Boris Tadic
President of the Republic of Serbia

President Tadic was elected to a five-year term on June 27, 2004, and was sworn into office on July 11, 2004. Prior to his presidency, President Tadic served, from March 2003 to April 2004 as the minister of defense of Serbia and Montenegro.

As minister of defense, President Tadic earned an international reputation as a great and effective reformer. He demonstrated extraordinary leadership and courage in dramatically overhauling the ministry, instituting democratic reforms and transforming the military, thus laying the groundwork to provide Serbia with the necessary tools to meet future challenges at home and abroad. In particular, President Tadic was instrumental in establishing a modern, rapid reaction force under strict civilian control and reorganizing the ministry and general staff to be NATO compliant.

Since becoming president of the Republic of Serbia in 2004, President Tadic has consolidated Serbia's democracy and become the international spokesman of the "new Serbia." Serving as his country's "ambassador of business," President Tadic has led numerous trade delegations abroad; has actively promoted the "de-Balkanization of the Balkans" by taking the initiative in reconciliation efforts as well as by encouraging an increase in regional trade; and has vigorously re-forged a strategic partnership -

based on common principles and interests - between Serbia and countries such as the United States, the member-states of the European Union, Russia, and China. In particular, President Tadic has been a strong advocate of Serbia's full and rapid integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures. Lastly, he has been a forceful advocate of a strategic solution to the challenge of Kosovo and Metohija - a solution that takes seriously the interests of all the legitimate stakeholders in the Serbian province's future.

President Tadic had previously held numerous political and governmental posts, including that of minister of telecommunications in the months following the October 5 democratic revolution that overthrew the regime of Slobodan Milosevic. In addition, after serving two terms as the deputy leader of the Democratic Party, President Tadic was elected leader of the Democratic Party on  February 22, 2004, succeeding the assassinated prime minister of Serbia, Dr. Zoran Djindjic.

The son of a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a professor of child psychiatry, President Tadic was born in Sarajevo on January 15, 1958. He attended elementary and secondary school in Belgrade, and graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade with a degree in social psychology. A long-time fighter for liberty, democracy, and human rights, President Tadic joined Serbia's nascent anti-communist dissident movement in the 1980s and was arrested and imprisoned several times by the then-communist authorities.

President Tadic also worked as a teacher of psychology and as a military clinical psychologist. Until 2003 he was a lecturer of political advertising at the Faculty of Drama at the University of Belgrade. In addition, in 1997 he founded and directed, until 2002, the Centre for the Development of Democracy and Political Skills.

The position of the President of the Republic of Serbia was selected again on February 3, 2008, and the formal oath of office before members of the Parliament was February 15, 2008.

President Boris Tadić received in 2008 the prestigious annual German award Quadriga, handed to prominent figures for their vision, courage, and political determination.

President Tadic is married and has two daughters.