BOARD OF ADVISORS

The Board of Advisers is an expert advisory body to EICE that:

  • deals with issues in the field of professional work of the institute,
  • advises on the professional and international development of the institute,
  • makes proposals and takes care of the implementation of the work program in its field of activity (note: we will have an annual plan and goals, we will determine participation in projects, etc. with individual internal acts or decisions of the committee, based on the general plan of activities of EICE),
  • gives professional support to the director and the Council of the institute in the expansion of the professional community, in the professionalization of the profession and function in the field of compliance and business ethics,
  • may participate in the implementation of projects in the field of work of the institution.

The members are nominated by the director and confirmed by the founder for a three-year, renewable term.

LIST OF RESPECTED MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE OF ADVISORS (listed and presented in alphabetical order):

Ms. Vidic started gaining experience in the field of media during her studies in Communication at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. In 2001, she participated in the creation of a new show format on Channel A, which she then hosted for more than four years. In 2004, in addition to her media career, she started working in a public relations agency, where she participated in the implementation of communication strategies for various clients. She continued her career at the PR Obrat agency, and in February 2006 she co-founded the Propiar agency, where she was a public relations consultant and co-owner. In addition, she is also active in various projects of connecting younger generations and research laboratories with the economy, mentoring and a habilitated lecturer and mediator.

Dr. Bonime-Blanc is the director and founder of GEC Risk Advisory, which advises in various parts of the world in the field of (global) strategic management system, risk, ethics, compliance and reputation. Prior to that, she served for nearly 20 years in top executive positions at many leading companies in energy, technology, media and services, including Bertelsmann and PSEG. Her latest book, “The Reputation Risk Handbook: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Hyper-Transparency,” was published in October 2014. She has been interviewed and quoted several times, including in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the BBC.

Mr. Šercer is the director of the risk management and compliance department at the largest Slovenian health insurance company (Vzajemna). Prior to that, he served for almost eleven years as a corporate lawyer and compliance officer on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange, a member of the CEESEG Group. He has been involved in corporate governance since 2004 and in the broader field of governance, risk and compliance (so-called GRC) since 2008. As an active speaker and author of several articles, he has recently lectured and written on changes in insurance management under the European Solvency Directive. II, as well as in general on corporate governance and business compliance. He is the chairman of the compliance committee at the Slovenian Insurance Association and as their representative, a member of the program council of the Academy of Corporate Integrity at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. From October 2013, he was also a member of the Supervisory Board of the public joint stock company Luka Koper, d.d. for 4 years.

Andrijana graduated in law from the University of Ljubljana, and in 2010 she completed a postgraduate study of management at the Cotrugli Business School in Zagreb (Executive MBA program, accredited by the MBA Association). Later in her career, she also graduated from the Banking School at the Bank Association of Slovenia and the internal international insurance academy of the Triglav Group. She has an international certificate CCEP-I in the field of compliance. For three years, she was also a member of the international committee for the examination of this certificate.

She is the founder and president of EICE. Her most recent position in the corporation was as a consultant at the Compliance and Strenghtening Integrity Center at NLB d.d., where she led the Prevention and Compliance Development Group; the latter includes areas such as code of conduct, conflict of interest prevention and general ethics, compliance risk management, training, regulatory compliance and the implementation of compliance standards at the group level. Prior to that, she established and managed the compliance function in the largest Slovenian insurance company for almost seven years, after performing legal work in other financial organizations for several years. She participated in the formation of the Declaration on Fair Business Practices and the Slovenian Guidelines for Corporate Integrity. She regularly writes and lectures for many Slovenian and foreign newspapers or conferences and is the author of several professional articles and blogs in the field of business compliance and ethics.

Mrs. Reisinger graduated from Johns Hopkins University, l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and Georgetown University Law Center. At the same time, she has a recognition in European and comparative law from the Facolta di Guirisprudenza, Universita di Siena. Mrs. Reisinger has worked in top international law firms such as Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP, McGuireWoods LLP, and Miller and Chevalier Chartered, where she was responsible for investigations and compliance in the field of international anti-corruption, export controls, and economic sanctions regulations. During this time Mrs. Reisinger has conducted a number of international investigations, trainings and inspections for multinational companies across the America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Most recently in the USA, before coming to Slovenia in 2016, she worked for a Fortune 100 company, Honeywell International, where she held the position of Aerospace Director, Export Compliance Investigations, Audits, Training, Procedures, & Operational Excellence. At Honeywell, Mrs. Reisinger directed and led a global compliance team that oversaw the compliance of intercontinental export operations for the ‘Aerospace business’ area. She was an expert on compliance in the field of export sanctions for ‘Aerospace Mergers & Acquisitions’ and dealt with breach of contracts. Lately Mrs. Reisinger works as an associate professor at the European Law Faculty in Ljubljana, a visiting lecturer at the University of Primorska in Koper and a consultant at the EICE Institute. Mrs. Reisinger is fluent in English and Armenian, has an excellent command of French and at the same time is learning Slovenian.

Barbara Krajnc has more than 25 years of work experience in various roles. Barbara has been promoted to an experienced international consultant for public affairs, compliance and communications. In her career, Barbara has gained extensive knowledge and experience working in the public sector (Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia), corporate affairs in an international company, general management of an outdoor advertising company (Slovenian Association of Advertisers / The Golden Drum, International Advertising Festival). Today, she works as an independent consultant - a strategic consultant specializing in public affairs, regulators and issues management, compliance and corporate communications at Aurora Borealis. In the last 12 years, Barbara has also worked in the Adriatic region, from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia and Albania, and is fluent in most individual languages. Barbara’s strengths are in project and event management and oversight, including design and planning and financial management (projects over € 1 million).

Mr. Bizjak is the Secretary General of the Ministry of the Interior. In the period 2008-2009, he was the Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Administration, and he also headed the Public Administration Inspectorate. Currently, in addition to management tasks, he is also devoting himself to designing a strategy for the development of the public administration of the Republic of Slovenia, which will outline the direction in which the state administration will become more efficient and effective. He is the author of numerous professional articles, and has lectured on the topic of inspections both at home and abroad. Throughout his career, he has actively participated in various professional and non-governmental organizations. In 2011, he received a young lawyer award for his work in the state administration from the Association of Slovenian Bar Society.

Mr. Strehovec is employed at SKB banka d.d., a member of the international banking group Societe Generale (SG), as a compliance consultant. He started his career as a lawyer at the Bank of Slovenia and continued it at SKB bank as the director of the Legal Office or Legal office and compliance. Since 2010, he has been working as a compliance officer. He is active in the Bank Association of Slovenia, as a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and later as a member of the working group for business compliance. Mr. Strehovec is a member of the International Conference of Legal Departments of the SG Banking Group, a member of the International Working Group of Lawyers of the SG - Societe Generale - Banking Group BHFM, for several years he has also been a member of the European Financial Markets Lawyers Group (EFMLG) and, most recently, a member of the International Conference of Compliance Officers of the SG Banking Group. He is the author of several professional articles and a regular lecturer at professional seminars.

Jerica started her business career in 2004 at NLB Leasing, where she worked as an internal lawyer. She then joined Raiffeisen Leasing, a member of the Austrian banking group Raiffeisen. In 2012, she was appointed as Compliance Officer and Anti-Money Laundering Commissioner. She has a professional master's degree in law and real estate management and she passed the state law exam. Between 2014 and 2016, she was a lawyer candidate at a law firm in Ljubljana, and now she is continuing her career as an independent lawyer. She is also a co-founder and head of the EICE General Secretariat.

Ms. Mateja Geržina, former Director of Labor Law and General Affairs at Triglav Insurance, d.d., is now responsible for general legal and HR matters and compliance at Triglav INT, the holding company, d.d. She has many years of experience in the field of human resources management, people management and development, and related international work in the Western Balkans.

Ms. Pergar Guzaj is the President of IIA - Slovenian Institute and Vice President of the Association of Proven Fraud Investigators - ACFE Slovenia. She is a certified internal auditor and has international titles, both in the field of fraud investigation (Certified Fraud Examiner - CFE) and in the field of internal audit (Certified Internal Auditor - CIA, Certified Financial Services Auditor - CFSA, Certification and Risk Management Assurance - CRMA).

 

Ms. Pergar Guzaj has more than 13 years of extensive experience in risk assessment (including fraud risk), auditing the adequacy of corporate governance and control in organizations (production and financial), and fraud prevention and early detection. She is the director of 4E d.o.o., a company specializing in consulting services in the field of organizational management (risk management, internal audit, corporate governance) and fraud management. She transfers her knowledge through numerous lectures in Slovenia and the wider region. In the last year, she has also specialized in the areas of fraud prevention, detection, investigation and remediation. She is a member of the CBOK Stakeholder Research Working Group at The Institute of Internal Auditors, a member of the Risk Management Guidelines Working Group at The European Confederation of the Institute of Internal Auditors, a member of the Program Council and lecturer at the Academy of Corporate Integrity and co-creator of the Slovenian Guidelines for Corporate Integrity.

Mr. Praprotnik is the director of the Center for Compliance and Integrity at NLB d.d., an organizational unit with the authority to conduct internal investigations, general regulatory compliance and preventive development tasks in the field of business ethics and integrity. Prior to taking over his current duties at the bank, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, where he was responsible for overseeing the financial situation of public officials, lobbying and strategic prevention activities of the commission as an independent state body. In the past, he worked as a journalist for the newspapers Delo and Dnevnik, where he dealt mainly with journalistic investigations in the field of intelligence services, the army and the institutions of the rule of law.

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