Council

Berto Šalaj
president

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

Teaches the “Democracy and Civil Society” and “Political Socialisation and Political Education” courses. His scientific and research interests are focused on democracy, populism, political culture, social capital, civil society and political education issues. He has published, both independently and as a co-author, four scientific books, seventeen articles in scientific journals and around fifty other scientific and professional papers. He is a member of the Croatian Political Science Association and participates in the implementation of numerous scientific and professional projects from non-governmental organisations in Croatia.
Vanja Jurić
Vice president

Vanja Jurić is a lawyer specialising in media law and freedom of expression.

She graduated from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, after which she enrolled in the specialist graduate study Advanced Master of European Studies, at the Faculty of Political Science. In 2017, she finished the CopyrightX course at Harvard Law School. She legally represents media publishers, journalists and activists, and is one of the co-founders of the Centre for the Protection of Freedom of Expression, of the Croatian Journalists' Association.
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.
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.
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.
Lejla Šehić Relić

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.
Dario Špelić
Dario Čepo

Dario Čepo is an docent at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, at the Department of Sociology.

He graduated from FPZG in 2004, and received his doctorate of Comparative Politics from the same faculty in 2010, on the topic of reforming the institutional structure of the European Union. From 2005 to 2013 he worked at the Miroslav Krleža Lexicographic Institute, where he wrote and edited articles in the field of political science, contemporary politics, economics and philosophy in the Croatian General Encyclopaedia, Economic Lexicon and Philosophical Lexicon. Since 2013, he has been working at the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, first as a senior assistant, and since 2016 as an docent. He holds the “Sociology”, “Introduction to Sociology” and “Fundamentals of Political Science” courses, in the Law study and Public administration study. His scientific and research interests are the European Union, parliaments, conservative social movements and the functioning of democracy. He is a member of the Croatian Political Science Association and the Centre for Democracy and Law Miko Tripalo. At the Tripalo Centre, he is leading the (2018-2020) Jean Monnet project "Transfer of European Values ​​in the New Member States: Five Years of Croatia's Membership in the European Union". He is the author of a number of scientific and professional articles, the monograph Political Institutions of the European Union and the textbook Introduction to Political Science (co-author Slaven Ravlić).
Vlasta Ilišin

Scientific advisor in the fields of Political science and Sociology at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, where she was the director (2007-2011), and the head of the Centre for Youth and Gender Research (2015-2018).

As a permanent external associate, she taught at the Faculty of Kinesiology and the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, where she was elected as a professor. She is the co-leader of the study Youth in Contemporary Society at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rijeka, holding two courses. She was the leader of 12, and collaborator in the implementation of 17, scientific research projects, four of which are international. She primarily researches young people and their political culture, free time and media use, and researches dimensions of European integration processes and the Croatian political elite. She has published 18 scientific books and more than 100 scientific and professional papers independently or in co-authorship. She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Centre for Democracy and Law Miko Tripalo, the Council of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, the Executive Board of the Croatian Political Science Association and the Youth Council of the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

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.
Daniela Jovanova Ivanković
Vice president

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.
Sanda Malbaša

Executive Board

Oriana Ivković Novokmet
Executive director

Her areas of interest are the fight against corruption, good governance and public policy.

Oriana Ivković Novokmet graduated journalism at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. For years she worked as a journalist and editor in several media. Before becoming a member of Gong's team, she worked as an investigative journalist on the Index.hr portal.
Dražen Hoffmann
Deputy director

Coordinator of educational activities in Gong.

Dražen Hoffmann works on the development and implementation of educational activities for teachers, youth and other target groups in the fields of political and media literacy, and on improving the implementation of Civic Education in the formal education system. Hoffmann completed his undergraduate studies in linguistics and sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, and his undergraduate and graduate studies in political science at the Faculty of Political Science. Since 2012, he has been studying for a doctorate in comparative politics. Apart from the GONG Research Centre, he is gaining research experience as an associate of the Centre for Research on Ethnicity, Migration and Citizenship at the Faculty of Political Science, where he deals with topics in the field of social policy.
Svjetlana Knežević

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.

Workers

Oriana Ivković Novokmet
Executive director

Her areas of interest are the fight against corruption, good governance and public policy.

Oriana Ivković Novokmet graduated journalism at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. For years she worked as a journalist and editor in several media. Before becoming a member of Gong's team, she worked as an investigative journalist on the Index.hr portal.
Dražen Hoffmann
Deputy executive director

Coordinator of educational activities in Gong.

Dražen Hoffmann works on the development and implementation of educational activities for teachers, youth and other target groups in the fields of political and media literacy, and on improving the implementation of Civic Education in the formal education system. Hoffmann completed his undergraduate studies in linguistics and sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, and his undergraduate and graduate studies in political science at the Faculty of Political Science. Since 2012, he has been studying for a doctorate in comparative politics. Apart from the GONG Research Centre, he is gaining research experience as an associate of the Centre for Research on Ethnicity, Migration and Citizenship at the Faculty of Political Science, where he deals with topics in the field of social policy.
Melisa Skender

Expert on Gong's digital platforms and public sector data discovery.

Melisa Skender graduated in journalism from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, and since 1996 she has been a professional journalist in numerous media. Her areas of interest since the beginning have been media policy, civil society and open and transparent governance. She is an alumni of the Balkan Network for Journalistic Excellence in 2013 and the winner of the Croatian Journalists' Association Award for the best online journalism in 2016. You can contact her at melisa@gong.hr.
Josipa Dika

Anti-corruption and election expert.

Josipa Dika graduated in political science at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. Since the beginning of her studies, she has been actively involved in volunteer work with socially vulnerable and economically deprived groups. Prior to joining Gong, with her activist engagement at the Centre for Peace Studies and the Welcome Initiative, she worked on migration and human rights as part of the research team of the Centre for Ethnicity, Citizenship and Migration Research at the Faculty of Political Science.
Lucija Dumančić Jovanović

Coordinator for the development and implementation of Gong's activities aimed at developing civic literacy.

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.
Svjetlana Knežević

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.
Sanja Pavić

Lawyer and associate on projects and activities focused on anti-corruption, transparency of public authorities and good governance.

Sanja Pavić graduated law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb. Before joining Gong, she worked in the area of asylum and migrations, with an emphasis on irregular migrations and the legal protection of unaccompanied children, as well as the provision of free legal aid. In Gong, she is working on projects and activities related to anti-corruption, transparency of the public authority activities, and good governance.
Blaženka Sečkar

Fundraising Coordinator and Leader of Gong's Civil Society Activities

Blaženka Sečkar has ten years of activist and professional experience in several civil society organizations in Croatia, including Amnesty International Croatia and Documenta - Center for Dealing with the Past, and is a lecturer at the internationally accredited business school "Zagreb School of Economics and Management". She graduated in mathematics at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, majoring in Financial and Business Mathematics, and is completing a graduate degree in Business Administration (MBA). Her activities are focused on international cooperation, capacity building of the organisation and financial operations of associations, including numerous training in the field of strategic and operational planning, communication and leadership, and since 2014 she is a member of the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Nikola Buković

Fundraising coordinator and associate for project development

Nikola is a political science graduate at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, where he is also finalising his doctoral thesis. Prior to Gong he worked at MAP Consulting, a consultancy specialised in the field of social development, with particular methodological emphasis on evaluation. He owns his professional and activist development to Croatian Youth Network, starting as a volunteer and graduating to organisational coordinator (i.e. Secretary General) over the course of 10 years. Nikola's focus in Gong is development and implementation of fundraising strategy and project preparation. He also supports programme development by taking part in advocacy, analysis and non-formal training.
Matej Mikašinović-Komšo

Project Assistant

Matej Mikašinović-Komšo holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science, from the University of Zagreb. Since the beginning of his studies, he became interested in research and writing, for the purpose of practical application of acquired knowledge. In order to gain research experience, he has participated in research projects (Disobedient Democracy, MEDIADELCOM), and regularly publishes research papers in scientific journals. He is interested in the European Union, digital democracy, political participation, political communication, digital communication and digital activities of extremist groups. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books, playing video games, browsing memes and cooking.
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.
Dajana Nendl

Responsible for the harmonisation of legal regulations and Gong internal policies

Dajana Nendl graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, where after ten years of experience she passed the exam for a certified auditor. She has a long career in both joint stock companies and private entrepreneurship, and for the last ten years she has managed accounting and finance in the non-profit sector. With her many years of experience, he contributes to the work of the Gong financial and administrative team.
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.