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.

The Executive Management Team 

Danica Purg

Danica Purg

President of IEDC-Bled School of Management and the President of the Management Board of the IEDC – Bled School of Management, Postgraduate Studies

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 Drikus Kriek

Dean of IEDC – Bled School of Management, Postgraduate Studies

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: Prof. Stjepan Orešković, Owner, M+ Group, Croatia
  • Vice President: Prof. Derek F. Abell, Professor Emeritus, ESMT - European School of Management and Technology, Germany
  • Mr. Terry Curtis, Chief Financial Officer, ComTrade Group
  • Mr. Sandi Češko, Slovenia
  • Dr. Riccardo Illy, President, Polo del Gusto, Italy
  • Mr. Jože Mermal, Chairman of the Management Board, BTC d.d., Slovenia
  • Mr. Zooullis Mina, Director of Thirion Capital Ltd, Cyprus
  • Mr. Janez Škrabec, President, Riko Group, Slovenia
  • Mr. Klemen Šešok, Chief Reinvention Officer, Iskra d.o.o., 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. 

  • President: Mr. Janez Škrabec, President, Riko Group, Slovenia
  • Mrs. Maria Anselmi, Group Director Data - Dun & Bradstreet at Bisnode, Switzerland
  • Mr. Gokhan Bozkurt, CEO, NUH Cimento Sanayi A.S., Turkey
  • Mr. Amer Bukvić, Ag. Chief Product and Partnership Officer, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Saudi Arabia
  • Mr. Ranko Jelača, Marketing Director LESE zone - Lactalis Group, Slovenia
  • Mr. Shahin Lauritzen, Co-founder Spondeo Group SA - ‎Holodia, Switzerland
  • Mr. Miroslav Miletić, Serbia
  • Mr. Ali Aydin Pandir, President and CEO, Tekfen Holding A.Ş., Turkey
  • Dr. Stojan Pelko, Director, Korpus, Slovenia
  • Dr. Jo Ritzen, former Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr. h.c. Hermann Simon, Chairman, Simon-Kucher&Partners, Germany
  • Dr. h.c. Horst Weitzmann, Managing Partner NDW Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Badische Stahlwerke GmbH, Germany 
  • Prof. Jan Oosterveld, Professor of Entrepreneurship, IESE Business School, Spain
  • Mr. Thomas Belker, Private Entrepreneur, Partner to the Business, Advisor, Coach, Germany

IEDC International Advisory Board - HR Platform

  • Mr. Thomas Belker, former CEO at PRECIRE Technologies and CHRO HDI Group; Partner to the Business, Germany
  • Mr. Jörg Blunder, Director, JBL Consult, Austria
  • Dr. Klaus Niedl, Head of Group Human Resources, NOVOMATIC AG, Austria
  • Ms. Branka Skaramuča, former Senior Vice President HR, Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany
  • Mr. Nikos Sofronas, Managing Director, Insurance Institute of Greece, Greece


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, tenured Professor at UCLA, Stanford, and Columbia University, and President of Adizes Institute, USA; world famous expert on Change Management
  • In 2007: Dr. Erhard Busek, Vice-Chancellor of Austria; Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe; President of Supervisory Board, IEDC-Bled School of Management
  • In 2007: Prof. Aleksandra Kornhauser Frazer, Director of the UNESCO International Center for Chemical Studies; Professor and former Dean of Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana; Vice President of the Executive Council of the Assembly of SR Slovenia
  • In 2008: Mr. Janez Stanovnik, President of the Presidency of the Republic of Slovenia, former Deputy Secretary General at UN, Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • In 2008: Mr. Horst Weitzmann, President of Badische Stahlwerke
  • In 2008: Prof. Herman Simon, founder and Honorary Chairman of Simon-Kucher; former Professor University of Mainz, and University of Bielefeld; visiting professor at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, London Business School, INSEAD, Keio University Tokyo, and MIT; “Father” of the Hidden Champions idea
  • In 2010: Prof. Nancy J. Adler, Professor and Samuel Bronfman Chair in Management at McGill University, Montreal; the main promoter of Arts & Leadership learning methodology, the leading authority on organizational culture
  • In 2011: Prof. Edgar Schein, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • In 2011: Prof. Manfred Kets de Vries, Leader of the Coaching Institute, Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at INSEAD and Founding Director of INSEAD's Global Leadership Centre
  • In 2012: Prof. Jonathan Story, Emeritus, International Political Economy, INSEAD; The Shell Fellow in Economic Transformation, Emeritus
  • In 2013: Dr. Peter Kraljič, Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Co; Lecturer and President of the Supervisory Board at IEDC-Bled School of Management
  • In 2014: Dr. Randy Kudar, Emeritus, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada; Visiting Professor, IEDC-Bled School of Management; Honorary Professor at IEDC-Bled School of Management
  • 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 2020: Dr. Muhtar Kent, Former CEO Coca-Cola Company
  • In 2021: Prof. Pierre Casse, Leadership Chair at IEDC, and CEO of “Business Innovation Network” (BIN-Switzerland)
  • In 2021: Prof. Haris Pašović, Professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo; Film and Theatre Director; Professor at IEDC-Bled School of Management
  • In 2024: Prof. Xaiobo Wu, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Director of National Institute for Innovation Management (NIIM), Director of the Zhejiang University—Cambridge University Joint Research Center for Global Manufacturing and Innovation Management and Ruihua Institute for Innovation Management.


  • 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.
  • In 2021 to Sandi Češko, Ulrik S. Nehammer and Gregor Pilgram for their outstanding contribution as  practicing managers and leaders, and for their long-term support for the integration of management education and research with the world of practice

Accreditations of the School