For once, she takes time for lunch. Before we get down to the serious business of the interview for this report, Dr. Nadja Jovovic pauses between the main course and dessert to chat about the previous weekend that she spent in Vienna, about her friends who have nothing to do with chemistry, and the last art show she visited in Munich.
Dr. Nadja Jovovic is passionate about chemistry and her enthusiasm for the subject is contagious. The aspect of her working life that Jovovic enjoys most is the combination of chemistry, international business and communication.
Nadja Jovovic was born in Belgrade and went to school in various places including Berlin and Vienna. In 1999, she switched from the Belgrade Faculty of Chemistry to the Technical University of Munich. There, at the age of 22, she completed her diploma thesis, and graduated with a doctorate at 25.
Thanks to her excellent grades, many doors were open to the young woman after her studies. Her professors would have liked her to remain in academia. But back then, Nadja Jovovic decided to accept an offer from WACKER. “WACKER addresses real, practical needs,” she says. “The people here put in a great deal of thought before they act: I like that.”
In her austere office at WACKER’s Munich headquarters, a glass case holds a large number of cartridges. Together with her team in Burghausen and colleagues in Nünchritz, Nadja Jovovic is responsible for the sales volume and sales strategies for silicone sealants, from raw materials to bulk compounds and ready-to-use cartridges filled with the product.
Nadja Jovovic is passionate about chemistry and her enthusiasm for the subject is contagious. Although as a child, like other girls of her age, she played with Barbie dolls, – and not with a chemistry kit – she nonetheless exhibited an analytical, inquiring mind, even then. “You can’t understand life if you don’t have a grasp of chemistry,” she says, gesticulating vigorously. Consequently, the decision to study chemistry was easy. “Despite the fact that both my parents are humanities scholars,” Jovovic adds.
The aspect of her current job that Jovovic enjoys most is the combination of chemistry, international business and communication. Being multilingual, the marketing expert is often able to communicate with customers in their native language. Even during her time at university she volunteered to look after domestic and foreign students, exchange students and first-year students. Assuming responsibility on her own accord, she supervised the Leonardo program for the Technical University of Munich, an EU project to promote mobility, for which she was awarded the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) prize for foreign students in 2000. While the award pays tribute to academic achievement, it primarily honors commitment to social values, to society as a whole and to internal university causes.