Main programme

  • 8.00

    Registration of participants

  • 9.00

    Opening of the Summit

    Peter Ribarič, CEO of Planet GV

    Ivan Papič, President of Slovenian HR association

  • 9.15

    Sustainable hybrid management

    Emmanuelle Leon, Associate professor of human resource management, ESCP Business school, Paris

    Should we stop flexibility before it is too late? This keynote aims to give HR managers the keys to building a “sustainable” hybrid management approach. Drawing on research and current events, it provides an opportunity to take a step back and consider three key issues: how to structure a hybrid model which includes both space and time dimensions, how to position flexibility in your employer branding and what are the key motivators in a hybrid context.

  • 10.15

      Discussion: Flexibility Reimagined: Paving the Way to Sustainable Practices

    Discussion with Emmanuelle Leon, led by Gregor Kosi, Founder and CEO of GREAT Leadership Solutions

    Gregor Kosi will discuss with Emmanuelle Leon the key takeaways from her keynote for the HR profession. The discussion will focus on an in-depth understanding of working and managing in a hybrid work environment in order to understand the impact of a hybrid work environment on competences, engagement, loyalty and ultimately on employee health.

    Note: The conversation will be conducted in English.

  • 10.30

    jure-jeraj-lovehr-summit-2024Importance od data for successful AI story at HR

    Jure Jeraj, Leading expert in data management and innovations

    Recently, we have witnessed significant shifts in the practical use of artificial intelligence. In the past, artificial intelligence was primarily engaged in scientific, academic, laboratory, and high-tech environments. However, we are now observing the entry of artificial intelligence into business processes, with HR being no exception. We will introduce the field of artificial intelligence and share some tips for its implementation and use. We will learn the key differences between generative and applied artificial intelligence. We will present the essential skills for a successful transition to the world of artificial intelligence and explain why data is the most underappreciated element of successful transformation into a data-driven business. The aim of the lecture is to understand concepts such as data innovation, data economy, and data spaces. The essence of our understanding is to comprehend how, in most cases, artificial intelligence mainly signifies innovation and more intelligent use of available data. The use of artificial intelligence in HR processes, based on smart data utilization, will be demonstrated by predicting the likelihood of employee turnover in a large Slovenian organization.

  • 11.00

    bostjan-trilar-lovehr-summit-2024Understanding and integrating multicultural talents

    Boštjan Trilar, Director Workforce Slovenija at Heads Adriatic & strategic partner Noble Manhattan coaching

    In today’s world, we are encountering an increasingly multicultural workforce, which brings both challenges and opportunities. The lecture focuses on understanding and successfully integrating third-country nationals, with an emphasis on Asia. The contents of the lecture include:

    Diversity of Asian talents and methodologies for cultural fit selection

    Work habits and values of foreign workers

    Integrating multicultural talents, language barriers, and integration – the role of coordinators and active support in the integration process

    The goal of the lecture is to provide insight into how organizations can leverage the potential of a multicultural workforce and create a work environment that promotes diversity, inclusion, and productivity.

  • 11.30

    Coffee Break


  • 12.00

    The power of culture: Driving business success

    Željka Modrej, Culture reinvention specialist

    In today’s dynamic business landscape, company culture is not just a buzzword; it’s a critical driver of success. This insightful presentation delves into the core question: Why does company culture matter? We will explore the multifaceted nature of organizational culture, its attributes, and its profound impact on business outcomes.

  • 12.10

    Key activities in post-merger integration – Case study

    Tina Turk Lupieri, Human resources director, Maistra hospitality group, Croatia

    This presentation offers a deep dive into a real-world case study of post-merger integration within the hospitality industry. It will explore the strategic, operational, and cultural challenges encountered during the merger process and how they were successfully navigated to achieve a seamless integration. The presentation is designed to provide practical knowledge and insights that can be applied to any post-merger integration efforts, ensuring a smooth transition and the realization of the full potential of the combined organisation.

    It is obvious that fostering such a culture of organisation is important for the Slovenian economy, which can be highly productive if businesses here are able to respond effectively and rapidly to changes in demand from customers. The employee holds considerable power in such an environment. And just as we face many challenges in parenting, we will face dilemmas in the development of employees for which we do not yet have clear answers, particularly if we come to understand the labour market through the characteristics of the personality development of young people today. Some of the most pressing problems and obstacles that businesses face in the future will be discussed, and we’ll do our best to suggest some solutions in this lecture.

  • 12.20

    marija-felkel-#loveHR-summit-2024The Secret of Successful Company Integrations

    mag. Marija Felkel, Adriatic Cluster HR Director at Nomad Foods

    Marija will reveal key HR strategies and methods for successfully merging new companies. We will learn how to effectively manage organizational culture, values, and HR processes to ensure smooth integration and leverage synergies. The pitfalls and challenges encountered during integrations and how to overcome them will also be presented. The lecture will offer insights into best practices and real-world examples from the business world, serving as a valuable source of information and inspiration for all involved in company integration processes.

  • 12.30

    tomaz-berlocnik-#lovehr-summit-2024Human factor: The key in investment decision-making

    mag. Tomaž Berločnik, An active investor who believes in the power of HR

    Lecture emphasizes the key role of human assessment in investment decision-making. A fundamental understanding of human potential can significantly influence the success or failure of an investment. The importance of evaluating leadership, organizational culture, and employees, which is the basis for deciding on equity entry into a company, will be presented. The lecture combines theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

  • 12.40

    sasa-stebe-#lovehr-summit-2024Panel discussion: The strategic role of HR in mergers and acquisitions

    Moderator: Saša Štebe, Executive advisor to boards and private equity funds, Pedersen & Partners
    Participants: Željka Modrej, Tina Turk Lupieri, mag. Marija Felkel, mag. Tomaž Berločnik


    The objective of the panel is to examine the strategic role of HR in the case of mergers and acquisitions of organizations. Željka Modrej will reveal how culture is developed in merged organizations and the role HR plays in this process. Tina Turk Lupieri from Maistra will share her insights on the role of HR in integration processes following mergers. Marija Felkel from Nomad Foods will outline the key HR activities necessary for the successful integration of a company into a new group. Tomaž Berločnik will highlight the importance of careful examination of leadership teams, as well as the value and culture of the company, which is crucial in investment decisions. At the panel, we will explore how strategic HR contributes to the success of business operations in the case of mergers and acquisitions.

  • 13.30

    Lunch Break


    Good memories are associated with delicious food! A delicious full buffet will be served in the restaurant of the Grand Hotel  Bernardin. It offers a variety of options that will satisfy many tastes so that you will only be hungry for new skills at afternoon lectures.


  • 14.45

    Lazar-Dzamic-loveHR-summit-2024Choosing to be chosen”: Mastering EVP, branding, and engagement in the modern workplace

    Lazar Džamić, Associate professor, Business school Lausanne, Switzerland

    In today’s competitive job market, companies and leaders need to move beyond the concern of being overlooked and focus on becoming the “chosen” employer. It’s essential to enhance the Employer Value Proposition (EVP), Employer Branding, and Employee Engagement. A comprehensive EVP includes more than just salary, encompassing career growth, work-life balance, and a positive work culture. Effective Employer Branding and a fulfilling EVP attract and retain top talent, reducing turnover. By emphasizing becoming the employer of choice, companies foster a cycle of attracting and retaining talent, leading to a more stable, productive, and positive work environment.

  • 15.30

      Discussion: Transition from Proposition to Engagement

    Discussion with Lazar Džamić, led by Monika Lapanja, Director of the Centre for Business Excellence at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana

    Monika Lapanja will discuss with Lazar Džamić the key takeaways from his keynote for HR. The discussion will focus on a deeper understanding of effective employer brand management and its link to employee engagement.

  • 15.45

    Coffee break


  • 16.15

    Jeff-J-Butler-loveHR-summit-2024Being human in the age of digital innovation

    Jeffrey Butler, Workplace strategy expert and workplace behavior researcher

    Digital innovation not only changes corporations but also who we are as humans. Technology continues to evolve at an exponential rate, swiftly collapsing industries that took decades to build. As cutting-edge technology seems to update every day, questions arise such as: How will this evolution change the way we humans work? What does this mean for the next generation? The reality is that the every industry will be affected just as any other. In his presentation, Jeff Butler unravels which technological changes to anticipate (such as autonomous vehicles, Blockchain and artificial intelligence) and how their integration impacts the workforce; not only from a business perspective but sociological, psychological, and existential as well. How might this wave of change affect industries—and us as the people that work for them—faster than experts originally anticipated? While inevitable, one of the most important things that people can do now is learn where the tide is coming from… and be prepared for its impact. Jeff’s timely presentation will help guide and navigate conference attendees through this meteoric challenge called “technology change”.

    Learning Points: Explore what are the impacts of block chain technology on the financial economy; Learn how technology is unraveling the ways our brains work and what that means for our future; Discover how artificial intelligence is on course to bring some of the most challenging times in our history.

  • 17.00

      Discussion: Generation Z and the impact of digital transformation on work perception

    Discussion with Jeff J. Butler, led by dr. Vesna Miloševič Zupančič, Expert Director, e-Student Service

    Join us for a discussion on Generation Z and the impact of digital transformation on their perception of work. The conversation with Jeff Butler will be led by Vesna Miloševič Zupančič, Slovenia’s leading expert on youth in the labor market. They will discuss digital transformation and work perception among Generation Z, sharing insights and experiences.

    Note: The conversation will be conducted in English.


  • 17.15

    robert-ljoljo-#lovehr-summit-2024Is HR the heart or the spine of our organization?

    Robert Ljoljo, CEO, Lek, a member of the Sandoz Group


    The CEO of one of the largest and most successful Slovenian companies will reveal in a keynote speech how HR is no longer just an administrative service but a strategic partner crucial for the company’s success. The presentation will illuminate HR’s role as the backbone of the organization, not only managing human resources but also actively participating in shaping and implementing strategic goals. In today’s business environment, HR has become a key player in talent development, shaping organizational culture, promoting innovation, and improving work efficiency. Emphasis will also be placed on the importance of investing in employee development and promoting health and well-being in the workplace. Modern HR strategies that use analytics and technology to create more adaptable and responsive organizations will also be presented. The lecture will conclude with examples of best practices and successful strategies that have contributed to the company’s growth and success, with a special focus on the role of HR in achieving these goals.

  • 17.45

    Awards ceremony

    HR team of the year and HR hope of the year

    The HR team of the year award is a prestigious award, highlighting the importance and role of the human resources profession in the successful and long-term sustainable operations of organizations. With the Human Resources Hope of the Year award, we strive to co-imagine the future of human resources.

  • 18.15

    Somersby networking

    Terrace GH Bernardin

    Time for celebrations and connections is imperative – treat yourself to a break with refreshing optimism. Make new acquaintances and strengthen existing ones at the Somersby get-together on the renovated terrace of the Grand Hotel Bernardin.

  • 20.00

    VIP #LoveHR Gala dinner

  • 21:00

    #LoveHR party – Perfect match

    Powereb by Kariera

    Are you tired of the same old HR events that offer nothing new? Ready to take your networking to the next level? Don’t miss the Perfect Match HR Party at the biggest Slovenian HR Summit!
    It is an exclusive event that gathers Slovenia’s top HR professionals. This party focuses on networking and building lasting relationships with like-minded individuals who are driven to drive innovation and growth in HR. This is more than just a party – it’s an opportunity to learn, grow, and connect.
    So why wait? Join us at the Perfect Match HR Party and find your perfect match! The party will be held at News Cafe, just a short 400m walk from the conference.

Main programme

  • 7.00

    Run or walk for charity


    This year, too, by walking and running from Portorož to Piran, we will contribute to a brighter tomorrow. All collected funds will be allocated to the operation of the UP-ornik Society. The mission of the UP-ornik Society is to assist the most vulnerable groups of the population. A group of diligent volunteers dedicates their free time to alleviating the distress of people who, for various reasons, have been left alone, without help, and marginalized. By collecting humanitarian contributions from individuals and organizations, they enable as many people as possible to live with dignity. So that all Slovenians can live a beautiful, quality, and active life well into old age.

  • 8.50

    Opening of the second day


  • 9.00

    rishad-ahmed-#lovehr-summit-2024Leading with wisdom

    Rishad Ahmed, Certified coach for personal development

    In the rapidly evolving landscape of AI and technology, Rishad emphasizes the critical importance of human wisdom and intuition as the ultimate super-powers for the future. As we navigate an increasingly tech-dominated world, tapping into our essential human qualities—such as empathy, intuition, and heart-led leadership—becomes not just beneficial, but necessary.

    In this enlightening keynote, Rishad will share insights on how leaders and teams can cultivate a resilient mindset aligned with their core values. He will explore how to foster a dynamic team spirit, deeply rooted in a sense of connectedness to each other and to the organization’s higher purpose.

    Join us to discover how to thrive in the age of technological evolution by leveraging what makes us uniquely human.

  • 9.50


    Leadership is the greatest team sport ever

    Mark Emdin, Experienced team coach, organisation design & development consultant, Nexi coaching & consulting

    Leadership at its heart is a team sport, the team we lead and the teams we are on. The success of these teams is based on how we will get along with each other, get ahead by achieving our desired results and get aligned around direction and purpose.

    During this session Mark will go deeper into what each of these mean and how as a leader you can create the essential conditions for your team’s success. Further, how organisations can be more agile and effective by bringing a team leadership lens to leadership development.

  • 10.30

    Coffee break

  • 11.00

    ksenja-hauptman-#lovehr-summit-2024“EMPLOYEE EYE” – A Tool for HR and Organizational Measures

    mag. Ksenja Hauptman, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

    The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport conducted the “EMPLOYEE EYE” workplace environment survey in 2019 and 2022, with the results serving to understand the needs of employees and their perception of the state in the organization. They helped us identify key areas for improvement and dictated specific measures. In the area of human resource development, we noticed improvement across all items between 2019 and 2022, indicating the success of the measures implemented. We present a competency assessment project for the purpose of developing leaders and subsequent HRM development measures that followed, as well as organizational measures such as non-financial rewards and improving internal communication.

  • 11.20

    aljaz-godec-loveHR-summit-2024Databox playmaker: Value fit & cultivating high-performance culture

    Aljaž Godec, Head of People and culture

    Aljaž will dissect the practical steps behind Databox Playmaker’s journey in strategically embedding value fit throughout the employee experience cycle, fostering a high-performance culture. Over the past two years, Databox has navigated crucial touchpoints—from recruitment and onboarding to ongoing development—to organically build and refine its organizational value fit. Join us for a candid discussion, sharing experiences, challenges, and tangible insights. This is an opportunity to grasp the possibilities of integrating values within the workplace and uncover applicable strategies for your organization’s unique journey.

  • 11.30

    katarina-hocevar-loveHR-summit-2024-1Development of high potentials is key to success

    mag. Katarina Hočevar, Head of HR department, Secretariat, Ministry of agriculture, forestry and food

    The development of high potentials is crucial for shaping successful leaders and encouraging collaboration. This presentation focuses on the importance of enhancing commitment, loyalty, and the desire for further development of competencies among high potentials. Although these employees do not yet hold key positions, they demonstrate high work performance and have promising developmental potential. This presentation highlights that optimal development of these employees requires special attention, including intensive monitoring, investment in their development, mentorship, gaining experience, and education. Special emphasis is placed on developing teamwork skills, the ability to manage changes, and the introduction of “positive rotation” within the organization, all of which contribute to a more dynamic and adaptable work environment.

  • 11.40

    mateja-nadižar-svet-#lovehr-summit-2024Walk-the-Talk: Fostering innovation and engagement

    dr. Mateja Nadižar Svet, Director of Corporate Services at Elektro Gorenjska d.d.

    Dr. Mateja Nadižar Svet will present the key aspects of developing innovation and adaptability within an organizational environment. As an ardent advocate of the ‘walk-the-talk’ concept, she emphasizes the importance of measuring engagement and adjusting the organization and job roles to business demands. In her lecture, she will reveal the approach to continuous improvements and adjustments implemented in the HR department. As a strategic HR and a member of the leadership team, she plays a crucial role in encouraging and implementing these practices throughout the entire organization.

  • 11.50

    tina-parazajda-#lovehr-summit-2024Strategies for Thriving Amid Change

    Tina Parazajda, Leader of Activation and Enabling, Viessmann Climate Solutions

    We live in a changing environment with an acceleration pace never seen before. Constant change urges organisations to embrace a holistic approach to personal development and professional adaptability. Delving into the realm of company culture, the speaker will emphasise the importance of continuous cultivation of resilience through different programmes, from health to learning and development. The focus will be placed on the targeted development approach, which was granted a German HR Excellence award. This speaker slot is for everyone who is considering how to prepare employees for times of changing industries.

  • 12.00

    elvi-rwankuba-lovehr-summit-2024Panel Discussion: HRmony in leadership and high-performance teams

    Moderator: Elvi Rwankuba, Career Counselor, Facilitator
    Participants: Aljaž Godec, Katarina Hočevar, MSc., Dr. Mateja Nadižar Svet, Tina Parazajda

    In a dynamic business environment in a flux of constant change, the development of effective leadership and the development of high-performance teams are crucial for the long term and sustainable organizational success. Our panel will explore strategies and practices that promote leadership harmony and enable teams to achieve and maintain a high level of performance. The focus will be on connecting HR practices with the everyday challenges of leadership, ways to encourage excellence and motivation, and on developing a culture that supports innovation and commitment to goals. Listen to experts who will share their experiences and insights on how to create synergy between leadership and teamwork to achieve exceptional results. With us will be esteemed HR professionals from the environment of startups, public administration, infrastructure companies, and the corporate sector.

  • 12.50

    Coffee break


  • 13.20

    From unemployment to permanent employment: The power of requalification

    Greta Metka Barbo Škerbinc, General Director of the Employment Service of Slovenia

    We will present education for the unemployed in shortage occupations. We will explain the concept of requalification, which allows for the acquisition of new education at various levels – the same, higher, or lower. Special emphasis will be on understanding the key competencies required for a shortage occupation, and on identifying professions that best match these competencies, yet are not in high demand in the labor market. For example, we will analyze the competencies of a seamstress and a welder. The lecture will offer insight into the current needs of the labor market and explain requalification programs, through which the unemployed can gain new skills and improve their employment opportunities.

  • 13.30

    bostjan-trilar-lovehr-summit-2024Successful integration of colleagues from Asia – A practical example

    Boštjan Trilar, Director Workforce Slovenija at Heads Adriatic & strategic partner Noble Manhattan coaching

    In this lecture, the director of a prestigious Central European international company will share his extensive experience with the integration of citizens from Asian countries. He will present practical examples and strategies that have helped the company successfully integrate these employees into their work environment.

  • 13.40

    tilen-prah-#lovehr-summit-2024How to develop employee potentials through outsourcing

    Tilen Prah, Entrepreneur and believer in people

    Tilen will present the possibilities of outsourcing and its potential for the development of competencies and career progression of employees who are part of the outsourcing process. Outsourcing is typically seen as a strategy for reducing costs and increasing efficiency. However, its significant benefits in terms of employee development and growth are often overlooked. Properly executed outsourcing can bring a new impetus to the team for the development of knowledge and skills and contribute to the formation of connected and committed teams.

  • 13.50

    miro-smrekar-lovehr-summit-2024Panel discussion: Transforming recruitment – Hiring from third countries, reskilling, and outsourcing

    Moderator: Miro Smrekar, General secretary of the Employers’ association of Slovenia

    Participants: Greta Metka Barbo Škerbinc, Boštjan Trilar, Tilen Prah


    In the panel discussion led by Miro Smrekar, we will focus on key trends and strategies in employment. We will discuss reskilling of workers with representatives from the Employment Service of Slovenia, challenges of hiring from third countries with Boštjan Trilar from Heads Adriatic, and advantages and challenges of outsourcing with Tilen Prah from WeMove. The panel will seek answers to how innovations in the recruitment process sustainably strengthen companies as well as the skills, engagement, and employability of workers.


  • 14.30

    aljosa-bagola-loveHR-summit-2024How to be okay?

    Aljoša Bagola, Creative director, lecturer and book author

    We live in a unique period in history, where we bitterly realize that our well-being and “steroid-boosted” technologies do not coexist well: we suffer from addiction to digital content, depression, fatigue, and burnout, and are relentlessly drained by ever-worsening relationships, which are – especially on social media – riddled with hostility and negativity. The lecture reveals the workings of modern technologies and helps recognize the traps and snares that hijack our attention and drain our precious energy. We will learn why cunningly imposed expectations hinder our satisfaction and joy. We will understand why putting away the phone and ignoring the TV remote is a good practice for being calmer and more content with ourselves and the world around us. By reflecting on unconscious and routinized behavior and harmful automatism, we can make better decisions and develop habits that no longer rob us of our valuable energy.

  • 15.30

    Closing Remarks

  • 15.40

    #loveHR coffee break with snacks

    Lobby in front of the terrace on the 11th floor of GH Bernardin

    Good food is the best way to capture or consolidate your impressions and acquaintances from this year’s event. To avoid returning home hungry, this year’s #LoveHR will be completed with a warm meal in the lobby in front of the terrace on the 11th floor of GH Bernardin.

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Side programme – Thursday, april 11, Hall 1

  • 8:15-8:45

    Heart Oasis of Peace at LoveHR Summit


    Anja Žibert, Founder FREE SPIRIT HUMAN CAPITAL

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    Heart connections invites you to a special experience with a device that allows you to instantly connect to your heart. You will have the opportunity to try out this innovative device, developed in Slovenia, which also serves as an excellent HR tool in the business world. The test will take place on Thursday 11 April from 8.15 to 8.45. There are 20 places available.

  • 10:45-11:30

    AI + Gecko HRM: A look into the future of HR technology

    AGILCON, d.o.o.

    Nel Hrepevnik, Product Development Manager for Gecko HRM and HR Solutions Consultant at Agilcon

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    Welcome to a journey into the new reality of the HR industry, where the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will underpin the seamless management of everything HR, employees and managers need. Together, we’ll take a look at how AI in an HRM solution will simplify your complex recruitment and performance appraisal processes. How much time would you save by automating the screening of potential candidates, assessing their suitability and suggesting questions for the candidate based on the job requirements, expectations and company values? Would you welcome a tool to help you optimise your performance appraisal process and take your team’s productivity and development to a whole new level? We will show you how AI opens up new opportunities in Gecko HRM. Don’t miss out!

    Nel Hrepevnik, Product Development Manager for Gecko HRM and HR Solutions Consultant at Agilcon, has built on her unique combination of technological expertise and academic background in psychology with a series of Salesforce Admin and User Experience Design certifications, and is today leading the way in the integration of AI in HRM technology. As a key member of the Gecko HRM team since 2020, she plays an important role in the development of the solution, ensuring it works in harmony, while being committed to creating a solution that will lead to change in HR digitalization.

  • 12:00-12:45

    With HR cream to the competences of the future

    The meaning, role and value of HR in (digital) business transformation

    IIBA Slovenija

    Aleš Štempihar, Askit d.o.o. director, team leader at Digital42, IIBA Slovenia Vice President
    Andrej Guštin, Consultant in business analysis and business process management
    Matic Moličnik, HR expert, psychologist and international coach

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    Too many executives and managers see digital business transformation primarily through technology and business optimisation. The transformation part is skipped over or at best greatly simplified. This is one of the key reasons why digital business transformation unfortunately becomes just the implementation of a few technology projects. The right way is of course the other way around. It all starts with a change in the way leaders understand and act and a focus on people.

    In this talk we will present:

      • Changes in the economy and society that affect the right understanding of digital by focusing on organisational culture and people (employees, managers, and customers);the new competences needed (which are far from being only technological);
      • digital as a means to increase employee engagement;
      • how to take the right approach to attract and retain digital talent;
      • how HR can in practice prepare its digital projects better than others in the company;
      • why digital business transformation is an opportunity to assert HR’s strategic role;
      • why HR leaders, with a few extra competences, can be fully capable of taking on this role; and concrete guidance on how;
      • what cream cake has to do with all this.

    Aleš Štempihar has been working on digital business transformation since 2015 and holds three international certifications in this field (the latest from Cambridge University). He emphasises the key importance of employee experience, new competencies, organisational culture and HR leaders when designing digital strategies and implementing digital business transformation. Recently, he has been focusing on innovative approaches to increasing employee engagement through Employee Experience (Ex), which he has summarised as a leading author in the booklet “Employee Experience – A Guide to Improving Employee Engagement”. In this way, Ales conveys a message to company management and leaders about the new meaning and value of employees and the HR department in the conditions of modern business.

    Andrej Guštin has been actively involved in business process re-engineering projects since 2000 as an expert consultant in the field of business analysis and business process management. His professional work focuses mainly on solving problems in business process optimisation and automation, as well as on the analysis and development of products, software solutions or new services. His work contributes to improving Employee eXperience and Customer eXperience and opens new perspectives for successful business in the experience economy. In his career to date, he has lectured at more than 100 seminars and conferences in Slovenia and abroad, and regularly works as an external collaborator with the University of Ljubljana and the University of Primorska.

    Matic Moličnik is a HR expert, psychologist and international coach who believes that a company can only be successful if it truly listens to its employees. Matic first gained his experience in marketing, and later turned his attention to customer experience (CX). He soon noticed that customer experience depends most on the employees, the working conditions and the attitude of the company towards its employees, and therefore started to focus on the area of employee experience (EX). Today, Matic works as Head of HR for Slovenia at Netcetera, an international company, where he strategically co-creates with the management of the Swiss-based company and its 830+ employees an environment where IT solutions for the financial sector of the future are being developed in 9 countries. Netcetera is the digital arm of the Giesecke+Devrient Group, which employs over 14,000 professionals worldwide.

  • 12:50-13:35

    Click, click, a new trick – where are the HR opportunities disappearing?

    B2 BI d.o.o. and B2 IT d.o.o.

    Aljoša Željeznov, Chief Operating Officer
    Jaka Matičič, Sales and Marketing Manager

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    At the heart of modern HR business, data automation is the key to competitiveness and efficiency. With the rapid rise of digitalisation and the development of artificial intelligence, Slovenia remains at the tail end of Europe in terms of the level of digital competences among individuals. We can change this, of course, and revolutionise digital competences among HR professionals to make our HR department advanced, regardless of the tools it uses. Whether your work involves HR tools such as Spica, SAP, SAOP, Intrix or others, you will learn how to bring together disparate records in one place and, with just a few clicks, obtain relevant information about our companies’ most valuable resource – our employees.

    Jaka Matičič and Aljoša Željeznov both come from the B2 Group, where they lead the operations and development of business collaboration in sister companies B2 IT and B2 BI. As head of computer training at B2 IT, Jaka and his team help individuals and companies build digital competences through training and consulting. Ajoša, as COO of B2 BI, works as a business analytics expert and speaker, helping companies to develop a BI strategy for long-term performance, agility and scalability of business processes.

  • 14:50-15:35

    What CEO and HR really expect from each other

    Competo d.o.o.

    Nina Potisek, Partner and Senior Consultant at Competo
    Tomaž Berločnik, Partner at Competo and an active investor who believes in the power of HR

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    Organisations are facing increasing HR challenges and discussions at the board level are becoming more challenging. CEO expectations of HR are rising and the status and role of the HR function is changing. How to build partnerships, where are the pitfalls and challenges of managing for the future, how to deal with difficult decisions, how to change the organisation, processes and systems to put “people at the heart of what works” and how to keep it from turning into a communication platitude. Is it possible to deliver sustainable business and understand people? Tomaž and Nina will answer all these questions. Together, let’s bust the myths about the role of the HR function and give the HR manager a seat at the table when it comes to strategically important decisions in the organisation.

    Nina Potisek is a partner and senior consultant at Competo. She has many years of management experience and over 20 years of practical experience in the retail and energy industry in the areas of law and HR. She has extensive experience in preparing and implementing process reorganisations and optimisations, setting pay models, preparing systemisations and reward systems, setting up promotion models and succession and talent development systems. She also works extensively in the field of executive training and is involved in Compete’s search and selection projects as a consultant for executives and members of supervisory boards. She has served two terms as Chair of the Trade Section on the Board of the Slovenian Employers’ Association.

    Tomaž Berločnik, an enterprenour, is pulicly widely known as the former President of the Management Board of the Petrol Group. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Beločnik began his career at the Slovenian Development Fund, continued as the General Director at Donit Tesnit, and in 2010 became the CEO of Istrabenz. In 2011, he took over the leadership of the Petrol Group, where he conducted a thorough transformation of the company, expanded its operations beyond the traditional oil industry into energy and mobility. For his work, he received the Manager of the Year award in 2019. Additionally, he is the vice president of the basketball club Cedevita Olimpija. He believes in leadership with vision, innovation, and commitment. He is an active investor who believes in the crucial role of people in achieving exceptional results. He is a partner in companies Competo, Alfi Renewables, and AvantCar.

  • 16:15-17:00

    Successful HR digitalisation – Case study

    BASS d.o.o.

    Aleksander Bastl, director

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    The implementation of the HR function in companies requires employees to be increasingly flexible in the way they organise their processes. Lack of organisation is mainly reflected in chaos in documentation, employee dissatisfaction, employee burnout, time spent on payroll… On the contrary, successful digitisation of the entire HR function can relieve employees of as much pressure as possible and enable them to plan more easily and, as a result, to carry out the HR function efficiently and flexibly.

    Examples of good practice will be presented on how companies have successfully digitised their HR function (time and attendance, payroll, personnel records, travel orders for private vehicles) with a comprehensive IT solution and at the same time optimised their work processes. You will acquire the key skills to successfully implement the HR function and monitor business processes and contribute to the long-term success of your organisation.

    Aleksander Bastl, born in 1966, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer Science and Informatics. Since 1991, he has been employed at BASS d.o.o. as Director and Development Manager, where he is responsible for the organisation of the entire company. His key skills include excellent knowledge of software solutions and development tools, knowledge of business informatics, optimisation problems, good knowledge of business legislation. He has excellent leadership skills. He is an expert in the digitisation of business processes, B2B, B2C and B2G electronic document exchange, digitisation of document management systems (DMS), proficiency in Microsoft Office™ tools and knowledge and use of the JAVA EE environment and its development tools.

  • 17:05-17:50

    Challenges and opportunities when hiring Gen Z

    Employment Service of Slovenia

    Jana Rožac, Project manager Interreg@Work4NEETs

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    At the workshop, we’ll highlight pivotal challenges in employment, focusing on the reasons to encourage hiring young talent. We will explore guidelines for recruiting and working with youth, as well as display the impactful services of the Employment Service of Slovenia for early career development, acquirement of skills for the future, and measures for the promotion of youth employment.

    Jana Rožac is an expert on youth work and career orientation at the Employment Service of Slovenia, where she is currently managing one of the EU projects focusing on the improvement of youth policy measures. She holds an MA in Sociology of Culture and English Language and Literature and is currently a PhD Candidate on the topic of Talent Management.

Side programme – Thursday, april 11, Hall 2

  • 10:45-11:30

    The New HR Reality: Creating e-courses and learning experiences with AI

    Smart NARIS d.o.o.

    David Mohar, CEO of e-learning services company Smart NARIS d.o.o.

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    We will take you into the world of advanced artificial intelligence tools that allow you to create e-learning easily and quickly. The Coursly AI module can efficiently use your existing content and turn it into an interactive e-course in a few clicks. It also helps you create completely new content based on a few key instructions. AI also adapts existing learning materials to suit the needs of each employee. Now you’ll be able to optimise the e-course creation process and offer a personalised learning experience that will increase employee motivation and satisfaction. With an e-learning AI solution, you will strengthen and develop a culture of learning in your organisation.

    David Mohar is the CEO of e-learning services company Smart NARIS. He is a bright and successful young entrepreneur whose love for innovation and education led him to found the most successful e-education solution in Slovenia, which has been trusted by companies for 14 years. Smart NARIS, with its e-learning solution Smart Arena, is known for the quality services and breakthrough solutions it offers to its customers. David’s passion, knowledge and experience ensure that the company is constantly adding new and innovative solutions to the problems of its new and old customers.

  • 12:00-12:45

    An example of an integrated approach to competency management in HRM

    Kopa d.o.o.

    Domen Ocepek, SW Product Manager
    Metka Jelen, Application Engineer / HRM Project Manager

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    The success of a company depends on the specific competences of its employees. The more demanding the competences and the smaller the workforce, the greater the risk that the process does not work as well as desired because of a lack of competences. The company that has set up a competency system and moved records from numerous Excel spreadsheets into an IT system has increased efficiency in finding replacements, succession planning, building effective teams and, last but not least, in ensuring the quality of products and services delivered by people with the right competencies.

    This lecture will present the fundamentals of a good HRM system and will go on to present a tool for systematic competency management and finally demonstrate its application in a large manufacturing company. We will also touch upon the use of artificial intelligence and advanced algorithms, which can also help to increase efficiency in the HRM field.

  • 12:50-13:35

    Modern personal folders: How to tap into a rich source of information

    MIKROCOP d.o.o.

    Nataša Centa, Business Digitization Expert

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    Do you keep personnel files (PEMs) but don’t manage them in a way that allows them to serve as a repository of invaluable information? Personnel folders are a necessity, but clearly organised they offer a centralised view of information and greater manageability. And digitising PEMs brings a whole new level of benefits, from access, security, compliance to usability. If you’re interested in learning how to make PEM more efficient and free up valuable time to spend with your employees instead of administration, join us!

    Nataša Centa is a business digitalization expert with several years of experience in consulting and implementing modern HR IT solutions. She successfully connects key members of the contractor and client teams with the motto: “Together we can do everything”.

  • 14:50-15:35

    How to attract and retain generation Z?

    e-Študentski Servis

    Vesna Miloševič Zupančič, PhD; Expert Director of e-Študentski Servis; Youth and Labour Market Expert
    Carmen Zajc, Job Placement Manager

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    How do you attract young people to your organisations and how do you retain the best of them from student work to full-time employment and beyond? What do they expect from you as employers? How do you write a job advert to attract them and what time of year is best?

    Did you know? Young people are making the choice today. If you don’t inform Generation Z about their lack of choice in student work, they will almost certainly not apply to you for any more jobs. Why don’t they answer your call and why do they go elsewhere after a few months?

    In this lecture, you will hear concrete experiences from the field, examples of good practice from Slovenian employers and results from Slovenian and international research in the field.

    Dr Vesna Miloševič Zupančič holds a PhD in Organisational and Personnel Studies from the FdV (UL). She has 19 years of experience in the field of youth, labour market, youth employment, student work and competences.  For the last 14 years, she has been working at e-Študentski Servis, the largest student work intermediary in the country, as a youth and labour market expert and as aexpert director. Prior to that, she gained experience in national and international youth and student organisations. She has moderated and participated as a guest at various international events such as conferences and round tables of OECD, ILO, EP, UN, etc.

    Carmen Zajc is a management specialist by training. She started her career at the Employment Service and the Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia. For the last 19 years, she has been working for the largest student job broker in the country, e-Študentski Servis, as a job brokerage manager. She works on a daily basis with students on the one hand and employers on the other hand, acting as a bridge between them, while managing mediation and job brokerage processes, and is also very familiar with student labor income tax.

  • 16:15-17:00

    The word of the year is “engagement” – are you measuring it already?

    FirstClass d.o.o.

    Klara Omerzu, HR consultant and organisational diagnostics researcher

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    Have you also set yourself the goal of improving the engagement of your employees in 2024? In this interactive lecture, we will discuss how to measure employee engagement in your companies in a holistic way. We will answer key questions such as:

    1. Who are the few engaged employees?
    2. How to convince management that measuring engagement is worth investing in?
    3. How to interpret the results?
    4. How to develop a suitable and, above all, feasible action plan?

    Join us for a lecture and take a step towards improving your organisation and your company climate!

    Klara Omerzu is an experienced HR consultant who, in addition to recruitment and selection at FirstClass, also researches organisational diagnostics, which starts with employee engagement. To this end, she and her colleagues developed the FirstClass method for measuring employee engagement, satisfaction and experience.


Mario Galunič

»Television is my destiny and my life. I started working as a journalist for TV Slovenia during my studies. Soon I was invited to host the entertainment program and was entrusted with the management of family evening shows (Nedeljskih 60, Zoom, Mario, Spet doma, Moja Slovenija, Joker). Up to now, I have hosted over 600 shows, but this is not all my work entitles. I am also a show editor, often leading an entire creative team. I love doing it, but television isn’t all I am, what I know or can do.«

Mario Galunič is a professor of Slovenian language which benefits him endlessly and helps him to be sovereign and self-confident in his work. This also applies to hosting and leading events where all this skills can come to life to the fullest.