Founder and Director of the War Childhood Museum. Author and editor of several books translated to six languages, including monograph ‘Sarajevo – My City, a Place to Meet’ and ‘War Childhood’. Jasminko holds master degree in financial management. He is a member of Global Shapers Community established by World Economic Forum and One Young World Ambassador. In 2018, Halilovic became the first Bosnian to be selected for prestigious Forbes ’30 under 30′ list for his work to create the WCM. He is also a co-founder of several companies, and a great fan of football and travelling.
Alongside the Museum’s small, inaugural research team, Amina was engaged in a two-year grassroots campaign which culminated in the Museum’s opening in January 2017. Interested in museums as spaces for social action and drivers of change, Amina is committed to creating exhibitions and workshops that support open, yet conscious dialogue. She is passionate about children’s rights and travelling. Amina holds Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the International University of Sarajevo and Master’s degree in Children’s Rights from the University of Geneva.
Iuliia Skubytska combines experience of working in academic, NGO, and museum sphere. She started her career at the National Art Museum of Ukraine. In 2018, Iuliia received a PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests and competences include history of childhood and youth, oral history, cultural history, history of Modern Europe, the Russian Empire, and the USSR. Before joining the WCM team, Iuliia worked in the field of social impact communications and independent media development. She enjoys hiking, classical music, and dancing.
After graduating from Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sarajevo, Selma has completed Advanced Master Program in Medical Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Afterwards, she attended and completed another graduate program in anthropology at The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. During her graduate studies, Selma conducted research on traumatic experiences in children and adolescents, and is currently conducting a pre-doctoral research on the same topic. Selma is a passionate knitter and a devoted yoga student.
Communications professional with experiences in media, human rights, museums, cultural heritage, post-conflict recovery, and peacebuilding. She is the author of several publications, exhibitions, and awarded articles. As a Chevening scholar, Aida completed a Master of Arts in Communications for Development and Social Change at the University of Sussex, UK. She writes about people and memories on her blog, enjoys cooking and searching for squirrels in the forest.
Since 2013, Svitlana Osipchuk has been teaching historical disciplines at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute’s Department of History. From 2016 onwards, she has also worked in the non-governmental sector, first in the field of non-formal education with focus on human rights and on teaching the history of the Holocaust, then in an organization that aims to build a journalistic community in Eastern Ukraine. She is an AMCHA-Germany project participant for professionals working with groups affected by trauma and collective violence in Ukraine (2019-2020). Svitlana advocates the importance of mental health care and care related to traumatic past. In her free time, she likes to travel across Ukraine and meet her friends.
After completing her BA in Social and Political Sciences, Aynura obtained a Master of Research degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her MRes project focused on oral histories of the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, which inspired her to continue along the path of historical research. She believes museums can facilitate sustainable peace-making and grassroots process, and for that, she finds her work at the Museum deeply rewarding. Her research interests lie at the intersection of history, gender, and peace and conflict studies.
Evhenii Monastyrskyi is a historian, a researcher in the field of social sciences, and, since Fall 2021, a doctoral student of European and Russian studies at Yale University. Hailing from Luhansk, he combines studies of Soviet Ukraine in the 1920s and 1930s, including the design of Soviet ideological institutions, with social studies of the effects of the war in the Donbas region on civilians. After leaving occupied Luhansk in the fall of 2014, Evhenii studied history at the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv) and at Yale University. He was a 2018 Global Dialogues Fellow at the New School of Social Research (New York).
Fernanda earned a bachelor’s degree in Social and Political Sciences, having focused her research on social and political movements in the 21st century uprisings. She then obtained a master’s degree in Management. As a Management Assistant at the War Childhood Museum, her work allows her to combine her interests for human rights and peacebuilding with her educational background. She loves traveling and getting to know new cultures and cuisines. She is also passionate about languages, history, baking and gardening.
Merima completed her undergraduate and master’s degree in language and literature, and began to pursue her career in the field of education by working as journalist for Školegijum and Creative Development Foundation, writing and reporting on topics related to education policies. In designing educational materials for peacebuilding teaching, she sees her contribution to peacebuilding and peacekeeping in B&H. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Mia earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, but she maintains an interest in several related fields of humanities and social sciences. She joined the War Childhood Museum Team in March 2018, and has so far worked in several different roles that revolve around translation/interpreting, editing and content creation, and communications. She is an avid reader and a film buff. Mia also considers herself a plant person, despite her killing a cactus once.
Sandra is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in English Language and Translation Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, where she also earned her undergraduate degree. After volunteering in the Association XY in Sarajevo for several years, she began working as their translator on various projects, among which she translated a workbook for parents of children with learning disabilities. Sandra is very proud of that book since it’s first of its kind in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is passionate about animals, nature, theater, literature, and interior design.
Mersiha completed her studies at the Department of Literatures of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo. She relies on her previous, ample experience in working with children to enthusiastically contribute to the creation and implementation of War Childhood Museum's educational activities. Mersiha enjoys reading, and spending time with the Museum's youngest visitors. She also finds being in nature, cooking, and recycling to be particularly relaxing.
Dan is an Irish fiction writer, journalist, and editor. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, his writing has appeared in The Irish Times, Oprah.com, GQ, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, and elsewhere. He is an editor at Literary Hub and the author of the Sarajevo-set novel Restless Souls, which was named one of Entertainment Weekly's 10 Great Debuts of 2018. A native of Dublin, he now divides his time between Jackson, Wyoming, and Austin, Texas, with his wife, Téa, and their dog, Gully.
Šejla completed her studies in English Language and Literature, the study of which was a result of her great love for foreign languages. Her career went into another direction, and now she has almost 18 years of work experience in the field of finance and administration. Šejla is very passionate about tourism in general and likes to travel a lot. Now, as a Finance and Administration Coordinator of the War Childhood Museum, she has the opportunity to combine all the things she loves – she uses English language actively and improves her knowledge, she develops her skills further in the field of finance and administration, and also has a chance to contribute to the development of tourism and promotion of her country's culture. Šejla is passionate about nature and photography. She absolutely adores her two daughters and enjoys spending time with them.
Adna was born in Sarajevo where she is currently studying at the Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo. She began her social engagement by joining the Association of Secondary School Students in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she worked on projects that aimed to improve the status of secondary school students – in the 2016-17 term she also served as the organization's president. Adna is a long-time activist of the Schüler Helfen Leben Foundation, where she currently works as an Associate for student support and monitoring of student engagement at the Academy for Young Leaders in Civil Society. Her interests are related to education, with focus on educational policies and social situations and arrangements that affect the growth, development and learning of children and youth. Adna enjoys cycling, being in nature and spending time with friends and family.
Lejla provides education and supervision for team members, but also for participants in the our projects.