MOST MIRA UK - TRUSTEES
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Tony Faint’s career has been spent working in international development, first in the British Department for International Development (DFID) and its predecessors, then as an independent consultant offering services in development policy analysis, organisation and evaluation.
He ended his public service career as International Director in DFID, with responsibility for DFID’s relations with and funding for Multilateral Development Agencies. In DFID Tony earlier gained experience in Eastern Europe in the 1990s, supervising the British Know How Fund, helping in the setting up of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and managing the British response to the refugee exodus and return during and after the Kosovo conflict.
Ray Portelli became a trustee of Most Mira in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Ray’s career in banking and finance spans 40 years. At the end of 2018 he took early retirement from the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) after 25 years of service, where he was Chief Internal Auditor for the last 12 years. The EBRD is one of the main multilateral development financial institutions, operating predominantly in Eastern Europe and North Africa. He is currently working as an independent consultant in internal audit and risk management.
Dr Neven Andjelic is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Human Rights at Regent's University London. He is also a Member of the Council of Europe's Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and Visiting Professor at University of Bologna, Italy and IDC University at Herzlia, Israel.
Neven’s expertise is in fields of nationalism, European politics and Comparative Politics with regional interest in South East Europe. He is regularly invited to give talks at leading world universities like Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, LSE and many others. His book “Bosnia-Herzegovina: The End of a Legacy” is on reading lists of leading universities. He regularly appears in leading international media commenting on current affairs. Neven is also initiator of attempts to unite non-nationalist opposition in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Duncan Stewart has been actively involved with charity work in Bosnia for many years. He is Vice-Chairman of the Sir Halley Stewart Trust – and a Member of the Medical Committee, having qualified in medicine at Guy’s Hospital in 1967 and now retired from General Practice in Sussex.
He is a trustee of a local medical charity called Sprint. He sits on the income board of a local hospice and is also treasurer of a magazine called ‘The Pensioner.”
Kirsteen Tait is a founder trustee of Most Mira, was the first chair and now has specific responsibility for the Peace Centre. She set up and worked for nearly 5 years as founder director of the National Association for the Education of Sick Children, a charitable organisation which worked to improve hospital teaching and home tuition to children with both chronic and life threatening illnesses.
She also set up and ran as founder director for 5 years the Information Centre for Asylum and Refugees at Kings College London, to gather and publicise independent information and research about asylum and refugees. Kirsteen advises the Paul Hamlyn Foundation on its Supported Options Fund for young undocumented migrants which she helped to set up under their Social Welfare programme.
Dr Kishan Manochi, is a Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. He has extensive experience dealing with religious freedom issues around the world and is a former Visiting Research Fellow at the Carr Centre for Human Rights at Harvard University and Fellow of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a degree in medicine from the University of London, a postgraduate qualification in psychiatry, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Law and a Masters in Law (LLM) from the University of Cambridge before being called to the Bar
MOST MIRA BiH - TRUSTEES
Originally from the Kozarac region, Azra brings a strong international and diverse background academically and professionally, with a B.A. in Political Science / International Studies from Loyola University Chicago, and a M.A. in International Affairs from the New School University.
Having been an intern at the United Nations (DESA), a consultant for non-profits, and a fundraiser for international charities and humanitarian organizations. She currently is a vital member of the individual fundraising team at UNICEF Canada based in Toronto. Azra has also been an active member of the BiH Diasporic Conference (BiHDYC), and also currently serves as a Board Member for the Bosnian American Professionals Association (BAPA) based in Salt Lake City. While always a Chicagoan at heart, Azra has also lived in Rome, New York, and is currently based in Toronto.
Kemal is a founder trustee of Most Mira. He was born in Prijedor, Bosnia-Herzegovina, one of the regions most severely affected during the Bosnian War. A survivor of the notoriously brutal Omarska concentration camp, he witnessed first-hand horrific acts of genocide, some of which were perpetrated by individuals whom he knew personally. He has since dedicated his work to education, reconciliation and peace-building.
He is the author of 'The Killing Days: My Journey Through the Bosnian War'. Most recently he has produced ‘Pretty Village’, his first film. Kemal holds a BSc in Management Studies from Royal Holloway University of London, a MA in Conflict Resolution from Bradford University. He was a 2012 Human Rights Advocate from Columbia University.
Zrinka is a founder trustee of Most Mira. She is Chief Executive of Migrants Organise – a community organising platform for migrants and refugees acting for justice. Zrinka is a refugee from Sarajevo, where she was a journalist and worked with leading war correspondents during the siege in the 90’s. She is a founder of the ‘Women on the Move Awards’ to recognize achievement of migrant and refugee women and winner of the 2011 Voices of Courage Award by the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York.
In September 2015 she became founding Chair of the National Refugee Welcome Board, which is now developing community sponsorship visa schemes to ensure sanctuary for Syrian refugees. Zrinka holds an MSc in Media & Communications from LSE and is a 2014 Churchill Fellow.
Vernes has played a critical part in designing the concept and plans for the Peace Centre in Kevljani. He has over 6 years of diverse architectural experience, working on all stages of the design and building process from inception to delivery. He gained professional experience at Avanti Architects, London and Zvi Hecker Architects, Berlin.
Over the past three years, alongside his role as Director at PROJECT V, Vernes has worked part-time as Project Architect at London-based Phelan Architects.