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
Iliada Korcari, Project Officer
Iliada Korçari is a researcher and project coordinator at the Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Tirana, where she focusses on governance, public administration reform and security. Her main research interests are nationalism, statebuilding and political theory. She has worked in the public administration cultural policy sector for several years; was engaged as a freelance researcher in different research projects and has been teaching seminars of Nationalism and Identity at the Political Sciences Department of the University of Tirana, from 2015 onwards. She has a double-major in Political Sciences and Public Relations and Communication and has graduated in Political Theory, MSc. and Russian and East European Studies, MSc., being a holder of many scholarships. She is a proficient user of Albanian (native) and English, researches in Italian, Spanish and French and is a basic user of German and Bulgarian.
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
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
Alban Dafa, Researcher
Lirika Agusholli, Country Researcher
Lirika Agusholli is a Research Fellow at Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), a policy think-tank based in Prishtina. Her work is primarily focused in international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy and conflict resolution. Currently she is the country researcher of WeBER regional project for Kosovo.
Lirika has experience as a Teaching Assistant in Sabanci University for two years. Additionally, she worked as a Research Assistant at Sabanci University in Turkey, focusing mostly on the topics of ex-combatants reintegration and to the peace building in post-conflict societies with a focus on Kosovo. Her work was mostly focused in qualitative studies with extensive field works. Lirika was also part of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network where she worked as a research assistant.
Lirika is a Master graduate in Conflict Resolution and Analysis at Sabanci University, Turkey. She completed her Bachelors in Political Science and International Relations at Istanbul University, Turkey.
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.
Stefan Stojkovic, Research Assistant
Aurora Mullatahiri, Research Assistant
Aurora studied Law at the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”. Her work is mainly focused on project coordination for rule of law, human rights, environmental policies and their adoption with the Acquis legislation. She is currently engaged in WeBER 2.0 as a research assistant, as well as with monitoring the implementation of the National Plan for the Implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement for Kosovo.
Previously she was involved as an intern at the Basic Court of Prishtina, within the framework of the GLPS Internship Program funded by US State Department – Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Before joining GLPS in October 2019, Aurora worked as a reporter for Regional Youth Cooperation, for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), and prior to that she was working as a part time media officer for Kosovo Advocacy and Development Centre (KADC), focusing mainly on the implementation of Tobacco Control Law in Kosovo. She is a FES Political Academy alumni, and voluntarily engages in British Parliamentary formal debates as a judge and debater.