The third edition of Startup Weekend Zagreb has officially concluded! Our eight teams worked really hard during this weekend, and […]
Saša CvetojevićAngel Investor and CEO, Insako | TwitterLinkedIn
Saša Cvetojević is a successful entrepreneur with years of experience in the health care sector, mobile communications industry and supply chain management. He is the founder and owner of a number of companies and health care institutions in Croatia. Saša is also actively involved with CRANE (Croatian Business Angel Network) and has invested in eight startups some of which are already leading companies in their respective industries and are generating revenue in the global marketplace. Saša is also a member of the Board of the Croatian Employers Association and has been a member of the Croatian negotiation team during the accession process to the European Union in the area of health and consumer protection.
Eli MohamadSenior Consultant, Sense Consulting
Eli currently serves as Expert on the EU-funded
Science and Innovation Investment Fund technical assistance project,
which aims to increase the competitiveness of the research sector and
improve industry-research cooperation. Before joining Sense
Consulting, Eli worked on public-private partnerships for business
zones (Croatia), placement of disruptive technologies on the market
(QinetiQ, UK), research competencies mapping for participation in
Community Programmes (EU), and hospitality management (USA). He holds a MSc in Technology and Innovation Management from the Science and
Technology Policy Research unit of the University of Sussex, UK. He is
an enthusiast for emerging technologies and technology trends in
space, energy and biotechnology.
Vedrana LikanFirst Vice-President, American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia
Vedrana Likan is an expert in developing advanced and creative business concepts for brands, products, and companies. She is also currently a Managing Director for Colliers International, and in the last 10 year has created and spearheaded numerous initiatives in the areas of sustainable development, helping socially disadvantaged groups, and promoting the green economy.
Ms. Likan was recently awarded the prestigious "Woman of the Year" award from Zaposlena magazine. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Zagreb, and also teaches mid-level management courses at Colliers University.
Natasa VetmaSenior Operations Officer, The World Bank
Natasa Vetma joined the World Bank in 2006 and has since been working as an environmental and energy specialist on a wide range of governmental and private projects in Croatia, Turkey, Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria. Her work involves consulting clients on project design, advising on environmental improvements, assessment of environmental impacts, facilitating consultation with stakeholders on larger infrastructure projects, project implementation oversight, raising awareness through environmental training of clients, etc.
Prior to joining the World Bank she worked as an environmental consultant in the private sector in Croatia and in the Netherlands. She graduated from the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and obtained her Master’s degree specializing in environmental sciences and EU environmental policy and management in the United States and the Netherlands.
Ivana ŠimekHead of Division for Employers, Croatian Employment Service
Head of Division for Employers, Croatian Employment Service
A graduate of the University of Zagreb, Ms. Šimek has spent her entire career helping Croatia’s unemployed by counseling them, helping them define their career plans, and facilitating their job searches. Since 2008, she has been the head of the Division for Employers of the Croatian Employment Service, where she works on developing active labor market policy measures, and where she coordinates employment programs in accordance with the European Employment Strategy. Her areas of expertise include development of business processes in cooperation with employers, human resource development, and helping create active measures for employers.
Anita Futivić PaćelatHead of Sales for Small Business, Zagrebačka banka
Anita was recently appointed Head of Sales for Small Business at Zagrebačka banka, after serving as Regional Head of Small Business for the past five years-
Anita graduated in 1996 from the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Zagreb. Besides Zagrebačka banka, where she started her career as a trainee, she was a Board Member at Raiffeisen Invest for five years.
Anita possesses a deep expertise and abundance of experience in working with financing small businesses and corporate banking clients. As a banker, she particularly enjoys participating in clients' growth and development, as well as helping them find the right business model. Anita is also especially proud of the fact that Zagrebačka banka supports legal entities as well as start-ups.
Tina Lee Odinsky-ZecLecturer and Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center @ ZSEM
Tina has been teaching Entrepreneurship and Customer Relationship Management at Zagreb School of Economics and Management since 2006 and as a Visiting Professor at Rouen Business School in France since 2010. She mentors 100's of students each year in the development of business plans and customer focused strategies. She is a published author, seasoned public speaker and moderator. Her areas of interest include creativity, social entrepreneurship and local economic development.