Ivana Drakic Brkan

Based in Sarajevo, Ivana assists with implementation of BIRN Hub’s programmes and provides day-to-day management of the monitoring and evaluation activities related to them, including working with programme staff, external consultants, implementing partners and key stakeholders.

Previously, Ivana worked for more than 10 years in the NGO sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. She managed different programmes and projects throughout the entire business cycle, from project planning and writing, implementation of activities to reporting to different donors. She managed several regional projects, and is also proficient in research and
monitoring activities, social media and financial management of projects.

Ivana is a political scientist, and graduated from the University of Montenegro in Podgorica. During her undergraduate studies, she spent one year studying in the USA on a USAID/World Learning exchange program. She is currently enrolled in a Master studies at the Faculty of
Economy in Podgorica. Besides speaking BHS languages, she is fluent in English, and knows Spanish and French.

Elona Sejdullahu

Elona Sejdullahu graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Prishtina, and has been monitoring courts in the Prishtina region for BIRN since September 2020, initially as an intern.

Before working for BIRN, Sejdullahu was actively involved in human rights, with a focus on Transitional Justice, and completed an internship at Youth Initiative for Human Rights Kosovo during her studies.

She is currently pursuing postgraduate studies, completing a master’s degree in criminal law.

Ejup Gojnovci

Ejup Gojnovci started his career as a journalist in 2001 and has worked at several media outlets in Kosovo and collaborated with international media.

He is also the founder of a magazine and online media, and co-author of the book ‘Kosovo Investment Opportunities.’

Gojnovci graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the University of Prishtina, before completing a master’s degree in Mass Communication. He has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Media, at the University of Business and Technology – UBT, since 2018.

He joined BIRN in January 2021, as an editor at KALLXO.com.

Edward Szekeres

Edward Szekeres is a Reporting Democracy correspondent reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia, with an occasional scoop in Budapest, Hungary.

He’s been walking the freelance trail for several years now, contributing to a string of media outlets in all V4 countries.

Edward is set to obtain a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Groningen. He speaks and reads Slovak, Hungarian, Czech, English and French and speaks beginner Dutch.

Urim Krasniqi

Urim became part of the BIRN Kosovo team in 2020, and with his extensive experience in the field of photography will help refresh BIRN’s visual library.

As a photojournalist between 2008 and 2010, Urim covered political events in Kosovo for the Balkan Press photo agency before continuing with photography in the field of marketing.
Urim is currently completing his studies at the Computer Science and Engineering branch of UBT, but has consistently worked independently as a photographer for various companies throughout his studies.
In addition to his passion for photography and technology and other professional and personal interests, Urim has often volunteered in his community.

Nicholas Watson

Nicholas was appointed editor of Reporting Democracy in 2020.

An award-winning journalist, he has worked for almost 30 years in Asia, the US and Europe, writing for publications such as the Financial Times, Politico Europe, TheStreet.com, Axios, International Herald Tribune TV and Knight-Ridder News. He was also co-founder and managing editor of Business New Europe

Mediana Halili

Mediana is in the last year of her bachelor’s studies at the Department of Journalism at the University of Pristina. She joined the BIRN team in September 2019.

She is mainly focused on the field of local governance but is also exploring new areas.

Ardita Zeqiri

Ardita joined the BIRN team in October 2019.

She graduated from the Philosophy Department at the University of Pristina, and before joining BIRN completed an internship at the Dean’s Office at the University of Pristina. She has also undertaken a number of training courses, including at Sbunker, The American Corner and at BIRN.

Ardita covers governance in the Municipality of Pristina but also focuses on international politics, both in the region and around the world.

Sasa Dragojlo

Sasa joined BIRN in 2020 as a correspondent for Balkan Insight. Previously, he has worked for Balkan Insight from 2015 to 2016.

He has also worked for Insajder, the Serbian investigative media portal and a television show in Belgrade. As a part of Insajder team, he worked on documentaries involving political corruption, financial crime and social and workers’ rights. He is the co-author of the investigational documentary entitled, “State against the Workers”, about financial crime in Gosa, Serbia’s railway line factory, author of the documentary, “Bristolska straza” (Bristol guard), about homeless war veterans, and of the documentary “In a Vicious Circle”, which dealt real estate fraud in the country.

During his journalism career, Sasa has published articles in Serbian and regional media, such as the investigative portal KRIK, weeklies NIN and Vreme, daily Danas, the fact-check portal Istinomer, Vice Serbia, Kosovo 2.0 and others.

Sasa has a bachelor degree in journalism from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and speaks Serbian and English.

Nejra Mulaomerovic

Based in Sarajevo, Nejra is working closely with project coordinator teams, carrying out and assisting in the implementation of programmes across all of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s platforms.

Before joining BIRN, she worked in the Gallery 11/07/95 and the museum sector for five years, focusing on improving cultural development and programming within the projects on memorialisation, the culture of remembrance and promotion of human rights.

Nejra is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow – a programme that explores issues of democracy, pluralism, human rights, and social justice and brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance.

She graduated from the University of Sarajevo with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature. She is currently working on a master thesis in the same department.

Nejra speaks Bosnian, English and Italian.