As a part of the event programme we will organise sessions at the 'Learning and Sharing Hub' where employers, teachers and head-teachers will have an opportunity to share presentations about their innovations in vocational education and training.

'Learning and Sharing Hub' sessions will cover:

  • health and beauty
  • tourism and service industry
  • wood, construction and steel industry
  • IT and engineering.

These sessions will focus on skills development, teaching and learning and support to employability. Furthermore, students will be able to hear practical advice about finding a job and developing skills employers seek. 


  • Employer representatives sharing advice and information with students about finding jobs, applying for jobs, and developing practical skills that employers actually need in potential employees, from the HR perspective.
  • Teachers sharing their innovative experiences and practices implemented in class that encourage skills development (teacher-to-teacher sessions).
  • NGOs and reputable individuals sharing their experiences related to skills development, finding a job, innovations and entrepreneurship, relevant to employers and vocational schools.

The applications for speakers are now closed. If you applied as a speaker, we will inform you about the outcome of your application on 1 December 2016 at the latest. 

If you have any questions, please contact our colleagues Samir Avdibegović and Aleksandar Borisavljević.


Edin Charlie Saračević

HUB 387

Edin Charlie Saracevic is serial entrepreneur with his first Internet start-up dating back in 1999. During his extensive carrier, he mastered building multiple successful B2B and B2C online businesses from ground up, pioneering in web based location mapping, geo referenced content delivery, big data analysis, personal data applications and web based security sharing.

In October 2013 he started his new project HUB387. This was the first technology park in Sarajevo, envisioned as a new generation work environment fostering new methods of building vibrant and collaborative IT community. As part of HUB387 he established NEST71, first co-working office space and soon after he founded ACADEMY387, open educational platform offering a range of intense expert courses covering different topics, skill-sets and know-hows in demand. Today, HUB387 is community of more than 25 IT companies and more than 300 engineers located in one place.



Erol is an expert in the field of labor and employment, but also a marathon runner, motivational speaker and leader that helps teams and organizations successfully implement reforms and improve business results. He currently works for the World Bank and depending on the task, he works as a manager, consultant or trainer in several areas (leadership, skills development, entrepreneurship).

In 2016, he successfully completed the hardest one-day competition in the world (Ironman triathlon – 226 km). Erol is also a co-founder of the NGO 'Marathon', organized by the prestigious Sarajevo half marathon and works as a coach in running school 'Klix', which is branded as the most positive story in the city.


People 1st

Figurehead and founder of the UKs National Skills Academy for Retail, Jane is a CIPD qualified senior strategic Learning & Development professional with over 15 years’ experience working within the retail and visitor economy sector in store operations, hotels, training and development.  

Working directly with employers, stakeholders and government Jane has in the past two years led and delivered social inclusion projects focused on youth and gender equality, developed skills academy models, directed on the set up of technical colleges and developed new curriculum based on international standards. Jane is an advocate of technical and vocational skills development and the importance of transferability of these skills across the world.


People 1st

Kate is responsible for coordinating aspects of the People 1st’s international work and development of proposals. She works in the analysis of research and labour market intelligence, development and implementation of the Modern Apprenticeship frameworks, a wide range of qualification development including the school curriculum and further and higher education. 

Kate has over 30 years’ experience in the sector both as a hospitality employer and as a qualifications expert for the ‘visitor economy’ sector including the industries of hospitality, retail, passenger transport, leisure and tourism.


Barnet and Southgate College

Kathryn has worked in education for 25 years, first in the classroom and then in management and development. She has worked in the Further Education Sector, at Barnet and Southgate College for 18 years with responsibilities for English Language Training and International student recruitment.

Since 2013 she has been involved in the development of transnational education and was project manager of three British Council funded international skills partnerships, with educational institutions in China focussing on skills growth, quality assurance and capacity building.

She is passionate about Vocational Education Training, which provides young people with excellent educational opportunities, and supports them as they progress into employment and further study.


The Austrian Institute for Training Research in Trade and Industry (ibw)

Kurt got his masters degree in National Economy at University of Vienna. He is the author of numerous studies, articles and reports in IVET and CVET. Since May 1998 Schmid is a researcher at ibw Austria, in the fields of research and development in vocational educational training, senior project management and applied research in vocational education.

At the moment he conducts various feasibility studies to foster WBL and apprenticeship training in countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.


world bank

Margo is a Senior Economist at the World Bank’s Education Global Practice, focusing on the alignment between education and training supply with current and future labor and skills demand. Currently, she particularly provides analytical and operational support to counterparts in Europe, including on identifying key constraints to the effective alignment of skill supply with demand, developing skill demand assessments and forecasting methodologies.

Sher previously worked in Social Protection and Labor, Education, and Poverty Reduction departments in the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia regions. 


Al Jazeera Balkans 

Marina Riđić currently works as a TV presenter and correspondent at Al Jazeera Balkans, part of the Al Jazeera Network. She has been a reporter since 2004, starting her career at the public TV station of Republic of Srpska in Banjaluka, and continuing at the commercial TV station OBN located Sarajevo.

She graduated at the University of Banja Luka, department for journalism in 2009. For her master thesis at the postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo in 2013, she conducted an analysis on nationalistic propaganda of political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina (covering the period from the war until 2010).  

In her TV shows and interviews she tries to cover real problems while keeping to the ethic standards of journalism. Her TV reporting mostly covers elections, campaigns, political marketing, spin and negotiations processes in the region.


KulturKontakt Austria

Since 2001 Monika is the head of department for educational co-operation at KulturKontakt Austria (KKA). KKA facilitates educational co-operation with East and South Easterm Europe on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education. One priority area of co-operation is education development in VET. She is also the Austrian member of the Governing Board of ERI SEE (Education Reform Initiative of SEE).

Between 1999 and 2001 she led the secretariat in support of the Austrian chair of the Task Force Education and Youth in the framework of the Stability Pact for SEE. Between 1995 and 1998 she was Austrian educational co-ordinator to Albania on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education. 


Simon is now self-employed and provides advice on the development of TVET systems and skills development to governments, business and the vocational education sector. Recent work has been in Panama, the Western Balkans and the Bahamas. 

His work builds on recent experience as an Executive Director at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and previous roles in gsovernment where he established the Sector Skills Council network in the UK. He is strongly committed to building a high quality relevant skills base to support a successful economic future for the UK and internationally.