Fatima serves as the Projects and Initiatives Coordinator for the City Council Office in Kansas City, Missouri. She brings half a decade of municipal government experience. Prior to her current role, she worked for the Office of Mayor Sly James as Projects Coordinator.
Fatima graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Interpersonal and Public Communication Studies in 2017. During her undergraduate career, she interned for Congressman Emanuel Cleaver’s office in Washington, D.C. During her summer on Capitol Hill, she gained immeasurable experience with the federal policymaking process. Fatima is now working toward a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis on Urban Policy and Management at the UMKC Bloch School of Business.
Fatima moved to the United States from Sarajevo at the age of 5 and passionate about advocating for refugee and immigrant rights and civic engagement. She serves as co-president of the Young Professionals Board of Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), Kansas City’s largest refugee resettlement agency, where she is involved in fundraising, strategic planning, advocacy, and refugee youth mentoring. She is actively involved in the Bosniak community in Kansas City, Missouri.
Selma Porča has over a decade of experience between PwC and Deloitte, working closely with multinational companies in organizing the global movements of their mobile workforce. Selma works with companies and taxpayers to ensure they comply with global tax regulations. Her focus is on tax process review and development in addition to engagement and project management.
Selma graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors of Business Administration majoring in Accounting and a Masters of Professional Accounting majoring in Tax.
Selma has served and currently serves on Boards of several non-profit organizations. She has always been an active member in the Bosniak community of Seattle. Selma’s experiences as a refugee contributed greatly to her community activism and her unwavering commitment to social responsibility.
Arnela Mahmutović is a Bosniak-American visual artist and educator working as an Instructor of Creative Arts at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. A vocabulary of narrative, history and displacement found in diasporic experience is at the root of her creative language. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions along the East Coast of United States, most notably at the New York State Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine.
Arnela is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for emerging artists. She holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Maine College of Art and completed a master’s degree in Studio Art at the University at Albany.
Hasan Kajtezovic is a Senior Supply Chain Manager at Arthrex, Inc. a global medical device manufacturer headquartered in Naples, Florida. During his decade-long tenure with the company, Hasan played a key role in the development of a strategic supplier relationship management program. Hasan’s work has fostered and promoted supplier flexibility and agility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace that helps Arthrex release more than 2,000 new orthopaedic products annually. Hasan double majored in Accounting and Finance at the University of Northern Iowa, and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). In 2017 he co-founded an industry trade group that partnered with FGCU to successfully launch a Supply Chain degree program. In 2019 Hasan was invited to join the Lutgert College of Business faculty to help educate and inspire the next generation of Supply Chain leaders as an Adjunct Professor.
Hasan is a member of the Growing Associates in Naples class of 2019; serves on the Employer Advisory Committee for FGCU, and serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. He was also recognized as one of ’40 under 40’ by the Gulfshore Business Magazine for 2020.
Enid Curevac is a Doctor of Pharmacy currently supporting the Marketing and Commercial Strategy team at Nevakar Inc. in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey. Enid has previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry on Bayer Healthcare’s Product Development and Innovation team in addition to Janssen Biotech’s US Medical Affairs Oncology team.
Enid also brings extensive healthcare experience from working at Cooper University Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and Johns Hopkins University Medical Center Hospital Administration team. He is currently a candidate for the Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program with Rutgers Business School.
Kemal Sabovic works as a real estate entrepreneur in the greater San Diego, California. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree of Science-Commerce, from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, Kemal has used his knowledge to grow and run the operations of the family business which he currently leads.
This proud father of four daughters appreciates spending time with his family and enjoys the extracurricular activities offered in Southern California. Equally passionate for his immediate family members, he is often drawn to his ancestral homeland of Montenegro where he is visiting and exploring real estate potential as an investor. Kemal is passionate about sharing his experience with others and believes in being a socially responsible individual by giving back to the community in which he lives. His goal is to preserve the heritage of his natives by being a vehicle of information for future generations while instilling in them a sense of personal responsibility and the importance of giving back to the community.
Murat Muratovic works as a Lead Application Developer at Mercy Technology Services in Saint Louis, Missouri. Murat holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri. Throughout his career, Murat has held several board member and leadership positions spanning across non-profit organizations whose aim is to improve the status of the Bosnian community in the United States. Such organizations include Congress of Bosniaks of North America, an organization that promotes civic, educational and cultural programs designed to further the knowledge of Bosniak history, language, and culture.
Additionally, Murat is one of the founders of Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina, an organization dedicated to promoting relations between United States and Bosnia & Herzegovina. He also helped to co-found Sevdah North America, a non-profit organization formed to preserve and promote traditional Bosnian music on a grassroots level. Murat volunteers his subject matter expertise in digital promotion to organizations such as Bosnian Heart, Spirit of Bosnia. Entrepaneourial in spirit, Mr. Muratovic ran and published Bosnian newspaper “Dijaspora bosnjacka,” and hosted “Radio Behar,” Bosnian radio program in St. Louis.
Ajla Alunovic is a partner at The Schechter Law Firm, P.C., a firm based in Saint Louis, Missouri where she practices exclusively in family law. After graduating with a degree in Accounting from Saint Louis University, Ajla pursued her studies in Valparaiso University School of Law. Since completing her formal education in 2014, she has devoted her practice to domestic relations matters.
Ajla has been selected for the 2020 inaugural edition of ‘Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch’ for her work in Family Law and has also been selected by Missouri Lawyer’s Media 2020 ‘Up & Coming’ award recipient. Some of Ajla’s notable work includes hosting a nationwide continuing legal education audio webinar on the topics of “Pre-nup Agreements: Avoiding the Top Mistakes.” She has also coauthored “Maintenance and Child Support Issues” with Michael Schechter, Fall 2020, St. Louis Bar Journal.
Amir Ovcina is a licensed and practicing attorney working for the IceMiller Legal Counsel, based in Chicago, Illinois with primary focus on corporate governance matters, mergers and acquisitions and other forms of strategic investment transactions. Amir graduated in 2001 from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and in 2008 with a law degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Prior to attending law school, Amir worked as a strategy consultant and was part of a management development program at one of the largest privately held corporations in the Chicago area. He is active in his local Chicago Bosnian community.
The Board of Directors of the Congress of Bosniaks of North America conducts the affairs of the organization. The Board, led by President Amir Ovčina, consists of successful professionals who are committed to promoting Bosniak heritage, culture, history, and national interests.