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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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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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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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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Kenan Beqiri graduated from IBCM in Mitrovica for Public Administration. He is known as a civil society activist with a focus on building peace and reconciliation. With several years of experience in international and local organizations and involved in various projects aimed at promoting inter-ethnic cooperation, building peace and transforming conflicts.
Throughout his career, Kenan has worked closely with youth, community representatives, religious groups and municipal officials, particularly in empowering non-majority communities in the Mitrovica region. Since 1999, he has actively contributed to numerous projects that promote social progress and increase the capacities of communities without distinction.
Leader of a series of initiatives with a primary focus on empowering young people and women in society. Communication, knowledge of foreign languages ??and friendly behavior make him an effective communicator, enabling him to adapt to different environments, both in the work sphere and in social life.
Beyond his professional commitments, Kenan is passionate about nature and enjoys his time walking in nature. He is also known as a volunteer in some of the activities aimed at raising the awareness of citizens and awareness of environmental protection.
“Experienced professional with over 20 years of diverse expertise in various profiles, including working with reputable international and domestic organizations. Holds a Master’s in Criminal Law and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Sarajevo. Proven success in community policing, safety, and security, with involvement in anti-trafficking projects, Preventing violent extremism and countering terrorism, local governance and elections. Currently serving as a Project Manager at KDI, leading a project that promotes green governance and supports community development in collaboration with 12 local NGOs.
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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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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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Vullnet has joined the KDI team as a senior researcher, since June 2022. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s studies at the University of Pristina in the Faculty of Law, Constitutional-Administrative department.Before joining KDI, Vullnet worked in the organization Group for Legal and Political Studies in the judicial and prosecutorial system monitoring project.Transparency and Anti-Corruption
Tringa has joined the KDI team from July 2022 in the position of Researcher. She completed her bachelor’s studies at the University of Pristina in the direction of Political Sciences. She completed his master’s studies at the Ankara University of Social Sciences in Turkey, majoring in Peace and Conflict as a beneficiary of the Turkish Government scholarship. She continued with various specializations where she completed part of his studies at the Universities of Linköping and Gothenburg in Sweden. In addition to the academic development, Tringa has also continued with the professional development. Before joining KDI, Tringa worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Social Sciences of Ankara and as a Project Coordinator at BIRN-Kosova. The fields of interest for research for Tringa are mainly in the field of security, media and sustainable development of public institutions, not overlooking academic researchTransparency and Anti-Corruption
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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