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Assistant Minister of Culture
Iva Hraste Sočo, Ph.D., Assist. Prof.

Professional experience

  • 2016 - Assistant  Minister of Culture for international cooperation
  • 2015 - Head of the Cabinet of the Minister, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia 
  • 2009 – 2015 - Head of Service  for drama art and audio-visual activities, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia 
  • 2005 – 2009 - Cultural Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Vienna
  • 2003 – 2005 - Senior Expert Adviser in the Department for Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of  the Republic of Croatia 
  • 1986 – 2002 - opera soloist , Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb
  • as external associate she works at the Academy of Drama Arts of the University of Zagreb in the status of assistant professor, at the Study of acting DIU LIBERTAS international university, and at the Post-graduate international university study of diplomacy 

Committees and Working Groups

  • Evaluation Committee of the Marko Fotez Award, 2012
  • Working  Group for marking the accession to the EU
  • Organisation Committee of the Vukovar Puppet Spring
  • Organisation Committee for marking the 450 th  anniversary of the Battle of Siget and the death of Nikola Šubić Zrinski

Education and vocational training

  • 2015 - Assistant professor , Academy of Drama Arts of the University of Zagreb 
  • 2012 - Doctor of Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Zagreb 
  • 1985 – 1989 - Academic musician – solo singer, Musical Academy of the University of Zagreb 
  • 1985 – 1987 - Study of Yugoslav languages and literatures, Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Zagreb 


  • 2006 – 2011 - Doctorate study of Croatian culture, Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Zagreb 
  • 2005 - Kultura 2000 – EU funds, Ministry of Culture in cooperation with the  Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria, Zagreb
  • 2004 -  The basics of  rhetoric, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation  with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Zagreb
  • 1993 – 2002 - Artistic singing, Opera studio KS Oliver Miljakovic, KulturKontakt Austria scholarship, Federal Ministry of Education and Art of the Republic of Austria, Vienna, Austria
  • 1990 – 1992 - Artistic singing, post-graduate study in the class of prof Dunja Vejzović, Zagreb

Scientific and professional papers

  • 2013 - „Croatia – a nation of culture" published by Leykam International d.o.o.

Performances in music and performing arts productions

  • Once under a steady engagement by the Opera of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, as one of the youngest soloists in the history of the Opera, she interpreted 21 leading roles of the soprano opera and concert repertoire in country and abroad (Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the National Opera in Kiev, Milan, Trento, Modena, Naples, Fiuggi, Tokyo, Osaka, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, etc.).

Prizes and awards

  • 1986 - Chancellor’s Award
  • 1987 - First of May Prize
  • 1988 - Fist Prize at the Yugoslav competition of solo singers, Ljubljana
  • 1988 - "Milka Trnina" Prize for the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte by W.A. Mozart
  • 1989 - "Marija Borčić" Prize
  • 1989 - Finals of the "Luciano Pavarotti" international competition  Modena, Italy.

Foreign languages

  • English
  • German
  • Italian
  • French

 A Backpack (full of) culture
 Croatian Audiovisual Centre
 Croatian Conservation Institute
 European Capital of Culture (ECoC) 
 International Centre for Underwater
     Archaeology in Zadar