Milan Veselinov

Founder and Director of CirEkon

M.Sc. in Industrial Ecology, Milan Veselinov, has been professionally involved in circular economy in Serbia ever since he returned from the Netherlands with the goal of helping responsible companies transition to better business practices and creating a positive and acceptable environment for such operations. He views the circular economy as the most logical model to achieve higher profits by delivering better products while preserving resources, society, and the environment. This field is both his professional interest and area of expertise.

Milan has worked on numerous European Union projects, as well as regional and local research and projects, in strategic, research, and business environments. He founded CirEkon, a company entirely dedicated and specialized in the transition to a responsible circular economy. He is a member of the global Circle Economy Club, the European Expert Group, the World Organization of Professionals in Industrial Ecology, and the European Network of Trainers and Coaches committed to combating climate change. Through the creation of the Academy for Circular Economy, he aims to introduce the business world in Serbia to the concept in the highest quality manner. By constantly improving services related to circular economy, he seeks to implement circularity in urban management and company operations for the benefit of the business system, society, and nature. In this regard, he has created various training formats and implementation frameworks for circularity in cities and business systems at the European level.

Milan is the ideator and leader of the Balkan Peninsula cooperation platform in the field of circular economy - Circular Economy Balkan Beacons, and the regional conference Balkans Go Circular, which modernly brings the practice of circular economy applicable to the Balkan Peninsula. He completed his master's studies in Industrial Ecology at the joint program of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Leiden University, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria.

10:00 - 10:20

Thursday 15th December

Grand Opening

  1. Milan Veselinov, Founder and Director of CirEkon, Serbia
  2. Ms Nadia Petkova, Director, Regional Network, SME Finance & Development, EBRD
15:55 - 17:15

Thursday 15th December

PANEL 2 • Collaboration as the best way for Transformation to Circular

Why is important to have an opportunity to learn about circular economy, to communicate “circularity” and to collaborate in creating a circular world – find out in our second panel from distinguished experts:

  1. Anđela Bošković, Founder of "Eko Korijen" publishing & consulting, Montenegro
  2. Ana Mitić-Radulović, Project Coordinator, UNDP Serbia
  3. Prof. dr Darko Nadić, Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University in Belgrade, Serbia
  4. Milan Veselinov, Founder and Director of CirEkon, Serbia
  5. Dr Simonida Vukadinović, Assistant Professor at Educons University Sremska Kamenica, Serbia

During this interesting panel we will discuss:

  1. Why is it important to have multi-sector cooperation for circular solutions?
  2. How can small businesses engage in circular transformation?
  3. Is there a possibility for cooperation between “small” and “big” players?
  4. How to communicate “circularity”?
  5. Are there circular economy programs at the universities in the region?
  6. Is there an interest for circular economy among students?

Balkans Go Circular offers answers!

16:20 - 17:25

Friday 16th December

CLOSING PANEL • Circular economy erases boundaries

Learn from the best:

  1. Andrei Geica, Co-Founder, Chief Policy and Impact Officer, Sporos Platform, Greece
  2. Ignacio Chanza, Ecosystem Developer for Southern Europe at EIT Climate-KIC
  3. Francesca Montevecchi,Project coordinator and environmental expert, Environment Agency Austria, Waste & Material Flow Management
  4. Aleksandra Miladinović, Western Balkan Regional Coordinator for Policy Dialog and Stakeholders Relations, SME Finance & Development, EBRD
  5. Evisi Kopliku, Expert on Competitiveness at Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)
  6. Milena Popović Martinelli, Principal Climate Strategy Delivery for Western Balkans, EBRD

The panel will be moderated by: Milan Veselinov, Founder and Director of CirEkon

Balkans Go Circular will tackle the following questions:

  1. How important is the joint progress of the region in the field of circular economy? How do regional offices harmonize or plan regional programs, initiatives, and projects?
  2. Are international projects a way to go in establishing circular business models?
  3. How important is the harmonization of regulations at the international level?
  1. What are the current leading documents and strategies that establish harmonization and synchronization of activities?
  2. What is the role of EIT Climate-KIC in the Balkan circular story?