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Margaret Dezse

Margaret Dezse

Margaret is a Partner, leading the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) based in Hungary. She is also the TAS Cluster leader for the Central Cluster including Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Serbia. She is a seasoned corporate finance professional with extensive experience in the fields of M&A and Valuations. Margaret joined Ernst & Young 4 years ago, previously working with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and as a Corporate Finance Partner at PwC for the last 13 years. She has spent the last 20 years dealing in privatization, mergers and acquisition from both buy side and sell side perspective. Margaret has broad experience in serving multinational and local companies in their investment and divestment strategy and the acquisition and sales process in various industries.

Urs Indermuhle

Urs Indermuhle

Urs is Associate Director in Transaction Advisory Services in Ernst & Young Slovenia. He joined Ernst & Young in 2003 as a member of audit group and in 2007 he became part of Transaction Advisory Services group in Switzerland. For five years he has been seconded to Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa prior to Slovenia. He is certified auditor at the Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Master of Economics. Urs has gained extensive experience on field of transaction services while working on different projects in numerous countries around the world. He was leading and cooperating in Due Diligence projects, M&A, restructuring engagements, projects aimed at improving working capital and forensic investigations.

Albert Jan Thomassen

Albert Jan Thomassen

Albert Jan Thomassen is a consultant and educator on strategic planning, governance and succession topics for family-owned businesses. He is known for his ability to constructively work on balancing family, ownership and business interests to support the continuity and prosperity of a family business. Identifying and addressing emotional issues in a functional manner is an integral part of his work. Albert Jan is a member of the faculty of the TiasNimbas Business School specialising in family business governance. He is also executive director of FBNed, the Dutch Association of Family Firms, and serves on the executive committee of the Family Business Network.

Robert Kaše

Robert Kaše, PhD

Robert Kaše is an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. His main interests lie in strategic HRM, careers and relationships at work. His work has been published in journals like Organization Science, Human Resource Management, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. He is an Associate Editor of Human Resource Management (Wiley). Supporting interaction between research and practice, he is an active member of the Slovenian HR Association, a regular speaker at professional conferences, a lecturer at executive trainings and, time permitting, works on applied projects where he disseminates knowledge and learns from interesting organisations and talents.

Zlatko Paska

Zlatko Paska, MSc

Zlatko Paska has a master’s degree from technical fields and also a master’s degree from business and management studies. He is a manager who has held different management positions from technical director to general manager. His work environment has mainly been international and he has worked in companies ranging from medium to big family businesses (200 – 6,000 employees). He worked as a non-family general manager in a family firm where he acquired a wealth of experience. Based on his special knowledge, he was one of the first in Slovenia to start research on the roles and relationships between family and non-family members in the management of family companies, which was also the topic of his thesis.

Gorazd Podbevšek

Gorazd Podbevšek

Gorazd Podbevšek is a lawyer by occupation and works as the general manager of RMG d.o.o., a firm specialised in corporate law and corporate governance consulting. He is currently also serving as chairman of the Supervisory Board of Begrad d.d. He is a member of the Programme Board of the Slovenian and the Policy Committee of the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ECoDA). He is one of the authors of the Slovenian Corporate Governance Code for Listed Companies, the Guidelines for the Corporate Governance of Unlisted Companies, the Corporate Governance Code for State-Owned Enterprises and some other best practice guidelines. He worked as an external legal expert in drafting laws on the governance of state-owned enterprises. He is an experienced lecturer in Slovenian, English and Serbian languages and has spoken at events organised by the Slovenian Association of Supervisory Board Members, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Ljubljana Stock Exchange, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the ecoDA , the Faculty of Economics of the University of Zagreb and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).

Irena Prijović

Irena Prijović

Irena Prijović finished her studies at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana in 1993 and continued at the Faculty of Social Sciences with a postgraduate study of non-profit management. She started her career as a consultant on privatisation projects at the Slovenian Institute of Management. She later worked at the Technology Development Fund of the Republic of Slovenia and in 1996 she joined the consulting company Socius. She worked in the field of corporate governance (CG) and education as well as on international projects. Since 1997 she has been closely involved in the activities of the national Directors’ Association. In 2005 she joined the Slovenian Directors’ Association (SDA) as Secretary General. Her career is professionally dedicated to CG consultancy, research, drafting of professional standards as well as to educational and certification activities within the Association. Since 2006 she has been a board member of ecoDa (the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations) in Brussels and a member of different ecoDa committees and working groups. In 2009 she became a trainer in Corporate Governance Leadership with the GCGF (Global Corporate Governance Forum). She has since worked with the GCGF on different occasions. Since 2012 she has been a temporary World Bank consultant engaged by the IFC on projects for building up and governing the Institute of Directors.

Rok Stritar

Rok Stritar, PhD

Rok Stritar is a teaching and research assistant at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He is involved with both undergraduate entrepreneurship courses and played an active role in the introduction of D-school teaching methods at the faculty. His research work covers the study of entrepreneurship education, the entrepreneurial process and the emergence of entrepreneurial opportunities. In 2005 he cofounded a venture focussing on retail sales of specialised sports equipment that has grown to become an important player in the Slovenian market.

Marnix Van Rij

Marnix van Rij

Marnix van Rij has been with Ernst & Young since 1994 and became a partner in 1998. He is a Global and EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India, Africa) leader of EY’s PTS practice. Marnix specialises in tax issues for ultra-high net worth individuals with a business connection and non-profit organisations. He finished a master’s degree programme at Leiden University in tax law and company law. He is a member of the NOB (Association of Dutch Tax Advisors). He has a lot of experience as a tax account leader for a single family office: analysing the tax risks of existing structures, advising, monitoring the implementation and taking care of all the tax controversy and compliance issues.

Astrid Wimmer

Astrid Wimmer, PhD

Astrid Wimmer is the new PTS Leader for GSA, located in Austria (Salzburg). She joined to the EY in 1989. She has more that 25 years experience as trusted advisor for family owned businesses not only in Austria, but also in Switzerland and USA. She focuses especially on national and international tax planning for family businesses as well as on succession planning. Alongside she has an extensive experience as a Global Client Service Partner for a big Austrian family owned business and for family offices and trusts. She is since many years a member in two family offices and also a trusted advisor of family offices.

Blaž Zupan

Blaž Zupan, MSc

Blaž Zupan is a teaching and research assistant at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He is involved in graduate and postgraduate programmes at the Department of Entrepreneurship where he is improving entrepreneurship education by including Design Thinking methods. Besides his teaching and research work, he is a founder and co-owner of several Slovenian companies.

Jakob Žigante

Jakob Žigante

Jakob is a cofounder and president of Family Business Network Adria. He has been following family businesses for the past 5 years. His knowledge and experience in the field of family businesses comes both from academia and practice. After graduating from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana and finishing courses at Case Western Reserve University, New York University and ESG Paris, he has been studying family businesses issues at IMD, Lausanne. His work experience includes working at the start-up companies SHVO, New York and Quintessentially, London and also at his family business Makro 5 Gradnje.

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