About the Team

Members of the Balkan Transitional Justice team include highly skilled managers, editors, and journalists from the region and abroad and an experienced language team of locally based translators and proofreaders.

Gordana Igrić, Director of BIRN

Gordana is the founder of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and currently serves as the Regional Network Director. She began her career as a journalist in Belgrade in 1981, and later reported from Bosnia and Kosovo during the wars that accompanied the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Following the conflict, she returned to research and document war crimes. Gordana has received several journalism awards, including the 1998 Overseas Press Club (USA) Award for Human Rights Reporting and a Human Rights Watch (HRW) award for her research into war crimes in Foca, Bosnia. Before founding BIRN, she was the Balkan project manager at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) from 1999 until August 2005, during which time IWPR's Balkan reporting received numerous press awards and media citations.

Anisa Sućeska-Vekić, Project Manager

Anisa is the director of BIRN's Bosnia and Herzegovina regional office in Sarajevo. Previously, she worked with several leading EU and UN institutions and donor groups. She has worked in administration and planning units, beginning with the OSCE in 1996 with the Election Department in Bosnia, and later in Kosovo as Operations Manager until 2002. She was later a civil society coordinator for Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, Millenium Development Goals, and Gender programmes at the UNDP. She moved to Iran in 2004, working as Chief of Support for the International Organization for Migration within the Afghan and Iraqi Elections Program. From 2005 to 2007 she served as a Program Manager for ‘Women for Women’ International in Bosnia. A member of several development groups in Bosnia, she has worked as a consultant and evaluator for projects on gender, civil society, sustainability, and social and cultural development in the Balkans. Since January 2005, her work has focused on the role of the media and civil society in the localisation of war crimes in Bosnia. She became director of BIRN Bosnia in 2007. In her capacity as Project Manager, she has been in charge of the Justice Report Programme and all related projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the Balkan Transitional Justice project.  

Marina Radenković, Project Coordinator

Marina has joined the BIRN team as coordinator of the Balkan Transitional Justice project. Prior to joining the BIRN she worked in NGO sector and United Nations on projects related to human rights issues. Marina is a lawyer and holds a Master degree in International Relations and a Master degree in Protection of Human Rights from the University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. She has completed educational program in the field of gender women's studies at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade.

Ana Petruševa, Managing Editor

Ana has been working as a journalist since 1997. She was a staff writer for the Skopje based Forum magazine until 2000. During the 1999 Kosovo conflict she worked with television stations Arte, Spiegel TV and Rai Uno. In 2000 she won a scholarship for a  year of professional development at Indiana University's School of Journalism, and spent a year in the United States. While overseas, she worked as a correspondent for Deutsche Welle's Macedonian service. From 2001, she covered the Macedonian conflict and its aftermath for Reuters. In 2002 she was Associate producer of IWPR`s documentary Ohrid and Beyond. She was also IWPR's Country Director for Macedonia from 2003 until 2005. She established BIRN in Macedonia in 2005. In 2006, she produced BIRN’s documentary on Kosovo "Does Anyone Have a Plan?".

Matthew Collin, English Language Editor-in-Chief

Matthew Collin, EditorMatthew Collin joined BIRN in January 2013. Matthew is a journalist, broadcaster and author who has worked as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse. He has also been the editor of The Big Issue, the Time Out website and i-D magazine. He has worked in print, television, radio and online media and has written for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Observer and The Wall Street Journal. His books include This is Serbia Calling and The Time of the Rebels.

Edona Peci, Journalist and Reporter (Kosovo)

 Edona joined BIRN’s Transitional Justice Regional Journalistic Network after working as a Pristina correspondent for the Radio Free Europe (2008-2013). During her work at the Albanian unit of RFE she mainly covered political, security and inter-ethnic issues. For several months Edona was engaged as a freelance editor and broadcaster at the RFE’s headquarter in Prague, Czech Republic. Previously (2006-2008), she worked for the Albanian Satellite Television-ALSAT reporting from Kosovo. Edona is currently finishing her Bachelor's degree at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Pristina.

Melisa Bilalovic, Radio Editor

Melisa Bilalovic has been working as a journalist since 2001 when she graduated in journalism at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo. Before joining BIRN, she was working as a public relations officer with the State Commission for Gathering Facts on War Crimes and a radio journalist and producer at BH Radio 1 and Radio FBIH. She was also the editor-in-chief of the Media Services for Bosnia and Herzegovina. She joined the BIRN team in 2012 as journalist and editor for Radio Justice and radio editor for Balkan Transitional Justice.

Denis Džidić, Journalist and Reporter (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Denis joined BIRN's regional office in Sarajevo in 2008 as a journalist involved in the Justice Report project. Previously he worked for two years at the IWPR, where he gained valuable experience by covering war crimes trials and issues related to transitional justice. He has also worked part-time for the Oslobođenje daily newspaper, REZ youth magazine, and the Southeastern European Times website. He recently graduated from the University of Sarajevo with a degree in journalism.

Dragana Erjavec, TV Editor

Dragana has been a member of BIRN's Sarajevo office since August 2008 as the editor of the monthly TV programme TV Justice. A journalist with over nine years of experience before joining BIRN, she started as a radio reporter on Radio Studio B and Radio Index in Belgrade in 1999. After moving to Sarajevo in 2001, she gained a degree in journalism from the  “Media Plan” programme. Following completion of her degree, she worked for various local media outlets such as TV OBN, Radio MIR, TV production XY Films, and Radio Free Europe. In 2008, she worked on a serial radio programme about transitional justice and war crimes produced by the ALTER MEDIA and UNDP in Bosnia.

Siniša Jakov-Marušić, Journalist and Reporter (Macedonia)

Siniša is a regular contributor to the news and analysis sections of BIRN’s online publication, Balkan Insight. He has been covering Macedonia’s political, social and economic developments for several years. He studied Ethnology and Anthropology, and in 2007 finished the Journalism School at the Macedonian Institute for Media, (MIM) in Skopje. His articles and analysis also appear in other local written and electronic media. 

Milena Milošević, Journalist and Reporter (Montenegro)

Milena has recently joined BIRN’s Transitional Justice Regional Journalistic Network after spending  year with the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (IJAS), writing articles and reports about current social and political affairs in Serbia and in the Balkan region. In the past she worked for the Hellenic Centre of European Studies (EKEM) within the "Transforming the Balkans" programme. She has completed a number of training courses in reporting and journalistic work. She holds a master’s degree in South East European studies from the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Athens, and a BA from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, where she focused on journalism.

Boris Pavelić, Journalist and Reporter (Croatia)

Boris Pavelić has been working full time as a journalist for the independent daily Novi list in Rijeka, Croatia, since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of issues dealing with post-war transition, and is particularly focused on the current political situation and post-war trauma in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also worked as a reporter from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq, Georgia, and the Israeli bombing of Gaza in 2008/2009. In 2010, he published a book about the ten years of former president of Croatia Stjepan Mesić's presidency, entitled Ten Better Years. He has also co-authored a book about the Croatian army general Ante Gotovina.

Marija Ristić, Journalist and Reporter (Serbia)

Marija joined BIRN’s Transitional Justice Regional Journalistic Network after pursuing a traineeship at the Press and Information Unit at the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia. She has also worked as an assistant editor and science journalist at the Institute for Informatics Systems and Computer Media, at the Technical University of Graz. She has also interned as a journalist focusing on topics related to economics at the Politka daily newspaper. During her studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade she worked as a journalist for the student magazine Politokolog and as host for the Radio production “Slušaonica 6” for Radio Studio B in Belgrade. She also received additional education at the School of Investigative Journalism at the Center for Investigative Journalism in Serbia, the European Journalism Centre in the Netherlands, and other organizations.

Emica Niami-Nalbantić, Translator (Macedonian)

Emica is an experienced translator from English to Macedonian and a certified court interpreter. She graduated  with a degree in journalism in Skopje, Macedonia. She has worked for the student newspaper Student Word, Macedonian Radio, the political magazine Denes and daily newspaper Macedonian Denses. She has worked at A1 TV for over 18 years, first as a reporter and later as the editor of daily news. Since 2000, Emica has been working in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a correspondent for Radio Deutsche Welle and Macedonian A1 TV. She has also worked for NTV 99, RTV Alfa, the political magazine Walter, Radio Fern, Radio Alfa, as well as a number of NGOs.

Oto Oltvanji, Translator and Editor (Serbian)

Oto has continuously worked as a freelance translator for the BIRN offices in Serbia and Bosnia since March 2008. From 1998 to 2004 he worked as an interpreter and journalist for the English news service of Serbia's leading independent radio and TV station B92, and served as a deputy editor-in-chief of the English news service between 2000 and 2004. He has translated fiction by authors such as Lucius Shepard, George Pelecanos, and Jonathan Lethem into Serbian. He has published over 30 short stories and two novels, Black Shoes (1995) and Backbone of the Night (2010), both for Samizdat B92.

Bardh Shkreli, Translator and Editor (Albanian)

Bardh has worked with BIRN Kosovo office before as a journalist for “Jeta në Kosovë”. He has previously worked in “Lajm” newspaper (English edition) and Radio Urban Fm based in Pristina. The English edition of “Lajm” was the first local newspaper in English and was subscribed by most of the international organizations in Kosovo such as KFOR and UNMIK. Bardh has a Bachelor Degree in International Business, American University in Kosovo and Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property Law, Maastricht University, Netherlands. Bardh was personal executive assistant and translator to the Minister of Agriculture and rural Development in Kosovo in 2007.

Nadira Korić, Proofreader and Translator (Serbian and Bosnian)

Nadira joined the BIRN's Bosnia team in February 2007 as a proofreader for the Justice Report Project and recently also joined the Balkan Transitional Justice Team. She previously worked for the Bosnian weekly BH Dani as a proofreader from 1997 to 2005.

Lidija Bakarić, Proofreader and Translator (Croatian)

Lidija first joined BIRN's regional office in Sarajevo in 2010 as a proofreader for the Justice Report project of BIRN Bosnia. Lidija was also a freelance screenwriter of radio plays at the BH Radio 1. She graduated from the Department of Comparative Literature and Librarianship at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo.

Abdullah Hoxha, Proofreader (Albanian)

Abdullah has graduated in Albanian language and literature at the Philology Faculty, in Prishtina in 1982. in Albanian language and literature. He has finished post-graduate studies in 1983- 1985. Since 1983 he has worked as professor of Albanian language in several schools, and as proofreader for different newspapers. Abdullah lives in Prishtina since 1976, working as a professor of Albanian language in the “Xhevdet Doda” high school, in Prishtina and has recently joined BIRN’s Balkan Transitional Justice project as a proofreader.

Tamara Chausidis, Proofreader (Macedonian)

Tamara is a journalist and proofreader with extensive experience with media in Macedonia. She began working for BIRN Macedonia in 2005 as an editor in the regional office in Skopje. She has also worked as an editor in Macedonian Radio, including for Radio Skopje, Radio Free Europe and TV ALSAT – M.

Marina Šestović, Proofreader (Montenegrin)

Marina has been working as a proofreader and language editor for the online Montenegrin news portal ND Vijesti for over seven years. She graduated in Serbian Language and Literature at the Faculty of Arts in Podgorica, Montenegro.