Who's Who of Top Executives

Irena Zubcevic


Title: Chief of Branch DESA
Company: United Nations
Location: Forest Hills, New York, United States

Irena Zubcevic, MS, DSD/DESA, Chief of Branch DESA at United Nations, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in sustainable development.

Having accrued more than 30 years of inimitable professional experience in her field, Ms. Zubcevic has dedicated her career to achieving sustainable development in order to improve the lives of all people worldwide, as well as the planet. Since 2016, she has excelled as the chief of ocean and climate branch division for sustainable development with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, as well as Chief of Branch DESA. Prior, she gained experience as the senior sustainable development officer for the United Nations from 2008 to 2016. In 2012, she notably received a Certificate of Appreciation for Dedicated Service to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Prior to her years with the United Nations, Ms. Zubcevic served as a minister plenipotentiary with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia from 1992 to 2008. She had also been the head of English news service at the Croatian news agency, HINA, from 1991 to 1992 and an adviser to the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Croatia from 1990 to 1991. Finding international success in her career, Ms. Zubcevic speaks fluent English, French, Spanish, German, Russian and all of the languages from her region of Eastern Europe. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and International Society of Sustainability Professionals and also sits on the board for Soroptimist International of New York City.

A prolific writer and speaker in addition to her primary roles, Ms. Zubcevic is the author of, “Gateway Portals to the City: Reshaping Cities and the Urban Rural Continuum Through Gateway Portals,” presented at the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization in 2017. In 2016, her works, “Countries in Special Situations” and “Inclusive Institutions for Sustainable Development,” were presented with the United Nation’s Global Sustainable Development Report. She has also authored, “Economic Diplomacy” for the Yearbook of the Croatian Diplomatic Academy in 2002, along with various other contributions to professional journals in her field.

Ms. Zubcevic received a Bachelor of Science in humanities and linguistics in 1978 and a Master of Science in humanities and social sciences in 1985, both from the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Additionally, she holds certificates in public administration from Harvard University, in diplomacy from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, in public diplomacy from Cambridge University and in diplomacy and counselor examination from the Croatian Foreign Ministry Diplomatic Academy. Looking ahead in her career, Ms. Zubcevic looks forward to continuing work in her field, as she believes there is still much work to be done in order to improve people’s lives. She also sees herself entering the world of advocacy regarding climate change, oceans and transportation. She attributes her distinguishable success up until now to a love for her work, as well as the desire to make a difference and empower people so they can do the same in other areas.

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