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Julijana Vučo

Executive Director

Julijana Vučo, italianist, university professor. She is the author of numerous scientific and professional papers and monographs on applied and educational linguistics. She is one of the founders of institutionalized Italian language teaching in Serbia and Montenegro. She is an expert of the Ministry of Education and Science of Serbia on foreign language issues, as well as the author of bilingual teaching in Serbia. She was a member of the Education Council of the Republic of Serbia in two convocations. She is a member of the Board for Education of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, domestic and international scientific associations. A visiting professor at universities around the world, especially in Italy and the region. Professor Vučo participated in numerous national and international scientific projects. She is active as a literary translator.

Julijana was born and raised in Belgrade, a city she identifies with, especially its’ traditional international spirit. She considers Italy as a part of her broadened cultural space. Julijana loves reading, listening to opera, following rowing, walking and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.

Tanja Djordjevic

Grants and Administration Manager

Tanja Djordjevic is a Senior Program Administrative Specialist at Open Society Initiative for Europe, part of Open Society Foundations based in Barcelona since its inception in 2013.

Tanja is in charge of a wide range of finance administrative tasks linked to the office’s core business such as financial transactions, budgeting, grants administration, contracts and events organization, and supporting overall operations. In her role Tanja collaborates closely with other offices across the OSF network and
helps in setting up and implementing global procedures.

Tanja was born and raised in Belgrade, a metropolis she loves dearly and close to her heart. After graduating in Spanish Philology from the University of Belgrade she ventured to Spain and lived in Madrid for a while before she returned to her home country. As it often happens, love was the reason she moved back to Spain, this time to the enchanting city of Barcelona.

Tanja has more than 18 years of experience in international companies and organizations. Prior to joining OSF Tanja worked at the United Nations as Programme Assistant where she was in charge of grant administration and administrative support of the program. She is fluent in Spanish, English, and Catalan.

Serbian is her mother tongue. In her free time she loves spending time with her dog Lui, exploring nearby beaches and reading up on spirituality.

Žarko Cvejić


Žarko Cvejić is a musicologist, professor, and vice-dean for international cooperation at the Faculty of Media and Communication in Belgrade, where he teaches bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral courses in European and American classical and popular music history, cultural and media studies. He holds a B.A. and M.St. degree from the University of Oxford (UK, 2004) and an M.A. and Ph.D. degree from Cornell University (USA, 2011). Apart from his doctoral dissertation, so far he has published a book-length academic monograph in Serbian and English, two essay collections in English, as well as a large number of academic articles and books chapters, mostly in English. In addition to writing and teaching, he also works as a translator of academic literature from Serbo-Croatian to English and vice versa, in musicology, art and performance theory, and other related fields in the humanities.