About us: Populari people
Populari is an independent Bosnian think tank established in 2006 by a small group of young, dynamic, creative-minded Bosnian analysts and researchers.
Boriša Mraović - Researcher
Upon obtaining his degree in Psychology from the University of Sarajevo in 2008, Borisa enrolled in the postgraduate program in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe, jointly organized by the University of Sarajevo and the University of Bologna, where he earned his Masters in November 2009. During his postgraduate studies, Borisa has also completed a seven week internship in the Belgrade Center for Human Rights. Before joining Populari, Borisa was actively involved in a number of market research and brand development projects. For more than seven years, he has been actively working on two radio shows as a coeditor. In addition to his work at Populari, Borisa is supporting work of several NGOs through his engagement on projects in the fields of culture, politics and human rights, and is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of technological and political development and art.
Siron Ng – Research Intern
Siron is a final year graduate student who has completed MSc Management Research and is currently studying MSc Modern Chinese Studies, both at the University of Oxford and on the Rhodes Scholarship. Before attending the University of Oxford, he completed his Bachelor's degree in Psychology with 1st class honors at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During his undergraduate studies, he studied abroad at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a visiting undergraduate under the full financial sponsorship of the HSBC Overseas Scholarship. Besides this scholarship, he also received the Goldman Sachs Global Leader Award and 29 other scholarships and awards. He is interested in Bosnia & Hercegovina, which is the most easterly point of the West and the most westerly point of the East, because it is similar to his home town Hong Kong in the sense that Hong Kong is where the East meets West in Southeast Asia.
James Evans – Research Intern
James studies Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford with a focus on International Relations and Political Sociology, and a particular interest in the political situation of the Balkans. He previously worked as a researcher at the Kosovo Stability Initiative and with minority groups at Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre. He is currently running Oxford Aid to the Balkans, a student-run charity focusing on poverty alleviation across the Western Balkans and is hoping to pursue an MPhil after his studies, focusing on International Relations and development.
Ciaran McCaughey - Research Intern
Ciaran studies History and Politics at the University of Warwick with a focus on International Relations. He is interested in migration studies and civil society in developing countries, in particular the relationship between education and durable solutions for refugees. He recently spent a year at the University of California, Davis where he specialised in the history and politics of the Middle East. Upon graduating he plans to study for an MPhil in International Relations.
Richard Chew - Research Intern
Richard studies Classics at the University of Cambridge, focusing on history and historiography. Before Populari he worked as a research intern at Conservative Campaign Headquarters in London, writing briefs on aspects of government spending such as Lottery funding and seaside urban regeneration. After graduating he hopes to study for an MPhil in International Relations.
Oliver Leisau - Research Intern
Oliver holds a bachelor degree in Political Science and currently attends the Masters programme in “East-West-Studies” at Regensburg University, Germany. There he specialises in the politics and history of former Yugoslavia. His passion for the successor states and especially Bosnia-Herzegovina led him to Populari. After graduating from University in September this year, he plans to return to Bosnia permanently. Right now he is writing his Masters thesis which deals with the integration of Bosniaks into the Austro-Hungarian monarchy (1878-1918). His hobbies are rock music, football and motorcycling.
Once again in 2011 we will award the three best pieces which tackle some of the negative stereotypes about BiH often seen in the media!
In 2010, the debate on international power in Bosnia and Herzegovina is still ongoing. No clear policies that would make the issue less complicated are in place. To investigate what this means outside of BiH and among 27 members of the European Union, with the support of Open Society Institute Think Tank Fund, and CEPS, under the supervision of Michael Emerson, Populari’s researcher Goran Tirak, undertook a challenge by investigating the effectiveness of the OHR when it comes to Bosnian aim towards full integration into the European Union.
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