Life after UWC

Since the first generation graduated in 2008, UWC Mostar has provided education to 1098 students from 95 countries, 641 of them being international and 457 students from B&H

UWC Mostar Alumni Network

In May 2015, a group of UWC Mostar alumni started investigating ways to strengthen UWC Mostar’s alumni network. A stronger alumni network will both help alumni in their endeavours following their UWC education and will help College access the skills and recourses of its alumni.

Following consultations with College, an initial governance structure was proposed.

The Alumni Network will have two layers of governance. Firstly there will be an alumni board consisting of representatives from the alumni community and UWC Mostar. This board will provide overall direction to the College’s alumni relations strategy.. Secondly, there will be ‘Year Representatives’ from each generation. Year Representatives will be the first point of contact for alumni regarding issues related to the alumni network. They are further responsible for staying up-to-date with activities of co-years and for ensuring that College has their most recent data. Year Representatives will, together with College, take a leading role in the execution of the alumni relations strategy.

In 2017, the College appointed a Development director, who is also in charge of alumni relations.

Since then, the bodies mentioned above have accomplished the following:

- collected a database with alumni contacts

- launched an alumni giving campaign (1 Euro alumni giving campaign)

- organized UWC Mostar alumni networking events

UWC Mostar Alumni Board

The UWC Mostar Alumni Board is an alumni led body that assists and advises UWC Mostar on alumni engagement. It has two major aims:

1) To strengthen the alumni network (alumni to alumni)

2) To strengthen the relationship between alumni and the College

In July 2018, a new governance structure of the the Board has been established consisting of enthusiastic, successful and motivated alums committed to the UWC mission and values.

Alumni Board Members

Djordje  Hinic,     UWC Mostar '09

Djordje Hinic is a passionate philanthropist, sailor, triathlete, and an entrepreneur with experience in USA, Africa, Asia, Europe and Scandinavia. His genuine interest lies in developing and growing projects that have a world-changing perspective and his expertise is improving and creating innovative business development methodologies and processes that can enable an organization to grow to global levels. He is an author of a "Be the expert" business development and sales book which is used for training a global sales force of a Norwegian IT company. He relocated to Belgrade, Serbia after over a decade living internationally.

Igor Samardžić, UWC Mostar '09

Igor Samardzic is the Managing Director of Jitasa d.o.o. Sarajevo. He graduated from United World College in Mostar in 2009. That same year, he moved to Caldwell, ID where he attended The College of Idaho until 2013 and graduated with honors in Business Administration as the only student in the history of the College who completed all of the business concentrations (Accounting, Finance and Marketing). After graduation in 2013 he started working at Jitasa, a bookkeeping and accounting service provider on a mission to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of nonprofit organizations. His personal mission and Jitasa’s mission were perfectly aligned, and immediately upon Igor’s return to his hometown Sarajevo in 2014, he continued working for Jitasa and worked on establishing a Jitasa office in Sarajevo. Jitasa Sarajevo now employs 50+ amazing people (including an UWC Mostar alumnus) in a country with one of the highest youth unemployment rates. He is passionate about serving others, building things greater than himself and building a peaceful and sustainable future.

Lukas Bosch, UWC Mostar '14

Lukas Bosch attended UWC Mostar from 2012 until 2014 and remained engaged with the UWC movement through different positions at UWC Germany and UWC International. Lukas graduated from the University of Warwick in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and now studies Behavioural and Decision Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. His work experience is mixed between the for-profit and non-profit sector. Lukas’ interest lies in the field of social impact enterprises and their feasibility as sustainable solutions to social and environmental issues.

Marija Ivanović, UWC Mostar '09

Marija Ivanović was a student of the second generation of UWC Mostar. After leaving Mostar, she obtained her bachelor degree at Lake Forest College majoring in International Relations. Subsequently, she went on to pursue her studies in Prague, Santiago de Chile and Sarajevo. As it seems that Marija cannot get enough of school, she is currently enrolled in Nationalism Studies MA program. Lastly, it is not an exaggeration to say that many important things that happened in her life are closely related to UWC Mostar, being on the Alumni Board is just a small step towards trying to give something back to this wonderful institution.

Marius Kat, UWC Mostar '11

Marius Kat is a UWC Mostar alumni from the generation 2009 - 2011. Originally from the Hague, he has continued his studies at the University of Oxford, Sciences Po Paris and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. In 2014 and 2015 he was assisting in the setting up of the UWC Mostar Endowment Fund, of which he is still on the Investment Committee. 

Masha Gubenko, UWC Mostar '10

Masha Gubenko graduated from UWC Mostar in 2010 and afterwards earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Macalester College in St.Paul, MN. She has been working in infrastructure project finance at Barclays in New York since early 2015.

Petr Knor, UWC Mostar '11

Petr Knor is from Prague, Czech Republic. He graduated from UWC Mostar in 2011 and he currently serves as Alumni representative on the UWC College Board. UWC Mostar is his true home and he hopes to help other alumni reconnect to the school. In the past few years, Petr got involved in organizing UWC short courses and first facilitated the Short Courses in Bulgaria (2017) and Belgium (2017), and then acted as the main coordinator for the Short Courses in Belgium (2018) and Turkey (2018). He also volunteers with the Critical Engagement movement within UWC that delivers workshops on identity, diversity, and social responsibility at the UWC Colleges. When not helping the UWC movement, he works in the consulting sector, travels the world, and meets new people. 

Selma Begović, UWC Mostar '10

Selma Begović double-majored in Accounting and International Business at Westminster College. Currently, she is a partner and business development manager at Marvelsoft, a global technology solutions provider for the trading industry. She is passionate about local impact and giving back to the community. Her current carrier path enables her to positively impact software development industry in Bosnia and connect young talented engineers to world class projects. Selma graduated from UWC Mostar in 2010 and since pursued further education and career path alongside activism and volunteering across the globe. 

 

For any inquiries about the Alumni Network, write to [email protected] with the subject “For Alumni Network”.

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