I was born in Osijek. I was an excellent student, winner of a scholarship and part of the team of students whose project was awarded the Rector’s award. From 2001 I worked for the Croatian Radiotelevision in Zagreb, from 2004 by decision of the Croatian Parliament I worked in the Agency for Electronic Media and after that in the private sector. I earned a doctor’s degree with the theses Possibilities of Digital Radio-Diffusion Multimedia Information in the Modernisation of Educational System in the Republic of Croatia in 2008. I worked as a consultant for informatisation in the National and University Library in Zagreb. I established the Centre for Open Source (http://opensource.nsk.hr), the first such centre in Croatian public administration.
In my papers (https://bib.irb.hr/lista-radova?autor=330945) I pledge for technological modernisation and increased efficiency of the public sector by ICT usage and a more rational management.
During my professional work I led and participated in numerous working groups including the one for the transfer from analogue to digital public television broadcasting in the Republic of Croatia. Until recently I was not a member of any political party. I am married and have two children: a 12-year old son and a 4-year old daughter.
WHEN I AM THINKING ABOUT POLITICS:
I am aware that politicians and economists are opinion makers today, regardless of the fact whether they are right or not. An immense responsibility towards the citizens stems from that. I would like that in time there would be more politicians in Croatia with highly developed moral criteria, conscientious, highly educated, individuals who see the politics as a tool to improve the society and do not misuse it for their own interests. Or in the words of Victor Hugo: “The greatness of a nation is not measured by its number, just like the greatness of a man is not measured by his height, the only measure is the quantity of intelligence and virtue that nation possesses.”
The political model I aspire to is a successful symbiosis between a social state and functional economy, or simply a market economy and not a market society. I am partial to overall protection of human rights. I sympathise with every kind of infringement of human rights, especially the rights of children and the elderly. I am against every kind of discrimination.
I think that no politician should act superior towards those who are not near the “centres of power”, but I was never submissive to the powerful either. To go with the grain is definitely a faster way to advance. But, each person chooses his/her own way. Actually, for me the word politician (in Croatia) usually provoked negative connotations up to now, because I would automatically see a person without empathy and directed towards his/her own interests, which are usually realised by populism and demagogical pamphlets based on the principle “tell your audience what they want to hear”, or in the words of a philosopher “argumentum ad populum” (arguments for the common people). This is not my ”type” of a politician.