We have made significant progress since 2009. Throughout that time we were constantly developing and learning, while never forgetting to foster personal relationships and a friendly atmosphere. Our main team consists of five dedicated individuals who are fully engaged in all the work concerning KROKODIL and its programs. We also can count on a network of ten regular external contributors that, together with the main team, complete the organization, and help add to its cultural mission and the special spirit of the Association KROKODIL.
Our growth and development are based on freedom of expression and creativity. We foster team spirit and friendship among those who work with us. What makes us unique is the high level of competence and knowledge among the employees and their use of innovative approaches in all aspects of their work – production of literary, cultural and socio-political programs and projects that aim to help develop literary and cultural audiences, promotion of the culture of dialogue, reconciliation and reconstruction of the broken links, particularly in the region of the Western Balkans, and deepening mutual understanding and the acceptance of differences in the European context and elsewhere.
Implying high ethical standards, openness, trust and sincerity in all of our professional relationships.
We share our ideas, information, plans and aims publicly and openly. We sincerely believe that mutual openness, as well as openness to our partners and wider audience, contributes to better understanding, and the building of strong and stable relationships, as well as a better integration into the creative process.
We perceive each other as equals and we recognize and value the skills of each individual.
Our relationships with contributors and partners are significantly deeper than the typical professional relationship: our aim is to understand not only the work people do, but to understand the people themselves , and to develop long-term relationships based on mutual respect and trust.
VLADIMIR ARSENIJEVIĆ (b. 1965 in Pula, Croatia, then SFR Yugoslavia) is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed Serbian writer, translator, editor, publicist and cultural worker. He won the 1994 NIN-award for his first novel In the Hold (U potpalublju), thus becoming the award’s youngest ever recipient. In the Hold was the very first debut book awarded this prestigious prize. His anti-war book was soon translated into 20 languages and placed Arsenijević almost instantly among the most translated Serbian writers. Since then, Arsenijević published ten other novels, graphic novels, collections of short stories and books of essays. His essays and columns are published in both print and online media from all over former Yugoslavia. He is also a well-known editor who formed and developed the RENDE publishing house, where he worked as Editor-in-Chief from its foundation in 2000 until 2007. From 2007 until 2011, he ran a Belgrade subsection of the Croatian publishing house VBZ. In 2009, he founded and ever since has been the head of the Association KROKODIL.
MILENA BERIĆ ( b. 1982 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia) earned a Master’s in Communications and Journalism after completing her undergraduate studies in International Economics. With a dynamic 15-year long career in external affairs, communications and organizational management, she has merged a corporate relations focus on strategic message delivery, critical thinking and problem-solving with her particular interest and experience in storytelling and campaign strategy. She is a communications professional with extensive experience in organizational management and development as well as in delivering communications and marketing strategies for complex, international organizations in both the public and private sectors. Milena won the “30 under 30 young Serbian leaders” award in 2011 and was Serbia’s representative at the Sixth Pan-European Conference of International Relations in Turin in 2007, with her work “Culture, Dignity and Empowerment”. She has been a Member of the Steering Board at KROKODIL since 2014 and is responsible for communications, external affairs and development. She is proud of the fact that the Association KROKODIL won the European Communication Award in 2016 for her communication strategy during the KROKODIL Festival in 2015.
SARA MANDIĆ (b. 1986, Mumbai, India) obtained her Master’s degrees at the Department for Piano at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and the UNESCO Department for Cultural Policy and Management. She is a PhD student at the Department for Management and Production of Theater, Radio and Culture at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. In 2002, she participated at the United Nations Special Session on children’s rights in New York as an official member of the national delegation of Serbia and a representative of the Southeast European group of countries. As a pianist, she has performed at numerous concerts, festivals at competitions in the country and the region – both as a solo performer and part of a chamber ensemble, as well as a rehearsal pianist for other performers. In addition to performing and her pedagogical work in the field of classical music, since 2010 Sara has been working as a producer and project manager in different organizations, such as the International Festival KotorArt and Wild Beauty Art Festival. She is also one of the founders of the “Vasilije Mokranjac” Foundation. She is fluent in English and speaks French. Sara joined KROKODIL in October 2019 as Project Coordinator.
MILAN ADNAĐ (b.1985 Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia) graduated from the Department of Art History, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade after earning the title of Engraver of Art Objects from Tehnoart High School in Belgrade. In the past 7 years Milan has developed his organizational, administrative and financial skills in the cultural sector by working with various organizations but mostly within Mikser, one of the leading multidisciplinary platforms in the region, where he was in charge of administrative and financial work, as well as preparation of financial reports on the EU and other projects. Milan joined KROKODIL in October 2018 as the financial and administrative manager.
JASMINKA PETROVIĆ (b. 1960, Belgrade, Serbia, then SFR Yugoslavia), is a well-known and awarded writer for children and young adults. She studied Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Belgrade. She was Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Junior for Serbia. Jasminka has also published many articles in the most popular children’s magazines, as well as more than 30 books for children and young adults: Gigga makes a sea, School, This is the worst day of my life, Are you a frog?, Only for your ears, Summer when I learn to fly, and Everything is fine just to name a few. “Sex for Beginners”, her book for children and their parents, has been translated into 25 languages and also published in the Braille alphabet for the blind and visually impaired children. Some of her books were produced as theater plays in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Stockholm. She is the founder of the Association “OK – Obrazovanje i Kultura” (OK Education and Culture), and one of the founders of the movement “Ura kultura” (Hurray Culture). In 2013, within the Association KROKODIL she launched the first KROKODIL program for children – KROKODOKODIL, festival of literature and illustration for children. Jasminka often leads workshops and educational programs for children and adults, participates in literary events and is a frequent guest at schools and libraries.
MILICA JOKSIMOVIĆ (b. 1993 in Belgrade, Serbia) studied Biochemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, but has been involved in different cultural projects such as Free Zone Film Festival and Pančevo Film Festival as a volunteer. Since 2016, she has been writing for the online magazine Kultur! Kokoška. During KROKODIL festival 2019, she participated in the Journalist for a Day program, after which she started an internship at KROKODIL. From July 2020 she is fully employed in KROKODIL as communications officer/project assistant.
JELENA KALIČANIN (b. 1998 in Čačak, Serbia) is in her last year of undergraduate studies of Italian language, culture and literature at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology. She has been working as manager at KROKODIL Center of Contemporary Literature since 2019. Recently she has also joined KROKODIL Association’s project Translation in Motion as an assistant.
OLIVERA MITIĆ (b. in 1998 in Smederevo, Serbia) is a student of Journalism at the Faculty of Media and Communications and a student of Dutch on the Faculty of Philology. She took part in the OSCE Dialogue Academy for Young Women in 2019. held in Austria, as a part of which she worked on a separate project in 2020. – an open call for artwork on the topic of TOGETHERNESS. She has been a volunteer for a number of years, starting with the Red Cross, writing for websites and portals (such as iSerbia) and taking part in various culture related festivals (like Bitef and BeFem). She is one of the three co-founders of the “No Spoilers Book Club” founded in 2018. She started working for KROKODIL in the year 2020, first during the JOURNALIST FOR A DAY internship, for which she interviewed various different participants of the 12th KROKODIL Festival, and then as an intern in the Communications department. She is fluent in English, German and Dutch and also pursues writing.
ANĐELA ĐURIĆ (b. 1997 in Belgrade, Serbia) is a senior student of Journalism at the Communication University of China （中国传媒大学）in Beijing. She graduated from two high schools simultaneously: the Chinese language department at the Philological high school, and the violin department at „Stanković” high school for music. She saw her first crocodile in South Africa, where she spent her childhood. She started cooperating with KROKODIL Association as an intern in 2020, after participating in the “Journalist for a day” program. She is an associate at Radio Belgrade 1, with the Educational program for children and youth. She speaks 4 and a half languages, and knows as few Latin proverbs.
JELENA RADOSAVLJEVIĆ (b. 1998 in Belgrade, Serbia) after returning from studying contemporary literature in Moscow, Russia she worked as an administrator in OldBoy Barbershop in Belgrade. The same year, she enrolled in the Journalism and Communication program at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences. While studying she worked at the Annmis agency in Pančevo, first as a recruiter, then as an assistant general manager and office manager. She also participated in the project Deutsche Welle in North Macedonia. As a part of the 99 Generation, she met and debated with Albanian peers from the University of Priština, and partook in a mutual project in Priština and Kosovska Mitrovica. During the KROKODIL Festival in 2020, Jelena participated in “Journalist for a day” contest, after which she was awarded the opportunity to do an internship at KROKODIL Association.
BRONWYN SCOTT-MCCAHREN was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and graduated from Hendrix College in 2014 with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. She then lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for three years, where she immersed herself in the country’s vibrant political culture under the guise of academic research. Her creative and professional interests mainly center on the history, politics and
cultures of Latin America and Southeastern Europe. Along with her work at Krokodil, she is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an editorial assistant for The Believer magazine.
ALEKSANDRA ĐONIN (b. 1995, Vršac, Serbia) is a student of Art Production and Media Management at the Faculty of Contemporary Arts in Belgrade. She has volunteered with numerous local and regional projects and festivals, as well as interned as a producer and organiser at eduTV and LinkTV. She worked in PR and Communications at the Mikser festival and as a marketing manager at the Bitef festival. Her fields of interest include feminist and ecological activism, as well as human and animal rights. She believes in art and creativity as a primary means of communication and has participated with an interactive installation at Festival Dev9t. She joined Association KROKODIL in October 2019 as a program producer in KROKODIL Center.
JELENA BABIĆ BARNES gained experience in project preparation, implementation and coordination at the Belgrade Open School, where she worked for many years on coordination and implementation of activities and projects in the field of European integration and civil society development aimed at improving public policies. During her professional career, she participated in the preparation and implementation of various projects, tenders and programs funded through various bilateral and multilateral cooperation programs – with special emphasis on development cooperation programs (USAID, SIDA), European Union programs and multilateral organizations. For a period of three years (2014-2017), she worked at the Center for EU Integration of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, where she led, coordinated and managed national and regional projects in the field of entrepreneurship development and business sector communication in the process of Serbia’s EU accession funded by the European Commission and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). In addition to her experience in project management, Jelena also works on the design and implementation of advocacy campaigns and the development of policy documents. She is an accredited trainer for the implementation of professional development programs for employees in local self-government units by the Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government.