Public Community Arena, Topics

When: April 4 – 5, 2022


It is our pleasure to invite you to virtual presentations of U.S. companies on April 4 and April 5, 2022.

The presentations will be held in parallel to the U.S.-Croatia Forum celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the U.S.-Croatia relationship.

Please use the registration buttons to register for the presentations you wish to see.


U.S. Commercial Service

Embassy of the United States of America | Zagreb, Croatia




Monday, April 4, 2022


11:45-12:05 – 3M

Irena Bajan Varat
HR Operations and FAS Leader East Adriatic
Country Liaison Croatia

Ante Kovač
Sales Development Manager East Adriatic & Greece
3M Safety & Industrial Business Group

Science is simply science – until it is applied to helping make daily life better.
And that is exactly what drives 3M.
3M believes the right science applied the right way touches people worldwide.
This is 3M Science. Applied to Life.™
You will be surprised at all the ways 3M technologies make a difference in your life. After all, you are rarely more than three meters away from the result of 3M’s science.

13:15-13:35 – BD

Damir Gasparovic
Market Access & Policy Manager CEE

Robert Wach
Businesss Development Manager CEE

Becton Dickinson (BD) is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health™ by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of healthcare by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for healthcare providers. BD and its 75,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians’ care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers’ capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to healthcare.

14:20-14:40 – ACAP

Dr. Steven Zivko Pavletic, M.D. M.S.
Medical Oncologist 
Bethesda, Maryland USA
ACAP President

Dr. Jeana Havidich, M.D. M.S.
Pediatric and Adult Anesthesiologist
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon New Hampshire USA
ACAP Board Member, Co-Chair Medical Tourism Committee

The Association of Croatian American Professionals (ACAP) is an international network
of 2,000+ professionals spanning all industries and academic communities. ACAP
members are active in providing opportunities for professional development, promoting trade, bridging businesses and communities, and facilitating networking events. ACAP welcomes individuals of non-Croatian heritage who are active in the Croatian community.

14:50-15:10 – SELECT USA

Omar Oweiss
Investment Consultant
U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration

SelectUSA is the U.S. government program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce that focuses on facilitating job-creating business investment into the United States and raising awareness of the critical role that economic development plays in the U.S. economy. Since its inception, SelectUSA has facilitated more than $105 billion in investment, creating and/or retaining over 138,000 U.S. jobs.

15:20-15:40 – BRAND USA

Peter Dodge
Sr. Manager, Public Affairs

Brand USA is the destination marketing organization for the entirety of the United States, responsible for promoting all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. Established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 as the nation’s first public-private partnership to spearhead a globally coordinated marketing effort to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and to communicate U.S. visa and entry policies, Brand USA began operations in May 2011.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

10:00-10:20 – IBM

Ivan Radić

Partner Technical specialist, Dana & AI Architect


IBMers believe in progress—that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition.

10:30-10:50 – SAS

Zoran Ilić
SAS Senior Account Executive, Adriatic

Since 1976, SAS has empowered and inspired customers with the most trusted analytics.  From machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing (NLP), to forecasting and optimization, SAS’s AI and IoT technologies support diverse environments and scale to meet changing business needs. More than 84,000 customer sites in 145 countries, including 92 of the top 100 companies on the Fortune500® list, count on SAS to help them transform a world of data into a world of intelligence.

11:00-11:20 – GE HEALTHCARE

Gabor Szell
GE Healthcare Country Manager Hungary, Croatia & Slovenia

Predrag Bezbradica
GE Healthcare Executive Manager Strategic Projects

GE Healthcare is a leading medical technology and diagnostics innovator and one of the world’s top 3 med-tech companies. GE Healthcare has the world’s largest installed base in imaging, mobile diagnostics and patient monitoring, with over 4 million systems worldwide, as well as the leading portfolio of contrast media and nuclear medicine agents, used in three patients every second around the world, that enable precision in clinical diagnoses by enhancing the acuity of diagnostic imaging exams. GE Healthcare is one of the world’s largest generators of healthcare data and is positioned as a leader in digital innovations in healthcare. GE Healthcare already introduced over 180 analytics-based apps that are in use around the world today, and it manages over 75 billion patient studies. What powers GE Healthcare’s leadership is innovation: innovation that changes the standard of care and improves outcomes substantially for customers. GE Healthcare invests over $1 billion in cash R&D and has over 11,000 patents globally.

11:30-11:50 – HOLOGIC

Philippe Raes
Marketing Manager
Interventional Breast Solutions & Breast Surgery, EMEAC

Hologic is one of the world’s most innovative medical technology companies and a global champion of women’s health.
Hologic advances diagnostic, detection and surgical solutions that respond to an increasingly complex and demanding global healthcare environment.

12:00-12:20 – VARIAN

Ivica Belina
President of the Coalition of Health Associations

Varian is an American medical technology company specializing in Radiation Therapy and delivering innovative cancer care solutions toward its vision of a world without fear of cancer.

13:35-13:55 – IRON MOUNTAIN

Louis Henocq
Regional Sales & Pre-Sales Director for Emerging Markets, Digital Solutions

Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain is a global business dedicated to storing, protecting, and managing, information and assets. From critical business information to geological samples, works of fine art to original recordings of treasured artists, customers can rely on Iron Mountain to protect what they value and help unlock its potential.

Iron Mountain is helping more than 230 000 customers from different industries around the world, to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, manage risks, and use the value in their information to grow. Solutions of Iron Mountain include information and asset storage, records management, data capture and management.

14:05-14:25 – XYLEM

Ivan Milovancevic
Sales Manager Adriatic & Serbia

Xylem Inc. is a leading water technology company committed to “solving water” by creating innovative and smart technology solutions to meet the world’s water, wastewater and energy needs.

14:35-14:55 – ITRON

Technical Solution Sales Manager – Smart City Solutions

Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure solutions to communities in more than 100 countries. Itron’s proven portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps customers better manage energy and water for the people they serve and form the foundation of smarter cities and communities.

15:05-15:25 – SUNCECO

Zdravko Krmek

Co-founder and Executive Director

SUNCECO aims to provide affordable and efficient energy solutions. As a leader in the development of solar technologies, the company strives to continuously respond to the market needs by introducing products that meet the environmental protection goals. The products include: photovoltaic solar plants, energy storage systems, electric vehicle chargers and lighting systems.


Dave Harmon
Director, Business Development UK and Europe
Gatekeeper is a global leader in providing security professionals with industry best cargo, traveler, and vehicle validation and inspection security systems and critical infrastructure access control technologies.
With multiple factors of intelligent security, their border management systems provide security personnel with the best real-time images and data necessary to keep travelers and cargo moving safely and quickly.

16:05-16:25 – PALO ALTO NETWORKS

Tugberk Barut
Corporate Systems Engineer

Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. The mission of Palo Alto Networks is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting the digital way of life. Palo Alto Networks helps address the world’s greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, Palo Alto Networks is at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. The vision of Palo Alto Networks is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before.

16:35-16:55 – MAXAR

Joe Walsh
Sr. Business Development Manager
Public Sector, EMEA
Maxar is a world-leading space technology and intelligence company. Maxar unlocks the promise of space to help customers solve problems on Earth and beyond.

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