Emilija Stojmenova Duh, Ph.D.

Emilija Stojmenova Duh, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Faculty of electrical engineering, University of Ljubljana. She has founded and is coordinating the national FabLab network in Slovenia, which is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship. With its 28 laboratories around the country, the FabLab network serves as a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, and to invent, no matter the age, gender or place of living. Since February 2018, she is Director of Digital Innovation Hub Slovenia, whose main aim is to support the Slovenian industry, education and municipalities to fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products and services, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change. She is president of the management board of the European Blockchain Hub. During 2014 and 2016, she was head of Demola Slovenia, part of Demola Network, which is recognized as best practice example for innovation policy makers by OECD and World Bank. She is coordinating several national and European research and development projects on digitalization for innovation and rural development. She collaborates with the European Commission within two thematic groups on rural development and digital innovation hubs. Her work focuses mainly on the fields of open innovation, co-creation, user centered design and digitalization for development. She is part of an international team of researchers, who are developing a methodology for measuring and monitoring social and economic return on investment of digital products and services through open innovation. She was the first chair of the IEEE “Women in engineering Slovenia”. One of her most important missions is to encourage young girls to study engineering, and later empower women to stay in the field and dare to take leadership positions in science and engineering. As such, in 2018 she was one of the 50 women from all over the world to take part in ‘Hidden No More’, one of the US State Department’s international visitor leadership exchange programmes, aimed at evening out the gender gap in STEAM. She was the finalist of the “Female engineer of the year 2018” competition in Slovenia.

Mojca Volk, Ph.D.

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Dr. Mojca Volk (mojca.volk@fe.uni-lj.si) received her PhD in 2010 from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, in the field of telecommunications. She works at the Laboratory for Telecommunications (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana) as a research assistant. Hers function is strategic partnership in the field of research, development and industrial projects and international cooperation. Her areas of expertise include systems and services for critical communications, support and management of interventions, protection and resolution (PPDR), cyber security, e-health solutions and applications, and advanced phoenix-based communication systems and technologies (IoT). , 5G, QoS, QoE). For these areas he leads strategic and technical cooperation in the framework of European and other international projects. She is a habilitated assistant professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. She regularly cooperates with the European Commission as an independent expert and is also active in the field of innovation and transfer of knowledge to start-ups.

Dragana Preradović, PhD student

Dragana is PhD student of Business Inforfmatics at Corvinus University in Budapest. She has master degree in Information Systems and Technology from Belgrade University and bachelor of Economics from Banja Luka University. She is currently Teaching assistant of Business Informatics at Faculty of Economics Banja Luka. Dragana has several years of practical experience in business sector as well as international and local projects.

Tatjana Kecojević, Data Scientist

Tatjana Kecojevic is a data scientist and has spent many years working as a senior lecturer in the UK university sector. She holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Manchester, has published numerous articles and papers in the field of quantile regression and has initiated and created various forums and enterprises in the field of data analysis.  As such, Tatjana is the founder and co-organizer of R-Ladies Manchester, Belgrade and Novi Sad Chapters, a leader of the R-Forwards team and also WiDS ambassador. She is currently the founder and director of SisterAnalyst.org, an organisation aiming to empower women from a diverse range of backgrounds through data literacy. Unsurprisingly, Tatjana is an enthusiastic R user and in addition to her involvement supporting women in STEM related activities, she is dedicated to creating an inclusive culture by developing initiatives supporting all underrepresented groups within the DS community.

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