Dušan Kovačević is the founder of one of the leading music festivals in the world - EXIT Festival (SRB) as well 4 other festivals in EXIT festival network in Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
He graduated at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, upon which he received his Masters in electrical engineering and telecommunication. He received the prestigious Chevening scholarship, which is awarded by the British government to young leaders from all over the world and he continued his education at London School of Economics, where he received another MSc in management and has returned several times as a guest speaker. Currently, he is finishing his doctoral studies in engineer management.
EXIT Festival is one of the most prestigous music festivals in the world. It won the Best Major European Festival award several times (in 2007 from the UK Festival Awards, and in 2013 and 2017 from European festival Awards), while the festival has also gained international media attention over the years, and was coverd by CNN, BBC, Time, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Sun, Forbes, Daily Mail, Independent, Euronews, Lonely Planet, Huffington Post and many others. EXIT attracted several hundreds of thousands of tourists to Novi Sad, who invested in the local tourist economy over €150 million. Apart from the benefits of tourism, the aspect of promoting the image of Serbia and the Balkans is no less important. Dušan also became the youngest person to receive the February Award of the City of Novi Sad in 2015, the most important recognition that the city awards to standout individuals whose positive influence on Novi Sad has been immeasurable.
In 2014, Kovačević and the EXIT Team founded the Sea Dance Festival in Montenegro. In a very short time and after only one edition, the Sea Dance Festival won Best Medium-Sized European Festival award by EFA. In May 2017, EXIT founded the Sea Star Festival in Umag, Croatia, which was nominated for the Best New Festival award at the European Festival Awards in the same year and won the Ambassador award for the Best New Festival. In March 2018, a new festival was started at the Olympic mountain of Jahorina in Bosnia and Herzegovina, titled Festival 84, while in November 2018 EXIT started No Sleep Festival in Belgrade Serbia.
Dušan is the founder of a large number of other projects in social activism and charity, affecting the change in the attitudes of those in power as well as the public, directly influencing the positive social change in Serbia, as well as the region.