50 most powerful foreigners in Serbia

  1. Thomas Schieb

Ambassador Thomas Schieb has been representing Germany in Serbia since 2018 to which he had arrived from New York, where he had previously been head of the political department of the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations for four years. He has been a diplomat for more than two decades. His diplomatic career began in 1996 at the German Embassy in Sarajevo. He then served in Dar es Salaam, Brussels and London.

  1. Anthony Francis Godfrey

Served as a career diplomat as Minister-Counselor and US Ambassador to Serbia since 24 October 2019. From 2015 to 2019, he was first minister-counsellor for political affairs and then deputy US ambassador to Moscow. From 2013 to 2015, he headed the Iraq Office at the State Department’s Middle East Bureau and Political Affairs Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2012 to 2013. During his nearly 40-year-long career, Mr Godfrey has become an expert on Central and Southern European affairs. From 1980 to 1992, he served in the US Navy, in Turkey and Japan. He speaks Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Turkish. Next year, Christopher Hill is expected to succeed him in Serbia.

  1. Kirill Tyurdenev

CEO of Petroleum Industry of Serbia (NIS). He holds a Master’s degree in international law from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). From 2000 to 2007, Mr Tyurdenev worked for A.T. Kearney, Unilever and McKinsey & Co. From 2007 to 2012, he worked as Deputy Director-General for Strategy and Business Development at SIBUR. Since 2012, he has been Executive Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of AFK Sistema. In April 2016, he took up a position in NIS in Novi Sad.

  1. Emanuele Giaufret

Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Serbia since September. He took up the post after four years as EU Ambassador to Israel.

  1. Chen Bo

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Belgrade, born in January 1970. She began her diplomatic career in 1992 at the Directorate for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1996 to 1999, Ms Bo was attaché and third secretary at the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia. Subsequently, she was assigned to the Directorate for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, served as head of department at the Directorate for Europe, deputy head of the Directorate for Europe and in 2014, was deputy mayor of the city of Tangshan.

  1. Jiri Marek

The new CEO of Air Serbia replaces Duncan Naismith in that position. Marek previously held the position of Commercial and Strategic Director at Air Serbia, has more than 20 years of experience in managerial positions in the airline industry, in which he has held executive positions in several airlines over the past 13 years.

  1. Emil Tedeschi

Founder and majority owner of the Atlantic Group. He also worked for the National Parliamentary Commission for the Monitoring of Accession Negotiations. He was also actively involved in the process of bringing Croatia closer to the EU In January 2021. His company, Atlantic Group, owns Soko Stark, Grand Prom and Foodland in Serbia. In the first half of 2021, Atlantic Group recorded sales revenue in the amount of 359.7 million euros, which is an increase of 9.7 percent compared to the same period last year.

  1. Eduardo Bombieri

Bombieri joined Banca Intesa as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors. In addition to heading the Financial Management and Risk Management Division, his responsibilities include the management of security and business continuity, as well as the management of strategic projects. He graduated in economics from the Catholic University of Milan, as well as the prestigious University of Lausanne (HEC).

  1. Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko

Russian Ambassador to Serbia, Botsan-Kharchenko speaks fluent Serbian and is considered an excellent analyst and negotiator. He has been a member of Moscow’s delegations in various Balkan negotiations. Mr Botsan-Kharchenko has also been a long-term representative of Russia in the Contact Group and, together with US and EU diplomats, a representative in the mediation to resolve the Kosovo status issue.

  1. Svetoslav Atanasov

General Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Serbia and Montenegro. Atanasov came to Serbia in 2018 as General Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Serbia and Montenegro, one of the 10 largest companies in the domestic market and a leader in the FMCG sector. Together with his team, he created a unique 24/7 consumption concept, achieving excellent business results with the implementation of major local initiatives, including the acquisition of the Serbian food producer Bambi in 2019.

The list also includes Jan Villem Dokker, CEO of Delhaize Serbia (11th place), Urs Schmid, the Swiss ambassador to Serbia (14th place), Dr Ronald Seelinger, CEO of Hemofarm (15th place), Mike Michel, CEO of Telenor Serbia (16th place), Sihai Song, CEO of Hesteel / Smederevo Ironworks (17th place), Carlo Lo Cascio, the Italian ambassador to Serbia (20th place), Tomislav Šapina, CEO of Lidl Serbia (23rd place), François Berisot, Director General of Nikola Tesla Airport (26th place), Francine Pickup, Head of UNDP Serbia (27th place), Sian MacLeod, British ambassador to Serbia (32nd place),  Matteo Colangeli, Director for the Western Balkans region at EBRD (33rd place), Silvia Vernetti, CEO of Fiat Serbia (36th place), Brigadier General Antonello Messenio Zanitti, Head of NATO’s office in Belgrade (37th place), Giorgio Marchegiani, CEO of DDOR Novi Sad (38th place), Pierluigi Ghione, CEO of Leoni in Serbia (42nd place), and Fabio Scano, Head of WHO’s office in Serbia (43rd place).

El Fardou Ben, who plays for FC Red Star (44th place), Deyana Kostadinova, Head of UNICEF Serbia (45th place) and Francesca Bonelli, Head of UNHCR in Serbia (48th place) have also found their place on the list.

(Blic, 27.12.2021)




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