Founder and Managing Director
Natko is the Founder and Managing Director of Vlahovic Group LLC, the first specialised government relations and lobbying firm in Croatia. Natko is also a Co-founder and Managing Director of the Croatia-EU Business Council, the first Brussels-based organisation advocating and promoting Croatian business interests in the EU. Currently, Natko is the President of the Croatian Lobbying Association and an Untitled Governor at the American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia.
In 2015, Natko co-wrote the first book on professional lobbying in Croatia called “A Professional Lobbyist – An Interest Advocacy Manual”. Natko was an External Member of the European Affairs Committee within the Croatian Parliament. In July 2015, he was re-elected to a second term as the President of the Croatian Lobbying Association (HDL), an NGO advocating for the regulation of lobbying and mandatory registration for those who wish to influence the executive or legislative branches of government. Prior to starting his own business, Natko led the Brussels office of the Croatian Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises (HOK) and acted as their chief advocate in the EU institutions for seven years. In 1999, he started his professional career at the Croatian Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he worked on various trade promotion and investment relations projects.
Throughout his professional career, he initiated and led many national and international high level government projects as well.
In 2012, Natko completed a Fellowship Programme in Public Policy at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington D.C. In 2011, he participated in a two-week intensive professional lobbying workshop organised by the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at the American University in Washington, D.C. Natko holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Francis College, USA, an M.A. in Croatian Political System and Administration from the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb and an Executive M.B.A. from the Bled School of Management in Slovenia. He frequently lectures and writes about public affairs, lobbying and political representation for private and public sector organisations in Croatia and abroad.