Mirza Mršo

Mirza joined BIRN BiH in March 2021. He has been a cameraman for 15 years in TV companies in Bosnia.

He has experience in making documentaries and feature TV series and in daily monitoring significant events. Before starting at BIRN BiH, Mirza worked for the Federation of BiH’s Public Service Radio and Television.

Aida Mahmutović

Aida joined BIRN BiH Detektor.ba team in April 2021. She is based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Aida began her career as an intern for the Center for e-Governance Development in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2011. In 2012 she was promoted to project coordinator. Her primary fields of experience are related to Internet governance and human rights. She was programme manager at One World Platform (OWP) and led Internet rights and women’s rights projects. This included international projects by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), such as “End violence: Women Rights and Safety Online”, “Local Actions to Secure Internet Rights”, and the global “Take Back The Tech” campaign.

She worked as an external consultant for DotSensei (Bulgaria), collaborated on the protestos.org project by Article19 and TecticalTech, and was a digital copywriter for Greenpeace. In 2017, she started the Balkan School on Internet Governance. Since 2016, she has worked on Geneva Internet Platform’s Digital Watch Observatory as a content co-creator and curator covering global developments on privacy and data protection and cultural diversity, and later gender rights online and migration and technology. Since 2012, she has actively participated in the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum.

In 2014, she was selected by the UN Secretary General to serve a three-year term on the UN’s Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Internet Governance Forum. She served as executive committee member of the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) and as a member of the organising committee for the Regional Internet Forum.

Aida co-authored the GisWatch BiH country report (2014) on digital surveillance, “End Violence: Women’s Rights and Safety Online (2015.)” and “Cybersecurity Governance and Gender in the Western Balkans” for Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) (2021).

Aida is a DiploFoundation alumni. She speaks four foreign languages: English, Spanish, French, and Slovenian.

 

 

Nejra Džaferagić

Nejra is a BIRN BiH journalist based in Sarajevo. Aside from journalistic reporting, she is in charge of running a database connected to public procurement procedures.

During her studies, she worked as an intern in the fields of investigative journalism, television, radio and online media. She obtained a Masters in Communication from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo. She is fluent in Bosnian and English.

Mladen Obrenovic

Mladen joined BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina in August 2020. He has been a professional journalist since 1996.

More than two-and-a-half decades of his journalistic career, he has collaborated with many newsrooms in Croatia and abroad, as well as non-profit associations that support the development of independent and professional journalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mladen was awarded within the project “Dialogue for the Future: Improving Dialogue and Social Cohesion in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia” in 2021. Mladen has a PhD in Communication Science. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Sarajevo.

Admir Hodžić

Based in Sarajevo, Admir joined BIRN in March 2021 and is managing BIRN BiH’s official social media platforms, including Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, and more.

Before joining BIRN BiH Admir worked as a marketing manager for several advertising companies in Bosnia and as a freelance designer and product owner in various startups.

Admir speaks B/H/S and English languages.

 

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.