Anica-Maja Boljevic, Fund for Active Citizenship, Montenegro
Maja Boljevic is the executive director of the Fund for Active Citizenship (fAKT), a Montenegrin nongovernmental and nonprofit grantmaking foundation. Prior to her current position, she served as the head of the Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) program in Montenegro from November 2002 to October 2005, where she also managed the youth advocacy and leadership program in 2001–2002. Before joining CRS, from 1993 to 2001 she worked as a high school English language and literature teacher.
Ms. Boljevic’s professional background and experience are strongly linked to education and civil society programs, with an emphasis on supporting and fostering civic participation to encourage proactive problem solving and responsive governance. She has participated in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that foster strategic development in several areas: community involvement in public education, advocacy and civic participation, youth and women empowerment, peace and conflict transformation, and local and international networks. She has experience with mechanisms for participatory planning of community driven development programs and with policy issues, policy implementation, and participatory monitoring and evaluation of policy. As a consultant for the Montenegrin Ministry of Education and Science, Ms. Boljevic revised the National Youth Action Plan. She also served as a member of the National Council for Youth for two years.
Juliana Hoxha, Director, Partners Albania, Center for Change and Conflict Management
Juliana Hoxha started Partners Albania in 2001. She has 16 years of experience in development issues, advocacy campaigns, trainings, and consulting, including 11 years managing three USAID cooperative agreements, trainings, and grant programs. Her experience includes a long and successful working relationship with official donor assistance (ODA) donors and international and local organizations in Albania. Ms. Hoxha has a rich experience in project design, development, and management; training curricula development and delivery; proposal writing; and cross-sector relations. She also has experience in program design, administration, and assessment as well as extensive experience in grants program design and management, especially in umbrella grants for local organizations. In addition to her experience, Ms. Hoxha has strong professional relationships with the non-for-profit sector, local government, donor community, and relevant government institutions.
Mexhide Spahija, Executive Director, Forum for Civic Initiatives
Mexide Spahija holds an MSc in political science from Lund University in Sweden. She has worked at the Swedish Parliament for the Liberal Party and has interned at the Swedish embassy in Pristina. Ms. Spahija is currently the executive director of Forum for Civic Initiatives (FIQ).
Zoran Stojkovski, Executive Director, Center for Institutional Development-CIRa
Zoran Stojkovski is the executive director of the Center for Institutional Development-CIRa. He has extensive experience facilitating, managing, consulting, and providing training services in the fields of institutional development, organizational sustainability, philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) development areas for many organizations, institutions, and companies in Macedonia and southeast Europe.
Mr. Stojkovski believes that a vibrant and sustainable civil society in countries in transition can be achieved only if civil society is seriously involved in key societal processes, especially in the mobilization of local resources to address local problems and meet local needs. In the past, he has worked as a project manager for the USAID Democracy Network Program (1998–2004) and as a local expert of training and mentoring within the EAR-funded program for Capacity Building of Networks and Coalitions (2005–2007). As a consultant, he has provided services for various programs funded by EC, USAID, UNDP, SDC, SIDA, DFID, HIVOS, NOVIB, and the World Bank. Mr. Stojkovski holds a Master’s certificate in donor development practices from London Metropolitan University
Mia Vukojevic, Executive Director, Balkan Community Initiative Fund
Mia Vukojevic holds a BA Honors in European integration from the Faculty of Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University in Ottawa and is currently completing her MA in Eastern European studies. She has 12 years of management and fundraising experience in development organizations. Through her professional career Ms. Vukojevic has worked for the European Union, the United Nations, Oxfam, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Additionally, she has served on the board of directors for the Sphere Project in Geneva and on the board of trustees of the Balkan Community Initiative Fund (BCIF). In addition to fundraising and management, her areas of expertise are strategic planning, gender and women’s rights, and refugee and minority rights. Ms. Vukojevic has been BCIF’s executive director since October 2011.