Srdja Popovic is the Founder and Executive director of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies (CANVAS), a non-profit organization based in Belgrade, Serbia. It was created with the intent of teaching people all over the world about how to use nonviolence to make a change.
He was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia (then part of Yugoslavia), in 1973. Since his early 20ies, he has focused on activism, democracy and human rights issues. In 1998, Popovic founded the student movement “Otpor!” (“Resistance!”) which played a crucial role in ousting president Slobodan Milosevic, former Serbian dictator accused of war crimes. After Milosevic was defeated in 2000, Popovic was elected to the Serbian Parliament where he served from 2000 until 2004.
Following his career in the Serbian Parliament, Popovic founded CANVAS, acting as its executive director ever since. So far, the organization has worked with activists from 46 different countries, spreading the knowledge of the nonviolent strategies and tactics used by Otpor! worldwide.
Srdja was the 53rd Rector of the University of St Andrews. He commenced the role of the University Rector for a period of 3 years from 1 November 2017. Apart from being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, Popovic was listed as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” of 2011 by the Foreign Policy