Bojan Francuz

Croatia - Serbia

  • Program Year
  • 2017-19
  • Country of Current Residence
  • Canada
  • City/Town of Current Residence
  • Montreal
  • Current Position
  • Sauvé Fellow
  • Organization
  • Jeanne Sauvé Foundation
  • Profession(s)
  • Community Organizer, Policy Advisor, Consultant

  • Sector(s)
  • Advocacy, Disarmament, Government, International Organizations, Security, Social justice
  • Language(s)
  • Serbian, English, German, Arabic
  • Interest(s) / Expertise
  • diplomacy, governance, international relations, negotiation, United Nations
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Impact Statement

Bojan is a foreign policy professional committed to providing practical policy and legal support to individuals and communities across the world to prevent conflict and achieve lasting peace. He is passionate about the future and shape of global governance, international security and disarmament efforts, as well as diversity management issues.

Biography

Bojan served as an advisor on political and disarmament affairs at the Permanent Missions of Liechtenstein and Ireland to the United Nations in New York. In both roles, he worked to advance the foreign policy interests of each respective country in multilateral negotiations on collective peace and security efforts.

Most recently, Bojan advised the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein on security and disarmament issues in the lead up to the international conference to outlaw nuclear weapons and served as an assistant to the Ambassador. He is also currently working on two unaffiliated projects: 1) designing a human rights study-trip to Ukraine in collaboration with Humanity in Action – an international education organization based in New York and 2) pursuing original research on the future of global governance in partnership with the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies in New York.

Bojan is also actively involved in the work of Humanity in Action as a Senior Fellow and junior board member. Before his career in international relations, Bojan worked as a community organizer in Chicago advocating for comprehensive immigration reform.

Bojan’s experience of growing up as a member of a Croat minority living in an ethnically-diverse region of Serbia shaped his beliefs about the merits of inclusion and the importance of inter-ethnic and inter-communal dialogue. He is committed to making the case that the fulfillment of individual and collective self-determination aspirations minimize the risk of conflict and are prerequisites for stable, diverse and prosperous societies.

Bojan is also enthusiastic about literature, international education and baseball.

Bojan graduated summa cum laude from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin in 2013. As an undergraduate he spent a semester studying modernization and social change in Amman, Jordan and interned at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in Beirut, Lebanon and the European Parliament – Office of the Vice-President Dr. László Surján in Brussels, Belgium. After graduating, Bojan took part in the transatlantic Humanity in Action Fellowship program in Amsterdam, Netherlands, studying the histories of discrimination, resistance and minority rights in Europe. His first educational experience abroad was in high-school as part of the year-long U.S. State Department sponsored exchange program.

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