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Who is Gong?

The highest Gong body is the Assembly composed of all Gong members. It convenes at least once a year when it adopts the Annual report.

Gong Council


Berto Šalaj, President of the Council

Vanja Jurić, Deputy President of the Council

Vanja Jurić is a lawyer specialized in media law and freedom of expression. She graduated from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, after which she enrolled in a specialist study program of the Advanced Master of European Studies at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. In 2017, she completed a CopyrightX course at Harvard Law School. She represents the media publishers, journalists, and activists. She is one of the co-founders of the Center for the Protection of Freedom of Expression of the Croatian Journalist Society.

Dario Čepo

Dario Čepo is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, Department of Sociology. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb in 2004 and obtained his PhD in Comparative Politics from the same faculty in 2010, on the topic of reforming the institutional structure of the European Union. From 2005 to 2013 he worked at the Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography, where he wrote and edited articles in the field of political science, contemporary politics, economics and philosophy in the Croatian General Encyclopedia, the Economic Lexicon and the Philosophical Lexicon. Since 2013 he has been working at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Law in Zagreb, first as a senior assistant and since 2016 as an assistant professor. He teaches courses in Sociology, Introduction to Sociology and Fundamentals of Political Science on Departments of Law and Public Administration. His scientific and research interests are the European Union, parliaments, conservative social movements and the functioning of democracy. His scientific and research interests focus on the European Union, parliaments, conservative social movements and the functioning of democracy. He is a member of the Croatian Political Science Association and the Center for Democracy and Law, Miko Tripalo. He is the head of the Jean Monnet project "Transfer of European Values ​​in the New Member States: Five Years of Croatia's EU Membership" (2018-2020) in the Tripalo Center. He is the author of a series of scientific and professional articles, a monograph on the European Union Political Institution and a co-author of a textbook Introduction to Political Science.

Vlasta Ilišin

Vlasta Ilišin is a scientific adviser in the fields of politics and sociology at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb where she was Director (2007-2011) and head of the Center for Youth and Gender Research (2015-2018). As a full-time associate, she taught at the Faculty of Kinesiology and the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb, where she had been promoted to Full Professor. She is an associate on the study program “Young Man in Contemporary Society” at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rijeka, where she is the head of two courses. She was a coordinator of 12 and associate on 17 research projects, of which four were international. Her primarily occupation deals with research of youth and their political culture, free time and media consumption. In her research, she also explores dimensions of European integration processes and the Croatian political elite. She has published 18 scientific books and more than 100 scientific and professional papers, both as an author and coauthor. She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Center for Democracy and Law Miko Tripalo, the Council of the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb, the Executive Committee of the Croatian Political Science Association and the Council for Youth of the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

Kosta Bovan

Lejla Šehić Relić

Dario Špelić

Sunčana Roksandić

Vedran Đulabić


Gong Supervisory Board


Natalia Mirković, President

Natalia Mirković is a legal expert with experience in the right to information, voters' rights and overall electoral legislation. As a member of Gong's legal team, she had participated in participative budgeting processes, investigated corruption and advocated for transparency of public institutions and media. Since 2015, she is working at Erste & Steiermärkische Bank d.d., focusing first on the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, and then on internal control systems of credit institutions.

Daniela Jovanova Ivanković

Daniela Jovanova Ivanković graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogy in Skopje. During her studies, she worked for Friends of the Earth Macedonia. She was a member of the Executive Board of Friends of the Earth Macedonia and a longtime volunteer at the Volunteers’ Centre Zagreb (VCZ), as Head of Office. Since 2002, she has been an employee of Friends of the Earth Croatia, where she was Executive Director and Executive Board member. She was also a member of the local Advisory Committee of TACSO, the National Committee for the Development of Volunteering and VCZ and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Operational Program for the Development of Human Potentials 2007-2013. She is a member of the Macedonian Minority Council for the City of Zagreb.

Sanda Malbaša

Sanda Malbaša has more than 25 years of activist and professional experience in several civil society organizations in Croatia: CESI, Center for Women Victims of War, Croatian Anti-fraud Campaign, Center for Peace Studies ... From 1992 to 1997 she attended various education in The purpose of educational programs in the area of crisis counseling, group work, communication skills, nonviolent conflict transformation, management skills and organizational development conducted by professionals from various international institutions such as the Dublin Rape Crisis Center, the Manchester Rape Crisis Center, WATFY from Great Britain, Harvard Medical School, ARS Publica from USA, Admira from Netherlands and professional therapists and educators from Canada, Germany, Austria and Croatia. She is the founder of CESI, a feminist organization, where has been working as Finance Manager since 1997, and as Deputy Coordinator of CESI since 2013. She has been educated in financial management, marketing, strategic planning and organizational development for non-profit organizations, and trained for carrying out bookkeeping activities.


Gong Executive Board


Oriana Ivković Novokmet, Executive Director

Oriana Ivković Novokmet is the Executive Director of Gong. She has a degree in journalism at the Faculty of Political Science of Zagreb University and has worked as editor and journalist in several traditional and online news media, including as the investigative journalist for Index.hr. In 2019 she received two awards from the Croatian Journalists' Association for investigative and online journalism for a series of articles on controversional Lex Agrokor and the Borg Group. In Gong she coordinated anti-corruption, election observation, data analysis, and continues to lead public campaigning and media relations.

Dražen Hoffmann, Deputy Executive Director

Dražen Hoffmann has obtained a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Sociology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as a bachelor’s and master's degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb. As of 2012, he is a PhD student in Comparative Politics. Apart from Gong's Research Centre, he is gaining research experience as an associate of the Centre for Studies of Ethnicity, Citizenship and Migration at the Faculty of Political Sciences, working on social policy topics.

Svjetlana Knežević Ana Brakus

Svjetlana Knežević holds Master degree in Journalism (Faculty of Political Science, Zagreb). She worked as a professional journalist for commercial and nonprofit media. Since 2010 she has been an editor at the Libela.org - site on gender equality and democracy. Knežević gained her work experience on civil society, media and democratic procedures working in the institution for the gender equality and CSOs. Over the last ten years, she has been actively involved in the work and activities of several human rights initiatives.

Ana Brakus


Program Team


Oriana Ivković Novokmet

Oriana Ivković Novokmet is the Executive Director of Gong. She has a degree in journalism at the Faculty of Political Science of Zagreb University and has worked as editor and journalist in several traditional and online news media, including as the investigative journalist for Index.hr. In 2019 she received two awards from the Croatian Journalists' Association for investigative and online journalism for a series of articles on controversional Lex Agrokor and the Borg Group. In Gong she coordinated anti-corruption, election observation, data analysis, and continues to lead public campaigning and media relations.

Jelena Berković

Jelena Berković has a degree in journalism at the Faculty of Political Science and Master's degree in Global Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Among her areas of interest are public policy and the media. From 1998. till 2010. she worked as a reporter and editor at Radio 101 and was an outer member of the Parliamentary Committee on Information, Informatization and the Media, as well as a member of the Association of Investigative Journalists.

Dražen Hoffmann

Dražen Hoffmann has obtained a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Sociology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as a bachelor’s and master's degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb. As of 2012, he is a PhD student in Comparative Politics. Apart from Gong's Research Centre, he is gaining research experience as an associate of the Centre for Studies of Ethnicity, Citizenship and Migration at the Faculty of Political Sciences, working on social policy topics.

Melisa Skender

Melisa Skender has a degree in journalism from the Faculty of Political Science, the University of Zagreb. She worked as a professional journalist at various media outlets since 1996 and from the start, her fields of interest were media policy, civil society as well as open and transparent government. She is the member of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Network from 2013 and prizewinner of the Croatian Journalists' Association award for the best internet journalist in 2016.

Josipa Dika

Josipa Dika holds a Master's degree in Political Science at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb.  Before joining Gong, she has been part of the research team of the Center for Ethnicity Research, Citizenship and Migration at the Faculty of Political Science focused on topics regarding issues of migration and human rights and actively involved in activities of Center for Peace Studies and Initiative Welcome as a volunteer and an activist.

Lucija Dumančić Jovanović

Lucija Dumančić obtained BA and MA in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Sciences and MA in Sociology at Croatian Studies, both at the University of Zagreb. Prior to joining Gong, she worked as a high school teacher and at a digital marketing agency. Her primary interest is education, therefore she is now focused on youth and teachers' education, including political and EU literacy.

Svjetlana Knežević

Svjetlana Knežević holds Master degree in Journalism (Faculty of Political Science, Zagreb). She worked as a professional journalist for commercial and nonprofit media. Since 2010 she has been an editor at the Libela.org - site on gender equality and democracy. Knežević gained her work experience on civil society, media and democratic procedures working in the institution for the gender equality and CSOs. Over the last ten years, she has been actively involved in the work and activities of several human rights initiatives.


Finance and Administration Team


Jelena Pilipović

Jelena Pilipović was born in Belgrade in 1984. where she graduated in 2003 at the College of Tourism in Belgrade with a degree on Tourism Administrator. Since then she has worked in small, medium and large companies in Serbia. In her different positions as an accountant, administration officer, assistant of production manager etc. she has gained extensive experience in administrative, financial, business and management fields. Jelena joined ERAand her first NGO organization in June 2016 where she put into practice her administrative and financial experience while contributing on different projects pertaining to LGBTI rights. She intends to add her skills and ambition to GONG’s success and thus contribute to the advancement of solidarity and inclusiveness in society and respect for diversity in Croatia.

Blaženka Sečkar

Blaženka Sečkar has a decade long activist and professional experience in a number of civil society organizations in Croatia, including Amnesty International Croatia and Documenta - Centre for Dealing with the past. She is also involved in lecturing at internationally accredited business school «Zagreb School of Economics and Management». She has graduated in Mathematics at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, financial and business mathematics and she is also near graduation in business administration(MBA). Her activities are focused on international cooperation, capacity building, organization and financial business organizations, including numerous trainings on strategic and operational planning, communication and leadership. Since 2014 she is a member of the Council of the Central Bureau of Statistics in front of the civil society organizations.

Dajana Nendl

Dajana Nendl has graduated at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, where she has also, after ten years of working practice, passed the exam for a certified auditor. She has been acquiring her professional experience by working both in the joint stock company and in the private entrepreneurship, and she was heading the accounting and finance department in the non-profit sector during the last decade. She will use her long professional experience to help the Gong's Financial and Administration Team.

Ana Bljajić

Ana Bljajić has a bachelor's degree in economics, she studied at the Baltazar University, majoring in office management.  She joined the financial and administrative department as an assistant in activities.

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