Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Who are we? Team of real foodies, creative and cheerful people who love life and everything it offers. Even though with different backgrounds, we manage to work together perfectly. Every day spent in the office is filled with so many joyful and wonderful, but at the same time very productive moments. An experienced board, strengthened by young, promising members keeps our perspective fresh and flexible. Definitely a team that can do both, have fun and nail the job!

Samir Ibišević

Director & Founder
Samir Ibisevic is the founder and director of the gastro-cultural agency Balkantina based in Sarajevo and president of the Association PROI. Samir has years of food and beverage experience and knowledge. He is passionate about Bosnia and Herzegovina and the promotion of local tangible and intangible gastronomic, cultural, historical and natural assets. Moreover, Samir has 20-years of experience working in the civil society sector focusing on public health and community development

Uliana Bakh

Co-director & co-founder
International expert in public health and Co-Founder of Balkantina. With a Masters degree in International Development Practice and 15+ years of experience in sustainable development policy, capacity development and project management, Uliana possesses a special ability of making each task simplified and facilitated. As the strategic leader of Balkantina, Uliana oversees the implementation of different, amazing ideas and empowering the rest of the team to give their maximum. She is ready to solve the most complex and cross-team prob… ummmm opportunities. Uliana is also a real foodie, always exploring and looking for new tastes of BiH cuisine

Lana Novalić

Tourism Manager
Lana is immersed in everything related to tourism and gourmet events in the Balkantina. She plans and carefully curates gastro tours and tastings to satisfy everyone’s taste buds! She has a real gourmet spirit and her love for gastronomy is truly contagious. Lana will thoroughly introduce you to every part of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its gastronomic scene. With so many successful tours and events behind her, she is certainly the best choice if you need detailed, well-designed experience.

Jasmina Čekrić

Social media manager
Jasmina is a creative, open spirit of our team. She takes care of our social media channels and makes sure that our followers receive a healthy dose of interesting stuff every day. She spends way more time talking to people online and loves connecting to new people via social media. Although she is independent, she truly enjoys social contact. She makes sure all the stakeholders get fast and informative responses to their questions.

Alma Sušić

Financial manager
Alma takes care of Balkantina finances. As someone who is working with numbers, she manifests this thoroughness in everyday life and cannot miss a single detail. She takes into account all possible outcomes of the situation and has a ready solution for each one. Dedicated to her job, Alma is a real deal

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Azra Pašalić

Assistant
A young finance student and a football referee, willing to improve every previous version of herself and learn new things everyday. Sports tremendously influence her lifestyle, so passion towards healthy food and cooking was born out of it. Responsible and hard-working, Azra gladly accepts new challenges and opportunities. She loves to explore different cultures and amenities so she is keen to travel.

Vedad Resić

Assistant
Marketing student, with many different interests, ready to jump in at any moment and bring some creative and diverse solutions to the table. What adorns him is his cordiality and friendliness. Already experienced in the field of marketing, he is a real reinforcement to Balkantina team.