Ana Janković

graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade and subsequently passed the state bar exam. She has been a member of Open Communication since 2014 and an executive board member since 2017. Ana is a non-formal education professional in the fields of (historical) human rights & civic education; coordinator and consultant in the domain of youth projects on fostering civic engagement and critical thinking.

Jasmin Elezović

is the President of the Western Balkans Network (‘Mreža Zapadnog Balkana’). As a nonformal education trainer, he has taught and mentored youth in the topics of social media management, communication, media literacy and social entrepreneurship. Jasmin holds a diploma in Public Relations from the Department of Communication of University of Džemal Bijedić in Mostar (BiH). He is also the proud owner of a traditional coffee roastery “Cafe de Alma” in the heart of the old town in Mostar.

Katarina Lazić

graduated from the Faculty of organizational sciences in the field of Information systems and technologies at the University of Belgrade. She has been an active member of the Open Communication NGO for 3 years and executive board member since 2020. Since high school, she has been involved in many projects aimed at protecting human rights, preventing violence against women, improving legislation regarding LGBTQ+ individuals, environmental education for primary school students, animal protection, and the promotion of veganism.

Kerim Somun

studied Public Administration at the University of Sarajevo and Project Management and Design at the European Business School of Amsterdam. He is working as Programmes Specialist at the Kreisau-Initiative e. V. in Berlin. As an educational specialist, he participated and worked in more than a hundred different educational and professional exchange programs and is the author of multiple educational materials and scientific papers.

Lina Jurjević

is a non-formal education professional in the fields of (historical) human rights and civic education, as well as a coordinator and consultant in the domain of socially conscious cultural projects. Lina serves as vice president and works as project coordinator and human rights trainer at the HERMES association in Zagreb, Croatia. She holds MA degrees in history and art history.

Dr. Maja Nenadović

is a debate coach, facilitator, human rights & civic education specialist, critical pedagogy practitioner, program design and monitoring and evaluation consultant. As a professional with 20 years of experience, she has worked in 40+ countries worldwide. Since 2012, she has implemented “Across Divides – Training Workshops for Depolarizing Communication”, a methodology that she developed in and tested in the field through a series of workshops and dialogues with both those using discriminatory and hate speech rhetoric, and with those targeted by it. Maja holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, and is the co-founder of HERMES and of Reflectory, a consultancy in the field of conflict transformation, social cohesion and civic engagement.

Robert Örell

is the director of Transform. As a senior specialist in the field of preventing- and countering violent extremism (P/CVE), he has over two decades of experience working in the field of disengagement from violent extremism and organized criminal gangs, helping clients’ disengagement and reintegration. For ten years he worked as a director of Exit Sweden and for three years he was the director of Exit USA within the Life After Hate NGO. Since 2011, Robert has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Radicalisation Awareness Network and the co-chair of RAN Rehabilitation Working Group.

Dr. Susanna Z. Papp

is Transform’s cofounder and project manager. She is a psychologist, trainer, and lecturer in the fields of capacity building in communication, conflict management, and restorative practices. She is a member of the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network’s (RAN) expert pool on preventing and countering violent extremism and has earned her PhD in psychology at the Doctoral School of Psychology at ELTE University in Budapest.

Tanja Raič-Tarčuki

has 17 years of experience in strategic planning and development consulting, as well as with the design and management of wide-scale international (youth and andragogy) education programs. She has worked with diverse European, American as well as African civil society organizations. She holds an MA in Communication and PR (Journalism) from the University of Mostar (BiH), and is currently a PhD student of Communication Studies at the University of Zagreb (Croatia).

Tvrtko Noa Pater

serves as president and trainer at the HERMES association in Zagreb, Croatia. He has over 20 years of experience teaching argumentation, critical thinking, rhetoric, public speaking and debate, as well as working as a trainer and educator in the fields of Holocaust education, human rights and international criminal law.