Ejup Ganić

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Ejup Ganić
Chancellor of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
Assumed office
President of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
1 January 2000 – 1 January 2001
Vice President Ivo Andrić-Lužanski
Preceded by Ivo Andrić-Lužanski
Succeeded by Ivo Andrić-Lužanski
In office
29 December 1997 – 1 January 1999
Vice President Vladimir Šoljić
Preceded by Vladimir Šoljić
Succeeded by Ivo Andrić-Lužanski
Yugoslav Member of Presidency of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In office
Personal details
Born (1946-03-03) 3 March 1946 (age 72)
Novi Pazar, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia
Political party SDA (1994-1999)

Ejup Ganić (born 3 March 1946) is a Bosnian founder and chancellor of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. He was President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1997 to 1999 and again from 2000 to 2001. He holds an ScD (doctor of science) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Early life[edit]

Ganić was born in Sebečevo village near Novi Pazar municipality in the Sandžak geographical region of Serbia, then Yugoslavia. He is the founder and current president of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology[1] and a regular professor of engineering science at the school.

Political career[edit]

During the Bosnian War, he was part of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was a member of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA; 1994-99). During the war, the Bosnian government and SDA was divided into two groups, one that looked to the West, and the other, called the Sandžak faction, hardliners that wished to take on all.[2] Another division was between the secularists and conservatists.[2] Ganić was part of the Sandžak faction and conservatists.[2]

During early talks of the partition of Bosnia and Herzegovina, he remarked that the Bosniaks "are Islamized Serbs", and should thus join the Serb side, at a time when the SDA shifted in favour of siding with the Serbs and continuing struggling against the Croats.[3]

He was President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1997 to 1999 and again from 2000 to 2001. He also served as the Vice-President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina 1994-1997, 1999-2000 and in 2001.

Education and occupations[edit]

Dr. Ganić has a ScD. in Engineering Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Ganić is fluent in the English language.

He worked as a researcher at University of Belgrade, where he received a master's degree, as well as a bachelor's degree in engineering.[when?]

Dr. Ganić also worked as an assistant researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, researcher at Union Carbide Corporation-Linde Division (New York City), assistant lecturer at New York University and University of Chicago, lecturer at University of Illinois at Chicago, director of UNIS Institute (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and guest lecturer at Lomonosov Moscow State University.[citation needed]

Dr. Ganić published over one hundred publications, among them books such as Handbook of Heat Transfer Fundamentals, Experimental Heat Transfer and Engineering Turbulence Modelling and Measurements. In 2002, he published a book called Engineering Companion, published by McGraw-Hill.[4] He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and many other professional societies.

Private life[edit]

Ejup Ganić is married and has two children. His wife, Mrs. Fahrija Ganić is a prominent dermatologist. His son, Emir Ganić, holds an MBA from the University of Buckingham, BSc from the University of Durham and is Executive director of the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. His daughter, Emina Ganić, graduated from the University of Oxford and is Academic program Coordinator at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and works at the Sarajevo Film Festival, as a Representative of the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation.[citation needed]


Ejup Ganić was a citizen of Serbia by birth. Ganić has been living in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1981, and as such is also a citizen of Bosnia since that time.

Arrest and release[edit]

On 1 March 2010 Ganić was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London after Serbian judicial authorities issued an extradition warrant.[5] He was accused of conspiracy to murder 40 Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) soldiers in the Dobrovoljačka Street attack in May 1992.[6][7] He was released on 12 March after Sanela Diana Jenkins had paid his bail. Judge John Laws remarked that the arrest warrant by Serbia was politically motivated and therefore granted Ganić bail.[8] It was also claimed by Ganić's defence lawyers that Serbia had yet to produce any real evidence, and that most of their supposed evidence was made up of news articles regarding the Dobrovoljačka incident.[9] However, the Serbian prosecutor's office claims that the case contains additional evidence.[10] On 27 July 2010, the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court blocked his extradition and released him, the judge saying that he was led to believe the extradition proceedings were "brought and [were] being used for political purposes, and as such amount to an abuse of the process of this court".[11][12]

During his 2013 testimony at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia within the process against Ratko Mladić, British general Michael Rose, former commander of the Bosnian section of UNPROFOR, stated that Ganić organised a secret police [force] whose members opened sniper fire on trams in Sarajevo.[13]


  1. ^ "Dobrodošli na SSST". Ssst.edu.ba. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  2. ^ a b c Steven L. Burg; Paul Shoup (1999). The War in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention. M.E. Sharpe. pp. 194–. ISBN 978-1-56324-308-0. 
  3. ^ Steven L. Burg; Paul S. Shoup (4 March 2015). Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention: Crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1990-93: Crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1990-93. Taylor & Francis. p. 341. ISBN 978-1-317-47101-1. 
  4. ^ "McGraw-Hill's Engineering Companion by Ejup N. Ganić - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. 2002-09-23. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  5. ^ Milmo, Cahal (20 March 2010). "Ejup Ganic: war criminal or just a political pawn?". The Independent. London. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bosnian war leader arrested in UK". BBC News. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  7. ^ "Does Serbia really want Ganic? | TransConflict | Transform, Transcend, Translate - TransConflict Serbia". TransConflict. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Ejup Ganić pušten da se brani sa slobode". Sarajevo-x.com. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  9. ^ ""Srbija dostavila sudu novinske članke o 'Dobrovoljačkoj'"". Sarajevo-x.com. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  10. ^ "Serbia pushes again for Ganic extradition". UPI.com. 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  11. ^ Republic of Serbia v Ganic [2010] EW Misc 11 (EWMC) (27 July 2010)
  12. ^ Synovitz, Ron (28 July 2010). "Former Bosnian Leader Returns To Sarajevo After U.K. Rejects Serbian Extradition". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Denis Džidić (18 January 2013). "Bosnian Serb Army 'Under Mladic's Absolute Command'". Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. 

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