The Croatian-Israeli Business Club (CIBC) and the Croatian Charitable Society CRO UNUM have organized their traditional annual gathering and have hosted 80 prominent members and friends of the Club and the Society.
The traditional gathering, hosted by Mr. Božo Čulo CIBC member and owner of Partner Bank d.d., was attended by many distinguished persons from the Croatian society, businessmen, judges, including the President of the Administrative Court of the Republic of Croatia Mr Ante Galic, doctors, deans, rectors, diplomats including Mr Pjer Simunovic, rector of the University of Rijeka Prof. Pero Lucin, member of the Board of Podravka Mr Jorn Pedersen, Prof. Stipe Oreskovic, Mr Ante Todoric, Mr Jako Andabak, president of the Croatian Employers Association Mr Ivan Miloloža, Prof. Nikica Gabric, Mr. Gojko Ostojic, famous Croatian athletes Mr Franjo Arapović, Mr Zoran Primorac, Mr Veljko Mršić, Ms Ivana Brkljacic, famous singer Mr Mate Bulic and many others.
During the meeting the president of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club (CIBC) and the Croatian Charitable Society CRO UNUM Prof. Dragan Primorac used this opportunity to thank all the members, friends and supporters of CIBC and CRO UNUM for all their efforts and energy invested in many successful projects organized by this two organizations, and expressed his excitement for all the projects planned for the near future.
On this occasion the guests were presented the anthem of the Croatian Charitable Society CRO UNUM named ‘I love you Croatia’ composed by the famous Croatian composer Mr Neno Nincevic and performed by the famous Croatian singer Mr Đani Stipaničev.
The delegation of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club (CIBC) lead by CIBC President Prof. Dragan Primorac participated at AIPAC Policy Conference 2012, organized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the strongest lobbying organization in the U.S. During the visit to Washginton D.C. the delegation of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club (CIBC) met with several U.S. senators, congressmen, ambassadors and politicians including; Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., Senator Joseph Lieberman, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Thomas Patrick Melady, Former U.S. Ambassador to Romania Alfred Moses and Nobel Prize Laureate and the 56th Secretary of the United States of America Mr. Henry Kissinger.
The Croatian-Israeli Business Club (CIBC) and the Embassy of Israel in Croatia organized the annual celebration for 150 most prominent people from the political, media, cultural, scientific and sport life of Croatia and Israel. Along with the hosts of the celebration Ambassador Yosef Amrani, Israeli ambassador to Croatia and prof. Dragan Primorac, President of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club, this year’s gathering of Club members, supporters and friends assembled a number of prominent people including the President of the Croatian Parliament (Sabor) Mr Luka Bebić, President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia Mr Branko Hrvatin, honorary consul of Croatia in Israel Mr Ran Fuchs, Zagreb Rabbi Mr Luciano Moše Prelević, ministers Mr Đuro Popijač and Mr Radovan Fuchs, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Croatia Mr Joško Paro, famous Croatian athletes Mr Dario Šimić, Mr Franjo Arapović, Mr Stojko Vranković, Mr Zoran Mamić and Mr Veljko Mršić, president of the football club Hajduk Mr Hrvoje Maleš, as well as managers and chief editors of media companies in Croatia.
Israeli Ambassador Yosef Amrani pointed out the activities and projects organized in 2011 together by the Israeli embassy in Croatia and the Croatian-Israeli Business Club. The cooperation is to be continued with the main goal of enhancing cooperation between the two countries. The President and one of the founders of the Club, prof. Dragan Primorac, summed up the past activities of the Club pointing out the fact that the Club brought together the leading Croatian and Israeli businessmen and politicians who take part in the Club’s advisory bodies. Prof. Primorac and Ambassador Amrani both announced the “Croatian-Israeli Business Forum” which is planned to be organized in 2012 and aimed to attract Croatian and Israeli businesspeople and investors in order to open new possibilities and areas of cooperation.
The objective of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club is to enhance the cooperation between Croatia and Israel in all fields of human activity and create the environment for the penetration of the Israeli capital in Croatia and the region. Members of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club are prominent people from the political, cultural and business life of Croatia and Israel and the Club has branches organized in the USA, Great Britain and South Africa. CIBC Advisory Board is formed by the leading Croatian and Israeli businessmen, current and former politicians.
Zagreb, 27th October 2011 – Professor emeritus Uri Shamir held a lecture at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb. On his lecture he referred to the problems that Israel carries on the management of water resources, solutions that are proposed and a strategy for the future.
Uri Shamir is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Founding Director (1992-2003) of the Stephen and Nancy Grand Water Research Institute at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Prof. Shamir holds a BSc (1962) from the Technion and a PhD (1966) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He teaches, conducts research and consults in Israel and around the world on hydrology and water resources management. Since 1992 Prof. Shamir has been a consultant to the Israeli Water and Sewage Authority (IWA) on matters of planning and policy, and previously (1967-92) was consultant to Mekorot, the National Water Supply Company.
Prof. Shamir was Chairman of the Israeli Association of Hydrology (1984-1986), President of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (1991-1995), Vice President of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (1995-2003) and IUGG President (2003-2007). He is Member of the Executive Board of the International Council of Science (ICSU) for the periods 2005-2008 and 2008-2011, from the GeoUnions cluster. Prof. Shamir is Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP-TAC), the UN-wide water programme led by UNESCO.
The 12-day festival “Israel magic summer in Novalja” was opened by the performance of Gwirtzman Amir, one of the most famous Israeli jazz artists who plays over 20 instruments and the choir of the City of Novalja. The Festival will present the Israeli culture, music, art and gastronomy to the domestic and foreign tourists and the locals in Novalja.
The opening was attended by the President of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club (CIBC) Prof. Dragan Primorac as well as many distinguished members and friends of the CIBC; famous sportsmen Mr Dario Simic and Mr Željko Mavrović, distinguished businessmen Mr Jako Andabak, Mr Gojko Ostojić, Mr Slavko Petričević, Mr Petar Šarić and other.
The Festival is a joint project of the Embassy of Israel in Croatia and the City of Novalja with the aim to present contemporary Israel to the citizens and many tourists, but also to the wider Croatian public through music, film, art and gastronomy confirming the Croatian-Israeli friendship.
Along with the support of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club the Festival is supported by CIBC members Pliva (Teva group) and Bilić-Erić Security.
During his recent visit to USA, CIBC President Dragan Primorac met with Gaston Caperton, President of one of the most important American educational institutions, USA College Board http://about.collegeboard.org/leadership/president and his wife Dr. Idit Harel Caperton and arranged their visit to Croatia during the spring or summer of 2012.
With a series of highly influential positions that Governor Caperton (Governor of West Virginia in two terms (1989-1997)) held during his political career in the U.S., Gaston Caperton, among others, was the president of the Association of Governors of the United States – members of the Democratic Party (Chair of the Democratic Governors Association). He is the eighth elected president of the USA College Board in U.S. history and holds the title of Honorary Doctor of Science at ten U.S. universities. College Board conducts most important decisions about education in the United States, especially in the implementation of SAT tests that decide the future enrollment of students at American universities. SAT tests are the equivalent of state final examination (state matura) in the Republic of Croatia.
During his stay in Croatia, Mr. Gaston Caperton will hold a presentation on long-term strategy of the United States regarding the development of the education system, Advanced Placement Program and the concept of SAT Tests. Given the role of Mr. Gaston Caperton in American society, especially in the the Democratic Party, his visit to the Republic of Croatia will have a special significance.
Dr. Idit Gaston Caperton, is a very well known world expert in the field of epistemology and education psychology. She is the founder and CEO of MaMaMedia Inc., the executive director of the MaMaMedia Consulting Group (MCG), and founder and president of the World Wide Workshop Foundation. Also, Dr. Idit Harel Caperton is an advisor for several non-profit educational initiatives and is a regular featured speaker at universities and educational conferences worldwide. During her visit to Croatia she will hold a presentation on the impact of computer-based new media technology on the social and academic development of children and on The Globaloria Program, an online social network for learning through game and simulation production.