Matija Žulj is a member of the presidency of MBA Croatia. Matija is the founder of the agro-technological company Agrivi, the most awarded Croatian startup company and one of the leading global agro-technological companies. He graduated in computer science at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb and completed MBA study at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb. He began his career as a business intelligence consultant. Today, he is a regular lecturer at leading global conferences related to the digital transformation of the agricultural and food industries. In his spare time he is a farmer.
How did you decide to enroll in MBA Studies?
My interest has always been in solving specific problems with the help of technology. My love for technology took me first in the direction of studying computer science at FER, and then after that, it was important for me to upgrade my technical knowledge with business knowledge.
What is the most significant thing/idea you brought/received at MBA studies?
Two things are most important to me: great fellow professionals with whom I had the opportunity to spend time during MBA studies and learn from them through knowledge sharing. And another thing is the importance of team and leading by example. That way of leading, by example, is one of the most important things that we nurture even today in AGRIVI.
Why would anyone choose to enroll in an MBA studies? What does one gain by that?
Today, it is impossible to be excellent in leadership and management without understanding the entire business, the so-called: broader picture, and it is MBA studies that enable the acquisition of the knowledge needed to understand the bigger picture. Especially since MBA studies are based on real case studies of companies. When this is paired with the exchange of knowledge of people from different industries, you get a great opportunity for personal growth. And more importantly, networking that is realized through MBA study. One of the most important things in life and business are the people you are surrounded by.
Why are you in the MBA Croatia Association?
Personally, I have had the honor of being part of the Association MBA Croatia since its inception in 2009 and since then I am a member of the Association because its goals, values and activities are important for the development of our society as well as my personal development. I consider business ethics, promotion of excellence, knowledge and diversity, knowledge sharing through lectures and workshops, as well as nurturing business contacts and expanding the network, to be an essential part of personal development.