Mr. Kryeziu began his civil society career in 2001, when he joined NDI’s civic forum program. Once the Civic program was concluded, Ismet in accordance with his colleagues decided on establishing a domestic NGO, today known as Kosova Democratic Institute. In 2006, Ismet was elected as KDI’s Executive Director and continues to serve as such nowadays. Ismet has extensive experience in elections, working with Kosovo Assembly, and fight against corruption, local government and gender equality.
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Edita is one of the founders and coordinator of programs at Kosova Democratic Institute – Transparency International Kosova. Before joining KDI, she worked for international organizations in Kosovo and overseas in democratization, civic participation, elections, advocacy and procurement. Throughout her 14 year journey in civil society, she had assisted many CSOs in Kosovo in Kosovo in strengthening their watchdog, advocacy and election monitoring capacities. Her primary roles in the organization include program design, strategic planning and fundraising.
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Vjollca has an extensive experience in the field of finance and administration management. Before joining KDI in 2008, Vjollca worked since March 2000 for OSCE and NGO Resource Center in Prizren. She has managed several projects that had sub-grants as key component, including those of Democracy in Action. Vjollca has knowledge on the legislation in place that regulates the finance and tax procedures in Kosovo.
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Naim Cahani joined KDI in 2009 as a project manager and coordinator in ‘’Local governance and civic participation’’ program. He has graduated in the University of Prishtina – faculty of law. He’s currently an MA candidate in local governance and democratic society in a common program of 3 different Universities – The University of Prizren, University of Peja and University of Gjilan). He’s also an Msc candidate in the South-East European University in Macedonia – faculty of law.
Mr.Cahani is very much experienced in local democracy such as: strengthening capacities of NGOs and local officials, analysing and drafting the local legislation, advocacy and civic participation, electoral processes monitoring and in gender equality issues. He’s currenty engaged as a project manager in “Local governance and civic participation” program.
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Arben Kelmendi joined Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI) team bringing his ten-year experience from NDI working in increasing the citizen participation in political processes and raising parliamentary life.
The last two years he has been part of the Transformational Leadership Program Team implemented by World Learning that aimed at generating a new cluster of leaders in Kosovo, capable of facing challenges during the Euro-Atlantic Integration process. He was also a coordinator of four university partnerships between the University of Pristina and four US universities (Dartmouth College, Arizona State University, Indiana University and University of Minnesota).
He is currently working on his master thesis in Sociolinguistics at the University of Prishtina. He is married and has two children.
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Agnesa has completed bachelor studies at the University of Prishtina in the Department of Sociology. She is currently completing master studies in the same department, while a part of her master’s studies have pursued in the University of Graz, Austria with a scholarship from Erasmus +. Before engaging in KDI, Agnesa has been engaged at the Institute for Social Studies and Humanities within the Faculty of Philosophy. Since March 2016, Agnesa has joined the KDI team in the project for monitoring the work of the Assembly of Kosovo and for monitoring the elections.
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She is a senior advocate and project manager for transparency and accountability in public procurement. Diana holds a degree in Economy, with a major in Management and Information Systems. She has over fifteen years of procurement experience, of which over six years with KBR Inc., and DynCorp LLC., providing services for the US Department of Defense, and the rest in various local and international organizations and institutions in Kosovo. In 2011, she presented at the Heavy Europe 2011 conference in Rotterdam, organized by Hanson Wade, where she lectured on global market procurement and the importance of contract terms and conditions. Diana has a proven experience with a high analytical approach that provides “from cradle to grave” knowledge and expertise (both government and private sector) in acquisition planning, procurement development, and contract management.
In 2015, Diana joined KDI’s Transparency and Anti-Corruption Team. Since then, she has published several analytical and monitoring reports, and various public procurement studies. She has also provided capacity building services in training NGO’s and other interested parties in monitoring the public procurement in Kosovo. Diana was also a volunteer in the coalition of Democracy in Action organizations in the 2017 central and local elections where she has served in various capacities. Her areas of interest are public policy analysis and advocacy with a focus on the management of public money expenditures through public procurement, increased transparency and accountability of central and local government levels, and citizen awareness in holding Institutions to account on how they spend the taxpayers money.
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Eugen Cakolli is part of KDI team since 2016. He began working on monitoring the work of Assembly of Kosovo, within the program for Democratization and Parliamentary Practices. Previously he worked for International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
Right now, Eugen is working as Project Officer on the project for empowering the first-time voters as part of the Political Accountability program. He also added valuable contribution to the Democracy in Action by holding a position as the Coordinator of the Election Observers.
Currently Cakolli, is enrolled in University of Pristina and undertaking a Masters Studies for European Integration and Public Administration, while conducting several research papers.
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I have been Involved in civil society activities in Kosovo since 2001. Initially, by doing volunteer work in the “Save the Children” organization, namely by conducting numerous activities in promoting the rights of children. Offering specific support to abused and neglected children in the post-conflict period in Kosovo was among the reasons that drove and motivated my involvement in volunteer work, with the goal of improving children situation in Kosovo for the better. Following my volunteer work in the Save the Children organization, I remained committed to my civil engagement in Kosovo, by working with different youth organization, in various profiles, such as: assistance, charity, solidarity, and citizens’ participation. I remain committed to civil society work, whereby as of 2008 I am part of the regular staff of the Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI), in the position of Administrative and Finance Assistant.
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Ms. Zeka is one of the founders of Kosova Democratic Institute, KDI, Board Member of the Organization and since 2014 Board Chair of KDI. She worked in National Democratic Institute in the program Civic Forum in years 2000- 2005 where she contributed in increasing citizen participation in decision making processes, grassroots organizing and election monitoring. She has served twice as international observer of the Ukraine Parliamentarian Election in 2004 part of ENEMO coalition.
Violeta has been working more than 10 years now in Asseco SEE, to start in 2007 in Pronet IT CET Sh.p.k which was acquired by Asseco SEE in 2009. She works as Consultant accrediting to her extensive experience in Banking Sector, with focus on managing implementation of numerous projects such as implementation of Digital Channels, Core Banking etc. in Banks in Kosova and Albania. She is certified as Cisco Certified Network Associate, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCST) and has attended classes on AUK CAPM & PMP Certification and Associates for Finance and Accounting Services (AFAS).
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Adrian Çollaku is editor-in-chief of online newspaper Blic since 2014. Earlier he worked as deputy editor and responsible editor in the daily newspaper Gazeta Zeri. He holds PhD in Contemporary History, while lectures in several colleges in Kosovo, in the department of Political Science and Public Administration. He holds a Masters degree in Political Science and Public Administration, while he has also completed various trainings dealing with European integration and the field of human rights and freedoms.
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Kushtrim has over twenty years of experience in the non-governmental sector in Kosovo and abroad. A graduate of the Faculty of Economics in Pristina, he has worked for about 20 years as director of finance and administration at the National Democratic Institute in Kosovo and its missions in Sudan and Liberia. As a civil society activist, he has participated in national and international election observation missions in Kosovo, Ukraine, Albania and Liberia. Currently, Kushtrim works with NGO Kosovo-Women 4 Women as a project coordinator dealing with the empowerment of women in the economy and labor market.
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