Skopje, Macedonia, September 22-24, 2011
ISPI EMEA–Europe, Middle East, Africa

Most well-designed conferences, organized and hosted by high-quality, leading-edge groups, provide participants with new information, access to high-powered experts, and opportunities to build their network of colleagues and resources. These conferences are increasingly available for virtual attendance. The ninth ISPI EMEA conference goes well beyond the benefits of other conferences. But, you really need to be there, to benefit from this uniquely valuable learning, sharing event, specifically designed to be active, interactive, innovative, and participative throughout. Ask yourself the following:

  • Where else will you have the chance to work with other professionals on a simulation running throughout the entire event and involving the real client?
  • How often are you able to sit in the same room with a panel of senior executives willing to share their views on real issues as you see them?

Here is what one executive (who was our brilliant keynote and new to ISPI EMEA) said about our last conference (2010):

“I found the conference to be very interactive, insightful and energizing. The caliber of presenters, topics and content was a reflection of the committee’s commitment to raising the performance & knowledge bar in a non-traditional yet very welcoming and experiential way.

You have demonstrated that high performance and engagement involves more than a formula or a program. It’s about being intentional about interactions, relationships and human activity…it’s an attitude, not merely a routine!”

Do not miss this opportunity to contribute your unique perspective to the very real, very important topic that we all face–and the theme for the ninth ISPI EMEA conference–Transforming Performance Challenges into Opportunities in an Environment of Continuous Change.

Being There
ISPI EMEA conferences provide a genuine incentive for in-person attendance, which is greater than their appealingly intimate size and truly international nature. Features, such as a Simulation Case Study that runs throughout our conferences, form a safe and fun opportunity to apply skills. Another unique feature, our senior executive panel, provides a rare window into the thoughts of senior executives. We are delighted to announce four impressive senior executives who you will meet in Skopje. Do not miss this opportunity to join us for the 2011 ISPI EMEA, Skopje conference.

In addition to the simulation and senior executive panel, we will once again host a compelling keynote speaker. Visit the ISPI EMEA Featured Speaker Page to learn more about Didier Schott, HR Processes & Systems Director at Schlumberger, and a description of the presentation he plans to share. Presenters from eight countries will offer sessions covering a range of important performance improvement topics and performance improvement topics delivered in a casual roundtable format; and a special evening event, during which we will tour the ancient and lovely city of Skopje, followed by a group dinner.

In the words of 2010 participants
Don’t take our word for it. Following is a small sample of the verbatim comments from 2010 (Gothenburg) conference participants:

  • All sessions and events clearly were aligned with the conference theme.
  • The simulation was an opportunity to reflect and learn from each other.
  • Networking was facilitated by the conference format.
  • Culture of inclusiveness and engagement.
  • Unique style and strong feeling of intimacy.
  • Senior Executive Panel was a great opportunity to hear from and interact with senior people.
  • Great content for presentations/sessions.
  • Sessions dealt with relevant and current topics in the field.
  • Emphasis on people and the human side of performance.
  • Increasing ISPI focus on holistic view of performance, people, systems, etc.

Senior Executive Panel
Participants at the Skopje conference will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with a panel of four impressive senior executives. We are delighted to be able to introduce three of our panelists below. Visit for information on our fourth panelist, which will be posted soon.

Valentina Taseva is managing director of Semos Education, is a co-owner of three companies, holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, and is a certified management consultant. She is an outstanding professional and a business leader with 14 years’ experience in the top executive and management role at Semos Education.

Blagoja Samakoski, PhD, president of Mikrosam, is a business leader and a prominent expert with extensive experience in the field of design and production of modern, computer-controlled, high-tech composites machines. He is the author of many scientific papers, published both locally and abroad, and is currently serving as a rector of the University of Information Science and Technology in Ohrid. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Macedonian Chamber of Commerce.

Ognen Cubalevski is a Macedonian who has an impressive international career. His professional path includes positions of general manager for Dresser Wayne in Germany, managing director for Alfa Laval in South East Europe, and various sales roles at Viessmann, Johnson Controls, and Danfoss. After his engineering studies in Sk, he earned an MBA from California State University, Hayward, USA. He spent most of his professional career in Austria and Germany, returning to his native Macedonia in September 2010, to serve as COO at Seavus.

Simulation Case Study
An original simulation, based on a real organization within the marketplace or operating reality, which forms the centerpiece for each conference, is an ISPI EMEA tradition. This year, representatives of the Minister of the Economy of Macedonia, along with two of his staff members, will participate directly in the simulation! For the first time in ISPI EMEA conference history, participants will have the rare and valuable opportunity to work on a real case study, presented by the actual client. Visit the ISPI EMEA Conference page for more information on the Simulation Case Study.

Concurrent Session Topics
For a listing of all concurrent sessions, including a brief description of the session and a short bio for each presenter or facilitator, visit the ISPI EMEA featured speakers page.

Registration Details
Early registration pricing ends September 21. For more information on conference fees and registration, click here.

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