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Prodirekt and Verbalisti Support the Manifestation “May – a Math month in Serbia”

Verbalisti, matematika i Maj mesec matematikeBelgrade, Serbia – April 25, 2012 – The Centre for the Promotion of Science and the Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts held the press conference, regarding the science-popular manifestation “May – a math month in Serbia”  to be organised in Belgrade and 15 other cities in Serbia.

The communication and language network Verbalisti, owned by Prodirekt, gladly accepted the invitation to support this worthwhile project. Verbalisti, as one of its major media sponsors, will cover the project activities throughout Serbia and contribute towards instigating scientific curiosity and motivating Serbian citizens to take interest in science and math as much as possible.

Video: The campaign May – a math month in Serbia” (in Serbian)


Verbalisti Mark the End of the Year in Style

Pancevo, December 28, 2011 – Prodirekt and its communication network Verbalisti, together with the language school Academia, threw a New Year party to remember in the famous club Coupe on Tuesday. More than 150 guests enjoyed the entertaining program, which included the performance of the best Serbian stand-up comedians.

Jasmina Saric, Prodirekt’s Director of Educational Programs, briefly looked back at the most significant achievements of the language network Verbalisti, part of Prodirekt’s business group. Prodirekt has been the first company in Southeast Europe to be awarded the accreditation for the language education travel and Work-and-Travel program abroad by the two most important European associations – the EnglishUK and German ICEF. Ms. Saric pointed out that the language network Verbalisti, which enjoyed the support of over 120 foreign language teachers, grew into 11,000 member community. The two foreign language blogs, in Serbian and Macedonian, were promoted in 2011 (with 430 followers), and the Verbalisti YouTube channel had almost 100,000 video views in less than a year.

As the night drew to its end, there was a Christmas Bingo organized with Verbalisti’s partners, film distribution companies Taramount and Cinefest. The main prize – a free English language course went to Doroteja Urosev from Pancevo.



Verbalisti Supporting Musical Education at the Famous Regional Nisville Jazz Festival

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Belgrade, August 14th, 2011 – PRODIREKT and the language network Verbalisti have partnered with the organizers of the largest jazz festival in Southeast Europe – Nisville, with the cooperation recently extending to the possibility of musical education.

Nisville Jazz Festival poster

Nisville jazz festival

This year again, the organizers set up several performing stages within the walls of the enchanted Nis fortress, which became a great playground for the vibrant summer Festival spectacle. In the course of four days, from 11th to 14th August, the jubilant spectators had the opportunity to see the famous jazzists and celebrities, such as, the saxophone player Hans and Candy Dulfer, swing band “Jive Aces”, trumpet player Tom Harell, the guitar wizard Stanley Jordan as well as Vasil Hadzimanov and Lena Kovacevic.

As every year, the Festival has organized a free workshop for vocals and most of the jazz instruments – the piano, guitar, base, brass and wood wind instruments.

Verablisti used this unique opportunity to meet and talk to the most prominent Festival performers; their interviews can be seen at your and our Facebook site and the YouTube channel. Let’s start with the certainly most energetic, and in our opinion, visually most attractive band on the Nis stages; meet the leading British band Jive Aces:



Dejan Trpkovic about Effective Strategic Management at the OPIC Conference

Belgrade, Yugoslavia – November 6, 2002 – Dejan Trpkovic, founder of PRODIREKT, a leading management education and development company in the Balkans, and a former Regional Director of Hasbro Corp, talked about various aspects of effective strategic management at the prestigious conference, organized by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Belgrade.

As part of a three-day conference, OPIC, the Foreign Commercial Service and American Chamber of Commerce organized jointly the Business Strategies for Managers and Entrepreneurs seminar. Some of the leading senior executives in Yugoslavia were invited to address management issues that they had focused on while developing successful companies. Topics ranged from effective communication and management skills to strategic planning and human resources development.

Mr. Trpkovic addressed the following issues:

  • Requirements for the effective strategic management – what global competition is like and the kinds of strategic issues that managers in global industries have to address
  • Decisions from the standpoint of the company as a whole, and why it is important to think strategically about a company’s competitive position and future prospects
  • Strategic management for small businesses and venture capital driven enterprises
  • Sources of strategic success and failure in Southeast Europe

The business seminar also featured presentations by Miodrag Babic, President, Hemofarm Corporation, Darko Babic, Director DHL, and Hans Schrader from Southeast Europe Enterprise Development.  More than forty largest US corporations gathered for the conference, including Citibank, DHL, Motorola, Philip Morris and Oracle.

About OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation)
OPIC’s political risk insurance and financing help U.S. businesses of all sizes invest in more than 150 emerging markets and developing nations worldwide. Over the agency’s 30-year history, OPIC has supported $142 billion worth of investments that have helped developing countries to generate over $11 billion in host-government revenues and create over 673,000 host-country jobs. OPIC projects have also generated $64 billion in U.S. exports and create more than 253,000 American jobs.

Prodirekt provides strategic management and human resource consultancy services to clients ranging from large corporations to emerging growth companies in southeast Europe, across a broad range of industries and sectors. The company has earned a reputation for successfully completing the most complex management searches in the region due to Prodirekt consultants’ in-depth knowledge of specific industry sectors and years of direct senior-level experience and long-standing relationships with top leaders.