Chefs and guests 2020

Biljana Borzan

Biljana Borzan

Biljana Borzan is a Croatian Member of the European Parliament, politician and a doctor. She was born is Osijek, where she graduated from the Zagreb University’s Faculty of Medicine in Osijek and specialized in occupational and sports medicine. She is a doctor of medicine at the Osijek Community Health Centre since 1997. From 2001 to → Read more

H.E. Alonso Dezcallar Mazarredo

H.E. Alonso Dezcallar Mazarredo

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain in Croatia H.E. Alonso Dezcallar Mazarredo came to Croatia two years ago, after a long diplomatic career around the world. He entered diplomacy in 1985 and served in diplomatic missions in Peru, Italy, Morocco, and Uruguay. From South America to Africa, Mr. Dezcallar Mazarredo has represented his country’s → Read more

Alen Gulan, Siniša Koceić

Alen Gulan and Siniša Koceić

Sommeliers Alen Gulan and Siniša Koceić will guide wine tastings of Spanish wines, heroic wines from extreme positions and lost indigenous varieties at the festival Taste the Mediterranean. The owners and partners of the company VinoLike and the Split wine shop Winebox have worked for years in renowned domestic wine houses as wine consultants, and → Read more

Jan de Jong, Photo: Milan Sabic/PIXSELL

Jan de Jong

Jan de Jong moved to Croatia in 2006 at age 22 when he founded M+ Group. Today, M+ Group has a listing on the Zagreb Stock Exchange and employs over 8.000 people across the region. After he made his successful exit from M+ Group in 2016, he founded Webpower Adria – the first company in the → Read more

Sonja Karoglan Todorović

Sonja Karoglan Todorović

Mrs. Sonja Karoglan Todorović is an experienced international consultant with project references on rural development, nature/environmental protection, sustainable agriculture and food policy. She is an agronomist and landscape architect and has provided services to the European Commission, World Bank, UN agencies (FAO and UNDP), as well as a number of European governments. She has been → Read more

Ivana Kolar

Ivana Kolar

Director of Julius Rose d.o.o. deals with consulting and project management in tourism, also with the development of new value. For many years she was the director of Terme Tuhelj, where she led the business and development of the center, including managing large investment projects and transforming the facility into the largest continental resort 4* → Read more

Leila Krešić-Jurić

Leila Krešić-Jurić

Leila Krešić-Jurić is the director of the international health tourism event HTI Conference & Expo and the European initiative that promotes health tourism – European HTI Summit. She is fascinated by tourism, committed to excellence and sustainable tourism growth, thus creating opportunities for professional networking and tourism development through her work experience in the private → Read more

Višnja Ljubičić

Višnja Ljubičić

A law graduate with three decades of work experience in managerial positions at the Ministry of Defense and the Office for Human Rights of the Republic of Croatia, has been the Gender Equality Ombudsperson for the last nine years. She participated in the drafting of the first Law on Gender Equality, as well as other → Read more

Olja Martinić

Olja Martinić

Olja Martinić, a dietitian and nutritionist, is the owner of the “Olja” nutrition counseling center and the author of four books focused on food. As a healthcare professional, she is mostly dedicated to dietetics (patient nutrition). Outside of healthcare, she promotes the Mediterranean diet and, through appearances and articles, seeks to improve the eating habits → Read more

Nikolina Putica

Nikolina Putica

The young hope of the gastronomic scene is one of the first winners of the Raise the Bar scholarship, a project launched by Coca-Cola HBC Croatia in cooperation with the Budi Foodie foundation, with the aim of raising a quality workforce in the hospitality and tourism industry. Nikolina Putica is the first of the scholarship → Read more