The second Political Academy Boris Divkovic was held in the period November 19 -22, 2015 in Sarajevo. The Political Academy Boris Divkovic is the educational program for the young politicians, students of political and other social sciences and the representatives of the non-governmental organizations which deal with the political perception of the youth and the responsible politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The goal of the Political Academy is to provide education that will prepare the young adults for the political act, while promoting the idea of dialogue, ethical and responsible politics.
The first lecture was dedicated to the political responsibility. The opening speaker was Ivan Barbalic who spoke about his experience as the youngest ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) to UN (2010-2012), the two-year mandate of B&H at the UN Security Council, and as the ambassador of B&H to Russia in the period 2012-2015. Ivan Barbalic addressed the Academy attendees with the topics on the political responsibility, which is the future of the B&H diplomacy, and also, on the position of the youth in the politics of B&H and its foreign politics. Then, Nedim Jahic spoke about the elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1990s to today, as well as about the political context and the voting process. The political system of B&H and the mechanisms for the protection of the vital interests of the constitutive people was presented by Adnan Huskic. Valida Repovac-Niksic from the Department of Political Science, University of Sarajevo, spoke about the B&H in process of European integrations and the Europeization as the democracy. The institutions and political system of EU, and the accession of the Republic of Croatia to EU were discussed by Nikolina Herceg Kolman, the advisor to the Office of the Minister of the foreign and European businesses of Republic of Croatia. And the very least lecture on the first day of the Political Academy Boris Divkovic was dedicated to the EU Parliament and the political groups, lead by Tim Hobden from the Party of Liberal Democrats, UK. The second day of the Political Academy Boris Divkovic started with the discussion about religion, society and politics. The first lecture was held by Professor Dino Abazovic, Department of Political Science, University of Sarajevo, and the topic of the lecture was the Impact of the Religion and the Religious Communities on the Political Life of B&H. Ena Bavcic, the Civil Rights Defenders organization, spoke about the transitional justice in B&H and the role of civil society in the processes of transitional justice in B&H and the region. The last lecture of the second day of the Political Academy Boris Divkovic was devoted to the educational system in B&H and the ethnic discrimination, held by Alen Kristic. The third day started with the talk about the responsible politics, whereas the discussion on who has the right on public space, on how many municipal councils, the impact of citizens on public space organization and design was presented by Nasiha Pozder from the Department of Architecture, University of Sarajevo. Lejla Draginic’s lecture was about the responsible budget management. Moreover, Ena Bavcic discussed with the participants of the Political Academy the concept of human rights and their implementation in B&H. The participants have had the opportunity to also join a panel dedicated to the anniversary of the signing the Dayton Accords on November 21 at the City Council Hall. The main speakers of the panel were Adnan Huskic, Nerina Cevra and Samir Foric. EU Parliament members from the Green parties also joined the panel together with the Academy participants. The last lecture of the Political Academy Boris Divkovic was on relationship between the media and politics in B&H by Professor Lejla Turcilo, Department of Political Science, University of Sarajevo.
Adrijana Prskalo is born in 1988 in Mostar. She has finished the primary and secondary school in Prozor and in 2012 she graduated from the Department of Law, University of Mostar and thus gained Master of Law degree. In the period 2012-2013 she volunteered in the legal office of Naklada Alfa d.o.o. Mostar. From July 2014 she is employed at the public institution Veterinarski Zavod HNZ/K, Mostar and currently she holds the position of Acting Principle at the named institution. She is actively involved in politics from 2012, though she has been member of HDZ B&H longer. Currently she is the president of Youth HDZ B&H in Rama, and Vice-president of Cantonal Council of Youth HDZ B&H of HNZ.
Amel Petrovic is born in 1995 in Bugojno, where he has finished his primary and secondary education. He is junior year at the Department of Political Science, University of Sarajevo. He is actively involved in journalism, and he has cooperated with numerous portals as the columnist and reporter, and currently he is engaged at the Federal TV. He has won many literary awards, as the 2nd award for the short stories at the Dani Isaka Samokovlije competition and the 2nd award at the literary competition of the City Library Bugojno. He has published a book called Pjescani sat. He is a member of many international and local seminars, as well as political debates. Currently, he is the President of Council of Youth in Bugojno, and with NGO sector he was a coordinator of many projects as Knjizevno ljeto and Note spajaju i pesme i pjesme.
Antonela Ramljak is the junior student of the International Relations and Diplomacy at the Department of Political Science, University of Sarajevo. She is the activist and the coordinator of the program Omladinski Pokret Revolt from Tuzla. She is the member of the European Party of Young Greens. She is interested in the interdisciplinary approach to peace, security and international justice.
Aldin Krivan is born in 1987 in Sarajevo. He holds the degree in Business Communications at the Department of Political Science, University of Sarajevo. He is the final year of the Master Program in Diplomacy and International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Sarajevo, and he is currently finalizing his Master thesis on topic Role of EU Institutions in Democratic Consolidation of the Countries of Western Balkan, with focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is the member of Youth Council of Novo Sarajevo Municipality and also, he is a member of the Municipality Board of Demokratka Fronta, Novo Sarajevo. He is actively involved in OSCE project Super-citizens, member of Social media team and also, he is active member of Zanemari razlike coalition. Moreover, he is member of Hrasno Local Commnity Council. He participated in writing Strategy for Youth, Novo Sarajevo Municipality.
Ana Dankic is born in 1991 in Bugojno. In 2013 she graduated at the Department of Philosophy, University of Mostar. She is the final year at the International Politics and Diplomacy, Department of Political Science. From 2009 she has been active member of O.O. Mladeži HDZ B&H Bugojno. Currently she holds the position of the Vice-president of O.O. Mladeži HDZ B&H Bugojno, as well as the position of Vice-president of Zajednica Zena O.O. Mladeži HDZ B&H Bugojno Kraljica Katarina Kosaca. She is the member of O.O. HDZ B&H Bugojno and the member of Mladeži ZO HDZ B&H ZSB. At the local elections of 2012, she was on the list for the municipal council of Bugojno for Youth, as the student of the Political Science. She is Alumni of Political Academy HDZ B&H where she has successfully completed two-semester based programe Theory and Practice of Politics in 2013, and obtained a certificate for the completed annual program. From June 4-7, 2015, she has participated in Summer School of the Political Academy Zaklade hrvatskog drzavnog zavjeta (ZHDZ) at Vis, as well as at many other seminars. In the name of Mladeži O.O. HDZ B&H Bugojno and other cultural and church institutions, she has participated and organized numerous humanitarian and cultural manifestations as, for example, book promotions, Christmas humanitarian actions, humanitarian concerts and other everyday activities.
Adnan Smajic is born in 1992 in Banja Luka. He holds the degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently he plans to enroll Master programme in social anthropology at the University of Stockholm with the proposed topic Anthropology of war – Rise of Nationalism in the Countries of ex Yugoslavia. He works as the activist in the Center for the environment with the special interest in observing the implementation of Arhus Convention as well as Senior Fellow Foundation Humanity in Action. He likes design and writing, as well as film directing. His first documentary movie Zovem se Adnan i necu vas raznijeti opened the movie festival in July 2015 and is scheduled for presentation across Europe.
Arijana Turkovic is born in 1989 in Sarajevo, and she has graduated Marketing at the Department of Economics, University of Sarajevo. She is currently working on her Master thesis The Impact of Gender Components on Successful Political Marketing Campaign also at the Department of Economics, University of Sarajevo. From 2013, she is active member of the student humanitarian organization Ruku na srce. Added to this, she has volunteered for many NGOs where she has worked on projects of social inclusion, human rights and coordinated numerous fund raising actions. Since 2008 she is a member of Nasa Stranka, where she has been Vice-president of Youth Forum NS 2013, and the President of Municipality Countil Novi Grad in 2014-2015. In 2012, she has became a member of the Commission for the Gender Equality in Municipality Novi Grad, and at the Commission for youth in City Council. In the period 2014-2015 she has finalized her internship requirements at the Zavod za Javno Zdravstvo Sarajevo Canton at the accounting office. She has completed many academies, participated in numerous seminars in the field of politics, human rights, marketing and leadership. She won many medals at the volleyball competitions as well. Since 2015, she is one of the youngest Oriflame directors, and is marketing manager for web portal Sport Primus.
Edis Kavgic is born in 1987 in Tuzla. He has graduated from the Department of Law, University of Tuzla. He has participated at numerous cultural, entertaining and sport manifestations, and he has won many certificated during his education. He is a member of Savez za bolju buducnost BiH since its establishment, and he has contributed a lot for the development of SBB in Municipality Srebrenik and Tuzla Canton. Also, he is a secretary of OO SBB Srebrenik. He is member of the Council for youth, culture and sport SBB B&H. Since 2013 he is a member of the expert team for the Municipality Council Srebrenik. He is a member of entrepreneur group of Tuzla Canton. He has completed the Academy for Political Leadership in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he has gained knowledge and skills in the field of political leadership and communication. He has worked on several project for the development of Municipality Srebrenik.
Hamid Salihagic is born in 1991 in Rogatica. He has finished his primary and secondary school in Sarajevo, where he has enrolled the Department of Political Science, University of Sarajevo. Since 2010, he is a member of Savez za bolju buducnost B&H, member of Canton Council of Canton Sarajevo and the President of Youth Forum Novo Sarajevo, SBB B&H.
Ivana Radic is born in 1993 in Zagreb. She has completed her pripary and secondary education in Jajce where she has started with the activists and volunteering practices. She holds the degree in European Integrations from the Department of Economics, University of Sarajevo, where she has enrolled Macro-financial Management. She has been volunteering for four years with the children and teenagers for UG NARKO NE and HKO Kruh sv. Ante. She is also actively involved with Erasmus Student Network B&H and AIESEC Sarajevo. Currently she is the President of the newly established Association of Students for the European Integrations at the Department of Economics, UNSA. Her knowledge and skills have been gained though informal education on subjects project management, PR, fundraising, youth activism, political, economic and educational system of B&H and EU, which she tries to pass on to coming generations in order to motivate them to actively take part in the political and social activities in our country.
Igor Kurtagic is born in 1989 in Sarajevo. He has graduated the International Economics with the focus on Finances, and also, he holds the degree in German Language from the University of St. Lawrence, New York, USA. During a study exchange, he also registered in Eastern-Chinese Pedagogy University in Shanghais, China. After the graduation, he works at the finance sector in Sarajevo. He works for the UniCredit bank. Since 2014, he is a member of Nasa Stranka and actively participates in the Municipality Council of Municipality Center.
Ida Sokoljak is born in 1989 in Sarajevo. She obtained her degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2012. She has graduated Management and the Organization at the Department of Economics in 2013, with the final thesis on Anti-commercial in Commercials. She is trained to run the Financial management and control and has the EU certificate for running FUK system by legal regulations, process orientation and risk running. She is member of the Art Group B&H. She participated in international colonies, workshops and exhibitions. From her work, she highlights her literary works and declaring public opinion on social topics in B&H. Her political engagement started as the member of Nasa Stranka, in November 2015.
Jasmin Hasanovic is born in 1989 in Foca. He holds a Master degree in International Relations nad Diplomacy from the Department of Political Science, University of Sarajevo. He won a Gold Pin of the University in 2012 as the valedictorian of his Department. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party of B&H, where he is a member of the executive commission KO FOM SDP BPK Gorazde, and Council for Development SDP B&H, as the youngest member. Currently he is engaged at the realization of many projects within FOM SDP B&H. Also, he is active at NGO sector, and also he is a member of the UN project Youth Forum Dialogue for the future. Added to this, he has been activist at the Educational Center for the Democracy and Human Rights CIVITAS in B&H, where he has worked on establishment, promotion and adoption of the Strategy for the fight against corruption in B&H, as well as on many other CIVITAS projects where the goal was to promote the political culture among young adults. For his dedication for social and political development, creative work and affirmation of the civil, educational and cultural values, he won the greatest acknowledgement from Municipality Gorazde in 2009, the Golden Plaque. His studies are published in many local and international journals, and they cover the research in international relations and political theory. Also, he has been a guest lecturer at many foreign universities (Szecheni Istvan University, University of Ljubljana).
Lamija Tiro is born in 1995 in Sarajevo. She is a junior student of the Department of Law in Sarjevo. During her studies, she has been active in NGO sector. Since 2013, she is a member of the European group for student rights, and since 2014, she is a member of Youth Forum Nasa Stranka.
Ljupko Miseljic is born in 1996 in Trebinje. She has finished his primary and secondary school in Banja Luka, where he studies Communications at the Communicational College Kappa Phi. Since 2012, he works as free lance reporter for the printing, online and electronic media in B&H, and he is a member of Omladinske novinske asociacije B&H. His engagement actively covers responsible politics, rights of minors and vulnerable groups, media literacy, culture of remembering and forgetting, and about youth and for youth.
Maja Mandic is a Master student at Macro-Financial Management program at the Department of Economics, University of Sarajevo. Currently, she is not a member of any political party. She is a member of the Association UroR Zepce. Since 2011, she coordinates Omladinska Banka Mozaik Zepce.
Nermin Cakic is born on 1991 in Novi Travnik. He graduated at the International University of Sarajevo (IUS), Department of International and Public Relations and the Department of Islamic Studies (FIN), Unit of Theology. He is currently registered as a Master student at the IUS, Department of International and Public Relations as well at the FIN. He has also started new undergraduate studies at Religious Pedagogy at FIN. During his studies, he has completed his internship requirements at the Institute of Islamic Tradition of Bosniaks (IITB) and at the Office for the International Relations at Istanbul Sehir University. Also, he has run study business at the IITB and the Islamic Community of Bosniaks in Bay Area, USA. He has participated at various workshops and conferences. He loves European Literature.
Rasim Ibrahimagic is born in 1990 in Tuzla, and he lives in Zivinice. He is a student at the Department of Law, University of Tuzla. During his studies, he has been the President of the Student Association of Law Department, Secretary of the Student Union of the University of Tuzla, member of the Scientific Board of Law Department and Senate Member of the University of Tuzla. He is the activist for the Youth Initiative for the human rights in B&H since 2011. He has been engaged part-time at several projects in the field of human rights, transitional justice, rule of law and democracy. With the Coalition Equity, he has cooperated on the questions of ethnic discrimination and constitutional changes, and currently he cooperates with the Initiative for the EU integrations monitoring. He is the President of the Commission of the Youth Saveza Antifasista i boraca NOR TK. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party B&H, and in July 2015, he has successfully completed the Academy of social-democracy, and since August 2015, he is the President of Youth Forum of the Cantonal Organization SDP B&H Tuzla.
Redzo Lemezan is born in 1995 in Sarajevo, and he is a junior student at the Department of Criminology and Security Studies, University of Sarajevo. Currently he is volunteering at the Parliament of the Federation of B&H, where he is a member of the Security Board FB&H. He completed the Academy for political leaders Peerpetum mobile, sponsored by the UN program Dialogue for the future. He is a member of the Youth Forum of UN of B&H. Since 2015, he is a member of Nasa Stranka and currently he is Deputy President of Council of Security NS.
Sebiha Kapetanovic is born in 1991 in Sarajevo. Under the scholarship of Republic of Turkey, she graduated the International Relations at the Department of Economics, Ege University in Izmir. During her studies, she got ERASMUS scholarship for the Maastricht University, Department of European Studies. Since 2012, she is a member of AEGEE in Izmir at the European level. In 2014, she has worked at the ERASMUS Office of Ege University. Currently she is a part time journalist of Youth Time Journal and she is an intern at NGO Munja. During her studies, she participated at many conferences, seminars, summer schools, workshops, including Workshop Facilitator.
Soraja Zagic is born in 1989 in Sarajevo. She has graduated at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, with minor in International Law, at Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. She got her Master degree from ERMA program Human Rights and Democracy in South-Eastern Europe from the University of Sarajevo/ University Bologna. She gained the experience working at many NGOs. She is interested in political philosophy, international law, human rights, social psychology, transitional justice and dealing with the past. Currently she works as the project coordinator of ZFD Forum at the projects on dealing with the past and culture of remembrance.
Šemsa Mulic is born in 1989 in Sarajevo. She has graduated Administration Studies at the Department of the Public Administration, University of Sarajevo, and in February 2015 she got her Master’s degree from the named Department. Her Master thesis work is on Function of Ethical Standards in the Organs of Public Administration, which has been published. In the period from March 2014 to March 2015, she worked as an intern at the Institute for Investigation of Crime against Humanity and International Law of the University of Sarajevo. She worked on the project on Gender Equity in Municipalities and Cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, organized by SOC. She obtained her knowledge and skills though informal education, e.g., project Mentoring, organized by CPCD. In May this year, she has successfully completed the educational programme Political School 2015, organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Forum of Left Initiative. She is a member of the NGO Nahla and she is fluent in German Language.