Jelena has worked in project management and fundraising in the civil society sector for 15 years. She is currently working in program development and fundraising in one of the most renowned animal welfare NGOs in Serbia – Organisation for the Respect and Care of Animals (ORCA) – and is also a research associate at the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Biology. Jelena has participated in numerous national and international conferences and workshops related to CSO development, fundraising, animal welfare and nature protection. She represents ORCA in international bodies such as the European Union Platform on Animal Welfare and United Nation’s Eurobats Advisory Committee. Jelena holds a PhD degree in Ecology from the University of Belgrade and Multiple Master’s Degrees in Applied Ecology from the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom), University of Kiel (Germany) and University of Poitiers (France).