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Sven Alkalaj

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Preceded by  Jan Kubis
Name  Sven Alkalaj
Prime Minister  Nikola Spiric
Education  University of Sarajevo
Preceded by  Mladen Ivanic

Sven Alkalaj
Born  11 November 1948 (age 67) Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia (1948-11-11)
Citizenship  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Croatia
Political party  Party for Bosnia and Herzegovina (SBiH)
Party  Party for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Succeeded by  Christian Friis Bach
Alma mater  University of Sarajevo

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Sven Alkalaj (born 11 November 1948) is a Bosnian-Croatian diplomat who served as the country's Foreign Minister from 2007 to 2012 under Prime Minister Nikola Špirić. More recently, Alkalaj held the post of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe between 2012 and 2014. Alkalaj is one of the most prominent Bosnian Jews of Sephardic origin and is a longtime member of the Party for Bosnia and Herzegovina (SBiH) led by Haris Silajdžić.


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Alkalaj was born on 11 November 1948 in Sarajevo to a Sephardi Jewish father and Bosnian Croat Catholic mother. He was raised Jewish.

His paternal family emigrated from Spain and settled in Sarajevo hundreds of years ago when they fled the Spanish inquisition. Alkalaj graduated mechanical engineering at the University of Sarajevo in 1974. He returned to the university in 1987 and earned a degree in economics.


  • 1975–1985: Petrolinvest, Commercial Manager in Sarajevo
  • 1985–1988: Energoinvest, Regional Manager for Middle and Far East in Sarajevo
  • 1988–1994: Energoinvest, Managing Director in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1994–2000: Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States in Washington, D.C.
  • 2000–2004: Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.
  • 2004–2007: Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Belgium and Head of Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels
  • 2007–2012: Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 2012–2014: Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva
  • Criticism

    Alkalaj was criticised and his resignation demanded in 2007 after it was published in Bosnian media that he had taken Croatian citizenship in 2006 based upon his mother's lineage.

    Alkalaj was charged by prosecutors in a case before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina with misconduct in his office as Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina related to his "signing off on a cash award of 13,418.59 KM to his then deputy [Mrs] Ana Trišić-Babić for her work at the BiH Council of Ministers NATO coordination team."


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