Faris Nanić

Nanić Faris – a writer, publicist and politician who holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He was born in Zagreb, Croatia, on July 12, 1964. In 1983 he graduated from the Mathematics and Computer Science Education Center in Zagreb and in 1990 he graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb. From 1992 to 1997 he was Director and Chief Editor of the independent news agency “Sebil press” in Zagreb, and from 1996 to 2001 Head of the Public Relations Service of the Ministry of Defense of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Head of the Cabinet of the President of the B&H Presidency, Alija Izetbegovic, and consultant to the Council for Foreign Policy of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) of BiH in Sarajevo. He worked as Construction Manager at Gortan – Civil Engineering 1991-1992. He founded a private architectural and civil engineering design firm “Nova international” and was its Manager until 1996.

From 2001 to 2007 he worked as Project Manager and Director of the Croatian Motorways Construction Technical Unit, building a motorway network (Bregana-Zagreb, Zagreb-Goričan, Bosiljevo-Sveti Rok), and then as Project Manager in Viadukt co. from Zagreb. He founded Viadukt companies in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates, 2007, where he was Managing Director) and in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010, where he was General Manager and Project Manager on the construction of the Corridor Highway 5C). In 2017, he served as the Acting Director of Foreign Works at Viadukt. From 2018 to 2020 he was Project Manager at Ing-grad from Zagreb on the construction of the student hotel in Dubrovnik.

From 2020 to 2022, he served as Advisor to General Manager of Motorways of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina co. Currently, he is the Chief Project Manager in the company “Nova international” in Zagreb.

He has been engaged in journalism and journalistic work since 1988. He has authored numerous texts in domestic and foreign periodicals (Student Gazette, Azur Journal, Muslim Voice, Ljiljan, Behar, Stav, The New Federalist, Neue Solidarität, Acque e terre, Jewish Chronicle, Polet, Takvim, Al Shahida), as well as books: collections of political and social essays ”The Anxiety of Time (1999)” and “Written Remains (2006)”, travel prose “In the East of the West (2002)” and the biography of Alija Izetbegović “Alija Izetbegović – short biography (2018)”. He was the founder and long-time member of the editorial board of Zagreb based Behar magazine, where he published the column Zoon Politikon, and the editor of its economic appendix. In 2003 he started Preporod’s journal (he was its chief editor until 2007). He was also the editor of three books published by Preporod and three books of Selected Works of Alija Izetbegović published by the “Alija Izetbegović” Museum (2020), as well as the book “Incarcerations of Alija Izetbegović” published by the Alija Izetbegović Foundation (2021) and “Alija Izetbegović in the Foreign Policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina 1990 – 2003” published by the Association for the Protection of the Legacy of the Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2015 he has been a regular contributor and columnist for Sarajevo weekly magazine Stav. 

From 1995 to 2004, he was a member of the Main Board of the Cultural Association of Bosniaks of Croatia “Preporod” (Renaissance) and Vice President of “Preporod” from 2010 to 2014. From 1998 to 2002 he was Vice President and Acting President of the Executive Committee of the local Islamic Community Assembly of Zagreb. He was a member of the Commission for Diaspora and External Relations of the Islamic Community Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2014 to 2018.

He has been politically active since 1990 and is one of the 40 founders of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA). In the period 1992–2001 he was the political secretary of the Party of Democratic Action of Croatia and its candidate for the elections in Croatia. As of 2018, he is a member of the Senate of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) in Sarajevo. He was the founder of the International Parliamentarians against Genocide in Bosnia in 1993 and a member of its International Secretariat until 1996. He was a member of the Presidency of the Croatian Friendship Society with Bosnia and Herzegovina 1995-2000.

He chaired the Supervisory Board of the Bosniak War Veterans Association of the Republic of Croatia from 2001 to 2004.