Nataša was born in Banja Luka in 1987. She graduated from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and currently she’s enrolled at the same faculty for a Master's Degree in Animal Ecology. Since 2002, she has been at the Center for Environment first as an activist, then as the activist group coordinator, then as coordinator of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas program which led to the position of the president of the organization, where she is today. After eight years as president, she decided to re-dedicate herself to the biodiversity and protected areas program and has been performing the function of coordinator from 2021 until today. She dedicates her free time to nature, wanting to understand it better, believing in the inextricable connection between humans and nature.
Tihomir Dakić was born in 1980 in Banja Luka where he obtained a high school degree as a civil engineering technician and then university degree at the Faculty of physical education and sports. At the Center for Environment since 2001, he started first as a volunteer and activist, then a coordinator of a program for Transport, and since 2021. he is the president of the organisation. He is engaged in promoting the use of bicycles as a means of transportation and is a fighter for the rights of cyclists in traffic, both in his city, in Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond. He is also fluent in English and Italian. He is the motivator, initiator of the initiative and activist. He does not only talk about cycling, he lives it. For him, the bicycle is not just a means of transportation or a sport requisite, for him it is a life philosophy.
Aleksandra-Anja Dragomirović, was born in Banjaluka in 1982. She graduated in forestry engineering at Faculty of Forestry, University in Banjaluka. Through her work, activities and education she wants to question and try to improve the relationship between man (and society in general) toward nature. Themes for which she showed the major interest are multifunctional forestry, urban forestry etc. and wants to highlight social and ecological forest function. Work experience she gained working in real and CSO sector. Her favorite quote is: „Mother Earth is a Source of Life – Not a Resource“ (Native American Chief Avrol Looking Horse). She works within Biodiversity and protected area program, and performs the function of vise president.
Jelena Ivanić was born in 1987 in Novi Grad. She graduated from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Banja Luka. While studying, and through her later engagement in volunteer work, she participated in many youth exchange and training programs where she gained new experiences and motivation to deal with environmental protection. At Center for Environment she has been engaged since 2015 under the Energy and Climate Change Program. She finds inspiration and motivation in the fast mountainous rivers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, conservation she is actively fighting for.
Sandra was born in 1977. She grew up and finished her school studies in Banja Luka, and later at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade she became a graduate in journalism and communication. During her studies, she has worked in several Belgrade media and upon her return to Banja Luka she worked as a journalist and editor at the Nezavisne novine for eight years. For the past years she has been continuously enrolled in journalism, public relations and production affairs, as well as the organization of events within the framework of projects by several non-governmental organizations. She has been following the work of the Center and has been supporting professionally and privately since the start of the organization, and finally and officially she joined in 2018 as communication manager and web editor. She is a lover of nature and always looks for new adventures; one of them is every new working day in Center.
Jugoslav Jević was born in 1973 in Zagreb. As a professional in the civil society sector, engaged since 1999, and most of these years he worked in the area of the youth activism and volunteering. The biggest love in its work has to the development of the project ideas and programs, as also to organisational development, using the strategic approach as the only right way to do it. At the Center, he is dedicated to strategic planning and raising funds and performs the function of vice president. Nature conservation he values as one of the most important obligations and responsibilities of each man, primarily to itself, but also to own family and future generations.
Born in Jajce in 1987 and graduate with a bachelor degree in Banja Luka’s Faculty of Natural Sciences. Igor joined Center for Environment in 2011, as an activist, and later became an employee, Igor was born in 1987 in Jajce. He graduated from the Faculty of Science in Banja Luka, majoring in Ecology and Environmental Protection. He has been a part of the Center for Environment since 2011, initially as an activist and later as an employee. Until 2017, he worked in the Energy and Climate Change program. Later, he moved to Brussels, where he worked as the Southeast Europe Energy Program Coordinator at the Climate Action Network Europe. Afterwards, he enrolled and completed a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University. In June 2023, he returned to CfE and now works on the Biodiversity and Protected Areas program, as well as spending a part of his time on circular economy topics. He advocates for a holistic approach to activism and believes that it is senseless to separate environmental activism from other struggles and movements, such as corruption, women's rights, and marginalized communities. He believes it is incorrect and impossible to separate humans as distinct entities from nature.
Dragan Kabić, born in 1992 in Novi Grad, graduated in philosophy at Faculty of Philosophy, University of Banja Luka. Besides his bohemian lifestyle, for which he has an impressive talent, he also shows his talents in the fields of philosophy and art (short stories writing and film photography). He's an outdoor sports junkie as well (rock climbing, mountaineering, hitchhiking, cycling and all other ways of losing himself in the woods, and towns too, is his free time preoccupation). In his non-free time, he’s currently working on the promotion of sustainable transport and urban mobility.
SSonja graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Banja Luka, where she also attended several legal clinics, of which she particularly singled out the Legal Clinic for the Protection of Human Rights. She joined Center for Environment in 2019 as an activist, and from January 2022 she becomes a permanent member of the team in the position of lawyer. She passed the bar exam in May 2023, and is currently attending master's studies in Belgrade.
Nikola Kurija was born on March the 5th 1995, in Sydney, Australia. He has been living in Banja Luka since 2003 where he finished primary and high school. He currently studies Ecology and environment preservation at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Banja Luka. He became a member of the activist group the Center for Environment in June 2019, where he participated in various actions. In September 2021 he was employed as the activist group coordinator, where he, with the rest of the members, organises actions and performances in accordance with the Centres programmes, biodiversity, energy and transport.
Born on May 16, 1991. in Banja Luka, where he graduated from the High School of Civil Engineering and the Forestry Faculty, University of Banja Luka. Forever traveler, weekend pizza master amateur, naturalist when weather conditions allow, writer as needed. He has been involved in environmental protection projects and renewable energy sources since 2015, after completing an internship at the University of Szczecin, Poland.
Ratko Pilipović was born in Banja Luka, where he still lives and works. After graduating from Banja Luka High School and later from the Faculty of Law in Banja Luka, he actively began his legal career in various fields. During his working life, he encountered different legal fields, so he worked intensively in the field of refugees, displaced persons, and returnees, as well as in the protection of labor rights. He has been dealing with environmental protection for over 12 years, and so far, he has devoted most of his work to work on concessions, mini-hydro power plants, thermal power plants... He is one of the founders of the Aarhus Center in Banja Luka and regularly monitors its implementation in practice. It advocates the preservation of a healthy environment while respecting all regulations. He is the author of several works on the topic of the environment. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and working in the garden, socializing with people, and watching current film content.
Redzib was born in Zenica in 1988. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Zenica. After a two-year-long internship in court, he continues his involvement in transitional justice projects, both as a legal associate in the office of TRIAL International and as an external associate with the Anti-Doping Control Agency of BiH. At the same time, with the acquisition of professional experience, he is closely interested in the work of the non-governmental sector. He is continually involved and volunteers on several projects, inside and outside the country, with a focus on environmental conservation, sustainability and advocacy for the green agenda. After a short cooperation with the Center for Environment, and with the onset of the new decade, Redzib has been engaged in the Energy and Climate Change Program, with the aim of protecting the community and nature from unscrupulous exploitation. As a outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys traveling, practices escapism and photography - mostly on two wheels.
Bozana was born in 1987 in Derventa. She graduated in Banja Luka in 2010 from the Faculty of Economics, University of Banja Luka. She started working at the Center for Environment in November 2019 as a financial and administrative assistant. She has many years of experience in the non-governmental sector in the field of finance that she has acquired through various organizations with which she has collaborated. Through her work in the non-governmental sector she has undergone various trainings and trainings in the field of financing. She enjoys traveling, meeting new cultures and people.
Vladimir was born in 1993 in Banja Luka. He graduated in Ecology and Environmental Protection at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Banja Luka. A lover of nature, where he spends as much free time as possible. It favors many arts, bonsai cultures and good books. The personal mission is to preserve and improve the environment. And he believes that man should not move away from nature but return to it because it has always been an integral part of it. In January 2022, he joined the Center on the Energy and Climate Change program.
Igor was born in 1988 in Banja Luka, where he graduated Spatial planning at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He is currently studying for a master's degree in spatial planning and spatial regulation at the Technical University of Vienna. He is particularly interested in the topic of urban mobility, including its complexities and contradictions, its conflicts of interests, and the inequalities that manifest themselves in cities. For him, it is simple, urban mobility should provide the best movement option through the city. He is at the Center for Environment since January 2022 as a transport program assistant.