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High Level Sustainable Development Goals
Business Conference

Hotel Hills, Sarajevo 12 June 2018
Sweden
SDGs
UN

About the Conference

The SDG Business Conference is one of the Project’s platform to promote SDGs and raise awareness on the critical role of businesses in delivering on the promise of sustainable and inclusive development. It is an opportunity to mobilize interest and support among businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina, shedding light on how they can engage with the SDG framework, driving growth and productivity, whilst at the same time contributing to the better world envisaged by the 2030 Agenda. Importantly, the conference is an opportunity to gain insight into Swedish experiences in this context, with focus on good sustainability practices implemented by Swedish companies.

Welcome Statements

Sezin Sinanoglu

UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mirko Sarovic

Minister, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Johannes Oljelund

Director General for international development cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Keynote Speakers

Ola Rosling

Ola Rosling is President & Co-Founder of Gapminder Foundation.

Ola is a Swedish statistician known for his work for Gapminder on changing the global quality of life. He is the chairman, director and co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation. Rosling co-founded the Gapminder Foundation together with his wife Anna Rosling Rönnlund and his father Hans Rosling. Since 1999 Ola lead the development of the Trendalyzer software, which was acquired by Google in 2007. At Google Ola and his team delivered the Motion Chart as part of Google Spreadsheets. As Product Manager for Google Public Data ... See more
Ola is a Swedish statistician known for his work for Gapminder on changing the global quality of life. He is the chairman, director and co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation.

Rosling co-founded the Gapminder Foundation together with his wife Anna Rosling Rönnlund and his father Hans Rosling. Since 1999 Ola lead the development of the Trendalyzer software, which was acquired by Google in 2007. At Google Ola and his team delivered the Motion Chart as part of Google Spreadsheets. As Product Manager for Google Public Data Ola then helped democratized access to Public Statistics by developing the infrastructure needed to make official statistics part of Google Search results. For this work he and his wife were awarded with the World Technology Award in Design in 2010.

Ola & Anna went back to Gapminder in 2011 to develop free teaching materials for a fact-based worldview. In 2014 Ola coined the term Factfulness, which Gapminder is now promoting in order to make the education about Sustainable Development less ideological and more fact-based. Together with Anna and Hans, Ola wrote the Factfulness book, launched in April 2018.

Sasja Beslik

Sasja Beslik is the Head of Group Sustainable Finance at Nordea Bank. He is one of Sweden’s foremost experts on finance and sustainability.

Beslik won the Swedish Banking Profile of the Year award in 2016. In 2013, he received the H. M. The King's Medal, 8th size with the ribbon of the Order of the Seraphim from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden for outstanding contributions within Swedish environmental and sustainability theory. He was chosen as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos in 2011. Stars Fund, the Nordea sustainable fund launched by Beslik in 2011, was chosen as Sweden's best overall equity fund in 2017. It was the first ... See more
Beslik won the Swedish Banking Profile of the Year award in 2016. In 2013, he received the H. M. The King's Medal, 8th size with the ribbon of the Order of the Seraphim from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden for outstanding contributions within Swedish environmental and sustainability theory. He was chosen as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos in 2011. Stars Fund, the Nordea sustainable fund launched by Beslik in 2011, was chosen as Sweden's best overall equity fund in 2017. It was the first sustainable fund to receive the award.

Sasja Beslik has more than 15 years of experience of advising and working with multinational companies on investment issues in Africa, Asia and former Soviet Union countries. He also has extensive experience of bridging risk to opportunity within ESG (environmental, social and governance), creating commercial strategies for integration of ESG issues into asset management, fund companies and products.

Susanne Sweet

Susanne Sweet is an Associate Professor at Stockholm School of Economics and a research manager at Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets.

Her research covers a broad range of topics on corporate sustainability and responsibility. In 2004 she, together with three doctoral students, founded Sustainability Research Group, SuRe, that in 2007 received the Globe Award for “an outstanding and tangible research in the field of CSR.” Susanne is currently on the management team and conducts a research program on sustainable fashion aiming to a systemic change of the Swedish fashion industry leading to sustainable development of the industry and wider society. She ... See more
Her research covers a broad range of topics on corporate sustainability and responsibility. In 2004 she, together with three doctoral students, founded Sustainability Research Group, SuRe, that in 2007 received the Globe Award for “an outstanding and tangible research in the field of CSR.”

Susanne is currently on the management team and conducts a research program on sustainable fashion aiming to a systemic change of the Swedish fashion industry leading to sustainable development of the industry and wider society. She is also doing research on the concepts of community engagement and is performing studies on the mining industry in South Africa, Sweden and Australia. She is also a member and co-founding partner of the Nordic centre for corporate responsibility, who jointly conducts research with a Nordic focus.

Katarina M. Eriksson

Katarina Eriksson is Project and Partnership Development Director at Tetra Laval Food for Development Office, where she has worked since 2000, based in Stockholm, Sweden.

In this role, she supports the development of private-public partnerships in the fields of school nutrition and dairy value chain development in cooperation with food processors, governments, NGOs and development organisations. Ms Eriksson is a member of the Swedish Government’s FAO Committee since 2015 and also represents Tetra Laval in the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) to the CFS (Committee for World Food Security). In previous positions, Ms Eriksson has worked with export promotion and export finance in the Swedish Embassy ... See more
In this role, she supports the development of private-public partnerships in the fields of school nutrition and dairy value chain development in cooperation with food processors, governments, NGOs and development organisations. Ms Eriksson is a member of the Swedish Government’s FAO Committee since 2015 and also represents Tetra Laval in the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) to the CFS (Committee for World Food Security).

In previous positions, Ms Eriksson has worked with export promotion and export finance in the Swedish Embassy in Beijing, at the Swedish Export Credit Guarantee Board and in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She holds a degree in International Business and Chinese from Lund University.

Daniel Paska

Daniel Paska is Ericsson's sustainability and corporate responsibility program manager for the Nordics and Central Asia.

Daniel has been with the company since 2015, and previously worked with sustainability in governmental agencies, telecom and the finance industry. Daniel is now the Director of the project Technology for Good which aims that by 2030 everyone has access to clean water. See more
Daniel has been with the company since 2015, and previously worked with sustainability in governmental agencies, telecom and the finance industry. Daniel is now the Director of the project Technology for Good which aims that by 2030 everyone has access to clean water.

Moderator

Jakov Avram

Jakov is a longterm news editor and anchor. Editing the weekly Al Jazeera Business magazine for the past seven years and is working as a Business journalist at Al Jazeere Balkans.

Mistress of Ceremonies

Emina Pazalja

TV host and news program producer.

Producer and host of the Daily News and Regional News at N1 Television, the exclusive regional information partner of CNN.

Local Speakers

Diana Bevanda

Head of learning and development, UniCredit Bank d.d.

Saša Trivić

Assistant director, Krajina Klas

Rešad Behlulović

Director of General Services, Alma Ras

Faris Začina

Founder and CEO, Ministry of Programming

Melika Husić-Mehmedović

Associate professor at Department of Marketing, School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo

Dragana Mujanović

Human resource manager, dm drogerie markt

Vernisa Rejhan

COO, Softhouse Balkans

Bojan Bajic

President, The West East Forum for Ethics and Compliance (WEFEC)

Mirza Bihorac

Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Emir Gusinac

Account Manager, SKF Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mira Stanojevic

Acquisition and Sales Director, Omorika Reciklaza

Selma Masnic

Investment and Environment Manager, Prevent Group CEE

Adin Fakic

Director, Milkos

Mirjana Brlecic Bujanic

Head of the Public and Regulatory Affairs Service for Adria, Coca-Cola HBC

Salih Teskeredzic

Founder and Product Designer, Gazzda

Almir Bajtarevic

Quality and Environmental Manager, Heidelberg Cement

Agenda

09:30 - 10:00

Registration for participants

10:00 - 10:20

Welcome statements

H.E. Mr. Mirko Šarović, Minister, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr. Johannes Oljelund, Director General for international development cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina

10:20 - 10:45

Sustainable Development Goals/Introductory Lecture

Mr. Ola Rosling, President of the Gapminder Foundation, Sweden


Theme 1: Reducing negative impacts on environment and promoting efficient use of resources Icon

Theme 1: Reducing negative impacts on environment and promoting efficient use of resources

This thematic block will hold two panel discussions, the first one will focus on the efficient use and sustainable management of resources and the other on will focus on changing consumer habits in order to contribute to sustainable production.

10:45 - 11:45

PANEL 1: Doing more with less – efficient use and sustainable management of natural resources

Keynote speaker:

Mr. Sasja Beslik, Head of Sustainable Finance, Nordea

 

Panelists:

Mr. Adin Fakić, Director, Milkos

Ms. Mirjana Brlečić-Bujanić, Head of the Public and Regulatory Affairs Service for Adria, Coca-Cola HBC

Ms. Selma Mašnić, Investment and Environment Manager, Prevent Group CEE

Mr. Salih Teskeredžić, Founder and Product Designer, Gazzda

Mr. Saša Trivić, Assistant director, Krajina Klas

.

 

11:45 - 12:15

COFFEE BREAK

12:15 - 13:15

PANEL 2: Responsible consumption for sustainable production

Keynote speaker:

Ms. Susanne Sweet, Associate Professor at Stockholm School of Economics

 

Panelists:

Mr. Mirza Ćostović, Director, Artisan

Mr. Almir Bajtarević, Quality and Environmental Manager, Heidelberg Cement

Mr. Resad Behlulović, Director of General Services, Alma Ras

Ms. Mira Stanojević, Acquisition and Sales Director, Omorika Reciklaza

Ms. Melika Husić-Mehmedović, Associate professor at Department of Marketing, School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo

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13:15 - 14:00

BUFFET LUNCH

Theme 2: How ethical behaviour can influence business climate in the private sector Icon

Theme 2: How ethical behaviour can influence business climate in the private sector

The aim of this panel is to open a discussion on how ethical behavior and anti-corruption measures can affect the business climate and offer advantages in the private sector.

14:00 - 15:00

PANEL 3: Opportunities of ethical business

Keynote speaker:

Mr. Daniel Paska, Technology for Good Programme Director, Ericsson

 

Panelists:

Mr. Emir Gušinac, Account Manager, SKF Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr. Bojan Bajić, President, The West East Forum for Ethics and Compliance (WEFEC)

Mr. Mirza Bihorac, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Mr. Goran Vukoje, Director, Mljekara Padjeni

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Theme 3: How SDGs help creating decent jobs Icon

Theme 3: How SDGs help creating decent jobs

During this theme, the panelists will focus on the role of the private sector in creating jobs, strengthening markets and creating sustainable communities.

15:00 - 16:00

PANEL 4: Decent jobs make companies more competitive

Keynote speaker:

Ms. Katarina M. Eriksson, Project and Partnership Development Director, Tetra Laval Food for Development

 

Panelists:

Ms. Dragana Mujanović, Human Resources Manager, dm drogerie markt d.o.o.

Mr. Mersed Čamdžić, Director, Mistral

Ms. Vernisa Rejhan, COO, Softhouse Balkans

Mr. Faris Začina, Founder and CEO, Ministry of Programming

Ms. Diana Bevanda, Head of learning and development, UniCredit Bank d.d.

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16:00

CONCLUSIONS

Sweden
SDGs
UN