Dragana Jovanović Arijas
Dragana Jovanović Arijas has been performing the duties of the SIPRU Manager since 2018. She is responsible for planning activities and coordinating SIPRU initiatives in the relevant areas, as well as for initiating cooperation and promoting joint action with interested partners at national, local and international level.
She has been a member of SIPRU since 2016. In the beginning, she worked as Roma Inclusion Coordinator, focusing on the development of the strategic framework and monitoring the measures for the improvement of the status of the Roma community in the Republic of Serbia. By being engaged in civil society organisations and international human rights organisations, she has worked on improving the position of various vulnerable groups (Roma, persons with disabilities, children and young people) through the development of services in the local community, and the implementation of prevention and intervention programmes at the national level.
Dragana Jovanovic Arijas graduated from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. She gained experience and knowledge of children’s rights and interculturalism by participating in the „EmPower” programme of the Pestalozzi Children Foundation in Switzerland.
Deputy Manager and Economic Analyst
Biljana Mladenović is responsible for monitoring poverty statistics, supporting the Government of the Republic of Serbia in establishing the framework for monitoring poverty and social exclusion, as well as initiating research in the field of poverty and social exclusion. She led several cycles of policy impact analysis and secondary data analysis, during which support was provided to a broader research and professional community in the field. Biljana is actively collaborating with partners to promote topics related to social inclusion. She has been a member of SIPRU since the end of 2009.
Considering her work experience, and the experience she has related to monitoring several areas included in the SIPRU scope of work, she is also providing support to the SIPRU Manager with defining the direction of programme activities.
Biljana Mladenović graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade, where she also completed her MA studies.
Dragana Malidžan Vinkić
Dragana Malidžan Vinkić is in charge of supporting capacity building of national and local institutions in the field of inclusive education, aiming to ensure access to education for all children/students at all levels, as well as to ensure their right to education with additional support and individualised access. She joined SIPRU in 2016.
She is providing expert support to line ministries for preparing, implementing, and monitoring relevant strategic and legislative instruments related to inclusive education and human capital development, as well as to civil society organisations and educational institutions in the preparation of project proposals. By applying different learning models, she organises training courses for professionals working in the education system.
Dragana Malidžan Vinkić participated in all key processes of introducing inclusive education in the Republic of Serbia, and she worked as a national trainer within the DILS project of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.
Dragana Malidžan Vinkić graduated from the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, acquiring the title of Professor of Serbian Language and Literature.
From Education to Employment – E2E
Aleksandar Rončević is responsible for the growth and development of innovation in youth employment through the management of a grant scheme aimed at local actors, who can be agents of change for the position of young people in local communities. By developing innovative models of youth employment, he is seeking to provide decision-makers with concrete and proven solutions to challenges faced by young people. He is working closely with the line ministries and local self-governments on the programme “Education to Employment” to make innovations sustainable and part of the systemic solution. He joined SIPRU in 2015.
Given his experience gained in public administration reform and sustainability of externally funded programmes and projects in the Republic of Serbia, he is providing expert and technical assistance to the SIPRU management in the process of institutionalisation.
Aleksandar Rončević graduated from the Department of International Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. At the same Faculty, he subsequently obtained the Master’s Degree in Political Science in International Politics.
Roma Inclusion Coordinator
Slavica Denić is in charge of providing support to capacity building of national and local institutions to ensure the development and implementation of a strategic framework for the social inclusion of the Roma. She is providing expert support to line ministries and government institutions. Furthermore, she is supporting civil society organisations in the development, preparation and monitoring of strategic and legal acts in the field of Roma inclusion. She joined SIPRU in 2018.
She gained her work experience in Radio Television of Vojvodina, the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and the Provincial Secretariat for Economy, Employment and Gender Equality.
Slavica Denić graduated from the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad. She obtained her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Management in Education at the University of Novi Sad, where she also gained her PhD in the field of Gender Studies. She is the author of several scientific papers on the topic of social inclusion of Roma man and women, with a particular focus on the education of the Roma population.
Local Development Coordinator and Manager for the LIP 2 programme
Ivana Maksić is responsible for monitoring social inclusion in local communities and for the implementation of the grant scheme “Programme of Local Initiatives for Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction – Support to the Development of Innovative Social Inclusion Models – LIP 2”.
Furthermore, she is providing support to relevant stakeholders at the national and local level, especially with regard to capacity building in the area of preparing and implementing policies and projects related to social inclusion at the local level, monitoring policy implementation, and improving the collection, analysis and use of data for the creation of local policies aimed at improving the accessibility of different services for vulnerable groups.
She gained her work experience at the National Association of Local Governments – the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities and the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs. She was a participant in the International Programme of the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD), which was dedicated to managing change aimed at achieving balanced local socio-economic development.
She graduated from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade.
European Affairs and International Cooperation Coordinator
Aleksandar Bogdanovic graduated from the Department of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade.
He gained professional experience in European Movement in Serbia (EMinS) where he worked on improving the position of youth in Serbia from 2007 to 2013, after which he was responsible for the development, coordination of research projects and quality assurance of the EMinS research outputs. He has experience in project cycle management and advocacy. European Affairs, European integration and civil society development are the areas of his interest.
He joined the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit in 2019 as European Affairs and International Cooperation Coordinator.
Biljana Božović is responsible for the financial monitoring of the programme and providing support to the members of the Team in contracting and financial implementation of project activities. She is also monitoring the expected results of the programme in relation to the planned budget. Biljana Božović has been a member of SIPRU since 2017, first as a Programme Assistant, and then as the Financial Coordinator.
While working in the organisation Leader Plus she gained experience related to the administration of rural development, tourism and social inclusion projects. She was also engaged at the SeConS Development Initiative Group as an interviewer and researcher on various researches, which focused on socially vulnerable groups and evaluation of local self-government programmes.
She graduated from the Department of Political Sciences at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade.
As the Programme Assistant, Jovana Ilić is involved in many activities performed within projects implemented by SIPRU. She performs the tasks related to communication aiming to inform the public about the topics covered by SIPRU and about the results achieved in the field of social inclusion in Serbia. Furthermore, she provides support to the internal organisational and administrative functioning of the Team, as well as the organisation of various events. She joined SIPRU in 2019.
Previously she worked in the research organisation SeConS Development Initiative Group as an Office Manager and Researcher. She participated in the preparation of projects and applied research, coordinated the implementation of field research and gained experience in implementation of qualitative research methods and techniques in various fields, including gender equality, social inclusion and poverty reduction, sustainable development, migration, the status of children, the youth and persons with disabilities. She was a volunteer in several civil society organisations.
Jovana Ilić graduated from the Political Science Department of the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. She is currently in the process of obtaining a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Local Self-Governments and Public Policies.