Valentina Ostojić, Programme Associate

Valentina Ostojić is working on her master’s thesis in the field of socio-economic inequalities at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana. Previously, she completed her undergraduate and specialist studies in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Montenegro. She further enhanced her academic qualifications in Slovenia at the University of Ljubljana, in Germany at Heidelberg University, and in the United States at the University of Nebraska. She is a recipient of the Award for the Best Undergraduate Students from the Faculty of Political Science, double scholarship holder of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and she received four scholarships from the Ministry of Education for talented high school students and outstanding university students. Also, in 2020, she was selected as the Young European Ambassador of Montenegro through the WeBalkans program conducted by the European Commission Directorate for Enlargement, and she is an alumna of the BOLD Academic Fellowship programme funded by the U.S. State Department. She successfully completed the Human Rights School organized by the CCE, the Regional School of Political Philosophy Dr. Zoran Đinđić, organized by the Dr. Zoran Đinđić Foundation and the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, Balkan Trafik programme in Brussels organized by DG NEAR, and the European Political Academy Otzenhausen in Germany organized by KAS. During high school, she engaged in debate, securing the third place in the national debating championship in 2015. She is a member of Mensa Montenegro. In addition, she is a certified trainer for youth media literacy by the Media Diversity Institute for Western Balkans from the UK. As intern she was in the Institute Alternative and the American Chamber of Commerce, gaining additional experience as a research consultant for NGO SOS Nikšić and OMSA in Montenegro, as well as Particip GmbH in Brussels, Belgium. She also has research experience with DeFacto Consultancy and project collaboration with the Renewables and Environment Regulatory Institute (RERI). She proficiently uses data processing programmes for statistical and qualitative data analysis, such as SPSS, R Studio, and Maxqda. Fluent in English, with knowledge of Slovenian and Russian.