Our Team

Astrit Istrefi

18 + years’ experience in civil society sector focusing on conflict prevention, peacebuilding and development related issues in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, leading strategic development and management/oversight of complex programs, budgets, and teams in the Western Balkans, Central Asia, Caucasus, Afghanistan, UK and USA. This includes working with Care International, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Forum for Civic Initiatives (FIQ) in Pristina; International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Kabul and Washington DC; and Saferworld in London.

His senior management experience in local and international organisations involves strategic and operations management (and leading strategic planning and review processes); developing and strengthening human resource, finance, fundraising and governance policies and systems; leading and coordinating research and advocacy; and partnerships, networking and coalition building.  

Issue areas include democratization, civil society development, elections, conflict resolution, community security, inclusive political processes, security and small arms, linking community-level peace and security with national and international policies and frameworks.

As a Board member to several NGOs since 2000, he has contributed to their organisational development and to enhancing their governance and accountability. 

 

Amella Bashoviq

Amella Bashoviq has 15 years of working experience in international organizations in Kosovo such as United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and European Union Rule of Law mission in Kosovo (EULEX), mainly in the area of Policing.

Amella holds MA in International Relations and Diplomacy and two Bachelor degrees in Oriental studies and Political Science & Public Administration.

Despite being a polyglot, she has also accomplished several international courses on Rule of Law and Peace Operations in France (l’ENA Paris) and in Germany (ZIF Berlin), as well as Global Leadership program with PGLI Macedonia and Project Management with AUK TDI Kosovo. Amella is also an alumni of Political Academy of Friedrich Erbert Stiftung, office in Prishtina, Kosovo.

 

 

URIM VESELAJ

With a family background of engineers and musicians the first best suitable job was as radio technician/producent. In parallel way also played in a rock band.

After 2004 started own company in audio, video, web production, which had contract with public TV “RTK”.

Worth to mention, price of Rudolf Sopi / Artistic Camera for cameraman of the year 2006.  

From 2008 developed databases for internal/interaktive use solution for business. By 2011 all that infrastructure whent in web-based application.

In 2013, turned back with video production and continued so far.

 

The slogan of me would be… 3C => creativity, code, coffee...



 

Natalia Żaba

Natalia is a journalist and interpreter from Poland, based in Belgrade. She covers the Western Balkan and Central Europe affairs for the wide range of regional and international media outlets. Prior to the Balkan Forum engagement she worked at the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network as a programme manager of BIRN’s flagship project Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence designed to support the most promising middle career journalists from across the Balkans, and was a correspondent at Balkan Insight. She was awarded for her reportages twice by Gazeta Wyborcza from Poland, as well as the GFPS organization from Germany. She believes that every human is a human story.  She writes in Polish, English, Serbian.

Rina Shehu

Rina is the newest member of The Balkan Forum team. In her role as an Intern she assists with web and app design and development. Rina’s experience involves working with Kosovo Information Technology and Techstitution.

In her voluntary experience with freeCodeCamp, Rina has developed projects that support people in need throughout the globe.  She will be graduating from University of Prishtina, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Rina speaks Albanian,English, Turkish and Spanish.