Team and Expertise

ISAC brings together accomplished experts and young professionals with academic backgrounds in international relations, diplomacy, politics, as well as practical experience accumulated in the government, including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence and the Office for European Integration.

Milan Pajevic – Chairman of the Advisory Board of the ISAC Fund

Mr. Pajevic was one of the founders of the ISAC Fund in 2006. and is the Chairman of its Advisory Board. Mr. Pajevic served as CEO of the G17 Institute in 2004 and 2005. He was one of the founders of the G17 Plus expert network (NGO) in 1999 and its Foreign Policy Adviser.
In the first democratic government since the fall of Milosevic, in 2000, Mr. Pajevic first held the title of the Federal Councilor and then Ambassador at the MFA, as well as the National Coordinator of the Stability Pact for SEE, permanently serving as Foreign Policy Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister of FRY and later Serbia, Prof. Labus.

Mr. Pajevic resigned from the post of Ambassador and terminated his employment at the Government in 2004 because of the lack of a comprehensive reform of diplomatic apparatus and the inadequate foreign policy of Serbia.

In the 1990s, he was among the founders and the Vice President of the European Movement in Serbia (1994 to 2000) and worked as Director General of Stubovi kulture publishing house (1993 to 2000).
Since he strongly disagreed with the destructive politics of the Serbian leadership in the late 1980s and the early 1990s he refrained from being engaged in Serbian diplomacy but went abroad and worked in the private sector (Zepter International – Austria, Switzerland and Poland) from 1991 to 1993.
Mr. Pajevic holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade.

From August 2012 until September 2013, he was the Director of the European Integration Office.

Natasa Stanojevic – Program Assistant

Nataša Stanojević is a fourth-year international relations student at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. In addition to formal education, she participated in various seminars, workshops and student exchanges, such as the School of Parliamentarism, the Youth for Inclusion, Equality and Trust seminar organized by UNDP and the BFPE Foundation, of which she is an alumni member, the Erasmus program and the Democratic Academy within the Council of Europe program.

She interned at the international organization Save the Children, where she wrote a research paper on the European Union’s migrant policy. In addition, she worked as an educator in secondary schools, and from September 2023, she joined the ISAC fund team.

Contact: n.stanojevic@isac-fund.org

Igor Novakovic

Igor Novakovic – Senior Associate

Mr. Igor Novaković is the Senior Associate of the International and Security Affairs Centre – ISAC Fund. His field of research encompasses issues related to international relations and security, in particular connected to the European and Euro Atlantic integrations, regional cooperation and bilateral cooperation of Serbia with other states, as well as the interethnic dialogue in the Southeastern Europe.
He is the author of a number of analyses and policy papers. In addition, Mr. Novaković has published several articles in domestic and international scientific journals, and has organized a number of different international conferences, roundtables and workshops on various topics related to international relations, security cooperation, interethnic dialogue and minority integration. He holds a PhD in Political Science from University of Belgrade, an MA in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Bologna and University of Novi Sad, and a BA in History from the University of Novi Sad.

Mr. Novakovic is fluent in English, and has a good command in Italian and Bulgarian.

Contact: igor.novakovic@isac-fund.org

Marko Savkovic – Senior Advisor

Dr Marko Savkovic is a Senior Advisor in ISAC Fund, with 20 years of experience in civil society and development aid. His primary research interests concern the complex landscape of Serbia’s European integration process and “European (EU membership) perspective”, regional relations, and foreign policy. In a wider sense, he is interested in issues arising at the crossroads between security, development and democracy and looks at how societies adapt to challenges posed by globalization and modernization.

Marko’s last assignments were with UNDP Serbia and Office of the Prime Minister, where he was part of a team of advisers tasked with developing a new government portfolio on depopulation. Then he managed political party program with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Serbia.

As Executive Director at the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE), he was tasked with day-to-day management of the organization’s activities. In this role from 2015 to 2021 he directed the program of the Belgrade Security Forum initiative, South East Europe’s premier security conference. He also directed another of the BFPE’s flagship initiatives – the Regional Academy for Democracy – from 2013 to 2015.

Over the period of several years, Marko was part of a team of researchers helped transform the Centre for Civil-Military Relations into Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), becoming Serbia’s leading, paradigm-setting think-tank in the field of security sector reform and security studies in general. While at BCSP, he co-authored the first “Dictionary of European Security” published in BHS languages, followed by a pioneering study in Serbia’s and Western Balkans’ civilian capacities for peace operations.

He obtained his PhD in 2016 at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Political Science, with thesis written on what he understands as privatization of peace-building efforts worldwide.

He is a regular contributor to Novi Magazin weekly, writing for numerous other outlets as well.

Marko is an alumnus of the Belgrade Open School (10th generation) and Bucerius-Die Zeit Foundation Summer School on Global Governance (2016).

Finally, he was a member of the Program Council of the National Academy for Public Administration (NAPA).

 

Nikola Petrovic – Director

Mr. Petrovic is one of the founders and the Director of the ISAC Fund. From July 2004 until end of December 2005, he served as Chief of Staff to Assistant Minister of Defence of Serbia and Montenegro. Before this he worked as the Director at the Defence and Security Studies Centre (DSSC) at the G17 Institute (ESPI Institute) since the Centre’s inception in 2002. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Petrovic was the first Administrator of the Defence and Security Committee of G17 Plus. Mr. Petrovic also worked for the International Organisation for Migration / OSCE joint out-of-country voting program as assistant to Program Director. He also worked for the EU Justice and Internal Affairs fact finding mission in 2001.

A civil engineer by profession, Mr. Petrovic worked for a number of companies in the private sector in construction management, engineering and industrial design in the 1990s.

Mr. Petrovic is fluent in Serbian and English and is certified in Microsoft systems management.

Contact: petrovic@isac-fund.org