Assistant Ministers

 

Assistant Minister for Bilateral Cooperation
Ambassador Vladimir Marić

Амбасадор Владимир Марић

He was born in Belgrade. He graduated from Institut Le Rosey international boarding school in Rolle, Switzerland. He graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta in the United States of America.

He was an intern at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations in New York in 2002-2003. He has been employed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2004. During the Slovenian Presidency of the EU in 2008, he was appointed to the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ljubljana.

From 2009 to 2012, he served as Second Secretary/First Secretary/Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Syria (also responsible for Lebanon and Jordan).

In the 2012-2014 period he was an Advisor in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and since 2014 also the MFA Chief of Staff in the rank of an Ambassador.

From 2014 to 2020, he served as Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to India (he was also appointed as non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives).

In November 2020, he was appointed as Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Bilateral Cooperation.

He speaks English and French.

Married, a father of two sons.

Assistant Minister for Consular Affairs
Ambassador Vera Vukićević

амбасадор Вера Вукићевић

She was born in 1967 in Zadar, Republic of Croatia. She attended the Fourth and Twelfth Belgrade High-School and graduated from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade. She graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 1996 to 2000, she worked in the law attorney office of V. Jakić in Belgrade. From 2000 to 2002, she was hired by the municipality of Zemun, as a lawyer in the Department of Property and Legal Affairs.

Since 2002, she has been employed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she has held several different positions, most of which related to consular affairs.

From 2003 to 2007, she served as Consul at the Consulate General of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro (later the Republic of Serbia) in Graz, the Republic of Austria. She served as Consul General at the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Zurich, the Swiss Confederation, from 2011 to 2013.

She is a lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on topics in the field of consular law and practice. Since 2019, she has been a member of the Asylum Commission.

She speaks English and German.

Mother of one child, daughter Katarina.

Assistant Minister for Security Policy
Ambassador Dijana Ivančić

амбасадор Дијана Иванчић

She was born in 1965 in Sarajevo. She graduated from the Eighth Belgrade High-School, and in the field of international relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade.

From 1989 to 2001, she served in the Presidency of the SFRY, the Federal Government of the FRY and the Office of the President of the FRY, and since 2001 she has been employed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 2001 to 2005, she served at the FRY Embassy in Sofia, and from 2005 to 2007 she was Head of Section for France, Spain, Portugal and the Benelux countries in the Europe Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2007 to 2012, she was Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ljubljana. In the period from 2012 to 2016, she served as Head of the NATO and PfP Department, and from 2016 to 2020, she was the Deputy Head of Mission in the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Paris.

By the decision of the Government, she was appointed as Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs on 26 November 2020, since when she has been the Head of the Security Policy Sector.

She is a winner of the Charter and Plaque "Golden Age - Tsar Samuel" (2005), the highest award of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria for merit in the field of culture.

She speaks French, English and Bulgarian.

Mother of one child, Anja.

Acting Assistant Minister for Multilateral Cooperation
Ambassador Milan Milanović

He was born in Pančevo in 1959. After graduating from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade and completing his military service in 1988, he joined the diplomatic service of the then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

From 1988 to 1993, he was an Attaché, and afterwards the Third Secretary in the Economic Affairs Sector of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1993 to 1998, he transferred from the Economic Affairs Sector to the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the United Nations Office at Geneva as the Second Secretary. After completing his service in Geneva from 1998 to 2001, he was a Deputy Chief of Staff and then Acting Chief of Staff in the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

From 2001 to 2005, he was the First Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro in Paris and the representative in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Upon his return in 2005, he was appointed as the Director of the newly established Department for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the title of Minister Counsellor. In 2006, he received the title of Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prior to his appointment as the Permanent Representative Deputy of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations in New York in 2009, he served as the Director of the Partnership for Peace Department in the Security Policy Sector at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. By the decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia dated 05 April 2013, he was appointed as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations, and he held that position until August 2020.

Upon his return from service in New York, he became the Head of the United Nations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in December 2020. In December 2021, by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, he was appointed as the Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral Cooperation.

He is married to Maja, a professor of mathematics, with whom he has two sons.

He speaks English and French.

Acting Assistant Minister for Economic Diplomacy
Miroslav Knežević

He was born in Uzice. Graduated from the Catering and Tourism High School in Cajetina, as a student of the generation and the holder of Vuk Karadžić diploma. 

During 2010, he participated in the formation of the Student Conference of Serbian Universities (SCSU) and was appointed a member of the presidential council. In the same year, he became a scholarship holder of the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation. 

As the best student of the generation, with an average grade of 10, at the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, in 2011, he acquired the title of graduate economist. He completed his Master studies in 2012 at Singidunum University.

During the academic 2011/2012, he worked as a teaching associate, and at the end of 2012 he was elected a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management. From 2013 to 2015, he worked as the president of the Assistants’ Club at Singidunum University.

He completed his doctoral studies in 2016 with the highest average grade, at the Singidunum University.

At the beginning of 2016, he was elected senior lecturer, teaching several subjects in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. At the end of 2019, he was elected associate professor. He was a participant of a large number of scientific, professional, international and domestic conferences. 

Author and co-author of more than 40 scientific and professional papers published in domestic and foreign journals and conferences, as well as two textbooks. Moderator, keynote speaker and panelist at several professional and scientific conferences in the country and abroad. 

From August 2017 to May 2021, he performed the function of the State Secretary for Tourism in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications. 

Speaks English.

Father of one child, daughter Petra.

Acting Assistant Minister for the European Union
Ambassador Suzana Bošković Prodanović

She was born on 29 June 1970 in Šabac, where she finished primary school and Šabac Grammar School. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Novi Sad in 1991, and in 1994 from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Novi Sad - Department of English Language and Literature.

She passed the bar exam in 1994 in Belgrade. She completed specialist studies in the EU law at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade in 2005, and in 2006 she completed a master's in EU law at the Nancy 2 University in France.

From 1994 to 1996, she worked as a lawyer in Šabac, a member of the Bar Association of the Republic of Serbia. She was engaged as a trainee of the diplomatic-consular profession in 1996 at a public competition in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the FRY.

From 1998 to 2002, she served in the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the United Nations European Bureau in Geneva as the Attaché for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Upon her return from Geneva, she worked as an advisor in legal and international legal affairs.

From 2007 to 2012, she served at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Prague as the First Counsellor, Deputy Head of the Diplomatic Mission. Upon her return from Prague, she served as the Head of the Department for Personnel and Legal Affairs, and afterwards as the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2014 to 2015.

From 2015 to 2020, she served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland.

Since 2020, she has worked as the Coordinator for Labour and Legal Issues and Human Resources at the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the title of the Ambassador.

In February 2022, she was appointed as the Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for the EU.

She speaks English, French and Czech.

She is married and a mother of two sons