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Our business environments have since the turn of the century been marked with a string of crises. They differed greatly one from another, both in causes and in their implications for the companies in different parts across the world. Some of the companies fell victim to those crises, while others thrived.

While no recipes from the past can be taken as assurance for future success, facing another period of uncertainty leaders should use every opportunity to consider how to improve their own performance and come to reach better outcomes for their companies. Speaking to those leaders, who have proven their ability to lead through adversity, as well as discussing what the future may look like, adds valuable insights to such considerations.


Esko Aho
Former Prime Minister of Finland

Muhtar Kent
Former CEO, Coca-Cola Company

Mate Rimac
Rimac Group

Gordan Kolak
Končar Group

Iztok Seljak
Hidria Holding

Klemen Šešok
Iskra d.o.o.

Carin-Isabel Knoop
Harvard Business School

Michael Stanley
Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Petra Juvančič
Managers’ Association of Slovenia

Irena Weber

Lidija Žigić
NLB Banka d.d., Sarajevo

Ajša Vodnik

Victoria Zinchuk

Katja Stadler
DeSlo – AHK

Danica Purg
IEDC-Bled School of Management


May 19th, 2023


09:00 – 09:30
Registration and Coffee
09:30 – 09:40
Welcome words by IEDC President Ms. Danica Purg
09:40 – 10:30
“Thinking about the Crisis Environment at the Highest Level”

Keynote address by Mr. Esko Aho, Former Prime Minister of Finland
Questions from public

10:30 – 11:00
Interview 1:1 with Mr. Mate Rimac

Mr. Mate Rimac, Founder and President, Rimac Automobili and CEO, Bugatti Rimac (online),
led by Mr. Marko Perožić, Bloomberg Adria

11:00 – 11:20
Conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Dr. Robert Golob
11:20 – 11:50
Coffee Break
11:50 – 12:30
Panel: Surviving the Crisis and Going Beyond: Lessons from Business
  • Mr. Gordan Kolak, CEO, Končar Group, Croatia
  • Ms. Lidija Žigić, CEO NLB Sarajevo
  • Mr. Klemen Šešok, Chief Future Officer at Iskra
  • Discussion led by Mr. Iztok Seljak, Managing Director, Hidria Holding
12:30 – 13:10
Crisis Environment and the Benefits of Networking
  • Ms. Petra Juvančič, Executive Director, Managers’ Association of Slovenia
  • Ms. Irena Weber, President of HUP (Croatian Employers’ Association)
  • Ms. Ajša Vodnik, CEO, AmCham Slovenia Vice President, AmChams in Europe
  • Ms. Katja Stadler, Managing Director at Deslo – AHK, poslovne storitve d.o.o.
  • Discussion led by Ms. Danica Purg
13:10 – 14:20
14:20 – 14:50
How can Leaders keep their Employees onboard? Neuroleadership & Leading through Listening.
  • Ms. Carin-Isabel Knoop, Executive Director, Harvard Business School
  • Mr. Michael P.H. Stanley, Mass General Hospital, Director of Outreach and Engagement, Boston Society of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
14:50 – 15:30
From doomsday to new optimism: The real scenario for next decade?
  • »Presentation by Mr. Andrej Knez, Chief Markets Analyst, BloombergAdria«
New Policies and New Instruments for New Optimism
  • Ms. Victoria Zinchuk, Director, EBRD, Regional Head of Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Czech Republic
15:30 – 16:00
Keynote: Company Leadership in Challenging Times and Lessons from my own Career

Mr. Muhtar Kent, former chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company

16:00 – 16:10
Conclusions by Prof. Stjepan Orešković, President of IEDC Supervisory Board
Reception at IEDC

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to make changes in the agenda.


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* Partner Tickets are available for IEDC Alumni, Members of HUP Croatia, Members of Združenje Manager Slovenia, Members of AmCham and AHK German-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and other organizations.

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