Team

IntechOpen - where academia and industry create content with global impact

Our Values

Our business values are based on those any scientist applies to their research. We have created a culture of respect and collaboration within a relaxed, friendly and progressive atmosphere, while maintaining academic rigour.

  • Integrity - We are consistent and dependable, always striving for precision and accuracy in the true spirit of science.
  • Openness - We communicate honestly and transparently. We are open to constructive criticism and committed to learning from it.
  • Disruptiveness - We are eager for discovery, for new ideas and for progression. We approach our work with creativity and determination, with a clear vision that drives us forward. We look beyond today and strive for a better tomorrow.

Our Team

Co-founded by Alex Lazinica and Vedran Kordic: “We are passionate about the advancement of science. As Ph.D. researchers in Vienna, we found it difficult to access the scholarly research we needed. We created IntechOpen with the specific aim of putting the academic needs of the global research community before the business interests of publishers. Our Team is now a global one and includes highly-renowned scientists and publishers, as well as experts in disseminating your research.”

But, one thing we have in common is -- we are all scientists at heart!

Anke Beck

Dr Anke Beck, an accomplished leader in the publishing and academic world, joined IntechOpen as the Chief Executive Officer in August 2018. Her reputation and deep understanding of international scholarly communications are assets for the company, and her proven ability to anticipate market demands will drive our digital expansion. Anke has full operational responsibility for IntechOpen. Her focus is on maintaining our market-leading position, expanding our geographic reach and extending the scope of our publications.

E-mail: ab@intechopen.com 

Dan Brooker, CFO

Dan Brooker joined IntechOpen in May 2019 as the Chief Financial Officer, bringing with him over 14 years of experience in finance and auditing. Dan is a chartered accountant and having trained with Deloitte moved into industry, holding various finance and investor relations roles at Temenos, Fremantle Media and Lonrho Plc. In addition, Dan worked for 5 years for the private equity firm Lyceum Capital where he was responsible for monitoring its portfolio and helping to drive growth through the implementation of processes, KPIs and more stringent reporting. More recently, prior to joining IntechOpen, Dan was working as an independent consultant helping businesses with debt and equity issues to maximise their value and complete transactions to agreed timeframes.

Sara Uhac, COO

Sara Uhac was appointed Managing Director of IntechOpen at the beginning of 2014. She directs and controls the company’s operations. Sara joined IntechOpen in 2010 as Head of Journal Publishing, a new strategically underdeveloped department at that time. After obtaining a Master's degree in Media Management, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Lugano, Switzerland. She holds a BA in Financial Market Management from the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, where she started her career in the American publishing house Condé Nast and further collaborated with the UK-based publishing company Time Out. Sara was awarded a professional degree in Publishing from Yale University (2012). She is a member of the professional branch association of "Publishers, Designers and Graphic Artists" at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

Adrian Assad De Marco

Adrian Assad De Marco joined the company as a Director in 2017. With his extensive experience in management, acquired while working for regional and global leaders, he took over direction and control of all the company's publishing processes. Adrian holds a degree in Economy and Management from the University of Zagreb, School of Economics, Croatia. A former sportsman, he continually strives to develop his skills through professional courses and specializations such as NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming).

Chris Felder

Chris Felder joined IntechOpen in 2018 as Head of Information Technology. As an experienced software developer and project manager, he has worked with global companies such as British Airways, JPMorgan, and Microsoft. He brings a wealth of relevant expertise that facilitates the further development of our IT department. Chris is both “tech-savvy” and business-oriented. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Master's degree in International Business from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

IntechOpen Board Members

Dr Alex Lazinica

Alex Lazinica is co-founder and Board member of IntechOpen. After obtaining a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, he continued his Ph.D. in Robotics at the Vienna University of Technology. There, he worked as a robotics researcher with the university's Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Group, as well as  a guest researcher at various European universities, including the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). During this time he published more than 20 scientific papers, gave presentations, served as a reviewer for major robotic journals and conferences and, most importantly, co-founded and built the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, the world's first Open Access journal in the field of robotics. Starting this journal was a pivotal point in his career since it proved to be the pathway to the foundation of IntechOpen with its focus on addressing academic researchers’ needs. Alex personifies many of IntechOpen´s key values, including the commitment to developing mutual trust, openness, and a spirit of entrepreneurialism. Today, his focus is on defining the growth and development strategy for the company.

Vedran Kordic

Vedran Kordic is co-founder and Board member of IntechOpen. After obtaining his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, he continued his education at the Vienna University of Technology where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2004. He worked as a researcher at the Automation and Control Institute, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology until 2008. His studies in robotics led him not only to a Ph.D., but also inspired him to co-found and build the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, alongside Alex, as well as their joint foundation of IntechOpen. Vedran's background and experience remain crucial for the company's development and he is continuously engaged in overseeing the strategic direction of IntechOpen.