Ivan was a high-school exchange student in the USA, and liked it well enough to continue his studies in the United States. In choosing between biology and economics, he opted for the later, mostly because the college was located in Atlanta, the site of then next Olympics. Becoming a Bachelor of Business Administration at the Georgia State University, he returned to Croatia, got a job in a big international audit company and because of work, no longer had time for sports or private life.
He has worked at EY in positions ranging from the Audit Assistant to the Head of Transaction Services for Croatia, Slovenia and B&H. He was then a Director of Financial Controlling at Addiko Bank and finally Director of Audit at Mazars Cinotti Audit.
In all his jobs, he worked with a bunch of high-quality professionals and one or two of a lower quality, who pushed him into constant development and professional growth. He has gained experience in auditing, accounting standards, transactions (due diligences and valuations), forensics, controlling and managing companies and teams of people.
After completing his studies, Ivan passed the exams at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). In January 2022 he completed Algebra University College’s education for the Specialist for the development and implementation of projects financed from EU funds. He was also a member of the internal education training teams at EY and Mazars locally and globally and is a lecturer at the Croatian Institute of Finance.
He thought about starting his own business consulting company for a long time and together with his former colleague and current sister-in-law Ivana, he often droned about the benefits of such an independence. From the idea, they established Eonea – a small company for a great advice:).
During her professional career in audit/consulting companies, Ivana worked on forensic engagements, external audits of stand-alone and consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS and CFRS, other assurance services (including agreed-upon-procedures related to verification of financial reports of EU funded projects), internal audits, due diligence projects of companies from various industries as well as other transaction-related activities in Croatia and the region (Slovenia, Romania, Kosovo).
She spent most of her career in Big4 companies (EY and PwC Croatia). For the last 5.5 years before founding Eonea she actively participated in the development and provision of forensic services in PwC Croatia, leading the local Forensics department.
Ivana “fell in love” with forensics relatively early in her career, working on a forensic project as an auditor. Specializing later in forensics, she worked on investigations and forensic reviews, compliance reviews relating to specific regulatory anti-fraud requirements (most often with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – FCPA) or internal anti-fraud regulations; provided support in international arbitrations and commercial litigations before local courts in the region, provided corporate intelligence services, forensic support in audit projects and advice on fraud prevention or compliance improvements. Ivana provided forensic services primarily to private and to a lesser extent public sector companies from various industries in Croatia and the region (Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Ivana graduated from the Faculty of Economics, is a certified auditor accredited by the Croatian Audit Chamber and a Fellow Member (FCCA) of the international Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). In January 2022 she completed Algebra University College’s education for the Specialist for development and implementation of projects financed from EU funds.
She is also the Vice President of the Croatian Chapter of the international Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and from 2016 the second holder of the Certified Fraud Examiner certificate in Croatia (CFE).