Ms.Bebekovska holds a BA in Law from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia.
Her engagement started in 2015, joining the student movement in North Macedonia and later starting her professional and volunteering experience in the CSO sector, where she was part of the political youth organization- Young European Federalists (JEF).
Following her activities in the non-governmental sector, she continued working as a contractor for USAID based projects in North Macedonia. As a contractor she held the position as Grant Assistant, working on projects that support the government institutions, media and CSO sector. Prior to joining RYCO, she worked consultancy on topics such as CVE and capacity building for NGOs and private sector. Her main focus is international development, mainly EU integration, youth policies and civic engagement.
She speaks English and Spanish language.
Ms Bojana Lalatović holds an MA in Law in European Integration from the University of Belgrade where she is also a Ph.D. candidate at the International Public Law Department.
She worked in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Montenegro at the Operational Communication Center. Previously, she worked for civil society organizations focusing on the EU integration processes of the Western Balkans. Ms Lalatović also volunteered for the European Forum Alpbach Club in Belgrade, and the Red Cross Office in Nikšić.
Due to her academic excellence, she has been awarded several prestigious scholarships. She is alumni of many internationally renowned summer schools and the European Forum Alpbach. She also participated in the ERASMUS+ mobility program at the University of Roma Tre, Italy. Bojana speaks four languages – Montenegrin/Serbian, English, Russian and Italian.
Mr Ramadan Sokoli holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pristina, where he was awarded a scholarship. His human rights activism started at the age of 17 when he was elected as the Chairman of the Youth Forum of his hometown Rahovec where he led numerous activities on youth empowerment. During his studies, he was engaged in programs and working groups of the University of Pristina and various non-governmental organizations on promoting social equality.
Mr Sokoli worked as a researcher for Kosovo Women’s Network on topics related to gender equality. For more than two years, Ramadan worked as the Project Manager at the regional organization Youth Initiative for Human Rights, where his main focus was on inclusive education, transitional justice and dealing with the past. He was also organizing intercultural youth exchanges around the Western Balkans which motivated him to join RYCO.
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. 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 Flutura Brakaj holds a B.A. in Germanistic (German language and Communication) from the Faculty of Foreign Languages, the University of Tirana and an M.A. in Social Policy studies.
In the past six years, she was continuously involved at various projects, coalitions and advocacy campaigns of international organizations, among others, SOS Children’s Villages in Albania on supporting children and youth without parental care. Her civil society engagement is mainly related to the peer education, minority rights, social inclusion and participation of children coming from marginalized communities.
For her long-term commitment to SOS Children’s Villages, she was awarded as the Agent of Change in advocating for youth development topics. Starting from last year until August 2019, Ms Brakaj was engaged at the Foundation Schüler Helfen Leben through a program that encourages young professionals from Southeast Europe to spend a one year work experience in German civil society organizations.
Her commitment and strong passion for youth empowerment and strengthening of their rights brought her back to Albania, its region and RYCO.
Ms Reçi holds a master’s degree in Economics from Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana. She is a young professional with great interest in the fields of youth work, gender equality and reintegration of migrants and refugees.
Mr. Reçi has a strong understanding of youth policy and youth work in the region, experience gained through training, Council of Europe exchange programs, and professional engagement.
She has been engaged as a Project Coordinator in youth NGOs in Albania, working on the topics of youth empowerment and youth engagement in decision making. Civil society experience brought the capabilities of risk management, analysis, and decision-making skills.
Ms. Reçi is an Albanian native speaker in addition to that she is fluent in English and Italian.
Ms Bulat holds BA in International Relations and MA in Project Management. Youth policy and youth empowerment are the focus of her work. Her civic engagement started in 1996 with Scouts. Since then, she has been volunteering, through which she has experienced how personal commitment can make social change.
Ms Bulat participated in the establishment of the National Youth Council of Serbia, going on to take up a leadership role as its Secretary General(2012 – 2017). She also worked as a consultant providing support in developing strategies, action plans and projects, providing training in organisational management, youth participation and intercultural learning in Serbia and abroad. She has been contracted by UN agencies, OSCE, Council of Europe, governmental institutions and various CSOs.
She was a member of the Working Group for the establishment of RYCO.
Mr Gjorgjevski has been active in the field of youth work for more than 13 years. He joined as a participant and volunteer in the Center for Education and Development - CED in 2008 where he soon became a project manager and one of the core members of the organisation. He has managed various projects supported by Youth in Action; Erasmus+; Pestalozzi Foundation; UNDP; UNEP; USAID; KURVE Wustrow; Friedenkreis Halle; SWGRRD; Euronatur; NYCM, etc. mainly targeting youth and youth workers on youth engagement, natural protection, intercultural education, employment, (social) entrepreneurship, conflict transformation, migration, etc.
Additionally, as a freelance trainer and project manager, he has supported the creation and development of many grassroots initiatives, youth groups, and organisations in Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Ireland, Finland, Serbia, Turkey, etc. and has managed and facilitated/ trained many youth exchanges, trainings and strategic partnerships all over Europe.
He is the co-founder and president of the Association for Education and Sustainable Development - Bright (2019) which since the early beginning created a strong partnerships network and is implementing strategic partnership projects, training for school directors and youth workers, youth exchanges, etc.
Mr Gjorgjevski is (co)author of several manuals, booklets, and policy papers for youth workers, youth, and vocational education.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics from the South East European University in North Macedonia and a Diploma paper for International Youth Work from the Pestalozzi Foundation in Switzerland.
From March 2018 until March 2021 Mr Gjorgjevski served as a Youth Representative of North Macedonia in the Governing Board of RYCO.
Mr Koljenović was born in Podgorica. After finishing high school, he enrolled the Faculty of Political Science, department- International Affairs. As a student, he was an active member of Student Organization MAPSS, where he was a member of the Governing Board. He was awarded as scholar of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and scholar of the German Marshal Fund within Youth Trans-Atlantic Leaders program.
After finishing Faculty, Mr Koljenović has been professionally engaged as a program coordinator in NGO Civic Alliance and external associate of the Regional Network of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights. He has been acting as representative of civil society at the Council of the State Agency for Electronic Media and a CSO representative in the Government's Operational body for the implementation of the Communication strategy on European integration. During his time in CSO, he also coordinated the Council of Europe program Schools of Political Studies for Montenegro.
He was a member of the Working Group for the establishment of RYCO.
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.