Slobodan Ocokoljic sees himself as a problem solving and entrepreneurial individual.
Over the last 6 years he has worked on 20 successfully implemented projects and completed 6 policy studies, 4 policy briefs, 1 training needs assessment and more than 30 project proposals.
Slobodan Ocokoljic, founder and editor of Sigma Infty – problem solving pulsar. Image by [Personal Gallery].
Also, if someone needs advice about investing or starting a business in Serbia and the Balkans, he is glad to help, having in mind his excellent understanding of business ecosystem and entrepreneurship policies in Serbia.
Slobodan likes hiking, running, and photography; these are his passions and ways to channel what’s left of my physical and creative energy after work. Running is a perfect goal setting practice and his running motto is: it’s ok to slow down, but you must never stop.
In the beginning of 2016 Mr. Ocokoljic has registered Sigma Infty enterprise under Italian laws and started working on this website and the Problem Solving Pulsar think net.
Slobodan mission is to apply scientific methods in order to improve development policies and to inform decision making and business investments.
One of my 2015 mid-November running tracks. Image by [Personal Gallery].
Slobodan also believes that every citizen should do their best to be engaged in their community. Therefore, he has always strived to be part of organisations that practice research excellence, foster innovation, and promote transparency in policy making.
Image by [Personal Gallery].
Between February 2012 and February 2014, Slobodan was a member of the CEI professional team working as a researcher and project assistant.
Image by [Personal Gallery].
Since April 2014 he is a researcher and collaborator of the Institute for Territorial Economic Development one of the leading think-tanks in the area of regional development in the Republic of Serbia.
Mr. Ocokoljic is alumni of 2012 Master CoDe Erasmus Mundus Programme; 2009 Faculty of Political Sciences; 2015 EURAC Winter School on Federalism and Governance; 2014 Forum Synergies Rural Development Gathering; 2013 Think and Link – Regional Policy Programme; 2007 International Institute for Political and Economic Studies; and 2006 Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Studies of the Belgrade Open School.
His main professional interests spread over several interconnected areas, such as startup promotion and cluster policies, green economy, territorial knowledge dynamics, sustainable urban development, and higher education policies. This is because, as experience taught him:
development solutions are often interdisciplinary, in between economics and geography and halfway between traditional and innovative science methods.
Slobodan is particularly proud of the project Development for Real: Evaluating Development Impact and Performances of Regional Development Agencies in Serbia, which he had developed and managed while working in the Centre for the European Integration.
In addition, two of his biggest professional achievements were holding a lecture Regional Policy of the European Union: What is it Good For and Does it Works at All? to the 2013 generation of students on the Future Studies Programme of the Belgrade Open School; and being a part of the working group of young researchers in the project National Policy Dialogue in Serbia 2014-2016 administered by the Institute of Economic Sciences.
the most inspiring thing of doing something is by doing it together.
Founder at Sigma Infty – problem solving pulsar