Timothy Large

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.

He is a former Reuters correspondent with two decades of experience in newspaper, news agency and online media.

His previous roles include Director of Journalism and Media Programmes at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reuters News, where he drove initiatives to raise journalistic standards worldwide and help independent media flourish. These included independent news agencies in Egypt, Zimbabwe and Myanmar; “Wealth of Nations”, a pan-African project to support investigative journalism on illicit money flows; and “Perspektivy”, a professional programme for Russian-language media. He also ran global training and mentoring projects to encourage collaborative, cross-border journalism on topics ranging from global security and trafficking to women’s rights, health and sustainable development.

Before that, he was Editor-in-Chief of Reuters philanthropic news services covering humanitarian issues, human rights, modern slavery and trafficking, corruption and climate change. As Editor of Reuters AlertNet, he was in charge of the world’s leading humanitarian news services and built a global team of journalists dedicated to covering stories neglected by mainstream media.

He negotiated and led the first trip by a major news agency into North Korea for exclusive reportage on famine and created an Emergency Information Service to provide life-saving information for disaster-hit communities in local languages, which deployed in Haiti right after the 2010 earthquake. Before that, he was a Reuters correspondent in Tokyo, a feature writer for a major Japanese daily newspaper and news editor of a popular science magazine in London.

Aida Hanjalic

Based in in Sarajevo, Aida is responsible for managing all daily entries into the financial database, preparing annual tax reports, maintaining inventory and mail ledgers.

Before BIRN, she worked for more than two years in non-governmental organisations (SEE Change Net Foundation and Regional Environmental Centre for Bosnia-Herzegovina) and for six years in administrative positions in the business sector.

Aida holds a Master degree in Tourism and Environmental Protection at the University of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Sarajevo from the Department of Geography.

She speaks Bosnian and English.

Aleksandra Jankovic

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.

Before BIRN, she worked for the digital agency Homepage as a digital accountant; Pristop, consulting and communications company, as a PR assistant; and the news portal Portal Mladi as a deputy editor.

From the University of Belgrade, Department of Political Sciences she has a BA in journalism and an MA in international politics.

Aleksandra speaks Serbian, English, and German.

Alexis Traussi

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

She also writes for Belgrade Insight.

Previously, she worked as a Research Assistant and Student Ambassador during her studies at Skidmore College in upstate New York.

She graduated with Honors in History and minored in English Literature. Alexis speaks English.

Dunja Hadzimurtezic-Tutic

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

Her position includes managing all entries into financial databases, preparing financial documentation and annual tax reports, maintaining inventory, submitting documentation to local authorities, managing bookings and travel related services.

Before joining BIRN Hub, Dunja has worked in the NGO sector for almost 14 years as project coordinator, gaining strong professional skills in Office Administration, Finances and Operations and Logistics.

She studied at the University in Sarajevo in the Department of English Language and Literature.

She speaks Bosnian and English.

Ana Maria Luca

Working as BIRN’s Romanian correspondent based in Bucharest since 2016, she reports for the regional publication, Balkan Insight.

She has worked as a journalist since 2000, has extensive experience in covering politics as well conflict zones in the Middle East and the Balkans.

She was awarded second prize in the Austrian Press Agency’s “Writing for Central and Eastern Europe” in 2007 in Vienna, and won a special prize from the jury a for long social feature in Freedom House’s “Young Journalist of the year” competition in 2004, in Bucharest.

She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Bucharest and an Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University, Byblos, where she specialised in sectarian conflict and Islamic radicalisation.  Other than her native Romanian and English, she also speaks French, Spanish and Levantine Arabic.

Aleksandar Jovancic

Based in Belgrade, Aleksandar is responsible for the oversight of the Network’s activities related to capacity building and development.

He is also responsible for managing and administering several projects as well as the organisation and implementation of trainings and other events for the staff of the Network and outside audiences.

Aleksandar has vast experience working with international organisations and institutions. He previously worked as a consultant for EPTISA Southeast Europe d.o.o. and Particip GmbH. He also worked for Ecorys UK and Kontakta PR Agency on EU funded projects. During his studies, Aleksandar interned in European Movement in Serbia.

Aleksandar holds a BA in International Affairs and an MA in European Studies from the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade. He speaks Serbian and English.

Natalija Jovanovic

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.

She is currently doing a master’s in Social Science and Computing at the University of Belgrade.

Ana Curic

Ana joined BIRN Serbia in 2017.

She has a degree in international relations from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade.

Before joining BIRN, she was an intern at regional television network N1.

Ana has attended various courses and training sessions for journalists to improve her skills in digital media, investigative journalism and data journalism.

Dusica Tomovic

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.

She has worked as a journalist since 2002, mainly covering politics and security issues.

Before joining BIRN, she worked for the Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti where she reported on security and military issues, and organised crime and corruption.

She graduated from the Music Academy, Cetinje, Montenegro and has completed a number of training courses in reporting and journalistic work. Dusica speaks Montenegrin, English and Italian.