Expert Network for International Economy
The expert Network for International Economics brings together recognized experts in the field of international economics under the auspices of the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics.
Dr Predrag Bjelić is Full Professor of International trade at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics and Business in Serbia. Dr Bjelić teaches International trade, EU Economics, International Economics and Electronic Commerce at undergraduate studies and International Trade Policy and Electronic commerce and E-business at graduate studies.
Predrag Bjelić is an World Trade Organization expert teaching at WTO Trade Policy Courses. Predrag is also a Co-ordinator of UN Conference on Trade and development (UNCTAD) trade policy courses for countries in transition and UCTAD expert teaching and working on projects on trade meters.
Predrag Bjelić holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Master of Science in Economics and International Relations. His academic visits include London School of Economics, London, UK; Harvard University, Cambridge, USA and Faculty of Economics University of Oslo, Norway. Before joining Faculty of Economics in Belgrade, Dr Bjelić worked for five years as Research Fellow in the Institute of International Politics and Economics in Belgrade and before that two years in Bank of Serbia. He is still involved in scientific projects at the Institute of International Politics and Economics in Belgrade.
He has published several books and written more that hundred scientific and expert papers on international trade policy, especially WTO meters, Non-tariff barriers, EU integration and Electronic commerce, both in Serbian and in English. He attended many international scientific conferences. He co-operates with many international institutions (World Trade Organization academic co-operation, member of UNCTAD Virtual Institute, member of Economic Scientific Association -NDE, member of International Law Association of Serbia, LSE academic cooperation etc).
Radovan Kovačević graduated from the Faculty of Economics University of Belgrade in 1979. At the same faculty, he received his master’s degree in 1983, and his PhD in 1990. He began his professional career as a researcher-intern at the Institute for Foreign Trade in 1980. At that institute, he was elected to all scientific positions (scientific associate, senior scientific associate and scientific advisor). He participated in the work of the Association of European Conjuncture Institutes (AIECE) in the period 1997-2008.
Since 2003, he has been teaching the subject Economic Relations of Serbia with Foreign Countries at the Faculty of Economics University of Belgrade. In 2009 he was elected to the position of full professor at the Faculty of Economics University of Belgrade for the field of International Economic Relations – subjects Economic Relations of Serbia with Foreign Countries and International Finance. Within master’s studies at the Faculty of Economics University of Belgrade he teaches the course International Finance, and within doctoral studies at the same faculty he is engaged in the courses International Trade-Theory and Politics and International Economics I and II. He is also engaged in teaching the courses International Economics (“BSc Economics” Program) and Business Management in a Global Context (“BSc Business and Management” Program), which are implemented in cooperation between the University of Belgrade and the University of London.
He is a member of the editorial board of the following journals: Economic Annals, Economic Ideas and Practice, and Banking, for which he has reviewed numerous articles. He participated in the projects of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. He is a regular member of the Economic Scientific Association, and since 2018 he has been a member of the presidency of that society. He is currently the head of the Department of International Economic Relations at the Faculty of Economics University of Belgrade.
Ivana Popović Petrović
Ivana Popović Petrović is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Belgrade. She has obtained all academic titles at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. She teaches courses in International Business Financing, Foreign Trade Business and European Union Economics, at the Undergraduate studies as well as International Business and International Trade Policy at Graduate studies. In her scientific research, she deals with issues of International Trade Relations, International Trade, Regional Economic Integrations, European Union Economics and International Trade in Agricultural Products. In her research work she uses English and French.
Aleksandra Đorđević was born on September 28, 1988, in Ćuprija. She graduated from the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Economics and Business in 2011, completing the module International Economy and Foreign Trade. At the same Faculty, she completed her master’s academic studies in June 2013, defending her master’s thesis entitled “The place and role of foreign direct investments in international capital flows”, and her PhD studies in October 2021, defending her doctoral dissertation entitled “The impact of exchange rates on exports of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe: a sector-level analysis”. She is employed as an assistant professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Economics and Business where she teaches three courses at the undergraduate studies (International Economy, International Finance and Economic Relations of Serbia with Foreign Countries), one course at the master studies (International Finance M), two courses at the PhD studies (International Economics 1D and International Economics 2D) as well as the courses International Economics and Introduction to International Development, which are implemented within the joint program with the London School of Economics and Political Science – LSE. In addition to teaching, Aleksandra Đorđević is engaged in many extracurricular activities at the Faculty of Economics and Business.
In her scientific and research work, she is focused on issues in the field of international economy, international finance, international economic relations of Serbia, foreign exchange rates, foreign direct investments, etc. She has published many scientific papers in the mentioned fields, some of which have been presented at national and international scientific conferences. She participated in several domestic and international projects that are closely related to the narrower scientific field she deals with (“CEE Countries in Europe: Towards Center or Periphery”, “The impact of the exchange rate on the foreign trade imbalance in crisis conditions – sustainable development of the new EU member states and the Western Balkans”, “The role of the state in the new growth model of the Serbian economy”, “UNDP – Research on the economic impact of creative industries in the Republic of Serbia”).
Aleksandra Đorđević is continuously improving her skills in the field of International Economic Relations. She was selected by U.S. State Department to participate in a highly competitive program “Study of the U.S. Institutes – U.S. Economics and Business” which was held In July and August 2022 in Boston, New York and Washington. In April 2022, she attended the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) course entitled “Building Resilience and Responding to Shocks”. In July 2019, she attended the summer school for young economists – “Sarajevo 2019, Data Analysis for Public Policy”. In the period November-December 2015, she attended the World Trade Organization course entitled “Trade finance and the WTO”. In July 2014, she represented Serbia at the “UNCTAD 29th Regional Course on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda for countries with economies in transition”.
Radovan Kastratović is employed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics. He teaches International Economics, International Business Financing, and International Trade on undergraduate programs (including the joint program with LSE), and International Trade Policy and International Economics on graduate-level programs. He graduated from University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics in 2014, specializing in international economics and foreign trade. In 2015, he graduated from master-level program “International Economic Relations” at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics. He defended a Ph. D. thesis entitled “The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Agricultural Exports of Developing Countries” in 2021 at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics. For the Ph. D. thesis, he was awarded the prize for the best doctoral thesis defended in 2021 by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia. He graduated from the prestigious regional course of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in 2021. The main research interests include foreign direct investment and international trade.
Mirjana Gligorić Matić
Mirjana Gligorić Matić is an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade, where she teaches undergraduate, masters and doctoral academic studies. She received her doctorate in 2016 at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade, and in 2017 she was presented with an award of the Scientific Society of Economists of Serbia for the best doctoral dissertation in Serbia in economics for 2015-2016. The main areas of her scientific interest are: economic growth and development, international economy, macroeconomic policy and empirical research in macroeconomics. Since 2007, she has been an associate of the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics (FREN), where she works on the development of FREN’s professional publication Quarterly Monitor of Economic Trends and Policies in Serbia (she is the author of the permanent contribution Balance of Payments and Foreign Trade). She was engaged as a researcher on several scientific and professional projects. She is also a lecturer and coordinator of the MS Office student education program (Excel and other programs) organized by the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. She is the author of a large number of papers published in journals, monographs and conference proceedings in the country and abroad.