Meet our speakers

The CEEEC 2019 conference will bring together an array of influential speakers from across the globe. Find out more about them.

Iva Bele (CROATIA) Business Consultant, Trainer and Motivational Speaker @ BELIVA

Iva has 20 years of work experience in international and private companies in the positions of Product Manager, Marketing Director, Customer Relationship Director, and Project Development Director. Considering the broad experience in marketing and strategic positions, she could have applied her knowledge in different industries, however she devoted most of her career to the pharmaceutical industry. Iva provides training and motivational speeches in Croatian and English in Croatia and abroad. Along with Croatia, she has experience in trainings held in Canada, Switzerland, Serbia and other countries.

Alina Tatarenko (COUNCIL OF EUROPE) Head of the Centre of Expertise for Good Governance

Ms. Alina Tatarenko is Head of the Centre of Expertise for Good Governance, in Directorate General of Democracy, Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg. Ms. Tatarenko has been working for the CoE for over 10 years and she is currently responsible for a number of projects providing policy advice on decentralisation, public administration, and local government reforms to the CoE member states, as well as for capacity-building projects for local authorities and their associations in Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Poland, Estonia, Ukraine, Croatia, and other countries. Her areas of expertise include decentralisation and territorial reforms, public ethics, good governance, leadership, inter-municipal, cross-border, and city-to-city cooperation. Ms. Tatarenko has earned University degrees from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (UKMA, Ukraine), Central European University (CEU, Budapest, Hungary) and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, United Kingdom).

Biljana Čolović (SWITZERLAND) Global Integrity & Compliance Manager @ NOVARTIS

Biljana Colovic is Operations Director working for a Global Integrity & Compliance team of a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company based in Basel. During last 7 years working for Compliance, she gained extensive experience and knowledge in managing integrity and compliance program globally. She has been working on a number of projects enabling and driving ethical business conduct, including development of the company policies, training, education and communication, building awareness and understanding of the I&C policies, procedures while embracing culture of integrity. Before her Compliance role, Biljana successfully headed Intellectual Property Operations team for one of the company’s divisions. Prior joining Novartis Biljana started her career as intellectual property paralegal working for a local private practice.


Velimir Srića (MS in Electrical Engineering; MBA from Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York; PhD in management information systems) is professor of management at Zagreb University and visiting professor at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles). He was teaching at Beijing Renmin University in the People’s Republic of China, as well as in Budapest, Dubai, Graz, Maribor, Podgorica, Rijeka, Sarajevo and Split. He was Director of Croatian Information Technology Institute, Minister of Science and member of Croatian Government. He is Fulbright scholar and Eisenhower Fellow and was elected President of Zagreb city assembly. He is co-author of International Encyclopedia of Business and Management and works as management consultant to regional and international companies. Also, he is a World Bank expert on Change Management. As author or coauthor he published 68 books, more than 400 scientific and professional papers and hundreds of articles in popular magazines. He also published a strategic book on Croatia’s future (Croatia 2020), a novel (Private investigations), a collection of poetry (Various games) and a children’s book (Little Globe’s Long Journey).

Giovanna Feres Crotti (BRASIL) / Second best speaker 2018 Compliance and Data Protection Consultant @ WE ETHIC

Giovanna Feres Crotti is a lawyer specialized in Corporate Law by FGV Law in Brazil and in Data Protection by Lisbon University in Portugal. Also, she is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP-I). She worked for several years in 3M Brazil, where she had multiple functions, such as being a Green Belt professional in Lean Six Sigma projects; a Paralegal, where she accumulated both corporate legal and compliance functions; and a Compliance Professional for all Latin America. Recently, she started her own Compliance and Data Protection Consultancy Firm (WeEthic), where she gives support to businesses in the implementation of robust compliance programs, including risk assessments, trainings, third-party assessments, and others. As well as giving consulting services regarding the compliance to Data Protection Laws.

Pierre Simon (NETHERLANDS) Founder and Principal Consultant @ SIMON CONSULTING GROUP

Pierre Simon is managing partner and principal consultant at Simon Consulting Group. In 2017 he was nominated for the Dutch National Compliance Award. He has been helping large public-interest entities (listed companies, banks, insurance undertakings and other similar companies with more than 500 employees) since 2010 to improve their behavior and culture, thus managing the risk of enforcement actions (e.g. administrative sanctions or measures, as well as criminal sanctions) imposed by government agencies. His goal is to help clients build an effective compliance and ethics program and increase their knowledge and capability to be able to better manage their integrity risks.

Pauline Bailly (FRANCE) Head of Anti-Corruption Certification @ ETHIC INTELLIGENCE

Puline Bailly is Head of Anti-Corruption Certification in ETHIC Intelligence the world’s leading anti-corruption certification agency. Pauline is in charge ofcoordinating certification projects, managing the certification team, as well as organizing and delivering auditors’ trainings all over the world. Before joining ETHIC Intelligence, Pauline worked at the French Red Cross. She was in charge ofcorporate partnership and fundraising and focused on CSR compliance of major partners.


Guendalina Dondé is Head of Research at the Institute of Business Ethics in London. She writes, researches and speaks on a range of business ethics topics for the IBE. She is the main author of the IBE 2018 Ethics at Work: survey of employees reports and author of the IBE Corporate Ethics Policies and Programmes: 2016 UK and Continental Europe survey. She co-authored of the 2017 IBE Setting the Tone: a New Zealand perspective on ethical business leadership; the 2017 TEI & IBE Ethics and Compliance Handbook; the 2016 IBE Codes of Business Ethics: examples of good practice and of the French and Italian editions of the 2015 IBE Ethics at Work: 2015 survey of employees. Before joining the IBE, she collaborated with the inter-university centre for business ethics and corporate social responsibility EconomEtica in developing the code of ethics for the Italian Association of Management Consultants and worked for CSR Europe, a European CSR Business Network based in Brussels. She holds a master’s degree in Business Ethics and CSR from the University of Trento in Italy. She is also responsible for advising organisations on corporate codes of ethics and policies, as well as other aspects of their ethics programmes, benchmarking them against other organisations. She collaborated in the development and delivered corporate ethics training to different audiences.

Lucia Ana Tomić (CROATIA) Director of compliance and management board suport at HPB

After graduating Law Faculty, Faculty of Economics and MBA Lucia was working as lawyer, practicing Company law in different institutions and positions. At the moment she is a Director of Compliance and management Board support office in Hrvatska poštanska banka. As she said, the biggest advantage of her job is that she loves what she’s doing.

Andrej Kovacik (SLOVAKIA) Compliance Team Leader @ BUREAU VAN DIJK

Andrej is responsible for managing Compliance team and products within Bureau van Dijk`s office in CEE. He is experienced in providing data solutions for third-party due diligence, AML/CTF, client on-boarding process, portfolio sanctions screening and compliance monitoring. Effective due diligence and external data utilization into compliance programs are the main focuses as well as data implementation of regulatory requirements related to AML directives and anti-corruption acts. Andrej is a member of International Compliance Association and BvD Compliance Global Practice Group and has the Advance Certificate in Practical Customer Due Diligence as well as AML from ICA.

Dunja Bonacci (CROATIA) VaW and trafficking in women prevention consultant @ UNICEF CROATIA

Dunja Bonacci Skenderović has more than 14 years of professional experience working for NGOs and international organizations on the issues of prevention of sexual violence against women, trafficking in women, protection and direct work with migrants and asylum seekers, child rights protection and projects and grant development and management. She currently works on few projects in this field; one of them is establishing a testimonial web page for victims of violence against women in Croatia. The other is anti-sexual harassment program for companies and businesses. Dunja holds a Master degree in Political Science from CEU in Budapest. Besides that, she is amateur photographer, occasional blogger and project proposal assessor. Passionate about making changes in society by empowering those the most vulnerable (women and children).

Katarina Paić (CROATIA) Legal executive and KYC specialist @ TMF CROATIA

Currently as Legal executive and KYC specialist in TMF Croatia d.o.o.  She holds a Master’s degree from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law with Master thesis focused on human resources due diligence in M&A. She’s helping clients with regulatory compliance as well as KYC due diligence approach identifying red flags and aligning them with local AML Laws. Katarina conducts set-up and coordination in the KYC procedure for the largest company restructuring currently on-going in Croatia.     She is an author of the article “Doing business in Croatia: VAT and UBO registry requirements.”

Hristo Moutafchiyski (BULGARIA) / Best speaker 2018 Compliance Manager CEE @ INGRAM MICRO

Hristo spent the last 12 years as the compliance officer and an internal auditor in leading global companies in technology distribution and in financial services in Bulgaria and the region. He sees the compliance function as an integral part of management, which brings value, integrity and continuity to the organization and its brand. Hristo favors the psychological approach to compliance work. His interests are in Organizational Behaviour, Change Management and Behavioural Economics, which are great sources for inspiration and knowledge of a proper compliance professional.

Marko Trošelj (CROATIA) International Relations, EU and Legal Affairs Advisor @ CROATIAN PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION AGENCY

Marko is EU and legal affairs office advisor at Croatian Personal Data Protection Agency. He’s a layer with 5 years of international experience in the field of personal data protection. As a representative of the Agency, he actively participates in the implementation and monitoring of the harmonization of national regulations in the field of personal data protection with the legislative framework of the EU. He was a expert working group member on the implementation of GDPR for drafting national regulations in the field of data protection. As a representative of the Agency participates in the Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society of Council of Europe and attending national and international conferences and other professional conferences on the topic of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Penny Milner-Smyth (SOUTH AFRICA) Director @ ETHICALWAYS

Penny weaves together the three distinct strands of her career to bring audiences evidence-based insights into the effective promotion of ethical behaviour in the workplace. Author of the International Compliance Association’s Specialist Certificate Programme in International Anti-Corruption, Penny holds an MA in Neuropsychology, and spent 30 years as an in-house HR executive. Today she is Director of Ethicalways, a South African-based consultancy that provides advisory and training services to organisations seeking to create a culture of integrity and achieve anti-corruption compliance. She helps build high-engagement, values-based, ethical workplace cultures. She works as partner of in-house HR practitioners, compliance specialists and executive teams, she support and supplement their strategies, lending specialist insights and third-party credibility to their objectives.

Ivana Halapir Grgić (CROATIA) Manager of Corporate Secretarial Department @ TMF CROATIA

Ivana is Manager of Corporate Secretarial Department in TMF Croatia d.o.o., a part of large international company TMF Group. During last 10 years working for TMF, she gained extensive experience and knowledge in keeping companies fully compliant in today’s increasingly regulated environment. She is in charge of ensuring that the foreign investors fullfill their regulatory obligations towardsrelevant state authorities when starting a business in Croatia, peforming company HealthChecks and mitigate the risk of non-compliance. Recently she has been locally leading an extensiveKYC (Know Your Client) project for a large company undergoing restructuring.Ivana holds a master’s degree in the field of Business/Managerial Economics at Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb where she graduated with thesis theme „Importance of etics when making business decisions”.

Matus Levocky (SLOVAKIA) Compliance Advisor @ BUREAU VAN DIJK

Matus is responsible for Compliance & risk related topics in the CEE region within Bureau van Dijk`s office in Bratislava with focus on banks and financial institution. He is experienced in AML, KYC, CTF procedures, client onboarding, risk assessment, fraud investigation, background check from the data point of view. Helping costumers to navigate in the complex ownership structures, adjust to regulation like 4th AML directive and assist in informed risk taking. Matus is former SAP consultant and a graduate of University of Economics in Bratislava and Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg.