- Ranka Miljenović Executive Director
- Milena Lazarević Programme Director
- Dušan Protić Programme Manager for Internal Market and Competitiveness
- Miloš Đinđić Programme Manager and Senior Researcher
Ranka has been the Executive Director of the European Policy Centre (CEP) since February 2017. From July 2014, when she joined CEP, until February 2017, she held the position of Senior Project Manager. She has managed projects funded by the European Union (both grants and technical assistence projects), German development assistance and other donors and is well versed in financial and narrative reporting procedures. From September 2015 to November 2017, she also managed the Programme Management Unit of the UK Good Governance Fund, and has consultancy experience for the OECD, GIZ, the EU, etc. Prior to her involvement in CEP, she worked in public administration, in ministries in charge of the economy, where she was engaged in creation and implementation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) policy and its alignment with SME policy of the EU, as well as in the preparation and implementation of IPA projects and of bilateral development assistance. 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 well as a member of several other negotiation groups. She worked in the private sector for two years. She has completed courses on European integration, SME development policy and EU rules on state aid, both in the country and abroad. Ranka graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, Department of International Relations at the University of Belgrade, and is only a master thesis away from obtaining her master's degree. She is fluent in English and has medium level knowledge of French and Italian.
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.
Programme Manager for Internal Market and Competitiveness
Dušan Protić, lawyer by profession, has a unique expertise in the area of market regulation, public law and public administration. He has the profound ability to conceptualise comprehensive regulatory solutions in complex surroundings of contemporary legal system in Serbia. In period between 2001 and 2015 he held positions of deputy and assistant minister in Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Agriculture and up until recently in continuous mandates in Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications. In his competence as government official he was primarily in charge of normative affairs and appellate proceedings. Moreover, he was director of Judicial Centre (currently, Judicial Academy), as well as manager of legal affairs in corporative sector. He has completed bar exam and diplomatic course at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. Dušan speaks English and French.
Programme Manager and Senior Researcher
Miloš graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, where he continued his Master studies in political institutions and institutionalist theory. He studied European Union institutions and procedures as well as project cycle management as participant in the Leadership Development Programme, jointly organised by the College of Europe and the European Fund for the Balkans, as well as in the FutureLab Europe programme of the civil society organisations gathered around European Alliance for Democratic Citizenship. He completed several internships in domestic and foreign organisations, including the Belgrade Center for Security Policy, Political Academy of the Austrian People's Party and National Democratic Institute and worked as an associate on the project administered by the European Fund for the Balkans. He is alumni member of the Belgrade Open School, XVI generation of students at the Department of Advanced Undergraduate Studies. He joined the CEP team in March 2012 as project assistant, then continung at the position of researcher. Speaks English and German.
- Sena Marić Programme Manager and Senior Researcher
- Jelena Miletić Associate
- Ljubica Kovačević Project Manager
- Jovana Knežević Project Manager
Programme Manager and Senior Researcher
Sena joined CEP team in May 2013 as a researcher in Good Governance programme area, dealing primarily with the topics of public administration reform and policy making in Serbia in the context of EU membership negotiations. Since 2015 she also is in charge of development of Europe&Us programme area. At the same time, she works as an external associate on research projects related to EU’s enlargement policy as well as migration and asylum policies. She is also ad hoc correspondent for Danas daily newspaper. Prior to CEP, Sena worked for the think tank European Stability Initiative in Brussels, on the projects related to the EU visa liberalisation policy towards the Western Balkan countries and Turkey. Moreover, she did a 5-month traineeship at the European Commission in Brussels, on the programme that provided legal and technical support in the fields of science and energy to the candidate countries for EU membership. Sena has successfully completed advanced Master studies in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, with the scholarship provided by the Government of France. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, as well as from the advanced undergraduate programme at the Belgrade Open School. Apart from her mother tongue, Sena speaks English, French and Spanish.
Jelena has ten-year experience in project and policy cycle management, with specialisation in impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of programmes and projects. She also has extensive knowledge of EU-funded programmes and projects, extensive knowledge of IPA II financial assistance and programming in Serbia and the region. More specifically, Jelena has experience in programming and managing national and regional projects, including project identification and programming, as well as experience in programmes and projects M&E: development of manuals/guidelines on M&E for public administration, delivery of training on M&E practical application, and developing result-based monitoring tools and matrices. She has a comprehensive experience in strategic planning and management proven through developing strategies and corresponding action plans for state ministries and local authorities in Serbia. So far she conducted various analysis: gap analyses, needs assessments, impact assessments and evaluation studies, baseline studies and target value identification/evaluation studies, stakeholder analysis, functional analysis, mainly for state ministries or needs of specific projects. She has experience in working as a consultant in public administration on various international engagement including EU PPF5, SIPU International, SIDA, and UNDP. Jelena holds a MA in International Security from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade.
Ljubica graduated from the Faculty of Philology, Department for Iberian Studies, obtaining the title of Spanish and English language teacher. She has built her professional career in the education/employment sector. Besides working as a foreign languages teacher, she was engaged as an assistant, office manager and translator in international projects aimed at managing and improving the vocational education and introducing the National Qualifications Framework to Serbian specific environment. She has years of experience in project administration and implementation and working with various international organizations. Ljubica joined CEP team in January 2017 as a project assistant primarily within the Good Governance programme area and then advanced to the position of project manager. She speaks English and Spanish fluently and has basic knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese.
Jovana is a Project Manager with experience in managing projects thematically related to the Good Governance programme area. From 2015 to 2018, she was engaged at a regional EU-funded WeBER project, where her main responsibilities included planning, implementing and monitoring project activities, as well as coordinating the work of the regional WeBER Platform and the National Public Administration Reform Working Group in Serbia. She is currently leading the second component of the USAID-funded “Constituencies for judicial reform in Serbia” project and is in charge of project resource and activity coordination, monitoring and reporting. In addition to project management, Jovana has extensive experience in event management and excellent communication skills. She acquired her bachelor degree in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Project Management at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade. Jovana is an alumna of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) programme through which she received scholarship of the US State Department and finished a year of high school education in California, USA. Jovana is also alumna of the III generation of the Public Policy Academy within the Libertarian club Libek, as well as a participant of the Youth School of Activism within the Social Responsibility Initiative. Jovana is particularly interested in multi-project management and implementation of software tools in project management. She seeks to further refine and gain practice in implementing PM2 Project Management Methodology. She is fluent in English and strives to improve her knowledge of German. She joined the European Policy Centre in July 2015, following a two-month-long internship.
- Vanja Dolapčev Project Manager and Researcher
- Branko Birač Projektni menadžer
- Anesa Omeragić Events and Communication Coordinator
- Andrija Mladenović Project Coordinator
Project Manager and Researcher
Vanja Dolapčev has become a part of the CEP in October of 2018. By doing research, developing ideas and managing project, he deals with the issues related to the good governance and the European integration. Previously, he was engaged as a Project Coordinator dealing with European integration and good governance at the Belgrade Open School (BOS). He is the author of multiple research and policy papers in the area of good governance and the European integration. Vanja completed his academic education in international relations at the University of Belgrade, Charles University in Prague and George Mason University in the United States. He is a proud alumnus of the Fund for American Studies and BOS. Vanja is also a regular lecturer on BOS’s “Future Studies” programme, at the “Future of Europe” module. His area of interests includes citizens’ participation in the policy development process and the European Union enlargement policy. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing and reading comic books. Vanja speaks English and Ruthenian and has an intermediate knowledge of using German and Russian language.
Branko has almost ten years of experience in the non-governmental sector, where he has been mostly involved in project implementation, planning, M&E, reporting, coordinating numerous teams, organizing various events, coordinating research, facilitating seminars and workshops, developing manuals and educational tools, developing projects and campaigns etc. His main focus was on the themes of violence prevention and especially on gender-based violence, on promotion of gender equality, on gender issues and especially on masculinities, breaking stereotypes, combating discrimination and developing activism among youth, all in the role of Program manager at the Center E8. He has managed projects supported by CARE International, the Austrian Development Agency, U.S. State Department (Global Women, Peace and Security Initiative), US Embassy, Norwegian Embassy, European Commission, OSCE, UNICEF, UNFPA etc. He obtained the title of Master of Pedagogy at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. He interned for a year at the Center for Infant, Child and Youth Protection and shortly worked in elementary school. He is fluent in English and his passionate hobby is photography.
Events and Communication Coordinator
As a Events and Communication Coordinator, Anesa is helping in spreading CEP's key messages to all target groups. Her obligations include direct and indirect communication with the media, event organisation, preparation of press releases, media invitations, all communication related to the event organisation, etc. Her duties also include managing CEP website - writing reports on CEP events and activities, designing a graphic, visual, and textual content on CEP's website, including quarterly newsletters and printed publications, as well as managing social media profiles and communication through these networks. Anesa has graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Science, and she holds a BA with Honours in Political Science – International Affairs, and a MA with Honours in Political Science. During her undergraduate studies, she interned at Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and in the office of the Protector of Citizens of the Republic of Serbia (Ombudsman). She is an alumna of XXIII generation of the educational programme Future Studies of Belgrade Open School, an alumna of the II generation of Human Rights Defenders School organized by Civil Rights Defenders, and an alumna of the II generation of LIBEK’s Public Policy Academy. She completed the courses Applied Rhetorics and Debate course at the Faculty of Political Sciences. Anesa joined the European Policy Centre (CEP) team in February 2017 as an Events and Communication Assistant. She works as Coordinator from January 2019. She speaks English and has a basic knowledge of German.
- Vladimir Mihajlović Researcher
- Dragana Bajić Researcher
- Strahinja Subotić Researcher
- Katarina Grga Researcher
Vladimir is a policy analyst and researcher in the fields of public administration and public policy, with experience in Serbian public administration reform matters and expertise in public sector wage system reform, human resources management and reorganisation of public administration. Experience in both Government and non-governmental sector enables him a comprehensive approach in analysis of public administration. From July 2014 until August 2016 he worked as an advisor in the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government. Prior to the engagement in the Government, he had worked in several CSOs, including CEP. He has been engaged in Serbian public administration reform process as a consultant of the World Bank (WB), the Council of Europe (CoE), the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), the United Kingdom Good Governance Fund (GGF), the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SKGO), the Centre for Advanced Economic Studies (CEVES), the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), etc. Vladimir graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences University of Belgrade, after which he obtained an MA degree in Public Administration, Local Self-Governance and Public Policy at the same faculty. He speaks English.
Dragana has professional experience in policy research and analysis with a focus on public administration reform and European integration of the Western Balkans. As part of the regional Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform (WeBER), she was responsible for the overall monitoring of Serbia’s reform progress under a set of indicators, while specifically covering the analysis of public service and human resource management in the public administration. Additionally, Dragana has been providing local expert support to SIGMA’s mission in Serbia during the assessment of compliance with the Principles of Public Administration, so far focusing on service delivery and policy development and coordination. Representing CEP under the global initiative Open Government Partnership, she has been engaged in independent monitoring and reporting on the implementation of Serbia's OGP commitments. Since 2015, she has been part of PAR-related projects addressing HRM issues in the administration. Dragana holds an LL.M. degree in European integration, obtained at the University of Belgrade Law School. She completed undergraduate studies in international politics at the Faculty of Political Science.
Strahinja joined CEP team in January 2017 as a Research Fellow within Europe&us programme area, dealing with the EU politics and institutional setup, in the context of Serbia’s EU accession negotiations. Strahinja is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the Faculty of Political Science (University of Belgrade), where he originally graduated as the best student of his class at the Department of Political Science (i.e. Politicology). At Central-European University he obtained an MA degree in Political Science, acquiring a certificate in Social and Political Theory, with a special focus on Transitional Justice in the post-Yugoslav space. Prior to that, he had studied at the University of Missouri during his junior year, as part of a programme funded by the US State Department. Strahinja’s most relevant internship was done at the Institute of International Relations and Economics, during which he published, in a scientific journal, an article dealing with the European Union’s role in reaching reconciliation between Serbia and Croatia. Regarding his most relevant volunteering activity, he points out the work done at the United Nations Association for Serbia, where he, among other things, organized Belgrade International Model of UN. He also has some teaching experience, having thought, as the Junior Teaching Associate, the course Political System of Serbia at his home faculty for a semester. He speaks English and Italian and is currently learning Spanish.
Katarina joined CEP team in june 2020. She graduated from Faculty of Law University of Belgrade in 2014. As a French Government scholarship holder, she earned the title of Master of Laws in International Economic Law from the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne School of Law. During her professional career so far, Katarina worked in one of the leading law firms specialized in commercial law in Belgrade, as well as in one arbitration boutique law firm from Geneva. Over the course of her studies, she interned at the Office of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Serbia. Katarina also took part in two different legal clinics at the Faculty of Law University of Belgrade – Family Law Clinic and Anti-Discrimination Legal Clinic and interned at one of the Big Four consultant companies in the field of tax law. Besides, as a Faculty of Law University of Belgrade team member she took part in two prestigious international law moot court competitions – in Washington D.C. and in Frankfurt. In the 2013 FDI International Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Frankfurt, Belgrade University team won the prize for the 3rd highest ranked Claimant Memorial, which was later published in one of the international law journals. In 2019, Katarina passed the Serbian Bar Exam. She is fluent in English, French and Italian.
- Miloš Janjić Junior Researcher
- Stefan Stojković Junior Researcher
- Aleksa Ilić Junior Researcher
- Mirjana Pješčić Associate for Finance and Accounting
Miloš joined CEP team in February of 2018 after finishing Master program at Berlin School of Economy and Law on the module International Economics. During his master studies, Miloš has a chance to study heterodox economic theory with a focus on pluralistic approaches to macroeconomic policies evaluation. Besides macroeconomics, Miloš is active in research in the fields of international trade, international economic relations and political economy. Previous to master studies, Miloš was working in corporate sector holding positions in finance and marketing departments in two multinational companies. Miloš finished Bachelor studies at Faculty of Economics of University of Belgrade on the department for the International economy and foreign trade. During his studies, Miloš also completed an internship in Serbian Business Registers Agency and was an active member of couple student organisation. In spare time Miloš enjoys collecting old coins and stamps from all around the world.
Stefan is a junior researcher at CEP working on public administration reform (PAR) research. He holds an MSc degree in Political Science from Leiden University where he studied as a Praesidium Libertatis scholarship recipient. Previously, he also obtained an MA degree in Nationalism Studies from Central European University (with distinction), as well as Bachelor and Master degrees in Psychology from the University of Novi Sad. In his master theses, Stefan dealt with comparative voting behavior and (political) party competition analyses. In Leiden, he expanded his knowledge to the good governance area and has become passionate about this field. His core competences include public administration research, survey methodology and quantitative data analysis. He is also trained in comparative politics and public opinion research. Stefan is fluent in English and German. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing basketball.
Aleksa became a member of the CEP team in May 2020, after a three-month internship, and is focused on the Europe&Us programme area. Combining his lifelong love and passion for history with an interest for political sciences, Aleksa graduated from the University of Edinburgh, where he obtained the title of Master of Arts (MA Hons.) in History and Politics in 2017. Aleksa has also completed and advanced Masters programme in the field of European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe in Warsaw, in 2019. He has previously worked as a teacher in a Moscow high school, teaching “Thinking History” and “Critical Thinking” as extracurricular subjects. Alongside his native Serbian, he speaks English, French, German and Russian, along with a beginner-level knowledge of Polish.
Associate for Finance and Accounting
- Marija Drezgić Financial Assistant
- Mirela Obradović Project Assistant
- Mina Kostić Project Assistant / Junior Researcher
- Isidora Martinenko Project Assistant
After her academic studies in the field of musical arts, Marija studied Research Psychology at the State University in San Francisco, California. From 2003 to 2013 she has been working in the USA in the field of psychology and psychometry with a focus on neuropsychology. She has gained great experience both in research work and in administration and interpretation of a large number of tests: intelligence, cognitive abilities, personality and neuropsychological tests. Through work in neuropsychological laboratory she has also gained considerable experience in creating different types of both standard and computerised tests. She applied that experience by working at the State University of Berkeley, California. She had created and maintained the website of the research laboratory. Marija joined the CEP team in 2013 where she worked as an senior researcher and financial assistant. She speaks English and has basic knowledge of Russian and German. She is also engaged in conducting in several prestigious Belgrade choirs. She is married and has three children.
Mirela joined the CEP team in September 2017 after three months of internship. She has built her career in the field of banking, where during her many years of work her focus was on finance, accounting, work with small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporate clients. She gained her most valuable experience by working with a group of selected experts during the establishment of a greenfield bank in the Serbian market. She speaks English and strives to improve her knowledge of Italian and Spanish. She is married and the mother of two children.
Project Assistant / Junior Researcher
Mina graduated Psychology at the University of York, and afterwards obtained a MSc diploma in Organisational and Social Psychology at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Upon moving back to Belgrade, Mina worked in both governmental and international companies in Human Resources, dealing with various tasks: employee relations, financial management, logistics, administration, research, etc. Mina joined the CEP team in January 2019, as a Project Assistant and Junior Researcher. She speaks English fluently and has an intermediate knowledge of French and Spanish.
Isidora joined the CEP team in November 2019 as an assistant on projects in the Good Governance Programme Area, in addition to actively working on the other Internal Market and Competitiveness Programme Area, specifically the coordination of the Working Groups covered by the CEP within the National Convention on the European Union. Isidora is currently pursuing a PhD degree at the Faculty of Political Science (University of Belgrade), where she originally graduated. She also completed her Master of Science studies at the Faculty of Political Science at the USA Studies module. Previously, she completed her basic studies at the already mentioned faculty in the field of international politics. She gained many years of working experience working with other civil society organizations, the European Movement in Serbia, where she was involved in both youth issues and the National Convention on the EU, the School of European Integration, and social entrepreneurship. During her studies, she was an intern at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the European Movement, as well as in Citizens' Initiatives. She has extensive experience in organizing the events she gained while working at the Belgrade Security Forum, the EnlargEUrope project. She attended the International Winter School in Cesenatico, Italy, on the topic of creating regional cooperation, as well as numerous other seminars where she earned additional ESBN points.
Marija joined CEP team in June 2020 as a Project Assistant, having completed a two-month internship. She obtained her Master’s (MSc) degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she studied EU Politics and specialised in Policy Making and Public Policy in the EU. Marija wrote her Master’s Dissertation on The EU Accession Process and Europeanisation of Domestic Politics: The Case of Freedom of Expression and Information in Serbia. She obtained her Bachelor’s (BA Hons) degree in Politics from Queen Mary University of London. Marija is an alumna of the HMC (The Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference) programme through which she received a scholarship and finished high school in the UK. During her studies, she worked in the private sector in Human Resources and Digital Communications, and did charity work. Also, over the summer, she interned for a Member of the Serbian National Assembly, active in the European Integration Committee. Besides native Serbian, Marija speaks fluent English and has an intermediate knowledge of Spanish and Italian.
Barbara Frey is a College of Europe graduate with several years of professional experience in high-level public and private sector, including the European Parliament, Instinctif Partners and several governmental and civil society organizations. While working as EU Public Affairs consultant in Brussels she was active in research and account management by cultivating strong relationships with clients and finding solutions to the obstacles their businesses were facing. She has experience in managing advocacy campaigns and strategy-planning projects for clients that were facing imminent consequences of proposed legislation and/or governmental actions. Before successfully completing her Master degree in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Barbara graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. Barbara is fluent in English, French and German.
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.