Executive Director for the Research and Statistics, Croatian National Bank
Velimir Šonje served as Executive Director for the Research and Statistics at the Croatian National Bank (1995-2000), he was Board Member of Raiffeisenbank Austria d.d. Zagreb (2000-2003), and Chairman of supervisory boards of Raiffeisen Pension Fund Management Company and Raiffeisen Investment Fund Management Company (2002 and 2003). He was also a partner and CEO of ICF Invest – an investment fund management company in Croatia (2007-2008). During his consulting career, Mr Šonje advised extensively on macroeconomic and financial research, financial development, and financial regulation. In particular, he led the project of developing securitisation regulation in Croatia, advised pension fund management companies on continuation of pension reforms and private sector clients on asset management strategies. He occasionally works as a short-term consultant to the World Bank and the IMF. He was involved in policy and regulatory design, drafting and presenting strategic policy documents, such as national development plans, as well as plans for reform in the fields of finance, better regulation and professional services. He worked on projects in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia and the UK. Mr Šonje is one of the most influential economic analysts and commentators in Croatia and South East Europe.