People

Albina Sorguc

Detektor Journalist/Court Monitor

Albina joined the BIRN BiH Detektor team in September 2010. She has worked as a journalist since 2004.

Albulena Sadiku

Deputy Director, Kosovo

With a strong background in civil society, Albulena Sadiku has experience in capacity building, election monitoring and local government.

Aleksandar Djordjevic

Journalist

Aleksandar Djordjevic has worked as a journalist since 2009, mainly covering politics and public finance.

Aleksandra Bogdani

Journalist

Aleksandra Bogdani is an investigative journalist for BIRN Albania.

Aleksandra Jankovic

Social Media Manager

Based in Belgrade, Serbia, Aleksandra is responsible for managing the social media accounts of BIRN, Balkan Insight, Balkan Transitional Justice Initiative (BTJ), Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence (BFJE), and BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting.

Alexis Traussi

Social Media Officer

Based in Belgrade, Alexis is responsible for the oversight the network’s social media accounts and assists in video production.

Alma Koci

Translator

Alma Koci joined BIRN’s Balkan Transitional Justice team as a translator in December 2014.

Amire Qamili

Journalist

Amire Qamili writes news and investigations for Kallxo.com and Gazeta Jeta ne Kosove.

Ana Curic

Journalist
Ana joined BIRN Serbia in 2017.

Ana Novakovic

Journalist

Ana Novakovic is a journalist from Serbia with experience in electronic and print media.

Ana Petruseva

Country Director, Macedonia
Member of the Board

Ana Petruseva is an experienced journalist and one of the founders of the BIRN regional network and BIRN Macedonia.

Anja Vladisavljevic

Croatia Correspondent

Anja Vladisavljevic joined Balkan Insight’s team in May 2018 and she is a journalist and correspondent at for the website.

Arian Hyseni

IT Manager

Having fostered a passion for Information Technology since the age of nine, Arian Hyseni is accustomed to putting to use the latest innovations in the field.

Arta Sopi

Journalist

Arta Sopi became part of the KALLXO.com team in November 2018. Before she joined BIRN’s house, Arta worked at the newspaper Zeri, and prior to that she undertook an internship at the newspaper Koha Ditore.

Astrit Perani

Camera Operator/Video Editor

Astrit Perani joined BIRN team in January 2008 as a camera operator and video editor for the Life in Kosovo and Justice in Kosovo TV programmes.

Azra (Alihodzic) Salihovic

Financial Assistant

Azra is a financial assistant in BIRN’s Hub office Sarajevo.

Behar Mustafa

Court Monitor/Researcher

Behar Mustafa is a court monitor and researcher working in the Mitrovica region and contributes as a journalist to the TV programme Justice in Kosovo.

Besar Likmeta

Country Editor, Albania

Besar has extensive experience in journalism, having worked in print, television and electronic media in both the US and Albania since 2003.

Blerta Begisholli

Balkan Insight Kosovo Correspondent

Blerta is a correspondent for Balkan Insight from Kosovo. She covers politics, economy and culture, and has a special focus on Transitional Justice and reporting about the turbulent past of Kosovo in 1998-99.

Claudia Ciobanu

Reporting Democracy Poland correspondent

Based in Warsaw, Claudia is reporting on political and social developments in Poland. Originally from Romania, she’s been based in Warsaw since 2012.

Denis Dzidic

Detektor’s Editor in Chief

Denis joined BIRN BiH in August 2008, and is now the deputy editor for Detektor and a journalist for the Balkan Transitional Justice programme.

Deniz Sllovinja

Camera Operator/Video Editor

Deniz is a cameraman and video editor for Kallxo.com and the BIRN TV programmes Life in Kosovo and Justice in Kosovo.

Die Morina

Kosovo Correspondent

Die has been a Pristina-based Kosovo correspondent for BIRN’s regional publication Balkan Insight since 2016.

Donika Sollova

Project Officer

Donika Sollova is currently a fourth year student at the Rochester Institute of Technology Kosovo (RITK) and studies management, economics and statistics. Before joining BIRN Kosovo, she completed internships at the American Chamber of Commerce, RIT Kosovo and One Consulting.

Doruntina Baliu

Investigative Journalist

Doruntina Baliu is an investigative journalist, who has been working at the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), for the last two years.

Dragana Zarkovic Obradovic

Country Director, Serbia
Regional Manager, Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

Under Dragana’s leadership, BIRN Serbia has been recognised for its professionalism and its ability to influence the public agenda in the fields of media development and good governance.

Drenushe Ramadani

Junior Journalist

Drenushe has been a journalist at the BIRN Kosovo since July 2018.

Dunja Hadzimurtezic-Tutic

Financial Assistant

Dunja joined BIRN Hub in September 2018. Based in Sarajevo, she works as an Administrative and Finance Assistant.

Durim Shala

Camera Operator/Video Editor

Durim Shala is a Camera Operator and Video Editor for Life in Kosovo and Justice in Kosovo.

Dusica L. Stilic

Regional Operations Manager

Dusica Stilic, based in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is an experienced manager and trainer with knowledge and skills in business management, project cycle, human resources and public relations. She is one of the first regional employees of BIRN, joining the Network in 2006.

Dusica Tomovic

Managing Editor of Balkan Insight
Dusica has been the Montenegrin correspondent based in Podgorica for BIRN’s regional publication Balkan Insight since 2013 and has been Balkan Insight Managing Editor since September 2018.

Edit Inotai

Reporting Democracy Hungary correspondent
Based in Budapest, Edit is reporting about Hungary for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.

Elma Selimovic

Media Monitoring Offcer

Elma Selimovic joined BIRN BiH Detektor team in April 2013. She has worked as a journalist since 2006.

Emina Dizdarevic

Detektor Journalist/Court Monitor

Emina joined BIRN BiH’s Detektor team in March 2014.

Emirjeta Vllahiu

Junior Journalist

Emirjeta Vllahiu joined the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in July 2018. She was initially engaged as an intern and currently is a junior journalist at KALLXO.com.

Emma Krstic

Digital Media Editor

Emma joined BIRN in 2015, coming on board as Social Media Editor.

Eraldin Fazliu

Editor in Chief

Eraldin Fazliu is the editor-in-chief of Prishtina Insight. He has been working in journalism since 2015 covering mostly politics and social issues.

Etlira Gjikopulli

Office Assistant

Etlira Gjikopulli has been working as a Financial and Administrative Assistant for BIRN Albania since May 2014.

Eve-Anne Travers

Journalist

Eve-Anne has worked as a staff writer for Prishtina Insight since April 2018, after undertaking an internship with BIRN Kosovo in November 2017.

Gabrijela Vukicevic

Finance Officer

Gabrijela Vukicevic joined BIRN Serbia as finance officer in October 2016.

Gjergj Erebara

Editor

Gjergj Erebara is journalist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, in Albania.

Goce Trpkovski

Journalist

Goce Trpkovski has been working as a journalist since 2004.

Gordana Igric

Founder

Founder of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and Regional Network Director until May 2018.

Haris Rovcanin

Detektor Journalist/Court Monitor

Haris has worked with BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina since September 2016.

Hatidza Gusic

Programme Manager for Media Development and Capacity Building

Based in Sarajevo’s BIRN Hub office, Hatidza manages media projects and oversees implementation activities, as well as the process of developing rulebooks, guidelines and modification of existing provisions. She also acts as a liaison for the Network in terms of capacity building.

Isa Vatovci

Journalist

Isa Vatovci has been part of the Kallxo.com team since September 2018.

Ivana Jeremic

Editor at Balkan Insight

Based in Belgrade, Ivana is an editor at Balkan Insight in charge of coordinating and working on investigative stories.

Jasna Andonovska

Finance Manager

Jasna has worked at BIRN Macedonia since January 2016.

Jelena Veljkovic

Journalist

Jelena Veljkovic has worked as a journalist since 1992, mostly covering topics of politics, public finance, corruption and war crimes.

Jeta Xharra

Country Director, Kosovo
Editor-in-Chief

Jeta Xharra is a renowned journalist in Kosovo and Balkans, hosting the award-winning current-affairs TV programme, Life in Kosovo.

Jeton Ispahiu

Video Editor

With international experience in media production, Jeton Ispahiu joined BIRN in 2008. He is responsible for providing video editing and final touches for the Life in Kosovo and Justice in Kosovo television programmes.

Jovana Prusina

Balkan Transitional Justice Programme Coordinator

Jovana Prusina joined BIRN in 2018 as the Programme Coordinator for Balkan Transitional Justice (BTJ).

Jovana Sesterikov

Programme Coordinator, BIRN Investigative Reporting Initiative

Based in Belgrade, Jovana works as a coordinator on BIRN’s investigative programmes.

Kalina Simic

Project Manager

Kalina Simic joined BIRN Serbia in August 2012 as a project manager.

Katarina Zrinjski

Project Manager

Katarina joined the BIRN BiH team in October 2014.

Kristina Voko

Country Director, Albania

Kristina Voko is the executive director of BIRN Albania and coordinates the network’s activities, fundraising and projects in the office in Tirana.

Labinot Leposhtica

Monitor and Researcher

Labinot has monitored court sessions for BIRN Kosovo for almost two years.

Lada Vucenovic

Project Coordinator

Lada Vucenovic joined the BIRN Serbia team in January 2010.

Lamija Grebo

Detektor Journalist/Court Monitor

Lamija Grebo joined BIRN BiH in January 2014 as a web archive assistant and intern. As of January 2015 she is working as a journalist for Detektor.

Larisa Rankovic

Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Based in Belgrade, Larisa is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of BIRN programs across the region, the reach and impact of the Network’s reporting and advocacy initiatives.

Liridona Ademaj

Journalist

Liridona has been part of BIRN since July 2018 as a journalist.

Luljeta Pacolli Paloja

Administration and Finance Assistant

Luljeta Pacolli-Paloja joined BIRN Kosovo team in March 2018 as an intern for Administration and Finance. She now works as an Administration and Finance Assistant.

Madalin Necsutu

Moldova Correspondent

Based in Chisinau, Madalin Necsutu has been Balkan Insight’s correspondent from Moldova since 2017.

Maida Selmanovic

Finance Officer

Maida joined BIRN Hub in January 2008 as a Financial Officer based in Sarajevo. Maida is responsible for cash flow management, monitoring daily financial operations, reviewing financial data and preparing monthly and annual reports as well as accountancy and auditing and overall communication with other departments and the staff of BIRN.

Maja Zivanovic

Serbia Correspondent
Based in Belgrade, Maja joined BIRN as a reporter covering Serbia in June 2016.

Marcel Gascón Barberá

Romania correspondent

Based in Bucharest, Marcel covers current affairs and writes features, interviews and other content on Romania since June 2019, when he joined the Balkan Insight team.

Marcus Tanner

Editor

Marcus Tanner is Editor at Balkan Insight

Marian Chiriac

Country Director, Romania

Marian Chiriac has worked as a journalist since 1990, mainly covering politics and human rights issues.

Marija Petrovic

Marketing and Sales Manager, Belgrade Insight

Marija is a sales professional with a background in the media industry in Serbia and East Asia.

Marija Ristic

Regional Director

Marija Ristic is the regional director of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, a network of seven non-governmental organisations promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values. Ristic oversees the activities and communications within the Network and represents it publicly.

Matt Robinson

Editor

Matt Robinson is a journalist, translator and former Reuters Bureau Chief for the Balkans and Special Correspondent for Central and Eastern Europe.

Matthew Collin

Editor

Matthew Collin is a journalist, broadcaster and author who has worked as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse.

Milica Stojanovic

Serbia Correspondent, Balkan Transitional Justice

Based in Belgrade, Milica works on stories related to transitional justice in Serbia.

Mirjana Narandzic

Editorial Assistant and Proofreader

Based in Belgrade, Mirjana is working as the Editorial Assistant at Balkan Insight and as a proofreader for BIRN’s Balkan Transitional Justice in the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language.

Mirna Buljugic

Country Director, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mirna Buljugic has worked as a journalist since 2001. She began her career as a reporter for the, 7 O’Clock News on Tuzla Cantonal TV.

Miroslava Germanova

Reporting Democracy Slovakia correspondent
Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Miroslava covers a variety of topics concerning politics, rule of law, freedom and democracy in original features or interviews.

Mladen Lakic

Bosnia and Herzegovina Correspondent

Mladen Lakic is a Sarajevo-based correspondent for BIRN’s regional publication, Balkan Insight.

Natalija Jovanovic

Journalist and Media Researcher
During her journalism studies, Natatalija joined BIRN in 2015 as an intern working on media privatisation and public tenders for media. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade in 2016.

Nikola Cace

Administrative and Operations Assistant

Nikola joined BIRN Hub in May 2015 as an Administration and Operations Assistant.

Pedja Urosevic

Executive Director BIRN LTD
Business Operations Manager

Pedja Urosevic started working as journalist for Radio Index in the late 1999.

Per Byman

Member of the Board
Secretary-General, Radiohjälpen, Sweden

Per Byman, is a Swedish aid worker and linguist.

Perparim Isufi

Managing Editor, KALLXO.com

Perparim Isufi joined BIRN Kosovo in May 2014 and currently serves as the managing editor of KALLXO.com.

Petar Subotin

Regional Development Officer

Based in Belgrade and working as the Regional Development Officer, Petar Subotin supports cross-regional projects implementation and serves as a worldwide liaison with key stakeholders, including private donors and governments.

Robert Anderson

Reporting Democracy Czech correspondent
Robert is a correspondent for Reporting Democracy, and is living in the Czech Republic.

Robert Bierman

Member of the Board
Chief Revenue Officer of News Deeply

Robert Bierman serves as Chief Revenue Officer of News Deeply, Inc. News Deeply convenes stakeholders in global issues via single-subject digital news sites, events, research and membership groups.

Rona Rushiti Begolli

Financial Analyst and Project Coordinator

Rona joined the staff of BIRN Kosovo in December 2018 as a Project Coordinator and Financial Analyst.

Rrahman Ramaj

Financial Analyst

Rrahman Ramaj is a financial analyst for BIRN Kosovo.

Semir Mujkic

Detektor Journalist/Court Monitor

Semir is an investigative journalist who joined BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina in April 2017.

Serbeze Haxhiaj

Kosovo Correspondent, Balkan Transitional Justice

Serbeze Haxhiaj is covering issues related to establishing justice and
facilitating reconciliation after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. Her
particular focus is on war crimes, human rights issues, rehabilitation of
victims and peace approaches in dealing with conflict and its aftermath.

Sinisa-Jakov Marusic

North Macedonia Correspondent

Sinisa-Jakov Marusic is a Skopje-based journalist and regular contributor to BIRN’s regional publication, Balkan Insight, and the programme Balkan Transitional Justice.

Slobodan Georgiev

Programme Coordinator

Slobodan Georgiev is Belgrade based journalist and he serves as a Programme Coordinator in BIRN Serbia.

Snezana Caricic

Office Manager/Financial Administrator

She joined the BIRN team in 2014 and is responsible for both finance and administration jobs, producing finance reports, processing invoices and daily track of daily revenue and spending.

Sofija Todorovic

Project Coordinator, Resonant Voices Initiative and Reporting Democracy

Sofija is a Project Coordinator at BIRN Hub in Belgrade. She is working on two fellowship-type projects: Resonant Voices Initiative and Reporting Democracy.

Steve Crawshaw

Member of the Board
Secretary General, Amnesty International

Steve Crawshaw is the director of the office of the Secretary General of Amnesty International.

Tamara Chausidis

Editor

Tamara Chausidis is experienced editor and media freedom activist.

Tanja Maksic

Programme Coordinator

Tanja Maksic has been a member of the BIRN Serbia team since 2010. She develops and manages projects in the field of media policy and good governance.

Tim Judah

Chairman of the Board
Journalist, The Economist

Tim Judah is a front line reporter for The Economist and an author.

Timothy Large

Editor

Timothy Large is editor of cross-border projects. He leads the Reporting Democracy initiative, covering populism in Visegrad Four and Balkan countries, and is editor of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

Tringa Rruka

Monitor of Public Services

Tringa graduated from the law school at the University of South East Europe in Tetovo, Macedonia.

Vesna Bjekic (1952-2014)

Administrative Officer

Over the course of her journalism career, Vesna has worked with Politika, 4 Jul, YU Panorama, Revijalna Stampa, many local Serbian newspapers, and Croatian weekly Danas.

Viktor Berishaj

Project Manager

Viktor has been a Project Manager at BIRN Kosovo since January 2019, and has extensive knowledge in economics, sustainable development and culture, and experience of over ten years in these fields.

Vlado Apostolov

Journalist

Vlado has been covering topics related to organised crime, corruption and human rights for the last five years and at the beginnings of his journalism career he was working as a reporter in the economic newsrooms in several media.

Xheneta Murtezaj

Junior Journalist

Xheneta Murtezaj has been engaged as a journalist at KALLXO.com since July 2018, initially as an intern, and within a few months was promoted to the position of Junior Journalist.

Yllka Hoxha

Finance and Human Resources Manager

Yllka has been the Finance and Human Resources Manager at BIRN Kosovo since February 2019.

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