About the author


željko burcar
PhD, Željko Burcar

Born: August 15, 1961Zagreb, Croatia

Married, four children


  • 1981-1985: University level, University of kineziology in Zagreb
  • 1994-1997: Magistery of science, University of kineziology in Zagreb
  • 1998-2001: MATRA international study of non profit management (600 hours of training and lessons)
  • 2006: General Management Program, The William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan
  • 2006: CBA - Croma Business Academy, Building Brands
  • 2006: CBA - Croma Business Academy, Leadership
  • 2006: Leadership, All Hallowes College, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2010: Ph.D. University in Rijeka

  • 1986-1989: Commercialist and trainer, Domitex - Osijek, Commercialist for the region between Zagreb, Varaždin and Krapina.
  • 1989-1995: Teacher of kineziology, Industrijska strojarska škola Zagreb (high school)
  • 1995-2001: Principal of Elementary School F.K.Frankopana, Zagreb. Successes are published on web and  in my books: The meaningful management of systems changes, Leadership in primary school.
  • 2001-2002: Development manager, Školska knjiga d.d. (Board member); In my project I had responsibility to built up a training & development team to increase and establish excellent communication / cooperation between functional sector, team for communication with client, researching market at the first side and to promoting products at the other side, to improve main process of the firm, and to include team (as a new part of organizational structure) in existing organizational structure of the firm. Results were: new products, new approaches to the market, new organizational structure, and increased market share (from 34% to 42% in the two years)
  • 2002-2003: Teacher of kineziology, Industrijska strojarska škola Zagreb (high school)
  • 2003-2005: CBA - Principal in the Elementary School Lauder-Lea Deutsch, the first Jewish School in Croatia after almost 60 years. I have responsibility to: organize, adapt, renovate and equip the space, make the program, make the legislation, register the school, find the staff, get the approval from Ministry of education for the operation and lead the school. Business plans, budget, reports and all correspondences with donator Ronald S. Lauder Foundation are in English language. I have C-1 diploma
  • 2004: Manager for coordination and implementation of postgraduate study, University in Zagreb: Management for non-profit organizations and social advocacy – honorary job. Budget, financial survey, projects, plans, programs and reports I make in English language



  • Tennis and alpine ski teacher and trainer
  • Higher lecturer on Faculty of Kineziology , University of Zagreb, from 1995
  • Project & Executive Manager for postgraduate study: Management for Non-profit Organizations and Social Advocacy, University of Zagreb, from April, 2004
  • Lecturer on postgraduate study:  Management for Non-profit Organizations and Social Advocacy I lecture the subject: Practical course of managerial skills – training and development
  • Lecturer and trainer: managerial and leadership skills: Education and Teacher Training Agency
  • I was first president of Croatian Manager Association of Non-profit Organization
  • Independent consultant for non-profit management



  • Consultant and trainer in managerial skills for head teachers - Croatian Institute of Education (1998-2001)
  • Taskforce: Project Source, improvement of Croatian educational system (2001-2003) - Croatian Institute of Education
  • Task force: Pupils evaluation - changes in a book of regulations  (1999) - Croatian Institute of Education
  • Task force for the Croatian educational standard (2000) - Croatian Institute of Education
  • Project Challenge (IZAZOV)– Nederland project with Croatian Government. Employment and self-employment for individual with special needs - disabled persons. In the project, as board member I have responsibilities to: develop business, support and teach disabled persons for opening firms and established it on the market. Until now we opened three firms: Zagreb Challenge (inks for inkjet printers), Slatki /Sweet/ Challenge (making cakes) and Zeleni / Green/ Challenge (breeding




I am directed to the people, goals and quality. I comprehend educational system in all segments. People apprise that I can successfully motivate team co-workers and help them to reach committed goals. I possess developed verbal, nonverbal and literary communication. My superiors apprise that I have excellent public performance. I am active listener, excellent collaborator and I make decisions. People usually describe me as a manager and leader because I have vision, organizational skills and I delegate the authority and responsibility but at least I take the responsibility.

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