Who we are

Iva Savić

Project Analyst

iva.savic@undp.org

Iva Savić serves as a Project Officer responsible for SEESAC’s reporting and knowledge management. She joined the team in this role in 2021, but was previously with SEESAC between 2011 and 2016 when she managed SEESAC’s Arms Exports Control in the Western Balkans project, SALW awareness-raising activities and the overall communications of the initiative.   Iva holds a Master’s degree in International Security Policy from Columbia University in New York. Prior to her current engagement, Iva collaborated with UN Women and OSCE in Serbia on gender and SALW control related issues. She led a human security focused-advocacy project at Freedom House in Washington, D.C. and served as a Research Assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on issues ranging from U.S.-Russian security, democracy development, and human trafficking linked to the presence of peacekeepers and other international contingents in the Western Balkans.   

Jelena McCoy

Trust Fund Co-ordination Officer

jelena.mccoy@undp.org

Jelena McCoy is the Trust Fund Co-ordination Officer supporting the implementation and coordination of funding mechanisms under the Roadmap on combating illicit arms trafficking in the Western Balkans. Jelena joined the SEESAC team in July 2022. Previously, she worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe covering a diverse portfolio, including strategic planning, policy development, programme co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation, resource and partnership mobilization, post-conflict institution building and reconciliation, and gender equality. Jelena earned her Master’s degree in European Integration and Regionalism at the University of Graz, Austria.

Martin van der Meij

SALW Control Expert

martin.van.der.meij@undp.org

Martin van der Meij joined the SEESAC team in January 2024 as a Small Arms and Light Weapons Control Expert. He has more than 26 years of Law Enforcement experience within the Dutch Military Police and the Dutch National Police working mostly in the intelligence sector. Between 2014-2023 Martin worked for the European Law Enforcement Agency Europol where he was head of the Analysis Project Weapons & Explosives, a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team of analysts and specialists supporting EU Member States and partners investigating trafficking of weapons and explosives on both operational and strategic level. This support included operational analysis, delivery of subject matter expertise and monitoring threats and trends.

Ivica Ivanović

Project Analyst

ivica.ivanovic@undp.org 

Ivica Ivanović is an expert in the security and defence sector, focusing on providing SALW control policy support and gender mainstreaming in the security sector.

Prior to joining SEESAC, Ivica served as Director General for Defence Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Defence of Montenegro, where his key tasks involved expert support in the process of NATO integration, support to bilateral and multilateral cooperation with various partners and stakeholders, regional cooperation in WB and SEE, exchanging of best practices in the security sector, as well as coordination of national working groups for the development of strategic documents. His employment history also includes Director General at the Ministry of Information Society and Telecommunications of the Government of Montenegro, Head of Corporate Affairs at Telenor, Program Manager at ReSPA, Program Manager for a Security Sector Reform Project in the Western Balkans financed by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence and Assistant at the Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy. In addition, Ivica held other positions in the following areas: diplomacy, project management and human resources development.

Ivica earned his Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, NJ, USA, and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma, OK, USA.

Urban Jakša

Project Analyst

urban.jaksa@undp.org

Urban Jakša joined the SEESAC team as a Project Analyst in 2023, supporting SEESAC's activities related to regional cooperation, SALW control policies, and the Western Balkans SALW Control Roadmap. Before joining SEESAC, Urban worked as a Guest Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Researcher at ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute where he taught a Master’s-level course on EU Foreign and Security Policy and conducted research on protracted conflicts in South Eastern and Eastern Europe. Prior to that, Urban gained hands-on policy experience working for NATO, OSCE, and think tanks, such as the CRRC in Armenia and PISM in Poland. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, a Master’s degree in Political Science (both from the University of Ljubljana) and a PhD from the University of York. Urban also held fellowships at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow in 2015, at Columbia University (Fulbright) in 2016/17, and at the UN Alliance of Civilizations in 2019/20.

Arben Kotobelli

Technical Adviser

arben.kotobelli@undp.org

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 weapon.

Nenad Bošković

Project Analyst

nenad.boskovic@undp.org

Nenad Bošković has been serving as a Project Analyst at SEESAC since 15 November 2023, supporting SEESAC's activities related to regional cooperation, SALW control policies, and the Western Balkans SALW Control Roadmap. He joined the team in April 2016 as a Programme Assistant and later assumed the position of a Programme Associate in November 2019. Prior to that, Nenad worked for the United Nations Office for Project Services in Serbia on the Integrated Health Information System Project as a Manager Assistant and as an Advisor for international Cooperation and EU Integration in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. He holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and a Master's degree in Political Science, both from the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade.

Marija Djordjević

Project Analyst

marija.djordjevic@undp.org

Marija Djordjević has been working as a SEESAC Project Analyst since 2023. She began her work with the SEESAC team in 2017 as a Programme Assistant, and subsequently, from 2020 onward, she fulfilled the role of a Programme Associate. Before joining SEESAC, Marija held diverse positions at the Center for Liberal-Democratic Studies in Belgrade, including Assistant Manager, Financial Manager, and Project Coordinator on EU-funded regional and local projects focused on Anti-Corruption, Good Governance, and Social Services. Marija holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Belgrade, Department of International Economics and Foreign Trade.

Violeta Gaši

Programme Associate

violeta.gasi@undp.org

Violeta Gaši has been working as Programme Associate at SEESAC since December 2021. She joined the team as a Translator in September 2015. As of 2018, her duties included management and quality assurance of the SEESAC’s Armed Violence Monitoring Platform. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, the University of Nis, with a degree in English language and literature. Violeta 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.

Nemanja Vuksanović

Programme Associate

nemanja.vuksanovic@undp.org

Nemanja Vuksanović is working at SEESAC as Programme Associate since August 2020. Nemanja joined the SEESAC team in August 2017 as Programme Assistant. Prior to that, Nemanja worked for the Youth Business Forum as Program Coordinator, and was engaged as an intern by the United Nations Development Programme. Nemanja obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade, where he is currently pursuing Master’s degree.