ReSPA Secretariat


ReSPA Secretariat

ReSPA Director

Ms. Ratka Sekulovic Ms. Ratka SekulovicReSPA Director

Ms Sekulovic was appointed at the position of Director of Regional School of Public Administration in July 2016, after she passed as the most successful candidate in the region the EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office) testing.

Before her engagement in ReSPA, she spent more than 15 years in public administration, and almost ten years dealing with the management of EU funds at the position of Deputy Minister for European Integration and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration in the Government of Montenegro. During her intensive work in the public sector, she managed and coordinated complex and demanding tasks in terms of establishment of first IPA (Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance) and Cross border structures with the neighbouring countries but also with EU members through the participation of Montenegro in Adriatic, Mediterranean and South-East Europe Programmes. Also, she was Head of the Operating Structure for Regional development and coordinated the development and realization of the most significant infrastructure EU projects in Montenegro in the environment and transport sectors.

During her carrier, she was an expert of the Delegation of the European Union in Montenegro and Council of Europe for result-oriented monitoring.

Ratka Sekulovic is an engineer of technology and has a master in European Economic Integrations from the University of Montenegro.

She likes to travel and discover new destinations and cultures.

She is a mum of two boys- one student and teenager.

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ReSPA Core Staff

Mr. Dragan Djuric Mr. Dragan DjuricProgramme Manager

Mr Djuric is a graduated political scientist, also having, PhD in the area of European Integration. During his professional career, Mr Djuric covered several highly responsible positions (Head of Department for International Relations, Information and Education in Trade Union Confederation of Montenegro, Deputy Minister for European Integration in Government of Montenegro, Secretary of the Negotiation Team of Government of Montenegro for Stabilization and Association Agreement, Secretary of Governmental Commission for Coordination of European Integration, as well as President of Governmental Commission for Coordination of EU Assistance). Before coming to ReSPA, Mr Djuric worked for more than eight years as Core Technical Adviser in Capacity Development Programme, which is a joint initiative of Government of Montenegro and UNDP devoted to strengthening institutional and administrative capacities in Montenegro for European Integration process.

He was involved in the overall process of Public Administration Reform in Montenegro as well as in regional cooperation, mostly with other Western Balkan countries. He has working experience in collaboration with numerous international organizations (UNDP, GIZ, ILO, USAID, EU).

His previous professional enrollment assumed several tasks related to policy development and coordination, drafting and managing of the EU funded projects, lecturing, delivering the training for public servants and managers on topics associated with European integration and coordination of public policies. He also teaches at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Montenegro.

Mr Djuric is married and has three children. Free time use enjoying in his vineyard.

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Mr. Borislav Orechovski Mr. Borislav OrechovskiOperations and Finance Manager

Mr Orechovski graduated from the Faculty of Economy, University of Skopje and later became a Certified Public auditor (CPA)

He has 18 years of experience in auditing, finance management and internal control/ compliance in the private sector. The first 5 years as auditor, gave him strong knowledge in International auditing standards (IAS) and International financial reporting standards (IFRS), as well as oversight of the business environment of different companies both in private and public sector. In 2007 he “switched sides” and started working in a Telekom company progressing to the position of Head of finance. This gave him the opportunity to use his knowledge in development of finance operations and processes, as well as acquiring management skills. In the 11 years in the finance management area, he spent the last 2 years as a CFO/board member of a production plant, where he acquired skills in the area of strategic management, and further developed his leadership skills. In his most recent role, he has combined his auditing and finance operation skills, and worked in a pharmaceutical company as Financial compliance and control manager for Macedonia, Albania Croatia and Kosovo.

He is a people person with hands on attitude, enjoys to learn and improve, as much as he enjoys to transfer his knowledge to other people. He values other people opinions and likes teaming with colleagues in reaching the organization goals and strategies.

Borislav is a husband, father of two and a friend, currently hooked on running as main hobby.

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Ms. Ranka Bartula-Musikic Ms. Ranka Bartula-MusikicProgramme Manager

Ms Bartula-Musikic joined ReSPA in 2011 and she was among the first ReSPA employees. After working for 5 years as a Programme Assistant she went through the recruitment process in 2016 and started working as a programme Manager, managing HRMD thematic area and, until recently, procurement and ethics and integrity. By continually improving her knowledge and skills she was a lead manager in development of ReSPA Strategy and ReSPA monitoring and evaluation system.

Before joining ReSPA she worked for 10 years in an international organisation in Bosnia and Herzegovina on development of cooperation programmes and projects, with emphasis on social protection, access to justice and capacity building of nascent civil society and institutional development in post-conflict and transition context. During this ten-year engagement she went through all stages and climbed up from executive to managerial position. She gained valuable technical competencies in complex project assessment, strategic planning, social research, programme design and monitoring and evaluation. For three years she worked in the Ministry of European Integration of Montenegro. She managed TA projects and supported the establishment of CBC programmes and relevant structures.

She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo and obtained university degree in English language and literature.

Ranka is a nature-lover, she enjoys walking, swimming and design, enjoying in all of these often together with her husband and two grownups, one student and one teenager.

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Ms. Olivera Damjanovic Ms. Olivera DamjanovicProgramme Manager

Ms. Olivera Damjanovic has joined ReSPA in November 2020 on the position of Programme Manager for the intervention areas of Quality management and e Government.

Olivera has graduated at the Faculty of Economics, University of Banja Luka, BiH. She has excellent command of English and Italian language.

Before joining ReSPA Olivera has gained more than 15 years of experience at senior management level in the public administration of BiH. As a member or representative in inter-ministerial and EU working groups and subcommittee, she gave her contribution in the area of concessions/public procurement, public administration reform and Energy Community. The work in public administration was preceded with ten years of work in UK and US international organizations and managing of the programmes dealing with access to justice and public finances, with projects managed from the grass-root level that over time became model for national strategy development and/or resulted in policy changes. Olivera conducted several complex researches regarding access to justice and public finances pertaining to justice sector. As independent consultant she has drafted National strategy for juvenile justice in BiH and within expert teams was engaged in developing feasibility study in private public partnership and in the area of public procurement. As an assessor she provided her contribution to assessing regional cross-border projects in Montenegro.

Olivera is fond of nature and in the spare time she enjoys hiking, music and tai chi with keeping interest alive in literature and history. She is mum of two grownups, son and daughter.

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Mr. Gentian Xhaxhiu Mr. Gentian XhaxhiuProgramme and Legal Manager

Mr Xhaxhiu studied Law at the University of Tirana (Albania) as well as holds an Executive Master Degree in EU Studies by the Centre International de Formation Européenne (Berlin, Germany). He has attended the Programme of the School of Public Affairs of Paris (Sciences Po) in Management and Public Policy and has successfully completed the Annual Programme of the School of Political Studies of the Council of Europe.

As of 2011, Gentian has covered many duties within the Albanian public administration mainly dealing with European integration, regional cooperation, coordination of IPA Programmes, etc. He is a lecturer in the School of Public Administration of Albania, delivering the modules related to EU funding, team building and public speaking. During 2018-2019, Gentian has been engaged as a research fellow at the Institute for Jewish Research, in New York. During his stay in the US, Gentian attended a number of qualifications at Harvard University and the University of Virginia.

He has an excellent command of English and Italian language and a fair command of French.

Gentian is very passionate about history (especially related to WW2 and its aftermath) and swimming. He also loves detective novels and has read more than 50 of them from various authors.

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Ms. Ivana Bajo Ms. Ivana BajoPersonal Assistant to the Director

Ms Bajo studied Public Administration (bacc. admin. publ.) at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, as well as holds a Specialists degree (Spec.Sci) in EU Studies from the Faculty of Social Science, University of Montenegro.

Prior to joining the ReSPA in 2011, Ivana Bajo gained work experience in both public and private sector. As a public servant, she served in the Cabinet of the State Secretary in the Central Office for Development Strategy and Coordination of EU Funds of the Republic of Croatia and Office for Gender Equality of the Government of the Republic of Croatia. Ivana Bajo also worked as an assistant in the Law Service in Croatia Records and private company Orfej, Zagreb.

Ivana is very passionate about gastronomy. She enjoys travelling, jazz and long walks.

She is the mum of a toddler girl.

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Ms. Natasa Kuc Ms. Natasa KucFinance/Operations Assistant

Ms Nataša Kuč holds a BSc in Marketing and Business Administration from the Northern Kentucky University (NKU) in the USA. She obtained the certificate for Accounting technician from the Institute of Accountants and Auditors of Montenegro.

Nataša's working experience before joining ReSPA team relates to her engagement in the various UN agencies: UNFAO, IOM, UNICEF, and UNDP where she worked in the field of finance, administration, HR, procurement, fundraising, and other tasks related to the operations. The most challenging and, at the same time, the exciting experience was turning the sub-office into a country office and modifying the entry system to work in a new setup.

Her previous experience was useful when she joined ReSPA in 2012, and the Operation unit was starting from scratch. She acts as a Permanent Secretary in the procurement evaluation committee.

Nataša enjoys travelling, cycling, gardening, and reading. She is the mum of one grownup and two teenage boys.

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Mr. Milutin Rasovic Mr. Milutin RasovicIT Technician

Mr Rašović has joined ReSPA from the very beginning. By covering the position of IT Technician, he made a significant contribution towards implementing new technologies, installation, and maintenance of ReSPA’s IT system.
Prior to joining ReSPA in 2010, Mr Rašović served for ten years as the IT Engineer in Telenor Montenegro, a member of the global Telenor group - one of the leaders in the mobile communications sector globally. During his work in Telenor, he was in charge of providing support of IT hardware, security, software, and networks; administration of servers and different IT systems and managing IT strategy and planning.

Mr Rasovic graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Podgorica (University of Montenegro) with Ba. Degree in Applied Computer Science.

Milutin enjoys travelling and swimming. He is married, father of a teenage girl.

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Ms. Marija Orovic Ms. Marija OrovicProgramme Assistant

Ms Orović completed Master of Business Psychology and Management at the Faculty of International Economics, Finance and Business, Podgorica, Montenegro.

Ms Orović has been at ReSPA since 2011. In the capacity of ReSPA Programme Assistant, she was involved in the implementation of a number of high-level activities related to Public Administration Reform and Programme Committee of ReSPA, created to boost interregional cooperation among the ReSPA Members. Besides, she was a Member of ReSPA CAF Self-assessment team.

With the 15 years of overall professional experience, she feels confident to work hard and contribute to achieving ReSPA objectives.

She is married, mother of two. In her free time, she is devoted to systemic psychotherapy and is a lover of art paintings.

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Ms. Vanja Ivanovic Ms. Vanja IvanovicProgramme Assistant

Ms Ivanovic graduated from the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, University of Montenegro, and obtained a degree in tourism.

She worked in the private sector for almost five years and was responsible for the successful implementation of many event services.

Ms Ivanovic has been the Programme Assistant at ReSPA since 2014 and had an active role in each organisational phase (preparation, implementation and follow up) of the various ReSPA activities with the special focus on the area of Human Resource Management and Development, Public-Private Partnership and Administrative Procedures and Administrative Justice.

Vanja enjoys national dances, and she enjoys travelling.

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Mr. Vladimir Nikolic Mr. Vladimir NikolicProgramme Assistant

Vladimir holds a diploma of the political scientist; he graduated from the Academy of Diplomacy and Security in Belgrade (Serbia). Moreover, he has also trained in the field of international relations and engaged in a number of trainings and seminars under the auspices of UN and European institutions.

Vladimir has been the Programme Assistant at ReSPA since 2015. He has a strong interest in all areas of public-sector governance including cooperation and exchange of experience within thematic areas of the Centre of Governments and Better Regulation. Vladimir's comprehensive professional experience includes also EU financed project related to the quality of public service, CSO’s and works within the local self-government.

He is committed to family and interested in handball, history and hiking.

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Mr. Slaven Bukarica Mr. Slaven BukaricaProgramme Assistant

Mr Bukarica graduated from the Faculty of Philology, University of Montenegro and obtained a degree in English language and literature.

Mr Bukarica worked in the private sector as an Event Manager for almost ten years. During this stage of his career, he was responsible for the implementation of many Long Term Agreements for Provision of Event Services for a wide range of public institutions, international organisation and NGOs.

For the past three years, he has been working as a Programme Assistant at ReSPA and being actively involved in improving regional cooperation, especially in the area of Quality Management and eGovernment.

Slaven is a nature-lover, movie fan and traveller.

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Mr. Janko Rovcanin Mr. Janko Rovcanin Driver and General Services

Janko Rovcanin, is the Driver and General Services, at ReSPA (Regional School of Public Administration), the innovative centre of interregional cooperation among the Balkan States and a centre of excellence for training and capacity building in the public administration reform.

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ReSPA Project Staff

Ms. Milena Draca Ms. Milena DracaCommunication & Visibility Officer

Ms Draca graduated from the Faculty of Economy, University of Nis and obtained a Master’s degree in Economic science from the same university.

More than 20 years of her experience in Public Relations and Marketing field can be summarised in three stages. The first stage lasted for more than ten years, during her work in a marketing agency where she was in charge of the most prominent clients and climbed up to the Executive position. The second stage started when she moved to the client-side and worked as the Marketing and PR Director in a few companies from different industries. Her becoming the Communication & Visibility Expert and Media Consultant on the UNDP and EU projects has started the third stage of her career.

By continually improving her knowledge in a fast-growing and changing field of operation such as Marketing and Public Relations, she has developed and implemented numerous Marketing and Communication strategies and media outreach for various products/services/institutions. Cooperation with all types of media (both traditional and online), preparation and coordination of Market research, budgeting and development of procurement procedures, event management, digital marketing management are some of her expertise.
She often says that she knows how Marketing and PR work as a whole, but the essence of success is building trust, open and assertive relations among colleagues and associates.

Milena is a nature-lover, she enjoys yoga, mountaineering, cycling and jazz. She is the mum of a grownup.

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Ms. Jovana Popovic Ms. Jovana PopovicAdministrative Assistant

Ms Popović studied law at the University of Donja Gorica, in Podgorica. Owns the Degree of Specialist of International Law and currently studying the Master of European Union Law and international law at the same university.

Ms Popović currently works at the position of Administrative Assistant. The key aspect of her background is the fact that her experience and skills were mainly gained through her engagement at ReSPA in different capacities. Starting from the position of Volunteer related to institutional and legal affairs, then as a Programme Assistant, and above all as a Coordinator for the preparation and delivery of the Regional Public Administration Capacity building Programme, jointly organized between ReSPA and British Council. For a short time, she also performed the duties of a Personal Assistant to the Director of ReSPA.

During the past seven years, she was working on technical and Programme aspects of regional cooperation and Public Administration improvements.

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