Board and Staff
Lulzim PeciBoard Chair
Mr. Lulzim Peci (1966) holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University Institute Ortega y Gasset in Madrid (Spain) and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Prishtina (Kosovo). He is the principal founder and the Executive Director of the Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED), and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF).
Mr. Peci in the past used to serve as Ambassador of Kosovo in Stockholm (2009-2013), as a Member of the Board of Directors of the American University in Kosovo (2007 – 2009), Visiting Lecturer at the Geneva Centre for Security Policies (GCSP), Lecturer of National and International Security at the University of Prizren (2007- 2008), Executive Director of the Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (1999-2003), and as a Researcher at the Kosovo Center for International Studies (KCIS) / Foreign Policy Team of the late Kosovo’s President, Dr. Ibrahim Rugova (1995-1998).
Mr. Peci’s research interests are focused on foreign and security policies, inter-ethnic relations and political parties. He has published more than 60 policy and scientific papers and articles in Kosovo, Great Britain, Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, Austria and Germany.
Jelena DjokicBoard Member
Jelena Djokic is a Professor of Environmental engineering and management at the University of Mitrovica, and International Business School Mitrovica. In her 30 years career, she was working in private, public and civil sector in production, management and research and development areas. Beginning in 1990, she has worked in Trepca zinc production plant, as production manager, and in 1995 , became assistant professor at the Faculty of mining and metallurgy. She has dedicated her efforts to the science, technology, engineering and environment, so she has published numerous scientific papers with some 35 of them in the most appreciated science journals in the world. As researcher she has participated in many international science projects, with special emphasize on global climate change impacts to the environment and sustainable development. She was very active in education development, and she was one of the pioneers of the opening the University of Mitrovica to the international projects. She was awarded Higher Education Reform Expert by EACEA. At the moment she is active in two Erasmus + projects as a project management board member in the field of Natural Disasters Risk Management in Western Balkans and centers of excellence in sustainable development.
After the local elections in 2013, as an expert, she was actively engaged as Advisor to the Mayor of Zvecan, in order to make the new system operational and functional. In this capacity she has been engaged in the implementation of the large infrastructure projects, funded by EU, such as Regional water supply, sewerage and waste management systems. She has also drafted submitted and being granted on behalf of the northern municipalities, with numerous projects in the field of increasing transparency of the local authorities, citizens participation in the decision making process, gender based domestic violence, youth and women employment, sport and culture organizations, and many others in the north of Kosovo.
Ms. Djokic completed her engineering studies at the University of Prishtina, and the master’s program in technology at the University of Belgrade. She completed her PhD studies at the University of Mitrovica.
Vjosa DobrunaBoard Member
Dr. Vjosa Dobruna was an Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2013-2018) and is a pediatrician and Human Rights activist and practitioner. Dr.Dobruna is founder of the Center for the Protection of Women and Children in Prishtina, Women Center in Tetova, North Macedonia and the Safe House for women in Gjakova. She is recipient of numerous awards; Jonathan Mann Award for Health and Human Rights, Edward Barski Award for Courageous Physician, several International Women of the Year awards, the last one awarded to her in Italy in 2014 .
Erëza VelaBoard Member
Erëza is the co-founder of RedMill Agency, a high-end integrated marketing agency founded in 2012 focusing on PR, Communications, CSR consultancy, and Event Management. With expertise working with USAID, EU, and government projects, Erëza started the company at a time when there were few women business owners in Kosovo.
In 2015, Erëza partnered with an expert in marketing, production and social media management to become a fully integrated marketing agency. RedMill is now one of the biggest creative companies in Kosovo with 20 employees, mostly women.
Erëza is well known in Kosovo as an entrepreneur, expert in communications and public relations, philanthropist and passionate advocate for women’s economic empowerment. In 2014, she served as executive producer and anchor of “Ekonomia me Erëzën” a prime-time television program about the economy. It soon became a leading program, hosting ministers, prime ministers, and leaders of international organizations and business.
In 2017, Erëza was awarded the Chevening Scholarship, fully funded by the UK government, and moved to London for postgraduate studies in political communications. She received a master of arts with merit degree in 2018, the same year she became a mother to her daughter, Vivienne.
Erëza is currently back at RedMill and working on the new season of “Ekonomia me Erëzën,” which will air February 2020.
Donika EminiBoard Member
Ms. Donika Emini is a PhD candidate in Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster in London. She is a scholarship holder of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). She also holds a Masters in Public Policy with specialization on Public and Non-Profit Management and International Relations. The fully funded scholarship was granted by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).
Currently, Ms. Emini is leading the CiviKos Platform. CiviKos is a CSO Secretariat gathering 250 member organizations. CiviKos works actively to bridge cooperation between Civil Society sector and Government of Kosovo. In this framework she is actively engaged in establishing the Civil Society – Government cooperation platform for EU integration process of Kosovo.
Upon her return from Germany to Kosovo, Ms. Emini was recipient of the OSI - Think Tank Young Professional Development Program as part of the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies where she worked from 2013 - 2016. Furthermore, she is Research Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) Paris Office HQ - European Fund for the Balkans fellowship.
Previously, Ms. Emini worked with Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin, Balkan Policy Institute (IPOL), and the General Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in New York.
Ms. Emini is a member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advocacy Group (BiEPAG), and member of the SEEThinkNet platform which converse the Berlin Process of the Western Balkans.
Ms. Emini is also author of many book chapters, reports and policy briefs focusing on the EU integration process of the Western Balkans, security cooperation in the region, dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. In addition, she is regular contributor for European Western Balkans and Prishtina Insight.
Luan ShllakuExecutive Director
Luan Shllaku is the Executive Director of the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society. He joined the Foundation in March 1997 and has served as its Executive Director since 1998. Mr. Shllaku has extensive experience in environmental protection and activism. He led UNDP’s Environmental Protection program in Kosovo between 1986 and 1992, and went on to head the Environmental Institute of Kosovo afterwards. As an environmental policy expert, Mr. Shllaku has been engaged as a consultant by various international organizations, including the World Health Organization and UNDP. He has also advised environmental protection authorities in several countries in Central and South East Europe in developing plans for the improvement of environmental health services. Mr. Shllaku has also taught graduate classes on environmental management at the University of Prishtina and is the author of numerous research papers and articles, published in Kosovo and abroad.
Dukagjin HyseniAdministrative and Finance Director
Dukagjin Hyseni is an Administrative & Finance Director of Kosovo Foundation for Open Society. During his 21-year tenure, Dukagjin oversaw administrative, financial and office operations. Before this role, Dukagjin was partner in private company. Dukagjin holds a University degree in management and accounting.
Visare AliuOffice and Project Coordinator
Visare Aliu joined the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society in November 2011 after a long successful career directing and screenplay writing for theater and television. She has adapted texts and assisted in directing plays for the National Theater of Kosovo., including “The glass menagerie” by Tennessee Williams (directed by Ilir Bokshi), “Richard III” by William Shakespeare (directed by Ilir Bokshi), “Lieutenant of Inishmore” by Martin McDonaugh, (directed by Steven Wrentmoore), “Death and the Maiden” by Ariel Dorfman, (directed by Fatos Berisha), etc. Ms. Aliu own breakthrough was the most watched national sit-come in post-war Kosovo, The Modern Family, for which she wrote the screenplay and served as assistant director. The show's 318 episodes were broadcasted in national television of Kosovo, the RTK. She hods BA on Playwriting, Department of Dramatic Art, Faculty of Arts in Prishtina. She was a Board Member of the National Theater of Kosova during 2014.
Sihana MehmetiProgram coordinator
Mrs. Mehmeti has been working with the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society since 1997. Presently she coordinates the Higher Education program, but since joining the Foundation, she has developed a wide array of programs, including the Arts and Culture Program, Youth Program, Transparency and Accountability and Mental Health Program. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Graphic Design and Cultural Management, from the University of Prishtina, which she earned in 2001. Sihana completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Prishtina, as well, and earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design. After graduation, Sihana joined University of Tetova where she lectured on Book Preparation. Sihana is a passionate artist with a high commitment to support young artists in Kosovo. In this respect, she organized numerous artistic events in Kosova including The Week of Kosovar Design, the Young Visual Award, as well as numerous seminars on cultural management and cultural policy. Between 1996 and 1997 she spent six months at the European Parliament in Brussels, working for a representative of the Parliamentarian Group - Radical Alliance. While in Brussels, she found time to further nourish her hobby and took painting and drawing classes.
Vera PulaProgram coordinator
Vera Pula is a Program Coordinator at the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society since 1999. Currently coordinates a Foundation’s concept “Reconnecting Mitrovica”. Since 2004 she worked on empowerment and inclusion of minority communities in Kosovo society and protection and respect of their rights. In 1990 received diploma (Master equivalent) in Architecture and Civil Engineering from University of Prishtina. For 9 years after graduation worked as a graduate engineer of architecture specialized on building design and building surveys. Albanian and Serbian are her native languages, while speaks very good English language and has basic knowledge of Italian.
Denion GalimunaProgram coordinator
Denion Galimuna is the coordinator of the Transparency and Accountability program in the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society. He has graduated from the Central European University in Budapest and earned an MA degree in Economic Policy in Global Markets. In the past, Denion was part of the Minister’s cabinet in the Ministry of Economic Development; he has also briefly worked in the business sector and for over ten years in international organizations.
Lura LimaniProgram Director
Lura Limani is a program director at the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society. With an extensive background in journalism and research, Limani previously worked as the editor-in-chief of Prishtina Insight, an online magazine produced by BIRN Kosovo. She holds an MA in cultural studies from University of Freiburg (Germany) and studied sociology and philosophy during her Bachelor studies at University of Prishtina and New York University. Previously, she was a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in New York. Limani’s work has been published in Prishtina Insight, Balkan Insight, Osservatorio Balcani i Caucaso, Fabrikzeitung, etc. Limani is one of the founders of the Kosovo Oral History Initiative, an archive of life stories of people of Kosovo, and the independent literary magazine Lirindja.