Speakers

Mr. Aleksandar Preleviç

President

Company: Montenegrin IT Cluster

More than 30 years international management experience in organizational leadership and relationship building with clients and team members.

Mr. Blerim Rexha

Professor

Company: University of Prishtina

Professor at the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Prishtina, Kosovo. I received his Ph.D. from Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Computer Technology in 2004 in the field of data and web service security. During my 10 years stay in Austria, I used to work for several tech companies, among them for Siemens AG, in the department of Program and System Engineering in Vienna. I have published many papers in renowned international venues in the areas of my research interest and have been invited several times as a guest speaker in national and international conferences. I teach several courses about data, computer, and internet security.

Mr. Tony Pietrocola

President

Company: AGILEBLUE

Tony Pietrocola is President of AgileBlue. AgileBlue is a SOC-as-a-Service platform that’s proven to detect cyber threats faster and more accurately across an entire digital infrastructure and cloud. AgileBlue provide 24/7 monitoring, detection, and response to identify cyber threats before a breach occurs.

Tony got his start as an Apple Engineer from 1997-2000. For the next 21 years, he has managed and grown technology companies in the SaaS, Fintech and Cybersecurity spaces. Tony has an excellent track record in developing global growth strategies, high performance and sustainable sales teams and building successful businesses. Tony has managed companies from early-stage to publicly traded with revenues ranging from pre-revenue to $100MM.

Tony serves on the board of EBO Group, Inc (acquired by Timken) and Metisentry and is a Board Member of Northern Ohio InfraGard Members Alliance. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Toledo.

Mr. Alejtin Berisha

Founder

Company: Finnish Schools International / Universum College

I am a serial entrepreneur, educator and investor; the Founder of Finnish Schools International, an innovative and disruptive K-12 school network and concept and Co-Founder and CEO of Universum College, Kosovo’s most entrepreneurial and innovative College. I also co-founded iziSurvey, an offline and online surveying platform mainly catering to Academia and Kosovo Business Angels Network (KOSBAN), the winner of the most promising Business Angel Network in SEE (WBAF 2014). I taught entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation in several universities around the world and am the former National Team Leader for Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).

I produced and starred at ‘The Young Manager’ and “Startups Battle” TV Shows, aired prime-time at National TV.

I am a community activist and the Co-Chair of KOSICT Conference (2016, 2017, 2018) the biggest tech festival in the Balkans with 2,000 participants and the Founding Curator of Prishtina Hub (2015) at World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.

I am a fellow at New York University and a former Executive Board Member at EAIR – the European Higher Education Society.

I have studied at Universities of Bath and Sussex (UK) and South East European University in Macedonia.

Ms. Arjodita Mustali

Founder

Company: Vigàn

Business Strategist & Consultant
In 13 years, I have worked for international companies in Albania. During the last 5 years, I have created my own companies, UNIT CENTER shpk, Vigan Group, and Best Training & Consulting. As a co-founder of 5 enterprises during the last years, I have expanded my vision in Innovation, Restaurants, Real Estate. Throughout the years, I have coached CEO-s and developed strategies for more than 25 national/international companies.

Albania Business Services Association
As Director of ABSA aims to represent and defend the common, economic and professional rights and interests of its members, Business Process Outsourcing sector (BPO) employers for the foreign and domestic market, including customer care services, financial management, human resources, marketing, online promotion, localization, etc.

International Speaker
I have been attending numerous personal development training programs about sales, leadership, management, and marketing throughout the years. As part of the GLOBAL WOMAN CLUB, I am now spreading my message and tips worldwide on how to lead a successful business.

Co-Author
I have brought my experience and life story in the ‘The female Leaders of Tomorrow’ Book
‘A guide how to become a successful leader.’

Mr. Adrian Hoxha

Founder

Company: Keiretsu Forum SEE

Ardian is a changemaker, entrepreneur, investor, and speaker, with 20+ years experience in jewelry, education, media, entertainment, food industry, and telecommunications. He is the founder and investor in the American School of Kosova, Duplex Club, Albafone, Glam Radio, Green and Protein, SushiCo Kosova and SushiCo Albania.

Ardian is also the founder and Chapter President of the Keiretsu Forum SEE (Southeast Europe). Keiretsu Forum SEE is the newest chapter in the Keiretsu Forum family covering 9 countries in the Southeast Europe region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia.

Ardian holds an Executive MBA degree from the IEDC – Bled School of Management. He serves as a Board Member at AmCham Kosovo, and is also a very active Rotarian and a founding member of Rotary Club Prishtina.

Awards and recognitions include but are not limited to:
– UNICREDIT Alumni Achievement Award; IEDC – Bled School of Management, 2012.
– FashionTV Nightlife Award; Cannes, France, May 21, 2013, during the Cannes Film Festival.

Ms. Donjeta Sahatçiu

CEO

Company: RROTA

Donjeta is a passionate executive and a certified digital transformation expert, leading a successful tech team at Rrota, a digital agency in Prishtina, over the last 10 years. An eldest sibling, raised in a family of traditional watchmaking craft discipline, she has grown to become an organized individual that is motivated by empathetic leadership and is an active enabler in the community. Recently a YTILI 2021 Fellow, Donjeta is hands-on involved in the dynamics of cultivating workforce and improving the business enabling environment by contributing to the missions of both Kosovo ICT Association and VentureUP as Board Chair, at RIT Kosovo as an Alumna Board Member, and at Business Consultants Council (BCC) as Board Treasurer. With an academic background in management, she is particularly specialized in operations & business process innovation, people management, and digital comms. She is a vocal advocate of women empowerement. Today, Rrota has a 50:50 ratio of women to men employed. As one of the founders of WOMENinTECH Kosova, Donjeta is committed to encouraging girls join the ICT sector and potential women entrepreneurs maximize use of technology and design thinking to monetize their skills.

Mr. Petru Jucovschi

Global Head of Cloud Operations

Company: Quipu GmbH

Senior technology director with over 15 years’ experience in technology, IT, operations and software development in an international environment, with a strong focus on the Financial Services industry. Significant technology strategy, development, sales and delivery expertise with various Cloud, Mobile and Web technologies, and a track record of success cultivating relationships with senior leaders, MDs and Management Boards. Highly adept in operating across multiple stakeholder groups within technically complex environments where leading edge solution design is critical to scale and revenue growth. Experience with building, growing and leading globally dispersed technology teams. Experience with EMEA Financial regulations, security & ISO standards. Strong background in partnering with senior executives to drive strategy, adoption and building new operating models in mature organizations.

Mr. Valon Canhasi

CEO

Company: HALLAKATE

Valon Canhasi is the Founder and CEO of Hallakate, the leading Social Media Agency in Kosovo. Valon is responsible for all digital & creative aspects of the company, business development, training & coaching as well as day to day operations. Combining Valon’s extended experience in entrepreneurship, social media, news media organizations and the business ICT sector, together with the great team at Hallakate, we provide organizations and individuals with best services in creative ideas and online presence. Up till now Hallakate has served more than 100 clients! From mom and pop shops to multinational corporations. Valon helps organizations and individuals to build their audience and presence online through combining Marketing and TECH experiences. Since 2013 Valon has been engaged as a trainer and has trained more than +2000 people on Social Media Management and Digital Marketing.

Mr. Kujtim Tali

Managing Partner/Chairman of the Board

Company: 3CIS

As one of the founders of 3CIS, Kujtim brings more than 25 years of experience working with major players in telecom industry such as Juniper, Cisco, Tellabs and AT&T. He played one of the lead roles in establishing  one of the most successful companies in SE Europe.

His telecom career began with one of the first Cisco Gold Partners based in the outskirts of Chicago. Kujtim then moved on to AT&T (Ameritech) a lead design architects for IP/ATM/Frame Relay network for US Midwest region.

A few years later he moved to “Unisphere Networks” which later became part of Juniper Networks. During this time, Kujtim was part of the sales team covering Latin America and later covering major MSO’s in North America.

Kujtim also contributed at Cisco for two years as part of the sales team in charge of the AT&T account. Specifically covered 3G/4G deployment.

Prior to 3CIS, Kujtim was the Executive Director of Technology at Tellabs. In this role he was in charge of the architectural design and technology in major global telecoms on behalf of Tellabs. At the present he is the main driving force behind the success and the growth of 3CIS that continues to provide exceptional services to its clients.

Kujtim has multiple industry certifications. He has passed his CCIE certification in 1997. He holds Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mr. Fitim Rama

Deputy CEO

Company: PECB

Fitim is the Deputy CEO at PECB and the Managing Director at PECB University. He is responsible for managing and overseeing the entire organizational efforts to ensure that the corporate’s vision of becoming a global benchmark in the education and certification industry of individuals is being achieved.

While serving in his role as the Deputy CEO of PECB, Tim ensures that corporate values, along with short and long term strategies are implemented by all divisions and the PECB network of distributors, partners, trainers, and clients receive world-class services. At PECB University, Fitim oversees the overall operations towards building a global distance learning institution that provides Master studies in Cybersecurity.

His experience in sales, marketing, business development, operations, and process improvement, enables him to achieve the desired results by providing guidance and coaching to PECB teams in various projects and tasks that bring innovative, efficient, and sustainable results. Under his leadership both organizations have been able to grow immensely to become among the global leaders of training certifications for various ISO standards such as ISO 22301, ISO 27001, ISO 27701, ISO 27032, etc.

Graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Fitim is now pursuing MBA studies at the University of Illinois. He also holds the credentials of ISO 9001 Lead Implementer, ISO 21500 Lead Project Manager, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, and ISO 13053 Lead Implementer.

Mr. Dior Halili

Skills Development Specialist

Company: USAID Compete

Academically, I am a PhD student at University of Salzburg on Career Research and Employability among young professionals subject to career shocks. I have a Master of Science Degree on Policy Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam as a Young Cell Scheme scholar and a Bachelor from RIT Kosovo majoring in Economics and Management. I currently hold the Skills Development Specialist position at USAID Compete Activity, responsible for technical and operational implementation of the workforce competitiveness area. Previously, I was a co-founder and Head of Business Development of Trudo – a data science and software development company in Kosovo, which helped global businesses succeed with business intelligence and data science services. Moreover, I was a Sector Specialist of USAID EMPOWER Private Sector having assisted on designing and co-supervising the workforce development, production expansion and capacity improvement activities of EMPOWER’s sectors of interest.

Mr. Andrei Georgescu

Managing Director

Company: Quipu GmbH

Executive manager with 10+ years of progressive management experience in multi-national financial, information technology and consultancy companies with a demonstrated track-record in successfully leading global operations in cross-functional and geographically distributed environments. 

Part of ProCredit Group since 2004

Mr. Driton Hapçiu

ICT Sector Lead

Company: USAID Compete

Driton Hapçiu is a Kosovar born cooperative and lifestyle entrepreneur.

Mr. Hapçiu is one of the founding partners and was CEO of CACTTUS  group of ICT companies. He is also of the founding partners of RECURA, boutique financial advisory services company.

With background in Information Systems& Management, his previous work experiences include IN Design; KOHA (Javore) group, RTV 21, UN World Food Programme , Swiss Development Agency for Cooperation, IPKO Institute; Kosovo Terrestrial Telecommunications Network, CACTTUS and RECURA Financials.

He is also one of the co-founders of the ICT Association (STIKK) and was its Chairman and member of the Board. He designed and headed the project idea of creating an Innovation Hub, which resulted in founding of the Innovation Center of Kosova (ICK), where he remained a board memmber until recently. He was/is also  involved early on as a co-founder, mentor and coach, and/or social entrepreneur in a number of startup’s turned into successful companies and organizations.

His latest projects (co-founder and partner) include: RECURA Investment Holding; CACTTUS Business SolutionsCACTTUS EducationHARRISIAPeshkuiArte.comCONCEPTICONSociaLiveStarpokes.

Currently holds the positions or is involved in: USAID Export Led growth Activity – ICT Sector Lead; CACTTUS (Board Member); RECURA (Board Member); Member of the Board  “LUMBARDHI Foundation”; CEED Network Mentor.

Mr. Visar Dobroshi

Managing Partner

Company: RECURA Financials

Mr. Visar Dobroshi is a Managing Partner in RECURA Financials, in charge of sales, HR and Corporate Governance. Visar has over 20 years of relevant professional experience in project management in infrastructure development, management consultancy and executive and oversight roles in senior positions and boards of directors. Visar has experience as a long-term expert in managing teams and in project management gained in the public or private sector or in donor funded projects in multiple long-term projects.

Before joining RECURA, Visar was engaged as the Chief Executive Officer at PRIMO, a subsidiary of Telekom Slovenia, in Tirana, Albania. Between 2002 and 2010, Visar worked in IPKO as the Chief Operations Officer, and later as a Head of Infrastructure, managing the Department of Planning, Implementation and Operations & maintenance for the company’s infrastructure and services. Between 1999 and 2002, he worked as a Project Assistant/IT Manager in ECHO – European Commission Humanitarian Office in Prishtina, responsible for monitoring projects financed by ECHO and implemented by international NGOs, with tasks ranging from project appraisals, budget analysis, to project evaluations.

Visar was also one of the initiators of the new Association of ICT Companies in Kosovo (STIKK) and was selected as the Vice-President of its first Board. During past few years, he has been very active in mentorship projects for startups in ICK (Innovation Center of Kosovo). He has also served in various executive and non-executive boards including the Board of the South East Europe ICT Private Sector Forum, representing the ICT sector in Kosovo; the Board of Governors of American Chambers AMCHAM in Kosovo, the Board of Primo Telecommunications in Albania and the Board of Business Consulting Council as a Chairman of the Board and as a board member of a Kosovo CSR. Currently, he is a board member of Kosovo German Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Driton S. Bejtullahu

Founder

Company: Be Consulted

An MBA Graduate in Strategic Management/Change Management in Danube University Krems (DUK), Driton has more than 19 years of experience in different industries with local and international organization for public and private sector.

As an entrepreneur, in 2018 he founded Management Consulting firm so called Be Consulted. Be Consulted tends to have an impact on the performance of organizations by promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as part of their long-term business strategy. Through their own product called Organization Health Check, they provide services such as management Consultancy & Trainings, Strategic Marketing & Sustainability and ISO MS Implementation and audit.

Ms. Zana Tabaku

Co-founder & CEO

Company: Appdec

Zana Tabaku is Co-founder & CEO of Appdec and a local tech leading figure who can often be spotted mentoring and inspiring young and talented Kosovar women and girls in the sector of ICT. Among first female entrepreneurs in ICT sector in Kosovo and a person that will as well change the “opinion” for Kosovo young women and their professional orientation and ambition.  In 2017, Zana participated in the ‘International Visitor Leadership Program’, only to become a proactive US Department of State alumna. Ever since, she has developed a special interest in STEM and education, sharing her expertise with youth and colleagues alike, to help create a more expanded market of skilled ICT professionals. As such, she acted as a mentor in different hackathons and ICT events. In 2005 she dropped out of University to pursue a software development career and got certified in different Microsoft technologies. In 2009 Zana co-founded “Appdec”, a leading provider of software and services to a select group of public and private sector markets. In 2018, Zana became one of the three alumni recipients of the “Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund” award, ultimately leading her to engage as part of the core team of alumni to coordinate the first ‘Junior Geeks’ program. Zana’s expertise is invaluable in coordinating the curriculum and tech-related activities of the Junior Geeks 2.0 program, funded by the US Embassy in Kosovo. Zana now is a third year student in Data Science program in London School of Economics, University of London.

Mr. Berat Reçica

Business Unit Manager

Company: evroTarget

Mr. Reçica has a master’s degree in Business Administration in Arizona State University and another master’s degree on Management and IT in Staffordshire-AAB University in Kosovo. He is a Business Unit Manager within evroTarget LLC, with special focus on the Department of Software Developing and IT Network Systems who has led and processed numerous projects in several industries such as utilities and energy sector. He successfully led several high-profile projects on behalf company clients, including here also “Lean in Branches” for Raiffeisen Bank in Kosovo.

Being part of evroEnergie and evroTarget, for last seven years, Berat combines a proved economic background with excellent understanding of technical and business processes of ICT and energy management and the appropriate requirements and conditions for IT-infrastructure. His experience covers many years conceptual and operating experience with various IT-Products. His experience and know-how cover project management as well, proven training experience as well as working in multinational teams. Additionally, he provides several years of experience of interim management (Team management and Human Resources). 

Mr. Ahmet Jetullahu – METI

A CONSULTING, STRATEGIC PROJECT MANAGER/TEAM LEADER

Company: Prishtina REA

A consulting, strategic project manager/team leader, Mr Ahmet Jetullahu-Meti has diversified into many other areas of project team leader and director, in charge with project developing and managing, business development, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and communication, PR and visibility.

Mr. Fikret Murati

CEO

Company: SPEEEX

Fikret Murati is a Swiss-Kosovar angel investor and a serial entrepreneur. He is the founder and chief executive officer of SPEEEX, SPEEEX Education and Rhenum Solutions. As well as, the managing partner of Tricontes 360 Nearshore and MYJT. In addition, Murati has a business engineering background and his interest in artificial intelligence and applied sciences is reflected on his daily approach towards management systems. What’s more, he works in the areas that he has identified as crucial to our future, ranging from business process outsourcing up to agriculture. Conclusively, the companies to which Murati represents employee more than 1500 youngsters in the Republic of Kosovo. As of May 2021, Murati is the President and board chairman of Swiss-Kosovar Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Xhavit Gashi

Head of Cyber Defense & Security

Company: Cacttus

Recently joined the private sector after serving for more than twenty (20) years for Kosovo institutions. Last three years of public service he served as the very First Consul General at the Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in Des Moines, Iowa. Being the first diplomat and leading the only diplomatic mission in the State of Iowa gave him the unique opportunity to accomplish together with Iowa partners many achievements, but also a great opportunity to learn more.  Brigadier General (Retired) Consul General ® Gashi served as the first ever Kosovo Security Force/Defense Attaché to the United States. As a military/ defense diplomat in Washington D.C. except working with Pentagon and other defense / military and security institutions, he did coordinate activities and cooperate also with U.S. Congress and Senate, U.S. Department of State, DHS, FBI and other U.S. government agencies as well as NGO ‘s and Think Tanks. He was Senior Officer in the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), with a proven academic record and with more than 18 years of experience in Security Sector Reform. As Chef de Cabinet for Commander Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC), was intimately involved in Force Development projects linked to the Comprehensive Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement and the creation of the KSF. Directly involved in the ISSR process in Kosovo and representative of KPC in the ISSR Secretariat. Served in a lead role in Working Groups on Dissolution of KPC and Establishment of the future Ministry of the Kosovo Security Force and the Kosovo Security Force. Previously served as first Director of Security Cooperation Department working with Euro-Atlantic partners on bilateral security development and capacity building programs and partnerships, where as a result many bilateral MoU `s were signed under his leadership. A key member of the Minister for KSF and Commander of KSF’s immediate staffs, contributing to a wide range of conceptual and doctrinal development to support the KSF Vision.

Ms. Leonora Kusari

Principle, Regional Coordinator, BIP, SME F&D

Company: EBRD


Leonora Kusari has joined EBRD back in 2005. Today, she managed EBRD Advisory for Small Businesses in Kosovo and is Western Balkans’s Regional Coordinator for Blended Instruments and Innovation.  Previously, she worked for international companies such as: British American Tobacco, Nestle, Coca-Cola etc., financial advisor for private companies as well as at local projects of international agencies.

Dr. Blerton Abazi

Professor

Company: UNIVERSITY FOR BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY -UBT

CYBERSECURITY PROFESSIONAL

Dr. Blerton Abazi is a cybersecurity professional with more than 13 years of outstanding experience on building information security systems, recommending security controls, and evaluating inherent security characteristics of technology and architectures used to protect the high-value asset and its interconnected systems. With his result-oriented approach he has been leading and implemented different projects supported by national and international organizations, with relevant experience on implemented technical projects such as Digital Transformation, cybersecurity infrastructure, MIS, Information Security Standards etc. Prior to his industry oriented approach Blerton is a dedicator Information System, Cyber Security and Business Informatics professor with more than 10 years of teaching experience as university professor and trainer on the ICT, Cybersecurity and Information Systems. This year (2021), Blerton was a Cybersecurity Fellow at Cranfield University, the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom (Shrivenham Campus).

Ms. Katja Mohar Bastar

CEO

Company: THE DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB SLOVENIA

Katja Mohar Bastar is the director of theDigital innovation hub Slovenia, one stopshop for the digitalization in Slovenia, with a focus on small and medium enterprises digitalization and digital competences in the life-long learning as well digitalization of theother aspects of socitey. DIH Slovenia became recognized partner for digitalization in Slovenia also with the Slovenian presidency to the EU Council in the second half of 2021, as a program partner for the Slovenian digital center – Technology for the people.

With more than 120 events and 200 exibitors- mostly small and medium enterprises and start-ups, who represent their innovative and development ideas to the EU and wider audience on the physical and virtual level, DIH Slovenia gained the visibility as one of the most important partners in the field of digitalization in Slovenia. Before that Katja worked in the field of electronic communications regulation for 15 years, in which she is still included as a coordinator of the Section of the electronic communications operators, at the Association for ICT and telecommunications at Chamber of commerce and Industry Slovenia. As the head of regulatory affairs, she joined Telekom Slovenia d.d. in 2016, as a new challenge for the Head of telecommunications department at Slovenian NRA- AKOS.

Ms. Vesna Prodnik

CEO

Company: VAFER LTD

Vesna has more than 20 years of electronic communication experience, gained at numerous projects with operators, regulator (NRA) and in her own consultancy company. She has been working as the Head of Interconnection Department in the largest national mobile operator Mobitel, as the Head of the Regulatory Department at Telekom Slovenije, the Assistant of the Government at the Ministry for Information Society and as a Consultant, at the Agency for Post and Electronic Communication (NRA). Vesna managed set-up of new operations as MVNO, third mobile operator and fixed alternative operators and other big telecommunication and infrastructure sharing projects.

She has extensive experiences in preparation of implementation projects for reaching Digital Agenda goals focusing
on building broadband infrastructure. At the moment 5G implementation is the priority on her professional activities. As President of Slovenian electronic communication society, she was invited to collaborate in the working group for
preparation of new Digital Agenda for Slovenia 2021-2027.

Currently, Vesna is team leader of Kosovo Digital Agenda 2030, supported by KODE/ME/WB in Kosovo.
Vesna has extensive experiences with providing knowledge transfer and training in the economic market research
services of the electronic communication field.

Mr. Albion Sutaj

Managing Director of BizBase and Chief of Operations of Kutia X

Company: Kutia X

Albion is the Managing Director of BizBase and the Chief of Operations of Kutia X. He bridges the customer needs and commercial operations and makes data-driven decisions to inform sales and marketing strategies. Ultimately, he ensures that his customers get the most out of their product investment with Kutia X. To accomplish this, he brings his deep experience in sales, negotiation, and business development, leading global support and services teams to successful outcomes, which he combines with his passion for team building, supporting great products, and delighting customers. He is experienced as Managing Director, Sales Manager, Project Manager and Teaching Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the IT & Software Services Industry, Retail & Distribution as well as Education Management Industry.  

Albion has an academic background in Computer Engineering from the University for Business and Technology in Kosovo, as well as in Law and Management from Evropska Pravna Fakulta in Slovenia. 

Mr. Arianit Kurti

Associate Professor and Head of Informatics Department

Linnaeus University in Sweden

Dr. Arianit Kurti is associate professor and head of informatics department at Linnaeus University in Sweden. Furthermore, Dr. Kurti is a senior researcher affiliated with the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Dr. Kurti has a strong applied research interest on interactive and visual computing and its applicability across different application domains. The guiding research challenge that he has been investigated is related to the finding the most optimal approaches and methods for reaching sustainable digitalization using interactive and visual computing. Key contributions of his work among others include:  a) research collaboration with Siemens for establishing a digital twin for their gas turbines for optimizing the design process of new turbines, b) applying user perspective rendering for improving visibility and ergonomic issues for forklifts drivers in cooperation with Toyota Material Handling, c) applied research cooperation with other societal actors such as Linköping University Hospital and Sectra focusing on the use of interactive and visual computing approaches for increasing the efficiency of the tissue sample preparation in a digital pathology process. Extensive expertise in leading, digitalization and innovation through cross-disciplinary applied research cooperation with industry and public actors. Dr. Kurti has a long experience on leading and managing large research project both nationally and internationally, with more the 50milSEK (approximately 5mil€) in external research funding from various funding agencies such as EU H2020, EU EACEA, FORMAS, Swedish Knowledge Foundation, UHR, IBM, STINT, Vinnova (Swedish Innovation Agency), Siemens, Toyota Material Handling, RAÄ, Norrköping Fund for Research and Development. His research results are disseminated in more than 50 scientific publications. 

Ms. Drenusha Shehu

Agile Coach

Company: Raiffeisen Bank Kosova

Certified Agile Leader with demonstrated experience of working more then 13 years in the banking industry.
As coach I do support organization in transformation journey by collaborating closely with people as heart of organization and running transformation through different frameworks/ methods Agile, Lean , Six Sigma, Design Thinking, etc .
Proactively engaged in providing training, consultancy and challenging the statues–quo by helping people to see through different perspective. Speaks 5 languages and loves to travel, spend time with family.

Mr. Albert Vallendar

Head of International Recruitment

Company: Job Impulse GmbH

Albert Vallendar is Head of International Recruitment at Job Impulse GmbH. IT-Impulse is the specialized provider for nearshore services and consulting in the establishment of its own nearshore center with a particularly partnership-based concept.

The company employs around 200 software developers and administrators at its locations in Kosice/SK and Seville/ESP.

Mr. Tarek Annan

CEO

Company: DigiKompass

Tarek Annan has been working professionally on the digital transformation of small and medium-sized enterprises since 2014. As a consultant for the German Association of IT SMEs (BITMi), he is currently working on the IT Economy Competence Center. He informs IT SMEs about business model innovations through cooperation and accompanies IT consortia in technical and strategic implementation. As founder of the DigiKompass, he holds lectures on the digitization of SMEs and implements digitization projects.

Mr.Simon Floeth

Head of Digital Transformation Center

GIZ

Within the Innovation and Training Park (ITP) Prizren, Simon is leading the newly established project “Digital Transformation Center Kosovo”. The project’s goal is to establish the ITP as the regional hub to promote the digital ecosystem, its entrepreneurs, science, education and the digitalization of businesses towards strengthening Kosovo’s economy. Simon has extensive experience in supporting digital transformation journeys. With a background in the private sector, he worked on improving processes of research and development centers in and for leading German and US companies for several years and helped to establish cooperation between the industry, tech-start-ups and universities. Since joining the GIZ in the field of international cooperation three years ago, he has focused on digital transformation for sustainable economic development in Germany`s partner countries.

Ms. Antigona Uka

Executive Director

Company: KCDE – Kosovo Center for Distance Education

Biography & Experiences:

Antigona Uka is the executive director for Kosova Center for Distance Education – Meso Online (KCDE). She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Central European University. Apart from her engagement with sector of e-learning, in the past she has also a) co-founded the Teach For Kosova, and b) served as a researcher at Riinvest Institute for Development Research, consultant for OSF, trainer at International Business College Mitrovica, and as a guest researcher at German Institute for Public Administration.

Mr. Mike Mann

Team Leader

Company: Innovate Jordan

Biography & Experiences:

Mike Mann is an international economic development consultant with 30 years experience working for EU, DFID, World Bank etc.. He has completed 10 separate assignments covering 5 years in Kosovo.

Currently, he is the Team Leader of the Innovate Jordan programme, based in Amman, Jordan. Innovate Jordan is a €20 million EU funded programme spearheading digital transformation in Jordan. It has in it’s portfolio: a Very High Growth business accelerator (SURGE Project); An Industry 4.0 Centre of Excellence (InJo4.0); and Orange Innovation Space (A network of coding academies, fab labs and innovation spaces throughout Jordan).

The programme also supports innovation and digital transformation policy and the promotion of the new Digital Transformation Strategy and Artificial Intelligence Policy, which will be showcased during the National Innovation Festival in November 2021.

Mike is a specialist in the implementation of Digital Transformation at enterprise and at policy level. His speech will cover the issues of Company Digital Readiness and Country Digital Readiness.

Ms. Melinda Pacolli Bahtijareviq

Senior Lecturer | Digitalization Expert

Biography & Experiences:

PhD in IT Management, specialised in ERP Systems and digital transformation. Currently engaged as Associate Professor in Data Science and Business Analytics Programme. Also active in the IT industry, with over 13 years of professional experience in implementation of ERP systems and in providing digital transformation consultancy to SMEs in different countries, Italy, Switzerland, Macedonia and latest in Kosovo. 

Ms. Vjosa Shala

Founder and CEO

Company: Nerdy Creative

Biography & Experiences:

Founder and CEO of Nerdy Creative, a software development agency that helps businesses building their online presence and digitalization of the processes. While managing the team and finding new clients she always is part of the development process, helping others with her 5+ experience in this field. A tech enthusiast and always up to date with the latest trends. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engeenering and pursuing a master’s degree. Honesty, kindness, and caffe is the key to a successful career and company.

Mr. Peter Hopwood

KosICT Moderator

Global Public Speaking & TEDx Coach / Storytelling for Sales / Virtual Speaking & Pitch Specialist / Corporate Event MC

Biography & Experiences:

Essentially, I travel the globe helping speakers, high performing professionals, corporate teams, TEDx speakers and founders to share powerful stories and build acute speaking and presence skills – creating impact when it matters.

Sharing dynamic public speaking, pitching and presentation skills, through individual coaching I guide personal clients and corporate groups to construct strong storylines, deliver beautiful pitches and speeches while overcoming the anxiety of public speaking.

Dubai to Brussels, Shanghai to Amsterdam, equally as a dynamic and engaging in-demand British international MC, I shape digital events, conferences, summits, demo days and award ceremonies across Europe, Asia and The Middle East.

Mr. Manuel Bogner

CTO / Head of backend development

Company: OpenResearch GmbH

Biography & Experiences:

Manuel Bogner is an application developer and architect for database centric applications with high preference for open source solutions.

He is a big fan of trying new things and always kept his curiosity to experiment. His interests include distributed systems, message-driven and microservice architectures, API-design, JEE, Spring and creating frameworks to make software development simpler.

During his career he went through all kinds of positions starting from a technical helpdesk employee over Linux system administrator, team leader, developer, independent contractor, software architect, enterprise architect, trainer and now CTO. During this time he had the chance to work with various different programming languages like Kotlin, Python, Perl and Ruby - next to Java.

Dr. Axel Braun

AXXITE Business Consulting

Biography & Experiences:

Dr. Axel Braun studied electrical engineering at University Duisburg and wrote his PhD about high-voltage power cables. Afterwards he joined an american consulting company, where he worked in the development of an industry solution for the oil industry at SAP in Walldorf. Specialized on logistics processes along the supply chain, he mostly worked for large international customers in various industries. Business Process Optimization, Enterprise Architecture, SAP Implementation and Project Management (> 4 Mio € Budget) were main topics. He co-founded three companies and worked there in CEO and CTO roles.

Free Software activities: Since middle of the 1980’s Axel is following the Freeware/Shareware/OpenSource crowd. Based on the requirement to vizualize computation and measurement results in TeX documents, he developed a HPGL-to-(em)TeX converter and published it as postcardware (HP2TeX). As a side project, an optimizer for HPGL plot files was developed to remove hidden and double lines in plots, and by this save one or the other parchment paper from getting ripped by plot ink.

First contact with Linux was end of 1992, while it was still experimental. Complete migration to S.u.S.E. 5.3 end of the 90’s, after is became obvious that the previously used OS/2 has no future.

Focus was the use of Free- and OpenSource in business and on the Desktop: Next to his ‘Linux on a ThinkPad’ Website, lauched in 2001 (http://www.axxite.com/brn), SAP’s Linux-plans were analyzed (R/3 auf Linux – Vollmundiges Marketing, halbherziger Support, Computerwoche 34/1999) and the experiences made in running the own company on Linux were reported on a Conference (OpenSource meets Business Conference January 2007). During the last years the focus shifted more into security, data protection and privacy.

Axel is elected member of the openSUSE project board, Foundation Board Member of  the Tryton project (ERP solution) and Core-Team member of the  GNU Health project.

Prof. Zeev Zalevsky

Professor of Electrical engineering and Nanophotonics at Bar Ilan University

Biography & Experiences:

Zeev Zalevsky received his B.Sc. and direct Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Zeev is currently a full Professor and the Dean of the faculty of engineering in Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His major fields of research are optical super resolution, biomedical optics, nano-photonics and fiber-based processing and sensing architectures. Zeev has published more than 530 peer review papers, 330 proceeding papers, 9 books (6 authored and 3 as an editor), 31 book chapters and about 100 patents. Zeev gave 600 conference presentations with more than 200 invited/keynote or plenary talks. 

Zeev is a fellow of many large scientific societies such as SPIE, OSA, IEEE, EOS, IOP, IET, IS&T, ASLMS, AIMBE and more. He is also a fellow of the American National Academy of Inventors (NAI). For his work he received many national and international prizes such as the Krill prize, ICO prize and Abbe medal, SAOT prize, Juludan prize, Taubelnblatt prize, young investigator prize in nanotechnology, the International Wearable Technologies (WT) Innovation World Cup 2012 Prize, Image Engineering Innovation Award, NANOSMAT prize, SPIE startup challenge prize, SPIE prism award, IAAM Scientist Medal Award, International Photonic Award, Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Professional award, The Asian Advanced Materials Award, Edison Award, IEEE distinguished lecturer award, VEBLEO Scientist Award, Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize, Lotfi Zadeh Memorial Award and more.  

Besides his academic research activity, Zeev is also very active in commercializing his inventions into start-up companies. Zeev was and is involved in technologically leading of more than 10 startup companies.