List of members of board of trustees/directors
Mentor Nimani is a native of Peja but was raised in Prishtina where he graduated with the University of Prishtina Law School. In 1994 he was a part of small number of selected exchange students to study International Law and Human Rights with the Utrecht University Law School, The Netherlands.
In late 90s he worked as a Humanitarian Activist, Human Rights lawyer and Prishtina Office Coordinator with Humanitarian Law Center. From there he was invited to go to Washington D.C. by Senator Edward Kennedy to testify before a US Senate Hearing on war crimes against civilians in Kosovo.
In 2001, with full scholarship award from the Rule of Law Center, he graduated with LLM/MA Master of Arts in International and Comparative Law Degree at The George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C.
In 2003, he graduated with the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in partnership with Harvard Law School, Boston, Massachusetts.
Among others, he worked as a Research Assistant with Global Development and Environmental Institute, Tufts University in Boston, United Nations Secretariat on the Convention on Human Rights for People with Disabilities in New York City, and National Albanian American Council in Washington, D.C.
He is a resident of New York State for the last seven years where he worked as a lawyer, consultant for international law and a Teacher’s Assistant with the local New York State High School. He was active consultant of Kosovo NGOs on Human Rights issues.
In 2011, Mentor joined AUK as a Senior Academic Advisor and a Lecturer of International law and Organizations.
Shpend Kursani is an External Senior Researcher at the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies – KCSS. Currently Shpend is also a Member of Assembly at the Prishtina Council on Foreign Relations – PCFR, and an adjunct lecturer in the field of International Relations at the University College Universum. Shpend has previously (2011-2013) been a Senior Researcher at the Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development – KIPRED, where he published a number of policy analysis that in general cover the functioning and political development of Kosovo and Kosovo’s relations with Serbia and other international actors. Shpend has also been involved for several years (2007-2010) in the telecommunications sector in Kosovo as the head of product development department at IPKO Telecommunications – the largest foreign direct investment in Kosovo. He has served as a consultant and trainer assistant at the Management and Development Associates – MDA (2004-2006). During the period of 2003-2004, he has also been involved in the establishment of the American Chambers of Commerce in Kosovo.
Shpend has pursued his masters degree at the University of Cambridge (2010-2011) where he earned his M.Phil. degree in International Relations with distinctions on his thesis topic “Using Soft Power: The EU’s Ability to Influence the Domestic and Foreign Policies of the States of the Western Balkans”. Shpend holds a B.Sc. degree in Public Policy and Management with the highest honors from the American University in Kosovo (2003-2007).