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December 12-15
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Ales Zivkovic

Soramitsu Labs
Ales Zivkovic is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Soramitsu Labs and a part time instructor at Penn State University. As the CTO, Ales is responsible for the contributions to the Iroha platform and several large-scale blockchain projects. Being in IT for more than 20 years Ales successfully cooperated on many challenging IT projects first as a member of the development group and for more than 10 years as a consultant and/or project manager. As a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) he has performed audits of mission-critical information systems in different domains including insurance, financial institutions, government and IT companies. He has been involved as a member of the expert witness team in several prominent information security fraud court cases. He successfully delivered numerous seminars and workshops on requirements engineering, software development, Java platform, project management and IT audits. Ales published over 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

Before joining Soramitsu Labs Ales was the Innovation Officer at Nova KBM, the second largest bank in Slovenia, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Innopolis University involved in the MSIT-SE program delivered in cooperation with the Carnegie Mellon University (2014-2016), professor at the University of Maribor, Slovenia (2005-2015) and a visiting professor at the Management Center Innsbruck, Austria (2005-2015), president of the Information System Auditors in Slovenia within the Slovenian Audit Institute (2009-2014 and 2017-), a member of the Supervisory Board at the Slovenian Press Agency responsible for IT technology (2010-2015) and a board member of the Slovenian Chapter of ISACA (2009-2013). He also owns SME in Slovenia.