Professor Zorana Z.Mihajlovic PhD was born in 1970 in Tuzla.She graduated in 1993 and received her PhD in energy and economics in 2001 at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade. At the Faculty of Economics she held the position of research Fellow. She acquired the title of associate professor and vice-rector for scientific issues at the John Naisbitt University in October 2011. She has been a professor at this university since 2016.
She started her professional career in the Belgrade First Economics Vocational School and continued in Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS) - Elektroistok (1995-2006). From 2004 to 2006 she was an Energy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of the RS Miroljub Labus in the Government of the Republic of Serbia (2004-2005) and a board member to the Public Enterprise EPS. From 2006 to 2010 she worked at the Nikola Tesla airport as an Advisor to the General Director for Energy efficiency. She was an Energy Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska from 2010 to 2012. From 2012-2014 she was the governor of Serbia in the EBRD.
She authored and co-authored four books in the field of energy and sustainable development. She has published more than two hundred papers on the issues and possibilities of the Serbian energy sector. She has completed a specialist course in modern anti-corruption methodology, for which she holds a certificate from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
She has been the Chair of SNS Energy and mining council since 2009, vice-president of the party since 2012 and a member of SNS presidential council since 2016.
She was appointed Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection in 2012, and from 2014 to 2020 she was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure. During her tenure at the Ministry, the construction of Road Corridor 10 was completed, about 330 km of highways were built, more than 550 km of railways were renovated and the airport network was further developed, which today includes three international airports, and the value of all projects in the Ministry’s portfolio amounted to 16 billion euros. As a result of the reforms implemented during her tenure as the Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Serbia advanced from 186th to 9 th place in the field of issuing construction permits on the World Bank’s Doing Business list. Since October 2020, she has been the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and the Minister of Mining and Energy.
She has chaired the Governmental Coordination Body for Gender Equality since its establishment in 2014, and she was appointed RS Government Envoy for Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is a member of the RS Government Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and co-chair of the National Coalition for the End of Child Marriages. She is the head of the Special Working Group of the Government of the RS for drafting the text of the Proposal of the National Strategy for Gender Equality for the period 2021-2023 with the Proposed Action Plan for the implementation of the National Strategy for Gender Equality for the period 2021-2025. From 2018 to 2020, she was a member of the World Bank's Gender Equality and Development Advisory Board, which reviews progress in the field of gender equality at the global level.
She is the Head of the Joint group of the Government of the Republic of Serbia formed to define concrete measures for the improvement of Serbia's position on the World Bank's Doing Business List and Deputy Head of the Working group for the implementation of recommendations from the White Book of Foreign Investors Council.
She is the President of the Steering Committee and working groups for monitoring the implementation of the project and for the development of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan of the Republic of Serbia for the period from 2021 to 2030, with a vision until 2050, within the project "Further development of energy planning capacities", IPA 2017. She is the head of the Council of the Government of the RS for giving proposals and opinions regarding the operation of thermal power plants and replacement capacities from all energy sources until 2050, and the National Coalition for the Reduction of Energy Poverty. In addition, she chairs the working groups of the Government of the RS for the implementation of the project "Jadar" and for monitoring activities on the implementation of the Project of the construction of energy efficiency facilities at the Military Medical Academy.
Since 2015, as the Deputy Prime Minister on behalf of the RS Government she has been coordinating the work of state bodies and the non-governmental sector in improving the position of Roma, and between 2017 and 2021 she was appointed Head of the Coordination Body for Monitoring the Implementation of the Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma in Serbia (2016-2025). She is the President of the Coordination body for support to monitoring the implementation of projects and investments in the reconstruction and / or construction of clinical health centers.
She was twice elected Reformer of the Year in the selection of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED). She first received the award in 2014 for comprehensive reforms in the issuance of construction permits, and the second time the Reformer of the Year 2016 award was given to her for comparative reforms in this area.
She is the winner of the international award Person of the Year and Best Minister for 2018 which is awarded to the most successful personalities in the region.
She is a member of the Management Board of the Development Fund. She is the founder of the NGO Women’s Government, a member of the European Movement in Serbia and the East West Bridge organization, and one of the founders of the Congress of Serbian-American Friendship. She set up the initiative to Let’s employ a thousand women in rural areas which is implemented by the Coordination Body for Gender Equality in cooperation with the Ethno-Network and NALED. At the end of 2019, she was elected a member of the Council of Employers of the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade.
In August 2021, she was elected president of the Assembly of the National Petroleum Committee of Serbia, which is part of the World Petroleum Union.
She is a mother to one son.
She speaks English.