Linda PEreira

Owner, CPL Events

Linda Pereira is the senior partner and CEO of the L&I Communications Group. In addition to her long and respected career as one of the most influential voices in the Meeting Industry, she is also Executive Director of CPL Meetings & Events. Respected internationally as a speaker, writer and as an educator, she has been an invited speaker in over 143 cities and all continents. She has played an active role in many major events and bids for world events. She is also an invited lecturer at three different international Universities where she lectures strategic meetings management. Linda is also a consultant to a variety of international Governments and associations. In 2008 she was considered one of Portugal’s five most influential people in the industry and received the annual education award from USA-based IAHMP. In 2009 she received the medal of honour for responsible entrepreneurship for her commitment to promoting culture and heritage and for CSR initiatives. In 2012 she was voted one of world’s top 100 PCOs for the third year running and was listed among the top 100 Women CEOs of ecommerce companies by WE magazine from the USA. In 2014 she was voted the Events Personality of the Year in Portugal and received the Global Marketing Personality Award from WE Magazine in the USA. In 2015 she was elected president of the Global Council for Women in Leadership. She is currently special advisor to the Minister for the Economy of Cape Verde and sits on the Advisory Council for the Leader Magazine and the Venues of Excellence Certification Board.

Rob Davidson

Managing Director, MICE Knowledge

Rob Davidson is the Managing Director of MICE Knowledge, a consultancy specialising in research, education and training services for the meetings and events industry. His main areas of expertise are conferences and incentive travel, and he has written seven books on these themes, including his latest publication, Business Events. He has carried out research projects for a number of major organisations including the Poland Convention Bureau, the Ireland National Tourism Development Authority, and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence. Rob teaches as a Visiting Professor in five European universities. In 2016, he won the Best Conference Speaker award at the Global Event Awards. In 2017, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the IBTM WORLD exhibition in Barcelona.

Siniša Ubović

Actor, bestseller author, internationally recognized personal development coach and marathoner

He is a leading figure in the field of motivation, modern leadership and public speaking. He educated on almost all continents, learning from the most prominent names and the most recognized experts in all fields. Some of the most important trainings he leads are: Total Motivation, Business Factory, Path of Change, Managing with Heart and Mind, Change Thoughts-Change Life, Managing the Internal Environment as well as Training of Trainers according to HYL methodology. More than 30,000 people have attended his lectures, workshops, trainings and seminars live in the last few years. His programs help people discover and apply the full potential of their own strength on the path of personal progress in the field of career, motivation, love, finances, and interpersonal relationships.

Srđan Vukčević

CEO & Founder, Blue Coach

Srđan Vukčević is the founder and CEO of the company "Blue Coach", which deals with coaching of CEOs, management consulting and solutions based on assessments (Hogan Assessment). Srđan is an executive coach, one of the founders of the coaching industry in the region. As an experienced coach, with more than 20 years of experience, he has worked with CEOs, business owners and their teams to measurably improve their leadership and organizational effectiveness. Its clients are multinational companies from a wide range of industrial areas from around the world, such as: Euromaster, NLB Group, Carlsberg, Dr. Oetker, Moolson Coors, Hilton, The Chedi...

Adam Rowledge

Managing Director, Rowledge Associates

Adam Rowledge is an organisational culture keynote speaker and author. A former 5* hotelier, he was named Independent Hotelier of the Year and included in the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame. He's appeared on BBC and Sky News, writes regularly for the business press and online publications. He holds an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management and has also been designated a Fellow and awarded Chartered Manager status by the Chartered Management Institute. Today, he inspires and supports organisations to achieve success through an employee centric approach to business by creating FIVE STAR teams.

Fabio Morandin

CEO and Founder, MoreHotelier - Outsourced Revenue Management

After almost 10 years of professional experience in the discipline of Revenue Management (firstly with Starwood in Venice and Paris and then with the consultancy companies HotelBrain and Xotels), in 2018 he founded MoreHotelier, with the aim of becoming a "pioneer" of Revenue Management in the Balkans. The company headquartered in Belgrade, provides tailor made outsourced services and offers the best solution to the shortage of qualified revenue managers. In a market where hoteliers are increasingly looking towards solutions able to give all the necessary information to make winning business decisions. Together with his team of consultants, Fabio is currently managing several 4* and 5* hotels in Serbia (Belgrade, Zlatibor, Kopaonik, Vrdnik Banja), Montenegro, Italy and England.

Lazar Džamić

Lecturer in Digital Marketing, Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade

Lazar Džamić is a lecturer in Digital Marketing at the Faculty for Media and Communications in Belgrade (FMK) and one of the foremost brand and marketing strategists in the region, with more than 20 years of strategic marketing experience in one of the most competitive markets in the world. He is a former Head of Brand Planning in Google's creative think tank ZOO in London, where he created the strategy team and introduced to the industry two of the world's first Creative Data Scientists. His mission at Google was to 'turn light into heat': a vast amount of Google data into surprising and deep insights for creating great brand stories. Prior to Google, he also served as a Strategy Director in several London creative agencies and was one of the first digital strategists in the United Kingdom. He worked on campaigns and programmes for some of the UK's most loved brands such as Tesco, John Lewis, Waitrose, Virgin Holidays, Nando's etc. After his return from London, Lazar is a much sought-after trainer for digital marketing transformation, working with some of the biggest local and regional clients such as Telenor, Mercator, Adidas, Erste Bank and others. He is also a member of the Serbian Prime Minister's Creative Council, advising on aspects of developing Serbia's creative sectors. He is the creative industries consultant for The European Bank for Development and Reconstruction, an ex-journalist, contributor to The Guardian and a best-selling author in Serbia. He is a regular speaker at global and regional conferences on topics of digital marketing and brand storytelling.

Manuela Hrvatin

Country coordinator for Croatia, Interpret Europe

Manuela Hrvatin is today a certified interpreter of heritage (Interpreter of Cultural and Natural Heritage - INTERPRET EUROPE) and also Country coordinator for Croatia from 2019. She leads the Practice for Interpretation of Cultural Heritage on the Culture and Tourism studies at the University of Juraj Dobrila in Pula. She teaches at the postgraduate specialist study "Adapting to the European Union: Project Management and EU Fundraising Program" at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb. She gained experience in the Region of Istria as a coordinator of INTERREG projects of the Istrian County from 2002 to 2010, especially in INTERREG CBC (SLO - HR) program, during the first IE training programme in Croatia and by the trainer Iva Silla. She was senior consultant for International Co-operation and EU Affairs from 2010 to 2013 and the leader and initiator of the Istra Inspirit project (cultural and experience tourism) from 2012 to 2016. Since 2016, she has worked in the Istra Inspirit Association as a coordinator for the living history of the project KulTERRA - revitalization of the Istrian castles Morosini - Grimani and Petrapilosa. At the same time, since 2016, she has been working in the Vrsar Municipality as a consultant for EU projects and the project leader ENJOYHERITAGE (INTERREG V, slo - en) - a blend of cultural and natural heritage. Manuela Hrvatin is from June 2019 the coordinator in the Istra Inspirit Association on the Heritage Mines (Rudnici baštine) project, which goal is to verify a new profession called Certified interpreter of the Region of Istria. The project is financed by the European Social Fund.

Jovana Kvržić

Travel blogger, Jovana's life in a suitcase

Jovana Kvržić is a master of pharmacy and travel blogger since 2018 when she launched the website www.jovaninzivotukoferu, which is visit by 100,000 people a year. She has visited over 70 countries and, in addition to the website, she shares her experiences on the social media network Instagram, where she is followed by tens of thousands of travel fans. In 2020, she was named the best "Travel instagrammer" by Wannabe online magazine. She also graduated from the "Molen creative academy", majoring in "Digital marketing and account management". In addition to traveling, she also deals with education on the topic of social media networks and holds individual and group consultations as part of the author's project "Travel with Jovana".

Strahinja Ćalović

Digital marketing specialist

Strahinja Ćalović is a specialist in digital marketing, with an emphasis on social media marketing.
His job is to advance clients’ businesses with advanced marketing methods or to improve their digital PR. Some of the services he provides are: leading the appearance of brands on social media networks, leading the appearance of public figures on social media networks (digital PR), consultations to improve appearances / business on social media networks,.
marketing consultations for startup projects, training for creating online content, help with developing new business ideas through social media networks. Some of his clients are: MTS, Telenor Contact, Hotel Moskva, Heineken, Frikom, ENETEL Solutions, Sportske, Adria Media Group, Institute of Technology Belgrade, Free Zone, CIRSD.

Known to the general public as the author of the social media pages:

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Dijana Kocić

Digital storyteller, speaker, educator and digital change agent in the area of travel and education

Dijana has developed her experience and expertise as a regional brand manager in Red Bull GmBh, where she has worked for 9 years, in Novak Đoković foundation as Digital Marketing Manager and through entrepreneurial projects in the area of organisation of events, lectures and workshops. Her biggest success was using her social media to make an impact on education in an African school. In 3 weeks’ period, she successfully fundraised 7.000$ and independently managed the renovation of a computer room in Tanzania. Dijana spoke at more than 10 conferences and events including Women Leadership Summit, Restart Conference etc.

Dr. Goran Ćorluka

Assistant Professor, Entrepreneur

Goran Ćorluka is a passionate scientist and expert in the field of tourism. His high school, graduate and postgraduate education is connected to tourism. From his first steps on the labor market until today, he is engaged in scientific research and professional work in the field of tourism and hospitality, so it is not surprising that his statement that tourism is part of him and that tourism lives in the true sense of the word. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Split, Croatia. At the University Department of Professional Studies, he performs the function of Deputy Vice Dean for Teaching and International Cooperation. Through his engagement, he designed study programs and brought numerous students to the labor market. He also has a professorial role at the University of Applied Sciences Kempten, Germany, where he is engaged as an external associate. He is active in writing scientific and professional papers, and he publicly shares his observations and views on events in tourism through statements for the media, as a panelist or invited guest lecturer at different events.

Naomy Gmyrek

Project manager, Disal Consulting

Naomy Gmyrek is an engagement expert and project manager at Disal Consulting, an Italian management advisory firm specializing in strategy, public policy and digital marketing. Over the years, she has worked with industry leaders, national governments and international firms, challenging the status quo and helping companies survive and thrive in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Naomy started her career in the hospitality and entertainment sector, cultivating Michelin-starred brands and James Beard Award-winning establishments in New York City. She worked with game-changing companies, such as AvroKO, Banyan Tree, and Impossible Foods to help build unique brands and experiences, garnering global recognition such as the “Best Bar in America” win from Esquire and “50 Best Bars” by Time Out New York.

Upon completing her MBA in Strategy & Innovation at Nanyang Business School, Singapore, Naomy pivoted to the world of consulting, leveraging her brand storytelling skills for business strategy success. She has authored several papers, including a recent ground-breaking report for Netflix and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on ways to reimagine screen tourism and sustainability.

Milan Ivkov

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, Faculty of Science, University of Novi Sad

After completing his studies in the field of hospitality, Dr Milan Ivkov spent a year in London on professional training at the hotel "The Dorchester". Upon his return to Serbia, he worked as a manager of the restaurant "Probus" from Sremska Mitrovica, and then as a marketing manager in the company "Novi Sad Fair", where he participated in the organization of numerous events. He defended his doctoral dissertation entitled "Quality Management Models in Restaurant Management" in 2015. He has been teaching at the Department of Geography, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Faculty of Science, University of Novi Sad since 2011, currently as an assistant professor.

He has won several Erasmus + scholarships for the exchange of teaching staff, which have enabled him to teach at faculties in England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal. At the faculty, he leads training in the use of "Oracle Hospitality Suite 8" software (Micros Fidelio Suite 8) and has a sommelier's certificate. Areas of interest are quality of services, customer satisfaction, management in the hospitality industry.

Linda PEreira

Owner, CPL Events

Linda Pereira is the senior partner and CEO of the L&I Communications Group. In addition to her long and respected career as one of the most influential voices in the Meeting Industry, she is also Executive Director of CPL Meetings & Events. Respected internationally as a speaker, writer and as an educator, she has been an invited speaker in over 143 cities and all continents. She has played an active role in many major events and bids for world events. She is also an invited lecturer at three different international Universities where she lectures strategic meetings management. Linda is also a consultant to a variety of international Governments and associations. In 2008 she was considered one of Portugal’s five most influential people in the industry and received the annual education award from USA-based IAHMP. In 2009 she received the medal of honour for responsible entrepreneurship for her commitment to promoting culture and heritage and for CSR initiatives. In 2012 she was voted one of world’s top 100 PCOs for the third year running and was listed among the top 100 Women CEOs of ecommerce companies by WE magazine from the USA. In 2014 she was voted the Events Personality of the Year in Portugal and received the Global Marketing Personality Award from WE Magazine in the USA. In 2015 she was elected president of the Global Council for Women in Leadership. She is currently special advisor to the Minister for the Economy of Cape Verde and sits on the Advisory Council for the Leader Magazine and the Venues of Excellence Certification Board.

Rob Davidson

Managing Director, MICE Knowledge

Rob Davidson is the Managing Director of MICE Knowledge, a consultancy specialising in research, education and training services for the meetings and events industry. His main areas of expertise are conferences and incentive travel, and he has written seven books on these themes, including his latest publication, Business Events. He has carried out research projects for a number of major organisations including the Poland Convention Bureau, the Ireland National Tourism Development Authority, and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence. Rob teaches as a Visiting Professor in five European universities. In 2016, he won the Best Conference Speaker award at the Global Event Awards. In 2017, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the IBTM WORLD exhibition in Barcelona.

Siniša Ubović

Actor, bestseller author, internationally recognized personal development coach and marathoner

He is a leading figure in the field of motivation, modern leadership and public speaking. He educated on almost all continents, learning from the most prominent names and the most recognized experts in all fields. Some of the most important trainings he leads are: Total Motivation, Business Factory, Path of Change, Managing with Heart and Mind, Change Thoughts-Change Life, Managing the Internal Environment as well as Training of Trainers according to HYL methodology. More than 30,000 people have attended his lectures, workshops, trainings and seminars live in the last few years. His programs help people discover and apply the full potential of their own strength on the path of personal progress in the field of career, motivation, love, finances, and interpersonal relationships.

Srđan Vukčević

CEO & Founder, Blue Coach

Srđan Vukčević is the founder and CEO of the company "Blue Coach", which deals with coaching of CEOs, management consulting and solutions based on assessments (Hogan Assessment). Srđan is an executive coach, one of the founders of the coaching industry in the region. As an experienced coach, with more than 20 years of experience, he has worked with CEOs, business owners and their teams to measurably improve their leadership and organizational effectiveness. Its clients are multinational companies from a wide range of industrial areas from around the world, such as: Euromaster, NLB Group, Carlsberg, Dr. Oetker, Moolson Coors, Hilton, The Chedi...

Adam Rowledge

Managing Director, Rowledge Associates

Adam Rowledge is an organisational culture keynote speaker and author. A former 5* hotelier, he was named Independent Hotelier of the Year and included in the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame. He's appeared on BBC and Sky News, writes regularly for the business press and online publications. He holds an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management and has also been designated a Fellow and awarded Chartered Manager status by the Chartered Management Institute. Today, he inspires and supports organisations to achieve success through an employee centric approach to business by creating FIVE STAR teams.

Fabio Morandin

CEO and Founder, MoreHotelier - Outsourced Revenue Management

After almost 10 years of professional experience in the discipline of Revenue Management (firstly with Starwood in Venice and Paris and then with the consultancy companies HotelBrain and Xotels), in 2018 he founded MoreHotelier, with the aim of becoming a "pioneer" of Revenue Management in the Balkans. The company headquartered in Belgrade, provides tailor made outsourced services and offers the best solution to the shortage of qualified revenue managers. In a market where hoteliers are increasingly looking towards solutions able to give all the necessary information to make winning business decisions. Together with his team of consultants, Fabio is currently managing several 4* and 5* hotels in Serbia (Belgrade, Zlatibor, Kopaonik, Vrdnik Banja), Montenegro, Italy and England.

Lazar Džamić

Lecturer in Digital Marketing, Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade

Lazar Džamić is a lecturer in Digital Marketing at the Faculty for Media and Communications in Belgrade (FMK) and one of the foremost brand and marketing strategists in the region, with more than 20 years of strategic marketing experience in one of the most competitive markets in the world. He is a former Head of Brand Planning in Google's creative think tank ZOO in London, where he created the strategy team and introduced to the industry two of the world's first Creative Data Scientists. His mission at Google was to 'turn light into heat': a vast amount of Google data into surprising and deep insights for creating great brand stories. Prior to Google, he also served as a Strategy Director in several London creative agencies and was one of the first digital strategists in the United Kingdom. He worked on campaigns and programmes for some of the UK's most loved brands such as Tesco, John Lewis, Waitrose, Virgin Holidays, Nando's etc. After his return from London, Lazar is a much sought-after trainer for digital marketing transformation, working with some of the biggest local and regional clients such as Telenor, Mercator, Adidas, Erste Bank and others. He is also a member of the Serbian Prime Minister's Creative Council, advising on aspects of developing Serbia's creative sectors. He is the creative industries consultant for The European Bank for Development and Reconstruction, an ex-journalist, contributor to The Guardian and a best-selling author in Serbia. He is a regular speaker at global and regional conferences on topics of digital marketing and brand storytelling.

Manuela Hrvatin

Country coordinator for Croatia, Interpret Europe

Manuela Hrvatin is today a certified interpreter of heritage (Interpreter of Cultural and Natural Heritage - INTERPRET EUROPE) and also Country coordinator for Croatia from 2019. She leads the Practice for Interpretation of Cultural Heritage on the Culture and Tourism studies at the University of Juraj Dobrila in Pula. She teaches at the postgraduate specialist study "Adapting to the European Union: Project Management and EU Fundraising Program" at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb. She gained experience in the Region of Istria as a coordinator of INTERREG projects of the Istrian County from 2002 to 2010, especially in INTERREG CBC (SLO - HR) program, during the first IE training programme in Croatia and by the trainer Iva Silla. She was senior consultant for International Co-operation and EU Affairs from 2010 to 2013 and the leader and initiator of the Istra Inspirit project (cultural and experience tourism) from 2012 to 2016. Since 2016, she has worked in the Istra Inspirit Association as a coordinator for the living history of the project KulTERRA - revitalization of the Istrian castles Morosini - Grimani and Petrapilosa. At the same time, since 2016, she has been working in the Vrsar Municipality as a consultant for EU projects and the project leader ENJOYHERITAGE (INTERREG V, slo - en) - a blend of cultural and natural heritage. Manuela Hrvatin is from June 2019 the coordinator in the Istra Inspirit Association on the Heritage Mines (Rudnici baštine) project, which goal is to verify a new profession called Certified interpreter of the Region of Istria. The project is financed by the European Social Fund.

Jovana Kvržić

Travel blogger, Jovana's life in a suitcase

Jovana Kvržić is a master of pharmacy and travel blogger since 2018 when she launched the website www.jovaninzivotukoferu, which is visit by 100,000 people a year. She has visited over 70 countries and, in addition to the website, she shares her experiences on the social media network Instagram, where she is followed by tens of thousands of travel fans. In 2020, she was named the best "Travel instagrammer" by Wannabe online magazine. She also graduated from the "Molen creative academy", majoring in "Digital marketing and account management". In addition to traveling, she also deals with education on the topic of social media networks and holds individual and group consultations as part of the author's project "Travel with Jovana".

Strahinja Ćalović

Digital marketing specialist

Strahinja Ćalović is a specialist in digital marketing, with an emphasis on social media marketing.
His job is to advance clients’ businesses with advanced marketing methods or to improve their digital PR. Some of the services he provides are: leading the appearance of brands on social media networks, leading the appearance of public figures on social media networks (digital PR), consultations to improve appearances / business on social media networks,.
marketing consultations for startup projects, training for creating online content, help with developing new business ideas through social media networks. Some of his clients are: MTS, Telenor Contact, Hotel Moskva, Heineken, Frikom, ENETEL Solutions, Sportske, Adria Media Group, Institute of Technology Belgrade, Free Zone, CIRSD.

Known to the general public as the author of the social media pages:

Dad's diary
Aca Information

Dijana Kocić

Digital storyteller, speaker, educator and digital change agent in the area of travel and education

Dijana has developed her experience and expertise as a regional brand manager in Red Bull GmBh, where she has worked for 9 years, in Novak Đoković foundation as Digital Marketing Manager and through entrepreneurial projects in the area of organisation of events, lectures and workshops. Her biggest success was using her social media to make an impact on education in an African school. In 3 weeks’ period, she successfully fundraised 7.000$ and independently managed the renovation of a computer room in Tanzania. Dijana spoke at more than 10 conferences and events including Women Leadership Summit, Restart Conference etc.

Dr. Goran Ćorluka

Assistant Professor, Entrepreneur

Goran Ćorluka is a passionate scientist and expert in the field of tourism. His high school, graduate and postgraduate education is connected to tourism. From his first steps on the labor market until today, he is engaged in scientific research and professional work in the field of tourism and hospitality, so it is not surprising that his statement that tourism is part of him and that tourism lives in the true sense of the word. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Split, Croatia. At the University Department of Professional Studies, he performs the function of Deputy Vice Dean for Teaching and International Cooperation. Through his engagement, he designed study programs and brought numerous students to the labor market. He also has a professorial role at the University of Applied Sciences Kempten, Germany, where he is engaged as an external associate. He is active in writing scientific and professional papers, and he publicly shares his observations and views on events in tourism through statements for the media, as a panelist or invited guest lecturer at different events.

Naomy Gmyrek

Project manager, Disal Consulting

Naomy Gmyrek is an engagement expert and project manager at Disal Consulting, an Italian management advisory firm specializing in strategy, public policy and digital marketing. Over the years, she has worked with industry leaders, national governments and international firms, challenging the status quo and helping companies survive and thrive in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Naomy started her career in the hospitality and entertainment sector, cultivating Michelin-starred brands and James Beard Award-winning establishments in New York City. She worked with game-changing companies, such as AvroKO, Banyan Tree, and Impossible Foods to help build unique brands and experiences, garnering global recognition such as the “Best Bar in America” win from Esquire and “50 Best Bars” by Time Out New York.

Upon completing her MBA in Strategy & Innovation at Nanyang Business School, Singapore, Naomy pivoted to the world of consulting, leveraging her brand storytelling skills for business strategy success. She has authored several papers, including a recent ground-breaking report for Netflix and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on ways to reimagine screen tourism and sustainability.

Milan Ivkov

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, Faculty of Science, University of Novi Sad

After completing his studies in the field of hospitality, Dr Milan Ivkov spent a year in London on professional training at the hotel "The Dorchester". Upon his return to Serbia, he worked as a manager of the restaurant "Probus" from Sremska Mitrovica, and then as a marketing manager in the company "Novi Sad Fair", where he participated in the organization of numerous events. He defended his doctoral dissertation entitled "Quality Management Models in Restaurant Management" in 2015. He has been teaching at the Department of Geography, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Faculty of Science, University of Novi Sad since 2011, currently as an assistant professor.

He has won several Erasmus + scholarships for the exchange of teaching staff, which have enabled him to teach at faculties in England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal. At the faculty, he leads training in the use of "Oracle Hospitality Suite 8" software (Micros Fidelio Suite 8) and has a sommelier's certificate. Areas of interest are quality of services, customer satisfaction, management in the hospitality industry.