Ana BrnabićPrime Minister
Republic of Serbia

    Ana Brnabić is the Prime Minister of Serbia. In June 2017, she became the first woman and first openly gay person to hold the office. She was previously the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of Serbia from 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 Ana as his successor in June. 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. Ana is the fifth openly LGBT head of government in the world, and the second female LGBT head of government overall. Ana holds an MBA diploma of the University of Hull and has been working over ten years with international organizations, foreign investors, local self-government units, and the public sector in Serbia. Prior to the appointment to the Government of Serbia, she had been the Director of the company Continental Wind Serbia – CWS where she had worked in the implementation of the investment of EUR 300 million in the wind park in the municipality of Kovin. 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. 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. She became a member, and thereafter the President of the Managing Board of NALED, which got the status of the biggest autonomous private-public organization that endeavours to improve the business environment in Serbia and has contributed, in close cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, to the building of competitiveness of Serbia on international scale and on the Doing Business list of the World Bank. Ana is also a member of the “New Leaders for Europe” group within the World Economic Forum. Sebastian Kurz, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, the Prime Ministers of Estonia, Iceland and Malta, as well as numerous other prominent people also belong to this group.

    Tom Ladner