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In an effort to provide high quality research that can shape public policy in Kosovo and elsewhere, the Center draws from the expertise and experience of its many researchers, fellows, and staff. Most of our fellows are educated at leading universities in the U.S, Canada, and Western Europe.  Meaningful research in social sciences and humanities requires rigor and dedication. Our staff and fellows have both.

The following are our key members and their brief bios.

Mr. Faton Bislimi
Senior Fellow / Managing Director
Mr. Xhevat Latifi
Executive Director
/ Media Relations Coordinator
Mr. Sherif Sherifi
Legal Consultant
Ms. Karen McKenney
Freelance Editor
Mr. Blerton Abazi
ICT and Multimedia Consultant
Mr. Bujar Haziri
Youth and Civil Society Adviser
Mr. Besnik F. Hoti
Trainings Coordinator
Mr. Rob Gulick
Senior Fellow
Mr. Resul Dauti
Senior Fellow
Mr. Luan Mazreku
Senior Fellow
Mr. Ardian Syla
Senior Fellow
Mr. Arben Skivjani
Senior Fellow
Mr. Arsim Mulaku
Senior Fellow
Ms. Elvana Tafilaku
Senior Fellow
Mr. Kushtrim Zeqiri
Senior Fellow
Ms. Arbnora Dauti
Research Fellow
Mr. Kreshnik Bekteshi
Research Fellow
Ms. Drenushe Bislimi
Research Fellow
     

Mr. Faton Bislimi
Senior Fellow and Managing Director

Faton has a rich experience in both Kosovo and the United States/Canada and with both international organizations and academic institutions -- including positions with UNDP, USAID, RTI International, OSCE, American University in Kosovo, Victory University College, etc. He is also well published in topics of economic development, political and social development, as well as immigration.  His key areas of research include migration and remittances, economic development, state-building, peace-keeping and peace-building, foreign affairs, and multiculturalism. Faton holds a BSc and BA (honors) from Texas Lutheran University in computer science and math, respectively, and a Master's in International Development and Public Administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  Faton also holds an MA in International Relations from Dalhousie University. Between 2010 and 2012, Faton served as a Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Foreign Policy Studies and the EU Centre of Excellence, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he pursued his PhD in political science. Since Fall 2012, Faton has continued his PhD studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His university teaching experience includes economics, business, and politics classes at the undergraduate level at several universities in Kosovo and Canada.

Mr. Xhevat Latifi
Executive Director / Media Relations Coordinator
Xhevat was born and raised in Gjilan, Kosovo. He holds an undergraduate degree in Education from the Faculty of Education, University of Prishtina and has also earned a Masters in Sociology from the State University of Tetova, Macedonia. Mr. Latifi is a member of the Society of Writers of Kosova and has so far published two poetry books:  "Vdekja Kushton Shtrenjte / Death is Expensive" (1997) and "Shi ne Flokun Tend / Rain on your hair" (2005). He has a long experience in journalism and has worked for RTV 21, Lajm Newspaper, Express Newspaper, TV Vali and currently is a correspondent of RTK, Kosovo's national public broadcaster, covering the region of Gjilan. Mr. Latifi is married and has three children.

Mr. Sherif Sherifi
Legal Consultant

Sherif's professional experience includes positions with the Court of Gjilan, Kosovo Chamber of Advocates, and between 2006 and 2012 with the Civil Rights Program Kosovo (CRPK). He holds a BA in Law from the University of Prishtina and is currently pursuing a master's in criminal law at the University of Prishtina. After successfully passing the Kosovo Bar Exam, Sherif became a practicing lawyer in Gjilan, Kosovo in 2012.

Ms. Karen McKenney
Freelance Editor

Karen has spent many years in Kosovo working for major international organizations including the American Refugee Committee, OSCE, etc. She has many years of experience as editor and media analyst.  Karen's educational background includes a BA in Economics from Oberlin College and liberal arts studies from the University of Washington. The Center contracts Karen to edit its core publications and other studies as necessary.

Mr. Blerton Abazi
ICT and Multimedia Consultant
Blerton has worked for both local and international NGOs and their projects mainly in the field of information and communication technologies and youth trainings. He has also successfully served as president of the Kosovo Youth Network, an active national youth organization. Blerton holds a BSc in Computer Science from the South Eastern European University in Tetovo, Macedonia and has recently founded a training and ICT service providing organization, MediaFleta. His current interests include ICT and e-governance, youth activism, etc.

Mr. Bujar Haziri
Youth and Civil Society Adviser

Bujar has spent over ten years in working with youth and civil society in Kosovo. He has held many important positions in local government institutions tasked with youth and civil society issues, including being Municipal Youth Officer in Gjilan. For his dedication, hard work, and leadership, Bujar has received numerous Certificates of Appreciation and other acknowledgements from major international organizations working in Kosovo, such as UNDP, UNV, GTZ, etc. Bujar holds a BSc in Engineering from the University of Prishtina.

Mr. Besnik F. Hoti
Trainings Coordinator
Besnik holds both a BA and a Master's in International Politics and Diplomacy from the Victory University College, Prishtina, Kosovo. He has also successfully completed several trainings and short-term academic programs in the field of diplomacy, international development, and international relations in Tirana, Albania and Washington, DC. Besnik has served as the Internship Coordinator at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania for Victory University College students. Currently, he teaches part-time at the Victory University College, while pursuing his PhD in International Relations from the European University of Tirana in Tirana, Albania.

Mr. Robert Gulick
Senior Fellow

Rob has spent many years working in Kosovo after the war. He has extensive experience with the private sector and with international organizations. Rob has served as founder and executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo, partner of MDA, consultant for AUK, among others. His key research interest include private sector development, joint ventures, investment funds, and more recently, tourism. A graduate of Hamilton College with a BA in History, International Relations, and English, he has also pursued a master's in education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York.  He joined the Center in October 2009.

Mr. Resul Dauti
Senior Fellow
Resul has been one of the key activists of the Albanian community in Alberta, Canada. He has given numerous public speeches on the Kosovo issue across Canada. His main areas of research include political developments and institutions, international relations, diplomacy of small nations, and multiculturalism. Resul's experience includes positions in Canada and Kosovo and in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.  He holds a BA in political science from the University of Lethbridge, Canada. Resul joined the Center in August 2009.

Mr. Luan Mazreku
Senior Fellow

Luan earned his Master's of Public Administration from the Missouri State University in December 2009. He holds a BA in Political Science from Drury University (2007). His experience, among others, includes a position with the Public Information Office of the City of Springfield. Luan has been an active activist on Balkans issues, especially those relating to Kosovo. His research specialties include international relations, public relations, peace-keeping and peace-building, and public administration.

Mr. Ardian Syla
Senior Fellow
Ardian has spent most of his time - apart from university studies - in an academic environment. He has worked for the Victory University College in Prishtina, Kosovo, as Head of Administration. Besides regular duties, Ardian has helped the College with their financial planning and budgeting needs. His major research interests include economics, business and private sector, as well as banking and finances. A business administration graduate of the American University in Kosovo, Ardian has also earned a master's in banking and finance at Sheffield University's affiliate City College in Thessaloniki, Greece, which is where he is pursuing his PhD, too. 

Mr. Arben Skivjani
Senior Fellow

Arben was born and raised in Kosovo, but educated in the United States. His work experience is impressive. He has held, among others, positions with Center for Business and Economic Development at the Auburn University in Montgomery and with Camoin Associates (New York). His fields of interest include state-building, economic development, good governance, and private sector development. Arben holds a bachelorís degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in International Business and Economics. He is currently working towards his Masterís in Business Administration degree.

 Mr. Arsim Mulaku
Senior Fellow
Arsim
holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt in Germany, with a specific specialization in European Public Policy and International Affairs. Prior to that, he earned his BA in Public Administration South East European University in Tetovo, Macedonia, on a Merit US Embassy Scholarship. Arsim's work experience includes research positions with the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, the Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development, and internships with the Embassy of Kosovo in Brussels, the Kosovo Ministry of Public Administration, etc. His research interests include Europeanization and political developments in the Balkans.

Ms. Elvana Tafilaku
Senior Fellow
Elvana holds a Masters
degree in the field of Public Policy from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt in Germany, with a specific specialization in European Public Policy and International Affairs. Prior to that, she earned her BA in political science from the University of Tirana. Elvana's work experience includes research and teaching positions with the Aleksander Moisiu University, and administrative positions with ENEMO, local NGOs, as well as regional associations of NGOs. Her research interests include International Relations and the EU integration process of the Western Balkans.

Mr. Kushtrim Zeqiri
Senior Fellow
Kushtrim has worked as an assistant in the department of finance in the daily newspaper Lajm in Prishtina and as business manager for a food retailer in Kosovo. He is a graduate of the American University in Kosovo with a bachelor's degree in business administration and has also obtained a master's in banking and finance at Sheffield University's affiliate City College in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Ms. Arbnora Dauti
Research Fellow 
Arbnora's key research interest include public health in general and infant and pregnant women's health in particular. Her work experience includes positions with major healthcare providers such as the University of Alberta Hospital, Family Medical Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is a graduate of the CDI College and pursued the Nursing program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta.   

Mr. Kreshnik Bekteshi
Research Fellow
Kreshnik's experience includes positions with private sector companies in Kosovo and Macedonia. Among others, he worked as an export/import manager and business events coordinator.  Kreshnik holds a BSc in management and business administration from the American University in Kosovo and is currently pursuing a MSc in logistics and supply chain management at the
Sheffield University's affiliate City College in Thessaloniki, Greece. His key areas of interest include supply chain management, business logistics, and business development.

Ms. Drenusha Bislimi
Research Fellow

Drenusha's key areas of research include economics, private sector development, banking, and public finances. She has a variety of professional experiences, including positions with Empowered Media in New York City, New York, Booz Allen Hamilton (USAID Contractor) in Prishtina, Kosovo, etc.  She holds an honors bachelor's degree in Business Administration - Management from Texas Lutheran University, and is now pursuing a Master's in Educational Administration Leadership from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

 

 

 


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