Biography

Željka Cvijanović

President of the Republic of Srpska

 

Željka Cvijanović was born on 4 March 1967 in Teslić where she completed elementary and secondary school.

She started her higher education at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, then continued at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Banja Luka and at the Faculty of Law at the University of Banja Luka.

She also obtained a Master`s degree in the field of diplomatic and consular law, on the topic “The International and Legal Position of the European Union”.

During her career, she worked as a teacher and professor of English, and later as a Senior Interpreter and Assistant to the European Union Monitoring Mission in BiH.

In February 2006, she was appointed Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska for European Integration and Cooperation with International Organisations. Later, she was selected Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska.

Ms. Cvijanović headed the Coordination and European Integration Unit and was an Expert member to the Committee for European Integration and Regional Cooperation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska.

She became Minister of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation in the Republic of Srpska Government on 29 December 2010.

She took office as Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska on 18 December 2014 and was the first woman to serve as Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska.

After winning at the General Elections in 2018, she was elected President of the Republic of Srpska.

Ms. Cvijanović officially took office as President of the Republic of Srpska on 19 November 2018.

She is married and mother of two children.

 

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