Marko Selakovic

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Marko Selaković
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Personal details
Born (1977-10-16) 16 October 1977 (age 44)
Kragujevac, Yugoslavia
(now Serbia)
Political partyUnited Regions of Serbia
Spouse(s)Nikolina Ljepava

Marko Selakovic (Serbian: Марко Селаковић/Marko Selaković) is a Serbian consultant, public relations strategist, writer, sports worker and former politician. He is resident of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Early life[edit]

Marko Selaković was born in Kragujevac, as the first child of Ljutomir, a mechanical engineer and Jelica, a biology professor. He attended the primary schools "Mirko Jovanović" and "Sveti Sava". He continued education in his hometown, attending Prva kragujevačka Gimnazija, and being regular on chemistry courses of Petnica Science Center.

In 1995 Selaković moved to Belgrade, studying chemistry. He continued playing drums in АКУД Бранко Крсмановић and Bora Dugić Folk Ensemble. After 1996-97 Protests in Serbia, he was elected into Student Parliament of the University of Belgrade, and acted as a spokesman of Student Protest for Kosovo 1998.[1] Between 1998 and 2002, Selaković attended various Council of Europe programs, including the Democratic Leadership Programme and Training for Trainers. He was co-founder of the Centre for Training, Analyses and Resources and manager of various projects, such as "Rule of Law in Media" and "Balkan-Caucasus NGO Network".[citation needed]

Business career[edit]

Marko Selaković started his career in strategic communications and public relations in 2004, joining Austrian consultancy company "Hauska&Partner". By the end of 2004 he became member of Serbian Public Relations Society, where he acted as vice-president (2008-2010) and Board member (2010-2012).[2] Selaković continued on senior positions in Vinarija Čoka and Logos Public Relations, and later became one of founders and managing director of "StratCom" agency. "StratCom" won National PR Awards in 2010 (for corporate communications) and 2012 (for crisis communications), and providing strategic advisory to number of important institutions, business and sports entities and individuals, including Snežana Samardžić-Marković and Nađa Higl.[3] Also, he was engaged as consultant for vocational education reform by GIZ.[4]

Following formation of United Regions of Serbia Selaković was invited by party leader Mladjan Dinkic to provide strategic advice and to manage communications of the newly established movement. Between 2010 and 2012, he was involved in the set up and implementation of various election campaigns on national, regional and local level.

Political career[edit]

At the United Regions of Serbia congress in December 2012, Selaković was nominated as professional spokesperson for the party and was welcomed by acclamation of the delegates. He remained on this position until March 2014, when he resigned on personal request. He had sharp discussions with Dragan Djilas, leader of Democratic Party (Serbia) [5] and put strong emphasis on decentralization topics.[6]

In 2013 and 2014 Selaković participated in theKonrad Adenauer Foundation Media Program South-Eastern Europe.[7]

Return to consultancy[edit]

In 2014 and 2015 Selaković advised the director of the Pharmaceutical Chamber of Serbia. He also provided support in set up and management of the campaign for "Izbor", a political movement led by Montenegro businessman Dušan Radović Krušo, winning more than 25% percent of seats in Herceg Novi City Assembly.[8]

In August 2015 Selaković relocated n to Dubai, UAE. Also, he announced the book "PRodaja političara", depicting political leaders of Serbia between 2000 and 2015.[9] Although Danas (newspaper) confirmed that book is ready and even published the feuilleton, the book is not issued yet.[10]

Career in Dubai[edit]

In Dubai, Selaković established relations with UAE Handball Federation, being responsible for preparation of the training camp of United Arab Emirates National Handball Team and acting as staff member and goalkeeper coach on the 2016 Asian Men's Handball Championship in Bahrain.[citation needed]

In 2016 Selaković announced that he took over supervisory role on the American University in the Emirates (AUE).[11] But this information can not be confirmed at the web site of the American University in the Emirates. [12]

In April 2016 Selaković played a role in establishing the twinning agreement between Al Jazira Club and Red Star Belgrade.[13]

In August 2016, Selaković became member of the International Association of Business Communicators GCC Chapter Board. In September 2016, Serbian media speculated about Selaković as a new ambassador of Serbia in the UAE.[14] [15]

Personal life[edit]

Marko Selaković is married to Nikolina Ljepava, PhD, University teacher. Between 2005 and 2013 he was married to Bojana Selakovic, NGO activist. He has two children from the first marriage: Dimitrije (son, b. 2006) and Ksenija (daughter, b. 2012).

Marko Selaković and former Serbian Minister of Justice Nikola Selakovic are relatives. [16] Minister's grandfather and Marko's grand-grandfather were brothers. [17]


  1. ""Nasa Borba" - Danas novi protest beogradskih studenata". Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  2. "Istinomer - Marko Selaković". Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  3. DSOJ: Dobiti PRiZNANJE je velika cast
  4. Sloboda-Pirot Archived 2016-06-25 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "URS: Neka Đilas oporezuje bogataše". (in српски / srpski). Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  6. ""Serbia won't hold early parliamentary elections" - English - on". Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  7. KAS: PR of parties enhancing its profile
  8. Portal analitika: Ko je Marko Selaković, Krušov savjetnik iz Beograda
  9. "Istinomer - Palma i Ljajić su najbolji prodavci političke robe u Srbiji". Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  10. "Politika 21. veka". Dnevni list Danas (in српски / srpski). 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  11. MSc, Marko SelakovicS P. Jain School of Global Management 2 02 ·; M.A. "Marko Selakovic | MSc, M.A. | S P Jain School of Global Management, Dubai". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  12. [1]
  13. "Al Džazira sarađuje sa SD Crvena zvezda". (in српски / srpski). Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  14. Alo!. "Selaković novi ambasador u Emiratima". alo (in српски / srpski). Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  15. "Marko Selaković najozbiljniji kandidat za novog ambasadora u Emiratima". (in српски / srpski). Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  16. "Špijunka: Najmlađi već deda". (in српски / srpski). Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  17. Alo!. "Selaković novi ambasador u Emiratima". alo (in српски / srpski). Retrieved 2018-05-29.

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