ASSEMBLY

Aida Čerkez

PRESIDENT

Aida Čerkez is a journalist and has been reporting from Bosnia-Herzegovina for the Associated Press for the past 20 years and is the agency’s chief of bureau in Sarajevo. She has master’s degree in Peace Research and Communications and has been involved in the work of the Center for Investigative Journalism since it was founded.

Mehmed Halilović

MEMBER

Mehmed Halilović is Legal Advisor for the Internews SIM project. He has contributed to the development of the media sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina for over three decades as a journalist and over one decade as an ombudsman for media in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was editor-in-chief of the Bosnian daily Oslobođenje from 1994 to 1999. Prior to that, he worked as a commentator for the same newspaper (1986-1994) and as editor of the international news section (1983-1988). He was full-time Middle East correspondent, based in Cairo, from 1978 to 1983. He also published articles in leading international newspapers from Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Mr. Halilović was the president of the Independent Union of Professional Journalists from the time it was established in 1994 until 1997. From 1996 to 1998 he was Chairman of the Board of the Soros Foundation in Sarajevo. Mr. Halilović has been a trainer in numerous courses and workshops for journalists and public officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region. He is also an active participant in many local and international conferences on the media, ethics in journalism and professional education.

Edward Ferguson

MEMBER

Edward Ferguson is a British civil servant and diplomat.  He is presently serving in Washington DC as Minister Counsellor Defence at the British Embassy.  From 2014 to 2018, he was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Before that, he fulfilled a variety of senior positions in the UK Ministry of Defence, including as Head of Defence Strategy and Priorities, Head of Afghanistan and Pakistan Policy, and Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence.  Edward has an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MA(Oxon) from Trinity College, Oxford.  He is delighted to be on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIN), and believes passionately in the importance of professional and independent journalism in driving positive reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Tanja Topić

MEMBER

Tanja Topić holds a master’s degree in political science from the European University Viadrina Frankfurt – Media Center of Southeast Europe and the Clement of Ohrid Faculty of Philosophy in Sofia. She is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. She has been a correspondent and a member of the editorial board of the Belgrade weekly “Vreme” since 1991. From 1997, she has been heading the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s Office in Banja Luka. Some of her published articles and analyses may be found in the books “Ten Years After Dayton/Peacebuilding and Civil Society in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, published by the Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management, “Quality Press in Southeast Europe” (Sofia, 2004), “Media und interkulturelle Kommunikation” (Sofia, 2005), “Socio-psychological profile of voters and abstainers in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (Banja Luka, 2007) and “Bosnia and Herzegovina 2008: The role and state of the media” (Banja Luka, 2008). She joined the CIN Assembly in 2021.

Bodo Weber

MEMBER

Bodo Weber is a Senior Associate of the Democratization Policy Council concentrating on the Western Balkans, German and European foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations, Ukraine and Turkey. Within the area of Western democratization policy he has specialized on rule of law promotion, police reform and decentralization He also works as a political consultant for political foundations and international organizations in Germany and the Balkans. In the 1990s, he worked as an editor with Perspektiven (Frankfurt/Main), a journal, and served as a board member of the Bosnien-Büro Frankfurt. He has published numerous articles and analytical papers on EU & US Western Balkan policy and frequently appears in regional media. He is the co-author of two Bosnia security studies and author of The crises of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian universities and the perspectives of junior scholars, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Sarajevo 2007. Weber has an MA in political science from the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. He lives in Berlin.