Duško Knežević, PhD of Legal and Economic Studies at University of Belgrade, is the founder and president of the board of directors of Atlas Group. Since its establishment 20 years ago in Montenegro, Knežević has steadily expanded the Group’s range of interests. Atlas Group presently consists of 30 companies that include banks, finance, real estate, construction, brewery, tourism, education, health and media. In 2010, World Finance magazine voted Atlas Group the best financial group in Montenegro and Atlas Bank, a member of the Atlas Group, the best bank in Montenegro.
Knežević has put prosperity and better living standards for our citizens at the core of the company’s mission. Using the synergy of diverse projects of Atlas Group in creating self-sustainable system for implementing innovative standards of economic and social empowerment of the society, Knežević’s overall goal is to help establish sustainability and interdependence as policies for building a better society. Atlas Group is the majority owner of the Montenegro Stock Exchange. Knežević is the founder and president of the board of two universities, in Montenegro and in Serbia: Mediterranean University - the first private university in Montenegro, and the Belgrade Banking Academy in Serbia.
Under his leadership, Atlas Group has grown into an internationally acknowledged company that now includes Atlas Capital Financial Services in Cyprus, Atlas Capital in London, FSA regulated company in UK and ABM Bank in Russia. At the international level, Atlas Group companies are active in investing and trading, as well as in management of private pension funds and provision of life insurance. He is committed to building up strong business relationships and partnerships with financial experts from the following financial institutions: Citi Bank, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Bank of Cyprus, Marfin Bank, Deutche Bank, Piraeus Bank, EBRD, France Telecom, British Telecom. In 2010, Knežević became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative where he commits to help in finding solutions to the world's most pressing challenges: poverty, environment, health and education. Following that he launched the Balkan Networking Initiative by organising the Inaugural Conference “Balkan Networking for Social Empowerment of South-Eastern Europe” in May 2011 in Montenegro, together with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Government of Montenegro. Knežević
as member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) launched also the
initiative Podgorica - City of the Future, Energy Efficient Montenegro, as a public-private partnership with the City of Podgorica
One of the first projects realised within this initiative is the construction of residential business building in Podgorica, being one of the biggest projects of that kind in South-East Europe, in collaboration with Capital Investments, a company owned by the royal family in Abu Dhabi. This building will be the first environmentally friendly building in Montenegro.
Knežević lectures in finance-related subjects at the Union University and he has been constantly publishing economy related paper works, articles and books.
Duško Knežević's article from the World Finance Magazine, Sep-Oct 2010
Download: Dusko Knezevic WorldFinance Article.pdf