Director, GFS GoForeSight Institute, Ljubljana
ABOUT BLAŽ GOLOB
Blaž Golob is Director of GFS Institute based in Slovenia. GFS Institute (www.goforesight.eu) is a Millennium Project Node for South East Europe (www.stateofthefuture.org). He is a founder and chairman of Bled Forum on Europe established in 1996 (www.bled-forum.org) and Ljubljana Forum on Future of Cities (www.ljubljanaforum.org) founded in 2011. He became a member of EU Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship in February 2014. Mr. Golob is an expert on foresight and governance, EU affairs, digital economy and law. He co-operates with EU Institutions, different governments and city authorities, civil society and ICT & green technologies companies. He graduated at University of Ljubljana & specialized on European Law at Cambridge University. Mr. Golob was a founding director of CeGD, Center for eGovernance Development (www.cegd.eu), inaugurated by Bill Gates at Berlin leadership forum during the Slovenian EU Presidency in 2008. Together with his team he invented unique eGovernance model of 7 ePillars that was shared by 350 top experts/partners worldwide. CeGD influenced information society development in 87 different countries with the inclusion of 2.700 customers/partners. Before the EU enlargement in 2004, he worked for the European Commission, namely leading EU socio-economic think-tank Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) based in Seville (https://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu). Mr. Golob is a co-author of the EU Enlargement futures studies and author of the European Commission study-report on; Challenges for the Development of Knowledge Based Economy. Mr. Golob started his career in private sector, as an editor in GV Gospodarski vestnik; leading publishing house in Slovenia for business and legal magazines. During the negotiation process with the European Union Mr. Golob worked as a counsellor for the Government of Slovenia.
Before entering professional career Mr. Golob was an NGO leader in 1996. He was the president of the European Law Students Association – ELSA, (https://elsa.org) international board based in Brussels. Together with his team of 7 international executives, he strengthened the NGOs activities in 41 European countries, Africa, Latin America, Japan and USA. Within the New York based NGO coalition at UN, he contributed to the establishment of an International Criminal Court – ICC founded at UN Diplomatic Conference in Rome in 1998.