Ivana Sirovic

Associate Director, External Relations
Corporate Affairs

What I do at MMV:

I’m part of MMV’s income generation team, working with private and corporate foundations as well as government and international development agencies. In this role, I am tasked with all aspects of donor communication. Given the variety of MMV’s donor pool, this means that two days are never the same. In addition, I am always working on some aspect of internal processes to improve departmental/organizational efficiencies and overall effectiveness, drawing both on my previous experiences as well as my training in system thinking and organizational management.

Why I work at MMV: 

I find it unforgivable that children are still dying, one every two minute to be exact, from a disease that is both treatable and preventable. I want to do everything that I can to see that stop. I want to be able to tell my grandchildren that I was part of the generation that brought the end to malaria.

More about me:

Over the past twenty years I have had a dynamic career working on humanitarian responses and civil society development programmes while living in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, and Thailand. One experience that stands out for me are the years I spent in Uzbekistan, working with rural communities on improving their lives. It was intense, interesting, and life-changing for many of us. I have also spent years living in the United States, overseeing development and humanitarian assistance programs in East Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. I have a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a MA in Environmental Science and Policy.

Ask me about:

I am happy to talk about anything, and I am never short on opinions. Politics, cooking, books, raising children and living away from home seem to be the most common subjects I debate with my friends. If you are looking for an informed answer, however, best to ask me about things I have lots of first-hand experience with: Croatia, twins, travel, desserts, central Asia, half-marathons, Thailand, and the US.