AFS 2024 Speakers

Danica Purg

President of IEDC-Bled School of Management

Speaker - 70 Years-On Conversations on Tuesday, 13 September 2022 | 11.30-13.30 & 14.30-16.30

Professor Danica Purg is President of IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia, and President of CEEMAN, the International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies. She is also President of Alliance of Management Development Associations in Rising Economies, co-founded by CEEMAN, to accelerate the growth of relevant and excellent management education in the global markets that need it most.

Danica Purg is a professor of leadership at IEDC. She authored and co-authored several books and numerous articles on leadership issues. Her research focuses on looking for inspirations for managers from art and other professions and she is the holder of the Chair for Creativity and Innovation at IEDC, the school that she founded in 1986 and which is designed as an art gallery and a place where leaders come to learn and reflect.

She has three Doctor Honoris Causa titles and two honorary professorship titles and is a frequent guest speaker at universities around the world and international conferences. From December 2019 to June 2020 Prof. Purg served as the Acting Chair of the PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education) Steering Committee and successfully completed the task to transform PRME.

Prof. Purg has received numerous national and international awards for her outstanding achievements in the field of international business education. The President of the Republic of Slovenia awarded her with the Honorary Order of Freedom for her contribution to management development in Slovenia and Central and Eastern Europe. In 2010, she received the International Educator of the Year Award by the Academy of International Business (AIB) for her outstanding achievements in international business education. In December 2018, she received the highest French order of merit “National Order of the Legion of Honour” for her dedication and support in strengthening bilateral relations among France and Slovenia, especially in the field of management education and in July 2022 she was awarded the honorary order of Brazil “Rio Branco Order” for her significant contribution to strengthening international cooperation and friendship between the two countries, Slovenia and Brazil.

Danica Purg