Acting Assistant Minister for Bilateral Cooperation
Ambassador Irena Sarac
Born in Belgrade on 9 April 1980.
Graduated from the Philological High School in Belgrade (Department of Chinese Language).
Graduated from the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade (Department of Chinese Language and Literature).
Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, specialized academic studies (majoring in international relations), with a final thesis on the topic: "Multilateralism of the 21st century - the balance of power and the manifestation of power in the United Nations".
Employed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2005. Graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the class of 2005/2006. Worked in the Diplomatic Protocol as an intern and then in the Department for Asia, Australia and the Pacific (2005-2013, desk officer for the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, DPR Korea and Mongolia - in the ranks of Attache, Third, Second and First Secretary), the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Athens (2013-2017, political affairs, ranks of First Secretary and Counsellor), Sector for Bilateral Cooperation (2017-2021, ranks of Counsellor/First Counsellor/Minister Counsellor - Coordinator ), and from May 2021 she was the Head of the Department for Asia, Australia and the Pacific.
She speaks English and Chinese.
Acting Assistant Minister for Consular Affairs
Ambassador Mirjana Živković
She was born in Priština in 1963. After completing primary and secondary education in Priština, she graduated from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade in 1986. She passed the bar exam in 1995.
From 1988 to 1999, she worked in the Federal Secretariat for Justice and State Administration, i.e. the Federal Ministry of Justice, in different posts ranging from intern to independent advisor. She worked as a senior adviser at the Federal Ministry for Foreign Trade from 1999 to 2001.
Since 2001, she has been employed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in different posts, most of which related to consular affairs.
From 2003 to 2007, she served as the Head of the Consulate of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro (later the Republic of Serbia) in Malmö, the Kingdom of Sweden. From 2007 to 2009, she was Assistant and Deputy Secretary General, and in the period from 2009 to 2011 she was the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She served as Consul General at the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in New York from 2011 to 2019. She performed the duties of Deputy Assistant Minister in the Sector for Consular Affairs from 2019 to 2022.
She speaks English and Swedish.
Married, mother of two children.
Assistant Minister for Security Policy
Ambassador Dijana Ivančić
She was born in 1965 in Sarajevo. She graduated from the Eighth Belgrade High-School, and in the field of international relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade.
From 1989 to 2001, she served in the Presidency of the SFRY, the Federal Government of the FRY and the Office of the President of the FRY, and since 2001 she has been employed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 2001 to 2005, she served at the FRY Embassy in Sofia, and from 2005 to 2007 she was Head of Section for France, Spain, Portugal and the Benelux countries in the Europe Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2007 to 2012, she was Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ljubljana. In the period from 2012 to 2016, she served as Head of the NATO and PfP Department, and from 2016 to 2020, she was the Deputy Head of Mission in the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Paris.
By the decision of the Government, she was appointed as Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs on 26 November 2020, since when she has been the Head of the Security Policy Sector.
She is a winner of the Charter and Plaque "Golden Age - Tsar Samuel" (2005), the highest award of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria for merit in the field of culture.
She speaks French, English and Bulgarian.
Mother of one child, Anja.
Acting Assistant Minister for Multilateral Cooperation
Ambassador Milan Milanović
He was born in Pančevo in 1959. After graduating from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade and completing his military service in 1988, he joined the diplomatic service of the then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
From 1988 to 1993, he was an Attaché, and afterwards the Third Secretary in the Economic Affairs Sector of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1993 to 1998, he transferred from the Economic Affairs Sector to the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the United Nations Office at Geneva as the Second Secretary. After completing his service in Geneva from 1998 to 2001, he was a Deputy Chief of Staff and then Acting Chief of Staff in the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
From 2001 to 2005, he was the First Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro in Paris and the representative in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Upon his return in 2005, he was appointed as the Director of the newly established Department for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the title of Minister Counsellor. In 2006, he received the title of Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Prior to his appointment as the Permanent Representative Deputy of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations in New York in 2009, he served as the Director of the Partnership for Peace Department in the Security Policy Sector at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. By the decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia dated 05 April 2013, he was appointed as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations, and he held that position until August 2020.
Upon his return from service in New York, he became the Head of the United Nations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in December 2020. In December 2021, by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, he was appointed as the Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral Cooperation.
He is married to Maja, a professor of mathematics, with whom he has two sons.
He speaks English and French.
Acting Assistant Minister for the European Union
Ambassador Miloš Todorović
He was born in Belgrade in 1969. He attended the Zemun High School and then the First Economics High School. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade.
He joined the diplomatic service of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1996 as an intern in the Europe Department.
From 1998 to 2003, he worked as an Attaché and Head of the Consular Department at the Embassy of the FRY in Copenhagen. Upon his return to the country, he joined the Europe Department again, where he worked as Second Secretary until 2005.
In 2005, he transferred to the Mission of Serbia and Montenegro to the EU in Brussels in the rank of First Secretary, primarily working on the issue of visa liberalization with the EU. In 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Counsellor.
Upon his return to the country in 2009, he was appointed as Head of the Sectoral Policies Department in the European Union Sector with the title of First Counsellor.
In late 2012 and early 2013, he was in charge of public relations in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In April 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Ambassador and appointed as Chargé d' Affaires, a.i. in the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the EU in Brussels. He served there until 2022 in his capacity as Deputy Head of Mission.
After returning to the country, he was appointed as Deputy and then, in November 2022, as Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for the European Union.
He is married, has a son and a daughter.
He speaks English.
Acting Assistant Minister for Economic Diplomacy
Born in Belgrade in 1969, she graduated from the Eighth Belgrade High School. She studied Business Economics and Finance at the Webster University in Geneva and Vienna. In 1991, she graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, as the best student of her generation. Her degree was recognised by the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade in 1996 as that of a Bachelor of Economics.
From 1992 to 2012, she worked in her family’s firm.
From 2008 to 2012, she was employed in the Sector for Bilateral Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development. In 2012, she started working at the Ministry of Internal and Foreign Trade and Telecommunications on matters of bilateral economic cooperation with Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, USA, Canada, United Kingdom.
From June 2013 to April 2014, she was Special Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications for International Economic Relations, and from April 2014 to October 2020, she was Special Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications for International Economic Relations.
From October to November 2020, she was Head of the Department for Europe and Transoceanic Developed Countries in the Sector for Bilateral Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications.
In December 2020, she was appointed Acting Assistant Minister for Bilateral Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications.
Since November 2021, she has been employed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the Economic Diplomacy Sector. On 11 June 2022, by the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, she was appointed Acting Assistant Minister for Economic Diplomacy.
From September 2018 to February 2021, she was Commissioner General of Republic of Serbia at Expo 2020 Dubai.
She conducted negotiations for concluding the Republic of Serbia’s free trade agreements (FTA) with Turkey (revised and expanded version of FTA, 2019), Eurasian Economic Union (2019) and the United Kingdom (2020/21), and was Co-Chair of the Serbia-Turkey Joint Committee for the implementation of the FTA between Serbia and Turkey and the Joint Expert Committee for Economic Cooperation with Austria.
She has an excellent command of the written and spoken English, French and Italian languages, and a good command of the written and spoken German language.