2014 John Arthur Wilson Memorial Lecturer --
The 55th John Arthur Wilson Memorial Lecture will be presented
at the Annual Meeting by Jakov Buljan at 8:00 am on Thursday,
The working title of his presentation is "Achievements
and Limitations of International Technical Cooperation - UNIDO's
Assistance to the Leather Sector."
Buljan received a B.Sc. In Biotechnology form the University of
Zagreg in 1966. From 1966 to 1974 he worked for CIBALIA,
Vinkovci, Croatia, one of the largest European skin tanneries,
leading producer in goat suede and specialist in hair sheep
nappa. His duties during this time included being in charge of
process and quality control and then manager.
1974 to 1977 he was the general manager of the newly founded
BOKIYU Tanneries Ltd., a joint venture company in Madras (now
Chennai), India responsible for design, commissioning, start up
and operations of the tanning plant. He was involved in
introducing production of finished leathers from E.I. (vegatable
tanned skins) in several local tanneries.
held various senior managerial positions at the parent company,
CIBALIA, Vinkovci, which involved optimizing daily operations
and output, including product development. He was subsequently
responsible for overall raw material procurement and leather
sales and appropriate company profile in fairs. During his
tenure there, he was a member for several years of MODEUROPE.
he did a six-month UNIDO consultancy assignment in Bujumbura,
Burundi to assist the local tannery in product of wet blue
the country representative of INGRA, a consortium for supply of
industrial plants on turnkey basis from 1981 t0 1983. From 1983
to January of 2003, he was the Senior Industrial Development
Officer, Leather and Leather Products Unit, ultimately Deputy to
the Director, Agro-industries and Sectoral Support Branch,
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in
mandatory retirement from UNIDO, he has been active as a
free-lance consultant. He has carried out several field
missions to Nigeria, India, Italy, China, Tunisia, Mexico,
Bangladesh, and Ethiopia dealing with cleaner technologies,
waste treatment, establishment of tannery industrial zones,
competitiveness improvement, etc. He was the keynote lecture at
the XXXI Informations- und Diskussionstagung, Leather Institute
and Tanning School Reutlingen, March 2004. He also gave a
lecture at the 2005 UNIDO Leather and Leather Products Industry
Panel, Leon, Mexico.
Buljan is the technical editor, author and/or co-author of
a number of technical papers and studies, brochures and videos.