THE CORE TEAM
IDEAS FOR FUTURE
A planeteer in heart, a scientist and an architect by training, Vesela is known internationally as a visionary who helps create exponential communities to restore the environment. Energetic, talented and self-motivated, she is driven by her vision of a green Sahara, eager to help the people mitigate the effects of climate change and with a strong desire to build a career by implementing the knowledge gained during her PhD studies. Using her holistic approach, she integrates exponential technologies with nature and circular economy. She is an alumna of the prestigious Global Solutions Program of the Singularity University, NASA Ames, CA USA.
Vesela is an eco-science entrepreneur, combining science and love for nature she founded and is chairwoman of Afforest for Future, an NGO focused on transforming the world’s deserts into food forests. Using collaborative approach of multiple option choices into an AI platform of the future – and the first one to use AI for desert greening.
An architect by profession, Mara specialized in passive public and private housing. During her master thesis she was focused on renewable energy resources implementation, which expands into water and wastewater management, as well as water scarcity issues during the course of her PhD studies. As a part of Afforest for Future’s team and as the First Deputy Chairwoman of the NGO, she is currently working on achieving land degradation neutrality by ecosystem restoration, and towards accurately predicting and relieving stress in the water management sector via AI platform of the future.
My dream was designing better living conditions in tune with nature. With exponential technologies emerging, the focus of my interest has shifted from local to ones with global impact, with an emphasis on “Safe water for all”. No one should fear water, may it be the shortage of it or the floods. This realisation has inspired me to join my sister in our vision of green Sahara.
Passionate about technology, digital culture and new media, Amit is a Social Entrepreneur & Marketing Consultant that loves to lead change and make things happen.
Amit devotes her life to the pursue projects with high social impact as the most effective way to foster progress and economic growth. This is why she moved through the private, public and non-profit sectors, leading projects related to innovation, technology and new media – always oriented to improve people’s lives.
Last April Amit won in Buenos Aires the Global Impact Challenge for a full scholarship in Singularity University, located at NASA Ames Research Center, in Mountain View. She had the privilege to attend the Global Solutions Program and learn about exponential technologies and the Global Grand Challenges we are now facing. It’s been a year since her goals and perspectives changed forever: I want to impact a billion people, and I know that it is possible.
Dušan was born in Niš, Serbia, where he graduated Law University, and ever since the beginning of the studies, Dušan was employed by the lawyer, his mentor, Nikola Dinić. Through his still rising legal career he has acquired wide experience in criminal, civil and company legal matters. Today, He is main legal adviser and in charge of legal sector for “Afforest4Future” Besides law, big part in his life takes taekwondo, Dušan is also active black belt taekwondo trainer and competitor. When Afforest4future “set sails for the journey”, driven by its goal for better tomorrow, Dušan boarded amongst the first “crew members”, inspired by people that made it possible, committing their time and efforts into molding one starting thought, idea into one day life quality changing company.
“There are things that you Do for work, and things that you work for, you work to live and enjoy each moment of your short time, right? When you go to a trip, you usually know your destination and to get there you must be on the road. How if there is no road and if there is no scenery, no flora, no fauna, will your destination be the same? That is what our team members are committed to, paving the roads, preserving the scenery for each ones trips and showing that all you need is an idea…”
After spending years as c-suite executive and service provider with a focus on Project Development, Business Analytics, Finance and Controlling, Michael was guided by the belief that every sea is the sum of its water drops. A fundamental attitude that led him from the Business Consulting to (co)-founding Start-Ups and finally to entrepreneurship in the coat of what he believes is the most underrated, yet equally significant drop in the sea of business and economy: young, micro and small enterprises. A nuance of entrepreneurship, that he is devoted to support and to empower with services and tools that have actual and practical relevance and impact while introducing the insights and inspirations of this world to larger organizations through seminars and workshops.
When asked, why he invests as much time and effort as he does to support our shared vision he answered: “Some drops have the potential to be the first in a new sea. Although you never know in advance if you are looking at such a drop … every time I did so, I saw in retrospective: sincerity, dedication, commitment and the sheer will to make it happen. I do see all of this in the initiators of Afforest 4 Future every day. So, I simply want to be one of those drops of which a new sea arises.”