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Name: Turković, Bisera
Current Position: Ambassador
Dr. Bisera Turković has served as the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States since October 3, 2005. Turković also serves as the Permanent Observer of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Organization of American States (OAS) and as Bosnia’s ambassador to Mexico and Brazil.
Turković holds a degree in law from the University of Sarajevo and a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice administration from the Philip Institute of Technology (Melbourne, Australia). She did her post graduate studies in criminology at the University of LaTrobe (Melbourne, Australia), and holds a PhD in international relations from Pacific Western University in Hawaii.
After working as chief editor for Hayat TV, Turković was appointed Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first bilateral ambassador to another country. From 1993-1994, she was ambassador to Croatia, then ambassador to Hungary (1994-1996) and ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from 1996 to 2000.
From 2000 to 2001, Turković worked as Minister for European Integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Between 2001 and 2004, she served as the executive director of the Centre for Security Studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as a lecturer at the Faculty of Criminal Justice, University of Sarajevo.
Prior to her current appointment, Turković served as the Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria, and as ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
Bosnian Envoy Bisera Turkovic Looks to Overcome Scarred Past (by Larry Luxner, The Washington Diplomat)
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