Networking Event

We are excited to see you at the ninth annual forum on October 1, 2022 in New York City. Please see below for details:

Friday, September 30

Optional Pre-Forum Networking

8:00 pm 

Location: Mojave 22-36 31st St. Queens, NY 11105

Saturday, October 1

Optional Networking Brunch

10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Location: Avenue Cafe 35-27 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Location: 3525 30th Ave Suite 302, Astoria, NY 11103

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | Welcome & BAPA Overview 

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm |Scholarship Presentation 

o Tajra Karabasic | Student at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia 

o Hajrudin Muhic |Student at Berklee College of Music 

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm | Industry Breakout 

1:20 pm - 1:30 pm | Break 

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm | Scholarship Presentation 

o Selma Cemerlic | Student at University of Delaware 

o Azra Tokovic | Student at University of Michigan Ross School of Business 

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm |Keynote Speaker, Alema Galijatovic Idrizbegovic, Vice President of Nonclinical Drug Safety Department at Merck & Co. 

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Piano performance by scholarship recipient Hajrudin Muhic ● 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Keynote Speaker Hanka Grabovica, Certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team 

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Breakout Session & Conclusion

Optional Informal Networking Dinner

8:00 pm

Location: TRUVA Café & Grill Location: 22-41 31st St. Queens, NY 11105

Sunday, October 2

Location: 3525 30th Ave Suite 302, Astoria, NY 11103

10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Taking Ownership of Bosnia

○ Coffee & Chat with guest Erol Avdovic, United Nations Diplomatic Correspondent.

12:00 pm| Group breakouts for sightseeing at noon


Preferred Hotel Information

You are welcome to book lodging at a location that works best for you or at the preferred hotel.  

Courtyard by Marriott Long Island City

9-15 Queens Plaza N, Queens, NY 11101

Registration for the forum is closed. We have reached capacity. 



Alema Galijatovic Idrizbegovic

Alema Galijatovic Idrizbegovic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia. In 1991, she came to the United
States as a high school exchange student in Gallatin, Tennessee. She then obtained a B.S. in
Chemistry and Biochemistry and graduated from the Honors Program at the College of
Charleston in 1996. In 2001, Alema received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Medical
University of South Carolina, receiving an outstanding graduate student award at the
completion of her doctoral work. Subsequently, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at
the University of California, San Diego, where she was also a recipient of the Tobacco-Related
Disease Research Fellowship. In 2003, with a passion for drug discovery and development, Alema started her career as a Senior Research Biochemist in Nonclinical Drug Safety at Merck & Co., where she held several positions, leading to her most recent post as the Vice President of the Nonclinical Drug Safety Department.

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Hanka Grabovica

Hanka was born in Gorazde, Bosnia. In 2001, she came to Utica, New York and still resides
there. She obtained a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Science, with a minor in Child Education and an
E.S.L. professional certification from Syracuse University/Utica College. She then received her
M.A. in Education Leadership. She has been an educator for over 14 years in both traditional
and charter public schools, as well as an adjunct professor at the Mohawk Valley Community
College. She serves her time on several Boards of Directors including The United Way of Mohawk Valley, Municipal Housing, WCNY/PBS, and is a member of the NAACP. She’s an ambassador for What’s Upstate New York and president of the Bosnian American Community Association (BACA). As a certified trainer, coach, and speaker in leadership, she serves her community through these various organizations and the John Maxwell team. She finds fulfillment in bringing value to others through growth and transformation.

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