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
Jagoda Lazarević

Born in Belgrade in 1969, she graduated from the Eighth Belgrade High School. She studied Business Economics and Finance at the Webster University in Geneva and Vienna. In 1991, she graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, as the best student of her generation. Her degree was recognised by the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade in 1996 as that of a Bachelor of Economics.

From 1992 to 2012, she worked in her family’s firm. 

From 2008 to 2012, she was employed in the Sector for Bilateral Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development. In 2012, she started working at the Ministry of Internal and Foreign Trade and Telecommunications on matters of bilateral economic cooperation with Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, USA, Canada, United Kingdom.

From June 2013 to April 2014, she was Special Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications for International Economic Relations, and from April 2014 to October 2020, she was Special Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications for International Economic Relations.

From October to November 2020, she was Head of the Department for Europe and Transoceanic Developed Countries in the Sector for Bilateral Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications.

In December 2020, she was appointed Acting Assistant Minister for Bilateral Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications.

Since November 2021, she has been employed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the Economic Diplomacy Sector. On 11 June 2022, by the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, she was appointed Acting Assistant Minister for Economic Diplomacy.

From September 2018 to February 2021, she was Commissioner General of Republic of Serbia at Expo 2020 Dubai.

She conducted negotiations for concluding the Republic of Serbia’s free trade agreements (FTA) with Turkey (revised and expanded version of FTA, 2019), Eurasian Economic Union (2019) and the United Kingdom (2020/21), and was Co-Chair of the Serbia-Turkey Joint Committee for the implementation of the FTA between Serbia and Turkey and the Joint Expert Committee for Economic Cooperation with Austria.

She has an excellent command of the written and spoken English, French and Italian languages, and a good command of the written and spoken German language.