Managing board

Vesna Prodanovic

President of Managing Board

Vesna Prodanovic has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade and a master’s certificate from George Washington University in project management. She is a certified Project Manager – PMP.

After spending the previous 25 years with engineering and construction company Energoprojekt, where she became Chief operating officer, she joined Bechtel in 2018. as Deputy project manager.

During her time in Energoprojekt, Vesna worked on design, construction and project implementation as an engineer, coordinator, site and project manager and project director on developments in Serbia, Russia, Nigeria and Belorussia – Tourist complex “Hyatt Regency Crni vrh”; Clinical Center of Serbia Belgrade; US Steel – Sartid;Tobacco factory Monus Inđija; Shopping mall “Delta City”; University residential complex “Belville”; Reconstruction of the smelter and building a new sulfuric acid plant – RTB Bor, Bank Kazan, Almetjevsk, Pharmaceutical factory Tyumen, Russia; Tobacco factory in Nigeria; three hospitals in Jamaica; Parliament building in Nigeria; Energocenter Minsk.

Vesna is a member of SMEITS, PMI, PMI Serbia.

She speaks English, Russian and German language.

Nikola Matic

Vice President of ACES Board of Directors

Nikola Matic is a qualified Engineer with over 25 years experience of Engineering in infrastructure and buildings.  He is especially skilled in multi-disciplinary project studies different segments integration under the FIDIC model of contracts.

His experience embraces planning of land transportation and the engineering of the required infrastructure, including building sector.

He has large experience in negotiation, mediation, claim and contract management and problem solving on regionally funded projects.

Besides regular tasks in managing companies VMS and DNEC, he is responsible for all aspects of the supervision of construction, for the administration of construction contracts under various FIDIC Conditions of Contract.

He is a co-funder and Board member of the national consulting engineers association – ACES.

As of September 2015, as an Executive Member Board of Directors in EFCA (European Consultant Engineers Association) besides regular activities, he is responsible for driving Future Trends group, a newly formed EFCA sub-committee.

Over the last 15 years Mr. Matic has been engaged in numerous cases and trainings referred to the Legal, Technical and Claim & Disputes aspects of FIDIC use in the Projects.


Branislav Simovic

Member of Managing Board

Branislav has dynamic 30 – year career with leading international civil construction companies throughout South East Asia, Australia, Middle East and Europe. He was involved in construction of large and prestigious building and infrastructure projects such as: Zastava – FIAT, Univerzijada 2009 – Block 67, Porto Montenegro, Atlas Capital Center, Osijek Porta Nova Shopping Mall, Liman Park Project, IT Park Indjija and Belgrade Waterfront.

Branislav has thorough knowledge of construction and site development activities – from design to implementation and evaluation. Knowledge of construction project plan requirements, cost estimating, specification writing, building/site codes and standards and inspection techniques, knowledge of financial procedures to maintain project cost control. Branislav has expertise in preparation of project quality assurance programs, preparation and implementation of policies, procedures, and practices for design and construction quality management

He has been a Member of the ACES Board ever since its foundation in 2009, and served as the President from 2015-2017.

Prior to establishing of ACES, in the period from 2006 to 2009 he was actively involved in FIDIC activities, as Company MACE, with Branislav as Regional Director was the Affiliate member of FIDIC for Serbia. It was under his leadership that MACE became a co-founder of the National Association of Consulting Engineers in Serbia.

Mr.Simovic has been working as Consultant in Hill International since September 2017.

He is also a Corporate Member, Chartered Engineer, Member Civil College Institution of Engineers Australia, NPER, Member of The association of Professional Engineers, Australia, Member of The Quality Society of Australasia, Member of The Institute of Quality Assurance – London, UK, Member of The National Safety Council of Australia, Member of American Society of Safety Engineers, USA and a Member of Serbian Chamber of Engineers, Serbia.

Dragana Čukić

Member of Managing Board

BS and MS at Faculty of Civil Engineering in Belgrade – Department of Structures, where she continued professional engagement as teaching assistant at Steel Structures, until 2006.

During her academic career, she was the President of the Supervisory Board and the Member of the Presidency of YASE (Yugoslav Association of Structural Engineers), from which she was awarded as a credited member. Dragana is author of numerous scientific papers and co- author of the monograph “Steel Structures”. As a designer of steel structures, she participated in the development of a number of projects, and is one of the initiators and active participants in the introduction and implementation of structural Eurocodes in construction practices in Serbia.

From 2000 Dragana developed fruitful career in project management and real estate development. She has been involved in the development of one of the largest real estate portfolios in the region as a part of the largest private company in Serbia – Delta, at first as Project Manager, than Delta Real Estate Development Director, Director of Delta Invest, having the position of CEO at Delta Real Estate and the member of the Board of Directors of Delta Holding in 2011.

Since August 2012 with partners she started private company JAI Development&Consulting primarily oriented to investment and consulting in the field of renewable energy resources and real estate.

Sasa Trajkovic

Member of Managing Board

Sasa Trajkovic is graduated civil engineer, director, and owner of STMG Consultancy d.o.o. Beograd, leading consulting company in the field of civil engineering in the Region. Mr.Trajkovic has a working experience of over 26 years in managing projects for building business and residential buildings, shopping malls, etc. Working on capital projects, he developed leadership skills and built relationships with clients based on understanding, common interest and already proven success.

In his professional career, Sasa Trajkovic gained significant knowledge, expertise and experience in the field of consulting engineering, both in the domestic and international markets.

STMG Serbia and STMG Croatia represent the headquarters for business in the region – in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. STMG as a consulting engineering firm provides project and cost management services, project finance supervision, technical expertise in transactions and refinancing projects, provides support in arbitration and disputes in the field of civil engineering, domestic and foreign investors, corporations and banks.


Nikola Pavlović

Member of Managing Board

Nikola Pavlovic has graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, at University of Belgrade, Department for Structural Engineering and became Master of Science (Civil Engineering). Since 2015, he is a certified PMP („Project Management Professional“). Currently, Mr. Pavlovic holds the position of Director for marketing, technical preparation and business development at Energoprojekt Visokogradnja plc., leading construction company in southeast Europe, which executed many complex projects in over 50 countries around the world.

During its career, Mr. Pavlovic was directly included in the construction of high-rise buildings and industrial plants on international projects. He is specialised in negotiation, contracting, managing FIDIC Contracts, preparation and defending of construction claims. Mr. Pavlovic is actively involved in FIDIC Contracts since the very beginning of his career. Since 2019, he is one of the trainers for Local FIDIC training, organized by ACES.

Mr. Pavlovic is an active member of the Serbian Chamber of Engineers and has licences for Design and Execution of the Works. He is also a member of PMI (“Project Management Institute”) and PMI Serbia. Mr. Pavlovic is Co-Founder of website related to claims in the construction business:

He is fluent in English.

Ivana Panić

Member of Managing Board

Ivana Panić is a partner at Moravčević Vojnović and partners in cooperation with Schoenherr. She specialises in real estate, construction law with an emphasis on FIDIC Conditions of Contract, along with construction arbitration. As construction law/FIDIC is her main area of expertise, Ivana has been engaged in all the firm’s FIDIC-related projects on various project sides (investors, contractors and subcontractors) throughout the CEE in different industries, such as highway construction and financing, retail center development, hotel/resort development. Ivana is acting as local FIDIC trainer with the Serbian Association of Consulting Engineers. She is also a part of a tier-1 Real Estate and Construction focus group.