Brainstorm Strategy presents

Thinking Ahead in Business 

Conference 2021

January 21st, 15:00 GMT


Thinking Ahead in Business Conference 2021

The Thinking Ahead In Business event is an intensive conference whose structure is thought of at the level of complexity and exigency and is addressed to executives, top managers, and entrepreneurs facing business management in an effervescent economic and social context.

This entrepreneurial education conference is about assimilating the tools and techniques and implementing actionable learning in the development of business and organisational objectives.

With these tools, our Key Note Speaker will help level the business playing field and have the capability to take the tough decisions, build a SUCCESS energy and create a realistic business plan to navigate
through the market.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

  • 15:00 – 15:15  – GABRIELA DRAGOMIR – Welcome and Brainstorm Strategy presentation
  • 15:15 – 15:30  –  Dr. SABUR KHAN – Developing an entrepreneurial mindset
  • 15:30 – 15:45 –  DR. CRISTINA CHIRIAC – Women entrepreneurs
  • 15:45 – 16:00-   ENRIKO CEKO  – Entrepreneurial actions and brainstorming
  • 16:00 – 16:15 – Dr. RIZA KADILAR – Emotionally connected leadership
  • 16:15 – 16:30 – BREAK
  • 16:30 – 16:45 – YULIA STARK – Make networks work
  • 16:45 – 17:00 – ALEKSANDER MASTILOVIC  – The future of technology – Smart technologies for innovations in smart cities
  • 17:00 – 17:15  – DR. INGRID VASILIU-FELTES – Strategic considerations for building a sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystem
  • 17:15 – 17:30  – RICK ALLEN – Story telling and resilience
  • 17:30 – 17:45  – ELNAZ SARRAF – From idea to market launch
  • 17:45 – 18:00  – Q&A and closing remarks


Strategic considerations for building a sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystem

The digital era and the post-pandemic global economic environment demand a revision and redesign of entrepreneurship ecosystems globally. We are witnessing a higher emphasis on social impact, purpose and sustainability. This keynote will highlight key strategic pillars all stakeholders need to consider when building entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Learning points
  • Key strategic pillars
  • Key drivers of success
  • Lessons learned
  • Future Directions
  • Design Thinking innovation approach,
  • How to embark on a successful digital transformation journey
  • The importance of power dynamics and ethical leadership in building ecosystems.
Enriko Ceko is Senator - W.B.A.F. Lecturer W.B.A.F. Business School, Private & Public Subjects Consultant in Albania

The World Business Angels Investment Forum (#WBAF) is an international organisation aiming to ease access to finance for businesses from start up to scale up to exit, with the ultimate goal of generating more jobs and more social justice worldwide.
Enriko has a long career in the economico-political arena, not only as a scholar and lecturer. He served as Commercial Officer helping strengthen trade relations between Albania and the UK, supervised engineering projects mandated by World Bank and acted as a translator for the US Army during the Kosovo crisis.

He is committed to collaborating globally to empower world economic development by creating innovative financial instruments for innovators, startups, and SMEs.

Topic of discussion and learning points

--> Entrepreneurial actions
Factors of production – Micro and Macro economical factors
Competitive advantage
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Brainstorming (explained by countries)
Brainstorming and other tools

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Elnaz Sarraf is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in technology, business, sales, and marketing.

Currently, Elnaz is the CEO and Founder of ROYBI; an investor-backed EdTech company focusing on early childhood education, AI, and robotics, that recently raised $4.2 million in its seed round. Elnaz is also a Board Member at the Consumer Technology Association, Small Business Council.
ROYBI is the creator of Roybi Robot, an interactive language learning, and STEM skills robot for children ages 3+. With over 500 lessons, including primary STEM, stories, games, and songs, Roybi Robot creates a fun, interactive, and personalized learning experience for children. ROYBI earned many prestigious awards and recognition, including TIME Magazine Best Invention, CNBC World's Most Promising Startups, Fast Company's World Changing Ideas (2019), the EdTech Award in Robotics (2019), the Katerva Awards in Behavioral Change (2019), and the Silicon Valley Top 30 Innovation Award (2018). ROYBI has also been featured on Forbes, NYT, Washington Post, CNET, Fox News, CNN, EdSurge, NASDAQ, VentureBeat, ABC News, and CNBC.

Before starting ROYBI, Elnaz co-founded and led a consumer electronics/IoT company, iBaby, serving as the company's President. As an immigrant and female founder, Elnaz has made worthy accomplishments in a short duration of living in the US.
Honours include being selected as Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Milestone Maker 2018, named the Woman of Influence through Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2016 and Entrepreneur of The Year in 2016 in Silicon Valley. She has been a speaker at several conferences such as the Mobile World Congress, ASU GSV Summit, Consumer Technology Association, and more.

From Idea To Market Launch
Learning points
  • Business challenges in different stages
  • Fundraising strategy early on
  • Product-market fit research and launch 
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Rick co-founded ViewLift with Ted Leonsis, and is CEO of the streaming and monetisation platform helping content companies extend their audiences in the OTT, mobile and web world, via proprietary technology and leading industry relationships.

The company turned around the “bible of the indie film world”, Indiewire, which it sold to Variety’s parent company; ViewLift began as SnagFilms, a pioneer in the digital distribution of independent films. A Red Herring Top 100 company in North America and Webby nominee, ViewLift’s investors include Mr. Leonsis, Steve and Jean Case, New Enterprise Associates, Comcast Ventures, TEGNA, and the Knight Foundation.
Rick Allen has run successful companies in nearly every form of media and technology, and helped to develop or extend some of the country’s most prestigious brands. Allen and Leonsis have produced three documentaries (Kicking It, A Fighting Chance and Lost for Life) which have screened at Sundance, Tribeca and other film festivals; aired globally in more than 65 countries by ESPN, A&E, the BBC and other channels; and won awards for their substantive messages.
Previously Allen revitalised Sporting News for Paul Allen as President and CEO, and served in the same capacities for National Geographic, responsible for 10 operating units and launching the National Geographic Channel. He also served on the Board of MapQuest through its rapid growth and ultimate IPO. Prior to National Geographic, Rick was a senior executive at the parent of the Discovery Channel, extending the company’s brand into filmed entertainment, education, technology and retail.

He also served in the White House as a Deputy Assistant to President Clinton, helping to establish AmeriCorps (the domestic Peace Corps).
Earlier, Allen was CEO of a privately-held group of 35 companies based in Los Angeles, and began as an international corporate lawyer. He has written and lectured widely, been active in civic affairs and received a number of industry honors. Allen is the co-author and co-editor of “RFK: His Words for our Times” (2018, HarperCollins; originally published by Viking Penguin as “RFK: Collected Speeches” in 1993).

Storytelling and Resilience
Learning points
  • We are all in the storytelling business
  • Sometimes the market doesn’t make sense
  • Have both audacity and humility
  • Retain your long-term objectives but be ready for quick and substantial pivots
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Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset
Learning points
  • How to develop an ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET?
  • Lifelong Learner and a Good Captain
  • Tolerant as Mountain
  • Begins from a Seed
  • ‘Durable’ as a Diamond
  • Critical & Creative Thinking Skills
  • Recognising Opportunities
  • Problem Solving and Creative Thinking
  • Risk Taking Skills
  • Hunger to achieve and Courage
  • Goal Setting
  • Prioritisation and Decision-making
  • Adaptability
  • Planing and organisation
Dr. Riza KADILAR - Global President at European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Senior Executive, Mentor, Influencer, Educator

Senior executive with leadership experience at various international banks in the UK, the Netherlands, France and Turkey, leading to a large scope of corporate and investment banking background in international markets, with a strong drive to yield results: During his tenure at Natixis the group's net banking income increased by four times, by decreasing the country risk exposure by half, without any single credit default, or any operations, reputation and compliance related headache. Flagship major projects financed generating substantial positive results for all stakeholders with a meaningful benefit to the society at large.
Dr. Kadilar has global leadership experience, leading multi cultural teams from all over the world as the president of EMCC Global. He has a dedicated focus on human capital development: 20+ years of training and coaching experience in more than 30 countries. He has completed advanced level executive coaching (AoEC) and co-active life (CTI) coaching diploma programs and he is Senior Practitioner EIA holder and creator of an accredited training program as a EQA provider.

Author of several very important titles and founder of, Energy and Climate Change Foundation (ENIVA) and
Founding chairman of China Institute Turkey (
Visiting professor and lecturer at several universities
Previously lectured in finance, and international relations.
Speaker and chairman at international conferences.
Previously Editorial board member of GTR (
Previous president of HEC Alumni in Turkey.

Specialties: Investment banking and financial advisory, executive coaching, mentoring, leadership development in digital age, FoodTech, energy finance and carbon markets, change management, corporate governance.

Emotionally Connected Leadership

Entrepreneurship is a journey, but from a lonely hero, to a collaborative adventure. In this intervention we will be talking about the updated Mandalorian effect in business leadership. From lonely, ruthless code abiding warrior to a nurturing, caring, and emotionally connected guardian who is ready to let their relations grow, flourish and fly high

President of the National Confederation for Women Entrepreneurs (CONAF) and of the National Association of Entrepreneurs (ANA)

Cristina is a successful, dedicated and passionate entrepreneur. With a PhD. in Economics from the Romanian Academy, she is a living example that optimism, will and perseverance are the greatest strengths in creating one’s own destiny and path in life.
Cristina is the definition of the successful woman, a pioneer who inspires the world with authentic stories harmoniously combined with a great dose of remarkable intelligence and entrepreneurial vision. All these are the result of vast experience in various fields of activity over time that are based on values such as humanity, integrity, ambition and self-confidence.

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Entrepreneurship is a Way to Engage Smart Technology for Innovations in Smart Cities
Learning points
  • Technology is a tool in our hands. Tech solutions are not the purpose or something nice to have nowadays.
  • We need to build trust in the ICT solution from the perspective of a broader audience
  • The final goal is Smart Society
  • Smart techs bring a lot of space for creative thinking and innovative work
  • It is always the question: what is your product unique value
  • The market must be always considered as the global
  • Entrepreneurial action is a success by its meaning – don’t be afraid to try. Life begins when we leave the comfort zone