MBA Croatia Awards 2021


MBA Croatia is an organization of all MBA alumni and everyone who supports values that organization stands for: ethics, integrity, responsibility, excellence, knowledge, curiosity, diligence and diversity. In order to promote these values in a broader society, every year we recognize those who our members hold contributed the most in promoting and standing for those values.


The Award Ceremony

The award ceremony is held each year at the end of year (late November) and we give recognitions for achievements of the year. Award ceremony is a central event of our Gala evening and celebratory atmosphere reflects the importance of awards as well as individuals receiving them. Award ceremony is not only celebratory but also educational event and each year we include knowledge sharing session as well. Some of our key-note speakers were Korado Korlević, Croatian teacher, futurist and astronomer and Miha Pogačnik, Slovenian violinist and cultural entrepreneur.

The Awards and MBA Croatia Values

The awards are given to individuals who promote MBA Croatia values and create impact that moves society in the direction of MBA Croatia’s mission: “To inspire creation of better and more advanced society”.

The awards given reflect the values of MBA Croatia. Hence, we give awards for:

Manager of the Year – this is the award given to a person our members think was the best manager of the year in terms of promoting our values, and especially: knowledge and education in business, ethics, integrity, diligence and excellence.

Application of Science in Business – this award is given to a person who contributed most to application and connecting of science and business. This award reflects our value of knowledge and curiosity.

Social Responsibility – this award is given to a person our members think most contributed to society in promoting responsibility towards society. It reflects our value of responsibility. Responsibility towards humanity, nature, our surroundings and society in general.

Business Woman of the Year – this is award for woman (from business) who our members think contributed the most in promoting diversity in workplace and business in general. This award reflects our value of diversity.

Best Lecture – this is the award given to our lecturers. By giving lecture to MBA Croatia audience, they are selflessly sharing knowledge. Our members vote for the best lecturer.

Previous Winners

Our laureates from the previous periods include people from different aspects of society. Some are business women and men, some are scientists, some are simply people who strive and try to make things better.

Awards 2018

Manager of the Year – Ante Mandić

Award for Application of Science in Business – Korado Korlević

Award for Social Responsibility – Nenad Bakić (STEM: Croatian Makers)

Business Woman of the Year – Ivana Budin Arhanić

Best Lecture – Branko Roglić


Awards 2019

Manager of the Year – Vesna Ramljak

Award for Application of Science in Business – Gordan Lauc

Award for Social Responsibility – Ante Vlahović (Zaklada Adris)

Business Woman of the Year – Sabina Škrtić

Best Lecture – W. Robert Kohorst


Awards 2020

Manager of the Year – Jasminka Horvat Martinović

Award for Application of Science in Business – Stjepan Orešković

Award for Social Responsibility – Mladenka Majerić (Crveni nosevi)

Business Woman of the Year – Tana Zimmermann

Best Lecture – Mihael Furjan


Nominations and Awards

This year’s award process will start on October 25th with call for nominations. Only MBA Croatia members can nominate potential award winners. After the nomination process voting takes place and final winners (out of top 3 voted) are nominated by committee appointed by presidency of MBA Croatia.

Anyone can be nominated in our four categories. The exception is “Best Lecture”, as in this category only MBA Croatia lecturers for particular year are eligible.

This year nominees for best lecture are:

  • Korado Korlević – “Investments for the Future”
  • Boris Drilo – “Telecommunications and What 5G Brings”
  • Lada Tedeschi – “Development of Strategy – Women Viewpoint”
  • Sabina Škrtić – “Communicating in a Crisis”
  • Luka Abrus – “How to be Globally Competitive from Croatia”
  • October 2021 lecturer: TBA

The Award, a Statue

Each year as a symbol of our award, we give a unique piece of art that symbolizes the award and helps remind our laureates of their achievements and recognition of MBA Croatia.

Awards Timeline

The schedule of award process is the following:

  • October 25th 2021 – Call for nominations
  • November 2nd – 7th 2021 – Voting
  • November 26th 2021 – Awards Ceremony (at MBA Gala)


Although awards can never capture full extent of someone’s contribution, nor the awards can be
given to all deserving, they still represent a push in the direction for which they are awarded. In case
of MBA Croatia that means inspiring our network of world leaders to create a better society. Through
excellence, education, diligence with integrity and responsibility to create a better world.
Please nominate those who you think are most deserving.