Founder of CEAS
Jelena Milić is the founder of the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies(CEAS), from Belgrade, Serbia.
She was named as one of POLITICO’s Class of 2017– a list of the most influential people “shaking and shaping Europe”.
The key areas of her expertise and interests are: Serbian foreign and security policies with a special focus on relations with NATO and the US, US, NATO and EU polices in South East Europe: Russian influence in the Western Balkans and Europe; Transitional justice and security sector reform
Ms Milić is enlisted as the leading regional expert of Atlantic Council US DisinfoPortal project, while CEAS is the only regional organisation among 22 leading international organizations partnering in it.
She is the main researcher and author of influential CEAS reports, most notably “West Side Story - CEAS proposal for the correction of the administrative line between Serbia and Kosovo, agreed in a format under the auspices of West”(June 2018), “Basic Instinct: The Case for More NATO in The Western Balkans” (September 2017), and “Eyes Wide Shut – Strengthening of the Russian Soft Power in Serbia – goals, instruments and effects” (May 2016).
Her longer essays were published by: NATO Defense College Foundation in cooperation, Center for Transatlantic Relations Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University' in Washington DC in 2012, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in 2009.
Milić served as senior assistant to Goran Svilanović, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, during his mandate in the Stability Pact for South East Europe. Previously she worked as a political analyst and researcher for the US based International Crisis Group and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia.
In the late 1990s, Milić actively supported the work of the non-violent resistance movement OTPOR, which significantly contributed to the fall of Slobodan Milosević's regime. She was the regional producer of the film about OTPOR, Bringing Down a Dictator, which was a part of the series A FORCE MORE POWERFUL, a PBS project supported by United States Institute of Peace and the Albert Einstein Institution.
She is an alumna of the Friedrich-Naumann- Stiftung International Academy for Leadership (IAF) and has interned at the prestigious Paris based think-tank CERI of the Science Po University.
Milić graduated from UNION-Nikola Tesla University, Belgrade. In 2020 she obtained her M.SC from the University as well.
Anđa Petković graduated law at the Law Faculty of the Union University "Nikola Tesla".
Since 2009 she is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party in which she gained experience in various fields. Since 2012, as a member of the Political Council of the LDP Youth, she actively took part in drafting several public policies. Since February 2014 she is one of the founders of the LDP Human Rights Council.
After taking part in a one-year course "Creating public policies based on reliable data" organized by NDI, she worked on a policy proposal "The necessity of implementing the National Qualifications Framework in the Republic of Serbia", which was published in the Collection of Proposals 2011/2012 issued by TransConflict, US Aid and NDI. She is a participant of TransConflict's training program "Strengthening the capacity of policy-making of political parties in the sphere of security and defense".
Areas of interest include international law, liberalism and human rights.
Senior Finance Manager
Žanka Panić graduted from the Higher School of Economic in Belgrade. She has more than 20 years of experience in dealing with administrative matters and financial management. Ih her career, she worked for Yugoslavia Commerce as Senior Officer for Planning and Analysis, in charge of strategic planning. Since the nineties, she worked as a commercial clerk for import and wholesale, having the Sony Corporation as one of her clients.
She continued her career at the Center for Democracy Foundation as Financial Officer for Project Managemen, monitoring and implementing financial activities, including project applications and financial reporting for donors. With her vast experience, she provided services in the field of fundraising consultancy and contact with donors. Within the Forum of Yugoslavia’s NGOs, she provided consultancy services to organizations registered in the territory of the Republic of Serbia. She worked on projects supported by donors such as the European Commission, Balkan Trust for Democracy, Open Society Foundation, Institute for Sustainable Communities, UNDP and USAID.
CEAS Advisory Board
Advisory Board Member
Nenad Milić is a lawyer who spent his professional career working in the country's security sector, local self-government, the executive branch, as well as the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. He the a Director of a detective agency MSP Investigations.
He started his career in the second ward of the Belgrade Police Force. He was Head of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjić, and then the Deputy of the Minister of Interior at the time when the most fundamental reforms of the Police were conducted.
He was elected to the National Assembly of Serbia in three terms. Over seven years in the Assembly he was member of the Committee for Defense and Security and the Committee for Control of the Security Services.
Following parliamentary elections in April 2015, he was chosen as MP once again on the Liberal Democratic Party's list.
Advisory Board Member
Fayez Risheg, a lawyer from Croatia, cooperates with national governments and international organizations in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo for more than 20 years now. He is an expert for European integration, armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, international interventions and strategies for peace-building. He worked at the European community mission in Zagreb between 1991 and 1997 and Office/Ministry for European integration of the Republic of Croatia between 1998 and 2001. After that, he joined the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, where he was engaged within the Pillar IV, Reconstruction and economic development until 2009. Until 2014, he worked as the Senior Advisor in EULEX.
Despite more than 20 years working at different missions that dealt with post-conflict settings, he claims to actually working on development and cooperation. Currently, he leads the Center for developmental cooperation in Zagreb, Croatia.