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Afrore Rudi, Deloitte
President of the Board
Afrore Rudi holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Taxation from London Guildhall University (England) and she is a member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and of SCAAK. She has more than 15 years of experience in tax advisory, mostly gained within Deloitte. Prior to joining the Kosova practice, Afrore previously worked for a Chartered Accountancy firm based in London and completed a six‐month assignment in Deloitte Bulgaria.
Agon Gashi, Meridian Express
Vice-President of the Board
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry and a value driven, result oriented pro-active leader in Kosovo. A season entrepreneur, change-maker and philanthropist with a track record of transforming Meridian Express from a small start-up into one of the leading retail companies in Kosovo, opening 43 locations, creating more than 600 jobs and showing passionate commitment to serve his community. Highly motivated and at the forefront of supporting Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), Corporate Governance and adopting sustainable practices in the country. True believer in giving back to the society and a strong supporter of youth empowerment initiatives. Awarded national and international prizes for the recognized work and contribution in promoting and embracing CSR. Well networked, innovative, and successful speaker at prestigious business and social conferences at local and regional levels. A natural leader with collaborative nature and influence on several local organizations as a founder and a board member. Keen to find challenging situations and a strong desire to learn from them. Strong business development professional skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Analytical Skills and Marketing.
Jeta Zagragja, UCX
Jeta Zagragja is a technology entrepreneur, a start up mentor, investor, and an education advocate. She brings 15 years of practical experience in successful startups, financial industry, and non-profit sector in Kosovo and USA. Currently, she is a co-owner and Director of Sales, Marketing, and Operations at UCX, a Chicago-based innovative SaaS company. She’s formerly held positions as the former Chief Business Development Officer at Cacttus JSC and Chief Business Development Officer at Gjirafa Inc., amongst others. With her passion for innovation and demonstrated management skills, Jeta is a natural leader who pushes for workplace development, operational excellency, and business growth. She sets stretch goals and organizes resources to achieve the commercial, operational, and strategic initiatives. She’s a successful networker and relationship manager who leverages contacts to support business and philanthropic initiative and produces strategic execution plans that align with engagement or client objectives. Understanding that great achievements require team effort, she loves to mentor and empower teams, companies, and individuals develop. Jeta’s education background includes a B.A. in Applied Sciences from the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA and an M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL, USA. Jeta is the co-chair of the Board of the Kosovo American Education Fund, Board Member at Swinto and CryptoKos Inframain J.S.C, a mentor at the Innovation Center of Kosovo and Uplift Albania.
Ardian Hoxha, Keiretsu Forum
Ardian is a changemaker, entrepreneur, investor, and speaker, with 20+ years experience in jewelry, education, media, entertainment, food industry, and telecommunications. He is the founder and investor in the American School of Kosova, Duplex Club, Albafone, Glam Radio, Green and Protein, SushiCo Kosova and SushiCo Albania. Ardian is also the founder and Chapter President of the Keiretsu Forum SEE (Southeast Europe). Keiretsu Forum SEE is the newest chapter in the Keiretsu Forum family covering 9 countries in the Southeast Europe region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia. Ardian holds an Executive MBA degree from the IEDC – Bled School of Management. He serves as a Board Member at AmCham Kosovo, and is also a very active Rotarian and a founding member of Rotary Club Prishtina.
Erëmal Bajrami, KFC
Member of the Board
I am Erëmal Bajrami, General Manager at KAN sh.p.k. which owns the Franchise of the world known fast food brand KFC for Kosovo and North Macedonia. I have a deep understanding of Retail and Food industry with a history of creative and innovative programs that increased sales, profits with real P&L expertise which proves the success of opening 18 Restaurants in two markets for only 5 years. Able to identify key issues, I use a collaborative approach to develop detailed, time-bound strategic plans. Intimate understanding of Retail Branding, including reinvigoration, development, growth and reinforcement of a World Class Brand. My previous experience as Market Risk Officer at one of the most prestigious commercial banks in Kosovo ProCredit Bank shaped my skills of analyzing and mitigating market risks. A huge added value was the experience as Hybrid Online Learning Program Analyst and Graduate Assistant that helped me expertise in creating and maintaining design and development guidelines, including high-level and detailed procedures, user interface templates, instructional and assessment strategies I am a frequent speaker at many university conferences, debates for economic issues and various trainings related with Leadership, Strategic Management, Investments, Policies and Economy challenges in today’s century.
Valon Lluka, Banka Ekonomike
Member of the Board
Valon Lluka is the Executive Director of Mabetex Holding JSC, responsible for the company, and all companies that are part of Mabetex Holding JSC. Lluka has held this position since 2012. Lluka holds the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors at Banka Ekonomike as of June 2021 and Chairman of the Board of Directors at VIA - Vlora International Airport, as of May 2021. Throughout his professional experience, Lluka has proven skills to lead projects in various fields, in Kosovo and abroad, such as Albania, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Ghana, Nigeria, etc. With 13 years of banking experience, starting from various supervisory positions at ProCredit Bank, Kosovo, and ProCredit Bank, Albania and continuing in the position of General Manager at Banka Ekonomike in Kosovo for 5 years, Lluka has contributed to the development of the sector banking, as a new post-war sector in Kosovo. Lluka was appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Ghana in the Republic of Kosovo, in 2015. During the period of holding this position, Lluka has worked very closely with businesses in Kosovo and Albania, offering various opportunities to do business in the Republic of Ghana. He was also a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo, the Kosovo Banking Association, the Swiss Diamond Hotel and Hirano Mushroom LLC. Lluka is the co-author of the professional book "Money, Banks and Financial Markets."
Dren Deva, Fresh Brothers LLC/Tafingo
Member of the Board
Dren Deva was born on January 16th, 1988 in Mitrovica, Kosovo, and moved to New York when was 11 during the Kosovo war. He has a double degree in Finance and Marketing from Hofstra University in New York. Dren is an Albanian American Entrepreneur who has established 3 businesses in the US and Kosovo creating employment opportunities both in US and Kosovo. Dren has established the first ethnic Balkan IPTV OTT (Over the Top) Platform in 2008- FASTV Inc thus creating a Balkan TV Platform for the diaspora in North America, enabling the diaspora to watch TV channels live from back home, Video on Demand and many features. Today the corporation FASTV is one of the most wellknown and respected IPTV platforms in America and covers the majority of the Balkan population in North America. In 2017 Dren also created FreshAlb the first online Albanian supermarket serving Albanian and European groceries to the diaspora anywhere in North America. With 2-3 clicks customers can purchase favorite Albanian groceries and have them delivered to their doorstep anywhere in the US and Canada. FreshAlb is also referred to as the Albanian Amazon among the community in America as it is a very common shopping tool for the Albanian community who is nostalgic and loves consuming Albanian and European products. Tafingo LLC was also established during the 2020 pandemic and started operations in Kosovo in 2021. Tafingo is an online real estate marketplace for Kosovo, with plans to expand in Albania, Montenegro & North Macedonia. The mission of the company is to create an easy-to-use experience for consumers in Kosovo and diaspora who are interested in purchasing a property such as apartments, lands, homes in which customers can visit Tafingo.com see listings, 3D virtual tours of properties and get in touch with agents who can accommodate their requests.
Driton Dalipi, MDA
Member of the Board
Driton Dalipi is a Managing Partner at MDA, a leading consulting company in Kosovo, and founder of Elephant Apps Inc, a software development company based in the United States. He has strong entrepreneurial and leadership attributes that are very much needed in engaging the public sector in improving the business environment in Kosovo. His vision to create new jobs and foster an entrepreneurial climate in Kosovo led to the development of the MDA Foundation, which aims to lower youth unemployment by stimulating the establishment and growth of start-ups, enhancing youth skills, and promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Dalipi has more than 25 years of professional experience in public and private sector consulting, including banking in the US and Kosovo. His educational background includes an MBA degree in International Management from Lynn University, BS in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University, Project Management Professional (PMP) from Project Management Institute in the US and Quality Management Systems Certifications. His broad experience in various areas of the Management Consulting industry, including PublicPrivate Dialogue facilitation, Strategic Planning, Quality Assurance and SME Development, will help AMCHAM articulate and address member concerns. Over the last 20 years, he has been a strong supporter of private sector development by designing and implementing various donor-funded projects in Kosovo, involving policy changes, improving processes, and increasing capacities of various public and private entities to enhance their performance. He is one of the founders of AMCHAM Kosovo.
Taulant Stublla, CISCO Systems
Member of the Board
Taulant Stublla joined Cisco Systems in charge for Kosovo and North Macedonia market since 2016. He brings an experience of over 11 years in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in international companies. Prior to joining Cisco, Taulant held the position of Enterprise Sales Manager in one of the largest distributors in the region ITD. He was responsible for developing the market and increase sales for Cisco and Microsoft solutions. He joined ITD from Asseco SEE where he was Project Manager for implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Billing Systems mainly in financial/banking sector, utility companies, and government accounts in Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Albania. Taulant started his career at Asseco SEE in 2010, where, as Sales Specialist and later Key Account Manager has contributed for the development of software systems. Taulant combines a business-driven approach with engineering knowledge to facilitate the crafting of advanced solutions for governmental and commercial customers and to build relationships across all stakeholders of the industry. He orchestrates cross-functional team members to deliver complete solutions and capabilities with the focus on providing outstanding customer experience and building long-lasting customer partnerships in a wide network partners. He has a successful track record in achieving and exceeding sales targets. Taulant has contributed to double numbers and diversify the focus countries’ portfolio, and he has a specific interest to promote seizing the benefits of ICT for digital transformation. For three years, Taulant is part of Cisco Systems Bulgaria, the hub for the region. He has finalized the Executive MBA in Financial Management in Sheffield University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Prishtina
Agron Selimaj, SELIMAJ Legal Counseling
Member of the Board
Agron Selimaj is a graduated Lawyer from the University of Pristina, Faculty of Law. Regarding his professional achievements, Mr. Selimaj has finished the Bar Exam, and is alo both a Trainer on Gender Equity as well as a Kosovo Bar Association Trainer. His professional experience consists of numerous significant positions mainly in the legal sector, in both law practice and international organizations, such as UNMIK. Mr. Selimaj has been an adviser to the Kosovo Minister of Defense and has also served as Director of Kosovo Intelligence Agency for two years, to then become an Attorney at Law at his Legal Consulting Firm “SELIMAJ Legal Consulting” L.L.C. Agron Selimaj has attended several trainings on mainly legal matters and speaks Albanian, English and Serbian.
Kreshnik Sinani, Devolli Corporation
Member of the Board
Kreshnik Sinani is an experienced manager with a wide experience on different roles in multinational companies both locally and internationally. Currently, Kreshnik leads Devolli corporation with responsibility on the coffee roasting business. He also supports the sister companies of DCO on their strategic development. In his previous company, Coca Cola HBC, he had several roles in Several different countries. Kreshnik started as General Manager for Coca Cola HBC Kosovo where he spends 6 years than to move to Group Sales force excellence and strategy manager covering 32 countries for 3 years. After a successful endeavor in the group role, he was given the opportunity to move to Czech and Slovakia business unit where he was responsible for RTM strategic development (2 years) and for 11 months also as an acting sales director. Kreshnik is highly skilled in People development, business planning & development, people management & leadership, analytical skills, negotiations, customer relationship (CRM) and route to market expertise. Kreshnik holds a master’s degree in business management from Sheffield University, and a college degree from Loyalist college in Canada.
U.S. Ambassador's representative, Ex-Officio
Valerie Tucker is an Economic and Commercial Officer at U.S. Embassy Pristina. In this capacity, she covers environmental, science, technology, and health diplomacy promotes women’s economic empowerment, and advances the interests of the U.S. private sector. She holds a Master of Arts in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS with concentrations in conflict management and economics and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in international affairs and Spanish from the University of Georgia.