Božidar Đelić

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Božidar Đelić
Божидар Ђелић
Bozidar Djelic.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia
In office
15 May 2007 – 9 December 2011
Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica
Mirko Cvetković
Preceded by Ivana Dulić-Marković
Minister of Science and Technological Development
In office
7 July 2008 – 14 March 2011
Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković
Preceded by Ana Pešikan
Succeeded by Žarko Obradović
(Merged into Ministry of Education)
Minister of Finance and Economy
In office
25 January 2001 – 3 March 2004
Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić
Nebojša Čović (acting)
Žarko Korać (acting)
Zoran Živković
Preceded by Borislav Milačić
Ljubiša Jovanović
Bojan Dimitrijević
Succeeded by Mlađan Dinkić
Personal details

(1965-04-01) 1 April 1965 (age 53)
Belgrade, PR Serbia, Yugoslavia (present-day

Belgrade, Republic of Serbia)
Nationality Serbian
Political party Democratic Party
Children 2
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Profession Economist

Božidar Đelić (Serbian Cyrillic: Божидар Ђелић, pronounced [bɔ̌ʒidaːr dʑɛ̌ːlitɕ]; born 1 April 1965) is a Serbian economist and politician. He was the Serbian Minister of finance in the first post-Milošević government of Zoran Đinđić from 2001–03, and vice-president of the government from May 2007 to December 2011, from the list of Democratic Party.

Early life[edit]

Đelić was born in Belgrade in 1965, an only child.[1]

Đelić's parents divorced soon after his birth and went abroad in search of better prospects, while he stayed behind in Belgrade where he was raised by his maternal grandparents. He later described his grandmother Mileva as the strongest figure in his childhood. When his grandparents died in 1973, he moved to Paris to live with his mother and stepfather in Paris. When her small business collapsed, Božidar helped earn his way by washing dishes and cleaning windows, while studying at the same time.[2]

In 1980 and 1981, Đelić won French national competitions for high-school students in history and economics.[citation needed]


  • MBA (Master of Business Administration), Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, USA, 1991. Fulbright scholarship. Specialized in finance and marketing
  • MPA (Master of Public Administration), J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, 1991. Lavoisier scholarship. Specialized in economic policy making
  • MA in Economics (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, 1988. Thesis on the effects of real exchange rate instability on growth in emerging countries under the direction of Charles Wyplosz
  • HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) diploma, Jouy-en-Josas, France, 1987. Entered this top French business school after a national entrance exam with 7% acceptance ratio. Specialized in strategy and finance
  • SciencesPo (Institut d’Etudes Politiques) Lauréat (summa cum laude, graduated in the top 5% of a class of 800), Paris, France, 1987. Specialized in public administration and law
  • Twice winner (lauréat du Concours général) of the prestigious national French scholarly competition in geography and economy in 1980-81.


From 2008-11, Đelić was Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, as well as Minister for Science and Technological Development. During that period he was chief negotiator for Serbia's entry to the European Union (EU).[citation needed] From 2007-08, Đelić was the sole deputy to the Prime Minister. Chief negotiator for the entry of Serbia into the EU. Governor for Serbia of the World Bank Group and Deputy Governor of the EBRD.[citation needed]

In January 2014, Đelić joined Lazard Investment Bank in Paris.


  1. ^ Gerry Emons (1 October 2002). "Banishing Balkan Ghosts: Bozidar Djelic and the Rebirth of a Nation". Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Dimitrije Boarov (3 January 2002). "Jednog dana nismo imali ni za hleb" (in Serbian). Vreme. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Borislav Milačić
Ljubiša Jovanović
Bojan Dimitrijević
Minister of Finance of Serbia
Succeeded by
Mlađan Dinkić
Preceded by
Ivana Dulić-Marković
Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ana Pešikan
Minister of Science and Technological Development
Succeeded by
Žarko Obradović
(Merged into Ministry of Education)