Adriatic Institute's Leadership Team Members and Research Fellows
Natasha Srdoc, MBA, Co-Founder and Chairman, Adriatic Institute for Public Policy
Boris Divjak, Distinguished Senior Fellow
Joel Anand Samy, Co-Founder and Trustee
Adriatic Institute's Research Team Members and Scholars
Boris Divjak, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Adriatic Institute for Public Policy - Adriatic institut za javnu politiku
Boris Divjak from Zagreb, Croatia, joined the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy in early 2006 and serves as senior fellow of the independent think tank. He is a Member of the Global Board of Directors of Transparency International, Berlin, Germany. Divjak was instrumental in founding the Transparency International's chapter in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Divjak serves as Operations Officer, Investment Climate Advisory Services at the World Bank Group, Washington, DC. Mr. Divjak participated in Adriatic Institute's First International Leaders Summit (ILS) in November 2004 and has played an active role over the years in the organization's major events including the ILS Strategic Roundtable in 2007 and through the organization's strategic endeavors.
Mr. Divjak received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Reading, UK and the Karl-Franzens University of Graz as well as a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Reading. He has worked for the European Commission, USAID and other bilateral and multilateral donors on their development programmes in the Balkans.
Luka Arvaj, Senior Research Fellow, Adriatic Institute for Public Policy - Adriatic institut za javnu politiku
Luka Arvaj joins the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy (AI) in Rijeka, Croatia, as senior research fellow after a year serving as a regular contributor to the Adriatic Institute’s Libertas blog and the think tank’s research work. In September 2013, Luka Arvaj launched Croatia’s first private court Rexlegis, - a mediation and arbitration institution providing Croatia’s citizens with an alternative dispute resolution. Croatia’s backlogged court cases amount to over 845,000 for a nation of 4.2 million people with some cases stuck in the system for over 22 years. The innovative initiative provides a principled approach to Croatia’s citizens.
Arvaj’s graduate work completed in October 2011 at the University of Rijeka’s Faculty of Law focused on mergers, acquisitions, and divisions of corporations. He is currently furthering his studies in Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka with an emphasis on corporate finance law. From December 2011-2012, Arvaj drafted contracts and served as an advisor on business law - administrative proceedings to Coop Poreč d.o.o., Poreč, Croatia.
In his new role at the Adriatic Institute, Luka Arvaj will assist the leadership through the AI Rule of Law Initiative for Croatia and the Balkan Region, the illicit financial outflows study with Global Financial Integrity and continue to contribute to the think tank’s Libertas blog. As a writer on rule of law issues and economic reforms, Luka Arvaj brings his understanding of the challenges faced in Croatia and the region due to the adverse impact of the region’s post-communist legacies with a principled perspective in presenting solutions. Arvaj’s leadership responsibilities will include developing new outreach initiatives to Croatia’s youth and professional networks.
Zeljana Grubisic, Research Fellow, Adriatic Institute for Public Policy - Adriatic institut za javnu politiku
Zeljana Grubisic joins the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy as a Research Fellow. Most recently she worked in journalism as an editor for the US Department of Defense multilingual online project with the goal of building emerging democracies in Southeast Europe.
Zeljana collaborated with regional journalists and correspondents, government agencies, NGOs, civil society in research for, development and translation of articles on human rights, rule-of-law, anti-crime and corruption, regional co-operation, anti-terrorism, anti-trafficking issues in Southeast Europe. She managed the website’s audio section.
Previously, Zeljana had a successful career in education, teaching at various learning levels –from the Ministry of International Relations at the Government of Quebec, University of Maryland, to a private preparatory school English Department readying students for a college career.
A native of Sibenik, Croatia, Zeljana Grubisic holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and a Bachelor’s in English and History from Concordia University, Montreal. She joins the AI with interests in human rights, anti-trafficking and the Balkan Route as they relate to corrupt government practices and failed policies. She will assist the Adriatic Institute leadership in advocating principled reforms towards positive changes in Croatia and the Western Balkans.
Jadranko Brkic, Director of New Media and Senior Fellow, Markets and Technology, Adriatic Institute for Public Policy - Adriatic institut za javnu politiku
Jadranko Brkic graduated in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. His professional experience includes five years in Hawaii's IT industry. At the Hawaii Pacific University Jadranko Brkic founded the Special Interest Group Robotics, organizing competitions, community service events, training fellow students in electronics construction and robotics AI programming and researching and constructing industrial robotic models.
In 2005 he moved to Bosnia-Herzegovina, in hopes of launching his own business and realizing the dream of an entrepreneur. Brkic experienced first hand the daunting challenges of spearheading a business endeavor based on high standards of ethics when faced with the country's overburdening and corrupt bureaucracy, the lack of the rule of law and a politically influenced judiciary. In 2006, Jadranko Brkic moved to Hong Kong to pursue new initiatives. In 2007, he discovered and was captivated by the ideas of individual liberty, small government, and free market economics.
Born and raised in a socialist country and witnessing the evils of communism, cronyism and ethnic strife, Jadranko instantly embraced first principles including individual freedom, free market economics and minimal government. The next two years of independent research led to his renewed interest in happenings at home, and the beginning of his political activism, first through the creation of Campaign for Freedom and Prosperity in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2009, and Sloboda i Prosperitet.TV a free market network of alternative media in the western Balkans later in 2011. He participated in a leadership role by augmenting strategic new media efforts for Hrvatska 21. stoljeća - Croatia 21st Century, Croatia's first rule of law and pro-market reform based political party in Croatia.
Today, Jadranko Brkic continues his work in the policy arena by researching political and economic issues, voicing principled solutions, and working with other like minded freedom activists around the globe in building educational media platforms, and expanding the freedom network in the countries of western Balkans.
He joins the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy as Director, New Media and Senior Fellow, Markets and Technology.
Borislav Ristic, Senior Fellow, Adriatic Institute for Public Policy - Adriatic institut za javnu politiku
Born in Donji Miholjac, Croatia, Boris Ristic graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade and has taken an active role in political and social theory. Boris Ristic is published in various journals and new media platforms. A classical liberal in politics and free marketeer in economics, Ristic believes in the importance of an accountable and transparent government - limited government. Ristic serves as a lecturer in seminars and workshops for you in the southeast Europe region. Ristic is co-founder of and co-editor of the internet journal "Katalaksija", and editor of the regional libertarianinternet portal "Sloboda i prosperitet TV" founded by Jadranko Brkic. As an intellectual entrepreneur, his areas of interest include philosophy, political theory, political economy, analysis of ideologies andtheory of media.
Boris Ristic is one of the founding members of the rule of law and pro-reform political party in Croatia - Hrvatska 21. stoljeća - Croatia 21st Century (H21). Ristic was a candidate of H21 in the December 4, 2011 parliamentary elections.
Martin Chren, Senior Fellow, Adriatic Institute for Public Policy - Adriatic institut za javnu politiku
Member of Parliament, Slovak Republic and Former Director, F. A. Hayek Foundation, Bratislava.
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