Center for Global Affairs
Mr. Djinovic is an innovator in democracy-promotion and information technology. He founded Serbia’s first wireless Internet company and is a founding member of the Otpor (“Resistance”) movement that ended the Milosevic era. He has since become a leading proponent of providing training to movements for democracy and human rights on the methods of strategic non-violence. Mr. Djinovic is President and Founder of the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies, an international network of trainers and consultants from Serbia, Georgia, South Africa, Ukraine, Lebanon and the Philippines engaged in the transfer of knowledge on nonviolent transitions to democracy around the world. In more than 50 different countries, from Ukraine and Lebanon to the Maldives and Venezuela, CANVAS has trained thousands of activists and built the capacity of dozens of movements over the past decade. He studies the Low and Diplomacy at Tufts Fletcher School in 2006, and since then he has not missed a step and continues to expand on his already-impressive resume. He has authored multiple books published by CANVAS, and has been featured in such publications as Slate, Foreign Policy, and Humanity in Action. He has lectured at several universities, including Colorado College, Grinnell College, University of Belgrade, New York University, and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He has also given presentations at Freedom House in Washington D.C. and at the Wilton Park Conference in London and has been an instructor for a course at Harvard Kennedy based on the principles and strategies of CANVAS’s teachings. Mr. Djinovic, on behalf of CANVAS, has received several awards throughout his career including the Poul Lauritzen award in human rights, the Tufts University Global Citizenship Award and most recently Brown Democracy Medal from McCartney institute at Penn State University in 2020.