FELLOWSHIP AWARDEES FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE

Hope Fellowships Good Governance group.

THE AWARDEES FOR KOSOVO LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ARE:

Albulena Sylaj-Zeqiri currently works as Communications Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, in the Government of the Republic of Kosovo in Prishtina. Albulena studied Mass Communication at AAB University.

Anita Sutaj as of February 2010 is a Trademark Examiner, at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in the Government of the Republic of Kosovo in Prishtina. Her bachelor degree is on Management and Computing from the Economics Faculty in Prishtina University. Currently Anita is a Master degree candidate at the Dardania University for Business Administration.

Arjeta Podvorica is Coordinator of Human Rights Unit in the Municipality of Podujeva. By profession Arjeta is Lawyer. She received her Law bachelor degree in 2005, her Master degree on Constitutional Adminstration in 2012, she also passed the Bar Exam in 2008.

Bahrije Mahmuti-Beqiri as of 2011 serves as Director of Urban Planning and Environmental Protection Directorate at the Gjilam Municipality. By profession Bahrije is an architect, studied in the Faculty of Construction and Architecture, graduated in 2002 from the Prishtina University.

Besa Veseli is Gender Equality Officer in the Municipality of Mitrovica. She studied Psychology in the Philosophical Faculty at the Prishtina University.

Blerta Miftari is Chief of Cabinet of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Ministry of Local Government Administration, in the Government of Kosovo in Prishtina. Blerta’s Master Degree is on Public Policy and Public Administration from the American University of Kosovo, whereas her Bachelor Degree is on Public Administration from the South East European University, located in Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia

Burbuqe Pepaj is Construction Inspector, within the Inspection Directorate in the Municipality of Istog. By profession Burbuqe is Construction Engineer, graduated in 1991 from the Construction Faculty in Prishtina University.

Dita Dobranja is Deputy Executive Director at the Institute for Development Policy. Dita graduated from the American university in Kosovo on Economics and Statistics, Management, Public Policy.

Doruntina Ukimeri is Task Manager of the Antenna Office in the framework of the Cross Border Cooperation Programme between Albania and Kosovo at the Ministry of Local Government Administration and Founder & Member of NGO “N’GO. Doruntina is an architect by profession, studied Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania.

Drenusha Mula is Local Coordinator for a Civil Society Organization Lëvizja FOL (eng: Speak up Movement) in Gjakova. Drenusha received her bachelor degree in 2008 in Political Science and Public Administration, whereas her Master Degree in 2012 in Political Science, both from the Prishtina University.

Elfete Blakaj is a Chemist by profession, studied in the Prishtina University, Faculty of Math and Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry. Currently serves as an Officer for Environmental Protection in the Municipality of Istog

Ferdane Asllani works for Balkan Sunflowers as Strategy Program Advocate in Fushe Kosove.

Hadika Abdurrahmani is a Senior Professional Official in the Office of the Mayor of Vushtri Municipality since April 2006. Hadika graduated in 1989 in Law, from Law Faculty in Prishtina University.

Hatixhe Daku is a Coordinator of the Unit for the Financial Management of Projects within the procurement Directorate in the Municipality of Gjilan. She is an Economist, studied in the Prishtina University and graduated in 1984.

Leonora Bërbatovci for nearly three years is a Journalist at the Radio Television of Kosova (RTK). She completed her Bachelor Degree in 2008 on Political Science and Public Administration at the Prishtina University. Currently is a Master degree candidate on civil society and local development at the University of Prishtina.

Linda Abazi-Morina, is Project Coordinator in Addressing Gender-Based Violence project, implemented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She studied at the University of Prishtina in the Department of Psychology and is a graduated Psychologist. Currently is a Candidate of MA Clinical Child & School Psychology in the University of Prishtina.

Meliza Haradinaj is a Local Councilor at the Municipal Assembly of Prishtina. Meliza’s postgraduate degree is in Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, whereas her undergraduate degree is in Public Policy and Management, at the American University of Kosovo.

Naime Podvorica is Gender Equality Officer in the Municipality of Podujeva since December 2002. She studied Law, graduated in 1997 from the Law Faculty in the Prishtina University.

Qazime Vata as of 2008 serves in the Municipality of Ferizaj as Director of the Urban Planning, Property Geodesy, Cadastre and Environment Directorate. By profession Qazime is an architect, studied in the Faculty of Construction and Architecture, Prishtina University.

Rifadije Paloja is Director of the Directorate for Culture, Youth and Sports at the Municipality of Obiliq since 2011. In 1999 she graduated from the Faculty of Philology, Department of Albanian Language and Literature, in the Prishtina University.

Shefkije Mehmeti is a Chair of the Municipal Assembly of Novobërdë, since 2010. She studied Public Administration in AAB University and graduated in 2011.

Shqipe Kurti is an Editor of Population Census Publications at the Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS). Shqipe holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Economics from the University of Pristina.

Svetlana Perović works for the Office of the Auditor General of Kosovo as an Auditor since September 2007. Svetlana by profession is Social Political Scientist where she studied Social Politics at the Faculty of Political Science in the University of Belgrade.

Teuta Musa is Secretary General of Women’s Forum of the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK). Teuta graduated from the University of Prishtina at the Philology Faculty on Albanian Language and Literature, whereas her Master degree is on Diplomacy and International Relations from FAMA University in Prishtina.

Venera Kosumi-Çerkini as of January 2013 serves as Head of European Integration Division in the Ministry of Local Government Administration, in the Government of Kosovo in Prishtina. She holds bachelor degree in Law, whereas her Master on Legal Science, from Prishtina University.

Venera Kabashi serves at the Ministry of Justice, Department of Legal Affairs, Division for Policy and Legislation as a Senior Legal Officer. She studied Law at the University of Prishtina, following her Postgraduate studies on EU Studies at The International Centre for European Training (CIFE), Berlin, Germany and Master of Law (LL.M) at the University College London.

Violeta Berisha graduated in 1987 from the Law Faculty, in Prishtina University. As of September 2011, Violeta serves as Head of the Office for Reintegration and Repatriation in the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Government of Kosovo in Prishtina.

Vlora Maliqi is President of Women’s Forum of the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK) Lagja Spitalit Branch and Primary School Teacher. She studied at AAB University for English Language and Literature, and currently is a candidate for Master Degree on English Language and Literature

Zana Pljakić as of 2011 is Trade Inspector in the Municipality of Gračanica. By profession Zana is an Economist, graduated in 1984 in Prishtina University.

Zekije Sutaj is Head of Legal Office in the Municipality of Istog since February 2005. She graduated from Law Faculty in 1988, also passed the Bar Exam in 2001 from Prishtina University.

THE AWARDEES FOR WASHINGTON LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ARE:

Blerta Miftari is Chief of Cabinet of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Ministry of Local Government Administration, in the Government of Kosovo in Prishtina. Blerta’s Master Degree is on Public Policy and Public Administration from the American University of Kosovo, whereas her Bachelor Degree is on Public Administration from the South East European University, located in Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia

Dita Dobranja is Deputy Executive Director at the Institute for Development Policy. Dita graduated from the American university in Kosovo on Economics and Statistics, Management, Public Policy.

Doruntina Ukimeri is Task Manager of the Antenna Office in the framework of the Cross Border Cooperation Programme between Albania and Kosovo at the Ministry of Local Government Administration and Founder & Member of NGO “N’GO. Doruntina is an architect by profession, studied Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania.

Linda Abazi-Morina, is Project Coordinator in Addressing Gender-Based Violence project, implemented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She studied at the University of Prishtina in the Department of Psychology and is a graduated Psychologist. Currently is a Candidate of MA Clinical Child & School Psychology in the University of Prishtina.

Meliza Haradinaj is a Local Councilor at the Municipal Assembly of Prishtina. Meliza’s postgraduate degree is in Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, whereas her undergraduate degree is in Public Policy and Management, at the American University of Kosovo.

Shqipe Kurti is an Editor of Population Census Publications at the Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS). Shqipe holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Economics from the University of Pristina.

Teuta Musa is Secretary General of Women’s Forum of the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK). Teuta graduated from the University of Prishtina at the Philology Faculty on Albanian Language and Literature, whereas her Master degree is on Diplomacy and International Relations from FAMA University in Prishtina.

Venera Kabashi serves at the Ministry of Justice, Department of Legal Affairs, Division for Policy and Legislation as a Senior Legal Officer. She studied Law at the University of Prishtina, following her Postgraduate studies on EU Studies at The International Centre for European Training (CIFE), Berlin, Germany and Master of Law (LL.M) at the University College London.

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About HOPE FELLOWSHIPS

Hope Fellowship was established by the National Albanian American Council (NAAC) and is funded by USAID to strengthen the role of women in policy and decision-making in the Balkans. The program operates in Kosovo, empowering women leaders to create collaborative, sustainable, positive change in government, civil society, and business that strengthen the democratic process and promotes prosperity for all peoples in the country. NAAC’s aim is to contribute to the development of the Balkans by offering concrete support in the form of educational opportunities and tools to foster democratic participation.
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