About the Board of Save the Children Kosova/o
In January 2022, Save the Children Kosova/o (SCiK) has become one of Save the Children’s first ever National Offices. By transitioning to a Save the Children National Office, the office has become a locally registered entity, an independent national NGO – governed by the Board with unique strengths and expertise to strengthen our ability to achieve change for children in Kosovo. The Board is the National Office highest authority providing leadership and vision to the Save the Children National Office.
SCK has eight Board Members, with different backgrounds and expertise to guide and support the work of Save the Children’s staff in obtaining a greater impact for children and greater fundraising potential.
Meet the Board
Vjollca Krasniqi - Board Chair
Vjollca Krasniqi is a sociologist. She is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Arts, University of Prishtina. She holds a Ph.D.from the University of Ljubljana, an M.Sc. degree in Gender, Development, and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a BA degree in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Prishtina. Her research interests are gender, nation-building, human rights, post-war justice, and social policy. She has led and participated in numerous international research projects and published widely on these issues. Her recent publications include: Are we putting human rights into practice in Kosovo (co-author with Jane McPherson and Tatiana Villarreal-Otalora 2021); Skirts and Words: The Art of Acknowledgment, War Time Rape and Albanian Nationhood in Kosovo (co-author with Ivor Sokolić and Denisa Kostovicova 2020); Domestic Violence: Gendered State Rationality and Women’s Activism in Kosovo (2019); Migration and Human Rights in Kosovo: Perspectives for Social Work Education (2019).
Ahmet has been working with the humanitarian relief organizations in the first two years after the war in Kosovo. He then joined the international legal organizations focused on the legal reform and rule of law in Kosovo. Since 2006 Ahmet entered into private practice with a primary focus on the human rights cases before the UNMIK International Judges. From 2008 and up to present, Ahmet is a managing partner in a law firm providing legal advices for international business organization, financial intuitions and other foreign investors in Kosovo.
Claire has worked in the humanitarian field for the last 20 years. Much of her early career was spent working in mine action in several countries across South Asia and the Middle East. Claire joined Save the Children Australia in 2010 where she spent much of her time in the field, leading and supporting different humanitarian responses. She was also responsible for establishing the Humanitarian Technical Unit in SC Australia. Now in her 11th year with Save the Children, Claire is the Director of Humanitarian Business Transformation Team which looks at how we can be a leading force for addressing the most persistent and challenging problems impacting the humanitarian sector and is a Trustee for Merlin. Claire has recently completed a post graduate certificate in Coaching and Mentoring for Leadership in Organisations which she enjoys using in her day-to-day work and is a Coach for both colleagues within and outside of Save the Children.
Edis has been engaged in various local organizations. As a youth and an independent cultural activist, he has contributed to the inclusion of Roma children by organizing awareness raising campaigns, youth trainings, several day exhibitions on Roma cultural heritage, youth visits to local government institutions, etc. Edis Galushi is the author of first Roma children’s newspaper, children songs in Roma language, poetry and theatrical performances and of various articles about the social, economic and political life of the Roma community. From 2007-2014 he worked as a journalist at Radio Television of Kosovo. He received his BA diploma in English language and literature from both University of Pristina (Kosovo) and University of Vilnius (Lithuania), and has recently gained his MA degree at the University of Zagreb. Currently, he works as a teacher and translator for Albanian, English and Serbian languages.
Sarah is the Regional Finance Director for Save the Children; East and Southern Africa Region. She has extensive experience in managing Finance, Support Services, Risk management, Project and Change management. She has been with Save the Children since April 2014, initially as the Kenya country office Finance Director until March 2016 when she joined the ESA Regional Office as the Regional Head of Financial Planning & Analysis; providing strategic analysis and decision support to SLTs, capacity building to CO finance teams and developing in-country finance business partnering capabilities. She has previously acted as the SCI Regional Finance Director for WCA, ESA and LAC Regions. Sarah worked previously with VSF (Germany) as Regional Head of Finance & Accountant at the Delegation of the European Commission in Nairobi. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Kenyatta University, a Master of Arts in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (Kenya).
Fleta Mujaj is a human-rights activist from Kosovo. Her main focus is the field of women right’s promotion and also the participation of youth in decision-making processes. Fleta’s interest on both, human rights and technology, drives her to believe that the world needs young people to be firstly kind and responsible humans for the present, then innovative, creative and aware for the future. Fleta is a student of Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Prishtina.
Verica has 45 years of work experience in education in different roles - professor in primary and secondary schools in Kosovo and Montenegro (27 years), school principal in Pristina (12 years) and director of the Directorate for Education in the Municipality of Gracanica (4 years). She has an extensive work experience in curriculum development, project management, training programs and capacity building for children and adults. She acquired a large number of certificates in the field of education, child protection and children's rights in local and international organizations including professional exam of education. She has been engaged in Training of teachers and school principals on the Project "Education Capacity Building" - GIZ, EU and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (6 years) She holds a degree from the Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and is a licensed master trainer for capacity building for education.
Zamira Hyseni Duraku
Zamira Hyseni Duraku is an associate professor and the Head of the Department of Psychology, University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina.” Her research interests include assessing various factors that influence students’ academic achievements and well-being within different educational contexts; factors affecting the quality of education systems; and factors influencing teachers’ work motivation, burnout, job satisfaction, and attitudes toward professional development.