Auto@2030 Automotive industry future Megatrends convention

Auto@2030 Adria Unique automotive convention about future megatrends

Shifting customer expectations, new mobility offerings, and technological advances such as digitization, vehicle connectivity, and electrification are driving the transformation of automotive retail at an unprecedented speed and magnitude, radically changing the status quo. The current COVID-19 situation is further accelerating the ongoing transformation and leapfrogging the adoption of digitally enabled car buying and online sales models. Moreover, the current crisis raises the cost consciousness of OEMs and dealers and facilitates critical decisions on further outlet consolidation, leaner retail formats, direct customer access, and alternative sales models. 

Auto@2030 Adria Convention will speak about the megatrends affecting the automotive industry in years to come. As there are differences in current development stages in between markets, the aim of the convention is to compare the situation in developed European markets (focus UK) with the Adria region. Auto@2030 is organized as a platform of knowledge bringing together leading European and regional speakers that would add value to convention and bring more clarity on how to re-organize automotive business in years to come.



Time: 17.06.2021, 10am-2pm
Location: City plaza, Zagreb, Croatia

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Savska cesta 106
10000 Zagreb

Journalist applications by e-mail to: auto2030@ssbm.ch. When registering, please state the name and surname of the journalist, the editorial office, the e-mail address of the journalist and the mobile phone number.

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Agenda – June 17, 2021

10:00-11:00  Openning and introduction – Ivana Nobilo,PhD, Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva (SSBM)

Keynote automotive megatrends – Damir Gavran, SSBM


Electrification, electric vehicles (EV), European landscape and trends – Darin Janković, JATO Dynamics

European digital trends and Insights for EVs – Patrick Fuller, Sophus3 (Zoom live)

EVs in Croatia – Tomislav Miletić, Emil Frey, Mato Pavličević, Quattroruote Croatia


11:00-11:40  Why 2/3 of customers in Norway choose EVs? – Bernt G. Jessen, Kaluna Nordic (video)

How dealers business because of EVs is changed? – Andreas Barchetti, Barchetti Group and EURODA, Darren Bradford, Drayton Motors Kia, Emil Kukolja, AVAG Holding SE, Goran Vinovrški, Ford Croatia, Krešimir Bago, Toyota Croatia, Vladimir Lipovac, Porsche Croatia – Audi (video)


Panel 1Trends, legislation, infrastructure, government subsidies

Moderator: Sandra Mikulčić, Večernji list

Hrvoje Prpić, EV drivers association „Strujni krug“

Filip Brkljača, Croatian Telecom and representative of the American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia

The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund (invited)

Matko Jović, Kamion & Bus and ZE mobility


Best practice from UK – EV subscription sales, Rui Ferreira, onto (Zoom video)


11:40-12:00 Panel 2 – How EVs change business of importers and dealers?

Moderator: Mato Pavličević, Quattroruote Croatia

Ivo Ivančević, Porsche Croatia

Petar Nevistić, Renault Nissan Croatia

Domagoj Burić, Hyundai Croatia


12:00-12:20  Break


12:20-12:30  Keynote selling online trends – Dr. Christian Richter, Google (Zoom live)


12:30-13:00  Platform online sales – Sepi Arani, carwow (Zoom), Denis Tepša, Neostar 


13:00-13:40  Banking and insurance industry digital transformation – Mario Žižek, Addiko Bank, Ana Zovko, Croatia Insurance


Dealers sites online sales – Nick White, Sophus3, Janek Prümmel, Modera (video)


13:40-14:00  Panel 3 – Business future model – digital car sales, financing and insurance cooperation.

Moderator: Darin Janković, JATO Dynamics

Damir Domitran, Opel at WAE C

Robert Vučković, Croatia Insurance

Mario Žižek, Addiko Bank

Dean Torti, Daimler AG, Star Import


14:00-14:05  Closing words – Ivana Nobilo, PhD and Damir Gavran, SSBM

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Dr. Christian Richter

Director Global Automotive at Google

Mario Zizek

Started his career in 1998 and among other things, he was responsible for retail banking, customer relationship management and alternative channels, private banking, and sales management in corporate banking.

CEO at Addiko Bank Croatia

Rui Ferreira

Sales, marketing, and business development senior executive with broad wholesale & retail automotive experience (+25 years). Proven record delivering results by developing and implementing new and innovative business strategies to leverage changing market conditions. Onto is an all-inclusive, hassle-free solution for driving an electric car. You get all the benefits of car ownership without the long term commitment.

Chief Commercial Officer at Onto

Robert Vuckovic

Throughout his career, Robert has built knowledge, experience, and competencies in the field of finance and sales honing his managerial skills, coordinating sales operations, and implementing sales techniques that allow a business to consistently hit, and even surpass, its sales targets.

Board Member at Croatia Insurance Ltd. 

Nick White

Experienced sales / commercial director in global software, SaaS, and consultancy mainly in the automotive industry. Many years managing sales, marketing, and operational departments. Sophus3 is a global leader in understanding car buyer behaviour online. It tracks more than 100 million user interactions a month across 25 automotive brands and dozens of other automotive websites to help its clients to make better decisions on product development and marketing spend. 

Commercial Director at Sophus3

Tomislav Miletic

A senior board-level executive, with more than 20 years of demonstrated international experience working in the automotive industry. Strong operations professional with a Master’s focused in International trade and marketing from ESCE Paris.

Managing Director for Peugeot/Citroen at Emil Frey

Patrick Fuller

Twenty years’ experience of digital product creation, including P&L responsibility for market-leading automotive brands at Haymarket Media Group. Led acquisition of car social platform PistonHeads, the UK’s biggest independent community for men. Drives an electric car. Sophus3 is a global leader in understanding car buyer behavior online. It tracks more than 100 million user interactions a month across 25 automotive brands and dozens of other automotive websites to help its clients to make better decisions on product development and marketing spend. 

Head of Insights at Sophus3

Ana Zovko

Ana Zovko leads projects of digital business transformation and improvement of the user experience, as well as the development of innovative digital offers for clients.

Chief Digital Officer at Croatia Insurance Ltd.

Sepi Arani

Sepi Arani is leading the commercial proposition spanning: media, data, and partnerships for the UK’s largest new car marketplace. Prior to carwow Arani held both international and UK roles for VW and Audi across strategy, digital, and future mobility. Carwow is a UK-based platform for buying new and used cars from franchised dealers. It uses the reverse marketplace model to remove the need for buyers to negotiate with car sellers. Users choose the car they would like to buy, along with the various specifications and features, then receive offers directly from dealers. 

Media & Commercial Director, carwow

Damir Gavran

European Automotive executive with experience in customers experience, digital, marketing and sales. Long experience in leading teams in international matrix organizations. Strong record of innovations and Global best practices in digital and CRM.
Lately member of faculty team at Swiss School of Business and management, lecturing Digital transformations and innovations to MBA students.

Faculty at SSBM & CX Innovation at Hyundai Motors Europe

Andreas Barchetti

Member of the third generation of the Barchetti family to run the business. The Group Barchetti represents 17 automotive brands in 40 locations with 500+ employees. President of EURODA which represents the interests of around 1,600 Opel and Vauxhall dealers across Europe.

CEO and Owner at Gruppo Barchetti and Chairman of EURODA 

Ivo Ivancevic

The director and member of the Management Board of Porsche Croatia, he started his career in legal profession but in 2000 he decided to switch to a completely different world, to his passion – the automotive industry. 

Director at Porsche Croatia, general importer for VW/Audi/SEAT/SKODA



Janek Prümmel

Automotive CRM & Sales enthusiast on a journey to help car dealerships to embrace new technologies…websites, eCommerce portals, mobile Sales & CRM solutions, Showroom digitalization solutions, VR. Modera deals with Automotive CRM and Dealer Software for the Automobile Industry.

Partner and General Manager at Modera

Dean Torti

Marketing executive senior with broad wholesale automotive experience (20+ years) from volume to various premium brands. Gearhead and car nut that made passion into profession.

Head of Marketing and PR at Star Import for Daimler AG

Damir Domitran

Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Strong business development always above target and focus on the customer. 

Country Director Opel at WAE C


Darren Bradford

An exceptional leader with extensive experience in the Motor Industry and the ability to build highly motivated teams focused on achieving revenue goals and high levels of customer satisfaction.

Managing Director at Drayton Motors Kia

Petar Nevistic

Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Strong professional with a Master of Business Administration focused in Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies from United Business Institutes, Brussels.

Sales and Operations Director at Renault Nissan Croatia

Domagoj Buric

Since the beginning of his career for the past 18 years, he has worked in almost all business segments related to the automotive industry for the world’s leading brands Iveco, DAF Trucks, BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar, Ford, and Infiniti. For authorized concessionaires and importers for the territory of the Republic of Croatia, Domagoj worked in various positions, from the service manager, after-sales director, technical director, sales director to general manager. Since 2017, he has been the Director of the Hyundai brand and a member of the Management Board of Hyundai Croatia.

Country Manager at Hyundai Croatia

Goran Vinovrski

Goran Vinovrski started his career as a professional athlete. But later decided to get into the business world and since 2005 into the car industry. 

Country Manager Ford Croatia at Grand Dalewest

Filip Brkljaca

Filip is a graduated Road Engineer and a university specialist in Urban Transport (the topic of the final thesis of the postgraduate study: Selection of Electric Vehicles for Public Urban Passenger Transport) with more than 10 years of professional experience. He is currently employed by Hrvatski Telekom as the Head of e-Mobility Business Development. He previously worked in the company Rimac automobili d.o.o. as a Homologation Specialist, who is familiar with all components of electric vehicles and the standards applicable to them. He has experience working in Brussels and representing the EU automotive industry in the EU Commission and the UN, and he has previously worked as a consultant for EU funds in the preparation of feasibility studies for public transport and electromobility projects. In addition, he has participated in the implementation of a large number of energy efficiency transport projects during his many years of work in the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency.

Croatian Telecom, E-mobility Product owner and representative of the Environment and Energy Efficiency Committee, American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia

Bernt G. Jessen

Former Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors Norway, Opel Norway, Valvoline Oil Norway and Nordic Auto supply Sweden.

Automotive industry executive available for advisory boards and Management for hire. Bernt G. Jessen is a senior executive with extensive experience from automotive business.

Partner and advisor, Kaluna Nordic – Chairman Of the Board, Nymo Bil

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Sandra Mikulcic

Journalist and editor of AutoStyle magazine Večernji list. In a world that men are convinced belongs to them for more than 20 years, Sandra has been following developments in the car market. She carefully reviews every new car and the technology built into it. It analyzes the safety situation on Croatian roads and the readiness of our society to embrace advanced technology and new trends.

Journalist and editor of AutoStyle Vecernji list 

Darin Jankovic

Over 25 years of experience in the automotive business, first as car journalist (ex editor-in-chief of the Croatian edition of Auto Motor und Sport magazine) and now for over 15 years as Country Manager for JATO Dynamics, world-leading automotive data supplier. 

Country manager for Jato Dynamics 

Matko Jovic

Editor in Chief of Kamion&Bus and ZE mobility

Mato Pavlicevic

Director Quattroruote Hrvatska – all local editions of Editoriale Domus



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Addiko Bank Croatia

Croatia Insurance Ltd.

Emil Frey

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American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia





Sophus 3


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Thank you for participation and help:

Gruppo Barchetti
Drayton Motors Kia
Wallis Adria – Jaguar, Land Rover and Opel importer for Croatia
Renault Nissan Adria – Renault, Nissan and Dacia importer
Porsche Croatia d.o.o. – VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi general importer
Grand Dalewest – Hyundai and Ford importer for Croatia
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