Vesna Girardi-Jurkić

Vesna Girardi-Jurkić (15 January 1944 – 25 August 2012) was a Croatian archeologist and museologist. She formerly served as the Croatian Minister of Education, Culture and Sport in the period between April 1992 and October 1994 in the cabinets of Prime Ministers Franjo Gregurić, Hrvoje Šarinić and Nikica Valentić. She was the first woman to be appointed a minister in a Croatian cabinet since independence.

Vesna Girardi-Jurkić
Minister of Education, Culture
and Sports
In office
15 April 1992 – 3 April 1993
Prime MinisterFranjo Gregurić (1992)
Hrvoje Šarinić (1992–1993)
Preceded byVlatko Pavletić
Minister of Culture and Education
In office
3 April 1993 – 18 October 1994
Prime MinisterNikica Valentić
Succeeded byZlatko Vitez
Personal details
Born(1944-01-15)15 January 1944
Zagreb, Independent State of Croatia
Died25 August 2012(2012-08-25) (aged 68)
Pula, Croatia
Political partyNone (formerly Croatian Democratic Union and Democratic Centre)
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb
(Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Born in Zagreb in 1944, her family moved to Pula in 1947, where she finished high school.[1] Girardi-Jurkić went on to graduate from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb in 1968, majoring in archeology and English.[2] Between 1969 and 1991 she held various positions at the Archeological Museum of Istria in Pula. In 1992 she was appointed Minister of Education, Culture and Sport and held the post until 1994, when she was named Croatia's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.[2]

In 2001 she briefly returned to the Archeological Museum of Istria before going on to head the International Research Centre for Archaeology Brijuni-Medulin. Her primary interest is the study of archeological sites from classical antiquity around Istria.[2] She authored several books about the subject.


  1. ^ "Vesna Girardi-Jurkić" (in Croatian). Muzejski dokumentacijski centar. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b c GIRARDI JURKIĆ, VESNA. "HistricaNova" (in Croatian). HistricaNova. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vlatko Pavletić
0Minister of Education, Culture and Sports0
Succeeded by
Zlatko Vitez
as Minister of Culture
Succeeded by
Ljilja Vokić
as Minister of Education and Sports