Elma Mahmutović

National director, Humanity in Action BiH
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

HIA Program:

Netherlands Netherlands 2008


I was born in Sarajevo and spent my early childhood days in this city. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, my family and I found refuge in Germany, however, soon after the signing of Dayton Peace Agreement, the family returned to our homeland. I graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo in 2008. This was also the year when I became HiA Senior Fellow and started developing a great interest in topics such as diversity, mutual understanding and dealing with the past. The variety of people, cultures, habits and attitudes I got to know through HiA have enriched me to a great extent and helped me appreciate diversity I encounter on a daily basis in my own country, which I had not considered important before.

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