BCSDN Structure

The Balkan Network consists of partner organizations, which are equal in their rights and duties as members of the network.The  principles of cooperation, partnership, tolerance, dialogue and respect for others are the main working principles of the network. The Network comprises the Council, the Board, the Executive Office, and the Executive Director.

  • The Council is the highest governance body of the BCSDN and is composed of one authorized representative of each member organization. The Council meets at least once a yesr to discuss the management and the work strategy of BCSDN. Each session of the Council is chaired by the Chairperson of the Council, which is appointed on an annual, rotating basis.
  • The Board is the governing and supervisory organ of the BCSDN. The Board currently has seven members: the Chairperson of the Board, the Deputy-Chairperson of the Board and five members, which do not necessarily have to be Council members. The Board meets at least twice per calendar year.

    Current Board Members:

    Ana Novakovic – Acting Chairperson of the Board


    Ana Novakovic is currently the Executive Director at the Center for Development of Non-Governmental Organizations (CRNVO) in Montenegro. She holds a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Specialist’s degree in Political Sciences and Diplomacy from the University of Montenegro and is currently also completing a Master’s degree in International Public Law at the same university. Ms Novakovic has been working on various issues related to NGO development in Montenegro since 2007. She has participated in a number of important projects surrounding the improvement of cooperation between local self-governments and NGOs as well as NGOs and Government in Montenegro. She is a trainer and consultant for NGOs and local and governmental administrations in the areas of citizen participation and EU funded projects. Ana Novakovic has also co-authored numerous publications and regularly participates in various working groups focused on drafting regulations governing the NGO sector. She is currently also the Deputy President of the Council for cooperation between the Government of Montenegro and NGOs and a member of the working group for negotiations with the EU for the Chapter 23 – Justice and Human Rights.

    Tina Divjak – Deputy Chairperson of the Board
    (On maternity leave until February 2017)

    Tina Divjak is currently the head of advocacy at the Center for Information Service, Co-operation and Development of NGOs (CNVOS) in Slovenia. She holds a law degree from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and has passed the national bar exam. Ms Divjak has been working on various issues related to NGO development in Slovenia since 2003. She started at the Legal Informational Centre for NGOs in Slovenia with comparative analysis and the drafting of reports related to NGO legislation, public benefit status, and cooperation between NGOs and the Government. In this position Ms Divjak also contributed to various legal initiatives and the development of an environmental NGO public participation program. Continuing at CNVOS as a senior legal advisor she authored or participated in the drafting of several laws, including the Law on Voluntarism, Law on Associations, Law on Foundations, and the Law on Social Entrepreneurship. Her advocacy activities in relation to legislation also cover lobbying and NGO coalition building. Currently Ms Divjak is also focused on involvement of NGOs in the programming and implementation of the European social funds 2014 – 2020 and is also the president of the Slovenian Government’s Council for development of NGOs.

    Dubravka Velat – Acting Vice-Chairperson of the Board


    Dubravka Velat is a former Executive Director of Civic Initiatives in Serbia and currently serves as a special advisor to them. She holds a Bachelor’s (MA equivalent) degree from the University of Split in Croatia and completed a formal exam for employment in Public Administration. Mrs. Velat has thirty years of professional working experience, working for ten years in the Federal statistical office on national surveys and researches in Yugoslavia and another twenty years in the civil society sector in the fields of identification, formulation, implementation, and reporting of projects financed by the European Commission and other donors. She is also a Founding and Board member of the Balkan Community Initiatives Fund in Serbia and has memberships in numerous professional bodies. Over the span of her career Mrs. Velat has designed /delivered over a thousand days of basic and advanced training programs related to capacity building and NGO development, including over twenty Training of Trainer (TOT) programs. She has also published and contributed to numerous publications and served as a consultant, evaluator, and assessor, individually and as part of a team, on various civil society related projects.

    Slaviša Prorok

    Slavisa Prorok is currently the Project Manager at the Civil Society Promotion Centre (CSPC) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds a degree from the Law Faculty. Mr. Slavisa has 8 years of experience on development of civil society sector in BiH. Since 2006, Mr. Slavisa is engaged in developing institutional mechanisms on cooperation between government and NGO sector in BiH, improving tax and legal environment for associations and foundations in BiH by drafting a legal framework/ drafting laws and advocacy campaign, the quality standards for NGOs in BiH, Corporate Social Responsibility, establishing and coordinating the network and campaign as well establishment and coordination of resource centers (RC). Mr. Slavisa did research of public services, government allocations to NGO sector, NGO funding, etc. He has also delivered more than 100 trainings and workshops related to CSOs throughout his career.

    Aleksandar Krzhalovski

    Aleksandar Krzhalovski is the first Executive Director of the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC). He holds a degree from the Electro-Technical Faculty in Skopje and started to work in MCIC in 1995. Since 2009 he is the Executive Director of MCIC and runs the communities relations programs and regional cooperation. He has extensive experience in project management, including large humanitarian operations (1999-2001) and activities targeting sensitive groups (religious communities, former combatants). Since 2000, he has participated in several consultancy missions for organizational and program evaluations in Macedonia and the Balkans. He is co-author of several publications.

    Gjergji Vurmo

    Gjergji Vurmo is currently a Programme Director at the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) in Albania. He holds a BA Law degree from “St. Cyril and Methodius” University in Macedonia and a Master’s degree in European Integration from the University of Bologna in Italy. Mr. Vurmo has over ten years of experience working with third sector organizations and think tanks in Albania and Macedonia. He also has extensive experience as a consultant and his expertise has been sought out by numerous consultancy companies, national and foreign public bodies, and international assistance missions. Mr. Vurmo’s fields of expertise include EU integration, regional security, civil society development, programme development, monitoring and assessment. He is also the author of numerous research papers, studies, and books related to these fields and an associate & contributing author in a number of Balkan and European reviews.

  • The daily work of the BCSDN is organized by the Executive Office. The Executive office is composed of the Executive Director and needed number of staff. For general inquiries please contact the ExecutiveOffice@balkancsd.net.

    BCSDN Staff Members

    Biljana Spasovska, Policy and Advocacy Officer

    Holds an MA in Interdisciplinary research and studies in Eastern Europe from the University of Bologna and BA in International Relations from the University College for International and Public Relations in Prague. In BCSDN she is responsible for policy analysis and advocacy of the networks’ priorities. Biljana has experience working in the government and civil society sector; she has worked in the Secretariat for European Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and The European Policy Institute – Skopje, as well as international experience gained in CSOs in the Czech Republic and Italy. Her area of expertise includes EU Integration Process, research and policy analysis, fund raising and project management.
    Contact her at bst@balkancsd.net.
    Here you can download Biljana Spasovska biography.

    Anja Bosilkova-Antovska, Information and Communication Officer

    Holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and a BSc in Economics from the Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia. In BCSDN she manages and executes regular information-sharing activities, and supports outreach and promotion of results and achievements. Anja’s professional experience is both local and international, being engaged in international development organizations based in Macedonia and Austria and working on US and EU funded projects. Her areas of expertise are research, communication, project management, event organization and training development and delivery, and her interests include Human Rights, Youth Education, European Integration, and Economics. Anja also has considerable experience in web-design and database development and maintenance.
    Contact her at abs@balkancsd.net.
    Here you can download Anja Bosilkova-Antovska biography.

    Sanja Bogatinovska, Junior Policy and Advocacy Officer on Civil Society Development

    Holds MA in Political Science with specialization in Political Research Methodology and Social Analysis from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and BA in Political Science from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia. In BCSDN she is responsible for policy research and advocacy activities in the area of Civil Society Development (CSDev) in the Western Balkans (WB) through the Monitoring Matrix for CSDev. Sanja is an NGO activist with considerable experience in organizational capacity building and development, project management, policy research and event organization. Her research interests are good governance, civic activism, human rights, reconciliation, and identity and identity politics.
    Contact her at sbg@balkancsd.net.
    Here you can download Sanja Bogatinovska biography.

    Voislav Pangov, Administration and Finance Officer

    Holds a BSc in Financial Management from the Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia. In BCSDN, he is responsible for financial and administrative work. Voislav has considerable experience working in the private sector, as well as experience in international organizations working on EU funded projects.
    Contact him at vpn@balkancsd.net.
    Here you can download Voislav Pangov biography

  • The Executive Director is the executive organ responsible for the daily management of BCSDN. The Executive Director is appointed and responsible to the Board. The Board appoints the Executive Director by a 2/3 majority of the members who voted, but with at least one-third of the total number of members voting. The term of the Executive Director is three years, with right to reelection.

    Ilina Nesik, Executive Director (Acting)

    Holds an MA in European Studies: Strategic Communication and Public Relations in Europe at the European University Centre in Nancy, France and a BA in Culture and Communication from the University Nancy 2, France. In BCSDN, she has been responsible for programme management, information sharing and networking in BCSDN till 2017 when she took over the management of BCSDN Executive Office. She has considerable international experience gained in several organizations in France, Germany, Macedonia and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to the Council of Europe. Her area of expertise includes EU Integration, development cooperation, communication and project management.
    Contact her at ins@balkancsd.net.

  • Tanja Hafner Ademi, Executive Director

    Holds MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University, Hungary and a BA in Political Science – International Relations from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She manages the Executive Office and the daily-running of the network since 2003. She has over 10 years of professional experience in managing projects in the field of capacity-building and development in the Balkans. Her areas of expertise include civil society development, EU integration process, cross-border cooperation and project development and management.

    Milka Ivanovska Hadjievska, Junior Policy and Advocacy Officer on Civil Society Development

    Holds an MA in Political Science with specialization in Research Methods and Social Analysis from the Central European University in Hungary and she is an MA candidate in Human Resource Management, Culture and Civil Society Management track at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. In BCSDN she is responsible for policy research and advocacy activities in the area of Civil Society Development (CSDev) in the Western Balkans (WB) through the Monitoring Matrix for CSDev. Her research interests are new tools for citizen participation and democratic accountability, organisational practices within the civil society sector, social movements and politics of contention and cultural policies for independent performing arts scene.

    Gabriela Aleksova, Administration and Finance Officer

    Holds a BA in Economics from the European University in Skopje, Macedonia. In BCSDN, she is responsible for financial and administrative work. She has considerable experience in accountancy and organizational/project financial management. She has worked in private and civil sector in Macedonia, on a several project financed by international donors. 

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