USAID's Balkan Media Assistance Program (USAID's BMAP)
ANNUAL MEDIA FORUM 2022
Media in the Western Balkans: Thinking Forward
The Annual Media Forum provides an important opportunity to bring together representatives from USAID's BMAP partner media outlets across the region to share best practices and lessons learned, deepen their understanding of global and regional trends, and seed or strengthen partnerships in order to advance solutions to common challenges in content production and content monetization in the digital environment.
Below you can find short biographies of the speakers at the Annual Media Forum 2022.
More than 25 years of professional experience in the field of media development, freedom of expression, media legislation, investigative journalism, conflict sensitive reporting and reconciliation projects in post-conflict societies, transitional countries and emerging democracies. Chief of Party/Team Leader in seven complex projects so far. Working experience in 21 countries, with a focus on the Western Balkans region. Extensive experience in cooperation with international donors. USAID’s BMAP Chief of Party as of 2017.
More than 40 years of professional experience in media including: BBC World Service - Head of Croatian Service (2003-2007); Feral Tribune, senior columnist (1996-2001); Danas weekly, journalist, section editor, senior columnist (1982-1992), etc. More than a thousand articles, interviews and comments published. Voted the best lecturer four consecutive times as Head of Investigative Reporting and Media Legislation Department at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science/Study of Journalism (2007-2011).
She has been working at I&F Grupa, one of the leading marketing communications networks in southeastern Europe and the Nordic region, since it’s founding in 1997. She has been active in the marketing and communication field, both locally and regionally, for more than 30 years. At I&F Grupa, Vanda started as Research & Planning Director, followed by two years of being Managing Director at McCann Skopje and two years of developing the Montenegro office. Later on, she became first the New Business Director at McCann Grupa and then the Managing Director of the first digital agency in Serbia – MRM. For the past nine years, Vanda has been the Head of Corporate Affairs, responsible for corporate relations with various stakeholders (state institutions, professional associations) and all CSR initiatives and strategies. Currently, she is a Board member of the professional associations IAA and UEPS. She was Board member of the business association SAM. With I&F Grupa, Vanda has been developing an active relationship with ASMEDI, AmCham Serbia and other regional offices, as well as with the Nordic Business Alliance, as a representative of professional associations. Vanda was a member of the working group responsible for the new Law on Advertising in Serbia. With the IAA, Vanda was the initiator of an advertising self-regulatory body, responsible for communication with the EACA and EASA on these topics, the coordinator of the working group in charge of drafting the National Code of Ethics in Advertising. Now she is the President of the Board of the first national self-regulation body - National Association of Ethical Standards in Advertising - NAESA.
He is an information and communication expert researching and practicing in the fields of data science, information sciences, knowledge management and communications. He cooperates as a consultant with many governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations and business sector.
He is trying to transfer his knowledge and experience to students of library and information sciences at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo. He is also working for USAID’s Balkan Media Assistance Program (BMAP) as a trainer in data journalism and data visualization as well as editor of www.balkansmedia.org.
Digital Journalism Advisor for BMAP is a long-time journalist and news editor, former Head of the Croatian Radiotelevision’s News Media Service, and a former Executive Producer of Aljazeera Balkans. Last three years, she has been working on various regional projects as a media consultant focused on newsroom integrations, TV and digital production. She received the State Department’s PDY scholarship in 2007. and is the alumni of the Academy for Political Development.
Goran Radman is the Vice Dean for International Cooperation and Director of e-Leadership MBA Program at Algebra University College. He’s also a regular lecturer of competitiveness and innovation since 2009. Goran is author, co-author and editor of many professional and scientific articles and books in the field of social development, management, IT, media and international relations.
Marija has been working with international projects for more than 10 years deploying experience in management of NGOs and digital security. Owns a degree in computer engineering and certificates from known network vendors. Joint experience in activism, politics, NGOs and digital security. She is digital security consultant. Jazz and books lover.