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C:F Business Forum 2012


We live in a time of challenges and in the time of paradigm shifts. Not everyone can formulate successful new paradigms. Only a few can do that. But all of us can be more open to looking for the changes, exploring them for their implications, and creating a supporting climate for the attempts. Join us at this special event focused on the trends, challenges and ideas that will shape the future and participate in the discussion about the next Champions in the age of the limits of the growth.

    Why should you attend?
  • GET A VISION of the world your business will be competing in 5, 10 and 15 years from now
  • UNDERSTAND the new landscape of hyper-competition and new markets
  • OPEN YOUR MIND to the paradigm shift
  • BE PREPARED to succeed in a vastly different world
  • COLLABORATE with global top talent from Gen Y and leaders from business and academia

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C:F Business Forum speakers

Joel A. Barker

Joel Barker is one of the best-known futurists in the world. His videos on the future have been translated into 20 languages and have been seen by more than 100 million people. His book on paradigms is a standard text in more than 100 universities and has been translated into 20 languages.

He popularized the concept of paradigm shifts and started the corporate discussion of the importance of vision in 1989 with his video, “The Power of Vision.” He has influenced the role of leadership with his video, “Leadershift.” His video on “Wealth, Innovation and Diversity” helped redefine the importance of diversity. Industry Week Magazine refers to Joel Barker’s videos as one of the most influential series of programs in the business world.

His last book, Five Regions of the Future, co-authored with Dr. Scott Erickson, came out in 2005. Formerly Director of the Futures Studies Department of the Science Museum of Minnesota from 1975 to 1978, he has since spoken to more than one million people in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.

He has received numerous awards including two honorary doctorates. In 2006, he was named one of the 100 most distinguished educators in the past 100 years by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education. In 2008, he was identified as one of the top 100 thought leaders in personal leadership and organizational leadership by Executive Excellence Publications. In 2009, he joined the Board of Leader to Leader Institute.

Deepa Prahalad

Deepa Prahalad is an author and business strategist and consultant specializing in opportunities at the intersection of consumer experience, technology and strategy. Passionate about emerging markets and innovation, Deepa has worked as a management consultant with firms from start-ups to large multinationals. In 2008, she researched and co-authored the book, Predictable Magic: Unleash The Power of Design Strategy To Transform Your Business (Wharton School Publishing).

Deepa speaks at business schools such as USC and Harvard on design strategy using the EMPOWER framework she developed and conducts workshops for executives. A frequent blogger on the Huffington Post and Harvard Business Review, she has also written about the business case for design in Bloomberg Businessweek and other magazines. Deepa also works with several initiatives that support the work of her late father, CK Prahalad in India and the US. She speaks frequently on BOP innovation at industry gatherings such as the CLO Summit India and the Global Peter Drucker Forum.

Deepa is a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and is on twitter at @deepaprahalad.

Andreja Kodrin

Andreja Kodrin is the Founder and President of Challenge:Future global youth think tank and competition for innovation and sustainability.

Andreja obtained Master's degree in 1997 and is now working on her PhD thesis focusing on strategic performance management. In the last fifteen years she has conducted several postgraduate research projects in the field of investment, performance and strategic management and has attended several executive programs at INSEAD, Harvard Business School, IMD and IEDC-Bled School of Management. She is also a frequent lecturer and speaker at universities and conferences worldwide.

Prior to founding Challenge:Future, Andreja served as Group CFO and Board Director of private equity corporation AKTIVA HOLDINGS BV, the Netherlands, for eight years. She is/was a member of several supervisory boards of companies, venture funds, banks, pension funds and charities in the Netherlands, USA, UK, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Serbia, and Slovenia.

Nadya Zhexembayeva

Nadya Zhexembayeva, PhD, is the Coca-Cola Chair of Sustainable Development at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia, where she teaches courses in leadership, organizational behavior, design thinking, and sustainability.

In 2007, Dr. Zhexembayeva joined US-based Sustainable Value Partners, one of the oldest sustainability consultancies in the world. In 2008, Nadya was elected Vice-President of the United Nations Global Compact Slovenia, an association of businesses dedicated to sustainable value creation and corporate citizenship.

She also serves as Vice-President of Challenge:Future, a global youth think tank and innovation competition. Nadya's first book is Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage, co-authored with Chris Laszlo and published by Stanford University Press.


15:30 – 16:00 Business Forum registration at Bled Festival Hall

16:00 – 16:15  Welcome Words:

Andreja Kodrin, C:F Founder & President, Slovenia,  

Dejan Turk, Chairman of the Management Board Si.mobil d.d., President Managers' Association of Slovenia, Slovenia


16:15 – 16:20  Idea Spot: Postcards from the Future, Damla Aktan, Turkey & Ivan Repenko, Russia, Vice-Presidents of C:F Chapters Network

16:20 – 17:05  Keynote Speaker: Joel A. Barker, futurist, USA

»The Importance of Paradigms in the 21st Century«


17:05 – 17:20 Q&A with Joel Barker moderated by Tjasa Kolenc Filipcic, President of the Young Managers Section of Managers' Association of Slovenia, Director of Marketing  & Communications, Zavarovalnica Triglav, Slovenia

17:20 – 18:30  Panel: »The Next Challenges, the Next Champions«, moderated by Ajsa Vodnik, CEO, AmCham Slovenia, Deepa Prahalad, author, speaker and business strategist, USA, Iztok Seljak, MSc, President of Hidria management board, Dr. Lucka Kajfez Bogataj, climatologist and member of the IPCC, Biotechnical Faculty University of Ljubljana, selected among 12 Women Inspiring Europe in 2012, Slovenia, Youth Speaker selected by C:F Summit 2012 participants

18:20 – 18:30 Closing Words on Future as Opportunity, Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, C:F Vice President, Coca-Cola Chair of Sustainable Development at IEDC, Slovenia

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