LECTURERS

Sandra Nešić

Sandra Nešić

Lead Business Designer & Innovation Manager

Sandra Nešić, PhD is the Lead Business Designer and Innovation Manager at ICT Hub, where she actively contributes to the development of all activities that serve to empower innovation in a corporate enviroment. She fell in love with open and collaborative way of innovating and is fortunate enough to practice what she preaches on innovation and entrepreneurship. Sandra is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications and has published a number of articles in academic journals on management, innovation management and entrepreneurship.

Afonso Rebelo de Sousa

Afonso Rebelo de Sousa

Corporate Venture Builder & BD Advisor

Afonso is owner of innovation consultancy Saint Brand focused on building corporate ventures. His career spans 17+ years of marketing, design, tech consulting in corporate entities such as WPP, Adidas and LinkedIn before becoming a full time entrepreneur just 3 years ago. In 2019, Afonso built and led cybersecurity corporate venture Telenet Safespot from inception to launch and is presently engaged in building ventures for EDF Luminus still to launch in 2020. Highly communicative, trained agile coach and speaker, Afonso has worked in 8, and is now living in his 9th country.

Vladimir Vulić

Vladimir Vulić

Digital Transformation Strategist

Vladimir is a digital transformation strategist., co-founder of Digitalizuj.Me and the Program Director of Spark.me conference. He teaches the course ‘Transforming Business in the Digital Era’ at the COTRUGLI Business School (E)MBA program and has been recognised as ‘Project Manager of the Year’ by the Association of Montenegrin Managers. With 12 years of experience teaching Strategic Management at the University of Montenegro, he has been a keynote speaker in 20 countries across 4 continents, from Peru to Taiwan and also a three-time TEDx speaker.

Kosta Andrić

Kosta Andrić

Executive Director

Kosta is the Executive Director of ICT Hub. Since 2014, when it was established as an incubator for technology startups, he has led it to become a unique innovation center and a leading organisation in Serbia aiming to support technology entrepreneurship and startups. He is also the Managing Director at ICT Hub Venture, an early stage startups investment fund. Kosta is a pioneer of connecting technology startups with corporations in Serbia and in the region, influencing local branches of multinational corporations to open their doors to cooperation with tech startups.

Luka Prišunjak

Luka Prišunjak

Ecosystem Facilitator & Business Designer

Luka Prišunjak focuses on customer development, i.e. the way by which you get to your first clients and users by validating your business ideas, which as an approach is widely accepted both in small startup teams and big corporate systems. Luka moved from the construction industry to the world of startups, and today he helps companies open up to new markets and find new customers.

Đurđa Đukić

Đurđa Đukić

Business Designer

Through her work as part of the ICT Hub team, Đurđa contributes to the development and strengthening of innovation capacities, practices and culture in a business organization. She is coordinating and implementing different educational formats and activities relevant for the field of innovation and digital transformation. Đurđa is a design thinker and believes that people are at the core of innovation. She is an experienced project manager and has worked on various projects related to strategic planning, organizational development, fundraising, advocacy and visibility.

Nemanja Čedomirović

Nemanja Čedomirović

Co-founder & Agile practitioner

As the co-founder of GrowIT, Nemanja Čedomirović is passionate about solving the challenges associated with Agile in complex environments. He managed a numerous team transition to Agile way of working. He spends most of his time leading and nurturing Growit, doing sales and business development, and also providing strategic coaching for clients. He is one of the organizers of the biggest PHP conference in the Balkans. Also he enjoys establishing communities, some of which you may know: Agile coaching Serbia, eCommerce association of Serbia and PHP Serbia.

Đorđe Đorđević

Đorđe Đorđević

Business Designer

Đorđe is working with ICT Hub's corporate partners on the unique and out-of-the-box products, programs and projects that are at the forefront of innovation and in the midst of corporate-startup collaboration, often with a product owner approach. As someone who is running ICT Hub’s IoT laboratory - Garage Lab, he is closely following the latest trends in connectivity, robotics, mobility, IoT, 3D printing and 5G, assisting his team with anything from research on these topics, all the way to setting up new devices and testing them.

Jelena Šaranović

Jelena Šaranović

Business Designer & Content Manager

Jelena's key skill as a business designer is having a knack for idea challenges and her inner nerdiness makes her a perfect sidekick for any project that aims to inspire, educate or provide practical training to corporate employees. She is a firm believer in testing business ideas and an advocate for adopting the startup mindset in doing business.

PAST LECTURERS

Heinrich Schmid-Schmidsfelden

Heinrich Schmid-Schmidsfelden

VP Company Building

Heinrich heads the company building initiatives at WhatAVenture, a full-service innovation consultancy with offices in four countries around the globe, headquartered in Vienna. Before that, he led the corporate innovation team at a multinational technology company. In this capacity, he ran intrapreneurship programs, created an international startup acceleration program and was involved in a number of startup investments and strategic innovation projects.

Daniel Schwarzbach

Daniel Schwarzbach

Director Technology & Innovation

Dr Daniel Schwarzbach is a highly-skilled corporate innovator who designs processes and leads teams to develop cutting edge technologies and products. After 15+ years experience in senior management functions in various globally acting tech companies, Daniel has changed his perspective and strengthens WhatAVenture's consulting team, working with corporate customers on technology and product innovation topics.

Tatjana Jovanović

Tatjana Jovanović

Director HR for SEE

Tatjana is a psychologist with extensive experience in contemporary HR practices gained through numerous roles in an international environment. She is leading the change of organizational culture and implementation of new working models based on start-up way of thinking in order to support the company in further utilizing full potential of its employees.

Milica Jović

Milica Jović

Chief Human Resources Officer

As CHRO of Nelt Group, Milica manages all aspects of human capital management for more than 3,000 people across multiple markets in the Balkans and Africa. Her personal goal is integrating analytics into traditional HR and growing HR into an important decision maker and strategic partner to the business. Milica is a graduate of Yale University and prior to joining Nelt in 2017, she was a management consultant at McKinsey, working on engagements in pharmaceutical industry across Western Europe and the United States.

Janez Križan

Janez Križan

Director of Digital Transformation and Innovations

Entrepreneur and challenge seeker at heart, Janez believes in turning ideas into reality. He is responsible for digital transformation and innovations in A1 Slovenija & Vip Mobile Serbia.

Novica Ninić

Novica Ninić

Integration & Development Sales Leader

Novica is a senior professional in IT Industry and has been working with clients on the digitalisation of their businesses for almost 15 years. As an Electrical Engineering graduate, Novica started a career in Telco and IT system integration, first as a junior engineer and advancing to the role of a CTO. With significant experience in complex IT projects, including consulting and executive roles, he moved to an IT multinational corporation and is now helping clients from all over the region get the most out of digital transformation.

Jasmina Nikolić

Jasmina Nikolić

Agile Organizational Developer

Jasmina is the co-founder of Agile Humans, university lecturer, trainer and coach. As member of both Agile and Scrum Alliance, Jasmina is a specialist in the field of agile organizational culture, education and business and development integration. With a proven record in agile software development, she is a certified Scrum Professional, Scrum Product Owner, Scrum Master and NLP Practitioner, but also a Kanban Method Coach and Experienced Group Facilitator. She has worked in a number of industries, contexts and companies, both in public and private sectors.

Ivan Filipović

Ivan Filipović

Head of Product Development

As the Head of Product Development at 30Hills, Ivan is in charge of digitalising the processes for large companies and innovative startups. With over 10 years of experience on IT projects in the fields of finances, military industry, time management and logistics, Ivan is helping companies define, develop and implement digital solutions adapted to a specific business process. He is a PhD candidate at the IT department of the Faculty of Organisational Sciences, with a focus on decision support systems and machine learning.

Alina Gratschner

Alina Gratschner

Founder & CEO

Alina has lived and worked in Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia, being actively engaged in connecting and developing innovative ecosystems across continents. Alina is the Founder of Xmind/io, and the Co-founder of Accelerate Korea, focusing on acceleration, innovation and venture building programs in partnership with public and private sectors. Being passionate about emerging technologies shaping our future and driving economic development, she contributes as an advisor, guest lecturer and mentor to various organizations.

Kristina Petrova

Kristina Petrova

Strategy Director

Kristina is the Strategy Director at Launchlabs, which is an innovation studio with offices in Berlin, Basel, Bangalore & Sofia. Her team works together with companies to redesign mindsets, experiences and spaces. Kristina has ten years of experience in strategic planning, brand consulting and business development. Through the lens of strategy, she is always looking to uncover creative solutions that spark innovation. She has worked on international and regional brands at Saatchi & Saatchi and since 2014, she has held lectures for master students at ARC Academy - a learning platform for future creators.

Faris Začina

Faris Začina

Co-founder & CEO

Faris is one of the founders and CEO of Ministry of Programming which has in the past four years become the fastest growing IT company in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the top 50 fastest growing tech companies in Central Europe, collaborating with some of the best entrepreneurs in Europe. They are currently working on 22 global startups that bring significant innovation to different industries. Faris has previously worked as a designer, a programmer and a manager, but has always been interested in the methodology of building startups.

Dušan Vukanović

Dušan Vukanović

Innovation and Business Development Manager

Dušan is an innovation consultant, entrepreneur and lecturer. With more than 15 years of experience in implementing various consulting projects iin areas of HR management, organisational development, strategic communications and innovation, at ICT Hub he has been in charge of designing and delivering programs that support large Serbian corporations on their innovation journeys since 2015. Dušan had previously worked for the American National Democratic Institute and is also the founder of the Managing Board of Serbian Association of Management Consultants.

Hristo Stankushev

Hristo Stankushev

Architect and CEO

Hristo is an experienced architect, born and working in Sofia. He is the founder and CEO of 7561 architects, co-founder of architecture and design studio dontDIY and co-founder at furniture brand Almost. In his years of practice, Hristo has won several awards, while his projects have been published across the globe in media such as Wallpaper*, Frame, dezeen, A10 and Bravacasa. His main focus remains striving to deliver a bespoke product through shared knowledge.

Sonja Kresojević

Sonja Kresojević

Co-founder & Author

Sonja is the co-founder of Spinnaker Consulting, a speaker on topics of transformation, business agility, leadership, innovation strategy and the co-author of 'Lean Product Lifecycle', with over 20 years of experience transforming businesses by focusing on product innovation, cultural change and digital transformation. In her most recent corporate role, Sonja was a Senior Vice President at Pearson, leading a global team responsible for design and implementation of the Lean Product Lifecycle, award-winning innovation program focused on transforming product development and delivering a faster and more entrepreneurial organization.

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