Ms. Marija Arandjelovic has a bachelor degree in Economics and more than 15 years of experience in finance, administration and logistics.
Her career started in GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), followed by NGO Junior Achievement Serbia and in the last 10 years she worked on three different projects in the Council of Europe.
She brings experience and expertise in dealing with different donors (USAID, EU, GIZ, local banks, corporate sector) with the “making it happen” attitude by providing administrative support, financial management, organization and management of events.
Ms. Arandjelovic is fluent in Serbian and English and has a modest understanding of Greek. In her free time, she likes to travel, swim and spend time with her dopey dog.
Ms. Tanja Zaharieska holds a Master's degree in Business Law from the University "St. Cyril and Methodius" Skopje, Faculty of Law "Justinian First" department Business Law, and a degree in Economy from the University "St. Cyril and Methodius" Skopje, Faculty of Economy, financial management department.
She is a youth worker, she has ended the first year of the Level A training course "Leadership and Developmental Youth Work", under the Swedish University "School of Education and Communication"- Jonkoping University.
She has more than 20 years of experience in the NGO sector in North Macedonia, as a project manager and financial manager in local organizations. She was directly responsible for preparing the financial and narrative reports for the projects financed by IPA and other European funds, World Bank, OSCE, GIZ etc.
In the last 10 years, she has worked in the business sector as an Authorized Appraiser in different areas. Also, she is an expert in the field of material financial and accounting operations.
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.
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 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 Selma Tarić holds a Master's degree in Management from the joint Master study program at Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo and the Faculty of Economics of the University in Zagreb and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University Sarajevo.
Prior to joining RYCO in 2023, she has served at the Public High School Dobrinja in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina as a Teacher, after which she continued pursuing a career in the private sector by working as a Financial Analyst, General Manager and Deputy Director.
She gained certifications such as Expert Witness in the fields of Economics and Market Relations, Accounting, Financial Reporting and Finances, Internal Auditor and Authorized Appraiser. Aside from her strong experience, Ms Tarić speaks fluent English. In her free time, she likes hiking and traveling.
Mr. Florian Idrizaj has studied at the University of Tirana for economic sciences and he is graduated also in Professional Master studies in economic sciences. His experience with European Programs started since 2010 within the participation into youth programs exchanges through Youth in Action program and after with Erasmus Plus program. In the field of finance, he practiced his profession as a financier starting in 2015, working as an employee of the public administration and later in accounting studio for foreigner clients.
The experience with the financial management of the European projects started in 2021 by coordinating Interreg IPA II CBC Italy-Albania-Montenegro projects. He is responsible for collecting financial information, calculating staff costs, preparing financial reports related to budgets, payments, and expenses, making budget reallocation, forecasting expenditures, developing strategies to minimize risks, etc. Florian has experience in project coordination in different European Programs like Erasmus+, Balkan Med Interreg, Adrion Interreg, IPA II Interreg CBC, etc. He owns English and Italian language
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. In October 2022. she has obtained certification on Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills from the Open College Network Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
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.
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.
Mr. Davor Džakula holds an MA degree in Democracy and Human Rights obtained on a dual program organized by the University of Sarajevo and the University of Bologna. In addition, he holds a BSc degree in Geography and Geoinformatics from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad.
His interest and involvement in the civil sector and youth rights date back to 2013, where he has been working in non-governmental organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Serbia until today. Through volunteering and working at the Red Cross, EKOS, and the Youth Office in Šabac, he actively participated in the implementation of projects focused on youth rights, the right to a healthy environment, and the promotion of volunteerism. While working in the Youth Office, he was part of the organizational team for seminars and summer schools that were formed with the aim of encouraging young people to be active citizens as well as their extra-academic education and training. During his studies in Sarajevo, he was a part of the fellowship of the Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina organization entitled Encouraging Democratic Values and Active Citizenship Among Youth, whose ultimate goal was the development of projects for young people and the general acquisition of the necessary knowledge in developing and managing projects, about the state system of Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in the sphere of legal frameworks related to youth rights.
In addition, he participated in numerous seminars in Serbia and abroad regarding peace building, development and education of young people, and the development of cooperation and joint projects among mostly young people from the Western Balkan region. During both levels of study, he attended summer schools and seminars organized as part of the CEEPUS and ERASMUS networks, which were thematically related to regional development (CEEPUS summer school in Brno, Czechia) and peace building (ERASMUS seminar in Tromso, Norway), as well as student exchange, also through the ERASMUS program, at the Palacky University in Olomouc (Czechia).
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.