Our team

Anida Šabanović
Director

Anida holds a Master degree in Economics. She has contributed to FPI’s professionalism and served in many positions in the organisation. She covers the research in public administration, good governance and economic areas. Anida works on projects dealing with European integration, policy creation, capacity building of government institutions, fight against corruption, promotion of human rights and women’s rights. She has experience in drafting policies and has cooperated with different non-governmental organizations in BiH as well as international organisations. Anida has experience in consultancy and has been author, co-author or contributor of reports, political analyses and texts related to European integration process as well as gender issues. She is one of co- authors of a book chapter Negotiating Political Authority in Bosnia Herzegovina, which will be published in Research Handbook on Gender and Negotiation edited by Mara Olekalns, Professor of Management (Negotiations) at Melbourne Business School. The Handbook is in the final editing phase and is expected to be published by summer 2020.

Lejla Ramić-Mesihović
Member of the FPI BH Assembly

Lejla holds a PhD degree at the Faculty of business and administration at the International University of Sarajevo. She has obtained a master degree in the field of Diplomacy at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo. For 15 years she had been working for the EU Delegation in BiH and afterwards for the EU Special Representative's Office in BiH (EUSR). During her rather rich professional experience, Lejla used to work as a journalist, senior consultant and project manager on various projects and initiatives supported by the International Community in BiH.

Adina Mahić
Senior Consultant

Manager of 20 years in BiH and Western Balkans region, in public, private and civil sectors and international development. Professional roles with USAID, EU/European Commission, CIDA, World Bank projects in integrated programmatic strategy development and implementation alongside building strategic partnerships and complex networks of wide range donors and stakeholders. Managing Director of SLB/Synergy Leo Burnett full-service advertising agency (2004-2014). Senior Consultant in Comprehensive Communications, Media Management and Media Development, Integrated Marketing. Specialised in conducting Organisational Capacity Assessments (OCA) and Performance Improvement Plans. Trainer in Communications, Marketing and Media. Voluntary work: President of Steering Board of Nansen Dialog Centre BiH.

Haris Ćutahija
Researcher

Graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences at University of Sarajevo where he also gained MA degree in political science - European integration. He also holds professional qualification degree in political management from the New Bulgarian University. Has extensive experience in managing and working on various projects ranging from the European integration to youth activism and culture. He is columnist on several internet portals as well as a political analyst. He has joined the Foreign Policy Initiative BH team in March 2020 as a researcher.

Mahir Sijamija
Project and Communications Officer

He holds a Master's degree in political science from the University of Sarajevo (2018). He currently works as an project officer at the Foreign Policy Initiative BH and associate at the Media and Policy Analysis Centers in Sarajevo, Association of BH Journalists. He is author on the Media Watchdog platform Analziraj.ba and Balkansmedia.org. He previously worked project meager at INFOHOUSE and as an external communications associate at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo and UNICEF BiH. He has also been involved in various research projects that stand out for International Republican Institute, Humanity in action, RRPP, UN, CREDI, Media Center and Albany Associates. He has participated in a number of international and national conferences, and has published several scientific and professional papers in the field of political science. He is a member of the UNESCO Advisory Group on MIL in BiH, a Senior Fellow Humanity in Action BH, and a member and former scholar of the Association of Education Builds BH.

Emina Kuhinja
Project Assistant and Researcher

Holds a double Bachelor’s degree from University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and University of Buckingham in Political Science and International Relations, with a minor in International Law. After that, attended a two-year master program in Political Science – Integration and Governance at University of Salzburg and attained a Master of Arts (MA) degree. She has taken part in educational trainings with OSCE, UNDP, CPCD, as well as seminars of excellence organized by Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana and Faculty of Political Science, University of Salzburg. She is a member of SSST and EYP (European Youth Parliament) Alumni and ERASMUS+ Network. She is a community educator on topics of reciprocal radicalization for the Atlantic initiative, where she previously worked on projects Violent Extremism and Radicalization that lead to Terrorism Awareness and Gender and Justice Reform in BiH. Currently works as a Project Assistant and a researcher for Foreign Policy Initiative.

Advisory Board
FPI BH

Members of FPI BH Advisory Board: 

Denisa Sarajlić

Osman Topčagić,

Hajrudin Somun,

Jasmina Pašalić,

Nina Karađinović,

Mihael Vajhert,

Emine Bozkurt,

Zlatko Dizdarević,

Marko Radovanović,

Željko Jerkić

and Mesut Idriz.