UWC Mostar has been registered as a private school under the laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The legal founder of the UWC Mostar is Foundation Education in Action. UWC Mostar is governed by the College Board, which also appoints the College Head; makes the annual budget; executes any of the functions and duties normally executed by a school board; and is directly responsible to the UWC International for adherence to UWC criteria and practices including participation in UWC meetings.

In order to maintain a successful partnership, three members of the Governing Board of the Foundation Education in Action are members of the College Board.

Foundation Education in Action

The Foundation Education in Action is a non-governmental, nonpolitical and nonprofit organization registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Foundation is a successor to the UWC-IBO Initiative in BiH which established the UWC Mostar in 2006.

The Foundation's mission is to provide the next generations of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the knowledge, skills, leadership qualities and international values, necessary to overcome the ethnic divides and move their nation into the 21st century.


Elisabeth Rehn

Lamija Tanović

Chair of the Board

Pilvi Torsti

Board members

Jasminka Bratić

Ivan Lorenčič

Adriaan de Mol van Otterloo

College Board

Jasminka Bratić, Chair

Ivan Lorenčič, member

Adriaan de Mol van Otterloo, member

Augusta Campagne, member

Božena Jelušić, member

Jasminka Omerović, member

Ljubica Bajo-Behmen, member

Petr Knor, member

Non-voting members: Head of college, Student representative.


The founders of the Foundation Education in Action are Elisabeth Rehn and Lamija Tanović.

Elisabeth Rehn was the Patron of the UWC-IBO Initiative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association “Education from Conflict to Internationalism”, of which the UWC-IBO Initiative was a project. She was the United Nations Special Reporter on the situation of Human Rights in the Republic of Croatia, FRY, Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYROM (1995–1998) and the United Nations Under-Secretary General, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998–1999), and she possesses an extensive knowledge of the country and region.

Lamija Tanović was the Chair of the Executive Committee of the UWC-IBO Initiative in Bosnia and Herzegovina and she held that position from the establishment of the Executive Committee in May 2005. Mrs Tanović is a Professor of Physics at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. She was the Head of the International Department for Education and Culture at the B&H Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001-2004) and B&H Ambassador to Denmark (1994-2001).

The activities of Foundation Education in Action are managed by the Governing Board:

Pilvi Torsti is the Chair of the Foundation Education in Action. She serves as an MP on the Finnish national parliament and holds a Doctoral degree in Social Sciences and is Adjunct professor of Political History in the University of Helsinki. She has also served in Helsinki City Government 2012-2017 and Helsinki City Council since 2012. Doctor Torsti was appointed as a State Secretary for the Minister of Education (2013-2015) and as a Special Advisor to the Minister at the Ministry of Employment and Economy (2011-2013). Before serving the government she worked as a Research Director and Programme Director in post-war educational project, being also one of the founders of the United World College school in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Doctor Torsti has also worked as a journalist and authored several academic and general interest books and been honored for her work towards peace. She is a UWC graduate (AD 1995) and an Eisenhower Fellow 2013, and is married with three children.

Jasminka Bratić is the Assistant to the Minister of Justice of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton (Mostar) and she enthusiastically supported the opening of the UWC in Mostar as the Chair of the School Board of Gymnasium Mostar. She has an extensive experience in the legal system of B&H and she strongly believes that education is crucial in peace-building, which is the reason for her involvement in educational initiatives.

Ivan Lorenčič is currently the Headmaster of the 2nd Gymnasium Maribor, Slovenia (IB school since 1990). He was the Director of the National Education Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (1993-2000) and he was responsible for the curriculum development and implementation, teacher training, implementation of national external examinations and the reform of primary and secondary education. He has also been leading the Centre for the Professional Development of Teachers in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2005.

Adriaan de Mol van Otterloo is the founding partner of the Intrinsic Value Investors (IVI), a London-based fund management company. IVI’s core principles are transparency, integrity and resolve, and its client base is mainly endowments, pension funds and private individuals. Before launching IVI in 2006, Adriaan worked for Schroders for more than 10 years. There he managed more than EUR 4 bn worth assets and received many awards from the Financial Times, Institutional Investor, S&P, Reuters and Lipper. He was a Trustee of Amera (Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance) and Trustee of the Friends of the Tate Gallery. He is a graduate of the UWC of the Adriatic.  


Additionally, the following are members of the College Board:

Augusta Campagne is the president of the Austrian National Committee and one of Europe’s leading specialists in historical basso continuo performance practice. Augusta Campagne is professor of harpsichord and figured bass at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Austria). She holds a BA (hons) in music from the University of Sussex and a harpsichord diploma from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Božena Jelušić is a professor of literature, language and media literacy at the “Danilo Kiš“ Gymnasium in Budva, Montenegro, since 1980, and winner of the most prestigious award in the field of education in Montenegro (Oktoih). She graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, M.A. in contemporary literature and theory of literature. She was a member of the National Council for General Education involved in the reform of education, also a writer of the gymnasium textbooks and handbooks. She published books in the field of literary and film theory. In 2013, she was the leading author of UNDP research on human capital of Montenegro "People are the real wealth of the country — How rich is Montenegro?" She is also NGO activist and a columnist for the daily newspaper "Vijesti." She is mother of three children.

Jasminka Omerović has been a Chemistry teacher at UWC Mostar from 2008. She graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences in 2005. For two years she worked as a project manager for an NGO in Srebrenica. After joining UWC staff she has worked on several positions beside teaching Chemistry. She was involved in the Knowledge Exchange program for the Adriatic school system which involved UWC Mostar and several other schools from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is Head of the Science Department from 2010 and a Learning Support Coordinator since 2005.

Ljubica Bajo Behmen is part of the United World College in Mostar College board since 2016 as one of the two teacher representatives. Ljubica is a German A/B teacher, Co-Curricular Coordinator and Head of Languages A department at the College, where she has been working since 2008. She graduated at the University of Mostar; faculty of philosophy, German language and literature and Croatian language and literature  in 2007. After joining UWC she has also worked as Student Welfare Coordinator, Assistant to the University Counsellor and admissions assistant.  Ljubica has lead several training workshops for BiH teachers as a part of the  Center for Professional Development of Teachers in BiH program.

Petr Knor is from Prague, Czech Republic. He graduated from UWC Mostar in 2011 and 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.