April 12-15, 2015, Osijek, Croatia

Fostering the ICT Ecosystem

2014 Brown Forum


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Westin Hotel, Zagreb, Croatia

April 16th - April 17th

Wednesday, 04/16

Ron Brown Apprentice Program
Venue: Crystal Ballroom

12:00 - 16:00

Forum Check-in and Registration
Venue: Crystal Ballroom Foyer

14:00 - 18:00

Press Conference (for media only) Language: English
Venue: Zrinjevac Tuskanac

17:30 - 17:45

Welcome Remarks

Kenneth Merten, U.S. Ambassador to Croatia
Vesna Pusic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia
Ivan Vrdoljak, Minister of Economy of Croatia

Venue: Crystal Ballroom

18:00 - 18:45

Keynote Addresss
Kenneth Elliot, Senior Vice President of Noble Energy
Venue: Crystal Ballroom

18:45 - 19:25

Welcome Dinner, Hosted by the City of Zagreb
Venue: Panorama, 17th floor

Luka Burilović, President, Croatian Chamber of Economy
Milan Bandić, Mayor of the City of Zagreb

19:30 - 21:30
Thursday, 04/17

Venue: Crystal Ballroom Foyer

08:15 - 09:00

Opening Remarks
Kenneth Merten, U.S. Ambassador to Croatia
Venue: Crystal Ballroom

09:00 - 09:15

Session 1: Strategic Development of the Energy Sector in Eastern Europe

Ivan Vrdoljak, Croatian Minister of Economy
Damian Gjiknuri, Albanian Minister of Energy and Industry
Julia Nesheiwat, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Energy Resources
Dr. Stanislaw Cios, Minister-Counselor, Head International Energy Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland

09:15 - 10:45

Coffee Break
Venue: Crystal Ballroom Foyer

10:45 - 11:15

Session 2: Exploration Opportunities in Southeast Europe

Zelimir Šikonja, Executive Director for Exploration and Production, Industrija Nafte (INA)
Rozina Damani, Director of Business Development, ConocoPhillips
Eric Hathon, Ph.D., International New Ventures Manager, Marathon Oil Company
Barbara Dorić, Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency

11:15 - 12:45

Buffet Lunch
Venue: 1/3 Crystal Ballroom

12:45 - 14:00

Session 3: Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as a New Source of Energy Security for Southeast Europe

Mladen Antunović, Director, LNG Croatia
Dr. Anita Orban Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
Serhiy Yevtushenko, Head of Unkrainian Agency for National Projects
Jean Abiteboul, President of Cheniere Supply & Marketing

14:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break
Venue: Crystal Ballroom Foyer

15:30 - 15:45

Session 4: Energy Conservation = Energy Security: Renewables, Efficiency, and Conservation

Gaetano Massara, CEO, GE South East Europe
Mark Crandall, Chairman, Continental Wind Partners
Guenter Bramboeck Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Business Unit South East Europe, EVN AG
Goran Čačić, Energy Efficiency Expert, United Nations Development Program

15:45 - 17:15

Closing Remarks
Josko Klisovic, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affaors of Croatia

17:15 - 17:30


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,

the Croatian Chamber of Economy and

the Croatian Employers’ Association

would like to thank the following 2014 PARTNERS and SPONSORS of The Brown Forum:


Medium sponsor city zagreb Medium sponsor marathon Medium sponsor koncar Medium sponsor cheniere Medium sponsor vlahovic Medium sponsor noble


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