NEBF - Zagreb, 11-12 May, 2017

Why nations fail?


THURSDAY, 11th of May 2017, Zagreb School of Economics and Management 

16:00 – 17:00
 Leadership observations from the Military, Management Consulting McKinsey and Mountaineering

Mr. Lien Choong Luen is a former commando officer and a management consultant in McKinsey and Co. Outside of work, Mr Lien has a great passion for adventure travel. He has summited the two highest mountains in the world (Everest and K2), competed in ultra-marathons in the scorching 50 degree heat of the Gobi desert as well as the choking humidity of the Amazon jungle, travelled in the Arctic circle in winter at -50 degrees and skied to the North Pole. In this talk, Mr. Lien will share his experiences from his three different careers (army, sports and management consulting) and will discuss what leadership lessons he learned from these diverse experiences.

17:00 – 18:00


Panel discussion
Morena is the COO and the co-founder of Bellabeat, one of the most successful Croatian startup companies. Founded in 2014, Bellabeat, top 5 Y-COMBINATOR company in W14 class, creates beautiful, innovative products that help women easily track their overall health and wellness, and get connected to their body and mind throughout different stages in life. ome of the company’s top investors are SV ANGEL, UNIVERSAL, CRUNCHFUND, Nicolas Berggruen, Justin Kan, Michael Seibel, Paul Buchheit, Tom Fallows, CherubicVC, and Adrian Aoun.

Sinan is the co-founder of Zizooboats, the leading boat holiday platform, offering over 8,000 boats across 200 destinations worldwide. Zizooboats is digitalising boat rental industry (worth an estimated €42 billion), which is 10 years behind any other travel sector. They are building a global digital booking platform and community, similar to “ for Boats” in combination with an Airbnb like community model (reviews, communication, location based apps and services).

In this session, Morena and Sinan will share their stories and experiences in running these two globally oriented companies. They will discuss what factors are required for success in the hypercompetitive start-up landscape. Finally, they will reflect on challenges they faced along the way and how they worked to overcome them.

FRIDAY, 12th of May 2017, Zagreb School of Economics and Management

09:00Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Mato Njavro, Zagreb School of Economics and Management

10:15 – 11:00 Economic Outlook of the EMEA

Felix Winnekens, Associate Director, EMEA Sovereigns & Public Finance, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services – ‘

11:00-12:00 Why nations fail? 
Prof. James Robinson – Why Nations Fail?

12:00-12:15 – Coffee break

12:15 – 13:15 Panel discussion
Moderator: Dr. Mato Njavro, Zagreb School of Economics and Management
Prof. James Robinson
Mr. Lien Choong Luen (McKinsey)
Kresimir Marusic (Deutsche Bank)
Gregg Robins

13:15 Pete Radovich, Creative Director CBS Sports, New York and Superbowl producer

14:00 Lunch

20:00 – 23:00 – Gala Dinner
23:00 After Party, Johann Franck

*The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event program

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