Samir Jaha is the founder of the NGO Young Roma. He wrote and developed the project of opening offices for Roma "Roma Centre" in cooperation with the Municipality of Herceg Novi, which has been active since 2006. During 2006/07 he was hired by the Open Society Institute from Budapest as a researcher for the monitoring of the implementation of the Action Plan for the Decade of Roma in Montenegro. He managed and coordinated the program "Step by step to citizenship," which was funded by the UNDP, which contributed to more than 200 members of the Roma community in Boka Kotorska having regulated legal status. From 2009 to 2011, he coordinated the project for the development of Local Action Plans for Roma integration, which were later approved and adopted by the local parliament in the municipalities of Herceg Novi, Kotor and Tivat. In 2012, he worked as a project associate for the project PGF Montenegro, which was implemented by the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights with aimed at strengthening the capacity of Roma NGOs. From March 2013 to March 2014 he was engaged at the position Coordinator for Montenegro to the OSCE / ODIHR as part of the project Best Practices for Roma Integration in the Western Balkans. From May to July 2014, Samir was an intern at the Delegation of the European Commission to Montenegro. Since October 2014 to September 2015, he was project assistant at German NGO Help Support to the integration and voluntary return of I/DPs and residents of Konik Camp – Phase II. He participated in numerous trainings, seminars and workshops in the areas of discrimination, media, human rights and so on. He is a member of the National Romani Council, Municipal Council for Cooperation with NGOs in Herceg Novi, and the Multidisciplinary Team for Protection Against Domestic violence at the Centre for Social Work in Herceg Novi.

Nerma Softić



Nerma Softić completed her undergraduate and specialist studies at the Faculty of Economics, Department of Human Resources Management, University of Montenegro, with the topic of  "Mismatch of supply and demand of professional and highly professional staff in Montenegro". He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Finance and Banking at the Faculty of International Economics, Finance and Business. In addition to the areas covered by schooling, she is also interested in topics related to democracy and human rights. She has been engaged in the NGO "Young Roma" since January 2018, through the program of professional training of higher education students, after which she continued her work engagement in the organization as a financial assistant. In April 2019, she was promoted to Financial Manager of the organization.

Katarina Jočić

Katarina Jočić graduated at the Faculty of political science, department for Social policy and social work. She is currently on master studies in the same field.

She gained work experience in the Ministry of Justice – The Institution for execution of criminal sanctions, in Department for testing personality, where she was doing risk assessments and determination of treatment program for prisoners who are serving long jail sentence.

She was engaged in NGO “Center for children rights” where she has worked with youth who recently left orphanage, and also has experience in working with children with disabilities.

She is engaged in NGO Young Roma as coordinator of the project “Increased education opportunities for Roma students and Roma youth in Western Balkans and Turkey”.

Fatima Naza


Fatima Naza prepoznata je romska aktivistkinja i jedna od začetnica ženskog romskog aktivizma u Crnoj Gori. U civilnom sektoru angažovana je od 2004. godine. Kroz angažman u organizacijama civilnog sektora učestvovala je u sprovođenju preko 60 projekata i aktivno radila na terenu sa zajednicom, s posebnim fokusom na borbu protiv ranih i prisilnih dječjih brakova. Fatima je jedna od osnivačica nevladine organizacije Centar za romske inicijative iz Nikšića i ženske romske mreže ''Prva''. Kao priznanje za svoj rad, Fatima je izabrana za dobitnicu Anna Lindh nagrade za liderstvo i žensko učešće za 2012.godinu, koju dodjeljuje Fondacija Anna Lindh iz Švedske. Trenutno je na drugoj godini Pedagoškog fakulteta, na smjeru Predškolsko vaspitanje. Fatima je u NVO ''Mladi Romi'' angažovana kao asistentkinja na projektu ''Ujedinjeni možemo više - glas studentima, podrška radnicima!''. 

Milos Knezevic

Milos Knezevic studied Montenegrin language and South Slavic literature at the Faculty of Philology, University of Montenegro. He gained his previous nine years of work experience in the NGO Center for Civic Education (CCE), where he started as an intern in the Human Rights Program, and then advanced as the director of the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival, and on that position, he worked for three years. He also successfully performed PR/associate tasks of the organization's programs. During his studies, through the project Student Volunteerism - from segregation to quality integration of Roma students, he worked as a teaching assistant in the elementary school "Bozidar Vukovic Podgoricanin". He attended the School of Human Rights organized by the Center for Civic Education (CCE), as well as numerous programs in the field of human rights, democracy and the advancement of young people in Montenegro and the Western Balkans. In Germany, he participated in the training of researching of the role of young people in understanding and promoting the fundamental values of the European Union, and in Italy and Germany, he worked on gaining the skill of using theater techniques in non-formal youth education. He also participated in a training program on the European concept of civic activism within the HomoEuropeanus project. He was a participant in the Cinema without Borders program in the Netherlands as part of the Movies that Matter festival. Additionally, he works as a lecturer and trainer in the field of youth activism, discrimination, multiculturalism, and interculturalism, bulling, Human Rights, etc. He is a co-author of a regional study on the implementation of youth policies in the Western Balkans Youth participation – more than a catchword, Portfolios of skills needed for youth employability at the regional level and Youth – social décor or social capital. He is engaged in NGO Young Roma from March 2020. He is fluent in English and Macedonian language and has a basic knowledge of Italian, Spanish and French language.

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