WeBER project is implemented by Think for Europe (TEN) members who come from 6 Western Balkans partner organisations. Find their position within the project and short bios below.
Milena Lazarević, project manager
Jovana Knežević, Project Manager
Vaska Ristovska, Project Officer
Besjana Kuci, Project Officer
Bardha Maxhuni, Project Officer
Bardha holds a Master Degree in International Law from AU Washington College of Law, United States and a BA in law from University of Prishtina, Faculty of Law. She was a scholar of USAID Transformational Leadership Programme. After college she has worked as a paralegal at a private law firm where she has expanded her experience and knowledge in the legal field. She has also worked at the Embassy of the Republic of Albania in Kosovo and as a researcher at the Kosovar Center for Security Studies where she has conducted research in the international legal cooperation in criminal matters.
Mahir Sijamija, Project officer
Mahir Sijamija holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Sarajevo (2018). He currently works as an project officer at the Foreign Policy Initiative BH and associate at the Media and Policy Analysis Centers in Sarajevo, Association of BH Journalists. He is author on the Media Watchdog platform Analziraj.ba and Balkansmedia.org. He previously worked project meager at INFOHOUSE and as an external communications associate at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo and UNICEF BiH. He has also been involved in various research projects that stand out for International Republican Institute, Humanity in action, RRPP, UN, CREDI, Media Center and Albany Associates. He has participated in a number of international and national conferences, and has published several scientific and professional papers in the field of political science. He is a member of the UNESCO Advisory Group on MIL in BiH, a Senior Fellow Humanity in Action BH, and a member and former scholar of the Association of Education Builds BH.
Ema Pula, Project Officer
Ema Pula studied Law at the University of Prishtina. Before she joined Group for Legal and Political Studies, she was engaged in a 1 year internship in USAID Kosovo, respectively in the program “Contract Law Enforcement”. In the meantime she was also engaged in volunteer activities which included increasing awareness of higher education for high school students coming from the minority groups and the other one about building bridges between youth and seniors coming from retirement home. She has been working at GLPS since September 2018. Her work is focused primarily in project management and coordination where her main responsibilities include implementing and monitoring project activities. She is involved in the projects related to the legislative regulation of access to public documents, environmental policies through the importance of acquis standards and their adoption in Kosovo’s legislation, monitoring of public consultations. She is engaged in WeBER 2.0 as a project officer.
Dragana Jaćimović, Project associate
Miloš Đinđić, Lead Researcher
Anida Šabanović, Senior Researcher
Anida Šabanović holds a Master degree in Economics. She has contributed to FPI’s professionalism and served in many positions in the organisation. She covers the research in public administration, good governance and economic areas. Anida works on projects dealing with European integration, policy creation, capacity building of government institutions, fight against corruption, promotion of human rights and women’s rights. She has experience in drafting policies and has cooperated with different non-governmental organizations in BiH as well as international organisations. Anida has experience in consultancy and has been author, co-author or contributor of reports, political analyses and texts related to European integration process as well as gender issues. She is one of co- authors of a book chapter Negotiating Political Authority in Bosnia Herzegovina, which will be published in Research Handbook on Gender and Negotiation edited by Mara Olekalns, Professor of Management (Negotiations) at Melbourne Business School. The Handbook is in the final editing phase and is expected to be published by summer 2020.
Simonida Kacarska, Researcher
Angel Mojsovski, Researcher
Julijana Karai, Researcher
Julijana was a TEMPUS trainer for Continuing Education in European Affairs with the certificate from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and junior researcher in the Regional IPA Project “Strengthening National Integrity Systems in the Western Balkans and Turkey and tracking developments of anti-corruption efforts”. She has been a project manager in the EU funded project “Civic Participation for Local Democracy”, under IPA Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2014-2015 and a consultant in the UNDP Project “Developing innovative solutions for better access to local services”.
Marko Sošić, Researcher
In the first WeBER project, Marko contributed as a public finance management expert.
Arbëresha Loxha, Researcher
Dr. Arbëresha Loxha is the Executive Director and a Senior Research Fellow at GLPS. Dr. Loxha holds both a Masters and a PhD in Economics from the University of Staffordshire, United Kingdom. Arbëresha is among the first research fellows at GLPS, who has unequivocally contributed to GLPS’s growth and professionalism. At GLPS, Arbëresha served in many positions and primarily covered the research in economic, good governance and public administration areas. In addition, Arbëresha led dozens of research projects in Kosovo and abroad, and was an active member of economic research initiatives. She was a leading expert to take part in testimonies for numerous institutions and government bodies in Kosovo and international organization based in Kosovo, in which she shared her expertise on a range of social and economic issues. Over the last two years, Arbëresha was a professor covering management courses at both bachelor and master level of studies. Dr. Loxha rich background of academic research and publications are yet another confirmation of her standing as an expert, leader and powerful women. In this new position, Dr. Loxha aspires to lead GLPS further growth and impact, diversify its portfolio, expand its European network and help Kosovo democratize.
Alban Dafa, Researcher
Ana Đurnić, Research Assistant
Ana was also a member of the research team of the first WeBER project.
Haris Ćutahija, Researcher
Haris Ćutahija graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences at University of Sarajevo where he also gained MA degree in political science – European integration. He also holds professional qualification degree in political management from the New Bulgarian University. Has extensive experience in managing and working on various projects ranging from the European integration to youth activism and culture. He is columnist on several internet portals as well as a political analyst. He has joined the Foreign Policy Initiative BH team in March 2020 as a researcher.
Ina Majko, Research Assistant
Stefan Stojkovic, Research Assistant