Neven Marinović is a social entrepreneur, Co-founder and Executive Director of Smart Kolektiv, a leading Serbian organisation in the field of CSR and social entrepreneurship. He is also Director of the Responsible Business Forum –a network of socially responsible companies in Serbia.
Neven received his formal education at the Department for Management and Production at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He acquired his informal education by attending numerous education programmes across Europe and the United States, including the course for management and leadership in the non-profit sector at Harvard University. Neven co-founded several social enterprises in Serbia, and he was among the initiators of various programmes that support social and young entrepreneurs such as incubators, financial support programmes and advocacy coalitions.
Neven has extensive experience in consulting various companies and international organizations such as the EBRD, the World Bank, the OSCE and the UNDP.
Maja has been working in Smart Kolektiv as the Finance and Operations Manager since 2007. She built her professional portfolio by working in various sectors. Maja monitors the work of the entire organization, manages financial and administrative affairs, financial planning and she is responsible for ensuring a constant and stable flow of finances. She possesses extensive experience concerning local and international projects. She tackles challenges with a high degree of professionalism.
Since 2009, she has been a permanent associate and advisor for entrepreneurship and sustainable development in Smart Kolektiv. She manages the Youth Business Serbia programme, which provides comprehensive support to young people with regard to starting and running their business. During 2016, she was engaged as an expert of the consultancy firm FAKT on the project “Youth Employment Promotion (YEP)”, which is being implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
Neda was born in Čačak in 1975. She graduated from the Department of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. She has been building up her work experience since 1999 by working in the business and civil sector, as well as in the media.
Ivana joined the Smart Kolektiv team in 2009 and became engaged on projects related to strengthening social enterprises and civil society organizations. As the manager of the Social Innovations Programme, she is responsible for developing and implementing professional and financial support programmes for social enterprises, social campaigns, developing partnerships with the business sector and promoting social entrepreneurship through various platforms such as the Social Innovations Forum. Ivana is involved in the work of the Coalition for Social Entrepreneurship Development, she is one of the coordinators of the Social Economy Network Serbia, and she coordinates the work of the social enterprise the Good Bag.
Ivana graduated from the Sociology Department at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. She has been active in the civil sector as an activist, educator and project coordinator since 1999.
Milica has been engaged in Smart Kolektiv on the programme for the development and promotion of corporate social responsibility since 2011. Currently, she is managing the portfolio of CSR projects and coordinating the programme activities of the Responsible Business Forum. As part of her engagement, she had the opportunity to participate in the creation of pioneering initiatives in the field of responsible business in Serbia, while at the same time as a consultant she was involved in the development of corporate volunteering programmes and philanthropic projects for some of the leading companies in Serbia.
She graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade, and acquired knowledge and skills in the field of corporate social responsibility and project management through a diverse non-formal education in the country and abroad. Her previous work experience is related to working in Adria Media and the Centre for Career Development and Student Counselling. She is a nature lover.
Since 2012, Natalija has been working as an assistant on numerous CSR projects in Smart Kolektiv, and she has been particularly engaged in the field of research, promotion and development of CSR reporting as a positive business practice.
She has acquired significant professional expertise in this field over the past five years, including the analysis and application of global standards and methodological frameworks for sustainability reporting (such as the Global Reporting Initiative – GRI), and has held a series of CSR and GRI training courses.
She graduated with a degree in Philology with the professional title of Teacher of French Language and Literature, and she defended her Master’s thesis on “Ethics in Economics; CSR and the case of foreign investors in Serbia” at the Faculty of Economics in Nice. She speaks French, Italian and English.
Since 2012, she has been working in Smart Kolektiv in the Finance and Operations sector. Marija is in charge of preparing and writing financial reports, processing and classifying documentation as well as communicating with partners.
She gained experience in the field of finance by working in several companies and organizations. In 2010, she graduated with a degree in Sports Journalism from the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education. She is proactive, organized and systematic in her work.
Aleksandar is a member of the Smart Kolektiv team since 2016. He is engaged in the Social Innovations sector on projects aimed at professional and financial support to social enterprises. He is involved in research activities related to local and regional social entrepreneurship ecosystems, administration of the Social Economy Network Serbia – SENS, and he is in charge of communication and cooperation with social enterprises.
Aleksandar graduated with a degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade, at the moment he is pursuing a master’s degree within the study programme “Political System and Economic Development” from the same Faculty. He was an intern in the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit. He was born in 1992, and he is from Kuršumlija.
In November 2019, Jelena joined the Smart Kolektiv and the Social Innovations team. Since then, she has participated in the implementation of projects aimed at professional and financial empowerment of social enterprises. She also participates in the organization and implementation of various events such as workshops, trainings and conferences that promote and connect social entrepreneurs. She is engaged in social marketing activities and the development of creative campaigns for young people.
Jelena is a graduate of the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, majoring in Social Policy and Social Work. She became acquainted with social entrepreneurship for the first time thanks to the Liceulice magazine. She was born in 1995 in Skopje.
Teodora joined the Smart Kolektiv in 2019. Within the CSR team, she participates in conducting research and preparing reports in the field of corporate social responsibility. She is engaged in the promotion and organization of corporate volunteering programs, as well as in the implementation of various philanthropic competitions of companies in Serbia.
Teodora was born in 1993 and graduated from the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, with the thesis “Analysis of environmentally responsible citizenry on the example of food consumption.” She is interested in topics from the field of social activism and ecology.
Aleksandra joined the Smart Kolektiv team in October 2020, as part of the CSR team. She is engaged in activities focused on strengthening the capacity of medium and small enterprises through the improvement of sustainable business practices. Aleksandra organizes online educational content related to the Sustainable Development Goals, intended for the business community.
She graduated with a degree in International Politics from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade, and is currently a master’s student in a multidisciplinary program at the University of Belgrade. She acquired knowledge and skills on responsible business at CSR internship within the Responsible Business Forum. Aleksandra was born in 1997 in Vranje and is interested in the areas of corporate philanthropy and sustainability reports.
Kristina joined the Smart Kolektiv in January 2021. Within the Social Innovations team, she participates in the implementation of projects aimed at providing professional and financial support to social enterprises. She is also engaged in the development and implementation of communication strategies and plans related to program and project activities.
She graduated with the degree in Manegement from the Faculty of Organizational Sciences. Kristina is one of the founders of the M.art Collective, an association created with the aim of painting murals in health institutions in Belgrade. She was born in 1993 in Niš. She got acquainted with the topic of social entrepreneurship during volunteering at the Social Innovations Forum 2019.
Since 2021 Lasse has been working for Smart Kolektiv. He is part of the Social Innovation team and supports the recently established Smart Impact Fund. He conducts research, maps partners and works on the strategic orientation of the Fund.
Lasse holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and a master’s degree in Southeastern European Studies from the University of Belgrade. He wrote his thesis on the development of democratic innovations by social movements in Serbia. Prior to joining Smart Kolektiv, he was a trainee at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and interned at GIZ. Lasse comes from Bremen, Germany. He speaks English, French and currently learns Serbian.