For the first time in the region


08 June 2023

Western Balkans
Innovation Summit

For the first time in the region, The Western Balkans Innovation Summit, organized by Western Balkans University, Faculty of Economics, Technology & Innovation, is a flagship event aimed at accelerating the region's digital transformation journey. The summit serves as a platform to bring together key stakeholders from academia, industry, government, and the startup ecosystem to exchange ideas, share insights, and collaborate on fostering innovation and embracing technological advancements. By facilitating knowledge sharing, inspiring collaboration, and encouraging the adoption of innovative technologies, the Western Balkans Innovation Summit aims to empower and ease the pathway of organizations and individuals toward the digital age and thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.

Organized by:

Faculty of Economics, Technology & Innovation


Western Balkans University
Conference Hall

Innovation Summit Speakers

Meet the speakers

All our Speakers confirmed for this Conference

Savas Konur
Prof. Savas Konur

Professor of AI and Computational Modelling, University of Bradford

Lisa Cowey, Ph.D.
Lisa Cowey, Ph.D.

Independent Innovation Expert, Oxford, UK

Prof. Asoc.Dr. Përparim Kabo
Prof. Asoc.Dr. Përparim Kabo

Mediterranean University, Faculty of Psychological, Social and Political Sciences

Enio Jaco
Enio Jaco

President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Founder & CEO of CBS

Ph.D. Ardiana Sula
Ph.D. Ardiana Sula

Program Coordinator, Master of Science in Data Science University of New Haven

Prof. Dr. Ëngjëll Pere
Prof. Dr. Ëngjëll Pere

Faculty of Economics, Tirana, Albania

Rovena Sulstarova
Rovena Sulstarova

Manager of the Governance Program, IDM

Yağmur Efe
Yağmur Efe

Innovation Think Tank Coordinator at Siemens Healthineers

Nevi Kaja, PhD
Nevi Kaja, Ph.D.

Data Science | Software Engineering | Analytics Architecture Ford Motor Company

Blendi Gonxhja
Blendi Gonxhja

Director, General Directorate of Road Transport Services

Genc Çeli
Genc Çeli

Expert for Trade and Customs

Norik Selimi
Norik Selimi

CEO of Pikasa Analytics

Aleksandër Risilia
Aleksandër Risilia

Co-Managing Director and CTO, Ritech

Hekuran Doli
Hekuran Doli

CEO of Cingerr.com

PhD. Ornela Dardha
Ph.D. Ornela Dardha

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, UK

Gentjan Progni
Gentjan Progni


Erton Graceni
Erton Graceni

Founder INET

Our agenda

Summit Agenda

Be inspired. Learn form Experts.

09:30 -10:00



Welcome Notes, Opening Session


Path to Artificial Intelligence


Coffee Break


Digital Transformation in Public Sector


Networking & Coctail


Into the world of Cyber


Discussion & Closing Remarks
Summit Venue location info

Summit Location

Conference Hall, Western Balkans University

  • Bar & Restaurant area
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Parking facilities
  • Audiovisual equipment available

Frequently Asked Questions

The Innovation Summit brings together a diverse range of participants, all united by their passion for innovation and the pursuit of cutting-edge ideas. Among the attendees are innovators who have brought groundbreaking solutions to various industries, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Entrepreneurship enthusiasts, with their visionary minds and unwavering determination, join the summit to explore new avenues for business growth and disruptive ventures. Students, eager to learn and contribute, attend the summit to gain inspiration from established innovators and broaden their understanding of the ever-evolving landscape of technology and entrepreneurship. Academics, with their deep expertise and research-oriented mindset, share valuable insights and collaborate with fellow participants, fostering an environment of intellectual exchange. Policymakers attend to understand the latest trends and devise strategies that facilitate innovation and economic growth. Finally, tech addicts, always at the forefront of technological advancements, actively engage in the summit to discover emerging technologies and explore their potential applications in various domains. Together, these participants form a dynamic and vibrant community, united in their quest for innovation and driven to shape a better future.

During the innovation summit, participants will engage in thought-provoking discussions centered around key topics and themes that are at the forefront of the rapidly evolving technological landscape. Here are the top three topics that will be prominently featured:
Innovation and New Business Models: This topic delves into the disruptive ideas and approaches that drive innovation in various industries. Attendees will explore the strategies employed by successful innovators to create new business models, foster creativity, and adapt to changing market dynamics.
Artificial Intelligence: AI continues to revolutionize countless sectors, making it a crucial topic for discussion at the innovation summit. Participants will explore the latest advancements, applications, and ethical considerations related to AI. They will dive into the potential of artificial intelligence, humans right in the digital area, also the impact of AI on industries such as banking, healthcare, finance, etc.
Digital Transformation and Fintech: In an increasingly digital world, digital transformation and fintech are imperative for organizations to remain competitive. Participants will explore the strategies and technologies that facilitate digital transformation, enabling businesses to embrace new digital channels, enhance customer experiences, and optimize operational efficiency. Additionally, fintech, the intersection of finance and technology, will be a key focus. Discussions will revolve around topics like blockchain, cryptocurrencies and the role of fintech in reshaping traditional financial systems.
These key topics reflect the ongoing trends and emerging opportunities in the innovation ecosystem, offering participants a comprehensive understanding of the forces driving change and the potential pathways for success.

The Innovation Summit will be recorded. All interested parties can receive this recording after sending a request by email on [email protected].

The innovation summit provides ample networking opportunities for participants, recognizing the value of collaboration and fostering connections among like-minded individuals. During the discussion section or breaks, participants can mingle, exchange ideas, and establish connections with fellow innovators, entrepreneurs, students, academics, policymakers, and tech enthusiasts.

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