Explore different investment opportunities and learn why all foreign investors agree that Bosnia and Herzegovina is an opportunity worth of risk. Its geostrategic position, investor-friendly legal environment, favourable trade agreements, competitive tax and customs systems, low operating cost, and talented human capital make it a destination full of potentials for profitable investments.
The session will focus on areas in which Bosnia and Herzegovina has enormous potentials. Boosted by planed strategic investments, these areas have can yield high profits and generate overall economic growth. This includes energy sector, metal processing and automotive industry, furniture manufacturing, food processing, tourism industry, IT sector and many more.
Successful stories of the private sector initiatives, how abundant resources can be turned into profitable investment projects with the potentials for further growth, will be presented at the session.
Chairman, Council of Ministers of BiH
Suma Chakrabarti is the sixth President of the EBRD. During his Presidency, the EBRD has increased transition impact on the ground in its nearly 40 countries of operations, recently hitting record investment levels of nearly €10 billion. He has overseen the start of operations in countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean and the Bank now has 69 shareholders. The Bank has also focused on enhancing policy engagement in such areas as Green Economy Transition and social and economic inclusion. All of this has been achieved while maintaining the EBRD’s strong capital base and ‘AAA’ rating. Prior to the EBRD, Suma held key positions in the UK’s Civil Service: he was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, headed DFID, and also worked in the Treasury and Cabinet Office.
President, Bit Alliance
Representative, Olympic Centre Jahorina
Igor Gordic works in the marketing and sales department of Olimpic Center Jahorina, a ski resort in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Member of Supervisory Board, Prevent Group
Almir Jazvin is a former investment banker with 20 years professional experience in southeastern Europe. Almir is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of ASA Prevent Group in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he supervises operations in southeastern Europe with over 8,000 employees. During his tenure at ASA Prevent, Almir has also held a number of CEO and other executive positions.
Almir is the leading regional expert in M&A, finance and operations management, with a reputation for delivering in complex situations and turnarounds. He is a frequent speaker and/or contributor to leading local media and business events. Almir is also a co-founder of a number of successful business ventures including Olympia Capital Partners, a global advisory and investment banking firm.
Commercial Manager, Mljekara Livno
Advisor to the Management Board, MS&WOOD d.o.o.
Dino Osmanbegović is an experienced financial and banking expert in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He is currently acting as a consultant for various industrial sectors, including the furniture industry, and is acting as adviser to the management of MS Wood, Fojnica, one of the leading producers and exporters of a mid-range and high-end furniture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As a consultant for the World Bank (2013-2017), Dino evaluated leading commercial banks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova and Ukraine. He was previously a corporate banker at Raiffeisen Bank dd BIH where he took part in structuring and funding important private and public sector projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Economics, Finance and Accounting from the University of Sarajevo.
Managing Director, Central & South Eastern Europe, EBRD
Charlotte Ruhe, EBRD’s Managing Director, Central and South Eastern Europe, is responsible for 18 countries from Poland and the Baltic States to Greece and Cyprus. In a 27-year career at the EBRD, she was previously Director, SME Finance and Development and served as Director for Croatia in Zagreb (2005-2010). Prior to that she led the EU-EBRD SME Finance Facility as a Senior Banker in the Financial Institutions team. Charlotte joined the EBRD as Adviser to the Director for the USA in 1992, and in 1995 moved to the Financial Institutions team. She began her career at the US Department of the Treasury, and has an MA in International Economics (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) and a BA in Journalism and Political Science (Indiana University).