Speakers


Dr. Noemi Mena Montes (PhD in Political Communication), Robert Maricak (Business investor and executives' consultant), Dr. Aurora Martin (National Agency for Equal Opportunities, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs), Dr. Justin Kagin (Founder and director of EDI, University of California at Davis), Momir Blazek (Art Director of MI Design), Dr. Josip Lucev (International Relations and Diplomacy), Mihaela Kovacs (Roma coordinator, President of Baracca), Rodoljub Orescanin (Biznisnova), Mihajlo Trajkoski (Project manager at the NGO LinkAcross), Tihomir Kukolja (Director of Leadership Focus International, Former director of ROM)

Sometimes speakers cannot attend due to various circumstances beyond our or their control, EDI cannot guarantee their attendance. 

Dr. Noemi Mena Montes

Dr. Noemi Mena Montes. Spanish journalist with a PhD in Political Communication. She is a media lecturer-researcher, a consultant on political communication and expert on immigration.  In the past, Noemi Mena has been working as a radio journalist, freelance correspondent and researcher in the Middle East. She has had several research grants for international projects and won an award for migration studies in Spain. 

Robert Maričak

Robert Maričak, business investor and executives' consultant
Former owner of more than 10 companies in 5 countries. One of the companies, run by Robert were in top 1% most profitable for 4 years in Croatia. The company designed, created, and sold high-tech laser printers and utilized Croatian engineers to do so. Hobby is teaching from the Word of God. He has a wife, Carmela, son, Noah, and daughter Victoria.

Dr. Aurora Martin

Dr. Aurora Martin, Academic Lecturer and Researcher in International Relations, Gender Studies, Italian language, culture and politics (Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest), Senior Advisor within the Government (National Agency for Equal Opportunities, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs) and the Parliament of Romania on gender and antidiscrimination policies, Trainer of trainers in the public sector.

Dr. Justin Kagin

Dr. Justin Kagin, Founder and director of EDI. Founder and CEO of Kagin’s Consulting, a consulting firm helping to alleviate poverty worldwide, www.kaginsconsulting.com. PhD in agriculture and resource economics at the University of California at Davis. 

Tihomir Kukolja

Tihomir Kukolja, was born in Pozega, Croatia. He studied, lived and worked in Croatia, United Kingdom, Australia, and the US. He was educated in theology, communications, and radio journalism, and worked as a church pastor, media professional, radio producer and presenter, journalist, humanitarian, and religious liberty activist. For many years (2001-2019) he served as the director of the Renewing Our Minds (ROM) leadership and reconciliation ministry. Recently Tihomir founded a new leadership initiative, Leadership Focus International (Focus) of which he is also the director.

Dr. Josip Lucev

Dr. Josip Lucev holds a PhD degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. and an M.A. degree in Social Policy from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. He delivered lectures as an external associate in courses on “Political Economy“, “Global and Comparative Political Economy“ and “Development Policies“ at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. Since 2015 he works at Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy.

Momir Blažek

Momir Blazek, is the CEO, Art Director of MI Design, a graphic design business in Croatia. He has produced advertisements for various businesses, book covers, posters, web pages and magazines.
Mihaela Kovacs, Roma coordinator for Sigisoara. President of Baracca

Mihaela Kovacs

Mihaela Kovacs, Roma coordinator for Sigisoara. President of Baracca

Rodoljub Orescanin

Rodoljub Orescanin, Founder and president of the association Biznisnova, seeking to improve business and investment in Serbia, and Linking Partners, serving the Roma people.

Mihajlo Trajkoski

Mihajlo Trajkoski, Project manager at the NGO LinkAcross, managing a project that provides executive business coaching to SMEs. Bachler’s degree in Marketing from the Faculty of Economics, University of Skopje, Macedonia.


EDI is sponsored by the ECPM, Vacaville Rotary, Lake Forest Rotary, Zagreb Metropolitan Rotary and other private donors.