Faculty/Guest Speakers

hehirDr Aidan Hehir is a Reader in International Relations at the University of Westminster. He gained his PhD in 2005 and has previously worked at the University of Limerick and the University of Sheffield. His research interests include the Responsibility to Protect, humanitarian intervention, Kosovo, and the laws governing the use of force. He is co-convenor of the BISA Working Group on the Responsibility to Protect and is currently working on an ESRC-funded three-year project on “The Responsibility to Protect and Liberal Norms”. He has published widely in a number of academic journals including International Security, The Journal of Peace Research and Cooperation and Conflict. He is author/editor of the following books: Libya, The Responsibility to Protect, and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Co-editor); Humanitarian Intervention: An Introduction 2nd Edition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 & 2013); The Responsibility to Protect: Rhetoric, Reality and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); International Law, Security and Ethics (Routledge, 2010 & 2014. Co-editor); Kosovo, Intervention and Statebuilding (Routledge, 2010. Editor); Humanitarian Intervention after Kosovo (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); Statebuilding: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2007 & 2009. Co-editor).

Magdalena-El-GhamariBiographical Note:

PhD Magdalena El Ghamari
 
 Assistance Professor at the Collegium Civitas University – Poland
Head of Cultural Safety Department. Between 2013-2017: lecturer at the University of Bialystok (Institute of History and Science Policy, Department of International Security) and an analyst at the Institute for the Study of Terrorism in Rzeszow, Foundation Po.INT and online website Defence 24.Founder and president of the Foundation El-Karama. Member of the European Security Association Decision of the Association of Veterans in UN Peacekeeping Missions. International Project Manager: Balkan melting pot of safety problems of the present, the challenges of the future?She completed doctoral studies in the Department of Joint Action National Defence Academy.Doctoral dissertation entitled “Interculturalism in crisis response operations”, completed in the area ofdefense sciences, specializing in strategy and operations. She opened a second Ph.D. at the National Academy of Sciences.University lecturer and trainer (School of Common Knowledge Society in Warsaw, University of Information Technology and Management, School of Entrepreneurship and Management in Warsaw,the Training Centre for Peace Support Operations in Kielce, UNESCO, Intervention Groups PrisonWardens, Border Guard) and participant of international programs (Helsinki Human Rights Foundation,Polish Red Cross, the European Academy of Diplomacy).She is also author in the field of international security, intercultural and culture of the Arab -Muslim (last monograph: “Between culture and religion – military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,Publishing Kucharski, Torun 2015). Trainer participants of Polish military contingents in the field ofenvironment operations. It operates a network of lectures titled “In the culture of Islam” for teachers andhigh schools throughout the country. It works within the framework of lectures and conferences withmany universities in Poland (WSOWL, UJK, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan WSB) and foreignUniversity in Kosovo (Pristina – as a visiting professor at the Summer University).Currently conducting research related to migration and refugees in Europe (the case of theMENA region (with a focus on Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina) Researchinterests: MENA region, threats to international security, terrorism, fundamentalism, cross culturalawareness, the Balkans, interculturalism, NATO operations, military.

Prof. Dr. Enver Hasani, Former President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo/ Professor at University of Prishtina.

Veton LatifiProf. Dr. Veton Latifi- is a theoretician of international relations and political sciences.

He is a full professor of political sciences and international relations at the South-East European University (SEEU) in Macedonia. Since June 2016, Professor Latifi is a Vice President of the SEE University Board.

He is an author of following books:

  • “The new century of the Albanian politics” (2014),
  • “NATO and the EU: New Relations in Crisis Management” (2012),
  • “Concepts of Democracy” (2009);
  • ”Political Leadership”(2009);
  • “Politicology”(2008);
  • “The negotiations for signing the Ohrid Framework Agreement”(2008);
  • “Negotiation as a primary technique for conflict resolution”(2007),
  • “Theories of Political Sciences”(2007);
  • “Political Institutions” (2007), etc.

Prof. Dr. Veton. Latifi has been a speaker at many international conferences and universities in Europe and the USA including: Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government (USA), London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), European Academy of Berlin (Germany), University of Missouri (USA), University of Massachusetts at Amherst(USA), Central European University (Budapest), Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada), etc. He is visiting professor in several universities abroad. He is a member of several global professional and scientific associations from the field of international relations and political sciences.

He holds a PhD degree in Political Sciences. Since 2003 he is teaching at the South East European University courses from the field of theories of political sciences, theories of international relations, political leadership, diplomacy, international organizations and negotiations. Before joining to the SEEU, he has been worked with the London based Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in the management activities of the IWPR office and as an author for the Balkan Crisis Report.

 

Since December 2013 Professor Latifi is chairing the Max van der Stoel Institute at the SEEU. Since 2007 he is a president of the Institute for Democracy and Development- a think tank organization dealing mainly with the training of the young leaders of political parties of various cultural backgrounds. He coordinated several projects of the Institute in encouraging the dialogue among the political actors and civil society and raising a debate on issues on democracy and public policies.

He has been awarded with the Annual Prize for the Personality of the Year for 2010 for Macedonia by the Foundation Image and Media from Albania, for his special contribution in strengthening the democracy in Macedonia; and in promoting the Euro-Atlantic values in the Balkans.  Awarded as well as with the Annual Prize “The best Scientist/ Researcher of the year” for 2007 in Macedonia, awarded by the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Skopje.

ValonDr. Valon MURTEZAJ – IÉSEG School of Management, France and Deputy Foreign Minister of Republic of Kosovo.

Dr. Valon MURTEZAJ is an international professor. Dr. Murtezaj’s teaching specialties include: International Negotiation and Diplomacy, Applied Conflict Management Theory; Organizational Behaviour, Leadership and Management. Dr. Murtezaj has presented in many conferences in Europe and USA. For more than a decade Dr. Murtezaj has worked as senior expert in different capacities for many international projects and government of Kosovo. He has a multidisciplinary education and work experience. Dr. Murtezaj is originally from Kosovo, and actually lives between Paris and Prishtina, being a permanent faculty in prestigious IESEG School of Management, Paris, and Deputy Foreign Ministeri of Republic of Kosovo. Priory to this position, Dr. Murtezaj was Political Adviser for Foreign Affairs to Prime Minister of Republic of Kosovo.

Remizje IstrefiProf. Dr. Remzije Istrefi

Prof. Dr. Remzije Istrefi  holds a PhD in Political Science with a specialization in International Human Rights Law and International Organizations.  She finished her studies in International Human Rights Law (L.L.M) at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, after receiving her B.A. at the Faculty of Law at the University of Prishtina.  Ms Istrefi works as Professor at the Faculty of Law, where she was vise dean as well. Ms. Istrefi worked as a Human Rights Advisor with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo for 10 years and has served as a consultant for different international and national institutions including UNDP, ECMI, KJI and KIPA.  In 2008 Ms. Istrefi was awarded the Fulbright Exchange Scholar Program under which she spent one semester at the John Hope Franklin Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies at Duke University.  Ms. Istrefi also spent time at the Institute for International Relations of the University of Graz (sponsored by WUS Austria) where she researched in the field of international territorial administrations.  Ms. Istrefi is a member of the Bar Exam commission and also is actively involved as a researcher in various research projects.  Ms. Istrefi has published several scientific articles in the field of human rights and has contributed to numerous books published in Europe. Since 2010 Ms. Istrefi is Executive Project Manager of the biggest multi-ethnic project ever implemented in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica “Bridging the Divide”, funded by Ministry of Foreign affairs of Netherlands.  Since 2011 Ms. Istrefi is Arbiter at the American Chamber of Commerce.

  Arbnora Gojani Mazreku
  ProProtocol

Arbnora Gojani Mazreku is a certified professional, international etiquette &protocol training facilitator and the founder of ProProtocol the first Kosovo based center for trainings and consultancy in etiquette, local and international protocol, cross-cultural awareness, event planning, image consulting and social skills, as well as organization of high level / VIP visits and ceremonies. She is also the founder of ProProtocol for Children & Parents, where she passionately and with motherly love shares her knowledge with children and youth on good manners. She is First Impression specialist and little detail finder that makes a big difference in protocol.

Ms. Gojani Mazreku has been an international etiquette & protocol trainer and personal coachsince 2007 and has organized and facilitated trainings and delivered lectures on etiquette and protocol to hundreds of participants from around the world.

Since 2003 works as Executive Associate to UN Development Coordinator /Resident Representative and Deputy Resident Representative, at the United Nations Development Programme, Kosovo. Despite other duties at UNDP, Ms. Gojani Mazreku is engaged in highest level protocol, responsible for organizing and coordinating conferences, official meetings, signing ceremonies, high level visits of senior officials of UNDP, including official events and receptions for state institutions and international organizations.

Ms. Gojani Mazreku holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and has earned terminal Master of Arts degree in Protocol and Soft Diplomacy from the International School of Protocol and Diplomacy, Brussels, Belgium.

She is also certified by:

  • EUROPROTOCOL, European School of Protocol, Brussels, Belgium
  • UNITAR, UN Protocol, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Kosovo Protocol Academy – Certified program by Protocol School of Washington

Ms. Gojani Mazreku is married and has two children.

“Kosovo’s young population is the country’s most valuable asset andI recognize the value of individual excellence in young people, therefore, I am devoted to teaching them etiquette &protocol and contribute to the promotion and development of their capacities, knowledge, confidence, and a higher level of standards.
My goal is to, by teaching, promote and encourage intellectual growth, have the young population and young professionals achieve their own personal potential on their road to becoming leaders in their field of expertise” – Arbnora Gojani Mazreku

Dr. Agon Demjaha, Former Macedonian Ambassador to Sweden and Lecturer at College ‘’Universum’’

Dr. Agon Demjaha has graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Kosovo, continuing his master degree in Central European University in Budapest and PhD in Faculty of law In Skopje. In his professional career he has been engaged in various positions starting as a teaching assistant at Prishtina University and then as director with Open Society Foundation NGO `Centre for Development of Civil Society` in Kosovo. From April 2006 he was the Macedonian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden. Dr. Demjaha also participated in different trainings and international conferences. He is also active in research in Comparative Politics and International Political Economy and he is author of several university and scientific books. Agon Demjaha has been appointed a Board member off SEEU in 2012. Dr. Demhaja is lecturer at College Universum.

edita-tahiriEdita Tahiri is the Minister for Dialogue of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo. Prior to this responsibility she was the Deputy Prime Minister responsible for foreign policy and national security. She also was the Minister of Public Administration. Since 2011, she is the Kosovo’s Chief Negotiator at the Brussels Dialogue with neighboring country Serbia, with facilitation of EU and full support of US.

Tahiri is an Albanian leader and one of the main protagonists in the political changes affecting Kosovo and South Eastern Europe, after the end of the Cold War. She was one of the founders and key leaders of the movement for Kosovo’s independence, the Democratic League of Kosovo, in the years 1991-1999. She was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo (1991-2000) and is particularly well known in foreign policy and for her contribution to internationalizing the question of Kosovo and Albanians. She was part of the Kosovo delegation at the Rambouillet Peace Conference (1999) where she contributed to achieving the Rambouillet Agreement, which led to NATO intervention in Kosovo in 1999 and opened up the path to Kosovo’s independence. She was also a negotiator for peace talks at earlier phases since the London Peace Conference on disintegration of former Yugoslavia in 1992.

Tahiri is a Harvard University graduate, and she holds a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School for Government in 2002. She also graduated in the Edward S. Mason program for Public Policy and Management, 2002. During her studies at Harvard, John F. Kennedy School Professor Joseph S. Nye was her tutor. For her academic achievements, she was awarded the title “Outstanding student of 2002” by the John Kennedy School of Government Public Service Fellowship and an “Edward S. Mason Appreciation for an Extraordinary Contribution.”

She holds a doctoral degree in political sciences from University of Prishtina in cooperation with Johns Hopkins University – SAIS in Washington DC, in 2011. Her thesis “ International Statebuilding and Uncertain Sovereignty” is focused on the case study of Kosovo, under a mentorship of well known American professors I. William Zartman and Alan Kuperman. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in the years, 2006/2007 at the Johns Hopkins University – SAIS University where she did doctoral studies in the Program for Conflict Resolution.

Tahiri held senior political and state responsibilities during the hard times of Kosovo’s occupation, a period when Albanians experienced a brutal repression including genocide, under Serbia. With her political philosophy of freedom, democracy and self-determination, she was committed to ensuring that genocide would never again occur against her people. As well as being Minister of Foreign Affairs, she also held other positions such as: Member of the Presidency of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) from 1991-1998; Secretary for External Relations in LDK (1991-1998), Member of parliament of the Republic of Kosovo Parliament (1992-1998; 1998-2000; 2001-2004; 2007-2010), Special Emissary for President Rugova, Head of the Commission for Foreign Affairs in the Kosovo Assembly (1998-2000) and many other positions. She was the spiritual leader of the Women’s Forum in LDK and coordinator of Women’s Forum from the Presidency of LDK (1991-1998) and also the founder of the Kosovo Center for International Studies (1994).

As Foreign Minister of an occupied and unknown country like Kosova, Tahiri managed to make the Kosovo question and the unresolved Albanian question well-known amongst senior world circles and to secure the support of the international community for the right to self-determination and Kosovo’s independence. In meetings with senior officials and statesmen, including the American Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, NATO Chief, General Wesley Clark, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine and many other international personalities, she was successful in presenting the national cause to world diplomats.

Tahiri participated in all phases of negotiations up to NATO intervention in 1999, including the Rambouillet Conference (1999), the London Conference (1992), and pre Rambouillet negotiations 1998, as part of the G15 and G5 negotiation teams. She has participated in many world conferences, including the Fourth World Women’s Conference in Peking 1995; the World Food Summit in Rome 1996; the World Habitat Conference in Istanbul 1996; the First World Conference on Globalization in Santiago de Compostella, in Spain, 1997; sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 1996, 1997 and 1998; the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 1998; OSCE Ambassadors meeting in Vienna 1998; the Lansdowne Conference 1999; the Airlie Conference 2000 and 2002; and the International Conference on the Transfer of Peoples, Tallinn, Estonia, January 1992.

After the end of the war in Kosovo, she was committed to democratic reforms in her political party (LDK) and in her country Kosovo. After 5 years of her reformist efforts, she left to create a new reformist political party, the Kosovo Democratic Alternative (ADK) in May 2004, together with other like-minded reformists. Tahiri has been the President of the Kosovo Democratic Alternative (ADK) since its founding. Since 2007, ADK became a parliamentary party and is in coalition with the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and since 2010 is part of the Government. She has been committed to empowering women as part of her political activity. She is the leader of the Regional Women’s Lobby (RWLSEE) which she and other female political leaders in the region formed in 2006. Her academic profile is based on studies of political and technical sciences at the most prestigious universities in the world.

Before engaging in politics and political science, she studied telecommunications and electronics. In 1980 she graduated from the University of Prishtina as an electrical and telecommunications engineer and is the author of the book, “Electronics.” In 1983 she did post-graduate studies in digital telecommunications at the University of Essex in United Kingdom. She lectures and writes on political issues, international relations and especially about Kosovo and the Balkans region. Some of her publications are: “Rambouillet Conference: Negotiation process and documents”, Dukagjini, Peja, 2001; “Kosovo and Albanians outside Albania”, Aspen Institute, Berlin, 1997; “Kosova: National Report”, presented at the world women’s conference in Peking, 1995; “Kosova: A hungry future”, presented at the World Food Summit in Rome 1997; Kosovo’s independence: Factor of Stability for South Eastern Europe, Albanians in the Balkans, Albanian Institute for International Studies, Tirana, 2001; Kosovo’s independence – contribution to regional stability, National Defense Academy, Vienna, 2002 as well as a number of other articles and essays.

For her professional work she has received many appreciations, awards, titles and international honorary memberships, including being an honorary member of the town of Little Rock, USA (1993), honorary Commissioner of Tennessee District Council, USA (1993), Member of the International Consortium of the Defense Academy and Institute for Security Studies, 2001, Member of the Political Commission, Transatlantic Institute, Brussels, 2005. She was the co-founder and member of the executive board of the Organization of Nations and Unrepresented Peoples with its headquarters at The Hague, (1992). Currently she is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, in the field of foreign policy and diplomacy. In addition, she lectures at world universities. She has participated in and given speeches at many international conferences and has given many interviews to world media, including CNN, BBC, Euro news, etc.

She speaks fluent Albanian, English, Turkish, Serbian, and Croatian.


Mr. Arban Abrashi, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare and Spokesperson of Government of Kosovo

Previous functions:

2010 – Deputy-Minister in the Ministry of Integration of Kosova.
2010 – Adviser of Culture, Youth and Sports.
2008-2010 – Adviser to the Minister of Local Government Administration.
Commitments in various organizations such as UN, OSCE and the World Bank etc.

Biography:

Abrashi Arban was born in February 1979 in Mitrovica. University studies completed at “Hasan Prishtina” Faculty of Philosophy, in Department of political science in 2004.

In 2006 MA thesis at the University of Sussex in the UK, in the field of European Integration.

Mr. Abrashi is the beneficiary of several prestigious scholarships and beneficiaries of the training programs for governance, has gained scholarship from the European Commission, practical experience in the European Parliament in Brussels, and has completed the Executive Education Program from Harvard University of the United States.

s200_aleksandar_r..ivanovicDoc. Dr. Aleksandar R. Ivanović is Dean of the Department of Legal sciences, and manager of the Center for evaluation and accreditation of International University of Novi Pazar. He is Professor of Criminal justice and security. His field of study/specialization is Criminal Justice and Security. Prof. Ivanović has obtained his education in International University of Novi Pazar – Novi Pazar,- Serbia, and he was awarded – Doctor of Laws/ October 2013 and Master of Laws, January 2009. In April 2012, he became a member of the expanded composition of the Republic Electoral Commission on Elections for the President of the Republic of Serbia, which were held on 6 May 2012. As a member of the Republican Electoral Commission at the above election, he served as coordinator for the conduct of elections in Pčinj region. Since 2012-2015, in his capacity as coordinator he participated in the implementation of the regional program “Building bridges, not walls, the role of universities in building peace”, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights aimed at developing cooperation between civil society and universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo in the field of intercultural understanding, human rights and reconciliation. Since December of 2012, as a representative of the International University of Novi Pazar, Dr.Ivanovic participated in the work of the Assembly of the third Conference of the University of Serbia. He is active member of the International Association of criminalists (EIA), based in Banja Luka. He has extensive experience in teaching criminal law criminal procedural law, international criminal law, security studies, organized crime, economic crime, intercultural understanding, human rights and reconciliation, theory and practice of conflict resolution, theories of criminalistics.

Professor Ivanović in 2013 was visiting lecturer in the Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Drammen, Norway , Postgraduate Course in Human Rights and Multiculturalism.

Academia: https://uninp.academia.edu/AleksandarIvanovic

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aleksadar_Ivanovic

Ms. Angelika VietsMs. Angelika Viets (German Ambassador to Kosovo)

Ambassador Jan Braathu

Graduate PhD level degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo, Norway

1978-1984: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

1985-1990: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo.
– Executive Officer, International Energy Policy Division.
– Postings to Norwegian Embassy in Kuwait in 1988/1989.

1990-1993: Norwegian Embassy in Kuwait

1993-1996: Acting Counsellor for Economic Affairs, Norwegian Embassy in London

1996-1999: Adviser on Balkan Affairs. Responsible for developing policy proposals and co-ordinating Norwegian policy and activities in the Western Balkans.

1999-2000: Assistant Director General for Western Balkans Affairs in the Department of European Affairs.

2000-2006: Deputy Director General and Head of the Section for Western Balkan Affairs in the European Department. The Western Balkan Affairs Section is responsible for Norwegian Government Western Balkans policy and assistance programs for the region, totaling approximately € 100 million annually.

2006-2011: Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

2011- Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Albania.

Ambassador Jean-Claude Schlumberger, Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo

Ambassador Jean-Claude Schlumberger of France has headed the Mission in Kosovo since October 2012. Between 2009 and 2012, he was Ambassador to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. His other postings include assignments to Germany, Algeria, the United States, Laos and Haiti. In France, he held several senior positions at the Foreign Ministry.

auto_Ruud_Vermeulen1461217202Mr. Ruud Vermeulen, Head of Mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Kosovo.

Ibrahim GashiProf. Dr. Ibrahim Gashi

Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Gashi is Academic Director of Kosovo International Summer Academy. He holds PhD in History and International Relations from University of Prishtina and University of Graz (2000-2003). Prof.Dr. Gashi is currently professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Prishtina (UP), where he teaches subjects: History of International Relations and Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, etc. He held several leading positions in the UP, such as head of Department of Political Science, Member of Management Board of University of Prishtina, and Spokesman of the University of Prishtina. From 2012 to 2014 he was Rector of the University of Prishtina. Professor Gashi was active in Kosovo political scene from 2006 – 2012. From 2006 to 2012 he was Vice President of New Kosova Alliance (AKR) political party. From 2007 to 2011 he was elected member of the Assembly of Kosovo, and deputy speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo 2007-2011 for AKR and member of the Presidency of the Assembly and a member of the Parliamentary Committee of Foreign Affairs. Professor Gashi was first political advisor and head of cabinet for the President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli (during his Presidency); Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo May 2011- August 2012.

Since 2013 Professor Gashi is member of Academic Board of the Diplomatic Academy of Kosovo. During the period of 2000-2012, he has been a research associate in several universities in Europe and the U.S  where he took part in various research visits as well as published scientific papers related to the history of diplomacy, nationalism and international relations, in English, German and Albanian language. In addition to the research area, Prof. Gashi was part of the ‘Fulbright Scholar Program’. Prof. Dr. Gashi has been invited to participate as a lecturer in several popular European and American universities, including: University of Graz (2000-2003), Arizona State University (2003), London School of Economics and Political Sciences (2004-2005), University of South East Europe (2006) and University of Texas (2009).

Copenhagenteam_photoHORIZ (1)Mr. Tienmu Ma – Special Advisor for International Human Rights Law to the Ombudsperson

Mr.Tienmu Ma graduated from Yale Law School in 2014. He is currently serving as Special Advisor for International Human Rights Law to the Ombudsperson of the Republic of Kosovo and to the Human Rights Center of the University of Prishtina. He is also working toward a Ph.D. in Philosophy at New York University.

During his time at Yale Law School, Tienmu took on several global justice and human rights projects. As a member of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, he worked with an international NGO to prepare a collective complaint to the European Committee of Social Rights on behalf of children with disabilities. And as a research assistant for the International Bar Association Human Rights Initiative, he contributed to a report on the effects of tax evasion and illicit financial flows on global poverty. He also spent two summers working for Kosovo institutions as a Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellow.

Before attending Yale Law School, Tienmu graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2004 and received the B.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford in 2006. From 2007 to 2009, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kukës, Albania, which, in 2000, became the first town ever to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, honoring the generosity of hundreds of families who opened their homes to refugees during the 1999 Kosovo war. Besides English, Tienmu is fluent in the Albanian language.

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Florian Qehaja is the Executive Director of KCSS and one of the co-founders of KCSS. Florian is author of several scientific and policy publications in the security field. He serves as an international consultant on security issues cooperating with leading international governmental and non-governmental organisations. Most recently, he is coordinating the bilateral support of the Norwegian Ministry of Defence in the Ministry of Kosovo Security Force. He is an opinion-maker in the security field providing analysis for local and international media.

Florian Qehaja is a doctor of science on security studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. His PhD topic was “Security Sector Development and the Problem of Local Ownership: Case of Kosovo”. He is Fulbright Visiting Scholar at SIPA Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies of the University of Columbia, New York. Moreover, he has graduated at the University of Sussex (United Kingdom) in Contemporary European Studies (MA); whereas, he obtained Bachelor’s Degree in Law at the University of Prishtina. He has been granted prestigious Chevening and Fulbright scholarships.

Florian’s Research Interests include: Defense Reform (KSF), Police Reform, Intelligence Reform, Integrity in the Security Sector, Kosovo-Serbia relations, Regional Security Cooperation, Law and Security, Violent Extremism and Radicalization, Emergency Management, International Peacekeeping and Peacemaking and Foreign Policy.

Colonel BelaColonel Muhaedin Bela  is State Advisor for Policy and Planning in Ministry of Defence in Republic of Macedonia.

Colonel Bela in MoD has previously worked as Adviser in Sector of International Cooperation, in Policy and Planning and Sector for Education & Training; in June 2004/05 he served as Liaison officer of R. of Macedonia in USCENTCOM Tampa-Florida; Since 2012 he is Member of editorial board of White Paper on Defense; In his academic career his activities are marked as professor and visiting professor in many Universities such as Utah Valley University, FON University, International Balkan University, etc. His extra curriculum experience is related to his humanitarian activities where he received Silver badge decoration by Red Cross of RM in 1983 – His PhD researches are related to: “Participations of ARM in humanitarian & peacekeeping missions, contribution for international peace”. In this regard he is author of different articles in domestic and international magazines and also lectures at Institute for Security, Defense and Peace in Skopje. His career concentrated in security and defense shows also his serving as Officer for air surveillance in G-4 and G-3 General Staff of ARM;