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Speakers / Moderators SEEMF 2022

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Barbara Fabro
Central European Initiative

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Belmin Karamehmedović

2015 – to present Director General Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina, www.bhrt.ba

2012 – 2015 Deputy Director General Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina, www.bhrt.ba

2010 – 2012 Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina CEO

2004 – 2010 Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina Head of the Sports Department

2003 – 2004 CEO Media Group – Pool of marketing agencies established by McCann-Erickson and BBDO Adriatic in Bosnia and Herzegovina

1995 – 2004 Field Producer in Bosnia and Herzegovina ABC NEWS

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Borka Rudić

Borka Rudić, a professor of philosophy, started working in journalism in 1985, as a correspondent for Radio Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and the daily newspaper Večernji lis t from Zagreb (Croatia). In the period 1992 – 95, she worked as a war reporter for RTV Bosnia and Herzegovina and the daily newspaper Oslobodjenje.
She was the Editor -in – Chief of Radio FERN , formed by the OSCE Mission to BiH , with goal to provide professional media coverage the first post-war elections in BiH in 1996.
From December 1997 to June 2005, she established and operated the Together Radio Network, aimed to connect 10 Bosnian radio stations with refugee’s radio stations in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, which were preparing a program for BiH refugees in those countries. Also, she was a Director of the Regional Radio Network (RRN), which has included 55 local radio stations from 7 countries of the Western Balkans, with a goal to cross border cooperation and to produce and exchange a common radio programs. She was a long-term associate correspondent to Radio Free Europe, Beta News Agency (Serbia), Danish Radio (based in Copenhagen Denmark), political magazine Dani based in Sarajevo, and magazine Tjednik, based in Zagreb (Croatia).
As the Secretary General of the BH Journalists Association (BHJA), she is committed to protecting freedom of expression and media freedom, as well as to advocate the better protection and safety of journalists (especially female journalists) through the legal and institutional framework in BiH and the Western Balkans. Within BHJA, she developed a set of internal mechanisms and activities with a focus on improving journalists’ knowledge and skills in reporting on gender-based violence through media contents, as well as promoting gender equality in the media and better position of female journalists and female journalism students in Bosnian society. Based on her ideas, the Female Journalist´s Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina was founded in 2019.
She also works as a certified lecturer on journalistic ethics, radio journalism and editing of news program, and application of conflict resolution methods in radio journalism, including peace building reporting aimed to strengthening democratic processes in BiH and the WB Region.

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Hendrik Sittig
Hendrik Sittig has been director of the Media Programme for South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, located in Sofia, since 2018. Previously, he worked for the programme directorate (TV, Radio, Online) at the public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb). Hendrik Sittig worked as a project manager for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Moscow from 2008 to 2010. He studied Journalism and Psychology at the University of Leipzig. Other stations: two-year editorial traineeship at a regional newspaper. Editor and reporter for the ARD Aktuell TV News and the MDR television in Leipzig and Erfurt. Working scholarships in Georgia, Poland, Belarus and Ukraine as well as one-year stay at a German-language newspaper in Western Siberia.

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Leila Bičakčić

Leila Bičakčić is one of the founding members of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN), award winning organisation, modelled after US non-profit media agencies. Specialising in reporting on corruption, nexus between political elite and organized crime groups, monitoring of use of public funds, and politician assets., CIN stories led to indictment against former Prime Minster, dismissal of international judge, indictment in one of the major corruption cases in BIH, resulting in final court verdict. For its work, CIN won a number of national and international awards, among which are Daniel Pearl award, Shining Star Award and most recently, CIN story on vote buying was a finalist for European Press Prize as best story on corruption in 2021 in Europe. Leila’s responsibilities include overall management, investigative projects’ planning, analysis and strategic development. A special focus of Leila’s work is research on new models of sustainable media organization and new business models in the BiH context, the transition from traditional media to new digital models and the convergence of media content. A Sarajevo native, she studied basic physics and economics at the Sarajevo University.

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Maja Sever

twitter.com/SeverMaja

Work experience

HRT (08/1995-)- Journalist – As a political reporter, reports live on the most important political events. Participated in major public television projects, such as monitoring parliamentary and presidential elections.
– Editor (Hrvatska uživo) afternoon news magazine.
– Senior Journalist
Member of the Croatian radio television Program Council from 2015-19.

SNH (05/2019-) – President of Trade Union of Croatian Journalist
Vice-Chair of the Labour Rights Expert Group (LAREG) of the EFJ of an expert group for labor rights of the European Federation of Journalists.
Journalist of the Year by the professional journalist’s association. Winner of the Pride of Croatia award for humanitarian work
Fierce women award for significant contribution to gender equality and social justice in Croatia.
President of European Federation of Journalists

EFJ (06/2022-)

Education

High School
1999. Faculty of political sciences, Journalism Master, University of Zagreb
2020. School for European projects Zagreb,
– program for the Head of preparation and implementation of EU projects

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Oliver Vujović
Secretary General, South East Europe Media Organisation