Principal

Natalija Stamenkovic is a seasoned development professional who has also had a significant legal career in the US.  As an attorney in the US, Ms. Stamenkovic worked for the US State Department Office of Counsel to the Inspector General.  In 1996, she joined the Office of the Public Defender for the State of Maryland and later started her own private practice. She entered the development field in 2000 with UNHCR, where she served as a Senior Legal Advisor to the UNHCR mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  She assisted in the return and reintegration of over 15,000 refugees during the three years of her service. In 2004, Ms. Stamenkovic served as the Senior Prosecutorial Reform Advisor for the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Later in 2005-2007, Ms. Stamenkovic  was asked to join the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Senior Rule of Law Advisor to the Europe and Eurasia Bureau. In that role, she provided extensive guidance to the USAID missions in Kosovo, Serbia, Georgia and Azerbaijan to design new rule of law strategies, monitor and evaluate existing projects and develop and draft solicitations for new programs. From 2008-2010,   Ms. Stamenkovic is the original founder and CEO of Development Professionals Inc.  She runs the day to day operations of DPI and is responsible for providing guidance and backstopping to projects in Serbia, Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast,  and South Africa.  Her technical expertise specialized in criminal institutional reform and legal aid for vulnerable populations.  She has also been a team leader in over 40 evaluations of large donor funded rule of law programs in Bangladesh, Lebanon, Kosovo, Azerbaijan, Laos and many other countries.    She is fluent in Serbo-Croatian and Russian. 

Serbia Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project

Mr. John Ferry is an accomplished manager and court administration systems expert with a record of achievement in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Ferry has served in program management, technical expert and M&E positions with USAID and other donors in Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, and Trinidad and Tobago. He has a proven ability to proactively manage changes in complex organizational and political environments with disciplined leadership, skilled diplomacy, and sound policy guidance. Mr. Ferry was recently appointed Chief of Party of the USAID Justice Support Program where he is responsible for the management of a 20 person staff, oversight of program implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation and financial management. He is responsible for oversight of large-scale renovation procurement and outreach campaigns, and serving as the lead Policy Advisor to the KJC to re-constitute its committees upon the completion of the one-time judicial and prosecutorial reappointment process. As the former Advisor to the Kosovo Judicial Council under USAID/Kosovo’s Justice Support Program from 2007-2008, and Justice Sector Reform Activity from 2005-2007, Mr. Ferry guided the creation of Secretariat budget, procurement, IT, and human resource offices, and assisted the Judicial Council to establish internal rules to utilize its Secretariat as an administrative body. At the request of USAID, Mr. Ferry conducted an assessment of the proposed Status Settlement Agreement with respect to constitutional implications and corresponding operational concerns for the courts—a document which was then used to formulate U.S. policies achieved through the proposed Law on Courts. Mr. Ferry’s existing productive relationships and proven track record with counterparts, including the leaders of the KJC and courts, the KJI and State Prosecutors Service, EULEX and EU Twinning Programs, make him uniquely poised to drive Mission-critical assistance to advance the justice system in Kosovo. Mr. Ferry has 30 years of experience in the U.S., where he aided numerous court systems to increase efficiency and enhance both revenues and operational synergies. As a former State Court Administrator, District Court Administrator and former Trial Court Administrator, Mr. Ferry has a demonstrated ability to evaluate, create, and restructure administrative offices, procedures, and processes at all levels. He is a former member of the U.S. Conference of State Court Administrators, where he chaired the organization’s Policy Committee. Mr. Ferry is an Institute for Court Management Fellow and holds a graduate certificate from the Institute for Court Management and B.A. in Public Administration from the University of Maryland.

Experienced attorney registered in France and Spain, with 18 years practice in international, criminal and public law, and specific experience in judicial and legal reform. Living and working in Haiti since 2009. As current Deputy Chief of Party at the USAID funded PROJUSTICE project and as former Regional Coordinator at UNDP (United Nations Development Program) Rule of Law project, has acquired extensive expertise in field management of Rule of Law programs, including design, budgeting, reporting, technical and administrative oversight, client relations, and monitoring and evaluation. Advised UN Agency for Operations and Services (UNOPS) on land and property legal issues arising from various relief and reconstruction operations in Haiti after the earthquake of 12 January 2010. As legal advisor for UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), worked to build legal affairs capacity of Haitian National Police. As antitrust attorney with Total Group in France, implemented regulatory compliance programs with numerous missions worldwide, and handled investigations and litigation cases before foreign courts and regulating authorities. Managed, advised, and litigated business law cases for international firms. Served as pro bono attorney to provide legal assistance to poor and disadvantaged on criminal and human rights issues. Native French and Spanish speaker, fully fluent in English.

News - Info

LEBANON

IMPACT EVALUATION/ USAID LEBANON The purpose of this contract was to evaluate the USAID/Lebanon’s Citizen...

SOUTH AFRICA

BACKGROUND The Justice Sector Support Program was awarded to the National Center for State Courts...

SRI LANKA

Project Background The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Increased Responsiveness...

BANGLADESH

IMPACT EVALUATION/ USAID BANGLADESH DPI was awarded a subcontract under a BRIDGE task order to...

KOSOVO

KOSOVO

On May 7, 2014 DPI was awarded a subcontract from Chemonics to work on the...

CSI.ROL IN SRI LANKA

CIVIL SOCIETY INITIATIVES TO PROMOTE THE RULE OF LAW (CSI.ROL) IN SRI LANKA Civil Society...

PROMOTING RULE OF LAW PROJECT MYANMAR

As a sub-contractor to (TtDPK) DPI is implementing The Promoting the Rule of Law Project...

SERBIA

BACKGROUND The Judicial Reform & Government Accountability Project (JRGA) is a five year ($21million) project...

JUSTICE PROJECT IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

JUSTICE PROJECT IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

The Justice Project (Project) in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) is a fourth generation project in a succession...

Sarajevo

Sarajevo

In September of 2015, MDPI was awarded The USAID Justice Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina...

David de Giles

Experienced attorney registered in France and Spain, with 18 years practice in international, criminal and...

Institutional Qualifications Statement

Development Professionals Inc. Institutional Qualifications Statement

Natalija Stamenkovic President  Development Professionals Inc.