Croatia members


Lidija Pavic Rogosic

Director at ODRAZ-Sustainable Community Development

Lidija Pavic-Rogosic is an Architect, with completed post-graduate course Practice of Social Change, at the Social Policy Department, London Metropolitan University. She is founder and director of ODRAZ-Sustainable Community Development, a Croatian CSO established in 2000 (see more at She has some thirty years of experience in the area of sustainable development and local community projects, most of them funded through EU programmes. She has many years of experience as a trainer and writer of manuals. She was also teaching sustainable development at two faculties.

She has ten years of experience at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Physical Planning in the fields of physical planning, environmental protection; development, drafting and implementation of regulations; publishing; public relations and cooperation with civil sector. For two years, she worked in local self-government in physical planning positions.

Eight years of experience in international organisations (REC, USAID/AED) – grant awarding procedures for CSOs, cooperation with diverse sectors, publishing activities.

She is a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) sinceJuly 2013, Managing Board of Croatian Rural Development Network,  Local Partnership for Employment of the City of Zagreb, Supervisory Board of the Croatian Centre for the Development of Volunteering and Social Council of City of Zagreb.

She was member of the National Council for Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection (2004 -2012). Deputy Chairman of the Council for Development of Civil Society in the mandate till 2010, member of the Monitoring committee of two IPA components – human resources development and rural development and a member of the Monitoring committee of the European Social Fund (ESF) 2007-2013.


Jesenka Ricl,

Managing director at Croatian Association of Cultural Tourism

Jesenka graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb as Master of Arts and  from the Faculty of Economics in Osijek as a University Specialist of Economy. For many years she has worked as an independent professional as a conservator-restorer of archaeological ceramics, and in 2012 she established the Croatian Association of Cultural Tourism, situated in Osijek. Since then, her field of activity is cultural tourism and creative industry, communication development and educational tourism activities, with a special emphasis on sustainable development through an integrated and holistic approach to work. In 2014 she was a laureate and winner of the EUNIC Fellowship Program for Cultural Managers. Currently, Jesenka works as a Head of the Education and Promotion Department at the Museum of Slavonia and she is the owner of RICL Counselling and Services.


Vlatka Berlan Vlahek

Urban and Business Advisor at Insula Bit; Member of Green Energy Cooperative; External Expert at Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts (Croatia)

Vlatka holds a Phd in Architecture and Urban planning. Her 25 year long experience included positions such as Head of City Development Department and Senior Associate for EU programs and funds in the city of Ivanić Grad, Croatia. Today Vlatka works as a freelance consultant in the area of urban development and redevelopment; circular economy and urban agenda, citizen participation and residential development and urban regeneration.

She has an extensive knowledge in identification of capacity building needs, design and delivery of training and capacity building activities (for both policy makers and practitioners). Through her professional experience she took part in sustainable urban development projects, practiced local governance methods and did monitoring and evaluation of integrated strategies and action plans.


Marija Raos Fitzhugh

Croatian Independent Professionals Association (CIPA)

Marija Raos Fitzhugh (B.S. in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Psychology and Sociology) has many years of experience in informal education and consulting, primarily in the non-profit sector. Since 2013, she has been actively involved in the work of the Croatian Independent Professionals Society (CIPA) and the implementation of Co-working and Social Innovation projects. Since 2016, he has been a member of the European Freelancers #39; Week Co-ordination Team. Her special interests are the media psychology, research and development and the future of work.