Director, Media Programme for South East Europe Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Christoph Plate is Director of the Media Programme for South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the 1990s he worked as contributing Africa Correspondent for the German Newsmagazine “Der Spiegel”, based in Nairobi, Kenya, reporting the war in Somalia and the genocide in Rwanda. Thereafter he covered the Middle East for ten years as editor and reporter for the Sunday edition of “Neue Zuercher Zeitung” in Switzerland. Before joining the Foundation, he was the Deputy Editor-in-chief of “Schwaebische Zeitung”, a big regional newspaper in Southwestern Germany. For the past six years he was head of the Media Programme Sub-Sahara Africa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Daria Grudić is a Distribution Manager in the Distribution Europe department at Deutsche Welle. Her main responsibilities include the distribution of DW content in the Benelux countries, along with the distribution of the German News Service project in Europe, with a special emphasis on the Balkan countries. Daria’s academic journey led her to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism in Zagreb, Croatia. She worked for 8 years as a journalist and editor across various media platforms in Croatia, spanning from online and radio to magazines. In 2015 she moved to the Netherlands to pursue a Master’s degree in Media Innovation. In 2021, Daria joined the Distribution Europe team at Deutsche Welle and moved to Germany
Fatjona Mejdini is the director of the South Eastern Europe Observatory of Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, a leading organization dedicated to analyzing issues related to criminality and corruption. At the same time, she actively engages as a journalist, contributing articles and analyses for the local and international media.
Before joining Global Initiative, she worked for Balkan Insight as a correspondent, reporting stories from Albania and other Balkan countries. She also co-established Investigative Journalism Lab, an initiative to develop quality journalism for Albanian young journalists.
LUCA DE BIASE
Luca De Biase Journalist at Il Sole 24 Ore, La Svolta. Author and voice at Rai Radio 3. Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Pisa, Modena Reggio Emilia, Luiss. Recent books: “Il codice del futuro” (Sole 24 Ore 2023); “Eppur s’innova” (Luiss 2022), “Il lavoro del futuro” (Codice 2018). Media ecology director at Reimagine Europa. James Carey Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Journalism, 2016.
Dr. sci. Lejla Turčilo is a full time professor at the Department of Communication Science/ Journalism at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where she teaches courses in Media Theory, TV Journalism, Online Journalism and Media and Politics at the undergraduate and master’s degree level and Creation of New Public by PR and Online Media at the Doctoral Study. She has published four authored books, six co-authored books, as well as one manual and five research publications. She has published more than forty scientific and professional papers in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad. She is the head of the Center for Lifelong Learning at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Sarajevo and the head of the Department of Communication Science/ Journalism. Her field of interest is online communication, intercultural communication, media literacy and media freedom.
Seasoned media expert with a strong background in investigative journalism and media communication. Bringing over 30 years of diversified media experience.
– Extensive 30+ years of media experience encompassing print, broadcast, and social media platforms.
– Regular appearances on TV talk shows and influential presence on various social media platforms.
– Accomplished trainer for journalists at the Albanian Media Institute, also serving as a respected university lecturer teaching “Investigative Journalism.”
– Founder, trainer and editor at the Journalism Investigative Lab at the Albanian Center for Quality Journalism (ACQJ) since 2016.
– Hosted the acclaimed political talk show “Perballe” on Albanian Public Television from 2016 to 2021.
– Served as the editor of the TV program “31 Minutes,” a collaborative effort by ACQJ and RTSH, from 2019 to 2021.
1. Founder, Trainer, and Editor
– Journalism Investigative Lab, Albanian Center for Quality Journalism (ACQJ) 2016 – Present
– Established, trained, and managed investigative journalism team, fostering excellence in media research and reporting.
– “Perballe” Political Talk Show, Albanian Public Television RTSH from 2016 to 2021
– Conducted in-depth discussions on political matters, promoting informed public discourse.
– “31 Minutes” TV Program (Co-production of ACQJ and RTSH) – 2019 – 2021. ACQJ – A2CNN 2022-2023)
– Investigative Journalism Lab 2016- present
– Managed content creation and editing for a collaborative investigative TV program.
– Investigative Journalism
– Media Communication
– Communication Strategy Development
– Public Speaking
– Social Media Management
– Team Leadership and Training
Milorad Ivanovic, Serbia, is the editor-in-chief of BIRN Serbia, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Newsweek Serbia magazine, deputy editor-in-chief and executive editor of the daily newspaper Blic and executive editor of Novi Magazin weekly. His articles have been published in newspapers such as El Mundo in Spain, The Mail on Sunday and The Sunday Times in England, The Washington Times and Der Standard in Austria. Ivanović has collaborated with journalists worldwide on transnational investigations, including SCOOP, SEEMO and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. In collaboration with the BBC World Trust Fund, he produced the documentary “Hidden Wounds” on post-traumatic stress disorder. He was an Internationale Journalisten-Programme’s (IJP) fellow at Süddeutsche Zeitung. Milorad is a member of ICIJ and one of the co-founders of EIC (European Investigative Collaboration).
Milka Tadić Mijović is a Montenegrin journalist, media executive and international human rights activist. She is one of the co-founders of the weekly Monitor, the first Montenegrin private and independent weekly magazine (September 1990). During the ‘90s, she was actively engaged in the anti-war movement.
She was the first journalist dismissed from job in Montenegro for articles critical of President Slobodan Milosevic’s nationalistic policies. Her wartime reports, analytical columns and radio and TV interviews, as well as investigative articles on organised crime and corruption in Montenegro and the region have been translated and published or quoted by leading international media.
She has received both numerous threats and journalistic excellence awards for articles exposing corruption and other government wrongdoings. Reporters without Borders included Mrs Tadic Mijovic in their first ever list of “100 Information Heroes” (https://rsf.org/en/hero/milka-tadic-mijovic).
She served on the Council of Europe Steering Committee on the Mass Media and as member of the Open Society Foundations Board in Montenegro and the Joint Commission on Media Policy of the Duke University & City of Vienna. She is a Courrier des Balcans Board member since 2010.
She holds a Master’s degree in political science and journalism from University of Montenegro, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Belgrade.
Milka Tadic Mijovic is president and journalist of the Centre for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro since 2016. Her investigative reporting articles are primarily focused on topics related to human rights, high-level corruption, rule of law, freedom of media and destruction of nature.
Robert Šveb is general director of the Croatian national public broadcaster – Croatian Radiotelevision HRT. Robert’s background lies in the intersection of digital engineering and business management. He is C-suite creative industries executive and serial technopreneur with 25+ years of international experience in creating, delivering and managing the innovations, business transformations and deployment of new technologies. Robert started out as a software engineer and gradually moved into the world of international entrepreneurship. He is known for his management, engineering and business development knowledge while also having the uncanny ability to motivate and lead project teams and champion large-scale development and change management projects. He has managed and consulted in large corporations and is founder of multiple technology start-ups. Robert has held Director positions at Al Jazeera Media Network and HRT. He was also a Senior Partner in Marquis MP and the Founder and CTO of On-Air Systems, which was the first company to introduce IT-based automation systems for video and film applications. In 2021, he was appointed Director General of HRT.
Oliver Vujovic is a co-founder of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and since 2000 has been SEEMO Secretary General. Vujovic worked as a journalist and Balkan correspondent for the Austrian daily Die Presse between 1991 and 2000, and as a freelancer for different media in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the UK. He also worked in the marketing department of the German company Henkel. He graduated in economics and is currently working on a PhD at the University of Vienna. Vujovic started his professional work as a journalist for Radio Indeks 202 (Radio Belgrade) in Belgrade (1988) and worked from the founding for Radio B92 in Belgrade (1989). In 2000 and 2001, he served as Director of the Vienna Balkan publication Südosteuropäischer Dialog, and Director and Advisor of the Kulturzentrum in Vienna.
Vujovic is also a founder and Deputy Director of the South-East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO) in Vienna and of the International Institute – International Media Center in Vienna. He is also co-founder and Deputy Director of the International Academy in Belgrade. He is author, co-editor, editor, and publisher of numerous books, magazines, publications, research articles, and research papers.
Oliver Vujovic was member of different boards.
Currently he is member of the ECPMF (Leipzig, Germany) Supervisory Board.