Amir Haxhikadrija, International Relief and Development
Chairman of the Board
Amir Haxhikadrija is a Regional Business Development Director for Balkan at International Relief & Development. He has been with IRD for six years and his business development experience includes business intelligence, development of capture plans and development of technical solutions and proposals for programs focusing on health, youth, community development and civil society. He has analytical interest in health programs, especially in health policy and health care system planning, as well as civil society (advocacy) and youth issues. His notable accomplishments also include published works in migration and development nexus, social protection and social inclusion issues and youth problems in post conflict societies, including a recently published UNICEF study on quality of education in post-conflict societies. Amir has also an extensive experience in project and program monitoring, performance measurement and economic appraisal and evaluation. Prior to joining IRD Amir lead the Kosovo Youth Council for four years, was employed by the OSCE and British Council and worked as a consultant for SDC, UNICEF, UNFPA, ILO, European Commission, IRC and Save the Children, just to mention a few. He is a medical doctor and holds an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
Gjylieta Mushkolaj, University of Prishtina
Gjyljeta Mushkolaj is a Professor of Law at the University of Prishtina. She was a Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo since its establishment until June 25, 2012. Prior to her appointment to the Constitutional Court, Ms. Mushkolaj was a member of the Constitutional Commission of the Republic of Kosovo, a body of historical importance established by the President of Kosovo for drafting the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo, member of the Group for the establishment the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo, Ethics exam writing expert for the Independent Judicial and Prosecutorial Commission (IJPC), an autonomous body established by UNMIK and funded by the European Commission and the Government of the United States of America, for the purpose of conducting a one-time, comprehensive, Kosovo wide review of the suitability of all applicants for permanent appointments as judges and prosecutors in Kosovo, the decentralization expert to the Kosovo Negotiation Team, and member of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo Joint Advisory Council for Legislative Matters.
Beginning in 1999, Ms. Mushkolaj worked with NGO representatives to develop a sound legal and fiscal framework for public participation in the decision-making process in Kosovo and other South-European countries. She also worked with major international organizations on projects pertaining to the freedom of association and the rule of law in Kosovo. She is active in civic affairs, serving in numerous boards and committees, and was one of the founding members of the American University in Kosovo Foundation.
Ms. Mushkolaj completed her law studies at the University of Prishtina, and the master’s program in Comparative Constitutional Law at the Central European University. She completed her second master and doctoral studies in the field of Constitutional Law at the University of Prishtina.
On the occasion the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the Kosovo Chamber of Advocates in collaboration with USAID Kosovo Justice Support Program honored Ms. Mushkolaj as a “Woman Pioneer in Justice.”
Erzen Shkololli, Unë e du Kosovën
Erzen Shkololli is an artist and curator, and the director of the foundation Unë e du Kosovën in Prishtina, Kosovo. From 2011 until 2015 he was director of the National Gallery of Kosovo and in 2013 commissioner of the first representation of the Republic of Kosovo at the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale. From 2003 to 2007 he held the position of artistic director at the Contemporary Art Institute EXIT in Peja, an exchange initiative in Kosovo, involved with transforming the local cultural landscape.
His artistic practice utilises local rituals and folklore in order to draw attention to specific socio-political situations; his work has been exhibited internationally in museums including the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Fridericianum, Kassel.
In addition to his artistic practice, Shkololli arranged the Kontakt Art Collection exhibition titled ‘Thirty One’ curated by Hans Urlich Obrist and Petrit Halilaj at the National Gallery of Kosovo (2015). He curated “Thirty Years After: Šejla Kamerić” (2015), ‘Sokol Beqiri: Retrospective’ (2014), ‘Simon Shiroka: Retrospective’ at the National Gallery in Tirana (2014) and at the National Gallery of Kosovo (2013) and co-curated ‘Engjell Berisha – Befre: Retrospecive’ (2013) and ‘Graphics’ from the collection of NGK (2013).
In 2008 he was a recipient of the DAAD Artist in Residency Fellowship, Berlin. Since 2003 he has been a member of the European Cultural Parliament. He lives and works in Prishtina.
Elvida Pallaska, Institute for Spatial Planning – MESP
Mrs. Elvida Pallaska is Spatial/Urban Planner, background in Engineering and architecture, working in the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning/Institute for Spatial Planning. Living in Prishtina Lecturing in European School of Law and Governance –Department of Real Estate Management; Coordinator of the local NGO “Environmentalist without Borders”. Elvida holds MA on Urban Management and Development, University of Erasmus/Institute for Housing and Urban Studies/Rotterdam in 2005. PHD cand, in the UPT-Tirana/FIN University of Polytechnic in Tirana/Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, in the subject of Regional Planning.
Lecturer in the EuropeanSchool of Law and Governance in Prishtina, 2010 up to date/Department of Real Estate Management.
Mr. Slađan Ilić has served as the economic adviser to the Mayor of Strpce, Kosovo since June 2011. He is particularly engaged in the Brezovica ski resort revitalization project. Mr. Ilić earned a Bachelor’s degree in economy at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He is a seven-time national champion in alpine skiing and a member of the 1992 Yugoslav Olympic team in Albertville. Until 2000, he was engaged in private entrepreneurship, primarily in the field of winter tourism. After the war in Kosovo, Mr. Ilić worked as the director of the OSCE’s NGO Resource Center in Strpce for a year. He also founded a local independent radio station and worked as a journalist. In 2002, he founded the Serbian Democratic Movement in the municipality of Strpce, ran for election, and was elected municipal president. In 2004, he resigned and became a member of the Kosovo Parliament as an independent candidate. Since 2007, Mr. Ilić has worked on various international projects focused on the economic empowerment of vulnerable groups and on providing concrete financial aid to communities in Kosovo.
Linda Shala, Data Project Electronics, Owner and General Manager
Linda Shala was born 1966 in Mitrovica – Kosovo. Graduated Economic Development at the University of Prishtina, and also earned MA in Diplomacy, Inter-cultural Competency and International Relations. Ms. Shala has extensive journalist experience, spending many years at Radio Television of Prishtina (RTP) and later serving as executive producer at Radio Television of Kosova (RTK) 1999-2002. Throughout these years, her entrepreneurial spirit kept her engaged in the private sector, as well, managing small trade and service-providing enterprises. She has founded and managed Data Project Electronics since 13 years ago, a trade company specializing in wholesale and retail of consumer electronics and home appliances. In 2007, Ms. Shala was awarded “Top Business Woman” by the non-governmental organization “New Vision”. In 2008 she was medaled with the special recognition from Media Company “Koha Group” for contribution to Kosovo’s Sport. In 2009, Kosovo Assembly Women Caucus accredited Linda Shala as “Top business women of the year”. Her own company, Data Project Electronics in 2009 won the FIDES award of Forum For Civic Initiatives Kosovo for corporative philanthropy at national level. Linda Shala is Board Member of Basketball Federation of Kosovo and Board Member of Kosovo Women`s Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Prishtina and is known as committed promoter of gender equality. Ms. Shala can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Korab R. Sejdiu
Korab R. Sejdiu is one of the founding partners of Sejdiu & Qerkini, LLC and currently serves as its Managing Director. He is licensed to practice law in the United States (New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania).
He received his Bachelor of Science degree at The College of New Jersey in 2001, majoring in International Business and Economics. In 2004, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Widener University in Delaware, U.S.A. In the last year of his Juris Doctor studies, he was named a Wolcott Fellow, an honor extended to four exceptional students, which allowed him to clerk for the Delaware Court of Chancery, the notorious U.S. court for corporate matters. Also during his doctoral studies, he was the Managing Editor of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, a leading national journal. He thereafter passed the bar exam and received his attorney licenses in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Initially, he clerked for the New Jersey Supreme Court and then joined a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, representing Fortune 500 clients on corporate and commercial issues.
He returned to Kosova at the end of 2007 and was hired by Bearing Point (a USAID contractor) as a Legal Adviser on a project supporting the Kosova Assembly, and later the Office of the President of the Republic of Kosova, and as a commercial law trainer for the Kosovo judiciary and Chamber of Advocates. Mr. Sejdiu served as the Legal Adviser and Counsel to the President of the Republic of Kosovo from 19 March 2008, up until the end of the President’s term in September 2010.