Prefect Zlatko Komadina was born in Ljubljana, but he grew up and was educated in Rijeka.
In 1982 he graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka, and in 1990 passed the state exam for engineers aiming to work in the construction industry, as well as certification for managing foreign trade.
After graduation, Mr. Komadina was employed at the “3rd of May” shipyard in Rijeka as an engineer – specialist in manufacturing and assembly of ship piping, followed by a spell in “Instalater” where he held various positions in company leadership. He directed municipal company “Energo” from 1998 to 2000.
Mr. Komadina has been a member of the Social Democratic Party of Croatia since April 1990. In 1993, he was elected councilor in the City Council of Rijeka. From 1997 he was a councilor in the County Assembly of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Member of the House of Counties of the Croatian Parliament and a member of the Committee for Economy and Finance, as well as a member of the Committee for Internal Policy and Local Self-Government. From 1998 to 2001 he presided over the work of Commission for the Development of Local Self-government.
After the parliamentary elections of 2011, Mr. Komadina was appointed Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, leaving the office a year later for health reasons.
Italian President Carlo Azegli Ciampi awarded him the Order of the Star of Solidarity and the honorary title of Commendatore in 2003.