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Minister of Culture
Minister of Culture
Nina Obuljen Koržinek


Professional career  
  • Research Associate, Institute for Development and International Relations, (2000 ‒ 2006; 2012 - 2016)
  • Assistant Minister for International Relations (2006 - 2008) and State Secretary for Culture and Media, Ministry of Culture (2008 ‒ 2011)
  • Head of the Department for cooperation with UNESCO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000.)
  • Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Culture, Ministry of Culture (1998 ‒ 2000)
  • Consultant at the Unit for the Promotion of the Status of Women and Gender Equality, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France (1997 ‒ 1998)
  • Assistant in the Office for  International Relations, University of Zagreb, Office of the Rector of the University (1992 ‒ 1996)
Professional experience   
  • Participates in research projects of the Culture and Communication Department of the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), speaks at numerous international and national scientific conferences and seminars and publishes articles in national and international journals, books and anthologies on the topic of culture and media policies
  • Member of the Editorial board of the Culturelink Journal (2001 - 2004)
  • Cooperates with various cultural networks, organisations and foundations in Croatia and abroad on topics related to cultural policies, in particular cultural diversity. Individually or as part of a team, Ms Obuljen Koržinek worked on various projects for UNESCO, UNDP, the Council of Europe, the European Cultural Foundation, the Eurasian Foundation, the European Parliament and the like
  • Participates as guest lecturer to undergraduate, graduate and specialized studies.
  • Chairperson of the Programme Council of the Croatian Radio television (2012 - 2015)
  • Member of the negotiating team for accession of the Republic of Croatia to the EU (Head of working group for Chapter 26 - Education and Culture and Chapter 10 - Information Society and Media, and member of the working groups on intellectual property, freedom of establishment, taxes, competition, and environmental protection)
  • Head of the Croatian delegation for negotiations on the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2004 - 2005); President of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention in 2010
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the think-thank New Pact for Europe (www.newpactforeurope.eu) (2013 -  )
  • Member of the UNESCO Expert Facility for the Implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2015 -  )

Education and training
  • 2013 ‒ Ph.D. in Political Sciences (Comparative public policy), University of Zagreb,      Faculty of Political Sciences, Zagreb
  • 2004 ‒ Master of Science (Political sciences), Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb,
  • 1998 – Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zagreb (Diploma of one-year professional training)
  • 1996 ‒ Bachelor of Arts, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, University of Zagreb,
  • 1992 ‒ Bachelor of Music, Academy of Music, University of Zagreb
Prizes and awards
  • Nina Obuljen Koržinek was awarded the High Order for Culture of the French Government – Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature (Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres)
  • She was awarded the annual Cultural Policy Research Award for research into cultural policies (for research into the impact of European integration on cultural policies of new EU Member States)
Foreign languages
  • English
  • French
  • Italian 

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