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Maja Šoštarić

Maja Šoštarić covers economic and financial issues involving her native Croatia for Balkanalysis.com. Previously she also covered political and social issues in Bosnia and Kosovo. Maja is currently a Master in Public Administration (MPA) candidate at Harvard Kennedy School, expected to graduate in 2016, and holder of the Baloković fellowship for Croatian citizens studying at Harvard. The main focus of her studies is finance and diplomacy.

At Harvard, Maja is Co-President of a Kennedy School organization of students interested in finance, helping to organize the annual Harvard Finance Conference. Maja spent summer 2015 working in Singapore, at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation (Singapore Management University), doing extensive research on impact investing in Southeast Asia.

Maja has previously worked as a diplomatic official with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Sarajevo. Before that, she was Sarajevo-based consultant for Impunity Watch and the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). Her other international professional experience also includes positions in Brussels, at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and with the International Crisis Group, as well as an internship in Geneva, with the Permanent Representation of the Order of Malta to the United Nations. Maja has acquired considerable international experience through higher education, conferences, consulting and project participation, taking her everywhere from Japan to Mexico to Indonesia.

Maja’s impressive linguistic skills include, aside from her native Croatian, fluency in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, along with intermediate knowledge of Japanese, and basic Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Portuguese. She holds a PhD with distinction in Political Science from the University of Vienna (2009), with research stays in Osaka and Paris; a Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (2008); and an MA in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (2007).

Status: Maja Šoštarić is currently available for speaking engagements and event participation.

All previous Balkanalysis.com Articles, Interviews and Briefings by Maja Šoštarić

Balkanalysis.com Briefing with the International Summer School on Religion and Public Life (July 28, 2012)

Challenges Loom for Croatia’s New ‘Kukuriku’ Coalition Government (December 23, 2011)

Balkanalysis.com Briefing with Vlado Azinović, Secretary General of the Atlantic Initiative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (November 21, 2011)

Croatia’s Controversial Bill Affects Serbia Relations, Poses a Challenge for EU Diplomacy (November 6, 2011)

From Zagreb with Love: On the Bounded Rationality of Euroskepticism and Europhilia in Croatia (September 12, 2011)

Bosnia, Revisited: Turkey’s Gains, Challenges and Future Aspirations (July 12, 2011)

Balkanalysis.com Briefing with Josephine Liebl of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (June 20, 2011)

Balkanalysis.com Briefing with Sabina Wölkner, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (June 9, 2011)

Kosovo’s Visa Liberalization Troubles: Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door (May 29, 2011)

Balkanalysis.com Briefing with Edon Cana, Ministry of European Integration of Kosovo (March 30, 2011)

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