We are working towards a prosperous

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Who We Are?

Restart operates as a business embassy for foreign companies offering turn-key solutions, including end-to-end project concierge services for new investment setups with legal and administrative transparency.

Our mission is to foster new investments and create new jobs in BiH by serving as a trusted broker, bringing together capital, know-how and connections.

We started almost five years ago. At that time, representatives of the Bosnian American Friendship Association (BAFA) and SEEBA met, sharing an idea to launch a project that will help investors coming to Bosnia and Herzegovina and ease their pains with the administration. They approached development agencies for funding and Restart was born.

Today, BAFA and SEEBA representatives are members of our Management Board.

Our Team

Emina Z. Pintaric

Emina Z. Pintaric

Managing Director

Emina Z. Pintaric is a young professional with seven years of diverse legal experience in the private, non-profit and governmental sector. She acted in the advisory, supporting and consultancy based positions practicing commercial, corporate, competition law, data protection law, public interest law, product liability, regulatory compliance, immigration law, human rights law, trade facilitation, public administration.

Harun Resic

Harun Resic

Project Coordinator

Harun joined Restart's team in March 2019 as a Project Assistant working on various administrative tasks, data management, marketing and organization of Restart's annual events.
He started from the position of an intern and he quickly progressed to the position of a Project Coordinator as his skills and aptitude for marketing, business development and project management have been recognized.

Meet Our Management Board

Randall Puljek Shank

Randall Puljek Shank

Management Board Member

Randall’s hometown is Ephrata, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Brandeis University, and moved to Germany following graduation in 1992.

He first came to BiH to work for a humanitarian project in 1994 and lived in Konjic and Jajce from 1995-1996. Upon his return to the United States, he completed his master’s degree in conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University. From 2002-2011, Randall returned to Sarajevo as co-representative for the Southeast Europe with Mennonite Central Committee, a US and Canadian NGO engaged in peace building and development. Currently, he has a consulting practice focused on evaluation and peace building, and has worked across former Yugoslavia and in Ukraine. He completed a Ph.D at Radboud University Nijmegen on the topic “Legitimacy and Civic Agency of Civil Society Actors in Bosnia-Herzegovina.”

Nura Eston

Nura Eston

Management Board Member

Nura was born and lives in Toronto. Nura is a marketing consultant and relationship builder, sharing her skills and experience with everything from working with multinational corporations to volunteering for small community endeavours.

Kasey Vannett

Kasey Vannett

Management Board Member

Kasey worked at Catholic Relief Services in public relations and as a project manager for civil society, followed by 13 years with USAID as a public information coordinator. In 2009, she left USAID to become an entrepreneur and opened her first L’Occitane En Provence shop in Sarajevo’s BBI centre. Since then, she has opened two more shops in the city.

Adnan Berberovic

Adnan Berberovic

Management Board Member

Adnan founded SEEBA in 2010, a consulting company in Stockholm that provides services in the field of business and digital strategies. The Stockholm office performs sales and consulting in Scandinavia, while a network of partners in BiH and other countries in Southeast Europe deliver digital tools to improve the performance of their clients.

Our Founders

SEEBA

SEEBA

Co-founder

Founded in 2010, SEEBA is a business consultant firm that supports leaders in the digital and analogue transformation phase. They help public and private projects, organizations and companies to reach their goals and fullest potential. SEEBA supports enthusiastic and driven business leaders on the path to sustainable growth and development of their businesses and organizations.

Bosnian American Friendship Association

Bosnian American Friendship Association

Co-founder

BAFA is the most prominent organization of the American diaspora in Bosnia. It’s a membership-based community whose mission is to enhance human and social capital in both countries through the promotion of volunteerism, diversity and responsibility. BAFA started its work as a non-formal organization in 2011, but was officially registered in 2014.

We started almost five years ago

Restart was established in 2015 through the support of MarketMakers, with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The main focus of the partnership was to establish a recognized brand under the name Restart and open an office with experts who would be able to offer support for a number of concrete projects designed to proactively reach out and utilize the full potential of Bosnian and Herzegovinian diaspora and other investors.

Through the support of MarketMakers, and with funding from the SDC, Restart became an embassy of sorts for diaspora and other investors, handling their business requests and dealing with complicated legal procedures. Through this partnership, Restart and MarketMakers created a high-quality reference point for potential investments coming in from the diaspora network and their contacts around the world.

The MarketMakers project (Making Markets Work for the New Generation, also known as MMW4NG) is working to promote the creation of decent job opportunities for young people in BiH.

In 2017, Restart signed a five-year service subcontract as part of USAID’s Harnessing BiH Diaspora for Economic Development Activity (Diaspora Invest).

The project has three key components: 

  1. Leveraging diaspora input into the development of an institutional policy framework for diaspora investment
  2. Expanding diaspora direct investment by providing technical assistance and grants to eligible, early-stage SMEs and startups
  3. Developing a sustainable local platform to provide business services and investment facilitation to diaspora

For the duration of the contract, Restart will provide support to FMI through the implementation of various components of this project, with emphasis on designing and implementing technical services related to establishing a diaspora online business network and conducting diaspora outreach, networking and business-to-business activities.

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