Robert Muharremi, European School of Law and Governance
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Robert Muharremi holds a PhD in law from the University in Saarland, Germany, and he is a lecturer of International Law and European Union Law at the European School of Law and Governance in Pristina. Since 2000, he has held various functions in the area of the rule of law and governance in Kosovo, including a post with the legal services of United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, and several assignments as a consultant and legal adviser to the Government, the Assembly of Kosovo, and the Independent Commission of Mines and Minerals. During this time, Mr. Muharremi has contributed to the establishment of the Assembly of Kosovo and the Constitutional Court of Kosovo, and he has been actively involved in the drafting of several laws. He is currently employed with Deloitte Consulting as an adviser on public-private partnership law and policy.
Agron Bajrami, Koha Ditore
Mr. Agron Bajrami became Editor in Chief of Koha Ditore in 2004, after ten years of journalistic and editorial work with the Koha Media Company. He started reporting on cultural issues at Koha weekly magazine in 1993 and joined the magazine as a full-time journalist in 1996. That same year, Mr. Bajrami spent two months with the Albanian section of BBC World Radio, as well as with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in London. He became Cultural Editor at Koha Ditore daily newspaper on March 31, 1997 when the first issue was published. At the beginning of the armed conflict in Kosovo in 1998, he became a member of the editorial board of Koha Ditore, participating in editorial decisions concerning the entire newspaper. As a participant of the International Exchange Program in 1998, Mr. Bajrami completed a study tour in the United States where he spent time with the Deseret News daily in Salt Lake City.
Mimika Loshi, Kosovar Civil Society Foundation
Ms. Mimika Loshi is currently engaged as an expert on EU affairs at the Kosovar Civil Society Foundation. Her prior engagements include consulting on parliamentary cooperation in the South Eastern Europe at the Regional Cooperation Council in Sarajevo, and at the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe in Brussels. She also worked for the Office of the Prime Minister where she was charged with supporting Kosovo’s implementation of the Tracking Mechanism for Stabilization and Association Process. Her academic background is in political science and European Studies. She earned her MA from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.
Lumir Abdixhiku, Riinvest Institute
Mr. Lumir Abdixhiku is Executive Director of Riinvest Institute. He holds MA from Staffordshire University, UK where he is currently also completing his PhD studies in Economics. His research field is ‘Tax Compliance in Transition Economies’. Lumir is also a lecturer of Microeconomics at Riinvest University in Pristina. With over seven years of research experience at the Kosovar think-tank Riinvest Institute, he is the author of several research studies, policy papers and other publications. Lumir also holds a regular weekly column at Koha Ditore, focusing on socio-economic and political issues in the country.
Elvida Pallaska, Institute for Spatial Planning – MESP
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Amir Haxhikadrija, International Relief and Development
Mr. 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 analytic 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.
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.