300sqI am an entrepreneur, manager, trainer, speaker and experience designer that specializes in using game, play and experiental design for assessment, engagement, entertainment, motivation and development of human potential. I work primarily as a manager of the Walnut Grove Group, coordinating a core team of 10 people that manage different brands and projects within the business group. I have a background in tourism, event management, media, EU projects, government, international organisations and human resources development.

A substantial part of my life experiences comes from travelling, studying and living abroad. As a student of International relations in Ljubljana I was invited to join a one year Leadership development program in Boston, USA(1999), sponsored by the Open Society Institute. Later I finished my studies in Slovenia and moved to London, where I finished a MSc program in Politics of the World Economy (London School of Economics, 2004) and briefly worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). After returning to Slovenia I joined the Slovenian Times media team, but quickly ended up running several of my own companies (The Event Wizard, TIME OUT EVENTS, Martin Krpan Institute), working in the fields of team building, marketing, event management and tourism development. In 2007 I did a 3-month academic research on experiential approaches to marketing and event management at the Leeds Metropolitan University (Fellowship of the British Council).

I am the main author of the only Slovenian book on event management (Event Management from A to Z, Planet GV 2009). For a couple of years I lectured at the Slovenian Event Management conference and the majority of the lessons of the only Slovenian higher education program on event management (at the Faculty of Business and Commercial Studies).

Since 2013 I have been co-developing an event&educational venue (The Walnut Grove in Ljubljana) and working as project director for the TeamBuildingLab - a creative agency with an ambitious goal to produce world class edutainment solutions for the global market.  In 2016 various projects, brands and initiatives that I founded and co-founded were incorporated within the Walnut Grove Business Group.

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Contact me at:

M: +386 31 834 513

E: info@ziganovak.com



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