Velma Šarić is a researcher, journalist, peacebuilding expert and human rights defender from Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. Ms. Šarić is the Founder and President of the Post-Conflict Research Center, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Balkan Diskurs, and Project Manager of WARM Foundation, Bosnia Branch.
As a researcher and producer she has worked on numerous publications and films about the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, including Uspomene 677, In the Land of Blood and Honey by Angelina Jolie, and I Came to Testify and War Redefined from the PBS series Women, War & Peace. Ms. Šarić has held fellowships at both Columbia University in New York and the Robert Bosch Foundation. As part of her fellowship with the Robert Bosch Foundation, she attended the 2016 Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellowship Program.
In 2014, Ms. Šarić and the Post-Conflict Research Center were awarded the Intercultural Innovation Award by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group. In 2016, Ms. Šarić attended the Vital Voices' Global Ambassadors Program in London and is currently the only Bosnian to be a part of the VV100 – a Vital Voices group of 100 most engaged and visionary women of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network.