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This year as part of the Investment Forum there will be opportunities for investors to meet with companies from any of the eleven participating countries on a one-to-one basis. Please find below information about potential partners from Central Europe countries, participating in our Forum.

Karl Farrow

Commercial Director, GA Drilling, Slovakia

Karl started his professional career in heavy fabrication of offshore and onshore Drilling modules within the UK oil and gas sector, studying a 4-year traditional trade apprenticeship in Mechanical Construction Engineering.

 

By his mid-twenties, Karl was supervising large construction projects within the onshore and offshore industry as a Construction Manager, Project Coordinator following a natural transition to Project, Commissioning and Operations Management. Naturally he has a vast understanding of Project delivery risk and requirements through a multitude of industrial sectors both onshore and offshore. This has enabled him to evaluate more effectively consequences for actions and develop and adopt more effective strategies for delivery and quickly gain the respect of those around him for successful implementation and execution.

 

Karl’s core expertise over a 30 years career is underpinned by his entrepreneurial can do attitude, as a co-founder of the PETROTEC Management Consultancy Company a leading Project Management, Commissioning and Operations Consultancy executing over 50 projects within a period of 8 years undertaking expert witness services for companies such as BP, Chevron, PDVSA, Exxon, Nippon Oil,  Petronas, Pemex, Petrobras, Shell, Statoil, Total, Technip to name a few. Karl held position of Companies CEO responsible for strategy and business growth within the oilfield services environment. Karl is extremely commercially astute, a strong personal character in client relations, extremely risk adverse, whilst delivering on expectations and driving the core values of Corporate Ethics and Health Safety.

 

Karl has written several International White Papers, Magazine articles and subject matter Key Note Speaker, Session Moderator at many internationally recognized events covering project delivery risk, local content, regulatory compliance, contracting and commercial risk within the Oil and Gas upstream environment.

Marko Grobelnik

Researcher and Project Manager, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Marko Grobelnik has been affiliated with the Jožef Stefan Institute (https://www.ijs.si), the leading research institution for natural sciences in Slovenia, since 1996. He is currently co-leading the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (http://ailab.ijs.si/), which is composed of approx. 40 researchers as one of the largest European research groups working in the areas of machine learning, data mining, language technologies, semantic technologies and sensor networks. The key research direction of the group is combining modern statistical data analytic techniques with more semantic/logic based knowledge representations and reasoning techniques for with the purpose to progress in solving complex problems such as text understanding, large scale probabilistic reasoning, building broad coverage knowledge bases and dealing with scale. Marko is the author of several books and numerous scientific papers, including publications in JCR-listed journals like the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, AI Magazine, ACM Transactions on Information Systems, Semantic Web, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence Review and Decision Support Systems. He is also the W3C AC representative for JSI, CEO of the company Quintelligence, CTO of the company Qlector and co-founder of the company Cycorp Europe. Marko also served as a program chair for the European Machine Learning conference (ECMLPKDD 2009) and for the European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2011 and 2017). In terms of project experience, Marko served as the technical coordinator for the projects FP6 IST-World and FP7 VIDI and as scientific coordinator for the FP7 project X-LIKE; he was a member of the project management board in several FP6 and FP7 Projects (SEKT, NEON, ACTIVE and COIN). In 2018, Marko was named a member of the OECD Expert group on AI (AIGO).

Remus Radvan

Managing Director, QUALITANCE, Romania

A serial awarded entrepreneur, Remus has built 8 businesses. After graduating Technology Entrepreneurship MSc from UCL, he joined a family office helping on digital transformation, M&As and go to market strategies. Since 2018 he led Wayra London, Telefonica's tech accelerator, and joined QUALITANCE investing in and building tech products for high growing start-ups. 

Michal Maćkowiak

Head of innovation and E-Mobility, Rafako, Poland

A graduate of the University of Economics in Poznań (Poland) and MBA studies at Aalto University (Finland). He started his career in the investor relations and capital markets department in a company from WIG20 index on the Warsaw Stock Exchange  (the largest companies in Poland). Currently, he is responsible for managing the innovation department in the RAFAKO Group.

 

Project leader of the first Polish electric bus with batteries in the chassis - RAFAKO E-BUS. Working closely on a day-to-day basis with InnoEnergy. Expert in H2020 at EASME. He supports start-ups in Europe in the energy and electromobility sector. He actively participates in the activities of the European Battery Alliance under the wings of the European Commission. Recently involved in the venture capital market, especially in shaping the VC market in Poland. http://e-bus.rafako.com.pl/en/home-en/

Mislav Malenica

CEO, Vingd, Croatia

Engineer and entrepreneur with a focus in building emotionally intelligent AI technology that can improve people’s lives.

 

An AI enthusiast since he was a child, Mislav was obsessed with the idea to first understand what makes a human human and then to replicate that through technology. He believes that the basis for human intelligence is not access to vast amounts of available data but our ability to pass and improve knowledge from generation to generation. As kids we are taught thinking models and then we adapt them over time through our life experiences. At Vingd, Mislav and his team are focused on copying brains of leading human experts from different fields in order to provide a good starting point for their adaptive AI solutions.

 

Our world today moves very fast and in general doesn’t have enough time and resources to provide a thoughtful and attentive service at the scale we need it and at the quality we deserve. Mislav is on a mission to address this with AI and help everyone, be it a  chronic GVHD patient, an athlete going through rehabilitation or a bank or telco customer. AI can help us treat each other with a deserved amount of respect and love while still making it economically feasible.

 

At Vingd, Mislav is bringing together different minds of original thinkers and working side by side to develop a unique expertise in understanding and modeling knowledge and intelligence. Mislav and his team are discovering new successful methodologies developed at Vingd for the purpose of creating AI solutions capable of providing human-level care and attention.

 

Before starting Vingd, Mislav was working as a research assistant at the Ruđer Bošković Institute on decision support systems in medicine.

Vismands Menjoks

CCO, Apply company, Latvia

“Vismands Menjoks is CCO at the Latvia-based company Apply that offers custom AI Computer Vision, Machine learning solutions in various industries, making them more efficient and competitive.

Vismands has over 10 years’ experience in sales and business development and he is passionate about entrepreneurship, having established numerous start-ups.

 

Vismands is an active advocate for AI technologies and contributes regularly as a speaker and consultant to government organizations, think-tanks, and discussions on topics like Industry 4.0, Smart Cities and AI technologies. He also currently serves as a Member at the Commission of Ethics at the Federation of Security and Defence Industry in Latvia (FSDI Latvia).

 

Vismands holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management from RISEBA University and has graduated the Professional MBA summer program in Business Administration at the Cambridge Judge Business School in the UK.”

Paulius Nagys

Co-founder and CEO, Adeo Web, Lithuania

Paulius has spent 10 years working with more than 200 clients in Europe, North America and RSA equipping them with the tools, processes, and mindset to generate significant returns from their digital innovation. In 2009 he founded Adeo Web company, which is deeply focused on B2B, B2C E-commerce solutions. Paulius is truly passionate about all things digital and is able to use his business, technical and strategic expertise, combined with his 'can do' attitude to overcome complex challenges as well as develop disruptive digital propositions. Paulius is a keen road cyclist and terrible soccer player. Official website of the enterprise - https://www.adeoweb.biz/

Peter Turner

SVP and Chief Revenue Officer, Avast, Czech Republic

Peter Turner joined Avast (www.avast.com) in 2016 and is the SVP and Chief Revenue Officer, Consumer.

 

Prior to this position, Mr. Turner was General Manager, Consumer for AVG which he joined in September 2015. He has a successful track record in growing consumer businesses and before AVG was Managing Director, Consumer Services at Experian plc and held commercial roles in a variety of other consumer organizations including Orange, Freeserve, Sainsbury’s, Dixons, and GE.

 

He holds an HND in Business and Finance and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow of the Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing.

Jana Vauh Buhvald

Project Manager, RDA Koroška, Slovenia

Jana is Project Manager at the Regional Development Agency for Koroška - RDA Koroška (W: www.invest-koroska.si/en I www.rra-koroska.si), an entity that promotes regional development, carries out public-interest tasks regarding the Koroška region, and offers professional support to different holders of the regional development policy. Among other tasks, RDA Koroška helps investors with finding investment opportunities in the Koroška Region as well as other parts of Slovenia (cooperating with other regional agencies and SPIRIT Slovenia - the Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, Foreign Investments and Technology). The Agency offers help finding suitable locations, connecting potential business partners, and overcoming administrative barriers. It ensures support in all project phases from decision-making to implementation and completion of the investment. Jana could be reached at E: jana.vauh@rra-koroska.si I E: info@investkoroska.si I T: +386 (0)5 90 85 190.

Hakan Guzel

UK Senior Territory Manager, CEIT Group, Slovakia

CEIT is a technological company that brings to industrial enterprises innovation for productivity and efficiency growth. It focuses on the comprehensive automation of internal logistics, optimization of production and increasing efficiency of logistics and production processes, as well as on advanced solutions for smart factories. CEIT is not just the "supplier" of innovation – it is a technology partner of industrial companies that want to maintain their competitive advantage, and become more efficient and more modern.

Gašper Kumprej

Founder and CEO, Mouzen, Slovenia

Gašper is CEO and Founder of a start-up Mouzen, which has developed an ergonomic armrest. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, it’s finally ready to hit the production line. In its 7th prototype form and a patent-pending ErgoFlow mechanism, it was designed to tackle computer-related injuries within office-working and gaming environments. The ErgoFlow mechanism allows the user to move their arm freely and comfortably in all directions. A large population of 9 to 5 workers and binge-gamers suffer from injuries such as Repetitive Strain Injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and general body tension that reduces effectiveness and well-being within their respective working and gaming environments. Mouzen ergonomic armrest optimizes the position of the wrist and reduces tension in their backs as it forces them to sit in an upright position. Mouzen is on a mission to combine the best of ergonomics and industrial design to help computer users be more healthy and productive at work or when playing games. It ran a successful Kickstarter campaign with reaching more than 20 per cent of the goal in 20 days.

Maciej Wojeński

Vice President, Ekoenergetyka, Poland

Co-founder and Vice President of Ekoenergetyka-Polska company located in West of Poland. E-mobility expert, gaining experience in electromobility for almost 10 years. Maciej holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is an entrepreneur who has started to develop his business life just after study time, creating the great company from the scratch.

 

In his current business path, Maciej is responsible for business development, sales, and marketing. As a company shareholder, he participates in many innovative projects and activities. He is the co-creator of the company's development concept in which Ekoenergetyka is building a Research and Development Center for new technologies in electric transport. 

 

As a team leader, Maciej is developing sales activities and products that allow implementing zero emission e-bus fleet by the Cities and Public Transport Operators today.