Speakers

Terra Winston

Principal
inTerract Consulting
https://www.linkedin.com/in/terra-winston-91415
 
Terra Winston has dedicated her life to helping her clients unleash the potential of each employee. She is a leadership consultant and executive coach with over 13 years of internal and external business consulting experience. Terra has a flexible style that has driven results in boardrooms and on plant floors, for Fortune 100 companies and small start-ups, alike. Terra’s successful approach comes from her unique blend of “hard” and “soft” business skills. She holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford University. Prior to founding inTerract, Terra worked at Deloitte consulting on process, strategy, and organizational projects and as a Director at PepsiCo doing traditional HR and organizational development. 
 

Pål Rikter

CEO
Copenhagen Gate
 
"I work with people who have a dedication to grow, make profits, improve…and laugh. For me, it does not matter if it is a very small company (I’ve worked with a few) or a mature company with global operations (I’ve worked with some of the best). I benefit from having played in most positions on the business ballpark, as I have led teams in finance, sales, marketing, communication, project management and business development. I offer a structured approach to profitable growth. With 25 years of business experience, an open and curious mind and a broad network, I could add significant value to any business owner or CEO who feels there is untapped business potential out there. I’m just a click away."
 

Nicole Vasquez

Founder, President, and Community Connector
The Shift Chicago
 
Nicole Vasquez, MBA, is the founder of The Shift, a local coworking and community space in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Her daily mission is to help other people pursue their passions while connecting them to the opportunities and resources needed to achieve their goals. Nicole is committed to supporting small businesses, promoting individuals doing great things in Chicago, and building shared communities through local outreach, collaborative events, and strategic partnerships. Nicole was named one of the “35 Under 35 Making an Impact in Chicago”, has won the Community Award from the RedEye Chicago Big Idea Awards, and was a featured guest on the Coworking Success podcast.

 

Marina Christos

 
„I love connecting people to opportunities and help businesses take control of their online presence. It's pretty simple, really. My mission is to present people and businesses in their best possible light. For businesses, we'll work together and showcase your industry expertise to a growing audience. When working with individuals, we'll work on highlighting skills and talents that make you shine online. What are some of the things that I do, you ask? I build Squarespace websites, Email Marketing Campaigns, Brand social media sites, Write content for Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Write blog posts, And a bunch of other really cool things!“
 


Peggy Parfenoff

President
WorldChicago
https://www.linkedin.com/in/peggyparfenoff
 

Peggy has been leading WorldChicago since 2001, meeting emerging leaders – young and old – from all over the world and sharing the city of Chicago with them. Citizen Diplomacy has become a way of life for her team, as they welcome over 800 international visitors to Chicago each year. While at the Department of Cultural Affairs, she earned her M.B.A. from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. International travel is her passion, meeting WorldChicago's visitors back home in their countries within Europe, Eurasia, South America, Russia, Cuba and China.

Josip Bišćan

Managing partner
Infinum
 
Lots of experience with Ruby on Rails with a high interest in the latest and bleeding edge features. Also interested in TDD and BDD. Very experienced in mobile web app development with special focus on Sencha Touch / Ext JS, worked with Backbone and Node.js. Excellent skills with HTML5/CSS3. High knowledge of hybrid application development, including hybrid iOS, Android, Adobe AIR and bada applications. In past, worked a lot on developing a platform game engine in Java ME.
 

Peter Hopwood

Communications Consultant / Copywriter
NOAH Conference, Hopwood Communications
 
Peter's background in the sales, customer service and communication training industries has taken him across 6 European countries and currently lives between Croatia and the UK. An ideas man and a doer, Peter has successfully gained a strong valuable skill set including creative copywriting skills, team management experience, digital communications and customer service skills.With a passionate flair and talent for public speaking mixed with a life-long love of storytelling, Peter helps professionals to hit the spot in their public speaking and presentation pitches. He continues and enjoys wearing many hats – leader, mentor and trainer, investor, presenter, conference host and voiceover talent. And always looking out for the next entrepreneurial challenge, creative project or problem to solve.
 

Keith Bradley

Founder/CEO
Intrinsyc Consulting
 
Keith Bradley is an Information Technology and Program Delivery professional with more than 16 years of program development and implementation experience. He is an IT solutions content expert with a high-level of commitment to building and managing client relationships through solutions management. With a unique ability to work across industries such as education, non-profit and healthcare, Keith is able to conceive and execute strategies, envision new initiatives, and implement business solutions. As the Managing Director for Blue 1647, one of Chicago’s largest technology innovation center and co-working spaces, he provides high-level management and coordination of all activities related to education services, program services, and business collaboratives. Keith has a proven track record of successful project management oversight of company initiatives, and demonstrated success in effectively driving business development and creating strong partnerships with organizational partners and key industry stakeholders.
 

Marko Linke

Co-founder and CTO at Repsly inc. Software engineer implementing business processes into computer systems. Developing and implementing various business related systems, primarily ERP and BI systems, SFA solutions and various data repository systems. Specialties: Business process analysis & implementation
 

Hermes Arriaga

Director and Co-founder
Impact Hub zagreb
 
Agricultural engineer with a post-graduate degree in environmental economics. His previous experiences have been on combining technical and commercial skills to successfully manage customer accounts, improve final costumer satisfaction and commercial relations, delivered innovative ways of communication with stakeholders and supported R&D activities of new product launching in the Agro-chemical sector. However, since he has a strange affection to divert from 'usual' ways or strategies for problem solving, he continuously develop skills on different project appraisal tools such as Multi Criteria Analysis and Cost- Benefit methodology (including analysis of social trade offs!). He is a Trained LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator, a strategic creativity practitioner and fond of Art of Hosting methodologies. He is currently co-creating the first and biggest collaborative space in Croatia for entrepreneurs and social innovators, he is a partner and consultant in a landscape architecture company and one of the project coordinators of a conscious tourism project in an Adriatic island. In short he is an engineer by theory and a creative thinker by practice.
 

Goran Hacek

IVI Software Development Coordinator
Rimac Automobili d.o.o.
 
Software developer with experience in diverse set of technologies. Developed software and led teams in development of client (browser) side, server side, desktop and embedded applications. Co-inventor of a patented Secure Loyalty Card System.
 

Berislav Skupnjak

„Company Mobilisis develops modern, innovative IT infrastructure for the management of industrial and business processes and mobile data collection and transmission. Our products are advanced hardware and software components with high level of integration, which enable flexible use in the most demanding business processes as well as the transfer and processing of all kinds of information in processes essential for real time consideration. Mobilisis is developing the segment of specialised electronic equipment with a significant share of innovations, designing and development intended primarily for M2M (Machine-to-Machine) market.“
 

Kristina Detelj

Teaching assistant
Faculty of organization and informatics
 
Kristina cooridinates seminars where students extend their knowledge on practical examples in courses such as Principles of economics, Entrepreneurship, Business planning, Croatian economy, budgeting excercises needed for making financial business plans. She defended her PhD thesis „Public procurement as a tool for promotion of innovations (in Slovenian)“ on April 24th 2015.

Davorin Štetner

President
CRANE - Croatian Business Angel Network
https://hr.linkedin.com/in/davorin-štetner-2288676
 
Davorin Štetner is an investor, entrepreneur and an adventurer. He is President and CEO at his KREATOR GROUP which consists of several companies, brands and projects. At the age of 20 he launched the web design project Kreator Studio in Zagreb. During the mid-2011 he merged all his business entities and projects under the common name KREATOR Group (www.kreator.net). In April 2011. signed a contract with Bernie Ecclestone and his Formula 1™ granting him exclusive Formula 1™ rights. At 29 years old, he thus became world's youngest F1 rights holder. He is a Board member at Croatian Business Angels Network (CRANE). From 2015. he is an adviser of Croatian President Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović in her Economic Council. Stetner is an adventurer who has traveled through many obscure countries of the world. So far he has visited more than 70 countries. He obtained a Private Pilot License (PPL) in 2006. and he is a skipper.
 

Julian Oehrlein

COO & Founder
Oradian
 
Worked with an early stage financial technology start-up for microfinance, before leaving to co-found Oradian to address challenges facing the financial inclusion industry. Previously, he gained experience in the world of microfinance at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and in the operations department of Ujjivan Financial Services in Bangalore, India. He holds a degree in International Business Administration from WHU - Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management.
 

Matija Tomašković

„During my career I have delivered custom business web solutions for German, Italian, Danish and Swiss companies as well as for Croatian banks, telecommunications, brokerage houses, media and government administration. Projects include IT consulting and solutions for business process management, document management, reporting and software integration. Among wide range of development technologies, I use Java and web technologies for over 15 years. I am the author of an award-winning Java web framework, called Evolution Framework, for the efficient development of business web applications. Evolution Framework includes visual editor for application user interface prototyping and advanced tools for development, deployment and monitoring of enterprise web applications.“

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