Srđan has been the Chairman of the Governing Board of the European Policy Centre - CEP starting with 12th October 2017. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, Department of International Relations, and attained his masters degree at the University of Graz, Karl-Franzens Faculty of Law, Department of European Integration and Regionalism. Srđan was employed in the Serbian European Integration Office since its founding in 2004, and performed the role of Deputy Director between September 2005 and June 2017. Prior to this nomination, Srđan also worked in the Department for European Integration of the Ministry of International Economic Relations of the Republic of Serbia (2003-2004), as well as in the Department for European Integration and Multilateral Cooperation in the Region with the former Federal Ministry of International Economic Relations of the FRY (2001-2003) where he was responsible for regional cooperation initiatives and organizations. During 2002, he completed an internship with the European Parliament as a fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Between 1997-2001, Srđan was an assistant lecturer in modules European Studies and Civil Society organised by the NGO Belgrade Open School. In August 2015, Srđan was appointed as a member of the Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union. Within the Negotiating Team, he was responsible for issues pertaining to fulfilling political criteria for accession and chapters 23 - Judiciary and fundamental rights and 24 - Justice, freedom and security. During his career in the public administration, Srđan was also a member of the negotiating team of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and hence participated in the negotiations on the conclusion of Stabilisation and Association Agreement between Republic of Serbia and EU. Srđan was actively involved in the preparations of the institutional framework and procedures for coordinating the negotiation process for Serbia’s accession to the EU. Srđan has taken part in a number of seminars as a lecturer, authored expert articles on the topic of European integration and coauthored a television show about the same topic. He is also a member of BiEPAG. Srđan is fluent in English and has basic knowledge of Italian and French. He is married and the father of two.
Ranka is a Governing Board Member and Executive Director at CEP. Ranka has been engaged as the Executive Director since February 2017, after almost three years in the position of the Senior Project Manager at CEP. Prior to her engagement with CEP, she was working in public administration, in the ministries in charge of the economy, where she was engaged in creation and implementation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) policy, it’s alignment with SME policy in EU, as well as project preparation and implementation. She was also a coordinator for European integration issues in the Ministry of Economy and a deputy secretary of the Negotiation Group 20 - Enterprise and Industrial Policy. As a British Embassy scholar, in 2012 she was an intern in the Greater London Authority, London’s Mayor Office. She was also a mentor to an intern in the organisation of USAID BEP project for a year. She spent two years in the private sector as well. Ranka graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of International Relations at the University of Belgrade where she continued her Master studies in international politics. She has attended a number of courses in the country and abroad in respect to European integration, SME policy development and EU state aid policy. She speaks English fluently and has medium level knowledge of French and Italian.
Milena is a Governing Board Member and Programme Director at CEP. As the Programme Director, Milena is in charge of the overall programmatic strategy of CEP as well as developing and managing the quality assurance system and processes within the organisation. In terms of thematic focus, she is primarily responsible for the Good Governance and Europe&us programme areas. Milena is a proven expert in the fields of public administration reform, regional development and local economic development, with consultancy engagements including SIGMA/OECD, ReSPA and the World Bank. In 2014-2015, in addition to her work at CEP, she acted as the special adviser to the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of public administration reform. Prior to co-founding CEP, Milena served for six years in the Serbian civil service, as adviser for public administration reform and administrative capacities for EU accession in the EU Integration Office of the Serbian Government (SEIO) and in the Serbian Ministry of Public Administration. As a Soros scholar, she obtained her BA degree in European Studies and International Relations at the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG), after which she obtained an advanced MA degree in European studies at the College of Europe, on a King Baudouin Foundation scholarship. She later also graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and obtained an MA in European Administrative Law at the Law Faculty of the Belgrade University. She speaks fluently English, French, Italian and Bulgarian and has basic knowledge of German. She is married and mother of two children.