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Davor Bernardi?

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President of the Social Democratic Party

26 November 2016 - 6 July 2020
Zoran Milanovi?
Pe?a Grbin
Zlatko Komadina (Acting)
Leader of the Opposition

26 November 2016 - 6 July 2020
Andrej Plenkovi?
Zoran Milanovi?
Pe?a Grbin
Zlatko Komadina (Acting)
Member of the Croatian Parliament
for 1st electoral district

11 January 2008
Milan Bandi?
President of the SDP Youth Forum

Dan ?picer
Sa?a ?uji?
Personal details
Born (1980-01-05) 5 January 1980 (age 41)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
Political partySocial Democratic Party (1998-present)
Irena Coljak
(m. 2011; div. 2019)
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb

Davor Bernardi? (born 5 January 1980[1]) is a Croatian physicist and politician who served as the president of the Social Democratic Party from 2016 to 2020. He also served as one of four SDP vice-presidents, leader of the SDP's Zagreb branch, and president of the SDP Youth Forum. Bernardi? has been elected to the Croatian Parliament five times, representing the 1st electoral district.

Early life and education

Bernardi? was born in Zagreb on 5 January 1980 to civil servant Damir Bernardi? and nurse Dragica (née Te?o). His paternal grandfather's brother Ivan Bernardi? was a notable member of the Croatian Peasant Party who was sentenced to long-term prison sentences in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the so-called Independent State of Croatia and the SFR Yugoslavia because of his political activism. His grandfather Josip was also prosecuted by the communists so he had to emigrate to Austria, where he died. His maternal grandparents were members of the Yugoslav Partisans.

Having grown up in modest circumstances and wanting to help his parents financially by learning vocation, after finishing elementary school he enrolled in the Nikola Tesla First Technical School. He showed interest in mathematics and physics and in 1996 he become national champion in physics and competed for International Physics Olympics. At the national competition in 1997 he came in second, and in 1998 national championship first. He started working at the age of 14. His father was participant of the Croatian War of Independence, and died in 1998.

After finishing high school, Bernardi? enrolled in the Zagreb Faculty of Science and since he was one of the best students he got a Nacional weekly scholarship which was handed to him by prime minister Ivica Ra?an.[2] He was proclaimed a top student during his studies.[3] In 2009, he became a research fellow at the postgraduate doctoral studies of physics at the Zagreb Faculty of Science.[4][5] He also reported doctoral thesis in the Senate of the University of Zagreb, at the Zagreb Faculty of Economics and Business, on the topic of economics education with specialization in urban economics.[2]

Political career

Bernardi? became involved in politics in 1998 by joining the Social Democratic Party at the age of 18. He was actively involved in the SDP's Zagreb branch by having served as president of the Youth Forum branch (2005-2007), member of the executive board (2005-2009) and member of the Zagreb Assembly (2007-2009). From 2008 to 2010, Bernardi? served as president of the party's Youth Forum, and from 2008 to 2012 as member of the SDP's main board.

On 5 May 2010, Bernardi? defeated Ivo Jelu?i? (at the time deputy mayor of Zagreb), winning 63.3 per cent of the votes of those SDP members who cast their votes, and had become leader of the SDP's Zagreb branch. He also served as president of the SDP's Councilor Club in the Zagreb Assembly. On 20 October 2013, he was re-elected as head of SDP's Zagreb branch.[6]

Bernardi? got involved in national politics in 2008 when he became MP by replacing Milan Bandi? who was at the time still the SDP member.[7] He was re-elected to the Parliament in the 2011,[8]2015,[9]2016,[10] and 2020 parliamentary elections.[11]

Personal life

Bernardi? married an economist Irena Coljak on 29 April 2011,[12][13] but it was revealed in October 2019, the couple got divorced.[14] During high school, he played basketball, judo, karate and kung-fu. He speaks English fluently, and is learning French.

Bernardi? is a Roman Catholic who believes that the faith is a personal matter, and that everyone should be free to express it in, according to themselves, the most appropriate manner, adding that social democrats should stand for solidarity, human dignity and equality "which are the values on which Christian doctrine is based." He has undertaken a pilgrimage to Marija Bistrica.[15]


  1. ^ https://www.pmf.unizg.hr/phy/en/davor.bernardic
  2. ^ a b Foto: Privatni album. "Imao je siroma?no djetinjstvo pa je ve? s 14 godina radio po bau?telama - Ve?ernji.hr". Vecernji.hr. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Davor Bernardi? - SDP". Sdp.hr. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Davor Bernardi? - Fizi?ki odsjek". Pmf.unizg.hr. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Davor Bernardi? - Gradska skup?tina Grada Zagreba". Skupstina.zagreb.hr. 5 January 1980. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Bernardi? nadmo?no pobijedio!, Ve?ernji.hr; accessed 24 May 2015.(in Croatian)
  7. ^ "Hrvatski sabor - Davor Bernardi?". Sabor.hr. Archived from the original on 8 July 2010. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Hrvatski sabor - Davor Bernardi?". Sabor.hr. Archived from the original on 11 November 2017. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Hrvatski sabor - Davor Bernardi?". Sabor.hr. Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Hrvatski sabor - Zastupnici". Sabor.hr. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Bernardi?, Davor - Hrvatski sabor". Sabor.hr. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "Bernardi?: I ja se ?enim na dan kraljevskog vjen?anja. No, nas nije spojila biologija, nego matematika -Jutarnji List". Jutarnji.hr. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Foto Globus (2 June 2010). "Bernardi?: Sada, kada sam ?ef, red je da o?enim svoju Irenu -Jutarnji List". Jutarnji.hr. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "Iznena?uju?a objava s Iblerova trga: Davor Bernardi? se razveo; 'Moja, sada ve? biv?a supruga Irena i ja odlu?ili smo krenuti svatko svojim putem'". slobodnadalmacija.hr. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ http://www.vecernji.hr/hrvatska/bernardic-politicari-na-mise-ne-bi-trebali-ici-reda-radi-442965

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