Ethno Network Advisory Board

Svetlana Kisic is a counselor at the Economics Institute in Belgrade, since September 2007. She is specialized in the issues related to privatization, restructuring companies, strategic planning, recapitalization, financial consolidation of companies, organizational restructuring. She graduated and got master’s degree at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. Through further professional development she acquired the license of MTM analyst (Swedish Institute for the organization of work, Stockholm).

She has started her consulting career in 1987, in the Economics Institute, and then continued from 1994 to July 2007 in the auditing-consulting company Deloitte, at the position of director in the sector of financial consulting. She led individually more than 50 projects, for the clients which represent our biggest companies in their respective industries, and for different institutions from public and private sector. She is a professor, for more than 25 years, of Economics and Organization of enterprises in Belgrade Business School – High School of Professional Studies, where she works since the beginning of her professional engagement up to now.

She is a member of the Managing Board of UniCredit Bank (since May 2011) and a member of the Managing Board of UniCredit Leasing (since May 2012). Thanks to her professional engagement, she was elected president of the Managing Board of Holding 'Viskoza', Loznica (since 2003 to 2008) and president of the Supervisory Board of the Economics Institute, Belgrade (since 2006 to July 2012). She is a member of the Presidency of the Association of Economists of Serbia.

She has published several books, studies, articles and manuals, as an author or co-author. Also, she has participated at numerous professional conferences and symposia. Currently, she is a Head of the organization “Women's Government” which promotes the professional potential of women in Serbia. She is a President of the Managing Board of Junior Achievement organization, which is a member of the international association (Junior Achievement), and aims to develop basic economic knowledge of young people. She is a member of the Board of the European Movement in Serbia.

Dr Ana S. Trbovich is Associate Professor and currently also serves as Dean at the Faculty of Economics, Finance and Administration-FEFA in Belgrade. She teaches and writes on European Integration, Negotiations, Public Administration Management and Strategic Management. From 2002 to 2006, Dr Trbovich served as Assistant Minister of International Economic Relations, coordinating Serbia's EU accession process and foreign investment policies. She holds a PhD (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), two Masters Degrees (Master of Art in Law and Diplomacy, Fletcher School; Master in Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard) and BA (Tufts University, triple-major in Economics, International Relations and French Literature). Specialized in EU policies at Institut d'Etudes Politiques, France. Dr Trbovich is also Partner at EuroBalkan Advisors (EBA) and manages projects and consults for the private sector and international organizations including OECD, World Bank and USAID. She is the author of 'A Legal Geography of Yugoslavia's Disintegration' (Oxford University Press, 2008), 'Public Administration and European Integration of Serbia' (FEFA and Institute for Textbooks, 2010) and articles in the field of Economics, European Integration and Public Sector Management.

Ann Pesic was born in Dublin, Ireland where she qualified as an architect and completed a masters degree. She moved to Iraq with her husband and children in 1983 as he was the director of a Yugoslav construction company in Bagdad. She has been living in Serbia since 1986 and worked in Austrade, the Australian Trade Commission until the outbreak of the war in 1991. She began a long career assisting refugees and displaced people working for UNICEF, Save the Children Fund UK and CAFOD and was appointed the director of ICVA, the International Council of Voluntary Agencies in 1998.

She was appointed Honorary Consul for Ireland in 2003. She has great interest in preserving traditional arts and crafts.

Sonja Babic – Lythgoe started her career in 1992 with a Diploma in Civil Engineering in the Republic Bureau for Design and Urbanism in Podgorica, dealing with water infrastructure. She soon joined a team of technical experts in the UNHCR agency for accommodation of refugees, where she spent 1993 and 1994 actively participating in a 7 mill USD project, building and renovating housing developments and centres for refugee accommodation. From 1995 to 2000 she worked as a consulting engineer on several projects in Bosnia and Serbia led and financed by various organisations such as DRC, CARE International, UNHCR, SDR, etc.

In 2001 she took a key part in establishing Halifax Consulting, a company she still successfully leads. Halifax deals with development projects aimed at increasing the capacities of Serbian institutions as part of the EU accession process. From 2008, she has been the driving force in developing a company division that performs high quality translation for demanding clients such as the EU, the National Bank of Serbia, the European Integration Office, etc.

Sonja is a great supporter of gender equality and encourages any activity that assists in women's empowerment.

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