Ivana Baćović

Edited on 20/03/2024

Ivana Baćović

  • Croatia

  • English, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Montenegrin
  • ivana.bacovic@gmail.com
Availability :
Available for Lead Expert role and Ad-hoc expertise missions

Validated Expert info

Expert can perform the Lead expert role and Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:

  1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities
  2. Thematic expertise:
    > Communication
    > Social Innovation
    > Knowledge Economy
    > Local Economy
  3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
    > Integrated and participatory design of strategies
    > Sustaining engagement of stakeholders and translating strategies into actions


A professional committed to sustainable development, educated and experienced in the field of social sciences, economy-management & business and communication, with two decades of experience in validated thematic expertise – communication, social innovation, knowledge economy, local economy.

Results-oriented, with effective communication skills and down to earth approach, throughout her professional career Ivana was holding the responsibility for the promotion of innovative solutions, the principles of sustainable development, SDGs, corporate social responsibility.

Ivana was engaged as a Communication Officer at the joint secretariat of the Interreg-IPA CBC BGRS programme 2014-2020, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the communication strategy of this territorial cooperation programme. While working in her other positions, such as an HR instructor at GrECo Group or Quality & Training Manager at Serbian Automotive Cluster, she was also responsible for internal and external communication with stakeholders, clients, etc.

Experienced in projects and positions in the field of local economy development, from consulting and implementation of management systems and tools, cluster development, design and implementation of strategies, SMEs capacity building, LMS (Learning Management System), organisation and delivery of trainings, to the promotion of sustainability at international-regional-local level, as well as through regular business activities. She was engaged in developing and implementing tailor-made HR solutions in international context, in different cultural environments and aligned with the EU Cohesion Policy.

As an expert, Ivana was engaged by the project partners-beneficiaries in the EU and UN funded projects aimed at economic growth for businesses and well-being for citizens. Projects she participated in were aimed at improving the economic competitiveness, social resilience, and quality of life, with innovative solutions in the segment of business operations, social responsibility, with focus on underrepresented groups, as well as solutions aimed at the development of the entire community through the implementation of triple bottom line principle – economy, society, environment, as the flywheel for social and economic development of the local community.

She has been a member of the Committee for sustainability and social responsibility at ISS for almost two decades, and participated in standards development, such as ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on Social Responsibility, and a series of standards related to sustainable cities and communities: Sustainable development in communities - Management system for sustainable development; Sustainable cities and communities - Indicators for city services and quality of life; Sustainable cities and communities - Vocabulary; Smart community infrastructures - Smart transportation for compact cities; Sustainable procurement; Public procurement - Integrity and accountability; Women's entrepreneurship.