Toni Balaži?, CEO Mercator Group and Mercator, d.d. Balaži? has a wide experience in management (as CEO of Fructal, Žito and Mercator), FMCG (as consultant in AT Kearney) and marketing and communication (as marketing director in Petrol and development director in Spem). He is a member of IECD Business School Alumni and Združenje Manager.




Nenad Filipovi?, MBA Project Director and Academic Director of the IEDC – Bled School of Management.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Management from Free University of Amsterdam. He also completed the Stanford Executive Program at Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, as well as Harvard University’s “Central and East European Teachers Program”. He teaches courses in General Management and Business Ethics. He has been a personal mentor to more than 40 CEOs in Central Europe. He is the author or co-author of seven books and more than thirty case studies.

Mihael Cigler, CEO at Cigler and Partners Ltd and Chairman of Slovenian Lobbyists Association (ZLS). Mihael is also head of Fipra Slovenia and specializes in political lobbying and campaigning, environmental policies and climate change, as well as in European tenders and pharmaceutical-related issues for multinational companies, SME's, governments, NGO's and political parties. Mihael is a member of various international associations and networks in the field of lobbying and public affairs.




Bala Mulloth is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at Central European University (CEU) Business School.

He is also the Faculty Director of CEU InnovationsLab, an incubator focused on providing learning opportunities for students, such as testing ideas for new ventures, research opportunities for faculty, and curriculum development. Prior to moving to Hungary and joining CEU Business School, he was the Senior Manager of Polytechnic Institute of New York University's Office of Innovation Development, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship.

His main research focus is in entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly in the areas of clean technology innovation. He teaches courses on new venture development, social entrepreneurship, sustainability in business, India and south Asia, and business in a global city: New York City. He holds a PhD in Technology Management from Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Specialties: Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Clean Technology Innovation, Global Innovation Strategy


Mr. Saša Kolenko, Partner and Board Member AWT International Group - Sales, Marketing and Distribution of FMCG in CE Europe