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Pakiv Board


The Pakiv Board is the highest-organ of ERIAC. The Board oversees the work of ERIAC, safeguards its values, and approves the financial and activity plans.

The members of the Pakiv Board are nominated by ERIAC’s founders: the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (one member), the Open Society Institute (one member) and the Alliance pour l’Institut Rom Européenne pour les Arts et la Culture (one member). A further two members are to be nominated by the Barvalipe Academy once its composition is completed.

Two additional members of the Board will be nominated by the Barvalipe Academy.


Board Meetings

Report from the 1st Board Meeting:
Abridged_MINUTES_ERIAC Board Meeting 30012018





Members of the Pakiv Board


Dr. Nicoleta Bitu

Board member

Dr. Nicoleta Bitu is the chair of the RomArchive board and currently serves as the president of the Democratic Federation of Roma from Romania.

She has been active in the field of human and women’s rights for over 26 years, at the forefront of the European mobilization of Romani women activists and of advocacy for the rights of Roma.

A recognized and published expert in her field, she has worked for Romani CRISS, the Open Society Foundations, the Council of Europe, OSCE,  the European Commission and Romano ButiQ. Her work has provoked the Romani and feminist movements to think and act based on the universality of human rights when it comes to Romani women.

The foundation of her activism and development remains the work she performed in the early years of her career in local communities affected by interethnic conflicts.

Dr. Bitu has been a part of the team which initiated the Museum of Roma Culture and the Nicolae Gheorghe Documentation Centre for Roma in Romania.


Zeljko Jovanovic

Chair of the Board

Zeljko Jovanovic is director of the Open Society Roma Initiatives Office, which supports the voices and leadership of Roma in making their power felt in the policy-making arena.

Jovanovic comes from a family of Roma ethnic background which, through a belief in hard work, self-determination and education, moved from multigenerational extreme poverty to the middle class in Serbia. Before joining the Open Society Foundations in 2006, he worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on elections and public policy and for Catholic Relief Services on civil society development. He also has established and led a local Roma organization and community radio programming, as well as volunteered for Roma political parties and protested for democracy during the Milosevic regime in Serbia. He has also trained and mentored non-profit managers, advocates, and leaders internationally.

Jovanovic has degrees in law from the University of Belgrade and in public policy from the University of Oxford. He also completed the Executive Education Program on Strategic Management at the Harvard University. He is a member of the Aspen Institute network.



Snežana Samardžić-Marković

Member of the Board

Ms. Snežana Samardžić-Marković has been Director General of Democracy at the Council of Europe since 2012, in charge of the Organisation’s action promoting democratic innovation, governance, participation, and diversity. Her responsibilities include the policy areas of education and youth, local democracy, cultural policies, election assistance, the protection of human dignity, gender equality, children’s rights, and the rights of minorities, work against discrimination, democratic citizenship and democratic responses to crisis situations. Previously, Snežana has held numerous positions in the Serbian Government including as Deputy Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Neighbouring Countries, Assistant Minister of Defence (2005-2007), Co-President of the Serbia-NATO Defence Reform Group, member of the Foundation Board of WADA, Minister of Youth and Sports (2007-2012), and President of the Fund for Young Talents.