Mr. Alex Roinishvili GrigorevPresident, Council for Inclusive Governance (USA)

Alex Roinishvili Grigorev is the President of the New York-based Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG) and an Adjunct Professor in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania.
Educated in history and international affairs and an expert on Balkan politics and ethnic relations he has been working in the Balkans since 1991. He facilitates discussions of political and ethnic leaders in the Balkans as well as leads programs on resolving bilateral disputes, fostering democratic governance, and advancing minority inclusion. CIG is currently conducting dialogue processes between Belgrade and Pristina that include cabinet officials and members of parliaments. More about CIG is at www.cigonline.net.
Prior to heading CIG, he was the Executive Director of the Princeton-based Project on Ethnic Relations (PER) where he developed and conducted programs on interethnic relations in Southeast Europe and the former Soviet Union. PER helped develop first minority legislation in a number of countries of the region and create first multiethnic governing coalitions there. He was also a lecturer on ethnic relations at Princeton University. Before joining PER he was a fellow at the Calvert Emerging Europe Fund in New York City.
Alex Roinishvili Grigorev holds degrees in international affairs and history from Columbia University, the Central European University, the State University of New York as well as a mediator’s certificate from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Alex Roinishvili GrigorevPresident, Council for Inclusive Governance (USA)

Alex Roinishvili Grigorev is the President of the New York-based Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG) and an Adjunct Professor in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania.
Educated in history and international affairs and an expert on Balkan politics and ethnic relations he has been working in the Balkans since 1991. He facilitates discussions of political and ethnic leaders in the Balkans as well as leads programs on resolving bilateral disputes, fostering democratic governance, and advancing minority inclusion. CIG is currently conducting dialogue processes between Belgrade and Pristina that include cabinet officials and members of parliaments. More about CIG is at www.cigonline.net.
Prior to heading CIG, he was the Executive Director of the Princeton-based Project on Ethnic Relations (PER) where he developed and conducted programs on interethnic relations in Southeast Europe and the former Soviet Union. PER helped develop first minority legislation in a number of countries of the region and create first multiethnic governing coalitions there. He was also a lecturer on ethnic relations at Princeton University. Before joining PER he was a fellow at the Calvert Emerging Europe Fund in New York City.
Alex Roinishvili Grigorev holds degrees in international affairs and history from Columbia University, the Central European University, the State University of New York as well as a mediator’s certificate from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

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Ms. Sonja LichtPresident of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence

She is currently Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Centre for Democratic Transition (ICDT), and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). She is also a member of the Executive Board of the Jefferson Institute in both Washington D.C. and Belgrade. In Serbia, she was Chair of the BOD of Politika Newspapers and a member of the Executive Board of the Women’s Fund Reconstruction. She was also a board member of the Council of the European Cultural Foundation.
From 1991 to 2003 she was the first Executive Director and then President of the Fund for an Open Society (Soros Foundation) in Yugoslavia (later Serbia), a major donor of a vigorous civil society. Between 1991 and 1995 Sonja Licht was the co-chair of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, a broad coalition of various civic organisations and movements from all European and North American countries. She was part of the Yugoslav dissident movement from the late sixties, and in the mid-eighties she founded numerous local and international non-governmental organisations, including a number of women’s organizations.
In 2007 she became a member of the newly established Foreign Affairs Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as joining the Council for EU Integration of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
Sonja Licht is a laureate of numerous international peace and human rights awards. In 2008 she received the Star of Italian Solidarity and the French Legion of Honour. Weekly magazine “Vreme” proclaimed her Person of the Year 2007.
Sonja Licht was a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy in 2015. On 22 May 2018 President Frank Walter Steinmeier awarded her with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Ms. Sonja LichtPresident of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence

She is currently Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Centre for Democratic Transition (ICDT), and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). She is also a member of the Executive Board of the Jefferson Institute in both Washington D.C. and Belgrade. In Serbia, she was Chair of the BOD of Politika Newspapers and a member of the Executive Board of the Women’s Fund Reconstruction. She was also a board member of the Council of the European Cultural Foundation.
From 1991 to 2003 she was the first Executive Director and then President of the Fund for an Open Society (Soros Foundation) in Yugoslavia (later Serbia), a major donor of a vigorous civil society. Between 1991 and 1995 Sonja Licht was the co-chair of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, a broad coalition of various civic organisations and movements from all European and North American countries. She was part of the Yugoslav dissident movement from the late sixties, and in the mid-eighties she founded numerous local and international non-governmental organisations, including a number of women’s organizations.
In 2007 she became a member of the newly established Foreign Affairs Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as joining the Council for EU Integration of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
Sonja Licht is a laureate of numerous international peace and human rights awards. In 2008 she received the Star of Italian Solidarity and the French Legion of Honour. Weekly magazine “Vreme” proclaimed her Person of the Year 2007.
Sonja Licht was a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy in 2015. On 22 May 2018 President Frank Walter Steinmeier awarded her with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Mr. Naim RashitiExecutive Director, Balkans Policy Research Group

Naim Rashiti has 16 years of experience in public policy, research, advocacy and EU& International affairs. He leads the Prishtina-based Balkans Policy Research Group. Between 2004 and 2013, Mr. Rashiti served as Balkans Analyst for International Crisis Group. Naim is specialized in public policy, governance, security, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, as well as European and international affairs. He wrote more than 50 policy reports covering different policy areas on Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Serbia. Naim closely monitors developments in the region, and EU and international agendas for the Western Balkans. Naim has a proven track-record of working on Kosovo-Serbia relations; he not only monitors and writes on dialogue processes but also contributes through different venues, domestic, regional and international, aimed at helping and promoting peace process between both countries.
He served as a Research Fellow for Brussels-based CEPS and worked on EU approximation for the Western Balkans and the implementation of reforms on the rule of law and fundamental rights. Rashiti offers policy presentations and engages in high-level advocacy with EU, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. A recent presentation includes “Beyond Accession: Irreversibility of the Rule of Law” at the European parliament. He holds degrees on Public Policy and EU Affairs and Diplomacy.

Mr. Naim RashitiExecutive Director, Balkans Policy Research Group

Naim Rashiti has 16 years of experience in public policy, research, advocacy and EU& International affairs. He leads the Prishtina-based Balkans Policy Research Group. Between 2004 and 2013, Mr. Rashiti served as Balkans Analyst for International Crisis Group. Naim is specialized in public policy, governance, security, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, as well as European and international affairs. He wrote more than 50 policy reports covering different policy areas on Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Serbia. Naim closely monitors developments in the region, and EU and international agendas for the Western Balkans. Naim has a proven track-record of working on Kosovo-Serbia relations; he not only monitors and writes on dialogue processes but also contributes through different venues, domestic, regional and international, aimed at helping and promoting peace process between both countries.
He served as a Research Fellow for Brussels-based CEPS and worked on EU approximation for the Western Balkans and the implementation of reforms on the rule of law and fundamental rights. Rashiti offers policy presentations and engages in high-level advocacy with EU, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. A recent presentation includes “Beyond Accession: Irreversibility of the Rule of Law” at the European parliament. He holds degrees on Public Policy and EU Affairs and Diplomacy.

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Ms. Jelica MinićVice President, European Movement of Serbia

Jelica Minić Ph.D. is the Vice-President of the European Movement in Serbia. She has a research and policy-making background in the fields of European integration and regional cooperation. She was the Deputy Secretary-General and Head of the Expert Pool of the Regional Cooperation Council in Sarajevo (2008-2013), and had high managerial positions in state administration (Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2000-2004), civil-society sector (Secretary General of the European Movement in Serbia, 1994-2000) and academia (1971-2000 and 2006-2008), as consultant or team leader for projects supported by the UNDP, German Marshall Fund in Serbia, and European Integration Fund of the European Agency for Reconstruction. She lectures on regional cooperation in South East Europe at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia. She has published over 170 articles, essays and book chapters, around sixty (60) conference papers and edited several books and reviews.

Ms. Jelica MinićVice President, European Movement of Serbia

Jelica Minić Ph.D. is the Vice-President of the European Movement in Serbia. She has a research and policy-making background in the fields of European integration and regional cooperation. She was the Deputy Secretary-General and Head of the Expert Pool of the Regional Cooperation Council in Sarajevo (2008-2013), and had high managerial positions in state administration (Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2000-2004), civil-society sector (Secretary General of the European Movement in Serbia, 1994-2000) and academia (1971-2000 and 2006-2008), as consultant or team leader for projects supported by the UNDP, German Marshall Fund in Serbia, and European Integration Fund of the European Agency for Reconstruction. She lectures on regional cooperation in South East Europe at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia. She has published over 170 articles, essays and book chapters, around sixty (60) conference papers and edited several books and reviews.

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Mr. Visar XhambaziPolicy Researcher, Democracy for Development

Visar Xhambazi is a policy researcher at Democracy for Development (D4D) Institute. He holds a master’s degree in International Studies from Old Dominion University, specializing in US foreign policy and international relations. Previously, he worked as a project developer at NATO ACT Innovation Hub in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Xhambazi is the author of several policy papers and articles. His articles have been published in several local and international magazines such as Prishtina Insight, Balkan Insight, New Eastern Europe and The Globe Post.

Mr. Visar XhambaziPolicy Researcher, Democracy for Development

Visar Xhambazi is a policy researcher at Democracy for Development (D4D) Institute. He holds a master’s degree in International Studies from Old Dominion University, specializing in US foreign policy and international relations. Previously, he worked as a project developer at NATO ACT Innovation Hub in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Xhambazi is the author of several policy papers and articles. His articles have been published in several local and international magazines such as Prishtina Insight, Balkan Insight, New Eastern Europe and The Globe Post.

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Ms. Valerie HopkinsJournalist

Valerie Hopkins is the South-East Europe correspondent for the Financial Times, covering Hungary, Romania, Albania and the former Yugoslavia. Before joining the FT, she worked as a freelancer as well as with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. She has a Master of Arts in Political Journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and a B.A. in International Relations (focus on Russian and Post-Soviet Studies) from the College of William and Mary.

Ms. Valerie HopkinsJournalist

Valerie Hopkins is the South-East Europe correspondent for the Financial Times, covering Hungary, Romania, Albania and the former Yugoslavia. Before joining the FT, she worked as a freelancer as well as with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. She has a Master of Arts in Political Journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and a B.A. in International Relations (focus on Russian and Post-Soviet Studies) from the College of William and Mary.

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Mr. Marko SavkovićProgram Director at the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE)

At BFPE, he is in charge of programmatic aspects of the Belgrade Security Forum, while he directed the Regional Academy for Democracy from 2013 to 2015.
Previously, Marko worked for seven years as a researcher in the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), specializing in the fields of defense reform, civil-military relations and Euro-Atlantic integration. While working in BCSP, he co-authored the first “Dictionary of European Security” published in BHS languages, followed by a pioneering study in Serbia’s and Western Balkans’ civilian capacities for peace operations.
Marko holds a PhD from the Belgrade Faculty of Political Science, with thesis written on privatization of peace-building efforts worldwide. From 2011 to 2014, he was a guest lecturer at the Centre for Security Cooperation – RACVIAC.
His work and thoughts have been published extensively in academic journals (Journal of Regional Security, European Journal of Human Security) as well as various magazines and portals (European Western Balkans, Talas). He regularly writes for Novi magazin weekly and Danas daily newspapers.
Marko is a member of working groups dedicated to chapters 31 and 35 of Serbia’s European integration process, within the National Convention on the EU. He is an alumnus of the Belgrade Open School and Die Zeit foundation’s Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance.

Mr. Marko SavkovićProgram Director at the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE)

At BFPE, he is in charge of programmatic aspects of the Belgrade Security Forum, while he directed the Regional Academy for Democracy from 2013 to 2015.
Previously, Marko worked for seven years as a researcher in the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), specializing in the fields of defense reform, civil-military relations and Euro-Atlantic integration. While working in BCSP, he co-authored the first “Dictionary of European Security” published in BHS languages, followed by a pioneering study in Serbia’s and Western Balkans’ civilian capacities for peace operations.
Marko holds a PhD from the Belgrade Faculty of Political Science, with thesis written on privatization of peace-building efforts worldwide. From 2011 to 2014, he was a guest lecturer at the Centre for Security Cooperation – RACVIAC.
His work and thoughts have been published extensively in academic journals (Journal of Regional Security, European Journal of Human Security) as well as various magazines and portals (European Western Balkans, Talas). He regularly writes for Novi magazin weekly and Danas daily newspapers.
Marko is a member of working groups dedicated to chapters 31 and 35 of Serbia’s European integration process, within the National Convention on the EU. He is an alumnus of the Belgrade Open School and Die Zeit foundation’s Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance.

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Mr. Safet GëxhaliuSecretary General at WB6 Chamber Investment Forum

Safet Gëxhaliu completed his studies at the University of Split in Dubrovnik, at the Foreign Trade Faculty. He holds a master’s degree in International Marketing and Foreign Trade from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Zagreb. He completed doctoral work on the ‘internationalization of economic activities and the corporate development of the world economy.’ Aside from his academic studies in Croatia, he has worked and conducted research in Germany, England, Spain and Belgium before his return to Kosovo in 2002. He was engaged in the cabinet of Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi as a Deputy of the Stability Pact, where he took part in many regional and international economic initiatives and participated in high-level conferences, workshops and symposiums, both in and outside of Kosovo. He has been the President of the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce since 2010 and was a Director for Foreign Economic Relations in that same body. Mr. Gëxhaliu is also a General Secretary of the WB6 Investment Forum in Trieste, Italy, which was created within the framework of the Berlin Process. Gëxhaliu is a member of the negotiating group for Free Trade Agreements with Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania, and a member of the CEFTA Forum.
He is the author of over 700 articles on various economic and political issues for local and international publications.

Mr. Safet GëxhaliuSecretary General at WB6 Chamber Investment Forum

Safet Gëxhaliu completed his studies at the University of Split in Dubrovnik, at the Foreign Trade Faculty. He holds a master’s degree in International Marketing and Foreign Trade from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Zagreb. He completed doctoral work on the ‘internationalization of economic activities and the corporate development of the world economy.’ Aside from his academic studies in Croatia, he has worked and conducted research in Germany, England, Spain and Belgium before his return to Kosovo in 2002. He was engaged in the cabinet of Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi as a Deputy of the Stability Pact, where he took part in many regional and international economic initiatives and participated in high-level conferences, workshops and symposiums, both in and outside of Kosovo. He has been the President of the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce since 2010 and was a Director for Foreign Economic Relations in that same body. Mr. Gëxhaliu is also a General Secretary of the WB6 Investment Forum in Trieste, Italy, which was created within the framework of the Berlin Process. Gëxhaliu is a member of the negotiating group for Free Trade Agreements with Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania, and a member of the CEFTA Forum.
He is the author of over 700 articles on various economic and political issues for local and international publications.

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Ms. Jovana SpremoAdviser on EU integration related policies at YUCOM

Jovana Spremo works as an advisor specialized in EU integration related policies at the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM. She holds a BA in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade, MA in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law and iscurrently pursuing master degree in European Integration at the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade. She is the coordinator of the Working Group for Chapter 23 of the National Convention on European Union.Her expertise is in the area of rule of law, with a special focus on the EU negotiation process, mainly covering topics related to judiciary and war crimes.Her interests also lay in the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as in transitional justice and reconciliation. She is engaged in monitoring the Brussels Agreementimplementation and the process of normalization of the relations between Serbia and Kosovo, with focus on judiciary integration. Jovana is an alumna of several international and regional programmes, including the OSCE Dialogue Academy of Young Women and Reporting on Genocide and Mass Violence Programme organized by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. She has written several publications and reports on different topics tackling rule of law and human rights.

Ms. Jovana SpremoAdviser on EU integration related policies at YUCOM

Jovana Spremo works as an advisor specialized in EU integration related policies at the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM. She holds a BA in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade, MA in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law and iscurrently pursuing master degree in European Integration at the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade. She is the coordinator of the Working Group for Chapter 23 of the National Convention on European Union.Her expertise is in the area of rule of law, with a special focus on the EU negotiation process, mainly covering topics related to judiciary and war crimes.Her interests also lay in the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as in transitional justice and reconciliation. She is engaged in monitoring the Brussels Agreementimplementation and the process of normalization of the relations between Serbia and Kosovo, with focus on judiciary integration. Jovana is an alumna of several international and regional programmes, including the OSCE Dialogue Academy of Young Women and Reporting on Genocide and Mass Violence Programme organized by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. She has written several publications and reports on different topics tackling rule of law and human rights.

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Mr. Eroll BilibaniHead of DokuLab

Eroll Bilibani is a Head of DokuFest's 'DokuLab' program, which is focused on the development and promotion of young filmmakers and artists, using cinema and storytelling as platforms for social change, through creative educational packages designed to inspire young people. His work primarily focuses on the development of manuals aligned with the national curriculum framework designed to support teachers in the development of didactic materials for use of film in the classroom available for all teachers at DokuFest's 'Digital Library for Teachers'. DokuLab currently runs 23 Digital Media Clubs in Secondary Schools throughout Kosovo that strengthen the communication and social skills of students through interactive learning methods that employ visual and digital arts.
Eroll and his team promote sustainable documentary cinema in rural villages of Kosovo through DokuFest’s 100% Solar Powered traveling cinema. In 2014, “New Europe 100” an initiative of Google, Res Publica, Visegrad Fund and the Financial Times, enlisted Eroll as one of 100 people who have inspired change in Central and Eastern Europe.
Eroll was the executive producer of the 2017 BAFTA winning short film “HOME” and the producer of Short Documentary "In Between" that was Kosovo's first appearance at a competition at Berlinale 2019 and 2020 candidate for European Film Award.

Mr. Eroll BilibaniHead of DokuLab

Eroll Bilibani is a Head of DokuFest's 'DokuLab' program, which is focused on the development and promotion of young filmmakers and artists, using cinema and storytelling as platforms for social change, through creative educational packages designed to inspire young people. His work primarily focuses on the development of manuals aligned with the national curriculum framework designed to support teachers in the development of didactic materials for use of film in the classroom available for all teachers at DokuFest's 'Digital Library for Teachers'. DokuLab currently runs 23 Digital Media Clubs in Secondary Schools throughout Kosovo that strengthen the communication and social skills of students through interactive learning methods that employ visual and digital arts.
Eroll and his team promote sustainable documentary cinema in rural villages of Kosovo through DokuFest’s 100% Solar Powered traveling cinema. In 2014, “New Europe 100” an initiative of Google, Res Publica, Visegrad Fund and the Financial Times, enlisted Eroll as one of 100 people who have inspired change in Central and Eastern Europe.
Eroll was the executive producer of the 2017 BAFTA winning short film “HOME” and the producer of Short Documentary "In Between" that was Kosovo's first appearance at a competition at Berlinale 2019 and 2020 candidate for European Film Award.

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Ms. Milica DjilasPR Manager, Exit Foundation

Milica Djilas is public relations manager in Exit foundation since 2014. She is in charge of making media strategies for many different projects, initiated by the Exit Foundation, and representing it in public. Djilas is also part of the EXIT festivalteam responsible for social activism. Using the power of the EXIT brand, EXIT foundation's mission is to position itself as a leader in mobilizing public opinion and as a decision maker in the field of youth development, creative industries and destination branding. These topics form the basis of EXIT. EXIT is the only festival in the world of that size and significance that was founded by social activism of young people who while developing the festival through creative industries have re-branded destinations of Novi Sad, Serbia and South-East Europe.

Ms. Milica DjilasPR Manager, Exit Foundation

Milica Djilas is public relations manager in Exit foundation since 2014. She is in charge of making media strategies for many different projects, initiated by the Exit Foundation, and representing it in public. Djilas is also part of the EXIT festivalteam responsible for social activism. Using the power of the EXIT brand, EXIT foundation's mission is to position itself as a leader in mobilizing public opinion and as a decision maker in the field of youth development, creative industries and destination branding. These topics form the basis of EXIT. EXIT is the only festival in the world of that size and significance that was founded by social activism of young people who while developing the festival through creative industries have re-branded destinations of Novi Sad, Serbia and South-East Europe.

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Mr. Ljubiša BaščarevićMember of the Organizational Team, North City Jazz&Blues Festival

Ljubiša Baščarević is as a member of the team which organizes the North City International Jazz&Blues Festival, an event which brings together jazz, blues and musicians from all over the world and provides space for other artistic genres including visual arts and literature. He coordinated the work of the festival’s press office for 13 years and contributed to fund raising and networking activities. He is currently primarily charged event promotion, communication with donors and international cooperation in general. Between 1988 and 2008, Baščarević played bass guitar in several rock bands in Kosovo and contributed to the organization of diverse cultural events in Mitrovica and Pristina. Between 2004-2011, he was a member of Local Board of the Swiss Cultural Program which provided support to projects in the sphere of contemporary arts in Kosovo and Western Balkans. In his cultural engagement, he was also an author and moderator of TV and radio programs which promoted rock music and arts in general. Baščarević obtained master degree in electrical engineering (electronics and telecommunications) and specialized Cable TV distribution systems. During the professional career he worked with many international organizations and private companies.

Mr. Ljubiša BaščarevićMember of the Organizational Team, North City Jazz&Blues Festival

Ljubiša Baščarević is as a member of the team which organizes the North City International Jazz&Blues Festival, an event which brings together jazz, blues and musicians from all over the world and provides space for other artistic genres including visual arts and literature. He coordinated the work of the festival’s press office for 13 years and contributed to fund raising and networking activities. He is currently primarily charged event promotion, communication with donors and international cooperation in general. Between 1988 and 2008, Baščarević played bass guitar in several rock bands in Kosovo and contributed to the organization of diverse cultural events in Mitrovica and Pristina. Between 2004-2011, he was a member of Local Board of the Swiss Cultural Program which provided support to projects in the sphere of contemporary arts in Kosovo and Western Balkans. In his cultural engagement, he was also an author and moderator of TV and radio programs which promoted rock music and arts in general. Baščarević obtained master degree in electrical engineering (electronics and telecommunications) and specialized Cable TV distribution systems. During the professional career he worked with many international organizations and private companies.

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Mr. Kushtrim KoliqiHuman rights activist, theater and film director

Koliqi Kushtrim is a human rights activist, theater and film director. Koliqi hold a B.A and M.Afrom the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pristina. He is currently in final phases of his doctoral studiesat the South East University, Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications, in Macedonia. During his professional career he was involved in theater productions at the National Theatre of Kosovo as well as in other local and private theaters. As a director, he is known for avant-garde, brave, provocative, creative, politically/socially engaged and innovative approaches. His theater performances were evaluated positively by both critics and audiences. He received a number of awards, including the Annual Award for Directing and Best Performance in Kosovo.Along with being on the board of the National Theater,he is member of the Executive Board of Kosovo Association of Theatre Artists,and a co-founder and organizer of the “Mirëdita, dobar dan!” He is also a member of the Preparatory Team for establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Kosovo.He led the production of a cycle of documentary films "People and memories talk" with stories of civilian victims of the war in Kosovo and throughout the region of ex-Yugoslavia which were broadcasted in six countries. Koliqi has been the Executive Director of Integra NGO since 2003, which focuses on dealing with the past and transitional justice, civic activism, critical thinking and writing.

Mr. Kushtrim KoliqiHuman rights activist, theater and film director

Koliqi Kushtrim is a human rights activist, theater and film director. Koliqi hold a B.A and M.Afrom the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pristina. He is currently in final phases of his doctoral studiesat the South East University, Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications, in Macedonia. During his professional career he was involved in theater productions at the National Theatre of Kosovo as well as in other local and private theaters. As a director, he is known for avant-garde, brave, provocative, creative, politically/socially engaged and innovative approaches. His theater performances were evaluated positively by both critics and audiences. He received a number of awards, including the Annual Award for Directing and Best Performance in Kosovo.Along with being on the board of the National Theater,he is member of the Executive Board of Kosovo Association of Theatre Artists,and a co-founder and organizer of the “Mirëdita, dobar dan!” He is also a member of the Preparatory Team for establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Kosovo.He led the production of a cycle of documentary films "People and memories talk" with stories of civilian victims of the war in Kosovo and throughout the region of ex-Yugoslavia which were broadcasted in six countries. Koliqi has been the Executive Director of Integra NGO since 2003, which focuses on dealing with the past and transitional justice, civic activism, critical thinking and writing.

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Ms. Nora AhmetajSenior member of the Preparatory Team for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Kosovo

Nora Ahmetaj founded the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication (CRDP) in 2010, and served as its Director until. The Centre was established to seek transitional justice, reconciliation, and the right to truth for victims and former adversaries of the Kosovo conflict. During the war in Kosovo, she conducted investigations into war crimes and crimes against humanity for the Humanitarian Law Centre. Ahmetaj is a longtime fellow of the Bosch Foundation Global Network specializing in transitional justice. Prior to working at CRDP, she was a consultant to the European Commission, and worked for a variety of international human rights organizations. From 2010 to 2012, she was a member of the Regional Coordination Council of Coalitions for setting up the Regional Truth Commission (RECOM). As an Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability fellow at Columbia University in the fall off 2015, Ahmetaj developed a project exploring conceptual and practical applications to the meaning of reconciliation within the context of Kosovo and the Western Balkans. She is a senior member of the Preparatory Team for preparing the road map for the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Kosovo. Ms. Ahmetaj was trained in human rights and international relations at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which she attended in from 1999 to 2000. She earned an MPhil in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies from the University of Tromsø, Norway, in 2005.

Ms. Nora AhmetajSenior member of the Preparatory Team for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Kosovo

Nora Ahmetaj founded the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication (CRDP) in 2010, and served as its Director until. The Centre was established to seek transitional justice, reconciliation, and the right to truth for victims and former adversaries of the Kosovo conflict. During the war in Kosovo, she conducted investigations into war crimes and crimes against humanity for the Humanitarian Law Centre. Ahmetaj is a longtime fellow of the Bosch Foundation Global Network specializing in transitional justice. Prior to working at CRDP, she was a consultant to the European Commission, and worked for a variety of international human rights organizations. From 2010 to 2012, she was a member of the Regional Coordination Council of Coalitions for setting up the Regional Truth Commission (RECOM). As an Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability fellow at Columbia University in the fall off 2015, Ahmetaj developed a project exploring conceptual and practical applications to the meaning of reconciliation within the context of Kosovo and the Western Balkans. She is a senior member of the Preparatory Team for preparing the road map for the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Kosovo. Ms. Ahmetaj was trained in human rights and international relations at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which she attended in from 1999 to 2000. She earned an MPhil in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies from the University of Tromsø, Norway, in 2005.

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Mr. Darko DimitrijevićJournalist and Chief Editor of the “Radio Goraždevac”

Darko Dimitrijević graduated with an B.A in Journalism from the International University of Novi Pazar, Belgrade department. He is the Director of Radio Goraždevac and Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Goraždevac’ TV production. Active in local and central-level civil society, he serves as a consultant at the Center for the Rights of Minority Communities and was elected as Chairperson of the Executive Board of Directors of the Kosovo Media Association in 2009, a position that he holds to this day. Aside from this, he has worked as a reporter for numerous media outlets and has worked in the field of publica relations and communications. His reporting has earned him a number of accolades, including the Dimitrije Davidović Award for Editing from the Journalists’ Association of Serbia and the Milan Pantić Award for Investigative Reporting and Journalistic Courage from Večernje Novosti in 2008.

Mr. Darko DimitrijevićJournalist and Chief Editor of the “Radio Goraždevac”

Darko Dimitrijević graduated with an B.A in Journalism from the International University of Novi Pazar, Belgrade department. He is the Director of Radio Goraždevac and Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Goraždevac’ TV production. Active in local and central-level civil society, he serves as a consultant at the Center for the Rights of Minority Communities and was elected as Chairperson of the Executive Board of Directors of the Kosovo Media Association in 2009, a position that he holds to this day. Aside from this, he has worked as a reporter for numerous media outlets and has worked in the field of publica relations and communications. His reporting has earned him a number of accolades, including the Dimitrije Davidović Award for Editing from the Journalists’ Association of Serbia and the Milan Pantić Award for Investigative Reporting and Journalistic Courage from Večernje Novosti in 2008.

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Mr. Bekim BlakajExecutive Director, Humanitarian Law Center in Kosovo

Bekim Blakaj is the Executive Director of the Humanitarian Law Centre Kosovo. The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) Kosovo was established in Prishtinë in May 1997, as a branch office of the Humanitarian Law Center. The Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo (HLC Kosovo) has been operating an independent organization since April 2011. The HLC Kosovo continuously contributes to Kosovo’s ability to establish the rule of law and implement transitional justice mechanisms, in order to develop a just society that faces the past and respects rights of each citizen. The HLC Kosovo is working to document facts that will assist Kosovo society to deal with its violent past. The organization seeks to counter denial and political manipulation of human losses, and ensure the integrity and transparency of war crimes trials. HLC Kosovo will implement its activities in the frame of two main programmes: ‘Transitional Justice’ and ‘Regional Cooperation’.

Mr. Bekim BlakajExecutive Director, Humanitarian Law Center in Kosovo

Bekim Blakaj is the Executive Director of the Humanitarian Law Centre Kosovo. The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) Kosovo was established in Prishtinë in May 1997, as a branch office of the Humanitarian Law Center. The Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo (HLC Kosovo) has been operating an independent organization since April 2011. The HLC Kosovo continuously contributes to Kosovo’s ability to establish the rule of law and implement transitional justice mechanisms, in order to develop a just society that faces the past and respects rights of each citizen. The HLC Kosovo is working to document facts that will assist Kosovo society to deal with its violent past. The organization seeks to counter denial and political manipulation of human losses, and ensure the integrity and transparency of war crimes trials. HLC Kosovo will implement its activities in the frame of two main programmes: ‘Transitional Justice’ and ‘Regional Cooperation’.

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Ms. Sonja BiserkoPresident, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia

Sonja Biserko has been Chairperson of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia since 1995. Throughout the early 1990’s, she was among the founders of the European Movement in Yugoslavia, the Center for Anti-War Action, the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and the Forum for International Relations. Aside from this, Biserko worked on a variety of other civil and human rights programs, such as Helsinki Watch, UN Center for Human Rights, and the Hague Tribunal. She participated in a wide range of international conferences that focused on regional crises and conflicts including the Verona Forum and the Search for Common Ground in Washington D.C. Biserko was the principle organizer of the first opposition meeting in the former Yugoslavia that took place in Geneva in 1991. Aside from her other activities, she is the author of a number of books and publications including Serbia in the Orient, Serbia Lost in Transition, and Yugoslavia’s Implosion: The Fatal Attraction of Serbian Nationalism and was the editor of numerous others. She was awarded a prize for human rights work by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York City, and was part of the ‘1,000 women’ project nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2009 she received the Weimar Award, in 2010 the Eitinger Award from Oslo University, she was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Sarajevo in 2010, a recipient of the President Mesić Medal for Human Rights Work and received a medal from President Artifete Jahjaga for Humanitarian work in 2013. Biserko was a Senior Fellow at the U.S Instiute for Peace in Washington D.C (2001) and was a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry for North Korea in 2013.

Ms. Sonja BiserkoPresident, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia

Sonja Biserko has been Chairperson of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia since 1995. Throughout the early 1990’s, she was among the founders of the European Movement in Yugoslavia, the Center for Anti-War Action, the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and the Forum for International Relations. Aside from this, Biserko worked on a variety of other civil and human rights programs, such as Helsinki Watch, UN Center for Human Rights, and the Hague Tribunal. She participated in a wide range of international conferences that focused on regional crises and conflicts including the Verona Forum and the Search for Common Ground in Washington D.C. Biserko was the principle organizer of the first opposition meeting in the former Yugoslavia that took place in Geneva in 1991. Aside from her other activities, she is the author of a number of books and publications including Serbia in the Orient, Serbia Lost in Transition, and Yugoslavia’s Implosion: The Fatal Attraction of Serbian Nationalism and was the editor of numerous others. She was awarded a prize for human rights work by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York City, and was part of the ‘1,000 women’ project nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2009 she received the Weimar Award, in 2010 the Eitinger Award from Oslo University, she was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Sarajevo in 2010, a recipient of the President Mesić Medal for Human Rights Work and received a medal from President Artifete Jahjaga for Humanitarian work in 2013. Biserko was a Senior Fellow at the U.S Instiute for Peace in Washington D.C (2001) and was a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry for North Korea in 2013.

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Mr. Agron BajramiEditor in Chief of Koha Ditore

Mr. Agron Bajrami graduated from the Fine Arts Faculty in University of Prishtina, in 1991. He is married and has a son and a daughter. Bajrami started his professional carrier in journalism in 1994, as a freelance contributor to the KOHA Weekly magazine, which he joined the permanent staff in 1996. His work from the time also includes a few months with in the Albanian section of BBC World Radio in 1996. He has been with the Koha Ditore since the publication of its first issue on 31st of March 1997, where he was culture editor. During the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo, he was on the Editorial Board of the Koha Ditore daily, and was appointed its Deputy Editor in Chief in January 1999. In September of 2004, he became Editor in Chief of the newspaper, a position that he still holds. The newspaper that Mr. Bajrami heads is the biggest and most influential Kosovar daily. Bajrami also writes regular weekly and monthly columns. Apart from Koha Ditore, he occasionally published pieces for American and European newspapers (“The American Editor”, “Deseret News”, “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, “Tageszeitung”, “Neue Zuricher Zeitung”, “The Guardian”, “Euobserver.com”) as well as regional press (for 10 years he was a regular columnist for the Montenegrin daily “Vijesti”, and frequently publishes articles, opinions and analysis in the Albanian, Serbian and Bosnian media). After the 1998-1999 war, Mr. Bajrami has been active in organizing the media community and advocating for higher journalistic standards and practices. He participated in many regional and international conferences and forums related to media freedom and responsibility. Since 2003, he has been a regular at the meetings of the Commission on Radio and Television Policy, headed by Erhard Busek and Ellen Mickiewicz. Mr. Bajrami is also board member of Kosovo Press Council and elected member of the Board of South East European media Organisation (SEEMO).

Mr. Agron BajramiEditor in Chief of Koha Ditore

Mr. Agron Bajrami graduated from the Fine Arts Faculty in University of Prishtina, in 1991. He is married and has a son and a daughter. Bajrami started his professional carrier in journalism in 1994, as a freelance contributor to the KOHA Weekly magazine, which he joined the permanent staff in 1996. His work from the time also includes a few months with in the Albanian section of BBC World Radio in 1996. He has been with the Koha Ditore since the publication of its first issue on 31st of March 1997, where he was culture editor. During the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo, he was on the Editorial Board of the Koha Ditore daily, and was appointed its Deputy Editor in Chief in January 1999. In September of 2004, he became Editor in Chief of the newspaper, a position that he still holds. The newspaper that Mr. Bajrami heads is the biggest and most influential Kosovar daily. Bajrami also writes regular weekly and monthly columns. Apart from Koha Ditore, he occasionally published pieces for American and European newspapers (“The American Editor”, “Deseret News”, “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, “Tageszeitung”, “Neue Zuricher Zeitung”, “The Guardian”, “Euobserver.com”) as well as regional press (for 10 years he was a regular columnist for the Montenegrin daily “Vijesti”, and frequently publishes articles, opinions and analysis in the Albanian, Serbian and Bosnian media). After the 1998-1999 war, Mr. Bajrami has been active in organizing the media community and advocating for higher journalistic standards and practices. He participated in many regional and international conferences and forums related to media freedom and responsibility. Since 2003, he has been a regular at the meetings of the Commission on Radio and Television Policy, headed by Erhard Busek and Ellen Mickiewicz. Mr. Bajrami is also board member of Kosovo Press Council and elected member of the Board of South East European media Organisation (SEEMO).

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Ms. Jeta XharraDirector, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network

Jeta Xharra is the Director and one of the founders of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Kosovo. She got into journalism working as a fixer/local producer for BBC News in 1998 and later became the manager of the BBC Kosovo Bureau. She completed an MA in War Studies at King’s College London (2000), and gained a distinction for an MA in Screenwriting from the London College of Printing (2002). Xharra published a front-page article in the Independent and has written for the Economist, Sunday Telegraph and Jane’s Intelligence Review. While in the UK, Xharra worked for the Foreign News Planning Desk at the BBC World Service, Institute for War and Peace Reporting and in 2005 she became one of the founders of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. BIRN Kosovo has about 50 staff all over Kosovo that do a combination of monitoring courts, public funds, municipal governance and the agreements between Prishtina and Belgrade as well as reporting for BIRN English publications such as Balkan Insight and Prishtina Insight, producing “Justice in Kosovo” broadcast on public TV, “Life in Kosovo newspaper” and partner in Kallxo.com, the most trusted civil society platform for reporting corruption.

Ms. Jeta XharraDirector, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network

Jeta Xharra is the Director and one of the founders of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Kosovo. She got into journalism working as a fixer/local producer for BBC News in 1998 and later became the manager of the BBC Kosovo Bureau. She completed an MA in War Studies at King’s College London (2000), and gained a distinction for an MA in Screenwriting from the London College of Printing (2002). Xharra published a front-page article in the Independent and has written for the Economist, Sunday Telegraph and Jane’s Intelligence Review. While in the UK, Xharra worked for the Foreign News Planning Desk at the BBC World Service, Institute for War and Peace Reporting and in 2005 she became one of the founders of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. BIRN Kosovo has about 50 staff all over Kosovo that do a combination of monitoring courts, public funds, municipal governance and the agreements between Prishtina and Belgrade as well as reporting for BIRN English publications such as Balkan Insight and Prishtina Insight, producing “Justice in Kosovo” broadcast on public TV, “Life in Kosovo newspaper” and partner in Kallxo.com, the most trusted civil society platform for reporting corruption.

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Ms. Tatjana LazarevićEditor of the KoSSev portal

Tatjana Lazarevic is a native of Kosovska Mitrovica. Ms Lazarevic is the editor of the media and news outlet, Kosovo North Portal - KoSSev (www.kossev.info), the leading (until recently also the youngest) Kosovo Serbian speaking media with the current audience of over 700000 page views per month. Her university education background is in philology, public relations and communication. Ms Lazarevic has extensive working experience in teaching, communication/journalism and civic engagement. She is the author of a series academic and expert papers in communication, author of numerous analytical&journalistic articles on political situation in Kosovo (with a focus on North Kosovo and Kosovo Serbs in general). Tatjana Lazarevic was named Person of the Year in 2018 by a majority of votes by the editorial staff of the Belgrade-based weekly news magazine „Vreme“. As in previous years, the contribution to the advancement of institutions in the public interest was taken as the criterion for the award. The editorial staff of KoSSev portal won the „Dusan Bogavac“ journalistic award for ethics and courage for 2018. The KoSSev portal was the 28th recipient of this award, which has been awarded since 1991. Tatjana Lazarevic also won the prestige „Stanislav Stasa Marinkovic“ award for journalistic courage and special achievements in research and analytical journalism for 2019, traditionally awarded by the Belgrade-based Danas daily.

Ms. Tatjana LazarevićEditor of the KoSSev portal

Tatjana Lazarevic is a native of Kosovska Mitrovica. Ms Lazarevic is the editor of the media and news outlet, Kosovo North Portal - KoSSev (www.kossev.info), the leading (until recently also the youngest) Kosovo Serbian speaking media with the current audience of over 700000 page views per month. Her university education background is in philology, public relations and communication. Ms Lazarevic has extensive working experience in teaching, communication/journalism and civic engagement. She is the author of a series academic and expert papers in communication, author of numerous analytical&journalistic articles on political situation in Kosovo (with a focus on North Kosovo and Kosovo Serbs in general). Tatjana Lazarevic was named Person of the Year in 2018 by a majority of votes by the editorial staff of the Belgrade-based weekly news magazine „Vreme“. As in previous years, the contribution to the advancement of institutions in the public interest was taken as the criterion for the award. The editorial staff of KoSSev portal won the „Dusan Bogavac“ journalistic award for ethics and courage for 2018. The KoSSev portal was the 28th recipient of this award, which has been awarded since 1991. Tatjana Lazarevic also won the prestige „Stanislav Stasa Marinkovic“ award for journalistic courage and special achievements in research and analytical journalism for 2019, traditionally awarded by the Belgrade-based Danas daily.

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Mr. Idro SeferiJournalist

Idro Seferi (1984) is a journalist and writer from Kosovo. He is born in Peja/Peć and was one of the youngest journalists in Kosovo. Studied political science, international relations. A journalist since 2002, he moved from Pristina to Belgrade in 2007. He covers the Yugoslavia for various Kosovo and Albanian media. Seferi worked for some of the largest Kosovo media outlets such as the “Zeri”, “Koha Ditore”, and “Express” newspapers. He worked for ten years as a correspondent for Top Channel TV based in Albania, then he works for TV Klan and ABC News channels based in Tirana as correspondent for the region. Seferi worked also in Serbian language and was published by weekly “Vreme”, “Nin Magazine”, “Express”, “Danas”, “Newsweek Serbia” and other media. He worked for RTV Vojvodina (a public broadcaster) and was a writer for Al Jazeera Balkans in English. Seferi worked also for international media. For the past six years, he was written for Swiss public TV SRF. He published a book with poetry and writes satire and short stories. He is active with civil society and a commentator for various media on Balkan politics.

Mr. Idro SeferiJournalist

Idro Seferi (1984) is a journalist and writer from Kosovo. He is born in Peja/Peć and was one of the youngest journalists in Kosovo. Studied political science, international relations. A journalist since 2002, he moved from Pristina to Belgrade in 2007. He covers the Yugoslavia for various Kosovo and Albanian media. Seferi worked for some of the largest Kosovo media outlets such as the “Zeri”, “Koha Ditore”, and “Express” newspapers. He worked for ten years as a correspondent for Top Channel TV based in Albania, then he works for TV Klan and ABC News channels based in Tirana as correspondent for the region. Seferi worked also in Serbian language and was published by weekly “Vreme”, “Nin Magazine”, “Express”, “Danas”, “Newsweek Serbia” and other media. He worked for RTV Vojvodina (a public broadcaster) and was a writer for Al Jazeera Balkans in English. Seferi worked also for international media. For the past six years, he was written for Swiss public TV SRF. He published a book with poetry and writes satire and short stories. He is active with civil society and a commentator for various media on Balkan politics.

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Ms. Jelena L. PetkovićFreelance Journalist

Jelena Petković is a freelance journalism. Until 2018, she worked for the Frankfurt News, and cooperated with the Danas and Novosti daily newspapers, the diplomatic publications Kord and Newsweek, Radio Belgrade. Petković was also the Editor in Chief for the Student newspaper. She has organized numerous round table discussions, and is the author of a number of research projects covering topics such as disappeared, kidnapped and killed Serbs in Kosovo and their property, language rights in Kosovo (Right to Language in Kosovo: Lost in Translation), The Graffiti of Pristina: A Portrait of Youth, as well as research into murdered and kidnapped journalists. Petković also made a number of films and was a collaborator on the film ‘Milica.’ She has received of a number of accolades and awards, including (among others) a two-time recipient of the Laza Kostić Award given to her by the Journalists’ Association of Serbia and by the International Reportage and Media Festival.

Ms. Jelena L. PetkovićFreelance Journalist

Jelena Petković is a freelance journalism. Until 2018, she worked for the Frankfurt News, and cooperated with the Danas and Novosti daily newspapers, the diplomatic publications Kord and Newsweek, Radio Belgrade. Petković was also the Editor in Chief for the Student newspaper. She has organized numerous round table discussions, and is the author of a number of research projects covering topics such as disappeared, kidnapped and killed Serbs in Kosovo and their property, language rights in Kosovo (Right to Language in Kosovo: Lost in Translation), The Graffiti of Pristina: A Portrait of Youth, as well as research into murdered and kidnapped journalists. Petković also made a number of films and was a collaborator on the film ‘Milica.’ She has received of a number of accolades and awards, including (among others) a two-time recipient of the Laza Kostić Award given to her by the Journalists’ Association of Serbia and by the International Reportage and Media Festival.

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Ms. Ariana Qosaj-MustafaProgramme Director, KIPRED

Ariana Qosaj-Mustafa is a senior analyst and human rights activist with more than twenty years of experience in those areas. She is part of senior management of KIPRED, one of the largest think tanks in Kosovo. She was theChair of Kosovo Women’s Network from 2012-2016 and supported the development of the organization actively as a leading umbrella organization for women’s rights NGOs in Kosovo. She has published a number of policy analyses and research reports for KIPRED and the Kosovo Women's Network related to good governance, rule of law, human rights, gender issues, gender-based violence, and peace and security issues. She also often acts as a trainer and consultant related to human rights and gender equality issues with a number of organizations such as the EU Office in Kosovo, UNDP, UN Women, among others. She holds amaster’s degree in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Scienceand a Bachelor of Law from University of Pristina. She is also PhD Candidate in Law at the Law Faculty Iustinianius Primus in Skopje, North Macedonia. Qosaj-Mustafa conducted research in Washington College of Law, Washington D.C from April to May of 2010 and recently attended a professional certificate research semester at Dartmouth College in the United States.

Ms. Ariana Qosaj-MustafaProgramme Director, KIPRED

Ariana Qosaj-Mustafa is a senior analyst and human rights activist with more than twenty years of experience in those areas. She is part of senior management of KIPRED, one of the largest think tanks in Kosovo. She was theChair of Kosovo Women’s Network from 2012-2016 and supported the development of the organization actively as a leading umbrella organization for women’s rights NGOs in Kosovo. She has published a number of policy analyses and research reports for KIPRED and the Kosovo Women's Network related to good governance, rule of law, human rights, gender issues, gender-based violence, and peace and security issues. She also often acts as a trainer and consultant related to human rights and gender equality issues with a number of organizations such as the EU Office in Kosovo, UNDP, UN Women, among others. She holds amaster’s degree in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Scienceand a Bachelor of Law from University of Pristina. She is also PhD Candidate in Law at the Law Faculty Iustinianius Primus in Skopje, North Macedonia. Qosaj-Mustafa conducted research in Washington College of Law, Washington D.C from April to May of 2010 and recently attended a professional certificate research semester at Dartmouth College in the United States.

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Mr. Đuro BlanušaSecretary General, Regional Youth Cooperation Office

Before his appointment as the Secretary General of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), Đuro Blanuša served as a Senior Advisor with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Serbia in the Sector for International Cooperation and European Integration. He has a long track record of activism in civil society and the non-governmental sector with Save the Children and youth organizations.

Mr.Blanuša represented Serbia in the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ), a governmental partner in the co-management structures of the youth sector of the Council of Europe. He is a member of various regional and European expert groups in this field, and he was, from the very beginning, engaged as a governmental representative of Serbia in the process for the establishment of RYCO.

He holds MA in Economics. He is married and has two children.

Mr. Đuro BlanušaSecretary General, Regional Youth Cooperation Office

Before his appointment as the Secretary General of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), Đuro Blanuša served as a Senior Advisor with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Serbia in the Sector for International Cooperation and European Integration. He has a long track record of activism in civil society and the non-governmental sector with Save the Children and youth organizations.

Mr.Blanuša represented Serbia in the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ), a governmental partner in the co-management structures of the youth sector of the Council of Europe. He is a member of various regional and European expert groups in this field, and he was, from the very beginning, engaged as a governmental representative of Serbia in the process for the establishment of RYCO.

He holds MA in Economics. He is married and has two children.

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Mr. Shpend LilaTraining, Events and PR Manager, Innovation Center Kosovo

Shpend Lila is a Sales &Marketing Executive, an experienced communications and M&E specialist
and United States Alumni on “US Business Environment.”Lila is a Board Member of Kosovo United
States Alumni (KUSA), a TV Journalist, and is currently serving as the Training , Events & PR Manager
at Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK).Prior to his work at ICK, Lila served as Communications,
Performance & Research officer at the USAID Young Entrepreneurs Program for three years.
Additionally, Lila is a certified British parliamentary debater and judge and a graduate of the
American University of Kosovo on public speaking.He is a member of the Kosovar Youth Council, one
of the most active local – youth NGOs in Kosovo.Through the Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) Lila
manages and coordinates for the Global Entrepreneurship Week Kosovo, Startup Grind by Google
for Entrepreneurs (https://www.startupgrind.com), NASA's International Space App Challenge
Prishtina), Startup Weekend Prishtina (https://startupweekend.org/), Startup Week by Techstars,
Rockstart Answers Prishtina, Hello Tomorrow Challenge, and KosICT–(the largest ICT Conference in
the region.) Lila manages the Department of Training at ICK - offering services for beginners,
businesspeople and ICT professionals. Lila oversees Public Relations and Communications within the
Innovation Centre Kosovo.

Mr. Shpend LilaTraining, Events and PR Manager, Innovation Center Kosovo

Shpend Lila is a Sales &Marketing Executive, an experienced communications and M&E specialist
and United States Alumni on “US Business Environment.”Lila is a Board Member of Kosovo United
States Alumni (KUSA), a TV Journalist, and is currently serving as the Training , Events & PR Manager
at Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK).Prior to his work at ICK, Lila served as Communications,
Performance & Research officer at the USAID Young Entrepreneurs Program for three years.
Additionally, Lila is a certified British parliamentary debater and judge and a graduate of the
American University of Kosovo on public speaking.He is a member of the Kosovar Youth Council, one
of the most active local – youth NGOs in Kosovo.Through the Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) Lila
manages and coordinates for the Global Entrepreneurship Week Kosovo, Startup Grind by Google
for Entrepreneurs (https://www.startupgrind.com), NASA's International Space App Challenge
Prishtina), Startup Weekend Prishtina (https://startupweekend.org/), Startup Week by Techstars,
Rockstart Answers Prishtina, Hello Tomorrow Challenge, and KosICT–(the largest ICT Conference in
the region.) Lila manages the Department of Training at ICK - offering services for beginners,
businesspeople and ICT professionals. Lila oversees Public Relations and Communications within the
Innovation Centre Kosovo.

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Mr. Stefan VeljkovićExecutive Director, YEC Synergy

A graduate of English Language and Literature from the University of Pristina situated in North Mitrovica, Stefan Veljković has been actively engaged in north Kosovo civil society sector since 2010. He is currently the Executive Director of the Youth Educational Club Synergy from North Mitrovica and is active in youth policy and a gender equality activist. He worked as a media monitor for the Bureau for Social Research in Belgrade and has been active in the design and implementation of training programs for young people in north Kosovo on issues such as youth and gender-based violence, civic activism/engagement and environmental issues. He was an Academic Council Team leader at the University of Pristina situated in North Mitrovica and had an active role in the Student Council at that faculty. He attended a wide array of courses and trainings on issues such as NGO leadership and management, youth participation in decision-making processes, peacebuilding and human rights held by the OSCE, United Nations and the National Youth Council of Serbia.

Mr. Stefan VeljkovićExecutive Director, YEC Synergy

A graduate of English Language and Literature from the University of Pristina situated in North Mitrovica, Stefan Veljković has been actively engaged in north Kosovo civil society sector since 2010. He is currently the Executive Director of the Youth Educational Club Synergy from North Mitrovica and is active in youth policy and a gender equality activist. He worked as a media monitor for the Bureau for Social Research in Belgrade and has been active in the design and implementation of training programs for young people in north Kosovo on issues such as youth and gender-based violence, civic activism/engagement and environmental issues. He was an Academic Council Team leader at the University of Pristina situated in North Mitrovica and had an active role in the Student Council at that faculty. He attended a wide array of courses and trainings on issues such as NGO leadership and management, youth participation in decision-making processes, peacebuilding and human rights held by the OSCE, United Nations and the National Youth Council of Serbia.

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Ms. Marigona ShabiuExecutive Director, Youth Initiative for Human Rights Kosovo

Marigona Shabiu joined the Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo (YIHR KS) in October 2017 as its Executive Director. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs with specializations in non-profit management and international development from the University of Indiana. She obtained her B.A in Political Science from the University of Prishitna and a B.A in Public Administration from the International Business College Mitrovica. During the course of her graduate studies, she completed a three-month internship at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In 2014, Shabiu co-founded the non-governmental organization KAND-Center for Social and Cultural Development andserved as its Executive Director for three years. She has more than six years of experience in the civil society sector working as a youth coordinator and youth worker with different local and international NGOs. Shabiu was certified by the Council of Europe as a human rights educator for young people. Furthermore, she attendednumerous training courses, conferences, seminars and workshops in the field(s) of human rights, intercultural dialogue, peace education, peace building and social inclusion in Europe and Asia.

Ms. Marigona ShabiuExecutive Director, Youth Initiative for Human Rights Kosovo

Marigona Shabiu joined the Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo (YIHR KS) in October 2017 as its Executive Director. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs with specializations in non-profit management and international development from the University of Indiana. She obtained her B.A in Political Science from the University of Prishitna and a B.A in Public Administration from the International Business College Mitrovica. During the course of her graduate studies, she completed a three-month internship at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In 2014, Shabiu co-founded the non-governmental organization KAND-Center for Social and Cultural Development andserved as its Executive Director for three years. She has more than six years of experience in the civil society sector working as a youth coordinator and youth worker with different local and international NGOs. Shabiu was certified by the Council of Europe as a human rights educator for young people. Furthermore, she attendednumerous training courses, conferences, seminars and workshops in the field(s) of human rights, intercultural dialogue, peace education, peace building and social inclusion in Europe and Asia.

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