Natasha Srdoc

Author, Economist, Co-Founder, Adriatic Institute and International Leaders Summit. Former corporate banker and former contributor, EIU.

With a background in business, corporate banking and public policy research, Natasha Srdoc has written and delivered speeches and presented high-level briefings on economics, investments, justice, security, trade and reform issues. Born in Rijeka, Croatia, her combined experiences in then communist-Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe, the European Union, the United States and the recent engagement in India, provides readers a depth of understanding and clear insights on current and relevant issues impacting citizens and taxpayers. Natasha Srdoc received her Master in Business Administration (MBA), magna cum laude, from Bentley University's McCallum Graduate School of Business, Waltham, Greater Boston, Massachusetts, and her Bachelor's of Science degree in Economics from the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics, Rijeka, Croatia. In 2003, Srdoc launched the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy, an independent think tank in post-communist Croatia focused on advancing the rule of law, transparency measures and market reforms in Eastern Europe. In 2004, she co-founded the International Leaders Summit (ILS) initially focusing on the transatlantic economy, security and reform issues with high-level events in Brussels, Washington, DC and capital cities across Eastern Europe including Belgrade, Ljubljana, Warsaw and Zagreb. The International Leaders Summit, now based in the United States, has expanded its efforts by hosting America’s Roundtable forums and its newly launched strategic endeavor in strengthening the US - India partnership. The ILS events gather principled reformers joined by academicians, business, media and government leaders. Srdoc co-organized high-level events on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and partnering think tanks in raising public awareness of risks related to money laundry, political corruption, transnational organized crime, terrorism financing and the perilous Balkan Route. Srdoc has briefed elected officials in Europe and the US on issues ranging from the transatlantic economy, Europe, the Balkan region, economic reforms and effective strategies to combat corruption and transnational organized crime. Srdoc has also participated in strategic meetings and briefed cabinet ministers within Europe and senior administration officials in The White House, Washington, DC, on US and European affairs and efforts to advance accountability and transparency measures with a focus on recovering illicit financial outflows which have hemorrhaged economies in Eastern Europe. Srdoc has been involved in public policy research and publishing articles and reports offering policy solutions to economic issues and governance through mainstream media. Srdoc's interviews, articles and commentaries have appeared in Europe and the United States through The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Swiss based business daily –Le Temps, CNN’s website, Deutsche Press Agency, EUObserver, The Financial Times, Forbes Magazine, The Parliament (Brussels), The Sunday Times (UK) and The Washington Times. Srdoc was featured through interviews presented by BBC Radio, Radio France International, Voice of America and regional broadcast media. For five years, Natasha Srdoc was regular contributor to The Economist Group's Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Srdoc was a corporate banker with Bank Austria Creditanstalt and HVB Bank Group in Zagreb, Croatia. Srdoc co-authored a book with Joel Anand Samy for Croatia and southeast Europe titled "Flat Tax - The Case for Tax Reform". Srdoc’s efforts in advancing the flat tax resulted in eastern Europe’s policymakers and reformers using Srdoc’s Flat Tax book when adopting the specific tax reform. Srdoc’s articles on the flat tax and tax reform have been translated into the languages of Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Russian and the languages of the Balkan region.