Biljana Radonjic Ker-Lindsay

Associate Director, Lead Inclusion Specialist, EBRD

Biljana has 17 years of international experience in implementing policies and programmes at the intersection between civil society, businesses and governments in nearly 40 markets in Europe, Central Asia and North Africa.

Biljana is currently heading the Bank’s Economic Inclusion team at EPG on a secondment basis. In this role, Biljana focuses on promoting access to finance and entrepreneurship; access to skills and employability; and access to services for youth, people in underserved regions, refugees, people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups by means of building economic inclusion transition impact into EBRD’s investments and policy engagement. Biljana was also responsible for the implementation of the EBRD’s first Gender Action Plan from 2009 to 2012. In her original role, as Head of the Civil Society Engagement at ER&P, Biljana advises senior management, Board of Directors and relevant teams on civil society issues in investment projects and strategies; and oversees the Bank’s outreach and consultations with civil society as well as the EBRD’s first Civil Society Capacity Enhancement TC Framework. As part of her corporate citizenship at the EBRD, Biljana is a member of the Steering Group of the Community Initiative and the Disability Network as well as a founder of a staff group ‘Parenting Children with Additional Needs’.

Outside EBRD, Biljana serves as a Trustee of The BEARR Trust, a charity which supports health and social care of vulnerable groups in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She is also a Mentor at the Social Mobility Foundation and holds fellowships at the BMW Foundation, British Council’s Hammamet network for North Africa and Women in Social Finance Network.

 

Before joining the EBRD in 2006, Biljana co-founded and ran Civilitas Research, an independent strategic consultancy and think tank conducting political and business analysis in South East Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, based in Cyprus. Biljana holds a joint MA degree in International Relations from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus & University of Indianapolis, US. In addition to her native Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, she also speaks English, Russian and Greek.