Areas of professional interest
innovation and technology management, industrial engineering, research and innovation communities, innovation ecosystems, virtual organizations, project management, digital ecosystems, knowledge management
Brane Semolic studied mechanical engineering, technical economics, and informatics; He holds a scientific master degree and doctorate from business informatics. He has 40 years of working experiences in different industries (machine industry, industrial engineering, IT, chemicals, household appliances, government, education), as an expert, researcher, manager, CEO, consultant and professor. He was the initiator and act as a leader of open international innovation virtual living laboratory LENS Living Lab organized by the group of ICT companies.
He acts as a part-time professor at the Cranefield College, as well as a catalyst and a senior coordinator for various research and innovation collaboration platforms, programs and projects at a national and international level. He was the initiator of the Toolmakers Technology Center of Slovenia – TECOS, co-founder, the first director and operating as president of the Council of Experts of TCS – Toolmakers Cluster of Slovenia.
He was head of the Project & Technology Management Laboratory and Institute at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty of Logistics at the University of Maribor and lectured project and technology management at the graduate and postgraduate level. He was a co-initiator of the European education program “European Master in Project Management” and a guest professor at the University of Bremen, University of Zaragoza, University of Southern Denmark, Siberian Aerospace University, etc. He is a registered assessor for the accreditation of education programs and education organizations by the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
He was the co-founder and president of the Project Management Association of Slovenia (ZPM), vice president of IPMA (International Project Management Association), chairman of the IPMA Research Management Board (2005-2012), and technical vice-chairman of ICEC (International Cost Engineering Council). Now he is the director of the IPMA & ICEC strategic alliance. Since 1997 he performs as the first assessor appointed in the IPMA 4-level certification program for assessment of project management competencies. He was a Member of Strategic Advisory Board of European Competitiveness and Innovation, as well as the president of the Slovenian Chamber of Business Services. He is a member of the PM World Today academic advisory board.
He became ICEC Distinguished International Fellow in 2008. He received the »Silver Sign« for his achievements in research, education, and collaboration with the industry from the University of Maribor. Besides this, he holds many awards from different national and international professional associations.