TMT and the energy utilities industry in Southeast Europe and also country managing partner of consulting in Croatia and Slovenia. Upon his arrival to PwC in 2012 he established a PwC consulting office in Zagreb. He is an expert in projects for corporate and functional strategies, new business models development, operational restructuring, cost and efficiency management, market regulation models, commercial and operational due diligences and merger and acquisition lead advice, primarily in the TMT and energy sectors. He started his career in Ericsson (1999) as a software engineer, progressing to project manager working for Intel where he managed a team of software developers during the development of Intel’s Itanium processor. After graduating in telecommunications at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University in Zagreb, he obtained a master degree in economics and business management at IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia.
Pasi Hurri
President - BaseN Corporation
Since establishing BaseN Corporation in 2001, Pasi Hurri has been holding the position of Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hurri is an expert speaker and senior Member of IEEE as well as a visiting lecturer at several Universities. Prior to founding BaseN, Mr. Hurri spent more than a decade in senior technology management positions. He presided the engineering effort of the KPNQwest Eurorings network, then the largest pan-European carrier transporting more than 50% of the Internet traffic. Within Ahlstrom Corporation Mr. Hurri managed the creation of a global IP network in the early 90`s. With his strategic thinking inherited from the Finnish Air Force, Mr. Hurri has always emphasized the importance of deep situational awareness, according to Clausewitz principles. Mr. Hurri also holds the position of the Chairman for Industrial Internet of Things steering group of TEKES.
Matevž Pustišek
Senior lecturer - University of Ljubljana
Matevž Pustišek, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His research is focused on Internet services and applications, including mobile, Web, and IoT. A special interest is oriented towards IoT architectures and security aspects. Recently additional focus is set on use of blockchain technologies in IoT. He has been leading project activities at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in several international projects, including the i2web, 3rD-Life, COST IS1204. At present he is collaborating in Ekosmart project (http://ekosmart.net/en/ekosmart-2/) on smart cities and communities
Janko Pavlovic
CEO - Digital worx Serbia
Entrepreneur, engineer and inventor. Janko was born 1991st in Republic of Serbia. He was studing bachelor studies at the faculty of Electrical engineering (power engineering) in Belgrade, and graduated with an invention. It was a smart stove, saving aroung 50% of energy during the boilling process. Afterwards he was enrolled in master studies at the same faculty with the major ''Smart city'' which he succesfully finished with a new inovation so-called ''E-Lungs''. ''E-Lungs'' is a completely new type of hybrid vehicle. It's an electrical hybrid without batteries, first time in the hystory. Both inventions were succesfully competing and presenting on many world conferences and competitions. Right now Janko is an entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Serbian start-up ''digital worx''. Digital worx is focused on indistrial IoT at the global market. Next to it, on behalf of faculty of Electrical engineering he is enrolled in the smart EV infrastracture implementation in Serbia.
Andrej Tomšič
Deputy Information Commissioner - Information Commissioner of Slovenia
Bio (750 chars) He was born in 1977 in Postojna. After he finished high school, he enrolled in economics faculty in Ljubljana where he graduated in 2001 with a topic »Information road - infrastructure of the digital economy, approaches and strategies.« In 2002 he started to work at ministry for information society where, as a member of eEUROPE+2003 Statisctical Working Group, he was working on the field of metrics society and was a member of DG INFSO at Europe Commision: eEUROPE +2003 Statistical Working Group, eAccessibility Expert Group, ENISA National Liaison Officer, eEUROPE 2005/i2010 and Safer Internet plus Management Committee. In 2006 he received a master's degree in information management sciences at the Faculty of Economics. He has been employed at the Information Commissioner of Slovenia since May 2006. He is mostly engaged with the legal, technological and socio-economic challenges of privacy in the information society. He represents the Information Commissioner at the International Working Group IWGDPT and the Article 29 Working Party Technology Subgroup. He is certified lead auditor for information security standard ISO / IEC 27001: 2005.
Boris Presekar
Prokurator - Robert Bosch d.o.o.
Boris Presekar work at Bosch for more than 17 years Head of the IT department for Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania Since 2014 the procurator of Robert Bosch d.o.o. Smart solutions support
Christine Neuy
Managing Director - microTEC Südwest e.V.
Dr. Christine Neuy is managing director of microTEC Südwest, one of 15 German “Spitzencluster”. Christine studied and holds a degree in economics. From 1996 to 1998 Christine worked with IMM, the research institute for microtechnology at Mainz, today Fraunhofer IMM, in the Public Relations department. From 1998 to 2010 she worked with IVAM, an international industrial interest group in microsystems technology, in Dortmund in different positions and finally was managing director of the association. In 2011 Christine joined microTEC Südwest, being responsible for the overall project management of the "Spitzencluster“ microTEC Südwest, the microtechnology cluster in Germany’s Southwest. Since 2016 she is managing director. More info ... www.microtec-suedwest.de
Giacomo Copani
Head of »Manufacturing Business Models« Research Department - CNR-ITIA (National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation
Giacomo Copani has a Master degree in Industrial Management Engineer and a PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering. He is responsible for the “Manufacturing Business Models” Department of the Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation of the National Research Council of Italy. He is researcher and coordinator of Regional and European projects in the areas of sustainable business models, research and innovation infrastructures, policy roadmapping and interregional cooperation. He is the coordinator of the Vanguard Pilot “ESM – Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing” and technical coordinator of AFIL, the Intelligent Factory Lombardy Cluster.
Selver Softic
Lecturer and R&D Manager - CAMPUS 02 University of Applied Sciences
Selver Softic studied Computer Science and Informatics at Graz University of Technology. Since 2002 he worked in several research centers and companies and participated in many european and national research projects. Since 2014 he is a lecturer and R&D project leader at CAMPUS 02 University of Applied Sciences.
Peter Wostner
Smart Specialisation Unit - Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy
Dr. Peter Wostner is the head of the Smart Specialisaton Unit responsible for coordination of innovation related activities within the Slovenian Government. Dr. Wostner is an expert on regional development, EU budget and EU Cohesion Policy were he has been, for last 15 years, directly involved from the EU budget and regulatory negotations to setting up of the programming framework and implementation arrangements. He is a lecturer and a moderator and also author of number of articles, especially as regards EU budget and development policy. Dr. Wostner is also the chairman of the OECD’s Working Party on Rural Policy and Vice-Chair of the Regional Development Policy Committee.
Maudez Le Dantec
Head of International and European Affairs - Plastipolis
Maudez LE DANTEC obtained an engineer degree at AgroParisTech, in food packaging and a master degree in innovation and new technologies management at Grenoble Business School. He joined Plastipolis in 2010
Johannes Brunner
Ecosystem Automotive - IDM Südtirol
Johannes Brunner studied physics at TU Munich and made his PhD in the field of non destructive testing 2004. In the following years he worked as a innovation and technology consultant for SMEs and as project manager of serveral EU projects in the TIS innovation park and as lecturer for optical measuring technologies and image processing at MCI. Since 2016 he is responsible for the ecosystem automotive in the regional business evelopment agency IDM Südtirol and coordinates 3DCENTRAL.
Arnaud Bocquillon
ViaMECA
Arnaud is a 41 years old engineer on structures and systems mechanics and physical measurements. Between 1997-2007 he worked at Michelin Research Center in Ladoux, France and was involved in research, development and industrialization. He was responsible for tire conception support, tire wear modeling, interaction vehicle (passenger car, heavy truck), tire performance, usage measurement and customer interaction. Since 2007 he works at Pôle de compétitivité ViaMéca (ViaMeca Cluster) as a scientific coordinator on Productive and Robotics Systems and on Engineering Driven by Usages and Services.
Marko Močnik
General Manager - Pomurje Technology Park
Marko Močnik, M.Sc. started profesional experience at regional consttruction and engineering company as analyst, then he spent some time at ElectroFlow Canada Ltd in Canada where he was responsible for company expansion into EU market, Regional Development Agency Mura as Project manager and since 2003 Marko is a General Manager of Pomurje Technology Park. He has extensive experiences on business consultations from the field of business modeling, technology transfer and financial management, while Marko is also evaluator of national RD and start-up projects at the responsible ministry. Since 2003 he was involved in more then 50 big EU projects and currently he is involved in 11 of them on the Industry 4.0 topic, where he is in charge for 5 of them.
Christian Kittl
CEO - EVOLARIS next level GmbH
Christian Kittl is CEO at evolaris next level GmbH, Austria’s leading innovation centre focusing on business model and technology innovations for Digital Assistance Systems in the Connected Life, where he has been working since 2000. He holds a master degree in telematics from the Graz University of Technology and received his PhD in business administration from Karl-Franzens-University. Christian Kittl authored more than 50 publications, is a member of IFIP Working Group 8.4 (E-Business: Multi-disciplinary research and practice) as well as numerous programme committees of international conferences and journals in the field of e- and mBusiness.
Alexander Habinski
CSP Leader, CEE, IBM Global Business Partner
Alexander is Head of Cloud Service Provider Business Line, IBM CEE with +18 years of international experience in the IT & Digital business with focus on Internet companies and service providers. He is focused on consulting partners and the Digital Office at clients to get best out of the ongoing data-, mobile-, cognitive disruption. He gained expertise in several Western European, CEE countries in different positions ranging from IT consulting, Alliance Management and Profit and Loss Management. Alexander holds a Master in Business Administration at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
Peter Pustatičnik
Head of eHealth and eCare - Telekom Slovenia
He is an international assessor for DNV DIAS quality hospital standards and assessor for EFQM and CAF. _He has successfully implemented these business models within the UMCL, Vzajemna and HIIS. He has received several awards for his work in the development and implementation of business models. He is a member of HOPE Executives.
Jernej Pintar
Technology Park Ljubljana
dr. Jernej Pintar is a community builder, a diagnostician for SME's business challenges, and a connector of best practices in various fields (internationalization, marketing, sales, leadership…) . He is also a lecturer on the topic of communications. He enjoys most in connecting people and creating content. Jernej has pursued his education at several institutions like United World College in Norway, London School of Economics, University of Edinburgh and University of Ljubljana.
Marzia Morgantini
AFIL - Cooperation Manager
Graduated in Management Engineering with a master thesis on servitization adoption in manufacturing SMEs. She is a Cooperation Manager in AFIL, the Lombardy Intelligent Factory Association, and she in charge of supporting the cluster management and the Project Officer in project development, associative campaign and technological contents of advanced manufacturing development in Lombardy. She is responsible for the management and the coordination of all ongoing activities related to Industry 4.0.
Tanja Kožuh
CEO - Primorska technology park
Tanja has been working as a CEO of Primorska technology park since July 2012. She started her job in Primorska technology park as marketing director in 2008. She holds a MSc degree in Innovation management of Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. Before she joined the Primorska technology park she was engaged with ICIT, international centre of innovative technologies d.o.o. as marketing manager. Between 2003 and 2005 she was working as project manager in Istrabenz energetski sistemi, d.o.o.
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