Mr. Aleksandar Vesic

WBF Senior Expert

Aleksandar Vesic is a seasoned expert and Program Manager with over 13 years of experience in the field of socio-economic development.  He possesses more than 7 years of experience in grant scheme design and implementation with some of the most prominent international organizations where he implemented various grant programs in the total value of more than 22 million EUR.

Aleksandar has more than 10 years of experience in the management of EU funded economic development projects in Kosovo and Serbia. Some of his most relevant assignments include: Three years as the Economic Development Expert with the European Union Office to Kosovo. Nearly two years with the EU funded Integrated Innovation Support Program designed to improve innovation funding environment in Serbia. Two years with EU funded Regional Socio-Economic Development Program 2, designed to improve the capacities of the Regional Development Agencies in Serbia. Two years with EU funded FAIR project, designed to support creation of new employment in northern part of Kosovo.

Aleksandar holds a Master’s Degree in the Economics of European Union and is fluent English. He is married and is a father of Filip (2) and Nevena (4).

E-mail: aleksandar.vesic@westernbalkansfund.org

Ms. Antoaneta Ivanova

WBF Program Coordinator & Communication Officer

Antoaneta Ivanova holds Master of Arts in Human Rights and Democracy in SEE Europe, a European joint program between University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo. In 2005 Ms Ivanova has been selected as fellow of US Department of State and attended graduate school for Communication studies at Rutgers University of NJ, USA.  She have been active in the non-governmental sector in the Balkan region for many years where she have been working on programs dedicated to media, education and youth. In 2008 she spent couple of months in Brussels where she worked for Advocacy and Lobbying company that operated with-in the European Parliament.

When she returned home in Macedonia in 2008 she decided to found an organization – Mladiinfo International (www.mladiinfo.eu)  which grown-up in Regional and European recognized platform for sharing information relevant for students, professors, youth, non-governments organizations, universities etc. In the last years, Antoaneta Ivanova has been working as Public Funding Consultant and Fundraiser for Public and Private Institutions in Macedonia and abroad.

E-mail: antoaneta.ivanova@westernbalkansfund.org

Ms. Dafina Beqiri

WBF Program Coordinator

Ms. Dafina Beqiri comes from Prishtina, Kosovo with over ten years of experience in Program/Project Management and Regional Development.

Prior, she provided her contribution to regional development in Kosovo for three years, she also worked with Council of Europe leading activities in regional projects in the field of promoting cultural diversity and regional project on promoting freedom of expression and freedom of media in South East Europe.

She is a frequent speaker and trainer on topics such as: Organizational Behavior Management, Leadership and Management, Marketing & Branding, Project Cycle Management, Business Development and Management, Emotional Intelligence, Public Relations and Human Rights with a focus on gender Equality. Dafina earned a diploma on Project & Business Management from UCLA, Los Angeles, USA, a Master degree from University LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, Italy, earned a Bachelor’s degree, in Sociology from University of Pristina, and a diploma on Human Rights from Oslo University.

E-mail: dafina.beqiri@westernbalkansfund.org