Azra Karastanović became Executive Director of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro (ACM) in 2022. She has been engaged with the Atlantic Council of Montenegro since 2014 where she was in charge of the development and implementation of the Atlantic Council’s programs and projects among which is also the program development of the To Be Secure Forum (2BS Forum), a leading high-level politico-security platform of the Atlantic Council. Prior to joining the ACM, she worked in the Center for International Relations of Montenegro. Her earlier work includes engagement within the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) as well as the Political System, Judiciary, and Administration Committee in the Parliament of Montenegro. She was a member of the Working Group for Chapter 31 – Foreign, security, and defence policy of the Montenegrin integration process into the EU (2018-2020). She has participated in various programs in Europe and USA, the last being the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US State Department. Ms. Karastanović graduated in the field of International Relations and Diplomacy from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro, and currently is doing her Master’s thesis. She regularly publishes articles, policy papers, and analyses on several issues concerning security and international relations with a focus on Montenegro.