STORYTELLERS AT CONVENTA CROSSOVER 2022

Learn from the best experience designers and marketers in the world

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Claus Raasted

The College of Extraordinary Experiences

Director of The College of Extraordinary Experiences. Coach at McKinsey. Ruby Hunter. Hologram Hawker. Playfulness Preacher. Experience Design Pioneer. Keynote Speaker. Event Designer. Author of 35 books. 1000+ talks & workshops. Claus Raasted has been called “a cross between Thor, Mick Jagger and Lady Gaga”.

Disrupting the Boardroom - Bringing better human technology into play in meetings that matter

Bo Krüger

Moving Minds

Bo Krüger is on a misson to make meetings change the world. He helps meeting planners and facilitators apply the latest knowledge and research from psychology and social science into their meetings. He works as a speaker, facilitator, author and meeting designer. His knowledge is deep, but his approach is very practical and easy to understand.

Sustainable meetings and events - a mystery that may never be solved

Milena S. Nikolova

BehaviorSMART

Milena is an expert and researcher in behavioral economics in tourism with a global professional network and experience gained across four continents. She has worked on projects covering various aspects of sustainable tourism development, business and market development, policy and planning, learning and education, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation.

How to use behavioral sciences to design better events

Jordan Waid

Jordan Waid Ltd.

Jordan Waid is a Strategic and Creative Business Consultant, Workshop Facilitator, Idea Architect, Storytelling Designer, as well as an Academy Award winning filmmaker. An advocate for design thinking his passions focus on: futurity, design, innovation, trends, narratives, education, gamification, pattern recognition, brand experience and social impact.

Pattern Recognition – Feed you future with design, innovation and trends

MEET BUSTERS

Mark Toonen

Wice

Mark Toonen is a Dutch design native who started with bricks and ink before discovering the power of the pixel. He is always driven by the new, the fresh and the better. Mark seeks to create boldness with a commitment to simplicity and a solid story that goes down to the core of the brand and beyond the screen.

The power of digital hospitality

Tanja Polegubic

Saltwater Nomads

Australian-born Croatian Tanja Polegubic has extensive international travel and remote working experience. This inspired a business in Croatia which has since connected hundreds of remote working professionals in Croatia – from Google to Antarctic employees and digital nomads from New York to New Zealand.

When Adventure Lasts A Lifetime: Ways To Attract & Amaze Remote Workers

Manuela Šola

Komunikacijski laboratorij d.o.o.

Manuela is the General Manager at Komunikacijski laboratorij, one of the leading communication agencies in the region today, which she founded in 2004 and expanded its operations to Serbia a few years later. Manuela is as an ambassador for female entrepreneurship and an active member of a number of business associations.

Leadership as an innovation engine

Maja Bosanac

Eventful

Maja is the owner and Ecology, Ethics and Efficiency Event Manager at Eventful, an event agency based in Croatia that focuses on creating sustainable events with great social impact. Entering the world of sustainability, she saw the real effects of organizing events and decided to take matters into her own hands - be a change.

Are you doing enough?

Gaja Brecelj

Umanotera

Gaja is the Managing Director at Umanotera, The Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development. What is Umanotera? A beacon of sustainable development practices. Initiators of needed change. Global awareness. Boldness. Freedom to decide and act. Cooperation. Effectiveness. Alternative thinking power. It's raising awareness and developing new social values and structures.

Everything starts with big steps

Meta Pavlin Avdić

prvi.prvi.

Meta is the co-founder and strategic director of prvi.prvi., an agency specialising in creative sustainable marketing projects. An event planner by heart with over 20 years of agency experience, she started working in PR, developed into a content specialist of all kinds, creatively designed events of all types, and mastered team and client management.

More Dialogue and less Monologue

Jakob Sterlich

ClimatePartner

Jakob Sterlich is the Head of ClimatePartner Austria, currently dedicating his time to enable and support companies in taking effective climate action. In 2015, the international community decided to limit global warming to 1.5°C, because otherwise irreversible changes to the climate will make earth increasingly inhabitable for us humans.

Dirty business - How the event industry is affecting climate change

Yuliia Katynska

Lviv Convention Bureau

Yuliia Katynska has been working as communication manager at Lviv Convention Bureau since 2019. During this time she has created original content campaigns for websites and social media channels. She was the initiator of the video project “Industry Talks during the war” and co-organizer of Online marathon “GMID:United for Ukraine”. Also she has worked with creating promo campaigns for Lviv Honorary Ambassadors Program.

The value of dialogue in times of war

Dejan Bogdanov

Vekol DMC

Dejan is the General Manager of DMC Vekol. He helps meeting professionals envision, design, and shape business travel experiences in Serbia. His company DMC Vekol organises business events, meeting conferences, incentive programs, team buildings, tailored tours, green meetings, accommodation, transport etc, while taking care of everything from strategy, idea, concept development, planning to project management at the very highest level.

Bridging our divide

LJUBLJANA TALKS - Events in the Metaverse

Panel with provoking speakers and questions no one ever asks. The conversation will delve into events in the metaverse.

Aragorn Meulendijks

YOM

The first 2 decades of Aragorn's career were spent in tech sales for Oracle, Indeed and LinkedIn to name a few. He's been a public speaking coach, training top executives and sales people from around the globe. At one time he was known as the Social Selling Doctor, guiding companies and sales teams into a modern way of selling through social media. Today he's the CMO and Metavangelist at YOM, working to help anyone interested, to understand this new move to the Metaverse, what it means for industries and society.

The Metaverse; Salvation or Deluge?

Mladen Ljubišič

Fitbeat.io

Mladen is the Chief Business Development Officer at Fitbeat.io, a Slovenian startup set to revolutionize the fitness world by introducing a new licensing model for personal trainers based on blockchain, using XR technology. The platform will connect trainers who will be licensed by Fit&Beat’s own native licenses guaranteeing the best possible fitness and nutrition knowledge with individuals who want to train and get healthier.

Jens Oliver Mayer

Jack Morton Worldwide

Jens has built his career helping brands build strong relationships with the people that matter most to them, through live and digital marketing. He leads Jack Morton offices for the German-speaking market, working with clients including BMW, Mini, Škoda, Samsung, Novartis, Adidas, Electrolux, SABIC and HERE. With more than 25 years of experience in the brand experience industry, Jens has a special passion for integrating live events and the digital world.

CROSSOVER LEGENDS

Ivo J. Franschitz

ENITED

Ivo is the owner & Managing Director of ENITED Business Events GmbH. Since 1999, he has been involved with a number of national and international educational institutions and sharing his experience and knowledge through a variety of speaking engagements. Currently, he holds a Board member position with EMBA (Event Marketing Board Austria) and with LiveCom Alliance, as well as being an active member of ICCA and 27NAMES.

Henrik von Arnold

ENITED

Henrik has been in the business events industry since 1997. His main functions have been Team leader of Gothenburg Convention Bureau and later on Stockholm Convention Bureau. In 2014, he took on the role of Senior consultant within the consultancy company ENITED Business Events. Before his time within the business events industry, he has worked at the Chamber of Commerce and also been project manager for several main city events within the sectors of culture, sports, politics and business.

Kim Myhre

Experience Designed

Kim Myhre is the Founder and Managing Partner of Experience Designed, a strategic advisory and creative ideas agency that applies purpose-led design principals to create transformative brand experience strategies. He is an experience designer, consultant, speaker, guest lecturer, writer, creator, innovation activist and brand storyteller with a unique combination of strategic, creative, commercial and international agency experience.

Miloš Milovanović

GainingEdge

Miloš Milovanović is a GainingEdge consultant, with deep expertise in the activation and development of convention bureaus as well as destination marketing in Europe and Middle East regions. He has 15 years of experience in the meeting industry and has consulted to many destinations around the world. Miloš is responsible for development of research activities as the new Head of the GainingEdge Analysis & Research Unit.

Maarten Schram

LiveCom Alliance

Maarten Schram established LiveCom Alliance in 2016 as a non profit foundation on the belief that the live communication industry deserves a pan-European approach and audience, and would benefit from an overarching dedicated yet independent institution. Maarten thrives the pan-European industry creating a stronger, more sustainable and more interesting playing field by introducing the first pan-European Code of Ethics (2017) and first pan-European Pitch Guidelines (2018).

THE MODERATOR

Jan-Jaap In der Maur

Masters in Moderation

Jan-Jaap is the Founder and Moderator at Masters in Moderation from The Netherlands. Jan-Jaap gets people to think and reconsider, convinced as he is that only challenging the status quo will bring new perspectives and new insights. Be it sharing of knowledge, finding solutions to a problem or getting people to understand each other, he will always focus on content and interaction.