Abit Hoxha is a researcher at the Institute of Nordic and Media Studies at University of Agder in Norway. He is currently working on his PhD titled “Conflict News Production” at LMU Munich, Germany where he is focusing on comparing journalistic news production in Western Balkans, Middle East and Great Lakes through reconstructing news coverage with journalists to find out influences on news production and how news comes into being.
MentorAlba Jasini is a social and cultural psychologist. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Leuven, Center for Social and Cultural Psychology. Her research work focuses on the topics of emotion, culture, acculturation and intergroup relations. In her postdoctoral research, she aims to contribute in the understanding of the phenomenon of emotional acculturation in immigrant minorities.
Albina Balidemaj is a clinical psychologist specializing in international community and family studies. Her research work focuses on migrant mental health and human rights with a focus on acculturation, ethnic identity, and human trafficking.
Albina holds a PhD in International Community and Family Studies from Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, a MSc in Clinical Psychology from University of Prishtina, and a BA in Psychology from University of Minnesota.
Arbër Selmani is a culture journalist, editor at the online magazine KultPlus and Digital Media and Copywriter Editor at Europe House in Pristina.
Selmani graduated in Marketing from the University of Pristina. He has been working for 12 years in journalism, previously for different radio and TV stations, continuing at ZËRI – Daily newspaper and writing as a freelancer for several media in Kosovo and abroad.
Ardit Memeti is an Associate Professor of International Law at the Kuwait International Law School and at the China-EU School of Law in Beijing, he teaches WTO Law. Previously, he worked as a Lecturer at Maastricht University and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the South East European University in Tetovo, Macedonia. Ardit holds a PhD in Law from Maastricht University (2013), an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from the University of Pittsburgh (2005), and an LL.B. from the University of St. Cyril & Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia (2003).
Annea Hapciu is the Director of Development and Marketing at KosovaLive and the Country Director for Global Girl Media Kosova, an all girls educational and professional bureau, part of the international network of GlobalGirlMedia. Annea was also the founder of the first yoga brand in Kosovo, N’Yoga. She is also the creator of the award-winning artistic project, Yoga in Albanian Lands. Her project “Shedding Light to Kosovo through Yoga” was presented at TedxWomenPrishtina’2013.
Artan Mustafa (PhD) is currently a lecturer and researcher focusing on social policy, a regular blogger at Sbunker.net/Kosovo2.0, and was formerly editor in chief at Gazeta Jeta në Kosovë. His mentoring contribution can include the following fields: social policy (labour policy and redistribution), social science academic writing from an empirical perspective, and written journalism.
Arton Baftiu is a pharmacist with a PhD degree in Pharmacoepidemiology. Currently he is working at the Norwegian Medicines Agency with medication safety, and also as medical advisor at the National Center for Epilepsy in Norway. His research interests include safe use of medications and variability among patients’ response to treatment. Arton is an author of more than 15 scientific articles.
MentorBardh Hoxha is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at Southern Illinois University. Bardh holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University where he worked in the area of testing and verification of Cyber-Physical Systems with Prof. Georgios Fainekos and was part of the Cyber-Physical Systems Lab.
Berat Thaqi is a Policy Analyst at GAP Institute – one of the most influential think tanks in Kosovo. He has also been engaged as external researcher and consultant with organizations such as: International Alert (London), National Democratic Institute (NDI), USAID etc. Berat has also been a research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels.
As a highly accomplished Leadership and Executive Management Senior Advisor and former Political Advisor Drita Perezic has multifaceted experience providing strategic, political, operational, tactical and cultural insights to guide leadership, policy and operational decisions across organizations.
Driton Zeqiri is a researcher involved in important research studies done in Kosovo. His field of expertise covers a range of different skills, such as: research design, data analyses, qualitative and quantitative research methods, project/program evaluation, gap analysis, impact assessment, and research project management.
Evetar Zeqiri is a Governance and Financial Management professional. He graduated with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Strategic Management & Leadership from Northern Illinois University in the U.S.A. He also graduated in Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the University of Sheffield, U.K. His undergraduate studies were in Management and Information Systems, University of Prishtina.
Besnik Bislimi studied Macroeconomic Analysis at the University of Zagreb in the period 1990-1994. He has a PhD from the Freiberg University in Germany in the field of Macroeconomics with a specialization in Fiscal Policy and Transition to a Market Economy. He has pursued postdoctoral research in the area of fiscal decentralization for developing countries at Andrew Young School of Political Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, the US through the Fulbright Scholarship Program.
MentorDita Dobranja is an economist focused on labor market economics, gender economics, and international trade. Currently, Dita works as a researcher at Riinvest Institute and as lecturer at Staffordshire University’s Kosovo Programs, where she teaches classes related to economics and entrepreneurship.
MentorDonika Limani is a PhD candidate in Development Economics and a teaching assistant (TA) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland. Her main research interests are development economics, foreign aid, development NGOs and social policy.
MentorDrilon Gashi is an Economist and Economic Development Consultant with 9 years of international experience, leading projects and producing policy analysis for government and multilateral agencies. Since early 2017, Drilon has been engaged with Deloitte U.S. Financial Advisory in Washington, D.C. as a Senior Consultant, and previously served as a Consultant for the World Bank Group from 2014-2017.
MentorDrinor Selmanaj is a lecturer, entrepreneur and cybersecurity expert from Kosovo. He is the founder of “Cyber Academy” the first advanced program for cybersecurity in the region, that provides learning opportunities, and career pathways by simulating environments with real-life cyber threat scenarios. Cyber Academy helps to grow the cyber workforce to fill the expanding skills gap and provide all the necessary tools and techniques to perform day-to-day cybersecurity operations.
MentorEdi Demaj is a Co-Founder of Rocket Fiber and KODE Labs. In addition to helping shape the vision of Rocket Fiber, he is responsible for helping with the execution of the Rocket Fiber vision by bridging the gap between technology, product and other areas within the company.
MentorEdon Muhaxheri is an art professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, US. His teaching portfolio includes digital fabrication prototyping, and courses on the design and making of mechanical sculptures. He also co-leads curriculum support workshops, including vector illustration and animation.
MentorEdona Maloku is a social psychologist working on reconciliation in post-conflict societies and a research member of Utrecht Groups and Identity Lab (the Netherlands). Her work on the social-psychological processes of developing Kosovo’s new national identity following independence is considered pioneering for the context and has been recognized for its significance by the Open Society International (London, UK), when Edona was granted the Open Society Scholar Award in 2017.
MentorEmidio Tedeschini is a qualified lawyer based in Rome (Italy) since 2014 and he has worked for the firm RSM Studio Palea Lauri Gerla for the last six years. His activity focuses on assistance to major international and national companies on topics related to corporate law, banking law and financial law.
MentorErmal Hasimja is a university professor in the field of political science and coomunication. His focus is on political representation and theories of democracy. He currently teaches at the University of New York in Tirana.
MentorEtrit Demaj is the Co-founder and CEO of KODE Labs. His background consists of banking, investment and entrepreneurship. He is an entrepreneur who has been involved in the starting and growth of numerous startups in different industries that have afforded him a variety of experiences.
MentorFatos has many years of experience in the IT industry working initially in the startup world as a developer and then moving to the corporate IT world with Oracle where he worked for over four years as a Solutions Architect advising customers on Cloud migrations, Big Data, Machine Learning, and Analytics strategy.
MentorFlorian Qehaja is the Executive Director of the Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS) and one of the founders of the KCSS. Floriani is the author of several scientific and policy publications in the sphere of security. He is also engaged as an international consultant on security issues by collaborating with prestigious international, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
MentorGani Abazi a medical doctor was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for the academic year 2005-06 and came to Harvard University to study in the Masters of Public Health Program, concentrating on Health Care Policy and Management. He completed his MPH degree on June 2007 and with the help of Rotary International received a research fellowship position in the Department of Neurosurgery of Children’s Hospital Boston where he conducted clinical research on hydrocephalus and epilepsy.
MentorGarentina Kraja studied political science at the American University Yale University, where she graduated with BA and MA. Since 2012 she has lectured at the American University of Kosovo RIT-Kosovo on developing state policies, international relations and the link between globalization and religion as social phenomena.
Genti Beqiri is from Tirana, Albania. He has more than 24 years of experience in financial management and project management with diverse work experience in the public sector, university, international organizations and private companies.
He has been involved in business management, consulting, administrative management, economic development, investment and economic policy practices in Albania but also in various countries such as Japan, USA, Ethiopia, Kosovo and Greece.
He is specialized in financial, commercial management, business development and planning, process and investment rebuilding.
Gent Ahmetaj is the head of research at TM, an Emerald Group company. His primary specialism lies in organisational strategy, management philosophy, and organisational development. The main focus of his work is helping organisations link strategy to practice and gain a better understanding of their human capital. He is also undergoing his PhD at the University of Warwick.
Hana Hoxha Qerkini
Hana Hoxha Qerkini was born in Pristina. She completed her Bachelor Degree in International Business from the University of Sheffield in 2006 and later completed her MBA degree from the same University. She also holds two professional certifications, one in Leadership & Management from the Chartered Institute of Management and one in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in England.
MentorIlir Hoxha MD is a Specialist in Public Health. He holds a Master of Science in Health Systems Management awarded by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and PhD in Public Health awarded by University of Bern. He is Fulbright Fellowship recipient for research work at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, New Hampshire, United States.
MentorIndira Kartallozi is a director at Kaleidoscope Futures a Cambridge-based think-tank and media company focused on creating a better and brighter future – one that is safe, smart, shared, sustainable and satisfying. Through courses, research, publications, and films, Kaleidoscope promotes the creation of future-fitness and integrated value.
MentorJakup Ferri studied at the Academy of Arts in Pristina 2001/2004 and at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam 2007/2008. Some of his artistic residences are Tembe Art Studio in Suriname 2010/2011, KulturKontakt in Vienna, Austria 2005, International Study and Curatorial Program in New York 2004, NIFCA, West Balkan AIR, Rooseum Museum, Malmo 2004 and Cultural City Network in Gratz.
MentorKonstandin Ristani obtained the secondary education at “Sami Frashëri” high school of Tirana and the bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Tirana, Faculty of Civil Engineering, in 1974.
Kamer Vishi is a Security Researcher and PhD Research Fellow at the University of Oslo. Kamer holds a Master of Information Security from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU Gjøvik). Currently, he is an active member of various international standardization committees for developing security standards.
Liza Gashi is a public policy professional with experience in project and campaign management, qualitative analysis and big data, and multi-stakeholder engagement in Kosovo, the United States, Costa Rica and Argentina. Liza is a founding member and executive director of Germin, a non-governmental organization that uses technology and virtual channels to connect and engage Diaspora in advancing the development and democratization of their home countries.
MentorLulzim Syla is one of the founders, co-owner and Managing Partner in ELEN, one of the largest electrical engineering and renewable energy companies in Kosovo and the region. He is also of the managing director at ELEN’s office in Germany, which operates as ELEN GmbH.
MentorMark is the chair of Massachusetts Albanian American Society (MAAS BESA), and has been the co-chair since MAASBESA began in 2006, and is in the process of creating Global Albanians Foundation. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Mentor Group in Boston. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and did his undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
MentorMentor considers himself as a compassionate and enthusiastic social entrepreneur that wants to see everyone live in harmony with themselves, others and planet. With a systemic impact focus, he is never content with just giving a person a fish, nor teaching them how to fish, he will not stop until the fishing industry is changed.
Melita Ymeraga is a passionate and innovative leader in incorporating new technologies into the world of financial management with over 20 years of experience.
As a founder of Melita & Partners Ltd, Melita has succeeded in bringing together her two passions, finance and information technology in order to lead over 700 different businesses and organizations towards the digital transformation of financial management.
MentorNebi Qena is a journalist who began his career in Kosovo’s fist independent Albanian-language daily Koha Ditore in 1997 for which he reported during the Kosovo war. He was Head of News and Current Affairs in Kosovo’s public broadcaster where he also hosted a current affairs show.
Përparim Rama, the CEO and Founding Director of 4M Group, is an award-winning Architectural Designer and Conceptual Artist. He is the winner of the best bar design in the World award from World Interior News at Saatchi Gallery in 2013, in 2016 he has been shortlisted with his innovative Restaurant Bar design concept in London UK.
MentorRilind Latifi works as a consultant for a business investigations and due diligence firm in Washington D.C. He focuses on fraud and corruption investigations in the United States and the German-speaking countries in Europe. He also assists clients in screening potential business partners and conducting asset tracing for enforcement of arbitration judgments.
MentorDr Rudina Jasini is an attorney and researcher specialising in international criminal law and human rights law. She is an Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford and is currently leading the ESRC Impact Acceleration Award (IAA) project Advancing the Impact of Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court: Developing Avenues for Collaboration; in cooperation with the International Criminal Court Office of Public Counsel for Victims and the International Criminal Court Bar Association.
Sead Zimmer is a philosopher, from Macedonia. He has studied in several countries around the world: Turkey, Syria, the UK and Norway. He has studied Turkish and Arabic languages, Arabic philosophy and Islamic theology, contemporary Arab thought and feminism, psychoanalysis and Western philosophy especially German Idealism, Immanuel Kant’s practical philosophy and legal philosophy.
Shenaj Shala is a protocol specialist, courtesy consultant, independent mentor and lecturer. She completed her master’s degree in 2014 in Brussels at the prestigious Institute for International Protocol and Soft Diplomacy – The International School for Protocol and Diplomacy (ISPD).
Shqipe Neziri Vela
Shqipe Neziri-Vela is a Development Assistance Specialist in energy sector and rule of law with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) & the U.S. Department of State. She has over 17 years of professional experience in anti-corruption, energy, and environment sector with organizations in Kosovo, Hungary, and the United States, including the World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, OSCE, and U.S. Congress.
MentorSabri Tahiri is a Project and Program Manager, with focus on Information Technology and Linguistics/Localization. On 2008, Sabri completed Master of Science degree, Computer Sciences at George Washington University, Washington, DC. He was awarded Global Leaders Fellow scholarship from the university.
MentorSelam Hajrizi, lives in France since 1999 where he has worked in many French and international NGOs and is the founder of the LOBUESE Lobbying International Kosova organization for lobbying in countries that did not recognize Independence of Kosovo.
MentorShkamb Qavdarbasha is a professional in the field of corporate finances and public finances. His specific focus is the financial assessment of companies and the management of financial assets. In Kosovo, he has worked as an adviser and public finance specialist for the Ministry of Finance and now as a consultant for Recura Financials company.
MentorShqipe Buzuku is a doctoral researcher in School of Engineering Science, in the department of Industrial Engineering and Management, at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) with a major in Systems Engineering.
MentorTringë Krasniqi is an experienced autism practitioner, having worked with learners with autism and their parents in a variety of settings for over 6 years. She teaches a special education class for third to fifth grade pupils in a self-contained classroom at Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. She is also an autism education consultant for Qendra Për Fëmijë Me Vështirësi Në Mësim Dhe Adaptim, based in Prishtina, Kosova, since 2015.
MentorValon Murtezaj is an expert in the fields of international negotiation, diplomacy, conflict management, and leadership. Professor Murtezaj, is a professor in IESEG School of Management in Paris, France. He lectured at other institutions such as Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Faculty of Economics at University of Ljubljana. In Kosovo, he lectured at several colleges such as Riinvest, UBT, ESLG, and different Think Tanks.
MentorVjollca Hajdari has a master in journalism and communication science, political science and ethnology at Freie Universität (Free University) Berlin. Vjollca Hajdari is a political activist and lobbyist of the Albanian affair, a practicing of public diplomacy and cultural one with focus on the image of Albanians. She writes about the famous German daily “Die Welt”, is a producer of documentary films, political analyst for the European News Portal – EurActiv, as well as for the media and for the international press.
MentorVenera Demukaj is an Assistant Professor at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K). She teaches Development Economics, Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Economics and International Trade and Finance. She also supervises RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Honors’ Society projects. Venera also serves as member of the Advisory Board of the GAP Institute in Prishtina and is a member of the CEFTA LSEE Academic Network in London. Previously she has worked at the University of Prishtina and Institute for Development Research Riinvest.
MentorVenera Kusari is a Programs Coordinator at Columbia University. She conducts research on conflict and conflict resolution. Venera’s concentration is on communication, reflective practice, and on complex dynamical systems theories.
MentorVjosa Musliu is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Political Science, at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium and a lecturer at the University of Kent in Great Britain. Musliu has taught at a number of universities (Warwick University, Oxford University, Marie Curie Sklodowka University, and Ghent University) and has presented at over 50 international conferences.
Mentoring our Future (MoF) is a mentoring program for Kosovan students. The main aim of this program is to facilitate the transfer of professional knowledge and experience between established professionals and Kosovar students who are interested in developing their career in a respective field. This program will serve as a meeting point of these professionals and as an exchanging space of their professional experience, therefore this networking will be an address where the community will communicate and benefit in different areas.