Branka Bošnjak

Branka Bošnjak 


Branka Bošnjak, father Tomislav and mother Natalija – maiden name Blagojević, was born on 23 January 1970 in old Plužine.

She finished the Elementary School Milorad Musa Burzan in Podgorica in 1985, followed by the Grammar School Slobodan Škerović in Podgorica, in 1988. She won a silver medal in the field of chemistry at the federal competition Science to Youth Movement in Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.  She was awarded Luča certificate for the success achieved during primary and secondary education.

She graduated from the Faculty of Metallurgy and Technology at the University of Montenegro in 1993, Department for Metallurgy, as a valedictorian.

She finished her postgraduate studies at the same faculty – Department for Physical Metallurgy and she defended her Master thesis on Improvement of mechanical properties of NL-60 ductile iron by isothermal hardening in 1997.

She defended her Doctoral thesis on Influence of nickel, molybdenum and copper on the properties of austempered nodular castings in 2001 at the Faculty of Metallurgy and Technology as well, as one of the youngest PhD holders in science at the University of Montenegro, at that time.

In the period 1994-1997, she worked at the Faculty of Metallurgy and Technology Department for Physical Metallurgy, as a teaching associate, and then as an assistant.  In 2003 she was elected assistant professor at the Faculty for Metallurgy and Technology for the subject Choice of Metals and Alloys

In the period 1998-2017 she worked at the Rectorate of the University of Montenegro as the Advisor for Science in the Office of the Rector.  She also worked as the Secretary of the Commission for Science of the Council for Natural and Technical Sciences, and as the Secretary of the Publishing Committee of the University of Montenegro.

She was also a member of the Administrative Board of the University of Montenegro in 2012.

Currently she works holds the position of the coordinator for technology transfer at the Centre for Materials and Technology of the University of Montenegro’s Faculty of Metallurgy and Technology.

For ten years, in the period 2002-2012, she had been hired as a coordinator for Montenegro at the American Council for International Education.  She was in charge of implementation of Department of State’s Junior Faculty Development Program, aimed at training of teaching staff from Montenegro at renowned universities across the United States, as well as American Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange programme (A-SMYLE), within which high school students from Montenegro had the opportunity to attend American high schools and stay in the United States for a year at the expense of the US Government.

In the period 2004-2006 she was a representative of the University of Montenegro in the Committee for Science for cooperation with UNESCO during former Serbia and Montenegro.

As a winner of foreign government’s scholarships and European Union funds, she attended specialist studies for several months at the University of Birmingham, Great Britain, then as part of postdoctoral studies at one of the oldest universities in the world, the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and postdoctoral studies at the University of Ljubljana - Slovenia.

She stayed in Venice, Italy, as part of the logistics team of the University of Montenegro Faculty of Architecture in the Venice Architecture Biennale.

In the period 2005-2006 she participated in the implementation of the TEMPUS Programme Promoters of the Bologna Declaration (Creation of Montenegro Team of Bologna Promoters), and as part of the programme stayed on two occasions at the Sapienza University of Rome.

Additionally, as a representative of the University of Montenegro, she visited universities in Paris in 2010, with regard to the importance of scientific incubators and start-ups for the development of the city's economy.

In 2011, she had the honour of being selected to participate in the prestigious State Department programme, International Visitor Program, during which she spent one month in several states in the United States and specialised in Conflict Resolution.

She is the author and co-author of a large number of scientific papers in the field of metallic materials published in national and international magazines, such as British Materials Science and Technology, the United States Journal of Engineering and Performance and Japanese ISIJ International, with a high impact factor on the SCI list, as well as papers presented at scientific and professional conferences.  She participated in several science projects, some of which international.  She was graduate theses mentor to several students of the Faculty of Metallurgy and Technology.

Recognised in the international scientific community for her scientific work in the field of ADI materials, she was hired as an external associate - reviewer in the international magazine Wear - Institute for Manufacturing from Cambridge.

She has been actively involved in politics since 2006.  She is one of the founders and Vice-President of the parliamentary party Movement for Changes.

As part the cooperation of the Movement for Changes with the fraternal Conservative Party of Great Britain, she visited London on several occasions and their Parliament, cooperated with the women's organisation of the House of Lords and participated in the field campaign for the election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.

As a representative of the Movement for Changes, she participated in a large humanitarian action dedicated to migrants in Sicily, organised by European conservatives and reformists.

She was an MP during several terms of the Parliament of Montenegro, the term of the Constituent Assembly (2006-2009), 25th and 26th Parliament of Montenegro (2012-2020).

In addition, during more than one term of the Parliament, she was a member of the following committees:  Committee on Education, Culture and Sport, Gender Equality Committee, Administrative Committee, Anti-corruption Committee, Committee on International Relations and Emigrants, and the Committee on Comprehensive Reform of Electoral and Other Legislation.  She was also a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, member of the delegation of the Parliament to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Parliamentary Commission for the Allocation of Funds to Non-Governmental Organisations.

During two terms (2010-2014, 2014-2018) she was also a councillor of the Assembly of the Capital - Podgorica.  During the first term, she was the Head of the Councillor’s Club of the Movement for Changes.

In the period 2013-2016, as a representative of the Parliament of Montenegro, she was a member of the Senate of the Old Royal Capital of Cetinje.

During the term in the period 2016-2020, through the Civic Alliance and with the support of Open Regional Fund for Southeast Europe – Biodiversity (ORF BD) of GIZ and in cooperation with political schools from Serbia and Macedonia, she was a member of the informal Green Parliamentary Group, in order to give environmental issues a well-deserved priority and for them to be the centre of attention during the decision-making process in the Parliament of Montenegro.

She also attended the School of Democratic Leadership and the Regional Academy for Democracy on the topic of strengthening democratic capacity of institutions, during which she stayed in Brussels, Oslo, Strasbourg and Berlin.

As a member of the Committee on Education, Science, Culture and Sports, she stayed in Germany to get acquainted with their education system, especially the dual system of vocational education and training.

During her political career, she had participated in several international conferences, congresses, panels, round tables, many of which were organised at high level in leading EU institutions or EU member states.

She has been the proposer of several legislative enactments during her parliamentary carrier, like the following: Law on the Origins of Assets and Special Taxation, Law on Amendments to the Law on Higher Education, Law on Amendments to the General Law on Education and the Law on Amendments to the Law on Public Sector Salaries.

She is one of the founders of the humanitarian foundation Food Bank.

She speaks English and has a basic knowledge of Italian.



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Strahinja Bulajić

Strahinja Bulajić

He attended the Faculty of Geology, University of Belgrade - Courses of study for exploring mineral deposits, at the Study programme for Economic Geology.
He obtained his master and PhD degrees at the same study programme.

He is an author and co-author of multiple scientific papers, studies, surveys and monographies from the field of geological  research, mine and economic geology, managing the quality of mineral deposits, studies of energy and economic characteristics of deposits of different fossil fuels and their use for energy purposes, thermal energy and others.
He worked at the Electric Power Industry of Montenegro JSC and at the Development Research Service and Functional Unit Production, as a chief engineer for thermo-energy fuels and after that as a councillor to the Director.
In his party he covered the position of the President of the Economic Council.
As of February 2009, he has been the Vice-President of the New Serb Democracy. He is a member of the Main Board and Presidency of the Party.

He is married to Žana and they have two children, son Bogdan and daughter Maja.