Irena Zubcevic selected as Most Inspirational Member of the Year in Sustainable Development by IAOTP

New York, NY, United States – 02-15-2022 –

Irena Zubcevic, Director 1, Intergovernmental Policy and Review Branch at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, was recently chosen to receive The Most Inspirational Member of the Year Award in Sustainable Development for 2022.


Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor, and only a few members are selected for this distinction. Ms. Zubcevic is being recognized for her exemplary efforts and genuine dedication to inspire and empower professionals worldwide while enhancing society through her service. 


With over three decades of professional experience in sustainable development and international relations, Irena Zubcevic has certainly proven herself as an extraordinary professional and expert in the field. She is a dynamic, visionary, and results-driven leader who has demonstrated success not just through diplomacy and international relations and sustainable development, but she also successfully engages and implements her projects and programs while assessing and following through in each challenging endeavor she faces. This December, Irena will receive this distinction at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.


Irena was recently honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala in New York City at the Plaza Hotel for her selection as Empowered Woman of the Year 2021 and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award. She was inducted into IAOTP’s exclusive Hall of Fame and was chosen for the Top 50 Fearless Leaders Publication by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).


The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated “Choosing Ms. Zubcevic for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. She provides visionary leadership in her field, and her many accolades prove she has the ability to empower women worldwide. We know we will see more great things from this incredible woman.We look forward to celebrating all of her success at the Annual Awards Gala.”



Ms. Zubcevic’s critical areas of expertise include International Relations and International Development, Sustainable Development, Rule of Law, Governance, Policy and Strategy Development at National, Regional and International Levels, Advocacy, and Outreach. She is working alongside many high-level functionaries, including Heads of States and Governments, Ministers, C.E.O.s in the private sector, intergovernmental organizations, and many media platforms, foundations, academia, and civil society in general. She has contributed to various reports and authored publications with these efforts.


Ms. Zubcevic supports countries and stakeholders ranging from governments to the private sector and  civil society in preparation for voluntary national reviews on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. She has put strategies into play for various sustainable development issues such as climate, oceans, cities, sustainable consumption and production, and transport.


Ms. Zubcevic’s most current area of focus is on the United Nations high-level political forum on sustainable development.

Her impressive repertoire of prior roles includes experience as the Director 1 of the Ocean, Climate and Small Island Developing States Branch of the Division for Sustainable Development in the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs and as a Senior Sustainable Development Officer. She held positions such as Adviser to the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Croatia and the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.


Before embarking on her current career path, Ms. Zubcevic earned a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and a Master of Science in Humanities from the University of Zagreb. She rounded her studies at Harvard University with a Certificate for Senior Managers in Government. Ms. Zubcevic is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Italian. 


Throughout her illustrious career, Ms. Zubcevic has received many awards and accolades. She has been recognized in numerous publications and magazines worldwide for her outstanding leadership roles and commitment to her field. She was featured on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square and graced the front cover of T.I.P. (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. She is also being considered for an exclusive interview on T.I.P. Radio by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). IAOTP recognized her in 2020 as Top Chief of the Year in Sustainable Development. She upholds memberships with the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, the National Association of Professional Women, The Who of Professional Women, Marquis Who’s Who, and the Pride of C.C.S.


Aside from her successful career, Ms. Zubcevic is an active Board Member for the Women’s Soroptimist International of New York City. She is recognized by various National and Local Charities and Schools for her excellence.



Looking back, Ms. Zubcevic owes her success to her perseverance, ability to comprehend other cultures, and mentors with whom she has been honored to work. She is driven by a genuine desire to help others and maintains the highest level of honesty in all of her professional and personal activities. When she is not working, she likes traveling and spending time with her family. In the future, she aspires to continue being an agile and inspirational leader by making a difference in people’s lives. She believes in turning a crisis into opportunities to help others and making the world a safer and more sustainable place, including combating impacts of climate change and turning our societies into net-zero economies where all should prosper and produce and consume sustainably.


For more information on Irena Zubcevic please visit:


Watch her Video: 





The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You must be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview. 


IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one-of-a-kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals together.


For More information of IAOTP please

Media Contacts:

Company Name: iaotp
Full Name: Leah Montello
Phone: 212 634 4427
Email Address: Send Email

For the original news story, please visit