Nikolina Smajla, graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, majoring in finance, in 2005. In 2009, she completed her postgraduate study "Management of Financial Institutions". Received her PhD in the field of social sciences at the Faculty of Economics in Osijek (Croatia) in 2017. Professor Smajla worked as a business analyst for Karlovac Brewery Ltd. / Karlovačka pivovara d.o.o. Since 2006 she has been teaching business finance at the undergraduate level, and other courses in the field of finance at the MBA study of Business Management. Since 2018 she is the head of the Business Studies Department at the Polytechnic.