Management

Hanfa is governed by the Board of the Agency, consisting of five members, one of them being President of the Board. The President and members of the Board are appointed and discharged by the Croatian Parliament at the proposal of the Government of the Republic of Croatia. Hanfa is represented by the Secretary General, who coordinates and manages its business operations and activities.

All decisions from the scope of activities and competence of Hanfa are made by the Board at sessions with a majority of at least three votes with the provision that a member of the Board or the President may not abstain from voting. Sessions of the Board are held generally once a week.

Members of the Board of Hanfa are Ante Žigman, PhD (President), Antun Palarić (Deputy President), Tomislav Ridzak, PhD, Ilijana Jeleč and Jurica Jednačak​, and the Secretary General is Jadranka Grubešić.

Ante Žigman, PhD, graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, where he later obtained his master's and doctorate degree. He started his professional career in 1997, at the Analysis Division of the Croatian National Bank. From 2000 to 2004, he worked at the Raiffesen Bank as the Head of Macroeconomic and Financial Research Division and the Chief Economist. In February 2004, he got employed at the Ministry of Finance, where he was Assistant Minister for Macroeconomic Analysis and Planning, and from 2005 he was the State Secretary. In 2008, he became the Board Member at the Partner Bank, and in 2011 he returned to the Croatian National Bank where he worked as a Senior Adviser until being appointed President of the Board of Hanfa in February 2018.

He has written numerous scientific and expert papers in the field of fiscal policy and finance and he is a lecturer in the area of economics and finance. He served as the vice president of the Committee for Fiscal Policy of the Croatian Parliament, and member of the Economic and Financial Committee's Sub-Committee on EU Sovereign Debt Markets.

Antun Palarić graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, and later passed a bar examination and a notarial examination. He started his professional career as a legal trainee and court counselor at the Municipal Court in Dugo Selo. He served as a Judge, and then the President of the Municipal Court in Klanjac. From 1992 to 1995 he was the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Justice and Public Administration and the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Public Administration, and from 1995 has served as Assistant Minister of Public Administration. From 1999 to 2000, he was the Head of the State Directorate for Public Administration and Local Self-Government, after which he served as the Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. In 2004, he became State Secretary at the Central State Administration Office, and in 2009 the Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia. In February 2018, he was appointed member of the Board of Hanfa.

He also served as a member or president of numerous state commissions and boards, such as the Government Commission for the settlement of disputes about the rights of counties, cities and municipalities, Government Commission for Borders of Local Self-Government Units, the Croatian Archives Council etc.

Tomislav Ridzak, PhD, finished his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, he got a master's degree in economics and finance from the University of York, United Kingdom, and a doctoral degree from the Juraj Dobrila University in Pula.

He started his professional career as a junior researcher at the Institute of Economics in Zagreb. From 2003 he worked for companies Interkapital vrijednosni papiri and ICAM as the Head of Asset Management, Head of Portfolio, and a securities trader. In 2009, he started working at the Croatian National Bank, first as an adviser, and from 2012 to 2018 as the Head of Financial Stability Department. In February 2018, he was appointed member of the Board of Hanfa.

He has written numerous scientific papers published in Croatia and abroad.

Ilijana Jeleč graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, majoring in finance. She started her career at the BNP Dresdner Bank. In 2002, she got employed at Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank where she first worked as a business processes officer, and in 2004 she became Assistant Executive Director of Organisation/IT. In 2005, she started working for Erste & Steiermärkische Bank as the Head of Advisory Centre Sv. Duh, and two years later she became the Head of Private Banking Service. In 2008, she became the President of the Board of Erste nekretnine, the position she held until being appointed member of Hanfa Board in 2018.

She also served as the Vice President of the Real Estate Business Association at the Croatian Chamber of Economy.

 

Jurica Jednačak graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. From 1997 to 2000, he was an associate of the Institute for International Relations, and since 2001 he worked as the Head of the Securities Listing Department at the Zagreb Stock Exchange. From 2003 to 2006, he was Assistant Head of the Corporate Treasury Division, after which he got employed with Zagrebačka banka where he performed the function of the Head of Brokerage Service for Corporate Clients, while in 2007, he became the Head of Brokerage.

From 2013 until February 2018, when he was appointed member of the Board of Hanfa, he served as president of the Business Activities and Financial Markets Intermediation Association with the Croatian Chamber of Economy.

 

About Secretary General:

Jadranka Grubešić graduated from the Faculty of Economics, University of Osijek, and started her professional career in the Municipality of Vukovar as a market inspector. In 1992, Ms Grubešić got employed with the Ministry of Justice as a senior advisor, and from 1994 to 2001 she worked at the Ministry of Development and Reconstruction as head of unit. In the period from 2001 to 2004, she held the position of Assistant Minister for Justice, Public Administration and Local Self-Government. She started working as head of the finance and accounting unit at the Agency for Supervision of Pension Funds and Insurance in 2005, after which she worked as a chief advisor at Hanfa. At the end of 2012, Ms Grubešić was appointed Hanfa Secretary General.