Ranka has been engaged as the Executive Director at CEP 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.
Stevo Muk graduated at the Law Faculty (University of Montenegro) in 1998. He completed postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences. His previous work experiences entail Center for Development of Non-governmental organizations CRNVO (executive director 1999-2007), Open Society Foundation Montenegro (program officer for Civil society, Media and Roma (2001). He served as member of Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) Advisory Board. He was member of Ministry of Justice Advisory Council for Public administration reform (2003 -2006). He worked with Swedish Institute for Public Administration (SIPU) in regional TACSO project. Apart from work in the Institute Alternative, he has authored or co-authored„Nations in Transit“ – Report on Montenegro for 2010 and 2011, Freedom House, 2011; article on “Freedom of association, European and domestic legislation and praxis” in “Human Rights and Culture of Human Rights”, Centre for Civic Education, 2007; “Weak tradition, Uncertain future”- Civicus Civil Society Index for Montenegro, Centre for Development of NGOs, Podgorica, 2007; articles on “European Economic and Social Committee” and “Civil Society in Europe” in “Learn about EU”, Monitoring Centre – CEMI). He is one of the founders of Institute alternative, and has been the president of IA’s managing board since 2007.
Dr. Malinka Ristevska Jordanova is member of the Management board of the think tank European Policy Institute - Skopje (EPI) and former Director of EPI. Dr. Jordanova has an extensive experience in creation and implementation of EU-related policies in Macedonia and in the region, both as a most prominent expert in the Parliament and in Government, and as a researcher. As a public official, she was actively engaged in the EU accession process, granting EU candidacy, recommendation for accession negotiations for the Republic of Macedonia and visa liberalisation as a Chief of Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister for EU Integration, Chairperson of the Stabilisation and Association Committee and its Subcommittee on Justice and Home Affairs. Dr. Jordanova also has a long-term experience in public administration reform in the Republic of Macedonia and in the region. In her research Dr. Jordanova has focused on the application of the EU policy of conditionality in Macedonia, including in a comparative perspective - in the region of South-East Europe. She has also extensively researched the transposition of the EU acquis.
Sotiraq Hroni is Executive Director of the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM), a Tirana-based independent think tank organization. A former diplomat and advisor to the PM and President of Albania, Mr. Hroni’s professional background and involvement with civil society over the past seventeen years has been focusing particularly on good governance, accountability and integrity development reforms, civic participation and evidence-based policy making.
Lejla has obtained a master degree in the field of Diplomacy at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo. Currently she is involved in the Doctoral program at the Faculty of business and administration at the International University of Sarajevo. For 15 years she had been working for the EU Delegation in BiH and afterwards for the EU Special Representative's Office in BiH (EUSR). During her rather rich professional experience, Lejla used to work as a journalist, senior consultant and project manager on various projects and initiatives supported by the International Community in BiH.