SPEAKERS 2018

CHB Speakers 2018

We wish to cordially thank the members of the Sounding Board:

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Ruža Tomašić
Chair of the Sounding Board

Ruža Tomašić is a Croatian politician and member of the European Parliament.
At the Police Academy Ontario Police College, she proved to be one of the top students in her class, especially in the practice of martial arts. She worked on the suppression of drugs and of juvenile delinquency.
For her exceptional contribution to the fight against corruption and organized crime in Croatia she was awarded with the national decoration for bravery “Stjepan Radić” in 2010.
During her political career, she was elected two times as a member of the Croatian Parliament while in 2013 and 2014 she was elected member of the European Parliament, winning the highest number of preferential votes on her list.
She is a full member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries (PECH) and the European Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development (REGI).

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Helmut Peter
Chairman of the Senate

Kommerzialrat Helmut Peter, born in 1948 in St. Wolfgang, grew up in his parent’s family hotel,
the Weisses Rössl on Lake Wolfgangsee, and became a fourth-generation manager
of the family-owned business.

Kommerzialrat Helmut Peter was a long-time president of the Austrian Hotelier Assocication (ÖHV) and representative at the National Assembly, he has a voice in Austrian economic and tourism policies. After handing over operative management to the fifth generation, Gudrun Peter, he is still active today as managing director of the family-owned company.

The number one address in the Salzkammergut resort area is the romantic hotel “Im Weissen Rössl”. World famous through the operetta “The white horse inn” from Ralph Benatzky. You will find Austrian tradition combined with modern lifestyle and the unique situation directly at the Wolfgangsee.
The Spa located on the lake, which includes the Rösslpool and the 30°C heated Lake pool, is a class of its own. (Sauna, steam bath, fitness, relaxing area, lake terrace). Our SPA & Beauty is the right place for you to spoil yourself with a beauty or massage treatment.
The „Kaiserterrasse” Romantik Restaurant’s cuisine is a creative reinterpretation of traditional Austrian dishes, while the “Seerestaurant” promotes the region’s authentic produce. The romantic hotel “Im Weissen Rössl” is member of „Romantic Hotels“ and „Bibliotels”.

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Torsten Zuberbier
Chairman of the Development Board

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Torsten Zuberbier
Spokesman of the Comprehensive Allergy Center Charité
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Professional affiliations
ECARF (European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation) – Foundation Director
GA²LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma European Network) – Secretary General
ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma) – Member of the task force from the world health organization (WHO) and chief of the reference center in Germany
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allergie- und Immunitätsforschung – member of the board of directors
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology – member of the editorial board
Allergo Journal – member of the scientific advisory board
EDF (European Dermatology Forum) – member of the guidance task force
DDG (Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft) – member of the working group of the managing board of “DDG Kompakt”
WAO (World Allergy Organization) – member of the special committee for allergy diagnosis and molecular allergy and member of the special committee for skin allergies of the WAO
Stern – voluntary advisor

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Marijan Gjukić
Founder and host of Convention Health Benefit

Dr. Marijan Gjukić focussing interdisciplinary communication between healthcare, tourism and insurances.

Through my personal and professional experiences comes the conviction that natural scenery and the best specialists work together to transform „living in sickness“ to „a life with the disease“!
Almost 30 years ago, I was treating local patients as well as tourists at my private medical practice in Croatia. During the last 15 years, I have gathered international, intercontinental, and intercultural experiences in Austria.
The stigmatization of patients in tourism, as well as the failure of interdisciplinary communication, were „trigger“ for the campaign “Health Benefit”. Seriously ill people can lead a proactive life, whether they living at home or on the holidays. That is why I have, with idealism and joy, placed my competencies on the market again!


Innovative solutions to health and premium solutions to quality of life!

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Petra Reinbacher-Gjukić
Chair of the Medicon Forum and host of Convention Health Benefit

Petra Reinbacher-Gjukić is successful at building a strong professional network in differnet countries and able to establish sustainable and profitable relationships with customers, suppliers and stakeholders across the world.

A results driven, self-motivated and resourceful business woman, possessing excellent communication and organizational capabilities. Management professional experienced in leading and growing all sectors of a business to make it a dynamic and progressive organisation.
To escape this burning of time and money Petra Reinbacher-Gjukic defined some business rules and pathways. She is convinced of the value she adds to your business in a way that she even is giving a sustainability guarantee.


Responsibility for innovations in the healthcare industry – by converting knowledge into health and health into profit!

Our warm thanks to the Influencers in the Session:

Financial impact of stigmatization of sick people in tourism: Investment for health – hidden opportunities!
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Annagrazia Laura
Chair of the session "Stigmatisation in tourism"

Annagrazia Laura is a president of ENAT – European Network for Accessible Tourism

Annagrazia Laura was first elected as President of ENAT in 2013. She was re-elected in 2017. She graduated in Political Sciences, after a career in Marketing Information and Planning Office at Alitalia Airlines. In 1993 she joined COIN (Cooperative Integrate Onlus and then Consorzio Sociale COIN), an organization involved in creating job opportunities for people with disabilities, also through accessible tourism, where she had the responsibility to develop the Group’s Tourism Dept. at national and international level. She has been involved in several national and international seminars and network activities as well as lecturer in training courses on inclusive tourism and equal opportunities. Since 2009 she is a member of the Commission for the development and promotion of accessible tourism, set up by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, where she participated in the study groups on Training and Accessibility and is now coordinating the Europe Working Group. Member of SOAB (Societal Advisory Group) of the EC Joint Programming Initiative “More Years Better Lives”. She retired from COIN/TANDEM in June 2017.

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Ilaria Giannico
UEHP – European Union of Private Hospitals

Graduated in Italy and Belgium, and trained at international level, Ms Ilaria Giannico holds an Advanced Master in Interdisciplinary Analysis of European Construction and she speaks four languages. Ms Giannico joined UEHP in July 2016. She is experienced in EU Affairs and EU funding programmes. Her professional background includes the collaboration with the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce and the activity at Confindustria Delegation to the EU, working in close relationship with the EU institutions. Ms Giannico regularly speaks at International congresses and forums bringing the voice of private hospitals in Europe at the heart of the most influencing policy discussions on the future of healthcare.

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Alen Vidović
President of the NGO Association "With wind throught silence"

I work as a program manager of rehabilitation and orthopedics at the firm “Orto Rea”.
I am the President of the Association “With the Wind Through Silence”.
Through regular work I organize and implement the procurement and supply of orthopedic aids and rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities.
Through the association I organize the organization of sailing, diving, swimming and other activities in, on and around the sea for people with disabilities.

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Matija Domijan
Project Development Consultant in the field of EU funds

As a Project Development Consultant, he works on improving the quality of the client ideas, developing project proposals for grant applications, developing pre-feasibility studies for structural funds, developing marketing plans and investing and business plans for companies, developing projects for European Social fund, working on development of external evaluations of programs and projects and development of strategic development documents of the Units of Regional and Local Self-government Committee. Matija also conducts counseling and education on opportunity to apply for a certain competition and how to write a project proposal. He works on PJR surveys and writes expert articles in the field of EU funds.

Our warm thanks to the Influencers in the Session:

Employee motivation or customer satisfaction: What is more important?
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Zrinka Lovrenčić
Chair of the session "Healthy image"

Zrinka Lovrencic is one of the Directors and a member of the management consulting team at Great Place to Work® Australia.

Management consultant, business leader and authority on what makes great workplaces, Zrinka Lovrencic is the Managing Director of Great Place to Work Australia.
Since 2008, Zrinka has been helping Australia’s best become great across a variety of industries working with them to assess their workplace cultures and support them as they seek to transform their organisations.
As the MD of Great Place to Work Australia, Zrinka is the curator of the BRW Best Places to Work list published each year, is a featured speaker on workplace trends and management strategies. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Management as well as an MBA, and was awarded NSW Finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards (2013)
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Antun Ranko Pezelj
Pharmacist

Antun Ranko Pezelj is a pharmacist with enormous experience on one of the most famous Croatian islands, Lošinj. He also worked at Agency of Medicinal Products and Medical Devices of Croatia, he is co-founder and the first president of the Croatian Pharmacy Students’ Association as well as co-founder and the first chairman of the Young Pharmacists’ group – Croatia. He is active member of Croatian Chamber of Pharmacists and Rotary Club.

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Gabriela Hösl
Expert in Ambient Assisted Living

Gabriela Hösl has a longtime experience as a nurse, amongst others in leading positions, and is furthermore well connected in organizations for wound management. She had her own practice and has furthermore published a guide for the care sector.

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Caludia Schwarzkopf
CEO of the “Schwarzkopf Institute”

Dipl. Biochemist Claudia Schwarzkopf is a hospital hygienist and executive director of the “Schwarzkopf Institute.” The “Schwarzkopf Institute” focuses on hospital hygiene consulting, continuing medical education, and expert appraisals partnering with clinics, hospitals and private industry. Furthermore, she also organizes the well-attended “HWX-Kongress,” a hygiene and wound care congress focused both on patients and the staff caring for them.

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Miriam Strauss
Doctor & Management Consultant

Lateral thinking – solution-oriented – pragmatic – creative; That´s how Miriam describes herself.
Dr. Strauss studied medicine in Vienna and was trained as a specialist in psychiatry and neurology. She was Senior physician of the drug institute at the Otto Wagner Hospital and Psychotherapist. She has years of experience as training manager and sales manager in the pharmaceutical industry. Since 2000 she is working as independent Trainer, Moderator and Systemic Consultant. In fact she comes from different worlds: As a doctor, she has learned to look where it hurts. Her psychotherapeutic experience makes it possible for her to support people and to accompany them even in difficult situations. And her group experience allows her a realistic view of the feasible

Our warm thanks to the Influencers in the Session:

Buying health vs. prevention: How to reduce long-term sickness absence in your business?
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Gerhard Pöttler
Chairman of the session "Healthy business"

Dr. Gerhard Pöttler is a doctor of laws and has a longtime experience as CEO in many clinics and health care facilities in Austria. He is also author of the book “Health care in Austria” as well as founder of „School on Beach“.

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Irena Zakarija-Grković
Cochrane Croatia - Evidence-based healthcare

Dr. Irena Zakarija-Grkovic is a qualified general practitioner and breastfeeding specialist. After working 12 years in Australia, Irena now lives with her family in Split, Croatia, where she teaches at the University of Split School of Medicine and leads Cochrane Croatia. Dr. Zakarija-Grkovic is a leading breastfeeding educator, researcher and advocate.

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Claudia Niemann
Expert in dementia and the integration of people with dementia and cognitive impairment in society

Claudia Niemann is a nurse who has worked in particular for the optimal accompaniment of people with dementia in the hospital. She also created a concept for it and implemented it! She is a trainer for integrative validation, kinesthetic specialist. Mrs. Niemann also works as a technical consultant for institutions and local communities for better assist people with dementia and tries to achieve better acceptance in society for this group of people.

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Marijan Abramović
The protection of workers' rights

Marijan Abramović, a young attorney trainee and a Healthy Image procurator, is in this section to provide an unusual look at workers’ rights. Namely, he was dealing with the issue of abuse of sick leave.

Our warm thanks to the Influencers in the Session:

Visits to the doctor vs. telemedicine: Protect patient privacy and data security!
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Andrea Vincenzo Braga
Chairman of the session "Telemedicine"

Dr. Andrea Vincenzo Braga is working exactly on the cutting point between medicine and business. He is doctor and CEO of bragamed GmbH and consultant for the „Hauptverband der Sozialversicherungen“ in Austria. He is chairman of the Austrian Scientific Society for Telemedicine & eHealth and vice-president of the Swiss Society for Telemedicine and eHealth.

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Jadranka Božikov
Professor of Public Health

Jadranka Božikov is a Full Professor in the field of Public Health and Health Care at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia. She is recently retired after being director of the Andrija Štampar School of Public Health and Head of the Department for Medical Statistics, Epidemiology and Medical Informatics. She participated in several internationally supported projects intended for capacity building in Public Health and medical education and represented her School in the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER). She contributed to the development of PhD program in Biomedicine and Health Sciences established as a third cycle of higher education in 2003 in line with Bologna process

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Nikhil Ranjan Nayak
DGM-IT, Corporate IT & Systems, Apollo Hospitals Int. Ltd.

Broad-based exposure as a Functional Analyst and Subject Matter Expert in implementation of designed and developed healthcare ERP product applications, as well as providing end-to-end solutions. Adroit in product implementation, business requirement documentation, functional specification documentation, fitment and gap analysis documentation, SRS writing and functional testing Exhibited exceptional abilities in leading teams in ERP product development lifecycle from inception to maturity, strategic planning, business process re-engineering (BPR), and business continuity planning (BCP) and defining continuous improvement processes for healthcare product applications.

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Valentina Jovanoska
VaLea clinical trials

Experienced medical professional with strong background and expertise in patient care, clinical trials and commercial services. Expert in managing and monitoring patient support services at a country level in accordance with international and local regulations. Intimate understanding of patient centric care and support services having worked directly with patients as a nurse. Successful at networking and collaborating with all medical and non-medical professionals in a constructive and professional manner. Enthusiastic and results driven self-starter with passion for helping patients gain better quality of life

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Susan Wozniak
Systematic care approaches for health care facilities and private industry

Dr. Susan E. Wozniak is a physician whose clinical practice spectrum encompasses geriatric surgery, wound care and integrative medicine with the majority of her practice focused in the post-acute care setting. Dr. Wozniak also keeps busy as a consultant and knowledge expert in systematic care approaches for health care facilities and private industry helping to optimize quality improvement, adherence to regulations, research innovation and medical education

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Tajana Lovrić
Project Development Sales Manager for EU funding

Tajana Lovrić is a Project Development Sales Manager, working on a business processes, assessing the needs of organizations for EU funding, explaining the process of applying for the open calls, making opinions on compliance with tender ideas, and creating PJR tenders for various project development services, project applications, feasibility studies, marketing strategies, evaluation and improvement of project ideas. She generates sales processes and marketing campaigns, leads the relationship with the key clients and maintains the business meetings with the potential applicants, advising organizations about their potential of withdrawing funds from EU funding programs

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Stefan Krastev
Blockchain technology

Stefan’s main interests are in the topics of globalization, internationalization and decentralization. An Estonian digital citizen, Stefan’s main background is as a consultant and project manager on the matters of internationalization for some major colleges and NGOs across England, Scotland and Wales; as well as work on various social projects in Europe and internationally. Since March 2017 Stefan is a co-founder and Strategic partnerships coordinator for the Bulgarian start-up company Vision Technology, who are developing innovative products and projects aimed at providing accessibility and improving the quality of life, including “Vision – software for the color-blind”, which is an innovation with a potential to affect the quality of life and personal fulfillment of over 300 million people globally who are color-blind and struggle every day.

Our special thanks go to the presenters of the Good Practice:

The sea accessible to everyone – sailing project “With wind through silence”
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Alen Vidović
President of the NGO Association "With wind throught silence"
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Damir Herega
CODA - Children Of Deaf Adults

Master of Educational Rehabilitation and the Vice President of the Association “With the Wind through Silence”. He spent his entire working life in direct work with hearing impaired people by helping them solve everyday problems caused by damage and related communication difficulties. The focus of his work is the sensitization of all segments of the society to hearing impairment (deafness and hearing loss)

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Jadran Rubeša
Diving instructor NGO Association "With wind throught silence"

Jadran Rubeša participates in the education of persons with disabilities and children with developmental disabilities. His specialties are activities in the sea – breath and scuba diving and underwater photography.

Our special thanks go to the presenters of the Good Practice:

The project “I want to train the eyesight” and the cartoon film “Open your eyes”
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Livia Mjeda
President of the NGO Association “To childern with love”

The national project of the Association And To Children With Love “We Want To Practice Vision” is under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović 2017-2020. The awareness and prevention by the public for the purpose of vision conservation. The goal is to open a center for vision rehabilitation.

Last but not least:

Innovative solutions to your health and premium solutions to your quality of life!
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Marijan Abramović

Our members are people and companies who strive for the following goals:

  • Live independently and autonomously despite illness!
  • Adapt communication to changes in the health system!
  • Reduce and prevent the stigmatization of old and ill people!