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The team

Mr. Andrej Rupnik

Mr. Andrej Rupnik

Director, DCAF Ljubljana

Andrej Rupnik is Director of DCAF Ljubljana Regional Office. As a security expert he has gained extensive experience during his professional career in the Slovenian police and national intelligence services. He concluded his studies in the area of Criminal Law at the University of Ljubljana, and was subsequently awarded an LLM degree. He has extensive experience and expertise in the area of criminal investigations and international police cooperation, specializing in criminal analysis, data management and IT in the area of criminal investigation. During his career in law enforcement of more than thirty years, he has held several management and senior management positions within the General Police Directorate, Uniformed Police Administration, Police Academy and the Criminal Police Directorate. He has managed several national projects in organisational restructuring and advised on strategic planning. He has served as Head of the International Cooperation Sector within the Service of the Director-General of the Police, and gained significant EU experience as the head of national delegation to the CATS Committee within the Council of the EU. From 2007–2010, he held the position of Director of the National Intelligence and Security Agency of the Republic of Slovenia.

He speaks Slovenian, Serbian/Croatian, English and some German. He is married and father of two children.

Mr. Karl Lesjak

Mr. Karl Lesjak

Head of the PCC SEE Secretariat

Karl Lesjak is a 35-year veteran of the Austrian Federal Police. From 1994 on he served as Head of the Narcotics and Organised Crime Department and as Drug Coordinator of the Federal Police. In this capacity, he was responsible for all policy matters, operational issues and investigations regarding drugs, money laundering, and organised crime.

Further experience he gained as first Assistant Director of the INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre in Lyon, as Team Leader of the EU-funded project "EU Support to Law Enforcement" in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as Head of the Intelligence Collection and Investigations Department in the Austrian Federal Agency for State Protection and Counter Terrorism (BVT).

He is the holder of a law degree from the University of Vienna. He is a member of numerous law enforcement associations and has served, in an expert capacity, on several international and European missions dealing with a wide variety of law enforcement and legal issues.

 

Ms. Nevenka Tomovič

Ms. Nevenka Tomovič

Senior Advisor, DCAF Ljubljana

Nevenka Tomovič has been working with DCAF Border Security Programme as an expert for education and training since 2004. She chaired the DCAF Working Group on Education and Training that resulted in the establishment of the Network of police academies in Southeast Europe. She had contributed to the development and implementation of the International Training Courses for Station and Regional Commanders and the Future Leaders Training Camp. She coordinates the restructured annual DCAF Train the Trainers Summer Camp.

She began her career in the national police as a teacher at the Slovenian Police Academy, was later promoted to Deputy Director of the Police School and Head of Training centre. She was also responsible for EU affairs and international cooperation within the Police Academy, and participated in the MEPA, CEPOL and FRONTEX activities. She chaired the CEPOL Governing Board during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2008. She holds a diploma from the Faculty of Arts, an MSc degree in Management of non-profit organisations from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, and specialisation degree in training and development obtained from the Slovenian-Swiss MASTER Project led by the Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) in Geneva. She also specialised in transactional analysis and neuro-lingustic programming.

Mr. Rok Derenčin

Mr. Rok Derenčin

Project Manager, DCAF Ljubljana

Rok Derenčin works as a Project Manager and is primarily engaged in the DCAF Border Security Programme. He is responsible for project and grant management, coordination and communication with various stakeholders, communication with partners/beneficiaries and tracking of project and activity implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting. 

His main areas of work include preparation and coordination of common operational measures and development and implementation of various training activities. He is an education and training specialist and a certified Microsoft Office Specialist. He has a Master’s degree in the field of irregular migration management.

Ms. Katarina Lednik

Ms. Katarina Lednik

Project Manager, DCAF Ljubljana

Katarina Lednik joined DCAF Ljubljana in 2009 and has been working as a Project Manager since 2011. From the onset, she has been assigned to the DCAF-hosted Secretariat of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE Secretariat). Within the PCC SEE Secretariat, she is responsible for all activities related to the PCC SEE cooperation mechanism that brings together six EU and six non-EU countries, as well as for the engagement and development of synergies with international JHA actors. As of 2019, she has also been given an advisory role to the Head of the PCC SEE Secretariat, offering her support in strategic, quality and project management. She has been a core member in several multi-annual multi-beneficiary projects, where she continues to contribute to the coordination, implementation and monitoring of activities targeting the political, senior management, expert and practitioner level of PCC SEE Contracting Parties.

She has finished her studies of Marketing Communications at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana and is a PhD candidate in Security Studies. Katarina speaks Slovenian, English, BCMS and some German.

Ms. Jelka Klemenc

Ms. Jelka Klemenc

Project Manager, DCAF Ljubljana

Joined DCAF in 2010 as Project Officer, and became Project Manager for the DCAF Border Security Programme in 2012. She has professional background in EU Justice and Home Affairs, EU JHA External Dimension and SEE regional security cooperation. From 2007-2012, she participated at the level of CATS and COSI Committees in the work of the Council of the EU, participated in several EU-supported and multilateral initiatives targeting SEE security, and was member of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2008. She speaks Slovenian, Croatian, English, German, French and some Italian. She holds a BA in Languages from University of Ljubljana (2005) and an MA degree in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU, Washington, D.C. (2007). She is a PhD candidate in Security Studies.

Mr. Hašim Gudić

Mr. Hašim Gudić

Project Manager, DCAF Ljubljana

Hašim Gudić has joined DCAF as a Project Manager in May 2021. He first joined DCAF Ljubljana in 2019 as part of Integrative Internal Security Governance Support Group (IISG Support Group) until the end of the programme and re-joined the team in 2021 at DCAF-hosted Secretariat of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE Secretariat)He served as a law enforcement officer at the Ministry of Interior of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also worked at several positions within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Hašim holds a BA in criminalistics from University of Sarajevo. He speaks Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, Slovenian and English.

 

Ms. Mira Došenović

Ms. Mira Došenović

Project Coordinator, DCAF Ljubljana

Mira Došenović works at DCAF Ljubljana as a Project Coordinator. Joined DCAF as a secretary and office manager in 2008, Mira has a background in business, having worked for international trade fairs and sports ticketing, with specialisation in Public Relations, administration and protocol. Mira studied English and Commerce and has extensive experience in office and project management. She speaks Slovenian, English, Serbian/Croatian, Spanish and some German.

Ms. Nina Pečenko

Ms. Nina Pečenko

Project Assistant, DCAF Ljubljana

Nina Pečenko works at DCAF Ljubljana as a Project Assistant. She first joined DCAF Ljubljana in 2015 to support DCAF-hosted Secretariat of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE Secretariat). After a year of working at DCAF Ljubljana she decided to finish her bachelor’s degree in graphic design and re-joined the team in 2019 as part of Integrative Internal Security Governance Support Group (IISG Support Group). Since DCAF Ljubljana is no longer a host of the IISG Support Group, she now offers support and assistance in the DCAF Border Security Programme. She speaks Slovenian, English and some Serbian/Croatian.

Ms. Brigita Baša

Ms. Brigita Baša

Secretary and Office Manager, DCAF Ljubljana

Offers assistance and support to the DCAF Ljubljana office and Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe Secretariat. She has worked as Administrative Assistant to the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union at the seat of the Slovenian Permanent Representation in Brussels, Belgium. She completed her studies at the International Business School. She speaks Slovenian, Serbian/Croatian, English, and some French and German.