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Zoran Milovic

Zoran Milovic

Former Deputy Country Representative-Afghanistan


Expertise: Afghanistan

Zoran Milovic resigned from the position of Afghanistan's Deputy Country Representative on November 12, 2010.

Zoran Milovic was recently The Asia Foundation's Afghanistan Deputy Country Representative. He has been providing independent consultant and advisory services to NGOs from his country of Croatia, including a recently completed evaluation of six legacy NGOs for USAID/ Croatia.

From 2001 to 2004, Zoran was Chief of Mission for IOM in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. In that capacity he assisted the Turkmen government on migration and border management issues, emergency preparedness and response, and counter-trafficking. During and after the 2001 international intervention in Afghanistan, Zoran's office in Turkmenistan worked closely with IOM emergency operations in Afghanistan. Since most humanitarian efforts focusing on North/western Afghanistan during this period were run from Turkmenistan, Zoran traveled on numerous occasions to Afghanistan.

From 1992 to 2000, Zoran was involved in IOM's operations in Zagreb at the time of civil strife affecting all of the six former Yugoslav republics. His initial involvement was in planning, coordinating, and organizing international and domestic movements of migrants, refugees, and medical cases from Croatia, Slovenia, and directly from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zoran also worked on the Return Assistance Program, a two-year $13.7 million USAID program to facilitate the return of 30,000 displaced persons and refugees to return-friendly environments.

Zoran in an accomplished writer having 3,000 pages of published literary translations and 1,500 pages of published scientific and technical translations. He co-authored the first text book on political systems for secondary schools in Croatia, and authored books on Croatian and Bosnian folk tales. From 1988 to 1992, he was editor-in-chief for two publishing companies. In 1989 he was awarded the Best Young Journalist in Yugoslavia.

Education: Masters Degree in International Relations from Zagreb University, Croatia. His thesis was on U.S. foreign policy in Central Asia since 1989. Zoran is fluent in English; speaks Croatian and Serbian; can read and communicate in Russian; and has a fair understanding of Slovenian and Macedonian.

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