South East European Initiative







Who we are
Established in September 2020, the South East European Initiative is a student-led initiative created under the auspices of the Graduate Institute Student Association (GISA), with the aim to promote the unique and diverse regions of Southern, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and their cultural, historical, economic, environmental and political particularities, as well as their relevance in the context of Europe and wider. The initiative is of open character, and we encourage everyone with an interest in Southern, Eastern or Southeastern Europe to join us.

Our Mission & Goals
The mission of SEEI is to inform the Graduate Institute academic community, as well as the general public, about the utmost relevance of the region we promote by providing verified information either in English or in one of its region’s spoken languages. In this sense, SEEI strives to reach its first, educational goal.
We are also particularly open to students who have research plans, or are contemplating about a possible thesis that is related to our region, by providing rigorous academic assistance. Here, SEEI strives to reach its second, academic goal.
SEEI also aims to facilitate networking opportunities for current and incoming students of the Graduate Institute, primarily in the so-called International Geneva. Through this, SEEI strives to reach its third, professional goal.


Our Activities
We strive to fulfil our mission and achieve our goals through many events with varying degrees of formality, such as:

  • cultural gatherings;

  • lectures by key figures coming or specializing in the region we promote;

  • public debates and open dialogues;

  • conferences;

  • networking events;

  • movie projections;

  • other formal or informal events.

Board Members
President: Ilir Baftijari

Events Coordinator: Nikola Stojisavljević

Communications Director: Viktoria Ivanova

Treasurer: Alexandra Kramskaya

Social Media Coordinator: Ralitza Naydenova

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