Branka Niemann was born and raised in Germany, where she studied economics and earned a doctorate from the University of Heidelberg.
While still a student in the early 1990’s, she became jointly responsible for the introduction of the new liberalized tax system in Croatia, and worked as a tax consultant to the government.
Dr. Niemann became a scientific member of the Economic Research Center at the University in Heidelberg (Heidelberger Steuervilla) and focused her studies on international tax law, devoting her dissertation to the treatment and avoidance of double taxation.
On completing her studies, Dr. Niemann was employed by one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms to work in Croatia. In 2005 she decided to establish her own consulting firm UBLI savjetovanje d.o.o. (today ECOVIS UBLI d.o.o.) in Zagreb, with the goal of offering clients a more individualised service.
Today, Dr. Niemann is considered one of the foremost tax experts in Croatia, particularly with regard to international tax issues.