Nataša Petrović joined the Balkan Trust for Democracy of the German Marshall Fund as a Senior Program Officer responsible for BTD’s programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Her previous post was a head of the Group for Projects at the Commissioner for Protection of Equality of the Republic of Serbia where she coordinated all projects and donors’ assistance to this independent institution.
She has over seventeen years of experience as program coordinator, researcher and policy planner in democracy building, regional cooperation, EU integration, human rights, gender issues and international defence and security. She has worked for international and Serbian governmental institutions, and non-governmental organisations, such as the European Movement in Serbia, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, EastWest Institute (EWI), Office of the National Coordinator for the Stability Pact for SEE, and the Ministry of Defence of Serbia. For the EastWest Institute, Petrović coordinated Bratislava Process and established EWI Regional Office in Belgrade, where she acted as Deputy Director for two years. She has extensive experience, in particular on: regional cooperation in the Balkans, Euro-Atlantic security, integration processes, and related gender issues. In her different affiliations, Petrović coordinated various capacity building programs, policy developments and researches on the EU and the role of women in the European integration processes and in the security sector reform in Serbia and the Western Balkans. Petrović initiated and led the process of development of the National Action Plan for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Serbia, consequently adopted by the Serbian Government in December 2010.
She graduated in journalism and political science from the University of Belgrade and holds a Master of Science degree in European integration and regionalism from the University of Graz, Austria.