| Game inventor: Zdravko Zivkovic
Zdravko and his wife, Gordana, on holiday in Budapest
Zdravko was born in 1955 in Novi Sad, Serbia, and attended technical college in Novi Sad in 1974, graduated from the University of Novi Sad (Economics) in 1978, and earned a post-graduate degree from the University of Belgrade (Marketing) in 1982. Later on he attended a Business school for top managers organized in Belgrade by George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania. To these learnings he added Marketing and Financial seminars in London in 1997 and 1998. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Faculty of Technical Sciences (Innovation Management).
He joined Mensa-Serbia in 1991 and became an Ambassador of Mensa International. In 2016 Zdravko presented his Doris puzzle set to Mensa of the USA and Canada at their Annual Gathering in Boston and to European Mensa in Zurich-Switzerland. Doris is a tool for fostering creativity, as verified by the scientific journal, Thinking Skills and Creativity (Oxford, UK).
Zdravko’s career started in the Vojvodjanska bank (Novi Sad) as assistant to the President and CEO, and continued in the Government of Vojvodina, where he was a counselor to the Vice President. Later, Zdravko was appointed as a professor on the University Business Academy’s faculty for economics and engineering management.
His puzzle-inventing began in 2000. The first ones were dedicated to his children, Theodora, then age 6, and Isidora, then age 4. In the first two years he copyrighted 10 edge-matching color puzzles, and among them were Cube Brick and Color Up.
During a most fruitful email correspondence and collaboration with Kate Jones of Kadon during early 2001, Cube Brick and Color Up were developed and expanded, and with Zdravko's characteristic energy and initiative, they were ready for the market by the fall of 2001.
Zdravko has given Kadon exclusive rights to market these sets in the USA. Other major markets for the puzzles are England and Hungary, where Zdravko visits frequently (see picture above).
A special thrill was learning that Color Up and Cube Brick made the "Games 100" list for 2003 in the puzzles category.
Several of his prototypes for new designs were revealed to the world at the Essen Game Fair in Germany in October 2002. Here is Zdravko with his first table display:
And for Theodora's 9th birthday, 2004, we increased her previous greeting by one.
In 2008, Isidora performed at the Children's Music Festival, “Little Shells,” singing Between reality and dreams. See the video.
In March 2008, at the 8th Gathering for Gardner, Zdravko's magnificent DORIS set had its world premiere with a presentation by Zdravko and our co-researcher, Toby Gottfried, to a distinguished group of mathematicians, magicians and puzzlers. The special first edition sold out on the first day. You can guess why the set is named Doris... Zdravko's daughters' nicknames are Dora and Isi!
Zdravko and his lovely wife, Gordana, enjoy traveling to Europe's most beautiful and classic places. Here is Gordana in Italy, 2017:
In the meantime, the two little girlsTeodora and Isidorawho had inspired Zdravko to create puzzles and games, became adults: Teodora (right), after graduating from the Simon Business School of the University of Rochester, New York (Marketing Analytics—STEM program), is now Associate data strategist at Codeword Agency in New York City. Isidora (left) is a student at the University of Trieste, Italy (Business and Management), and at the WU University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria.
You can see Zdravko's videos of Doris Championships and Celebrations of Mind on his YouTube channel. Read our detailed annual reports on Doris Championships here (links open in new window):
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