Partners for Democratic Change Serbia

Our Team

Blažo Nedić, President of the Managing Board

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Blazo Nedic is internationally accredited independent mediator, trainer, consultant and attorney based in Belgrade, with over 25 years of practice in Serbia, Europe, and the USA. He is the President of the Serbian National Association of Mediators (NUMS) and one of the World Bank’s 30 Regional Mediators, where he serves as a mediator, facilitator and conflict competency trainer for the World Bank Europe and Central Asia. Currently, he serves as the Key Expert for Mediation & ADR for the EU Project – Support to the Supreme Court of Cassation  in Serbia.

As a mediator he is certified by the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, ADR Group UK, and JAMS International. In Serbia he is licensed for mediation and accredited to conduct foundation and specialized mediation trainings by the Ministry of Justice, and is listed by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination. Since 2006, Blazo focused his career exclusively on dispute resolution and he mediated several hundred commercial, workplace, property and discrimination cases, including 40 cases in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2018. As a mediation specialist he assisted Baker Hughes – GE global litigation department in resolving four complex international commercial disputes.

In 2012 he was a recipient of the JAMS Weinstein International Mediation Fellowship, and is now a Senior Fellow of the Weinstein International Mediation Foundation. In 2015 he was a visiting lecturer at Belgrade University Faculty of Law Mediation Clinic, and in 2016 here received a mediation award from the Slovenian Association of Mediators. In 2017 and 2019, Blazo served as a judge and mediator at the ICC Mediation Competition in Paris, France. In 2015, he co-founded ADR Partners, a Serbia-based company providing mediation, negotiation and ADR services and trainings.

He is an attorney licensed by the Serbian Bar Association since 1997, and Official Court Interpreter for English language certified by the Belgrade High Court since 2003. 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 Deputy Country Director of the USAID funded ABA/CEELI Rule of Law development program, implementing legal reform projects in Serbia. Since 2008, he works with Partners for Democratic Change Serbia, a local civil society organization implementing local, regional, and international development projects in the field of rule of law, ADR and mediation, democracy and human rights in Serbia and the region, and he now serves as the Board President.

Blazo holds a BA Degree in Law from the University of Belgrade, a Postgraduate Diploma in International and Comparative Business Law from Metropolitan University London, and LL.M. in Dispute Resolution Degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. In 2014 he finished Advance Program on Negotiation (PON) at the Harvard University School of Law.

He regularly writes, speaks, and presents on mediation related issues at international events, blogs, and forums. He speaks Serbian, English and French, and mediates in Serbian and English.

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, Program Officer

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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, Financial and Compliance Officer

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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, Training and Capacity Building Coordinator

Tamara Ljubovic picTamara Ljubovic, 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 and Office Coordinator

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.