Slobodan Sokolović was born in Tuzla in 1946. He graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy in 1970 with a BSc in Petrochemical Engineering. He obtained his MSc (1980) and PhD (1986) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technology. Slobodan Sokolović joined NIS – Petroleum Industry of Serbia (formerly Naftagas) as a junior engineer - Department for Development and Application of Lubricants in 1971. He joined the Faculty of Technology Novi Sad in 1976 where he currently works as a full professor. He teaches Oil Refining Processes and Lubrication and Lubricants Fundamentals at the Faculty of Technology Novi Sad and Methods for Soil Remediation at the Faculty of Technical Sciences Novi Sad. Since 1992 Prof. Slobodan Sokolović has been the Head of the Petroleum and Petrochemical Department. He has a wide range of experience in international oil refining and environmental management (Texaco-Belgium, UCL-London, KISR-Kuwait, WITS University-RSA etc). He published five books and more than 150 scientific and technical papers. In 2002, he was appointed as assistant minister for oil and gas in the Ministry of Mining and Energy.
Aleksandar Popović, Minister of Energy and Mining, was born in Belgrade in 1971. He obtained his secondary education in Moscow, and graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry, Belgrade University. He received his MA from Florida State University in 1996, and his PhD from the Faculty of Chemistry, Belgrade University, in 2002, where he currently works as an assistant professor. He is a vice-president of the Democratic Party of Serbia. Popovic was an accomplished athlete, a champion and recordholder in various important disciplines. He was Serbian Minister of Science and Environmental Protection from 2004 to 2007.
Dmitry Malyshev was born in 1965. He holds a PhD in Economics. He is a graduate of Samara State technical university (Specialty – economics and management) and also studied at the Ufa Eastern institute of economics, management and law (specialty – jurisprudence). Between 1996 and 1999 Mr. Malyshev worked for Gazinvest Investment company, as its General director. In 1999 - 2000 he worked on the restructuring of the power industry in RAO UES of Russia, In 2000 he returned to Gazinvest Investment company as the Chairman of the Supervisory Council – investment banking, corporate and anti-crisis governance consulting, mergers and acquisitions, he was elected a Member of the Board of Directors of the joint-stock companies Samaraenergo, Samara Airlines, etc. Since 2002, Mr. Malyshev has worked for Gazprom group, and today he holds the position of Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Gazprom neft.
Ljubo Maćić was born in 1950. He graduated from the Mechanical Faculty, University of Belgrade in 1974. From 1982 he has been employed at the Public Enterprise Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS), in the Development Department at various positions. From 2001 to 2005 he acted as Director of the Development and Investments Department in PE EPS. He was member and later the Deputy President of the Management Board in PE EPS from 2001 to 2004. Since 2005, Mr. Macic has been the president of the Council of the Energy Agency of the Republic of Serbia. Mr. Macic is also the author of more than 20 papers in the energy sector area: general and specific energy development problems, electricity generation technologies, restructuring, energy market opening and organization of the energy sector, energy efficiency and environmental issues, as well as a member of governmental working groups for specific energy issues: energy development strategy, energy prices, power sector restructuring etc.
Srđan Bošnjaković, MSc was born in 1969. He graduated from the University of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad, Mechanical Department, program for Engines and Compressors in 1995 and received an MSc degree at the University of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad, 2002. Mr. Bošnjaković is a member of International Gas union (IGU). From 1998 to 2000 he was engaged in Work Operating Committee (WOC 6), Study Group (SG) 6.3. ”Gas for Transportation”. In the period from 2000 to 2003, he engaged in Work Operating Committee (WOC 8)”Methane Emission Management”. Mr. Bošnjaković is also a member of Yugoslav Associations – YUNG (oil and gas) and YUMV (motors), as well as a member of the European and World Association for vehicles and engines operating on natural gas (ENGVA and IANGV). Since 1995, Mr. Bošnjaković has held several positions at NIS-Gas (company for production transport and distribution of natural gas), such as Engineer for transport and distribution of natural gas, manager of Division for Transport of natural gas in NIS-Gas, manager of NIS-Gas, executive Manager of NIS a.d. - TNG (LPG), executive Manager of NIS a.d. – Petrol, and general manager of NIS a.d. Mr. Bošnjaković is currently the president of the executive board NIS a.d.
Aleksandar Obradović was born on October 30, 1974. He holds a dual-MBA degree from CMC and the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to that he obtained a BA degree in Business Administration, focused on Marketing, from the Anglo-American College in Prague. He is fluent in Czech, English and Portugues. As of January 2006, Mr. Obradović holds the position of Country Manager of CEZ Group, a Czech based company whose activities span from coal and mineral extraction to power production and distribution to power trading organizations. He is based with his family in Belgrade, Serbia and he is responsible for CEZ operations there. Before moving to Belgrade, Mr. Obradovic worked for Lafarge Group in Paris, France, a leading international cement and building materials company, where he was responsible for Strategy and Business Development of the group in Central/Eastern Europe and Central Asia. His career started in the leading German publishing house Jurg Marquard Publishing GmbH where he held the position of Distribution Manager for the Czech and Slovak Republics. Then he moved on to the marketing consulting company ATOZ, based in Prague, in the position of Project Executive. In 1998 he joined Arthur D. Little Prague as a consultant and since then he has led and supported many projects not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Brazil, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, and ex-Yugoslavia. In 2001 he was promoted to the position of Country Manager in the Czech and Slovak Republic, coordinating activities in Central and Eastern Europe.
Svetislav Bulatović was born in 1955. He studied Power Engineering at the University of Belgrade, from where he graduated in 1978. In 1986 he earned an MSc title in statistics from Belgrade University on the subject of “Load forecasting methods for medium and long term”. In 1995 he received his doctorate on the subject of “Reliability evaluation of bulk powersystems with Monte Carlo simulation”. He worked for the Yugoslav Power Industry Union (JUGEL), where he progressed from the ranks of a dispatcher, leading analyst and trader to the position of the Director of the Dispatch Centre. From JUGEL, Dr. Bulatovic moved on to lead the Electricity Coordinating Centre (EKC), which oversaw the functioning of power-utilities in south-east Europe. It was during this period that the EKC took the lead role in promoting deregulation and new trends in the regions’ energy sector and educating a new generation of energy professionals to adapt to the market rules of the future. In 2000, he co-founded the EFT Group with Vuk Hamovic, James Nye and other associates. Dr Bulatovic is a Head of Sales and Trading. He leads the Group’s trading operation and oversees the implementation of EFT’s strategy on spot and long-term markets. Dr Bulatovic lives and works in Belgrade.
Dragan Vlaisavljević was born in Pančevo in 1958. He graduated from the Belgrade Faculty of Electrical Engineering, where he earned a MSc degree. From 1984 to 1994 he was engaged in managing power systems at DC Jugel. From 1994 to 2005 he was in charge of technical systems management at the Serbian Power Company (EPS), where he now heads energy sales. He has authored over 25 papers published at local conferences and in expert magazines, and three papers published at international conferences and in international expert magazines.
Mihajlo Prica, LL.B., started his professional career in 1989. After completing his studies at the Law Faculty in Belgrade, he interned in the legal departments of Gillette and ICI in London, and IKEA in Vienna. Mr. Prica has a broad range of expertise in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, foreign investments, privatization, and energy law. Mr. Prica actively advised the buyer side in the first tender privatizations in Serbia, including the privatization of the largest local cement factory and a tire production company. He has also recently led a team of lawyers in the tender privatization of the largest fertilizer company in Serbia on behalf of an Austrian bidder. In addition, Mihajlo Prica was intensively involved the restructuring of loans given to a number of local banks by the IFC. During 2005, he acted as the leading local counsel of a group of Austrian investors and led a team of local lawyers in the acquisition of the majority stake in the largest private mobile telecom operator in Serbia. Most recently, he was the lead counsel to a Greek metal processing company and is currently the Project Leader of the NIS acquisition process in the privatization procedure. Apart from being a managing partner in Prica & Partners, Mihajlo Prica is a member of the Supervisory Board of Coca-Cola in Serbia. He has also been appointed as a board member in several other Serbian companies.
Žarko Mudrovčić was born in 1960. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Zagreb, department for electroenergy. He is a postgraduate at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, department for business management – MBA which he has acquired in the– MBA degree. He has 25 years of experience in electrical engineering, gained in Croatian Electric Power System (HEP). Since 2006, he is at the position of General Manager of HEP- Trade Department in HEP d.d. and since 01.03.2007 General Manager of HEP Trade d.o.o., a new enterprise within the HEP Group.
Peter Frankl is Editor in Chief and Director of Finance – publisher of the business daily Finance and other business magazines. The company’s internet portal is one of the most visited and updated websites. The company Finance also organizes conferences and business seminars. Peter Frankl has been an editor in Finance since 1995. He has worked for the business daily Finance since its establishment in 1992. Peter started his career in the weekly Gospodarski Vestnik and the Delo magazine. He also worked as a commenter in Saturday supplement to Delo, in the Dnevnik magazine and American business monthly magazine The Institutional Investor.
Boris Mezgec was born on July 9th 1949 in Postojna, Slovenia. He earned his MSc in Mechanical Engineering and BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has more than 35 years of working experience, especially as a leading Manager and a researcher. His working experience includes: HSE Balkan Energy, d.o.o. General Manager, Serbia (current); HSE SEE Representative Office General Manager, Serbia (current); Chairman Board of Directors Toplifikacia Rousse, A.D., Bulgaria (2007); HSE Executive Manager, Slovenia (2002-2003); Adviser EP BiH, Sarajevo, BiH (1999 – 2003); Project Manager, Power Plant Šoštanj, Slovenia,(2001-2002); Technical Director of Power Plant Šoštanj, Slovenia,(1986-2001); Production Manager, Power Plant Šoštanj, Slovenia,(1979 -1986); Engineer, Power Plant Šoštanj, Slovenia (1975 -1979); Research and Development (R&D) Engineer, Iskra Ljubljana, Slovenia (1973-1974). The most important projects which were leaded or co-operated by Mr. Mezgec were connected with Power Plant Life Extension and Environment Protection. For the last six years he has worked on the Electricity Market Implementation, SEE-market survey, SEE Investment and Acquisitions. Mr Mezgec speaks Serbian, Croatian, German, English, Italian and French.
Jan Linnerud has more then 25 years of experience from the power generation business where he has held various leader positions within design, project management, sales and area responsibility for equipment manufacturers as Kværner Brug, GE Hydro and GE Wind. He has been involved in development of a big number of hydro power projects in Norway, Nepal, China, Peru and USA. Thru the years, he has played an active role in establishment and operation of IPP companies, manufacturing facilities, power project as well as holding responsibility for technology transfer and licensing. Mr. Linnerud joined Statkraft in 2006 to contribute on project development in South East Europe. He came from a position as Global Leader of General Electric Hydro Technical Operation. He has during the last year had the responsibility for the establishment of Statkraft offices in Belgrade and has today the responsibility for Statkraft’s activities in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
Dušan Vasiljević was born in 1955. He went to school in Belgrade where he graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Since 1990, he’s been working on environmentally friendly space-conditioning systems. In the early 90s, he went to Italy to take up a position at an Australian-English consortium. In the late 90s, he was active in the non-government ecology sector. In 2001, he moved to OEBS mission to head economic affairs and environmental policy. He enacted a unique-in-Serbia legislation model, implemented in the country in 2001-2002. Within OEBS, the model has been promoted in 56 member countries, and hailed as an extraordinary concept. Acting as the country’s sole expert since 2001, he has added significantly to the development of environment – related legislation and strategic programs, particularly aimed at promoting renewable energy sources in Serbia. He played a key role in forming the current Ministry of Environmental Protection.
Bojan Kovačić was born in 1969. He holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Belgrade. He obtained the scientific status of Research Collaborator at the technical Institute “Kirilo Savić”. As a Researcher and Chief of Department in Research and Development Centre for Energy and Protection at the technical Institute “Kirilo Savić”, Mr. Kovačić has been involved in numerous energy research and development projects. As the Deputy Director of the Serbian Energy Efficiency Agency (SEEA), amongst other tasks, he managed demonstration investment projects in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources (buildings, street lighting, water supply, district heating, biomass boiler house, small hydro power plant). He is the author of more than 30 professional documents.
Veroslav Janković graduated from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, department electro-enertgetics. Currently finishing his post-graduate studies at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad. For over seven years Mr. Jankovic works as a technical manager and director for investments in the industries of the cities of Sabac, Becej, Novi Sad and Sid, while during the last four years he is employed in the Victoria Group company, where he performes the duties of the Executive Director. He published many scientific and expert papers from the fields of automatization and rationalization of industrial processes, energetic efficiency and renewable energy sources. He performes a distinguished function in the Serbian society for development and use of biofules. He is a regular columnist of the Business supplement of the Danas daily.
Dejan Stojadinović was born on February 16, 1971. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Novi Sad. Mr. Stojadinović has 10 years’ experience in Elektroprivreda Srbije, Serbia’s power company. He organized and took part in the energy forums – Privatization in the Energy Sector and Oil Pipelines in the Balkans. As a consultant, he worked on projects related to energy efficiency, privatization of Serbia’s agricultural firms, and privatization of Macedonia’s energy facilities. He is an energy analyst with Ekonomist and Energyobserver, and is currently employed as an Assistant Minister for Renewable Energy Sources at the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia.
Slobodan Vidović was born on March 27, 1947. He graduated from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad with a BSc in Thermal Energy Engineering. In 2003, he was licensed as a head engineer. He studied at the Azores International Summer School, Portugal (1998), International Summer School in Thessaloniki (1990), Foster Wheeler Italiana in Milan (1981-1982) and ACTIM in Paris. At NIS-Naftagas, he was in charge of implementing a GRP for GTE use, a feasibility study and coordinating the system for GTE use. At NIS-Inženjering, he was also engaged in projects for gas collecting systems, thermal energy facilities, LPG storage and process facilities. He set methods used to price geothermal waters at NIS – Naftagas, on account of their economic valorization, and coordinated the construction of a potable water plant in Jazak. His professional experience includes a GRP for overhead installations for gas collecting stations; SGS Srbobran, main projects for power facilities (gas boiler rooms), main projects for heating and air-conditioning isntallations, the MISURATA Refinery Complex – Vacuum Unit process project, MP Steam Generation, Libya, the MISURATA Refinery Complex – Vacuum Unit process project, Vacuum Destillation, Libya, the process project: Fuel Supply, Dahran Airport, Saudi Arabia; GRP and URP installation for preparation of geothermal water – hydrothermal systems (Bč-2/H, BVS-1/H, Pj-2/H, BP-2/H, Te-1/H, Kž-3/H, ...), design and construction of potable water plant Jazak, Serbia.
Gligo Vuković was born in Kotor in 1967. He obtained BSc in Technical Sciences – Faculty of Electrical Engineering, MSc in Technical Sciences – Faculty of Electrical Engineering – Automatic Control Department, University of Belgrade and PhD in Natural Sciences – Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade. He was employed in the Institute of Nuclear Sciences VINČA - Laboratory for Thermal Engineering and Energy as Researcher and Head of Accredited Measurement Laboratory. His scientific research covered thermal engineering and energy, particularly research in applied engineering in energy sector. In Electric Power Industry of Serbia, he was Metrology Section Head responsible for the development of measuring systems, measuring procedures and standardisation and preparations for unbundling of different energy activities. He was Advisor to the Minister of Mining and Energy. His main responsibilities covered the field of reform activities related to the drafting of legislation, restructuring of core business in the Electric Power Industry of Serbia, coordination of the project on Serbian electricity market design, establishment of the System Operator and the Market Operator and preparation for the establishment of the regulatory authority. Since 2004 he has worked as a Senior Task Manager – Energy unit in the European Agency for Reconstruction on the EU projects that cover Regional Energy Market, unbundling and restructuring of the power sector, development of the new institutions and capacity building for the establishment and operation of an energy market.