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Branko Dragash
Economist
Born (1959-12-15)15 December 1959
Zemun, Serbia
Nationality Serbian
Field Political economy, Banking
Alma mater

University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics


Branko Dragash was born December 15, 1959 in Zemun, Serbia

Biography, education and career

Graduated from University of Belgrade, Faculty of Economics, Department of Theory of Economics in 1982, Belgrade

Seven times nominated for a best volunteer at several communal voluntary activities; awarded for exemplary service while in the military.

1980s

1984 employed as a banker in the National Bank at the Currency Trade department. The major project was developing 100 million DEM in monthly capital turnover.

1987 publicly opposed the Milosevic's regime in Serbia

1989 lost his job in the National Bank due to political pressures.

1989 actively participated in founding opposition parties in Serbia.

1990–1996

1990 president of the Karic Bank, the first private bank in Eastern Europe. During the two years holding that position, Mr. Dragas created a profitable and modern market oriented institution Writes and publicly appears at Serbian political scene, pleading for the introduction of capitalism, trade market and re-establishment of Serbian Stock Market.

Since 1990 financially supports Serbian political opposition.

1990 participated in establishing of Belgrade Stock Market

1990 Acted as a financial consultant in the federal government led by Premier Ante Markovic. Main focus was on developing and establishing the contemporary banking system.

1992 with the private entrepreneurs’ financial help establishes the Credibel Bank. The bank was widely accepted due to the valid banking strategy and professionalism

Since 1992 he established numerous companies in all Eastern European countries.

Mr. Dragas worked as a consultant for many Eastern European governments and companies.

1992 founder and financier of gynecology clinic ‘’Devana’’

1992 Created a New Economic program for the federal government led by premier Milan Panić, by invitation from then Yugoslav president Dobrica Ćosić. Took part in financing the presidential campaign for Milan Panić

1992 coordinated celebration of 100th birthday anniversary for Miroslav Krleža (a famous Yugoslav writer), in Belgrade

1992 founded and financed alternative school, the Credibel School, which later became BOS Belgrade.

1992 founded the publishing company Tersit, which published hundreds of projects.

1992 / 1993 founder and donator for several projects related to Serbian culture, such as Borislav Pekić, Radovan Samardžić and Stanislav Vinaver funds; also, participate in financing of several national projects related to science and culture.

1992–1995 owner of more than 20 companies in Serbia, as well as in USA, Canada, countries in European Union, China, Cyprus, and all countries in Eastern Europe.

1995 tried to establish kibbutz-type farm for Serbian refugees from Croatia in Saranovo village; project was violently abolished under construction.

1990–1996 financed restoration of many monasteries and churches in Serbia.

1990–1996 financed opposition media in Serbia and/ or directly took a part in their founding. May 1990 – October 2000 censured by the government as an ideologist of capitalism. Extensively quoted in local media.

Constantly refuses government's offers to actively participate in politics.

1996 government closed the Credibel Bank as a punishment for Mr. Dragas’ opposition activities.

April 1996 established portfolio-management company KONDEL

1996–2001

1997–2001 published several novels and dramas

In his published work, Mr. Dragas emphasized catastrophic consequences that regime imposed on Serbian society. He spent 3 months in Anti-aircraft warfare unit while NATO bombed Yugoslavia.

In July 1999 with his close friends, professionals with different backgrounds, he created the Program for Salvation of Serbia. The program consisted of propositions for political and economics changes in Serbia.

October 2000 after democratic changes new Prime Minister asked him to visit several companies, all over Serbia, and to suggest the strategy of getting out of current difficulties, all within the first 100 days of service

2001 criticized forced neo-liberal concept and shock-therapy used, emphasizing its destructive consequences for Serbian economy.

2001. Suggested a Round table on the topic of new developmental concepts that would be open for public commentaries

2001. New regime prevents him from accessing state controlled media outlets

October, 2001. Published, with a group of authors, a book called "Where is Serbia Heading, criticism of neo-liberalism".

2001 - today

2003. established the Association of Businessmen, the Power of Serbian Business (PSB).

2003. On December parliamentary elections he was the candidate of the list called "Privredna snaga Srbije i dijaspora" (Economic power of Serbia and its Diaspora); List got 14,113 votes.

He suggested formation of New economic program and the Government of national salvation (non-partisan, multiparty government, formed mostly of experts), necessary for restoring the market

2004. established the Association of Serbian Small Stockholders; there are 200,000 stockholders – members in over 1,200 companies

August 2007 over 200,000 shareholders in more than 1,200 companies; dissolved more than 350 companies; increased the share value of more than 530 companies; held more than 3,00 lectures all over Serbia

2004 manager at the municipality of Trstenik.

2005 established the Economy Movement, a citizen's group. The movement has political and economic program for Serbian salvation. The Movement is getting ready for 2009–2012 elections 2001–2006 government restriction of his public appearances is still active, even that he represent 210,000 stockholders

May 2007 financial advisor for Serbian National Party in Montenegro.

September 2007. Consultant UDAU BIH

November 2007. Consultant for the Union of Law workers

December 2007 founder of the Business Stock Exchange

Columnist of Tabloid, an opposition newspaper.

Mr. Dragas is not a member of any political party.

Lives and works in Belgrade.

External links

sr:Бранко Драгаш

sh:Branko Dragaš

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