Jelena MilutinovićHREYN (Belgium)
Jelena is a youth worker and human rights activist with the 14 years of experience in the civil society organizations work. Her fields of expertise are human rights, human rights education and youth participation. She held a mandate as a board member of the National Youth Council of Serbia and currently does her MA studies on London Metropolitan University, while being Vice-Chair in the European network Human Rights Education Youth Network – HREYN from Brussels. Jelena finished adult education at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy. She is a feminist and a passionate coffee lover.
Institute for Young Women Development (Zimbabwe)
Glanis ChangachirereInstitute for Young Women Development (Zimbabwe)
Glanis Changachirere is the Director of Institute for Young Women Development and the founding Coordinator of the African Women Leaders Forum. She is a Member of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy. Glanis is an activist. She is a recipient of the 30 Under 30 Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy for her pioneering work on young women’s political participation in Zimbabwe. Glanis holds a Masters in International Relations (Gender) from the University of Birmingham and Masters in Public Policy and Governance from Africa University.
Agon MaliqiSbunker (Kosovo)
Agon Maliqi is a policy analyst, civil society activist and media writer from Prishtina, Kosovo. He is the creator and co-founding editor of sbunker.net, an Albanian language opinions and analysis blog which gathers a younger generation of academics, think tankers and civil society activists. Mr. Maliqi's main writing interests include regional and international affairs, the state of human rights and democracy in the Balkans and socio-economic development in Kosovo. Professionally, Mr. Maliqi has during the past ten years worked mostly as a consultant on these issues with a range of international organisations. Mr. Maliqi was just recently in Washington D.C as a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). He graduated in Political Science and European Studies from the American University in Bulgaria in 2006, and obtained a Master’s Degree in International Development Policy from Duke University (USA) in 2012.
Berlin based think tank European Stability Initiative (ESI)
Adnan ĆerimagićBerlin based think tank European Stability Initiative (ESI)
Adnan Ćerimagić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) works as an Analyst at a Berlin based think tank European Stability Initiative (ESI) since January 2015 and is part of ESI team since August 2013. Before joining ESI Adnan has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo and Brussels. He also did a traineeship in the Secretariat of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and worked for the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC) in Graz. He studied law at the University of Graz and EU international relations and diplomacy at the College of Europe in Bruges. At ESI, he is researching EU enlargement policy, the Western Balkans’ EU integration process and Turkey.
Compromiso Compartido (Venezuela)
Oscar PatiñoCompromiso Compartido (Venezuela)
Oscar Patiño, 26 years old, Venezuelan lawyer & master's degree in Public Management. He is human rights activist, he was the general coordinator of one of the most important NGO´s in Venezuela Called Un Mundo SIn Mordaza and now he is leading his own NGO called Compromiso Compartido (Shared Commitment). Now, this new NGO has his first project, an artistic project in two slums of Caracas studying and promoting reconciliation and the rebuilt of the social fabric.
Atletik Dildoa (Turkey)
Meriç DoğanAtletik Dildoa (Turkey)
Meriç Doğan is a LGBTI+ activist from Turkey. They are part of Queer identified sports team Atletik Dildoa and have been in the organization committee of Queer Olympix since 2017. They studied sociology and now studying Social Anthropology masters in Oslo University. They are seeking to combine their activist field and academic work.
Artist (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Smirna KulenovićArtist (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Smirna Kulenović is a performance artist from Bosnia and Herzegovina, currently based in Sarajevo. Her art practice deals with issues of Bosnian society, including conflicting memories of the war and the construction of post-war identities. Her works are inspired by personal experiences and memories and they critically comment on everyday reality in Bosnia.
Zagreb Runners & 442 Crew (Croatia)
Domagoj PuzakZagreb Runners & 442 Crew (Croatia)
It didn't take long for young people from Belgrade and Zagreb to realize they have a lot more in common than ugly recent history tainted with war and aggression. Neven, Johnny, Milko, Aki and Domi created something that brought a lot of interest from both sides of the border, but also a lot of fun, love and adventures into their lives.
The later of them - Domi - did a lot of activities as a part of local running community, but also as an electrical engineer having an everyday job in raising market of electric vehicles and e-mobility. Since the foundation of 442 crew he traveled the world through running, but also got two beautiful daughters that made him even softer and even more filled with determination to leave a better world for them! Through 442 crew he, not only has a chance to do that, but he also got another family! The one he chose for himself and the one that allows him to try to make this world a better, and more peaceful place.
Digital Security Expert (Serbia)
Pavle PetrovićDigital Security Expert (Serbia)
Pavle Petrović worked as an investigative journalist with Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) since 2013. and in KRIK (Serbia) since 2015. up to September this year. He graduated at the Security Faculty in Belgrade and master studies of “Terrorism, organized crime and security”. He has been an instructor of Soko Combat System martial art since 2009. and his interests are most related to journalists security.
Mladiinfo International & Philanthropy for Green Ideas
Antoaneta IvanovaMladiinfo International & Philanthropy for Green Ideas
Antoaneta Ivanova is Regional Program Manager of Philanthropy for Green Ideas, a program of Balkan Green Foundation. She has immense 18-year experience in the civil society sector, having written, prepared and implemented more than 100 projects mainly focused on employment and entrepreneurship in the Western Balkan region. Being an impact-driven community leader for many years she is also a founder of Mladiinfo International, a well-known educational platform with HQ in North Macedonia and 5 branch offices around the Europe. Ivanova’s primary focus has always been to support youngsters in their educational and career endeavors as well as to help them to build their businesses from scratch, to support them in boosting their capacities, as well as to mentor and motivate them in enhancing their outreach. She obtained a Master’s degree at Sarajevo and Bologna University in Human Rights and Democracy, as well as she is a US Department of State Alumni in Communication studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA.
Queer Olympix (Turkey)
Ecem DalgakıranQueer Olympix (Turkey)
Ecem Dalgakıran (Ecemen) is a LGBTI+ activist from Turkey. He is part of Queer Olympix organization committee and Atletik Dildoa Sports Team. He is professionally a graphic designer; who also designs Atletik Dildoa’s uniforms and boosting it’s social media. He is interested in creative, empowering activism, community arts and visual propaganda.
Regional Youth Cooperation Office
Đuro BlanušaRegional Youth Cooperation Office
Đuro Blanuša is the Secretary General of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO). Previously, he served as a Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Serbia in the Sector for International Cooperation and European Integration. He has a long track record of activism in civil society and the non-governmental sector with Save the Children and youth organizations. Mr Blanuša has been representing Serbia in the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ). He is a member of various regional and European expert groups in this field, and he was from the very beginning engaged as the governmental representative of Serbia in the process for the establishment of RYCO.
Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM (Serbia)
Jovana SpremoLawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM (Serbia)
Jovana Spremo works as Advisor specialized for EU integration related policies at Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM. She holds the BA in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade, as well as MA in the same field, in an interdisciplinary programme of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law and is currently pursuing master degree in European Integration at the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade.
Her expertise is in the domain of rule of law, with special focus on EU negotiation process, mainly covering topics related to judiciary and war crimes, but also the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the scope of Chapter 23. She leads YUCOM's activities related to the aforementioned, and she is the coordinator of the Working Group for Chapter 23 of the National Convention on European Union. In addition to this, she is engaged in monitoring the Brussels Agreement implementation and the process of normalization of the relations between Serbia and Kosovo, with focus on judiciary integration.
She is alumna of several international and regional programmes, including the OSCE Dialogue Academy of Young Women and Reporting on Genocide and Mass Violence Programme organized by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. She has written several publications and reports on different topics tackling rule of law and human rights. Previously she was intern at OSCE/ODIHR’s Human Rights Department, where she worked primarily on the issues of freedom of religion or belief.
Agon XheliliArtist (Kosovo)
Agon Xhelili is an Architect by academic achievement and a specialist in event and cultural management by experience. Currently, he serves as the Director at Center for Art Development - Q'art and part time supervisor at his renowned business Gishtat. He has been involved in architectural, cultural and social projects since 2002, with highest successes reaching in festivals, cultural events, theatre production, and improvement of public spaces. His most successful creations include: Meeting of Styles Kosovo festival; Guerrilla Art Festival, Play for All kids festival; and theatre co-production "Dhoma 13".
He has also contributed as an Expert for Cultural Tourism at the Municipality of Prishtina and expert on several cultural and heritage projects in Kosovo and Northern Macedonia.
He is known as a rebellious influencer among his peers and respected art manager among the artistic community. His work has changed the way project funding, activism and volunteerism is perceived in Kosovo.
Activist, People's Will party (Venezuela)
Hasler IglesiasActivist, People's Will party (Venezuela)
Hasler Iván Iglesias Yañez is the national leader of the youth movement of the People's Will political party and former President of the Federation of University Centers of the Central University of Venezuela (2015–2017), the highest order of student representation in the country.
Mr. Iglesias has been an organizer and participant in hundreds of non-violent protests in the different states of Venezuela. Mr. Iglesias is currently also the Managing Director of the Youth Debate Organization, a group dedicated to training student leaders in 10 states of the country. Mr. Iglesias is a defender of human rights and has presented reports on the state of youth rights before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the United Nations with other Venezuelan organizations.
Demosisto (Hong Kong)
Arnold ChungDemosisto (Hong Kong)
Arnold Chung Chin Ku is one of the founding members of the political platform Demosisto, which focuses on the issues of constitutional reforms and social politics in Hong Kong. As an activist, Mr. Kiu joined the student movement Scholarism, within which he became one of the leaders during the Umbrella Movement protests. Mr. Kiu was also the Editor-in-chief of Dash, which is a media outlet based on the movement of Scholarism.
IRI Eyre (Slovakia)
Igor MerheimIRI Eyre (Slovakia)
Igor is a Programme Officer in the Brussels office of the International Republican Institute where he works as part of the Beacon Project. His activities focus on instigating stronger and broader transatlantic dialogue with political leaders and civil society organizations on identifying and closing the gaps in democratic governance and societal fissures. Igor is largely responsible for the Project’s political outreach, and provides academic advice on its research activities.
Igor is a member of the International Coalition for Democratic Renewal, and a Research Fellow at the Global Europe Centre (University of Kent), and publishes regularly on issues of wider European security. He is also a Director for Partnership at the Atlantic Forum.
Bojan BaćaOrganization (Montenegro)
Bojan Baća is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study, New Europe College, and the Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University. He received his PhD in Sociology from York University, to which he still remains affiliated as an external research associate in the Global Digital Citizenship Lab. He studies the relationship between socio-economic/political transformation and civic engagement in post-socialist societies and, more broadly, the role of activist citizenship and contentious politics in democratization processes. He is an avid comic book reader, heavy metal fan, and film buff.
Belgrade Open School (Serbia)
Milica ŠkiljevićBelgrade Open School (Serbia)
As a Project Manager for the Belgrade Open School, Milica Skiljevic has experience in youth policy and capacity building of the public and civil society sectors.
She graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, and has been active in the youth sector since 2012.
She held positions both in the National Youth Council of Serbia as a Board Member and as the Youth Representative of the Republic of Serbia in the Governing Board of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans.
Aleksandar MilojevićMcCann (Serbia)
Serbian by birth, free by choice, Aleksandar is dealing with brand and communication strategies for some time now. As a strategic planner at McCann Belgrade, he’s been working with big clients from all over the World, and across different industries – Mastercard and Coca-Cola as main global brands.
However, his activist and political background and education from Faculty of Political Sciences, determined him to has personal obligation to do greater good in business environment. “I disown my child’, campaign for ‘DA SE ZNA’, is his latest project that has been awarded with Golden Drum best of Genius Loci, and multiple local and regional festivals.
Did you know that 77% of people globally believe that global brands have a greater ability to create positive change than their governments do?
Initiative “Neću da idem” (Montenegro)
Vuk VujisićInitiative “Neću da idem” (Montenegro)
Rođen u Podgorici 05.10. 1995
Završio Gimnaziju ,,Slobodan Škerović,, u Podgorici
Trenutno na završnoj godini Fakulteta političkih nauka UCG smjer politikologija.
Završio mnoge tečajeve i kurseve, a neki od njih su: ,,Škola ljudskih prava“ Škola demokratije“ ,,Teoretičari klasične geopolitike“ ,,Become a Civil rights defenders“ ( CRD ) i mnogi drugi politički kursevi i obuke, kao i obuke medijske pismenosti .
Volonter i građanski aktivista još od svoje 16 godine , volontirao u brojnim akcijama i inicijativama
Pripadnik grupe,, Ulica 2013,, 2013 god. ( organizovali akcije i proteste posle predsjedničkih izbora 2013 god.)
Član pokreta ,, UDAR,, 2013-2015 ( Organizacija građanskih akcija i protesta, kasnije pristupili Pokretu otpora )
Član Upravnog odbora NVO ,, Pokret za neutralnost Crne Gore” i predsjednik Asocijacije studenata 2014-2016
Osnivač i predsjednik udruženja građana ,, Jugoslovenski Vremeplov“( koji su pokušali da se kandiduju na lokalnim izborima u Podgorici 2015 god.
Učesnik u raznim projektima YIHR-a suočavanja sa prošlošću i umrežavanju mladih.
Učestvovao u istraživanju WFD( Westminister foundation for democracy) kao i učesnik programa saradnje izmedju civilnog sektora, medija i političkih partija.
Jedan od pokretača ,, Studentske inicijative „ koja se bori za bolji položaj studenata u društvu.
Objavljivao mnoge tekstove u domaćim i,regionalnim, štampanim i online medijima . Od skoro saradnik i novinar društveno angažovanog portala PCNEN.
Pokretač je kampanje #NEĆUDAIDEM u Crnoj Gori koja teži regionalnom širenju kako bi problem masovnog odlaska mladih iz regiona rešavali inicijativama koje će poboljšati položaj mladih, a ujedno umrežili mlade u regionu da se zajedno bore za svoj položaj u našim društvima.
Activist, Human Rights Educator (Romania)
Alina AflecailorActivist, Human Rights Educator (Romania)
Alina Aflecailor has been an activist and human rights educator for the past 10 years. Ms. Aflecailor is currently working for Greenpeace Romania on a democracy project which empowers young people to take action as part of the civil society. Her other collaborations include working with Amnesty International, EU-Russia Forum and WWF.
Political Dialogue (Armenia)
Avnik MelikianPolitical Dialogue (Armenia)
Avnik is a policy advocate with six years experience in civil society, devoting her efforts to the democratization of Armenia. She is the co-founder and president of “Political Dialogue.” Along with her team, she focuses on bridging the civil society and political actors in Armenia in shaping citizen-centered policies and discourses. As an independent researcher and trainer, Avnik focuses on civil and human rights, democratic processes, gender equality and political participation.
Femslam Football initiative
Anđela MilojevićFemslam Football initiative
Anđela is a member of the Femslam Football initiative, which aims to empower LBT women through sports. She is an Andragogy student at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade and a human rights activist working at the youth organization Center E8 as a youth trainer.
PeaceNexus Foundation (Croatia)
Mario MažićPeaceNexus Foundation (Croatia)
Mario Mažić has been an advocate for rights and democracy for over 12 years. He is the Founding Partner at Europe&Southeast consultancy company based in his home town of Petrinja, Croatia, a Program Advisor at PeaceNexus Foundation in Prangins, Switzerland, a Board Member at the Humanitarian Law Center in Prishtina, Kosovo, the initiator of Political Youth Network which gathers young political leaders from post-Yugoslav nations, the Co-founder of Arterarij, a Zagreb, Croatia-based organization promoting participation and tolerance through art projects and part of Balkans 2030 initiative by the International Institute for Peace from Vienna, Austria.
He holds an MA in International Development and Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and is part of the inaugural cohort of the Obama Foundation Scholars. Mario holds a BA in International Relations from Libertas International University in Zagreb, and has taken undergraduate courses also at the University of Zagreb, University of Oslo, Northwestern University and University of Belgrade. In 2012 he was a Fellow in Historical Dialogue and Accountability at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in New York.
He founded and led the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Zagreb, Croatia, an NGO focused on reconciliation and transitional justice, between 2008 and 2018. For two years (2015-17) he led the efforts of Reach for Change Foundation in Croatia as its Country Manager and Representative.
Youth and education specialist, human rights activist
Dona KosturanovaYouth and education specialist, human rights activist
Dona Kosturanova is youth and education specialist and human rights activist.
She is the former Executive Director of the Youth Educational Forum, one of the largest national membership-based youth-led organisations in North Macedonia working on non-formal education, research and policymaking and activism. She is one of the co-founders of Radio MOF, an independent youth and citizen-oriented media outlet and online radio station established by YEF in 2011.
Dona is a co-founder and former Vice-President of the National Youth Council of Macedonia, an umbrella organisation gathering over 50 youth and for-youth organisations, unions and political party youth wings. The NYCM is a member organisation of the European Youth Forum.
She has participated in different political process and activist endeavours aiming to contribute to participation and democracy in her country.
Peace activist (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Zijo RibićPeace activist (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Zijo Ribić has been a peace activist and reconciliation advocate his entire life. At the very beginning of the war, his entire family was murdered when he was only 8 – his parents, six sisters and a brother.
Although he himself was shot in the massacre, he miraculously survived, spending the rest of his childhood in foster homes. In 2001, Zijo returns to Bosnia and Herzegovina, to Tuzla, to earn his degree in the culinary arts, continuing his studies in Italy. He tells his story and why he chose peace over hatred in public schools and forums around the region and Europe, for which he has received a special peace prize in Trieste.
He is now the proud father of a little girl, for whom he says is his biggest treasure of all. He currently is a cook at a kindergarten, where he prepares meals for 1200 children.
Civil Rights Defenders (North Macedonia)
Damjan ZdravevCivil Rights Defenders (North Macedonia)
Damjan Zdravev is Programme Officer at Civil Rights Defenders where he works on the advancement and protection of human rights through empowerment and evidence-based advocacy. Damjan is an activist, with fifteen years of experience with civil society in Macedonia and the Western Balkans as a member of various NGOs and initiatives; working on issues of democratic development, civic engagement and community mobilization.
He holds an MA in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at the Eastern Mennonite University.
Liza Gashi is an executive leader, innovator, and entrepreneur with global experience in programs and campaign management, big data, and multi-stakeholder engagements. Experienced in policy, research, strategies, partnership development, and digital diplomacy. Liza is the founder and executive director of GERMIN, a leading civil society organization that facilitates and strengthen linkages between diaspora, citizens, and governments, and has been recognized as an early mover exemplar in determining how diaspora networks.
The vision of GERMIN is to be a leading social innovator that empowers communities abroad to co-create the future of their homelands. She also co-founded KosovoDiaspora.org, a crowdsourcing digital engagement and diplomacy platform that connects Kosovars to the world, and the world with Kosovars. Moreover, Liza is the founder and president of the UWC Kosova, National Committee of Kosovo for United World Colleges (UWC), a global education movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. In the past, Liza has also worked for numerous think tanks and research institutes/centers in different parts of the world.
She has completed a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Arizona State University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College in International Relations, Political Science and Spanish Language. She is a graduate of United World College in Costa Rica and alumna of the National University of Córdoba in Argentina.
Antonio MihajlovSubversive Front
Center for Civil Liberties
Oleksandra MatviichukCenter for Civil Liberties
Oleksandra Matviichuk is a human rights defender who works on issues in Ukraine and the OSCE region. At present she heads the human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties, and also coordinates the work of the initiative group Euromaidan SOS.
The activities of the Center for Civil Liberties are aimed at protecting human rights and establishing democracy in Ukraine and the OSCE region. The organization is developing legislative changes, exercises public oversight over law enforcement agencies and judiciary, conducts educational activities for young people and implements international solidarity programs. The Euromaidan SOS initiative group was created in response to the brutal dispersal of a peaceful student rally in Kyiv on November 30, 2013.
During three months of mass protests that were called the Revolution of Dignity, several thousand volunteers provided round-the-clock legal and other aid to persecuted people throughout the country. Since the end of the protests and beginning of Russian aggression in Ukraine, the initiative has been monitoring political persecution in occupied Crimea, documenting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the hybrid war in the Donbas and conducting the #LetMyPeopleGo and #SaveOlegSentsov international campaigns to release political prisoners detained by the Russian authorities.
Oleksandra Matviichuk has experience in creating horizontal structures for massive involvement of people in human rights activities against attacks on rights and freedoms, as well as a multi-year practice of documenting violations during armed conflict. She is the author of a number of alternative reports to various UN bodies, the Council of Europe, the European Union, the OSCE and the International Criminal Court.
In 2016 she received the Democracy Defender Award for "Exclusive Contribution to Promoting Democracy and Human Rights" from missions to the OSCE. In 2017 she became the first woman to participate in the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program of Stanford University.
Humanitarian Law Center