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Management Committee & Associates

The Victorian Croatian Chamber of Commerce (VCCC) comprises four elected Management Committee members and up to nine appointed committee. These members include experienced professionals and business operators from a variety of industries. The Management and appointed Committee members donate their time, experience and connections for the benefit of the VCCC and its members.

The Management Committee is responsible for coordinating and guiding the VCCC toward its stated mission as outlined in the Rules of the VCCC. They are also responsible for the strategic management and policy decisions of the VCCC and the relationship of the VCCC with governments and businesses in Australia and Croatia.

The Ambassador of Croatia and the Consul-General of Croatia to Victoria are entitled to sit on the Management Committee of the VCCC as honorary members.

Management Committee members are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the VCCC and membership of the Management Committee is open to all individual members of the VCCC and persons nominated by a business member of the VCCC.

The VCCC Management Committee currently consists of the following members:


Ms. Betty Pavelich Sirois

Her Excellency, the Ambassador of Croatia, is an Honorary member sits on the Management Committee of the VCCC from time to time.



 Mr. Joseph Gene Petric 

Consul-General of Croatia to Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania,  is an Honorary member and also sits on the Management Committee of the VCCC from time to time. LinkedIn Profile.


 Monika Popovic, VCCC President LinkedIn Profile

Monika is a professional Interior Designer with broad experience in Europe with the Stipic Grupa and currently in Australia with DDK Group Commercial Interiors as Senior Interior Design and Sales consultant. As the Melbourne representative of an international Networking organisation, Monika has extensive networks across many industry sectors.


AAEAAQAAAAAAAASJAAAAJGE3N2ZkZjA3LWMwZGUtNGFhNi1hYjg3LTNjNzlmMGNjZTY5YQStjepan (Steve) Antunovic, VCCC Vice President, LinkedIn Profile

Steven is Managing Director of Stir Media Pty Ltd and Principal of Australasia Trade Partners, based in Melbourne. Operational and business development experience in general aviation and across diverse multi-national business environments including manufacturing, international trade, mining, and construction. A Pilot and active member of Swinburne University Aviation Industry and Course Advisory Committee.


 Cindy J Drake. VCCC Secretary.   LinkedIn Profile

Cindy is a Small Business Productivity Expert. Business Coach & Mentor, Productivity, Systems and Planning consultant based in Melbourne, Australia.



 Boris Jakovac, Treasurer, LinkedIn Profile.

Boris has qualifications in accounting and business management, and a lengthy career with the Australian Taxation Office and other government departments. He is keenly involved in community radio and has been the convenor of the Croatian Radio Program at 3ZZZ for many years.



2018 – 2019 Committee Members

 Zdenka Maric Karakas, VCCC Committee member.

After spending some time working in medical research and diagnostic pathology, Zdenka now exclusively works in the language industry and holds several NAATI III accreditations.  With her interest in art and culture and extensive involvement with the creative sector, as a member of VCCC Committee Board she will aim to facilitate the promotion of Croatian creative industries and talent in Australia.


Steven Milicevic,VCCC Committee member, LinkedIn Profile

Steven is the principal of Milicevic Lawyers, an expert in providing legal advice and services to businesses throughout Australia. He started Milicevic Lawyers after a successful career as the General Counsel and Company Secretary for an ASX listed group of companies.  He has also served on a number of boards in the profit and not for profit sector.



Ozren Brezinscak, VCCC Committee member, LinkedIn Profile

Ozren has fifteen years of international corporate experience in IT Management across a range of industry leaders – Microsoft, Toyota, Philip Morris International, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) and the RAC of Western Australia. Through his experience, Ozren developed versatile leadership, problem solving, facilitation and people skills. Ozren is a strong believer in networking, and facilitator of professional and social networking across Europe, Australia and Asia.


Katarina Simicevic, VCCC Committee member





Past VCCC Committee Members

Robert Luburic, Immediate past VCCC Treasurer, LinkedIn Profile

Robert is Managing Director, Melbourne Accounting Partners and he takes the greatest pride in helping his clients grow their business and increase their personal wealth. He is also an expert when it comes to completing Individual Tax Returns. Many professionals in the CBD are clients of Robert’s, his reputation as an astute accountant has grown rapidly in the 10 years that he has based his practice in the CBD.


Ivan Glavas, past VCCC Vice President, LinkedIn Profile

Ivan is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in dealing with Corporate and Personal Insolvency related matters across numerous industries. Ivan’s experience includes managing Voluntary Administrations and Deeds of Company Arrangement, Liquidations and Receiverships, Bankruptcy and Personal Insolvency Agreements, Litigation Support, Fraud Investigation and Business Reconstruction advice.His immense contribution towards the VCCC will never be forgotten. Thank you, Ivan.


Marko Filipovic, past VCCC President, LinkedIn Profile 

Marko’s broad experience allows him to comfortably categorise himself as a generalist commercial lawyer while retaining industry expertise in the telecommunications and electricity industries. Marko is also the innovative brain behind the VCCC’s existence as someone who came up with the concept and brought the VCCC organisation to life.


Vinko Šikić, past VCCC president, LinkedIn Profile

Vinko is a Founder and Director of  iFinance which he established to provide guidance to individuals and organisation that are looking for the right advice when it comes to assessing the myriad of options available within finance and loan brokerage.


Franci Buljat, LinkedIn Profile

Franci is a Chief Executive Officer of Australian Croatian Community Services, and has been in this role since July 2010. Franci has been involved with Croatian community services since her arrival in Australia in 1992 and has a strong commitment to providing the community with access to services such as aged care and education.


Robert Kombol, LinkedIn  Profile

Robert is a Managing Director of BlueBOX IT, a Global ICT Solution and Service Provider operating in Australia and the European Union. He leads a talented team of IT professionals who are passionate about delivering best practice solutions that drive business growth and generate competitive advantage.


#027Josipa Kosanovic, VCCC Web Content Manager, LinkedIn Profile

Josipa is a professional Storyteller and Copy Writer currently based in Sydney. Educated in Europe, Josipa has a broad range of experience as Executive Producer and Content Development Manager at Nova TV in Zagreb. With a broad international experience, Josipa is multilingual and has worked on various international projects.



Nathan Brunt,  LinkedIn Profile

Nathan is a dispute resolution lawyer with particular experience in banking and finance, insolvency, turnaround and recovery matters, both personal and corporate. He has acted in a wide range of disputes in Courts and Tribunals around Australia and internationally and in the resolution of disputes outside of the Court system through negotiation and mediation.



John is the Principal at Ravim RBC, a boutique consultancy established to assist SME’s, government agencies and not-for-profits on strategic initiatives business for transformation, best practice programs, workforce strategy, advocacy and international technical assistance supporting councils in developing countries.