Dajana Berisha is the Executive Director of the Forum for Civic Initiatives. Dajana joined the forum in February 2013 to manage the development and direction of the Forum including design objectives, strategies and activities. Her previous professional experiences include policy-making in areas such as employment, social affairs and migration in order to support active employment policies combined with economic assistance for poverty alleviation. Dajana graduated in the field of linguistics and literature, holds an MA in International Migration Policies and Development from the University of Sussex, and was educated in Albania, Great Britain, Denmark and Sweden.
Kushtrim Puka is the Programs Manager at FIQ. He leads two of the three main programs at FIQ: that of Philanthropy and Sustainable Development. He has a vast experience in the private and public sector, working with leading companies and organizations such as ELKOS Group, Institute for Advanced Studies and Ipko Telecommunications LLC. As an entrepreneur, Kushtrim has established Globex International and works as an adviser for a number of small businesses in Kosovo. He is also a board member of EcoEnergy (Finland), and a board member and cofounder at the Environment Initiative and Local Development (Kosovo). Kushtrim completed his studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology, with the main focus on Entrepreneurship and Business Administration and a second major on Public Policy.
Sefë Govori, studied at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Prishtina. As Finance Manager, Sefa brings over 7 years of experience in the financial management at FCI. In this role, Sefa manages all financial aspects of the organization including accounting practices, budgeting, financial planning and monitoring financial performance. Prior to joining FCI, Sefa had various challenging positions as a Project Manager at the International Organization for Migration (IOM - Kosovo), Finance Manager at various private companies.
Arieta Dragusha graduated from the Law Faculty at the University of Prishtina, continuing her graduate studies in financial management. She also studied at the Faculty of Philosophy, majoring in Political Science and Public Administration at the same university. Arieta works at FIQ since 2010, first as Research Assistant and later on as Communications Officer and Program Officer for the Rule of Law. Now she is the Program Officer for Sustainable Development. Arieta has been involved in journalism, first as a collaborator of the Rilindja newspaper and occasionally has written for different newspapers in Kosovo.
Merita Mustafa is responsible for program development and fundrasing at FCI. She has a long experince in the non govermental sector and in anticorruption field. For six years she was Program Manager of anti-corruption at Transperency International Kosovo. Recently, through KOSID consortium she has been engaged as a Consultant for Municipality of Prishtina in the sector of environment protection for revising the municipal plan for energy efficiency.
Merita has graduated in Management and currently she is attending studies of Master in Business Administration at Staffordshire Univesity Kosovo branch.
As a participant of Women Leadership Academy she has been volunteer and initiatior for adressing the issues that preocupy women, with special ephasis the single mothers rights and their children.
Lirika Hoxha studied on Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Staffordshire University, branch of Kosovo.
Lirika joined FIQ in November 2016 as a intern in finance, now she assists in administrative and financial affairs. Before joining FIQ, she worked in the same field in the private sector, where the initial steps have passed during the time she studied
Arlinda joined the Forum for Civic Initiatives in November 2015, first as a an intern, and now she is a Program Officer for Philathropy and Sustainable Development, working with activites under different project of FIQ. Arlinda graduated in Business and Technology, under the major of Economy.
Vatra Qehaja has joined FIQ in 2016 working in communications and fundraising. A graduated economist she has previously worked in media, government and international organizations.
Albesa Aliu joined FIQ as a Program Officer. Albesa studied Psychology at Hellenic American University in Athens. Her record in civil society is substantial. In 2012, she cofounded and led an NGO, NGO-Change, which helped young people become engaged citizens, empowering them to actively participate in the decision making process of their community at large. She has experience working with the Refugee Program in Athens, and volunteered for the platform Wefugees in Berlin. She has helped in organizing and also participated at several youth exchanges in Europe. Albesa was awarded “President’s Leadership Award for New Hampshire”, and “Newman Fellowship Award” for 2015.
Merisa Abdullahu once joined FIQ as volunteer is now our intern. Merisa is a student of law in UBT. Until now, Merisa has participated in many youth projects supported by national NGOs. Some of the projects are “UneJamTi” and “Save the Park”, both supported by UNICEF Innovations Lab. She was also the leader of “Young Artivists of Kosova” a group of 20 youngsters who made “BrendaPerBrenda” a movie regarding taboo and youth issues in our society and the “Breaking Stereotypes” project, supported by Forum for Civic Initiatives. Merisa has a passion for videos, together with her group they made “We love you Macchiato” video in collaboration with the US Embassy, winning the first place in Europe.