What do you like about Europe?
For me Europe is mélange of wonderful differences. I like that for many years it represents that differences can be united and can build be further developed mutual success and wisdom.
What did your country give to Europe (music, literature, theater, politics …)?
I originate from many countries and I came from many – Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians, later Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Social Federal Republic of Yugoslavia up until nowadays when it is Serbia. So all these countries gave many different things to Europe – many good examples, however bad as well. Those that I am proud of are Nikola Tesla, Mihajlo Pupin, Milutin Milankovic withough whom modern world wouldn’t be the same, same as todays tennis wouldn’t have been the same without Novak Djokovic, NBA would miss Vlade Divac, or we wouldn’t appreciate differences if it wasn’t for Ivo Andric and his book Bridge over Drina, for which he has received Nobel prize. My countr(ies) gave Marina Abramovic, Dr Gordana Vunjak Novakovic, head of the laboratory fro Stem cells and tissue engineering at Colombia University. Last but not the least my country gave James Bond a girl in « Spy who loved me » in 1977 – Olga Bisera Vukotic.
What did Europe give to your country (generals, kings and queens, artists, concepts …)?
For me personally the most important what Europe gives to my country is an example how different nations can build together better future.
In result of your time at JCI: What did you love about JCI?
I have very much enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to learn new things, and incorporate them in my personal life as well as in my the beginning of my professional career, as at the same time I have joined JCI, I have started my professional work.
What do you love about the Senate?
The energy Senators have and share and their openness to support active members!
What is your vision for Europe in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European Senate?
Peaceful and loving place to raise new generation of good men and women.
What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
By sharing my life experiences and mentoring professionals around me. I am unfortunately not that active at JCI, however as « older sister » I am always there to support. I am thankful for wonderful experiences and great friendships this organization offered me, and I would like many more to gain the same!