Marko Curavić is the Head of the Unit “Space Research” in the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission. The Unit administers the space research part of the Horizon 2020 Programme supporting European research to develop innovative technologies for scientific, public or commercial purposes and strengthening the competitiveness of the European space sector.
Between May 2009 and May 2015 Marko was the Head of the Unit “Entrepreneurship and Social Economy” in the “Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission.” As such, he was engaged in the establishment of the European exchange programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, the promotion of entrepreneurial education, the support of women entrepreneurs and the fostering of a second chance for honest bankrupt entrepreneurs.
Before joining the European Commission, Marko worked inter alia as investment officer in the ICT sector for the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) in Istanbul/Turkey, as assistant director of strategy for T-Croatian Telecommunications (Deutsche Telekom Group) in Zagreb / Croatia and with McKinsey & Company, in Munich / Germany. His main areas of professional interest are entrepreneurship, venture financing, tech and business innovation, change management and human resource development. Marko holds a degree in business administration from the Freie Universität Berlin and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.