Joe Lowther is Chief of Party of the USAID Business Enabling Project. Joe is an expert on business environment reform with over 12 years of experience in Southeast Europe. Joe was Chief of Party of innovative projects in Bulgaria and Croatia that developed and utilized local capacity to improve economic policy, commercial laws, and sector competitiveness. He has also worked extensively in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Macedonia on economic transition programs. Joe has written publications on policy issues for the World Bank, OECD, USAID, and think tanks and business associations. Prior to coming to Serbia this year he was a Director at Cardno Emerging Markets in Washington, DC where he oversaw a portfolio of projects in a variety of countries and technical areas. Prior to working in economic development, Joe was a commercial lawyer in California for 11 years. His education includes Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Whittier College, Los Angeles, CA and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Southern California.
Dragana Stanojevic, USAID BEP Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), has throughout her professional career worked as Legal Advisor, Attorney at Law, Senior Legal Advisor/Consultant and/or Chief of Legal Department in domestic and international law offices, organizations, projects and institutions. She was also Deputy Chief Of Party for the USAID BES (Bankruptcy and Enforcement) project.
She has significant experience in commercial law and legal regulatory reform, and law implementation especially in the field of bankruptcy, enforcement and secured transactions. As BEP DCOP, she is in charge of advising the Project and coordinating and co-managing all activities needed for improving activities and achievements of BEP`s goals. Ms. Stanojevic obtained her BA from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, and is the holder of a Bankruptcy Administrator’s License.
Tony is an economic advisor on the USAID Business Enabling Project and provides technical oversight for the implementation of our work on fiscal policy, public sector financial management, and financial market development. He has more than 20 years of experience advising finance ministries, central banks, monetary authorities and private sector institutions on various aspects of economic reform and has worked in more than 25 countries around the world, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, and Romania. Prior to coming to Serbia, he was a Director at Cardno Emerging Markets USA, where he managed a global pipeline of financial sector development projects. He holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Southern California.
Dusan Vasiljevic is Business Regulation and Economic Governance Team Leader 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.
Ana Jolovic is Financal Markets Development Team Leader on the USAID Business Enabling Project. She is an expert in financial markets and corporate finance, with more than ten year experience in consulting and teaching in Serbia and abroad. She spent half year at Commodity Futures Exchange Commission (CFTC) in the office of main economist and participated in special training at New York Stock Exchange. In addition to being a consultant and professor, she is a stock trader herself and author of numerous articles and few books. Her main interests are securities trading, corporate governance, derivatives, financial management and capital market development.
Gordan Dzadzic is Economic and Fiscal Management Senior Expert on the USAID Business Enabling Project. He has over twelve years of transactional, public & corporate finance experience, leading or participating in many successful project implementations in: challenging government capacity & new institutions building; financial business process optimization, redesign & automation using ERP software with focus in cost accounting; financial due diligence and capital & asset valuations in auctions as well as complex tender & restructuring projects. Gordan is a consultant with international exposure and cultural awareness; he worked and lived in America, Serbia, and England, and participated in projects in France and Albania, supported clients across EMEA and North America, and worked with stakeholders at all levels (top to bottom).
Majda Sedej is Economic and Fiscal Management Expert 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 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 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.
Zorana Gajic is Grants Manager on the USAID Business Enabling Project. Before coming to Cardno, she worked on the Regulatory Reform Project in Serbia with the IFC / World Bank, and as a consultant for the Institute for International Education for scholarship programs in Serbia. Most of her career she was with the Open Society Institute in Budapest, managing the International Higher Education Support Program of the Soros Foundations Network. By training she is a lawyer, with MA in Political Science from the Central European University. She is also completing her doctoral studies in management at the University of Bath in UK.
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 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.
Tamara Borovcanin is the Analyst for Business Regulation and Economic Governance Team on the USAID Business Enabling Project. She graduated from the University of Braca Karic, Faculty of Management with major in Business Communications. Prior to joining the BEP team, she worked as associate of bankruptcy manager in Nibor –the Agency of bankruptcy manager and as associate for the use and payment receivables in `` Privredna banka Beograd ad ``.
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 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 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.