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Mara Vitols-Hrgetic program director of the MEETING G2-3 project in Zagreb 6-8 Nov 2017
By Nenad N. Bach and Darko Žubrinić
Published on 10/27/2017
The MEETING G2.3 Conference will be organized in two parts: 6-7th November in Zagreb, and on the 8th November in the city of Osijek. The Keynote Speaker on the 7th Nov will be The Honourable Zed Šešelja, Senator for The Australian Capital Territory. Former women's top ranked world tennis player and French Open Champion, Iva Majoli and Croatian coaching legend, Miroslav Ćiro Blažević, will be sharing their knowledge. The participants will visit the city of Osijek on 8th November, in particular, the Osijek Software City. On the photo Mara Vitols-Hrgetić, program director of the Meeting.

6-8 November 2017, Zagreb 6th and 7th Nov, and Osijek 8th Nov

Mara Vitols-Hrgetić, Program Director of the MEETING G2-3 project

The Keynote Speaker on the second day of the MEETING G2.3 Conference will be The Honourable Zed Šešelja, Senator for The Australian Capital Territory who shall share with us his views on the Croatian Diaspora's role in the economic and cultural development of Croatia, as well as the importance of a multicultural society.

We are very pleased to announce that yet another two more big names will be joining the third Panel on "Sport and Ties!"€ Former women'€™s top ranked world tennis player and French Open Champion, Iva Majoli and Croatian coaching legend, Miroslav Ćiro Blažević, will be sharing their knowledge and experience whilst discussing the panel topic with other eminent panellists.

Josip Hrgetić, Project Director of the MEETING G2-3 project;
with his wife Mara Vitols-Hrgetić, founded the

6th November 2017, Monday

16:00, Registration

Congress Center FORUM Zagreb, Radnička cesta 50, 1st floor

16:35, The Croatian Diaspora -€“ A strategic population for the total and demographic revitalisation of Croatia

doc.dr. Stjepan Šterc, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb

18:30, Starting up with CRONNECT! Pitch Session with 10 Croatian start-ups

Presenter: Ante Lučić, / A-Link Ltd., CEO & Founder

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Dr. Stjepan Šterc speaking about demographic issues in Croatia

Josip Hrgetić, Project Director of the MEETING G2-3 project

Second from the right, Dr. Ivan Hrvoić, distinguished Croatian entrepreneur and benefactor.

7th November 2017, Tuesday

09:00, Official Opening

President of the Republic of Croatia, Mrs. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović

10:00, Panel Discussion #1

How to attract investors from the Croatian Diaspora and represent their interests

Anthony Pesec / Luka Krilić
Anto Sluganović / Ivan Ivin
Nicolas Baron Adamovich
Don Markušić
Ruža Studer

11:30, Keynote speaker

Zed Seselja, Senator, Australian Capital Territory

12:00, Panel Discussion #2

How to promote Croatian products from around the world to the whole world
Antonio Vukorepa
Joseph Gene Petrić
Zlatan Froehlich
Andrija Čolak
Žarko Tomašić

14:00, Panel Discussion #3

Sport and Ties -€“ The perfect business combination (or how top sports men and women can use their worldwide fame to help develop the Croatian economy)
Iva Majoli / Dubravko Šimenc
Josip Čop / Ante Bogdanić
Gordan Kožulj / Zoran Primorac
Miroslav Ćiro Blažević
Božo Skoko

15:00, Panel Discussion #4

Green is the new gold (or how Croatia can be proud of its clean and unpolluted land, ecological production and healthy products)
Mate Knezović
Matko Šeremet
Dijana Katica
Gordana Gelenčer
Jadranka Boban Pejić

16:30, Panel Discussion #5

Blood, sweat and tears -€“ manufacturing as the answer (or what is the current state of domestic industrial production, what is being manufactured, what is Croatian industry based on and what are the new business models)
Vjeran Vrbanec / Zoran Uranjek
Ivica Mudrinić
HS produkt
Bernarda Cecelja
Aco Momčilović

17:30, Open Hour

Q&A, The Government & the Diaspora

18:15, Conference Summary and Recommendations


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Ante Lučić presenting his CROnnect project, as well as 10 startups.

Panel discussion No 1.

Dr. Ivan Hrvoić

Panel discussion No 2.

Beautifully designed glagolitic treshold.

Registration desk of the G2.3 Meeting at the Forum Center in Zagreb.

Mr. Zdenko Teply Batelj from Peru

Gen. Zdenko Teply Batelj, President of Croatian Societies in Peru, discussing with Dr. Ivan Hrvoić from Canada.

Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, president of the Republic of Croatia, with all the paricipants of the G2.3 Meetings

Zad Šešelja, Australian senator, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Josip and Mara Hrgetić.

One of the main events of the G2.3 Meeting: Zed Seselja, senator of the Australian Capital Territory,
delivering his very interesting keynote lecture.

8th November 2017, Wednesday

Departure from Zagreb - Business trip to Osijek

Gathering from 06:30am in front of Green Gold Center, Radnička cesta 50, Zagreb

10:45, Presentation of the City of Osijek, the County of Osijek-Baranja and the Chamber of Commerce in Osijek

Concluding remarks: Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts
Ministarstvo gospodarstva, poduzetništva i obrta

11:30, Site Visit

Osijek Software City, Osijek Airport, Business Zones and City Tour
Osijek Software City

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Josip Hrgetić, Project Director
Mara Hrgetić, Program Director
Aco Momčilović, Adviser / Coordinator
Lidija Šimrak, Marketing and Development Consultant
Antun Krešimir Buterin, Professional Associate
Don Markušić, Legal Adviser


Radnička cesta 50, Green Gold Centre
10000 Zagreb
Tel: +385 1 286-7777
Fax: +385 1 286-7770

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