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Day 1 – Saturday, 1 September

Afternoon                       Young BSF (Panorama Hall, fourth floor, Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec, Ljubljanska
cesta 6, Bled)

Day 2 – Sunday, 2 September

09:30–14:00                   Business BSF: New Challenges, New Champions coorganised with IEDC - Bled
School of Management (IEDC - Bled School of Management, Prešernova cesta 33, Bled)
 
13:30–14:15                   Gathering and reception (Bled Festival Hall, Cesta svobode 11, Bled) 
 
14:30–15:00                   Opening of the Bled Strategic Forum (Bled Festival Hall, Cesta svobode 11, Bled) 

15:00–16:30                   Main Panel: Europe and the Reshaped Global Order (Bled Festival Hall, Cesta svobode
11, Bled) 
Moderated by:
Mr Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster and Journalist, United Kingdom (confirmed)
 
Panellists:
Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (confirmed)
Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (confirmed)
Dr Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment (confirmed)
H. E. Mr Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic (confirmed)
 
16:30-16:45                    Coffee break (Bled Festival Hall, Cesta svobode 11, Bled) 

16:45-18:15                    Special Panel: The Crises and Beyond (Bled Festival Hall, Cesta svobode 11, Bled) 
Moderated by:
Mr Stephen Castle, London Correspondent for International Herald Tribune, United Kingdom (confirmed)
 
Panellists:
Mr Alejandro Jara, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (confirmed)
Dr Vasiliy Likhachev, Member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation (confirmed)
Mr Sergio Rodrigues Costa, International Relations Director at Investe Săo Paulo, Brazil (confirmed)
Dr Peter Holmes, Reader in Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Sussex, United Kingdom (confirmed)
Mr Mark Ramsey, Vice President for Business Analytics and Optimization in IBM Global Business Services (GBS), Growth Markets, Czech Republic (confirmed)

 
18:15–19:45                   Special Panel: Europe and the Arab Revolutions (Bled Festival Hall, Cesta svobode 11,
Bled) 
Moderated by:
Mr Edward Mortimer, Senior Programme Adviser at the Salzburg Global Seminar and Former Chief Speechwriter and Director of Communications to the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, United Kingdom (confirmed)
 
Panellists:
H. E. Dr Riad Al-Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority (confirmed)
Mr Touhami Abdouli, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia (confirmed)
Mr Pierre Vimont, Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service (confirmed)
Mr Wadie Abunassar, Director of the International Center for Consultations, Israel (confirmed)
Mr Ribal Al-Assad, Founder and Director of the Organisation for Democracy and Freedom in Syria, United Kingdom (confirmed)
Mr Mark C. Donfried, Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Germany (confirmed)

 

20.00–22.00                   Networking Reception (Grand Hotel Toplice, Cesta svobode 12, Bled)
 
Keynote address:
H. E. Dr Danilo Türk, President of the Republic of Slovenia (confirmed)

 

22.15–00.00                   Night Owl Session: Global Outlook from the Perspective of Europe's Hidden
Champions (Business BSF) (Jupiter Hall, ground floor, Hotel Golf, Cankarjeva 4, Bled)
Night Owl Session is part of the Business BSF and is co-organised with IEDC - Bled School of Management.
 
Moderated by:
Ms Lidija Pavlovčič,  Economics Desk Editor at Delo, Slovenia (confirmed)
           
Panellists:
Mr Dmitriy Chernenko, Chief Executive Officer of UP "STiM", Belarus (confirmed)
Mr Sandi Češko, Executive Chairman of Studio Moderna Group, Slovenia (confirmed)
Mr Xhevit Hysenaj, Managing Director of Xherdo shpk, Albania (confirmed)
Dr Uroš Merc, President of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BISOL Group, d.o.o., Slovenia (confirmed)
Prof Dr Danica Purg, President and Dean of the IEDC - Bled School of Management, Slovenia 

 

Day 3 – Monday, 3 September

09:00-10:30                   Panel A: Europe to China: Can China Help Boost Economic Growth? 
 (Jupiter Hall, ground floor, Hotel Golf, Cankarjeva 4, Bled)
Moderated by:
Prof Dr Marjan Svetličič, Head of International Relations Research Centre at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (confirmed)
 
Panellists:
Mr Alejandro Jara, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (confirmed)
Prof Zhu Liqun, Vice-President of the China Foreign Affairs University and Secretary-General of the China National Association for International Studies, China (confirmed)
Dr Kerry Brown, Director of the China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics, University of Sydney, Australia (confirmed)
Mr Jan Mühlfeit, Chairman Europe Microsoft Corporation, Czech Republic (confirmed)
 
10:30-10:45                   Coffee break (Jupiter Hall, ground floor, Hotel Golf, Cankarjeva 4, Bled)
 
10:45-12:30                   Panel B: Central Asia and Afghanistan after 2014 (Jupiter Hall, ground floor, Hotel Golf,
Cankarjeva 4, Bled)
Chaired by:
Mr Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (confirmed)
 
Panellists:
Ambassador Satinder K. Lambah, Special Envoy at the Office of the Prime Minsiter of the Republic of India (confirmed)
Ambassador Stephen Evans, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations (confirmed)
Mr Wahidullah Waissi, Director General for Economic Affairs at the Minsitry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (confirmed)
Ms Mahbouba Seraj, Director of the Organization for Research in Peace and Solidarity (ORPS) and Member of the Executive Board of Directors at the Afghan Women Network (AWN), Afghanistan (confirmed)
Mr Yoshikazu Yamada, Resident Representative of the Afghanistan Office, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan (confirmed) 
 
12:30-14:00                   Leisure time (guided tour of Bled and Bled Island; guided test drives to Lake Bohinj with BMW
vehicles)
 
14:00-15:30                   Lunch (Hotel Golf, Golf Restaurant, ground floor, Cankarjeva 4, Bled)
 
Keynote address:
H. E. Prof Dr Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania (confirmed)
 
15:45-17:15                   Panel C: EU's Challenges in South-Eastern Europe: The Euro Crisis and the Soft Power
of EU Attraction (Jupiter Hall, ground floor, Hotel Golf, Cankarjeva 4, Bled)
Moderated by:
Mr Tim Judah, Balkans Correspondent for The Economist, United Kingdom (confirmed)
 
Panellists:
H. E. Mr Hashim Thaci, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo (confirmed)
H. E. Mr Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic (confirmed)
H. E. Mr Nebojša Kaluđerović, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro (confirmed)
H. E. Mr Nikola Poposki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia (confirmed)
H. E. Prof Dr Vesna Pusić, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia (confirmed)
Mr Eric S. Rubin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Euripean and Eurasian Affairs, United States of America (confirmed)
                                       
17:15-17:30                   Closing of the Bled Strategic Forum