Stjepan is a behavioral scientist serving as director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for HIV Strategic Information. He founded the Center in 2003 committed to helping countries develop strategic information for a more effective HIV response by providing innovative training programs and technical assistance. More than 2600 professionals from 105 countries in Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Middle East, Asia, and Australia have been trained in HIV surveillance and monitoring and evaluation.
He is also a tenured professor at University of Zagreb School of Medicine, where he was leading joint educational, research, and consultancy projects with the London School of Economics and Political Science, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, Bocconi Univerisity Milan, University of Trieste, and Ljubljana University. He is the principal investigator for the Global GRAND Project (2018-2021) involving research teams from Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital, Ljubljana, and Zagreb School of Medicine.
Stjepan has authored a total of 156 peer-reviewed papers with leading global publishers such as Springer Publishing, Elsevier Science, Wiley-Blackwell, and Pergamon Press. He also worked as a consultant for international organizations such as The World Bank, EU Commission, and WHO.
Stjepan is best known for his projects fostering innovative health care interventions and research in the area of tobacco control, obesity prevention, and new types of addictions, including internet addiction. His pivotal projects were featured in the Lancet and the BMJ, and he was quoted in the leading international media, including Reuters, CNN, BBC, NBC, Associated Press, and RTL. He writes a blog for the Huffington Post.
Stjepan is married with three children. In his early days, he was active in track and field. He regularly runs a half-marathon.
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