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Draft Preliminary agenda (as of 21 April 2023)

24-25 April 2023, Hilton Garden Inn, Zagreb, Croatia

Agility Rules
What Does Future Hold for FMCG, Retail, Agri, and Distributions in Emerging Europe?

Monday, 24 Apr 2023

16:30 – 17:10

Registration in Hilton Garden Inn with Agility drink

17:10 – 17:15

Welcome to Zagreb by Victoria Zinchuk, Director, Regional Head, Central Europe, EBRD

17:15 – 18:05

Agile Markets in Focus: Greece, Bulgaria and Romania

  • No investments from the SEE into the two markets – why, what are the obstacles?
  • What are the peculiarities of the markets, how to approach them

Introductory remarks: Charlotte Ruhe, Managing Director for Central and South-eastern Europe, EBRD

Aleš Mozetič, Managing Director, DonDon
Stefan Tzvetkov, Founding Partner, Integral Venture Partners
Dimitar Mitev, CEO, Bella Impala Group

Moderator: Miljan Ždrale, Regional Head for Agribusiness in Central and South-eastern Europe, EBRD

18:05 – 18:35

Networking break

18:35 – 20:15

Hard Talk: Is Agility the Answer Or One Needs James Bond’s Skills for Thriving and Succeeding in the Current Global and Industry Context

  • Pandemic, war, inflation, … crisis after crisis – agility is more important than ever as a modus operandi for anyone on the market
  • Supply chain vulnerability – how to pass the level in this hard game and get on top of the value chain
  • Global context changed for the worse while consumers are becoming even more demanding and less understanding despite the global context – Casino Royal kind of game or how many OO7 needed for success?
  • What does the future hold for current successful models in FMCG, retail, distribution, and agriculture?

Intro by global context maestro: Stuart Trow, strategist

Aleksandar Kostić, Vice President, MK Group
Martina Dalić, President of the Management Board, Podravka
Nebojša Šaponjić, Co-Founder and Shareholder, Nelt Group
Ljiljana Kunosić, CEO, Bingo Group
Emil Tedeschi, CEO, Atlantic Grupa
Melanie Seier Larsen, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Introduction: Jean-Marc Peterschmitt, Chief Operating Officer for the Client Services Group and Managing Director for Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness, EBRD
Moderator: Marko Biočina, Editor, NOVA TV

20:15 – 23:00

EBRD 007 Party  – No Time to Die or Shaken, not Stirred

Tuesday, 25 Apr 2023

8:30 – 9:00

Agility boost or wake up coffee – time for registration

9:00 – 9:30

Grand and Agile Opening – Talk Hard

M or Master of Ceremony / Welcome: Miljan Ždrale, Regional Head for Agribusiness in Central and South-eastern Europe, EBRD
EBRD in the Balkans: Charlotte Ruhe, Managing Director for Central and South-eastern Europe, EBRD
EBRD’s priorities in Agribusiness: Natalya Zhukova, Head of Agribusiness, EBRD

9:30 – 9:50

Macroeconomics – Hero or Villain?

  • What are the trends?
  • Is Bonanza coming or storm approaching?

Global context: Peter Sanfey, Deputy Director, Country Economics, Strategy and Policy, EBRD (virtual)
Regional context: Andrej Knez, Chief Markets Analyst, Bloomberg Adria

9:50 – 10:00

Brief Networking break

10:00 – 10:45

CLIMATE PANEL: Green Deal Makes EBITDA Grow – True or False?  

  • What does the future hold for agriculture in the context of climate change, higher awareness of environmental and social risks, and digital transformation?
  • Can regenerative agriculture feed the future (demand)? Will it have to?
  • In Green we trust is a mantra that is a key to consumers – true or false?
  • How going green can make consumers love you more and EBITDA go up?

Jan Mally, Co-owner, Eso Tron Group
Zvonimir Sedlić, Founder/CEO, Nutris
Dušan Radičević, CEO, Al Dahra
Dorian Macovei, CFO, Verdino Green Foods
Matthias Predojević, Vice President Corporate Development, Elixir Group
Stefan Bucataru, Corporate Director, Agricover Holding 

Moderator: Gianpiero Nacci, Director for Sustainable Business and Infrastructure, Climate Strategy and Delivery, EBRD

10:45 – 11:00

Networking break

11:00 – 12:00


Keynote speaker (virtual): Aparna Bharadwaj, Managing Partner and Director in BCG Singapore office and Global Head for BCG’s Center for Customer Insights

12:00 – 12:15

Networking break

12:15- 13:00

SUPPLY SECURITY PANEL: Too Many Villains – Supply Chain Issue, Inflation, Energy Crisis, Labour Shortages – So How Many 007 One Needs?

  • Supply rules or consumers rule is that Chicken-Egg kind of dilemma?
  • How to ensure security in a supply chain with so many dangers looming (war, pandemic, energy crisis, labour issues)?
  • Can reglobalization fix the supply chain issues? Or the answer is in deglobalization?
  • How are companies navigating a climate of persistent unpredictability?
  • What could be done to bolster the resilience of global supply chains?

Intro remarks: Nadia Petkova, Director for SME finance, EBRD

Mihailo Janković, CEO, MK Group
Andrei Bica, CFO, Profi
Miloš Jelić, CEO, Nelt Group
Milan Zorić, General Manager, CHS Serbia

Moderator: Tamara Tošić, Senior Investment Professional, Agribusiness, EBRD

13:00 – 14:00

Networking lunch

14:00 – 14:45


  • How to balance it out – family and business – in the most effective way for a business to continue its growth?
  • Is effective corporate governance a resilient measure in challenging times?
  • Succession, entitlement, emotions are the basis for a good Netflix drama – how to turn it into a rom-com with a happy end?

Intro Remarks: David Risser, Managing Director, Nestor Advisors, a Morrow Sodali Company 

Neven Vranković, Vice President, Atlantic Grupa
Bojan Radun, Owner, Nectar / CEO, Imlek
Michal Kedzia, Partner, Enterprise Investors
Alexandra Papalexopoulou-Benopoulou, Deputy Chair of the Group Executive Committee, Titan Cement International (virtual)
Alessandro Pasquale, CEO, Mattoni KMV

Moderator: Pavle Đurić, Principal Counsel – Corporate Governance, EBRD

14:45 – 15:00

Networking break

15:00- 15:30

AgVenture StartUps Award Ceremony

Nemanja Grgic, Principal Manager, Agribusiness Advisory, EBRD
Jelena Erker, Associate Director, Agribusiness, EBRD

15:30 – 16:15

DIGITAL PANEL: X Factor or Q’s Secret Weapon?

  • Big data, artificial intelligence, robots – is the future now?
  • How to manage digitalization to lead you to heaven and not to the shortcut to hell?
  • How to balance investments needed to ensure the right amount of ROI?
  • How many Qs does one need in an organization to celebrate the returns sipping the shaken, not stirred Martini after watching 00 agents conquer the market?
  • E-commerce big tipping point – brick and mortar (like Apple is pursuing) or just e-commerce? Are fully automated nano stores the answer?

Introduction: Miloš Drača, Industry Executive Retail, CEE, Microsoft (Zabka case study)

Vesna Bengin, Co-Founder, BioSense Institute
Marko Carević, CEO, Ananas E-Commerce
Eddie Short, Head of Digital Transformation, MidEuropa
Branislav Zobenica, Group Technology and Transformation Director, Sport Vision Group
Bojan Radlović, Director of Digital, Fortenova Group

Moderator: Jelena Erker, Associate Director, Agribusiness, EBRD

16:15 – 16:30

Networking break

16:30 – 17:15

NO TIME TO DIE – What’s the Sequel?
Conclusion remarks by all moderators

Miljan Ždrale, Regional Head for Agribusiness in Central and South-eastern Europe, EBRD and Jelena Radulović, Program Manager, Consumer Rules Summit

17:15 – 18:00

Cheers to Consumers! – Farewell drinks