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MARIJA STUPALO, CEO at SALONA VAR d.o.o.
Born in Split in 1978. After finishing high school, she enrolled at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Bologna (Italy), from which she graduated as M.Sc in English and B.sc in German. She continued her studies at the Diplomatic Academy in Zagreb (Croatia), where she successfully graduated from a 2-year Economic Diplomacy Study.
She was employed as Investment Project Manager at Croatian Government's Trade and Investment Promotion Agency where she managed foreign companies’ investment projects in Croatia from the side of the Croatian Government. During that period she also participated at the establishment and acted as member of the Board of the Croatian Business Angels Network. She continued her career at her family’s company SALONA VAR d.o.o. as Business Development Manager. Since 2016 she took over management of the company as CEO and Member of the Board.
Alongside different educational programmes and modules at UCLA in Los Angeles and at Fudan University in Shanghai, in 2010 she graduated from the Executive MBA programme at the SDA Bocconi Business School in Milan.
MIRKO STUPALO, CTO at SALONA VAR d.o.o.
Born in Split in 1982. After finishing high school, he enrolled at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Split, from which he graduated as mechanical engineer. He continued his studies at the International Institute of Welding where he was awarded the title of International Welding Engineer. He spent his entire career in SALONA VAR, where he has been working on most complex industrial projects since 2010.
All-in-one aluminum working boat.
It can be used as a dock carrying all necessary equipment for mariculture (net washing, waste collection, fish feeding systems), but also simply for transporting fish, juvenile, food, manpower.
Hybrid drive (electric/diesel): less noise, vibrations and fuel consumption.
Only 15 meters long, carries up to 60 tones of load.
Transportable way to have everything in one place wherever needed.