Ana Brnabić

Prime Minister of Serbia, Office of the Prime Minister of Serbia

Born in Belgrade in 1975. She obtained a master’s degree (MBA diploma) in marketing from Hull University, UK, and has more than ten years of experience in working with international organisations, foreign investors, local self-governments and the public sector in Serbia. She was a member of the Managing Board of the PEXIM Foundation, a non-profit organisation which grants scholarships to talented university students from Serbia and Macedonia who return to their home country after graduation to help its economic and social development. She was Director of Continental Wind Serbia (CWS), where she worked on the execution of an investment worth EUR300mn in a wind farm in the municipality of Kovin. An important phase in her business career is the engagement in various US consultancy firms which executed programs financed by US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Serbia. She was the Deputy Director of the Project for Competitiveness Development, an expert in the Local Self-Government Reform Program in Serbia and higher coordinator of the Municipal Economic Growth Activity. She actively participated in the establishment of National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED) in 2006. She invested huge efforts in increasing NALED’s capacities for representing interests of the business sector, local self-governments and civil society in Serbia. During that engagement, she participated in the introduction of the concept of local economic development in Serbia and building up municipalities’ potential for improving a local business climate, with active promotion of investments. She was elected a member and then the President of the Managing Board of NALED, which became the largest independent private-public organisation advocating for the improvement of the business climate in Serbia and, in close cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, has contributed to strengthening Serbia’s competitiveness at the international level and at the World Bank’s Doing Business list. She is the winner of the “Business Lady of the Year” Award in CSR category for 2013.