Solving complex engineering
problems is our mission
HTEC is an innovation and technology R&D center that attracts top talent in Central and Eastern Europe. We partner with leading technology companies and research organizations to solve complex engineering problems and deliver deep technology solutions.
Aleksandar is a co-founder and the CEO of the HTEC Group, leading the company from its inception in 2008 to its international expansion. An entrepreneur by passion, he is responsible for driving the company’s vision and growth. After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, he started his career at the semiconductor startup Silicon Hive. When Silicon Hive was acquired by Intel, Aleksandar formed its R&D center in Serbia, which became a part of Intel’s mobile group. Nowadays, Aleksandar is living and working in San Francisco, where HTEC is headquartered and where he manages our client relationships globally. Business digitalization, corporate innovation and venture acceleration are his specialties. Additionally, he makes sure that the technology excellence of HTEC meets relevant industry domain expertise to create the disrupting digital products that support innovative business models. He is an active member at YPO Global One Chapter and also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth – ACG Silicon Valley.
Dusan is a co-founder and the President at the HTEC Group. He is responsible for the company’s corporate organization and development, while also spearheading its M&A activities. Before joining HTEC as a partner in 2010, Dusan was a Foreign Direct Investment Advisor at SIEPA (Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency) and a fund manager at the Innovation Fund in Serbia. Dusan graduated from Saint John’s University in Minnesota, where he became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2017, making him the youngest board member in the university’s more than 160 year history. Dusan holds an EMBA from Cotrugli Business School and he has invested in several technology startups. As a leader, he is a true believer in people’s capacity to grow and his main objective is to create an environment that allows each individual in the organization to develop their full potential.
Chief Operations Officer
David is the Chief Operations Officer at the HTEC Group. He’s responsible for building and managing HTEC’s corporate functions and business delivery. David helped lead the consolidation of the telecoms industry in Central and Eastern Europe, where he was building and running the leading alternative telecommunications operator in the Czech and Slovak republics at the Global TeleSystems Group. Afterwards he was responsible for strategy, sector development and sales development for one of the first pan-European network operators at Ebone Broadband Services. He was the Director of Business Development at Cable & Wireless’ £350M business unit focused on serving C&W’s largest clients worldwide in the sectors of financial services, energy, technology, media, manufacturing, and retail. He was a founder of a leading alternative telecommunications provider in the region before moving to HTEC. David was also a founding board member of the UK Corporate Venturing Association and a founding board member of the Serbian Private Equity Association, as well as a partner at StartLabs investment fund. David has a Bachelor of Science with distinction in Business Administration from California State University Sonoma, and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago. Read more about David in HTEC Features.
Director of Engineering and Delivery
Darko is the Director of Operations and Delivery at the HTEC Group. He oversees delivery and is responsible for lead conversion, customer onboarding and tech excellence. Before taking on this role, Darko was the group’s head of R&D and the leader of HTEC’s development center in Nis. Darko has a special interest in the application of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science in business digitalization, improving organizational and business process efficiency across industries with a deep specialization in IoT and Robotics. Currently, he is working on his PhD dissertation in Human-Robot Interaction Anticipation with Application in Collaborative Robotics at the University of Nis, where he teaches in the department of Control Systems and also leads the Robotics Laboratory.
Director of Growth
Niko is the Director of Growth at the HTEC Group. He is responsible for growth strategies, marketing and positioning, as well as for managing affiliate and business development partner networks. He has over 30 years of experience helping entrepreneurs and companies unlock creative potential through scaling and business growth. As a keynote speaker and MBA professor, Niko regularly shares his knowledge and experience across dozens of countries and also teaches at business schools (ESSCA, IEDC). Additionally, he works as a mentor and investor with a number of startup organizations like Seedcamp, Startup Bootcamp, Startup Slovenia, Ljubljana Technology Park, ABC Accelerator, BIC, CRANE, BAS and EBAN. In 2001, Niko built IQbator, the first private business incubator in the SEE region dedicated to building and accelerating startups with inspiration, innovation and investment. The same year he wrote the first book about Venture Capital in the SEE region. At HTEC, Niko is supercharging our growth and brand recognition. Read more about Niko in HTEC Features.
Director of People Operations
Srdjan is the Director of People Operations at HTEC. He is responsible for the recruitment, organic growth and new offices expansion, as well as the HTEC experience. Before this role, Srdjan was the Head of Hardware and Embedded Engineering at the company, where he led research initiatives in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Before joining HTEC in 2012, Srdjan was responsible for R&D at the German company LMB Soft, producing high-end medical electronics for global markets. As a true philanthropist, he has contributed to younger generations through the electronics course he managed at the Petnica Science Center, where he’s educated gifted children from 1999. He is proficient in complex DSP algorithms, custom electronics engineering, embedded systems design, software architecture, and various compliance and certifications standards – the expertise he applied in leading the MedTech startup Humeds, as the CTO.
Director of Technology Excellence
Vladimir leads our Technology Excellence Team. He is responsible for technology sophistication and standards at HTEC, as well as career path development for engineers. Together with his team, he oversees technology implementation across our customer portfolio and provides technical support for business development. Previously, Vladimir was the Head of Software Engineering, where he led multiple teams across cloud technologies, data science and Artificial Intelligence. He is an expert in complex enterprise solutions, multi-platform, high bandwidth and big data systems, data optimization and analysis and system scalability. He leverages his cross-industry experience to deliver large scale transformational products in areas such as multimedia, networking, utility, payments, social media, productivity and logistics. He believes in agile development, adaptive planning and continuous improvement with flexibility in response to continuous change.
Director of Finance
Miroslav is the Director of Finance at the HTEC Group. He’s responsible for M&A activities, corporate finance, investor relations, planning, analytics and reporting. Before joining HTEC, Miroslav spent 12 years in investment banking and was a partner at Kvantum Capital Partners, prior to founding the independent M&A and corporate finance advisory boutique Temcour Advisory. He participated in more than 50 M&A deals during that period and was actively involved in almost all consolidation activities in the SEE, including IT, pharma, retail, healthcare, telecommunication and more. Miroslav has extensive experience in deal prospecting and origination, deal structuring and execution as well as post acquisition integration. Miroslav is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Belgrade.
Chief of Staff and Portfolio Manager
Katarina is the Chief of Staff and Portfolio Manager at the HTEC Group. Besides ensuring the company’s smooth operations, Katarina is in charge of managing our account portfolio and leading a number of horizontal initiatives across departments. She joined HTEC with 13 years of experience in science, technology and innovation policy and managing development projects within international organizations. While in the government, as the science advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, Katarina worked on research sector reforms, developing research infrastructure, securing international financing and establishing the first financing instruments for innovative start-ups and business-academia collaboration. She also worked for the OECD in Paris as a policy analyst and project manager in South East Europe and was a consultant for the World Bank for almost five years, for projects in the Balkans and Sri Lanka. She is passionate about bringing out the incredible potential of Serbia and its people, which is why she returned to the country after completing her BA in Physics at Princeton University. Read more about Katarina in HTEC Features.
Head of Retail Technologies and Business Development for the UK
Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading retail technology experts and speakers, Daniel delivers keynote talks worldwide on the digitization of retail and the ever-changing customer experience. His unusual journey includes being the pioneer of in-game advertising (“Selling Mario to the admen”), the first digital advertising channel, which is now estimated to represent a marketplace of over $7bn worldwide. He developed numerous hit video game franchises, achieving retail sales of over 50 million units, and has a unique perspective on the move to experiential retail that is sought by many of the world’s best-known retailers, agencies and brands. Daniel was also the founder of Coded Futures, a creative technology advisory firm focused on the future of retail, and the co-founder and former Investment Director of ASOS Ventures, the company’s VC division. Daniel has spent over three decades as an innovator, entrepreneur, advisor and investor. He is the Head of Retail Technologies at the HTEC Group and Head of Business Development for the UK.
Business Development, Sweden
Niklas is a Business Development Manager for the HTEC Group in Sweden. He is an expert in international business development with a focus on technology and digital industries, leveraging over 20 years of experience and contacts in the global tech industry to create opportunities in Sweden and abroad. With previous experience in management consulting at Andersen Consulting and Accenture, PA Consulting Group and Ariad Consulting, where he advised global companies on business development based on new technologies, with a special focus on broadband, wireless services, connected homes, IT security and e-commerce. He led marketing and business development for Orange Sweden as well as Netcom / Tele2. Following his career in consulting, he was the head of the business unit for ICT at Invest Sweden, where he was promoting Swedish IT and Telecom technologies to international corporations for M&A and R&D establishments. Before joining HTEC, he was a senior investment advisor at Business Sweden, where he was leading a team in 10 countries that helped international tech companies find innovation and market opportunities in Sweden and the Nordics. Read more about Niklas in HTEC Features.
Business Development, Midwest USA
Andrew McGee is a Business Development Specialist in Minnesota for the HTEC Group, where he is establishing the brand presence and building client relationships with leading organizations in the area. His strong interpersonal, strategy and communication skills coupled with a “let’s make it happen” attitude has allowed him to make an impact in various institutions and brands while still early in his career. In previous engagements, he has led Marketing Coordination & Strategy for the Manova Global Health Summit, as well as time honing his skills in the Minneapolis advertising agency space. Andrew, a graduate of Saint John’s University in Minnesota, served as a Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees for the school. He is devoted to building positive connections between people and between brands, and is working to make an impact with organizations that help move the world forward. Read more about Andrew in HTEC Features.
Management Consulting Lead
Tony is a serial entrepreneur, innovator and management consultant. While a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Tony led consulting projects for both technology startups and Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Nortel, T-Mobile, Palm Computing, Sun Microsystems, EMC Storage, Dell, HP and Hitachi. Projects included corporate strategy, new market entry, channel strategy, sales and operations optimization, M&A, post-merger management and new business building. Tony has also co-founded three technology companies, in the multimedia, audio and legal tech domains. In addition to a BS in Electrical Engineering, Tony has advanced degrees in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He has done graduate work in neural networks with the aim of developing nonlinear control systems (funded by the Department of Defense and the Office of Naval Research).
Technology Strategy and VC Partnerships Advisor
Sasha is a technology expert, advisor and investor. He is currently active as an Operations Partner at Playground Global VC and helps HTEC leadership navigate through the latest technologies, while also supporting our business development initiatives, mostly towards venture-backed deep tech companies, as well as partnerships with VC and PE investors. Before Playground Global, as Senior Vice President of Engineering at Cruise Automation, an autonomous vehicle technology company owned by General Motors, Sasha guided Software and Hardware teams in achieving a leading industry position. As Vice President of Software at Nvidia, Sasha was in charge of some of the most strategic and mission critical initiatives that contributed to Nvidia becoming the undisputed leader in visual computing and AI technologies. And prior to all of this, Sasha was an early pioneer in developing and deploying speech recognition and text to speech synthesis solutions at scale. Read our interview with Sasha.
Partner and Advisor
Dan is an active philanthropist, business and social entrepreneur, and a private investor. He has founded or co-founded several successful businesses serving telecommunication firms in the US and abroad. He has also founded, or helped transform, a number of non-profit and non-governmental organizations in the US and overseas. Dan’s public sector career included stints as the manager of an election campaign; an analyst with the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; a manager with the Institute of Medicine; management consultant; the director of health planning for New York state and a health policy specialist for the Governor of West Virginia. Dan received an undergraduate degree from Saint John’s University in Minnesota, and later earned an MBA and MA from Stanford University.
Maya is a results-oriented executive business leader with more than 15 years of senior executive leadership experience. She has introduced innovative practices and change management in large global organizations. Her leadership skills have been tested in diverse environments, where she has proven her ability to conceptualize solutions to a broad spectrum of management challenges. As a successful business leader, she held an EVP position for Marvell’s networking and wireless semiconductor products and solutions, previously holding several VP positions at Ericsson in Scandinavia and California. Maya was a member of the Board of Directors for Ericsson Finland and Ericsson Germany. Currently, she is a Board member of the Watermark organization, Telecom Council and ACG Silicon Valley, as well as a business developer at the HTEC Group, where she helps with business strategy and development. Read our interview with Maya.