Jelena Žarković Rakić, director of FREN, on "How to reduce child poverty in Serbia" at regional television station "N1".
Jelena Žarković Rakic works as the director and program manager of FREN sice 2012.
Within the framework of research projects she is dealing with issues of tax and social policy and labor market issues. Some of the projects on which she worked are: Creating a micro-simulation model of tax policy and social benefits for Serbia (FREN and University of Essex), Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia country chapters for the OECD tax and benefit model (2009, World Bank) , Simulation of effects of the Draft Law on Social Protection on the income distribution and poverty in Serbia using SRMOD (2010, World Bank). From inactivity to employment: Options for raising activity and employment in Serbia (FREN and Social inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia), Making Work Pay in Western Balkan Countries: Evidence from Serbia and Macedonia (Regional Research Promotion Programme Western Balkans), Making a budget calculator (PRO CONCEPT in cooperation with the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia).
For professional training she stayed at George Mason University (2005, USA) and the European University Institute (2009, Italy). She participated with notable contributions in the work of a large number of domestic and international conferences.
Aleksandar Radivojevic works as Financial and Administrative manager at FREN. Aleksandar completed master studies at the Department of Economic policy and development in 2011 at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, where he currently attends doctoral studies. He is a project coordinator of the Executive Opinion Survey in Serbia for the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report. As a researcher he works on the project „The level of corporate governance in public companies founded by Republic of Serbia”, while as a financial manager he works on all other FREN’s projects. Prior to the current engagement, Aleksandar worked as an assistant to the general director in the construction industry based company, where he gained excellent organizational skills through management of several construction sites. He speaks English, and has medium level knowledge of Italian.
Dragana Marjanovic works as a project manager for FREN on projects: FP7 Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovative and Inclusive Societies (EFESEIIS) and Evaluation of the package of services for youth and active employment policy measures aimed at youth. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. She has specialized in the area of employment promotion of the labour market disadvantaged. She has managed the ILO component of the UN Youth Employment and Migration Joint Programme providing policy and institutional capacity development aiming at supporting the employment of the most disadvantaged youth (Roma, PWD, beneficiaries of Centers for Social Work, etc.), also through the integration of employment and social protection services.
Marko Vladisavljević he is a researcher at the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics (FREN). He graduated from the Department of Statistics and Informatics in 2008 and completed master studies at the Department of Econometrics in 2011 at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. He currently attends doctoral studies at the same faculty, and graduate studies in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. His research interests include a wide range of applied economics and psychology topics with a focus on gender equality, poverty, labor market and identity. He worked as a consultant in several research projects funded by the World Bank, ILO and UN organizations. As part of FREN's team he has won several scholarships for research: Analysis of the impact on migration and remittances on social protection in the countries of the Western Balkans (RRPP, 2014), The inactivity of older persons in Serbia (Erste, 2013), Enabling flourishing and development of social entrepreneurship for innovative and inclusive society (FP7, 2013) and Gender wage gap in the Western Balkans (RRPP, 2012).
Danijela Sever Radovanovic works as Communication Officer at FREN. She graduated at the Faculty of Economics of the Belgrade University. Gained a Master-level Diploma at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), UK, London. For over 20 years worked in the Public Relations industry, acquiring knowledge and skills in Serbian and international companies and organizations. Worked as a PR Manager for the BK Group (BKTV, University, Foundation), CARE International Yugoslavia and the Canadian Embassy in Belgrade (Canadian International Development Agency CIDA). Engaged as a Key Communications expert on numerous development projects funded by European Union, U.S. Agency for International Development USAID, German Development Bank KfW and other donors. A member of the Serbian PR Society DSOJ. Speaks English, French and Spanish.
Lara Lebedinski works as a researcher at the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics where she specilazes in educational and labour market policies. She is currently engaged as a researcher for FREN on projects: FP7 Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovative and Inclusive Societies (EFESEIIS) and Evaluation of the package of services for youth and active employment policy measures aimed at youth.She has worked as a researcher on several projects: Evaluation of Roma teaching assistants programme in Serbia (Universita’ Luigi Bocconi), Employment, wage discrimination and poverty in Belgium(Université catholique de Louvain), Resettlement Action Plan for the Residents of Makis, Resnik, Jabucki Rit and Kijevo Container Settlements (OSCE).
She has presented her work at international conferences.