Summary Bio

I am a committed and passionate international researcher, consultant, and trainer on Youth, Peace & Security, focused on sustainable peacebuilding within transitional and fragile states, with an expertise in youth participation in peace and mediation processes. 

Based in Myanmar for the last 5 years, I have gained in-depth knowledge of the country's political, humanitarian, and peace process context. I have published a series of seminal research and policy reports to increase awareness and understanding of the youth, peace and security sector in the country, including on youth spaces of dialogue and mediation, challenges and opportunities for youth in the peace process, and youth engagement in civilian protection and ceasefire monitoring. I further design and facilitate trainings and workshops with youth and non-youth stakeholders on dialogue, conflict transformation, peacebuilding and localization of UNSCR 2250. 

In 2019, I initiated and co-authored the first global policy paper on youth participation in peace processes (We are Here: An Integrated Approach to Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes), ahead of the first International Symposium on the subject, as a consultant for United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth and in collaboration with UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.

Originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina, I hold a Master’s degree in International Relations and Conflict Management from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University and am presently undertaking an advanced Masters on Mediation in Peace Processes (MAS MPP) at the Centre for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH University, Zurich.

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