Speakers

  • Zoran Puljic

    Zoran Puljic is the Director of Mozaik Social Enterprise and one of Schwab Social Entrepreneurs. He successfully started several non- and for-profit organizations. All these initiatives aim towards the economic and social empowerment of disadvantaged groups, primarily youth and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Mozaik Foundation (Mozaik) is the leading social enterprise (SE) in the Balkans. It owns EkoMozaik Ltd. and MaŠta Agency, two successful social businesses, a social entrepreneurship development platform, and a lean start-up SE incubator.

    Zoran served in and chaired numerous domestic and international boards, including the German Marshall Fund (Balkan Trust for Democracy), European Foundation Centre (Grantmakers East Forum), Resource Alliance, ICNL, EU TACSO, Bigmev and others. He currently serves as the Global Good Ambassador for Central and Eastern Europe. Zoran recently completed the Harvard Kennedy Arts and Science of System Change and the Harvard Business School SPNM Program. He was a Duke University Fellow in Civil Society, INSEAD Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and BoardSource Fellow in Non-Profit Governance. He holds an MBA and an MA certificate in Development; and in addition to his mother tongue, Zoran is fluent in English, German and Spanish.

    Georgi Lossmann-Iliev

    Georgi Lossmann-Iliev is head of magdas recycling and in charge of social business development at magdas, the social business company founded by Caritas Vienna. Georgi has studied economics in Austria, Russia and Slovenia and has participated in exchange programs throughout Europe, specializing international finance and business informatics. His professional experience started in sales at an international healthcare company. 2008 he joined the refugee assistance unit of Caritas Vienna, before continuing at magdas in 2012.

     magdas, an 100 percent affiliate of Caritas Vienna, was founded in 2012 with the aim of creating new job opportunities for people living in poverty with no or lower chances of getting a job. Run as a social business, magdas  tries to solve social and economic problems with entrepreneurial tools. magdas functions like every other company, just that the focus is not  maximization of profit, but  maximization of societal benefits and humanity. Target groups are long term unemployed people, migrants, refugees and people with disabilities. The job initiatives of magdas social business are focusing on the strength of  people rather than their problems.  magdas social business comprises projects from a design hotel run by former refugees in co-operation with hotel experts to a recycling enterprise recycling yearly almost half a million mobile phones.

    Aistė Černiauskaitė

    Aistė Černiauskaitė graduated from the Institute for Political Science, Bordeaux, France in 1999 with specialization in Public Service and Administrative law. In 2002 and 2003 she studied at the Lithuanian University of Law (Vilnius/LT), European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht/NL) and International Relations Institute (Copenhagen/DK). Subsequently, she successfully completed a general preparation course to work in various EU institutions. In 2004 she obtained a European Master Degree at the Humanitarian and Social Science Faculty of the University René Descartes, Paris 5/FR.

    In 2003 she was appointed by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (Lithuania) as the Community Initiative EQUAL implementation coordinator. Her key qualifications are as follows: public administration, program and project management, project cycle management, program evaluation, measures for administrative capacity building implementation, structural funds management, labour and social inclusion policies, anti-discrimination policies, local development policies, Human rights and national minorities’ issues, social integration issues. Since 2008 Aistė Černiauskaitė became a consultant for social integration projects implementation, where she is providing trainings on project cycle management and working in the field of NGO administrative capacity building and fund-raising.

    Reda Suktuviene

    Reda Suktuviene graduated from a medical school in Kaunas (Lithuania) and became a medical assistant. She worked in a hospital in a psychiatric service and then as an administrator after having successfully completed relevant public administration studies. In 2003 on the basis of her experience in the area she was appointed as a General director of „Socialiniai paramos projektai“, a non-profit organization that provides social integration services to former drug addicts in a friendly working environment. This organization is founded by the Municipality of Vilnius, Vilnius Centre for Addictive Disorders and a private catering company. Since that time, Reda is managing the restaurant while away the same time heading social projects implemented in the „Mano Guru“, and is the key person to develop the Mano Guru social enterprise model. Over the period of 11 years European Social Fund co-funded 5 projects with over 450 project participants. As a result, about 80 per cent of project participants have successfully re-entered the labour market.