Vuk Jeremić

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BornВук Јеремић
3 July 1975
Belgrade, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia
Alma materQueens' College (Cambridge), Imperial College, Harvard University
SpouseNataša Lekić
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2013
Interests • Otpor!
• Jeffrey Sachs
PartyDemocratic Party (Serbia), People's Party (Serbia)
Otpor! activist. Part of "the most westward-leaning government Serbia has ever had".

Employment.png President of the United Nations General Assembly Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
18 September 2012 - 17 September 2013
Succeeded byJohn Ashe

Employment.png Serbia/Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
15 May 2007 - 27 July 2012

Vuk Jeremić is a Serbian politician and diplomat who served as the president of the United Nations General Assembly from 2012 to 2013 and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia from 2007 to 2012.

From September 2012 to September 2013, he chaired the 67th session of the UN General Assembly.

Early Life

Vuk Jeremić was born in Belgrade on 3 July 1975 into a privileged family. During the 1980s, Jeremić's father was the CEO of Jugopetrol, a large state-owned oil company.

He completed his elementary schooling in Belgrade, moving on to the First Belgrade Gymnasium where he began his high school studies. There, he met Boris Tadić, a pro-Western psychology professor and future President of Serbia whom the young Jeremić came to regard as a role model and mentor.

During the economic collapse of the country in the early 1990s because of Western economic sanctions, his family resettled in the United Kingdom, and Jeremić finished his high school education in London.[1]


Jeremić continued his post-secondary studies at the University of Cambridge (Queens' College), graduating with a bachelor's degree in theoretical physics in 1998.[2] [1]

Jeremić began his Ph.D studies in quantitative finance at the University of London (Imperial College), and worked for Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort and AstraZeneca in the British capital.[3] Beginning in 2001, he studied under Jeffrey Sachs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government as a Fellow of the Kokkalis Foundation's Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, graduating in 2003 with a master's degree in public administration and international development.[4]

Regime Change activist

In July 1997, Jeremić co-founded and became the financial manager of the Organization of Serbian Students Abroad (OSSA), the first international Serbian student association, which at the time had several thousand members. He was an active supporter of Otpor! ("Resistance!"), a Serbian movement heavily supported by Western powers that pioneered modern regime change methods against Milošević's government. He became even more determined to see Milošević toppled during and after NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia in the spring and summer of 1999. "This guy ... Milošević," Jeremić recalled thinking, "he has to be removed, because he’s going to get us all buried. If he stays, he’s going to get us all buried."[1]

Following Milošević's resignation in October 2000, largely due to the efforts of groups such as Otpor!, Jeremić worked as an advisor to Tadić, then Yugoslavia's Minister of Telecommunications.[5]

In September 2002, Jeremić helped organize the first international investment conference for the Serbian government in New York City, which was held with the bank JPMorgan Chase and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who served as the head of the International Council for Supporting Reforms in Serbia.[6]

In early 2003, Yugoslavia was abolished and replaced by the state union of Serbia and Montenegro. That June, Jeremić joined the Ministry of Defense, where he was Special Envoy for Liaison with NATO and the EU.. In February 2004, he was appointed Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Democratic Party, and in February 2006 to the Main Board of the Democratic Party. From July 2004 to May 2007, during which Serbia and Montenegro ceased to exist and the two countries became separate states, Jeremić served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Tadić, who by that time had become President of Serbia,[5] leading what The New York Times described as "the most westward-leaning government Serbia has ever had".[1]

After government

He is the president of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), a largely registered in Belgrade and New York[7] and largely funded by Chinese corporations[8], and editor-in-chief of Horizons, an English-language global public policy magazine. Jeremić was a candidate in the race to succeed Ban Ki-moon as United Nations Secretary-General in 2016, finishing second overall, behind eventual winner António Guterres. He unsuccessfully ran in the 2017 Serbian presidential election as an independent candidate. In October 2017, he founded the center-right People's Party.


Event Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/201620 January 201623 January 2016Switzerland
World Economic Forum
Attended by over 2500 people, both leaders and followers, who were explained how the Fourth Industrial Revolution would changed everything, including being a "revolution of values".


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