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The team

Mr. Anton Travner

Mr. Anton Travner

Director of DCAF Ljubljana and DCAF Border Security Programme for Southeast Europe

Born on 2 January 1967. Concluded law studies at the Law Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, followed by the successful obtainment of an LLM Degree in Civil Law in 2008.

Began his career in the Slovenian police as police officer, and was subsequently appointed Head of Department for Border Security, and a year later Head of Sector for Border Security and Foreigners in the General Police Administration, Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia. In 2004, he was appointed Head of Cabinet and Senior Counsellor to the Minister, as a member of the Slovenian Police Steering Board; in 2005 he was appointed Head of Service of the Director-General of the Police, and later promoted to the Head of Service for International Relations of the General Police Directorate. He was a member of the Slovenian national team in the EU accession process (Chapter 24). As an expert on police and border security matters, he chaired and contributed to various working groups, negotiations and other projects. He led the Slovenian delegation to the CATS Committee of the Council of the EU, and chaired the Committee during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2008.

He joined DCAF in 2006 as Senior Adviser in the DCAF Border Security programme, and in 2008 was appointed Director of DCAF Ljubljana and Head of the Secretariat of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE). From 2012 onward, following the transfer of the DCAF Border Security Programme to DCAF Ljubljana, he has worked as Head of DCAF Border Security Programme for Southeast Europe.

He speaks Slovenian, Serbian/Croatian and English. He is married with two children.

Mr. Andrej Rupnik

Mr. Andrej Rupnik

Assistant Director and Programme Manager, DCAF Ljubljana

Andrej Rupnik is Assistant Director and Project Manager at DCAF Ljubljana 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 with two children.

Dr. Thomas Herko

Head of the PCC SEE Secretariat

Dr Thomas Herko is an official of the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Austria. He has been seconded as Head of the PCC SEE Secretariat, which is hosted by DCAF Ljubljana, since 1 October 2017. Prior to coming to Ljubljana, he acted as Head of the INTERPOL Bureau in the Criminal Intelligence Service Austria from 2011 to 2014 and was seconded as Assistant Director for Strategic Partnerships to the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore from 2014 to 2017. Dr Herko is a graduate in law and studied at universities in Vienna, Dijon (France), Bologna (Italy), and Salzburg (Austria).

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.

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.

Ms. Katarina Lednik

Ms. Katarina Lednik

Project Manager, DCAF Ljubljana

Katarina Lednik is Project Manager in the Police Programme at DCAF Ljubljana. Her main tasks are to organize meetings and conferences as well as offer support and assistance to the Secretariat of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe. She works in the Slovenian office.

Prior to joining DCAF, Katarina held various positions in marketing, PR and sales in private companies, in Slovenia. She has finished her studies of Marketing Communications at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana and is continuing her studies for a PhD. Katarina speaks Slovenian, English, Serbian/Croatian and some German.

Ms. Mira Došenović

Ms. Mira Došenović

Project Manager, DCAF Ljubljana

Mira Došenović works at DCAF Ljubljana as a Project Manager. 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.

Mr. Rok Derenčin

Mr. Rok Derenčin

Project Manager, DCAF Ljubljana

Joined DCAF as a Project Assistant in 2011. He has professional background in political science and international development cooperation. Before joining DCAF he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Slovenia in the Sector for International development cooperation and humanitarian assistance. He has experience in project management and event coordination, is an education and training paraprofessional and a certified Microsoft Office Specialist. He speaks Slovenian, Serbian/Croatian, English and some German. He holds a BA in Defence studies from University of Ljubljana (2009) and is an MA Candidate in Defence studies.

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.