Speakers 2014 - Higher Education Institution Conference 2017



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Larry Moneta

Larry Moneta

Vice President, Student Affairs

Larry Moneta serves as the vice president for student affairs at Duke. He joined Duke in 2001 after nearly 10 years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was most recently associate vice president for campus services. Moneta has responsibility for a variety of services and programs that support undergraduate, graduate and professional students, including housing, health care, career services, student activities and cultural centers.

Moneta holds adjunct faculty appointments at Duke in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program and at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches in the Higher Education Executive Doctorate Program. He has written numerous publications, presents frequently at professional meetings and serves on a number of corporate boards. He received his Ed.D. and B.S. from the University of Massachusetts and his M.Ed. from Springfield College.



Hongjoo J. Hahm

Dr. Hongjoo J. HahmThe World Bank Country Manager for Croatia. 

Dr. Hongjoo Hahm is the World Bank Country Manager for Croatia. Prior to coming to Croatia, Hongjoo was head of the infrastructure unit in the World Bank Office in Jakarta, overseeing transport, energy, urban, and water & sanitation sectors. He was in charge of the infrastructure and housing reconstruction in post-tsunami Aceh, post-earthquake Yogyakarta, and the flood mitigation efforts in Jakarta. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked for Goldman Sachs LLC as the Global Head of Sales for Central Banks and Official Institutions. Hongjoo worked at the Asian Development Bank and taught economics at New York University and the City University of New York. He is well published, having received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary; his M.Phil. from the London School of Economics; and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from New York University. He also has an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School and is a member of the Cambridge University Programme for Industry.

Katalin Kovacs

KatalinKovacs.jpgAssociate Dean for Quality Assurance at Maastricht School of Management

Ms. Kovacs is the Associate Dean for Quality Assurance at Maastricht School of Management, a leading institution for management education with worldwide presence. Her primary responsibility lies with the strategic implementation of the institution’s accreditation and quality assurance policy and self assessment processes for all programs around the world (from Cairo to Lima to Nanjing), as well as the financial, human resources and IT services synchronization at the institution. She is member of several boards at the institution, including the Board of Directors. Ms. Kovacs is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Commissioners and board member at the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, a prominent business accrediting body headquartered in the US. Previously she served in various roles at the Central European University Business School in Budapest, Hungary and her alma mater at Jacksonville State University in the US.

Patrícia Afonso



Patricia Afonso has graduated in International Relations in 2007 in the Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the Technical University of Lisbon. She has also a Master Degree in Strategy, completed in 2011 in the same University.

From 2009 to May 2013 she worked has an Expert Technician in the area of Territory and Social Innovation at INTELI, a private, Non for profit Organization with the mission to contribute to a creative and innovative society, envisaging a sustainable economic and social development. During this period, she was working in the appliance and planning of European Union Projects in the areas of Smart Cities and Social Innovation among other projects.

At the present she works in ManpowerGroup Portugal developing projects in the Corporate Social Responsibility field such as the management of the Junior Achievement Programme, a project embraced by ManpowerGroup Portugal that helps to prepare young people for the real world of work through several programs.

She is also working in the Communication Department, having produced the ManpowerGroup Portugal presentation for the Erasmus Internships and consortia Meeting in Oporto, in October 2013.



Tomaž Turk

Tomaž Turk

Vice Dean and a Full Professor at the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Economics

Prof. dr. Turk is an economist and holds a Ph.D. in Information Sciences (University of Ljubljana, 2001). He holds courses on Development of Information Systems, Economics and Organisation of Information Technology, Economics of Telecommunications, and Business Simulations. Currently his research work includes themes like information technology adoption, economics of information technology, communication networks management and Internet society issues. He has participated in several national and international research and consultancy projects and published over 100 papers/book chapters.



Đuro Njavro

Djuro NjavroDean, Zagreb School of Economics and Management

Dr. Đuro Njavro graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Trades in Zagreb and afterwards he worked as an economic journalist and editor of the weekly Economic Journal. He obtained a Master's degree in economics (1985.) and a PhD (1988.) from the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb. He also finished professional training in the United States and Great Britain. Since 1988 he was a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, where he held classes in "Principles of Economics". Today, he is one of the founders, dean, and lecturer at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM) which was established in 2002.





Jasmina Havranek

Jasmina HavranekDirector, The Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia

In 2005 Jasmina L. Havranek, Ph.D. became Director of Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE). By this time Dr. Havranek had accumulated 33 years as an instructor in academia. She started a year after earning her Bachelors Degree at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture and while pursuing her Masters and Doctorate at this same university. She currently is a Full time professor which is her permanent title at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture. Professor Jasmina Havranek emphasizes the importance of active participation in international programs and supports international cooperation. She herself spent part of her working life abroad, specializing at institutions in Denmark, Finland, USA, Italy and Greece. As a Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb (2001 – 2006) she hosted many international delegations, rectors, representatives of foreign universities, faculties, organizations, agencies, ministries, etc. Professor Jasmina Havranek is bringing together various activities in the area of science and higher education, quality assurance in higher education and science, positioning of the Agency at regional and international level, linking Croatian academic and scientific community with world communities and developing new initiatives at European level.

Maja Martinović

maja_martinovic.jpgAssociate Dean and Professor of Marketing, Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Croatia

Maja Martinović is a professor, the Chair of the Department of Marketing and Communication and the Associate Dean for the MBA Program at Zagreb School of Economics and Management. She has also taught the course Going to Market in the MBA program of Barcelona Management Institute (BMI), while she still teaches the Marketing Management course at the MBA program of Sarajevo Graduate Business School in collaboration with the University of Delaware and Texas A & M University-Commerce. Previously, she worked as a marketing and sales manager for over 10 years. Today, she cooperates with the leading companies from East European countries and teaches courses aimed at executive managers, draws up business plans, feasibility studies, market research and brand creation projects. She wrote a book of marketing cases and authored or co-authored more than 40 papers. She is the executive vice president of the Association of employers in education in Croatian Employers’ Association. She is the president of the Quality Board at Zagreb School of Economics and Management, and a member of the AACSB team within which she leads the Assessment of Learning project.



Zoran Barac


Managing Director, Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Croatia

Zoran Barac is the Managing Director of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, as well as a member of the Department of Finance. He is also a doctoral student at the PhD Program in Management, with a specialization in International Business, at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Mr. Barac is currently preparing his doctoral dissertation on the topic of “Effective Direction and Control of Higher Education Institutions”. Before joining the Zagreb School of Economics and Management Mr. Barac worked in several successful companies, holding executive positions in all of them. Before entering the private sector Zoran Barac worked on several positions in Croatian government administration. 




Siniša Krajnović

sinisa_krajnovic.jpgVice President and Head of Development Unit Radio at Ericsson AB
Professor and Program Director of the General MBA Pogram at Zagreb School of Economics and Management

Dr. Krajnović is a senior executive in Ericsson with more than 10 years of international management experience. Since 2011 he has been living in Stockholm, Sweden. He works in Ericsson as Vice President and Head of Development Unit Radio, leading a global development organization consisting of 10+ R&D centers and 12,000+ engineers. Sinisa earned his PhD degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and completed executive education programs at Columbia University (US), IMD (CH), Cranfield University (UK) and ISB (IN). He is Professor at the leading business school in Croatia, Zagreb School of Economics and Management, and Program Director of their General MBA Program. Sinisa has extensive multicultural experience and understanding gained through living and working in Croatia, UK, Ireland, Japan, Hungary and Sweden.

Karmela Aleksić-Maslać

aleksic-maslac-karmela.jpgHead of the ICT department at Zagreb School of Economics and Management

Karmela Aleksić – Maslać, senior lecturer is the head of the ICT Department at Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM), head of freshmen, SUR (part time students). She is co-managing ZSEM's MBA Program Management Information System and is a member of ZSEM's AACSB accreditation team. Master's degree gained at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) in Zagreb, where is also writing her doctoral dissertation in the field of e-learning system quality management. As a teaching assistant at FER was engaged in teaching and scientific research activities and has participated in the 10 technology and IT projects financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet). She took a leading role in the introduction of the first projects of various kinds of e-learning in education in Croatia, such as videoconferencing, digital content, multimedia and LMS systems. Since 2002. is working as Head of the ICT Department at Zagreb School of Economics and Management. She developed a course syllabus “Information and communications technology”, “Management information systems” and “Enterprise Resource Planning Systems” and participated in the creation of syllabus of all elective courses within the ICT Department. She played an important role in the systematic introduction of e-learning in the process of education at ZSEM and in the e-learning system quality management. She has published over 50 scientific papers in reviewed international conferences or in journals. Also was the reviewer in several conferences and journals.
She is founder and program chair of the ZSEM students conference Management Information Systems.
She is member of: Sloan Consortium, IEEE Education Society, International Network for Engineering Education & Research – INEER; EDEN-European Distance and E-Learning Network, IIIS – International Institute of Informatics and Systemics.