Art currently works as a consultant at the International Organization for Migration in Kosovo. His fields of interest include public sector innovation, e-Government, and public administration reform. Art completed a joint Master’s program at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, University of Münster in Germany and the Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, receiving an MSc in Public Sector Innovation and e-Governance and an MA in Social Sciences. Art’s research explores digitalization trends and the role of emerging technologies in strengthening public institutions, enhancing good governance, improving public efficiency and reducing administrative burden. Art has experience working with various national and international organizations in Kosovo, Turkey and Estonia.
Aleksa is pursuing a double degree in Economics and Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Belgrade. During his studies Aleksa has participated in numerous competitions, winning second place at the National Competition in Mathematics and third place at the Balkan Economics Olympics. He was awarded the National Scholarship for Exceptionally Talented Students, as well as the LSE Summer School scholarship. Since 2016, Aleksa has been a member of the European Youth Parliament where he has presided over sessions and committees in over 10 countries around Europe and led over 20 teams. Between 2018 and 2020 Aleksa was one of the Council Members of the organization. Apart from his passion for finance and public policy, Aleksa is also a 3rd year student at Dr Vojislav Vučković music school, pursuing studies of opera singing.
Damir is currently pursuing Bachelor’s studies in Political Science at the University of Belgrade. Alongside his studies, Damir has been involved in various educational, civic and research activities, including the ‘Popular Democracy’ project of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy where he has served as an educator of democratic values and principles for high school students, and an internship at the weekly Vreme with focus on international politics and the Middle East. Damir is a student of the Future Studies program of the Belgrade Open School and is taking part in the Relevant Ventures Program of the New Paradigm Ventures, acting as a financial coach to startups in Uganda and Croatia. Damir is interested in the politics of religion, environment, energy security and the region of the Middle East.
Anxhela serves as a Strategic Planning Specialist at the Municipality of Tirana in Albania. While at the Municipality she has worked on various projects supporting the use of innovative practices in local government and is currently involved in the program Activ∞ Tirana 2022, aimed at encouraging the spirit of activism among the city’s youth and empowering them to participate in thepublic life. Prior to her public sector engagement she volunteered in non-profit youth organizations in Albania and Austria, focusing on capacity building activities for the young. Anxhela holds a Joint Master’s Degree in International Relations and European Integration from the University of Salzburg and the University of Tirana. She is passionate about finding creative solutions to problems and challenges in the public sector, use of experimental methods in public policy and science diplomacy in the Balkans.
Isidora is a psychologist, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Belgrade. Alongside her studies, Isidora has been involved in a wide variety of projects and activities – she has worked on the inclusion of refugees into local communities, on social and emotional development of high school students, as well as on the prevention of violence in young couples. She has also interned as a clinical psychologist at the Clinical Center of Serbia, and volunteered as an online counselor during the Covid-19 quarantine, providing crisis counselling to people in need. Isidora is passionate about civic activism and strives to use psychology as a force for change in addressing pressing social issues in her community and beyond.
Agnesa earned her Bachelor’s degree from RIT Kosovo with Summa Cum Laude honors, majoring in Economics and Public Policy with a minor in International Relations. Her interests include topics from behavioral economics, public policy, and political economy. Agnesa has previously worked with a variety of public and non-profit organizations in Kosovo, including the Ministry of Finance, the Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR), and the Rochester Institute of Technology Kosovo (RIT).
Jelena is a psychology graduate from the University of Ljubljana, concurrently pursuing Master’s degrees in Intercultural Management and Psychology. She seeks to apply and combine insights from both fields for the benefit of individuals and communities. In 2020, she took part in the CEEPUS student exchange program spending a semester at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow in Poland. During her studies, she collaborated with the School of Advanced Social Studies on several research projects concerned with social issues, such as the position of the elderly in the society and conceptualization of more environmentally friendly tourist offers. Jelena is interested in combining knowledge from clinical and cognitive psychology and behavioral science for producing solutions that would improve people’s quality of life. She is passionate about promoting mental health and fighting the social stigma surrounding it, hoping to one day open a clinical centre for children in Montenegro.
Božana is the coordinator of the academic sector of the Montenegrin Association of Political Science Students (MAPSS), previously serving as a coordinator of its human resource sector. Božana works on projects revolving around improving the status of Political Science students in Montenegro, and creating opportunities for practical learning that complements their formal university education. She has been an active member of the international student association AIESEC. Božana is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Montenegro. During her studies she participated in CEEPUS exchange programs in Slovenia, at the School of Advanced Social Studies, and in Poland, at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Božana hopes to open her own NGO one day, with the goal of applying innovative approaches to finding solutions to problems faced by communities in Montenegro and beyond.
Daniel is a legal consultant and a member of the United Nations Youth Association Albania, a youth-led NGO through which he has conceptualized and implemented several projects dedicated to the involvement of youth in public discussions. Previously, he was part of a program at the OSCE Presence in Albania which aimed to promote gender equality in public and political life at the national and local level and advance the agenda of gender and youth mainstreaming in policy making processes. Daniel holds a Double Master’s in International and European Law from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) and the University of Zürich, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Tirana. He is passionate about research on topics relating to good governance, democratization of the Western Balkans, and empowering the local community to build its capacities to contribute to these processes.
Qendrim currently serves as a Tax Inspector at the Tax Administration of Kosovo. He has previously worked as a Tax Compliance Assistant at Ernst & Young Kosovo as well as an Assistant to the Finance Manager at FedEx. He spent several years leading the youth NGO “Lëvizja Koha” as its Director, managing youth projects funded by public and international organizations. Qendrim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”, where he is currently pursuing Master’s studies in Banking, Finance and Accounting, in addition to studying towards a Master’s in Management at Universum College. Qendrim is a recipient of the Next Generation Scholarship award from the Ipko Foundation and was selected to participate in the Swedish Institute’s Summer Academy for Young Professionals, focusing on sustainable e-Government and innovative public administration in the Balkans. Through his work, Qendrim hopes to contribute to improving the productivity and effectiveness of public sector organizations in Kosovo.