Dragana Jovanović Arijas
Dragana Jovanovic Arijas graduated from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade, where she completed studies in Social Politics and Social Work. She gained valuable experiences and knowledge about children rights and interculturality within the “EmPower” program of Pestalozzi Children Foundation from Switzerland.
Her professional experience was developed in civil society organizations (Group 484, Centre for interactive pedagogy, Centre for Youth Integration-CYI, Centre Е8 etc) and in cooperation with international organizations and foundations (UNICEF office in Belgrade, Open Society Institute, Roma Education Found, Pestalozzi Foundation, OSCE etc.).
Since 2016 she has been a member of the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit. She was responsible for social inclusion of Roma, focusing on development of the strategic framework. In 2018 she became the Manager of SIPRU. She believes that everyone is entitled to the right of equal chances to fulfil their full potentials, as well as to a support system in achieving this goal.
Deputy Manager, Youth Employment Initiative
Jelena Milovanović graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade and holds an MA in public administration, local government and public policies at the Faculty of Political Sciences.
She worked in the European Movement in Serbia from 2001 through 2006. She worked as a member of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Implementation Focal Point from 2006 as Coordinator for Economic Development and Employment.
She has worked in the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit since 2009, tackling economic issues with a focus on employment, social entrepreneurship and rural development, and recently she became the contact person for the Youth Employment Initiative.
Deputy Manager and Economic Analyst
Biljana Mladenović graduated from the Faculty of Economy of the University of Belgrade at the Department of Economic Analysis and Policy. She was awarded the MA degree at the Department of Fiscal and Monetary Management and has entered PhD studies at the same faculty.
Biljana started working in 2008 in the Republic Development Institute as junior advisor for fiscal system and public finance policy. She joined the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit in 2009 as Economic Analyst.
She has authored different economic analyses in the field of social inclusion and took part as a member of the project team developing the microsimulation “tax-benefit” model – EUROMOD, called SRMOD, in 2009.
Social Impact Analyst and Financial Adviser to the Manager
Lidija Kuzmanov graduated from the Department for International Economy and Foreign Trade at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade. She completed the courses of the International Monetary Fund entitled “Fiscal Programming and Policies” (2011) and “Macroeconomic Forecast” (2012).
She started her career in the Republic Development Institute, where she worked as an advisor for investment and international competitiveness from 2008 through 2011. She worked in the Ministry of Finance as an investment advisor from 2011 through 2012. She has been working in the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit since 2012.
Within the Unit, she has been in chrage of monitoring and evaluation, coordination topics in the field of economic development, with a focus on employment and rural development, and recently she assumed the position of the Social Impact Analyst.
Dragana Malidžan Vinkić
Dragana Malidžan Vinkić graduated at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade, acquiring the title of Professor of Serbian Language and Literature.
Between 2006 and 2015 she worked at the “Isidora Sekulić” primary school in Pančevo as a Serbian language teacher, while between July 2015 and October 2016 she worked at the Social Inclusion Group of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, as an Associate for Inclusive Education. She has been a member of the Network of Support for Inclusive Education since 2010.
Since October 2016 she has been working as the Education Coordinator of the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit.
During her professional development she actively worked on the inclusion of children and students from vulnerable groups in the regular education system and contributed to raising awareness on the importance of education for every child, regardless of their diversity.
Social Innovation Manager and Sustainability Adviser
Aleksandar Rončević graduated from the Department of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science of the University in Belgrade in 2009, where he subsequently attained the title of Graduate Master of Politicology for International Politics.
From the moment of completing studies he started to work on the issue of strategic planning and coordination of public policies at the central level of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, participating in all three phases of reform until the end of 2015.
He joined the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit in November 2015, as part of the project “Support to the Implementation of ESRP Focusing on Employment Policy and Increasing Youth Employability”. As program coordinator he manages the thematic grant scheme “Support for Innovative Approaches to Increasing Youth Employment and Employability”.
Gender Equality and Human Rights Coordinator
Jovana Đinđić graduated from the Faculty of Media and Communications of the University Singidunum in 2013, where she completed studies in Communications. She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Cognition at the University College London (UCL).
Jovana was an intern in the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit from March to September 2016. During her internship she provided support to Unit members in the fields of LGBT rights, education, and Roma inclusion. From October to December 2016 Jovana was an intern in Group for Social Inclusion in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia.
Jovana worked in Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit as Programme Assistant. Since June 2017 she is engaged as Gender Equality and Human Rights Coordinator.
Roma Inclusion Coordinator
Slavica Denić graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad at the Department of Philosophy. She obtained her master’s degree in Interdisciplinary field of Management in Education at the University of Novi Sad, where she also gained her PhD in the field of Gender studies.
She is an author of several scientific papers on the topic of social inclusion of Roma man and women, with a special focus on the education of the Roma population. She gained her working experience in Radio Television of Vojvodina, the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and the Provincial Secretariat for Economy.
Slavica joined the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit in September 2018 as the Roma Inclusion Coordinator.
Coordinator for Social Protection and Local Initiatives
Ivana Maksić graduated from the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, at the Department of Chinese Language and Literature.
She started her career in the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy, as coordinator of the Department for International Cooperation and Chief of Cabinet, and worked there in the period from 2001 to 2005.
From 2005 to 2018, she worked in the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities – Association of Local Self-Governments, as associate on the programmes: Exchange (donor EU), Institutional Support to SCTM (donor SDC) and EU Support to Roma Inclusion (donor EU). Since 2015 she was holding the position of adviser to the SCTM Secretary General in the field of Social Protection and Roma Inclusion and coordinated the work of two SCTM Networks.
Ivana joined the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit in November 2018 as the Coordinator for Social Protection and Local Initiatives.
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 Bozovic graduated from the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade at the Department of Political Science. She has been trained in different fields, such as communication skills, project writing, public relations, political marketing. From November 2015 to June 2017 she was engaged as an interviewer and researcher at the “SeConS Development Initiative Groups“ in various researches with a focus on vulnerable groups and the evaluation of several programs for local governments. During 2016, Biljana worked in the organization “Leader Plus” where she gained experience in the areas of rural development, tourism and social inclusion.
Since June 2017 she has been a member of the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit as Programme Assistant. In January 2019 she became Financial Coordinator.