About IEDC Leadership

IEDC-Bled School of Management a centre of excellence and a major meeting point for the exchange of ideas and for exploration of best management practices in the Region.

Dean & President

danica-purgProfessor Danica Purg is the President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia, and the President of CEEMAN, the international  association for management development in dynamic societies, which brings together  210 management development institutions from 54 countries. She is also leading the European Leadership Centre (ELC).

IEDC Supervisory Board

Initially composed of prominent representatives of the Slovenian business community, the Supervisory Board has been steadily expanded to include representatives of the international business community, as well as academia. Current Members of the Supervisory Board:

  • President: Dr. Erhard Busek, Chairman of Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Austria 
  • Vice President: Prof. Derek F. Abell, Professor Emeritus, ESMT - European School of Management and Technology, Germany
  • Mr. Franjo Bobinac, Vice President, Hisense International
  • Mr. Sandi Češko, President, Studio Moderna Group, Slovenia
  • Mr. Domagoj Gorički, Managing Director, Pharmamed Mado, Slovenia
  • Dr. Riccardo Illy, President, Polo del Gusto, Italy
  • Mr. Ranko Jelača, Executive Vice President, Better
  • Mr. Zooullis Mina, General Manager, Pivovarna Laško Union d.o.o.
  • Ms. Irma Gubanec, Member of the Board, Luka Koper
  • Mr. Janez Škrabec, President, Riko Group, Slovenia
  • Mr. Klemen Šešok, Managing Director, Taxgroup, Slovenia


IEDC International Advisory Board

IEDC International Advisory Board (IAB) with the task to sustain and support the activities of the school and offer its expertise on strategically important issues. Members of the Board are renowned experts in business and education and their advice is highly regarded. 

  • Chairman: Mr. Janez Škrabec, President of the IAB; President, Riko Group, Slovenia
  • Mrs. Maria Anselmi, Group Director Operational Excellence Program, Bisnode D&B Schweiz AG, Switzerland
  • Mr. Gokhan Bozkurt, CEO, NUH Cimento Sanayi A.S., Turkey
  • Mr. Amer Bukvić, Director, Bosnia Bank International (BBI), Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Mr. Shahin Lauritzen, CEO, Co-founder Spondeo Group SA - ‎Holodia, Switzerland
  • Mr. Miroslav Miletić, Advisor to the President, Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Mr. Ali Pandir, President of the Corporate Governance Association, Turkey
  • Dr. Stojan Pelko, Director, Korpus, d.o.o., Slovenia
  • Mr. Jo Ritzen, former Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences, the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Dr. h.c. Hermann Simon, Chairman, Simon-Kucher&Partners, Germany
  • Senator Dr. h.c. Horst Weitzmann, Managing Partner NDW Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Badische Stahlwerke GmbH, Germany 


IEDC International Advisory Board - HR Platform

  • Mr. Thomas Belker, CEO of PRECIRE Technologies GmbH, Germany
  • Dr. Klaus Niedl, Global HR Director, NOVOMATIC AG, Austria
  • Ms. Branka Skaramuča, Senior Vice President HR, Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany
  • Mr. Nikos Sofronas, Managing Director, Insurance Institute of Greece, Greece
  • Mr. Jörg Blunder, ‎Vice President Organizational Culture, Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH, Germany


IEDC Art Advisory Council

IEDC has been actively developing a creative environment where the art and craft of management and leadership can be optimally taught and learned. The Art Advisory Council assures that the idea of promoting business as an activity based on a broader humanistic texture, like arts and culture, is continuously implemented, giving additional meaning to management and leadership.Current Members of the Art Advisory Council:

  • Ms. Lilijana Stepančič
  • Prof. Arnold Walravens, Faculty Member, IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia


Student Council

IEDC postgraduate students have their representatives in the Student Council (SC). This body has 5 members. Members of  SC take part in the Academic Assembly where they represent the voice of their class mates. They are furthermore respectively members of other bodies of IEDC Faculty (Senate, Postgraduate Studies and Quality Commission, Management Board)


IEDC Honorary Professorship and Doctor Honoris Causa Recipients

The Faculty for Postgraduate Studies at IEDC has conferred academic Honorary Professorship title and Doctor Honoris Causa to the following personalities:

Honorory Professorship title recipients:

  • In 2006:  Prof. Derek Abell, Prof. Jim Ellert, Dr. Peter Kraljič, Prof. Jean-Pierre Lehmann and Prof. Hellmut Schütte, for their contribution to the development of the IEDC
  • In 2011: Mr. Juan Serrano,  for his outstanding teaching and contribution to integration of knowledge and leadership development.


Doctor Honoris Causa recipients:

  • In 2007: Dr. Ichak Adizes, Dr. Erhard Busek, Prof. Aleksandra Kornhauser Frazer, for their contribution to creating and integrating of knowledge and leadership development for a better world
  • In 2008: Mr. Janez Stanovnik and Mr. Horst Weitzmann, for their reputation as highly respected people in their environment, their moral standing and care for the society at large
  • In 2009: Prof. Herman Simon, for his pleading for a more intensive and meaningful dialogue between business leaders, economists and politicians and thus for a sustainable development of the society at large
  • In 2010: Prof. Nancy J. Adler, for her outstanding contribution to the global leadership development.
  • In 2011: Prof. Edgar Schein and Prof. Manfred Kets de Vries, for their outstanding contribution to creation and integration of knowledge and leadership development for a better world.
  • In 2012: Prof. Jonathan Story, Emeritus, Internationl Political Economy, INSEAD; The Shell Fellow in Economic Transformation, Emeritus
  • In 2013: Dr. Peter Kraljič, Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Co
  • In 2014: Dr. Randy Kudar, Emeritus, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • In 2015: Prof. Jim Ellert, Emeritus, IMD Lausanne, Switzerland and Honorary Professor, IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia
  • In 2016: Prof. Derek Abell, ESMT-European School of Management and Technology, Germany


  • In 2018: Mr. Riccardo Illy, for his outstanding contributions as a practicing manager and leader, and for his long-term support for the integration of management education and research with the world of practice. Mr. Janez Škrabec for his outstanding contributions as a practicing manager and leader, and for his long-term support for the integration of management education and research with the world of practice.
  • In 2019: Mr. Gazmend Haxhia for his outstanding contributions as a practicing manager and leader, and for his long-term support for the integration of management education and research with the world of practice.

Accreditations of the School