Finished study at EFRI and the year of completion: Finance and Banking, 2004.
Current work position: Head of the Accounting and Controlling Department at BKS Bank AG, Main Branch Croatia
"My advise to other alumni is to be curious and persistent."
1 In mid-September, you were appointed the new Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Denmark in Rijeka. What does this appointment mean to you and what tasks and responsibilities await you as an Honorary Consul?
Being appointed Honorary Consul is a great honor and privilege and a proof of recognition of personal integrity and trust. It is a continuation of the nurturing of the relationship with the Kingdom of Denmark that was started by my late father by holding that office for almost 30 years. The duties of the Honorary Consul are primarily related to providing support to Danish citizens, advice or assistance during visits to our country, as well as finding and promoting opportunities to improve relations between the Republic of Croatia and the Kingdom of Denmark.
2You work in the finance and banking sector. What attracted you to it, how did your professional path go from graduation until today?
While still a student, I got a job at Primorska bank d.d. where I had the opportunity to work in almost all departments of the bank. Given that the bank was relatively small, I had the opportunity to gain insight into the overall business of the bank, which proved to be a very valuable experience in the continuation of my career. Over time, I have specialized in risk management, particularly credit risk management. By transferring to BKS Bank AG, I worked on the development of models for credit and other risk management, the development of the ICAAP model and risk control in general. I am a certified internal auditor for banks and financial institutions, and I also held this position for a period of time. For the last few years, I have been the Head of the accounting and controlling department, where I am primarily in charge of reporting to the Croatian National Bank and reporting to the parent company, tax issues, etc.
3To what extent has studying at EFRI influenced your career choices and your current approach to work?
At the time I was enrolling in college, the major in finance and banking had just been introduced and proved to be a logical choice given the area I was interested in. The knowledge gained during my studies, especially from specialized subjects related to banking, was very useful to me in my work. In particular, a problem-solving approach.
4What part of the job would you point out as your favorite? What motivates you in your daily work?
Given the characteristics, the work I do can sometimes be monotonous and become routine. However, there are often problems that need to be solved, which is a challenge but also a departure from the routine. Successful resolution of such situations, development of a new solution, method, procedure provides the greatest business satisfaction, the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and motivation for further work.
5What would you advise to other alumni, present and future ones?