Mr Orhan USEIN is the Team Leader of RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team. He holds an MA Degree in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University. Before joining the RCC, Mr Usein worked for the Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation as Program Manager responsible for providing conceptual, operational and technical support to the Roma Decade countries. In 2012, Mr Usein was a Lantos Fellow at the United States House of Representatives working in the office of Congressman Elliot L. Engels. While there, he wrote several statements for the Congressman on the situation of Roma in Europe. Mr Usein was a representative of the Advisory Council on Youth in the Council of Europe. He has also worked in various capacities for the Roma Education Fund, the European Roma Rights Centre and the European Commission.
Within the Roma Integration 2020 Action Team Mr Usein is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the project between the European Commission, the RCC Secretariat, the National Roma Contact Points and the Open Society Foundations. More concretely, he manages the project by engaging the respective economies in the process of Roma integration driven by the EU accession and national budget-timing, as well as by facilitating peer learning, expert input and civil society engagement. Mr Usein’s tasks include streamlining the initiative with the RCC work; cooperating with the Roma Integration 2020 Task Force; assisting economies with the usage of the monitoring and reporting template; representing the RCC Action Team at international and national events; and coordinating communication. Besides overseeing the work in each participating economy, Mr Usein also serves as a desk officer for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ms Aleksandra BOJADJIEVA is a Policy Expert of the RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team. Before joining RCC she worked for the Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation as Research and Policy Officer, successfully conducting the Decade Intelligence project, the Roma Inclusion Index research, the civil society participation programme Decade Focal Points and the Decade Future wide debate process, besides the regular activities within the secretariat dealing with the governance of the Decade, preparing Decade presidency plans, International Steering Committee Meetings and international workshops, as well as various administrative and organizational tasks. Ms BOJADJIEVA has been actively involved in minority, particularly Roma rights organizations and projects, including managing the Making the Most of the EU Funds for the Roma in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, managing and conducting DecadeWatch monitoring reports, and a number of other projects. She has served as an Independent Expert on the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the protection of National Minorities within the Council of Europe.
Within the Roma Integration 2020 Action Team Ms BOJADJIEVA is responsible for planning and mainstreaming, monitoring, and civil society participation. She also serves as desk officer for Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia.
Mr Danilo SMOLOVIC is a Policy Expert of the RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team. Mr SMOLOVIC has specialized in international migration and social cohesion issues on the Joint European MISOCO programme. Previously, he worked for the Central Finance and Contracting Unit of Montenegro, ensuring successful implementation of IPA country and multi-country programmes in the fields of human resources development and support to vulnerable groups, predominantly through preparation of Calls of Proposals, participation in Evaluation Committees, support to stakeholders and implementation monitoring. In this capacity, Mr SMOLOVIC also worked on employability and employment grant schemes promoting integration and improved socio-economic status of Roma people. He was also a part of the NGO Centre for Monitoring and Research in the Policy Research department, dealing with issues of anti-corruption, democratization and election monitoring. He was also a Board Member in the NGO Association for Support aiming to support integration and better quality of life of marginalized and vulnerable groups in Montenegro, including Roma youth.
Within the Roma Integration 2020 Action Team, Mr. SMOLOVIC is responsible for mainstreaming and budgeting of Roma Integration policies as well as for liaising with stakeholders. He also serves as a desk officer for Albania, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey.
Ms Rada KRSTANOVIĆ is an Administrative Assistant of the RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team. She has gained experience in administrative and financial operations while working both in business and non-profit environments, including work for two UNDP implemented projects in Serbia with the position of programme and communications assistant. She has been active in civil society sector in Serbia with a focus on vulnerable groups, minorities and human rights for more than a decade, being responsible for financial and organisational management and implementation of projects as well as administrative and communication work. For the last six years she was engaged on Roma rights and advocacy projects in Serbia, bearing responsibilities from project planning and programme implementation to logistical and administrative-financial tasks.
Within the Roma Integration 2020 Action Team, Rada supports the technical implementation of the initiative and performs daily administrative and organisational tasks, including preparatory accounting.