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Structured Dialogue for Diaspora Rights Initiative
“Engaging diaspora, streamlining their needs, and promoting their rights.”
Kosovo’s diaspora is a key contributor to the country’s economy and its social and political development. In order to recognize their invaluable contributions and encourage them to reach their full potential, Germin has embarked on an initiative to advocate for greater social and political rights of the Diaspora. The Structured Dialogue for Diaspora Rights (SDDR) initiative seeks to establish collaboration between communities living abroad and public institutions in Kosovo. Using contemporary technologies and informal channels of collective advocacy, we aim to facilitate Diaspora engagement in policy-making processes. The SDDR will ease communication and discussions between state institutions and the diaspora through a diaspora-tailored advocacy group with a presence in Kosovo’s institutions.
The main goals of the SDDR are to:
This initiative will be managed from Prishtina, Kosovo, in close collaboration and consultation with partner associations in Switzerland (Shiko), Norway (Lobi Euro-Atlantik) and the United States (Albanian Professionals in DC).
We strive to explore and bring ICT channels and tools to better facilitate and strengthen linkages between diaspora and their home.
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Etrita Ibroci is a Senior Vice-President at Kepler-Cheuvreux – the largest Pan-European equity broker. For the last nine years she focused on Pan European Equity Research Sales. Her prior experience includes work with Merrill Lynch as an International Strategist and Credit Suisse. There, she built her career doing global thematic and sector strategy analysis for close to 8 years – both on the firm’s sale side and buy side. While working for Credit Suisse Private Banking, she designed a number of proprietary theme-based portfolios, product structures and global indices.
Etrita graduated from St. John’s University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science, and with a minor in Philosophy of Law and Theology (magna cum laude). She also holds an Executive MBA from Fordham University in Finance and Management Systems (also magna cum laude).
She has a passion for languages, and speaks fluently Albanian (native), Serbo-Croatian (native), English, Spanish, and Italian. At an intermediate level, she also speaks Russian and German.
She has continuously been involved with many Albanian non-profit organizations and is also one of the founders of the Albanian-American Professionals and Entrepreneurs Network (APEN).
New York, USA
Hilmi Gashi was born in 1967 in the city of Prizren, Kosova. He completed his high school in Prizren and then continued onto the Faculty of Economic at the University of Prishtina. Unfortunately, for economic and political reasons he was forced to interrupt his studies at the University of Prishtina. In 1992, he resumed and completed his studies in Economics at the University of Freiburg. Since, he completed a postdoc as Manager of Non-Profit Organizations at the same university.
His professional career in Switzerland is typical of many other migrants. Initially, he worked as a house painter, interpreter and officer at the local radio. Upon leaving the RaBe Radio he started working at the Swiss Red Cross as a coordinator of an information and employment center for Kosovar Refugees. Subsequently, he held project manager positions for integration programs in Switzerland.
Starting in 2005, Mr. Gashi has been working at the Unia Workers Union. At first he was the national representative for migrants from former Yugoslavia, Western Balkans and other non-EU countries. Since 2009 he has been co-chairman of the Unia Berner Oberland region.
In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Gashi is also an active volunteer. Among others, he is part of the leadership for the albinfo.ch platform, head of the Integration Committee at Bern and co-leader of the Solidarite sans frotieres society which works to protect migrant rights.
Indira Kartallozi is the founder and director of Chrysalis Family Futures – a social enterprise that stands for the protection and empowerment of human and socio-economic rights of vulnerable and marginalised families and children. She is also the founder of the Migrant Entrepreneurs International – a global network connecting migrant entrepreneurs and promoting their positive social and economic contribution worldwide.
Her work has taken her to various countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. In the UK, she works as a Legal Advisor for Freedom From Torture, and previous role as a Senior Case Worker for Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile, and a Welfare Rights and Housing Advisor at Haringey Migrant Support Centre.
In 2015, Indira was a top 5 finalist in the Migrant Woman of the Year. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Social Enterprise Reporting Awards, an initiative of CSR Nigeria, and Kosova Changemakers initiative in Kosova.
Since completing her MA in Refugee Studies and her groundbreaking research on austerity and welfare reforms, Indira has been invited to speak to various conferences and seminars around the world.
Mark is the chair of the Massachusetts Albanian American Society (MAAS/BESA), and founding member of MAASBESA in 2006. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Mentor Group in Boston. He has lived in Albania and worked there as an independent consultant, as well as held positions with the World Bank in Albania and Washington D.C. Additionally, he has served as a Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College.
Mark is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the National Albanian-American Council, and is currently on the Board of Directors of Albanian-American Success Stories and the Treasurer for the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and did his undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Jetmir Bakija is an international development professional who currently works on civil society development with National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Nepal. Earlier, he consulted for NDI in South-East Asia, the Middle-East and the North African region. He has also managed the Diaspora Engagement for Economic Development project at UNDP Kosovo and is a co-author of the Feasibility Study on Private Investment Fund for Diaspora Investors.
He is a long-term activist in Kosovo and has worked for various think-tanks tackling issues of parliamentary openness, election reforms and local government development.
Jetmir graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and he holds a Master’s Degree on International Policy and Commerce from Valparaiso University (Indiana).
Behar Xharra is a development, governance, peace and security professional. A native of Kosovo, Behar has worked for various governmental and non-governmental agencies in Washington DC, New York, Dhaka, Lagos and Prishtina. Currently, he serves as a Governance and Innovation Specialist at UNDP in Bangladesh, leading data analytics and conflict prevention programming. Behar is a founding member of Germin. He has extensive experience on policy, research, and engagement of Diasporas in development and diplomacy. He has co-authored a policy framework on the role of Kosovo’s Diaspora in public diplomacy, and founded the www.kosovodiaspora.org, a crowdsourcing digital engagement platform. Behar is a graduate of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University and Earlham College. He was a fellow at the Center for International Conflict Resolution and the Harriman Institute.
Liza Gashi is a public policy professional with experience in project and campaign management, qualitative analysis and big data, and multi-stakeholder engagement in Kosovo, the United States, Costa Rica and Argentina. Liza is a founding member of Germin and the www.kosovodiaspora.org platform. She has also founded and currently leads the United World Colleges Committee in Kosovo (UWC Kosova), which has administered scholarships for Kosovo high school students to attend UWC colleges in 16 different countries. Liza completed a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Arizona State University, and holds a bachelor degree from Wartbrug College (IA) in International Relations, Political Science and Spanish. She is a graduate of United World College in Costa Rica, and studied for a semester at the National University of Córdoba in Argentina.
Kaltrina Kusari is a researcher and a social worker. She is currently working on her Master of Social Work thesis, which focuses on the experiences of repatriated Kosovars.Her academic interest is intertwined with her personal experiences because she lived and worked in various cities in the United States and Canada for over a decade, and understands the importance that migration holds for Kosovars. In an attempt to bridge her educational experiences with her passion for Kosovo’s development, she remained an active member of the Kosovar civil society while abroad. Most recently, she has joined the Board of the The Ideas Partnership, an NGO which advocates for the rights of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosova. Kaltrina is a graduate of Quest University Canada and currently completing a Master’s degree at University of Calgary. Throughout her education she has gained experience in research and event organizing, and she is excited to use those skills to contribute to Germin’s mission.