About us

The Croatian-Qatar Friendship Society was founded in 2018 with the aim of international understanding and cooperation, as well as the development and improvement of bilateral relations between the Republic of Croatia and the State of Qatar, in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia, international agreements concluded between the Republic of Croatia and the State of Qatar, and the positive principles of convention and international rights. The priorities of the association’s activities are the improvement and strengthening of cooperation in the economic, educational, scientific and cultural fields and other areas of social activity of mutual interest, the study, understanding and promotion of historical, cultural and political ties, the encouragement of scientific, cultural, humanitarian, peace-making, economic and other projects, encouraging the cooperation of scientists, experts, artists and businessmen in order to achieve common interests and mutually beneficial projects, and encouraging scientists, experts and students from the Republic of Croatia to study scientific achievements, history, culture, economy, sports and other areas of activity in the State of Qatar.

ASIM KURJAK, President

Academician Asim Kurjak is a world-renowned scientist and doctor. He is the president of the International Academy of Perinatal Medicine, director of the Ian Donald School of Ultrasound in Medicine, president of the International Academy of Sciences and Arts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Professor Emeritus at the University of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. He is a regular member of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, the International Academy of Human Reproduction, the Academy of Sciences of the Puglia region in Italy and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and Russia, and is an honorary member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. He is a member of the editorial board of several international magazines. He published 1,153 scientific and professional texts. According to the Google Scholar database, the articles he authored or co-authored were cited 14,857 times; h-index 67. He wrote or edited 123 books, which were published in 12 world languages, making him one of the world’s most productive scientists. He gave hundreds of invited lectures at international conferences. He has received numerous national and international awards and honorary doctorates at universities in Banja Luka, Budapest, Barcelona, Bucharest, Athens, Montevideo, Moscow, Tomsk, Buenos Aires, Petrograd, Moscow, Tirana, Khartoum. He is the editor-in-chief of the Donald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Member of the editorial board of several international magazines. He is an honorary member of 15 international associations.

ANA JERKOVIC, Vice President

Economist Ana Jerkovic, through her work in the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds as an advisor to the Minister and vice president of the Republic of Croatia, worked to improve the business and investment climate in the Republic of Croatia, economic issues and the development of entrepreneurship, and through the activities of the Ministry of Science and Education, where today works, gained a deeper insight into the scientific and educational potential of the Republic of Croatia, especially in terms of international cooperation and development policies. She is the author and manager of several national and international projects. She is the vice-president of the Croatian branch of the Pugwash Conferences of Science and World Affairs, a member of the board of directors of the Croatian branch of the Club of Rome, and an associate member of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the coordinator of the Croatian Forum of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

OTTO BARIĆ, Vice President

Architect Otto Baric, one of the most famous Croatian architects, runs the project bureau Baric&Partners in Zagreb and Doha, is a member of the Croatian Chamber of Architects and Engineers in Construction. He realized a number of notable buildings of various purposes in Croatia, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Finland, the Czech Republic, Iceland and the Middle East. Among his many works, the multifunctional hall project for the World Handball Championship in Qatar in 2015 certainly stands out. The hall is also the home of the Qatari handball association. During the World Championship, the Croatian national team played all group stage matches in this hall.
In Croatia, the current project Westgate Split can be singled out – two towers, the smaller of which was completed in 2016, while the other will serve as the first Marriott hotel in Croatia with 200 rooms and will contain 10 floors of office and conference spaces. The intention is that, upon completion, this tower will be the tallest building in Croatia with 27 floors and a height of 110m. The Westgate Split project is the winner of the prestigious award ‘The 2017-18 International Property Awards’.

HARIS BOKO, member of the Executive Board

MIROSLAV KOPJAR, member of the Executive Board

VLADIMIR PEZO, member of the Executive Board

MILAN STANOJEVIĆ, member of the Executive Board