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Guest Speakers:

Klemen Grebenšek

State Secretary at Ministry of Infrastructure

Klemen Grebenšek graduated from the Faculty of Construction Engineering in Ljubljana, obtaining the title of bachelor of construction engineering. In 1999 he completed his MBA studies at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. He first worked in the industry, and started to work in public administration in 2010. He first worked at the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning and then the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment, most recently in the Waste and Efficient Resource Use Division. Klemen Grebenšek has extensive experience in public administration and managing construction projects.

Boštjan Ferk, PhD

Founder and managing director of institute for public-private partnership Slovenia

Boštjan Ferk, PhD, is the Managing Director of the Institute for Public-Private Partnership, as well as one of the founders. He is the author of legal monograph and several articles dealing mainly with the public-private partnerships, public procurement and the cooperation between the public and private sector. Boštjan Ferk is on the list of domestic (Slovenian) arbitrators at the Permanent Court of Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia. His work includes cooperation with numerous organizations dedicated to the development and recognition of public-private partnerships. He is a member of the PPP Development Center at the International Council of the Russian Federation.

Nevenka Črešnar Pergar

Owner and director of NP Consulting

Nevenka Črešnar Pergar is the owner and director of NP Consulting, independent advisory company that offers legal and business consultancy. Her focus is mainly on advising foreign investors in investing in Slovenia, as well as advising Slovenian companies upon considering various strategic investors. She also works with foreign investors in the process of developing important real estate projects and acts as local subcontractor in ING Bank projects in SEE. Previously she was working for one of the largest private equity funds in Slovenia. She was presiding or was a member of Supervisory boards of several important Slovenian companies. Between 1998 – 2003 she was a member of two Slovenian Governments, first as a Secretary General of the Government, and then as a Minister Junior for public administration. Serving in the Ministry of economy from 1988 to 1995 she had acquired a wide experience in public services. Mrs Pergar has a degree in law from the University of Ljubljana and MBA in finance from the Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. She is a member of AmCham and Managers Association of Slovenia.

Dr. Alan Humphries

Strategic Executive Advisor with the Strategic Partnership Office in the Department of Alberta infrastructure

Dr. Alan Humphries is the Strategic Executive Advisor with the Strategic Partnerships Office in the department of Alberta Infrastructure. The Strategic Partnerships Office is the central authority within the Government of Alberta for Public-Private Partnerships (P3) and other innovative infrastructure partnerships. The Office leads the procurement process for a wide range of infrastructure projects in social and economic areas (health, education, transportation, housing, water, etc.) and fosters a business and policy environment for successful partnerships and related activities.

Alan has been with the Alberta government for 26 years, the last 10 years being in various executive leadership roles. He was a member of the award winning team that developed Alberta’s successful public-private partnership model in 2004 with specific responsibilities for heading up the development of the business model and procurement process. He participated on the procurement team for the South East Anthony Henday Drive ring road in Edmonton. This was Alberta’s first P3 project and it reached financial close in January 2005. Alan then developed the project and business structure for the Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement (ASAP) program in 2007, and was the executive lead for Phase 1 of the program that reached financial close in 2008. ASAP Phase 1 delivered 18 new elementary and middle schools as a single bundle in Calgary and Edmonton through a Design-Build-Finance-Maintain P3. The schools opened for students in 2010 following a 21 month construction period and have a 30 year maintenance period. ASAP Phases 2 and 3 delivered ten and twelve school bundles respectively. The bundles included elementary, middle and high schools across Alberta. The ten ASAP 2 schools opened in 2012 and the twelve ASAP 3 schools opened in September 2014.

Dr. Humphries is a professional engineer, and holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta and a doctorate in engineering from Cranfield University in the U.K. He is the author of 14 papers and has been a speaker and panelist at numerous conferences on transportation, public-private partnerships, infrastructure management and capital planning. He was an expert resource brought in by the Asian Development Bank at a 3 days seminar on P3s with the Philippine government in November 2014.

Tibor Turi, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Manager at Ontario Regional Office of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Tibor is the Manager of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Ontario Regional Office located at Sheridan Research Park in Mississauga. His principle focus, along with his NSERC-Ontario staff, is to facilitate and support industry-academic research partnerships in Ontario. Prior to joining NSERC, Tibor held various leadership roles in research and development, technical design, product engineering, and product market development in the materials and manufacturing industries. During 14 years of private sector experience, he traveled throughout North America and internationally to perform a variety of technical and strategic functions related to innovation, engineering and business development, and was an advocate of industry-university collaboration. Tibor holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Materials Engineering from McMaster University, and a Ph.D. in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Queen’s University focusing on nano-materials. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario for 22 years and in 2007 received an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Nasser Massoud

Executive Board Director at InterHealth Canada

Nasser Massoud is responsible for transactions and corporate development worldwide. Mr. Massoud holds academic and professional qualifications in a broad range of disciplines: Master in Finance (London Business School), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Master in Construction Economics and Management (Bartlett School of Architecture, London), and Bachelors in Civil Engineering (University College London). Mr. Massoud led the negotiations and financial closure on several transactions globally and has facilitated the establishment of InterHealth’s strategy in terms of its products/ services and markets. He has introduced corporate-level restructuring in order to establish its platform for growth and global reach.

Alenka Loose

City Energy Manager

Education: University. diploma Engineer of Metallurgy

Past employments

1984 – 1993: Research Assistant at Reactor Physics Department of the J. Stefan Institute, University of Ljubljana;

1993 – 2000: Assistant Director, Agency for Radwaste Management; Ljubljana;

2000 – 2013: Department of Environmental Protection, City Administration, City of Ljubljana;

Since March 2013, City Energy Manager, Mayor’s Office, City of Ljubljana.

Through the entire working period my work was connected with energy and environmental issues.


-Research work – nuclear materials

-Member of the team responsible for tendering of the second nuclear power plant (Prevlaka) in FSR of Yugoslavia

Additional experiences at MPA Stuttgart, Germany and French National Radwaste Agency, ANDRA as guest visitor at General French Nuclear Inspectorate, Paris, France.

A founding member of Slovenian Nuclear Society, until 2000 a member of American Nuclear Society.

Miranda Groff Ferjančič

Deputy-Secretary-General of the Slovenian Government

Miranda Groff Ferjančič is a Master of Economics. She started her career in the financial department of a large private company. 10 years later she changed to the banking sector and spent further 4 years mostly dealing with small and medium enterprizes. In 2001 she joined the Slovenian Ministry of Finance. Among others, she was the Head of the Department on Public-Private Partnership and Director-General for public property. Since 2013, she is a Deputy-Secretary-General of the Slovenian Government.

Matej Čepeljnik

Undersecretary at the Ministry of Finance

I studied at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics where I specialized in Project Management. I started my professional career in telecommunications sector as a key account manager, also worked in the Slovenian Parliament and almost 8 years ago I joined Ministry of Finance to work in fields of PPP. Since then my work area expanded to management of public assets, distant supervision of some big SOE’s and similar work. Currently I am working as a undersecretary at the Ministry of Finance where my main activities and responsibilities are management of project teams, direct assistance in the conduct of professional duties on the part of the Ministry’s field or. internal OE, independent design system solutions and the most demanding of other materials, guidance and co-operation in the most demanding project groups, counseling and monitoring of the implementation of projects on the model of public-private partnership, custody of assets, participation in the operation of the European Expert Centre for Public-Private Partnership (EPEC).