Mario MazicUChicago Obama Scholars 2018-2019
Human Rights and Democracy Advocate
Mario is the Founder and Program Board President of Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Croatia, a youth-led non-governmental organization focused on reconciliation, justice, democracy and human rights. His work is driven by his personal experience in this post-war context; Mario left his hometown at the age of 4 and returned six years later. He is also the Secretary General of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, a movement to answer the rise of racism, antisemitism, and populism in Europe. Mario is the initiator of the regional Political Youth Network which gathers young political leaders from post-Yugoslav nations and is a Board Member at the Humanitarian Law Center in Kosovo. He is currently focused on developing a democratization policy think-tank.