Radovan Jelašić

Radovan Jelašić (Serbian Cyrillic: Радован Јелашић, Hungarian: Jelasity Radován; born 19 February 1968 in Baja, Hungary) is a Hungarian-Serbian economist who was the Governor of the National Bank of Serbia from 2004 to 2010. He is the CEO of the Erste Bank Hungary since June 2011 and a chairman of the Hungarian Banking Association.[1]

Radovan Jelašić
Радован Јелашић
Jelasity Radován
Radovan Jelašić crop.jpg
3rd Governor of the National Bank of Serbia
In office
25 February 2004 – 28 July 2010
DeputyBojan Marković, Ana Gligorijević, Mira Erić-Jović and Diana Dragutinović
Preceded byKori Udovički
Succeeded byDejan Šoškić
Personal details
Born (1968-02-19) 19 February 1968 (age 53)
Baja, Hungary
NationalityHungarian, Serbian
EducationBEcon University of Belgrade, MBA University of Illinois at Chicago


Jelašić completed his secondary education at Serbian school 'Nikola Tesla' in Budapest.[2] In 1992, Jelašić graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics and went on to obtain a master's degree of Business in Finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jelašić began his banking career with Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, where he worked for four years as a Regional Manager for Central and Eastern Europe. In 1999 he moved to McKinsey & Company in Frankfurt, working on banking projects in Germany, Poland and Bulgaria. The projects were related to credit financing, privatization, corporate takeovers, organizational restructuring, corporate financing and preparation of mortgage strategies.

From December 2000 until July 2003 Mr. Jelašić held the position of Vice-Governor of the National Bank of Yugoslavia/Serbia during which time he was in charge of development and implementation of banking sector restructuring, reform of the banking supervision process, negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and European Union on programs related to the financial sector, as well as reorganization of the NBS IT Department, founding of the special department to help finance small and medium-size enterprises, and organization of technical help to the National Bank of Serbia.

Jelašić briefly accepted an engagement with the HVB banka in Belgrade.

On 25 February 2004, the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia appointed Radovan Jelašić Governor of the National Bank of Serbia. He began his term in office on 1 March 2004.

In the first part of 2005, Jelašić became a subject of controversy in regards to his claim that he bought his 180m² villa together with the surrounding 15.5ar of land in the elite Belgrade neighbourhood of Dedinje for only 380,000. The story was pursued throughout 2005 by the daily tabloid Kurir, which quoted various experts who appraised the estate's worth to at least €1.5 million.[3]

He resigned on 23 March 2010, however his resignation was adopted by National assembly on 28 July 2010.

In 2011, Jelašić was included as one of the subjects in the book "Serbia: Faces & Places"

He is currently occupying the position of CEO at Erste Bank in Budapest, Hungary.


  1. ^ "Banking Association Chief: Hungary Well Positioned to Weather Crisis". Hungary Today. 2020-05-27. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  2. ^ "Šumadija na Trgu ruža".
  3. ^ "Afera Jelašića vila"
Government offices
Preceded by Governor of the National Bank of Serbia
Succeeded by