Project Team

Mr. Korkut Yavuz  – Project Director

Mr. Yavuz, has 13 years of experience in government services, where he planned, formalised and implemented large scale EU-funded technical assistance projects in partnership with civil society.

He left the government service to join the United Nations in 2017 and took his next career step in 2019 with his appointment as GDSI’s Regional Director for Turkey and the Middle East.

Having experienced various roles in the implementation of donor-funded projects, including as contactor, consultant, multi-lateral partner, beneficiary and task manager, Mr. Yavuz has a broad perspective and understanding of project management, building partnerships, inter-institutional cooperation, bureaucratic workflows and financial accountability.

Korkut Yavuz has a Bachelors degree from Ankara University and a Masters degree from Yale University and he is fluent in English, Turkish   and Russian.

Ms. Tanja Hafner Ademi – Team Leader

Ms. Tanja Hafner Ademi - Team LeaderMs. Hafner Ademi has 18 years of working experience, out of which over 16 years of professional experience in international development with specific expertise in civil society development (including enabling environment, capacity-building, consultation mechanism, strategies and advocacy development, capacity-building, grant-making, etc.), regional cooperation, EU integration (programming, evaluation, aid effectiveness) and project management.

She participated as evaluator in a number of recent evaluations and studies measuring impacts of specific donor programmes on and development of civil society across the Balkans, Turkey and Eurasia for the needs of the European Commission (DG NEAR and EU Delegations) and other donors or CSOs.

Ms. Hafner Ademi has participated in the development of several global and regional initiatives in developing monitoring, accountability and learning frameworks for civil society, public authorities and donors such as the Monitoring Matrix for Civil Society Development and Global Standard for CSO Accountability. Between 2003 and 2017, she led the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) including its strategic development, running its daily operation and managing it executive office.

Ms. Hafner Ademi is a full-time staff of GDSI Limited and is fluent in English, Slovenian, Macedonia, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian and has basic knowledge of Albanian and German.

Ms. Tanja Bjelanovic – Capacity Building Expert

Ms. Tanja Bjelanovic - Capacity Building ExpertMs. Bjelanovic has 19 years of working experience, out of which over 10 years of which spent in designing, implementing and monitoring of a wide portfolio of capacity building activities (including capacity assessments, capacity building plans, coaching, trainings, training of trainers etc.) and consultancy experience in international projects in the Balkans and Caucasus region.

She has profound experience in strategic and organizational development for associations, foundations, and government agencies, including the design of programme strategies and organizational change management plans.

Ms. Bjelanovic designed and supervised several long-term capacity building programmes for civil society in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia (including the development of Issues Affecting Women Programme; Development of Government Office for Civil Society of Serbia’s Capacity Building strategy for CSOs) and has experince in developing fundraing strategies and plans for organziations. She has also participated in pioniring endowment fundraising strategies in the Balkans.

Ms Bjelanovic is fluent in English, Serbian and Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin.

Mr. Eris Kasmi – Communication Expert

Mr. Eris Kasmi has more than 20 years of experience in the field of communication, marketing, PR, crisis management, event management, Corporate Social Responsibility, campaign development out of which more than 10 years in an international professional setting.

He has a combined experience that extends from the private sector, to large corporations, the NGOs sector and UN agencies. He has organized many communication campaigns, produced advocacy and awareness materials, led and managed PR strategies for various international organizations such as Save the Children, UNDP, ECPAT International, Regional School of Public Administration, Balfin Group etc.

Mr. Kasmi has managed private philanthropy funds and millions of dollars of portfolios in Corporate Social Responsibility. He holds an (Hons) MBA in Marketing and Operations and a (Hons) Bachelor in Communication.

He speaks fluently Albanian, English, Italian, has basic knowledge of Spanish and Serbian/Montenegrin/Croatian/Bosnian.

Ms. Emina Nuredinoska – People to People (P2P) Manager

Ms. Emina Nuredinoska has 19 years of experience in managing programmes for support to civil society development, and strengthening of the capacities and networking of CSOs in the Western Balkan region.

She is experienced in development and organisation of large-scale events, involving participants from different countries, backgrounds and sectors among which four (2002-2005) NGO Fairs – Forum of Civil Society (with more than 2000 participants, each).  She has organised and  has actively participated as facilitator, key-note speaker and trainer in more than 130 national, cross-border,  regional and international conferences, workshops, trainings, forums, focus groups, study visits.

Emina is very capable in coordinating CSO and cross-sectoral networks on civil society and good governance issues.  She is the author of more than 15 analytical reports on sectoral, organisational and institutional assessments, monitoring reports on civil society and public administration and has strong knowledge on the international principles for the legal status of CSOs.

Emina speaks fluently Macedonian, English, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian.

Ms. Marjana Maneva – Office Manager

Ms. Marjana Maneva has 8 years professional experience in international organisations such as OSCE/ODHIR, USAID, US Embassy and the EUD in Skopje. She is experienced in management, monitoring and evaluation of EU-funded projects and programmes in the area of education, youth, gender equality and anti- discrimination.

She contributed to the preparation and implementation of Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) in the specific sectors, by providing analysis, proposals and reports. Also she has experience in working with local authorities, international donors, private sector and local CSOs.

Ms. Maneva has profound experience in the area of EU-funded project logistic and administrative support such as organisation of meetings, conferences, workshops, supporting the maintenance of databases of projects and ensuring liaison with beneficiary countries on relevant cooperation programmes.

She is fluent in Macedonian, English, French and has knowledge in Albanian, Italian and Spanish.


Ms. Katerina Boncheva – Event Manager 

Ms. Katerina Boncheva has over 4 years of international experience in communications, events planning and management.

She’s been working both in the public and private sector in the area of events management and communications for several international projects and campaigns. She is experienced in events planning and implementation on IPA projects as well as other projects funded by international donors.

She holds a MA in Communications, marketing and PR from the University of Leeds, UK funded by the FCO through the Chevening Programme. During her time in the UK, Ms. Boncheva took lead on organization of several major events sponsored by the University, as well as volunteering as member in the Organizational Committee of the local Chevening Association in N. Macedonia

She speaks fluently English and French and, additionally, has knowledge in Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek and Spanish.