Who we are

Iva Savić

Project Officer

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 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.

Ivica Ivanović

Policy Expert

ivica.ivanovic@undp.org 

Ivica Ivanović is an expert in security sector focusing on providing policy support. Prior to joining SEESAC Ivica served as Director General for Defence Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Defence and Director General at the Ministry of Information Society and Telecommunications of the Government of Montenegro. His employment history also includes the position of the Head of Corporate Affairs at Telenor, Program Manager at ReSPA, Program Manager for 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 related to security sector reform, gender equality, diplomacy, project management and human resources development. Ivica earned his Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Seton Hall University, NJ, USA, and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma, OK, USA.

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.

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.

Nenad Bošković

Programme Associate

nenad.boskovic@undp.org

Nenad Bošković is working as Programme Associate at SEESAC since 1 November 2019. He joined the team in April 2016 as Programme Assistant. Prior to that, Nenad worked for the United Nations Office for Project Services in Serbia on the Integrated Health Information System Project as Project Manager Assistant, and as Advisor for International Cooperation and EU Integration in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. He is currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, where he also obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. 

Marija Djordjević

Programme Associate

marija.djordjevic@undp.org

Marija Djordjević is working at SEESAC as Programme Associate since August 2020. Marija joined SEESAC as Programme Assistant in April 2017. Previously, Marija worked for the Center for Liberal-Democratic Studies in Belgrade as Assistant Manager, Financial Manager and Project Coordinator on EU-funded regional and local projects 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.

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.

Nikola Ristić

Communications Associate

nikola.ristic@undp.org

Nikola is a communications specialist with a track record of working in the international affairs and media industry in the Western Balkans. Before joining SEESAC in June 2022, he was working as the Communication Manager at the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) since its establishment in 2017. Previously, he co-founded the European Western Balkans web portal where he was working as the Executive Editor. His experience also includes various short-term engagements with NGOs and news agencies. He holds a B.A. in International Relations/European Integration from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. Nikola has also spent one semester at the University of Konstanz, Germany. During his studies, he conducted internships at national and international organisations/institutions.

Veljko Perović

Programme Finance Associate

veljko.perovic@undp.org   

Veljko Perović has been working as Programme Finance Associate at SEESAC since December 2020. Previously, Veljko was engaged by UNDP as Finance Associate on the Partnership for Local Development Project. Veljko also worked as Finance/Procurement Officer at the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, where he was involved in numerous projects financed by international organizations, including the EU Commission, USAID, IRC, DFID, and LDS. Prior to that, he had served as Finance Officer on the Project financed by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, implemented by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. Veljko holds a Degree in Banking Management from the Faculty of Organizational Sciences of the University of Belgrade.