Republic of Serbia • Minister for Innovation and Technological Development
Nenad Popovic was born on 30 September 1966 in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He finished high school in Tuzla, and graduated in 1992 from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade. He holds a master's degree and a PhD from the Faculty of Economics in Moscow. He held lectures at the Faculty of Economics of the Moscow State University Lomonosov and at the Faculty of Economics of the Moscow State Mining University.
He published eight books and more than 120 scientific papers from various fields, including economics, regional development, management, economic relations between Serbia and Russia, as well as the circumstances and prospects of economic development of the southern Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija.
ABS Elektro, a company founded by Popovic 25 years ago, started as a company for the sale and production of aluminium electrical equipment and automation systems for factories. Today, this corporation has 3,000 employees in eight companies and scientific institutes in Russia. The corporation is a leading supplier of electrical equipment for power, hydroelectric and hydro nuclear plants in Russia and the region.
Popovic began his career in the civil service in 2005 as head of the Economic Team for Kosovo and Metohija and Vice President of the Coordination Body of the Serbian government for Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja.
He was a Member of Parliament from 2008 to 2012 as a deputy of the Democratic Party of Serbia, and also Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in the period from 2012 to 2014.
He led a parliamentary friendship group with the Russian Federation.
From June 2017 to October 2020, he served as Minister of Innovation and Technological Development in the Serbian government.
He is a holder of several decorations, the most important of which are: the Order of St. Sava of the second degree for the renewal and strengthening of faith and the church in Serbia, awarded by His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch, the Order of Humanity of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro for outstanding contributions to the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, the Order of Friendship for special contribution to the development of economic and social ties between Serbia and Russia, awarded by the President of the Russian Federation.
He is also a holder of the Order of St. Daniel of Moscow for the spiritual revival of Russia, awarded by the Patriarch of Moscow and All of Russia, the Order of the Venerable Sergei Radonezhsky for special contribution to the development of relations and rapprochement of Orthodox peoples, the Order of the Venerable Seraphim of Sarov for special contribution to the revival of monasteries, churches, temples, as well as for church and social activism, which is awarded by the Patriarch of Moscow and All of Russia.
In 2002 he founded ABS Slavjanski, a humanitarian organisation that supports various projects related to supporting children, culture, science, education and sports. He was President of the Partizan Football Club, as well as Vice President of the Partizan Basketball Club.
He is President of the "St. Alexander Nevsky" Foundation from Belgrade, which is responsible for the renovation of the memorial complex of the Russian Necropolis monument at the New Cemetery in Belgrade.