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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.



 Zdenka Karakas, VCCC Committee member.





Steven Milicevic, Immediate past VCCC Secretary, 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.



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.


#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.


Marko Filipovic,  LinkedIn Profile

Marko is a Senior Lawyer at Australian Communications and Media Authority. Marko is one of the founding members of the VCCC. He has a background in Telecommunication and dispute resolution, Competition and regulatory and Design Engineering Consulting.




Ivan GlavasLinkedIn Profile

Ivan is a Partner at Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accountants in Melbourne and one of the founding members of the VCCC. Ivan is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in dealing with Business reconstruction, Corporate and Personal Insolvency related matters across numerous industries including, building and construction, sports and recreation, science and technology, manufacturing and retail.


AJP_3258Vinko Šikić,  LinkedIn Profile

Vinko has extensive experience in Business Development and management experience in the Australian Telecommunications sector, particularly with Telstra. Vinko is a Partner and co-Director of a Financial Services business in Melbourne specialising in Mortgage and Commercial property finance.




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.


AJP_3116Robert KombolLinkedIn Profile

Robert is the Technical Director at BlueBox IT with broad experience with in IT security, Systems Architecture and Systems Administration. Robert worked with the NAB and City Power.



VCCC HR Dom#013Franci BuljatLinkedIn Profile

Franci is the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Croatian Community Services (ACCS). Franci has been involved with Croatian community services since her arrival in Australia in 1992 and has a strong commitment to providing the Australian Croatian community with access to services such as aged care and education. Franci serves on the Boards of Victorian Croatian Aged Care Services and the VCCC.



 Boris Jakovac,   LinkedIn Profile.