April 12-15, 2015, Osijek, Croatia

Fostering the ICT Ecosystem

2012 Brown Forum



Want to revisit the excellent discussions that took place in Opatija?  You can view clips from the speeches and panel discussions and interviews with participants and speakers.


Hotel Ambassador, Opatija, Croatia

April 2nd - April 3rd

Monday, 04/02

Note: The Ron Brown Apprentice competition will run on the afternoon of April 2.

Forum Check-in and Registration

14:00 - 18:00

Welcome Session
Location: Congress Hall, Hotel Ambassador

18:00 - 19:00

Welcome Remarks
Ivo Josipović, President (via video)
Radimir Čačić, Principal Deputy Prime Minister
(Presentation of Ron Brown Awards)
James B. Foley, U.S. Ambassador to Croatia

18:00 - 18:35

Key Note Speaker
Introduction by Vesna Pusić, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
Senator Mark Begich, former mayor of Anchorage, Alaska

18:35 - 19:00

Welcome Dinner
Location: Crystal Ballroom, Hotel Kvarner

19:30 – 21:30
Tuesday, 04/03

Coffee & Registration

08:00 - 08:50

Nadan Vidošević, President, HGK

08:50 - 09:00

Session 1: Identifying local advantages

Jeffrey Phillips, Minnesota Trade Office
Niko Peleshi, Mayor, Korçë
Vojko Obersnel, Mayor, Rijeka
Lori Healey, John Buck Company

09:00 - 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 - 10:30

Session 2: Ease of doing business: local facilitation

Jordan Trojkov, Popova Kula Winery
Mark Crandall, Continental Wind Partners
Don Plusquellic, Mayor, Akron
Vladimir Cupic, Hypo Alpe-Adria, Belgrade

10:30 - 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:00

Session 3:Community engagement: building consensus for investment and growth

Peter Fosselman, Mayor, Kensington
Jasmin Imamović, Mayor, Tuzla
Zvonimir Mršić, CEO, Podravka
Patrick O’Connor, Alderman, Chicago

12:00 - 13:15

Networking Lunch
Location: Congress Dining Hall, Ambassador Hotel

Note: During lunch, the winners of the Ron Brown Apprentice competition will be announced.

13:15 – 14:30

Session 4: Tying It All Together: Investment and Management to Spur Local Economic Development

Howard Ockman, CHEMONICS
Dusan Kulka, Berman Group

14:30 - 15:45

Closing Remarks

Nebojša Koharović, Director Genera, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
James B. Foley, U.S. Ambassador to Croatia

15:45 - 16:00 

Forum Moderators:

Dr. Janice McCormick, Dubrovnik International University
Ms. Jagoda Poropat Darrer, Zagreb School of Economics and Management


We, the organizing partners of The Brown Forum

the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia,

the Government of the United States of America,

the Government of the Republic of Croatia, and

the Croatian Employers’ Association

would like to thank the SPONSORS of The Brown Forum 


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