Ana Marija Sikirić Simčić, PhD, is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Accounting at the Faculty of Economics and Business of University of Rijeka. She teaches various accounting courses. She has published as author or co-author more than 20 scientific and professional papers. The main research topics of the published papers are: budget accounting, NGO accounting, gender equality, gender responsive budgeting. She is the lead researcher of the scientific research project "Budgeting Process from the Gender Equality Perspective". She was one of the main actors of the gender budgeting initiative in the city of Zagreb and conducted the first gender budget analysis in Croatia. She held numerous workshops and trainings and participated in several roundtables and public forums on gender-responsive budgeting and period poverty organized by by NGOs and local governments.