Gajo Vanka

Gajo Vanka

Founding President at Ivy League Club of Serbia
Lives in Belgrade, Serbia
over 6 months ago

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Ambitious, reliable, responsible, and proactive (analytics and business transformation) professional with more than twenty years of business management experience in private sector encompassing: strategic-financial planning | reporting&analytics | effective decision-making process, coordination and implementation of projects in the field of telecommunications, agribusiness and trade.

Skilled in planning diversified business | go-to-market strategies regarding the various commodities dictated by the actual demand.

Strong background in making confident executive decisions during the extensive business experience.

In-depth knowledge of European markets, especially of Agribusiness, FMCG, ICT, Telecommunications, and Automotive industry.

Possess wide professional and academic knowledge & expertise and can offer a great variety of tasks in the field of business economics, international business & finance as well.

Global consultant who provides services & expert advice to management companies in the field of business such as strategic & marketing planning | decision-making process.

Main specialties are lying in the field of business economics | management – covering extensive knowledge of: managerial economics, pricing theory, international business, strategy, finance, project management, managerial | financial accounting, investment management (encompassing capital budgeting, investment appraisal, or dealing with financial instruments), business analytics & reporting, marketing, market research & analysis, as well as quantitative methods.

Honorary Adviser in the Honorary Board of Global Advisers for Confederation of International Accreditation Commission (CIAC Global):

Honorary Adviser & Editorial Board Member at Unified Brain(z) of India Publications

Licensed Person with Professional Title – PM:
a license for performance of investment advisory activities by the Securities Commission prior to commencement of performance of these activities.


  • Strategic Partner

    American Management Association - Belgrade, Serbia

    Sales & Marketing
    June 2018 - Now · 8 months

    The Serbian Management Association serves as a strategic partner of the American Management Association and provides AMA’s Management Training Seminars, Courses, and Programs. Management training courses & seminars are led by expert AMA faculty. Millions of managers and project leaders choose AMA for their training solutions.

  • Strategic Partner

    Management Centre Europe (MCE) - Belgrade, Serbia

    Sales & Marketing
    June 2018 - Now · 8 months

    The Serbian Management Association serves as a strategic partner of the Management Centre Europe (MCE) which is one of the largest providers of training programmes and in-company training in the EMEA region.

  • Chief Executive Officer

    Serbian Management Association - Belgrade, Serbia

    October 2017 - Now · 1 year and 4 months

  • Head of Representative Office

    Zagreb School of Economics and Management - Belgrade, Serbia

    Revenue Management
    June 2016 - Now · 2 years and 8 months

  • Deputy Chief Financial and Operating Officer

    BigPizza - Bor, Serbia

    May 2015 - Now · 3 years and 9 months

  • Founder

    Serbian Ivy League Advisor - Bor, Serbia

    November 2014 - Now · 4 years and 3 months

    We are advising students who are seeking admission to the Ivy League (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale) and other top schools (such as MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley). We have a unique, innovative and systematic approach whereby we strategically analyze your profile to maximize your chances of admission to the college of your choice. We maximize your utmost potential by designing an individualized approach to effectively express yourself when applying. We also provide guidance early on in high school to help you optimize your path to the Ivy League and other top colleges. We will also help you identify suitable universities to apply to and help you strengthen your chances of admission. ALL of our college admissions advisors are Ivy-educated; no other educational consulting firm can offer this. We have extensive experience in helping students get accepted to Ivy League and other top graduate/medical/law/business schools.

  • Founding President

    Ivy League Club of Serbia - Belgrade, Serbia

    November 2014 - Now · 4 years and 3 months

    The Ivy League Alumni Club of Serbia is a premier advocacy organization representing alumni of the eight Ivy League institutions: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale. We are committed to cultivating the community of over hundred alumni of Serbian descent connected through our Ivy League experiences in the following ways: * To serve as a professional and personal development resource; * To impact our institutions by addressing recruitment and retention of students and faculty of Serbian descent; * To promote civic engagement within our membership and the greater community. Serbian alumnus face-to-face social network - free, unlimited access to unparalleled career and professional resources and the most powerful network in city of Belgrade. The Ivy League Alumni Club of Serbia is a rapidly growing organization currently intended/designed for Serbian undergraduates, postgraduates, postdoctoral fellows, professors and research associates in all the Ivy League schools who share the same passion and dedication to promote Serbian talent. We mainly seek to enable young students from Serbia to access a greater variety of academic institutions, but not limited to, Ivy League schools. Furthermore, the Ivy League Alumni Club of Serbia serves as a platform for networking, exchange of ideas and community building among its members.


  • Bosnian
    Native or fluent
  • Croatian
    Native or fluent
  • Serbian
    Native or fluent
  • English
    Native or fluent
  • Russian
    Professional working
  • German
    Professional working
  • Italian
    Limited working
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