International Youth Federation Appoints Anita Pavic as Assistant Secretary-General

Anita Pavic, Assistant Secretary-General - International Youth Federation

Date: 20 March 2019
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Press Release: International Youth Federation Appoints Anita Pavic as Assistant Secretary-General 

London, United Kingdom: The IYF Secretary-General Ambassador Saeed ZAKI announced today the appointment of Anita Pavic of the Republic of Croatia, as Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the IYF Bureau of Management. 

“Anita brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and dedication to this hugely important role. I am certain she will make an enduring and positive impact on the IYF’s work around the world.” Said Julia BLOCHER, IYF President.

In his comment on the appointment, IYF Secretary-General said: “We are excited to have Ms. Anita in this role as she brings with her incredibly strong knowledge and experience which will be vital as we continue our ambitious plans to continue serving young people and contribute to a sustainable world through youth empowerment."

About her appointment, Ms. Pavic said: “Youth empowerment should be a top priority of most of the development policies and projects, and part of the political agenda of all countries. You won't be here tomorrow, but youth will. Empower them so that they can lead meaningful and fulfilling lives tomorrow.”

Ms. Anita brings to this position more than a wide range of experience in programme management, advocacy, outreach, and coordinating youth empowerment work. 

Last year she became Youth Ambassador for Women Against Violence Europe Network and since that she played an important part in the raising awareness about gender-based violence and economic-related abuse. In 2016 she founded Youth Association Ahimsa in Croatia, an organization aims to protect and promote human rights, raising ecological awareness and encouraging youth to actively participate in their communities.  

Earlier in her career, she served as President for Youth Association Ahimsa in Croatia (2016-2018). She also has researches and interests in refugees issues, development women and youth empowerment.  

Ms. Anita holds a Bachelor of Arts (French/Russian Language and Literature) from University of Zadar.


The International Youth Federation is a global youth network, an organization advocating for youth empowerment and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help young people build a better future.


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