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Dragana Stanojevic

Dragana Stanojević is the Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Business Enabling Project (BEP), a seven-year initiative launched in 2011 and implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets USA Ltd. The main objective of USAID BEP is to help the Government of Serbia increase the competitiveness of the Serbian economy, by streamlining business enabling environment, improving public financial management, and strengthening financial markets.

Dragana has over 25 years of experience in commercial law reforms and practice, with more than 15 years of experience in government policy advising, facilitating private-public dialogue and capacity building for numerous governmental bodies. Her extensive experience covers analyzing and drafting commercial laws and business related regulations, including the Bankruptcy Act, Enforcement Act, Inspections Oversight Act, construction permitting regulations, Labor Act and secured transactions regulations.

 

Dusan Vasiljevic

Dusan Vasiljevic Deputy Chief of Party on the USAID Business Enabling Project. He has been leading various policy reform and advocacy efforts in Serbia since 2002, especially in the areas of business regulation, economic development, local governance and public administration. He has written contributions in these areas for a number of books and other publications. Dusan’s consulting experience includes projects in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina with USAID, World Bank, EU, Council of Europe and other organizations. He holds a degree from the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, where he was also teaching assistant in the Public Administration course for two years. Dusan was advisor to president of the National Parliament and to the Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Serbia.

 

Majda Sedej

Majda Sedej is Director of Economic and Fiscal Management Team on the USAID Business Enabling Project. She is advising Serbian Ministry of finance and economy on various aspects of budget process reform. Ms Sedej holds a MA in Economics and MA in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University, New York, and a BSc in Computer Science from University of Novi Sad. Previously, she worked on the development and managed implementation of USAID and UNDP projects fostering economic growth, SME competitiveness, and introduction of new financial instruments, in Serbia and Tanzania.

 

Milan Stefanovic

Milan Stefanovic is Expert for business regulation and economic governance on the USAID Business Enabling Project. Milan is a lawyer who passed the bar exam and is an expert in the field of business law and regulatory reform. He has worked in the judiciary, legal practice, business entities, public sector, the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development and as a legal consultant in the implementation of various international projects dealing with the legal framework for business and finance. Milan’s particular fields of expertise include business law, regulatory reform, entrepreneurship development, economic, commercial and financial law. His education includes a Master of Business Law degree from Belgrade Law Faculty, and Graduate Lawyer degree from Novi Sad Law Faculty.

 

Sandra Rodic

Sandra Rodic is Expert for Financial Markets Development on the USAID Business Enabling Project. She has more than eight years of professional level experience in finance. For the last five years she has experience with Serbian, Balkan and Global capital markets. Sandra's specialty is equity portfolio management strategy development. She participated in creating and improving legislative regulations on the capital market in Serbia.  Prior to working as portfolio manager Sandra spent three years in financial consulting. She was responsible for completing due diligences and business valuation. She is one of the first people who obtained Portfolio Management License issued by Securities Exchange Commission. Sandra is one of co-author of the book »Basic Principles of Corporate Governance« published by the Belgrade Stock Exchange. She graduated from Belgrade University, Faculty of Economics.

 

Strahinja Mitrovski

Strahinja Mitrovski is Communications Specialist on the USAID Business Enabling Project. Strahinja started building his experience in Public Relations in the McCann Erickson PR agency where he worked on designing and implementing corporate and brand campaigns for international clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, Carlsberg and Pernod Ricard. He has also worked in the insurance industry where he gained very important knowledge on financial sector and economic issues in Serbia. He is a professor of Spanish language and Hispanic literature.


Natasa Tapuskovic

Natasa Tapuskovis is the Analyst for the Economic and Fiscal Management Team on the USAID Business Enabling Project. She graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Economics with major in Macroeconomic analysis and policy. Prior to joining the BEP team, she was a Junior Economist in the Secretariat of the Council for Regulatory Reform. She was involved with the Comprehensive Regulatory Review project and worked on reviewing Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) statements for laws in various domains such as: Economy, Regional Development, Public-Private Partnerships, Social Policy, E-government and Public Registries.

 

Vladimir Jovanovic

Vladimir Jovanovic is the Analyst for Financial Markets Development Team on the USAID Business Enabling Project. He graduated from the Manhattan Institute of Management in Budapest in 2005. Before he joined the BEP team, he worked for TYCO Healthcare representative office in Belgrade as a sales representative for almost two years, and after that he was employed by Privredna Banka Beograd a.d. as a senior associate in the Corporate Sector, where he spent 2 years and gained relevant experience about financial market in Serbia.

 

Tanja Stojkovic

Tanja Stojkovic is Operations / Finance Manager on the USAID Business Enabling Project. During the last seven years she worked as a financial and administrative specialist on several USAID projects. She has developed in - depth knowledge of USAID administrational and financial regulations. She organized and managed operational function's in the office's, managed office staff, equipment and finances, handled HR procedures and coordinated and managed numerous overseas and international study tours, seminars, trainings and events.

 

Sasa Jelics

Sasa Jelic is IT and Operations Specialist on the USAID Business Enabling Project. Before his work with Cardno he worked on USAID Bankruptcy and Enforcement Strengthening project as part of IT team with an active role in helping design of Electronic Reporting System, Risk Based Management System and Bankruptcy Administration Portal. At the age of 22 he became Head of IT department of one of the leading Internet advertising companies in Serbia.

 

Duska Medic

Duska Medic is the M&E Specialist on the USAID Business Enabling Project. She graduated in Organizational Communication, from the Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, North Carolina USA. Before she joined the BEP team, she worked for World Learning  office in Belgrade as Program Officer on UGRAD Exchange program and before that as Program Coordinator for USAID Participant Training Program responsible for coordination,  monitoring and management of numerous overseas and international study tours, seminars, trainings and events. She gained progressively responsible experience in providing different kinds of logistics, support, reporting, research, monitoring, development, and administration.

 

Uros Vasiljevic

Uros Vasiljevic is Translator/Interpreter with USAID BEP. He has more then ten years of experience with multiple international development projects in Serbia funded by USAID, the World Bank and the UN, and has also worked or is currently working with the International Monetary Fund, EU Delegation to Serbia, Serbian Parliament, OSCE, Foundation for the Advancement of Economics, and numerous other institutions, organisations, businesses and individuals.

Uros specialises in simultaneous and consecutive conference interpretation and written translation, particularly in the fields of economics, business, politics, and law. Uros obtained his BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Belgrade in 2002.

 

Aleksandar Zarić

Aleksandar Zarić is Expert Lawyer with the USAID Serbia Business Enabling Project, implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets. Aleksandar leads the Project’s efforts to improve enforcement of judgments, including drafting legislation and bylaws, executing training programs for enforcement officers and judges, and a strategic communications plan to educate businesses and their lawyers about the new enforcement system. He also provides consulting and legislative drafting support in real estate evaluation reform, non-bank financial institutions, and the Project’s other activities that aim to support the financial market in Serbia in order to increase businesses’ access to finance.

Before joining the Project in 2013, Aleksandar worked for the investment company KBC Securities, part of the KBC Group, as head of Legal and Compliance Department in charge of the Balkan region (Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Bosnia-Herzegovina).

 

Jovana Stefanovic

Jovana Stefanovic is the Junior Analyst for the Business Regulation and Economic Governance Team on the USAID Business Enabling Project. She obtained a Law degree from University of Union and is currently pursuing a Master`s degree in the area of Corporate and Organizations Law. Prior to joining the BEP team, she was employed at the private sector, where she spent two years working in the area of Marketing.

 

Alan Kovacevic

Alan Kovacevic is a Junior Analyst in the Financial Market Development Team at the USAID-funded Business Enabling Project (BEP). Prior to serving as a Junior Analyst, Alan was engaged in economic research and consultancy within the Center for Advanced Economic Studies (CEVES), USAID BEP, and Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Arkansas. As one of the best students in Serbia based on merit and leadership potential, Alan won a scholarship awarded by the U.S. Department of State, and spent the academic year of 2013/14 studying International Economics at the University of Arkansas, Sam M. Walton College of Business in Fayetteville, AR. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Economics, in the field of International Finance.

 

Jovana Koloski

Jovana Koloski is the Junior Analyst for the Economic and Fiscal Management Team on the USAID Business Enabling Project. She graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Economics majoring in Microeconomic analysis  and is currently a master student of Econometrics at the same faculty. Prior to joining the BEP team, she worked in the insurance industry and was engaged in the field of macroeconomic research and state budgeting processes in several state authorities.

 



 








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