Dragan Velikic was born in Belgrade (Serbia) in 1953. He grew up in Pula, where he finished high school. He majored in General Literature and Literary Theory at the Belgrade University's School of Philology. He was editor in chief of Radio B92's publishing house from 1994 to 1999. From 1999 to 2002, he lived in Budapest, Vienna, Munich, Bremen, and Berlin, and served as Serbian ambassador to Austria from mid 2005 to the end of 2009.