Dedicated expert in programming, advocacy and policy development with a passion for women’s empowerment, youth engagement and children’s rights, in particular to health and education. Having served the Iraq Foundation from 2019 to 2023 in strategic program design, management and evaluation, partnerships and development, Tatjana’s areas of expertise include women’s rights and participation, peaceful conflict resolution and social cohesion, and promoting inclusive governance through enhanced citizen engagement. Her management experience in multi-stakeholder adaptive programming helped IF stay aligned with and achieve the objectives of multi-million dollar programs, namely the Sida-funded project Improving Policy, Service Delivery, Gender Equality and Responsiveness of the Iraqi Parliament (2018-22), and the PVE-oriented project Building Resilience of Youth and Communities (2020-22), funded by the Dutch Government.

Leveraging her 15 years of experience in global work and cooperation with UN agencies on human rights, democracy, education and cultural heritage, she ensures close coordination of IF’s programming on the Women Peace and Security Agenda with UN Women, and with UNDP, IOM and UNESCO on PVE.

Prior to IF, she worked in global program consultancy, and served the German Conference of Ministers for Education and Cultural Affairs for 13 years as technical advisor on educational systems, academic and work mobility for integration, and became policy advisor and focal point for the German States to the Council of Europe, UNESCO and on all UN- and SDG-related Conventions and programs in rights, democracy, education and cultural heritage with a special focus on gender and youth.

Tatjana holds a Master’s degree in Medieval and Modern History with focus on Water Management and Policies in 15th century Northern Italy from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn (Germany), including a one-year program at the University Toulouse Le Mirail in France while on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service.