Кратки животописи говорника / Speakers' Short Biographies


Mary E Black MPH ’90 is from Northern Ireland and graduated in medicine from Trinity College Dublin in 1982. She worked as a doctor in Dublin, Galway, Birmingham, Belfast and London and then moved into public health, drawn by an intense interest in why people got ill and in the health of marginalized groups. As a Harkness Fellow in 1989, she obtained a Masters degree in International Health Policy and Management from Harvard's School of Public Health, was elected to speak at Graduation ceremonies on behalf of all graduate students of the University and was subsequently a visiting lecturer there from 1991-7, leading a course run between Boston and Belfast. Her career has included over ten years with WHO and UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and other Balkan countries. She has held a foundation chair of Public Health with the University of Queensland, establishing a new medical school based in far North Queensland. A fellow of three Royal Colleges and noted in Who’s Who of Medicine in Australia and the World, Mary E Black is the Royal College of Physician’s international advisor in Serbia and the third elected President of the Harvard Club of Serbia.

Vuk Jeremic was sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia on May 15, 2007. Following the democratic changes in Belgrade in October 2000, he worked as an adviser to the Minister of Telecommunications of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and then in June 2003 joined the Ministry of Defense of Serbia and Montenegro in the capacity of the Special Envoy for Euro-Atlantic Affairs. From July 2004 to May 2007, Mr. Jeremic served as Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to Boris Tadić, President of the Republic of Serbia. He graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, with a degree of Master in Public Administration (2003) and from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Theoretical Physics. Mr. Jeremic is married, and speaks English and German. He is a member of the Harvard Club of Serbia.

Ivana Cerovic is the Program Director for the Serbian Unity Congress Washington Office. She is working with the Serbian Caucus, recruiting new members and assisting the Serbian-American community in educating their political representatives on issues related to Serbia and the region. Ms. Cerovic received both her undergraduate and Masters degrees at the French American Institute of Management studying International Business with a major in Finance. Following her studies Ivana returned to Belgrade. Feeling that Serbia lacked young educators who emphasize pragmatic education she wanted to help and taught International Management, International Relations and Marketing. She also worked for the European Commission as a Coordinator for Serbia for development of higher education.

Michael C. Polt, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, had served as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. During his nearly three decades as a career diplomat, Mr. Polt served as U.S. Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany and Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge’ d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. He has also served as Senior Advisor to the Director General of the Foreign Service for Management Reform and was a key member of the Senior Management Steering Board directing the State Department’s 2003-2005 multi-million dollar reinvention of its Diplomatic Communications System. Ambassador Polt has held other senior positions in the Department of State as Deputy Director for European Security and Arms Control Issues, and in Panama City as Political Counselor of the U.S. Embassy during the time leading up to the U.S. military action against the Noriega regime in 1989. During his earlier career, Mr. Polt was assigned to Embassies in Bonn, Mexico City, and Copenhagen, as well as the U.S. Consulate in Bremen, Germany.The Ambassador is the recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Service Award and numerous Department of State Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards for Outstanding Policy Leadership, Management, Crisis Performance, and Political Analysis. He has been awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for Service to U.S. Citizens Overseas by American Citizens Abroad.Mr. Polt was born in Austria, and now calls Tennessee his home. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and lives in suburban Virginia when on assignment in Washington, D.C. His wife, Hallie, is an Information Management Specialist with the Department of State. The family has two adult children, Nicholas and Lindsay, who live in the U.S. The Polts like to ski and sail.

Bishop Irinej (Dobrijevic) is the bishop for the Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and studied at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in USA. Bishop Irinej taught at the Graduate School of Theology, Belgrade and in Chicago. He was a member of delegation, led by Rev. Jesse Jackson, that helped free POWs held by Yugoslav army in 1999. Bishop Irinej directed the Office of External Affairs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Washington, DC, from 1999 to 2002 and he has been very active in interchurch relations and the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).

Ana S. Trbovich is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for European Integration and Public Administration for the Faculty of Economics, Finance, and Administration (FEFA) in Belgrade and a Senior Advisor with Municipal Economic Growth Activity (MEGA) program/USAID Serbia. She served as Assistant Minister of International Economic Relations in the Government of Serbia from 2002-2005. Her responsibilities included coordinating Serbia’s EU accession process and directing foreign direct investment policy. Ms. Trbovich worked on the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords in the Republic of Srpska in 1997, and also worked in the non-government sector in the field of democratization and economic development. She triple-majored in Economics, International Relations and French Literature for her BA at Tufts University and earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She obtained a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School in June 2001 and completed her PhD at the Fletcher School in 2006. Ms. Trbovich is married and has two children, Marko and Urosh. She was the founding president of of the Harvard Club of Serbia in 2004-2005 and currently serves as Chair of Schools and Scholarship Commitee.

Ivan Vejvoda is the Executive Director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (based in Belgrade since June 2003). He has served as the Senior advisor on foreign policy and European integration to the Serbian prime minister – first to Zoran Djindjic and subsequently to Zoran Zivkovic in 2002-03. Prior to his service in the Serbian government, Vejvoda was the executive director of the Belgrade-based Fund for an Open Society from 1998-2002. During the mid-1990’s, he held various academic posts in the United Kingdom and the United States, including a one-year stints as associate professor at both Smith College and Macalester College in the U.S. and a three year fellowship as a researcher at the University of Sussex in England. Vejvoda has published widely on the subjects of democratic transition, totalitarianism, and the Balkans. In addition, he was a key figure in the democratic opposition in Yugoslavia throughout the 1990’s, co-founder of the Democratic Forum in 1989 and of the Belgrade Circle of Independent Intellectuals in 1992. He was awarded the French National Order of Merit in the rank of Officer in 2006. He is an Associate Member of the Harvard Club of Serbia.

Peter Epstein currently serves as a senior advisor to the USAID/Municipal Economic Growth Activity (MEGA) program in Serbia. Over the past 15 years he has managed and delivered development assistance to governments throughout the Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Since 1998 he has performed this work through a regarded, Washington-based Urban Institute. Earlier in his career he served as Director of the Office of Local Development for the State of Massachusetts, and as Vice President of the Dominion Companies (a developer of large-scale residential and commercial projects in the Washington, DC area), and consulted in the US. He has taught courses at Harvard, Boston University, and UCLA. Mr. Epstein received both a BA and a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University. He is a member of the Harvard Club of Serbia.

Bojana Vukasinovic has occupied the post of Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia (AmCham) since July 2006. Previously, she served as project manger with USAID Mission in Serbia and Montenegro and spent over five years in advising the Serbian government, state agencies, and the Mission on issues relating to enterprise and bank restructuring, privatization, and public finance. In addition, Ms. Vukasinovic is fully versed in all relevant US Government procurement policies and protocols, the set of skills which enabled her to take charge of complex portfolio of economic reform projects. In 2001, as a consultant with BearingPoint’s Barents Group, Ms. Vukasinovic provided technical assistance under a USAID-funded emergency initiative to stabilize the banking sector, helped determine the real value of several commercial banks in Serbia on the basis of examination of credit portfolios, asset and liabilities management policies, liquidity and funds management, information technology systems, and interviews with the management. She holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin since 1999.

Bozidar Djelic currently serves as Deputy Prime Minister of the Serbian Government. From 1993 to 2000 he was partner with McKinsey&Company, the strategic management consultancy, in Paris and Silicon Valley Offices, where he specialised in financial institutions and media. From 2001 to 2004 he was Serbian Minister of Finance and Economy. During his mandate, he was Serbia-Montenegrin Governor at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Vice Governor at the World Bank. He was privatisation and banking sector advisor to the Russian, Romanian and Polish governments. Mr. Djelic was engaged as Credit Agricole SA Group Director for Eastern Europe. He graduated from HEC business studies and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. He obtained his MBA (Master of Business Administration) at Harvard Business School and MPA at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1991. Speaks French, English, Russian, Polish and German. Father of two daughters. He is a member of the Harvard Club of Serbia.