CEAS team

Jelena Milić


Director, Chairman of the Governing Board

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Jelena Milic is among the most influential political analysts in Serbia and the Western Balkans region.

In December 2016 she was elected as one of the POLITICO 28 Most influential People in the annual POLITICO 28 list of people shaking and shaping the Europe, together with the mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the CEO of Ryanair Michael O'Leary, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Federica Mogherini, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and founder and president of the Open Society Foundation George Soros.

In mid-2018 CEAS became one of the 22 leading international organizations, and the only one from the Western Balkans, which are partners of the Atlantic Council (AC USA) on the new strategic project DisinfoPortal. Ms Milic is enlisted as one of the experts on the Disinfo portal.

The key areas of her expertise and interest are: Transatlantic relations; US foreign politics; NATO affairs; EU affairs, NATO, policies of the EU and its member states towards South East Europe and Russia; Serbian foreign and security policies with a special focus on relations with NATO; Russian influence in the Western Balkans and Europe; Transitional justice and security sector reform; Contemporary social-liberalism; Democratic deficit of multiculturalism.

She is the leading researcher and author of CEAS reports, among which are most prominent: “Basic Instinct: The Case for More NATO in The Western Balkans” published in September 2017 and “Eyes Wide Shut – Strengthening of the Russian Soft Power in Serbia – goals, instruments and effects” published in May 2016.

Her essays have been published in the bestselling book “Don’t leave me” by leading Serbian cultural sociologist Ratko Božović;
The Serbia-Kosovo agreement and the reform of National security issued in the conference “Western Balkans - The futures of integration” published by the NATO Defense College Foundation in cooperation with the Italian Presidency of Council of the European Union and the Balkan Trust for Democracy in 2014;
“The Elephant in the Room” - Incomplete Security Sector Reform in Serbia and its Consequences for Serbian Domestic and Foreign Policies, issued in Unfinished Business: The Western Balkans and the International Community, published by the Center for Transatlantic Relations Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University' in Washington DC in 2012;
The European Union and Serbia issued in European standards in Serbia - collection of papers, published by the Center for Democracy in 2009;
Serbia: Between the walls issued in 1989-2009- 2029 / 20 Years ago, 20 Years ahead – Young Liberal Ideas published by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in 2009.

Milic served as the assistant to Goran Svilanović, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of SCG and Serbia, during his mandate in the Stability Pact for South East Europe Department for Democracy and Human Rights. Previously she worked as a political analyst and researcher for the International Crisis Group and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia. In the late 1990s, Milic actively supported the work of the non-violent OTPOR movement, which significantly contributed to the fall of Slobodan Milosević's regime. She was the regional producer of the film about OTPOR, Dictator Detection, which is part of the series A FORCE MORE POWERFUL, Produced by Steve York, Dalton Delan and Jack DuVall. She translated all films of the series into BHS languages.

She is an alum of the Friedrich-Naumann- Stiftung International Academy for Leadership (IAF) and had internship with prestigious Paris based think-tank CERI of the Science Po University sponsored by the European Commission.

Milic has a degree in Engineering Security Management from Union Nikola Tesla University in Belgrade. She is currently finishing her master’s thesis on NATO’s Crisis management system and emergency planning policies and structures.

Anđa Petković


Deputy Director and Project Manager

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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.

Žanka Panić


Senior Finance Manager

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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

Vesko Garčević

Vesko Garčević

Advisory Board Member

Professor of the practice of International Relations at Frederick Pardee School of Global Studies and Former Ambassador of Montenegro in Brussels (NATO) and Vienna (OSCE).

Vesko Garcevic served as the Ambassador of Montenegro in Brussels (NATO) and Vienna (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe – OSCE and other International Organizations). He was a Montenegrin Ambassador to Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. During his diplomatic career he held important positions at the challenging political time of the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and democratic transition of Montenegro. After Montenegro regained independence in 2006, he served as the first Montenegrin Ambassador to Austria and the OSCE. He has outstanding knowledge of multilateral issues, especially in the field of European Security.

Ambassador Garcevic participated in prestigious international conferences on security such as German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum, Munich Security Conference and Halifax International Security Forum. With his qualifications he contributed as the panellist to many conferences and seminars about European security, security of South East Europe and Western Balkans. He also participated in many high-level meetings, including NATO Summits, UN General Assembly meetings and ministerial conferences. His article ‘Montenegro and the OSCE’ was published at the Institute for Peace and Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg, Yearbook 2007. He was interviewed or quoted by numerous internationally renowned media outlets such as BBC, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Voice of America etc. He participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program in 2004 and was awarded Honorary Citizen Certificate by the State of Texas.

Nenad Milić

Nenad Milić

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.

Fayez Risheg

Fayez Risheg

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.