Prof. PhD. Zorana Z. Mihajlovic was born in 1970 in Tuzla. She graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade in 1993, where she received her doctoral degree in 2001 in the field of energy and economics. She was a research associate at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. She acquired the title of associate professor and vice-rector for science at John Naisbitt University in October 2011 where she was appointed professor in 2016.
She started her professional career in the First High School of Economics (1993-1995), and continued in the Electric Power Industry of Serbia - Elektroistok (1995-2006). From 2004 to 2006, she was an advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia for energy, Miroljub Labus, and in that period (2004-2005), she was a member of the Management Board of the Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS). From 2006 to 2010, she was employed at the Nikola Tesla Airport as an advisor to the General Director for energy efficiency, and from 2010 to 2012, she was an energy advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska, Milorad Dodik. From 2012 to 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 problems 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 president of the SNS (Serbian Progressive Party) Council for Energy and Mining since 2009, the party's vice president since 2012, and a member of the SNS Presidency of the party since mid-2016.
She was appointed Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection in 2012, from 2014-2020 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and is currently the Minister of Mining and Energy and Deputy Prime Minister. During her tenure at the Ministry, the construction of road Corridor 10 was completed, around 330 km of highways were built, more than 560 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 was 16 billion euros. As a result of the reforms implemented during the time she led the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Serbia advanced from 186th to 9th 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.
In the same term, she was appointed Head of the Coordination Body of the RS Government for Gender Equality, as well as the RS Government Envoy on conflict-related sexual violence. Since 2015, she has been coordinating the work of state bodies and the non-governmental sector regarding the improvement of the position of Roma on behalf of the RS Government, and in March 2017 she was appointed President of the Coordination Body for Monitoring the Implementation of the Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma in Serbia (2016-2025).
She chairs the Joint Group of the Government of the RS tasked with defining concrete measures for improving the position of the Republic of Serbia on the Doing Business World Bank list on business conditions and the Council of Foreign Investors. She is the President of the Coordination Body for Support in Monitoring the Implementation of Projects, 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). The first time she received the award was 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 decade-long 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.
From 2018 to 2020, she was a member of the World Bank Group's Advisory Council on Gender and Development, which reviews progress at the global level in the field of gender equality and makes recommendations for further actions to reduce the gap between women and men and to empower women.
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. She initiated the project "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.
She is a mother of one son.
She speaks English.