Minister of Finance, Croatia
Mr. Marić obtained his Doctor’s degree at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Zagreb, with a thesis entitled: “Impact of foreign direct investments on the productivity of Croatian companies” in 2008. He gained his international education experience through Executive Education Program „Public Financial Management“, Harvard University, J. F. Kennedy School of Government in 2007. In 2004 he earned his Master’s degree from the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Zagreb, postgraduate study of Operations Research, with his master’s thesis entitled: “Analysis of capital flow into the transition countries through the impact on investments”. In 2000 he graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Zagreb, study program – Finance. From 2001 to 2006 he was Research Assistant at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb when he acquired his first professional experiences in the scientific and academic field. As one of the best students, Mr. Marić was employed by the Institute of Economics, Zagreb, where he participated in numerous scientific and commercial projects. At the invitation of the then Minister of Finance, in 2006 Mr. Marić became an Assistant Minister for Macroeconomic Analysis and Planning. His main responsibility was preparation of macroeconomic forecast and work on the budget. He was also engaged in direct cooperation with the European Commission in the field of economic dialogue. In 2008, he was promoted to the position of State Secretary. Thus, his y responsibilities were expanded, so, along with the aforementioned ones, his portfolio included the entire state budget, financial system and cooperation with international financial institutions (IMF/WB, IADB, EBRD, EIB, CEB). In addition, he became a head of the working group for Chapter 33 – Financial and Budgetary Provisions (the last closed chapter in the process of negotiations with the European Union). Furthermore, he was a member of several working groups, of which the most important were those on Economic and Monetary Policies, Taxation, Financial Systems, and Free Movement of Capital. In 2012, he transitioned to the private sector, to the biggest private company in the region – Agrokor d.d. – to the position of the Executive Director for Strategy and Capital Markets until 2016 when he was appointed Minister of Finance of Croatia.
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