Members

Branka Anđelković


Branka Andjelkovic is a co-founder of the CENTER, assumes the role of a Program Director, and is a Lead Researcher for the topics related to social policy, social inclusion and social capital, formal and informal networks.

Since 2012 she has been engaged as a Team Leader and Senior Expert for Civil Society and Public Administration on an EU project supporting the Government of Serbia’s Office for Cooperation with Civil Society. As an international expert Ms. Branka Andjelkovic is focused on topics related to civil society development, social policy and political economy. Over the past 15 years Branka advised governments of South-East Europe and Central Asia in the fields of social welfare protection, employment generation and activation programs, CSO partnerships with governmental bodies, and public administration reform in these sectors, as a part of aid and assistance programs provided by the European Commission (EC), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP).  She is an author of number of studies and researches carried out in Serbia and Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries.

Throughout her career, Ms Andjelkovic has gained an outstanding knowledge of civil society organizations, challenges and complexities pertinent to their development in South East Europe. Read more…

Tanja Jakobi


Tanja Jakobi has joined the CENTRE in autumn 2010 as a communication specialist and researcher focused on discourse, discrimination and social issues. Since 2015, she assumed the role of project manager. She served as the ad interim director of the CENTRE, from October, 2016. Since March, 2017 she serves as the executive director of the CENTRE. In 2016, Jakobi successfully concluded online training on “Doing Policy Relevant Research” for senior researchers within the Organizational development grant from the Think Tank Fund.

She was involved in the following CENTRE’s projects: How does Security Sector Reform Affect Human Security in Serbia? Reassessing the impact on LGBT (2016), Security issues within Serbian 2016 election campaign (2016), Towards efficient budget policies on local level  - budget line 481 donation to NGOs (2015), Youth’s Local Security Issues and Democratic Control of Security Sector (2015), Inclusion of Roma Women and Men in Security Sector: Towards Greater Enrolment to Basic Police Training (2015), Roma women and men and security sector reform in the Republic of Serbia (2014),Mapping non-discrimination discourse in military education in the Republic of Serbia (2012/13).

Ms. Jakobi has 28+ years of experience in journalism, as a reporter, editor and editor in chief in major Serbian media and has been working as a journalism trainer and correspondent for foreign media.  Since early 2000, she has been working as an economic and communication consultant for the UNDP, the European Commission etc. 

She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, the Department of Philosophy, and obtained her master degree from the Baruch College in New York in the field of economic journalism and public finances. She was awarded the American state Ron Brown Fellowship and was one of the first scholars of The Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) NGO founded by economist and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. Read more…

Maja Kovač


Maja Kovac, is with the CENTRE since 2015. She currently works on the CENTRE's project National HDR: How to improve security of vulnerable municipalities in Serbia? Maja is a consultant, researcher and programme/project manager with over of 13 years of professional experience within international and national not-for-profit and academic organizations and institutions, where she established herself as an active player in the key areas of social, economic and political development in Serbia and the region of the Western Balkans.

As a researcher, she publishes in the fields of social capital, social inclusion, community cohesion and active civic participation and representation in and through sport, gender perspective in social capital research in the context of semi-periphery, the phenomenology of violence in sport, issues of vetting (lustration), and in the field of anti-corruption policy framework analysis in Serbia. 

Maja received her PhD in sociology (of sport) from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, United Kingdom in February 2015, M.A. in economics of sport and leisure from the University Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble II in 2002 and B.A. in international economics and foreign trade from the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade in 1999. Read more…

Jelena Šapić


Jelena Sapic has been a CENTAR’s associate since November 2015. She graduated from the Central European University in 2014 with a Master of Arts in International Relations and European Studies. Her master’s thesis was entitled “Evolution of the Economic Order in the Western Balkans: Foreign Direct Investments as the engine of (under)development” and it was supervised by Professor Friedrich Kratochwil. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, majoring in international relations. 

Jelena attended many extracurricular activities including a year-long course at the Department for advanced undergraduate students of the Belgrade Open School and the Summer School on Terrorism and Counterterrorism held in Olympia (Greece) where she was one of the youngest participants. She also participated in the 2013 TRAIN Program (Think Tanks Providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking) organized by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). During TRAIN, she conducted a research project which aimed to explore the impacts of the Brussels agreements on bilateral trade and freedom of movement between Kosovo and Serbia. Findings and recommendations were presented to stakeholders in Brussels. Jelena worked in the Institute for Economic Territorial Development and volunteered in NGOs in Kragujevac. She is particularly interested in social-economic inequalities, transitional processes in the Western Balkans, education, and migration. Read more…

Filip Stojanović


Filip Stojanovic is a member of the CENTRE since late 2016. He earned an MA from the Faculty of Security Studies of the University of Belgrade in 2016. He successfully defended the thesis entitled "The Conceptualization of National Interest in Security Studies." He graduated from the same faculty. Filip was engaged on the following CENTRE's projects: Addressing Firearms Misuse and its Impact on Gender-based Violence through Civic Action and Policy Advocacy (2016/2017), Local Security and Role of MPs, (2017.)  Read more…

 

Marina Tadić


Marina Tadic holds Master's Degree in International Security from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. She is engaged as a researcher at the CENTRE from February 2013 5.

She participated in several projects of the Centre, primarily those related to security policies and human security. Within the project Youth’s Local Security Issues and Democratic Control of Security Sector she conducted focus groups and workshops for high school students and local youth activist on the topics of human security and security sector oversight. She co-authored the Centre’s studies Mapping Non-Discrimination Discourse in Military Education in the Republic of Serbia and Roma Women and Men and Security Sector Reform in the Republic of Serbia. Additionally, she was an associate on the analysis Targeting Weapons and an author of the short analysis PROS & CONS of the Military Chaplaincy in the Serbian Armed Forces.

Marina was a participant in numerous courses and seminars concerning security policies, among which is a course on multinational operations organized by the Serbian Armed Forces’ Peacekeeping Operations Center. Likewise, she participated in the National Democratic Institute’s programs for young leaders “Youth Leadership Academy” and “Young Leaders of Serbia”. Marina was among the best socially active students who were selected to participate in the “Welcome to Germany” program conducted by the European Movement in Serbia, and among the participants of the mentoring program “Share Your Knowledge, Become a Mentor”, organized by the European Movement in Serbia as well. She served as an intern at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and at the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, as well as a volunteer at the Public Office of the President of the Republic of Serbia. Read more 

Srdjan Korac


Srđan Korać joined the Public Policy Research Centre in 2017. Korać is Research Fellow at the Institute of International Politics and Economics (IIPE), Belgrade, where his main areas of academic interest include international security, ethics in international relations, the political system of the European Union, and Serbiaʼs accession to the EU. His research has been focused for a decade and more on anti-corruption and anti-organised crime methodology and policy, and the ethical dimension of the public administration reform in Serbia. He is the Deputy Editor of IIPEʼs journal International Problems, and a member of Editorial Board of two academic periodicals – Administracija i javne politike (published by Institute for Political Studies, Belgrade), and Human Security (Faculty of Security Studies, University of Belgrade). Read more...

Milica Skočajić


Milica Skocajic, junior researcher, has joined CENTER in February 2018, after a successful internship during 2017. As an intern, she participated in the implementation of the LOVE (Law, Order, Values) to migrants/asylum seekers/persons granted asylum in enjoying rights without discrimination research project, assisting CENTER’s researchers in analyzing local communities’ capacities to handle challenges associated with the refugee crisis. In 2018, she will be engaged as a team member of the CENTER on the project - "Digging into Digital Work in Serbia: Who are crowdworkers from Serbia and why they work on global digital platforms?"

She has completed her master studies at the Department of Psychology, at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade with the thesis: Psychosocial aspects of abortion – analysis of abortion as a personal experience. She graduated beforehand at the same department. Read more…

Milan Lukic


Milan Lukic, is a researcher and contributor to the website of the Centre and worked on the project Security issues within Serbian 2016 election campaign (2016). In 2012 and 2013 he collaborated on the development of the site of the Centre.

He has 25+ years of experience as a journalist and radio presenter. From 1991 to 2010 he had worked as a journalist and presenter on the Radio B92 and was administrator of the blog of this media company, from 2010 to April 2015, he was a journalist in the business magazine, Business and Finance ". Today he works as an editor and webmaster for several websites. He studied at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, finished BBC journalism graduate, worked as a UN translator and copywriter.

 

Former Members of the CENTRE


Jelena Radoman is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade and a researcher at the Public Policy Research Centre. She is the author of number of papers on security sector reform, Russian foreign and internal policy, and energy security. Ms. Radoman worked as a consultant on various projects in the field of security and related issues.

She is an associate of the CENTRE since 2011. She has been in charge of preparing and conducting researches on security of vulnerable groups and security sector reform in Serbia. As a CENTRE's team member, she carried out the research projects regarding the security of LGBTIQ community as well as security of Roma in Serbia. She co-authored Mapping Non-Discrimination Discourse in Military Education in the Republic of Serbia.

Ms. Radoman was awarded with OSI-Chevening Scholarship for Master studies of Politics, Security and Integration at the School of Slavic and East European Studies, University College London and received her Master degree in 2008. Also, she was awarded scholarship from the European Fund for the Balkans and OSCE Mission in Serbia. She was a visiting researcher at the Hellenic Institute for International Relations in Athens.

Marko Milanović is a researcher who is primarily interested in social protection and youth policies. His main expertise is related to the application of quantitative and qualitative methods in the field of social protection, especially focusing on persons with disabilities, human trafficking victims, and children without biological families. Concerning youth policies, he was engaged in evaluating youth office performance, peers’ education, mediation and coaching. Also, he was involved in preparing plans on integrity (in particular judicial), projects based on PISA research, and socially responsible business. He is the author of numerous articles published in domestic and international journals.

Marko Milanović was engaged on CENTRE’s projects National HDR: Social Capital and Resilience of MunicipalitiesResearch on Family Life-Satisfaction in Serbia: Happiness of families with children and Prevention, Protection and Integration of the Human Trafficking Victims in Serbia

Jelena Bjelica is an independent researcher and journalist. She was working with UNDP on small arms control in Kosovo 2009 to 2010 and with UNODC in Afghanistan 2010 to 2014. Her recent publications include: Networks of Regressive Globalization and Challenges to International Assistance Report: Case Study Afghanistan, Bojicic-Dzelilovic V. and Kostovicova D. (Eds), London School of Economics and Political Science (2012); Human Trafficking and National Security in Serbia, in Migrations and Media, Moore, K., Gross, B. Threadgold, T. (eds.), Peter Lang Publishing Group (2012); Briefing Paper on 2009 Annual Program for Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99) under the Instrument of Pre-Accession in the context of the 2009 ‘enlargement package; European Parliament, Brussels (2010).

As a CENTRE's member Jelena published public policy brief Arms Trade and Human Rights: A New Paradigm?

Lenka Petrović was a CENTRE's junior researcher working on the project “The impact of socio-economic structure of rural population to the success of rural development policy” which CENTRE implemented within the Regional Research Promotion Program in the Western Balkans (RRPP). Lenka is an agricultural engineer for agroeconomics. Her working experience includes engagements as an assistant adviser in Agricultural and Advisory Expert Service Kruševac and as an associate with the Serbian Association of Agricultural Economists on the project “Development strategy of agricultural cooperatives in Serbia”. She graduated from Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade, with average grade 9.17, and she was awarded the scholarship of Republic of Serbia. Additionally, she was awarded scholarships from the Fund for the promotion of young talents of Kruševac, and Zemun municipality. Currently, she is a master student at the same faculty. She attended training for Business planning and production of business plan organized by CEFE and USAID.

Lenka had been engaged as a specialist in the CENTRE's project Formal and informal networks in rural areas

Ivona Lađevac is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, from where she previously earned her M.Sc. degree with thesis International Legal Status of the European Union, and had graduated from the Department of International Relations. She also completed specialization in European Studies as well as seminars Strengthening the Capacities of the Serbian Administration for European Accession, Working Migration in the Western Balkans, and on the writing project proposals for FP7. Since 2001, Ivona is a research associate at the Institute of International Politics and Economics. Main areas of her academic interest include EU law and international relations. During the 2010 she was a co-coordinator of the IPA project “Debating Serbia’s European Future: the Voice of Civil Society in Decision-Making”. She is the author of numerous articles, co-author of one monograph book and editor of several proceedings.

Darko Stalevski is an international consultant with over 15 years of experience in project development, financing and implementation. He worked as project manager for international organizations and institutions such as United Nations Development Program, Delegation of the European commission, Children’s Villages and ADRA International, but also for corporate sector (The Coca Cola Company & Hyatt), and number of local NGOs. He led multinational teams of up to 50 professionals and more than 500 volunteers in implementation of wide range of projects:

• Economic development;

• Disaster management and assistance to flood victims;

• Emergency relief for Syrian refugees;

• Environment protection;

• Municipal infrastructure development.

As an experienced negotiator, mediator and facilitator, he was often in a position of a key communication point between central government, private sector, and international institutions regarding project programming and implementation. During the EU MISP he coordinated a large group of donors and stakeholders including representatives of World Bank, European Investment Bank, Council of Europe, EC Delegation and seven ministries from Serbian central government, helping them in their efforts to enhance development of infrastructure projects in Serbia.

Marija Stankovic was a 2015 Roma Fellow in CENTRE which was selected among think-tanks and NGOs from Serbia and Macedonia, as a host organization of ‘’Roma Placement Program.” The program was launched by Central-European University (CEU) from Budapest and financed by National Endowment for Democracy (NED). As a junior fellow, Marija was engaged in providing program support and research assistance within CENTRE. Marija graduated from the Faculty of Sciences in Novi Sad, and she gained experience as intern in the Delegation of European Union in Serbia and in the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Republic of Serbia. She commenced her career in leading NGO’s in Serbia.