Dejan Zlatković graduated in 2004 from the Faculty for Transport and Traffic Engineering in Belgrade, after which he obtained a Master degree in transport economy at the University of Trieste in 2005. He has a PhD in the field of financial models for infrastructural projects management (Faculty for Transport and Traffic Engineering, University of Belgrade). After an internship at the Serbian European Integration Office, he worked in the Ministry for Foreign Economic Relations and Ministry of Finance as a development assistance coordinator and IPA coordinator for programming and implementing EU pre-accession funds. Since 2009 Dejan works as an economic advisor at the economic department of the Embassy of Spain in Belgrade. As a representative of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, he participated in the negotiations on loans with international financial institutions EIB and EBRD for the financing of the infrastructural project on Corridor X. He fluently speaks English and Spanish.
Gordana Bekčić Pješčić
Gordana is a doctor of political sciences in the field of American studies. She received her doctorate at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade, where she also received her master's degree in the same field. She graduated at the Faculty of Philology of Belgrade University, at the Department of Serbian language and Literature with General Literature. At the Alternative Academic Educational Network (AAEN), she completed the specialization in Cultural and Gender Studies. She worked in publishing, non-governmental and corporate sectors, in international organizations such as Pharmaciens sans Frontières (PSF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In the Office for Cooperation with civil society she was engaged at the position of the communication advisor. Since 2016 she is an independent communication and PR consultant. She published dozens of articles in the field of literature, culture, USA Studies, media theater issues. She is currently preparing his second book on the history of the United States. She is a permanent lecturer at the National Academy of Public Administration, member of Serbian Public Relation Society and member of International Public Relation Association (IPRA). Gordana speaks English and Russian language. She is married and a mother of a son. Her CV can be downloaded here.
Vladimir Vlajković is an Associate of the European Policy Centre and a practitioner with experience in project management and human resource management, specialised in designing, introducing and implementing changes. He has been involved in the state administration reform in Serbia since its beginning. In the past fifteen years he has participated in numerous projects in the region as well as Central Asia, which aimed at state administration capacity building and improvement. In Serbia, he was engaged in capacity building for state administration reform management, the establishment of the salary system in the state administration as well as in numerous other projects focused on optimizing state administration. He implemented a large number of functional analysis at home and abroad. While working on various projects dealing with the development of institutional capacities in the framework of the state administration reform, Vladimir cooperated with a number of state administration bodies and, together with local and international consultants, designed and delivered numerous training sessions to support the project implementation. He participated in the development of a large number of analysis, papers, publications in the field of state administration reform in Serbian and English language.
Sofia Tzortzi is a qualified lawyer in Cyprus, expert on EU law and decision-making, with extensive experience from different professional and academic activities. She holds a Bachelor's in Laws (LL.B.) from the University of London, a Maîtrise on European Studies from the Sorbonne and a Master's on EU governance from the College of Europe. She is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Cagliari in the areas of EU and international law, researching on EU investment law and teaching courses and seminars of EU law and policies. In the past she has worked as a Cypriot lawyer, as a consultant in EU public affairs and as a coordinator of the work of the Committee of Permanent Representatives – Part 1 (Coreper I) at the EU Council of Ministers from the driving seat of the EU Cyprus Presidency. Prior to these positions, she has worked at the cabinet of the former Greek European Commissioner for the Environment. Other relevant research activities include work on anti-terrorism funding, the rights of migrant children and EU asylum policy, human rights as well as participation as a country expert of the “EU profiler” project of the European Institute of Florence for the European elections 2009, the preparation of the “Guide to effective lobbying” etc. Sofia has also worked as a journalist, as a press officer/spokesperson and for the Athens Olympic Games. In her free time she volunteers in schools for children with disabilities. She is a Greek national and native speaker, fluent in French and English while she also speaks Italian and Spanish. As a true European she has extensively utilised the right for free movement; she currently lives in Italy after having worked/studied and lived in Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, France, and Poland.
Zoran Sretić is specialist for EU Law, environmental law, EU Competition Law, intellectual property rights, and the Internal Market rules. He was a head of the Group for Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development in Serbian European Integration Office monitoring and coordinating government's activities in the process of Serbian accession to the EU in the relevant fields. One of his main responsibilities was advising Serbian Accession Negotiation Structure and providing legal analyses of government’s legislative policies and measures in relation to the EU environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Internal Market regime, including smooth implementation of trade and competition provisions of Stabilization and Association Agreement concluded between Serbia and EU. He worked as an Of counsel at Gecic Law until April 2016. Currently he is a consultant. He holds the LLM in Competition Law obtained from Queen Mary University of London, and Master of Law Science degree obtained from European Center for Peace and Development of United Nations University for Peace in Belgrade. He published several articles covering topics in the field of EU environmental law, competition law, Internal Market Law, intellectual property rights, etc. He was a contributor for the study of Effects of Integration of Serbia into EU (FEFA Faculty 2009, Belgrade); public brochure Product Safety and SAA (Ministry for Trade and Services, 2009, Belgrade); Treaty of Lisbon - safe bay or beginning of another journey? (Službeni glasnik, 2010, Belgrade). He holds the co-authorship on The Business Guide to the Stabilization and Association Agreement, ISAC fund, 2008, Belgrade, European Integration Challenges in the Field of Environment and Sustainable Development (PALGO centar, 2011), and Guide through the EU Policies – Trade (Evropski pokret u Srbiji, 2011).
Aleksandra Rabrenović is an associate of the European Policy Centre and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Comparative Law in Belgrade. Prior to joining the Institute, she was an assistant at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, where she taught administrative law and organizational science courses. She obtained her first degree (LLB) at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, her master’s degree (LLM) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and her doctoral degree (PhD) at the Faculty of Law, University of Glasgow. Since 2003 Aleksandra has also been working as a consultant on public administration reform in Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Tajikistan, Moldova, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has worked primarily for the World Bank, but also for UNDP, DFID, SIGMA/OECD, Council of Europe and the EU projects. Her main area of interest and expertise is human resources management in the public sector. She has published two books and a number of papers on public administration reform in English and Serbian language. In addition to being fluent in English, she also has a good knowledge of Russian and basic knowledge of French language.
Jelena Popović, graduated jurist and master of laws (LL.M), is an expert for EU law in the field of technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment. She served as Assistant Minister of Economy and Regional Development responsible for quality infrastructure. She performed the duties of the Chief of Department for Legal Harmonisation at the Serbian European Integration Office, adviser in a USAID project, adviser in the Federal and Republic Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations. Jelena fluently speaks English and French. She is the mother of one child.
Mirjana Čizmarov, graduated jurist, is an expert for EU law in traffic and transportation. She has performed duties of Adviser and Assistant Minister of Traffic and Transportation (later Infrastructure) in charge of EU integration, as well as the Chief of the EU Office of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. She works as Director of the Civil Aviation Directorate. She fluently speaks English, Italian and Russian. Married, mother of two children.
After graduation from the Third Belgrade Gymnasium, Mateja enrolled at the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade in 2003. He graduated in April 2007 as the Valedictorian with the average grade of 10.0. He completed LL.M. studies at the Law Faculty of the University of Cambridge. Currently he is the PhD student at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He also completed professional trainings at the Stanford and Geneva Universities as well as at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg. He worked as a consultant in the projects dealing with Serbian and Albanian legal harmonisation with the EU law. For one year he worked in the Gide Loyrette Nouel law office. He fluently speaks English, French and Italian. Fields of special interests include European consumer and European civil law
Nataša Ristić is engaged in communications and public relations and she specialised in strategic communication in the public and NGO sector. After finishing her studies at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, since 2000 she has been working in the daily newspaper Danas. Upon obtaining the title of Master in Human Rights at the University La Sapienza in Rome, Nataša began working as an advisor in the Ministry of International Economic Relations, and subsequently in the EU Integration Office of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. As a director of communications in the USAID MEGA program, she worked until 2010, before becoming a key expert on EU projects in Serbia, in the areas of local economic development, social inclusion, human rights, EU integration, gender equality, good governance, institutional capacity building and public health. She worked for UNDP, UN Women, UNICEF, Eptisa, GIZ, SDC, JICA. In 2011, Nataša established the Agency for Communications and Public Relations PRactive. She speaks English, Italian and Spanish. Nataša is married and has one child.
Amanda joined CEP in December 2012 after having graduated from the American University in Bulgaria with a double major in Political Science & International Relations and European Studies. In CEP, she worked on topics under the Good Governance Program Area such as policy making and participation of external stakeholders and public administration reform from the perspective of accession negotiations.During the duration of her MA in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges she underwent a consultancy traineeship led by Accenture and the Lisbon Council on the topic of smart cities.Currently, she is at g+(europe), a Brussels-based public affairs and public relations consultancy working on energy policy issues. Amanda carries special interest in gender issues
As a Shelby Davis scholar, Katarina graduated cum laude from Northwestern University in Chicago, obtaining a double major degree in International Studies and Film. During her bachelor studies, she completed a semester at the Sciences Po University in Paris, while her MA studies in International Relations and European Studies were completed at the Central European University in Budapest. While at Northwestern, Katarina worked as a researcher at the Centre for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS), and later as an Assistant Archivist on the Yugoslavia archives project at the Open Society Archives in Budapest. Katarina was recruited in CEP as the Open Society Foundations Young Professionals Development Program fellow. Katarina is especially interested in interdisciplinary research and data visualisation. She speaks English fluently, has intermediary knowledge of French, and beginner knowledge of Spanish. She worked as researcher in CEP until November 2017, when she moved to Startit.
Ksenija joined the CEP team through the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program under the auspices of the Open Society Foundations Think Tank Fund in 2013 and was working on a research pertaining to the law harmonization in the area of free movement of goods and Serbia’s membership negotiations. She later completed the blue book traineeship at the European Commission’s General Department for Agriculture and spent a year working at the European Food Safety Authority in Parma. Currently, she is the Communication Officer at COPA COGECA , the largest EU lobby for agriculture, based in Brussels. Ksenija completed her BA degree in International Cooperation for Development at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, was awarded a scholarship from the University of Twente in The Netherlands, where she graduated with a MSc. in European Studies. During her master studies she developed a deep interest in European Union policy making, which was an additional asset to gain a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a trilingual Diploma in Advanced European Studies at the European College of Parma Foundation. Ksenija speaks fluent English, Italian and Spanish and has a working knowledge of German and French.
Stefan holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences/International relations department (master module: peace studies). Moreover, he obtained Master of Science degree from the two year Erasmus Mundus Master in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management at the Central University in Budapest, Lund University in Sweden and Aegean University in Greece (the University of Manchester in UK member of the consortium). Stefan conducted traineeships in the political section at the EU Delegation in Serbia, Hungarian National Waste Management Agency and the NGO "Group 484", each lasting for six months. From 2013 till August 2018 Stefan worked as a Researcher at the European Policy Centre (CEP), focusing on environmental policies in Serbia, within the context of accession negotiations. Apart from Serbian, Stefan fluently speaks English and has a working knowledge of German. In August 2018, Stefan begun to work as a consultant in the Brussels-based think tank European Policy Centre (EPC).
Katherine is currently completing her studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where she studies Economics and International Relations with a concentration in International Development. She had interning at CEP during her stay in Belgrade on a fellowship. At CEP she was concentrating on research regarding SMEs, the business environment, and innovation and entrepreneurship as well as assisting with other program related activities and support. She previously held a summer internship between her graduate study years with the Government of Serbia Office of Statistics. Prior to SAIS she was working at USAID on the Haiti Task Team for just under three years as a Junior Program Analyst focused on the Economic Growth and Infrastructure portfolios. Before her time at USAID, she spent time working at a local microfinance company in Cochabamba, Bolivia, while also volunteering for an NGO building solar cookers for rural Bolivian villages. She is a graduate from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, in Economics and International Studies.
Aleksandar is a graduate of Electrical Engineering and Computing – his master program was dedicated to e-government projects. Initially, as a programmer and then as a manager, he developed software solutions that were implemented in the administration of the city of Novi Sad. The solutions were used to support the local electoral process, the city budget, registers and consolidated billing were set up over a decade ago on distributed architecture. Aleksandar in 2010 then started working as an assistant director at the Institute for Informatics and Internet of the Republic of Serbia - today's Office For Information Technology And E-Government office expands on the development of the national eGovernment portal just as we use it today. With modest resources, Alexander runs projects such as scheduling appointments for personal documents in the Ministry of Interior, the extension of car registrations that are undergoing technical inspections and the replacement of the paper driver's license for the plastic driver’s license. Since 2013, Alexander has been engaged as an independent consultant in the field of information technology and e-government by USAID, UNDP, World Bank, GIZ, PwC, IFC and finally CEP.
Dušan was a member of CEP team from September 2017 to August 2019. He completed his graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His academic area of expertise is International Relations, more specifically Environmental Politics. Furthermore, his Master thesis was titled „Cities and Climate Change: Power Games and Greenwashing Through Transnational Urban Networks“ and it can be found at UBC's Website. During his graduate studies he worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Gyung-Ho Jeong, the chair for US politics at UBC. This research involved looking at the effects of party politics and ideology on foreign policy voting patterns in US Congress. Additionally, Dušan worked as a Teaching Assistant at UBC, having taught courses in US politics and political theory. At CEP, he splited his time between the Good Governance and Regional Policy, Energy and Environment Programmes. Dušan speaks English fluently and has beginner knowledge of French and Spanish.
David Pupovac, PhD is a Lecturer at Lazarski University, the Department of Economics and Management, where he is exclusively teaching statistical analysis, data processing and research methodology courses. He is also a recurring lecturer at ECPR methods school. He holds a PhD in political science from Central European University where he specialized in the application of statistical methods in addressing social and political phenomena. His expertise in European politics, party politics and voting behaviour. During his studies and academic career, his interests were predominantly in the methods for text analysis, time series analysis, analysis of pooled cross-sectional time-series data, multilevel modeling, structural equation models and cluster analysis. His recent work is focused on the segmentation analysis/unsupervised machine learning. Starting with 2007 David Pupovac worked as a statistical consultant for multiple clients including companies, non-governmental organizations and governments. His experience spans across a variety of projects and modes of data collection. David Pupovac uses R and Python and multiple statistical software (SPSS, Stata, Mplus, EViews, etc.). He speaks Serbian and English.
Nenad Sebek is a journalist and media communications expert with over 27 years of relevant journalistic experience obtained in Southeast Europe, the EU, USA and Russia. He has conceived and led the strategic planning and implementation of Communication activities for several international organisations including the CDRSEE, the Regional Cooperation Council and the Heinrich Boell Foundation. He is a noted BBC Journalist and Foreign Correspondent with outstanding reporting, writing, editing and training skills fine-tuned during 17 years with the world’s finest public broadcaster. Nenad is an experienced trainer, teacher, evaluator and mentor in journalism, communications and civil society. He has over 14 years of experience in leading multinational teams in large cross-border projects fostering media freedoms, democratisation and reconciliation. He is an outstanding keynote speaker and moderator with extensive experience at major international events including ones held in the European Parliament, European Commission, NATO Parliamentary assembly etc. He teaches “Media and Human rights” & “Project development” and mentors students at Vienna University (Faculty of Law, MA in Human Rights) since 2013 and taught journalism at the American College of Thessaloniki (2003-2007). Nenad started his journalistic career in Radio Belgrade, continued in the BBC and then was in executive positions in CSOs until going freelance in 2018 as a media, communications and civil society consultant with his own company, NSolutions.
Miles joined the CEP team as an in-house editor in June 2019 after having completed a bachelor’s degree in history and sustainable development at Columbia University. During his time at Columbia, Miles also managed to study in France, Turkey, and Serbia. Miles wrote his undergraduate thesis on the relations between planning and politics in the history of New Belgrade and has been deeply interested in the political structures and history of Serbia and the Western Balkans region ever since. Miles also previously interned with CEP during the summer of 2018, focusing at that time largely on topics of sustainable development in Serbia. Prior to joining CEP, Miles has had other experience in the non-governmental sector, as well as in the commercial sector, in his hometown of New York. English is his native language, but he also speaks French, some Turkish, and is working hard to improve his Serbo-Croatian.