Mila Cerecina

Mila Cerecina has been appointed as the Special Assistant to the President of the Open Society Foundations in New York.

Until April, 2016 Mila was a Program Fellow with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) where she lead the Indicators for Development: Safety and Justice work in Bangladesh and Ethiopia to support the efforts of government officials as they craft indicators to measure incremental improvements in safety and justice. Her work touched on community policing, sense of safety, violence against women, and the quality and efficiency of government response to crime.

As a Frank Knox Fellow, Mila completed her Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School, with a focus on Political and Economic Development. During her degree studies at Harvard, she collaborated on a number of justice and governance projects, including with the World Bank, Brookings Institution, and the Government of the Maldives.

From 2007-2009 Mila served as the Research Director to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia. As Executive Councillor of New South Wales Young Lawyers, and Chair of its Human Rights Committee, she led the production of a multilingual handbook providing legal information to new migrants and refugees, which was recognized by an award from the Law Council of Australia.

Mila received her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney. She grew up in Sydney, Australia and Belgrade, Serbia.


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