Nominated by: Beverley Argus-Calvo
Nirvana Pistoljevic is an adjunct faculty member for Teachers College, Columbia University, and is the executive director for EDUS – Education for All in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, a non-profit association for the advancement of education and support for children with and without developmental delays. She has developed numerous projects to advance the social inclusion of children and individuals with disabilities and in developing early detection and intervention systems for the mid- and low-income countries across Europe and central Asia. Her evidence-based intervention programs have led her to work directly and indirectly with over 1,500 children with autism and developmental disorders. She has worked with parents, teachers, pediatricians, psychologists, and therapists in Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, the State of Palestine, and Italy.