Dejan Zlatković graduated in 2004 from the Faculty for Transport and Traffic Engineering in Belgrade, after which he obtained a Master degree in transport economy at the University of Trieste in 2005. Currently he is pursuing a PhD degree at the Faculty for Transport and Traffic Engineering in Belgrade in the field of financial models for infrastructural projects management. After an internship at the Serbian European Integration Office, he worked in the Ministry for Foreign Economic Relations and Ministry of Finance as a development assistance coordinator and IPA coordinator for programming and implementing EU pre-accession funds. Since 2009 Dejan works as an economic advisor at the economic department of Embassy of Spain in Belgrade. As a representative of the Government of the Republic of Serbia he participated in the negotiations on loans with international financial institutions EIB and EBRD for financing of the infrastructural project on Corridor X. He fluently speaks English and Spanish.
Gordana Bekčić Pješčić
Gordana graduated from the Faculty of Philology of Belgrade University, at the Department of Serbian language and Literature with General Literature. After the completion of Cultural and Gender Studies at the Alternative Academic Educational Network (AAEN), she gained Master of Science degree at the Faculty of Political Sciences in the field of USA Studies. At the moment she is a PhD candidate in the same field of expertise. She worked as the operative editor for publishing company, in the logistic teams in international organizations such as Pharmaciens sans Frontières Comité International (PSFCI) and the Delegation of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). After several years in corporate sector she worked in public administration in the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Government of the Republic of Serbia at a communication advisor, where she served for 4 years. Gordana is the author of the book Od ideje do slobode, which deals with political and sociological aspects of the establishment of the United States. She published many articles related to contemporary culture, literature, international relations and media issues. She is one of the co-authors of the Guidelines for the usage of social networks in the public administration institutions (Ministry of Public Administration and Local self-government) and she is the editor in the publishing company MostArt, Zemun. She speaks English fluently and has medium level knowledge of Russian. She is married and she is a mother of a son.
Vladimir Vlajković is an Associate of the European Policy Centre and a practitioner with experience in project management and human resource management, specialised in designing, introducing and implementing changes. He has been involved in the state administration reform in Serbia since its beginning. In the past fifteen years he has participated in numerous projects in the region as well as Central Asia, which aimed at state administration capacity building and improvement. In Serbia, he was engaged in capacity building for state administration reform management, the establishment of the salary system in the state administration as well as in numerous other projects focused on optimizing state administration. He implemented a large number of functional analysis at home and abroad. While working on various projects dealing with the development of institutional capacities in the framework of the state administration reform, Vladimir cooperated with a number of state administration bodies and, together with local and international consultants, designed and delivered numerous training sessions to support the project implementation. He participated in the development of a large number of analysis, papers, publications in the field of state administration reform in Serbian and English language.
Sofia Tzortzi is an expert on EU decision-making processes with extensive experience from different professional and academic activities. She holds a Bachelor's (Maîtrise) on European Studies from the Sorbonne and a Master's on EU Governance from the College of Europe. She is currently a consultant in EU public affairs with Burson-Marsteller. In 2012 Sofia coordinated the work of the Committee of Permanent Representatives – Part I (Coreper I) at the EU Council of Ministers from the driving seat of the EU Cyprus Presidency. Prior to this position, she has worked at the cabinet of the former Greek European Commissioner for the Environment as well as for a Brussels-based multinational consulting firms on EU affairs/lobbying. Relevant research activities include participation as a country expert of the “EU profiler” project of the European Institute of Florence for the European elections 2009, the preparation of the “Guide to effective lobbying” etc. Sofia has also worked as a journalist, as a press officer/spokesperson and for the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. A political activist, in 2010 she was elected at the local municipal council in Athens. Sofia also volunteers in schools for children with disabilities. She is an amateur actress and singer. A Greek national and native speaker, Sofia is fluent in English and French. She lives in Brussels (Belgium) after having spent time in France and Poland.
Zoran Sretić is specialist for EU Law, environmental law, EU Competition Law, intellectual property rights, and the Internal Market rules. He was a head of the Group for Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development in Serbian European Integration Office monitoring and coordinating government's activities in the process of Serbian accession to the EU in the relevant fields. One of his main responsibilities was advising Serbian Accession Negotiation Structure and providing legal analyses of government’s legislative policies and measures in relation to the EU environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Internal Market regime, including smooth implementation of trade and competition provisions of Stabilization and Association Agreement concluded between Serbia and EU. He worked as an Of counsel at Gecic Law until April 2016. Currently he is a consultant. He holds the LLM in Competition Law obtained from Queen Mary University of London, and Master of Law Science degree obtained from European Center for Peace and Development of United Nations University for Peace in Belgrade. He published several articles covering topics in the field of EU environmental law, competition law, Internal Market Law, intellectual property rights, etc. He was a contributor for the study of Effects of Integration of Serbia into EU (FEFA Faculty 2009, Belgrade); public brochure Product Safety and SAA (Ministry for Trade and Services, 2009, Belgrade); Treaty of Lisbon - safe bay or beginning of another journey? (Službeni glasnik, 2010, Belgrade). He holds the co-authorship on The Business Guide to the Stabilization and Association Agreement, ISAC fund, 2008, Belgrade, European Integration Challenges in the Field of Environment and Sustainable Development (PALGO centar, 2011), and Guide through the EU Policies – Trade (Evropski pokret u Srbiji, 2011).
Jelena Popović, graduated jurist and master of laws (LL.M), is an expert for EU law in the field of technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment. She served as Assistant Minister of Economy and Regional Development responsible for quality infrastructure. She performed the duties of the Chief of Department for Legal Harmonisation at the Serbian European Integration Office, adviser in a USAID project, adviser in the Federal and Republic Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations. Jelena fluently speaks English and French. She is the mother of one child.
Mirjana Čizmarov, graduated jurist, is an expert for EU law in traffic and transportation. She has performed duties of Adviser and Assistant Minister of Traffic and Transportation (later Infrastructure) in charge of EU integration, as well as the Chief of the EU Office of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. She works as Director of the Civil Aviation Directorate. She fluently speaks English, Italian and Russian. Married, mother of two children.
After graduation from the Third Belgrade Gymnasium, Mateja enrolled at the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade in 2003. He graduated in April 2007 as the Valedictorian with the average grade of 10.0. He completed LL.M. studies at the Law Faculty of the University of Cambridge. Currently he is the PhD student at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He also completed professional trainings at the Stanford and Geneva Universities as well as at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg. He worked as a consultant in the projects dealing with Serbian and Albanian legal harmonisation with the EU law. For one year he worked in the Gide Loyrette Nouel law office. He fluently speaks English, French and Italian. Fields of special interests include European consumer and European civil law
Amanda joined CEP in December 2012 after having graduated from the American University in Bulgaria with a double major in Political Science & International Relations and European Studies. In CEP, she worked on topics under the Good Governance Program Area such as policy making and participation of external stakeholders and public administration reform from the perspective of accession negotiations.During the duration of her MA in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges she underwent a consultancy traineeship led by Accenture and the Lisbon Council on the topic of smart cities.Currently, she is at g+(europe), a Brussels-based public affairs and public relations consultancy working on energy policy issues. Amanda carries special interest in gender issues
As 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. She worked as researcher in CEP until November 2017, when she moved to Startit.
Ksenija joined the CEP team through the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program under the auspices of the Open Society Foundations Think Tank Fund in 2013 and was working on a research pertaining to the law harmonization in the area of free movement of goods and Serbia’s membership negotiations. She later completed the blue book traineeship at the European Commission’s General Department for Agriculture and spent a year working at the European Food Safety Authority in Parma. Currently, she is the Communication Officer at COPA COGECA , the largest EU lobby for agriculture, based in Brussels. Ksenija completed her BA degree in International Cooperation for Development at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, was awarded a scholarship from the University of Twente in The Netherlands, where she graduated with a MSc. in European Studies. During her master studies she developed a deep interest in European Union policy making, which was an additional asset to gain a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a trilingual Diploma in Advanced European Studies at the European College of Parma Foundation. Ksenija speaks fluent English, Italian and Spanish and has a working knowledge of German and French.
Katherine is currently completing her studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where she studies Economics and International Relations with a concentration in International Development. She had interning at CEP during her stay in Belgrade on a fellowship. At CEP she was concentrating on research regarding SMEs, the business environment, and innovation and entrepreneurship as well as assisting with other program related activities and support. She previously held a summer internship between her graduate study years with the Government of Serbia Office of Statistics. Prior to SAIS she was working at USAID on the Haiti Task Team for just under three years as a Junior Program Analyst focused on the Economic Growth and Infrastructure portfolios. Before her time at USAID, she spent time working at a local microfinance company in Cochabamba, Bolivia, while also volunteering for an NGO building solar cookers for rural Bolivian villages. She is a graduate from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, in Economics and International Studies.