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Arian ZEKA

Executive Director & Authorized Representative

Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce is responsible for promoting the public image of the Association by serving as the Chamber’s “ambassador-at-large,” and liaising on behalf of its members with other leaders of Kosovo and international business community.

Tea BLAKAJ-HOXHA

Secretary General, Arbitration Center

Arbitration Center is a subsidiary unit of AmCham Kosovo, established in 2011. Arbitration Center is responsible for administering arbitral proceedings in accordance with the Kosovo Rules of Arbitration adopted by the AmCham Kosovo and mediation proceedings in accordance with the Laws of Kosovo. Arbitration Center is overseen by a Steering Council, whose members are appointed by the Board of Governors of AmCham Kosovo.

Anila SYLAJ

Executive Assistant

Shkendije LOSHAJ-KRASNIQI

Membership & Protocol Officer

Vesa OSMANI

Policy Officer

Ardita HAJRA

Policy Officer

Fjolla Bekteshi

Communications Officer

Altin Zogaj

Finance and Logistics Officer

Marigona Zejnullahu

Communications Assistant

Florian Zeka

Communications Assistant

Bind Ahmetaj

Policy Assistant

Fatos SYLAJ

Chief Technology Officer

Mentor BISLIMI

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He was appointed in the position of Executive Director of AmCham in 2012, promoting the public image of the Association by serving as the Chamber’s “ambassador-at-large,” and liaising on behalf of its members with other leaders of Kosovo and international business community. Under his leadership, in 2013 AmCham Kosovo was the Chamber with the largest membership acquisition among 43 AmChams in Europe. Also, under his leadership, AmCham established Charity Foundation (2012), Woodrow Wilson Chess School (2016), and Theodore Roosevelt Institute of Economic Research (2017), whereas has further strengthened the capacities of the Arbitration Center, where he also sits as an ex-officio member of the Steering Council.

Arian is a Member of AAB College Steering Council; Member of the Advisory Board of the Law Faculty of University of Prishtina; Member of the Board of Directors of SCARDIAN Insurance Company; Member of National Trade Facilitation Committee; and Member of Steering Council of the National Qualification Authority.

He is a Senior Lecturer at the Society of Certified Accountants and Auditors of Kosovo, teaching management and strategic management certification modules since January 2009.

He served as Vice President of Kosovo CSR Network, Chairman of the Fiscal Consultative Council, Chairman of the Business Community Office at the Kosovo Assembly, Consultant at German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), Consultant at a World Bank funded program, Director of an International Film Festival, etc.

He holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Management, and is an alumnus of the U.S. Library of Congress Open World Leadership Program (OWLP) and Joint Vienna Institute (JVI). He is also a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Fjolla Bekteshi joined AmCham in the position of Communications Officer during October 2019. She finished her studies at the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Philology, department of English Language and Literature. At AmCham, her duties include coordinating and facilitating communication between AmCham, AmCham Members, and third parties, drafting and editing press releases and other statements in both English and Albanian, distributing statements to the media, and conducting overall media monitoring. In her previous experience, Ms.Bekteshi worked as an English Language teacher and translator.

Altin Zogaj joined AmCham in October 2019 in the position of Finance and Logistics Officer. Zogaj has a bachelor degree from the University of Prishtina, in the Faculty of Economics, department of Banking, Finance and Accounting. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in General Management at Kolegji Riinvest. At AmCham, his duties include preparing and maintaining a monthly roster of invoices to be used for financial and tax reporting. In addition, Zogaj is responsible for the logistic operations of AmCham.

Tea Blakaj joined AmCham in April 2017, to serve in a position of a Secretary General of the Arbitration Center.
Tea is a lawyer with a master's degree from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she specialized in commercial arbitration, specifically arbitrator's ethics, which was a core of her masters thesis. Tea worked as an assistant professor of the Faculty of Law in Sarajevo, in the courses of Private International Law and Commercial Arbitration. She appeared as a guest lecturer at the University of Prishtina, in the course of Private International Law for few times during  2016.
Additionally, Tea worked in the various fields of law. She started as a young professional under the program awarded by the European Commission, within the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia where she stayed for a year working in the prosecution teams. Furthermore, she worked for a while as an associate in a legal consultancy firm in Prishtina, continuing working for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and the Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo. She continues providing professional support to the Kosovo Judicial Council under the UNDP "Strengthening Rule of Law in Kosovo" project, assisting in drafting secondary legislation and building capacities within the Legal Department of this Institution.
During the last six years of her professional legal career, Tea was engaged in the field of commercial arbitration through writing papers on various topics, mainly focused on the arbitrator's ethics. Her latest paper is titled "Exclusion of legal counsel in international commercial arbitration", where she referred to the issues involving conflict of interest cases between an arbitrator and the legal counsel of a party, based on the famous ICSID cases of Hrvatska and Rompetrol.

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Anila Sylaj is the Executive Assistant of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo. She joined AmCham through an internship as a Policy Assistant during July 2019. During her time working as a Policy Assistant she was committed to assisting the Policy Department, meanwhile, as an Executive Assistant, her work focuses on administrative tasks, including scheduling, corresponding and independent judgment of miscellaneous issues. Anila is a student at RITK (A.U.K) majoring in Economics, Management and Entrepreneurship. She volunteers her time for RIT Charity Club activities and is also involved in the RIT Kosovo Student Government as a Senate President.

Florian Zeka joined AmCham in September 2019 as a Communications Assistant. His duties for this role include
assisting his supervisor in organizing meetings and events, making phone calls to prospective members
and providing other assistance as requested. Florian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing
and Business Administration. During his studies, he worked at different companies thus gaining
experience in several fields.

Ardita Hajra joined Amcham in July 2019 as Policy Officer.
Since 2016, she has been engaged in several non-governmental organizations and think-tanks,
where she worked as a policy researcher/analyst and project coordinator, while also conducted
few internships and apprenticeships in international organizations, including GIZ - Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and OSCE Mission in Kosovo.
She holds a BA degree on Political Science. Her fields of interest fall under the scope of public
policies, with distinctive interest on education and economic policies.
During her studies, Ardita served as a volunteer to several institutions, such as American Corner
Pristina and American Advising Center. She has also participated in multiple national and
international conferences, seminars and trainings, including; Harvard Program on Negotiation,
European Forum Alpbach, Youth Peace Camp at Council of Europe, Global Leadership
Conference Women2Women, etc.

Bind Ahmetaj joined AmCham in September 2019 as a Policy Assistant. He is an undergraduate student at RIT Kosovo, majoring in Economics and Management with a minor in Public Policy. Bind has constantly been engaged in academic and student life at RITK by being the Secretary of the Student Government, arranging Math and English tutoring classes, and participating in the organizing process of TEDxRITK. His main areas of interest include Law-making and Political Economy.

Marigona Zejnullahu joined AmCham in September 2019 as a Communications assistant.

She is currently in her senior year of studies, majoring in English Language and Literature at AAB University. During her previous experience, Marigona has worked as a quality control officer in a local translating company. Furthermore, she was engaged in writing publications regarding college events, that would be posted in the official website of AAB University. As a communications assistant her responsibilities include researching news, economy and policy related content posted in media, news portals and outlets, for the purpose of using them in AmCham’s daily digest. Marigona is mainly interested in Foreign Languages and Psychology.

Fatos SYLAj is AmCham Chief Technology Officer.

Shkendije Loshaj Krasniqi joined AmCham in October 2018 in the position of Membership and Protocol
Officer. Shkendije’s responsibilities at AmCham are acting as the first point of contact for all members
and prospective members for nonpolicy matters, increasing membership basis by reaching out to and
recruiting new members, continuously improving existing services provided to AmCham members,
planning, coordinating and organizing AmCham events.
Shkendije holds a Bachelor’s degree on English Language and Literature.
She started her career as an English Teacher at a Foreign Language School where she worked for six
years. During that time, she attended different trainings and conferences related to teaching.

Vesa Osmani joined AmCham as a Research Assistant at Theodore Roosevelt Economic Research Institute in April 2018 and later on she became part of the Policy Department, where she now serves as a Policy Officer. Her work within the Policy Department focuses on addressing members’ requests and policy-related matters, including members’ feedback for legislation amendments. She also coordinates the Committees of Services and Digital Economy within the Chamber. Prior to working at AmCham, she was a Communications Intern at the UN Development Coordinator Office. She is an undergraduate student at RIT Kosovo, double majoring in Economics and Public Policy.

Agnesa Jashari joined AmCham in August 2019 as a Communications Assistant.
Agnesa studies Economics with Statistics, Public Policy, and International Relations at RIT in Kosovo. She
is an alumni of the Global UGRAD, CIEE and is a scholar of US KDOM. She has been a Student
Coordinator of the RIT Kosovo Peace and Conflict Summer Program and has worked as a Recruitment
Assistant. She has worked previously as Video-Editor for two years at ‘Profi’ Photo.
Agnesa has participated in various summits such as MEU (Model of European Union) in Brussels, British
Parliamentary Debate, Global Thinkers of Marymount University in Arlington, etc.

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