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BFC SEE Regional Council

Zoran Stjepanović, President of the Regional Council, Advisor at the Ministry of Economic relations and regional cooperation, Republic of Srpska

He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Banja Luka and earned a Master's degree at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Zagreb. By 1999 he prepared and led large international projects in the field of electronics and telecommunications. He has been engaged in planning and management of economic development of countries, regions and local communitties for more than ten years. He is a member of several committees for international cooperation. As a team leader, he realized a large number of donor development projects in BiH. He has significant experience in public administration. He has been a member of the Managing Board of state agency for investment promotion and entity coordinator for EU IPA projects. He is one of the founders of the local and regional network for business firendly environment.


Jozo Bejić, Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Development, Entrepreneurship and Crafts

He earned his Master's degree in 2011 at the University of Tuzla. Mr. sc. Jozo Bejić currently holds the position of Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Development, Entrepreneurship and Crafts. He is external Associate of the Business School „Logos centar“ in Mostar where he works as a Professor. He has a Certificate on professional development aimed at development of small and medium enterprises in BiH, implemented by the Perfectural University in Hiroshma and „Hiroshima International Center“, JICA in Japan. He was the first President of the Regional Business Friendly Council (BFC SEE), and he is currently a member of the Council and the Chairman of the Network for local economic development of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (NLER FBIH). He is Co-President of the JICA Alumni association in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is in the final stage of defending doctoral dissertation titled „Entrepreneurship infrastructure in the function of development of small and medium enterprises in Bosnia and Herzegovina“. He has won several awards, most prminent ones being the awards for the development of entrepreneurship in the teritorry of SE Europe „Creators for centuries“ and NALED's Arrow for the achievements in the function of the first President of the Regional Network for Business Friendly Environment. 

Dušica Perišić, Executive Director of ZELS (Association of the Units of Local Governments of the Republic of Macedonia)

Since June 2001, as the Executive Director of ZELS, included in the preparation of legislation that sets the basis for the current decentralization of competences and finances, a process which is being implemented in the Republic of Macedonia as of July 2005.
The 14-year experience and knowledge gained working with municipalities across Macedonia and the region, and her specialization in the area of fiscal decentralization, enables her to be a visiting professor on the topic of local government at the Faculty of Law within Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Under her leadership, ZELS gained international recognition and became a member of CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions), NALAS and ALDA. Moreover, ZELS delegation participates in the work of the Joint Consultative Committee between the Republic of Macedonia and the European Union, represented via the Committee of the Regions.
Her skills in the field of local and organizational management are advanced by taking part in study programs in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, etc. Her professional career started as an engineer and grew in the direction of project management, commercial and project engineering, coupled with trade promotion, commercial management, and extensive experience in administration, accounting and organizational management. Graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering within Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje at the Department for Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Automatics. Fluent in English.

Saša Drezgić, Director of Center for Local Economic Development, Faculty of Economics in Rijeka

He earned a PhD degree in 2008 at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, with the topic of the influence of investments on local economic development. From 2002 he has been dealing with local economic development and local finance. He i the author of more than 30 scientific and expert publications. During his educaton, he spent time in renowned institutions such as Urban Levine College of Urban Affairs Clevelend State University te London School of Economics and Political Sciences, with research scholarships.  He was also a consultant on numerous projects in the field of local economic development and local finance within the projects of USAID, UNDP, UNOPS and other institutions and donors. Starting from 2013, he has acted as the Director of the Center for Local Economic Development of the Faculty of Economics in Rijeka, company dealing with development projects in the field of local economic development, and particularly the development of information and communication systems needed by local governments and entrepreneurs. 

Violeta Jovanović, Executive Director of NALED

Upon graduation in 1998, started building expertise in local economic and rural development and standardization, as an expert and team leader in USAID programs in Serbia and the region, through the design and implementation of complex development projects for economic recovery and entrepreneurship worth over 10 million dollars. As the first employee of NALED, and its Executive Director since July 2007, instrumental in growing an independent membership organization that five years later grew into the largest public-private association aimed at building favorable business environment in Serbia. As a graduate philologist, gained further education in the field of economics and project management in specialized training and study programs in the United States and Europe. Engaged as a motivational speaker and moderator at professional conferences around the topic of women's entrepreneurship and leadership in country and abroad. Gained international experience as a consultant in the field of certification and intellectual property protection. Actively contributes to the preservation of traditional heritage of Serbia and employment programs for women through the role of the founder and president of Ethno Network. Member of the professional organization „Women’s government“ and international business association „Unitedsucces“.


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