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Professional Summary

Vedrana Likan name in the business world of Croatia and the wider Adriatic Region is synonymous with real estate and investments, market development and a sustainable economy, intellectual entrepreneurship, as well as women's leadership and systematic efforts to empower women in business. She is holding a position of Managing Partner of Colliers for Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Her career in Colliers started in late 2006 at the position of Senior Consultant. In early 2007, she was promoted to General Manager and in 2009 took over Managing Director position when her main responsibilities became business management and operational leadership of Colliers business in three countries - Croatia, Slovenia and BiH. In 2013, Vedrana became Partner in Colliers. As the shareholder and owner of the business, she continues to further develop the business while retaining company’s leading position on all three markets. Since 2017 onwards, Vedrana organised series of delegation trips to  China and UAE to promote real estate and investment businesses in CEE and SEE, with special focus on Adriatic region, which resulted with strong entrance and nowadays presence in the region of major investors originating from those countries.

From the beginning of her working career she was involved in the new business developments all over the Region including opening and developing new markets, branch set up, team recruitment and education. Prior to joining Colliers, Vedrana spent 10 years of her career in advertising industry and communication management.

For 8 years in a row, the International Property Awards have recognised Colliers Croatia "Consultant of the Year" while in 2020 it has been named the Best consultant in Southeast Europe. In 2021, Colliers Croatia has won two more awards - Prestige Award for Best Consultancy firm and Best place to Work in Croatia.

Accomplishments

In June 2022 in Brusells, Vedrana has been awarded Female Business Leader by Emerging Europe Awards. This award identifies women in leadership roles across 23 emerging European countries who made a significant and inspirational contribution to the success of their organisations and who are working to encourage other women to develop careers and made mentoring the next generation of leaders in business a significant component of their own success. In addition, Vedrana has been granted this prestigious award for her long-lasting commitment towards promoting positive changes in society, as well as systematic efforts to empower women in business.


​For professional achievements and commitment to the empowerment of women in business, in 2012 magazine "Women in business" in cooperation with the Government Office for Gender Equality and the French Embassy, Vedrana has been recognised as "The Woman of the Year”. What followed is her author project "21 paths to success" and LeaderSHE conference - projects that from today's perspective can rightly be called a milestone in promoting women's leadership, raising awareness of the challenges that women face on the path to success in Croatia, and empowering women in the Croatian business environment. In 2021, she re-launched her project in collaboration with Universities and Faculties from five cities in Croatia, consisting of 15 panel discussions and LeaderSHE conference in June 2022. The project got recognition by number of institutions and organisations, among which are President of Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb, Government Office for Gender Equality, EU Parliament – representative office in Croatia, EBRD-European Bank for Reconstruction and development and PWNM-Professional Women and Man Network in Croatia; this time focusing on promoting inclusion, diversity and equality among young professionals in Croatia.

Vedrana is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges, institutes and universities. She actively participates as a program advisor, moderator and panellist in the leading conferences in Croatia, region and Europe on the real estate and investments. She has been active as a mentor in numerous domestic and foreign programs dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship among women and youth. She actively participates in the establishment of new and innovative educational and mentoring programs such as AmCham talents established in 2014, and the most recent one "Women in the lead" delivered by Academy for Political Development and under the auspices of the US Embassy in Croatia.

Vedrana is also giving her professional contribution by acting in the juries and judging panels of prestigious European awards. In 2022. Vedrana has been elected as a jury member for Europa Property CRE Awards and a Member of the Programme board of the professional conference Arhibau 2022. 

Education

After Political Sciences in Zagreb, Vedrana graduated from the New York Institute of Finance with a degree in Mergers and Acquisitions, the Academy for Political Development and the UN Academy. In 2016, she obtained an EMBA title at an International business school in Zagreb, while in 2018 she became a certified expert according to RICS standards. In early 2022, she got her degree on University of Oxford at Organisational Resilience Programme, becoming the first formally educated specialist for that area in wider Europe.

Memberships & Involvements

Vedrana is Co-founder and Board member of SOS Zagreb – association dedicated to promotion of civil rights, transparency and justice in context of reconstruction of public and private buildings destroyed during series of severe earthquakes that stroke Zagreb in 2020, and Founder and President of Association for positive changes in the society. During last 15 years, she has been the President of the British Chamber in Croatia and First Vice president of American Chamber of Commerce and the Initiator, Founder and President of the Croatia Green Building Council, where she holds a lifetime position of Honorary Member. 

Vedrana is a member of IWCZ – International Women Club Zagreb, program advisor for Women's Weekend 2022 and World Green Building Council #BuildingLife Campaign Ambassador.

Clients

Bluehouse Capital, INA, Deloitte, Hypo Bank, Allegheny Financial, AIG/ Lincoln, Adris, Tulipan Group, Zagreb Montaža Group, Verdispar, Mepas/ Brodomerkur, GTC, IFC, LHB, ADAMA, Pramerica, Kaufland, Pliva, B-net, British Embassy, EBRD, INA d.d., WOQOD Qatar, Badel 1862, Crodux, Istracement d.d., BTC Slovenia, Microsoft, HEP d.d, Dogus Group, NLB, DUTB, Centrice, Unicredit ZABA, Quadriga, B2 Kapital, IIB - International Investment Bank Bahrein, Microsoft, L'Oreal, GM, Booking.com, VMD, Apple,...

Services

Skills

Destination Consulting, Planning, Sustainability, Lease Advisory, Seniors Housing

Service Lines

Landlord Representation , Tenant Representation, Corporate Solutions, Project Management

Property Type

Hotel, Industrial, Office, Retail, Healthcare-Medical, Land, Multifamily-Apartment, Residential

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Vedrana Likan is the winner of this year's Female Business Leader Award

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