Program Archive 2020

Together into the digital future - Digitization in Europe

Digitization knows no national borders. This makes exchange and cooperation in Europe all the more important. What is the state of the digital ecosystem in Europe and how can dialog and cooperation between the individual European countries be promoted? An international discussion with Ana Brnabić Prime Minister of Serbia, Marc Wallenberg from the Wallenberg Foundation in Sweden, Aleksander Kutela, President Digital Poland Foundation and Marc Walder, CEO Ringier Switzerland. 

Ana Brnabic

Prime Minister of Republic of Serbia

Born in 1975 in Belgrade. Holds a master's degree (MBA) from the University of Hull from the UK and has worked for more than 10 years with international organizations, foreign investors, local governments and the public sector in Serbia. In 2016 was elected for Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Gov, and held that position until the election for the PM. She worked on a faster systematic introduction of e-government in Serbia, with the aim of more efficient work of state administration and local self-government, direct raising of the quality of life of citizens, building more modern and transparent administration and fighting against corruption. Most important  implemented projects: e-Baby, automatic data exchange between public administration institutions, e-registration and payment of property taxes, e-enrollment of children in kindergartens and schools.

Marcus Wallenberg

Chair of SEB and co-founder Swedish Digital Day Initiative Digital@Idag

Wallenberg began his career in the New York City office of Citibank in 1980–1982. He subsequently worked for Deutsche Bank, followed by S. G. Warburg & Co., Citicorp and the SEB Group.

Wallenberg served as the President and CEO of Investor from 1999 to 2005. He served as the Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce from 2006 to 2008.

Wallenberg is the Vice Chairman of the Institute of International Finance. He serves on the board of directors of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, Electrolux, Ericsson, LKAB, AstraZeneca, Stora Enso, Saab, and Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. He is a former member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.

He is also a former member of the board of directors of Temasek Holdings and currently on the Temasek International Panel.

Marc Walder

CEO Ringier / Founder digitalswitzerland

Marc Walder is founder and president of the Steering Committee of digitalswitzerland. He has been CEO and Chairman of the Group Executive Board of Ringier AG since 2012. In addition to these activities, Marc Walder holds various mandates, including Chairman of the Board of Directors of Scout24 Schweiz AG and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ticketcorner AG. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Federal Council for Digital Transformation.

Aleksander Kutela

President Digital Poland Foundation

Vice President of the Management Board in Ringier Axel Springer Polska, COO Ringier Axel Springer Media as well as a Member of the Advisory Board of the ING Bank Śląski. Before he was associated with HBO, a.o. as the President of HBO Poland (2000-2015) and Senior Vice President of HBO Europe (2007-2015). He is a graduate of Economic Academy in Kraków (Foreign Trade) and the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. He also finished specialistic programs in the field of strategy, marketing and Management a.o. on the Stanford Business School, Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management and London Business School.

Nebojša Đurđević

CEO - Digital Serbia Initiative

Nebojša is a high-impact executive and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of global experience in electronic payments and fintech. His bold vision coupled with laser focus on execution took him from founding and building five start-ups, to driving innovation as CTO of an Australian public company with operations on four continents, to working with Payments Canada on modernization of the core payment systems infrastructure that clears and settles over $200 billion every business day.

At Digital Serbia Initiative, Nebojša is leading the team working with 30+ member-companies to create a business environment that serves the Serbian digital ecosystem as a whole. In the strategic effort to develop a strong, globally competitive digital economy in Serbia, this independent and non-profit organisation engages with all relevant players including startups at different stages, corporates, the Government, educational institutions, media, various types of support organisations, influential individuals and broader public.

Nebojša holds a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade.

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