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INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE EU DIVERSITY MONTH

DIVERSITY IN TIMES OF COVID-19

May 19th 2021; 13.00 to 15.00
On Zoom
Organizers: Diversity Charters Croatia and Slovenia
The European Commission has been committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and to combatting discrimination for a very long time. However, we all - public institutions, private companies, non-profit organisation, cities etc need to work together to build equal and inclusive environments. Especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, when diversity and inclusion are at risk. European Diversity Month to be celebrated in May 2021 is an initiative that serves to motivate organizations of all kinds throughout the Europe to put the topic of diversity on their agenda specially during these difficult times. Companies are invited to organize diverse initiatives, projects, gatherings within their organizations or in cooperation with their partners to promote diversity and give contribution to European celebration. Participating companies in Croatia and Slovenia are invited to join panel discussion on this public virtual event, to share their experiences and good practices in their diversity policies during COVID-19 times.

Agenda

Moderator:
Domagoj Novokmet
13:00 - 13:40
OPENING REMARKS

Majda Burić
, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy Croatia
Mateja Ribič, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Slovenia
Barbara Zupančić, Director, Institute Listina raznolikosti Slovenije
Mirjana Matešić, director, Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development
13.40 – 14.40
ROUND TABLE – DIVERSITY CHALLENGES IN TIMES OF COVID-19

Ivan Janković,
People and Culture Delivery Manager, IKEA SEE
Medeja Lončar, CEO for Slovenia and Croatia, Siemens d.d.
Mojca Domiter,
HR manager, Atlantic Grupa
Dubravka Štefanac Vinovrški,
PR manager, A1 Croatia
Ivana Budin Arhanić,
vicepresident, Valamar Riviera
Katja Razinger,
Novartis Slovenia
14.40 -15.00
CONCLUSIONS

Speakers

DIVERSITY IN TIMES OF COVID-19

Ivana Budin Arhanić

Vice President of Business development and Corporate affairs
Ms. Budin Arhanić received her economics degree from Middlebury College (USA) in 1999 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2007. After completing her studies, she spent three years as a strategy management consultant in Boston and New York. Following this, she successfully led Lura d.d. group expansion on the Serbian market. In 2007, she joined Valamar Group where she served as a management board member at Valamar grupa d.d., Valamar Adria holding d.d. and Valamar Riviera d.d. Ms. Budin Arhanić became Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Affairs at Valamar Riviera in 2015. At Valamar she is responsible for acquisitions and expansion, strategic development through digitalization and innovation, service quality management, corporate social responsibility, corporate communications and relations with industry associations and the public sector. In 2013, she developed a framework for achieving high quality service at Valamar that enabled a continual growth in guest satisfaction and the creation of a unique service excellence culture. She also led a number of initiatives to grow the tourism portfolio through acquisitions, including Valamar’s first international acquisition in Austria. Since 2015, Valamar has received numerous awards for corporate social responsibility practices such as Ponos Hrvatske and CSR Index and two Grand PRix awards for excellence in corporate communication.

Medeja Lončar

CEO of Siemens Slovenia,
Medeja Lončar is CEO of Siemens Slovenia, the regional company of Siemens AG, since 2007 and of Siemens Croatia since 2018. Before accepting this function she managed the Communication Division and was Head of Business development. In her 30 year long career Ms. Lončar was a member of management teams of successful Slovenian and international companies in several sectors: mobile communications, retail, industry and utility. Her main managerial focus is strategic development, sales and marketing, and she has rich experience with change management in organizations.
 
Besides managing Siemens Company in Slovenia, Ms. Lončar is actively involved in many strategic projects locally and in Adriatic region. During her 17 year career at Siemens, she successfully steered the company and positioned Siemens regional company as benchmark for Lean organization. 
 
Medeja Lončar is actively involved also in Slovenian and Croatian business environment and is frequently invited to speak at conferences on topics of digitalization and Industry 4.0, female representation in management boards and business ethics. She is member of Supervisory board of Slovenian-German Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia and Management Board Member in Croatia and President of Management board at Managers’ Association in Slovenia.

Mojca domiter

People and Culture Executive Director, Atlantic Group
Mojca Domiter is a result oriented and forward-thinking executive with more than 20 years of professional experience in various industries (telecom, pharmaceutical, FMCG) as well as in NGOs and on various positions from sales, to customer service and last 15 years in human capital. Currently, she is the Executive Director of People and Culture in Atlantic Grupa, one of the leading FMCG companies in the SEE region. Atlantic Grupa has a range of famous brands that hold leadership positions in their respective markets and has more than 5500 employees in 10 markets within Europe and CIS regions. In her role as Executive Director, her responsibilities include: building, developing and aligning overall People strategy, ensuring Atlantic Grupa attracts and retains amazing people, leadership and operating management responsibility for all P&C activities within all markets. She is passionate about putting people at that heart of company strategy and in free time enjoys inspiring conversations with her daughter, dancing her nights off and reading.

Dubravka Štefanac Vinovrški

Corporate Communications Director at A1 Hrvatska
Dubravka Štefanac Vinovrški began her career back in 2002, while still a student at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, working for the largest media company at that time Europapress Holding. Upon graduation, she worked for Siemens, where she was in charge of the company’s B2B marketing communications. She continued her career in the FMCG industry as head of marketing and public relations at dm-drogerie markt. In addition to her many accomplishments in brand reputation management and strategic communications, Dubravka was also responsible for some of the most successful marketing and communications projects in the retail segment, including loyalty and CRM programs, as well as for employer branding.

Since 2019, she has been at the helm of the corporate communications department at A1 Hrvatska, in charge of the internal and external communication at a company with nearly 2,000 employees in an extremely dynamic industry. The telco’s internal and external communication during the COVID-19 pandemic, headed by Dubravka, has won several international awards as well as an award by the Croatian Association for Public Relations (HUOJ).

Ivan Janković

People and Culture Delivery Manager and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Leader for IKEA South East Europe SEE
During the past two years he ensured IKEA Equality plan for IKEA South East Europe has been put in place to navigate and secure all dimensions of Diversity and Inclusion are rooted in the business while enabling inclusiveness on all level of the organization. Ivan is also a member of the Open for Business Advisory Board.

BARBARA ZUPANČIČ

Director, Institute Listina raznolikosti Slovenije
Experienced expert, psychologist, lecturer and head of development at the Institute Šentprima and director of the Institute Diversity Charter Slovenia. Her main experience is in the field of work integration of the most vulnerable groups, education of professionals and employers on the importance of an inclusive work environment and the promotion of well-being in the workplace. She has 20 years of experience in providing employment rehabilitation services for people with diverse disabilities, transition of young with health problems. She has contributed to a number of pan-European projects focusing on raising awareness of the importance of inclusive diversity management and developing various tools for companies committed to the principles of Diversity Charter. Since 2012, she has been cooperating intensively with the EU Platform for Diversity Charters and co-creating events and supporting tools for diversity management. For strengthen communication with the high level managers and development of supported tools for implementation of diversity policies in the companies of the region, she led I.D.E.A.S. project, which launched 3 new

Katja Razinger

Country Head Slovenia for Marketing and Sales Slovenia (Sandoz Commercial
Operations) and Diversity and Inclusion Champion for Sandoz Region Europe
Katja Razinger has been with Lek Pharmaceuticals, a Sandoz company, since 1997 after
graduation at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Ljubljana. In 2005 she finished her MBA study at the IEDC business school Bled.

Katja has been working in various positions in Sales and Marketing at Lek Pharmaceuticals.
Since April 2018 as a country head. Since 2018 Katja has been appointed as D&I Champion for Region Europe in Sandoz.

Currently she is also a vice president of the Slovene Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association. Katja passionately believes that inclusive culture, where everyone feels respected, valued and heard can be competitive advantage. Inclusive culture and psychologically safe environment are crucial for leveraging everybody's potentials and leads to high engaging organisation, which is the basis for sustainable successful performance.

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DIVERSITY IN TIMES OF COVID-19

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