Name: Danka

Surname: Milojkovic

Organization: Cluster House

Type of organization: Program on clusters & competitiveness / Cluster region & community / network & alliance of clusters

Country: Serbia

Short bio:

Director of the Cluster House, non-governmental and non-for-profit business development organization for cluster-based economic development with the biggest platform for clusters collaboration in the Balkan and Black Sea Region, based in Serbia.

PhD in economics science from University of Nis Serbia, scientific area: Application of mathematical methods in cluster development projects. Specialized in the field of local economic development at ITC/ILO Torino, Italy (2009) and sustainable cluster development in countries in transition at the Danish Programme LEDIB (2007/12)

Long-time cooperation with economic development programs in the Balkans supported by international organizations.

Training, coaching and mentoring expertise in the following area: project management; strategic management; entrepreneurship & start up business; economic development based on cluster concept and business incubation; corporative culture; event management, CRM and TQM.

Leading author of the “Cluster House Model for economic development in the Balkans” primarily based on cluster-based cross border cooperation programmes and internationalisation of the clusters cooperation.

Since 2012 initiator and coordinator of the "Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Network".

Since 2010 author, project manager and co-chairman of the Balkan and Black Sea conference “Days of Clusters“.

Author and editor of the "INFOCLUSTER" journal in the Balkan and Black Sea Region.

The first president of the Council of Clusters of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2011-2015).

Since 2014 director of the Global TCI Network BoD Barcelona Spain responsible for cluster-based economic development in the SE Europe.

National award “Success flower 2012 for the most successful women entrepreneurs in Serbia” for special contribution to women entrepreneurship affirmation in South Eastern Serbia by Serbian Business Women Association.

Prestige national award “Captain Misa Anastasijevic“ for special contribution to entrepreneurship, cluster initiation and networking in Serbia and in the Balkans, by MEDIAINVENT supported by Novi Sad University and Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Novi Sad (April 2016)


Experiences & capabilities

Type of activities that best describe my current responsabilities: Lead organisation, set strategy and action agenda, design programs and policies .

I have been active in economic development for: over 15 years.

I have experience with the following economic development-related tools: Regional economic analysis , Cluster analysis , Benchmarking , Evaluation , Project management, Facilitation , Training , Mentoring, Coaching.

I have experience with the following economic development-related topics: Internationalization , Investment attraction , Innovation, R&D , Workforce development , SME upgrading , Location/cluster/marketing/branding/communications , Emerging clusters , Capacity building , Economic development in emerging/developing economies .

I have worked in the following world regions: Europe, Asia, Africa.

I have worked in the following industries: Agro-Food , Business & Financial Services , Construction (incl. equipment) , Energy , Health Care/Medical Devices , Media , Printing , Textile , Tourism , Wood, Paper, Furniture.

I am fluent (to high proficient) in the following languages: English .

I am interested in: Participating in joint programs/cooperation projects , Doing peer reviews of programs/policies/initiatives , Consulting , Being part of a publication as an author, Being a speaker, Job offers .