Victor Jackovich is CEO of Jackovich International, a commercial enterprise founded in 2004 in the United States. Jackovich International maintains a network of partnerships with entities in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere. In addition, Victor Jackovich is active in Euro-Atlantic policy associations and has served as senior advisor to American and European companies, including Lockheed Martin (US), Harris (US), General Dynamics (US), RUAG (Switzerland) and others.
Victor Jackovich served in the U.S. government for 33 years, including 13 years at the rank of Ambassador. In 2014, he was named Chairman of the EU-linked Business Advisory Council for Southeast Europe and Eurasia (BACSEE). In 2016, he was invited to join the Board of the Vienna Economic Forum (VEF) in Austria and is the only American in this association. He serves on the Boards of the Business Advisory Council for North Africa (Tunisia), the Mediterranean Development Initiative (Washington), the Central and East European University Network (Venice), the Center for European Perspective (Slovenia), and other associations in the United States and internationally.
During 2002 and 2003, Victor Jackovich was in Afghanistan as the U.S. government’s Senior Political Advisor for U.S. and Coalition Operations. In this capacity, he was responsible for military-civilian coalition relations, liaison with the Afghan government, liaison with coalition governments, operation of provincial reconstruction teams and coalition assistance to the development of Afghan government institutions.
Before that, Victor Jackovich was Associate Director with the rank of Ambassador at the George Marshall Center in Germany. The Marshall Center is operated jointly by the U.S. and German governments as the premier training institute for political and military leaderships in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Prior to this, Victor Jackovich was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in Washington and headed up a number of U.S. government offices, including the Department of State’s Office of Southeast European Initiatives.
Throughout government service, Victor Jackovich specialized in organizing, staffing and launching new operations, especially in war zones and in times of major political transition, and leading them through their formative years.
During the warfare in the Balkans, he opened the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and spent the conflict years there as the first U.S. Ambassador during the Bush and Clinton Administrations. He was U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia in the Bush Administration. He headed the first ever U.S. representation to the independent state of Moldova, was Director of the Department of State’s Task Force on the Balkans and led U.S. delegations to international conferences in New York, Geneva and elsewhere.
Other key international assignments with the U.S. government included: Moscow, Russia; Kiev, Ukraine; Bucharest, Romania; and, Sofia, Bulgaria.
In June 2011, Victor Jackovich was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Among his many other awards are the U.S. government’s Distinguished Presidential Award for diplomatic service and the American Bar Association’s Max Kampelman Award for “advancing the rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.” He holds the Golden Eagle Award, conferred by the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina; the Serbian Civic Society Award; and, the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, conferred by the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for “policy guidance provided and special programs designed … to accelerate integration of new democracies of Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union into NATO and Euro-Atlantic associations.”
Victor Jackovich is married to Deborah Jones, a U.S. diplomat currently on assignment in Washington, and has one son, Jacob.