European Economic Advisory Board

Advising the economic development of SMEs.

The European Economic Advisory Board consist of a set of personalities, who deal with the corporate issues of the SME’s in Europe regarding economic and scientific matters. Besides of scientists and personalities in business, individuals from politics, administration and media are part of the same network.

The Economic Advisory Board meets once to twice a year in Brussels and assists the IFM and its members in all questions regarding the economic development of the SME’s.

Board Chairman

Germany: Prof. Thomas Paul (CEO paul und collegen Berlin, BiTS Hochschule Berlin)


Belgium: Dr. Marcus Wenig
Director of the Representation of Brandenburg at the European Commission

Austria: Dr. Christof Zernatto
IFM Representative in Austria (former Landeshauptmann – Prime Minister – from Kärnten)

Bulgaria: Eugeniy Ivanov
IFM Representative in Bugaria (General Manager Euroconsultants S.A., AD Bulgaria)

Croatia: Mr Josip Pavlic
CEO PolyPur Green Energy d.o.o.
IFM Representative in Croatia (CEO of PolyPur Green Energy d.o.o.)

England: Jeremy Summers
IFM Representative in England (IP / Commercial Lawyer, Lewis Silkin LLP)

England: Helen Gammons
IFM – Expert for Strategic planning and business development

Estonia: Dr. William B. Simons
IFM Representative in Estonia (Attorney at Law, Arbitrator, Timmermans & Simons Int’l Business Lawyers)

Germany: Dr. Jens Bücking
Representative and founding member of the IFM Institut für den Mittelstand (Lawyer and specialist for IT law, esb Rechtsanwälte, Stuttgart)

Germany: Prof. Dr. Thomas Henschel
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (Consulting epertise for Risk Management and Business Management systems for sme’s)

Greece: Dr. Paris Kokorotsikos
IFM Representative in Greece (Chairman and CEO of Euroconsultants S.A. Griechenland)

Italy: Dr. Massimo Fontana Ros
IFM Representative in Italy (Lawyer, International business law and commercial law, Studio FONTANA ROS – Legal & Tax Advisors)

Montenegro: Blazo Saban
IFM Representative in Montenegro (Owner ICT Company “Sitexs IT Solution”, Podgorica)

Netherlands: Dr. Wim A. Timmermans
IFM Representative in Netherlands (Lawyer, Specialist for East European Economic-, Investment and Public Procurement law, Timmermans & Simons Int’l Business Lawyers)

Poland: Dr. Marta Ziolkowska
IFM Representative in Poland (Ph.D., Assistent Professor at Warsaw School of Economics, Institute of Management)

Serbia: Jasmina Pavlovic
IFM Representative in Serbia (CEO SR Investment Advisory Group)

Serbia: Prof. Darko B. Vukovic
Banking Academy Belgrade (Expert for Regional economy, Economic and regional geography, Institutional economics)

Sweden: Prof. Dr. Susanne Durst
IFM Representative in Sweden (Senior Lecturer School of Business, University of Skövde)

Switzerland: Patrick Schlessinger
IFM Representative in Switzerland (Expert for Investment Advice, Asset Management and Family Offices, FINAPORT Ltd.)

Western Balkan: Zoran Barac
IFM Representative for the Western Balkan Countries Legal support for investment projects in relation to the countries of the Western Balkan, Langhoff, Dr. Schaarschmidt & Kollegen – RA LSK)