Head of Office
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.
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 North Macedonia and Serbia.
Shejla Fidani is a Policy Expert of the RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team, proving guidance to the governments regarding Roma integration and relevant mainstream policies, linking them with the EU accession, analyzing socio-economic policies, sector reforms, and public budgeting cycles. She serves as a desk officer for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo*.
For the last 13 years, Fidani has been working on providing financial support and human expertise to civil society organizations, municipalities and governmental institutions. While working for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) in Budapest and Berlin on funding programs and projects that materially advance organizational strategies, she contributed to the development of the civil society sector in Europe. Fidani has an international philanthropy, institutional and grassroots experience in leading and funding programs, developing strategies, monitoring and communication.
Being part of a youth movement that critically reflects on the injustice towards Roma, she initiated and created opportunities for young Roma to receive a unique training, internship and job opportunities in the EU intuitions on international level and EU delegations on national level, that lead to forming a new generation of young Roma thinkers and intellectuals across Europe. Aiming to develop integrative policies, Fidani has been working at the Ministry of Education and Science in the Republic of North Macedonia, implementing long run educational policies that resulted with increased number of Roma students and graduates and new educational regulations.
Fidani brings a gender perspective, equality and wide range of believes that contribute to building a vibrant open society concepts and contexts. Fidani has degree in Communication and Media from the South Eastern Europe University and specialization in Institutional communication and Communication with authorities from the Learning tree center New York and London.
Ms Rada KRSTANOVIĆ is the Project Officer of RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 Action Team. She has gained experience in administrative and financial operations while working both in business and non-profit sectors, including work for two UNDP implemented projects in Serbia with the position of programme and communications assistant. She has been active in the 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 Action Team, Rada is responsible for liaising with the RCC's core administration in implementation of the project, ensuring compliance with the RCC’s administrative policies, rules and regulations.
Mr Danilo VUKMIROVIĆ is the Project Assistant of RCC's Roma Integration 2020 Action Team.
Danilo has previously worked for the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia in the Department for European integration and implementation of EU and other international projects. He was responsible for executing work assignments related to implementation of IPA projects. In particular, he has worked on tender procedures, writing and editing reports and providing logistical and administrative support to the Department.
Danilo has also experience working in the civil society sector, in particular focused on the parliamentary system of Serbia and the process of national law harmonization with the EU legislation.
Within the Roma Integration 2020 Action Team, Danilo supports the Project Team in the technical and administrative implementation of the initiative, providing daily organisational support.