Welcoming and Opening of the Conference

Ms. Blerta Thaçi

Ms. Blerta ThaçiExecutive Director at the Open Data Kosovo

Organizer
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Blerta Thaçi is the Executive Director of Open Data Kosova. Founder of Girls Coding Kosova. Worked as a software developer at Zombie Soup. Among awards such as FIDES for philanthropy, Women in ICT from the ICT Awards, she was also listed in 2018 in Forbes 30 Under 30 for her work in the ODK.

Session 1: Who is looking at my data? Should we trust governments with our data?

Ms. Blerta Thaçi

Ms. Blerta ThaçiExecutive Director at the Open Data Kosovo

Session Moderator
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Blerta Thaçi is the Executive Director of Open Data Kosova. Founder of Girls Coding Kosova. Worked as a software developer at Zombie Soup. Among awards such as FIDES for philanthropy, Women in ICT from the ICT Awards, she was also listed in 2018 in Forbes 30 Under 30 for her work in the ODK.

Mr. Bardhyl Jashari

Mr. Bardhyl JashariDirector at the Metamorphosis Foundation

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Bardhyl Jashari is the director of Metamorphosis Foundation (Macedonia). His professional interests are mainly in the sphere of new technologies, media, civic activism, e-government and participation. Previously he worked as an Information Program Coordinator of the Foundation Open Society – Macedonia. He is a member of the National Council for Information Society of Macedonia and National Expert for Macedonia of the UN World Summit Award. In the past he was a member of the Task Force for National Strategy for Information Society Development and served as a commissioner at the Agency for Electronic Communication. Bardhyl holds a master degree at Paris 12 University-Faculty of Public Administration (France) and an Information System Designer Degree from University of Zagreb (Croatia).

Mr. Andrej Petrovski

Mr. Andrej PetrovskiLeader at the SHARE Foundation

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Andrej Petrovski holds a MSc degree in Digital Forensics and is currently Director of Tech at SHARE Foundation. Andrej leads the Computer Emergency Response Team – SHARE CERT in helping journalists, media and CSOs in becoming more resilient in the digital environment, as well as providing legal and technical aid in cases of a cyber attack. He has authored numerous publications on Cybersecurity and Data Protection and has participated in recommending policies in the process of accession of Serbia to the EU (Chapters 23 and 24). He has also been working on issues related to Open Data, Copyright, as well as researching internet phenomena and creating multimedia content with a multidisciplinary team gathered around SHARE Lab (labs.rs).

Mr. Blerim Rexha

Mr. Blerim RexhaProfessor at the University of Prishtina

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Dr. Blerim Rexha is a professor in the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Prishtina in Kosovo. He received his Ph.D. in 2004 from the Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Computer Technology in the field of data and web service security. During his 10 year stay in Austria, he worked for several tech companies, among them Siemens AG and the department of Programming and Systems Engineering. Prof. Rexha has published papers in renowned international venues in the areas of his research interest and continues to be invited to national and international conferences as a speaker.

Mr. Robert Shala

Mr. Robert ShalaCyber Security Specialist at the SENTRY

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Robert Shala is a tech entrepreneur and cyber security specialist. He is one of the founders and Executive Director at Sentry, an ethnically diverse cyber security firm specialized in security assessments and technology research with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to silicon valley unicorns. He is a lecturer at Cyber Academy, a professional training program with the aim of helping youth break into the cyber security industry. His other involvements include working alongside international organizations to help protect privacy, security, and democracy in the region.

Session 2: Addressing the Importance of Data Protection as a Region

Ms. Dafina Olluri

Ms. Dafina OlluriDeputy Director at the Open Data Kosovo

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Dafina Olluri is the Deputy Director of Open Data Kosovo and is responsible for a wide range of activities within the organization. Her duties include accomplishing ODK’s strategic goals, monitoring the implementation of ongoing projects, creating new partnerships and landing new opportunities, and ensuring that all of our end-products satisfy the organization’s standards of quality. She was previously awarded the Forbes 30 Under 30 award for her work at Open Data Kosovo, which recognized the organization as one of the most successful initiatives for contributing to the improvement of Law and Policy making in Europe. Dafina studied Economics & Statistics as an undergraduate, and is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Informatics. She believes that a strong focus shall be placed on developing the technical ability of young Kosovars and is continuously striving to contribute to bettering her society and helping her peers achieve their goals.

Ms. Krenare Sogojeva Dermaku

Ms. Krenare Sogojeva DermakuKosovo Comissioner at the Information and Privacy Agency

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Krenare Sogojeva Dërmaku is a lawyer who graduated in the Faculty of Law from the University of Prishtina with further advanced studies in European Law at the European College of Parma in Italy. Her work experience includes the NGO ‘Solutions’ - researcher in the project ‘Standards before the status of Kosovo’; Council for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms, monitoring of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo and the Municipal Assembly of Prishtina and the official in the project for monitoring the parliamentary elections in Kosovo; WUS Austria - Coordinator of the project 'Balkan Case Challenges' - student competitions at local and regional level. Since December 2008, for thirteen years in a row, respectively until the appointment as Commissioner for Information and Privacy, she was the Director of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Defense.

Mr. Gjorgji Rajchinoski

Mr. Gjorgji RajchinoskiSupervisor at the Personal Data Protection Agency

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Gjorgji Rajchinoski is a Master of Laws LL.M (Criminal Law) in the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Gjorgji is a Supervisor of Personal Data Protection in the Unit on Data Breach and Violation of Personal Data Protection Rights, Sector for Supervision at Personal Data Protection Agency of the Republic of North Macedonia, and he is involved in implementation of the new Macedonian Law on Personal Data Protection (transposed GDPR) and compliance of the controllers and processors with the new Law. In addition, he is also a part of the training team of the Agency.

Mr. Aleksa Ivanović

Mr. Aleksa IvanovićFormer Member of the Council at the Agency for Protection of Personal Data and Free Access to Information

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Aleksa Ivanović is a graduate from the Faculty of Law in Podgorica, Montenegro. His work experience includes a variety of positions such as the Chairmen State Election Commission, a Council member for the Agency of Data Protection and Free Access to Information, a Team Leader at the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, a Legal Advisor at the Checchi and Company Consulting Inc. and American Bar Association Central and Eastern European Legal Initiative, the Head of Office In Montenegro, and the Head of Legal Department in the Ministry of Urban Planning. Aleksa is also a member in many working groups and teaching activities such as, Drafting Law on Free Access to Information, Chapter 23-Process Negotiation Assessing EU, Cahdata Ad Hoc Committee Council of Europe Data Protection Modernization Convention 108, etc.

Mr. Uroš Misljenovic

Mr. Uroš MisljenovicProgramme Officer at the Partners Serbia

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Uroš Mišljenović has worked at Partners Serbia since 2011 on activities in the domain of privacy and good governance, serving as a Programme Officer, leading projects, delivering training and conducting research in these fields. Uros also works as a consultant to support civil society organizations in Serbia to enhance their resilience in challenging times.

Session 3: Striving to Increase the Level of Openness and Good Governance Across Countries

Ms. Delvina Haxhijaha Krasniqi

Ms. Delvina Haxhijaha KrasniqiProject Manager at the Open Data Kosovo

Session Moderator
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Delvina Haxhijaha Krasniqi holds the position of Project Manager at Open Data Kosovo. She graduated with honors from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Kosovo, a stepping stone for further academic and professional advancement. She has experience in leading multifunctional projects projects supported from local and international donors, moving projects toward successful delivery with the appropriate levels of governance at all phases. Delvina also specializes in creating and shaping communication content, organizing and managing events, and developing social media strategies.

Ms. Helen Darbishire

Ms. Helen DarbishireExecutive Director at the Access Info Europe

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Helen Darbishire is a human rights activist specialising in the right of access to information (freedom of information) and the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments. She established Access Info in Madrid in 2006 and has provided expertise to a wide range of non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations, including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and the World Bank. She currently serves or has served on the boards of a number of CSOs, including Fundación Civio, DATA, Diritto di Sapere (which she is a founder), and the Request Initiative. She is a founder of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network and served two terms as its chair. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership, and is Chair of the UNCAC Coalition, a global network of civil society organisations working to combat corruption. Helen holds a degree in Philosophy of Science and Psychology from Durham University, United Kingdom.

Ms. Marieke Schenk

Ms. Marieke SchenkProject Manager at the Open Government Learning and Expertise Center

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Since 2014, Marieke Schenk has been project manager at the Dutch Expertise Centre on Open Government, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs. After working for a media research company where she led numerous research projects for multinationals and government organisations, Marieke Schenk continued her career working for the public sector on the intersection of policy and IT. From 2013 onwards, open data and Open Government became her field of expertise. For her master thesis in Public Information Management, she conducted several case studies in Dutch cities on how they handle and use open data.

Mr. Fidan Kalaja

Mr. Fidan KalajaSenior Political Advisor and Chairman at the Ministry of Local Government Administration

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Fidan Kalaja is a Senior Political Advisor and Chairman of Kosovo’s membership in the Open Government Partnership. He is the founder and was the Executive Director of the Kosovo Centre for Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption. He was elected as an Ordinary member of the United Nations Anti-Corruption Convention, he attended the US State Department, he served for more than five years as a Deputy Director of FOL Movement, he co-chaired the process for accession of Kosovo to the Open Government Partnership, he was appointed as a member of the Coordination Committee of the United Nations Anti-Corruption Convention, he was elected as a member of the National Council for Implementation of the Strategy for cooperation between the Government of Kosovo and the sector of the Civil Society Organizations. Fidan is one of the founders and a member of the Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection and KUND 16 representative in Transparency, Accountability & Participation Network – TAPNetwor2030.

Ms. Mexhide Demolli Nimani

Ms. Mexhide Demolli NimaniExecutive Director at the Lëvizja FOL

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Mexhide Demollii Nimani is the Executive Director of Levizja FOL and one of its co-founders. For a long time, she has been in the position of a media office coordinator and the manager of numerous projects in FOL. Mexhide has been engaged for more than two years in amending the Law on Access to Public Documents in 2010. She has coordinated the Transparency Index in Public Institutions research for three years. Mexhide has designed and coordinated an awareness campaign for citizens regarding the Law on Access to Public Documents in all municipalities of Kosovo. She has also been engaged in promoting the dialogue between citizens and justice institutions for years, projecting a communication campaign in seven Kosovo municipalities between citizens and justice institutions. Before working in the FOL Movement, she worked as a journalist for four years. Mexhide has completed the Faculty of Journalism and Literature and Albanian Language at the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”.

Session 4: Engaging Citizens through an Open and Transparent Parliament

Ms. Ariana Gjuli

Ms. Ariana GjuliProject Manager at the Open Data Kosovo

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Ariana Gjuli is a Project Manager at Open Data Kosovo (ODK). Ariana has a Bachelor degree in Management and Economics from RIT Kosovo. As an enthusiast for project management, she started working at ODK because she believes that a civic-tech organization contributes towards good governance and social good through the use of technology. Among others, Ariana is coordinating the project in partnership with GIZ Kosovo: promoting the scheme results of the Municipal Performance Grant - Clean Environment, and assisting in the EU-supported regional project of ICEDA (Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda). Being a part of the ODK team, Ariana is applying open data practices to daily activities through various projects which ODK implements. As such, Ariana believes in transparent institutions and the good social practices that technology promotes.

Ms. Shqipe Krasniqi

Ms. Shqipe KrasniqiSenior Officer at the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo

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Shqipe Krasniqi is currently the Senior for Strategic Coordination and Planning at the Office of the Secretary of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo. In the Assembly of Kosovo since 2013, she has been committed to fulfilling the Declaration on partnership with civil society, and since 2015 she has been a member of the Forum for Parliamentary Openness and Transparency, and in 2016 she covered the civil society sector that continues to implement projects as a reliable link between the Assembly and Civil Society.

Ms. Afërdita Syla

Ms. Afërdita SylaProgram Manager at the National Democratic Institute (NDI)

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Afërdita Syla is a Senior Program Manager at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Kosovo, and since 2014 she’s been managing parliamentary transparency, outreach and accountability through the legislative strengthening program. She assists the Assembly, through the Forum for Parliamentary Transparency, to inform the public about legislation and the legislative process as a whole to enable greater public participation in lawmaking. She has managed the women’s parliamentary caucus program and assisted them to raise issues of gender equality, and other related draft laws. Earlier in her career, Afërdita worked with the Government of Kosovo as a political advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, she served as a political advisor to the Minister of Local Government Administration, and as the liaison to local and international organizations and donors. Before joining the Government, Afërdita was the executive director of the Gjilan Youth Center, a local NGO which she managed since 2001. She was a founder of the Kosovo Youth Network and initiated the establishment of a cross border youth council.

Ms. Agnesa Haxhiu

Ms. Agnesa HaxhiuProject Manager at the Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI)

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Agnesa Haxhiu has been part of the Kosovo Democratic Institute/ Transparency International Kosovo team since March 2016. She is a project manager, specifically on monitoring the work of the Assembly of Kosovo, within the program for Democratization and Parliamentary Practices in KDI/TI. She has conducted several analytical and monitoring reports in this field. She is a member of Forum for Parliamentary Transparency – Advisory body to the Assembly of Kosovo. She is also engaged as teaching assistant (external associate) in the department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Prishtina. She completed her bachelor studies at the University of Prishtina in the Department of Sociology and she holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology.

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