Conference | Lecturers 2015
Vladimir Gligorov
Vladimir Gligorov
Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies

Vladimir Gligorov is Senior Researcher at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW), his research is focusing on macroeconomics, economics and politics of Southeast Europe and in particular of the states of former Yugoslavia. He has worked specifically in areas of trade integration, financial sector development, structural policies, development theory and policy and inequality in Southeast Europe. Vladimir Gligorov works on research projects for the European Commission, has consultancy assignments for International Organizations as the World Banka, the OECD, etc. and worked as an advisor to the Croatian president and the Macedonian and the Serbian government. He is a lecturer at the University of Vienna. Vladimir Gligorov has been regular contributor to Oxford Analytica (Oxford and New York). He has contributed opinion pieces to Wall Street Journal and writes regular columns for several newspapers and weeklies in Southeast Europe.

Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
Vladimir Gligorov is Senior Researcher at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW), his...
Theodoros Malfas
Theodoros Malfas
NBGI Private Equity LTD and Executive Director of Mermeren kombinat AD Prilep

Theodoros Malfas is a Director of NBGI Private Equity Limited. Mr. Malfas joined NBGI Private Equity Limited in 2001. He was a Credit Analyst and Account Manager at Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd. Mr. Malfas was an Associate at NBG Venture Capital. Prior to joining NBG Venture Capital, he worked as a Private Equity Analyst for one year and a half at SFS Group Public Company Ltd., Investment Arm. Mr. Malfas worked for seven years at Laiki Bank in Athens, Nicosia and London, as a Credit Analyst/Account Manager and also spent one year as the Senior Securities Analyst at the investment banking division of the same group. He serves as a President of The Board of Directors at Mermeren Kombinat A.D., Prilep. He serves as a Director at NBGI Private Equity Limited. He attended the Corporate Finance Executive Programme (CFE) at the London Business School between 1997 and 1998 and received his B.A. in Law with a concentration on Corporate and Commercial Law, from the University of Athens in 1996.

NBGI Private Equity LTD and Executive Director of Mermeren kombinat AD Prilep
Theodoros Malfas is a Director of NBGI Private Equity Limited. Mr. Malfas joined NBGI Private...
Goran Jeras
Goran Jeras
Founder of First Ethical Bank Osijek

After earning his degree in Physics from the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, Goran Jeras left to work in the Netherlands as a consultant in the financial sector. His area of expertise was the design of complex IT systems for financial institutions and the analysis and improvement of risk-assessment models after the financial crisis broke out in 2008. Disappointed by the alienation of commercial banks from the needs of economies and societies, he has engaged with alternatives financing methods, social entrepreneurship, models of encouraging sustainable development and ethical banking. Since late 2013, he has been working on the project of founding an Ethical Bank in the Republic of Croatia. When the Cooperative for Ethical Financing was founded in April 2014, he became its first manager.

Founder of First Ethical Bank Osijek
After earning his degree in Physics from the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, Goran Jeras...
Borislav Boyanov
Borislav Boyanov
Founder & Managing Partner of Boyanov & Co.

Education
- Faculty of Law, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, MA in Law, class rank: first of class of 500
- Academy of American and International Law, Southwestern
- Legal Foundation, Dallas, USA

Current and previous positions
2015 – present: Founder and Chairman of the Indian Bulgarian Business Chamber
2014 – present: Member of the Board of Directors of the British Bulgarian Business Association
2003 – present: Founder, Co-Chair and Honorary Chair of South East Europe Legal Group (SEE Legal)
2002 – present: European Patent and Trademark Attorney
2000 – present: Honorary Consul for Malta in Bulgaria
1990 – present: Founder and Managing Partner of Boyanov & Co. – the top tier Bulgarian Law Firm

Selected recognition
- Founding partner Borislav Boyanov is a “lead name in the field, ” and is highly regarded for his considerable experience and expertise in Bulgarian corporate matters and wider CEE transactional matters. Sources consider him “the person to talk to for strategic advice ” – Chambers Europe 2015, Corporate/Commercial
- The only Bulgarian lawyer regularly listed in Who’s Who Legal for M&A
Membership
- Sofia Bar Association, Bulgarian Bar Association (1984-); International Bar Association (1989-); Representative for Bulgaria, Member of the Council, Vice-Chair, Senior Vice Chair (1994-2004), Co-Chair (2004-2006) of the European Forum of the IBA; Member of the Advisory Board of the European Forum (2007); Chairman of the Legal Development Foundation; Founder and Chairman of the Balkan Legal Forum; Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for International and Comparative Law, Center for American and International Law, Dallas, TX; Deputy President of the Bulgarian Investment and Business Association (2003-2006); Member of the Board of Directors (2003-2006), President (2006-2009) of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria; Member of the Board of Confederation of Industrialists and Employers in Bulgaria (2006-2012); Chair of SEE InvestConsult; Member of the Board of Directors of the British Bulgarian Business Association (2015-).
Languages
- English, Russian, Bulgarian

Founder & Managing Partner of Boyanov & Co.
Education - Faculty of Law, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, MA in Law, class rank:...
John Adams
John Adams
Principal of the Adams Group

Senior international lawyer and multi-functional strategist with 20+ years’ experience advising US and international companies, public-private enterprises, and governments on public policy, and legal, regulatory, and transactional matters in the information and communications technology (ICT), telecommunications and the Internet, and other regulated utility sectors. Combines deep functional subject matter expertise in international, comparative, and domestic ICT/telecom, trade, and competition law with operational domain understanding, marketing skills, and executive leadership capabilities. Strong academic, publication and public speaking background. Additional country experience in Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caucasus. Experienced at managing programs, technology resources and other assets. Significant business development responsibilities.

Specialties: Global Critical Infrastructure Planning & Management (Telecom, IT, ICT, the Internet, and Regulated Utilities); US/International Telecom, Trade, and IT Policy, Law & Regulation; Strategic Analysis and Planning; Financial/Resource Optimization; Executive Leadership & Change Management; Staff Coaching & Mentoring; Marketing & Business Development; Stakeholder Outreach & Communications; Teambuilding & Facilitation; Negotiation & Consensus Development; Public/Private Enterprise Governance.

Principal of the Adams Group
Senior international lawyer and multi-functional strategist with 20+ years’ experience advising US and international companies,...
Nadja Wachter
Nadja Wachter
Customer Engagement Manager, The Quality Group GmbH

Nadja Wachter has been a part of The Quality Group since this year. In her function as Customer Engagement Manager, she is responsible for organizational and process consulting with focus on existing customers.

After having finished her studies of “Economic Law” at the University of Lueneburg (GER) and “International Business” at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), she started in the field of consultation-intensive HR Software solutions. In the meantime, she has more than 10 years of consulting and management consulting experience for different business industries. These include branches like Healthcare, Retail, Automotive, Mechanical Engineering and Public Authorities.

Customer Engagement Manager, The Quality Group GmbH
Nadja Wachter has been a part of The Quality Group since this year. In her...
Luka Misetic
Luka Misetic
Misetic Law Office

Luka Misetic graduated political science in 1992 at the Northwestern University with departmental honors. After that he entered the Notre Dame Law School graduating in 1996, where he received the Dean's Award for excellence in the study of International Law.

Mr. Misetic is an international lawyer with extensive experience before international tribunals. With more than 18 years of trial experience, Luka has a national and international practice which focuses on representation of individuals, corporations and governments in complex commercial, civil, international criminal and international arbitration cases.

He advises sovereigns in international legal matters pending before ICSID, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice and various other international tribunals. He also continues to represent clients in domestic litigation, including breach of contract, fraud and partnership disputes.

Misetic received international attention while defending a Bosnian Croat Anto Furundžija in 1999. Luka’s work in The Hague (where he lived for two years) as lead counsel defending Croatian General Ante Gotovina before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia also garnered worldwide attention. He was the youngest attorney ever to defend a case before an international criminal tribunal, and he was profiled in various publications including The New York Times and Chicago Lawyer.

He also represents clients in state, federal and international litigation, including commercial, civil, white-collar criminal and international criminal cases. Luka represents corporations and partnerships, as well as their directors, officers and partners in breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims, regulatory matters, trade secrets claims, fraud and negligence suits, and a variety of other claims.

Globus Magazine (Zagreb, Croatia weekly) has named him “one of the 100 Most Influential Croatians in the World.” And in 2013, he received the Croatian-American Bar Association’s Vinodol Code Award in recognition of his distinguished legal career and outstanding contribution to the Croatian-American community.

Misetic Law Office
Luka Misetic graduated political science in 1992 at the Northwestern University with departmental honors. After...
Alexandra Devendra
Alexandra Devendra
Legal Design Consultant

Alexandra Devendra is an attorney by training, but her passion for design led her to pivot from law practice to legal design consulting. After growing up in Northern New York, Alexandra travelled to California for her undergraduate degree, graduating cum laude from Pomona College with a BA in French. After college she worked as a bilingual executive assistant for a luxury French furniture company in New York City, where she started developing an appreciation for interior design. Alexandra then earned her JD summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduation she returned to California, settling in San Francisco. She practiced law at Nixon Peabody LLP, a Global 100 firm, where she focused on employment litigation and social media law. While reading Typography for Lawyers, Alexandra realized that attorneys could improve the practice of law by drawing not just on typography, but on all aspects of graphic design as well as information design, user-experience design and design thinking. This newfound passion for legal design inspired Alexandra to leave law practice to start her own legal design consulting business.

Legal Design Consultant
Alexandra Devendra is an attorney by training, but her passion for design led her to...
Predrag Konstantinovic
Predrag Konstantinovic
LLB, Junior partner, JMS Law Office

Predrag Konstantinovic is all-round commercial lawyer in Belgrade, predominantly advising on commercial law, IP law, competition law and renewable energy legal matters since his joining the Belgrade Bar Association in 2004. While his professional track record consists of blue chip Serbian and multinational corporates as clients, Predrag was also very much involved in providing legal assistance to non-profit organizations, due to which he served as local legal counsel to Office of the Inspector General and Legal and Compliance Department of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, based in Geneva. One of the pinnacles of Predrag’s legal career thus far is his engagement with the EXIT Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia (Best Major European festival in 2013 - EU Festival Awards), where he has been serving as Head Legal Counsel for years now.

Before joining the JMS practice, Predrag was engaged as legal counsel in Telekom Serbia, the largest telco operator in the SEE region, prior to which he served as the Chief of Staff of the Minister of Religious Affairs in the first democratically elected government of Serbia after collapse of the Milosevic’s regime.

In addition to being educated as a lawyer at Belgrade School of Law, Predrag also graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was the fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, as well as a fellow of the Democratic Leadership Programme of the Council of Europe.

LLB, Junior partner, JMS Law Office
Predrag Konstantinovic is all-round commercial lawyer in Belgrade, predominantly advising on commercial law, IP law,...
Slobodanka Gievska
Slobodanka Gievska
Director of Regulatory and Wholesale Affairs Department, Makedonski Telekom AD Skopje

Slobodanka Gievska is in the telecommunication business for almost 12 years. At the moment she has the position of Director of Regulatory and Wholesale Affairs Department and acting Chief Officer of the Corporate Affairs Area of the consolidated company (Makedonski Telekom and T-Mobile Macedonia).

She holds MA degree in European Studies from the "Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn", in Bonn – Germany and Bachelor degree in Law from the University of “St. Ciril and Methodius”, in Skopje, Macedonia. Since 2004 she has been working for T-Mobile Macedonia AD Skopje and successively in Makedonski Telekom AD Skopje.

She had active role in the process of merger of Makedonski Telekom and T-Mobile Macedonia and assessment of the possible legal and regulatory risks.

Director of Regulatory and Wholesale Affairs Department, Makedonski Telekom AD Skopje
Slobodanka Gievska is in the telecommunication business for almost 12 years. At the moment she...
Read McCaffrey
Read McCaffrey
Liddle & Robinson LLP

Education:
University of Virginia, B.A. , University of Baltimore, J.D.
Professional Association: Assistant Public Defender – State of Maryland
Partner – Whiteford, Taylor & Preston (Baltimore)
Partner – Patton Boggs, LLP ( 1990 - 2015)
Liddle & Robinson LLP, currently
Experience and Background:
Fellow – The American College of Trial Lawyers
Formerly, Member – Council of St. George’s House, Windsor Castle
Formerly, Lead Counsel – Amtrak/Conrail Disaster
Formerly, Lead Counsel Committee – Lockerbie Victims/Libyan Gov.
Co-Lead Counsel – Turkcell v. Islamic Republic of Iran
Asset Recovery Advisor – Gov’t of Iraq
Co-Lead Counsel – Gov. of Croatia/MOL Hungarian O
Specialties:
International Dispute Resolution, Risk Analysis, Crisis Management, Asset Recovery, Corporate Compliance/Dodd Frank, FATCA, OFAC, CISADA, Basel III, FATF, etc.
Recent Clients Have Included:
The Trade Bank of Iraq, The Government of Iraq, AEGIS (Brigadier James Ellery), CNA/Continental, The Arab Banking Corporation
Turkcell, A.S., The Phoenix Group/Cairo (Mahmoud Aboul Nasr), NGIS/Cairo
SACBES/Mexico City (Jesus Ramirez), Grupo Vicini – Dominican Republic, The Government of Croatia, Sir Claude Hankes UBS, United Brownsville/Matamoros, Mexico BINED
Representative International Dispute Resolution Cases
1) Representation of the families of the crew members murdered on Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland and service as court appointed Plaintiffs’ Committee in the negotiation of a settlement of all claims with the government of Libya - United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York – disposition – Settled in favor of the families
2) Representation of ISG, a Hong Kong investment group against ABM AMBRO for wrongful payout of funds on deposit – New York Supreme Court – disposition – transferred to the Netherlands
3) Representation of First National Bank against Lazard Freres (now Lazard Ltd.) for enforcement of a Residual Fee Agreement arising from the sale of Philippine Airlines equipment – Supreme Court of New York – disposition – won by First National Bank at trial
4) Representation of Pliva d.o.o. in an action against Baxter International Inc. for wrongdoing involving fifty-three deaths occurring in Croatia and Spain. Action was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – disposition – settled in favor of Pliva
5) Banco del Progreso v. Pedro Castillo – representations of shareholders of bank in claims against former Executive President for theft of $50 Million over a five year period of fraud. Events occurred in the Dominican Republic and Florida. Action was filed in Circuit Court for Dade/Miami County – disposition – verdict at trial for Banco - $ 100 Million
6) Representation of AECTRA Refining v. Societe Generale Group for fraud and corporate waste to be filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York – disposition – settled in favor of AECTRA days prior to filing
7) Representation of CNA Insurance to perfect and collect an ICSID award against the Argentine Republic – previously pending in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia – disposition – settled prior to trial
8) Representation of The Trade Bank of Iraq and its claims against Union de Banques Arabes et Francaises (UBAF) for wrongful payment under a Letter of Credit involving a sale of oil to Total – status - settlement discussions prior to ICC arbitration.
9) Representation of the Government of Croatia in Ad Hoc/UNCITRAL arbitration against MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas

Liddle & Robinson LLP
Education: University of Virginia, B.A. , University of Baltimore, J.D. Professional Association: Assistant Public Defender...
Suzana Loshkovska Ph.D.
Suzana Loshkovska Ph.D.
Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering

Suzana Loskovska was born in 1966 in Skopje. She received the bachelor and master degrees in computer science and automation from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Skopje, in 1989 and 1992, respectively, and the PhD from the Technical University of Wien, Wien, Austria in 1995.

She has been working at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering since February 1992. She was visiting researcher at the Department of System Engineering and Automation, Academy of Sciences of Lower Austria in Krems, from March 1993 to October 1994. During this period, Loskovska worked on the design and development of the medical information system for Krems Hospital. Since 1994 she is back to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. She became a professor in 2007. At present, she is a professor at Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, "Ss. Cyril and Methodius" University in Skopje, R. of Macedonia.

Her research interests include programming, visualization, human-computer interaction, virtual reality, medical imaging, modelling and visualization of processes in medical praxis. She is author of about a hundred scientific papers in the field of computer science, several articles related to the implementation of the European Credit Transfer System and two books for secondary school. She was project leader and participant in a few projects. She is a member of the editorial board of the international INFORMATICA journal, Slovenia.

Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering
Suzana Loskovska was born in 1966 in Skopje. She received the bachelor and master degrees...