Sanja Stefanović is а project coordinator for “Historija, Istorija, Povijest – Lessons for Today” on behalf of Youth Educational Forum (YEF). As an educator, activist and debate promoter, Sanja is involved in the NGO sector in Macedonia since 2002. As an active member of YEF, she is involved in youth activism, advocacy and volunteerism on a daily basis. Her daily activities include organization and management of events, project management, civic initiatives, online and youth activism, promotion of volunteerism, fighting prejudice and street art. In recent years, after reinforcing her commitment and engagement in YEF, she works with young people from different backgrounds. Sanja organizes, creates and holds trainings on various topics from different areas of importance to young people in the country and the region. Currently she is working as a program assistant for YEFs’ program Youth Activism. At the moment, Sanja is studying psychology at the University of Cyril and Methodius and Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Gestalt Institute in Skopje. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys photography, modern and street art and artisanal handicraft.
Sandra Anastasovska is President of Youth Educational Forum, partner organization in the project “Historija, Istorija, Povijest – Lessons for Today”. Being involved for more than a decade in the field of education and human rights, Sandra can contribute towards building a platform for mutual understanding and diminishing stereotypes and prejudice among young people with different backgrounds. Furthermore coming from a Balkan region where nationalism and discrimination are leaving a mark in the personal development of young people, Sandra has the knowledge and the skills to work with marginalized groups, with respect to diversity. She was coordinator of the body that was creating the curricula and methodology part of the USAID Interethnic Integration in Education project. During these few years she was actively involved in creating and developing methodology and conducting trainings in the field of Debate, Street Law, Event Management, Youth Policies (youth participation and youth organizing), Advocacy and Lobbying, Discrimination and Human rights, and on national level managing 22 debate and 14 street law youth clubs. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Law, from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” Skopje.
Tvrtko Pater is the Croatian coordinator for the EU-funded project “Historija, Istorija, Povijest – Lessons for Today”. A long standing debater and debate coach Tvrtko is well versed in taking into account different perspectives and finding compromise and understanding where there seems to be none. He is the president of the Croatian partner organization HERMES which has already worked with The Anne Frank House on the „History for today“, project which deals with the legacy of the second world war. His work as a human rights trainer in the Model International Criminal Court Western Balkans (MICC WeB) project also gives him a somewhat unique perspective on how young people perceive history in Balkans and their role in dealing with that history.
Lina Jurjević is the Croatian supervisor of the Anne Frank House project “Historija, Istorija, Povijest – Lesson for Today”. She is the vice president of HERMES – Croatian education and development network for the evolution of communication. Her first NGO experience was in 2013, when she volunteered for ‘Anne Frank – A History for Today’ exhibition and workshops related to it (Free2Choose). As history and art history student she is very interested in history related projects, especially if their aim is to improve understanding and empathy among people.
Jasmin Hasić is the Director of Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina and he is the supervisor of HIP project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is also a Ph.D. Candidate on the Political Theory Track at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli di Roma and l’Université libre de Bruxelles. His academic and professional background is in the IR, European Studies, Political Science and Law. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina (2010 and 2013), a B.A. in European Studies and International Relations from Masaryk University, Czech Republic (2011), and an M.A. in Political Science from the Central European University – Hungary (2012). He has worked as a research analyst at the Centre for Security Studies in Sarajevo, as a trainee at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Kerim Somun is the coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina of Anne Frank House “Historija, Istorija, Povijest – Lessons for Today”. Kerim is project coordinator in Youth Initiative for Human Rights Bosnia and Herzegovina and he is also coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina on the project Model International Criminal Court Western Balkans. In the past eight years he worked for several national and international organizations such as Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina, Educational Center for Human rights and Democracy – CIVITAS, PEP International, Youth Advisory Panel of UNFPA, International Youth Movement, GNRC Bosnia and Herzegovina and also he was a national coordinator of many volunteer networks in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition to these engagements, he is actively involved as an external collaborator and trainer on the implementation of different programs and projects in several national and international organizations. His trainer skills are especially focused on decision-making process, peace-building, tolerance and youth leadership. As well, he is one of the best students of Faculty of Public Administration, associated member of the University in Sarajevo on which he will graduate in September 2016 with final thesis proposal ‘Including youth in decision-making process with a comparative analysis of Western Balkan countries’.
Boris Miković is the coordinator for Serbia of Anne Frank House project ‘Historija, Istorija, Povijest – Lessons for Today’, on behalf of Open Communication, local partner organization of AFH. Being a member of the steering committee, Boris takes part in Open Communication’s struggle to make Serbia a more dynamic, vibrant society. In the past, his work with various non-government organizations comprised intercultural dialogue with cultural and ethnic minorities and promoting democratization processes. He co-founded a student organization that dealt with political emancipation of the youth. He is of the opinion that his total lack of national consciousness makes him impervious to 21st century ‘Balkan-style’ xenophobia. Boris graduated from the Faculty of political science, University of Belgrade, with a degree in political science -international relations, and is currently writing a master’s thesis (Public health-Faculty of medicine).
Ana Kostadinović is the supervisor of the project „Historija, Istorija, Povijest- Lessons for Today“, for Serbia. Her competencies are based on debating and public speech experience and matching personal interests with the idea of HIP project. She has proven herself as a trainer and coordinator of debate courses, but her occupation in this organization also includes working in the PR team. Before she became member of OK, she was a volunteer of Youth Office (YO), for 5 years. During this period, she passed a lot of seminars, workshops, non-formal and peer guide educations, that covered topics like human and minority rights, dealing with a conflict past, advancing quality of life. While working for YO, she launched cooperation with credible organizations in the field of human rights in Serbia, such as the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights and Belgrade Centre for Human Rights. She is undergraduate student of Journalism and Communication at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade. This is her first international project, but she’s sure it’s not the last one.
Dr. Maja Nenadović
Dr. Maja Nenadović is the Anne Frank House coordinator of the EU-funded project ‘Historija, Istorija, Povijest – Lessons for Today.’ As an experienced debate coach, public speaker, political consultant, researcher, human rights & advocacy trainer and identity de/construction educator, Maja brings to the project a special affinity for challenging and transforming societal stereotypes through applied debate, “radical” empathy and dialogue as means of resolving miscommunication and conflicts–particularly amongst vulnerable and marginalized groups in society. As a global trainer and consultant with 16 years’ experience, she has taught in 20+ countries worldwide. Her recent work throughout the Central Eastern European region focuses on dealing with the rise of populism and extremism. Maja is also one of the initiators of the Model International Criminal Court Western Balkans (MICC WeB – www.miccweb.org), the project that brings together high school students and teachers from all over Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia to simulate war crime trials and learn about human rights and their violations, throughout history as well as in the 1990s breakup of Yugoslavia. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.
Laura Boerhout is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam researching inter-generational transmission of memories of the Bosnian War in Europe and a freelance educator/speaker on memory, (oral) history and heritage. She completed a BA in History and a MA in Holocaust and Genocide studies, with a focus on memorialization in South Eastern Europe. For the Anne Frank House she co-developed the concept “Memory Walk” and organized several of such educational film workshops on contested histories in Europe. Together with Youth Initiative for Human Rights BiH and the Anne Frank House she organized the Memory Walk in Sarajevo and Istocno-Sarajevo and, in collaboration with ForumZFD a teacher manual on dealing with the past in South Eastern Europe. She is an active member of both Memory Lab. Trans European Exchange Platform on History and Remembrance and Humanity in Action.
Karen Polak is a historian who has worked extensively in publishing and education. She graduated from the University of Amsterdam (1989), with specialization in Women’s History and pedagogy. In 1991 she joined the educational staff of the Anne Frank House as a curriculum developer. In cooperation with the OSCE/ODIHR she worked on the development of teaching materials on anti-Semitism with partners in fourteen countries. She now leads an international project with six partners from across Europe to develop a multilingual online learning tool on anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination (see: www.storiesthatmove.org). She has been a member of the Dutch delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) since 2001 as a delegate to the Education Working Group and chairs the IHRA committee on the genocide of the Roma. Among others she contributed to developing www.romasintigenocide.eu and www.romasinti.eu. Karen Polak is chair of the Dutch Friends of Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste, a member of the board of the Leo Smit Foundation (www.leosmith.nl) and on the international advisory board of the House of the Wannsee Conference.
Ivana Gabalova works for the Anne Frank House International Educational Department, training and coordinating projects dealing with prejudice and discrimination, Human Rights, the Roma Genocide and Holocaust education. As a freelance educator she’s interested in equity issues in education, critical thinking, active citizenship, and prevention of radicalization of youth, with a particular interest in hard-to-reach-learners, and is thus a member of RAN Prevent working group of the Radicalization Awareness Network (RAN), set up by the European Commission and of the Focus Group ‘Hard-to-reach learners and youth’ of the NECE – Networking European Citizenship Education. Ivana holds a degree in Sociology and Social Politics from Charles University in Prague. Within the HIP Project, she is the Anne Frank House Project Assistant.
Barry van Driel
Barry van Driel was educated at universities in the Netherlands and the United States. He holds a graduate degree in the Psychology of Culture and Religion with a specialization in education. He joined the staff of the Anne Frank House in 1992, where he is now international director for teacher training and curriculum development. Barry has been the Editor in Chief of the international academic journal Intercultural Education (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14675986.asp) since 2000 and is currently Vice President of International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE). Barry has served as senior education consultant to the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw as well as a consultant to UNESCO and the FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency). Since 2010 he has been a jury member of the prestigious United Nations-BMW Intercultural Innovation awards and was appointed chair of the jury in 2003. He has edited books entitled: Confronting Islamophobia in Educational Practice (London 2005) and Challenging Homophobia (with Lutz van Dijk; London 2007), and has published more than a dozen academic articles and book chapters.