Since 2000 he has been the mayor of Rijeka, presently serving his sixth term of office. He has been a member of SDP – Social Democratic Party since 1990.

Basic information:

Rijeka, 25 March 1957

Education and qualification:

– graduated from the Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb in 1980
– completed the Master’s Program in biogenetics at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zagreb, as well as, the Master’s Program in science at the Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb, thus acquiring the academic title of Master of Science

Working experience:
1982-97 Faculty of Medicine of the University of Rijeka
– lecturer in several courses
– research work in genetics and ecology
– assistant in two scientific researches
– leader of a research in ecology
from 1984
– work at the Cytogenetics Laboratory of the Faculty of Medicine, diagnostics in biogenetics and biodosimetrics for public health institutions of the Primorsko-Goranska County and the Istria County
1997-2000
– member of the Rijeka City Government,Head of the Department of health and social welfare;
– coordinator of the “Rijeka Healthy City” project – In 1998 Rijeka became one of forty members of the European Network of Healthy Cities
2000-2001 Mayor of the City of Rijeka – the 1st term of office
2001-2005 Mayor of the City of Rijeka – the 2nd term of office
2005-2009 Mayor of the City of Rijeka – the 3rd term of office
2009-2013 Mayor of the City of Rijeka – the 4th term of office
2013-        Mayor of the City of Rijeka – the 5th term of office

Additional activities:
2003 – 2013, president of the Association of the Cities and Communes of the Republic of Croatia;
2013, member of the presidency of the Association of the Cities and Communes of the Republic of Croatia;
President of the Rijeka Tourist Association;
Member of the Managing Council of the Rijeka Port Authority
Member of the Managing Board of the International Association of Cities and Ports
Party membership:
SDP – Social Democratic Party since 1990
2008 – 2013, Member of the SDP Presidency
since the 24 Jan 2010, President of the SDP Rijeka Branch

Special Awards:
2003 the Solidarity Star Order and Commendatore honorific title was conferred by the President of the Republic of Italy

Foreign languages:
English – fluent
Italian, French and German – good working knowledge

Marital status: married, has a son who took his degree in Business Management