KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

EMIL TEDESCHI (Croatia)

Emil Tedeschi is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Grupa, a leading food and beverages producer and distributor in South East Europe. He is the founder and majority shareholder in the company that has since 1991 developed from a local Croatian distributor into one of the largest and most dynamic companies in the region and an ambitious international player. Prior to incorporating Atlantic, he was director of Meteor Paper Milan, Italian subsidiary of Meteor Holding London, at the time one of the largest paper trading companies in Europe. Atlantic Grupa has 5,300 employees and owns the legendary brands – Cockta, Smoki, Donat Mg, Cedevita, Argeta, Barcaffè etc. During his career Emil Tedeschi received several esteemed awards for his professional achievements, among others – Manager of the Year by Croatia’s Managers Association in 2002, Businessman of the Year in the region (in 2006, 2008 and 2010), as well as the state medal for extraordinary contribution to economy by the President of Republic of Croatia. In 2012, Mass Media International awarded him as the regional “Business Personality 2012”. Emil Tedeschi was actively engaged in the process of Croatian moving forward and closer to the standards and membership in the European Union. He was a member of the Parliamentary Committee overseeing Croatian negotiating process with the EU, as well as the Croatian Social and Economic Council. From 2005 to 2007, he was the President of HUP (Croatian Employers Association), where he has been an active member since its founding. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the INSEAD Alumni Association, the Program Council of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, the Business Council at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, and the Board of Trustees of Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO). He is the Vice president of the Supervisory Board of RTL Hrvatska, and honorary consul of Ireland in the Republic of Croatia. From 2010 to 2015, he was a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the President of the State. Emil Tedeschi made several appearances and speeches at important international conferences. He has been often invited to give lectures at respectable business schools, such as at the Duke University, New York University, IEDC – Bled School of Management, University of Michigan, Zagreb School Economic and Management and Faculties of Economics in Croatia, and the region. He is an active supporter to not only economical, but also social and cultural development in the region.

Plenary sessions: Thursday 19.10. 2017, from 9:30 to 11:15

Title of lecture: ATLANTIC GRUPA – A TRUE REGIONAL COMPANY

 

 

Dr. MAJA URAN MARAVIĆ (Slovenia)

Maja Uran Maravić, Ph.D., works at the Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica, University of Primorska, and collaborates with the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Opatija, University of Rijeka. For the past 20 years, she has been actively involved in strategic and quality management in tourism. In 2004, she created the Service Quality Assurance project for one of the major tourism enterprises and co-authored the programme on the integral quality promotion in tourism for the Ministry of Economy. She is the author of the Ljubljana Tourism Quality Selection, a project on assessing restaurants in Ljubljana and the Central Slovenia region, and has been assessing restaurants since 2000. She was Turistica project team manager and a lead author of the Slovene Tourism Strategy 2007 – 2011 (RNUST – Development Plan and Policies of Slovene Tourism). She also co-authored the Tourism Development Strategy for the Municipalities of Piran and Velenje, as well as the Strategy for Development of Social Tourism in Croatia. In 2013, she was a lead author for the 2013 – 2020 strategies for the development and marketing of Ljubljana tourism. She is a member of the Expert Council of the Slovenian Tourist Board. She led a targeted research project on Innovation in Tourism as well as more than 30 market-driven projects for tourism organisations and enterprises. She is a qualified assessor of accommodation facilities, she advises hotel companies on raising quality standards, runs workshops for employees and assists tourism organisations in strategies for tourist destination development.

Plenary sessions: Friday 20.10. 2017, from 9:00 to 10:30

Title of lecture: “LJUBLJANA QUALITY MARK”

 

 

Dr. JOŽE PODGORŠEK (Slovenia)

Dr Jože Podgoršek was appointed the position of Food Supply Chain Relationships Ombudsman in March 2015. He has also been working at the Institute Grm Novo mesto since 2004, where he is currently employed as a college lecturer, and is also dean of Landscape Governance College Grm Novo mesto. He gained relevant experience working at the family farm, and at the company Zeleni hit LLC where he started his career after graduation from the Biotechnical Faculty. Seven years later, he entered the teaching profession, becoming a lecturer. He has been striving for the development of Slovenian farmers and farms since the beginning of his career. He has played an essential role in this field, especially after being named Food Supply Chain Relationships Ombudsman, as it is his duty to warn of unfair relations between individual partners in the food supply chain. At the same time, he has been trying to find new marketing channels, and has worked in favour of creating short food supply chains and changing the food procurement in public food establishments to facilitate locally grown food to enter the establishments. Considering the fact that he has a large family with five children, all of whom at least once a day eat in a public food establishment (in a kindergarten and a school), it is not surprising that what he strives for is very close to his heart. He spends the remainder of his free time actively, e.g. going to the mountains with his family, riding a bike or going on a short hike along rural paths in his hometown.

Plenary sessions: Thursday 19.10. 2017, from 9:30 to 11:15

Title of lecture: LET´S GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SLOVENIAN FOOD

 

 

Mag. NARKO RIITA ELISABETH (Finland)

Narko Riitta Elisabeth has been employed in the educational institution Keuda Group, Finland since 1997. Keuda Group has 7000 students and adult learners per year and 620 employees. Ritta Narko Elisabeth has a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration. She is a part of Keuda Group’s management, she works as a principal of Keuda Group and she is a leader of many EU projects (European Social Fund, Leonardo, Interreg, Nordplus, Erasmus +, Central Baltic Program, etc.). Keuda Group provides working life – oriented education and training to the young, the adults and to companies in all fields of secondary vocational education and training (VET). She regularly actively participates in various international conferences, at round tables, workshops and she is the author of various professional publications about vocational education and training in Finland. In 2009 she participated in a project coordinated by the National Board of Education to write the Peer Review Manual: National Quality Areas and Criteria for Competence-based Training. She has acquired various working experiences in Keuda, among other things she held a position of a teacher, an international coordinator, assistant principal, director of guidance and counselling service, director of studies, principal and she is a good connoisseur of educational system in Finland, especially in the field of vocational education and training. Finnish vocational education and training system is currently undergoing many changes, and this will be the topic of her presentation at the conference in Ljubljana in October 2017.

Plenary sessions: Friday 20.10. 2017, from 9:00 to 10:30

Title of lecture: THE NATIONAL REFORM IN THE FINNISH VOCATIONAL EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM – BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES FOR THE FINNISH VET PROVIDERS

 

 

Dr. KATJA POVHE JEMEC (Slovenia)

Dr. Katja Povhe Jemec is a food technologist and a doctor of biotechnological sciences. Since 2004 she works at the Ministry of Health. From 2004-2011 she participated in the transposition of European legislation related to safe food at the national level. In 2011, she accepted a new challenge and since then she has been professionally covering a diverse range of nutrition at the Ministry of Health. She participated in the preparation and coordination of the National Program on Diet and Physical Activity for Health 2015-2025, approved by the National parliament. She is a member of numerous of interdepartmental groups in which she represents the position of the Ministry of Health. She takes care of the implementation of planned measures and programs to improve the public health of the population in connection with healthy eating and healthy eating habits. Diverse challenges on nutrition require cross-sectoral cooperation and the integration of various stakeholders, as well as networking with NGOs and the profession. Dr. Katja Povhe Jemec is a defender of a healthy lifestyle both on her professional as well as on private way. She enjoys her leisure time actively in nature in the company of her dearest ones, or by herself, when she finds some quiet moments in everyday hustle and bustle.

Plenary sessions: Thursday 19.10. 2017, from 9:30 to 11:15

Title of lecture: NATIONAL PROGRAMME ON NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES FOR HEALTH 2015-2025, AS ANSWER TO THE CHALLENGES OF THE PRESENT SOCIETY