Vladimir Bozovic was born on December 3, 1970 in Niksic, where he graduated from high school at literature course. He finished the Advanced School of Internal Affairs of the Ministry of Interior in Zemun, and then graduated from the Faculty of Law, in Belgrade. He got a Master degree in law with a thesis on the theme of "Corruption and Anticorruption - awareness with special reference to the police".
From 1991 to 1993 he was the president of the Police Affairs Students Association, as well as the President of the Federation of High School Students in Belgrade and member of the Executive Board of the Student Alliance of Belgrade.
Between 1995 and 1997, he was an intern in law in Belgrade, Serbia and Milwaukee, USA.
In 1997 he started his own practice and opened Law Office Bozovic, he also worked as an attorney at law and head of the Department of Justice and Human Rights of the Coordination Centre founded by the Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic of Serbia for Kosovo and Metohija.
He was the lawyer of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, and he worked on many famous cases involving protection of human and civil rights.
From 2004 to 2007, he was Assistant Minister of Interior and Inspector General of the Department of Public Security at the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, and during 2005, the National Coordinator for Police and Human Rights in Serbia and Montenegro at the Council of Europe. From April to November 2012, he worked as an Advisor Minister at the Cabinet of the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Serbia. From November 2012 to May 2014 he was a State Secretary at the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, in charge of internal control and international cooperation, and Advisor Minister at the Cabinet of the Minister of Interior from May 2014 until May 2015. In May 2015 he was appointed Advisor to the President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia in charge of regional cooperation and relation with church and religious communities, where he works until present.
He passed specialized courses and trainings in Serbia, United States and Hungary, "ICITAP" Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina and "Kokalis" Program developed by the Foundation of the Harvard University on science and art of negotiation in Greece. As Assistant Minister of Interior and Inspector General, he participated in three international conferences on fight against corruption in the European Union.
He is the founder of the Petar II Petrovic Njegos Fund and the Center for Strategic Projects. He speaks English and Italian, he is a Serb of the Orthodox confession, married and has a son.
Vladimir Bozovic, LL.M, has published several papers, most notably are the following:
"Provisional Criminal Procedure Code of Kosovo", journal Legal Life, 2003, vol. 52, no. 9, p. 509-524;
"Police corruption in Serbia - current situation", journal Law - Theory and Practice, 2012, vol. 29, no. 1-3, p. 27-43;
"Personal means of proof in criminal law and criminal procedural law", Proceedings of the High Court in Kraljevo;
"Humanity as a function of Terrorism", Proceedings of the International Conference on Security issued by the Business Academy University in Novi Sad.
For the paper "A Comparative Study of Public Opinion about Police Corruption in Croatia and Serbia" he was awarded by the international association - Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Vladimir Bozovic, LL.M, made the presentations in numerous international and national scientific and professional conferences and seminars.
Of all of his participations in major conferences, the one that should be singled out, is the participation in the International Conference "Civil Defence and preparation of the civil society in prevention of the risk of a disaster," which was held in Baku and Gabala from 11 to 14 March 2013, organized by the Ministry of Emergency of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the International Organization of Civil Defence, based in Geneva. The conference was attended by 150 participants from 54 countries. The cooperation in fighting organized crime was also discussed, with a special emphasis on the fight against cybercrime, as well as on cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking.
At the invitation of the Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG) he attended the three Round Tables in Istanbul, Skopje and Belgrade on the topic of "Looking for a solution for northern Kosovo", where he held remarkable speeches. The aim of the meeting was a continuation of the discussion on finding solution for the institutions in northern Kosovo, as well as relations between Belgrade and Pristina. The Round Tables discussed the issues concerning the establishment of functional local governments in the north and the continued normalization of the situation.
At the invitation of the American-Greek Chamber of Commerce he participated in the conference "The Defence of the World - International Defence and Security," which was held in Athens from 02 to 03 April 2013. Topics of the conference were international challenges - national security and defence strategy, border control and illegal migration, cybercrime, civil protection and risk management, maritime security and European funds for defence and security sector. On that occasion he gave the recognition to the Greek police on the results achieved in the fight against corruption, pointing out that this fight is a priority in the work of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
Particularly noteworthy is the participation at the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Budapest Process entitled "Partnership of the Silk Routes for migration", which was held in Istanbul from 18 to 20 April 2013. On that occasion, he invited all the participating countries and international organizations to show more understanding, solidarity and humanity, making a notice that we live in a world of multicommunication with mini humanity, which is particularly evident in regard to migration. The Istanbul Ministerial Declaration was unanimously adopted at the Conference, whose main goal was to establish the partnerships in the field of migration between the countries on the Silk Routes, the promotion of dialogue and cooperation in managing migration flows and their definition as a priority under the Budapest process.
From 13 to 16 May 2013, in Budapest, he led the delegation of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia which took part at the 42nd European Regional Conference of Interpol member states in Budapest, which was attended by 50 European countries. On his initiative, during the conference, the Republic of Serbia was nominated as a member of the Temporary Committee of the European Under-Directorate of INTERPOL, and then, in addition to France and Germany, as a member of the electoral team in connection with the appointment of the new Acting Chief of this Under-Directorate.
From 14 to 17 October 2013, he took part at the meeting of the Global Community in connection with the adoption of strategic guidelines for international police in peacekeeping operations organized by the United Nations - UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Institute for Global Security "Durham", at University of London. The meeting analyzed the draft of the Strategic Framework guidelines for UN police in international peacekeeping operations, which was created after the five regional conferences held in 2012 and 2013.
He is now a PhD candidate with the proposed topic for the doctoral dissertation entitled "Police integrity and corruption in Serbia", which has a very significant place in the political and legal theory. This topic has been the subject of not so extensive review in Serbian academic community, and the efforts that were made to specify and define it, were mainly based on the world's most important theorists of legitimacy. Having in mind the drama and the character of social changes in societies in transition at the end of the 20th and early 21st century, as well as the problem of the integrity of the police in neighbouring countries, and especially legitimation annulment and re-legitimation of the Serbian police in this period, this subject was imposed as a topic of special social significance and has a particular value for contemporary security studies. Also, the available empirical findings show the emptiness and lack of adequate empirical studies of police legitimacy in Serbia, which is one of the goals of the doctoral dissertation.
Joel Vargas is a Latin American intelligence specialist and political adviser with over 20 years experience. While his focus is in the public sector working for clients, he also undertakes security planning and risk management work for private clients.
Director Vargas created a Community Policing Program that can reduce crime by half in one year. The project in the Village of Bensenville, Illinois has been producing significant research in terms of Inclusion, Outreach, and Crime Prevention and how they integrate into a holistic policing approach.
Director Vargas is also the liaison/Coordinator for the ORD Airport Watch Program with the FBI, DHS, TSA, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Department of Aviation, and the Air Marshall Service. Director Vargas liaison for the International Airport Watch Association (IAWA), as well as Borderpol.
Since September 2012 (Term: 2012-2015), Director Vargas holds the post of Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Operations and Head of Intelligence for the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police (InterPort Police). Since 2012, Director Vargas has been producing intelligence briefings regarding transportation security (focus in airports, seaports, and metropolitan passenger transportation), border security, migration, and maritime security, terrorism, counterterrorism, and transnational crime.
Since 2012, Director Vargas manages intelligence analysts from around the world and implemented best practices for Tier II Subject Matter Expert Intelligence Product. Director Vargas has produced research in the area of Insider Threats to Transportation and counterintelligence research for officers and personnel in the US/Mexico border. Programs available upon request.
On 2016, Director Vargas took for one year the position of Director of Criminal Intelligence for InterPort Police for the year of 2016.
Director Vargas also serves as adviser for the Organization of American States (OAS) in the area of Transportation Security & Terrorism, works closely with the European Union (EU) in transportation security, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Europol, and serves as adviser to nongovernment organizations operating in Latin America fighting for human rights, rights of indigenous people, and security issues.
In the last few years after the falling of several governments in the Arab Springs in MENA, Director Vargas published a paper addressing the Impact of Social Media to the Intelligence Community. This was Unclassified. Several other papers are available and produced to improve intelligence analysis, collection, and intelligence sharing. The product is shared with the Open Source Enterprise AKA as Open Source Center (OSC) as well as the platform used by InterPort Police.
COLONEL RETIRED US ARMY KONRAD B. LANGLIE
Colonel Langlie served in the US military in active and reserve assignments for forty three years, with ten years overseas service, primarily in conflict areas and with the New York State Office of the Attorney General for thirty seven years as a staff attorney, litigator and appellate attorney. In addition Colonel Langlie was assigned as an international law advisor to the United Nations Temporary Administration of East Slavonia, Western Sirmium and the Baranja, the last Serbian held enclave in Croatia.
Education; BA Harpur College, State University of New York 1971
JD Buffalo Law School, State University of New York 1974
MS in Strategic Studies US Army War College 2001
Awarded over two dozen, unique, military decorations.
Negotiated three international agreements on behalf of the United Nations with the Governments of Hungary and Croatia.
New York State Attorney General’s Representative working with FEMA during Ice Storm 98.
Awarded Lefkowitz Award, New York State’s highest legal award by Attorney General Cuomo.
PROF. DR. OLGA RAVASI
Dr. Olga Ravasi serves as a Special Adviser to the Office of the Secretary General of International Airport and Seaport Police (InterPort Police), on Balkans, Foreign Policy and Security. She is a subject matter expert on Balkan affairs, South Central Europe and the Middle East, and carries the designation of a Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) . As a private security contractor her work includes intelligence analysis shared with the InterPort Police and Contingent Security Services, Ltd. stakeholders and governmental agencies, offering valuable advice and best practices guidelines to both private and public sectors.
Dr. Ravasi serves as a corporate liaison and a Director of the 9/11 Award Ceremony, for the annual 9/11 Awards Ceremony for InterPort Police held annually in conjunction with the International Association of the Chiefs of Police (IACP) Convention. The 9/11 Medal Award ceremony is our vow to “Never Forget” and continue to honor the memory of Superintendent Fred V. Morrone as well as those who sacrifice their lives defending our great nation. Since the fight against terrorism is a global security threat, Dr. Ravasi is especially vital in cooperation between foreign governments and their agencies, who are being included and recognized by the InterPort Police for their diligent work, contributions and information sharing.
Specifically, Dr. Ravasi has been instrumental in selecting key leaders in the Balkans that must be recognized for their efforts in global security. This initiative will continue for the next several years each year recognizing personnel from the different governments in the Balkans and other European Union countries.
As a scholar and an educator, with an artistic and media background, Dr. Ravasi is a professor of Political Science, teaching American Government, Comparative Government, International Relations and Foreign Policy classes. She continues to serve as an advisor to several entrepreneurs, corporate and political leaders in the Balkan region, and is the instrumental liaison to the US Congressional and Senate members.
She has in the past co-founded an ethnic media organization, carries an International Press Credential, and serves on several boards of educational, humanitarian and non-governmental organizations.
Born in Belgrade, on 28 July 1936, where he completed his primary and secondary education and graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade.
He has become involved in the professional journalism in the «Student» magazine (1957-1959) and, in 1960, he was appointed editor of the foreign political section in the weekly Yugoslav youth magazine «Mladost». After he had completed his compulsory military service, in 1963, he had his own column in the «Mladost» magazine. From 1966 to 1972, he worked as a journalist in the daily newspaper «Politika» covering both international and domestic social and political events and, finally, in 1972, he was appointed counselor for press and culture with the Executive Council of Serbia. In the period from 1974 to 1978, he was appointed Director of the Yugoslav Information and Culture Centre in New York. From 1978 to 1986, he was appointed General director of «Sava centar». In his capacity of the Director of Sava Centar until the year 1986, and from 1986 to 1992 as the Head of Department for international tourism for the Federal Government (Assistant to the Federal Minister), he was actively involved in a number of oficial visits and he participated in many World conferences, which contributed a great deal to his cooperation with the media. He was also a member of the Olimpic Delegation and the Director of the Yugoslav Olimpic House during the Olimpic Games in Atlanta in 1996.
In the period from 1996 to 2001, he was a Vice-President of the Yugoslav Tourist Forum within the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. From 1997 to 2000, he had his own weekly column in the First Programme of the Belgrade Television, as well as in the Saturday Morning programme. From 1998 to 2001, in his one-hour show in the „JAT Radio“ under the title: “Four eyes principle“ he hosted a number of celebrities from various life areas.
He started to collaborate with the foreign section of the «Politika» daily newspaper in 2001 and in 2003 he collaborated with «Danas» daily newspaper.
In 2007, Mr. Popovic was appointed Secretary General of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) for Serbia and in the said capacity he took part in a number of events organized by this Association in Europe. The Association of European Journalists is active in 30 European countries for 50 years already and advocates for the media freedom and their dignified position in the European societies. At the Assembly in Linz, in 2009, he was elected member of the Executive committee of the Association of European Journalists.
He published 30 books,some of them dealing with hot topics around the world. Such are books about student movement in the World («Students and Politics», 1965), about America («The Urban America» - 1979, and «America after 20 years» - 1993), about China («China in the Cultural Revolution» - 1990). The co-author of the books: «Tito in Anectodes», «360 stories about Tito» (1972). Other work include: «Belgrade, a Heroic City» (1982), two collections of stories («Karadjordje in SIV» - 1990 and «Black Hole in the Universe» - 1993, «Serbia - the Wonderland – Television stories» - 1998, «Journalist Mini Memoires – A hundred years of «Politika» - 2004, „The Notes about Ivan Stambolic“ (2004) and the most recent one – an extensive memoir and monographic work: «Sava Centar – Courage and Adventure» (2007). In his capacity of the President of the Cultural and artistic society «Ivo Lola Ribar», he prepared a collection of esseys «The Tour of Dreams» (2007) about the trip in India. In July 2008, two works were published «Test-a-ment» and the poem: «The Balkan Rapsody or heading by a tram to XXI». He wrotethe book «Fifty years with Politika» in 2010.
He is the author of the lyrics for the popular melody of national importance «Mars na Drinu» composed by Stanislav Binicki.
He was proclaimed a «Poet of the Year of the New York City», by the New York Poetic Forum, in 1976 for the «Poem about New York».
He was also a member of the Yugoslav-American working group for the opening of a monument of Tesla in Niagara. Today, he is a member of the Managing Board of the Memorial Society «Tesla» in New York. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary, in 2006, he published an extensive essey «Multivalent personality of Nikola Tesla». «The Poem about Tesla» entered in the Antology «Americana», Volume 1 (1976).
He was awarded the «Vuk» recognition, as the highest award for the contribution in culture of the Republic of Serbia for 1996, four medallions of the City of Belgade and many other domestic and international awards, among which also the Order of Labour with Golden Wreath (1987).
The Pedagogic Movement of Serbia awarded him, on 08 October 2008, at the Festival of Loznica, the «Vuk» medallion, as a recognition for his contribution for many years in the Serbian culture. In January 2013 he was awarded «Blagodarje» (Certificate of Merit) by the Serbian Writers Association, for his contribution to the reputation and development of this Association.
Together with English, he speaks fluently also Spanish and French, as well as Russian at intermediate level.
ALEKSANDRA SLADJANA MILOSEVIC
Alexandra Sladjana Milosevic Hagadone was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Her talent for music became very apparent at the early age, so she started education in classical music at the age of five, playing piano. Few years later, her interest turned to studying violin. At the age of twelve she became a singer and a bass-guitarist in a rock and roll school band, though she had not given up violin playing. She recorded a first single at the age of fifteen, playing violin and singing Indian influenced music with a group “Ganesha”.
From then on, her interests had shifted towards various artistic expressions such as acting, playing music and dancing in the fringe theatres and experimental movies. She acted in Belgrade’s “Ex Art” Theatre, “Atelje 212” Theatre and in “Academic Kino Club Krsmanovic”. As a violinist, a member of "Belgrade Radio - Television Orchestra", her career continued doing studio work. Nevertheless, playing in a big orchestra appeared to be an obstacle for a further creative development, so she decided to proceed as a soloist. She had won her first prize at “Maglaj Youth Festival” in 1974.
For more visit http://www.sladjana.com/pages/biography.htm
DR. SRBISLAV BRASOVAN
Dr. Brasovan is a Board Certified Gynecological Surgeon and Obstetrician who has been in practice since 1961, and has been serving Northwest Indiana since 1968.
His focus is on advancements in Medicine and new techniques for resolving many of the physical conditions plaguing women today. Since 2000, Dr. Brasovan has been concentrating on Uro-Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery.
Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine for men and women is an area where his holistic approach is used to design individualized hormone replacement therapy.
V. REV FR. DR. MILOS M. VESIN
Milos Vesin was born February 25, 1956, to father Marinko, a literature professor, publicist and writer; and mother Nada Vesin, an economist. After attending school in Novi Sad, he attended St. Arsenije Serbian Orthodox Seminary in Sremski Karlovci, Serbia, graduating in 1975. He then attended *Isidor Bajic* music school, majoring in solo-singing, and studying under Professor Teodor Dinjaski. He also had private music study with European concert singer and Vocal Pedagogue Professer Jelka-Stamatovic-Nikolic, in Belgrade. He continued his studies at the Theological Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, Serbia, graduating in 1980. He became the first conductor of the newly-founded Clergy Choir *St Sava* in the Diocese of Shumadija-Kragujevac, Serbia, becoming its conductor and touring in Serbia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France and Romania. This group produced several recordings of Liturgical Music. He then went on to post-graduate studies in Pastoral Theology and Psychology at the roman Catholic Theological Faculty in Switzerland, under Professor Dr. Metropolitan Damaskinos Papandreou, and Prof. Dr. Brunner. He continued his music studies at the Academy for Church Music in Switzerland. Between 1980-1995, he represented the Serbian Orthodox Church in conferences in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Sweden, Holland, England, Australia, and the United States. In 1988, he married Dragana Todorovid, Dipl. Philologist, from Novi Sad, Serbia. The same year, he was ordained a Deacon by Bishop Sava and was assigned to St. George Cathedral Church in Novi Sad. He was ordained into the priesthood in 1990 by His Grace Bishop Christopher. In 1991, Fr. Milos and Dragana became the parents of son Marko. From 1990 until the present he has been Pastor of St. Archangel Michael Church, first in South Chicago, then in Lansing. In 2006 he received a Ph.D. in Psychology, writing his doctoral thesis on *The Counseling Psychology and Orthodox Christian Sacrament of Confession on the crossroad between healthy and pathological feelings of Guilt." Father Milos has authored and translated numerous books, and helped produce many musical recordings. He also served as a professor at St. Sava Theological Seminary in Libertyville, teaching Church Chant, Homeletics, and Pastoral Psychology.