Born 6th of June 1974 Mr. Zdravko Tušek graduated 2002. at Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb, MBc Crop production. He is a senior expert with over 15 years of relevant professional experiences in agriculture sector (agricultural advisory service; agricultural policy; development and harmonization of national agricultural subsidy schemes; implementation of EU Common Agricultural Policy) as well as in design, establishment and management of tools for CAP implementation (Paying agency, IACS, LPIS and other SW solutions). His responsibility also included the establishment and maintenance of communication flows between Ministry of Agriculture, Managing Authority, Certifying Body, European Commission (DG Agri), European Court of Auditors, and other European bodies.
He has broad professional and practical experience in institutional development and capacity building of administration regarding payment systems (setting up agricultural paying agency; SAPARD/IPARD, EAGF and EAFRD, IACS and LPIS), especially in implementation and applying accreditation criteria for paying agencies.
In period from 2009 till 2014 he was assistant director of the Croatian Paying agency, where he was responsible for design, development, implementation and management of EU pre-accession funds (SAPARD and IPARD), EAGF and EAFRD funds, including EU administration standards (IACS /LPIS system), and internal control management.
He collected experiences in Croatia and other Member States as well as in EU candidate countries. Mr. Tušek worked as senior expert in number of international projects, in Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Turkey, Kosovo and Serbia in the field of CAP, payment systems in agriculture and rural development and IACS/LPIS systems.
From December 2016, he is director general, responsible for managing Croatian Advisory service (for agriculture and forestry). His main task is establishment and management of the system of counseling of farmers, foresters and fishermen.
He is fluent in written and spoken English with communication, organizational, analytical, management, negotiation and reporting skills as well as an extensive experience in conducting meetings, training and seminars.