Oliver Kesar, PhD

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Oliver Kesar, PhD
Name and surname
Oliver Kesar
B 401
Office Hours
  • Tuesday: 14:00 - 16:00
Curriculum Vitae 

Prof. Oliver Kesar was born in Zagreb on December 29th, 1974. After completing his primary education, in 1993 he finished his secondary education at the High School for Tourism and Hospitality in Zagreb. In October 1997, he graduated from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics & Business with a bachelor's degree in tourism. In March 2000, at the same Faculty, he completed his scientific postgraduate study with a Master of Science Degree in tourism policy and development. Finally, in June 2006, he completed his doctoral studies at the same Faculty defending his doctor's thesis on the economic effects of tourist consumption.

Since March 1st he continuously works at the Department of Tourism, Faculty of Economics & Business. His first position was Junior Assistant, then in April 2000 the Faculty Council promoted him to the position of Research and Teaching Assistant for the course "Tourism Economics". In March 2004 he was promoted to the position of Assistant for the courses "Tourism Economics" and "Tourism Policy and Development". In April 2007, he was elected Assistant Professor, in June 2012 Associate Professor, and in January 2018 Full Professor at the same Department. In June 2023 he was promoted to the position of Tenured Professor. All the elections were conducted in social sciences, the field of economics, the branch of trade and tourism.
During his 25 years of working experience in the science and higher education system, he proved himself as a teacher, scientist, researcher, reviewer, and consultant. The main areas of his expertise are tourism economics, tourism consumption, special interest tourism, managing visitor attractions, and collaboration networks in tourism. He has participated in several scientific and professional projects and has been a member of a number of program, scientific and organizational committees of international scientific conferences. Up to now, he has published more than 40 scientific papers in scientific books, university textbooks, scientific journals, and books of proceedings from international scientific conferences, either alone or in co-authorship. In 2011, he won the "Mijo Mirković" award for the co-authorship of the university textbook "Tourism: economic fundamentals and organizational system" (written in Croatian).
He is the course director and teaches "Tourism Economics", "Special Interest Tourism", "Tourist Attraction Management" and "Fundamentals of Tourism" at all study levels at the Faculty of Economics & Business. During his career, he has participated in the teaching of more than 20 different courses in the field of tourism at the University of Dubrovnik Department of Economics and Business, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, and the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He has gained a wealth of academic experience in direct work with students, performing all forms of teaching, as well as mentoring over 300 student theses at all levels of study. For his teaching work, students regularly rewarded him with grades of more than 4.50 (out of a maximum of 5.00).
He is a member of the editorial boards of two international scientific journals, namely "Zagreb International Review of Economics and Business" and "Tourism and Hospitality Management". So far, he has reviewed over 80 articles and papers for numerous scientific journals and books of proceedings from international scientific conferences but also reviewed scientific books, scientific project proposals and university study programs in the field of tourism. As a delegate and moderator, he has participated in many international scientific conferences and round tables on tourism and has participated in organizing and realizing numerous study trips of students. During his career, he served as a Vice Dean for human resources and infrastructure at home Faculty, as a full member of the Social-Humanities Council of the University of Zagreb, and as a substitute member in the Senate of the University of Zagreb. In a professional context, he is a full member of the Croatian Society of Economists (CSE) and the Croatian Meeting Professionals Association (CMPA). In a scientific context, he is also a full member of Scientific Council for Tourism and Space of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (CASA). He was enrolled in the Registry of Scientists of the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education under registration number 234581. He is fluent in English and has basic knowledge of Slovenian, German, and Estonian languages.