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Who is GONG?

The highest GONG body is the Assembly composed of all GONG members. It convenes at least once a year when it adopts the Annual report.

GONG Council


Nenad Zakošek, President of the Council

Nenad Zakošek is a professor at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, as well as the head of the post-graduate study program “Croatian Political System and Governance”. He earned his PhD at the Otto Suhr Institute, Freie Universität Berlin. He is a member of the Croatian Political Science Association, the international South East European Research Centre in Thessaloniki and the Croatian delegation in GRECO, the international anti-corruption network of the Council of Europe, where he specializes in political party financing. The focus of his scientific work includes parties and elections, the political system of Croatia, comparative analyses of political transformation processes in Central and South-East Europe, theories of modernization and theories of political development. He has authored numerous scientific articles, papers and books.

Nives Miošić

Nives Miošić earned her MSc in Public Administration and Public Policy at the University of York in Great Britain. She is an experienced analyst of democratic processes, having conducted research focusing on the issues of the quality of governance in the public sector. Her areas of interest include the capacities of Croatian public administration for good governance and public policy analysis. She has rich experience of training public servants and civil society organizations in Croatia and other former Yugoslav countries on conducting policy analyses. Working as a consultant, she has conducted numerous external evaluations of projects of social and economic development in Croatia and Central and Eastern European countries and has managed international development projects in Croatia.

Berto Šalaj

Berto Šalaj teaches courses entitled “Democracy and Civil Society”, “Political Socialization and Political Education” and “Social Capital in the Local Community” at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, where he earned his MSc with a thesis on the political education in school curricula and his PhD with a dissertation on social capital in post-Communist countries. His scientific interests include issues of democracy, populism, political culture, social capital, civil society and political education, on which he has published a number of articles and studies, including notably the book Social Capital (2007) and an article on contemporary populism (2012). He is a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Annals of the Croatian Political Science Association. He is involved in a number of scientific and professional projects conducted by Croatian civil society organizations.

Vanja Škorić

Vanja Škorić earned her MSc in International Public Law from the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Law. She has years of experience in research, conducting analyses and preparing legislative proposals, as well as coordinating numerous advocacy campaigns for election legislation, election monitoring, civil society development and good governance. Apart from developing a comparative analysis framework in the area of election legislation, advocacy and lobbying, her interests include transparency and the right of access to information, citizen activitism and NGO cooperation in Croatia, the region and the European Union. After working in GONG as a legal advisor for a number of years, she is now a senior legal advisor of the European Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) in the areas of implementing and developing policies influencing NGO sustainability and involvement of the public in political processes.

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Enes Ćerimagić

Enes Ćerimagić was born in Dubrovnik where he finished high school. He graduated from Law School of the University of Zagreb. He is a longtime activist and has participated in non-advocacy campaigns and actions such as the protest of Dubrovnik students against the threat of cultural heritage in 2003, the campaign "Do not Give Warsaw" (Zagreb), National Referendum Campaigns "Do not Give Our Highway" and "Referendum on Referendum" Campaign "Srđ is ours" (Dubrovnik). He is a member of the initiative Srđ is our and Green Action where he also works as a lawyer. His work deals with the analysis of the legislative framework in the field of environmental law and advocating environmentally sustainable legal solutions, educating citizens about their rights and the possibilities of participating in environmental decision-making procedures and using legal mechanisms to contest environmentally damaging projects.


GONG's Supervising Board


Daniela Jovanova Ivanković, president

Daniela Jovanova Ivanković graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogy in Skopje. During her studies, she worked for Friends of the Earth Macedonia as assistant coordinator for various projects. She was a member of the Executive Board of Friends of the Earth Macedonia and a longtime volunteer at the Volunteers’ Centre Zagreb (VCZ), as Head of Office. Since 2002, she has been an employee of Friends of the Earth Croatia, where she was Executive Director and Executive Board member. She was also a member of the local Advisory Committee of TACSO, the National Committee for the Development of Volunteering and VCZ. She is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of the Operational Program for the Development of Human Potentials 2007-2013 and a member of the Macedonian Minority Council for the City of Zagreb.

Sanda Malbaša

Sanda Malbaša has more than 25 years of activist and professional experience in several civil society organizations in Croatia: CESI, Center for Women Victims of War, Croatian Anti-fraud Campaign, Center for Peace Studies ... From 1992 to 1997 she attended various education in The purpose of educational programs in the area of crisis counseling, group work, communication skills, nonviolent conflict transformation, management skills and organizational development conducted by professionals from various international institutions such as the Dublin Rape Crisis Center, the Manchester Rape Crisis Center, WATFY from Great Britain, Harvard Medical School, ARS Publica from USA, Admira from Netherlands and professional therapists and educators from Canada, Germany, Austria and Croatia. She is the founder of CESI, a feminist organization, where has been working as Finance Manager since 1997, and as Deputy Coordinator of CESI since 2013. She has been educated in financial management, marketing, strategic planning and organizational development for non-profit organizations, and trained for carrying out bookkeeping activities.

Natalia Mirković

Natalia Mirković is a legal expert  with experience in the right to information, voters' rights and overall electoral legislation. As a member of GONG's legal team, she had participated in participative budgeting processes, investigated corruption and advocated for transparency of public institutions and media. Since 2015, he is working at Erste & Steiermärkische Bank d.d., focusing first on the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, and then on internal control systems of credit institutions.


GONG Executive Board


Jelena Berković, Executive director

Jelena Berković has a degree in journalism at the Faculty of Political Science and Master's degree in Global Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Among her areas of interest are public policy and the media. From 1998. till 2010. she worked as a reporter and editor at Radio 101 and was an outer member of the Parliamentary Committee on Information, Informatization and the Media, as well as a member of the Association of Investigative Journalists.

Blaženka Sečkar, Head of Finance

Blaženka Sečkar has a decade long activist and professional experience in a number of civil society organizations in Croatia, including Amnesty International Croatia and Documenta - Centre for Dealing with the past. She is also involved in lecturing at internationally accredited business school «Zagreb School of Economics and Management». She has graduated in Mathematics at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, financial and business mathematics and she is also near graduation in business administration(MBA). Her activities are focused on international cooperation, capacity building, organization and financial business organizations, including numerous trainings on strategic and operational planning, communication and leadership. Since 2014 she is a member of the Council of the Central Bureau of Statistics in front of the civil society organizations.

Martina Horvat, Deputy Executive director

Martina Horvat graduated social pedagogy at Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences and is currently attending doctoral studies of social politics at Faculty of Law in Zagreb. Her activities so far include education and training aimed for the improvement of social competence, human rights, civil participation and activities as well as voluntary work. Thanks to her vast experience as a volunteer, she educated volunteering candidates and conducted workshops for teachers. A number of her scientific and specialized works have been published. She makes continuous efforts to improve her professional skills.


Democratic political processes and institutions


Jelena Berković, Head of team

Jelena Berković has a degree in journalism at the Faculty of Political Science and Master's degree in Global Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Among her areas of interest are public policy and the media. From 1998. till 2010. she worked as a reporter and editor at Radio 101 and was an outer member of the Parliamentary Committee on Information, Informatization and the Media, as well as a member of the Association of Investigative Journalists.

Slaven Rašković

Slaven Rašković has a MA in Sociology and Information science gained on Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. For the last 10 years, while working in Documenta – center for Dealing with the Past he has become expert in documenting of serious human rights violations but also use of modern technologies in the work of civil society organizations. As a member of different national and international networks of CSO', he has actively worked on raising capacities of CSO's in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Ukraine, Armenia, Columbia… He has prepared and implemented many projects gaining experience of entire project cycle. At the moment focused on advocacy and implementations of open data standards in Croatia.

Melisa Skender

Melisa Skender has a degree in journalism from the Faculty of Political Science, the University of Zagreb. She worked as a professional journalist at various media outlets since 1996 and from the start, her fields of interest were media policy, civil society as well as open and transparent government. She is the member of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Network from 2013 and prizewinner of the Croatian Journalists' Association award for the best internet journalist in 2016.

Jelena Tešija

Jelena Tešija holds two Master's degrees; one in Gender Studies (Central European University, Budapest) and one in Journalism (Faculty of Political Science, Zagreb). Besides her professional experience as a Journalist (she worked as a Web Journalist and a Community Manager), she has a rich experience in the NGO sector (as a PR and Communications Specialist), where she developed her communication and organizational skills. She has been trying to use her educational and professional background for activism for years.

Andrea Kovač

Andrea Kovač is finishing master’s degree in comparative literature and ethnology and cultural anthropology. Her previous work experience was in IT industry where she worked in marketing and project management. She is interested in citizens’ participation in decision-making on the level of local communities, smart city and data management technologies, institutions and policies in higher education and student organizations in which she actively participated during college. Currently, Andrea works on organization’s GDPR compliance.

Margarita Perić

Margarita Perić has a degree in journalism from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. She worked as a professional journalist from 2006 to 2014, when she left to work in the Croatian Audiovisual Centre. Since May 2018, she is a project associate in GONG.

Oriana Ivković Novokmet

Oriana Ivković Novokmet has a degree in journalism at the Faculty of Political Science of Zagreb University. She worked as editor and journalist in several media outlets. Before joining GONG, she was an investigative journalist for the news outlet Index.hr. Among her interests are good governance, anti-corruption and public policy.


Democratic political culture, activism and media


Martina Horvat

Martina Horvat graduated social pedagogy at Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences and is currently attending doctoral studies of social politics at Faculty of Law in Zagreb. Her activities so far include education and training aimed for the improvement of social competence, human rights, civil participation and activities as well as voluntary work. Thanks to her vast experience as a volunteer, she educated volunteering candidates and conducted workshops for teachers. A number of her scientific and specialized works have been published. She makes continuous efforts to improve her professional skills.

Dražen Hoffmann

Dražen Hoffmann has obtained a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Sociology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,as well as a bachelor’s and master's degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb. As of 2012, he is a PhD student in Comparative Politics. Apart from GONG's Research Centre, he is gaining research experience as an associate of the Centre for Studies of Ethnicity, Citizenship and Migration at the Faculty of Political Sciences, working on social policy topics.

Monika Valečić

Monika Valečić obtained a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Smith College, USA, and an MA in Journalism from the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. Her interests include media literacy, media policy and contributing towards media systems acting in public interest. Before joining GONG, she coordinated international projects for the Croatian Journalists Association. She serves as a member of the Croatian United World College Croatia National Committee.

Lucija Dumančić

Lucija Dumančić obtained BA and MA in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Sciences and MA in Sociology at Croatian Studies, both at the University of Zagreb. Prior to joining GONG, she worked as a high school teacher and at a digital marketing agency. Her primary interest is education, therefore she is now focused on youth and teachers' education, including political and EU literacy.


Finance and Administration Team


Blaženka Sečkar

Blaženka Sečkar has a decade long activist and professional experience in a number of civil society organizations in Croatia, including Amnesty International Croatia and Documenta - Centre for Dealing with the past. She is also involved in lecturing at internationally accredited business school «Zagreb School of Economics and Management». She has graduated in Mathematics at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, financial and business mathematics and she is also near graduation in business administration(MBA). Her activities are focused on international cooperation, capacity building, organization and financial business organizations, including numerous trainings on strategic and operational planning, communication and leadership. Since 2014 she is a member of the Council of the Central Bureau of Statistics in front of the civil society organizations.

Paula Bjažević

Master of Economics, Politics of Economics and Financial Markets.  She gained valuable experience while working as an accounting manager. Paula joined GONG's Financial and Administrative Team in late 2017 as the project finance manager.

Žana Barišić Došen

Žana Barišić Došen has a master’s degree in economics and experience from the corporate sector, in the field of human resources and education. In the civic sector, she is active in many initiatives and associations in Zagreb and a borad member of the International Association for Human Values (IAHV). She is involved in implementation of many humanitarian actions and movements, important for democratic processes and equality of people. In GONG, her focus is on fundraising processes and management of day to day office business.

Jelena Čaušević

Jelena Čaušević has a master’s degree in economics and experience in a number of civil society organizations. Among her areas of interest are feminism and LGBTIQ rights. She works in GONG's Financial and Administrative Team as project finance manager.


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