Gordana Blažević named International Correspondent for PM World Journal in Croatia


Active IPMA Young Crew leader joins PMWJ correspondent network in Zagreb

20 November 2013 – Dallas, London, Sydney, Zagreb – PM World has announced that Gordana Blažević has been appointed an International Correspondent for the organization in Croatia. Gordana is an active member of IPMA Young Crew and president of Young Crew Croatia. She recently organized the Global Young Crew workshop in Dubrovnik which drew over 100 young project managers from around the world. As a president of Young Crew Croatia, Gordana is part of various projects on the national and international level. She is also member of IPMA Marketing Working group.

Gordana BlaževićGordana graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering from the University of Zagreb in September 2010. After graduation, she was working until September 2012 for company OPTIMA Project Ltd, a registered company for performing construction services, expert supervision, consulting and project management. After that, the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb in the Construction Management Department has employed her as a young research associate pursuing a PhD degree.

Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southern Europe, and the Mediterranean.  Croatia covers 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles) and has diverse, mostly continental and Mediterranean climates. Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. The country’s population is 4.28 million. Having joined on 1 July 2013, Croatia is the 28th and newest member state of the European Union. [1]

A federal constituent of Yugoslavia after World War II, Croatia declared independence in June 1991. Croatia today has a very high Human Development Index. The International Monetary Fund classified Croatia as an emerging and developing economy, and the World Bank identified it as a high income economy. Croatia is a member of the European Union, United Nations, the Council of Europe, NATO, the World Trade Organization and a founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean. [1]

zagrebThe service sector dominates Croatia’s economy, followed by the industrial sector and agriculture. Tourism is a significant source of revenue during the summer, with Croatia ranked the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world. The state controls a part of the economy, with substantial government expenditure. The European Union is Croatia’s most important trading partner. Since 2000, the Croatian government has invested in infrastructure, especially transport routes and facilities along the Pan-European corridors. [1]

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city in Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. In 2011 the population was 790,017. The wider Zagreb metropolitan area includes the City of Zagreb and the separate Zagreb County bringing the total metropolitan area population up to 1,107,623.  Zagreb is a city with a rich history dating from the Roman times to the present day. [2]

131120-pmwj17-blazevic-IMAGE 3The city extends over 30 kilometres (19 miles) east-west and around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north-south, covering an immense area of the Prigorje region. Its favourable geographic position in the southwestern part of the Pannonian Basin provides an excellent connection for traffic between Central Europe and the Adriatic Sea. The transport connections, concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions and industrial tradition underlie its leading economic position in Croatia. [2]

Zagreb is the seat of the central government, administrative bodies and almost all government ministries. Almost all of the largest Croatian companies, media and scientific institutions have their headquarters in the city. Zagreb is the most important transport hub in Croatia where Western Europe, the Mediterranean and the Balkans meet, making the Zagreb area the centre of the road, rail and air networks of Croatia. It is a city known for its diverse economy, high quality of living, museums, sporting and entertainment events. Its main branches of economy are high-tech industries and the service sector. Zagreb is a global and cosmopolitan city, and one of the leading centres of Central and Southeastern Europe. [2]

According to PM World President and Managing Editor David Pells, “We are honored to have Gordana join our correspondents team in Croatia.  I was very impressed with her leadership at the IPMA Young Crew workshop in Dubrovnik in September, and with her reputation as a dynamic young professional leader.  We are very happy to welcome her to our team.”

Gordana Blažević stated, “I reviewed your team, and I’m in.  I look forward to reporting about project management in Croatia for your journal.  For example, we will start a cool project in Croatia soon called ‘Meet the Project Manager”. I will write about it and many other developments.”

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[1]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croatia

[2]        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zagreb