Becoming a member of BAFA is being part of an active professional network. BAFA is the most prominent organization of the American diaspora and Bosnian-Americans in Bosnia. It’s a membership-based community whose mission is to enhance human and social capital in both countries through the promotion of volunteerism, diversity, and responsibility
BAFA Management Board:
Masa Campara – President of Assembly
Maša Čampara began her career in online advertising in New York City, with companies such as iVillage, NBC, MediaCom, and Optimedia where she worked for world-famous brands such as Lancome, Cartier, Staples, and Sanofi.
Following her return to Bosnia and Herzegovina from the US in 2009, Maša, with strong faith that the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina could use their knowledge to be competitors in the world market, established eMedia Patch – a digital agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina which provides comprehensive media planning services, campaign management, and the most current consulting solutions for online publishers.
Randall James Puljek Shank – President
Randall Puljek-Shank is a Ph.D candidate at Radboud University Nijmegen on the topic “Legitimacy and Civic Agency of Civil Society Actors in Bosnia-Herzegovina.” He has been published in the journals Democratization and Cooperation and Conflict as well as authoring the policy brief Donor Support for Civil Society Advocacy in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He has consulting practice related to program evaluation and peacebuilding for clients including World Learning, Catholic Relief Services, and USAID. From 2002-2011, he worked as co-representative for Southeast Europe with Mennonite Central Committee.
BAFA has 40 members. This members section is currently under construction
Victor Colta, originally from Moldova moved to Sarajevo from Chicago. In Moldova Victor ran one of the largest non-governmental organization involved in professional and educational exchanges. He studied economics and finance and in 2002 received his Masters of Business Administration degree from University of Chicago. Successively he worked for 15 years in capital markets at the major stock exchange at Chicago Board of Trade, transacting in bonds and other financial instruments. With a deep passion for nature, new cultures and languages Victor moved to Sarajevo on a permanent basis. In his free time Victor loves to play tennis, fly fish and go on long trips to different parts of the Balkans. With the new base in Sarajevo and an exceptional group of local friends Victor is eagerly promoting and increasing awareness about the history and culture of the region.
Prof.Dr.Harry I. Miller, widower,born Feb. 22, 1939 in Chicago. He and his two adult daughters, Lejla and Alica are all university professors of mathematics. He has lived, mainly, in Sarajevo since 1969 and has double citizenship – the U.S. and BiH. He has taught at 12 universities , is editor in chief of the Sarajevo Journal of Mathematics
, and is a foreign member of the ANUBiH (the Bosnian Academy). The main feature of his professional life is research mathematics and mathematical education. These goals are directed toward aiding BiH in its efforts to be a modern functional state.
Kasey Vannett was sent to BiH in February 1996 by Catholic Relief Service (CRS). It was supposed to be a 6-month assignment but 20 years later she is still here. At CRS she worked in public relations and as a project manager for civil society. Following that, she spent 13 years with USAID as the Public Information Coordinator. In 2009, she left USAID to become an entrepreneur and opened her first L’Occitane En Provence shop in Sarajevo’s BBI center. Since then, she has opened two more shops in the city. Prior to coming to BiH, Kasey worked as a full-time and freelance writer and editor for publications such as Hispanic Magazine, Times of the Americas and the Washington Post. She earned a BA in International Development from American University and an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. Her favorite job is being the mother of Denis, 14 years old and Benjamin, 11 years old.