Deputy Director CV

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Slaven Zdilar

Major General
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  • Stari Hrast 53 Rakitje, Bestovje 10437, Croatia

Area of Responsibility

The Deputy Director supervises, controls, directs and coordinates RACVIAC personnel on all matters and ensures efficient and effective use of all resources. He/she is responsible for RACVIAC Programme Proposal development and for execution of the approved Programme. He/she also develops the RACVIAC Annual Budget, proposes allocation of resources to programmes and seminars, and monitors expenditures. He/she develops policies and procedures that support the RACVIAC mission, integrated activities of the faculty, and effective support to all RACVIAC activities.


MG Slaven Zdilar was born in Imotski, Croatia. He graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Zagreb with a Master of Science degree in 1999. He was awarded a PhD degree in 2007.

During the Homeland War he held several positions, including Battalion Commander of the 4th Brigade of the Croatian Armed Forces (1991) and Commander of the 114th Brigade (1995). He was the Head of Infantry Division from 1995 to 1998 and from 1999 to 2000 he was the Head of the Joint Doctrine Division.

He filled the position of Commandant of the Command and Staff School from 2001 to 2004 after which he was assigned as the Head of Development and Equipping Department until 2005.

From 2005 to 2008 MG Zdilar was the Chief of Staff of the Croatian Army and was then assigned as Deputy Commander of the Croatian Defence Academy until 2014.

In 2014 he became Deputy Inspector General at the Defence Inspectorate at the Ministry of Defence, and in 2016 he was promoted to the position of Inspector General.

MG Zdilar graduated from the Military Academy in 1989 and the War College “Ban Josip Jelačić” in 2001.

During his career MG Zdilar attended and completed a number of different courses abroad, namely, at the University College of Ripon & York St. John in the UK, at the Canadian Forces Language School in Canada and at the Defense Language Institute in USA.

He was promoted to the rank of Captain and Major in 1992. In 1994 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, in 1995 to the rank of Colonel and in 1998 to the rank of Staff Colonel. In 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and in 2015 to the rank of Major General.

He has received the following military orders and decorations: Homeland War Commemorative Medal, Homeland Gratitude Commemorative Medal, Order of Vice-Roy Jelačić, Order of Nikola Šubić Zrinski, Order of the Croatian Trefoil, Order of the Croatian Three-Strand, Medal for Exceptional Undertaking, Medal for Operation Storm and Medal for Operation Flash.

MG Zdilar is married and has three children.