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Božidar Đelić

Managing Director,Sovereign Advisory Group, Lazard Frères

Currently holding the position of Managing Director in the Sovereign Advisory Group of Lazard Frères in Paris. Advises governments around the world on their economic agenda.

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Integration and Minister of Science and Technological Development of Serbia from 2007 until 2011. Led the innovation and competitiveness agenda of the country, which was recognized as one of the world's "rising science star" since 2009 by Thomson Reuters. Raised €400 million euros for scientific infrastructure. Led regional efforts to establish venture funds in the Balkans.

Minister of Finance and Economy of Serbia from 2001 to 2004. Director for Central Europe at Credit Agricole SA Group, from 2005 to 2007..Partner with McKinsey&Company, the strategic management consultancy, in Paris and Silicon Valley Offices from 1993 to 2000.

Born in Belgrade in 1965. Graduated from HEC business studies and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, France in 1987. Received MBA at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, in 1991. Worked as a privatization and banking sector advisor to the Russian and Polish governments in 1991-1993.

Recognizing his achievements in business and politics, the World Economic Forum (Davos) nominated him as Young Global Leader for the period 2005-2010. Speaks French, English, Russian, Polish and German. Father of two daughters.