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For Policy Issues please contact: Albion Ujkashi @ albion.ujkashi@amchamksv.org
For Membership Services please contact: Shkëndije Loshaj-Krasniqi @ shkendije.krasniqi@amchamksv.org
For Communication and Information please contact: Edlira Dibrani @ edlira.dibrani@amchamksv.org

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Arian ZEKA

Drejtor Ekzekutiv dhe Përfaqësues i Autorizuar

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

Sekretare Gjenerale, Qendra e Arbitrazhit

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.

Edlira DIBRANI

Zyrtare e Komunikimeve

Shkendije LOSHAJ-KRASNIQI

Zyrtare e Anëtarësisë dhe Protokollit

Ardita HAJRA

Zyrtare e Politikave

Fatos SYLAJ

Administrator i TI

Vesa OSMANI

Zyrtare Juniore e Politikave

Anila SYLAJ

Asistente e Politikave

Liza HALITI

Asistente e Komunikimit

Mentor BISLIMI

Mjeshtri i Shahut, Shkolla e Shahut Woodrow Wilson

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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).

Edlira Dibrani joined the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo in the position of Communications Assistant in July 2017 and was later on promoted to Communications Officer. 

Her duties at AmCham include coordinating and facilitating communication between AmCham, AmCham members, and third parties, drafting and editing press releases and other statements, distributing statements to the media, and conducting overall media monitoring. 

She is currently an undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Prishtina studying English Language and Literature. She has won a scholarship for three years in a row and she has been certified as a Junior Researcher in contributing to Language Research for Cambridge University Press. 

During her studies, she was also an English language teacher in an English language course, and has had experience in translation in numerous events at the Prishtina International Summer University.

Albion Ujkashi is managing the Policy Department of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo. He joined the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo in January 2018, previously serving as the Policy Officer of the Chamber. He is currently responsible for policy-related matters, including drafting of policy and position papers, liaising on behalf of the members, conducting research and providing information and guidance to members on doing-business requirements, as well as representing the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo in different working groups and other governmental bodies.

Albion has also been in charge of organizing business to business activities of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo.

Albion was part of a team that won the first place in an open competition during Kosovo’s Sustainable Development Week, for their innovative approach towards energy efficiency.

As a teenager, Albion was part of the civil society organizations in Ulcinj, Montenegro, thus building knowledge about various socio-political policies. He completed certification programs on Conflict Analysis and Interfaith Conflict resolution from the United States Institute of Peace.

Albion Ujkashi has graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Kosovo on Public Policy and Management.

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 joined AmCham in July 2018 as a Policy Assistant.
She is currently studying Economics and Management with a minor in International Relations at RIT
Kosovo. Highly involved in student life, Anila has been part of the RIT Kosovo Student Government as a
Project Coordinator, and recently she was chosen Senate President.
Anila is mainly interested in Fiscal Policy and Law Enforcement issues.

Elvin Blakaj joined AmCham Kosovo in July 2019 as Policy Officer.
Elvin has worked in international organizations and local NGOs from 2009 onwards in multiple positions
and started lecturing political science in 2016 at ISPE College. Also, he is working as a contributory writer
for a local online newspaper - Kosovo 2.0.
Elvin is a political scientist with a master’s degree in European Politics and European Integration. His
field of specialization is within the international relations with a specific focus on the interplay of the
international law and the political structure of modern states.
Within his carrier, Elvin won a number of scholarships for his academic achievements, from
organizations such as: IPKO foundation, German K.A.S. and the European Union External Action Service.
These achievements allowed him to publish a book chapter in 2018 as a coauthor with the prestigious
Edwar Elgar publishing house in the United Kingdom. Also, he is working toward publishing multiple
scientific papers in the fields of international relations and public international law in distinguished
foreign journals.

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.

Jonida Xhemajli joined AmCham in May 2019 as a Communications Assistant.
She holds a Bachelor degree on Marketing and Business Administration. Jonida has been highly involved
in economist’s club of students. Her fields of interest focus on macroeconomics.

Liza Haliti joined AmCham in July 2019 as a Communications Assistant.
She is currently an undergraduate student at South East European University (SEEU) majoring in English
Language and Literature. A highly motivated student interested in creating international relationships
around Europe, Liza is a double scholarships winner for the Erasmus + programme (Slovenia &
Germany). She is also involved in volunteer work at the Max Van Der Stoel Library, Macedonia.

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 was later on promoted to Junior 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 Communications Intern at the UN Development Coordinator's
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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