Minister of Innovation and Technological Development of Serbia
Dr. Nenad Popovic currently serves as the Serbian Minister of Innovation and Technological Development. He is a successful entrepreneur, businessman, economist, and author who retired from all of his business enterprises in order to enter public service full time in his native Serbia. He is applying his very unique background and business experience to benefit the Serbian entrepreneurial ecosystems, and move Serbia towards a more promising and innovative technological future. He hopes to turn Serbia into a regional and global tech leader through his initiatives to cut bureaucracy, increase and expand budgets for Serbian entrepreneurs, and create investment incentives and opportunities. He is a fierce advocate for Serbian technology and innovation, and tirelessly promotes it to foreign Governments, investors, and global tech companies.
He established the SNP – Serbia People’s Party in 2014 after serving as the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament for the DSS Party from 2012-2014. As President of the SNP he campaigns for a nationalist line of “a strong state for ALL Serbs” and aims to build an economically more developed, prosperous, and socially just Serbia. He believes that with the right job, education, healthcare, and social opportunities, Serbians will be happier and more productive. The SNP, which ran together with the former Prime Minister’s SPP Party, currently has three Members of Parliament.
Dr. Popovic served as a Member of Parliament from 2008-2012 for the DSS Party of which he was Vice President. He headed a parliamentary committee on Serbia-Russia Relations and was awarded the Medal of Friendship in 2010 by the President of the Russian Federation for his special contribution in developing and strengthening economic and social relationships between Serbia and Russia. He began his career in public service in 2005 as Chief of the Economic Team for Kosovo, and Deputy Chief of Government Coordination for Kosovo. During that time he formulated his opinion and gained valuable insights regarding the issue of Kosovo which he feels is absolutely part of Serbia and can never be separated.
ABS Electro, the company Dr. Popovic founded 25 years ago started as a trading and production company producing aluminum electro-technical equipment and automation systems for factories. Over the years it grew to 3,000 employees with 6 factories in Russia and annual revenues of more than 200 million EUROS. They are a leading supplier of secondary electro-technical equipment to power stations, hydro-electric, and hydro-nuclear facilities in Russia and the surrounding areas. He began his business career as an aluminum and metals commodities trader working for global trading companies like Euromin, the Vitol Group, and Marc Rich Investments where he excelled as non-ferrous metals and crude oil trader in their Moscow office.
Dr. Popovic is the author of eight books on a variety of topics including Economy and Management, Economic Relations between Serbia and Russia, Kosovo and Metohija, and Political and Economic Neutrality for Serbia. He received his BA in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 from the University of Belgrade, and an MA and PhD in Economics from Moscow State Mining University in 2001. He was a Professor at that University as well.
In 2002 Dr. Popovic founded ABS Slavyanskiy, a charitable foundation that supports various projects benefiting children, culture, science, education and sports. He is the Chairman of the Serbian Olympic Gymnastic Association and previously served as President of Partisan Belgrade FC.
A Serbian Orthodox, Dr. Popovic is very active in the Church and has received several prestigious awards recognizing his dedicated involvement and contributions. He also received the Medal of Humanity of the State Union Serbia and Montenegro for his exceptional work in aiding the Serbian population in Kosovo and Metohija.
When not advocating for Serbian technology, Dr. Popovic follows the Serbian National Football team and Partisan Belgrade FC, trying to attend games whenever possible. He is passionate about hiking and enjoys hiking in Serbia, Russia and Switzerland.