Biljana Braithwaite is the CEO and Founding Partner at Sustineri Partners, an ESG consultancy company that provides strategic advice to businesses and organizations on incorporating sustainability standards into their decisions, practices, and partnerships. Sustineri Partners is the founder and organizer of the ESG Adria Summit (formerly called Western Balkans ESG Summit), an annual regional event dedicated to sustainable development and dialogue on the greater responsibility of the business sector in relation to environmental, social, and governance standards (ESG) in practice. ESG Adria Summit, as one of Sustineri Partner’s key projects, aims to drive sustainable development in the Western Balkans and Adria region.
Through her initiatives and work at Sustineri Partners, Ms. Braithwaite promotes gender diversity in corporate leadership and empowers countries, institutions, companies, and organizations to prioritize sustainability in their operations.
Biljana Braithwaite is also the Western Balkans Programme Director at The AIRE Centre. She has over twenty years of experience advising governments, businesses and international organizations on social justice and human rights issues in the region. Her expertise includes human rights law, anti-corruption, good governance, and other key social policies. Biljana possesses deep knowledge of the region, extensive networks, and practical experience in implementing reforms. A lawyer by training with degrees from Belgrade University and Lund University’s Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Biljana began her career at the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and has been associated with the AIRE Centre since 1998. She serves as a board member for the AIRE Centre USA and the International Bridges to Justice.
Nevena is a lawyer with fifteen years of experience in policy development, project management, research and strategic litigation.
With a background in human rights, she has worked on the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the uptake of responsible business standards. Nevena focuses on introducing and implementing EU standards in the Western Balkans, particularly human rights, due diligence, risk assessments, and reporting. Gender equality, particularly women’s economic empowerment and labour standards, has been a specific area of her interest and work.
She holds a Master’s degrees in European Law from the University of Belgrade and International Business Law from Queen’s University in Belfast.
Meet WOBA Advisory Board
Advisory Board guides WOBA initiative as it acts as a force to ensure the representation of women in the Boardrooms of the Adria region companies.
Each of the members is a remarkable individual and a true pioneer for gender equality in their own right, and we at Women on Boards Adria are grateful for their devotion, best practices, know-how, and expertise they are sharing with us and the world.
Zeynep has a diverse corporate career, 15 years of which in C level roles and in geographies ranging from Americas to Europe to Asia. In her most recent role, she led 14 brands across 150 markets as Arcelik Chief Marketing Officer. Previously, she also served at Unilever, where most recently she was the Global Vice President of the Omo brand, based out of London.
Zeynep currently leads her own business as a Board Strategy and Marketing Advisor. She is a Non-Executive Director for the Doganlar Group and Mavi. Her non-profit board roles include Chair of Individual Memberships and Events for EWOB, Board Member of the Futurists Society of Turkey, and member of Northwestern University Family Council.
Zeynep was recognized by Advertising Age as one of the 20 ‘Women to Watch’ in Europe in 2020.
Marko Čadež is President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (CCIS), President of the Managing Board of the Western Balkan 6 Chamber Investment Forum, a Member of the Board of Eurochambres and Chair of Eurochambres’ Digitalisation Committee.
He was appointed to the position of the CCIS President for the first time in December 2014, from the position of Vice President in charge of the chamber system modernization, and Director of the CCIS Representative Offices in Germany and Austria. In June 2017, the CCIS Assembly entrusted him with a new five-year term of office. He is a Member of the Economic Development Council.
He is an expert on Serbian-German relations and communications, and one of the founders and a Member of the Managing Board of the Serbia-Germany Forum.
He was born on 1 June 1977, in Belgrade. He finished his schooling in Germany, where he graduated from the Academy for Marketing Communications in Frankfurt, in 2001.
Lada Buševac is Head of IFC office in Brussels and Country Manager for Belgium, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, EU/EIB and EIB/EDFI. Prior to this position, Lada served as IFC’s Head of office for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro based in Sarajevo. Lada has over 20 years of business consulting and development finance experience gained globally with particular focus on investment climate. She holds Masters in European Studies from a joint program of University of Bologna, University of Sarajevo and London School of Economics. Lada is a trained negotiator/mediator from Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and also has obtained further specialization in sustainability and circular economy at Cambridge’s Judge Business School. In 2012 Lada received Outstanding Leadership Award from US based International Association for Conflict Resolution for her contribution to promoting better dispute resolution practices for businesses globally.
Caitlin Kraft-Buchman is CEO/Founder of Women at the Table, a growing global CSO based in Geneva – and the first organization to focus on systems change by helping women gain influence in sectors that have key structural impact: economy, democracy and governance, technology, and sustainability.
Irena Radović is a highly accomplished professional in the field of sustainable finance and corporate social responsibility. She made history as first female Governor of the Central Bank of Montenegro. As the former Executive Director of the Investment and Development Fund (IDF) of Montenegro, she has made history once again as the first female head of the national development financial institution. Her impressive career spans over 20 years in banking, finance, and diplomacy, and she has held several senior positions, including Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Montenegro and Ambassador of Montenegro to France and UNESCO Executive Board.
Ms. Radović also initiated the “Women on Boards” program in Montenegro, which aims to strengthen and promote female leadership in Montenegro’s economic decision-making processes, which was developed in collaboration with European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Ms Radović’s academic achievements are equally impressive, with a PhD in Economics from the University of Montenegro, an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Consortium for Research and Continuing Education in Economics. She is an alumna of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and All Souls College, University of Oxford.
Meet WOBA Ambassadors
WOBA Ambassadors are bringing a strong commitment to change and determination to make a difference in the corporate world in the Adria region.
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament, Albania International Board Member and Consultant & WOBA Lead for Albania
Director in Audit, Advisory Board Member, EWOB & WOBA Lead for North Macedonia
Đina Popović graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Montenegro. In January 2013 she started working as a legal adviser in the Office of the Representative of Montenegro before the European Court of Human Rights. In May 2016 she moved to the Ministry of Justice of Montenegro as a legal adviser in the Cabinet of Minister. In May 2018 she was appointed as an adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister for the Political System, Internal and Foreign Policy until August 2020. After experiencing a career in justice and administrative law she moved to the civil and private sector.
From then she is a project manager in Aire Centre for the Montenegrin project. Also, she works as an associate in Sustineri Partners.
Her interests are project management, ESG standards especially governance and business and human rights.
Tamara is an experienced leader with over 10 years of expertise in the telecommunications industry, covering marketing, digital and project management. Holding a degree in economics, she possesses a strong commercial acumen and regional work experience in the private sector, having held various roles in marketing, commercial departments, strategy, product development and digital channels.
Passionate about communication and innovations, Tamara actively engages in initiatives to raise awareness about women’s empowerment, sustainability and digital acceleration.
She is a Certified Scrum Product Owner and has been involved in various corporate and governmental projects related to digital transformation, contributing significantly to the digital acceleration of society and the digitalization of Montenegro.
Currently, she holds the position of Portfolio, Digital Channels, and Product Delivery Manager at One Montenegro (previously Telenor).
Amina is a seasoned communications expert with a background in human rights. Throughout her educational journey and professional career, which includes work for international and non-governmental organisations as well as the media, and obtaining a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Sarajevo, her passion and focus have been on advancing gender equality and fostering the inclusion of marginalised groups.
Amina’s commitment in working for Women on Boards Adria lies in ensuring that women’s voices are empowered in both their professional journeys and the broader business landscape. By collaborating with businesses, governments, and international institutions, Amina aspires to reshape the narrative surrounding gender equality in business.
Zorana brings a blend of expertise, having worked as a Business Developer in an IT Startup and as consultant for different industries. Her role merges passion for market research, business development, and sustainability, creating a dynamic approach to her work.
Zorana led teams through five World Case Study Competitions. Her achievements include securing First Place at the Global Circular Challenge hosted by the London School of Economics and receiving the esteemed Saint Sava Award from the Ministry of Education of Serbia.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organization from the Faculty of Organization Sciences in Belgrade, and she’s currently pursuing her Master’s degree while writing her thesis on Sustainable Fashion. Zorana enriched her academic journey through two exchange programs: one at Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg in Germany, and another at Pole Leonardo da Vinci in France.