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
Miloš Đinđić, Lead Researcher
Anesa Omeragić, Communication Coordinator
Simonida Kacarska, Researcher
Angel Mojsovski, Researcher
Vaska Ristovska, Project Officer
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.
Dragana Jaćimović, Project associate
Ana Đurnić, Research Assistant
Ana was also a member of the research team of the first WeBER project.
Besjana Kuci, Project Officer
Alban Dafa, Researcher
Ina Majko, Research Assistant
Arbëresha Loxha, Researcher
Arbëresha Loxha is a Senior Research Fellow at Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), a policy think-tank based in Prishtina. Over the last five years, Arbëresha has designed and successfully lead research focusing on economic development and welfare policy. Her research includes amongst others, topics such as public administration reform, the business environment and investments, labour market, the pension system, migration, remittances and poverty. She has strong capacities to develop (quantitative) empirical analysis which she has incorporated in many of her publications. In addition to GLPS, she is a university lecturer of Management and Economics in AAB College and as a consultant in projects including those with EBRD and National Democratic Institute (NDI).
Arbëresha holds a PhD in Economics and an Msc in Economics for Business Analysis from Staffordshire University (SU) in the United Kingdom; both funded by a joint-scholarship from Open Society Foundation and SU. Currently she is the country researcher of WeBER regional project for Kosovo.
Bardha Maxhuni, Project Officer
Bardha Maxhuni is a research fellow at Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS), an independent, non-partisan and non-profit public policy think tank based in Prishtina, Kosovo. Her area of focus among others includes analysis of Kosovo’s legislation, Public Administration reform, Judiciary Reform, Anti-Corruption.
Bardha holds a BA in Law from University of Prishtina, Faculty of Law and Masters in International Law from American University Washington College of Law, United States funded by USAID Transformational Leadership Scholarship.
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 field of international legal cooperation in criminal matters.
Aida Šabanović, Senior Researcher
Anida Šabanović is a Director and Senior Researcher at the Foreign Policy Initiative BH in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Anida 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.
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 recipient of the Association of Education Builds BH.
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.