The Croatian-Israeli Business Club (CIBC) together with the Israeli Embassy in Croatia and Libertas Business College have hosted the Economic-Scientific Forum on March 2 in Zagreb’s Hotel Westin. The Forum entitled “Economic development based on science and new technologies” was organized in collaboration with the business weekly LIDER, Future Network, the association of the best students in Croatia eSTUDENT and alumni club of the best students in Croatia eALUMNI.
The forum was opened with a statement by His Excellency Yosef Amrani, Israeli Ambassador to Croatia and Professor Dragan Primorac, president of the CIBC who gave an introduction to the main topic of the Forum. The Forum was marked by the presentation of Professor Yitzhak Apeloig, former president of the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), one of the most prestigious institutes in Israel and one of the most prestigious in the world. Technion lead by professor Apeloig from 2001-2009 played a major role in the transformation of the Israeli economy and was a pioneer and creator of infrastructure for the high-tech industry.
The presentation was followed by a discussion about Croatian opportunities in developing an economy based on science and technology. Participants of the discussion were Dr. Radovan Fuchs, Minister of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia, Professor Boris Cota, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Croatia, Mr Vilim Ribić, president of the Register of Croatian Unions, Mr Dalibor Marijanović, General Manager of the Business Innovation Center of Croatia (BICRO), Professor Dragan Primorac, CIBC President and Professor at the University of Split and Osijek in Croatia and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and University of New Haven, USA, Mr Darinko Bago, CEO of Končar – Electrical Industries Inc. and Dr. Matko Bolanča, CEO of PLIVA.
Together with the participants of the discussion the Economic-Scientific Forum assembled a number of prominent members of the business, academic, scientific and cultural community including His Excellency Yosef Amrani, Israeli ambassador to Croatia, Zagreb Rabbi Mr Luciano Moše Prelević, Mr Štef Fiolić, member of the Croatian Parliament, Professor Zvonko Kusić, President of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Professor Pavao Rudan, Secretary-General of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, famous athletes Mr Dario Šimić, Mr Franjo Arapović, Mr Jako Andabak, CEO of Sunce Koncern, Mr Gojko Ostojić, CEO of Libertas Business College, Mr Ante Todorić, Executive Vice President of Agrokor Group, Mr Dinko Lucić, Member of the Management Board of Privredna Banka Zagreb, Mr. Damir Krstičević, General, Mr. Ivica Tolić, Navy Admiral, and many others.