Ana Brnabić

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Ana Brnabić
Ana Brnabic, July 3, 2018.jpg
12th Prime Minister of Serbia
Assumed office
29 June 2017
PresidentAleksandar Vučić
DeputyIvica Dačić (First)
Rasim Ljajić
Zorana Mihajlović
Nebojša Stefanović
Preceded byAleksandar Vučić
Minister of Finance
Acting
In office
16 May 2018 – 29 May 2018
Prime MinisterHerself
Preceded byDušan Vujović
Succeeded bySiniša Mali
Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government
In office
11 August 2016 – 29 June 2017
Prime MinisterAleksandar Vučić
Ivica Dačić (Acting)
Preceded byKori Udovički
Succeeded byBranko Ružić
Personal details
Born (1975-09-28) 28 September 1975 (age 43)
Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Political partyIndependent
Domestic partnerMilica Đurđić
Alma materNorthwood University
University of Hull

Ana Brnabić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ана Брнабић, pronounced [âna bř̩nabit͜ɕ]; born 28 September 1975) is a Serbian politician who has been the Prime Minister of Serbia since 29 June 2017. She is the first woman and first openly gay person to hold the office.[1]

She was previously the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of Serbia[2] from 11 August 2016 until 29 June 2017, under Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić and Acting Prime Minister Ivica Dačić. After Vučić was inaugurated as the President of Serbia on 31 May 2017, he proposed Brnabić as his successor in June.[3]

Her government was voted into office on 29 June 2017 by a majority of 157 out of 250 Members of the National Assembly of Serbia.

In 2018, Brnabić was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 91st most powerful woman in the world and as the 21st most powerful female political and policy leader.[4][5]

Early and personal life[edit]

Brnabić was born in Belgrade. Her paternal grandfather Anton Brnabić (ethnic Croat), a Yugoslav military officer, was born in Stara Baška on Croatian island of Krk (present-day Republic of Croatia). He fought with the Yugoslav Partisans during World War II and was ranked lieutenant colonel (potpukovnik) after the war. Her paternal grandmother Mica was born in Gorobilje near Požega (in Serbia). Her maternal grandparents are from Babušnica, southeastern Serbia. Her father Zoran was born in Užice in 1950 and finished his studies in Belgrade, where the family lived.[6]

Brnabić is a lesbian, and lists as the fifth openly LGBT head of government in the world following Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland from 2009-13, Elio Di Rupo, Prime Minister of Belgium from 2011-14, Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg since 2013, Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland since 2016, and the second female LGBT head of government overall following Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. In 2017, she became the first head of government of any Balkan country to attend a gay pride march when she attended one in Belgrade.[7] In 2019 her partner Milica Djurdjic gave birth to a boy; Brnabić is therefore believed to be the first prime minister in a same-sex couple whose partner gave birth while the prime minister was in office.[8]

Education and business career[edit]

Brnabić holds an MBA diploma of the University of Hull and worked for over a decade with international organizations, foreign investors, local self-government units, and the public sector in Serbia.

Prior to Brnabić's appointment to the Government of Serbia, she was director of Continental Wind Serbia,[9] where she worked on the implementation of the investment of €300 million into a windpark in Kovin.[10] She was a member of the managing board of the non-profit foundation Peksim.[11]

She has been engaged in different US consulting companies that implemented USAID-financed projects in Serbia. She was deputy manager of the Serbia's Competitiveness Project, the expert on the Local self-government Reform Program in Serbia and the senior coordinator of the Program of Economic Development of Municipalities.[citation needed] She actively participated in the foundation of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED) in 2006.

She made great efforts to build capacities of NALED for representation of interests of the business sector, local self-government units and the civil society in Serbia. During that engagement, she participated in the introduction of the concept of local economic development in Serbia and building of potentials of municipalities to improve the business environment at the local level with active promotion of investments. She became a member, and thereafter the President of the Managing Board of NALED.

Politics[edit]

Brnabić with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev during a meeting of Balkan leaders held in Durrës
Brnabić with Petro Poroshenko in 2018

In August 2016, she was appointed as the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government. In addition, she is the President of the Council for Innovative Entrepreneurship and Information Technologies of the Government of Serbia, as well as of the Republic Council for National Minorities and the Vice President of the Republic Council for Public Administration Reform.

Brnabić described herself as a pro-European and technocratic Prime Minister.[12][13] She explained that the priorities for her government are modernization, education reform and digitization.[14][15] On the other hand, she has been criticised because she is the head of a conservative and nationalist government which also includes openly anti-Western and pro-Russian ministers.[16][17][18][19]

In May 2018, Brnabić took over the Ministry of Finance until the new Minister was appointed, following the resignation of Dušan Vujović.[20] On 29 May 2018, she appointed Siniša Mali as Vujović's successor on that position.[21]

Awards[edit]

She has been awarded numerous plaudits for the development projects on which she worked, for the promotion of socially accountable business operation and tolerance.[22]

Honours and awards[edit]

Award or decoration Country Date Place
Order of the Republika Srpska[23]  Bosnia and Herzegovina ( Republika Srpska) 9 January 2019 Banja Luka

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Surk, Barbara (28 June 2017). "Serbia Gets Its First Female, and First Openly Gay, Premier". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Потпредседници и министри". www.srbija.gov.rs. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Ana Brnabić mandatarka za sastav nove Vlade". N1. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  4. ^ "The World's Most Powerful Women in 2018". forbes.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  5. ^ "Women Who Rule The World: The 22 Most Powerful Female Political and Policy Leaders 2018". forbes.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  6. ^ ""MOJ DEDA JE HRVAT, JA SAM SRPKINJA" Ovo je porodični "rodoslov" Ane Brnabić" (in Serbian). Blic. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Serbia's gay PM is first in region to attend pride parade". bbc.com. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  8. ^ Peter Stubley (2019). "Gay partner of Serbian PM Ana Brnabic gives birth in first for a world leader". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  9. ^ Danas Conference Center (2014-10-08), Ana Brnabić, generalni direktor Continental Wind Srbija, retrieved 2018-11-07
  10. ^ "Construction of Cibuk wind farm in Kovin begins late 2013". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  11. ^ "Brnabic Named Serbia's New PM-Designate". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  12. ^ "Hard days ahead for Serbia's gay PM". EUobserver. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Brnabic: Everyone forgets i'm a technocrat Prime Minister". N1. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Serbia's next premier: EU membership, modernization priority". Associated Press. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Digitalization, education reform are priorities, Serbian PM". N1. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  16. ^ Swimelar, Safia (November 2017). "The Journey of LGBT Rights: Norm Diffusion and its Challenges in EU Seeking States: Bosnia and Serbia". Human Rights Quarterly. 39 (4): 910–42. doi:10.1353/hrq.2017.0054.
  17. ^ "Aleksić: Brnabić, simbolična figura u konzervativnoj vladi". Radio Free Europe (in Serbian). 5 May 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Serbia lawmakers elect 1st female and 1st openly gay premier". Associated Press. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  19. ^ Thompson, Wayne (2018). Nordic, Central, and Southeastern Europe 2018-2019. Rowman & Littlefield.
  20. ^ "Brnabićeva ministar finansija, do imenovanja novog". b92.net (in Serbian). Tanjug. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Mali izabran za ministra finansija". b92.net (in Serbian). Beta. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Министар". www.mduls.gov.rs. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  23. ^ "Ani Brnabić u Banjaluci uručuju najviši orden RS". Retrieved 8 January 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kori Udovički
Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Branko Ružić
Preceded by
Ivica Dačić
(Acting)
Prime Minister of Serbia
2017–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Dušan Vujović
Minister of Finance (Acting)
2018
Succeeded by
Siniša Mali