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WBAA Regional Board – National Representatives

Members of WBAA are individuals who have been beneficiary of any form of scholarship scheme that enabled them a study period abroad in Erasmus+ Programme and Partner Countries.

Following the first conference organised by the European Commission “Balkan Connexion: Dialogue on a Western Balkan Alumni Association” (November 2016, Podgorica), more than 100 volunteers have been actively involved in the development of the association. In addition, more than 1700 alumni expressed an interest to join WBAA activities in the future through the “Mapping of the Western Balkans Alumni” targeting alumni who spent part of their studies abroad in the Erasmus+ countries.

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Olga Arsić

National Representative, Serbia Chapter

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Olga received her MA at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology. During her PhD studies she spent two semesters at the University of Bologna.... more_vert

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Olga received her MA at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology. During her PhD studies she spent two semesters at the University of Bologna. Olga is interested in research on digitalization and internationalization of higher education. As a WBAA research member with other authors from the Serbian WBAA chapter she published "Attitudes of participants of foreign mobility programs on the internationalization of higher education in Serbia" (written in Serbian, but also translated into English for one of the WBAA projects).

She is interested in corpus analysis, but she combines quantitative and qualitative approach in her research endeavors; she closely collaborates with the WBAA research team.

Samir Beharić

National Representative, Bosnia & Herzegovina Chapter

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Samir Beharić is an award-winning youth activist, a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate with a master’s degree from the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master ... more_vert

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Samir Beharić is an award-winning youth activist, a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate with a master’s degree from the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree program in Global Studies of the University of Vienna and Leipzig University.
Samir received his BA in Media & Communication Studies at the University of Sarajevo, and studied abroad in Germany, Turkey and Italy as a scholarship holder of the Erasmus+ program and Turkish Government.

Since high school, he has been engaged in civil society and particularly interested in human rights, youth activism and student issues. As a National Representative for the Erasmus Student Network BiH, he has openly advocated for several important initiatives regarding education at the University of Sarajevo and other academic institutions nationwide.

Samir was one of the organizers of the nationwide Erasmus+ protests, which achieved its goals of keeping the Erasmus+ educational program available to students in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He is currently serving as a Lantos Fellow at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), a U.S. government body that promotes human rights, military security, and economic cooperation in 57 countries in Europe, Eurasia, and North America.

Arber Hajrizaj

National Representative, Kosovo Chapter

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Arber is an experienced researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the market research industry and FMCG sector.
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Arber is an experienced researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the market research industry and FMCG sector.
He has gained his experience working for international renowned organizations like Kantar TNS and Coca-Cola HBC.
He holds a Master of Science in Marketing Analysis from Ghent University and a Bachelor of Science in Management, Economics, and Media from Rochester of Technology in Kosovo.
He has a interest in social and academic research and is looking forward to making his research knowledge of use within the WBAA activities.

Klaudjo Kavaja

National Representative, Albania Chapter

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Klaudjo Kavaja is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree graduate in Education Policies and Global Development. Through his programme he studied at the... more_vert

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Klaudjo Kavaja is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree graduate in Education Policies and Global Development. Through his programme he studied at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Malta and had an internship at the UNESCO HQ in Paris (Education Policies department). After his studies he decided to return to Albania. Now he serves as the National Representative for Albania at the Western Balkans Alumni Association (WBAA) and is engaged through different projects in the civil society sector.

Anđela Mićanović

National Representative, Montenegro Chapter

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Andjela Micanovic holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations/American Studies from the University of Heidelberg (Germany). She previously ob... more_vert

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Andjela Micanovic holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations/American Studies from the University of Heidelberg (Germany). She previously obtained a B.A. at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro. As an exchange student, she spent the second year of studies at the American University in Washington, DC (USA).

Throughout her studies, Andjela was actively engaged in student organizations and NGOs aiming at empowering youth. During her internship within the United Nations in Montenegro, she was a member of the small team that conducted the I wish for Myself campaign, encouraging youth from the underdeveloped North of Montenegro to take an active part in the development of their communities. While working for the EU Delegation to Montenegro and the Montenegrin Embassy to USA, Andjela followed the Montenegrin path towards the European Union and NATO and observed Government efforts at countering challenges of memberships. Andjela worked for the national and local TV stations and NGO sector, bringing to light issues that people encounter on daily basis and providing possible solutions.

Andjela was a national representative at conferences and seminars organised by the European Commission and the United Nations, as well as other non-profit organisations, and actively contributed to the adoption of youth-related documents of high significance (Colombo Declaration on Youth, Guiding Framework on the thematic priority of “Youth Empowerment for Political Participation”, etc).

Andjela is fluent in Montenegrin/Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian and English. She has a good knowledge of German, Italian, and Spanish.

Sabahudin Mujkić

National Representative, Bosnia Herzegovina Chapter

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Sabahudin Mujkić is currently employed as project assistant at Info center of European Union in Sarajevo where he works with different stakeholders i... more_vert

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Sabahudin Mujkić is currently employed as project assistant at Info center of European Union in Sarajevo where he works with different stakeholders in organizing events that benefit citizens of BiH and promote EU funded programs that are available to citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, beside that he is freelance soft skills and project cycle management trainer. He is currently National representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Western Balkans Alumni Association where he has been one of the founding members and strong advocate for the modernization of the higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Western Balkans region and promotion of Erasmus + programs.

Stefan Postolov

National Representative, North Macedonia Chapter

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Stefan is 24 and currently studying a master’s degree in electrical energy engineering at the University in Bologna, Italy. Previously he worked as ... more_vert

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Stefan is 24 and currently studying a master’s degree in electrical energy engineering at the University in Bologna, Italy. Previously he worked as an electrical engineer at a local company and later as a trainee at the Institute of Engineering, at the University of Algarve, Portugal. He gained his degree at the Goce Delchev University as a Graduate Electrical Engineer in the fields of Renewable Energy Sources. He participated in the Erasmus+ program as a student at the Polytechnical University of Cartagena, Spain. He joined WBAA 2 years ago, based on this student mobility and continued being active member of the organization in the last 2 years. His youth work dates back from high school where he was one of the cofounders of the student organization. Furthermore, he continues his commitment of being part of the active youth of our town by becoming associate of the Youth Council of the Municipality of Stip and later on participating in different NGOs.
Stefan grew from participating in events, workshops, exchanges to actually developing his ideas and executing them in events organized and led by himself.
Stefan is qualified and experienced youth Worker with a wealth of experience at an international level. He has worked at both delivery and management levels and project managed a variety of issue based programmes that have ranged from youth democracy, youth participation and advocacy.
He has a passion for youth participation and in supporting both young people and those who work with them to realise their full potential and he is inspired to make a difference by sharing his experiences and knowledge particularly with families and youth.
He is open to new ideas, committed to the development of the human potential, creative expression and leadership skills.
Stefan enjoys traveling and is always interested meeting new cultures and places. By the moment he has traveled in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Slovakia and part of the Balkan countries.
He strongly believes in a quote by Miguel de Unamuno – Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling.

Elisabeta Rada

National Representative, Albania Chapter

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Elisabeta Rada holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Political Studies (focused on South Eastern Europe) from the University of Tirana (2016-2018). Du... more_vert

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Elisabeta Rada holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Political Studies (focused on South Eastern Europe) from the University of Tirana (2016-2018). During this master’s degree, she spent one academic year of her studies at ‘Alexadru Ioan Cuza’ University of Iasi, Romania. Her Bachelor degree consist on Political Science, obtained at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana (2013-2016).

During her studies, Elisabeta has actively volunteering and been part of different workshops, trainings and conferences on national and international level, mainly focused on political topics. From being a participant, she advanced on being a panelist on conferences or undertaking modest projects, especially during her Erasmus + exchange program. Last year, she completed the training ‘Training of Trainers’ aiming to train and prepare the first generation of trainers for Political Academies in Albania.

Currently, she is working as an Educational Consultant, assisting Albanian students who wish and plan to pursue their studies abroad.

Starting from the last year, she has been part of different trainings and workshops about Youth Work and youth empowerment since she believes that investing in youth sector and especially in youth exchanges and education is one of the most fundamental and meaningful investment for a brighter future, especially in our region.

Elisabeta joined WBAA community last October, right after being aware of WBAA existence and later on she joined the Projects team (May 2020).

She likes traveling and exploring different ways of living, thinking, perspectives, cultures etc. and her main interest remain diplomacy, foreign policy, youth empowerment, youth exchanges and network.

Sanja Stefanova

National Representative, Macedonia Chapter

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Sanja Stefanova is Head of International Relation office at the Goce Delcev University in Shtip where she is responsible for the implementation of the... more_vert

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Sanja Stefanova is Head of International Relation office at the Goce Delcev University in Shtip where she is responsible for the implementation of the internationalization strategy. Sanja has a professional background in international admissions and she has been a participant and trainer on recognizable issues at national and international seminars and conferences.
Sanja holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and for more than 5 years, she actively works in the field of youth as a Youth trainer. She started her career as youth worker at 2013 as a President of the Youth council at the Municipality of Shtip. Sanja has extended expertise in working with youth with fewer opportunities, training youth workers on non-formal education and youth leadership programmers, project writing, project management, working with young volunteers, advocacy, youth policy, youth research and now she is active member and manager at Youth on Board.
From 2017 Sanja become a National Representative for North Macedonia in Western Balkans Alumni Association.
Sanja values and understands how vital it is to build a trusting and compassionate relationship when working with youngster. She uses art, drama, storytelling, dedication and perseverance as a way to build a therapeutic alliance with them, but most of all, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue supporting the amazing and resilient youth of Macedonia and abroad.
“What I enjoy most is travelling to different places and meeting new people. For me, it's all about life experiences, and I'm very grateful that my work allows me so many interesting and fulfilling ones. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Marina Tomovic

National Representative, Montenegro Chapter

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Marina Tomović holds a BSc and SpecSci in International Relations from University of Montenegro. She spent her final year abroad in Poland and Hungar... more_vert

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Marina Tomović holds a BSc and SpecSci in International Relations from University of Montenegro. She spent her final year abroad in Poland and Hungary as an Erasmus+ and CEEPUS scholarship holder.
Volunteering since high school, she always found time to dedicate to a good cause. During her undergraduate studies, besides excellent academic achievements she was actively engaged in the work of student organisation MAPSS and television and radio in her hometown Herceg Novi.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Marina had the opportunity to complete a traineeship at the Delegation of European Union to Montenegro where she has been, among other, monitoring, analysing and reporting on accession negotiation process of Montenegro to the EU regarding political criteria.
Today she is a young professional with experience in many different areas such as environmental protection, human and minority rights, youth activism and leadership, and European integration. She is particularly experienced in CSO project managing and public relations.
Marina is also a certified youth activist in Montenegro and Franco-German Youth Office leader of international youth exchanges. Currently she is working at Zero Waste Montenegro, an NGO dealing with sustainable development, waste management, prevention of single-use plastics, and promotion of circular economy and zero-waste lifestyle.

Albana Veseli

National representative, chapter Kosovo

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Currently she is a teaching assistant of Analytical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Science, University ... more_vert

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Currently she is a teaching assistant of Analytical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Science, University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” in Prishtina. She finished her PhD study in 2014 in Chemistry between University of Tirana and Karl Franzens University of Graz getting scholarship as PhD exchange student at Karl Franzens University of Graz Join EU-SEE project in cooperation with ERASMUS MUNDUS. The scientific interest covers the designing of new electrochemical sensors and biosensors based on heterogeneous carbon electrodes and their applications in pharmaceutical and environmental analysis.
She is Academic coordinator for Erasmus + project between University of Prishtina, Kosovo and Keele University, UK (2018 - 2020). She realized few ERASMUS + exchange mobility as a student and academic staff. Part of some National and International projects (Erasmus + project ‘’Join Master programs between Universities’’, Cost action projects etc.). Accomplished first own projects in 2019 with a title ‘’ Antibiotic Residues in Water near Municipalities of Kosovo: Raising Public Health Issues Awareness through University Teaching’’. She is developing her own second research project. She already is author and coauthor of five papers.
She is active member of Western Balkan Alumni Association (WBAA) since 2017 and from August 2020 she is a board member of WBBA representing Kosovo chapter. As a member “Academic and Career Development” team within WBAA she joined two WBAA projects so far. The first one was "The development and promotion of training skills and competencies" in Western Balkans and the second ongoing online project is “Using the time wisely during the COVID-19 pandemic – Experiences and perspectives of young people in the Western Balkans"

Bojana Zimonjić

National Representative, Serbia Chapter

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Bojana has six year experience working in the youth and higher education sector in Serbia and in Europe.
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Bojana has six year experience working in the youth and higher education sector in Serbia and in Europe.
Before joining WBAA Bojana has been actively involved with the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) which is the biggest student association in Europe supporting and developing international student mobility. During the five years she volunteered in ESN, she performed the tasks of the President of the local association of ESN in Belgrade, the President of ESN Serbia and the Chair of ESN’s Committee for Education.
She holds a master’s degree in European integration from Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, where she also obtained her bachelor's degree in International Politics. As part of her master studies she went on Erasmus+ exchange and spent a semester studying at the University of Konstanz in Germany.
She is currently working as a Project Manager in two youth NGOs in Serbia, Centre for Youth - YOUR SERBIA and Serbian Association for Youth.

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