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 year 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:
Tina Divjak- Chair of the Board
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. Mrs 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, Mrs 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, Mrs 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.
Taulant Hoxha- Deputy Chair of the Board
Taulant Hoxha is a civil society activist from Kosovo. He holds a degree in Political Sciences and is engaged in various individual and organized civic initiatives since more than two decades. Since 2007 he has held various positions at the Kosovar Civil Society Foundation, serving as its Executive Director since 2018. He is mostly engaged in the fields of civil society development, including legal framework for civil society, civic participation in policy-making, civil society-government dialogue and public funding for civil society and internal governance of CSOs. He has actively participated and led numerous advocacy initiatives related to protecting and advancing civic space in Kosovo, while since 2012 he serves as the Chair of Board of CiviKos Platform, the largest network of CSOs in Kosovo. He has coordinated numerous research projects and authored tens of studies, policy papers, commentaries and articles, as well as delivered hundreds of presentations and trainings on various topics related to civil society development.
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.
Bojana Selakovic is currently Acting Executive Director of Civic Initiatives. Prior to that, she has been working as Manager of Public Policy program since 2013. She had worked in the area of law and entrepreneurship, and has been active in the civil sector since 2001, with minor pauses. She has initiated and participated in several dozen campaigns for awareness increase and public advocacy on the national and local level, large number of projects oriented towards enhancing activism of the citizens, as well as those entities that provide direct help and assistance to vulnerable social groups. She is interested in a wide scope of subjects, starting from fight against discrimination, violence and corruption, minority and children’s rights, to the reform of public policies and civic participation. She is a member of the Special Working Group for the Analysis of the Effects of the Law on Volunteering and the state in the Area of Volunteering in the Republic of Serbia and a member of the Special Inter-Ministerial Working Group for the Preparation of the Second Action Plan for the Period from 2016 to 2017 and the realization of the participation of the Republic of Serbia in the Open Government Partnership Initiative.
Klotilda Kosta is a Director of Programs at Partners Albania for Change and Development. She is responsible for the development of three main areas of center’s work: 1) Enabling Environment for CSOs; 2) Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility; 3) Women and Youth Employment and Increasing Representation in Decision-making. She holds an MSc degree in Social Work and she has worked as a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Tirana University. Since 2005, she is part of the program management’ team of Partners Albania, managing several projects for the development of CSOs in the country, and advocating to create an enabling legal environment for the operation of CSOs. Ms. Kosta is an expert in designing and delivering capacity building programs, technical assistance, and consultancy thanks to a great exposure to best training methodologies at an international level and over 15-year experience in the area. Good Governance is another key area of her expertise, designing and implementing programs that contribute to increasing transparency, accountability and integrity of local government through participatory approaches. She is a certified Anti-Corruption Practitioner, facilitating Local Government Units to prepare and implement Anticorruption Strategic Action Plans. Ms. Kosta is a gender expert, preparing and delivering training programs on gender issues, and facilitating the preparation of gender policies and action plans for state institutions and local government units. She is a co-author of different research and publications in the areas of her expertise.
Rana has twenty years of experience in business and philanthropy. She currently serves as Secretary General at TUSEV responsible for leading the team working towards achieving a strong, credible and participatory civil society in Turkey. Prior to TUSEV, she served as the Director of Programs and International Relations at the Sabanci Foundation. There, she oversaw the Foundation’s programs which aim to achieve social inclusion and equal participation for women, youth and persons with disabilities. Rana has experience in developing program strategies and implementing grant programs, designing strategic assessment processes, and developing and maintaining relationships with foreign and local institutions. She served as a Governing Council member of the European Foundation Center (EFC) from 2013 to 2017 and as National Advisory Group member of the Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organizations (TACSO) from 2014 to 2017. She is a regular contributor to Alliance Magazine and a speaker at philanthropy conferences. Rana holds a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration from Bosphorus University (1999) and received her MBA degree from Yale School of Management (2004).
Aida Daguda isDirector of Civil Society Promotion Centre (Centar za promociju civilnog društva, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has respectable knowledge of civil society in the region of Western Balkans, as well as structure and background of international assistance in BiH. Ms Aida Daguda has more than 20 years of experience with international and local CSOs. Initiator of the largest mentoring program for women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and of several regional initiatives in the region of Western Balkans. Multi-skilled and experienced in managing projects, programs and civil society organizations. Ms Daguda possess extensive experience in managing and implementing projects of development of more enabling environment for civil society development as well as institutional mechanisms of cooperation between government and civil society organizations. Committed to open dialogue, gender equality and active participation in decision making processes.
- 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:
Anja Bosilkova-Antovska, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator
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 coordinates the Monitoring Matrix for civil society development and the CIVICUS Monitor research updates for civic freedoms in the Western Balkans and Turkey, and is responsible for the strategic priorities related to the enabling environment for CSOs operation. 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 and event organization, and her interests include Human Rights, Youth Education, European Integration, and Economics.
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Voislav Pangov, Finance Manager
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.
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Marija Vishinova, Communications Officer
Marija Vishinova holds an MA in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus, Skopje, Macedonia, and a joint MA degree in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe from the University of Bologna, Italy, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, and Overseas period the Department of Slavic Studies and History at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA. She is fluent in Macedonian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, English, Italian, and Russian. Marija’s professional experience is both local and international, being engaged as a researcher, project staff and communication officer in multiple NGOs in Macedonia, but also overseas. In BCSDN she is working on the role of Communication and Information Officer.
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Biljana Stojanovska, Grant Manager
Biljana Stojanovska holdsa BSc in Economy from the Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia. In BCSDN, she performs the role of Grant Manager for the above stated project, being responsible to support the establishment of a Regional Civil Society Development Fund that will enhance the regional cooperation and resilience of CSOs in the WB. Biljana has an extensive professional experience of more than 16 years in the Ministry of Finance in Macedonia, where she has developed and maintained good professional relationships and cooperation with foreign and domestic contractors, EC services, national institutions and Governmental bodies, civil society organizations, auditors, IFIs (EBRD and EIB), etc. She was working in the Central Financing and Contracting Department (CFCD), which acts as a Contracting Authority accredited by the EU Commission for tendering, contracting, financial management and payments, as well as monitoring of the implementation of the IPA funded projects in decentralized implementation system. Her area of expertise is financial management, project management, grants management, and her interests include EU Integration and Economics.
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Kristina Naunova, Junior Researcher
Kristina Naunova holds MSc in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University in Sweden and a LLB degree from Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia. In BCSDN, her main focus is on conducting research related to enabling environment for CSO and effective development cooperation as part of the collaboration with the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). She is also involved in the CIVICUS Monitor research updates and the Monitoring Matrix for civil society development. Kristina has professional experience with local CSOs as well as international research experience. Her interests include Human Rights, Civil Society Development, Climate Change Policy and Education, Environmental Law and European Integration.
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Besa Mustafa, Project Assistant
Besa Mustafa holds a Bachelor Degree in Education – English Language Teaching from International Balkan University, Skopje, Macedonia. In BCSDN she is responsible for assistance on project implementation, as well as administrative work. She has previous experience working and volunteering in local and international projects.
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Michael Kiel, Intern
Michael Kiel attended Vassar College in New York. Afterward, he worked as a Fulbright teaching assistant in Austria and for the Oliver Scholars Program in New York City. At the University of Texas at Austin, he is pursuing a Master of Global Policy Studies and Master of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Interested in political and economic development, he has studied donor strategies in the Western Balkans, focusing on civil society sustainability and sectoral challenges for donor organizations.
- 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.
Biljana Spasovska, Executive Director
Biljana Spasovska holds an MA in Interdisciplinary research and studies in Eastern Europe from the University of Bologna and a BA in International Relations from the University College for International and Public Relations in Prague. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in Democracy in the era of Globalization. Biljana has been in BCSDN since 2013 and before becoming the Executive Director she was responsible for BCSDN Policy and Advocacy activities. Her area of expertise is in democracy and civil society development, EU Integration Process, good governance and accountability. 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 in think – tank organizations in North Macedonia, Italy and the Czech Republic.
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