Maja Čakarun is a communications expert with ten years of professional experience in public relations and project management. Currently, she works with Zagreb based communication consulting company “Communication Office Colić, Laco & Partners” as a consultant, managing clients from different industry. Previously Ms Čakarun worked as a communication expert within the project of the European Commission Representation in Zagreb and was engaged as a lecturer at University of Applied Sciences VERN, Studies of Media and Public Relations, for the course “PR Practicum”. Before that she oversaw media relations, development and implementation of a communication plan and the management of social media, as a Head of the PR Department at Zagreb City Holding Ltd for six years. Previously in her career she was a Spokeswoman for the Central Finance and Contracting Agency (SAFU), project manager and publicity officer at the Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for EU project portfolio. She also worked as a junior EU communication and visibility expert with the international consulting companies Hulla&Co Human Dynamics KG and Ecorys. Earlier in her career she was a reporter with daily newspapers and radio, after which she continued professional path as a communication expert.
She holds Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Masters of Arts in European Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium, and was trained in public relations as part of numerous trainings and seminars. From August 2013 to December 2014, she spent in the United States as a Fellow within professional development program Hubert H. Humphrey, in the field of communications at Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ. Also, during the program she worked with the global communications consulting company APCO Worldwide in Washington, DC.
Ms Čakarun is a member of the Croatian Public Relations Association and member of the Steering Board of the Academy for Political Development.