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Mirjana Kosic – Mirjana is a co-founder of TransConflict and executive director of TransConflict Serbia. Prior to that, Mirjana worked as executive coordinator of Belgrade NGO Centre. Mirjana’s interests in, and knowledge about, the area of conflict transformation stems from the experience acquired through professional engagement with NATO peace implementation and stabilisation forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina (IFOR and SFOR, respectively), plus other international organisations and institutions, also including the EU Office for Customs and Fiscal Assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina (EU CAFAO). Mirjana completed her M.A. degree at the Faculty of Political Science, the University of Bologna, where she explored the dynamics of performatively constructed discourse and the importance of preventive diplomacy in her thesis “The Use of Language in Diplomacy”. Since 2009, Mirjana has been giving lectures to SIT students in Belgrade with a focus on the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Dayton Peace Agreement and the role of international community in post-war reconstruction and state-building. Mirjana is fluent in English and Italian. In her free time, Mirjana translates for various outlets (including TED) and publications.
Ryo Ragland, Programme Development Manager – Ryo joined TransConflict having completed his dual Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before undertaking the MPA, Ryo completed a stint in Helmand province, Afghanistan, with International Relief & Development (IRD), serving as a sub-office manager on a USAID-funded agricultural/counter-insurgency program targeted towards Pashto farmer-families in the conflict-ridden Afghan south. Ryo has previously worked at technical election assistance organization IFES in Washington, DC, where he managed the contractual, financial, reporting and business development aspects of several Middle East programs. Succumbing to an urge to work “in the field”, he then took up a position as a Refugee Caseworker on the International Organization for Migration’s program for resettlement of vulnerable Iraqis in Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq, travelling frequently between Cairo, Amman and Baghdad to interview refugee applicants and coordinate their resettlement. Ryo completed his bachelor’s degree in International Comparative Studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, with minors in theatre and Arabic Language.
Vladimir Ninkovic – Project Officer, Security – Vladimir is one of the few civilians in Serbia to have specialized in Crisis Management at the Faculty of Security Sciences, University of Belgrade. Vladimir’s case studies and research into risk perception and risk and crisis communications – exploring subjects such as the ‘Bombing of Mercator and the Kosovo Crisis’, ‘Power Transformer Station Belgrade 20 – The Fear of Installation’ and ‘Risk Communication of LGBT Organizations in Serbia – were presented at international conferences in Croatia and Slovakia. Vladimir is also the co-author of a paper, entitled ‘Risk Perception’, which was published in the ‘Kultura Polis’ (‘The Culture of Polis’) journal of the Serbian Political Science Association. Vladimir’s field of interests extends beyond risk perception and communication, to include corporate crisis communications and security management. Vladimir also has BA degree in Spanish Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade.
Eugene Golubitskiy - Eugene is an American undergraduate student enrolled full-time in Amherst College in Massachusetts, having just finished a year abroad studying anthropology and sociology in Paris. Born in Ufa, Russia and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he speaks several languages fluently – English, Russian, French and Spanish, and has an intermediate command of Arabic and Serbo-Croatian. Synthesizing his passion for anthropology, his interest in foreign languages and his experience with American and Moroccan non-profits, he aspires for a career in international human rights and conflict resolution. Although the focus of his studies is colonial and post-colonial North Africa, a trip to the Western Balkans last December left him speechless, both due to the breathtaking natural beauty of the region, and the heartbreaking scars left by the war. He aspires to make the most of his two months in Belgrade, as well as the generosity of TransConflict for hosting him as he works to synthesize his personal and professional interests: intercultural dialogue, human rights activism and travel.
Massimiliano Gobbato – Massimiliano is currently an in-house freelance consultant at European Voice, a weekly newspaper focusing on EU Affairs. Massimiliano has served as an NGO volunteer in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, and has published several articles on EU politics and EU enlargement-related issues. He previously worked for the Veneto Delegation to the EU on Croatia’s candidacy and EU-Serbia relations. Massimiliano’s interests in and knowledge on conflict transformation originated from the volunteer experiences acquired within the Balkans and from his first degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, which emphasized to him the interrelationships between global politics, economics and conflict transformation. He holds an MA in European Studies from the College of Europe, with a focus on EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy. This specialisation led him to gain valuable insights into the domains of identity, immigration and citizenship. His master thesis explored Turkey’s EU candidacy and its possible implications both for the Europe and its relations with neighbouring countries.
Stefan Dragojević – currently a third-year student at the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade. He was born in the United Kingdom and was raised in Italy. Stefan attended a large number of seminars in the field of international relations and law. He is a member of the Student’s Parliament at the Faculty of Law. He has published articles for TransConflict, the Slobodan Jovanovic Foundation, Novi Standard and others. Stefan’s fields of interest are international relations, the Kosovo dispute and Balkan relations.
Mladen Stojadinovic – received his Masters degree in Peace Studies from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, having received his Bachelor with honors degree in International Studies at the same faculty. During the final year of his undergraduate studies, Mladen became a Fellow of the Ministry of Youth and Sport’s Youth Talent’s Fund. Mladen is interested in peace studies, conflict resolution theories, diplomacy, cosmopolitanism, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, human needs and international justice. He has also participated in several seminars, simulations, conferences and workshops in Serbia and abroad, concerning international relations, security, civil-military relations, European Union, United Nations, mediation, humanitarian interventions. Mladen was a member of United Nation’s Club and participates in projects of the Centre for Peace Studies of the Faculty of Political Sciences.
Veronika Kusyova - currently a student of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Masaryk University in Brno, Veronika has a long-held interest in the Balkans, including studies in both Croatia and Serbia. Throughout her academic studies, she has also volunteered at various governmental institutions in Slovakia and Croatia, and has actively participated in a number of conference, primarily in the Czech Republic. She is interested in the process of European Integration and conflict resolution, and intends to continue her education in the field of peace studies.
Dušan Petrov – currently a student of Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, the University of Belgrade, Dušan has been actively engaged in various programmes of the NGO sector and cooperated with a large number of Serbian NGOs since 2007. Dušan was previously the editor of a magazine for Polish diaspora, ‘Balkanska mozaika’, and is currently a member of the editing board of the student’s magazine, ‘Vidim’. Dušan completed elementary and advanced level at the School of Human Rights of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and the School of Political Skills, and has actively participated in conferences and seminars in Serbia and abroad. In 2010, he was a coordinator of the Youth Group of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Belgrade, and was also engaged as a trainer on youth activism in workshops and schools on human rights. He took part in the development and realisation of a large number of projects within the sphere of his interests, such as human rights, security, peace studies, globalisation and international relations.