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Ilir Ibrahimi
ProCon

President of the Board

Hakif Gashi
Meridian Corporation

Vice President

Visar Ramajli
Kivo LLC

Secretary General

Ardiana Bunjaku
SCAAK

Treasurer

Mrikë Macula
Association of Regional Development Agencies (ARDA)

Member

Arjeta Spahiu
Blanchard Leadership Group/Advoco Solutions

Member

Agim Bekaj
Microsoft

Member

Liridon Mavriqi
Contour Global

Member

Neritan Tira
Coca Cola HBC Kosovo

Member

Driton Zairi
Ford Kosova Motors

Member

Hysen Lajqi
HiB Petrol

Member

Ilir Ibrahimi is the Managing Partner of the ProCon Group. He has served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at American University in Kosovo (AUK), and also as an Adviser on International Relations to the Minister of Economy and Finance of Kosovo on a contract with Bearing Point. Before returning to Kosovo from the United States, Mr. Ibrahimi worked as an International Broadcaster for theVoice of America, Albanian Service. From 2004 to 2006, Ibrahimi worked at the National Albanian American Council in Washington D.C. Mr. Ibrahimi is also active as an independent analyst on political developments both in Kosovo and in the international arena and is a regular contributor in the major national TV networks and also writes regular columns in the national newspapers. He has served in several Boards in Kosovo including the American Chamber of Commerce, where he currently served as the Vice President of the Board, and National Qualifications Authority. He earned a B.A. Government and International Relations from George Mason University in Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the same university.

Hakif Gashi started his business career in 1992 by first joining his family’s business where he served as a junior sales manager. In 1992, he initiated the opening of a new company called Meridian with the main focus on distribution of food and beverage products. He started as the main sales manager for Meridian and over the years he has been continuously promoted in positions from sales manager to sales directorto brand marketing manager to general manager for the retail sector. In 2005, after the re‐structuring of Meridian Corporation, Mr. Gashi was elected as the CEO of Meridian. His main tasks included the supervision and support of the board of directors, developed relations with well‐known foreign and domestic vendors in the food and beverage industry, re‐designed business processes, etc. With an Executive MBA at the Bled School of Management, from 2009 to present, Hakif continues to be with Meridian where now he serves as a Chairman and is responsible for business‐level discussions and decisions involving business vision, mission, and strategy. Moreover, Mr. Gashi is responsible to project company’s future development and profit objectives and at the same time serve as a bridge between the Board of Directors and the Board of Shareholders. Outside Meridian, Hakif has been member of the American Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors during 2005‐2006 and is a member of Prishtina Rotary Club. In 2014, Mr. Gashi was elected as Vice President of American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo and in February 2015, Hakif was appointed as the AmCham President of the Board of Governors.

Visar Ramajli is a successful entrepreneur and proud manufacturer. He is a co‐owner and CEO at KIVO L.L.C., which is a plastic manufacturer, exporting 100% of its products to Europe. He has constantly expanded his investment. He is also a co‐owner of VM3 shpk, marketing and video producing company. Visar is also one of the co‐owners of CACTTUS. He has an MBA degree in Engineering Management from the University for Business and Technology.

Ardiana Bunjaku led SCAAK since its establishment. She has applied a new concept of accounting,

auditing, and education in the private and public sector, making SCAAK a center of professional

excellency for accountants, auditors, National Audit Office auditors, insolvency specialists, internal

auditors and financial forensics experts. She has placed Kosovo amongst global professional

developments, making SCAAK a member in the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC),

European Federation of Accountants and Auditors (EFAA), and the Federation of Mediterranean

Accountants. Always committed to the public interest, she has served two terms as member and now technical adviser in the Commission of Developing the Professional Organizations of FNK, where she is

part of working groups in the program of cooperating with global donors‐MOSAIC, the mentoring program and the program of developing guidelines for governance. She is member of the Executive

Board of the Federation of Mediterranean Accountants, Board member of NLB Bank in Kosovo, member of Advisory Committee for Budget and Finance in the Rectorate of the University of Prishtina, and for

many years she is part of the regional program for reforms in financial report, auditing, and education

for accounting and auditing – EU REPARIS, of the World Bank. Part of the Kosovo Women’s Chamber of Commerce, she is member of the National Economic Development Council in the office of Kosovo’s

Prime Minister. In her career, Ardiana Bunjaku has been member of many Kosovar institutions’

committees which supervise key sectors relevant in Kosovo’s economic development, including the

Committee for Kosovo’s Strategic Development, the working group of the National Qualifications

Framework and the Advisory Committee of Tax Administration’s Authority. She was initiator and also

part of the accounting and auditing program foundation in the University of Prishtina, and was member of the quality assurance committee in the Kosovar Board for Standards and Financial Reporting with the Ministry of Finance and Economy, and for two terms she was member of the AmCham Kosovo’s Board,

and in the American University as well. Ardiana Bunjaku was part of many other philanthropic initiatives as President of the Board in the humanitarian organization “Nëna dhe Fëmija”.

Almost two decades of experience, mostly in a diverse and dynamic international environment on leadership and management. Some of the prominent initiatives and projects where Mrikë was involved are “Rescue Brown Bears”, reduction of biodegradable plastic bags usage, Brezovica project, international Initiative ˜Lets Do it Kosovo”, and since 2015 on the Private Sector Development Grant Scheme which aims on financially supporting start-ups, small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurship growth and creating jobs in Kosovo regions.

18 Years in Automotive business starting from May 2000 in Volkswagen Group, Porsche Macedonia, Porsche Kosovo and from 2009 in Ford Motor Company representative in Kosovo – Kosova Motors JSC.

Neritan Tira is Executive Director of Coca‐Cola HBC Kosovo with a staff of 85 employees. He brings over 10 years of management experience in various industries, where he previously worked for Monster Energy Beverages as Regional Manager for Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia; SC Johnson as Country

manager for Albania and Kosovo; British American Tabaco as Sales Manager for Albania and for Ministry of Defense in Albania as Commander of the Autonomous Unit of the Air Force Headquarters and Coordinator for Partnership Goals. He graduated from Turkish College ‘Mehmet Akif’ in Tirana to continue at the Higher Academy of Military Aviation in Italy, and at the same time he also graduated from the Federico II University for Political Science/International Business.

Hysen Lajqi was born on 26.06.1962 in the Pepaj village of Peja municipality. There he completed elementary whereas the secondary school at the "11 Maji" High School, and graduated from the Faculty of Agronomy in 1987 in Prishtina, and successfully defended the Master Thesis in "Commercial

Banks and their Forms of Accounting" in 2001. In April 2013, he got the PHD degree in the ECPD

(European Center for Peace and Development) University. He is married and has three children. During

the Serb occupation until 1999, he was a political activist, whereas after the deportation by the Serbian occupation forces he moved to USA, where he worked various jobs and got the US citizenship. For 10

years he has worked in the largest bank in Kosovo, Raiffeisen Bank as Regional Manager and Senior Credit Officer, whereas currently he works in the largest oil and gas distribution company "HiB Petrol" Ltd, and the owner of the 5‐star "Emerald Hotel" as a General Manager with a staff of over 1,000 employees. He is also a lecturer at the University "Haxhi Zeka" in Peja engaged in Agribusiness faculty.

Ms. Spahiu has an extensive experience with International Organizations and European Union Missions in Kosovo and FYR of Macedonia. She served in various Senior Legal Advisory roles with the Senior Mission Management. Her 17 years of professional career in International Missions, equipped her with the aptitude of understanding and interacting effectively in multicultural environment and advising the mission management on intricate legal and managerial issues. Ms. Spahiu holds a Law Degree from University of Pristina, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is Certified Professional Coach from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching, Washington D.C. and the International Coach Federation, as well she is a certified Leadership Trainer from the Ken Blanchard Companies. Ms. Spahiu is representative of the U.S based company: The Ken Blanchard Companies for Kosovo and Albania, and the CEO of Advoco Solutions LLC. Ms. Spahiu is also a Leadership and Management Instructor at the AUK/RIT.

Agim has 15 years of international business experience, mostly in the management and leadership area. Agim has led lots of projects and initiatives in the past and is leading local subsidiaries of the world largest software company (Microsoft).

The nominee currently has two positions at Contour Global: General Manager of Contour Global Kosovo and Vice President of Development & M&A for Europe. Previously, Liridon Mavriqi has worked as Investment Director for ND Group and in the Government of Kosovo as adviser to multiple ministers of economy. Liridon has a MBA from Yale University.

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