Tahir Hasanovic – Deputy Chairman
Tahir Hasanovic is a key member of Serbia’s business and political leadership. After graduating from university as a physicist, Hasanovic was active in politics and held prominent positions, such as being the last “youth foreign minister” of the former Yugoslavia in 1989. In 1993, Hasanovic co-founded and was the first secretary general of opposition party New Democracy, which was part of the coalition that unseated Milosevic in October 2000. Hasanovic then oversaw all appointments to government and state-owned industry posts. He built ties with the Democratic Party leadership currently in opposition. As a result, Hasanovic earned a reputation as one of the few individuals maintaining cordial relations with both governing and opposition parties. Hasanovic withdrew from active politics in 2003 and devotes himself full-time to business.
He founded and developed successful local companies in several fields, including telecommunications and security (sold to Securitas), and oversaw their sale to foreign investors. He sat on the boards of two state-owned companies, Centrobanka and Serbia’s Railway Company. Hasanovic actively participates in Serbia’s social scene, both via private philanthropic endeavours and memberships of key social clubs and investor associations. Significantly, Hasanovic led foreign relations for Serbia’s Masonic Lodge (RGLS). He is also actively involved in efforts to promote Serbia’s image abroad. He plays a leading role in Serbia’s branch of the Trilateral Commission, as well as being executive director of the East-West Bridge think tank.
Igor Orlic is currently member of the Global Pricing Team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, a magic circle law firm with offices in Europe, USA, MENA and Asia.
He graduated in Economics and International Relations from the University of Novi Sad in the early 1990’s, and speaks fluent English, Serbian and conversational German.
Following an early career in Serbia, he moved to the UK permanently and took a career into accounting and finance. He has subsequently held a number of management and financial roles with the retail sector, professional services (Grant Thornton LLP) and prestigious ‘establishment’ law firms such as Farrer & Co. He joined Freshfields in 2013 and has held posts in managing Business Analytics Team and Global Pricing Team.
Igor’s expertise is in acting as a conduit between the internal and external clients with highly commercially-focused positions involving work in pricing, profitability and strategic planning.
Jadranka Dervisevic Kitaric
Jadranka is the London-based Director responsible for new business development, member liaison and programme implementation in the UK. A graduate of finance and banking at Belgrade University and awarded a masters degree from Cass Business School, Jadranka has over 15 years’ commercial experience in the Balkans and UK. Early in her career, Jadranka specialised in cross border trade and finance. Since 2003 she has assisted public and private sector organisations in real estate and infrastructure projects, and worked alongside multidisciplinary teams including finance, engineering and project management.
Avram Balabanovic was until recently the managing director of CTL Components Group plc, a group of engineering companies based in London. After electronic engineering studies at Belgrade University, Avram has been engaged in extensive trading contracts in central and Eastern Europe. As a member of the UK-based team Avram participated in EU conferences on investment in the former Yugoslavia and Turkey. During the 1990s Avram was the treasurer of Democratic Encounters in Paris and the Serbian Information Centre in London. Avram is also a founding member of the Serbian Council of Great Britain and a trustee of the Serbian Society in London.
Stephen Fish is in charge of the Ernst & Young country practices in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He graduated in Chemistry and Management Studies from Nottingham University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Stephen started his career in his native England, before moving to the Middle East. He then lived and worked in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia before moving to Serbia in 2010. He has extensive experience in providing assurance, transaction and advisory services to clients across the region.
Stephen is the secretary treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Serbian Private Equity Association, and is the vice president of the Business Leaders Forum in Serbia.
Slavko Caric is the CEO of Erste Bank Serbia, the member of Erste Group, one of the largest financial services providers in Central and Eastern Europe.
He was born in 1971 and received his education in America and Switzerland, where he earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Geneva in 1995. During his career, he founded several successful companies in the area of trade and finance. Mr. Caric knows business environment in Serbia very well thanks to his long-standing experience within investment banking and capital market in Serbia. In January 2009 Slavko Caric became President of the Management Board of Erste Bank Serbia.
Slavko is a Member of European Trilateral Commission and actively participates as a member of Trilateral Commission Serbian National Group. Voluntarily performs the function of Board member of the Tennis Association of Serbia and member of the Managing Board of the Serbian Association of Managers.
He is fluent in English, French, Italian, Russian and German.
Mila Korugic Milosevic is an Associate of Wyn River Limited based in Belgrade, Serbia. Wyn River Limited is a niche advisory firm which improves the operational and financial performance of mid-market businesses across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa.
Mila, MBS, has more than 30 years of professional experience as a banker and financial expert successfully leading and managing economic growth programs in Serbia and SEE transition economies. She applies her experience to growth-oriented opportunities for both foreign direct investment and domestic investment. She has extensive experience in privatisation, company restructuring and rehabilitation activities, turnaround corporate management, merger and acquisitions, green field investments and Public Private Partnerships.
Mila is a Serbian national but has worked across South East Europe since 1995 on a range of regional EU and WB, USAID and commercial projects while with Deloitte. She brings project management know-how on how to combine diverse multi ethnic teams of employees and international consultants with a broad range of stakeholders, including private sector, government, local organizations, and the media.
Mila is a financial expert and has conducted numerous asset assessments of collateral packages to support commercial loans as well as led many privatisations across the region from initial financial due diligence through investor search and to transaction closing.
After Deloitte, Mila joined a trading entity in Serbia as finance manager. She then joined Piraeus Bank to lead an organisational improvement programme and later became chief economic adviser to the board. In 2015, Mila was appointed to the Supervisory Board of Komercijalna Banka, one of Serbia’s largest banks.
Petar Orlić is a corporate real estate lawyer who leads the London real estate practice of a well know International law firm. Petar was born in the UK but lived and worked in Belgrade in 2008 when he was seconded to Merrill Lynch Bank. With significant experience in Central and Eastern Europe, Petar has advised major Serbian financial institutions, significant Serbian real estate developers/investors and a number of Serbian ultra-high net worth individuals. Petar is often in Belgrade, either working on current projects, speaking at conferences or just enjoying this fascinating, vibrant city with his family and friends.
Maja Levi Jaksic
Maja Levi Jakšić, PhD is full professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, and Head of Department for Technology, Innovation and Development Management. Professor Levi Jakšić has published more than 200 works, among which more than 20 books and monographs and had been engaged in fundamental and applied research projects. She has been teaching as visiting professor at universities in Greece, United Kingdom, Japan, and France and is Programme leader of the Academic Master Studies in International Business and Management,with dual award: University of Belgrade and Middlesex University from London. She is member of Editorial Board of Techinovation.
David is an expert in business and government in the Balkans, whose experience of Serbia goes back twenty years to 1996, when he became the then Department of Trade & Industry specialist in trade and investment in the former Yugoslavia. In October 2000, David led the first UK commercial mission to Belgrade following the fall of Slobodan Milosevic’s regime, and the following year was appointed First Secretary in charge of the British Embassy in Belgrade’s reactivated trade and investment department. For the following five years, he worked with a wide range of UK companies seeking to do business or invest in Serbia, and built a very extensive range of commercial, political and diplomatic contacts in the country.
In 2006, after his original three-year tour had been twice extended by London, David left the Embassy and opted to move into the private sector. In 2007 he co-founded Webb Dowse, with fellow British expat David Dowse. Since that time, Webb Dowse has become one of Serbia’s best regarded corporate communications companies, working throughout the Western Balkans.
David speaks several European languages, including Serbian.