OUR STRUCTURE

EDYN Headquarters is located in Bratislava, Slovakia and provides management, coordination, strategic guidance and fundraising support to the network.

EDYN n.o. is an independent non-profit organization registered in Slovakia. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, visionaries and true friends of our mission.

EXECUTIVE TEAM MEMBERS

Michal Kovács
Executive Director
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Michal Kovács is a social innovator and activist, who founded and led numerous nongovernmental organizations supporting young leaders in Slovakia and abroad. He was a Shadow Minister of Education at the ZA ĽUDÍ party, where he worked closely with the former President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska. Prior to that, Michal was a member of the Leadership Team and Head of Communications at Swiss Re Slovakia, one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies. He also founded the Center for North American Studies at the University of Economics in Bratislava, serving as the university’s Envoy for Business-Academic Cooperation. He holds a PhD and an MSc in International Relations.

Milica Djuric
Program Staff
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Milica Djuric is a Program Officer for Central and Eastern Europe at the National Democratic Institute. She previously worked as a Governance Specialist at IRI’s Center for Global Impact where she focused on anti-corruption, civil society strengthening, and political party building. Milica received her M.A in International Politics from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and is a graduate of Amherst College with a degree in Psychology. She speaks Serbian, French and Spanish.

Samuel Johannes
IRI Liaison
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Samuel Johannes is the Program Officer for Transatlantic Strategy at the International Republican Institute. With over eight years of experience working on democracy and governance development in Central and Eastern Europe, he has led programming focused on political party development, election administration, parliamentary strengthening, civil society development in closed and closing spaced, and youth political leadership. Sam received a B.S. in Business Administration and Music from the College of Charleston.

Ľubica Kováčová
Program Officer
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Lubica Kovacova is the Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute. She previously worked as the Head of the Office of the Minister at the Slovak Ministry of Environment. Her experiences include mostly political party development, campaigning, communication and public administration. Lubica holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and M.A. in International Relations from University of Groningen.

Hannah Mont
Program Staff
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Hannah Mont is a Senior Program Associate at the International Republican Institute. Since joining IRI in 2019, Hannah has conducted research focusing on Russian media coverage of current events and coordinated a publication on Antisemitic Discourse in the Western Balkans. Hannah holds a B.A. in Russian and Slavic Studies with a focus on linguistics from New York University.

Nadezhda Mouzykina
NDI Liaison and member of the Advisory Board
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Nadezhda Mouzykina is the Deputy Regional Director with the Central and Eastern Europe team. Since joining NDI in 2009, she has supported in-country and regional programming focused on parliamentary strengthening; political party and civil society development; election administration; and inclusion of marginalized populations, such as the Roma, women and youth, LGBTQ+, and religious minority groups. Ms. Mouzykina holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a B.A. in International Studies, with minors in Russian, German, and Vocal Performance, from the Johns Hopkins University.

Sabina Narloch
Program Staff
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Sabina Narloch is a Program Officer at the International Republican Institute. In her work, she focuses on issues including fostering democratic governance, youth leadership, and empowerment of marginalized groups. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, women’s rights, and leadership topics. She speaks Polish, Russian, and a bit of Farsi.

Lucia Husenicová
Communication Officer
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Lucia Husenicova is the EDYN Communications Officer with EDYN HQ. She graduated with a PhD from the Faculty of Management at Comenius University and has a strong background in marketing and communications, having established a successful marketing agency. She was involved in youth engagement at the Senate of Comenius University, where she presides over the student body and is responsible for a third of votes. Lucia was the COO of the Digital Marketing Club, an NGO based at the Faculty. She led multiple teams of over 40 people and was the creative director of several projects and events. Lucia hopes to elevate EDYN’s communication and member dynamics.

Marlieke van den Tillaar
Program Staff
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Marlieke van den Tillaar is a Program Associate with the Central and Eastern Europe team at the National Democratic Institute. Marlieke holds an M.A. in International Relations from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and a B.A. in History with minors in International Studies and Public Administration from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Lizzie Patterson
Program Staff
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Lizzie Patterson is a Program Associate at the International Republican Institute. At IRI, Lizzie supports programmatic activities for EDYN and political party strengthening programming throughout Europe. Lizzie holds a B.A. in International Studies with a concentrated focus in Business Management, French, and German from Indiana University.

Founders and Friends: EDYN was founded by the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to elevate the voices of the new democratic leaders.

EDYN n.o. is an independent non-profit organization registered in Slovakia. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, visionaries and true friends of our mission.

EDYN n.o. is an independent non-profit organization registered in Slovakia. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, visionaries and true friends of our mission.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBERS

Rye Barcott
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Rye Barcott is co-founder and CEO of With Honor, a cross-partisan political organization led by veterans focused on promoting and advancing principled veteran leadership to reduce polarization in the U.S. Congress. Previously, he co-founded and led the clean energy investment firm Double Time Capital, and co-founded the non-governmental public health organization Carolina for Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. His memoir, “It Happened on the Way to War,” juxtaposes military service and social entrepreneurship. Mr. Barcott serves on the boards of National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, and the U.S. Institute for Peace. He chairs the board of Carolina for Kibera.

Brock Bierman
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Brock Bierman is a Visiting Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to that, Mr. Bierman served as the Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, where he played an instrumental role in developing the idea of creating a youth network that became EDYN. Mr. Bierman’s career spans both civil service and private sector, as he served three terms in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, was appointed by President George W. Bush to be his Small State and Rural Advocate, while also launching two small businesses from the ground up. He served additional roles at USAID, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Interior. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Tami Longaberger
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Tami Longaberger joined the Board of Directors at the International Republican Institute (IRI) in 2012. She has been actively involved in the Women’s Democracy Network’s Arab Women’s Leadership Institute as well as serving on IRI’s Election Observation Teams in Tunisia, Jordan, Georgia, Nigeria, and Ukraine. She is currently the Global Head of Partnerships at C5 Capital – a specialty Venture Capital Firm investing exclusively in AI, Cyber Security and Cloud Capital.

Leadership Council serves as the representative and decision-making body of the network and is supported by five committees: Program Development, Communications, Finance and Partnerships, Elections and Membership.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBERS

Malik Sakić
President, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Malik Sakić is the president of EDYN and a computer science engineer, having graduated from the College of Computer Science and Business Communications eMPIRICA. He hosts one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most popular podcasts, “PodCAT sa Malikom”, where he interviews, young, inspiring leaders to promote youth activism and inclusion in politics. He currently works in the Youth Resource Center in Tuzla, where he organizes numerous youth projects across the country.

Danica Nenadovic
Vice President, Serbia
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Danica Nenadovic is the Vice President of EDYN and works at the University Business Academy, where she serves as a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Applied Management, Economics, and Finance in Belgrade. Ms. Nenadovic has been a project coordinator of Wave Your Skills, and international student conference. Additionally, she has been a Democratic Youth activist in Serbia since 2016, where she is responsible for developing marketing strategies and boosting the visibility of the brand for social networks as a social media manager.

Aleksander Hamerski
Secretary General, Poland
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Aleksander Hamerski is the Secretary General of EDYN and is a strategic advisor to the Mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski. Previously, he was head of Mr. Trzaskowski’s office during his time as a Member of Parliament and the local elections campaign. Mr. Hamerski has worked at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the European Parliament in Brussels and in advisory at PwC. He graduated from Collegium Civitas University with a degree in International Relations specializing in EU Energy Affairs and Negotiations.

Donjet Bislimi
Kosovo
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Donjet Bislimi is a Kosovar activist and youth leader. He has been an elected official of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) for more than nine years and was elected as President of the party’s Youth Wing three years ago. He graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Pristina and is now in the first year of Epidemiology residency. As President of the PDK’s Youth Wing, Mr. Bislimi conducts multiple youth outreach activities and different policy roundtables. He also has launched publicity campaigns for the promotion of youth activism.

Esma Gumberidze
Georgia
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Esma Gumberidze a co-founder of disabled women’s organization the Platform for New Opportunities, as well as a co-founder of the Global Former UN Youth Alumni Network. She is an author and the host of the online radio show “Beyond the Horizon” and CEPPS Youth Advisory Group member. Ms. Gumberidze is a member at the Tbilisi Mayer’s Consultative Council on disability inclusion and a CIP Fellow (Center for Inclusive Policy) and also a Young European Ambassador's mentor at the EU Neighbors East project and a civil activist conducting public speeches on disability rights issues.

Elena Kojcheva
North Macedonia
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Elena Kojcheva is from North Macedonia and works in website design and economic analytics. She received her degree in economics and an MBA, completed at Franklin University after receiving a scholarship from the Ministry of Education in North Macedonia. She is part of the International School for Young Leaders, organized by President of North Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov.

Danila Lavretski
Belarus
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Danila Lavretski  is a student and youth activist from Minsk, Belarus. He graduated from Belarusian State University in 2019 with a degree in International Management and Economics and is one of the founders of the Belarusian Students’ Association (BSA), where he was a board member from 2016 to 2019. Mr. Lavretski is part of a coalition of youth candidate for the Belarusian Parliament called the Youth Bloc, where he works to advance students and youth rights in Belarus. 

Afag Nadirli
Azerbaijan
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Afag Nadirli is a consultant at the UN Resident Coordinator’s office in Azerbaijan. She is a freelance trainer and project coordinator for the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (Azerbaijan and South Caucasus) working with young people on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and human rights education. Previously, she worked as a project coordinator at UNDP and the Strategic Planning and International Relations Department, Azerbaijan Youth Foundation. Ms. Nadirli holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in European Studies.

Faris Nuhanovic
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Faris Nuhanovic is the president of Youth for the Sarajevo region and Nezavisni Blok in Bosnia. He is also currently engaged in a National Democratic Institute project for human rights and peace in Bosnia. He holds an MBA as well as a bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership Studies. Since 2009 he has worked with NGOs, including a foundation for arts and education in Amadeus and Udruzenje Metamorfoza.

Oleksandr Reshetkov
Ukraine
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Oleksandr Reshetkov is the Deputy Head of the NGO Solidarna Molod in Ukraine, as well as the International Secretary of the NGO European Youth Community. He is an alumnus of educational programs from the Robert Schuman Institute and the International Republican Institute. He has organized numerous youth projects under the Erasmus+ program and received a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in 2019.

Natalia Slepuhin
Moldova
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Natalia Slepuhin is a founder and the current president of Primaria Mea, a Moldovan NGO, which is the first citizen-led effort to monitor the decision-making process of the local public administration in Moldova’s capital and to facilitate the development of a more transparent and citizen-friendly administration. Previously, Ms. Slepuhin worked in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and with various political campaigns. She is an alumna of the Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, where she worked in the office of Representative Steven Howitt in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She is also an alumna of National Democratic Institute’s Moldova’s Challenger program.  

Igli Tola
Albania
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Igli Tola is a lecturer of Finance at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Tirana. He has been a project manager and consultant for many projects and studies focused on youth, entrepreneurship, media and the labor market. He is also the co-founder and executive director of PRIN, the Albanian Institute for Youth Policies. Previously, Mr. Tola served in Albanian Executive Administration and was an advisor for the Ministry of Education and Youth and Ministry of Health and Social Protection. He has been engaged in the media since 2016, currently as a columnist for serval newspapers and online outlets.

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