Team Members
and biography...

ASTRIT ISTREFI
Executive Director

astrit@thebalkanforum.org

+386 (0)49 427 222


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. 


URIM VESELAJ
IT/Media Production Manager

urim@thebalkanforum.org

+386 (0)49 150 458


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...


NITA BICURRI
Project Manager

nita@thebalkanforum.org

+383 (0)49 427 333


Nita Bicurri has an extensive work and academic experience in international development and democratization processes.  Previously she has worked with international organizations such as the National Democratic Institute (NDI), focusing in political party development, strengthening women and youth political participation and worked with local civil society organizations to implement women’s advocacy initiatives.

Nita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Cornell College in Iowa, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with focus in International Development Administration and a Certificate of Advancement Studies in Civil Society Organizations from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University in New York.

Nita is also an alumni of Political School of Prishtina Institute of Political Studies (PIPS) and European Integration School of Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (KCSF).


VALBONA RAIFI
Finance/Admin Officer


Valbona Raifi has over 10 years of experience in the field of finances and accounting. During these years she has worked with a large number of different companies and organizations in Kosovo. In the finance field, she has ensured that finance systems and regulations of the employers are developed based on best practice and in compliance with  local and international legal frameworks and policies. 

She is a certified accountant from SCAAK (The Accounting and Audit Association in Kosovo) and has a Master’s degree on Finance Management from the University of Southeast Europe in Macedonia. 


ANJA ŽIVKOVIĆ
Language Associate


Anja Živković is a graduated philologist. She studied the Albanian language, literature and culture at Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, and Greek was her second language. In 2016 she joined the “Red Info Portal” Red Cross Belgrade as a student-volunteer, translator for Albanian language.

She is an activist and has participated in Peacebuilding training “Mir – Paqe – Mir 2016”, as well as in several Youth Exchanges with participants from different countries from the Balkans. She focuses her work to contribute towards breaking down the prejudices among the people of the Balkans and promotes collaboration among all.


BRUNO MÖLLER
Intern


Master of Arts candidate for International Relations at the University of Beira Interior in Portugal. Currently he is an Erasmus + student at the University of Pristina at the Political Science Faculty and has been living in Kosovo since February 2018.

Bruno was born and grew up in Brazil, but his interest to discover the world gave him a global citizen status. His academic interests are Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making and Game Theory.

Bruno would like to cooperate with the region which has welcomed him, to show to the world the reality in Balkans and to break down some myths.

Bruno speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish and is at his initial phase of learning Albanian.


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