Ambassador Vladimir Drobnjak
Prior to his second appointment as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations in New York (1 August 2013), Ambassador Vladimir Drobnjak has served as the first Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union (EU) in Brussels (July 2013), Head of the Mission of Croatia to the EU in Brussels (February 2012 - June 2013) and Chief Negotiator for the negotiations on the accession of Croatia to the EU (January 2005 - February 2012).
Before being appointed as the Permanent Representative of Croatia to the UN for the first time (July 2003 – February 2005) he has served as the Head of the Mission of Croatia to the European Communities in Brussels (December 2000 – June 2003), Chairman of the Third Working Table (Defense and Security) of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (February 2002 – December 2003), Member of the Negotiating Team of Croatia for the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU (2000 - 2001), National Coordinator for the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (1999 – 2000) and Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Zagreb (1997 – 2000).
Born and educated in Zagreb, Croatia, Ambassador Drobnjak started his career in 1980 as a journalist and in 1986 he became Editor in Chief of the Sunday Vjesnik. Ambassador Drobnjak subsequently moved to New York as a USA and UN correspondent for Croatian dailies Vjesnik and Večernji List, and for Croatian Radio and TV (1988 – 1992).