Nick has worked with Most Mira since 2009 as a workshop leader, project coordinator, and advisor. Nick is also James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellow from 2019-2020, and a visiting researcher at the Center for the Study of Europe, Boston University, and Royal Holloway, University of London. His research focuses on international cooperation on migration. Nick received his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and his B.A. from Michigan State University. Previously, he worked in the NGO sector in London for five years on refugee and social enterprise issues. Nick has published research on youth and civil society in Bosnia, and dual citizenship in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His research interests include immigration and refugee policy, peacebuilding, post-conflict reconciliation, civil society, and human rights.
She works as the Writing Program Leader for children’s charity the Ministry of Stories and as a freelance poet – performing her work and running poetry projects in museums, hospitals and universities. This year she has worked with survivors of the Rwandan genocide through the Ishami Foundation and supported them to mark the 25th anniversary through poetry and storytelling performances. She helps deliver Most Mira’s theatre projects and peacebuilding residentials and has an MA in ‘Understanding and Securing Human Rights’ from the University of London. Laila is working on the Picturing Climate project, alongside Maja, Dzeneta and Jasmin, which features in our agenda, more info here: www.picturingclimate.net. We are delighted that Picturing Climate colleagues Dijana Rakovic, Agnes Czajka, Eva Sajovic and Corinne Silva will also be participating and their bios are on the above site.
Originally from the Kozarac region, Azra brings a strong international and diverse background academically and professionally, with a B.A in Political Science/International Studies from Loyola University Chicago, and a M.A. in International Affairs from the New School University. Having been an intern at the United Nations (DESA), a consultant for nonprofits, and a fundraiser for international charities and humanitarian organizations. She currently is a vital member of the individual fundraising team at UNICEF Canada based in Toronto. Azra has also been an active member of the BiH Diasporic Conference (BiHDYC), and also currently serves as a Board Member for the Bosnian American Professionals Association (BAPA) based in Salt Lake City. While always a Chicagoan at heart, Azra has also lived in Rome, New York, and is currently based in Toronto.
Kemal is a founder trustee of Most Mira. He was born in Prijedor, Bosnia-Herzegovina, one of the regions most severely affected during the Bosnian War. A survivor of the notoriously brutal Omarska concentration camp, he witnessed first-hand horrific acts of genocide, some of which were perpetrated by individuals whom he knew personally. He has since dedicated his work to education, reconciliation and peace-building. He is the author of ‘The Killing Days: My Journey Through the Bosnian War’. Most recently he has produced ‘Pretty Village’, his first film. Kemal holds a BSc in Management Studies from Royal Holloway University of London, a MA in Conflict Resolution from Bradford University. He was a 2012 Human Rights Advocate from Columbia University.
Asger has been part of the Most Mira Team since 2013. He has participated in three Project on Peacebuilding, helping to facilitate the programs together with insuring the logistics of the project. He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow from Denmark, who is active in the network. He has previously worked in London for a social business, who’s focus is helping homeless people get a job. He has since returned to Copenhagen and is now doing a career in IT.
Emir is a student of international relations and diplomacy at the University of Sarajevo where he will graduate in July 2019. In August 2018, he was a participant of Project on Peacebuilding and joined the Most Mira team in February 2019. Emir is also an active member of AIESEC Bosnia and Herzegovina and a Humanity in Action fellow. He will start master’s degree in September 2019 at the University of Salzburg.
Maja is the Theatre Project Coordinator for Most Mira. She is a freelance theatre director and PhD researcher and lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London). She studied Directing at the University of Belgrade and trained at Central (MA), National Theatre Studio, and Directors Lab West Los Angeles. She directed over 20 productions for the principal national theatres of the former Yugoslavia as well as for small fringe venues in the UK. Her research interest includes the use of humour and comedy in theatre practice in post war societies. Maja has directed Most Mira’s primary school and high school theatre projects and youth arts festivals since 2009, leading and developing their approach in using devised comedy with a mixed arts ensemble cast.
Dženeta Karabegović is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Salzburg in the Division of Political Science and Sociology. She holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick in the UK where she worked on an ERC funded project, Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty. Her wider research interests are rooted in international and comparative political sociology with a particular focus on transnationalism, diaspora, migration, democratization, human rights, transitional justice, and the Balkans. Her academic work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed academic journals and she has a co-edited volume (with Jasmin Hasić) on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s foreign policy since independence with Palgrave. She was born in Banja Luka, BiH, and grew up in Berlin, Germany, and Burlington, Vermont, in the United States.
Heleen Touquet is the Chair in European Values at the University of Antwerp and a researcher at the University of Leuven, Belgium. She grew up in Ieper, a region in Flanders that was heavily affected by World War One. She has published on postethnic mobilisation, politics of memory, LGBT politics and conflict-related sexual violence. Heleen’s research interests are gender and conflict, nationalism, human rights, research ethics and conflict-related sexual violence. She was part of the POP team in 2018 and super happy to return in 2019.
Srdjan Hercigonja currently works as project manager at the Serbian office of German organization forum Ziviler Friedensdienst (Civil Peace Service). Prior to this position, he was a junior researcher at the Belgrade-based Center for Comparative Conflict Studies. In addition, he served as Director of Initiative for Contemporary Art and Theory. Srdjan is also a co-founding member of the ‘Four Faces of Omarska’ Working Group project. He has also worked for UNDP Serbia and the Center for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University, London. Both as an activist and scholar, Srdjan’s work has focused on conflict transformation, arts and politics in the context of post-conflict and post-genocide societies, with particular interest in memorialization processes as they relate to war crimes and memory studies.
Jasmin Hasić is an assistant professor at Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Humanity in Action office in BiH. He has completed professional trainee-ships at the European Parliament and the Bosnian Embassy in Brussels, and done consulting work with several international organizations, including International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Universite libre de Bruxelles and Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS) Guido Carli of Rome. He completed his undergraduate education at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic in International Relations and European Studies, and holds an MA degree in Political Science from Central European University in Budapest. He also holds an LLB and an LLM from the University of Sarajevo. He is an alumnus of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Fellowship in New York, the British- Bosnian Fellowship in London, and the Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship in Washington and Paris. His research interests revolve around diaspora studies, peacebuilding, and demographic changes associated with post-conflict migration.
Aleksandar Brezar is a journalist, factchecker, and debunker with experience in a variety of media outlets, ranging from print and radio to television and online/new media. Aleksandar co-authors Sarajevo Calling, a bi-weekly podcast on Western Balkans affairs, providing in-depth analysis of current events coupled with the history of the region. At Analiziraj, a Bosnian media ethics and anti-disinformation portal, he authors the weekly column “Fake and Spin,” debunking and analyzing both manipulation in and by the media, and attempts at political spin by domestic, regional and foreign political actors. He worked as an advisor and contributor on several documentaries and oral history projects for PBS, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Al Jazeera English. Aleksandar has written and still writes for The Guardian, Balkan Insight, Kosovo 2.0, Start BiH, Istinomjer, Massachusetts Review, and Sarajevo-based Mediacentar.
Zoran Vučkovac is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, working on entangled histories of labor and violence during the breakup of Yugoslavia. He holds an MA from the University of Alberta’s English and Film Studies program and has presented conference papers on memory politics and published articles on horizontal political decision-making and social activism. He worked as a researcher at the Centre for Democracy and Transitional Justice and was one of the founders of the Banja Luka Social Center, an independent platform dealing with historical revisionism, social justice and feminism.