Project Team

Ms. Olga Kennelly – Project Director

As a Director of GDSI, Olga has been responsible for the design and implementation of GDSI projects internationally for more than 15 years. She has many years of hands-on experience in carrying out long-term assignments in transition countries.

Olga has worked in the area of regional development, Public Administration reform, economic development programming, training and capacity building, organisational development, managerial leadership enhancement, quality assurance, and project results dissemination. A fluent Russian speaker and native of Kazakhstan, she has worked in Azerbaijan, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as in Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Olga is an experienced trainer having delivered over 50 specialised training programmes, both in organisational development areas and other fields, e.g. MIS for development projects, peer mentoring of young public officials, methodologies for recruitment of public servants and project planning.

Mr. Richard Allen – Team Leader

Richard is a veteran team leader and capacity development specialist who has been living and working in the Western Balkans for 20 years. His experience includes pioneering work on design, delivery and evaluation of capacity development for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. For the last 15 years he has worked for many of the leading international organisations and donors leading teams in the design and evaluation of institution building programmes and foreign aid instruments. 

Despite his origins in the United Kingdom, Richard is a committed European. He wholeheartedly subscribes to the doctrine that cooperation between people and institutions, no matter how complicated and difficult, is the only way to make the world a better place.

Ms. Andreja Tonč – Capacity Building Expert

Ms. Andreja Tonč has 22 years of overall working experience in the Development Aid sector including design and management of the technical assistance projects, development and implementation of the capacity building measures, designing and managing grant schemes and grant making programmes, and conducting evaluation, monitoring and assessment activities of Development Aid programmes.

She has extensive experience in designing and conducting capacity building programmes for the institutions of state authorities, public institutions and civil society organisations. This includes capacity building in the area of strategic and operative planning, establishing transparent grant scheme programmes, EU funds management, project management, organisational development, monitoring and evaluation. Sectors covered with mentioned interventions included: public administration, civil society, social welfare, education and employment.

To date, she has designed and implemented over 70 capacity building programmes and trained approximately 3.000 persons (staff of state authorities, public administration and CSOs). To date, Ms. Tonč conducted an assessment of around 1.500 project proposals and monitoring of approximately 600 projects in communities of North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

Ms. Tonč speaks fluently Croatian and English and has a basic understanding of Macedonian.

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. Biljana Severinova – Communication and Visibility Expert (temporary)

Ms. Severinova has 18 years of working experience in Private Sector Development, Business Incubation and Startups, Marketing and Communication Management, as well as in the ,,non for profit” industry, in countries on three different continents Europa, Latin America and Africa.

She is an expert in communications and visibility with extensive experience in designing communications strategies and implementing a variety of visibility and outreach activities in organizations and institutions, using methodology of design thinking, innovations and digital transformation.

This includes experience in management and capacity building in the area of strategic communications, expert visibility planning, fundraising, access to finance, project cycle management, public relations and media landscape. To date, she has conducted over 50 trainings, coaching, project evaluations and mentoring programmes for public and private sector participants.

Biljana is fluent in English, German, Italian and Spanish.

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. Kristina Bogeska – Event Manager 

Ms. Kristina Bogeska has 5 years of professional experience in design, organisation and management of events in various industries.

She holds a Masters degree of Science in Architecture.

Moreover, Kristina has worked in both private and public sectors, managing logistics, procurement and administration of projects related to training sessions, round tables and events including high level National and International hospitality projects.
She speaks fluently English and has knowledge in Serbian and Bulgarian.