Ministarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova RH

Minister

Vesna Pusić
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

 

Curriculum Vitae
• Born in Zagreb on 25 March 1953
• Married, mother of one (daughter)

Education
• 1984: Earned her Doctor's degree in sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb
• 1976: Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb
• Finished the 2nd Secondary School in Zagreb
• Finished the Ivan Goran Kovačić Primary School in Zagreb

Political Career
• 2012- : First Deputy Prime Minister
• 2011- : Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
• 2006-2012: Vice-president of the European Liberal Democratic and Reform Party, 3rd term
• 2008–2011: Chairperson of the National Committee for Monitoring the Accession Negotiations between Croatia and the EU
• 2008–2011: Chairperson of the HNS and HSU parliamentary group
• 2003–2007: Deputy Speaker of Croatian Parliament
• 2000– 2011: Elected to Croatian Parliament
• 2000–2008: President of the HNS, two terms
• Member of the HNS since its establishment in 1990

Professional Career
• 1993–1998: A founder and director of Erasmus Gilda, non-governmental, non-partisan project for the promotion of cultural democracy:
- Within the framework of the project, published the periodical Erasmus, mostly focusing on various aspects of transition in Croatia and other East-European countries
- Within the framework of Erasmus Gilda, active until 1998, she organised many panel discussions and debates on controversial issues in the region with a view to encouraging civil initiative in conflict resolution and seeking alternative political solutions in this area
• Since 1978: employed with the Department for Sociology of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb
- Since 1988: full professor
- As a university lecturer visited the USA: The American University, Washington, D.C., The Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., The Sloan School of Management, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The University of Chicago, The Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y, The Wilson Centre, Washington D.C., The Foreign Service Institute, The State Department and other academic, scientific and related institutions where she gave a number of lectures
- In her university career she managed or participated in many research projects. In 1978, she coordinated the research project on the predominant political, religious, family and work-related values in Croatia that subsequently became part of a broader project titled New Agenda for New Democracy. From 1989 to 1991, she conducted research into the management styles of 18 most successful organisations in Croatia
• 1976–1978: Institute for Sociology in Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Publications, memberships, awards
• Author of three university textbooks – Democracies and Dictatorships (Novi Liber, 1998), Rulers and Administrators (Novi Liber, 1992) and Industrial Democracy and Civil Society (Sociological Association of Croatia, 1986) – co-authored: Industrial Democracy in Europe and European Industrial Relations (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1981), and published more than fifty scientific articles in Croatian and international periodicals.

Foreign languages
• English and German

Hobbies
• Reading, card playing, cooking and walking her pug Kiri