Dr Uros Merc, Founder and Chairman
Dr Uros Merc made his PhD in Electrical Engineering in the field of Solid State Physics and Quantum Mechanics. He defended his doctoral degree at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, while during his studies he spent most of the time as a visiting professor at the Institute of Solid State Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Technology, Vienna.
With a strong background in science and exceptional business track record, Dr Merc is a pioneer of the Slovenian photovoltaic (PV) industry. As a co-founder, majority shareholder and Chairman of BISOL Group, d.o.o., a multinational company involved in the solar sector with subsidiaries in the UK, Belgium, France, and Italy, he oversees international operations in more than 85 countries worldwide. Dr Merc holds direct control in 35 companies with a total yearly turnover of 80 Million Euro. 700 Million Euro worth of export of goods and services is a milestone that BISOL Group achieved under his successful leadership, listing BISOL on the chart of the biggest exporters in Slovenia. Extensive high‑level diplomatic connections that Dr Merc has established throughout the years range from state presidents and ministers to ambassadors and other high members of diplomatic delegations.
Among other recognitions for his accomplishments, Dr Merc has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2009, the Executive Manager Challenge award in 2009, and the Ruban d’Honneur award by the European Business Awards in 2010. From 2014 through 2019 he has been President of the Alumni Association at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana.
At BISOL Group, Dr Merc is the key person behind company growth and strategic development. He is the final decision maker in finance, investments, purchase, business development, business models, R&D, marketing, partner alliances, diplomacy, and others.
Marko Policnik, CEO
Marko Policnik was born in October 1976. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, where he continued with postgraduate study. Main research area was in telecommunications with an emphasis on digital processing.
As a young entrepreneur, Mr Policnik has had already a successful company startup on his record. In 2005 he joined Dr Merc on the path in the solar industry, where he started at the position of CTO. At present, Mr Policnik runs a position of BISOL Group CEO with responsibilities for: Technology, Production, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, Safety and Technical Services, Automation of Processes, Research & Development, and IT.
Dag Kralj, MBA, Member of the Board
Mr Kralj was born in February 1969. He graduated with a BA degree from Webster University (Vienna/Austria & St.Louis/USA) in 1991, after which he joined the Bank of Slovenia – a newly established central bank. He co-founded the foreign exchange reserves management department, which he also managed for two years at the end of his five-year tenure at the bank. In 1997, he was accepted to Harvard Business School, where in 1999 he became the first Slovenian to earn an MBA degree from the school.
After Harvard, Mr Kralj switched to management consulting and joined McKinsey’s London office, working mainly on strategy consulting for the financial industry. In 2002, he returned to Slovenia, worked for a few years as a project director at a leading regional M&A adviser, after which he joined a leading regional asset management company, KD Group. There he served in different capacities, from heading ambitious regional expansion efforts in SE Europe, presiding over the Board of KD Funds, to that of serving as a Director of Strategy & Development on a Group level.
Mr Kralj joined BISOL in November 2009 and his experience in finance and management complements the well-outstanding technical expertise of other Members of the Board.