Dušan Kovačević is the founder of world-famous EXIT Festival (Serbia) as well as Sea Dance Festival (Montenegro) and Sea Star Festival (Croatia), along with numerous other festivals and events throughout Europe.
Dušan founded EXIT with his friends in 2000 at the age of 22. The festival rapidly grew to become one of the most popular music festivals in the world. It has, on several occasions, been received awards for Best Major European Festival (2013 and 2017). It is praised regularly as one of the leading worldwide festivals by almost every influential global media such as CNN, BBC, The Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, Forbes, Euronews, Lonely Planet, Huffington Post, and many more.
EXIT has thus far attracted millions of tourists to Novi Sad in Serbia, bringing more than €200million of income to the local economy while expecting to at least double those numbers in the next decade. Along with the contribution to Serbian tourism, EXIT has significantly contributed to the image of both Serbia and the Balkan’s around the globe.
Dušan holds an M.Sc. in management from the London School of Economics, as well as an M.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Novi Sad. In 2015, he became the youngest person ever to receive a February Award, which was presented by the city of Novi Sad. The award is given to extraordinary individuals who have made a positive contribution to the city.
Dušan is also the founder of EXIT Foundation, which has been the initiator of hundreds of projects in the fields of humanitarian work, environment protection, peace promotion and youth development.