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Milena Lazarević, Programme Director

Milena Lazarevic, CEPAs the Programme Director, Milena is in charge of the overall programmatic strategy of CEP as well as developing and managing the quality assurance system and processes within the organisation. In terms of thematic focus, she is primarily responsible for the Good Governance and Europe&us programme areas. Milena is a proven expert in the fields of public administration reform, regional development and local economic development, with consultancy engagements including SIGMA/OECD, ReSPA and the World Bank. In 2014-2015, in addition to her work at CEP, she acted as the special adviser to the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of public administration reform. Prior to co-founding CEP, Milena served for six years in the Serbian civil service, as adviser for public administration reform and administrative capacities for EU accession in the EU Integration Office of the Serbian Government (SEIO) and in the Serbian Ministry of Public Administration. As a Soros scholar, she obtained her BA degree in European Studies and International Relations at the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG), after which she obtained an advanced MA degree in European studies at the College of Europe, on a King Baudouin Foundation scholarship. She later also graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and obtained an MA in European Administrative Law at the Law Faculty of the Belgrade University. She speaks fluently English, French, Italian and Bulgarian and has basic knowledge of German. She is married and mother of two children.

 

Contact her at:

E: milena.lazarevic@europeanpolicy.org

M: +381 63 622 550

Ranka Miljenović, Executive Director

Ranka Miljenovic, CEPRanka has been engaged as the Executive Director at CEP since February 2017, after almost three years in the position of the Senior Project Manager at CEP. Prior to her engagement with CEP, she was working in public administration, in the ministries in charge of the economy, where she was engaged in creation and implementation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) policy, it’s alignment with SME policy in EU, as well as project preparation and implementation. She was also a coordinator for European integration issues in the Ministry of Economy and a deputy secretary of the Negotiation Group 20 “Enterprise and Industrial Policy”. As a British Embassy scholar, in 2012 she was an intern in the Greater London Authority, London’s Mayor Office. She was also a mentor to an intern in the organisation of USAID BEP project for a year. She spent two years in the private sector as well. Ranka graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of International Relations at the University of Belgrade where she continued her Master studies in international politics. She has attended a number of courses in the country and abroad in respect to European integration, SME policy development and EU state aid policy. She speaks English fluently and has medium level knowledge of French and Italian.

Contact her at:

E: ranka.miljenovic@cep.org.rs 

Dušan Protić, Programme Manager for Internal Market and Competitiveness

Dusan Protic - CEP

Dušan Protić, lawyer by profession, has a unique expertise in the area of market regulation, public law and public administration. He has the profound ability to conceptualise comprehensive regulatory solutions in complex surroundings of contemporary legal system in Serbia. In period between 2001 and 2015 he held positions of deputy and assistant minister in Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Agriculture and up until recently in continuous mandates in Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications. In his competence as government official he was primarily in charge of normative affairs and appellate proceedings. Moreover, he was director of Judicial Centre (currently, Judicial Academy), as well as manager of legal affairs in corporative sector. He has completed bar exam and diplomatic course at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. Dušan speaks English and French.

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E: dusan.protic@cep.org.rs

Nataša Ristić, Communications Advisor

Nataša RistićNataša Ristić is engaged in communications and public relations and she specialised in strategic communication in the public and NGO sector. After finishing her studies at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, since 2000 she has been working in the daily newspaper Danas. Upon obtaining the title of Master in Human Rights at the University La Sapienza in Rome, Nataša began working as an advisor in the Ministry of International Economic Relations, and subsequently in the EU Integration Office of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. As a director of communications in the USAID MEGA program, she worked until 2010, before becoming a key expert on EU projects in Serbia, in the areas of local economic development, social inclusion, human rights, EU integration, gender equality, good governance, institutional capacity building and public health. She worked for UNDP, UN Women, UNICEF, Eptisa, GIZ, SDC, JICA. In 2011, Nataša established the Agency for Communications and Public Relations PRactive. She speaks English, Italian and Spanish. Nataša is married and has one child.

Leopold Rollinger, Project Manager

Leopold Rollinger Leopold is a project management specialist with extensive experience in fulfilling programme and project goals via application of various new and existing tools, practices and approaches. At the European Policy Centre, he manages a three-year regional project "Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform (WeBER)“. He was, inter alia, engaged for a long-term period under various USAID-funded initiatives; in addition, he has an extensive short-term experience working with numerous developmental agencies as well as with a number of civil society organizations. Accordingly, since fostering inclusion of citizens and their associations into decision making processes is one of his main personal and professional aims, he served as a Programme Manager within the Civic Initiatives' Civil Society Development Programme, from 2013 until 2015. He graduated in Communications in Belgrade. He is married and a father of a daughter. 

Contact him at:

E: leopold.rollinger@cep.org.rs

Milan Vujović, Project Manager

Milan joined CEP team in january 2016, after 11 years in the National Agency for Regional Development, where he worked as a legal advisor within entrepreneurial service, education and mentoring, with the responsibilities also in the implementation of various SME support programs and international projects. Years of experience in the implementation of international projects include cooperation with numerus international organizations- amongst which are JICA (Japanese International Cooperation Agency), USAID, SPARK (The Netherlands), GIZ (Germany), UNIDO ITPO Italy, Unioncamere, ICE (Italy), BIP (Norway) etc. Milan completed „Professional development for accession“ training within „Speak European“ program in the European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht (The Netherlands) in 2011. After graduating from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, Milan worked as law apprentice in Law Office, then in Belgrade Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Tobacco Agency. He passed the Bar Exam. He speaks English and Italian fluently, besides Serbian.

Contact him at: milan.vujovic@cep.org.rs

Miloš Đinđić, Senior Researcher

Milos Djindjic - CEP

Miloš graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, where he continued his Master studies in political institutions and institutionalist theory. He studied European Union institutions and procedures as well as project cycle management as participant in the Leadership Development Programme, jointly organised by the College of Europe and the European Fund for the Balkans, as well as in the FutureLab Europe programme of the civil society organisations gathered around European Alliance for Democratic Citizenship. He completed several internships in domestic and foreign organisations, including the Belgrade Center for Security Policy, Political Academy of the Austrian People's Party and National Democratic Institute and worked as an associate on the project administered by the European Fund for the Balkans. He is alumni member of the Belgrade Open School, XVI generation of students at the Department of Advanced Undergraduate Studies. He joined the CEP team in March 2012 as project assistant, then continung at the position of researcher. Speaks English and German.

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E: milos.djindjic@cep.org.rs

Sena Marić, Senior Researcher

Sena Maric, CEPSena joined CEP team in May 2013 as a researcher in Good Governance programme area, dealing primarily with the topics of public administration reform and policy making in Serbia in the context of EU membership negotiations. Since 2015 she also is in charge of development of Europe&Us programme area. At the same time, she works as an external associate on research projects related to EU’s enlargement policy as well as migration and asylum policies. She is also ad hoc correspondent for Danas daily newspaper. Prior to CEP, Sena worked for the think tank European Stability Initiative in Brussels, on the projects related to the EU visa liberalisation policy towards the Western Balkan countries and Turkey. Moreover, she did a 5-month traineeship at the European Commission in Brussels, on the programme that provided legal and technical support in the fields of science and energy to the candidate countries for EU membership. Sena has successfully completed advanced Master studies in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, with the scholarship provided by the Government of France. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, as well as from the advanced undergraduate programme at the Belgrade Open School.  Apart from her mother tongue, Sena speaks English, French and Spanish.Contact her at:

E: sena.maric@europeanpolicy.org 

Twitter: @senamaric

Stefan Šipka, Researcher

Stefan ŠipkaStefan holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences/International relations department (master module: peace studies). Moreover, he obtained Master of Science degree from the two year Erasmus Mundus Master in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management at the Central University in Budapest, Lund University in Sweden and Aegean University in Greece (University of Manchester in UK member of the consortium). Stefan conducted traineeships in the political section at the EU Delegation in Serbia, Hungarian National Waste Management Agency and the NGO “Group 484”, each lasting for six months. In 2013 Stefan became a researcher at the European Policy Centre (CEP), focusing on environmental policies in Serbia, EU and their mutual relationship. Apart from Serbian, Stefan speaks English and medium level German.

Contact him at:

E: stefan.sipka@cep.org.rs 

Katarina Kosmina, Researcher

Katarina Kosmina, CEPAs a Shelby Davis scholar, Katarina graduated cum laude from Northwestern University in Chicago, obtaining a double major degree in International Studies and Film. During her bachelor studies, she completed a semester at the Sciences Po University in Paris, while her MA studies in International Relations and European Studies were completed at the Central European University in Budapest. While at Northwestern, Katarina worked as a researcher at the Centre for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS), and later as an Assistant Archivist on the Yugoslavia archives project at the Open Society Archives in Budapest. Katarina was recruited in CEP as the Open Society Foundations Young Professionals Development Program fellow. Katarina is especially interested in interdisciplinary research and data visualisation. She speaks English fluently, has intermediary knowledge of French, and beginner knowledge of Spanish. 

Contact her at:

E: katarina.kosmina@cep.org.rs

Vladimir Mihajlović, Researcher

Vladimir Mihajlović, CEPVladimir is a policy analyst and researcher in the fields of public administration and public policy, with experience in Serbian public administration reform matters and expertise in public sector wage system reform, human resources management and reorganisation of public administration. Experience in both Government and non-governmental sector enables him a comprehensive approach in analysis of public administration. From July 2014 until August 2016 he worked as an advisor in the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government. Prior to the engagement in the Government, he had worked in several CSOs, including CEP where he had participated in research on public administration reform and public policy making and coordination. At the moment, he is engaged in Serbian public sector wage system reform as a local consultant of the World Bank. Vladimir graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences University of Belgrade, after which he obtained an MA degree in Public Administration, Local Self-Governance and Public Policy at the same faculty. He speaks English.

Contact him at:

vladimir.mihajlovic@cep.org.rs 

Dragana Bajić, Junior Researcher

Dragana Bajic, CEPDragana focuses her research on the Good Governance and Europe&us programme areas. In April 2016, she finished the RRPP Research Academy – a comprehensive training on social science research methods tailored for junior researchers in the Western Balkans. In June 2015, she completed the Jagiellonian University Summer School "Democracy, Expertise and Power: Making a New Europe in the Era of Globalisation" in Krakow, Polland, where she presented the topic The EU's Enlargement Agenda as a Tool for Ensuring Democratisation and Stability in the Western Balkans. During her studies, she completed internships in various think tanks in Belgrade and spent several months at the Serbian seat of the international EurActiv media network, where she covered EU-Serbia related topics. Dragana is particularly interested in the EU enlargement process. She holds an LL.M. degree in European integration, obtained at the University of Belgrade Law School, defending the thesis "The Principle of Good Neighbourliness in the EU Enlargement Context: How Strict Conditionality for Serbia?" She finished undergraduate studies in international politics at the Faculty of Political Science of the same university. She is fluent in English. Having strong linguistic skills, she additionally engages in proofreading/copy editing. Dragana joined CEP team in July 2014.

Contact her at:

E: dragana.bajic@cep.org.rs

Katarina Tadic, Junior Researcher

Katarina TadicKatarina graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Department for International Relations and European Integration, after which she obtained MA in Human Rights and Democracy in South East Europe at University of Bologna. During her master studies, she did an internship in KIPRED (Kosovo Institute for Policy Research and Development) where she conducted a research on the role of Ombudsperson in democratization of Kosovo. Moreover, for two years, between her bachelor and master studies, Katarina worked as an external associate in Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on the topics related to political education, gender equality and EU integration. Further, she successfully finished Training of Trainers and Lecturers organized by FES in 2013 on the topic of European Integration and Transitional Justice. In 2014 Katarina took part in Alpbach Summer School in Belgrade where she studied European Union institutions and policies. In the meantime, she wrote articles for Kosovo 2.0, Balkanist and European Western Balkans. Katarina joined the CEP team in December 2015. Katarina speaks English and has working knowledge of Russian. 

Contact her at:

E: katarina.tadic@cep.org.rs

Jovana Knežević, Office Manager and Project Assistant

Jovana Knežević, CEPJovana graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade - European Integration module. Previously, she obtained work experience within Catalyst Balkans organisation in tracking philanthropy, social changes and corporate social responsibility in the Western Balkans. Jovana is one of the members of the III generation of the Public Policy Academy within the Libertarian club Libek, as well as a participant of Youth School of Activism under the Social Responsibility Initiative organisation. She is an alumna of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program through which she received scholarship of the US State Department and finished a year of high school education in the USA. Jovana strives to continue her education in the field of EU financed project management and international development and management. She fluently speaks English and is learning German. She joined the European Policy Centre (CEP) team in July 2015, after having completed 2 months of internship.

Contact her at:

E: jovana.knezevic@cep.org.rs

Simona Zimonjić, Communications and Event Assistant

Simona ZimonjićSimona graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Political Science in September 2016, at the Journalism and Communications Department. She is currently enrolled in multidisciplinary master studies Terrorism, Organized Crime and Security at the University of Belgrade. During her undergraduate studies, she completed a six months’ internship at Right PR & Media consultant agency in Belgrade. She is an active member of Rotaract since she was 18, currently holding the position of Country Representative of Serbia in European Rotaract Information Center. She is fluent in Serbian, English, French and Spanish.

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E: simona.zimonjic@cep.org.rs

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