NEBF 2016.

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Speakers at NEBF 2016

James A. Robinson

Chicago University Professor and co-author of the hard hitting book, Why Nations Fail

George Yeo

Chairman of Kerry
Logistics Network and
Vice Chairman of Kerry
Group
Former Minister for
Foreign Affairs,
Republic of Singapore

Valentina Antill

Managing Director - Citigroup, Head of Americas Derivatives and Structured Products

Zdravko Marić

Minister of Finance, Croatia

Arturo Bris

Professor of Finance, Director of IMD World Competitiveness Center

Guy Harles

Founding Partner & Co-Chairman of Arendt & Medernach, largest law firm in Luxembourg

Gregg Robins

Strategic Advisor on Wealth

Juhan Parts

Prime Minister of Estonia from 2003 to 2005

R. James Breiding

Author of 'Swiss Made - The Untold Story behind Switzerland's success'

Emil Tedeschi

President and CEO, Atlantic Group

Pete Radovich

Director and producer, CBS

Lucian Wagner

General Partner at Euro US Ventures LLC, Chairman & Co-founder of Launch in US Alliance

Mato Njavro

NEBF Chairman, ZSEM Professor

Andrew MacFarlane

Emerging Market Credit Strategy at BNP Paribas

Alan Sumina

Founder of Nanobit

Alan Đurić

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Wire Swiss GmbH

Erwin Hartenberg

Customer and Partner Experience Director, Microsoft Central & Eastern Europe

Mato Njavro

NEBF Chairman, Board Member at Platinum Invest, ZSEM Professor

Agenda 2016

THURSDAY, 19th of May 2016, Zagreb School of Economics and Management 

17:00 - 17:45
Why size doesn’t matter – digital technology is changing innovation
Erwin Hartenberg, Customer and Partner Experience Director, Microsoft Central & Eastern Europe
17:45 – 18:30
Live Messy Lives
Dr. Gregg Robins Strategic Advisor on Wealth

18:30 – 19:15
It’s an old game. New Business.
Pete Radovich, Emmy award winning, Creative Director, CBS

17:00 - 17:45
Why size doesn’t matter – digital technology is changing innovation
Erwin Hartenberg, Customer and Partner Experience Director, Microsoft Central & Eastern Europe
17:45 – 18:30
Live Messy Lives
Dr. Gregg Robins Strategic Advisor on Wealth

18:30 – 19:15
It’s an old game. New Business.
Pete Radovich, Emmy award winning, Creative Director, CBS

FRIDAY, 20th of May 2016, Academy of Music

08:00-09:00 - Registration and Coffee powered by NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®
09:00-09:15 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Mato Njavro, Zagreb School of Economics and Management

09:15-09:45

View from the Summit
Dr. Zdravko Marić, Minister of Finance, Croatia

09:45-10:05 Key risks for EM assets
Andrew MacFarlane, Emerging Market Credit Strategy at BNP Paribas

10:10-10:40 - Small countries - startup nations?
There is a widespread consensus that small businesses and startups are driving the economy and innovation, but how important are they really? According to new studies, without the jobs they create, yearly employment growth would most likely be negative. Why some small countries produce more startup companies than other large and stable nations? (How) can startups from small countries successfully scale and internationalize? Why is Europe still trailing the US in successful start-ups, even though its population is twice as large as that of the US. It’s fascinating to delve deeper into the underlying factors that have produced highly successful startup ecosystem.

Panelists:
Moderator: Dr. Mato Njavro, Zagreb School of Economics and Management
Lucian Wagner; General Partner at Euro US Ventures LLC, Chairman & Co-founder of Launch in US Alliance
Alan Sumina; Founder of Nanobit
Alan Đurić; Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Wire Swiss

10:40-11:00 Coffee Break powered by NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®

11:00-12:00
Distinguished Guest Speaker Address – ‘’Small is beautiful: Singapore 50 years after independence - a role model for economic development.’’

In 2015 Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence. This small city-state has made a remarkable transformation in the past five decades from a Southeast Asian backwater to one of the richest countries in the world, a global powerhouse of finance and commerce, a country globally renowned for its world class education and healthcare system and overall excellence in governance. And Singapore achieved it all in only one generation, with no natural resources and a heterogeneous ethnic population.

In this session, we will speak to Mr. George Yeo, Chairman of Hong Kong listed Kerry Logistics and a former Minister in Singaporean governments.
A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), Mr. Yeo served in the Cabinet from 1991 to 2011 as the Minister for Information and the Arts (1991–99), Minister for Health (1994–97), Minister for Trade and Industry (1999–2004) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2004–11). Mr. Yeo, Cambridge and Harvard educated and former Brigadier General in Singaporean Armed Forces, will offer his thoughts on the Singaporean economic development model and what other small countries can learn from it.

08:00-09:00 - Registration and Coffee powered by NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®
09:00-09:15 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Mato Njavro, Zagreb School of Economics and Management

09:15-09:45

View from the Summit
Dr. Zdravko Marić, Minister of Finance, Croatia

09:45-10:05 Key risks for EM assets
Andrew MacFarlane, Emerging Market Credit Strategy at BNP Paribas

10:10-10:40 - Small countries - startup nations?
There is a widespread consensus that small businesses and startups are driving the economy and innovation, but how important are they really? According to new studies, without the jobs they create, yearly employment growth would most likely be negative. Why some small countries produce more startup companies than other large and stable nations? (How) can startups from small countries successfully scale and internationalize? Why is Europe still trailing the US in successful start-ups, even though its population is twice as large as that of the US. It’s fascinating to delve deeper into the underlying factors that have produced highly successful startup ecosystem.

Panelists:
Moderator: Dr. Mato Njavro, Zagreb School of Economics and Management
Lucian Wagner; General Partner at Euro US Ventures LLC, Chairman & Co-founder of Launch in US Alliance
Alan Sumina; Founder of Nanobit
Alan Đurić; Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Wire Swiss

10:40-11:00 Coffee Break powered by NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®

11:00-12:00
Distinguished Guest Speaker Address – ‘’Small is beautiful: Singapore 50 years after independence - a role model for economic development.’’

In 2015 Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence. This small city-state has made a remarkable transformation in the past five decades from a Southeast Asian backwater to one of the richest countries in the world, a global powerhouse of finance and commerce, a country globally renowned for its world class education and healthcare system and overall excellence in governance. And Singapore achieved it all in only one generation, with no natural resources and a heterogeneous ethnic population.

In this session, we will speak to Mr. George Yeo, Chairman of Hong Kong listed Kerry Logistics and a former Minister in Singaporean governments.
A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), Mr. Yeo served in the Cabinet from 1991 to 2011 as the Minister for Information and the Arts (1991–99), Minister for Health (1994–97), Minister for Trade and Industry (1999–2004) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2004–11). Mr. Yeo, Cambridge and Harvard educated and former Brigadier General in Singaporean Armed Forces, will offer his thoughts on the Singaporean economic development model and what other small countries can learn from it.

FRIDAY, 20th of May 2016, Academy of Music

12:00-13:30 – Lunch, Restaurant Muzej in the Museum of Arts and Crafts

13:30- 14:30
Competitiveness as an Engine for Economic Growth
Competitiveness is ‘condition sine qua non’ for any economic entity that wants to be successful and survive in today’s hypercompetitive world. It is especially important for countries as more competitive countries enjoy numerous benefits, such as high economic growth, higher levels of employment and prosperity.

Professor Arturo Bris leads the world-renowned World Competitiveness Centre at IMD Business School and is the organization’s Professor of Finance.

14:30-14:45 - Coffee Break powered by NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®
14:45-15:45
Small is beautiful?
The quest for size is as old as mankind itself. First humans gathered in tribes which over time developed into more complex societies ultimately becoming empires. And it is in the DNA of every empire to strive for expansion that will ensure more territory and more people to rule over. Similarly, small companies strive for growth and scale until they reach the IPO stage, at which point they strive for even more growth and scale, this time carefully scrutinized by countless financial analysts and investors. The New World Order of Pax Americana, globalization, and technological progress have to a large extent eliminated the need for military expansion and shifted the quest for expansion to the economic field. This new global environment has enabled some small countries (and companies) to turn their disadvantages into advantages and to prosper.

This panel will address several important questions:
- Why are so many small countries so successful in many respects?
- Can countries and companies use their small size as an advantage? If so, how?
- What resources are necessary for success in the 21st century? For countries and for corporations?
- Is there an optimal size for a corporation?
- (How) Can companies from small countries succeed internationally?



Panelists:
Guy Harles;Founding Partner & Co-Chairman of Arendt & Medernach, largest law firm in Luxembourg
Juhan Parts; Prime Minister of Estonia from 2003 to 2005
Prof. Arturo Bris, Director of IMD World Competitiveness Center
R. James Breiding, Author of ‘Swiss Made – The Untold Story behind Switzerland’s success

15:45-16:30 - Financial Derivatives and Their Role in Emerging Markets
Valentina Antill; Managing Director – Citigroup, Head of Americas Derivatives and Structured Products
16:30- 16:45 - Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
Dr. Mato Njavro, Zagreb School of Economics and Management

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

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

12:00-13:30 – Lunch, Restaurant Muzej in the Museum of Arts and Crafts

13:30- 14:30
Competitiveness as an Engine for Economic Growth
Competitiveness is ‘condition sine qua non’ for any economic entity that wants to be successful and survive in today’s hypercompetitive world. It is especially important for countries as more competitive countries enjoy numerous benefits, such as high economic growth, higher levels of employment and prosperity.

Professor Arturo Bris leads the world-renowned World Competitiveness Centre at IMD Business School and is the organization’s Professor of Finance.

14:30-14:45 - Coffee Break powered by NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®
14:45-15:45
Small is beautiful?
The quest for size is as old as mankind itself. First humans gathered in tribes which over time developed into more complex societies ultimately becoming empires. And it is in the DNA of every empire to strive for expansion that will ensure more territory and more people to rule over. Similarly, small companies strive for growth and scale until they reach the IPO stage, at which point they strive for even more growth and scale, this time carefully scrutinized by countless financial analysts and investors. The New World Order of Pax Americana, globalization, and technological progress have to a large extent eliminated the need for military expansion and shifted the quest for expansion to the economic field. This new global environment has enabled some small countries (and companies) to turn their disadvantages into advantages and to prosper.

This panel will address several important questions:
- Why are so many small countries so successful in many respects?
- Can countries and companies use their small size as an advantage? If so, how?
- What resources are necessary for success in the 21st century? For countries and for corporations?
- Is there an optimal size for a corporation?
- (How) Can companies from small countries succeed internationally?



Panelists:
Guy Harles;Founding Partner & Co-Chairman of Arendt & Medernach, largest law firm in Luxembourg
Juhan Parts; Prime Minister of Estonia from 2003 to 2005
Prof. Arturo Bris, Director of IMD World Competitiveness Center
R. James Breiding, Author of ‘Swiss Made – The Untold Story behind Switzerland’s success

15:45-16:30 - Financial Derivatives and Their Role in Emerging Markets
Valentina Antill; Managing Director – Citigroup, Head of Americas Derivatives and Structured Products
16:30- 16:45 - Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
Dr. Mato Njavro, Zagreb School of Economics and Management

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

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

Topic 2016: Small is beautiful

A recent United Nations report on happiness revealed that out of the 10 happiest countries in the world, 7 have populations of less than 10 million (Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, and Norway are the happiest). Competitiveness rankings paint a similar picture. In the IMD 2015 World Competitiveness Ranking, small countries top the list, with Singapore, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Denmark among the top most competitive.

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