Visiting researchers


Jonatan Jelen

Prior to his current position as attorney and controller in a small law firm Anwalts- und Steuerkanzlei Professor Schmidt and Managing Director of the management consulting firm PS Corporate Solutions in Düsseldorf, Germany, Jonatan Jelen - born in Croatia and having grown up in Germany - spent four years in France and Spain and the last twenty-seven years in the U.S.


After several years as an entrepreneur in Florida, he pursued a career on Wall Street and taught economics, finance, banking and public policy courses at several academic institutions in the New York metropolitan area. For over fifteen years, Dr Jelen was a guest lecturer in Economics at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and for five years he taught courses in entrepreneurship at the graduate programme at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Zagreb. He concentrated his research on strategic design and management, social entrepreneurship and organizational structure at Parsons School of Design, where he created and directed for several years the Master of Science Programme in Strategic Design and Management that innovatively fused design thinking with business logic, economic constraints and organizational realities. Dr Jelen is a prolific writer and has published several dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He holds degrees in Law (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich), Politics and International Relations from LSE, MBAs from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and Baruch College, an M.Phil. in Business from the Graduate School of the City University of New York, an MSIT-Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies de Droit Communautaire (Pantheon-Assas) and a Doctorate in Law (Political Economy) from the Université de Pau, France.



Sargon Nissan

Director of the Financial Transparency Coalition, an international civil society network working to curtail illicit financial flows through the promotion of a transparent, accountable, and sustainable financial system. Sargon has focused on various aspects of financial policy and its reform for many years, encompassing work within the NGO sector, think-tanks, the private sector and the UNDP. He previously led IMF-focused advocacy at the Bretton Woods Project, a civil society network scrutinising the activities of the IMF and World Bank and advocating for reform of the global financial governance architecture. Sargon graduated in economics at the London School of Economics and holds post-graduate degrees in Development Studies as well as Finance and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.



Tanja Kuzman

Doctoral Researcher in Finance at the University of Sheffield Management School. Her research interests are related to corporate and public finance, corporate governance, behaviour of state-owned enterprises and banks, political embeddedness, financing of entrepreneurs and start-ups, innovations and risk management. As a Marie Curie Fellow, Tanja was working at the Institute on the GREY Project from June to September 2017.


David Littlewood

Lecturer in Strategic Management at the University of Sheffield Management School, UK. His research interests include corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, social entrepreneurship and innovation, and the informal economy and undeclared work. In geographical terms, David's research focuses on the developing world - particularly Sub-Saharan Africa, but also Southeast Europe. His work has been published in such journals as Academy of Management Perspectives, California Management Review, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics and Business Strategy and the Environment. David was on secondment at the Institute as a Marie Curie Fellow working on the GREY Project.


Junhong Yang

Lecturer in Finance at the University of Sheffield Management School, UK. He joined Sheffield University in 2015 following the completion of his PhD in Finance from Durham University. His research interests are wide-ranging and include corporate finance; the economics of transition in China; corporate behaviour under imperfect capital markets; mergers and acquisitions; household saving and consumption decisions; economic development; innovations and financial intermediation. He has published in high-profile journals such as Journal of Corporate Finance, and European Journal of Finance. As a Marie Curie Fellow, Junhong was on secondment at the Institute from September 2016 to March 2017 working on the GREY Project.



Dijana Jurinec

Dijana has obtained her Master's degree in Finance from the Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb in 2015. She has been researching the budget and the budget system, indirect taxation and investments in research and development.


Marina Polak

Marina graduated in 2012 from the University of Sheffield, after which she started the doctoral programme at the same institution. As a Visiting Researcher, she has been at the Institute since September 2014 until February 2016, working on the project Out of the Shadows: developing capacities and capabilities for tackling undeclared work in Bulgaria, Croatia and FYR Macedonia. In her doctoral research she has focused on undeclared work in Slovenia, using social networks/contacts in informal relationships as well as paid and unpaid services.



Daniela Pirvu

Daniela is a Professor at the University of Pitesti. She has stayed at the Institute from January to February 2015 to work on her postdoctoral research project POSDRU/159/1.5/S/138907 "Excellence in scientific interdisciplinary research, doctoral and postdoctoral, in the economic, social and medical fields – EXCELIS“. She was researching current approaches regarding public policies for economy and society.


Karlo Kostanjevec

Karlo graduated in 2013 at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb and obtained his Master's degree at the Central European University in Budapest. He stayed at the Institute from November 2014 to April 2015 and worked on the research Public Participation in Government's Fiscal Policy and Budget Processes, funded by the Open Society Foundation's Think Tank Young Professional Development Program.

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