Nina Obuljen Koržinek
Minister of Culture of Croatia
Nina Obuljen Koržinek is Minister of Culture of Croatia since October 2016.
Former State Secretary (2008-2011) and former Assistant Minister (2006-2008) at the Croatian Ministry of Culture, she has more than twenty years of experience in cultural and media policy research, policy making and project management. She graduated from the Academy of Music and Faculty of Arts of the University of Zagreb and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Zagreb. She worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture and UNESCO, Paris, and then joined the Croatian Institute for Development and International Relations. As State Secretary responsible for culture and media 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. 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). She was a Chairperson of the Board of the Croatian Radio and Television.
In 2004 she received the European Cultural Policy Research Award for her research on the impact of the EU enlargement on cultural policies. She was engaged as an expert on various projects for UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Cultural Foundation, Asia-Europe Foundation, UNDP, European Parliament etc.