Alida Vračić is a political scientist (M.Sc, UCL-University College London), European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR ) Visiting Fellow, and a co-founder and the executive directress of a think tank “Populari”, a Bosnia based think tank specializing in the European Integration of the Western Balkans region, politics, good governance, civil society and post-conflict democratization processes. Prior to founding Populari, Ms. Vračić worked with the European Stability Initiative (ESI), a think tank based in Berlin, on projects related to transparency and good governance in the region. As a young lawyer, Ms. Vracic, also worked for the Bosnian State Court prosecutor’s team (War Crimes Chamber) and at the Human Rights Commission within the Constitutional Court of Bosnia. At the beginning of her career, Alida led several Balkan-wide projects at the Human Rights Centre at Sarajevo University and at the Spanish Institutional Programme-program for the region wide institutional co-operation.
She holds a M.Sc. in international public policy from the University College London, a B.A. from the Law School at the University of Sarajevo and criminal proceedings and the penal system in Graz, Austria. In 2011 she completed the executive education program of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government- Strategic Management for Leaders of Non-Governmental Organizations.
Ms. Vračić won several prestigious scholarships/fellowships (British Chevening scholarship, London, UCL, Merkator stifftung fellowship and United States Marshall Memorial Fellowship, German Marshall Fund). She has been cited as a regional expert in numerous Balkan and the European media: The Economist, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Der Standard, Reuters, Deutsche Welle, as well as North American news outlets.
Areas of Expertise: Migrations, European Integrations, Western Balkans politics, civil society, non –governmental organizations, good governance, and transitional countries.