Ivan Barbalić (born in Sarajevo, 1975) is a Bosnian diplomat who is currently serving as Ambassador to the Russian Federation. He previously served as a Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was accredited as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Chief of the Permanent Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Office of the United Nations. He was elected by the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ivan Barbalić graduated from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut School of Business. Prior to earning his business degree, he received in 2001 a European regional Master of Science in Democracy and Human Rights in South-East Europe from the University of Sarajevo and at University of Bologna.
In 2012, he was granted a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa degree from the University of Bridgeport.
He has served as lecturer at the International League of Humanists, a group founded to promote peace in Southeast Europe, and has been a member of the UN Development Programme’s Early Warning System in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
From 2005 to 2007, he served on his country’s negotiation team for the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union, after earlier working at its Directorate for European Integration from 2000 to 2001.
He also is vice president of a non-governmental organization known the European Movement in Bosnia and Herzegovina NGO, a position he has held since 2006.
Barbalić was born in 1975 in Sarajevo, as the last generation of born in Koševo, a suburbia of Sarajevo. He grew up in a harmonious family in Mejtaš, right beside the Elementary School named after Miljenko Cvitković. He began writing lyrics before started his elementary education, creating songs for Davor Ebner, Tinka Milinović, Igor Žerajić, Almas and the Erogenous Zones. Reportedly he never sold any lyrics or songs, creating them for free as he considers himself a musician. He is the son of Nikola Barbalić, former University Professor of the Mechanical Engineering, and excelling Volleyball Athlete. He is also a member of the Croat community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ivan is a nephew of Mr Željko Jerkić, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a grandson of Ivo Jerkic. He is married to Stela Vasić who is personal assistant to Dr. Nikola Špirić, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Notes and references
- Pećanin, Senad. Nije Komšić "jedina budala" Nezavisni magazin BH DANI, No. 585 – 29 August 2008, Publisher: CIVITAS, Sarajevo
- Marić, Irma. Tekstopisac bez ijedne prodate pjesme, Max Magazine published on 2006-05-03, archived by INFOBIRO Digital Archive, INFOBIRO – Mediacentar, Sarajevo. Retrieved 2009-07-28
- Još jedan Sarajlija ambasador pri UN Published on 5 July 2009 (20:56 CEST) by dovla.net
- "New Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina Presents Credentials". Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
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