Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of the Republic of Serbia
Prof. Zorana Z. Mihajlovic PhD. was born in 1970 in Tuzla. She graduated in 1993 and received her doctorate in 2001 at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade in the field of Energy and Economics. The appointment of the Associate Professor and Vice-Rector for Science at the University John Nezbit, she gained in October 2011 and in 2016 was appointed as a full-time professor at this university.
Ms. Mihajlovic worked in the First Economics High School and EPS - Elektroistok. From 2004 to 2006 she was the Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia for Energy. Prof. Zorana Z. Mihajlovic PhD became Energy Adviser to Republika Srpska Prime Minister, Milorad Dodik, in 2010.
Deputy Prime Minister, Ms. Mihajlovic, is the author and co-author of four books in the field of energy and sustainable development. She has published more than two hundred scientific papers on the problems and possibilities of the Serbian energy sector.
She is the president of the SNS Energy and Mining Council since 2009, the party's vice president since 2012, and since mid-2016 she was a member of the SNS presidency.
From 2012 to 2014, Prof. Zorana Z. Mihajlovic PhD was the Governor of Serbia in EBRD.
She was appointed Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection in 2012, and since 2014 she is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure.
During her term at the Ministry, the construction of Road Corridor 10 has been completed, about 330 km of highways have been built, more than 560 km of railway lines have been reconstructed, and airport network, comprising of three international airports, is additionally being developed. The value of infrastructure projects within portfolio of the Ministry, which Deputy Prime Minister chairs, is more than 20 billion euros.
In the same mandate, she was appointed the President of the Government of the RS for Gender Equality, as well as the head of the Government of RS regarding the issues of sexual violence in conflicts. Since 2015, she coordinates the work of state bodies and non-governmental sector in relation to the improvement of the position of Roma on behalf of the Government, and in March 2017, she was appointed President of the Coordination Body for Monitoring the Implementation of the Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma men and women in Serbia (2016-2025).
Ms. Mihajlovic chairs the Joint Government Group of the RS with the task of defining concrete measures for improving the position of the Republic of Serbia on the Doing Business list of the World Bank and the Council of Foreign Investors. She is the President of the Coordination Body to support the implementation of projects, investments in the reconstruction and / or construction of clinical health centers.
Prof. Zorana Z. Mihajlovic PhD was chosen twice for the "Reformer of the Year" in the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED). For the first time, she received the award in 2014 for comprehensive construction permit approvals, and for the second time, the "Reformator 2016" award was granted to her for decades of reform in this area.
She is a member of the Advisory Council of the World Bank on Gender and Development, which reviews progress on the global level in the area of gender equality and makes recommendations for further activities to reduce the gap between women and men and empowers women.
She is the winner of the international award "Personality of the Year and the Best Minister for 2018", which is awarded to the most successful people in the region.
She is the member of the Board of Directors of the Development Fund. The founder is NGO Women Government, a member of the European Movement in Serbia and the East West Bridge organization. Ms. Mihajlovic is the initiator of the initiative "Let's Employ Thousand Women in the Rural Areas", which the Coordinating Body for Gender Equality is implementing in cooperation with Ethno-Network and NALED. At the end of 2019, she was elected a member of the Employers Council of the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade.
She is the mother of one son.
She is fluent in English.