Ambassador Damjan Bergant
Ambassador Bergant took over the ITF team in 2014. After graduating in International Relations from the University of Ljubljana, he has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia since 1995. He served as Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Council of Europe between 2010 and 2014. His broad diplomatic skills and international experience are integral to ITF’s daily work.
Ms Sabina Beber Boštjančič
Sabina joined ITF in 2001 as Project Manager responsible for projects in Albania, Serbia, Kosovo* and Montenegro after graduating in Political Science from the University of Ljubljana. After ten years of ITF’s operational leadership and with vast experience in humanitarian mine action, project management, fundraising and advocacy she has been ITF’s Deputy Director since 2014.
Ms Katarina Cvikl Balić
Katarina became a part of the ITF team in 2015. Previously she gained experience abroad, first by pursuing her Master’s degree in International Development at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom and later by working for a think-tank in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition to managing projects in Iraq, the West Bank, and Syria her work at ITF also includes public relations.
Mr Andrej Golob
Andrej started to work for ITF when he took over ITF’s Office in Croatia in 2002. Upon graduating in Economics from the University of Belgrade, he changed several different positions at Slovenian companies. Currently, he is responsible for project implementation in Colombia, Croatia and Serbia.
Ms Andreja Gorišek
General Affairs and Human Resources
Andreja joined ITF in 2003 as an Intern after graduating from Celje School of Economics. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Administration from University of Ljubljana. During her time at ITF she has held various positions, including being Head of the Main ITF Office. Currently, she is responsible for running overall administration and human resources management.
Mr Mitja Hegler
Mitja joined the ITF team in 2008 as an Assistant Project Manager (Intern) during the undergraduate program in Defence Studies at the University of Ljubljana. After graduation, he took on the role of ITF Project Manager, currently responsible for projects in Ukraine, Lebanon, Kyrgyz Republic and other Central Asian countries.
Mr Iztok Hočevar
Iztok re-joined ITF team in 2016 as an external associate, after first working with ITF between 2002 and 2013. He graduated in International Relations from the University of Ljubljana and has over 15 years of experience in humanitarian mine action and international development programs management. After running country programs in South Sudan and Lebanon for NGO DanChurchAid (DCA), he is currently responsible for ITF project with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Ms Karmen Kadunc
Karmen has been a part of the ITF team since 2000. After joining ITF, she acquired a Bachelor Degree in Management Studies from the University of Maribor. Karmen is primarily responsible for the financial management and oversight of donor funds, financial reports, financial monitoring of projects and financial plans.
Mr Aldin Korjenić
Aldin joined the ITF office in BiH in 2014. After graduating in Criminology from the University of Sarajevo, he progressed from different positions at a variety of BiH companies. His role of Demining Coordinator at ITF includes preparing weekly progress reports, monitoring, organisation of site visits and activities relating to demining operations.
Ms Maja Ličanin-Karić
Administrative and Financial Officer
Maja began working with the ITF team in Sarajevo in 2014 by taking over the general financial and administrative tasks of the ITF office in BiH. She concluded her Bachelor studies in Business Administration at Cape Breton University before obtaining a Master’s Degree from the Texas A&M University of Commerce.
Ms Urša Marinšek Šrot
Tenders and Projects Coordinator
Urša joined ITF in 2002 after previously working at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia. Graduating in Organisational Sciences from the University of Maribor, she has been responsible for project coordination as well as rules, processes and implementation of both international and local tenders.
Ms Darja Matelič
Darja joined ITF in 2003 after working in retail and management. She acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Primorska. Her responsibilities at ITF include the preparation of financial reports and accounts, financial plans, payroll and travel expenses, yearly and half-yearly revision documentation, and other document preparation.
Mr Blaž Mihelič
Blaž re-joined ITF team in 2017, after being a part of it between 2011 and 2013. After graduating from the Technical Military Academy in Belgrade, he gained extensive experience in the military research and development sector, and as international inspector at Organisation For The Prohibition Of Chemical Weapons. As an expert on explosives, ammunition, demilitarization, Physical Security and Stockpile Management and chemical weapons, he is currently responsible for conventional weapons destruction projects in Croatia and Central Asia.
Mr Gregor Sančanin
Head of ITF Representative Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Gregor took over ITF’s office in BiH in 2011 upon a broad array of experience in humanitarian mine action in South East Europe which he had gained by working as an ITF Project Manager starting in 2003. Graduating in English Language and Literature from the University of Ljubljana he previously worked in Slovenian television broadcasting sector.
Mr Martin Silič
Martin joined ITF in 2015 upon gaining experience in the non-governmental, governmental and business sector. He graduated from the University of Ljubljana earning a Bachelor degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Diplomacy. As Project Manager, he manages development assistance and humanitarian programs in Jordan, Cabo Verde and Belarus.
Mr Roman Turšič
Head of ITF Temporary Implementation Office in Afghanistan/Libya
Roman joined ITF in 2000, first responsible for ITF’s projects in Croatia. He later led the office in Bosnia and Herzegovina for a number of years, and in 2014 took over implementation offices in Afghanistan and Libya. An expert on mine action, Roman’s background is in military as he graduated from the Military Academy in Belgrade, and later taught at the Logistic Military Academy in Sarajevo, BiH.
Ms Nataša Uršič
Nataša became a part of the ITF team in 2001. Upon graduating in Geography and Sociology from the University of Ljubljana, she taught geography at a Primary School in Ljubljana before joining ITF as a Project Manager. She is in charge of projects in Gaza Strip, Albania, Kosovo**, Armenia, and Georgia.