BIRN Hub People

People

Aida Ajanovic

Aida Ajanovic

Head of Programmes

Aida joined BIRN in January 2020 and serves as the Head of Programmes based in Sarajevo. In this role, Aida oversees the smooth operation of the programme department, ensuring efficient implementation of BIRN’s programmes. Aida takes charge of planning, managing, and monitoring these programmes, working closely with programme staff, external consultants, implementing partners, and key stakeholders. Additionally, she actively develops partnerships with external stakeholders to enhance the organisation’s impact.

Aida Tinjak

Aida Tinjak

Grants and Project Coordinator
Aida joined BIRN Hub in 2021 as a Project/Programme Assistant. She is currently working as Grants and Project Coordinator, based in BIRN Hub’s office in Sarajevo. Her primary responsibilities entail coordinating and implementing project activities and overseeing and coordinating the grants allocation process.
Aleksandra Vrbica

Aleksandra Vrbica

Communications Manager

Based in Belgrade, Aleksandra joined BIRN in October 2023 as a Communications Manager. Her main responsibilities include developing and implementing communications strategies and work plans, designing promotional campaigns, and working closely with the programme departments, social media team and editorial team to ensure its content reaches target audiences.

Amina Mahović

Amina Mahović

Project Manager

Amina has worked for BIRN HUB as a Project Manager since October 2022. She is based in BIRN HUB’s Sarajevo office, responsible for the smooth, uninterrupted implementation of Digital Rights projects.

Apostolis Fotiadis

Apostolis Fotiadis

Investigative Editor

Apostolis co-operates with BIRN as an Investigations Editor.

Azem Kurtic

Azem Kurtic

Bosnia Correspondent

Azem joined BIRN in 2022 as a correspondent from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Based in Sarajevo, he reports on daily developments for Balkan Insight and the Balkan Transitional Justice programme. He covers politics, rule of law and human rights, transitional justice, corruption and organised crime, producing in-depth analysis and features combining elements of data journalism and multimedia storytelling.

Azra Salihovic

Azra Salihovic

Finance Officer

Azra joined BIRN Hub in August 2014 as a Finance Assistant. In 2017, she became a Financial Officer.

Claudia Ciobanu

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.

Dunja Hadzimurtezic

Dunja Hadzimurtezic

Project/Administrative Assistant

Dunja Hadzimurtezic joined BIRN Hub in September 2018 as Project/Administrative Assistant. She is based in BIRN Hub’s Sarajevo office providing support to the regional Finances, Operations, Projects and Programmes.

Dusica L. Stilic

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.

Edit Inotai

Edit Inotai

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

Eleni Stamatoukou

Greece Correspondent
Eleni Stamatoukou is Balkan Insight’s correspondent in Greece, writing on current affairs and producing features, analyses, reviews, interviews and investigations.
Elma Kurtović

Elma Kurtović

HR Officer

Elma joined BIRN Hub in September 2022 as HR Officer. She is based in BIRN Hub’s Sarajevo office. Her main responsibilities is to ensure that the organisation can meet its objectives by having the workforce in place. She is involved in sourcing and planning the overall HR strategy and assist in creating and implementing HR policies and procedures.

Emily Hoyle

Emily Hoyle

Programme Manager

Emily joined BIRN Hub in October 2022 as a Programme Manager and is based primarily between the UK and BIRN Hub’s Sarajevo office.

Fjori Sinoruka

Fjori Sinoruka

Albania Correspondent

Fjori joined Balkan Insight in February 2021 as a correspondent in Albania. She is based in Tirana and responsible for daily news as well as in-depth stories and analysis.

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