Meet the local and international volunteers who will make up the MSYP 2017 staff team.
Alina Mateos Horrisberger
Alina is a Literary English <> Spanish translator from the north of Argentina, from a land of rainforests and colorful bugs. For the past five years, she has been working as Coordinator of the translation team of the Human Rights International Film Festival of Buenos Aires. She was also an interpreter for international guests, including film directors, writers and producers, in other local Film and Literature festivals. She is currently doing research for a paper on Literature and New Writings in her role as assistant professor in her university. A traveler, a tango dancer, and an endlessly curious learner, she enjoys exploring the different ways in which people express their sense of belonging on the places she visits.
Anja Kresojevic, is an international studies and business graduate from Earlham College with five years experience in events and project management. She is currently working as an Education USA Mostar adviser and has worked for education institutions in various positions, with a focus on bringing the youth of Mostar together, culture equality of opportunity. In her spare time, Anja enjoys reading books, travelling, running and Krav Maga.
Anita is a teaching assistant at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split (Croatia). She holds MA in Philosophy and MA in History and is currently undertaking doctoral studies. Her scientific interests include ethics, social and political philosophy and aestetics. She is also a member of several academic and art-activist platforms and associations. Anita loves her cat and dogs, watching movies, travelling and making picnics.
Becca Brady has been a secondary mathematics teacher for the past three years in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Becca got her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education in 2014 from Keene State College and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching Mathematics in 2016 from Fitchburg State University. In addition to teaching, Becca also coaches lacrosse, advises the junior class at her school, and tutors. In her spare time, Becca enjoys looking for sea glass on the beach with her dog, reading for her book club, and eating ice cream.
Christina Hasenhüttl is a recent International Justice graduate from Leiden University College The Hague. Originally from Austria, she finished her last two years of high school at the United World College in Mostar, where she developed her passions for education, social justice, environmental sustainability and gender equality. Her engagement in various organizations allowed her support fellow students as a Resident Assistant, teach at a local school for newcomers and combat food waste by cooking weekly community dinners. In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time with friends and family, knitting, travelling, or hiking with her dog.
Dilia Zwart grew up in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in Arizona while her parents are from the flat, bike-friendly Netherlands. Her multicultural, multilingual upbringing inspired her interest in Social Anthropology whilst an internship at the European Parliament inspired her interest in the Western Balkans. Since 2013 she has spent nine months living in, studying, and researching this region. Dilia’s long-term goals are to integrate her grassroots project, research experience, and interest in European Union politics. Dilia enjoys hiking or running outdoors, baking cakes, and writing short stories.
Freya Nowell is an International Relations graduate from London with three years’ experience of education project and volunteer management in both the Higher Education and charity sectors. She has worked for a number of UK-based and international NGOs and education institutions, with a focus on addressing educational inequality through furthering the social, educational and career opportunities of young people. In her spare time, Freya enjoys cooking, travelling, learning languages and volunteering on her local city farm.
Jusuf Sarancic is a recent graduate in International Relations from Chicago. He has six years of experience in youth programming and three years of experience in civic activism and community engagement. His family is originally from Mostar and he speaks the local languages. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, sports, hiking, and music.
Kevin Kenjar is a PhD candidate in sociocultural and linguistic anthropology at the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is completing his doctoral dissertation on language and ideology in the former Yugoslavia. He has been studying the region, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in particular, for well over a decade, having previously completed his MA in Nationalism Studies at Central European Studies on the topic of the politicization of language in Bosnia and Herzegovina. When not doing his academic work, Kevin enjoys drinking coffee, gardening, cooking, and playing music.
Nada ElRafih is a math teacher from Calgary, Canada. She has a Bachelor of Communications and Culture degree, and a Bachelor of Education degree specializing in secondary mathematics from the University of Calgary. With years of experience teaching and tutoring, she enjoys helping students reach their highest academic potential while balancing physical and mental wellbeing. When she is not in the classroom, she spends her time volunteering at local organizations and has also helped organize one of the largest conferences in Western Canada that focused on women empowerment. Nada is a gym and coffee enthusiast, spending her free time hiking, skiing, strength training, doing yoga, and simply doing anything that makes her happy.
Russ Wiltshire has worked in the technology and software industry for 25 years. In 2004 he co-founded a software company in the UK. Previously he has worked as head of IT for an international construction firm, and as an advisor for the UK government public housing regulator. He has now switched his focus to the voluntary sector and is on the Board of two non-profit organisations working with youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Russ likes ice cream and motorcycles.
Ružica Ivanović has lived between Banja Luka, Mostar and Sarasota. She is a graduate in Fine Arts at Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida. In her artwork she focuses on installation that reflects the interactions created in the coexistence of nature, humans and built environments, trying to better comprehend spaces people inhabit. Ružica was one of the initiators of the ZemFest – Earthly Evolution of Youth, summer camp 2014, 2015 where young adolescents had the opportunity interact with each other, learn and share their experiences in an open, free and encouraging natural environment. She enjoys taking part in community and group works, from painting murals, to building mud houses, also enjoys eating honey and biking.
Vlatka is a graduate student of English language and literature and Art History, currently completing her Master's Thesis at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Mostar). She has volunteered for a number of local and international organisations, most notably AIESEC BiH. She works for the NGO Local Democracy Agency and is a member of the Youth Council of the City of Mostar. She enjoys yoga, hiking and having a beer at the „Old man's“