Bojana Balon

SEESAC Coordinator

Bojana Balon oversees all the UNDP SEESAC projects and is responsible for the long-term, strategic planning of the initiative. Bojana used to be in charge of the day-to-day management of the SEESAC portfolio. Previously, she coordinated SEESAC's activities related to gender mainstreaming in the security sector, including both the Women Police Officers Network in SEE (WPON) and the Gender Equality in the Military project, which she helped develop. She initially joined SEESAC in July 2010 as Project Officer, working mostly on the implementation of the WPON – Support to Gender Mainstreaming in Policing Practices in South East Europe project. Bojana earned her Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Prior to joining UNDP in Serbia in 2008, Bojana worked for the General Police Directorate in Ljubljana and the OSCE Mission to Serbia.

Alain E. Lapon

Chief Technical Advisor

Alain E. Lapon is an expert in the security sector specializing in firearms, ammunition and explosives. With broad experience in the Western Balkans, Alain has been working as Project Manager for UNDP since 2003. He served as Project Manager of the UNDP small arms control project SACIM and the UNDP project Partnership for Community Safety and Security in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He led the UNDP Kosovo* small arms control project KOSSAC from 2008 onwards. Alain began his role as Technical Advisor to SEESAC in June 2014. Besides arms control (including consultations on cross border control, information management, legislative frameworks, collection campaigns, destructions of small arms and light weapons, stockpile management, and capacity building), he has been engaged in Integrated Border Management strategies, private security service legislation, civil use of explosives, and – as of late – in the field of countering violent extremism. He has an extensive military background.

Slobodan Boskovic

SALW Project Coordinator

Slobodan Boskovic joined the SEESAC team in September 2012 and focuses his work on SEESAC’s Arms Control activities. He previously served as the key point of contact for the Disaster Risk Reduction portfolio. Prior to joining SEESAC, Slobodan served as Assistant Minister of Justice for European Integration and International Projects at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia. His background is in human security project planning and implementation. Slobodan holds a joint Master’s degree in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA) from the University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in International Political Studies from the Nottingham Trent University.

Juliana Buzi

Regional Cooperation Coordinator

Juliana Buzi joined the UNDP/SEESAC team in March 2014. She is responsible for coordinating SEESAC’s regional cooperation activities on SALW control implemented under the EUSAC Project. Juliana holds a degree in philology from the University of Tirana and has completed post-graduate studies at the Albanian Diplomatic Academy. Prior to joining SEESAC, she worked for the NATO Support Agency - NSPA (former-NAMSA) in the implementation of the Anti-Personnel Mines Project in Albania (2000-2001). During 2002-2014, Juliana served as Programme Specialist with the Albanian Mine Action Executive for the implementation of the Mine Action and Hotspots Clearance Programme in Albania. In addition, she held the position of Project Officer at the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), as well as at the Implementation Support Unit for the AP Mines Ban Convention (2006-2008) based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Danijela Djurovic

Gender Project Coordinator

Danijela Djurovic is the key SEESAC contact on all issues related to the Gender Equality in the Military project. Danijela joined the SEESAC team in June 2012, having previously worked for the UNDP Serbia office since 2002. She has extensive experience in the human rights-based approach to development programming as her work mainly focused on social inclusion, support to civil society organizations, marginalized groups and gender mainstreaming. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Serbian language and literature, from the Faculty of Philology, Belgrade University. She also gained additional education on Gender Equality and Social Development at the University of London (International Programmes) where she is currently enrolled in a course on Political Economy of Public Policy.

Tamara Svircev

Project Officer – SALW Control

Tamara Svircev supports arms control activities focusing on the improvement of capacity for physical security and stockpile management through infrastructure security upgrades, surplus reduction and training. She provides assistance and technical advice to the national authorities in particular in relation to stockpile management. She has been an active contributor to several regional processes in this field. Until April 2017, Tamara was responsible for financial monitoring, as well as planning and overseeing of SEESAC procurement processes. She joined the SEESAC team in February 2005. Her prior experience includes working for UNDP Serbia and Montenegro - Beautiful Serbia Project, as well as the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and various international organizations. Tamara obtained her degree in architectural engineering from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture.

Dragan Bozanic

Gender and Research Project Officer

Dragan Bozanic joined the SEESAC team in February 2016 as Gender and SALW Consultant. He is a gender specialist with expertise in gender mainstreaming, public policies, gender budgeting, gender research and analysis, as well as organizational change. He has vast experience in the implementation of gender equality policies in different fields, particularly gender mainstreaming and violence against women, as well as project design and management. Prior to SEESAC, Dragan served as Gender Advisor in the Provincial Secretariat for Economy, Employment and Gender Equality within the Government of Vojvodina. As part of his work in the public administration, Dragan co-initiated pioneering work in the field of gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting within the provincial government. Dragan Bozanic has also been engaged as an expert consultant by: OSCE Mission to Serbia, ODIHR, CIDA, UN Women, UNICEF and is a member of the UN Secretary-General's Network of Men Leaders since 2012.

Igor Srbljanovic

Project Officer - SALW Control

Igor Srbljanovic joined the team in May 2017. Igor supports arms control activities focusing on marking, tracing and record-keeping of firearms. Previously, Igor served as the Head of Department for Project Management in the Sector for International Cooperation and EU Integration of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia. He also worked as the Coordinator for International Projects at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia. Igor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade.

Arben Kotobelli

Technical Adviser

Arben Kotobelli, a former Major in the Albanian Army, joined the SEESAC team as Technical Adviser in February 2016. He supports SEESAC’s activities in Albania and is primarily responsible for the coordination and monitoring of the activities with the Ministry of Defense. He graduated as Weapons and Ammunition Specialist from the Albanian Military Academy and remained in active duty for 17 years. He has completed several ammunition-related training courses in Italy, Canada and the USA. Prior to joining SEESAC, he was the Project Supervisor for the NATO Support and Procurement Agency – NSPA in Albania during the implementation of two NATO Trust Fund projects for the destruction of surplus ammunition and excess weapons.

Violeta Gasi


Violeta Gasi has been working as Technical Translator at SEESAC since September 2015. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Nis with a degree in English language and literature. She brings over fifteen years of experience gained at various international companies and organizations such as NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad and Philip Morris International in Nis where she worked as an Interpreter. In addition, she served as Senior Project Officer at C.R.I.C and as Assistant to the Core Supervisor at IOM. Violeta also taught English and Serbian at Oxford Centar, Language school in Nis.