Mr Redžepagić was born in Podgorica. After high school, he enrolled in the State University of New York at Old Westbury majoring in accounting while also completing courses in business administration at the same University. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society since 2012.
Mr Redžepagić's last position within Hipotekarna Bank covered tasks related to commercial business. Moreover, for the business year of 2019. Mr Redžepagić was a recipient of the „Employee of the year“ award, presented to him by the Management Board of the Bank.
He has more than six years of experience in the fields of finance, accounting and banking.
Mr Redžepagić is fluent in Montenegrin and English. In his free time, he likes to travel and explore different cultures. He also likes being involved in sports activities.
Mr. Bjelonja has been engaged in the non-governmental sector since 2018. starting as volunteer, he has worked his way up to position of Project Manager dealing with European projects in field of non formal education, youth work and youth activism. During this period he has been actively working on cooperation with international partners, as well as preparing and implementing international mobility activities on national level, rising awarenes, educating young people, and promoting European values.
Prior his engagement with RYCO, Mr. Bjelonja has worked in humanitarian field for international organization for refugees as Information manager, handling the data bases, reporting and acted as assistant of focal point within the mixed movement which has gathered all UN agencies under one goal, to aid people in need.
Mr Bjelonja holds M.Sc degree in field of Technology from Lappeenranta univesity of Technology in Finland, M.Sc in field of Process engineering from Teschnische Bergakademie Fraiberg in Germany, and M.Sc in field of Industrial engineering and management from Sarajevo Univesity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He speaks English, German and Spanish language.
Ms Ćurulija has been engaged in the civil sector since 2018. She has started by volunteering in the Youth initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (YIHR BiH) where in 2019 she became a Program and Administration Assistant and held that position until 2022. Her main focus was organizing projects and working directly with youth on topics of human rights and dealing with the past. She has worked with various CSO’s in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region as a youth worker and content creator.
As her main interest she highlights human rights and peace studies as her primary goal of practical and theoretical experience and research.
Ms Ćurulija holds a BA degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Sarajevo. Within her studies she has also been an Erasmus exchange student at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg and Comenius University Bratislava. At the end of her studies she has been awarded a golden badge for being one of the top students. Beside her knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, she speaks fluent English and has a good understanding of German.
Mr Radosavljević graduated in International Economics from the St. Francis College (NY) while also completing courses at the Pompeu Fabra University (BCN). During the first part of his career, Mr Radosavljević has spent time in the SME management and finance sector. During the past five years, he was involved in various domestic and regional youth projects - United Voices for Children (UVC), RECI (social inclusion) and START. He brings expertise in dealing with different donors including World Vision Germany, the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Mr Radosavljević is fluent in Serbian and English and has a good understanding of Spanish. In his free time, he likes to travel and visit different cultures, watch a good movie or take part in outdoor activities.
Aleksandar Kostadinov was born on December 8, 1980 in Shtip, Macedonia. He graduated at the Faculty of Economics – Skopje in 2004 and obtained his postgraduate education from the University of Bologna (October, 2008) majoring Economics in transition countries.
Previously, Mr Kostadinov worked as an economic analyst and researcher on various national and regional projects funded by the European Commission, ILO, IOM, OECD, USAID, EBRD, the British Council-Macedonia as well as local entities. He has many years of experience as Monitoring Officer for EU funded projects.
Mr Shehu graduated in Finance from the Economic University of Pristina. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field of finance, accounting, administration and procurement.
He worked in various financial institutions and banks as a branch coordinator and loan officer, as well as in the SIDA and USAID programs in the field of property rights.
During his engagement in the NGO sector, Mr Shehu’s focus of work has been human rights, minority rights, youth activities for reconciliation, property rights and gender equality. Mr Shehu has been part of several national and international workshops, conferences and activities in the field of finance, both as an organizer and as a participant. He speaks English, Albanian, Serbian and Turkish.
Mr Shehu is married and has two children. In his free time, he enjoys walking and listening to music.
Ms Kovačević holds a Master’s degree in Management from the State Economic University of Sarajevo and an MBA degree from Griffith College Dublin, with a dissertation in HRM - non-financial/material motivational factors of employees in various business sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Her studies were primarily focused on business and economics, but she also holds a degree in IT networking systems. Her previous more than 20 years of working experience are mainly related to the international NGO sector, although she has experience working in finance departments in the private sector as well. She has previously worked on projects related to the Western Balkans region, funded by the USAID and the UN, as well as on other projects funded by the EU, SIDA, SDC, and private donor funds. Her experience was disbursed through Finance and Administration and for 6+ years in HR (NATO).
In the last 5 years, Ms Kovačević’s working experience was primarily focused on grants, providing training for financial reportings, building finance and administrative capacities, writing guidelines and manuals for grantees and SOPs. In 2020, she had the opportunity to cooperate with RYCO in the Local Branch Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina as Grant Monitoring Expert, on the project “Supporting the Western Balkan’s collective leadership on reconciliation: building capacity and momentum for the RYCO”.
Just recently (September 2021) Ms Kovačević joined the RYCO Local Branch Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina as the Finance and Administration Officer.
In her free time, she works with children with disabilities who have ADHD and dyslexia/dysgraphia, teaching them math and science.
Mr Cvijović has been engaged in the civil sector since 2016, firstly as a volunteer of the European Movement in Serbia and later as Project Assistant at the EMinS and President of the Youth Forum of EMinS. From 2019 to 2021 he was also a member of the organising team of the Belgrade Security Forum, as coordinator of participants. His work was mainly focused on raising awareness of youth in Serbia on the EU in general and the process of European integration, enhancing regional cooperation in the Western Balkans within the EU integration process, as well as establishing institutional support for the civil society in Serbia to promote interculturalism among youth.
In the field of interculturalism, he initiated and established, together with representatives of 25 CSOs from Serbia, a non-formal network “United by diversity”, with the aim of strengthening capacities of youth CSOs and CSOs dealing with youth for the empowerment of young people on topics of interculturalism and cultural diversity.
Mr Cvijović holds a BA degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade. Currently, he is a master’s student of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science and International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade. From 2018 until 2020 he was engaged as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Political Science on subjects of Introduction to Diplomacy and Diplomatic Analysis and Contemporary Diplomacy. He speaks English and Russian languages.
Ms Markulić has been actively engaged in the civil society since 2013, firstly as a volunteer of EMinS afterwards as a President of its Youth Forum in two mandates. Her focus was on establishing and enhancing a network of young people interested in the EU on a local and national level, advocating for regional cooperation and promoting reconciliation in the framework of EU integration process, among youth in Serbia and the WB region .
In CRTA she continued to work on empowerment of CSOs on the local level, focusing on direct work with informal groups and CSOs on strategic and organizational development, mentoring and monitoring of project cycle and sustainability as well as enrolled in the grant making process.
Ms Markulić holds a BA degree in International Relations and MA in European Integration, both from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. She speaks English, French and Russian language. Ms Markulić is an alumnae of OSCE Dialogue Academy for Young Women from Belgrade and Pristina.
Ms Bojana Zimonjić holds an M.A. in European Integration from the Faculty of Political Science, the University of Belgrade, where she also obtained her B.A. in International Politics.
Her engagement in the fields of youth work, mobility and higher education sectors in Serbia and Europe started in 2013. Since then, she was working with two organizations with a strong impact on young people, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), which supports and develops international student mobility and intercultural learning, and the Western Balkans Alumni Association (WBAA), a regional initiative that promotes regional cooperation and contributes to the modernization of higher education in the region.
Ms Zimonjić has been professionally engaged as a project manager in two youth NGOs in Serbia, working on the topics of digital and media literacy as well as the educational and professional development of young people.
As part of her master's studies, she participated in the Erasmus+ exchange program and spent a semester studying at the University of Konstanz in Germany.
Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) is an independently functioning institutional mechanism, founded by the Western Balkans 6 participants (WB 6): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, aiming to promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation between the youth in the region through youth exchange programs.