Nina Obuljen Koržinek

Research Fellow at the Institute for International Relations; former State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture of Croatia

Nina Obuljen Koržinek works as a researcher at the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb. Former State Secretary (2008-2011) and former Assistant Minister (2006-2008) at the Croatian Ministry of Culture, she graduated from the Academy of Music and Faculty of Arts of the University of Zagreb. She holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Zagreb where she is expecting the defence of the doctoral thesis. Before joining the Institute for Development and International Relations she worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture and UNESCO, Paris. As State Secretary she was a member of the negotiating team for the Croatian accession to the EU responsible for the fields of culture and education as well as information society and media. 

In 2004 she received the European Cultural Policy Research Award for her research on the impact of the EU enlargement on cultural policies which was published in the book Why we need European Cultural Policies: impact of EU enlargement on countries in transition, Amsterdam, 2006.

Since November 2012 Nina Obuljen Koržinek has been appointed the chairperson of the Programme Council of the Croatian Radio and Television. She was head of the Croatian delegation for negotiations on the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions (2004-2005) and Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention (2010). Former member of the Steering Committee of the International Network for Cultural Diversity, Nina Obuljen cooperates with a number of Croatian and European networks and NGOs.


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