Our host who will guide us through the wonderful day is Marina Orsag!
Marina comes from Zagreb, Croatia and she’s one of the most known stand-up comedians in the region. Her satirical humour criticizes and inspires with the aim to break away from prejudice and spread positivity.
Continuing her mission to spread positivity through laughs Marina bootstrapped Studio Smijeha, the first comedy club in the region.
Prepare for a good laugh with Marina hosting the event!
Piotr Prokopowicz is an Assistant Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, a Post-Doctoral Associate at the University of Maryland’s Culture Lab, and a Co-founder at Freenovation. He’s an experienced manager, trainer, speaker, author, and leadership consultant. For over a dozen years, he’s been researching and implementing cultures and systems that allow people and organizations to thrive and innovate.
His work has been featured in Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and other media outlets. As a trainer and consultant, he has worked with more than 100 companies, including Aon, IBM, Greenpeace Poland, Bahlsen, Sabre, and Great Place to Work Europe. His experiences range from managing a gamification consulting company, providing talks at international TEDx conferences and corporate events, developing strategy for the best university in Poland, to… leading a punk rock band.
As an internationally acclaimed speaker, he engages audiences by educating them about leadership myths, innovation, evidence-based management, and methods for building a smarter and happier workplace.
Freddie Pearson is a British Fitness model, former international sportsman and wellness entrepreneur from London. Freddie has built up a large Instagram following and uses his platform often to discuss mental health in young people and offer fitness advice as an escape or pursuit for others. He will be using his talk to explore his experiences within the modelling industry, the problems he has faced and the lessons he has learnt that have made him into the young man he is today.
As a child, Fabian often felt like he didn’t belong. Neither in school, where he mostly kept to himself nor at home with his own family. Ever the go-between, Fabian faced the burden and the blessing of being untied and thus free to move effortlessly between worlds.
Whether living as a homeless person, in Cologne while studying computer science, engaging in ancient rituals with shamans in the Peruvian jungle, or driving an old Mercedes from Berlin to Cape Town, Fabian always threw himself fearlessly into the unknown. For 15 years, he traveled the world, often venturing into places where only few had gone before him, meeting people from everywhere in the world and learning their stories.
In the last three years, Fabian worked with 300+ international clients, among them Microsoft, Intel and Virgin Atlantic. He was never sitting in an office, instead he worked from his Land Rover Defender.
Today, he spends as much time as possible in his house in Lustica, Montenegro, reading, playing the guitar and only leaves to guide visitors to austrian hungraian forts, to get spare parts for the Defender or to pursue his passion for freediving.
Jelena Markovic is an entrepreneur behind the Smart Change personal development network. Her brand is known for amateur animations and short texts which she uses to to normalize things that happen to all of us, yet things we rarely talk about. Jelena believes that perfectionism kills all the fun and productivity and that kindness can be strong enough to change the world.
Jelena has a PhD in communications and she is a certified coach with 5 years of experience working with clients. She is currently undergrad student of psychology. In her TEDx talk she will focus on the type of communication that is crucial tool for success, contentment and mental health – communication with ourselves.
Having played chess since he was 4, Jovan has witnessed the steep rise of computer chess engines. In parallel, he also developed a passion for the idea of machines seeing (not just looking) and learning. On the TEDxKotor stage, Jovan will lean on the newest developments in AI to introduce the idea of people learning from the metal.
After completing engineering studies in Abu Dhabi and New York City, he now works in Madrid as a software engineer.
Maja Raicevic has been active in Montenegrin civil society for 18 years. Her activism began at the Women’s Safe House, the first Montenegrin shelter for women and children – domestic violence survivors.
In 2012. she established NGO Women’s Rights Center (WRC) where she currently holds the position of the executive director.
Within the activities of the Women’s Rights Center, she works directly with women survivors of gender-based violence and discrimination, supporting their protection and access to justice. The organisation is also known for the awarded campaign “Neželjena” (“Unwanted”) launched together with the McCann Podgorica, and with the support of McCann Beograd team, to prevent the abuse of prenatal tests that led to selective abortions of females.
Maja participated in the implementation of some of the key projects in the field of human rights monitoring in Montenegro, including institutions of closed type, such as Institute for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and women’s prison.
She is also a member of the national Operational Team on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.