KARAIĆ DRAGICA, Prof.
VERN – Under-graduate Study for Economy of Entrepreneurship 

10 020 Zagreb

Hribarov prilaz 4

Croatia

Tel: (+385 1) 610 68 12
Fax: (+385 1) 610 91 14
E-mail: dragica.karaic@inet.hr
 
 

Date of birth:   15 March 1952. 

Nationality:     Croat

Civil status:      Married, 2 children        

 

Education:

Institution

High School-Gymnasium Vukovar

Date:

1968 - 1971

Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:

High School Certificate – Classic Type

 

Institution

University of Zagreb

Faculty of  Philosophy

Date

1971 - 1976

Degree or Diploma obtained:

Professor of Italian Language and Literature, and Phonetics

 

Institution

TSM Business School, University of Twente, The Netherlands and Ministry for Crafts & SMEs

Date:

May 1999 - June 2000

Degree or Diploma obtained:

Certificate of Trainer/Teacher for Entrepreneurship

Institution

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Informatics and Organization, Post-graduate Study on Business System Management – Management of small and medium sized companies

Date

October 2003 - October 2006

Degree or Diploma obtained:

Master of Science

 

Membership of professional bodies:

-          Croatian Technical and Scientific Translators Association since 1976;

-          Croatian Phoneticians Association since 1982; and.

-          Association of Trainers for Entrepreneurship since 2000.

 

Present position: Head of  Department for International Institutions and the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship and National Co-ordinator of EU Charter for Small Enterprises

 

Years within the firm:  Since March 1997

 

Key qualifications: (Relevant to Economic development & SME Management

-           unique experience of development processes in a transition economy

-           experience in creating  country policy for SME support and  development

-           experience in creating and implementing program for SME long-term  development on national,      regional and local level

-                      knowledge and experience in relations between central, regional and local governments and local       entrepreneurs

-                      networks set up

-                      enterprise promotion  and utilizing foreign spots and donors

-                      experience in setting up institutional support for SME development

-                      competence in development and implementation of national programs:

-                      Train the Trainers  for Entrepreneurship  

-                      Train the Advisers for Entrepreneurship

-                      Train the Promoters for Entrepreneurship

-                      entrepreneurship and SME development issues

-                      pedagogical methods in SME development work

 

Specific experience:

 

Date:

From September 2002 – to present

Institution:

Undergraduate Study for Economy of Entrepreneurship – VERN

Location:

Position :

Zagreb, Croatia

Part time lecturer

Description: Lecturing on Dynamic Entrepreneurship, enterprise economic development and growth, economic theories, principles and applications relating to the management of growing company

 

Date:

October 1997 - June 2000

Institution/Company :

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Location:

Position :

13 Counties in Croatia

Head of Project within the Ministry of Economy

Description: Private Sector Development Project (PSDP). Learning and Innovation Loan for strengthening of the SME institutional support. Japanese Grant Agreement signed between Croatian Government and World Bank in October 1997 was intended for financing of the project preparations for establishing of new or service improvement in those already founded Small Business Assistance Centers (SBAC). 13 Proposals for Financing SBACs are in their final stage. Ms.Karaic position was to coordinate and to supervise the development of preparations done by Project Coordination Leader, foreign and local consultants,  WB, and regional governments.

 

Date

January 1999 - June 2000

Company

SENTER  the Netherlands Government Agency

Location

Position

Croatia

Head Project within Ministry of Economy

Description: Support to the Development of the Small Business Sector in Croatia.

The Dutch Government is assisting the Croatian Ministry of Economy with the formulation and implementation of SME policy. The present project consists of sub-projects among which

a) Train the trainers programme; b) Hands-on Assistance to MoE; c)SME Project Development in three Counties; d)Matchmaking between Croatian and Dutch companies; e) Direct Business Advice and

f) Incubator development.

Ms.Karaic position as head of project consisted of  selection of appropriate counties, designing  (formulating) sub-projects according to Ministry’s SME policy.

 


Professional Experience Record:

 

Date:

November 2001 - and present

Location

Croatia, Zagreb

Company

Ministry of Economy

Position

Head of  Minister’s Cabinet

Description: Organization of Minister’s of Economy Cabinet staff work; Ministry internal co-ordination of the five Divisions, and Assistants to the Minister; organization and co-ordination of the Minister’s public activities toward international bilateral and multilateral co-operation and co-operation with European and International organization.

 

Date:

February 2000 - November 2001 

Location

Croatia, Zagreb

Company

Ministry of Crafts & SMEs

Position

Head of Department for International Co-operation

Description: International bilateral and multilateral co-operation. Co-operation with European and International organization. Heading of programs PSO, WB, UNECE, ILO, EBRD,

 

Date:

March 1997 - February 2000 

Location

Croatia, Zagreb

Company

Ministry of Economy

Position

Head of Department for Enterprise Promotion

Description: SME national policy, SME development program in co-operation with cities, municipalities, counties and all other governmental and governmental SME institutions in Croatia.

 

Date:

October 1994 - March   1997

Location

CroatiaZagreb

Company

AURELIA Ltd.

Position

Owner and manager (self employed)

Description: General food items, wholesale, retail shops and super market chains in Croatia.

 

Date:

December 1992 - January   1995

Location

CroatiaZagreb

Company

Voce Export-Import Ltd.

Position

Assistant to General Manager

Description: Co-ordination of business activities on international market in trading food and non-food items.

 

Date:

1982 - 1992

Location

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Velika Kladusa

Company

Agrokomerc Inc.

Position

Executive Marketing Manager

Description: Food processing production. National and international marketing.

 

Date:

1979 - 1982

Location

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Velika Kladusa

Company

Agrokomerc

Position

Factory Manager

Description: Dehydrated soups, and mayonnaise production. Managing a hundred workers production under Liebig Brand Name. Production license by Brooke Bond Liebig Italiana Co.Milan, Italy  

 

Date:

1974 - 1979

Location

Croatia, Zagreb

Company

Zagreb Television  Center

Position

TV Speaker & Journalist

Description: Regional News Pool; covering economic, social and cultural information for TV News presentation

 

Others:

 

National Program of Entrepreneurship Education and Training

1998 - 2000

Location/Company
Croatia, Ministry of Economy

Position

Head of Project

Description

National Program of education and training for entrepreneurship  has resulted with a first national  educational structure of 75 Trainers –Teachers of Entrepreneurship. The network of trainers continued further education and training of Advisers for Entrepreneurship. Those are majority of local and regional government officials, employees of regional chambers for crafts and commerce, cooperatives, state employment offices and entrepreneurial centers. Under this program 190 advisers have been certified by the end of year 2000.

 

National Program of the Enterprise Promotion

1998 - 2000

Location/Company

Croatia, Ministry of Economy

Position

Head of Project

Description

Project of Enterprise Promotion by Ministry of Economy was aimed to create a friendly and encouraging environment for entrepreneurs and to build a culture of entrepreneurship within broader society. Thus encompasses information efficient distribution, research about needs, education about how to promote, public relations network establishment, media campaign, and monitoring.

 

Date:

June 1997 - June 2001

Location/Company

Croatia, Ministry of Economy, and Ministry of Crafts and SMEs

Position

President of National Conference Organizational Committee

Description: Traditionally since 1997 a National Conference on SME Development in Croatia is being organized. Target group were SME national, regional and local Policy Makers (chief of counties, mayors, and chief of municipalities), crafts and commerce chambers, co-operatives, state employment office and other non-governmental SME organizations representatives. The basic idea was awareness about own role in SME successful development. In 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 there were about  2,500 participants from Croatia, and foreign experts on different SME issues from 30 foreign countries. Ms. Karaic position was a President of Conference Organizational Committee. In June 2001 it was both a National and International Conference on SME Development under auspices of the Croatian Government and in co-organizations with ECE-UN and Central European Initiative.

 


Publications

 

Guide for Entrepreneurs, 1997

Revised II Edition by Ministry of Economy

Position: Co-Author

Guide for Innovators “From Idea to Profit”, 1998

I Edition by Ministry of Economy

Position: Co-Author

Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 1998 – 2001

 

Monthly Newsletter  

Position: Chief in Editor

Guide for Entrepreneurs, 1999  

III Edition by Ministry of Economy 

Position:  Co-Author

 

Paper at International Conferences and Events:

 

1.                    EUROPEAN COMMISSION, DG Enterprise and Industry, Conference on the European Charter for Small Enterprises, Luxembourg, 15-16 June 2005, delivered a country presentation as a speaker on Workshop 2: Better Regulation and Impact Assessment. Published in Conference Summary Report and the presentation available on the conference website.

 

2.             EUROPEAN COMMISSION, DG Enterprise and Industry, Conference on the European Charter for Small Enterprises, Dublin, 30 June-1 July 2004, delivered a country presentation as a speaker on Workshop 4:  SMEs Representation in Parliament and Governmental Bodies. Published in Conference Summary report.

 

 3.            CEI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on Legal Aspects of SME Development & Best Practice in Simplification of SME Legal Environment", Maribor, Slovenia, April 6-7,2000. Delivered paper "Croatian Model of Small Business Development & Creation of SME Friendly Legal Environment".

 

4.             `SME FORUM on “Best practice in Development of Entrepreneurship and SMEs in Countries in Transition , 1November 2000  at Palais de Nations in Geneva,and Expert Meeting on “Best Practice  in Business Advisory, Counselling and Information, 2-3 November 2000 at Palais de Nations. Speaker on 

“SME Promotion, training, advice and counselling policy in Croatia”.

 

5.                    UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE (UNECE)

Expert Meeting on Best Practice in Financing SMEs, Geneva, Switzerland, 14-15 May 1998 - within framework of Southeast European Co-operative Initiative (SECI) with assistance of the USAID Delivered paper and country group presentation on "Small Business Strenghtening Program - Croatian Experience" - published in Expert Meeting Summary .The Meeting created an Open-ended Ad Hoc Group of Experts for the elaboration of Conclusions and Recommendations on Best practices headed by Ms D.Karaic. Working Groups for SMEs (SECI and CEI) will implement these Conclusions and recommendations in programs which are subject for discussion between international organisations like OECD, UNIDO, EU, EBRD, UNECE. The Expert meetings are carried out on yearly regular basis.

 

6.             CEI SUMMIT ECONOMIC FORUM - Prague, 3-6 November1999.

Delivered paper and presentation:on SME Promotion and Support with title: Program for Encouragement the Small Business Sector - Croatian Model. Main issues: SME definition, obstacles, existing institutions, supporting measures and activities i.e. promotion, education and training, counselling and Consulting services, institutional support, incentive financing.

 

7.                    CEI - OECD-IMO-UNECE

Women's Entrepreneurship- East-West Co-operation, Brijuni, Croatia, 21-22 October 1999

 Delivered paper and presentation on "Women Entrepreneurship within the Croatian Model of Small Business Development" - published in CEI - IMO Conference Proceedings, Zagreb, May 2000

Ad-hoc Working Group were convened for General Recommendations on the Role of Central and Local Governments  with Ms. D.Karaic as member and spoke-person.

 

8.                    CEI - International Workshop

Regional and Local Development and Small Business Promotion, Otočec, Slovenia, 5-8 October1999

 Delivered paper and presentation on “Entreprenurship Promotion, Education and Training in Regional Economic Development”

 

9.          EUROPEAN UNION – Conferences on EU Charter for Small Enterprises

Delivered paper: SMEs  in the Republic of Croatia,29-30 June 2004,  Dublin, Ireland

Delivered paper: Impact Assessment, 15-16 June 2005, Luxembourg