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Class 16 (2017-2019)

Branka Panic, Serbia

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Conflict Prevention | Peacebuilding | Reconciliation | Social Impact | Social Innovation

Branka Panic is a civil society professional, committed to advancing international development, human rights protection and effective altruism. She started her career at the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe, where she worked on strengthening peace, democracy and human rights. She later joined the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB), where she designed and implemented initiatives focused on strengthening democracy, regional cooperation and European integration. She has extensive experience in capacity building through advanced leadership programs and policy development through evidence-based research and advocacy. Her most recent project at EFB is the Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkans, a platform that promotes sustainable dialogue between decision makers, activists, grassroots organizations, researchers and other representatives of civil society.

Branka has a BA in Political Sciences and a MA in International Security from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, with a focus on securitization, societal security and discourse analysis. She is passionate about restoring the rights and dignity of victims of social and political injustice and conflicts. As community leader, she was active in providing humanitarian aid to refugees passing through Serbia at the height of the refugee crisis, and organizing community activities in order to make the integration process effective. She is the founder of a local craftivism movement, empowering citizens to express their creativity through crafts – later donated to refugees.

As a Peace Fellow at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Centre, Branka aims to study effective strategies of conflict prevention, resolution and making peace sustainable. She is eager to tackle those challenges by using new technologies and digital tools. Branka is interested in designing democracy in fragile and divided states. With her experience in building Balkans’ post-war societies, she believes she can contribute to this topic, and learn new methods on successfully achieving this in other settings throughout the world.

Applied Field Experience

World Bank, Washington, DC