Management

Hanfa is governed by the Board of the Agency, consisting of five members, one of them being President of the Board. The President and members of the Board are appointed and discharged by the Croatian Parliament at the proposal of the Government of the Republic of Croatia. Hanfa is represented by the Secretary General, who coordinates and manages its business operations and activities.

All decisions from the scope of activities and competence of Hanfa are made by the Board at sessions with a majority of at least three votes with the provision that a member of the Board or the President may not abstain from voting. Sessions of the Board are held generally once a week.


Ante Žigman, PhD, is the President of the Board of Hanfa whose scope of competence includes a wide range of financial non-banking services, from regulation and supervision of the capital market, through insurance to investment and pension funds.

He is a member of the Mediation Panel of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) as a representative of the CEET region (Central and Eastern Europe and Transcaucasia). He actively participates in the work of these international bodies.

Prior to his appointment as the Head of Hanfa, he held a number of important functions, some of them being: Assistant Minister of Finance for Macroeconomic Analysis and Planning, followed by Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance. He has also served as the vice president of the Committee for Fiscal Policy of the Croatian Parliament, and member of the Economic and Financial Committee's Sub-Committee on EU Sovereign Debt Markets (ESDM).In the banking sector, he was a Board Member of the Partner Bank, as well the Head of Macroeconomic and Financial Research Division and the Chief Economist at the Raiffeisen Bank in Croatia. He has spent a significant part of his career at the Croatian National Bank where he worked in the Office of the Governor until being appointed to the current position.

He has written numerous scientific and expert papers in the field of fiscal policy and finance and is an active lecturer in the area of economics and finance.


Jurica Jednačak is Deputy President of the Board of Hanfa. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. From 1997 to 2000, he was an associate of the Institute for International Relations, and since 2001 he worked as the Head of the Securities Listing Department at the Zagreb Stock Exchange. From 2003 to 2006, he was Assistant Head of the Corporate Treasury Division, after which he got employed with Zagrebačka banka where he performed the function of the Head of Brokerage Service for Corporate Clients, while in 2007, he became the Head of Brokerage.

From 2013 until February 2018, when he was appointed member of the Board of Hanfa, he served as president of the Business Activities and Financial Markets Intermediation Association with the Croatian Chamber of Economy.

 

 

Ilijana Jeleč graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, majoring in finance. She started her career at the BNP Dresdner Bank. In 2001, she got employed at Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank where she first worked as a business processes officer, and in 2004 she became Assistant Executive Director of Organisation/IT. In 2005, she started working for Erste & Steiermärkische Bank as the Head of Advisory Centre Sv. Duh, and two years later she became the Head of Private Banking Service. In 2008, she became the President of the Board of Erste nekretnine, the position she held until being appointed member of Hanfa Board in 2018.

She also served as the Vice President of the Real Estate Business Association at the Croatian Chamber of Economy.

 

 

Antun Palarić graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, and later passed a bar examination and a notarial examination. He started his professional career as a legal trainee and court counselor at the Municipal Court in Dugo Selo. He served as a Judge, and then the President of the Municipal Court in Klanjac. From 1992 to 1995 he was the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Justice and Public Administration and the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Public Administration, and from 1995 has served as Assistant Minister of Public Administration. From 1999 to 2000, he was the Head of the State Directorate for Public Administration and Local Self-Government, after which he served as the Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. In 2004, he became State Secretary at the Central State Administration Office, and in 2009 the Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia.

He also served as a member or president of numerous state commissions and boards, such as the Government Commission for the settlement of disputes about the rights of counties, cities and municipalities, Government Commission for Borders of Local Self-Government Units, the Croatian Archives Council etc.

 

Tomislav Ridzak, PhD, finished his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, he got a master's degree in economics and finance from the University of York, United Kingdom, and a doctoral degree from the Juraj Dobrila University in Pula.

He started his professional career as a junior researcher at the Institute of Economics in Zagreb. From 2003 he worked for companies Interkapital vrijednosni papiri and ICAM as the Head of Asset Management, Head of Portfolio, and a securities trader. In 2009, he started working at the Croatian National Bank, first as an adviser, and from 2012 to 2018 as the Head of Financial Stability Department. In February 2018, he was appointed member of the Board of Hanfa.

He has written numerous scientific papers published in Croatia and abroad.

 

Vesna Kadić is Hanfa's Secretary General. She graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb. After graduation, she started her career in 1997 with the Customs Administration of the Ministry of Finance. Over the years, she performed various functions and was appointed Assistant Director of the Customs Administration in 2004. For a short time in 2010, she served as Interim Director, and from 2011 to 2017 she was the Deputy Director of the Customs Administration. After that, she transferred to the Ministry of Justice, following which, in September 2018, she took up the function of the Secretary General of the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency. As part of her professional development, she graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and through her everyday work, she has gained extensive experience in managing complex teams. Among other achievements, she has managed and coordinated a series of large projects financed from the EU funds, led the working group for negotiations on the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the EU for the Customs Union chapter and participated in numerous expert and interdepartmental working groups and delegations. She occasionally gives lectures within TAIEX and other EU aid programmes at the Diplomatic Academy and at various business consultations and seminars.