On Wednesday 14th December Round Table – ‘Innovation in the Western Balkans’

Under the auspices of the ‘The Mobility of Human Capital in and from the Western Balkans: When innovation succeeds in curbing the brain drain’ project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, OBCT (Balkans, Caucasus and Transeuropa Observatory) and CeSPI (Centre for International Policy Studies) have carried out a study with the aim of examining how innovative companies and innovation hubs/incubators in the Western Balkans can positively contribute to local/regional socio-economic development and ultimately reduce the brain drain of highly qualified young people.

A selected group of experts and stakeholders, including the editor-in-chief of Serbian Monitor Biagio Carrano, will take part in the round table to share the results of the study and facilitate networking among participants. The round table discussion will take place at the Italian Institute of Culture, 56, Kneza Miloša Street, Belgrade, on 14th December 2022, between 10 am and 1 pm. The following topics will be discussed:

– Which enabling factors can contribute and/or be improved to support innovation, drive local development and curb brain drain?

– To what extent can innovation practitioners, stakeholders and clusters contribute to stop the brain drain of qualified workers and support local/regional economic development in the Western Balkans?

The discussion can be attended in person or watched via Zoom. Please register by clicking on one of the two following links:




Introductory address

  • Ambassador Luca Gori, Italian Embassy in Serbia
  • Roberto Cincotta, Director of the Institute of Italian Culture in Belgrade
  • Europe Union delegation in Serbia (tbc)
  • Andrea Cascone, Head of the Unit for the Adriatic and the Balkans, MAECI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation)


  • Anna Ferro, Senior researcher at CeSPI (Center of International Political Studies)
  • Francesco Martino, OBCT (Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa)
  • Serena Epis, OBCT (Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa)


  • Teresa Albano, OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Economic Affairs Officer/ YDEAS (Young Developers and Entrepreneurs to Advance Start-ups) Project
  • Dejan Tonic, regional coordinator of the programme “Star venture”, EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)
  • Arjan Ymeri, Director of the business incubator Ofiçina in Tirana
  • Kristina Jankovic, Executive Director of the Serbia Games Association
  • Darko Subotin, Visual effects, Animation and Game Art Department, Facoltà di Arti Drammatiche, Belgrade
  • Biagio Carrano, CEO/izvrsni direktor – Eastcom Consulting
  • Nenad Durdevic, Chamber of Commerce in Belgrade
  • Sinisa Marcic, Senior Expert, Regional Cooperation Council (online)


  • Luisa Chiodi, Director of OBCT (Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa)

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