A sad day.
Mr. Srecko Jamnisek, a great guy that, among other great things, started AIESEC in Belgrade and Yugoslavia back in 1953, passed away.
Starting AIESEC in Yugoslavia 57 years ago was a huge thing – that was the first time that such innovative and self-governing movement was allowed in one communist country. I suppose I can even go a bit further and say that it sparkled AIESEC offices and youth networking and leadership development in many other communist countries.
Mr. Jamnišek was inducted to AIESEC Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003. at 50th birthday of AIESEC in Yugoslavia.
Profile of the inductee below copied from aiesec.org:
Date of Birth: 8th of February, 1931
Home Country: Slovenia
:: Founder of LC Beograd and AIESEC in the Former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia NCP of AIESEC in the Former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia 1952-1954
:: Traineeship in the UK, 1954
:: Honorary member of AIESEC Alumni Club in Slovenia
In the early 50’s establishing an exchange program in a communist country with Western Europe and other countries. In 1953 he realized approximately 100 exchanges.
Srečko Jamnišek worked as the Export Director in a 12,000 employee steel company in Zenica, Bosnia in 1955-1959, after which he moved to Emo Celje, Slovenia. In his time as the Export Director and Commercial Director of Emo Celje (1959-1967) the company started taking AIESEC trainees.
He extended the market of EMO Celje to Germany, Iran, Kuwait, Syria, Nigeria. Lebanon, Jamaica, Cote D’Ivore, Ghana.
He worked as the General Manager of the Intertrade subsidiary in Prague and later in Slovenia as the Intertrade’s General Manager for Europe.
In 1979 he started leading the Rep office of Ljubljanska Banka in Germany, in 1982 he became the CEO of Ljubljanska Banka Združena Banka and in 1986 the General Manager of a Rep office of Ljubljanska banka in Germany again.
In 1982 he wrote a proposal to government about a law on joint ventures of foreign investors in Yugoslavia. In 1991 he wrote another proposal to government of Slovenia concerning a law about privatization of Slovenian enterprises.
Several times he has organized charity events to support clinics in Ljubljana.
Mr. Jamnišek, thank you for starting something that eventually changed mine and lives of thousands of people in ex-Yugoslavia.
Rest in peace.