Nenad Popović (Serbian Cyrillic: Ненад Поповић; born 30 September 1966) is a Serbian politician and businessman. He served as Minister without portfolio of Serbia in charge of innovations and technological development from 29 June 2017.

Nenad Popović

Ненад Поповић
Nenad Popovic-MC.jpg
Minister without portfolio
Assumed office
29 June 2017
Prime MinisterAna Brnabić
Preceded byJadranka Joksimović
Personal details
Born (1966-09-30) 30 September 1966 (age 53)
Tuzla, Yugoslavia
(now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
NationalitySerbian
Political partyDemocratic Party of Serbia
Serbian People's Party (2014–present)
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
Moscow State University
OccupationPolitician, businessman

He is a former vice-president of Democratic Party of Serbia, National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, and President of the parliamentary group of friendship between Serbia and Russia. In 2014, he founded the political party Serbian People's Party.

BiographyEdit

Early years and educationEdit

Popović was born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 30 September 1966, son of Nemanja Popović, university professor and academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and of Danica, professor of history. [1]

He graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Machine Engineering. He finished his Master's and doctoral studies at Moscow State University's Faculty of Economy. He was a professor at the Faculty of Economy of Moscow's Lomonosov University and the Faculty of Economy of the Moscow State Mining University.

Political careerEdit

From 2006 to 2008 he was the Head of the Economic Team for Kosovo and Metohija. He led the development of the Strategy for Long-Term Economic Development of Serbian Communities in Kosovo and Metohija. At the same time, he was Vice-President and later Deputy Chairman of the Coordination Body for the Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja municipalities. Former deputy president of DSS, president of the DSS Economic Council and deputy in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

As Vice-President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, he was one of the main observers of the electoral process in a referendum on annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

His name was mentioned in the Paradise Papers in connection to owning several off-shore companies. Value of his business undertakings reaches 100 million dollars, making him officially the richest Serbian politician.

On 29 June 2017, he was named the Minister without portfolio in the Government of Serbia in the charge of the innovations and technological development.[2] On 3 July 2017, Aleksandr Chepurin, Russian Federation Ambassador to Serbia, made a first official visit to Popović after being sworn as minister.[3]

In July 2019 Popovic stated that "there was no genocide in Srebrenica and Serbs will never accept to be stamped as genocidal people." He said Serbia should rethink its goal of becoming a European Union member because of such claims.[4]

Other businessesEdit

Popović is the owner and president of the international company ABS Electro[5] which employs over three thousand people, engaged in the production of electrical-technical equipment, creating advanced engineering solutions for a variety of industries such as electrical power, shipbuilding, oil, gas, metal, mining, and others.[citation needed]

He is the president of the Foundation "Russian Necropolises" from Belgrade, which was responsible for the project of reconstruction of the complex of memorial monuments Russian necropolises in the New Cemetery in Belgrade. Popović is also member of the Board of the International Fun of Unity of Orthodox Nations.

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Poreklo Nenada Popovića Portal Poreklo, 30 aprila 2012
  2. ^ "U vladi još jedan ministar bez portfelja – Nenad Popović". politika.rs (in Serbian). Politika. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Čepurin prvi gost Nenada Popovića od kako je postao ministar: Za još snažnije odnose Srbije i Rusije". blic.rs (in Serbian). Tanjug. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  4. ^ Bosnian Muslims mark 1995 massacre of thousands with burials – AP, 11 Jul 2019
  5. ^ ABS Electro
  6. ^ Biografija Nenada Popovića SNP, pristupljeno: 22. januara 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jadranka Joksimović
Minister without portfolio of Serbia
2017–present
Incumbent