MAYAA Team

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MAYAA PresidentIvan Vuksanovic

Ivan participated in the FLEX program in 2006- 2007. After his return to Montenegro, Ivan worked to establish the FLEX alumni community and to connect young alumni across U.S. Government sponsored programs as the country’s FLEX Alumni Coordinator. He is a founding member and first president of the Montenegrin American Youth Alumni Association (MAYAA) responsible for organization of many youth leadership camps and workshops supported by the Office of Alumni Affairs, ECA and U.S. Embassy in Montenegro. Now American Councils’ Country Representative in Montenegro, Ivan coordinates the FLEX program, including overseeing the current FLEX Alumni Coordinator and alumni activities. He also oversees Lehigh Internship and OPIT programs implemented during the summer months. Ivan graduated from the University of Montenegro’s Faculty of Law with a specialization in Business Law and, in addition to his role with American Councils, also serves as the Senior Compliance Officer and Assistant to the Secretary General at Erste Bank in Podgorica.  

MAYAA Board MemberZerina Bosovic

Zerina joined American Councils team in 2019, however, before becoming an Alumni Coordinator she has been an active City Representative, as she shows a great deal of passion for activism and volunteerism, she was able to organize and participate in many smaller and larger-scale community projects, both educational and humanitarian. Zerina is currently perusing her masters degree in business law at the University of Montenegro where her primary point of interest is international trade and commercial law – areas in which she competed in internationally recognized competitions and moot courts. Currently she is an intern at the law office in her hometown, and working hard on her goal of becoming an attorney. Besides law and activism, Zerina enjoys travelling, reading poetry and enjoying great food.

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MAYAA Board MemberDina Abazovic

Dina is FLEX/A-SMYLE alumna 2014/2015. Upon her arrival back in Montenegro, she became an active member of her community by engaging as City Representative for American Councils for International Education in Bar, where she was awarded as a most active alumna. Dina earned her BSc in International economics, finance and business. While studying, she was coordinator of the youth group of Centre for civic education where she got the chance to professionally develop through numerous exchanges regarding human rights, civil society, media literacy, and security. She was also an intern for CCE and United Nations Development Programme, where she now works as a local consultant. In 2018, Dina had the opportunity to work as a mentor at Civic Education Week in Washington D.C. where she shared her experience as an exchange student and alumna with current exchange students, but also congresspersons from U.S. Congress and Officials from the State Department. That inspired her to, together with fellow alumni, organize a second Civic Education Week in Montenegro. Dina is interested in international relations and a socially responsible approach to problems that she embodies through theatre and photography.

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