Ms. Mateja Dermastia, M.Sc, is CEO of Anteja ECG and project leader of Poli4EmI project an EU funded project in the field of clusters in Emerging Industries.
She is an internationally-recognized authority on clusters and innovation policies, strategies and programmes. She has nearly 25 years of professional experience in the area of innovation and cluster development, cluster policies, capacity building and extensive managerial experience in public and private institutions. She has served in various capacities as including State Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Innovation in the Government of Slovenia and CEO of the Centre of excellence PoliMaT.
She has served on various international expert committees and groups on clustering, innovation policies and bio-based industry. Ms. Dermastia is recognized for her extensive advice to governments in developed and developing countries. She has provided leadership and managerial guidance in building expert teams in several innovations and clustering initiatives worldwide. Originally trained in biochemistry, Ms. Dermastia has a Masters in Economic Sciences and has obtained executive education at the Harvard Kennedy School in the area of science and technology for development.
Ms. Darja Radić, M.Sc. is a senior competitiveness specialist with 26 years of professional experience in the areas of economics and entrepreneurship as well as competitiveness and innovation strategies. Her top level management experience in high profile private and public institutions includes appointments as Vice Minister and Minister of the Economy in Slovenia 2008–2011. She was responsible for competitiveness, innovation and internationalization of Slovenian industry as well as tourism and energy.
Her work in government contributed to improving the business environment, establishment of business incubators and technological parks and a creation of new financial measures for supporting SME’s. She has over 15 years of experience in working in the field of tourism, where she is: (i) an author or co-author of all main strategic papers in Slovenian tourism from the year 2001 on (ii) pioneer in destination management and promoting clusters in Slovenia, (iii) author of Law on tourism (2004) (iv) member of many international, regional and local project teams.
Her recent work in the field of tourism is focused on integration of cultural heritage in tourism and development of cultural tourism. With her extensive experience in project management, she works as consultant within EU Region, SEE, Africa and Azerbaijan.
Dr. Nana Adeishvili is a specialist in a private sector development with an emphasis on value chain analyses, competitiveness and SME development, has significant experience as the corporate executive and the project director.
For more than 15 years, she is an established consultant for the World Bank and other international donors in more than 10 countries of transitional economies. Past seven years she has expanded her focus to include collaborative regional economic development strategies and innovation policies to promote sustainable economic growth. She served as the CEO of the United Telecom of Georgia, where completed a successful restructuring of 6000 employee company, prepared for privatization, increasing its value by 150% in 18 months.
From 1997 to 2005 served as the Executive Director of the Centre for Enterprise Restructuring and Management, managed the US$ 17 million Enterprise Rehabilitation Project where the successful turnaround and business development of more than 100 private companies were achieved, the training programs in executive business education for company executives were developed and delivered. She steered CERMA through the ISO 9000-2001 certification process granted by British Standards Institution.
She holds Presidents MBA from Bled School of Management, MIA from Columbia University, NY, in Economic Policy Management and Ph.D. in demography from Moscow State University.