Nada Švob-Đokić is Emeritus, Culture and Communications Department, Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb. PhD Švob-Đokić was the director of IRMO (1989 -1994) and deputy minister for international cooperation in the Ministry of Science and Technology (2002-2004). She has been consultant to UN organisations (UNDP, UNESCO, ISDRI); to the EU agencies (EU Research Directorate L, EACEA) and to the Council of Europe (Comité Directeur de la Culture – CDCULT) on issues such as technical cooperation, the position of women in development projects, EU cooperation with third countries, regional Southeast European cultural and scientific cooperation, cultural policies and multicultural relations. Švob-Đokić’s wide professional experience reflects her main research interests in cultural, media, science and technology development, transitions and public policies in these areas. Her recent research projects include: The Creative and Knowledge Industries in the Countries in Transition (2001-2006); Global Influences and Local Cultural Change (2007-2013); Questioning Transitional Dynamics in Re-defining Cultural Identities in Southeastern Europe(2010-2011), and the participation in EU FP7 project MEDIADEM-European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing and Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems (2010 -2013) as a leading researcher of the Croatian team. Ms. Švob-Đokić’s bibliography includes 320 published (in Zagreb, Paris, New York, Prague, Moscow, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Rome and Skopje) articles, studies, monographs, research reports, authored and edited books in Croatian, English, French or other languages.