Božidar Đelić

Not to be confused with Božidar Delić.
Božidar Đelić
Manager Director Sovereign Advisory Group, Lazard
In office
6 January 2014  Present
Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia
In office
15 May 2007  9 December 2011
Preceded by Ivana Dulić-Marković
Minister of Science and Technological Development
In office
7 July 2008  14 March 2011
Preceded by Ana Pešikan
Succeeded by Žarko Obradović
(Merged into Ministry of Education)
Minister of Finance and Economy
In office
25 January 2001  3 March 2004
Succeeded by Mlađan Dinkić
Personal details

(1965-04-01) 1 April 1965
Belgrade, PR Serbia, Yugoslavia (present-day

Belgrade, Republic of Serbia)
Nationality Serbia
Political party Democratic Party
Children 2
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Profession Economist
Religion Serbian Orthodox

Božidar Đelić (Serbian Cyrillic: Божидар Ђелић, pronounced [bɔ̌ʒidaːr dʑɛ̌ːlitɕ]; born 1 April 1965, Belgrade) is a Serbian economist and politician. He was the Serbian Minister of finance in the first post-Milošević government of Zoran Đinđić in 2001-03, and vice-president of the government from May 2007 to December 2011, from the list of Democratic Party.

Early life

Đelić was born in Belgrade in 1965, an only child.[1]

Đelić's parents divorced soon after his birth and went abroad in search of better prospects, while he stayed behind in Belgrade where he was raised by his maternal grandparents. He later described his grandmother Mileva as the strongest figure in his childhood. When his grandparents died in 1973, he moved to Paris to live with his mother and stepfather in Paris. When her small business collapsed, Božidar helped earn his way by washing dishes and cleaning windows, while studying at the same time.[2] In 1980 and 1981, Đelić won French national competitions for high-school students in history and economics.



From 2008-11, Đelić was Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, as well as Minister for Science and Technological Development. During that period he was chief negotiator for Serbia's entry to the European Union (EU). From 2007-08, Đelić was the sole deputy to the Prime Minister. Chief negotiator for the entry of Serbia into the EU. Governor for Serbia of the World Bank Group and Deputy Governor of the EBRD.

In January 2014, Djelic joined Lazard Investment Bank in Paris.


  1. Gerry Emons (1 October 2002). "Banishing Balkan Ghosts: Bozidar Djelic and the Rebirth of a Nation". Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin. Archived from the original on 22 October 2002.
  2. Dimitrije Boarov (3 January 2002). "Jednog dana nismo imali ni za hleb" (in Serbian). Vreme. Archived from the original on 17 August 2002.
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