Darko Lorencin was born in 1970, graduated from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Economics in 1996. He went on to further his education at Harvard University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge (Boston) in the US, the MIB Scuola di management, in Trieste, Italy (1999) and the IEDC Business School: Marketing for Managers in Tourism in Bled, Slovenia (1998).
He started his career as the founder, co-owner and head of marketing at Radio Maestral, followed by working as project manager dealing with the development of new tourist products at the Tourist Board of the County of Istria. He became the director of the Istrian Development Agency in 2000 where he worked on the development of the County of Istria. From 2011 to 2013 he held office as the Assistant Minister within the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the sector of Competitiveness and Investment Development. He was appointed as Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia in March 2013.