Former President of Croatia Stjepan Mesić
Former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Hasan Muratović
Former President of Croatia Ivo Josipović
Founder and President of the Geoeconomic Forum Croatia. Dr. Jasna Plevnik is an author of several books on international relations including The Belt and Road Initiative and its implications for Southeast Europe (2016); China in the Balkans (2013) with former President of Croatia Stjepan Mesić.
China in the Balkans is in the database of the Silk Road book Project “Writing on China by Foreigners”. She is also author of The Age of Economic Diplomacy (2011) together with Stjepan Mesić, former President of Croatia (2000 -2010); The Price of the New World Order: World Challenges to National Interests (2009;) Beyond Globalization (2003) translated in Albanian as Pas globalizimit (2003). Served as an adviser to the President of Croatian Chamber of Economy Mladen Vedriš, former Deputy of Prime Minister of Croatia. Jasna was twice elected as an independent councillor in the City Council of Karlovac and the Assembly of Karlovac County. She worked as a communication manager and editor-in-chief at Jugoturbina Holding and was awarded with the Medal for Outstanding Performance. Jasna Plevnik attended as a panellist numerous forums and conferences on economic globalisation, China's global policy and was interviewed by Chinese media CCTV, Shanghai Dragon TV, Guang Ming Daily, Xinhua, China Daily and most influential media outlets in Croatia and Europe. Dr. Plevnik occasionally writes for CGTN.
Vice President of the Geoeconomic Forum. One of the founders of the Geoeconomic Forum and its President from 2004 to 2019. Was full Professor of Economics, at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb; Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics Zagreb.Minister in the Government of the Republic of Croatia (1991-1993). Director of the Institute of Economics Zagreb (1993-1999).
Member of the Executive Board of the International European Movement (1997-2000).Expert in the fields of economic theory, economic development, regional economy and economic policy.Doctor of economy (Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb); completed his postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago, USA. Baletic's mentor was Theodore William "Ted" Schultz an American economist, Nobel Laureate.
Author: Marxian Theory of Economic Crises (1965), Economic Process and Economic Theory (1972), Structural Characteristics, Growth Dynamics and Capital Formation in Croatian Economy (1977), Development of Underdeveloped Regions of Croatia (1985), Conception and Mechanisms of the Structural Adjustment Policy (1988), Croatian Economy in Transition (1999).
Vice President of Geoeconomic Forum. A Full Professor of Economic policy at Faculty of Law, Zagreb. Vice-president of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, concerned with economy (1992-1993).Minister in the Government of the Republic of Croatia (1992). President of Executive Council City of Zagreb Assembly (1990-1993).
The owner of SONDER, a company dealing with consulting, strategic planning and representation of home and foreign companies.
President of the Croatian Chamber of Economy (1993-1995).Participated in projects with OECD, ILO, World Bank, UNESCO etc. Executive Program for Leaders in Development"(1999), Harvard, USA; "Risks and Benefits of Globalisation", a seminar in Washington, Friedrich-Neumann Stiftung and Bank of America (1999); "Global Business Global Institutions - Towards a Shared Value Base For the Institutions of the Global Economy" XIX Tällberg Workshop, Sweden (1999).
Was a Head of The Institute for Occupational Safety Improvement. He finished postgraduate studies on the subject: Education of Adults in Conditions of Economic Globalisation. One of the leading Croatian experts in relations among the government, employers and unions. Was the Executive Director of the Human Resources at the Agrokor Group (2011 -2015).
Chief Secretary of SSSH-a, the largest Croatian Trade Union (1997-2000), Chief Secretary of the Industrial Democracy Centre (2000), Chairman of the Economic and Social Council Tripartite Body (2000 - 2001). Participated in many international seminars: Technical Training Program for the Societies in Transition, organized by AFL-CIO and USAID (1997); a training programme at George Meany Centre, Washington (1998); Experiences of Local Dialogue, a seminar held in Belgium (2002); Development of Institutions and National Social Dialogue, Stability Pact seminar held in Sarajevo (2003).
Full professor at the Faculty of Economy in Zagreb. From July 2002 to December 2003, served as a minister of economy in the second Cabinet of Prime Minister Ivica Račan.Was the member of Croatian Parliament in two mandates.
In Croatian parliamentary election 2007, Social Democratic Party nominated him as candidate for a Prime Minister. Was a member of the supervisory boards of Hrvatska brodogradnja - Jadranbrod, JANAF and Plinacro companies. Jurčić is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Zagreb Holding Company.
He is the President of the Croatian Economic Society since 2006.
Published three books in co-authorship: China in the Balkans, International Trade thought History and the International Economics Handbook. Regularly writes columns on current political-economic topics.
He is the winner of the first five annual awards for the Economic Analyst of the year "Gorazd Nikić", „Privredni vjesnik“ by the choice of entrepreneurs.
Professor Srdjan Kerim is an expert on international economics and foreign policy. He taught at universities in Belgrade, Hamburg, New York and Skopje. He is the author of 12 books from these areas, published in seven languages: Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, English, Chinese, Russian and Albanian.
The most important diplomatic functions: the President of the UN General Assembly(the 62nd Session) Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of SFR Yugoslavia. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia. Special envoy of the Stability Pact for South East Europe. Special envoy of UN Secretary General for Climate Change.
Dr Kerim is an expert in multilateral diplomacy. Was in charge of multilateral affairs in the UN, G-77, Non-Aligned Movement activities and OSCE. He also took part in the negotiations with EU (then EC) on the Association Agreement between Yugoslavia and EU (1989–91).
In the business world: Vice President of Copechim France. Executive Director of Media Group WAZ for Southeast Europe. Special Adviser to Borda Ecolog International.
He speaks English, French, German and several Balkan languages.
Dr Kerim received the highest decorations from Germany, Austria, Italy, Albania, Malta and the United States.
Renowned Croatian columnist and international relations analyst for Croatian and regional media outlets. After specialist training in the USA, influenced by strategist Edward N. Luttwak, he was the first to promote the idea of geoeconomy in Croatia (1992).
Field of special interest: strategy of global political planning and security. Awards: Croatian Journalist of the Year, award by Slobodna Dalmacija (1991) and Croatian Journalist of the Year, award by the Croatian Journalist Association (1991 and 1992).Member of the Executive Board of the European Journalist Association (1999-2001). Ph.D. degree in the field of information science.Author: Information is Communication (1986), Towards the Civilization of Mobile Text (1988), The Sense of Bosnia (1997), New NATO and old Geopolitics (1999), The Chaos of Hegemony (2001), War and Piece for Croatia (2002).
Radin is a graduate of the University of Chicago, UC-Berkeley and Harvard Law School and also studied at Tokyo University and Kyoto University..
He pursued opportunities linking law and his knowledge of Asia, as a head counsel for the North America of Marubeni, one of the largest Japanese general trading companies; and later as a managing director and general counsel for Asia-Pacific at two of the largest global financial institutions, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse-First Boston (’92-‘96), based in Tokyo and Hong Kong,
In 1996, Radin returned to academe, first as Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard’s Program on US-Japan Relations, at the invitation of Professor Ezra Vogel, to analyze the restructuring of Japan’s financial industry and regulatory system. Next, he returned to Harvard Law School, where he served as Associate Director of its Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) from 1996 to 2003, teaching Japanese financial law and regulation. In that capacity, he founded and lead its renowned Japan-U.S. Financial Symposium (“The Symposium on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century: An Agenda for Japan and the U.S.”) now in its 22nd year. The Symposium remains the leading bi-lateral annual forum of financial system leaders of those two countries and spawned the creation by PIFS of financial symposia that address financial relations between Europe-U.S., China-U.S., Latin-America-U.S., Russia-U.S., India-U.S. and other countries, at annual meetings.
Radin was (i) a founder and CEO of several companies and a founder and senior executive of a minerals distribution company (White Gold Mountain Partners LLC), an unprecedented business joint venture between private U.S. and North Korean interests that developed and carried on business during the years 1997 to 2002.