Coaches/Mentors

We believe the role of Coach/Mentor to be sacred. However, just because a mentor has strong business experience does not mean he/she has the skills necessary to provide the constructive feedback that builds relationship and trust with an aspiring entrepreneur. By stepping into the role of Mentor, you are taking on the responsibility of role model, motivator, advisor, coach, and door-opener, knowing that the only reward is in seeing the successes and failures of the entrepreneur you are mentoring. Come with us as we explore the most rewarding journey there is – – the role of Mentor.

Six Core Entrepreneur Mentoring Principles:

  1. Real World Experience
  2. Deep Listening
  3. Relationship Building
  4. Give it Away!
  5. Tough Love
  6. Strategic Questioning

Contact us today to learn how we can support creating a high impact mentor network in your community (within BiH or other Balkan countries) based upon the Six Core Entrepreneur Mentoring Principles. We offer Mentor training and certification.

If you like to join our team of coaches/mentors, please submit your information via this for: https://bosnia.startupcup.com/judges/

 

Current Coaches/Mentors:

Syed M. Kamal, CIO/CEO – Gillani Consulting Group Inc., Dallas, USASyedKamal-Mentor
Since graduating from Mississippi State University in 1992, Syed has worked in retail management, IT consulting, software development and technology management fields. He has served as founder and CIO/CEO of Gillani Inc. – an Accounting/ERP, and Supply Chain Management software development company since 1997, evaluating, recommending, implementing, supporting enterprise software/services to clients like AT&T, Verizon, Motorola, General Dynamics, Grainger, GE Supply, B&H Photo/Video, Harps Food and many SME’s. Syed partners with client executive teams to help define/document IT Strategy aligned with business goals, and help execute the strategy objectives through IT solutions, services. He is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and member of IT advisory boards for several organizations. He is a serial entrepreneur with business in United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He has been an executive coach and mentor to many entrepreneurs and business managers for the past 15 years.

 

Leila Hrelja, Director – Gillani International d.o.o., Gorazde, BiHLeila2
She is a graduate of Business Management, and has 8+ years of experience as director/manager in BiH within technology, retail, public administration, business development and service sectors. Leila is an expert in administration, operations, marketing/sales and human resources fields. She has served as Board Member on Youth bank Goražde with Mozaik Fondation Sarajevo, working on Youth participation in community development. Leila is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of Gillani International d.o.o. Gorazde.

 

 

Janet Kennedy, Economic/Commercial Officer – U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, BiHJanetKennedy

Janet Kennedy is the Economic/Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo.  She works on commercial, business, and privatization issues and analyzes developments in key sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including energy, transport, telecommunications, and information technology.  Janet also works closely with the American Chamber of Commerce to assist U.S. companies interested in doing business in BiH.  Her previous overseas assignments include Gaborone, Botswana and Shanghai, China.  Janet has studied Bosnian and Mandarin Chinese, and is a graduate of Florida State University.

 

 

Sanin MufticEntrepreneurSanin, Finance/Operations Expert
Mr. Sanin Muftic is an entrepreneur and finance/operations expert. He has vast experience in finance, administration, office management, legal areas on large international donor funded projects with solid knowledge of local legislature related to finance and administration issues, ability to work independently and adapt quickly and effectively as required, coupled with extensive experience in the field as a team member. His experience provided a solid foundation to build a strong, confident and well-balanced character. Sanin is fluent in English and French, while his native languages are Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian. He is also a small businesses owner in Bosnia.

 

Delila Klovo-Kajić – Lawyer, Project Manager, Strategic Planning ExpertDelila Klovo Kajic-Mentor
She is an experienced lawyer and a project coordinator with more than 7 years of experience in strategic planning and project cycle management in government and international and domestic non-governmental organizations. she is experienced in working with different partners, including local entrepreneurs, government representatives and citizens. Ms. Klovo-Kajic holds an LL. M. degree in European Law and and has been engaged as The EU Law trainer for Directorate for European Integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Civil Service Agency of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She possess long experience in training of civil servants in area of the EU law, local entrepreneurs and stakeholders in areal of local economic development,  and youth and women from political parties and ngo’s in area of strengthening their capacities. She has been the Co-author of Handbook: “How to start the process of participative local economic development”, published by The Agency for local democratic initiatives – ALDI, Goražde, BiH in 2004. She is also the translator of Publication: “How to achieve a more favorable business environment – What the employers expect from authorities”, published by The Association of Employers of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, BiH, 2014. With more than 10 years of work in government at all levels, she possesses excellent knowledge of administrative procedures in BiH.

 

Professor Dr. Senad Busatlic – Entrepreneurship & Leadership ExpertDrSenadBusatlic
Dr. Busatlic is a professor at IUS and Management & Leadership Studies Coordinator. He is also the Interim coordinator for LEC programs. Dr. Senad Busatlic was born in 1976 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Bogazici University, Turkey, in 2000. He worked for Multinational Companies: Procter and Gamble, Kraft Foods Int., Henkel, Vispak, Coca Cola, Europapier and Akova Impex, in top management positions in sales and marketing. Along with business career he completed his Master degree at the International University of Novi Pazar, Serbia, in 2008.

 

Dr. Ognjen “Oggi” Ridic – Healthcare Management, Organizational Behavior & Audit ExpertDrOgnjenRidic
Dr. Ognjen “Oggi” Ridic holds a PhD in Economics and Management from the Economic Faculty – University of Zenica. He has been employed at the International University of Sarajevo (IUS), Faculty of Business Administration (FBA) since 2014, as the Assistant professor in the Study program Management, where he was lecturing the following subjects: Human Resource Management, Business Law, Advanced Human Resource Management, Marketing Management and Quantitative and Qualitative Business Research Methods. Dr. Ridic has over ten years of diverse: finance, accounting, management, marketing and internal audit experience and served in various capacities of increasing responsibility where he gained the extensive exposure in the internal audit consulting in the insurance industry, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) testing of the validity of the management imposed internal controls, management of clinical trials, internal revenue management and personal financial management. Prior to joining IUS, Dr. Ridic worked several years as an Internal Audit Consultant for Aetna Life Insurance Corporation, headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, USA and worked as the lecturer in the subjects, Health Care Management, Organizational Behavior and Audit. Dr Ridic holds the Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership (M.S.) from the Albertus Magnus College, New Haven and East Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Prior to enrolling into the advanced degree programs, he earned the Bachelors of Science degree (B.S.) from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) School of Business Administration (SBA), Storrs, Connecticut, USA, as an UCONN Alumni scholar. Dr. Ridic is member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). His research work is primarily focused on the academic fields of: management, leadership, health care management, human resource management, marketing management and personal financial management.

 

Selma Omeragić Čaušević – Entrepreneurselma omeragic
Selma has finished Academy for esthetics and cosmetology in Belgrade. Currently she is student at Faculty of Management, Sector for marketing and communications. She is a director of private companies Venecija Ltd. with three  operating units. Owner of cosmetic salon in Goražde , beauty studio “Mega Sun”, Foča. Selma is manager of restaurant “Žute dunje” and Venecija Bazar Ltd. with 4 operating units. Selma is one of the most sucessful woman enterepreuner in Goražde with practical long experience in private business sector.