Peter Taylor

Forum keynote presentation: Only the Business Agile will survive
Workshop: Working with Sponsors effectively

Peter Taylor is a PMO expert who has built and led five global PMOs across several industries, and has advised many other organisations in PMO and PM strategy.

 He is also the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’, along with many other books on project leadership, PMO development, project marketing, project challenges and executive sponsorship.

 In the last 5 years, he has delivered over 350 lectures around the world in over 25 countries and has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’.

 His mission is to teach as many people as possible that it is achievable to ‘work smarter and not harder’ and to still gain success in the battle of the work/life balance.

 More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com – and through his free podcasts in iTunes.

 

Oliver F. Lehmann

Forum keynote presentation: The Dynamics of Success and Failure

Workshop: Let’s talk Money!

Oliver F. Lehmann, MSc., PMP, is a project management author, consultant, speaker and teacher. He studied Linguistics, Literature and History at the University of Stuttgart and Project Management at the University of Liverpool, UK, where he holds a Master of Science Degree. Oliver has trained thousands of project managers in Europe, USA and Asia in methodological project management with a focus on certification preparation. In addition, he is a visiting lecturer at the Technical University of Munich.

He has been a member and volunteer at PMI, the Project Management Institute, since 1998, and serves currently as the President of the PMI Southern Germany Chapter. Between 2004 and 2006, he contributed to PMI’s PM Network magazine, for which he provided a monthly editorial on page 1 called “Launch”, analyzing troubled projects around the world.

Oliver believes in three driving forces for personal improvement in project management: formal learning, experience and observations. He resides in Munich, Bavaria, Germany and can be contacted at oliver@oliverlehmann.com.

Oliver Lehmann is the author of the book “Situational Project Management: The Dynamics of Success and Failure” (ISBN 9781498722612), published by Auerbach / Taylor & Francis in 2016.

To view other works by Oliver Lehmann, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/oliver-f-lehmann/

 

Davor Čengija

Workshop: Agile mindset and values for more predictability and less stress in project management by CROZ

Davor Čengija, Agile Coach and Enterprise Architect at CROZ d.o.o. Zagreb, Croatia

Davor Čengija is Agile Coach and Enterprise Architect with 20 years of experience in software development industry. He went through every stage of the process, working as a software developer, software and system architect and even project manager. Always close to end customers he often took actions in business development, sales and presales. Currently his job is best described as Agile Coach and evangelist.

Through years he's specialised in applying his knowledge and experience in large, multi-team and multi-year projects, especially in banking, telecom and government sectors. 

Having formal education in mechanical engineering, he always leaned toward applying agile principles in non-development environment, such as enterprise architecture, operations, marketing and sales, or HR, enabling people to adopt more creative, fun and interesting way of work.

He developed and teaches several successful courses on quality of software development, system architecture, enterprise architecture and lean and agile approach in work. 

He's an active member of local agile community, organising, facilitating and presenting at meetups and conferences in the region. Through his blogs and social networks presence he's working hardly on demystifying Scrum and agile principles and concepts in general, helping people better understand the benefits of such an approach.

 

 

Nino Zeljko

Workshop: Agile mindset and values for more predictability and less stress in project management by CROZ

Nino Zeljko, Agile coach at CROZ. Agile coach with more than 12 years of experience as software developer with roles in design, development, deployment, testing and optimization, applying different technologies on number of projects from various business domains, as a member of small and big teams and on projects of various sizes.

Working since 2011 in Agile environments, first as a developer, then a Scrum Master and an Agile coach, I am using my skills to help teams and companies improve themselves using Agile values and principles and adopt agile methodologies.

My focus and motivation is helping teams and individuals create a better working environment and improve the way they work so it becomes more satisfying part of people's lives, to reach their full potential and provide better products and services to their customers.

 

Olivier Lazar

Forum keynote presentation: Inertia & Entropy, A Deadly Poison for the Organization and its Remedy: Organizational Agility
Workshop: The 4 Pillars Of Portfolio Management

Olivier Lazar, Msc., MBA, PfMP, PgMP, PMP, PMI-PBA, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMI-ACP

Olivier Lazar is an organizational architecture consultant, coach, and trainer, as well as a graduate with a master’s degree and an executive MBA in strategy, project, and program management from the Lille Graduate School of Management and from the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class 2013. Committed to the advancement of the profession, he’s managing partner and COO at the Valense Palatine Group, acting Project Management Director at Altran AG in Switzerland, a former president at the PMI Switzerland Chapter, and has hold various global volunteering leadership roles at PMI and is a contributor to several PMI Global Standards.

With more than 20 years of Organizational Governance, Change, Project and Program Leadership experience, both on the operational and consulting perspective, Olivier has worked in a large scope of industries, from corporate finance to aerospace, and from E-business to pharmaceutical and energy where he has created organizationally agile environments fostering engagement, motivation and performance. He has been published in professional press and has presented in number of PM conferences around the world, including PMI global congresses in EMEA and North America as well as a seminar leader for PMI SeminarsWorld since 2013.

He’s also one of the very few to hold seven credentials from PMI: PMP®, PfMP®, PgMP®, PMI-PBA®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-ACP®, and PMI-SP®.

Olivier’s leitmotiv lies in his conviction that sharing Knowledge is a major factor for global performance and common development, organizational and personal.

 

Adrian Drempetić

Workshop: NeuroLeadership & Change Management - Tajne mozga koje motiviraju ljude da proaktivno stvaraju promjene

 Adrian Drempetić, MA in psychology, author of Neuro-Business Training programs and Brain-fitness programs, educational innovator, sales management coach.

During the last 15 years he worked as an expert and consultant on numerous projects in the field of management development, sales development, sales process improvement, certification programs for internal trainers, and accelerated learning programs for major banks and IT companies in Austria, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In recent years he developed innovative training solutions based on latest research in neuroscience and behavioral economics for leaders and sales managers. He is the author of the Neurosales Academy® and The Genius Learning Formula®.

His clients among others are, Siemens d.d., VB Leasing d.d., Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Raiffeisen Bank d.d. Bosnia and Herzegovina, SC Splitska Banka d.d., Vaba d.d. Bank of Varaždin, achieving excellent results for his clients on these projects.

He is the CEO of three companies: Genius Learning Technologies Ltd., IDEA Edukacije d.o.o. and IDEA Instrukcije d.o.o.

 

Agata Czopek, PhD, PMP

Forum presentation: New Rules for Building Engaged Teams in a Digital Age

I was born in Gdansk in Poland. My father taught me how to sail when I was 6. That constant search for discovery brought me to Switzerland, a country with no access to the sea.
I am management consultant working at Deloitte in a Human Capital Team, specialized in Digital & Learning. Since more than 10 years I am creating learning solutions (platforms, digital content, learning ecosystems) across industries, from media to pharma, from the US to the Middle East. I won one of the first Design Thinking Accelerator Programs, now I facilitate similar initiatives like #UNLEASH on Sustainable Development Goals.

Education and science are close to my heart. I am a member of PMI Switzerland Chapter, acting vice president Educational Foundation responsible for programs for schools and NGOs.

I have spent many hours sailing between beautiful Croatian Islands.

 

Steve Tauber - PMZG

Forum presentation PMZG: Psychological Safety - How interpersonal risk will push your organization to the next level

Steve Tauber is an American entrepreneur living in Zagreb. With his company, Future Branch Development, he has experience as a senior programmer, project and product manager, and trainer. He is the founder of PMZG, a PM meetup in Zagreb, and an organizer of Webcamp Zagreb, a conference for developers & designers.

He is a huge fan of double-diamond design pattern and applies it to startups and projects. Steve values personal responsibility, empowering remote workers, and distraction free workspaces. In his free time, he supports the Seattle Sounders, spends time with his golden retriever, plays and designs modern board games, and reads sci-fi.

 

Marina Šunjerga

Panel discussion: Jump ahead. Agile and Proactive!

Marina Šunjerga, masters degree in Political science, journalist and analysist at Večernji list daily.
Analysing taxes policies, macroeconomics, financial markets but also covering big insolvency cases Agrokor and Uljanik as well as new business trends.

 

 

Nenad Bakić

Panel discussion: Jump ahead. Agile and Proactive!

Croatian entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Mathematician, with careers in science, digital media, finance and human resources. Serial founder, with multiple successful exits.

Currently focused on transforming education introducing STEM activities and programs. Non-profit IRIM he has founded together with his wife Rujana runs the largest European extracurricular STEM program in EU, Croatian Makers, reaching 100,000 children in Croatia, and indirectly with partners tens of thousands more in other countries.

Special advisor to the President of Croatia for Digital Transformation and STEM.

 

Ivana Novosel

Panel discussion: Jump ahead. Agile and Proactive!

Ivana Novosel is experienced marketing and sales professional with over 15 years of professional experience in areas of Marketing, Sales and Finance. Mostly in roles designed to coordinate complex cross-functional activities with variety of stakeholders. She has track record in marketing and sales strategy and execution, retail management, new sales channel development, as well as finance - specifically Controlling. Most of her professional career she spent on different management positions in A1 Hrvatska. She graduated from University of Economics Zagreb, holds an MBA degree from Bled School of Management and is currently pursuing Executive coaching education at LQ Academy of Executive Coaching, London.

 

Sanel Volarić

Panel discussion: Jump ahead. Agile and Proactive!

M.Sc. Sanel Volarić is an executive with 20 years of professional experience in financial industries and extensive international experience gained in leading European and regional financial companies. Currently, he is the managing director of DSM Consulting that serves many boards in financial and technological sectors in various business and IT fields: restructuring programs, strategic planning, digital strategy, sales and marketing development. During his CEO career in Croatia insurance, after privatization, the company underwent a comprehensive restructuring program, preserving its market position at a much higher profitability level. Most of his career he spent in Allianz Group on different C-level positions in sales and operations. He is a long-standing PMI member and certified PMP who led or sponsored many projects in different business areas and geographies. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Zagreb in electronics and Master’s of Science Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and Computer science. He is finishing a PhD program in the field of digital corporate entrepreneurship

 

Daniel Lenardić

Panel discussion: Jump ahead. Agile and Proactive!

Daniel je partner odgovoran za usluge poslovnog i IT savjetovanja tvrtke KPMG u Hrvatskoj.

Društvu KPMG se pridružio 2001. godine, nakon prethodnog rada u financijskoj industriji, te od tada radi na mnogobrojnim projektima poslovnog i IT savjetovanja za klijente koji posluju u različitim industrijskim sektorima (financijska industrija, telekomunikacije i mediji, energetika, sektor roba široke potrošnje).

Projekti na kojima je Daniel radio pokrivaju različita područja, od poslovnog i strateškog planiranja, istraživanja tržišta i studija isplativosti, digitalne transformacije, operativnog restrukturiranja poslovanja, razvoja organizacije, poboljšanja poslovnih procesa i sustava poslovnog upravljanja, te podrške provedbi kompleksnih projekata.

 

Antonio Prišćan

Forum presentation: How we integrated Cloud and On-premise tools with our bare hands

Antonio Prišćan, born in 1968 in Zagreb. During high school and faculty gathered first experiences in entrepreneurship, hardware configuration and software development. Graduated on Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Department of Telecommunications. Manages ICT projects in company mikroPROM, then Croatian Securities Commission and goes back to telecommunications in Vipnet leading the team developing solutions for business customers within Product Development. Partnership with Vodafone brings interesting projects lead on Mobilkom Austria Group level. During 2005 joins Verso, a fast-growing regional system integrator, responsible for marketing, business consulting, and business development, while participating in business transformation projects in telecoms in roles ranging from project manager, mentor, change management coordinator to project director. Currently works in Strategic Sales & Business Development department in Verso Altima Group.
 

Zvonimir Križ

Forum presentation: The Agile way: Planning is everything and plans are nothing

Zvone has 20+ years experience in software development in banking and military industry.
For the last 10 years he works as a main coordinator on international, enterprise level digital banking solutions. With a strong technical background, he's very skilled in team leading, coordination, coaching and software architecture. Since 2009 he's teaching and practicing Scrum, Kanban and other Agile and Lean development techniques as an agile trainer, agile coach and Scrum master.

Ivuša Dujmović

Forum presentation: Yeti has been seen in Allianz! (How we survived by switching to agile projects)

Ivuša Dujmović has 9 years of professional experience in application development and project management.
She is currently employed in Allianz Zagreb as development team lead, designing and developing core business insurance application as well as managing of the development team.
 

Davor Erceg

Forum presentation: Yeti has been seen in Allianz! (How we survived by switching to agile projects)

Davor Erceg has 14 years of experience in project management in PM and PMO roles, servicing projects for some of largest Croatian corporations and government institutions. In his early days he had developed an affection towards MS Project, to be expanded with process optimizations in recent years. He is currently employed in Allianz Zagreb as Chief Designer & Analyst in PMO and Business Analysis Department, supporting company project portfolio, usually 10-15 concurrent projects.

Zoja Bajbutović

Forum presentation: Practical use of Lean UX and Agile methods in complex projects

Zoja Bajbutović, worked in several companies on senior product development roles, managing, designing and evaluating TV, Web and mobile interfaces. Building dynamic companies and propagating the user's point of view. Specialties: Product Development, UX, IA, Usability, IxD, Agile. Zoja is currently working as Senior PM & UX at Netgen.


Ivo Lukač

Forum presentation: Practical use of Lean UX and Agile methods in complex projects

Ivo Lukač, growing business and partner network, managing and leading web projects, building solutions, nurturing key clients, organizing Web Summer Camp every year. Ivo is currently working as Co-founder & managing partner at Netgen.



Mladen Geng

Forum presentation: The ever-changing reality of agency project management

Mladen Geng is project manager at a Zagreb-based digital innovation company - Bornfight. He has a master's degree in IT from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. During his numerous extracurricular activities, he gathered a lot of experience in organising and mentoring people and developed a strong affection for getting things done. Mladen has been working as a project manager in a digital agency for 4 years, and in that time he tackled a variety of clients and IT projects. As one of the organisers of #PMZG - Project management meetup in Zagreb, he is working on gathering the local PM community, as well as sharing knowledge, experience and ideas.

 

Dženita Džindo

Forum presentation: The ever-changing reality of agency project management

Dženita Džindo has been working as project manager at Bornfight (a Zagreb-based digital innovation company) for the last three years. She works on a variety of different-sized projects and with many different clients, so flexibility regarding the approach and process used is a part of her daily work. Prior to Bornfight, she worked at AIESEC for 5 years - in various roles and on different projects. During that time, she had many international working experiences - after getting her master's degree in Marketing, she moved to Vietnam to work as an English teacher for 6 months. In her free time, Dženita enjoys traveling, running and everything Harry Potter related.

 

Emir Džanić

Forum presentation: INNOVATION ZONE - building organisational culture that stimulates creativity and innovation

Emir is an expert in the area of innovation and co-founder and director at Cambridge Innovative System Solutions Ltd.(www.culture4innovation.com). He connects advanced social and technological knowledge to achieve sustainable innovation through Open innovation and organizational culture change. He holds PhD in the area of the open innovation and organizational culture.
For more than two-decade career, he worked for private companies as well as for ministries and consultant companies in the area of innovation and change management.

During 90’s he started with disruptive innovation, pioneering products for cosmetic industry with own start-up. After successful internationalization and selling company’s shares, he moved to Slovenia to lead innovation projects for pharmaceutical industry. With experience in innovation and development of consumer products, he started to work for major consulting companies and agencies such as Deloitte, Human Dynamics, WYG, UNDP as well as national ministries in the area of innovation, research and process improvement.

He spent last 4 years in the large food processing company Podravka Inc., leading Open innovation team on the company level. During that time, he implemented Open innovation and started more than few large projects. First and most comprehensive is the organizational culture transformation on the company level with objective to enable new business models, services and products to appear at all levels. For most of those organizational culture and behaviour changes internal as well as external sources of innovation were called in. Some of successful projects that have arisen out of Open innovation implementation were disruptive robotic cook (www.gammachef.com), new spin off company dedicated to large R&D projects for food industry and many more. Emir and his team were awarded the best national HR practice award for implementing Open
innovation in the large company.

Emir is an excellent speaker and motivator for innovation and organisational culture topics.

  

Hrvoje Veselko, Mr.Sc, MBA

Forum presentation: 25 years in the making, transition from entrepreneurship to the corporate, and back

Hrvoje Veselko is and Executive Director in IN2. He started his career as sound engineer, producer and copy writer in one of the first fully digital broadcasters in Croatia, followed by moving into IT. He spent next five years on various managerial positions, before joining Vipnet, where, over a course of eight years, he was Director of sales of both business and residential segment. He led go-to-market activity of mStart for two years. In his current role, transformation is a key word. Hrvoje holds Master of Science degree from Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing Zagreb, and an MBA degree from Bled School of Management.

 

 

Sanja Georgina Stropnik

Project of the Year Award Coordinator

Sanja Georgina Stropnik, PMP, project manager, consultant and coach, with 20 years of experience in leading and managing changes in financial institutions. Currently, Sanja is managing director and owner of private company "Pitanja i Odgovori" that provides management consulting services, project leading, managing and audit, and training and coaching in agile projects and change management. 

Sanja is also practitioner of the Art of Participatory Leadership, facilitation methods with focus on meaningfull dialogs and participatory leadership approach in life and work. 

As a volunteer, Sanja is director of the Project of The Year Award and Member of the PMI Croatia Board.      

Marina Pupić Bakrač

PMI Forum Conference Director

PMP® certified with over 15 years of experience in running projects related to product development, process optimization and digitalization in insurance industry. 20 years of professional experience in financial industries also includes strategic market management, product and project portfolio management and market research and analysis. As a Project Portfolio Executive Director in DSM Consulting she currently serves various industries and sectors as consultant in the fields of product management, project management and management of client experience.

In PMI Croatia Chapter Marina is Executive board member and PMI Forum Director since 2015.

 

Stanislav Strešnjak

PMI Croatia Chapter President, PMI Forum Conference Deputy Director

Stanislav Stresnjak, PMP, PSM is Project manager with strong ICT background. He has 20+ years of experience in IT, last 5+ years mostly managing international service projects. Since year 2000 working in Siemens. From 2018 department was taken over by the Atos company. Currently working in the Atos Convergence Creators, Big Data & Security department as a project manager for the international service and customization projects.

For more than a 10 year he was an external assistant on the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology in Osijek from the topic Object Oriented Programming, teaching students Java and C++.

Stanislav has been active PMI Croatia member from 2012, when he earns his PMP certificate. Since 2016 serving in a leadership role as vice president of the PMI Croatia Chapter, and since April 2018 serving as Chapter President. He was one of the founders of the PMIDayz conference, involved in the organization of the PM track on the KulenDayz conference and since few years has been involved in the organization of PMI Forum as a deputy conference director.

Stanislav has a M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology in Osijek, Croatia.

 

Antonija Mandić

Moderator Nagrade za projekt godine

Antonija Mandić je dugogodišnja televizijska i radijska novinarka, urednica i voditeljica. Tijekom gotovo 20-godišnje karijere radila je intervjue s nekim od najpoznatijih svjetskih imena iz svijeta kulture, politike i sporta.