7th Annual SUMMIT100 Business Leaders of Southeast Europe:

October 1-2,2018
Hotel Hyatt Regency, Belgrade, Serbia

(as of September 20, 2018)

IS DIGITAL DISRUPTIONAN OPPORTUNITY AHEAD – A thorough survey will be undertaken by PwC and SUMMIT100 among business leaders of SUMMIT100 in the months prior to October 1-2, 2018. The results of the survey will be used as a basis for the discussion during the whole program and will be presented at the SUMMIT100 2018.

Monday, October 1

11:30 – 13:00

Registration and Welcome Cocktail and Lunch

13:00 – 14:00

Grand Opening on the Importance of Using 4th industrial Revolution as a 2nd Chance for the Region: All is Well That Disrupts Well
Addresses by

  • Stanka Pejanović, Gorenje Group and Summit100 President of the Board: The Importance of the Summit100 Initiative or Run, Region, Run!
  • Key Note Address–Aleksandar Vučić, President of the Republic of Serbia: Could Disruption in Politics Lead to a Competitive Region (awaiting confirmation)
  • Video link address by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society: Mind the Gap and Make it Work for the Region
  • Alejandro Plater, Chief Operating Officer, A1 Telekom Austria Group
  • Antonella Mei-Pochtler, The Boston Consulting Group

14:00 – 14:30

Networking break

14:30 – 16:00

Special Disruptively Digital Dialogue with Key Note Guest Antonella Mei-Pochtler, The Boston Consulting Group

Brief description:
The idea is for the key note guest to do a motivational intro (up to 30 min) that would follow with the panel discussion with app.10 selected leaders from different regional countries, representing different industries (agri i.e. food and beverages, ICT, energy, tourism i.e. hospitality, medical and pharma, etc.) who would join the key note guest on the stage (setting would be a theater seating on the stage), pose questions, interact on all sorts of aspects of digital platforms including blockchain mindset and how the region/ regional sectors can use it for much needed quantum leap to a globally competitive region.
The expected outcome should be to spark ideas that could lead to new products, services, projects from the region, all instantly competitive on the global scale.

Intro to the dialogue: Survey results presented by Biljana Bogovac, PricewaterhouseCoopers


  • Gazmend Abrashi, Exclusive Group
  • Amer Bukvić, BBI Banka
  • Blaž Brodnjak, NLB Banka
  • Dragoljub Damljanović, Schneider Electric
  • Diana Gligorijević, Telegroup
  • Eldin Hadžiselimović, ASA Holding
  • Jasmina Knežević, BelMedic
  • Tomaž Orešič, Resalta

Moderator: Branislav Vujović, New Frontier Group

16:00 – 16:30

Networking break

16:30 – 17:40

Power Discussion: Much Ado About Nothing or What Are Results That Would Really Make a Difference for the Region
Ministers vs Business Leaders

Brief description:

The concept of the panel is to discuss progress on regional cooperation so far and what are the streams / projects / ideas from the business perspective from different sectors that would really make a difference for the region. Ministers from different countries that have been working on regional projects for the past several years will be challenged by business leaders with regional footprint facing obstacles and seeing opportunities on daily level.

Topics to be discussed: Free Cargo – Green Balkanika – Centers of Excellence – Labor Mobility – Energy Sustainability – Branding the Region – Digitalization


  • Kocho Angjushev, Deputy Prime Minister, Macedonia, Republic of Macedonia
  • Branim Gvozdenović, Vice President of the Parliament of Montenegro
  • Franjo Bobinac, Gorenje
  • Duško Knežević, Atlas Group
  • Medeja Lončar, Siemens
  • Siniša Mali, Minister of Finance, Serbia
  • Zdravko Marić, Minister of Finance, Republic of Croatia (tbc)
  • Ivan Mišetić, Atlantic Grupa
  • Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenia (tbc)
  • Mirko Šarović, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Moderator: Almir Jazvin, Prevent CEE and Marko Čadež, Chambers Investment Forum WB6

17:40 – 18:00

Networking break

18:00 – 18:45

Plenary Discussionfield Seasoned with a Glass of Prosecco: Creativity in Business of Business of Creativity – How the Region Can Get the Most of It?

Brief description:
The idea is to put together unicorn and global success stories from the region (Seven Bridges, Nordeus, Rimac Automobili, Hidria, etc) together with creative minds to discuss the role of creativity and how that combined with innovative and breakthrough digital platforms can lead to growth and prosperity for all of us in the region.

Panelists: To Be Defined

Moderator: Nikolaos Dimitriadis, Trizma Neuro

18:45 – 19:45

Free time

19:45 – 20:30

Transport to gala dinner

20:30 – 23:30

Unexpected dinner at “secret” location by Business Garden

Tuesday, October 2

08:45 – 09:15

Easy Breezy Coffee Time

09:15 – 10:15

Creative Hardtalk with BCG: Labour Challenge in the Region – How to Turn Brain Drain into Brain Gain or How Can We Shift Labor Resources Across Border Within Region?

  • how can we help each other when we have seasonality shortages
  • how can we help each other when we have expert shortages
  • what kind of adjustment our governments need to do in order to become more flexible with the labor market for regional workforce

Hardtalk panelists:

  • Igor Akrapovič, Akrapovič (tbc)
  • Iva Bahunek, Udruga poslodavaca u hotelijerstvu Hrvatske
  • Dejan Turk, A1 Slovenia, Vip mobile Serbia
  • Katja Krašković, GEA College

Co-moderator: Melanie Seier Larsen, BCG

10:15– 10:45

Networking break

10:45 – 11:45

Creative Hardtalk with BCG: How Can We Make the Region Stronger as a Joined Market?

  • we in SEE have a problem of small countries with very small markets and therefore we would need to partner on the Supply Chain Management side in order to assure quantities for potential export
  • we in SEE also need to rethink the overall market strategy – today we have some historical markets, f.e. Germany is a key market for Slovenia but what will be the next big country to collaborate with and where is the space for our products and offerings?

Hardtalk panelists:

  • Miljenko Bura, Medical Group
  • Dušan Radičević, MK Group
  • Marko Voljč, Adriatic Council

Moderator: Nikola Vuković, BCG and Nevenka Črešnar Pergar, NP Consulting

11:45– 12:15

Networking break

12:15 – 13:15

How to Make Digital Technologies Work for the Region?

  • how can we, small countries use better new digital technologies?
  • whom could we offer digital solutions?
  • can we become a global IT hub for a multinational company?
  • what do we need to become globally interesting in the field of digital?

Hardtalk panelists:

  • Branimir Brkljač, Mokrin House
  • Matej Čer, AvantCar
  • Miša Lukić, NewStartegy

Moderator: Filip Glavan, BCG

13:15 – 14:30

Networking Lunch

14:30 – 16:30

Plenary Panel: Can the Region Compete at the Global Playfield

Panelists: Prime Ministers of the SEE countries

  • Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister, Serbia – confirmed
  • Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister, Croatia (tbc)
  • Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister, Macedonia – confirmed

Moderated by Stanka Pejanović, Gorenje, Summit100 President of the Board and Zhivko Mukaetov, Alkaloid Skopje

Brief description:
The idea of the panel is to discuss with Prime Ministers concrete ideas, projects and solutions that MUST make a difference in the region on SEE and that are results of the two day discussion and work prior to the panel. Ideas but also projects will be presented during the panel by business leaders and moderators will try to get the commitment from prime ministers on when rather than why/why not.

16:30 – 16:40

Family photo with Prime Ministers

16:40– 17:30

Farewell cocktail at the Bar