Who was the most powerful woman in Serbia in 2023? Are there any changes in top positions compared to the 2022 list? The latest list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Serbia was compiled in consultation with political analysts, economy experts, media professionals and NGOs.
Here is the 2023 ranking…
- Ana Brnabić – Serbian Prime Minister
Ms Brnabić again tops the list of the 100 most powerful women in Serbia as the country’s prime minister for the eight consecutive year. Before becoming a part of the executive power, she was the director of the Continental Wind Company in Serbia, which works on wind farms. She participated in the founding and is the first director of the non-profit foundation Pexim, which grants scholarships to talented students from Serbia and North Macedonia to complete their master’s studies at Cambridge, with the condition that they return to the country afterwards and help its economic and social development. She was a consultant in several American companies, and she actively participated in the founding of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development – NALED, in 2006. Brnabić lives in a civil union with her partner Milica and they have a four-year-old son.
- Jorgovanka Tabaković – National Bank of Serbia Governor
Jorgovanka Tabaković has been at the helm of the most important financial institution in Serbia since 2012. In June 2018, the Serbian Parliament appointed her governor for a new six-year term. She is one of the most influential people in the SNS, and also a person who enjoys Aleksandar Vučić’s trust. After graduating from the Faculty of Economics in Priština, she worked as a high school teacher, financial director at the Grmija Company, and deputy director of Pristina Bank and Telekom Serbia. She has also been an MP in the past six convocations of the National Parliament.
- Dragana Marković – Director of the Serbian Tax Administration
For years, Dragana Marković ensured the stability of public finances in the area of tax revenues and an increase in budget revenues. In the middle of last year, Dragana Marković was re-elected as a director of the Tax Administration of Serbia for a five-year term. She came to the Tax Administration from the position of deputy head of logistics of the Security and Information Agency (BIA). She is also a licensed bankruptcy trustee.
- Suzana Vasiljević – Serbian President’s Press Secretary and Media Advisor
Suzana Vasiljević has been the closest ally of the Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić for a decade. Although she is officially his media adviser, the range of her duties is much wider. She was one of the first officials to become part of Vučić’s cabinet in 2012, when he became Minister of Defence and First Deputy Prime Minister. She studied journalism and German studies in Berlin and film and television at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. She worked for several foreign TV stations – BBC, ARD and ORF.
- Anke Konrad – German Ambassador to Serbia
Anke Konrad is an experienced diplomat and the current German Ambassador to Serbia. She started her career in the German Foreign Ministry in 1993 and served abroad in Warsaw, Geneva, Abidjan and Lusaka. Ambassador Konrad speaks Russian and Polish fluently and is currently learning Serbian. She grew up in East Germany.
- Irena Vujović – Environmental Minister
Vujović has been an SNS member since 2008. During her political career, she was elected as a member of the Parliament for two terms. She was also a member of the Committee for Administrative-Budgetary and Mandate-Immunity Issues, the Committee for Economy, Regional Development, Trade, Tourism and Energy, the President of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, as well as the head of the permanent delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the President of the Friendship Group with Azerbaijan.
- Maja Popović – Justice Minister
Serbian Justice Minister Maja Popović graduated from the Faculty of Law, studied and trained abroad, worked at the Bar, and at the age of 26 she was appointed a judge of the First Municipal Court in Belgrade, the youngest ever in our country. She joined the Security and Information Agency (BIA) in 2014 where she became head of the director’s cabinet in 2015. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and French, is married and has two children.
- Jelena Tanasković – Agriculture Minister
Jelena Tanasković is a Serbian banker and politician serving as minister of agriculture, forestry and water economy since 2022. She graduated in economics from the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Economics. Ms Tanasković began her career in a privately held external trading firm in the finance sector in 2003; she later worked as a banker for NLB Group for ten years. In 2017, she was appointed as the secretary of finance for Belgrade. A year later, she became the state secretary in the Ministry of Finance and was a close associate of Siniša Mali. In 2020, she was named a member of the executive board of Dunav Insurance Company and was appointed the state secretary at the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
- Dubravka Đedović Handanović – Energy and Mining Minister
She was born in 1978 in Belgrade and graduated in banking and finance from the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade. She received a master’s degree in finance and management from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles. She has published several scientific papers on the topic of public-private partnerships and project financing in cooperation with the University of Belgrade and is a guest lecturer at master’s studies at University College London. She was appointed Minister of Mining and Energy after previously being a member of the Executive Board of NLB Komercijalna Banka to which she was appointed in 2021. She was also Director of the Regional Representative Office of the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the Western Balkans.
- Danica Grujičić – Health Minister
Serbian Health Minister, Professor Danica Grujičić, MD, is one of the most renowned neurosurgeons in Europe and director of the Institute of Oncology and Radiology. She is the head of the Neuro-oncology Department of the Clinical Centre of Serbia, a professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, and also the president of the Commission for the Implementation of New Health Technologies at the Ministry of Health.
The list also includes Olivera Zekić, Director of the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM) (11th place), Jelena Galić, member of AIK Bank’s Executive Board (12th place), Jasmina Vasović, President of the Supreme Court of Cassation (13th place), Tanja Miščević, European Integration Minister (14th place), Jelena Drakulić, Director of Ringier Serbia (15th place), Mirjana Čizmarov, Director of the Civil Aviation Authority (16th place), Tatjana Vukić, Chairwoman of Dunav Osiguranje’s Supervisory Board (17th place), Jelena Begović, Science Minister (19th place) and Sanja Radojević Škodrić, Acting Director of the State Health Insurance Fund (20th place).
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