Kori Udovicki, Founder and Member of Managing Board, Centre for Advanced Economic Studies

Kori Udovički heads the Belgrade think-tank Center for Advanced Economic Studies (CEVES), which she founded in 2004. CEVES is an independent think-and-do-tank devoted to advancing Serbia’s economic recovery, democratic consolidation, and convergence with the European Union. CEVES’ current priority is the development of an independent platform for a society-wide dialogue on the nationalization of the SDGs for Serbia, to be expanded to the Western Balkans. Previously she was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government (2014-2016) in the government of Serbia. In this position she launched comprehensive reforms of the public administration including the design and adoption of an employment control and public administration sizing mechanism and the adoption of long postponed regulatory packages for the general administrative procedure, the inspections system, public administration wages, and civil service at the local level. In Serbia she also served as Minister of Energy and Mines (2002-03), and as the first woman Governor of the National Bank of Serbia (2003-2004).
In 2007-2012, she served as Assistant Secretary General of the UN, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Europe and CIS of UNDP. Prior to joining UNDP, she founded the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics (FREN) in Serbia, and established and edited its flagship publication, the Quarterly Monitor of Economic Trends and Policies in Serbia. From 1993 to 2001 Mrs. Udovički worked as an Economist at the International Monetary Fund. Ms Udovički holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and a B.A. from the Economics Faculty of the University of Belgrade.

She is married, mother of three children.