NEW COMPOSITION AS OF 6 JUNE 2014
Helena Mandić was elected as EPRA Chairperson at the 39th EPRA Meeting in Budva, on 6 June 2014. She has been active in the EPRA Board since May 2013.
A graduate from the Sarajevo Faculty of Law, Helena Mandić has worked in the CRA since its inception in 1998 where she was successively Head of Legal Department and Head of Division of Programme Standards, Complaints and Broadcasting Regulation. Helena participated in the work of expert groups drafting the BiH Press Code as well as laws on defamation, freedom of information and communications. She has also been a member of the team representing BiH in cases before the Human Rights Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She represented BiH in the work of the Standing Committee for Transfrontier Television and chaired the meetings of the Executive Council of the European Audiovisual Observatory during the BiH Presidency. Helena is a co-author of "Media Law in BiH", a comprehensive overview of the media law framework in BiH.
Further to the EPRA Statutes, the Chairperson chairs the meetings and represents the EPRA in its external relations. He/she is also responsible for the agenda and the minutes of the meetings.
Mónica Ariño was re-elected as EPRA Vice-Chairperson at the 37th EPRA Meeting in Kraków, on 10 May 2013. She has been active in the EPRA Board since May 2009.
Monica Ariño joined Ofcom’s international team in January 2006. She has worked as a policy advisor in the areas of European content regulation, convergence, and consumer protection. On February 2011, she was appointed Director of International Affairs at Ofcom.
Monica graduated in law at the Autónoma University (Madrid) and in 2005 obtained a PhD in law from the European University Institute (Florence). She has published widely and has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Columbia and Oxford. Prior to joining Ofcom, Monica was a lecturer at Central European University (Budapest).
Celene Craig was elected as EPRA Vice-Chairperson at the 39th EPRA Meeting in Budva, on 6 June 2014.
Damir Hajduk was re-elected as EPRA Vice-Chairperson at the 37th EPRA Meeting in Kraków, on 10 May 2013. He has been active in the EPRA Board since May 2011.
Damir Hajduk graduated business economics at the Zagreb University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Damir's professional experience started with the global news agency Reuters, where he was in charge of media services promotion. Damir has been involved in a venture capital funded start-up project of a national cable TV network for seven years as a commercial director, during which he also founded the Croatian national cable TV Association. Prior to his engagement at the Agency for Electronic Media on the position of Member of the Council at 2009, Damir Hajduk was working with the Croatian public service broadcaster (HRT) in the position of Deputy Manager.
Juraj Polak was elected as EPRA Vice-Chairperson at the 39th EPRA Meeting in Budva, on 6 June 2014.
After graduating from the Faculty of Law of the Comenius University in Bratislava in 2005, Juraj Polák started his career at the law and legislative department of the Ministry of Home and Administrative Affairs as Secretary of the Appeal Committee. In 2007, Juraj joined the legal department of the Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission. In this capacity, Juraj represented the Council at the Working Group of EU Regulatory Authorities in the field of Audiovisual Media Services and frequently attends the Contact Committee meetings in Brussels. A member of the expert group for the implementation of the AVMS Directive in the Slovak legal system, he also acted as the national expert in the European Parliament’s study "The Citizens' Right to Information- Law and Policy in the EU and its Member States" in 2012. Juraj is also the national correspondent for the IRIS Newsletter of the European Audiovisual Observatory since 2012; he also contributed to the IRIS Special on Video on Demand and the Promotion of European Works (2014). Since 2013, Juraj also acts as a freelance journalist for a Slovak internet magazine focusing on media.