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Innovation Week 2019

Powering Economic Growth while solving Social and Environmental Challenges

How Innovation can accelerate the Impact Economy?

20 - 24 May 2019

Innovation Week 2019 in a Nutshell


Innovation week will bring together innovators, industry leaders, opinion-makers and game changers to showcase and discuss the latest trends and innovation in science, technology, design, creativity, R&D, new product development having in mind impact on the common good. We will discuss how to use innovation giving equal priority to both: economic growth and solving social and environmental challenges, contributing to the public good and building a more responsible society.

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We will share knowledge and information to better understand future and rapidly changing world, global technological and economic landscapes, shifting trends across different sectors, as well as the ethical, moral, legal, and political implications of technologies implementations.

You can expect a tremendous agenda and intense networking.



Leading scientists, researchers, university professors, speakers from the most innovative companies, institutions, organizations and startups, investors, entrepreneurs, new talents and young generation of innovators and activists.

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Participating in Innovation Week you are contributing to the initiative of "More Girls in STEM" which aims to empower and inspire the next generation of girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to ensure equal representation in the businesses of the future.


This year we are launching Annual Awards for Innovations and Initiatives to celebrate the brightest individuals, companies and organizations whose ideas and innovations had a hand in the creation of dependable surroundings for all of us. 

Annual Awards

Keynote Speakers

Dr Stuart Kohlhagen

PSM, The Science Nomad, STEM Education

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Habib Lešević

Co-founder of the Berlin-based Innovation Agency, J2C - Journey 2 Creation

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Inbal Polak

Co-founder & CIO of NEOME - Women Investing Club, Alternative Investments

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Nenad Popović

Minister without Portfolio, Innovation and Technological Development

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Day 1
13:00 - 16:00

PRE-OPENING SESSION / Blockchain workshop for enterprises (for AFA members and partners only)

• Marco Calicchia, MaZee, Founder and CEO
• Nick Todorov, Co-founder and CEO Limechain;
• Velislav Ivanov, Operations Director Limechain;
• Milan Ilić, Head of Growth at MVP Workshop and Stefan Ignjatović, Growth Marketing Specialist at MVP Workshop

18:00 - 20:00

Opening - Afternoon Session & Welcome Cocktail/ Residency of Ambassador of Sweden

Hosted by H.E.Mr. Jan Lundin at Residency of Swedish Embassy

Ivan Rakonjac, Innovation Fund, Director
Simona Jaćimović, student of Faculty of Agriculture

Day 2

“HOW INNOVATION CAN ACCELERATE THE IMPACT ECONOMY? “ Powering economic growth while also solving global social and environmental challenges

Hotel Hyatt Regency, Belgrade

09:00 - 10:00


• AFA Innovation week program board members, Ivana Jovičić, Blockchain Developer, Blinking; and Jelisaveta Lazarević, Teaching assistant and PhD student FEFA and AFA Project Leader
• Habib Lešević, J2C, Leadership Development & Executive Coach
• Stuart Kohlhagen, the Science Nomad; Director "Science and Learning at Science Centre Solutions", “How to develop capacity for innovation”

10:00 - 10:10

OPENING "How to create National Framework for Boosting Innovative Ecosystems and Impact Economy?"

• Nenad Popović, Minister without portfolio of Serbia in charge of innovations and technological development

10:10 - 10:20

Introduction: H.E. Mr. Jan Lundin, Ambassador of Sweden, “Sweden, country leader in innovations with high Good country index"

10:20 - 11:20

PANEL SESSION: “The Most Innovative Countries Experience “

• H.E. Mr. Kurt Donnelly, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy
• H.E. Mr. Pertti Juhani Ikonen, Ambassador of Finland
• H.E. Mrs. Alona Fisher Kamm, Ambassador of Israel
• H.E. Ms. Ruth Caris Stewart, Ambassador of Australia
• H.E. Mr. Philippe Gérald Guex, Ambassador of Switzerland

Moderator: H.E. Mrs. Kati Csaba, Ambassador of Canada

11:20 - 11:30

Refreshment break

11:30 - 12:30

Panel Session 2 - How to Build Serbian Innovation Ecosystem?

• Vesna Crnojević Bengin, BioSense Institute Co-founder
• Ivan Bjelajac, CEO MVP Workshop
• Klod Kolaro, Vice President and General Manager, Comtrade System Integration International
• Vladimir Trkulja, UNICEF Venture fellow
• Sandra Rodić, USAID Cooperation for Growth Project, Access to Finance Director

Moderator: Jelena Galić, President of the Executive Board, AIK Bank

12:30 - 14:00

Topics and Speakers

12:30- 13:00 Branislav Vujović, President of New Frontier Group, “Innovation through business model”
13:00- 13:20 Nikolaos Dimitriadis, CEO, Trizma Neuro,”How to Apply Neuroscience in Business”
13:20- 13:40 Inbal Polak, Co-founder & CIO of NEOME Women Investing Club / Transformative Power of Human Capital: Alternative and Innovative Investments
13:40 – 14:00 Cesar Sanchez Lopez, AirBus Vice President Southern Europe, Caucasus & Israel

14:00 - 14:45

Networking lunch

14:45 - 17:40

The Most Innovative Industry Leaders

Innovation in Retail industry
• Goran Skrobonja, Leonardo da Vinci book, Laguna
Innovation in Agriculture
• Ivana Gađanski, Research Fellow, BioSense Institute
Innovation in Healthcare and Pharma industry
• Staša Stanković, PhD student in Genomic medicine Cambridge University
• Dr Ana Krivokuća,Research Assosiate, Institute for Oncology and Radiology
Innovation in Research field
• Jovana Nikolić, Consumer Insights, Mbrain Train
Innovation in Ecology
• Jelena Smiljanić, Head of Production, Esensa
Innovation in Electro-energy sector
• Marko Bezbradica, professional associate for managing the international and regulatory portfolio, Elektromreža Srbije, CROSSBOW project
Innovation in financial sector
• Ivana Jovičić, Blokchain Developer, Blinking and Milica Lazarević, Software Developer, Blinking
Innovation in Real Estate and Architecture
• Vladimir Bojović & Sara Vasić, Junior Architects YOUTH by Arhi.Pro
Innovation in Education
• Siniša Dagary, CEO, Sacret Life
Innovation in Retail industry
• Biljana Ždrale, Co-founder, Boostowski
Innovation in Creative Industry
• Aleksej Vasić,Co-founder, Lumina Images
Innovation in Telecommunications
• Branka Pudrlja Durbaba, Senior Market Director and CMO, Vip mobile
Innovation in Gaming
• Miloš Paunović, CSR Specialist Nordeus
Innovation in ICT
• Jelena Ječmenić, Alliances and Channel Manager, Comtrade System integration international for Slovenia, Austria and UAE
• Marija Mitrović Dankulov, Head of Innovation Center, Institute of Physics
• Vukašin Vukoja, CEO and Co-founder, Tenderly
• Nikola Mađarević, Director of Blockchain R&D, 2Key
• Nada Begenišić, Senior Technology Consultant, AIGO

AFTERNOON SESSION in partnership with CEO Alliance for Gender Equality

17:45 - 17:50

Member of AFA Executive board, Svetlana Tešić, Introduction

17:50 - 17:55

Winners of Hack#teen "More girls in STEM" online platform - Pitagora Escape Room

18:00 - 19:00

PANEL SESSION: “Technology Welcomes Girls”

• Stefan Salom, Co-founder Infostud
• Jasna Janus, Program Manager, Microsoft Development Center
• Nebojša Bjelotomić, CEO Saga
• Nataša Sekulić, Country Leader, IBM

Moderator: Nebojša Djurdjević, Digital Serbia Initiative

19:00 - 19:10

Ambassador`s speech

H.E. Mr. Jan Lundin, Ambassador of Sweden in Serbia
Hilde Van Criekinge, Corporate Communication Manager IKEA South East Europe


CEO Pledge for Gender Equality Signing & Photo Session

Day 3

Pop Up Stage - Masterclass: "Transformative Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills for startups"

Field visits / companies, institutes and research centers, tech-parks, startup hubs

Habib Lešević, J2C, Leadership Development & Executive Coach
Lubna Dajani, Founder of Allternet Ltd, Digital Transformation, Design, Strategy and Growth / “How Collaboration facilitates innovation“

Day 4

Special Event - ReCap (Regional Capital Market) Conference (in partnership with Impact Hub)

10:00 - 11:30

Teenage Stage @Klub, Belgrade Center of Youth

• The most innovative young talents in cooperation with Brainz TV

11:30 - 16:30

Panels, Fireside Chats @Amerikana, Belgrade Center of Youth

16:30 - 18:00

Mixers / Facilitated Networking & Open House @Impact Hub Belgrade


Closed Door Startup Pitches

Day 5

EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE/Long Life learning - Creating a Labor Market for the Future

SPK Privrednik, Šekspirova 27

17:00 - 18:00

Key note speakers:

• Stuart Kohlhagen, the Science Nomad; Director of Science and Learning at Science Centre Solutions, Canberra
• Ivan Ostojić, McKinsey Partner

18:00 - 18:10

Talk: Siniša Dagary, Innovation in education, talent development and learning, TOPSTUDENT example

18:15 - 19:00

Panel session: Innovation in how we work and future of employment

Moderator: Branimir Brkljač, Founder of Mokrin House
Ivana Paunović, Working Experience Manager, Nordeus
Macarena Botta, Uruguay ecosystem development

19:30 - 19:45

Marko Beslać, bronze medalist at the 2018 International Chemistry Olympiad

19:45 - 20:00

Gymnasia Kragujevac, students participants on competition in Huston


Annual Awards for Innovations and Initiatives Ceremony - Closing Party

Jury representatives:
Jelena Galić, President of the Executive Board, AIK Bank
prof.dr Dragan Lončar, Faculty of Economics
Kori Udovički, CEVES
Nebojša Đurđević, Digital Serbia Initiative
Željka Motika, lawyer and Co-founder of Serbian blockchain initiative
Toplica Spasojević, SPK Privrednik
prof. dr Zoran Ševarac, Faculty of Organisational Sciences

Annual Awards


The Most Innovative Industry Leaders


The Most Innovative Non-profit Initiatives


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Special Awards

Innovation Week Special Awards

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