Mentors

  • Agon Maliqi


    Creator and Co-founder, Blog Sbunker

    Agon Maliqi is creator and co-founder of the blog, Sbunker. He works as a private sector researcher and public consultant, while also engaged as a civil society activist and commentator in the Kosovo press. Maliqi has worked for a number of development initiatives in the Western Balkans including with the World Bank, UN and USAID related to good governance, human rights and inclusive development. Recently, Sbunker launched the TruAktiv project, which focuses on enhancing critical thinking and dialogue among youth from the perspective of P/CVE in Kosovo. He also conducted a review of regional government policies and case studies in regard to monitoring the online space or extremist content. Maliqi completed his Master's degree in International Development Policy at Duke University in the US in 2006, and graduated for Political Science and European Studies at the American University in Bulgaria.

  • Andrea Brbaklić


    Senior Partner, Axis Consulting

    Andrea Brbaklić is Senior Partner in Axis Consulting d.o.o. For many years she was the Executive Director of Erste Bank and successfully managed two sectors: Human Resources and Communication. Her focus was on the development of leadership potential as well as the development of employees in the organization. He likes to break stereotypes and move boundaries. She believes that the corporate environment can be humane. Andrea is member and one of the founders of various organizations and initiatives whose role is to improve society. Some of them are the United Nations Global Compact, Mesta u srcu, Catalyst Balkans, Trag Fondacija, Junior Achievement Serbia, Youth Business of Serbia, Smart Collective. She is one of the founders of the Serbian Public Relations Association, co-author of the book "Media Relations" and coordinator of the European Association of Communication Directors (EACD) for Serbia. She graduated in economics, with specialization in UK and United States.

  • Blerta Thaçi


    Software Developer, Open Data Kosovo

    Blerta works as a Software Developer at Open Data Kosovo. She is a community enthusiast and internet lover. She is the founder of the Girls Coding Kosova initiative to empower women in coding. Its network spans across all municipalities in Kosovo and includes over one thousand (1000) active young members aged between fifteen (15) and twenty-five (25). Its goal is to encourage them to code, launch companies or work as developers in other exciting startups in the country.)

  • Darko Soković


    President, Foundation Dokukino

    Film director by vocation, proven production/communications expert by experience, and civil activist by conviction, Darko is the founder and President of Dokukino, a man whose vision and tirelessness have been driving the Foundation forward since day one. While still at school, Darko acquired considerable knowledge of the media, having worked as journalist, content editor and live presenter on the radio. After graduation, his next leap was into the world of PR and communications, in which he acquired plenty of practical experience, before starting Dokukino in 2010. At Dokukino, Darko’s main role entails working with clients and envisioning social good campaigns aligned with both clients’ wishes and communal benefits. His understanding of relevant stakeholders and the ability to bring them together in a synergic process, is invaluable for any advocacy approach in the Western Balkans.

  • Đorđe Krivokapić


    Legal and Policy Director, Share Foundation

    Dr Đorđe Krivokapić LL.M. is the Legal and Policy Director of SHARE Foundation where he leads an interdisciplinary research and advocacy team fighting for the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights, in the areas of privacy, free speech, security and open access to knowledge. He is also employed as an Associate Lecturer at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade, where he teaches courses on Business Law and IT Law. His primary fields of interest are the intersection of law and technology and the impact of emerging information technologies on society. After graduating from the Faculty of Law, the University of Belgrade, in 2006 Đorđe enrolled to the University of Pittsburgh Law School, graduating as LL.M. in International Commercial Law. During 2010 and 2012, he cooperated with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University as a visiting researcher. In the spring of 2016, he finished doctoral thesis on the topic Reputation, Internet & Conflict of Laws and earned the title of Juris Doctor at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade.

  • Ivo Matejin


    New Media Developer, Foundation Dokukino

    At Dokukino, Ivo is the creative heart of every process that needs design and creative direction. A graphic designer by vocation, Ivo has been with Dokukino since the very beginning, and is responsible for campaign design and implementation in the broadest sense. In the past years Ivo has created countless web & social network campaigns, along with branding aimed at community building and social good actions on a regional level. Some of his most prominent campaigns are “Crno na belo”, “Da se razumemo”, and the regional portal, “Liceulice”.

  • Jagoda Walorek


    Prevention of Conflict and Violent Extremism, Governance and Peacebuilding Team of UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub

    Jagoda Walorek works on conflict prevention, with particular focus on prevention of violent extremism in the Governance and Peacebuilding Team of UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub. Prior to that, Jagoda served as Policy Specialist in the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Pakistan, focusing on prevention of violent extremism and human rights. She worked closely with the law enforcement on rights-based conduct and supported the provincial criminal justice system in devising counter-terrorism strategies. In UNDP HQ and its regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Jagoda was a Policy Analyst on Human Rights, contributing to development policy and programmatic engagement of the organization. She worked closely with the national counterparts, civil society and academic institutions to advance the discourse and practice of rights-based development. Jagoda is a lawyer, with dual degree from Poland (L.L.M.) and Germany (L.L.B.). She also studied International Human Rights Law at Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden (L.L.M.)

  • Lejla Sadiku


    Open Data Consultant, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub

    Lejla works in UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub on open data in Europe and Central Asia. She has worked on use and re-use of open data to increase transparency and improve public services, leading initiatives which aim to bring citizens, including youth, closer to their decision-makers through the use of technology, and engaging young people as agents of change through collaborative design methods. Prior to UNDP, she has worked with Norwegian development assistance and political affairs, and the World Bank in the area of human development. She has diverse research interests, having published research on the role of civil society in the fight against corruption, implementation of the freedom of information legislation, international efforts in state-building contexts, the state of LGBT rights in Kosovo, and the importance of women’s empowerment for Kosovo’s development. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and has completed her bachelor studies at the American University in Bulgaria in political science and business administration.

  • Marinko Raos


    Senior Advisor on Security Policy Issues , Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)

    Since 2015, Marinko works as the Senior Advisor on Security Policy Issues with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), all-inclusive international organization for the cooperation in South East Europe with the Secretariat based in Sarajevo. The activities In the area of prevention and countering of violent extremism (P/CVE) occupy the central place in his work. Previously, he served for many years as a career diplomat with Croatian Foreign Service. He fulfilled a number of duties at the MFA headquarters in diplomatic missions abroad, including assignments in Vienna (OSCE), Tehran, Pretoria, and Brussels (NATO). Main focuses of his diplomatic activities were international security and political relations in South East Europe. He holds a B.A. in Croatian Language and Literature, and M.Sc. in Political Science (International Relations and National Security) from the University of Zagreb. In addition to his mother tongue (Croatian), he speaks English fluently, with a very good command of French, and understanding of most Slavic languages. He translated about thirty books from English, co-authored a book (a sort of self-help book for understanding the basics of politics), and a number of articles. He spoke on radio and TV in numerous occasions, chaired many meetings, and is an experienced lecturer.

  • Marko Gregović


    Founder, Brodoto Social Impact Agency; Co-founder, Crowdfunding Academy

    Marko Gregovic is the founder of Brodoto, a social impact agency helping nonprofits and companies achieve positive social change through creative campaigns. Mr. Gregovic previously worked as a climate campaigner for Greenpeace and as an online campaigner for European Green Party. Brodoto is currently the most prominent organisation working on crowdfunding in the western Balkans. In only two years it has organised more than three international conferences on crowdfunding in two countries. More importantly, Brodoto together with UNDP co-founded Crowdfunding Academy, an educational program where prospective crowdfunders learn important elements of crowdfunding campaign (business model, video, story...). More than 50 international teams took part in Crowdfunding Academies in Istanbul, Kiev and Zagreb and they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • Rachel Brown


    Executive Director, Project Over Zero

    Rachel brings expertise from diverse fields together to design effective communication-based interventions that prevent violence. She is the author of Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide for Counteracting Dangerous Speech, a practitioner guide (developed with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Simon Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide) that combines knowledge and methodologies from fields such as cognitive neuroscience, marketing, and behavioral psychology. Currently, Rachel is developing and piloting a new approach that brings local practitioners together with cutting edge experts from these same fields to design strategic communication-based interventions. She also trains and supports organizations seeking to counter dangerous speech in their communities. Rachel was a 2012 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow for her previous work founding and leading Sisi ni Amani Kenya, a Kenyan-based organization which is internationally recognized as a pioneer in developing effective approaches to using technology and communication-based interventions to support local peace activists. Sisi ni Amani Kenya used a text messaging platform in combination with grassroots programming to organize, educate, and engage communities in violence prevention and civic engagement throughout Kenya’s 2013 election cycle.

  • Rafaela Rica


    Founder and CEO, Iceberg Communications

    Founder and CEO of Iceberg Communications (PR & Communication Agency) in Albania. Over 18 years’ experience in creating, leading and developing company vision mission and overall management of the company. Iceberg Communication is ranked as one of the best companies in the Albanian market with a team of 20 professionals’ full time and an additional 20 part time experts.

  • Ruici Tio


    Head of Innovation, Love Frankie

    Ruici leads CVE practice at Love Frankie, a Bangkok-based social change agency, with over ten years’ experience designing innovative communications campaigns and research approaches on a variety of complex social issues, including CVE, trafficking and migration, and gender. He is currently leading the research and training for Love Frankie's engagement with Google in implementing their regional CVE strategy in Asia Pacific. Ruici holds a Master’s Degree in Governance from Georgetown University, where he wrote his thesis on “The Rise of Secular Islamic Education in Indonesia”. He holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Chicago where his academic work was on “Democracy and Identity Conflict: How Ethnic, Religious, and Youth Identity Lead to Terrorism.”

  • Sanjana Hattotuwa


    Special Advisor, ICT4Peace Foundation

    An Ashoka, Rotary World Peace and TED Fellow alumn, Sanjana has for over fourteen years explored and advocated the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to strengthen a just peace, reconciliation, human rights and democratic governance. He set up and curate the award winning Groundviews, Sri Lanka’s first citizenjournalism website. An expert on new media literacy, web activism, digital security and online advocacy in Sri Lanka and internationally, he also works extensively on the advancement of information management during crises, both sudden-onset and protracted. He is a recognized expert and trainer on digital security for activists and journalists at risk, using technology and encryption to capture, disseminate and archive vital stories during the war in Sri Lanka and in austere human rights contexts.

  • Sarah Oh


    Visiting Scholar at The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute at the University of California

    Sarah Oh is a Visiting Scholar at The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute at the University of California. Since 2015, Sarah has supported civil society to develop disinformation and propaganda response strategies in the Western Balkans and Southeast Asia. Previously, she was the Head of Strategy and Social Impact with Phandeeyar (“creation place”). Myanmar Innovation Lab in Yangon, where she led civic tech, anti-hate speech and misinformation and digital media programs. In Myanmar, Sarah supported the Myanmar startup community and advised tech companies on content policy, localization and adoption. Sarah started her career in tech as a communications consultant to Fortune 500 internet and telecom companies. In 2013, she launched a Silicon Valley office for the National Democratic Institute, an international non-profit chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that supports civil society in more than fifty countries. Sarah received a Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Northwestern University.

  • Shkelzen Marku


    Co-founder & Managing Director, Yunus Social Business Balkans

    Dr. Marku owns a high level and extensive expertise and experience in design, implementation and management of development projects and programmes, economic policy formulation and advocacy. Currently Dr. Marku is holding the duty of Country Director of the Yunus Social Business Albania and prior to that was Executive Director of the Mountain area Development Agency (MADA) during almost six years, managing various large rural development programmes financed by mainly IFAD, OFID, DFID, EU and Government of Albania. He has worked as a development and management consultant in many countries for numerous programmes and project funded by international donors (such as World Bank, IFAD, FAO, UNDP, DfID, etc.) in Albania, Kosovo, Turkey, Azerbaijan Armenia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lesotho, Zambia, etc. He holds a PhD in rural economic development policies ( AUT, Albania), a Master of Science degree in management of rural development policies (in CIHEAM-IAM, Montpelier, France) and Agriculture Engineering Diploma (in CNEARC, Montpelier, France).

  • Sokol Vladi


    General Manager, Microsoft Albania

    Sokol Vladi joined Microsoft November 1, 2015 as Country Manager in Albania. In this role, Sokol is part of the Slovenia & Albania Leadership Team. Previously, Sokol was at Hewlett Packard, where he was responsible for driving Enterprise Group business growth by developing new business or new ways to grow revenue for existing businesses in territory of Albania, Kosovo & Macedonia. During his first year with HP, Sokol was covering the Albanian market where he achieved double digit revenue growth and successfully kept the trend in the next years. With emphasis on strong teamwork, Sokol targeted and managed to attack competition and successfully win new key customers each year which ensured growth, despite an environment with IT spending reduction and overall economic downturn. Prior to HP, Sokol worked for System Integrator companies in Albania, subsequently moving to Devoll Hydropower, where he was leading the ICT department of the biggest energy project in Albania owned by Statkraft Group.

  • Sophie Chauvet


    Researcher, First Draft

    Sophie is a researcher for First Draft, a nonprofit coalition that raises awareness and addresses challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital age. She was previously working as a project editor for CrossCheck France, an alliance of major French newsrooms organized to fight online misinformation during the French presidential elections. She is currently conducting research on collaborative journalism and its impact on the audience. She just completed her MSc in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University.

  • Vid Štimac


    Sustainability and Impact Expert

    Vid is quantitative analyst and researcher with over ten years of experience, in all facets of empirical analysis. This includes both the public and private sector (technical assistance, consultancy research). This includes academic knowledge of and practical experience in capacity building, econometric analysis, research and academic publishing, survey design and implementation, data visualization (eg. Tableau), KPI framework development, performance management