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

Vedrana Likan received the Female Business Leader Award

Vedrana Likan, Managing Partner at Colliers, is the winner of this year's Female Business Leader award given by Emerging Europe, an organization dedicated to the development of 23 countries from Central through Eastern Europe to the Southern Caucasus. The Emerging Europe Awards celebrate these countries' achievements in sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship. Vedrana Likan received the award at a grand awards ceremony in Brussels. 

The Female Business Leader Award is given to women in leadership positions who have made significant and inspiring contributions to their organizations in the past year. The award especially values leaders who encourage other women to develop their careers and who are mentors to a new generation of leaders in the business world.

This year, 17 successful business women were nominated for the award, and the winner was decided by the votes of the jury and the audience. The jury pointed out that our Managing Partner was awarded for her long-term commitment to promoting positive social change and the systematic empowerment of women in the business world.

"For men, taking the lead usually evokes a sense of power, and for women a sense of responsibility. Most female leaders share the traits of empathy, togetherness, and courage. The success of a woman leader is never solely her personal merit. It is the result of the whole team. It is the leader's responsibility to focus her charisma and energy, adhering to moral and ethical values, on the right things in order to participate in positive social changes, "said Vedrana Likan.

In order to encourage other women to take leading positions, Vedrana Likan is organizing a LeaderSHE conference in Zagreb on Thursday, June 30, 2022. It is a conference that will bring together leaders from the Croatian business world, politics and the non-governmental sector.


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Vedrana Likan

Managing Partner


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.

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