Europe and the Caucasus

Germany, Zorana Gajic (POLS '97)

Zorana Gajic (MA, PolSci 1997) is working as Program Analyst within the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) in the Open Society Foundations (OSF) hub office in Berlin. Zorana’s expertise is focused on the Western Balkans. She has over 25 years of experience as program manager in several international organizations, including the OSF (Higher Education Support Program), World Bank / IFC (Regulatory Reform in Serbia), and USAID and EU funded projects in the Western Balkans.

Why does she volunteer for CEU?

Netherlands, Eylem Nazli Tasdemir (GENS '17)

Eylem Nazlı Tasdemir (GENS ’17) has over six years of professional experience across the private sector, civil society, and higher education, where she initiated and organized large-scale, cause-oriented projects, and collaborated with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders. Prior to moving to the Netherlands in October 2020, Eylem worked for four years as the Senior Program Officer at Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, one of nine global centers of Columbia University established to address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange.

Romania, Stefan Cibian (IRES '12)

Stefan is a CEU alumnus graduating from IRES (2012, Ph.D.) and SPP/CPS (2006, M.A.). He is the executive director and co-founder of the Făgăraș Research Institute.

Moldova, Cristina Turcu (POLS '08)

Cristina Turcu obtained her MA from the CEU Department of Political Science in 2008. In 2018 she graduated from the IREX Community Solutions Program, while consecutively completed George Mason University’s Program Leadership course.

Cristina has more than ten years’ experience with nonprofits, including work with the Médecins du Monde Mission to Moldova; the Legal Resources Centre from Moldova and the United Nations Development Program. Currently she is the Aide for the EU High Level Adviser to the Government of Moldova on Confidence Building Measures.

Azerbaijan, Anar Mehdiyev (ENVS '02)

After studying at CEU’s Environmental Sciences and Policy Master programme in 2001-02, Anar Mehdiyev returned to Azerbaijan and co-founded one of the most active alumni chapters. Being a long-standing CEU Chapter Leader in Baku, Azerbaijan, Anar actively promotes connectivity between alumni and alumni chapters, and is a frequent CEU Alumni Reunion visitor. CEU has also shaped Anar’s career. He is managing environmental management systems in BP-Azerbaijan, a key element of Azerbaijan’s oil industry. 

Why does he volunteer for CEU?