Meet the people behind MEETEX initiative and its organization.

Ranko Filipović
CMPA Croatian Meeting Professionals Association President
Ranko has over 25 years in meeting industry as a PCO and DMC. After spending 20 years in a large travel company, with his colleagues in 2010 he creates – a small company exclusively focused on meetings, incentives and events. Their other brand is Meeting Industry Consultants providing a wide range of consulting services in the meetings and events sector. In addition, Ranko is a co-founder of the Croatian Meeting Professionals Association (CMPA), a non-profit organization connecting meeting professionals in Croatia with the worldwide knowledge and expertise. Since its foundation in 2011, he serves on a pro bono basis, first as a vice-president, and since April 2017 as a president of CMPA. Ranko naturally holds the CCMEP - Certified Croatian Meetings and Events Professional certificate.
Adem Braco Suljić
MEETEX Co-Founder & Director

Adem's - in the region better known under the nickname Braco - extensive international career in the world of MICE lasts for 30+ years. It included executive positions in MICE support and organization companies in Croatia and Spain - taking part in events with over 20.000 participants – as well as management roles in Meeting Infrastructure projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. Adem's list of references is pretty long and counts with clients such as IOC, WB, IMF, UN, NATO, EU, EC, OSCE etc. Since 2011 he focuses on Business and Market Development, and since 2016 on Destination Marketing and B2B events management, as well as on MICE Consulting, including special niches like connections between technology, humanity and behavioral economics, naturally in MICE environment. Braco owns the license of a popular event app, he is regular and CCMEP Certified member of CMPA Croatian Meeting Professionals Association, a member of SKAL International, and is a frequent speaker at industry gatherings. In free time passionate about sailing and gastronomy

Aleksandra Uhernik Đurđek
MEETEX Content and Program Manager
Aleksandra is a Meetings and Events Consultant with more than two decades of experience in creating extraordinary meetings and special events. Aleksandra‘s professional experience is unbeatable, and she can provide great services for both corporate and association events. Having worked for many years for event management companies and DMCs, she has developed a strong ability to manage high-profile meetings and incentive programs from small to very large in size and scope. Since 2013 she is a self-employed Meetings & Events Consultant. Aleksandra is also a multilingual licensed tourist guide specialised in fam-trips and site inspections for meeting planners. Aleksandra has academic degree Master of Economics of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Economics with specialisation in tourism and hospitality industry, and lives with her husband and two children in Zagreb, Croatia. MEMBER OF: Croatian Meeting Professionals Association (CMPA), Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) , SKAL International zagreb, ZgGuides. CERTIFICATES: CCMEP - Certified Croatian Meetings and Events Professional; CIS - Certified Incentive Specialist
Debora Petrović
MEETEX Exhibitors Manager

Debora is goal-oriented, creative and resourceful sales professional, with more than 10 years of experience in hospitality industry. Debora started her hotel experience journey with Hilton where she gained very extensive knowledge in both operations and sales. Detailed know-how in all sales segments (MICE, Leisure, Corporate,) was over the years enriched by the opportunity to work with different industries and resulted in exceptional experience she uses when dealing with all kind of events.

After joining Importanne Resort, a complex that links 5 hotels and 14 meeting rooms, Debora decided to apply her knowledge exclusively in MICE segment by taking the role of Senior MICE Manager. In 2019 Debora as one of the founders, took over the role of Managing Director at tailoredAdria, an agency specialized in tailor-made MICE projects in Adriatic region.

As of April 2017, Debora serves as in the Executive Board as a Vice-President of Croatian Meeting Professionals Association. She is also a Member and Vice President of the Board at SKAL International Zagreb Chapter.

Goran Pavlović
MEETEX Hosted Buyers Manager
Goran Pavlovic works at Opatija Tourist Board as the Convention and Incentive Bureau Manager since 2008. Previously he has worked for hotel companies in Opatija on different positions in Front Office and Sales & Marketing. In his current role, Goran is promoting Opatija as a Convention destination in Croatia. Goran successfully completed ECM Summer School program in 2008 and DMAI Destination Sales Training program in 2009 so he has been designated to receive the DMAI/ECM Destination Pro certificate. Within Croatian Meeting Professionals Association (CMPA) Goran is member of the faculty on education programme for Certified Croatian Meetings & Events Professional (CCMEP). He also made a blueprint of the Croatian Congress Ambassadors programme. Since 2017 he is elected for Vice-President of the CMPA. Since 2013 Goran serves as a Board Member of the European Cities Marketing (ECM) and since 2017 he is a chairperson of the ECM Meetings Industry Steering Committee and Knowledge Group.