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Gordan Akrap, PhD, graduated on Zagreb Faculty of electronics and computing in 1994. In 2011 he received a PhD at the University of Zagreb, in the field of Information and Communication sciences. He was engaged in Homeland war from 1990 for what he was decorated with several medals and decorations. During his career in diplomatic and security structures of Croatia, he completed a number of professional courses, including Diplomatic Academy. He is active in research of national and regional security, intelligence and Homeland War. He is a member of editorial board of “National Security and the Future” magazine and “Croatian Philately”. He published a number of books, and papers in journals and proceedings. Founder of the Hybrid Warfare Research Institute.
Dr Tome Antičić was born in Split in 1969. He graduated in physics from the University of London, completed his masters degree at the University of Cambridge, and received his doctorate in experimental particle physics from the Johns Hopkins University. He is employed from 1997 at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute, the largest science institute in Croatia, where he worked on the NA49, ALICE, and NA61 collaborations at CERN, Geneva. He lead or took part in several FP7 and Horizon2020 projects, related to detectors, sensors, and particle physics. In 2012 he became the director of the Institute, and was reelected for the position in 2016. In August 2017 he became the State Secretary at the Ministry of Science and Education, in charge of science and EU funds. He is married and has a son.
EMIR BAHTIJAREVIĆ rođen je 1967.g. u Sinju. Odrastao je i školovao se u Zagrebu gdje je završio Pravni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu.
Odvjetnik je od 1995., a u studenom 2009. imenovan je Managing Partnerom u odvjetničkom društvu Divjak, Topić & Bahtijarević (DTB). Uvaženi je mentor interdisciplinarnih odvjetničkih timova koji podupiru poslovanje međunarodnih klijenata u sektoru nekretnina i projektnih ulaganja, s naglaskom na trgovačke centre, infrastrukturne i turističke objekte te energetske projekte koji uključuju i obnovljive izvore energije.
Dugogodišnji klijenti njegove tvrtke su međunarodni i domaći investitori, razvojne građevinske tvrtke, financijske institucije i fondovi, multinacionalne kompanije i vladina tijela za koje upravlja projektima vezanima za projektno financiranje/ nekretnine, energetiku i infrastrukturu. Član je brojnih stručnih udruženja te Upravnog odbora Hrvatske odvjetničke komore. Visoko rangiranu poziciju na tržištu odražava stalnim nagradama i „top-tier“ rangiranjem vodećih neovisnih evaluatora, uključujući Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 i IFLR1000.
Aktivno se služi engleskim i njemačkim jezikom.
Dr Damir Bekić was born in Zagreb in 1975. He graduated from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Civil Engineering, where he also acquired Master and PhD degree and where he works as Assistant Professor. His research and professional career is in the area of river hydraulics and morphology, hydrology and coastal engineering. He was involved in several research project as co-principal investigator and associate as well in the organization of international conferences and symposia. As a key-expert he is involved in many European infrastructural projects and feasibility studies. He likes music and different sport activities such as basketball, skiing, swimming and scuba diving. He is married and has two children.
Neven Bulic Ph.D. was born in the Rijeka where he finished elementary and high school. He obtained diploma engineer degree on the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. On the same institution he obtained his MSc and PhD degree.
Post-doc specialization was done at the Institute for Electrical drives and Power Electronics of the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. In 2012, he was awarded for his achievements by the company Texas Instruments with the award "Young Professional Educators Award for Excellence in Embedded Processing". He is currently employed as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering where he is also the head of the Laboratory for the Automation and Robotics. His professional interest is in the field of electrical drives and digital control systems. He is the lead scientist on the several international scientific research projects funded by the industrial partners.
He is married and father of two children.
Hrvoje Čeović, PhD, born in Slavonski Brod in 1967. Married to prof. dr. Romana Čeović, two daughters. Attended primary and first two years of secondary school in Slavonski Brod. Completed 3rd and 4th year of secondary education in USA and Belgium as exchange student. Graduated in 1991 at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb where he received Dean’s Award and Best Student Award from the University of Zagreb. Acquired Master and PhD degree in economic sciences at the Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien, Austria. Speaks English, German, French and Dutch language. In 1991. joined Voest Alpine Industrieanlagenbau Linz, Austria and as of 1992. until present day works for multinational corporation Procter & Gamble as marketing/sales manager across different geographies in Europe, Asia and Africa. Currently assumes role of Commercial Director for Central Europe.
Born in Split on February 7th 1960. Branko Cindro is the descendant of the old noble family from the 13th century. He is married and father of one child. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (electro-mechanical engineering and automation) in 1984 in Zagreb and specialized in the USSR. After graduating, he worked at the Rade Končar Institute as an anti-explosion expert. In 1990 he founded Laserplus, a private company specialized in design and desk top publishing. He has been a member of the club since its founding in 2008. He is Paul Harris fellow and he was Club President in the 2010-2011 Rotary Year.
Goran Dubravčić was born in 1979. Elementary school as well as mathematical high school he completed in the city of Samobor after which he enrolled Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb. Additional education he completed at Missouri State University where he graduated on MBA program in December of 2003. He built professional career in pharmaceutical sector through various managerial positions both in domestic and international pharmaceutical companies. From 2009 he is a team member of Altium S.A., Swiss based international company, a regional leader in distribution of analytical equipment, first as a General Manager for Croatia and now, from 2015 as a Executive Vice President of the group.
Sergio Galosic was born in 1979. in city of Zadar where completed elementary as well as high school, 1997. he entered the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb where acquired a mag. Ing degree. He started professional career in Nuclear industry in INETEC-Institute for Nuclear Technology through the various positions from the developer engineer in the R&D department responsible for development of the robotic systems for non-destructive inspection of vital components of nuclear power plants, to the CEO of the company in the period from 2012. to 2016. His professional career continues in the Klimaoprema Plc. on the position Chairman of the Board. Klimaoprema is one of the leader for complete engineering and production of cleanroom solutions (operating rooms and cleanroom in the pharmaceutical industry) as well as HVAC systems.
IVICA GRBAC, Ph.D.,graduate engineer, is a tenured full professor. He was born at Stara Sušica on 4 February 1955. At the beginning of 1978, he graduated from the Department of Wood Technology at the Faculty of Forestry in Zagreb. He obtained his Master’s Degree in 1985, and defended his doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Forestry in Zagreb in 1988. He has dedicated his scientific work and teaching activities to the issues of design, product construction, final product technology, furniture quality and to the interdisciplinary issues of healthy and restful sleep, i.e. to the remit of furniture and medicine. Over 35 years of his career as a scientist and teacher Ivica Grbac, Ph.D., published some 170 research papers and more than 490 research reports, out of which more than 170 were delivered as presentations at various conferences. His work also includes 40 studies or projects, and 3 reference books, one of which he co-authored, two chapters in a book, two university text-books – Upholstered Furniture and Bed and Health, and two text-books dealing with interdisciplinary issues of medicine and furniture. He was one of the authors of the monograph Half a Century of Teaching of Wood Technology. He also co-authored the monographs The Fir and The Beech. He was appointed Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in October 2002. Since 2008, he has been a special adviser to the Deputy Prime Ministry and Minster of Rural Development, Forestry and Water Management on forestry, hunting, and the wood and timber industry. He held the office as Vice-Dean until 30 September 2000, and on 1 October 2000 he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, University of Zagreb. He received the Josip Juraj Strossmayer Award, given by the Croatian Academy of Arts and Science, for the best research work in the field of engineering – his text-book Bed and Health, published in 2006. He received the Life Achievement Award for his contribution to the development of the wood and timber sector. He was awarded the Gold Medal for his innovation Device for Testing Moving Furniture Parts at the 14th International Innovation Exhibition –ARCA- that was held from 20 to 22 October 2016. Besides winning the Silver Medal at 2016 BRUSSELS INNOVA, the innovation received two more prizes: a medal and a certificate of merit given by the National Directorate for Scientific Research and Innovation of the Rumanian Ministry of Education and Scientific Research for the invention’s high scientific and technological level; furthermore, a medal and the Special Prize given by the Rumanian Association of Unconventional Technologies. Mr. Grbac is a member of 30 different associations. Foreign languages: German, English, Russian. He is married and has a son and a daughter. Hobby: hunting
DAVOR INĐIĆ was born in 1967, in Karlovac, Croatia. He grew up and started his education in Karlovac and continued in Zagreb where he graduated (BSc) from the School of Economics, University of Zagreb. As a Ron Brown Scholarship fellow, he received his Master degree (MBA) in finance and banking from California State University.
He started his career in Zagreb working for United Nations, Phillip Morris, after which he worked for Merrill Lynch in Oakland, California. After completion of his MBA, he joined European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. He started his EBRD work as a banker in infrastructure project finance group. He moved to the position of a Principal Banker in charge of municipal environmental infrastructure in Central and South-Eastern Europe. Between 2012-2016, he was a member of the Investment committee of the Municipal Infrastructure Development Fund. Today he works in EBRD as an Associate Director in charge of Infrastructure Portfolio for Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Romania.
Married with two daughters.
Prof. Stipislav Jadrijević, PhD, born in 1965, completed his primary and secondary education in Sinj and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb. Stipislav was a volunteer during the Homeland War, after which he specialised in general surgery and graduated from the Faculty of Science and Mathematics. Subsequently, he received a doctorate from the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. Later he continued his professional education at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne; Budapest and Berlin. He has received numerous awards, including the annual award of the City of Zagreb for achievements in medicine and the annual award of the city of Sinj. He has published several scientific papers, lectured at a series of surgical congresses in the country and abroad. He is a Croatian representative at EPAC (Eurotransplant Pancreas Advisory Committee). In addition, he is the head of gastrointestinal surgery at University Hospital Merkur and is a professor at the University of Zagreb.
Ivan Juraga, Ph.D., born in 1952, graduated at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb in 1976. He has worked at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture since 1980. He acquired a Ph.D. degree in 1994. His special field of scientific research interests and activities is targeted at the study of complex localized corrosion phenomena on stainless steels welded joints. Before starting his university career, he was a welding engineer (responsible for welding) at the:100km long section (12”) of the Slovenian gas pipeline, Oil terminal of island Krk, for the Croatian company Monting, Petro chemical complex in Arzew, Algeria, for the Croatian company Monting From 2007.to 2010. he was Director of the Center of technology transfer of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. From 2010.to 2014. he was The Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture at The University of Zagreb. Prof. Ivan Juraga with his colleagues wrote the books: Repair Welding, 1993. Defects in the Welded Joints IV ed. 2015, Corrosion and Corrosion Protection by Coatings, 2014. Married, two children, son and daughter. Languages: English, German, Croatian (native).
Domagoj Lakoš Graduated from language high school in Split and from School of Economics at the Zagreb University. After graduation left to Boston, US, where got an MBA in international marketing from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Developing professional career for several years in the US. Domagoj has worked his way up in advertising industry in Croatia since 1997. In 2007 cofounded Innovo DDB, an advertising agency making part of DDB Worldwide. Speaks English and Italian. Married, father of two.
Stjepan Lović was born in 1981 in Split. He has been a lawyer since 2007, and since 2014 he has been a Managing Partner in the Grubišić & Lović & Lalić Law Firm from Zagreb. He has extensive experience in commercial law, tax law, arbitration law, competition law and M&A transactions. He has participated in numerous projects for various domestic and foreign clients that include commercial and corporate transactions, legal due diligence procedures and M&A. He especially focuses his practice on issues relating to insolvency of companies and has experience in drafting bankruptcy plans in bankruptcy proceedings and restructuring plans in pre-bankruptcy proceedings. He is also a bankruptcy trustee. He is currently studying for a doctorate in commercial law and company law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, and is working on his doctoral dissertation in the field of arbitration. He is fluent in English language.
Ph.D. Damir Markučič is a professor in Department of Quality of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB), University of Zagreb. He is dedicated to research in the field of methods and techniques of non-destructive testing (NDT), with particular emphasis on the aspect of reliability of NDT applications and material characterization. By introducing the application of modern NDT methods and techniques, he fosters broad cooperation with other technical and non-technical areas such as chemical engineering, food technology, restoration, testing and analysis of art and archaeological artifacts. His area of interest in broader context are quality management systems, in higher education and as well in testing laboratories and inspection and certification bodies. He is a Club member from the very beginning, since the member gathering in March 2007. He propounded the name of the Club - Zagreb Medvedgrad; he was the first secretary of the Club in the Rotary years 2007-08 and 2008-09 and he was Club president in the Rotarian year 2009/2010. Profile @ Linkedin
Marin Medak was born in 1984. in Metković. He graduated high school in Ploče and then further educated in Zagreb at the University of Hospitality and Tourism.
Gathering experience as an Executive Sous chef at Lav Le Meridien hotel in Split, few years later he opened his first restaurant.
After two decades of professional cooking and working in hospitality managment he is now expanded to five outlets and leads a team of over 70 employees. Recognized as a pioneer of street food trend, established as a organizer of big catering events and a huge promoter of collaboration with small domestic farms.
At the Chamber of Craftsmen he is a chairman of the commission for the Master chef exam.
He was one of the founders of the National hospitality association and its first president, now an active member.
His big passion for all kinds of vehicles, especially old ones, transformed into a hobby.
He is married and a father of one daughter.
Assistant Professor Saša Missoni, PhD, was born in Zagreb, December 30, 1975. He graduated at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, in the field of ecology and has been working at the Institute for Anthropological Research since 2003. In the year 2011 he became the director of the Institute and was re-elected in 2015 for the following four years. During his scientific career, assistant Professor Saša Missoni has participated in and lead a number of international and national scientific projects and was a part of the organizing committee and the president of numerous international scientific conferences. His main scientific and professional interests are in the domain of biological anthropology. He is a member of many international and national professional associations. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Croatian Anthropological Association (since 2010), member of Competitiveness Cluster for Personalized Medicine (since 2016), and a member of the Governing Board of the Croatian Society of Human Genetics (since 2017). In 2017 he became the president of the International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA).
Luka Mjeda was born on December 26th, 1952. He is married and father of a daughter and a son. He was introduced to Photography in 1975 and is still fascinated by it. He received his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Zagreb in 1977 and worked in Končar Transformer Plant until 1980 when he left the Company to live as a Freelance Photographer. He was recognised as an Artist by the Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association in 1985.
In the 1980´s and 1990´s Mjeda worked for many magazines and publications (Vjesnik, Danas, Start, Studio, Banka, Bug, Playboy, Kontura, Panorama (I), L'espresso (I), Elle (I), Los Angeles Times (SAD) and later on dedicated more interest and attention to Fine Art Photography (25 one-man and over 50 juried group exhibitions).
Mjeda was awarded the Photography Award TOŠO DABAC in 2007.
Beside photography, Mjeda is also into publishing: Graphic Portfolio “Hrvatska – Venezia” (1993) and “Hrvatska – Venezia” (1995) at the Venice Biennalle; photomonograph “Luka Mjeda – B&W ZAGREB“ (2002) in the role of author, editor and publisher; photomonograph “Luka Mjeda - LUKA AND THE ARTISTS“ (2006) with portraits of 80 Croatian visual artists; photomonograph „HGK ZAGREB - BRUXELLES“; etc.
His Art is in the permanent collections of the Modern Gallery (MG), Museum of Arts and Crafts (MUO) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU) in Zagreb; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMSU) in Rijeka and in other private collections.
Mjeda was Director of the Centre for Design (within CCE) in Zagreb from 2007 until 2014.
He lives in Zagreb as a freelance Artist and also President of the Croatian Photography Center.
Vedran Mornar, PhD, is a Professor of Computer Science at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he currently teaches several graduate and undergraduate computing courses. He himself graduated and received his PhD degree in Computer Science at the same university. As a Fulbright scholar, he studied at University of Southern California, Los Angeles for an academic year. His professional interest is in application of operational research in real world information systems, database design, development and implementation. In the period from 2002 to 2006, he was the vice dean of the Faculty. Since 2006 to 2010 he was the dean. Currently he is the president of National council of higher education.
Mr.sc. Božidar Pankretić rođen je Gaju 1964. godine. Magistrirao je na Agronomskom fakultetu u Zagrebu.
Svoju stručnu karijeru započeo je u PIK-u Vrbovec. Bio je sudionik Domovinskog rata i nositelj Spomenice Domovinskog rata.
Član Hrvatske seljačke stranke je od 1992. godine. Bio je član Predsjedništva stranke, pa užeg Predsjedništva te potom član Glavnoga odbora.
Bio je dopredsjednik HSS-a i predsjednik Zagrebačke županijske organizacije HSS-a. Inicijator je osnivanja Hrvatskog seljačkog saveza. 1996. godine izabran je za podžupana Zagrebačke županije, godinu kasnije postao je zastupnik u Županijskom domu Hrvatskog državnog sabora, potom i dopredsjednik. Bio je i član Odbora za unutarnju politiku i lokalnu samoupravu.
Ministar poljoprivrede i šumarstva 2000. godine te zastupnik u saboru od 2003., a od 2007. godine ministar poljoprivrede, ribarstva i ruralnog razvoja, a od 2009. godine i potpredsjednik.
Hrvatske vlade. 2011. godine odlazi iz politike i vlade te se posvećuje OPG-u Pankretić.
Vinko Penezić (Zagreb, 1959.) is prominent Croatian architect with international references. Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb in 1982. and attended postgraduate studies in the theory of architecture in the class of prof. Ranko Radovic, Belgrade (from 1983 to 1990). Vinko Penezić and Krešimir Rogina have been working together continuously since 1979. and in 1991. established studio PENEZIĆ & ROGINA architects. They won awards six times at competitions in Japan, each time inaugurating an eminent new theme in architecture. For their first built structure of 1987, the Mladost Swimming Centre in Zagreb, they won a number of prizes and commendations.
P&R have accomplished a number of projects of diverse typologies, among which
special attention is claimed by the building of social housing buildings for the victims of the Homeland War in Vukovar and Nova Gradiška, sacral complexes in Dubrovnik and Trnje in Zagreb; kindergartens Jarun in Zagreb and Srdoči in Rijeka; commercial and entertainment center Dalmare in Šibenik; Lantern/Lighthouse of Friendship in the Japanese city of Tokamachi.
Major awards: Silver medal of the world Biennale INTERARH, Sofia, 1987.; Grand prix of the Belgrade Salon of Architecture, 1988.; 23rd Zagreb Salon of Architecture award, 1988.; Viktor Kovačić award and Bernardo Bernardi award, 1997.; Vladimir Nazor award, 2002.; City of Zagreb award, 2005.; Ranko Radović award, 2009.; HAZU award for fine arts, 2013.
P&R exibited their work extensively at home and abroad. They have participated three times at the Venice Biennale, the most prestigious architectural exhibition in the world. Five books were published in Croatia about their work. Nigel Whiteley’s study “P&R Digitalization of Reality” was the first book about Croatian architects published abroad. Penezić was the editor-in-chief of the professional magazine "Čovjek i prostor" from 1997 to 2000, and author of the column "The challenges of space" in newspaper "Vijenac" from 2001 to 2007 as well as the author of the eponymus book published in 2005. He was president of the Croatian Chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers from 2004 to 2005. Penezić founded with Rogina in 1989. the Summer School of Architecture in Grožnjan. He is visiting professor at the University American College in Skopje, and a lecturer at several Japanese universities. He was awarded with the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the image of Marko Marulić in 2001. He lives and works in Zagreb.
Zoran Primorac was born in 1969 in Zadar. He is married to Danijela Primorac, a doctor of dental medicine and father of two.
Elementary school and first two years of high school Zoran finished in Zadar. The third and the fourth year he finished in Zagreb. At the moment, Zoran is a MA candidate at the Libertas University in Zagreb, with thesis in International Affairs and Diplomacy. He also holds a Bachelor of Sports Science Degree in Sports Training & Coaching in Table Tennis from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Kinesiology.
He has been a professional table tennis player for the past 30 years. He competed at seven Olympic Games, and is a Vice Olympic Champion Men's Doubles in Seoul in 1988. Zoran holds 21 medals from World and European championships. He is a World Cup Champion Singles in 1993 and 1997. He has been awarded Sportsman of the Year Award in Croatia in 1988 and 1997.
He is a winner of the national award 'Franjo Bučar' in 1993. In 1995 Zoran received a decoration of the Order of Danica Hrvatska, with a face of Franjo Bučar for Sports.
Zoran is a Member of the ITTF and ETTU Athletes Commission and a former Vice-President of the Croatian Olympic Committee.
At the moment, Zoran is a coach and sport manager for table tennis club 'UMMC'-Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Tomica Pustišek born 1969. in Zagreb where he also finished elementary and secondary education. Graduated in 1993. at University of Zagreb, School of Economics, main subjects Finance, Banking and Insurance, while in 2002. at University of Edinburgh, Management School, acquired Executive MBA degree.
Professional career started 1989. with Zagrebačka banka d.d. Zagreb, where he was responsible for various areas, and between 2000. and 2009. served as Bank Management Board Member. During 2009. moved to Vienna where he stays until 2012. and work with Bank Austria Unicreditgroup as Executive Vice President Unicreditgroup responsible for Unicredit Group Retail banking business in Central and Eastern Europe. In the period 2012. until 2014. he is co-owner of companies Dobra vina d.o.o. and Dobar Vinski Bar d.o.o. operating in Croatia, and since 2014. is owner and director of Management Consulting Company, TP Consultum d.o.o. in Zagreb, Croatia.
Married, proud father of one daughter.
Dean Smolar is pioneer in sustainable energy, mobility and climate change in Croatia, expert in energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and green construction.
Born in Zagreb, graduated on the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, winner of Rector's awards and scholarships for gifted students. Recipient of many national and international awards for innovation. After finishing postgraduate studies in Economics and Management he enrols in a doctoral study of energy efficiency.
Dean has a professional career in national and international private and public organizations in various functions from professional to managerial. He started and led the National Energy Efficiency Authority as well as the energy sector in the national agency for energy and investments. Also, he was involved in numerus international EU-funded projects. He was engaged in drafting laws and regulatory documents (EU acquis) and national strategies and action plans in the field of energy efficiency and alternative fuels. He participated in the preparation of financial instruments for building renovation programs and energy saving verification and energy efficiency obligation schemes.
Since 2017. is acting as executive director of the Croatian branch of the international organization World green building council which is active in the field of sustainable construction, energy and mobility. Dean is also engaged in advising governmental organizations in the implementation of energy policy and is representing Croatia in EU research and development programs for energy and green construction and mobility.
He is married and proud father of one son.