Our Team

Operations

Ludovic Rafi – Project Officer

Ludovic Rafi is one of the founders of REDI. Most of his time is devoted to field activities, especially in the Transylvanian region. He works directly with the Roma entrepreneurs in identifying their needs and finding solutions to their problems. In 2017, he was the driver behind the establishment of the REDI’s first Business Club entrepreneurs located in the Mureş area which currently consist of 45 members.

Ludovic is a Roma born in Deva, Romania, holds a BA in Economics (UVT Romania) and IT studies.

Ludovic is passionate about entrepreneurship and business development. He gained his experience in entrepreneurship through personal examples when he has launched various small businesses, mainly in the field of trade, real-estate and IT. His activities have concentrated on the private sector, but also have collaborated with public institutions such as the local and regional municipality of Deva.

Ludovic enjoys working in multicultural environment and creating business networks in the global setting.

Nadire Redjepi – Director of Field Operations

Nadire Redjepi has joined REDI in 2016 as a fellow placed in Impulse Europe and CoopEst in Brussels Then Nadire continued her work in 2017 placed in Macedonia. In 2018, she set-up REDI Macedonia and worked as a Country Coordinator. In September 2018, she was promoted as Director of Operations leading a team of 4 staff.

Nadire is a Roma woman born in Tetovo, Macedonia. She holds a Master degree in Economic Policy in Global Markets from Central European University, Budapest. Before the MA, she graduated BA in Business Administration, from South East European University, Tetovo. From the age of 13, she has been actively working on Roma issues. She is one of the founding members of the Institute for Research and Analysis- Romalitico. She has published many analysis and researches on the field of Economics.

Radosav Besic – Project Assistant

Radosav Besic is member of the REDI team from 2015. From 2016 he is working on the field operation of Serbia, managing the connection with entrepreneurs and developing a network for the entrepreneurs. He is currently working on setting up a business clubs and developing a start-up workshops for young entrepreneurs in Serbia.

Radosav finished his BA studies at the state university in the department of Accounting, Revision and Tax. In 2016, he finished MA studies at CEU, in the Department of Economic Policy. After his studies, he has gained a wide set of experience in accounting, insurance and human rights.

Elson Iljaz – Business Facilitator

Elson Iljaz started his career at REDI as an intern in MFI Horizonti, Skopje in the framework of the Internship Program for Young Roma in Microfinance Institutions of REDI. At the program Elson gained essential experience while he was working directly with the Roma entrepreneurs in the area of ​​lending. He has been working with REDI since 2017, and in 2018 he has been hired as a Business Facilitator working with Roma entrepreneurs by offering them technical assistance.

Elson has an educational background in Economics. He graduated BA in Business Administration Management in Skopje and currently pursuing his Master studies in Economics. During his studies, he gained experience via internships at the Union Financial Skopje, then the Komercijalna Banka a.d Skopje, and finally in the Center for Economic Analyzes – CEA in Skopje.

Asib Zekir- Business Facilitator

Asib Zekir started his career at REDI as an intern in MFI Horizonti, Skopje in the framework of the Internship Program for Young Roma in Microfinance Institutions of REDI where he have gained experience and knowledge for being a loan officer. From 2018, he is a full member of REDI field operations as a business facilitator.

Asib currently is pursuing his studies in Financial Management. His inspiration to pursue studies in the field of economics stems from working for his father school supplies’ business as an assistant in managing the business till 2016.

Parallel to that, Asib is a Roma activist and student. He took part in many conferences and seminars about Roma advocacy and policies. His first volunteering experience was at the age of 16 in the program of “Youth club from Shuto Orizari”, supported by Red Cross, Skopje. It prompted him to join in the NGO sector as a volunteer and later to be a person responsible for coordinating Roma health mediators in Health Education and Research Association- HERA, a project supported by UNICEF. After that arrangement, he confirmed an offer to be field clerk and an assistant in project for preventing and reducing of statelessness in Macedonian Young Lawyers Association- MYLA, a project supported by UNHCR.

Fundraising

Cristina Marian – Fundraising officer

Cristina Marian
Photo credit: Chad Evans Wyatt

Cristina Marian has joined the Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative in September 2017 as a fellow. She is a part of the fundraising team in REDI and works from Tetovo, Macedonia.

Cristina is from Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Human Rights from Central European University. She also holds a Master in Business Law from Moldova State University.

Cristina was a fellow with the Roma Initiatives Office at the Open Society Foundations developing Roma lawyers associations in Romania and Macedonia. She was a legal fellow with the Open Society Justice Initiative, working with the legal empowerment, legal clinics, litigation and advocacy teams. Cristina has been a board member of the Forum of European Roma Young People (FERYP) and has coordinated the Roma Students’ Initiative, organizing the 3rd Barvalipe Roma Pride Summer School in August 2013. During 2016-2018, Cristina was a member of the Advisory Council on Youth with the Council of Europe, establishing together with government representatives of CoE member states the annual priorities for the youth sector. Between 2007 and 2011, she coordinated the Human Rights department at the Roma National Center in Chisinau, Moldova.

Atanas Stoyanov – Fundraising officer

Atanas Stoyanov has joined the Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative in September 2017 as a fellow. He focuses on Advocacy,
Fundraising and Project Management in the Brussels office of REDI.

Atanas is a Romani born in Pleven, Bulgaria. A teacher, Roma civil society activist and policy analyst, he holds a Master degree in Public Policy from the Central European University, Budapest. Atanas has a rich experience in working for Roma non-governmental organisations all over Europe.

Dr. Zsuzsanna Kovacs – Project Assistant (CEU Fellow)

Zsuzsanna Kovacs has joined REDI in October 2018 as a fellow and works on developing the financial vehicle of REDI Fund.

Zsuzsanna is a Hungarian Roma. She graduated from Pazmany Peter Catholic University in 2010 with an M.A. in Law and practiced in business and environmental law for five years before going on to further her education, earning an LL.M. in Human Rights at Central European University in Budapest and an LL.M. at the School of Law of University of California in Davis as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient. Being passionate about human rights law and social justice, Zsuzsanna has joined Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative in October 2018 to become a part of the process articulating new ways to address social injustice and poverty of Roma through empowerment. She is looking forward to using her business and financial law related skills at REDI.

Zsuzsanna Kovacs
Photo credit: Cristina Bangau

Finances

Marius Cristea, Simona Mocanu

Our interns

Sofija Jovanovic – 2018-2019 intern in Opportunity Bank (Serbia)
Nevena Simic – 2018-2019 intern in Opportunity Bank (Serbia)
Jasin Demir – 2018-2019 intern in Horizonti (Macedonia)
Sibela Ajdar – 2018-2019 intern in Horizonti (Macedonia)
Selda Toci – 2018-2019 intern in Horizonti (Macedonia)

Past interns

Denis Durmisevi – 2017-2018 intern in AgroInvest (Serbia)
Jasmina Useinovic – 2017-2018 intern  AgroInvest (Promoted in AgroInvest)
Elson Iljaz – 2017-2018 intern in  Horizonti (joined REDI Team in 2018)
Asib Zekir – 2017-2018 intern in  Horizonti (joined REDI Team in 2018)