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May 22-23, 2017

SARAJEVO BUSINESS FORUM


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Traditional SBF Bridge Awards

Each year, the Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF) incorporates new projects with the purpose of improving the regional business environment and supporting new ideas, successful companies and individuals. This year, SBF 2017 will once again acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond in their respected fields.

Bukvić at the closing event: Record number of participants from 30 countries worldwide

This year's Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF), which brought together a record number of participants from almost 30 countries, was officially closed.

Al Hawaj: BiH is Dream Country and Has Everything Bahrain Wants

President of Al Hawaj Group of Companies Jawad Yousuf Al Hawaj said at the Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF) 2017 that Bahrain had great respect for Bosnia and Herzegovina, noting that many people mentioned our country as the destination they would love to visit.

The European Perspective: Prospects for SEE Modernization and Harmonization with the EU

Member of the ASA Prevent Group Management Board Ćazim Hamzić said at today's Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF) 2017 that ASA Prevent employed 7000 persons in 15 towns across the country, adding that maintaining stability was their basic business strategy.

Halal Industry is Fastest Growing Industry in World

The second day of this year's Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF) 2017 began with the panel discussion about current opportunities and potential for linking East Asia and South-Eastern Europe.

Zvizdić: Tens of Thousands of Jobs Created in BiH in Past 20 Months

Chairman of the Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdić said at Sarajevo Business Forum 2017 (SBF) that tens of thousands of jobs were created in BiH in the past 20 months, especially in the private sector.

Mesić at SBF: Linking Region Should Be Our Most Important Strategic Goal

Former Croatian President Stjepan Mesić said in his address at Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF) that linking the region was the most important strategic goal for these countries.

Danilo Turk: It is Good that BiH Economy Is Becoming More Independent of Politics

Former Slovenian President Danilo Turk said SBF that the European Union had not initially understood that the way forward involved taking small steps but the Union eventually accepted it, adding that it was good that BiH economy was becoming more independent of politics as BiH Presidency Chairman Mladen Ivanić pointed out today.

Ivanić at SBF: Let Us Set Aside Political Differences and Work on Attracting Investors

Attendees at eighth international investment conference Sarajevo Business Forum 2017 (SBF) were welcomed by the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladen Ivanić who thanked the BBI CEO Amer Bukvić and his team who worked very hard on organizing the SBF for the eighth time.

Hajjar: Bank shall continue to leverage its global and regional presence

President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, Dr. Bandar Hajjar, says the Bank shall continue to leverage its global and regional presence, extensive client base, and wide range of products and services to support Southeastern Europe’s position as an important international economic corridor between the East and West for trade and investment.

Our Speakers

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Amer Bukvić
CEO, Bosna Bank International
Since 2006 he has been serving as CEO of BBI bank, Sarajevo. He is a member of steering committees at several regional and international business summits, including holding a chairman position on the Steering committee of the SUMMIT100 Business Leaders of Southeast Europe. He co-founded the Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF), the largest investment conference in Southeast Europe.
Dr. Bandar M. H. Hajjar
President, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group
Dr. Hajjar served as Minister of Hajj from 2011-2016. During his term, he introduced 25 initiatives to develop and enhance the services provided to the Hajjis. Dr. Hajjar occupied the posts of Deputy Dean of the College of Economy and Administration; Deputy Director of the Islamic Economics Research Center; and Head of the Committee on Curricula Taught from an Islamic Perspective.
Mladen Ivanić
BiH Presidency Chairman
Mladen Ivanic has had a long career in the politics of the modern state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, notably he has served as the Prime Minister of the Republika Srpska and also as the Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mladen Ivanic joined the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina in November 2014.
Christian Danielsson
Director – General for Enlargement Negotiations and Neighborhood of the EC
Mr. Christian Danielsson became the Ambassador Permanent Representative of Sweden to the EU in 2008. From 2011 to 2013, he has served as the Deputy Secretary General, Secretariat-General in charge of Relations with the European Council/Council, in addition to other diplomatic relations. He has also done extensive work withthe Protocol Service.
Ismir Jusko
Minister of Communication and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In the course of his professional and sports career, Mr. Jusko has achieved remarkable results and has been rewarded with numerous distinguished domestic and international awards, gaining an extensive professional and managerial experience. During his employment with the US Embassy in Sarajevo, he was awarded nine times by the State Department. From November 2015 to May 2016,he was the Sarajevo Canton’s Minister of Interior Affairs.
Jyrki Katainen
European Commission Vice-President
Mr. Jyrki Katainen is a Finnish politician and the European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness since 2014. Mr. Katainen was elected Prime Minister by the new parliament and assumed office in June 22, 2011. Heleft his positionas chairman of Finland's National Coalition Party and as the Finnish Prime Minister in June 2014 to serve as the European Commissioner the following month. He was later confirmed as Vice-President designate for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness in the European Commission.
Haris Silajdžić
Former member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
From 1990 to 1993, he served as the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and as the prime minister from 1993 to 1996. Silajdžić has been a member of the Bosnian delegation which negotiated the US-brokered Dayton Accords. Dr. Silajdžićreceived his Doctor Honoris Causa by the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
Mehmet Şimşek
Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey
Since November 2015, Mr.Mehmet Şimşek has served as Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey. From 2009 to 2015, he worked as Minister of Finance for the cabinets of Prime Ministers Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ahmet Davutoğlu. As Finance Minister, Şimşek has formulated fiscal policy which has helped Turkey recover from the global financial crisis of 2008. He was nominated as one of the 500 most powerful people on the planet by Foreign Policy in 2013 and also awarded the title of "Finance Minister of the Year for Emerging Europe 2013" by Emerging Markets magazine.
Danilo Türk
Former President, Republic of Slovenia
Danilo Türk is a Slovenian diplomat, professor of international law, human rights expert, and political figure who served as the President of Slovenia from 2007 to 2012. He is a visiting professor of international law at Columbia University in New York City, a professor emeritus at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, and non-resident senior fellow of Chongyang Institute for Financial studies at Renmin University of China in Beijing. He served as the first Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the UN and remained in New York as ambassador for eight years, from 1992 until 2000.
Denis Zvizdić
Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In 2003 ,Dr. Denis Zvizdić became Premier of the Sarajevo Canton, and in 2006. Speaker of the Sarajevo Cantonal Assembly. He has served as Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina since March 2015. During his premiership, the SAA agreement with the EU entered into force and Bosnia and Herzegovina submitted its EU membership.
Stjepan Mesić
Former President, Republic of Croatia
Stjepan "Stipe" Mesić is a Croatian politician who served as the second President of Croatia from 2000 to 2010. After the first multi-party and free elections appointed the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia (May 1990 - August 1990) and pursuant to the resolution of the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia became Croatia's member in the Presidency of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (August 1990 - May 1991). On 7 February 2000 elected President of the Republic of Croatia and subsequently left the party wanting to be the President of all the citizens of Croatia.On 16 January 2005 reelected for the President of the Republic of Croatia.
Miodrag Poledica
State Secretary, The Ministry of Civil Engineering, Transport and Infrastructure, The Republic of Serbia
Miodrag Poledica was born in Belgrade in 1969, where he finished primary and secondary school, and graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Belgrade. He served as State Secretary at the Ministry of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure in April 2014 and has been performing the same function in the Ministry of Transport since August 2012. From 2003 to 2012, he served as Head of Department for Railway and Intermodal Transport at this ministry. Poledica is leading for negotiating chapters: 14-Transport Policy and 21-Trans-European Networks in EU Negotiations.
Duško Knežević
President Atlas Group Montenegro
Duško Knežević is the founder and president of the board of directors of Atlas Group Corporation (AGC). AGC is the largest financial group in Montenegro consisting of dozens of companies with far-ranging business interest, including banks and financial companies in Serbia, Cyprus, Russia and Great Britain. In addition to his business interests, he is the founder and president of the board of two business oriented universities, in Montenegro and in Serbia. In April 2010, Knežević became a member of Clinton Global Initiative, President Clinton's organization that is gathering private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other global leaders to effectively confront the world's most pressing problems.
Mirko Šarović
Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relationship, Bosnia and Herzegovina
From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Šarović was Vice President of the Republika Srpska. In 2000, he became President of the Republika Srpska. From 2002 to 2003, he was a Serb Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and also served as Chairman of the Presidency until April 2003. He served two terms as a member of the National Assembly for the Republika Srpska.
Damir Šehović
Minister of Education, Montenegro
Damir Šehović received his PhD in 2015 in Belgrade, the Belgrade Banking Academy - Faculty for banking, insurance and finance. He is the author of numerous scientific papers in the field of finance and macroeconomics. Šehović worked as Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of Montenegro, from March 2008 to May 2009. In the period from May 2009 to October 2016, Šehović served two terms as elected member of the Parliament of Montenegro.
Fadil Novalić
Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In 1983, Mr. Novalić graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering department for Motors and Motor Vehicles at University of Sarajevo. From 2001 to 2013, he was general manager of the TMD Company. From 2005 to 2015, Novalić was an active member of the Business Council of the University of Sarajevo. Mr. Novalić was involved in building a network of companies that collaborate with the automotive industry of Europe. Since 2015, he has held the position of President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Meliksah Utku
CEO, Alabaraka Turk Katilim Bankasi, Turkey
From 2007 to 2009,Mr. Meliksah Utku worked as an Investor Relations Manager. In December 2009, he continued as CIO – Assistant General Manager and was later appointed as CFO. In 2013, he was a board member of Borsa Istanbul. In addition to his duties as GM of AlbarakaTürk, he is currently the President of Participation Banks Association of Turkey.
Harjeet Singh
Managing Director, Bank of Singapore, Singapore
He has been Managing Director, Team Head and Senior Banker for Non Resident Indians Singapore & Southeast Asiaat BNP Paribas Wealth Management since June 2015. Mr. Singh is responsible to build and manage a team of relationship managers which cater to the wealthy NRI segmentin Southeast Asia, with a focus on Singapore. He joined BNP Paribas from J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Singapore, where he served as Executive Director. Before joining J.P. Morgan in 2011, Mr. Singh served as Director of IPB Asia at Barclays Wealth, Singapore.
YB Dato' Dr. Noraini Ahmad
Chairman MATRADE and Member of the Parliament of Malaysia
Datuk Noraini Ahmad is a Malaysian politician and Member of the Parliament for the Parit Sulong constituency in the state of Johor. She is a member of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) party in the governing Barisan National coalition. Noraini was elected to federal Parliament in the 2008 election, replacing UMNO's incumbent member Syed Hood Syed Edros. At the time of her election, she was the head of Puteri UMNO (UMNO's women's youth wing). In 2013, Noraini won re-election to Parliament and was appointed by the government as chair of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade).
Ms Amina Ahmed Mohammed
Executive Director, Emirates International Accreditation Centre
From 1990 to 1993, Mohamed acted as a Legal Advisor to Kenya's mission at the UN head office in Geneva, Switzerland.There, she worked alongside officials from the International Labor Organisation, World Health Organisation and General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade/World Trade Organisation. Between 2000 and 2006, Mohamed worked as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative for the Kenya diplomatic mission in Geneva. She was also the Chairman, Coordinator and Spokesperson for the African Group in the WTO's Human Rights Commission.
Amer Bukvić
CEO, Bosna Bank International
Dr. Bandar M. H. Hajjar
President, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group
Mladen Ivanić
BiH Presidency Chairman
Christian Danielsson
General for Enlargement Negotiations and Neighborhood of the EC
Ismir Jusko
Minister of Communication and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jyrki Katainen
European Commission Vice-President
Haris Silajdžić
Former member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mehmet Şimşek
Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey
Danilo Türk
Former President, Republic of Slovenia
Denis Zvizdić
Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stjepan Mesić
Former President, Republic of Croatia
Miodrag Poledica
State Secretary, The Ministry of Civil Engineering, Transport and Infrastructure, The Republic of Serbia
Duško Knežević
President Atlas Group Montenegro
Mirko Šarović
Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relationship, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Damir Šehović
Minister of Education, Montenegro
Fadil Novalić
Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovinao
Meliksah Utku
CEO, Alabaraka Turk Katilim Bankasi, Turkey
Harjeet Singh
Managing Director, Bank of Singapore, Singapore
YB Dato' Dr. Noraini Ahmad
Chairman MATRADE and Member of the Parliament of Malaysia
Ms Amina Ahmed Mohammed
Executive Director, Emirates International Accreditation Centre

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The Conference is gathering businessmen and project owners from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia on one hand and their counterparts from more than 30 countries worldwide on the other.