Who is Gong?

Council

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Berto Šalaj
president
Berto Šalaj is a professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb.

He teaches the courses Democracy and Civil Society and Political Socialization and Political Education. His scientific and research interests are directed towards issues of democracy, populism, political culture, social capital, civil society and political education. He has published, independently or as a co-author, four scientific books, seventeen articles in scientific journals and about fifty other scientific and professional works. He is a member of the Croatian Society of Political Science and participates in the implementation of numerous scientific and professional projects implemented by non-governmental organizations in Croatia.

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Lejla Šehić Relić
Vice president
One of the founders and executive director of the organisation for social development DKolektiv, president of the executive board of the Croatian Center for Volunteer Development and president of the European Volunteer Center.

Lejla Šehić Relić, born in 1971, expert specialist in public administration, is active in creating public policies for the development and affirmation of civil society and volunteering. In the period of 2012-2014, she was the President of the National Volunteer Development Committee. She is the co-author of several publications in the field of volunteering, community development, conflict management and the integration of refugees and migrants. Areas of expertise are related to democratisation, volunteering and civil society, EU funds, organisational development and quality assurance for non-profit organisations. Winner of the "Krunoslav Sukić" Award for the Promotion of Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights 2020.

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Nenad Zakošek
Full Professor With Tenure at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb
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Kosta Bovan
Kosta Bovan is an docent at the Faculty of Political Science.

He received his master's degree in Psychology in 2010, and obtained a doctorate in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Science in 2016. He holds courses in statistics, methodology, academic writing, social psychology and political behaviour. The broadest area of his interest is political behaviour and opinion, where he studies electoral behaviour, democratic culture, values and attitudes of citizens, etc. He has published a number of scientific articles on these topics. He is a member of the Croatian Political Science Association, and of the Centre for Democracy and Law Miko Tripalo. He has participated in a number of national and international scientific projects.

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Vedran Đulabić
Associate Professor at the Department of Administrative Science, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb.

He received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, at the postgraduate study of administrative-political sciences. Participates in courses at the Law and Social work studies, as well as at the undergraduate and specialist study of Public administration and the Professional tax study at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb. Participates in doctoral studies in Public Law and Public Administration at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and in specialist postgraduate studies in Public Administration and City Management conducted within the Center for Postgraduate Studies at the University of Zagreb, and undergraduate studies in Military Leadership and Management. As part of the Erasmus program for staff education, he visited the Fachhochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung NRW (Cologne, Germany). He is the co-author of several textbooks and books, and in 2007 he published an independent book, Regionalism and Regional Policy. Since October 2005 he has been the executive editor of the scientific-professional journal for theory and practice of public administration Croatian Public Administration from Zagreb, and since January 2011, when the journal improved its conception and changed its name, he has become assistant editor-in-chief of the journal Croatia and Comparative Public Administration. Since October 2008, he has been the editor-in-chief of the library Professional Development Manuals, which is published within the Institute of Public Administration in Zagreb. He edited and prepared for publication a dozen manuals by one or more authors in the mentioned library. He participated in the negotiating team of the Republic of Croatia and the EU within Chapter 22 - Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Instruments.

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Sunčana Roksandić
Sunčana Roksandić is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law, Department of Criminal Law.

She received her PhD at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg, on the topic of prosecuting serious economic crimes at the national, regional and international levels. She received a scholarship for postdoctoral research from the Marija and Mirjan Damaška foundation for 2019/2020, and an honorary doctorate from the East European University in Tbilisi, Georgia, for her 2019 research and activities related to “the responsibility of transnational corporations and other business enterprises for breaches of human rights”. She is a member of the UNODC Academic Initiative, and is a regional expert of Global Initiative for the application and implementation of anti-corruption pledges for the Western Balkans. She is the head of the Croatian UNESCO Chair Unit in Bioethics at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb. She is the leader of the Jean Monnet project of the advanced seminar in EU criminal law and policy (2016-2019), and both co-founder and co-director of the course of the same name, which is held every year at the Interuniversity Centre in Dubrovnik. She is a member of the EU Steering Committee COST Action: CA18228 - Global Atrocity Justice Constellations (2019-2024). She has been a member of the Commission for Socially Responsible Business and the Fight against Corruption of the ICC-Croatia (International Chamber of Commerce-Croatia) since 2019. In 2015, she was invited to participate in the USA International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) program "Women countering violent extremism". She has been a visiting professor at several foreign universities and is the author of a number of scientific and professional articles in the field of economic criminal law and corruption, as well as strengthening economic, health and cultural rights through criminal law mechanisms at national, regional and international levels.

Dario Špelić
Dario Špelić is an editor and journalist at the public media service Croatian Radio-Television.
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Martina Horvat
Martina Horvat is a long-time Gong member engaged in civic education.

Martina Horvat graduated in 2004 from the Department of Behavioral Disorders of the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation at the University of Zagreb and obtained the title of prof. soc. pedagogues.

She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Social Policy at the Social Work Study Center of the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb.
She primarily engages in work with young people, psycho-social support and social inclusion, and the implementation of informal education programs with young people, but also experts in the field of education, social welfare and civil society. She is also very involved in the field of civic and media education.

She was employed in different systems, from the ministry, through elementary school to the center for social welfare. However, she spent most of her professional engagement in the civil sector, a significant part of which was also spent at Gong on educational programs. In addition, she is continuously engaged in various civil society organizations that deal with youth and education, from the Croatian Youth Network to the Ambidexter Club, where she has been employed since 2021.

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Nikola Baketa

Supervisory Board

Natalia Mirković
President
Lawyer with experience with the right to access information, suffrage, with a special focus on the right to vote for people with intellectual disabilities, and improving electoral legislation.

As a member of Gong's legal team, she has been involved in participatory budgeting, investigating corruption, and advocating for transparency in public institutions and the media. Since 2015, he has been working for Erste & Steiermärkische Bank d.d., in the control function, first in the field of money laundering prevention and terrorist financing, and then in the field of monitoring compliance risk.

Lidija Đukes
Vice president
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Daniela Jovanova Ivanković
She has been employed by Zelena akcija (Green Action) since 2002, where she works as an executive director.

Daniela Jovanova Ivanković graduated from the Faculty of Education in Skopje, and during her studies she worked in the Environmental Movement of Macedonia - FoE Macedonia. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Movement of Macedonia and a long-term volunteer at the Volunteer Centre Zagreb (VCZ), as the head of the office. She has been employed by Zelena akcija since 2002, where she works as an executive director. She is a member of the Steering Board of the Zeleni klik (Green Click) organisation, and she was a member of the Council of the Macedonian National Minority for the City of Zagreb for two terms. She was also a member of the local Advisory Board of TACSO, the National Committee for the Development of Volunteering, the Steering Committee of the VCZ and the Supervisory Board of the Operational Program - Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

Executive Board

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Oriana Ivković Novokmet
Executive director
Political institutions and processes program leader

Oriana Ivković Novokmet leads the political institutions and processes program. She deals with the coordination, conceptualisation, and implementation of activities related to the topics of anti-corruption, elections, and digital society. Graduated in Journalism at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. For years, she worked as an investigative journalist and editor at tportal and Index. She won two HND journalism awards in 2019 for investigative and digital journalism, alongside her colleague Ilko Ćimić.

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Svjetlana Knežević
Deputy executive director
Head of Communications in Gong.

Svjetlana Knežević graduated in journalism at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. She gained work experience working for commercial and non-profit media, the Institution for gender equality and civil society organisations. Over the last ten years, she has been actively involved in the work and activities of several human rights initiatives. Activism taught her everything.

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Josipa Brajković Dika

Workers

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Oriana Ivković Novokmet
Executive director
Political institutions and processes program leader

Oriana Ivković Novokmet leads the political institutions and processes program. She deals with the coordination, conceptualisation, and implementation of activities related to the topics of anti-corruption, elections, and digital society. Graduated in Journalism at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. For years, she worked as an investigative journalist and editor at tportal and Index. She won two HND journalism awards in 2019 for investigative and digital journalism, alongside her colleague Ilko Ćimić.

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Svjetlana Knežević
Deputy executive director
Head of Communications in Gong.

Svjetlana Knežević graduated in journalism at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. She gained work experience working for commercial and non-profit media, the Institution for gender equality and civil society organisations. Over the last ten years, she has been actively involved in the work and activities of several human rights initiatives. Activism taught her everything.

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Josipa Brajković Dika
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Lucija Dumančić Jovanović
Coordinator of educational activities in Gong.
Head of Communications in Gong.

Education, training and workshops in the field of political, media and EU literacy are intended primarily for teachers, and young people. The pandemic period has made Lucia - a hater of online events - a pro in adapting Gong's educational activities to online channels. She graduated in Political Science at the Faculty of Political Science and in Sociology at the Croatian Studies at the University of Zagreb. He loves unhealthy foods, but this year he is working to adopt healthier living habits.

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Sanja Pavić
Lawyer, project coordinator

Sanja Pavić graduated at the Faculty of Law, University in Zagreb. She started her career in civil society in the field of asylum and migration law. In Gong, she coordinates projects and activities related to anti-corruption, good governance and access to information.

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Sara Maksimović
Fundraising coordinator

Sara Maksimović completed her undergraduate studies in fine arts education at the Academy of Arts in Osijek and graduated in gender studies at the Central European University in Budapest. She gained experience in civil society by preparing and implementing projects and human rights advocacy. She is trained in project management and fundraising - her main role at Gong. She is happy to jump in as a graphic designer.

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Matej Mikašinović-Komšo
Project Coordinator, expert on digital security

Matej Mikašinović-Komšo is a graduate of Political Science and a PhD student at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. From the beginning of his studies, he dedicated himself to research and writing, in order to practically apply acquired knowledge. He gained his six-year scientific research experience by participating in research projects, and by regularly publishing research papers in scientific journals. His topics of interest are digital democracy, political communication, political participation, digital activism, as well as organizational methods and digital activities of right-wing extremist groups. At Gong, he holds trainings and conducts activities related to disinformation, media literacy, digital security and citizen digital tools. In his spare time, he likes to read books, play video games, watch memes and cook.

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Milica Bogdanović
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Sergej Županić
Coordinator of Gong's digital tools

He became a part of Gong after a little less than two decades of journalistic monitoring of the work of courts, domestic and foreign politics, culture and investigative journalism for a number of mainstream and non-profit media, mainly from Croatia. As a young journalist, he was the winner of the European Commission's "Young Journalist Award", and a few years later, HND awarded him the "Velebit Degenija" on two occasions, and once declared him 'investigative journalist of the year'. Despite all that, he still insists that everything he learned in his life was chosen by Đelo Hadžiselimović.

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Tanja Štampar
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Jelena Pilipović
Head of Gong's financial and administrative team

Jelena Pilipović was born in Belgrade in 1984, where she graduated from the College of Tourism in 2003 and holds the title of Tourism economist. Since then, she has worked in various small, medium and large companies in Serbia as an accountant, civil servant, assistant production manager, etc. She has gained extensive experience in administrative, financial, business and management areas. Jelena joined ERA and her first NGO in June 2016, where she spent practically her administrative and financial experience and significantly contributed to various projects related to LGBTI rights. With her skills and ambitions in Gong, she contributes to the promotion of solidarity and inclusion in society, as well as respect for diversity in Croatia.

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Ana Bljajić
Professional associate in the Financial-Administrative Team

Ana Bljajić has a bachelor's degree in economics, she studied at the Baltazar Polytechnic, majoring in Office Management. She joined the financial-administrative team as an activities assistant.

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Bruna Marinović
Project Assistant

Bruna has a Master’s degree in Political science at the Faculty of Political Science of Zagreb University. She interned at the European Parliament and worked as a Project coordinator. She is part of the Political Institutions and Processes team, and her areas of interest include political theory, political system and the European Union.

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Iris Knežević
Project menager

Iris Knežević is a coordinator of educational activities for youth and active citizens. She has worked as a researcher in the field of human rights. Iris completed her MA in Journalism at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. During her studies, she was actively engaged in local student media. Shortly after, she also completed her MA in Human Rights and Democracy at the Global Campus of Human Rights. She gained previous work experience working in regional non-governmental organizations, focusing her research on topics such as youth civic engagement, intercultural dialogues in post-conflict communities, and political and media literacy.

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