Supervisory Board

Primož Karpe, MSc.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2016–2020; renewed for 2020–2024

Education:

  • Obtained a master’s degree from San Diego State University (Master of Science - Business Administration - concentration Finance)
  • Graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana (majoring in Finance)

Career:

  • Director of Angler Ltd. Zagreb, Croatia (since 2015)

  • Co-founder and partner at Cedars Ltd, Ljubljana (since 2020)

  • Partner (passive - investor) of the regionally focused private equity fund Blue Sea Capital SCSp, Luxembourg (2011)

  • President of the Supervisory Board, Aroma Global 3 Ltd., Croatia (since March 2022)

  • Partner and co-founder (active) of Blue Sea Capital SCSp, Luxembourg/Zagreb (2011-2015)

  • Co-founder and the leading partner at company Vafer Ltd. (2008-2010)

  • Managing Director of M&A specialist Publikum Korpfin Ltd. (2007-2008)

  • Head of the business development (M&A) department at Telekom Slovenija Jsc. (2006-2007)

  • Assistant to the CEO of Mobitel Ltd. (2002-2006)

  • COO at Internet transaction provider Eon Ltd (2000-2002)

  • FX trader/Head of the ALM department at SKB banka d.d. (1996-2000)

Other important positions and achievements:

  • Co-founder and a partner in an independent, highly successful regionally focused private equity fund, which made its name by investing in the anti-cyclical sectors of healthcare provision, well-known food brands and pharma packaging
  • Mentor of several prospective regional start-ups and equity fundraising specialist
  • Advisory board and Investment Committee member at regional VC and regional buyout funds
  • EBRD’s Team Coordinator for the IPO pre-listing programme
  • Extensive working experience with the large institutional and Gov’t investors, including US AID (DAI) as the independent contractor

Shrenik Dhirajlal Davda, MSc.

Deputy chairman of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2019–2023, renewed for 2023–2027

Education:

  • Masters of Business Administration, INSEAD. Fontainebleau, France
  • Bachelor of Laws, London School of Economics & Political Science. London, U.K.

Career:

  • Commissioner and Board Member, Charity Commission of England & Wales. London, UK  (from 27.3.2023)
  • Lay Member of the Board of IPSO, UK (from 8. 3. 2022) 
  • Independent Member of the Supervisory Board, Ukrgasbank. Kyiv, Ukraine (2015-2023)
  • Partner, NECP LLP. London, UK (2013-)
  • CEO, Gryphon Emerging Markets Ltd. London, U.K. (2011-2013)
  • Adviser, Blackfish Capital Ltd. London, U.K (2010-2011)
  • Director, Deutsche Bank Ltd. London, U.K. (2007–2010)
  • Co-Founder, New Europe Capital Partners Ltd. London, UK
  • IB Head Baltics, Balkans, Ukraine, JP Morgan Ltd. London, UK (1989-2005)
  • Manager, Gulf International Bank Ltd London, UK (1982-1987)

André-Marc Prudent-Toccanier

Member of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2023–2027

Education:

  • Degree in Economic Sciences from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Aix-en-Provence-Marseille II. (1978)
  • Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the Institute of Political Studies of the University of Law and Political Science (“Science-Po”) of Aix-en-Provence-Marseille III. (1978)

Career:

  • Internal auditor at Société Générale (1980-1987)
  • Head of Team, mergers and acquisitions, debt financing and investments at Société Générale (1987-1994)
  • Deputy Director of the Group’s Finance Department at Société Générale (1994-2001)
  • Chief Financial Officer of International Retail Banking at Société Générale (2001-2006)
  • Vice-Chairman of the Management Board, and then, in 2010, CEO at SKB Banka Slovenia (Société Générale Group) (2006-2010)
  • CEO at SKB Banka Slovenia (Société Générale Group) (2010-2011)
  • CEO at Splitska Banka Croatia (Société Générale Group) (2011-2016)
  • First- Deputy-CEO, with specific overseeing on Strategy, Finance, Risk, Human Resources and Compliance at Rosbank Russia (Société Générale Group) (2016-2019)

Other important positions and achievements:

  • French Foreign Trade Advisor attached to France’s Ambassadors in Slovenia and Croatia during his stay in these countries.
  • Co-founder and Vice-President of the Franco-Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Industry when in Croatia; and member of the Board of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce when stationed in Russia.
  • Held several positions of non-executive Director of institutions working in banking, insurance, leasing, or specialised financing during his career in Société Générale Group.
  • Business consultant, made as sole proprietor, dedicated to small businesses from 2020 to 2022.

Mark William Lane Richards, MSc.

Member of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2019–2023, renewed for 2023–2027

Education

  • Accelerated management programme, London Business School (1995)
  • Chartered Institute of Bankers, Associate (1990)  
  • M.A. Modern History and Economics 1st class, Oxford University (1984-1987)

Career

  •  Chairman Vencap International(UK based Venture Capital focused investment firm) (since 2021)
  • Non Executive Director, Sheffield Haworth Ltd (London-based Financial services global Executive Search firm) (since 2016)
  • Non Exec Director BPL Global ( Lloyds of London insurance Broker since 2020)
  • Non Executive Director, and Chair of the Risk Committee, CIB Bank Egypt (2014-2020) 
  • Chief Executive, IPGL Ltd.(Financial services focused single family office) (2016-2018)
  • Partner and Head of Financial Services, Actis Private Equity (a major emerging markets focused private equity firm) (2005–2016)
  • Senior Executive Roles at Barclays Bank Plc. included Director Group corporate development, Strategy Director, and Chief Financial officer International Offshore Banking, originally a Corporate Banker (1987-2005)  

Cvetka Selšek

Member of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2023–2027

Education:

  • Bachelor from the Faculty of Economics, University in Zagreb (1974)

Career:

  • Siemens AG Austria, Accountancy Dept. (1974-1975)
  • Government of SR Slovenia, Committee for International Cooperation, Assistant president, Deputy president (1976-1986)
  • Member of the Government of SR Slovenia and President of the Republic Committee for International Cooperation (1986-1990)  
  • Assistant Managing Director, Deputy Managing Director and Executive Director for International Operations, SKB d.d. Ljubljana (1991-1997) 
  • Member of the Management Board, responsible for International Operations, Investment Banking and Equity Investments, SKB d.d. Ljubljana (1997-1999)
  • President of the Management Board, SKB d.d. Ljubljana (1999-2010, from 2001 within Societe Generale Group) 
  • President of the Board of Directors, SKB d.d. Ljubljana, Societe Generale Group (2010-2018) 

Other important positions and achievements:

  • Member of the World economic forum, Davos (1989-2013)
  • Member of the Business and Industry advisory Committee to the OECD (1994-2002)
  • Member and from 1998 president of the Supervisory Board of Ljubljana Stock Exchange (1997-2001)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Generali Insurance, Ljubljana (1996-2005) 
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Merkur d.d. (1996-2002) 
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Banking Association of Slovenia (1999- 2010)
  • Member of the City Council of Ljubljana (2000-2006)
  • President of the Supervisory Board of Pokojninska družba SKB, d.d. (pension company) (2001-2003)
  • Member of the Management Board of Managers Association of Slovenia (2002-2011)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Pokojninska družba A, d.d. (2003-2010) 
  • Member of the Council of the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (2004-2020)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of IEDC, Bled (international business school) (2007-2011)
  • Member of the Strategic economic council of the Government of Slovenia (2008-2011)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Managers Association of Slovenia (2011-2024)
  • Member of the Honorable Tribunal of Managers Association of Slovenia, (2020-ongoing)
    Deputy president of Directors’ Association of Slovenia (2012-ongoing) 

David Eric Simon

Member of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2016–2020; renewed for 2020–2024

Education:

  • IFS School of Finance (1974)
  • City of London College, UK (1970)

Career:

  • Chief Restructuring Officer and Advisor to the General Manager, Czech Export Bank a.s. (2013-2014)
  • Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prague (2012-2013)
  • Advisor (1994-2012), Head of Restructuring (2004-2007), Head of Central Europe Bad Debts Unit (2007 onwards) and Senior Restructuring Officer (2007-2012), Ceskoslovenska Obchodni Banka a.s.
  • Independent Banking Consultant, cooperating with USAID and EBRD (1992-1994)
  • International Banking Consultant, Morgan Grenfell & Co (1993-1994)
  • Assistant General Manager Tijari Finance Limited (wholly owned subsidiary Commercial Bank of Kuwait), (1988-1992)
  • Joint Branch Manager, Byblos Bank Sal, London (1986-1988)
  • Assistant Vice President, American Express Bank, London (1980-1986)
  • Senior Credit Analyst, Manufacturers Hanover Trust, London (1978-1980)
  • National Westminster Bank, London (1971-1977)

Verica Trstenjak, Ph.D. 

Member of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2020–2024

Education:

  • Doctor of Science (Law),  University of Ljubljana (1996)
  • Master of Law (1991)
  • Bachelor of Law (1985)

Career:

  • Professor of European Union Law at University in Ljubljana, Sigmund Freud University Vienna, University of Vienna (LLM Programme) (since 2018)
  • A member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague (since 2019)
  • Professor for European law at University of Vienna (2013-2018)
  • Member of advisory council ( arbitration) by Energy Community
  • Advocate General of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (2006-2012)
  • A judge at the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg (2004-2006)
  • A secretary general of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia (2000)
  • State Secretary at the Ministry of Science and Technology (1996-2000)
  • Head of the legal department at the Ministry of Science and Technology (1994-1996)

Islam Osama Zekry, Ph.D.

Member of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2021–2025

Education:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), International Business, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, USA  
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Financial Mathematics, Banking Performance, Westbrook University, Minnesota, USA

Career:

  • Chief Data Science Officer, Commercial International Bank, Egypt (2015-present)  
  • Business Analysis, Performance Measurement & Planning Director, Commercial International Bank, Egypt (2008-2015)
  • Head of Management Information Systems (MIS) & Analytics Team, Commercial International Bank, Egypt (2004-2008)
  • Senior Management Accountant, CIT Private Equity Global Fund, Toronto (2000-2004)
  • Financial Analyst, Merrill Lynch, Investment Advisory JV (1998-2000)
  • CIB Housing association, President of the Supervisory Board (2014-present)
  • Steering committee member in Smart Africa, an International alliance that spans across half the African continent with the purpose of accelerating sustainable data led digital transformation (2019-present)
  • Subject matter expert and contributing member in the EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force (2020-present)
  • Member of first Egyptian AI council, which is sponsored by the Egyptian president to formulate and execute EGYP AI Vision for 2030 (2020-present)

Members of the Supervisory Board,  representatives of employees

Sergeja Kočar, MSc. 

Member of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2020–2024

Education:

  • Master of Science – Faculty of Management, University of Primorska (2016)
  • Specialist in Management - Faculty of Management, University of Primorska (2006)
  • Bachelor of Organisational Management – Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University in Maribor (1999)

Career:

  • Professional Member of NLB Works Council, President of Committee for HR and Business Processes – NLB (2019-2023)
  • Senior Specialist for Enterprises, NLB Innovative Entrepreneurship Centre – NLB (2016-2019)
  • Senior Area Adviser, Procurement and CREM – NLB (2015-2016)
  • Supervisory Board Member, NLB Propria, družba za upravljanje z nepremičninami, d.o.o., Ljubljana (2012-2014)
  • Director of Procurement and CREM – NLB (2012-2015)
  • President of Training Committee – Bank Association of Slovenia (2010-2012)
  • Deputy Director of Human Resources and Head of Training Centre and Head of HR Development and Training – NLB (2008-2012)
  • Head of HR Development – NLB (2004-2008)
  • Various professional jobs in the area of HR Development and Training, International Financial Institutions and Retail Banking - NLB (1989-2003)

Tadeja Žbontar Rems, M.Sc.

Member of the Supervisory Board

Term of office: 2021–2025

Education: 
  • Master of Science – Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (2001)
  • Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Marketing) – Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (1994)
  • MBA programme Management and Organisation (majoring in Banking Management), Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (1998) 
Career:
  • Independent internal auditor in area of Regulatory Relations – NLB, Internal Audit, (2022 – till present day)
  • Head of Project Office – NLB, Strategy and Business Development (2013–2022) 
  • Head of IT Controlling – NLB, IT Shared Service Centre (2008–2013)
  • Head of Team on the project implementation of support for corporate banking in loans, collateral, letters of credit, guarantees and collections – NLB (2001–2008)
  • Head of Team on the project implementation of support for retail banking in loans and collateral – NLB (1997–2001)
  • Various expert positions in the field of loans and customer credit rating, collaborator on various projects (e.g. Data Model project, NADIS/creation of a new IT system for corporate and retail loans and deposits) – NLB, Marketing and Technology Development (1994–1997) 

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