About WGBiH

About WGBiH

The Working Group for Bosnia and Herzegovina (WGBiH) is a volunteer association of Bosnian-American leaders and allies committed to peace and justice in a secure, united, and civic-based democratic Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). To this end, we engage in public advocacy of policies that support these goals. WGBiH is not affiliated with any governmental, political, or religious organizations.

The Working Group for Bosnia and Herzegovina (WGBiH) is a volunteer association of Bosnian-American leaders and allies committed to peace and justice in a secure, united, and civic-based democratic Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). To this end, we engage in public advocacy of policies that support these goals. WGBiH is not affiliated with any governmental, political, or religious organizations.

Vision

The WGBiH is committed to a free, united and democratic Bosnia and Herzegovina under the rule of law with human rights, justice, dignity and equality for all citizens.

Mission

The WGBiH is a pragmatic, inclusive and transparent organization that is dedicated to a fully democratic, secure, and sovereign state of Bosnia and Herzegovina with territorial integrity, ensuring equal rights for all citizens.

WGBiH’s Four Areas of Priority

Constitutional & Electoral Reform:

Ensuring equality under the law.

Combatting Genocide Denial:

Opposing the glorification of convicted war criminals.

EU Accession & Euro-Atlantic Integration:

Advancing towards a united Europe.

NATO Membership:

Strengthening defense and international alliances.

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Meet The Team

Djenita Pasic, Esq.

Djenita Pasic is a multicultural, multilingual attorney residing in Louisville, Kentucky. Aside from her legal practice, Djenita is an educator teaching various legal practice courses in the U.S. and abroad. Djenita is a Bosnian-American who moved to Louisville permanently in 1992 due to the aggression on her home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before settling in Louisville, Djenita and her family lived in Africa and Europe, which gave her varied perspectives on life and human relations in different environments. Her unique background, experiences and versatile education resulted in her becoming a humanist, an activist and an outspoken proponent of civil equality. She is a member of many local, national and international non-profit organizations.

Akif Cogo

Born in Zenica, Cogo was recognized in 2016 by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40” most influential business and community professionals in the St. Louis region. In 2017 he received the St. Louis Mosaic Project’s Immigrant Professional Award as one of the impactful immigrant professionals in St. Louis. Cogo is also the historian / archivist for St. Louis Bosnians Inc., a nonprofit organization he founded in 2011. He co-authored “Bosnian St. Louis: Between Two Worlds.”

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Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy is the founding coordinator of the Working Group for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH. Patrick has worked with the Bosnian community since 1993 and traveled to wartime Sarajevo in 1994 to provide humanitarian assistance. The same year, McCarthy founded the St. Louis Bosnian Student Project, which located scholarships for Bosnian student refugees.

Patrick is the author of After the Fall: Srebrenica Survivors in St. Louis, a companion volume to an exhibit at the Missouri Historical Society in 2000. With fellow board member Akif Cogo, Patrick co-authored Bosnian St. Louis: Between Two Worlds (2022). An honorary member of the Bosnian Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences, McCarthy served as an adviser to the traveling exhibit, “Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide.”

Vildana Bijedic

With a background in international business consulting, program leadership, and academia, Vildana is the Vice President of the Working Group for Bosnia and Herzegovina (WGBiH).

Vildana’s career began at the United Nations, where she managed conflict resolution and collaborated with international organizations such as NATO and OSCE. Her work at the UN involved contributing to significant projects promoting peace and development.

Following her tenure at the UN, Vildana joined Accenture, where she developed strategic solutions and managed diverse teams. As the founder and president of the Mandala Academy Foundation, she spearheads initiatives in leadership development and social justice.

Vildana holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Miami University, and a Master’s from the University of Milano. She graduated high school in Munich, Germany. Fluent in multiple languages, including German, her global perspective and extensive experience make her an invaluable asset to WGBiH. Vildana’s dedication to fostering peace, justice, and cross-cultural understanding inspires those around her and drives impactful change.

Azem Dervisevic

Azem Dervisevic, born Višegrad, BiH, distinguished himself as the youngest brigade commandant in the Army of BiH at age 24. His academic journey led him to Babson College, where he receiving the Babson College Award for Global Citizenship. In his professional life, Azem co-founded a restaurant and two firms blending his entrepreneurial spirit with his dedication to community development.
Further demonstrating his commitment to BiH, he served as co-founder and first president of New England Friends of BiH. He is also the co-founder and current president of the World Congress of Bosniaks.