Besa Kabashi-Ramaj, MPIA/SIS, Managing Director
Besa Kabashi-Ramaj, was the Strategic Security Sector Review Coordinator for the Republic of Kosovo, the first nationally owned broad security review in the country since Independence.
In 2011 she worked as the Security Policy and International Affairs advisor to the Minister for the Kosovo Security Force that August of the same year got promoted to Senior Advisor. She later also worked as a Capacity Development Facilitation Advisor for the MKSF, where she provided the institution with expertise in Strategic Planning & Execution, Strategic Communication, Public Policy Development, Program Management, Institutional Development & Re-organization, Security Sector Reform, Procedure & Process Development and Security and Intelligence.
Besa Kabashi-Ramaj received her Master of Public and International Affairs / Security and Intelligence Studies Degree at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the Ouachita Baptist University,AR, USA.
She has earned academic merit based full scholarships for both, her undergraduate and graduate studies, and subsequently has earned the Dean’s List Award (4 times), the President’s List (2 times) and has been selected for the USA National Dean’s List. She was awarded the Best Delegate Award at Model UN and is a member of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in the Social Sciences. In 2012 she was selected by the German Embassy in the Republic of Kosovo to represent RKS for the first time in the Munich Young Leaders 2012.
Besa Kabashi-Ramaj has done extensive research on: The Security Issues in the Republic of Kosovo, Election Fraud in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Kenya and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. She has completed a journal article on New Kosovo Security Requirements, the Role of the Kosovo Security Strategy and the Way Forward for Kosovo’s Security Policy (Selected for publication by Swiss DCAF) and while at GSPIA she has completed an Independent Study on the Lack of Reconciliation as a Barrier to Kosova’s EU Integration and an Independent Study on Organized Crime and Corruption as Barriers for Kosova’s Membership in the EU.
Besa Kabashi-Ramaj speaks five languages, Albanian, English, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian and Italian.
Besa Kabashi-Ramaj was born in Peja, Republic of Kosovo, on November 23, 1983, is married and has a son. She paints and enjoys voluntary work that relates to arts and children.
Nora Ahmetaj, Founder/Senior Researcher
Nora Ahmetaj is Cofounder of the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication (CRDP). From 2010-2012 Ahmetaj was a member of the Regional Coordination Council of Coalition for setting up the Regional Truth Commission (RECOM) for war crimes committed during the years 1991-2001 in Former Yugoslavia. She specializes in human rights, peace & conflict transformation, and transitional justice.
Previously, she worked as a consultant for the European Commission and also managed production of the Human Development Reports for UNDP in Kosovo. During the Kosovo conflict, she has worked for the Humanitarian Law Centre, and supported the staff of Human Rights Watch, ICTY and the ICG in Kosovo and the Former Yugoslavia.
Ahmetaj was trained to apply first-class research and leadership skills towards solving human rights problems at Harvard Kennedy School, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy in 2000. She earned a Master’s degree of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies from the University of Tromsø in Norway in 2005 and was trained at the Tufts University – Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Non-violent Conflict in 2008. In 2010, Ahmetaj was trained in an Advance Learning Course for Professionals on Dealing with the Past in Switzerland.
Ahmetaj often gives talks at universities in Kosovo and internationally.
Kushtrim Koliqi, Co-founder of (CRDP)
Kushtrim Koliqi is a co-founder of the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication (CRDP). He is an executive director of the NGO ‘Integra’ in Kosovo since 2003. Koliqi is trained on Transitional Justice, European Integration and Democratization, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Minority and religious issues and Research & documentation studies, etc. Koliqi graduated the Academy of Arts for Theater and Film Directing in 2007 in the University of Prishtina, and except artistic values his focus is on social and human rights issues.
Dina Milovanovic, Researcher
Dina Milovanovic holds MA and BA in Ethnology and Anthropology from the University of Belgrade. Dina wrote MA thesis on the practices of informal economy in Serbia, and was awarded with highest marks at her faculty. She spent third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as USIAD scholar. Dina worked as a researcher for the Forum for Ethnic Relations in Belgrade in 2013, and since December 2013 as a project manager for the Center for Social Engagement in Pristina. She holds over 300 volunteering hours both in Balkans and in USA. Her main fields of interests and expertise are economy, foreign aid, post-socialism, politics, development and applied anthropology.
Yllka Buzhala, Researcher
Yllka Buzhala, senior Researcher for the project: Informal Practices of Capturing Economic Resources by Political Elites: Exploring Party Patronage in Kosovo and Serbia, Centre for Research Documentation and Publication.
Yllka Buzhala has a Bachelor Degree in Sociology, from the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Philosophy and she is completing her MA studies in sociology.
From 2011 until 2014, Yllka has been engaged as a Field Coordinator and Controller at different research companies and NGOs, like Centre for Humanistic Studies “Gani Bobi, Novus Consulting, IDRA Research and Consulting – Branch in Kosovo and Prism Research.
From 2009 she worked as Peer Support/Self Advocates’ Group Assistant and later on as Project Assistant and Project Coordinator at Kosova Mental Disability Rights Initiative, which was a nongovernmental organization dedicated to promote the human rights of persons with mental disabilities.
From 2005 Yllka was involved in several research projects as a junior researcher when conducting numerous surveys in different social issues in Kosovo with various Non-Governmental Organizations and Institutions in Kosovo.
She has attended trainings and several workshops to gain more knowledge and develop critical thinking capacities regarding social, political, and cultural concepts. She also was trained to develop her practical skills required for the implementation of a progressive agenda in professional life and other social activities.