Board and Staff

Roma Versitas Kosovo Advisory Board 

MA.Lumnije Bajrami
Hade of IRO University of PristhinaUniversity Professor of Political Science
Nazan Safçi
Head of Division for Community Education, CE Division, DPP, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Economist)  
 

RVK STAFF

Avni Mustafa
Executive Director 
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Avni is a human rights activist, trainer and expert on Roma Inclusion. He has been working on Minority issues for over 15 years and holds a BA in Management from the University of Pjeter Budi.
Avni was born in Prishtina, in 1987. Lives Plemetina, a small multi-ethnic village in Kosovo. Avni’s mother tongue is Romani, speaks fluently in 3 languages:
Albanian, English and Serbian. As a young activist, Avni managed local NGO “Romano Resaipe”, here he published an article entitled “The needs and problems of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian in the municipality of Obiliq”, which has shaped his interest and engagement with the topic over the years. His professional experience includes working with Balkan Sunflowers International, as a production media manager, where he produced over 50 eyewitness reports related to Roma life in Kosovo and North Macedonia. All reports were broadcast by public television in Kosovo RTK. He the Director of the Rolling Film Festival, for films made by and about Roma to fight discrimination and dispel negative stereotypes, which were well attended by all facets of Kosovo society. He also worked as a trainer and production manager during the shooting of Cikore Filmya. Since June of 2017, Avni is the Executive Director of Roma Versitas Kosovo, a leading student support organization with more than 10 different programs and projects seeking better inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community members in Kosovo’s society.
Dorela Limanaj
Finance and Admin Manager
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Dorela joined the team of Roma Versitas Kosovo in November 2017. She graduated from the University of Prishtina at the Faculty of Economics – Bachelor program also in 2017 she received the title of Master of Economic Sciences at the Faculty of Economics – Prishtina.
Before joining the team, she worked as a manager in a local company as well as various accounting / finance trainings.
At Roma Versitas Kosovo, she is engaged as finance and administration manager. She is a sociable person but, in the profession, she continues to be dedicated.
Kadrije Krasniqi
Program Coordinator
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Kadrije since 2003 she has made a significant contribution to Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo, her contribution on promotion of human rights, in the areas of minority rights, children’s rights, repatriation and migration, education, researcher and analyzer on human rights issues. In 2004 she founded the Ngo Sunshine where for several years she has implemented various projects for communities.
Kadrije Krasniqi has also developed her career in the field of journalism and documentary film, where she is known as the director of three documentaries.
As a project leader of the Advocacy and Human Rights activist she participated in different projects where she has been actively involved in different conferences and roundtables contributing to the development of strategies and action plans in the governmental level.
Sebstijan Serifovic
Program Coordinator (EE)
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Sebastijan is a Roma activist working to achieve equal standards towards Education, Human Rights, Employment etc. for the Roma people in Kosovo and abroad. After years of work and advocacy in Kosovo, Sebastian decided to start studies at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations where he studied for 3 years, in order to gain more knowledge to defend the rights of Roma in a more effective way.
Sebastian has been working as a Deputy Mayor for Communities in the Municipality of Gracanica and this municipality currently is the only municipality that have adopted the Roma Language in official use in Kosovo in his four years term.
Other past experiences includes working with UNMIK, OSCE, UNHCR, Council of Europe, Terre des hommes etc. he currently works with Roma Versitas Kosovo as a Project Manager for “Inclusive Democracy for Young People in Kosovo” funded by the Embassy of Canada.
According to Sebastian, education and working on effective participation in social, political and economical life of Kosovo are the key components to achieve inclusive democracy for all in Kosovo.

Genc Broqi
Manager of RVK Program
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Genc is highly motivated professional with over 20 years of experience and diversified background from a multitude of industries, such as banking, corporate, non-governmental & inter-government industry with attained skills such as project management, project implementation, project internal audit and evaluation, risk management, fraud combat, banking, procurement & logistics, office/warehouse management, HR, and Finance.
For the last twelve years, he has been involved in procurement and card operations for ProCredit Bank on projects for MasterCard & VISA International. Additionally, he was Chairman of the Kosovo Card Fraud forum, with the Kosova Bank Association. Furthermore, Mr. Genc worked with Fluor Government Group (FGG) in Gardez, Afghanistan, as a Material Controls Specialist – Team Lead; from 2012 he have worked for International Business College Mitrovica, under the auspices of SPARK NGO, as Head of Administration/Coordinator, from March 2014 up to Dec 2015 he have worked for Kosovo Agency for Advocacy and Development as Program Manager for the ROMA Versitas Kosovo Program, From Jan 2016 until August 2017 has worked for Advancing Together as Program Manager, currently he is working for Roma Versitas Kosovo, as Program Manager. Last three positions have enabled him to contribute to a Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community providing academic support to the students of RAE community. Lately he is selected as Member of the Board of Directors in NKP “Trafiku Urban” Prishtinë nominated as Chair of the Audit Committee. During his carrier always he has prioritized and invested in education; where he has finished Master Degree in the University of Prishtina. As part of his professional education currently he is in the process of certification for CMC- Certified Management Consultant and ISO 20700.
Sylejman Elshani
Program Officer
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Sylejman Elshani is an activist of the Roma community and deals with the issues and problems of this community. Sylejman has been involved in activism for about 25 years. He studied bachelor in the subject of education for preschool children at the Public University of Prizren “Ukshin Hoti” Sylejmani was born in Prizren on April 10, 1979 and lives in Prizren. He speaks Roma, Albanian, Serbian and English. He has worked as a Journalist on the issues and problems of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, and has monitored and reported on the monitoring of the Integration Strategy for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians where he has presented various shows on Radio Roman Avazo in Prizren. Since 2008 -2018 is the editor of the magazine in Romani so called Yekhipe, also makes translations from Romani into Albanian and vice versa. He is part of the Amateur Theater of Prizren since 1996 where he has played about 20 premieres presenting the problems of the Roma community. In 2009 he was awarded with recognition as the most distinguished actor on the 20th anniversary of the Roma Theater. In 2012 he was awarded the third place as a Roma community activist for building peace with others. From 2015-2017 he made study visits to several countries in the Western Balkans and European countries to get a closer look at the life of the Roma community. He has also prepared several stories about the cultural diversity of the Roma community. From 2015 until now he is the Coordinator of the NGO “Roma Versitas Kosovo” program and deals with student issues otherwise in Prizren he is a distinguished activist for youth issues of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities.
Belkize Islami Xhaferi
Program Officer
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Belkiza was born on April, 1991. in the city of Gjilan, Kosovo. She completed her bachelor studies at the Faculty of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj in 2013.  From a very young age she got engaged in social activities and defended minority rights as she also came from a minority community in Kosovo.  She was part of projects related to children’s and women’s rights.  In 2010, thanks to her involvement in civil society, she became one of the first interns in the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo.  At the same year, she became the representative of the Ashkali community at the President’s office in the Consultative Council for Communities and Return.  And through her ambition she won other mandates. Professionally. Besides studies, she works as Project Coordinator at Roma Versitas Kosovo resource center in Peja and Project Coordinator on projects as “Prevention of Domestic Violence”, “Women in Governance and in Economy” project, as well as volunteering in local non-governmental organizations such “BRAN” and in various initiatives on youth empowerment.  She continued her master studies at the University of Prishtina, Technician Faculty and is currently on the verge of graduation.  She continues being active in civil society, leading the Roma Versitas Kosovo office in Peja and at the same time being part of youth activities organized by the Innovative Youth Center of Peja.
Her great desire is to see as many girls from the communities attending school, bigger employment for women and she strongly hopes to be a powerful woman surrounded by other young girls pursuing their dreams. 
Burhan Gashi
Program Coordinator
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Burhan Gashi is a young activist, social worker for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, human rights and inclusion in Kosovo for four years, a history student at the University of Prishtina, Philosophical Faculty, History Department with the main focus/study on the historical point of view of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Southeast Europe.  Burhan was born in Prishtina, in 1996.  Lives in Fushë Kosovë/KosovoPolje, with seventhousend other Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community members, Albanian is his mother tongue, speaks fluent in English and has medium knowledge/still learning German.
Before three year he co-founded and was co-director of the nongovernmental organization “Community Supporters” in Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje with the main goal of helping the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities on their socio-educational issues, the NGO is still active at local level. This particular move was gate-opening through civil society activism for him. The professional experience he gained is through involvement on local and central level offices such as Office of Communities and Return in the municipality of Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Office for Good Governance in Kosovo, United Nations Development Program on their local researches. 
Currently has the position of the facilitator for the ROMACTED program (serving under the Council of Europe) at the municipality of Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje and Lipjan/Lipljan, promoting the joint European Union and Council of Europe actions with the Roma community in the field of democratic participation, good governance, legal empowerment and inclusive education. And the position of the Project Coordinator at TER KOS 03 program (funded by the European Union and Roma Education Fund) at Roma Versitas Kosovo, the only organization dealing with Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian students in Kosovo on a central level basis. 
 
Faton Mustafa
Manager of RVK Media Office
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Faton is a filmmaker and a journalist. He worked in many NGO such as Romawood, Rolling Film Festival and a great number of film workshop with Roma youth, Gaia SCI Kosovo, RomaRoads, Balkan Sunflowers and RADC; he participated in many social and education projects as well as initiative for the empowerment of Roma communities, especially Youth in Kosovo and promoting voluntarism. From 2009 to 2011 he started working for Kosovo’s National TV (RTK)’s Roma programme “Yekhipe” to work on TV Report’s, broadcast in for National Television in Kosovo (RTK) as cameraman, Editor and journalist and made more 40 TV reports on a very diverse topics related to Human Rights around Kosovo with special focus on Roma people.
He made more than 4 Documentary films about Roma in Kosovo and abroad. Starting from 2004-2015 he worked as a videographer and director for the film LIVES, Our Journey, Never Back Home, Jekh Kham Jekh Shel ( One Sun one Nation), 4 Years Later; these films among other, discusses the effects of poverty, environment, and access to health care in Kosovo. This premiered in New York Festival Film week and won the best film award at Albanian “Film Week in Pristina”.
 In 2015 Faton began its work with Roma Versitas Kosovo (RVK) where he currently holds a position of PR (Public Relations) but also helping Roma youth teaching them how they can promote Roma lives in 21st century using today’s technology. While working with RVK he managed a project where youth were thought how to show their everyday life stories using only their phones and storytelling.