Ivona Jukic was born in central Bosnian city of Zenica. She comes to USM with extensive background in international relations and diplomacy. Starting as a translator for the Croatian part of the army in the wake of 1996 Dayton Peace negotiations, she soon assumed the head interpreter position within the commanding general's cabinet. From there, she rose to become the Head Interpreter, Chief of Protocol, and Senior Advisor for International Relations to the Bosnian Federation's Secretary of Defense (DoD). While at DoD, she also served as the President's chief military interpreter, as well as, the advisor on military protocol and military international relations. She was the main DoD point of contact for all NGOs, GOs, and the diplomatic core.
Ivona resides in Monroe, LA. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with dual BA degrees in History and Spanish in 2004, Honors concentration and a minor in Political Science. In 2006, she obtained MA in History. Ivona is a second year Ph.D. student in International Development with concentration in security studies and political development. She is a polyglot with active and passive knowledge of Croatian, German, Spanish, Latin, and English.