Vedrana Jelusic Kasic has been appointed EBRD Director, Croatia, and will take over her new role as head of the Bank’s Resident Office in Zagreb on 3 June 2013. She follows Zsuzsanna Hargitai, who returns to London as the new Director, Strategy and Policy Coordination. Croatia is a core country for the EBRD with investments of more than €2.75 billion since the start of operations.
Ms Jelusic joined the EBRD in London in 1998 and was transferred to the Zagreb office in 2005 to manage the agribusiness operations in Croatia and the Western Balkans, later becoming regional agribusiness coordinator for all of South Eastern Europe. Before she joined the EBRD, Ms Jelusic gathered business experience at the Central Securities Depository of Italy in Milan, Merrill Lynch in Boston, the Croatian National Bank and Raiffeisen bank in Zagreb. She has a BA in Finance from the University of Economics, Zagreb, and a MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University, Boston.
Ms Hargitai joined the EBRD in 1992 and spent over 16 years in managing EBRD offices, policy dialogue and operations in former Yugoslavia, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Croatia and Hungary. She holds an International Relations degree from the Moscow State Institute of International relations. In her new role she will lead the coordination of the preparation of strategies and policy products.