100 most powerful women in Serbia

Who are the most powerful people in Serbia? Just like every year, Blic daily will try to answer that question by revealing the lists of the most powerful individuals in Serbia in 2022 which were compiled after consultations with political analysts, economists, media professionals and the NGO sector.

This is the first list in the series – the 100 most powerful women in Serbia.

  1. Ana Brnabić – Serbian Prime Minister

When in 2016 she replaced Kori Udovički as Minister for State Administration and Local Self-Government, the Serbian public was taken by surprise, but certainly less so than in 2017, when Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić offered her the post of a non-partisan figure as the prime minister. 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.

  1. Jorgovanka Tabaković – the National Bank of Serbia Governor

Since August 2012, he has been serving as the governor of the National Bank of Serbia. 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, deputy director of Pristina Bank, and Telekom Serbia.

  1. Anke Konrad – the German Ambassador to Serbia

Anke Konrad is the new ambassador of Germany in Serbia and an experienced diplomat who started her career in the German Foreign Ministry in 1993. She 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.

  1. Suzana Vasiljević – Serbian President’s media adviser

Suzana Vasiljević has been one of the closest associates of President Aleksandar Vučić for almost 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.

  1. Danica Grujičić – Health Minister

The new 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.

6.      Irena Vujović – Environmental Protection 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.

7.      Dragana Marković – Director of the Serbian Tax Administration

Dragana Marković was re-appointed two years ago to the position of director of the Serbian Tax Administration, for a five-year term. She came to the Tax Administration from the Serbian Security and Information Agency (BIA) where she was the deputy head of logistics. She previously held the position of State Secretary in charge of financial issues in the Ministry of Mining, Natural Resources and Spatial Planning.

8.      Maja Popović – Justice Minister

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.

9.      Jasmina Vasović – President of the Supreme Court of Cassation

She graduated from the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Law in 1995 and completed her internship at the First Municipal Court in Belgrade. Vujović was elected as a judge of the First Municipal Court in 2001, and from 2003 to 2009, she worked in the court’s Criminal Department. She was a judge of the High Court, a judge of the Court of Appeals, and since 2015, she has been handling cases of the Special Department for Organized Crime.

10. Olivera Zekić – President of REM

Zekić was re-elected as a member of the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM) Council on December 17, 2020, and as president of that body on December 21. In October 2021, the REM Council proposed her as a member of the Temporary Supervisory Body for media monitoring during the election campaign. From 1996 to 1999, she was a journalist and editor at Dnevni Telegraf daily and then worked as a PR manager at the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Other list entries include Dubravka Đedović, Energy Minister, Jelena Galić, Chairwoman of AIK Banka’s Executive Board, Tanja Miščević, European Integration Minister, Marija Popović, Member of OTP Bank’s Executive Board, Jelena Drakulić, Director of Ringier Serbia, Tatjana Vukić, Chairwoman of Dunav Osiguranje’s Supervisory Board, Chen Bo, Chinese Ambassador to Serbia, Zagorka Dolovac, Head of State Public Prosecutor’s Office, Jelena Pavlović, Vice President of Delhaize Serbia, Milica Mitrović, executive and wife of the owner of the PINK International Corporation, Svetlana Ražnatović Ceca, folk singer, Zorana Burlić, CEO of the Belgrade Waterfront Company, Maja Gojković, Culture Minister, Tamara Vučić, wife of the Serbian President and humanitarian worker focusing on children’s issues, Milka Vojvodić, CEO of Delta Holding, Jelena Tanasković, Agriculture Minister, Aleksandra Subotić, Executive Director of United Media (the company that runs Nova TV, Nova.rs, N1, Danas daily), Dr Marija Zdravković, Director of the Bežanijska Kosa  Clinical Centre….

(Blic, 26.12.2022)


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