Partners for Democratic Change Serbia

Our Team

Blažo Nedić, Director

Blazo Nedic picPresident of the Serbian National Association of Mediators (NUMS) and a regional mediator of the World Bank Group, Office of Mediation Services, for Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Albania. As a mediator, he is licensed by the Serbian Ministry of Justice and listed by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, and the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of Serbia. He is also certified by the American Bar Association (ABA), and ADR Group (UK),

He is a member of the Serbian Bar Association since 1996, and Official Court Interpreter for English language certified by the Belgrade High Court. He graduated at the Belgrade University Faculty of Law in 1991, and completed postgraduate studies in International & Comparative Business Law in London in 1995. He practiced law in the UK and Serbia, and was a member of the legal team of Ian Macdonald QC in the UK House of Lords case Regina v. SSHD (ex parte Abdi & Gawe) 1 WLR 298 HL.

From 2001-2008 he worked as a Legal Counsel and Deputy Country Director of the USAID funded ABA/CEELI rule of law program, implementing legal reform projects in Serbia. Since 2008, he is with Partners for Democratic Change Serbia, implementing international development projects supporting the rule of law, promoting and developing ADR and mediation, democracy and human rights in Serbia and the region.

He is an associate member of the American Bar Association, member of the Board of Directors of Partners for Democratic Change International (PDCI), member of the Managing Board of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Serbia, member of the European Mediation Network Initiative (EMNI), and South-East European Mediation Forum (SEEMF). He was a member of the Serbian Ministry of Justice working groups drafting the new Law on Mediation and Law on Free Legal Aid.

He mediates in civil, commercial, workplace, construction, medical and discrimination disputes, and advises clients in ADR and mediation cases. He specializes in developing internal organizational dispute resolution capacity and developing and implementing mediation training programs. He is an author of several manuals, bench-books, training programs, educational films, presentations and articles on the rule of law, ADR and mediation. In 2012, he was a recipient of the JAMS Foundation Weinstein International Mediation Fellowship. From 2014 he works as a visiting lecturer at the Belgrade Law School Mediation Clinic. He speaks Serbian, English and French, and mediates in Serbian and English.

Blazo Nedic BIO

Blazo Nedic Mediation & ADR Narrative

Blazo Nedic CV

Ana Toskic, Executive Director

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Ana Toskic is a lawyer committed to human rights, rule of law and transitional justice issues in Serbia and region for almost a decade.

Ana graduated International Law at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, and holds a master in law degree in European Integrations (LL.M), specialising in human rights protection mechanisms within European Union. She participated in the Belgrade Open School Core Program and currently, holds a certificate for mediators, as well as the certificate for mediators in specialized model of mediation in discrimination cases.

Ana’s working experience includes education on United Nations Convention on Right of the Child for high-school students throughout Serbia, managing projects dealing with issues of forced migrations and problems of young refugees and IDPs in Serbia, coordination of Network of International Volunteers in Serbia, organizing and delivering humanitarian aid and workshops for children and youth in refugee and IDP camps. Ana specialized in war crimes and transitional justice issues, working within the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), as well as within the Republic of Serbia Office of the War Crimes Prosecution. In 2011 she was the European Commission’s scholar, taking part in the Visiting Young Professionals program within the ICTY Office of the Prosecutor Appeals Section.

Ana joined Partners Serbia team in 2010, and is in charge of programs supporting the rule of law and regulatory reform in Serbia and the region. She edited and authored number of researches and publications in the fields of human rights (most of all, right to privacy), and alternative dispute resolution.

Uros Misljenovic, Project Manager

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Uros started to work in the civil society sector in 2009 in the fields of anti-discrimination and European integration. He joined Partners for Democratic Change Serbia in 2011.

Uros is responsible for projects in the fields of anti-corruption and protection of privacy, working also as a trainer and researcher. As a certified anti-corruption practitioner, he participated in the process of improving procedures vulnerable to corruption in public institutions, directly cooperating with the staff in the institutions.

In 2010 he participated in a specialized program “Improvement of Adult Education” in Germany, organized by the State Office for Political Education of Baden-Württemberg and DVV International. In 2015 Uros participated in a specialized program “Strengthening NGOs -Winning Support for Ideas and their Political Implementation” in Germany, organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

Through cooperation with other CSOs, Uros participated in numerous studies and researches, designed and implemented number of projects dealing with democratization, minority rights and the EU integration. He also worked for Nikola Tesla Museum.

Uros graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. In his spare time Uros enjoys watching and occasionally playing basketball.

Ana Desic, Finance Manager

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Ana Desic joined Partners Serbia in June 2012.

She is a lawyer and certified mediator on the official Registry of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia. She completed the alternative program “Gender studies” at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade. Currently, Ana is attending master program in the field of Corporate and Finance Law at the School of Law Union in Belgrade.

She monitored trials related to human trafficking and was involved in several researches on implementation of transitional laws, discrimination, mobbing, rights of national minorities, judicial reform, and regional cooperation in South East Europe. In addition to that, she participated in establishing the Free Legal Aid Office in the Municipality of Bujanovac.

She completed rule of law and organized crime program in Italy; and at the moment, she is a member of the Working group of the EU National Convent for Chapters 2 – Freedom of movement for workers and Chapter 19 – Social policy and employment. She spent five years working as a commercial finance manager, and after that she gained a vast experience in finance management and reporting to international donors.

Tamara Ljubovic, Project Assistant

Tamara Ljubovic picTamara Ljubović, Master of Law, LL.M., was born in Belgrade, where she finished elementary school, high school, and Faculty of Law.

She spent two years in Italy, worked a translator and an assistant to the EU projects, as well as a consultant for environmental protection and safety.

She is fluent in English (in 2010 she obtained the Certificate of Proficiency in English), Italian (C1) and Spanish (B2), and has basic knowledge of French and Norwegian.

She has attended numerous workshops and seminars in the field of communication and information technology (IT), and has a certificate in Basic Training for Mediators.

In March 2013 she joined the Partners for Democratic Change Serbia team, first as a volunteer and then as Project Assistant on legal matters. She is the Administrator of the CPC E-learning platform, within the Project “Criminal Defense Capacity Program“.

She is also the administrator of Partners for Democratic Changer Serbia official webpage.

Nastasija Stojanovic, Project Assistant

Nastasija Stojanovic picNastasija Stojanovic was born in Leskovac, where she finished elementary and high school.

She graduated at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade.

When she was in high school she became interested in school mediation, where she was one of the peer mediators.

In 2014 she finished the Basic Training for Mediators, which was organized by the Faculty of Law University of Belgrade, and in cooperation with Partners for Democratic Change Serbia. She is a member of the Mediation Clinic at the Faculty of Law.

She is fluent in English and German.

She joined the Partners Serbia team in 2015, where she is involved in projects related to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and personal data protection (PDP).

 Irena Lucic, Office Manager

Irena Lucic picIrena Lucic, born on October 27th, 1980 in Skopje.

She finished elementary and high school in Belgrade.

She is advanced university student of Faculty for Special Education and Rehabilitation at Belgrade University.

From year 2002 to year 2004 she worked as finance manager for Spa centre „The WellnessLand” in Belgrade.

She spent four years as Administrative and Finance Assistant and  Outreach Coordinator in ABA/CEELI, American Bar Association Central Europe and Eurasia Law Initiative.

She is a consistent member of Partners for Democratic Change Serbia as Office Manager from year 2009.

She has been the office manager since 2010.