Steering Council members

Lulzim Tafa

Chairman of Steering Council

Lulzim Tafa is a poet, rector of AAB University in Pristina (2012 – 2020), and university professor. He was born in 1970 in Lipjan, Republic of Kosovo. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s studies at the Faculty of Law of the University of Pristina, whereas his doctoral studies in the field of law at the State University of Sarajevo.

Lulzim Tafa has considerable experience as a full professor and visiting professor of criminal subjects in several universities in Kosovo and abroad. During his career, he has held important positions in the entire academic hierarchy, including managerial positions in research centers, faculties, and university services. He is a member of the editorial boards of several local and international scientific journals and a member of the leading councils of several organizations in the field of legal sciences, human rights, criminology, etc.

He is currently the Chairman of the Steering Council of AAB College, the largest non-public university in Kosovo and in the region, where he is distinguished for his creative leadership, making the university the main educational center of culture and art in the country.

He is the founder of the Center for the Protection of Human Rights at AAB University, as well as the Cultural Center and the Professional Theater “Faruk Begolli”. He has established five international awards in various fields, including The International Award for Literature and Arts “Ali Podrimja”.

It is also committed to creating facilities for students with special needs and members of minority communities. He is also the co-founder of the British School of Kosovo, which is the largest non-public school in Kosovo, as well as of ATV television, one of the main media houses in the country.

In 2014, he was chosen manager of the year in the field of education by Euromenager Magazine and the Union of European Managers.

As a POET, Lulzim Tafa belongs to the era of Poets of the nineties, the time when bloody wars broke out in the Balkans as a result of the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, when the people of Kosovo were threatened with ethnic and cultural annihilation. He started writing poetry as a primary school student. He published his first poems in high school magazines, whereas his first book of poems was published when he was a student.

The war and humanitarian disaster of 1999 found him in Kosovo and destroyed his house, library, books, photographs, and over 300 manuscript poems. After the war he continued to deal with human rights and freedoms, promoting peace. He has also lobbied for animal rights. Thanks to his commitments, Kosovo has adopted various laws related to the protection of animal rights.

Although a lawyer by profession, his primary profession and passion in life is literature. He is the author of many books of poetry. His poems have been translated into several languages of the world and included in several anthologies; he has been awarded many literary prizes. His works have so far been translated into English, German, Italian, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Turkish, Greek, Romanian, Roma, French, Ukrainian, Azeri, Swedish, Arabic, Macedonian, Russian, Slovenian, Hungarian, etc.

He is one of the most famous Kosovar poets in the world. Well-known publishing houses from all over the world have translated and published his books, while writers and literary critics from the country and the world have appreciated his artistic creativity. The most famous international magazines in the field of literature have written and published Lulzim Tafa’s poetry. He is one of the most famous and translated poets of Albanian literature in the world.

He is a regular member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a regular member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, in Paris. He is the winner of many international awards and acknowledgments for literature, such as: “Mihai Eminescu” in Romania, “Nadje Namad” in Lebanon, “Radovan Zogović” in Montenegro, “Pablo Neruda” in Italy, “Alexander the Great” in Greece, “Ramadan Sinani” in Macedonia, etc. He has also been awarded the title “Doctor Honoris Causa” by many international universities. He has also been decorated with the title of ambassador of world peace by the World Peace Committee based in Indonesia.

For his contribution in the field of literature, in 2018, the President of the Republic of Kosovo decorated him with the Presidential Medal of Merit, the highest honor dedicated to living personalities for outstanding contribution in the field of literature and art.

His most popular books are:

  • “Gjaku nuk bëhet ujë”- selected poems, Rilindja, Prishtinë 1993
  • “Metaforë e pikëlluar”- selected poems, Rilindja, Prishtinë 1995
  • “Planeti Babiloni”- dramatized poetry, Rilindja, Prishtinë 1997
  • “Vdekja çon fjalë”- selected poems, Rilindja, Prishtinë, 1998
  • “Analogjia e Shëmtisë” – selected poems, Faik Konica, Prishtinë, 2002
  • “I kam edhe dy fjalë”- selected poems, Faik Konica, Prishtinë 2012
  • “Shtini n’ dhe këto fjalë”- selected poems, Faik Konica, Prishtinë 2015
  • “Paketimi i mërzisë”, Poetry Book, Luma Grafik, Tetovë 2017
  • ‘’Flirt ‘’, selected poems, AAB Publishing House, 2019
  • “Të dielave mos më thirr”, Poetry Book, Armagedoni, Prishtinë, 2019

 

Some of the publications in foreign languages:

  • ”Under manen sover tiderna” Poetry Book, Erik Hans Forlag, 2012
  • ”Expozitie de vise” Poetry Book, Amanda Edit, 2012
  • “Terrible songs” Poetry Book, Gracious light, New York, 2013
  • “Traumausstellung” Poetry Book, Amanda Verlag, Sinaia, 2013
  • “La theorie de l’explication des reves”, Poetry Book, Esprit Des Eagles, 2013
  • “La cronica di una santa Guerra” Poetry Book, Ginta Latina, 2013
  • “Vraziji Posao” Poetry Book, Djordan Studio, 2015
  • “Zavjetne ne pjesme” Poetry Book, Dignitas, Podgorica, 2016
  • “Teuta”, Poetry Book, Grinta, Craiova, 2018
  • “Dali ti imas Bolk”, Poetry Book, Akademsiki pecat, 2018
  • “Ne zovi me Nedeljom”, Poetry Book, Allma, Belgrade, 2018
  • “Ne Klici Me V Nedeljo”, Poetry Book, Amonit, 2019
  • ТОЛКОВАНЕ ДОЖДЛИВЫХ СНОВ, ЛЮЛЬЗИМ ТафА, ЛИТО, Poetry Book, 2020 (in Russian language)
  • “Szokatlan ima”, Poetry Book, AB ART Kiado, Budapest, 2020
  • “Bersa e Roslipeimaske”, Poetry Book, Romani emancipacia, Belgrade 2020
  • Тафа Люлзім. “Розмова з камінням”,вибрані поезії, Kyiv, Poetry Book, 2021 (in Ukrainian language)
  • “On Sundays do not call me”, Poetry Book, Publishing house Cyberwit, Allahabad, India

 

 

Some short opinions about Lulzim Tafa’s work, excerpted from longer reviews:

 

“Lulzim Tafa’s poetry clashes at times on our walls where smile has lost its sense and we keep following its traces in vain. God knows what is going to happen to that smile that is relentlessly to get hold on us, as we are continuously losing the ground under our feet. This poet is distinguished by his intellectual courage as well as the manner of articulation differentiating him from other Albanian poets, where poets often lose their direction and get trapped in words, thus making this poet one of the most interesting poets our literature has today.”

(Ali Podrimja – Kosovo)

 

“Lulzim Tafa brings to the poetic experience of Kosovo and contemporary Albanian literature a distinctive, postmodern, meticulous spirit – from parody to quakes of the traditional that are equally important to all literatures that have reached maturity. Lulzim Tafa is a poet who is not afraid of anything, his “battlefield” is the language, and as we know, poets are unbeatable … the poet, Lulzim Tafa is truly a bold, talented, but at the same time disinclined to folkloric mythomania which always attacks the poems of some Balkan peoples. As for Tafa, just as for all great poets, poetry is “the miracle of the world and the power of gods” in face of which everything sinks to oblivion.”

(Jevrem Brkovic, Montenegro one of the most popular writers in Montenegro)

 

Lulzim Tafa is a well-known poet from Kosovo, whose poetry is read all over the world. In the book ‘Unusual Prayer’, readers are introduced to an “unusual poet” who is now a well-known name in poetry not only in Europe, but also beyond. Tafa is one of the main representatives of postmodern poetry in Europe today, a special poet who writes beautifully. As soon as you read just a few lines, you come across an unknown world and find yourself in an extremely beautiful universe. After reading you will be richer and with an unforgettable experience.

(Atila Balazs – Hungary)

 

“The happiest poetic moments of Lulzim Tafa happen only when times and plans get confused and intersected, when the poet sings to the apple tree rooted deep in his memories that has survived the horrors of the destructive war together with the poet. When reading this Kosovo Albanian poet, one gets a feeling of reading Jacques Prevert”

(Abdulla Sidran, Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina)

 

“The verses of the poet from Kosovo, Lulzim Tafa are emotions as sharp as a sword, they are harsh but brilliant. This poet fascinates both, when singing to love and when singing to freedom”

(Daniel Marian, Romania)

 

“Lulzim Tafa’s balance between form and substance has not been disturbed, while symbolism, the varieties of meanings, cannot be said to be lacking. The author seeks to speak to the universe created through the identity embedded in verses, configuring it without pressure, without insisting in expression, and free of any poetic background and constraints, but very often with well-targeted warning nuances carved in memory”

(Marius Chelaru, Romania)

 

“From the moment of the publication of his first book of poems, Lulzim Tafa has masterfully unmasked the Serbian invasion and genocide against the people of Kosovo, the violence exercised on Kosovo’s culture, religion and literature. This literature – including Lulzim Tafa’s style – is an original form of expression that has enchanted many scholars and anthropologists. Lulzim Tafa, through his outstanding poetry is regenerating the sleepy history of an ancient people”

(Peter Tase – Albania – USA)

“For Lulzim Tafa, the world and the connections, the world and individual contacts make up the necessary boiling material, along with his courage for creativity. It is due to this reason that his poetry is not conveyed but it is experienced, and everything begins from a case, a motivation and a cause. The author is thus supplied by order with a non-stop program of the world, and on his shelves, one can find everything. He is considered an “irreparable” poet, lured by the world he lives in, which he transposes with special affection in his poetry. This is, at the same time, his faithful profession, where the poet never puts a “full stop” to his verse”

(Monika Muresan, Romania Literary Scholar)

“In his poetry, the poet Lulzim Tafa constantly endeavors to describe his two interconnected worlds: the inner world filled with memories, feelings and dreams, and the outside world, the real one (the truth). For this purpose, in the poetry of Lulzim Tafa two original and effective tools have been put in place to express the poetic substance: frames and “comparison of wars”

(Daniel Lion – Romania)

 

“Lulzim Tafa is an Albanian poet from Kosovo, whose style differs from other Balkan poets. His poetry intertwines the lyrics with the epic and the dramatics in equal dimensions. The author constructs the stylistic figures and poetic expressions, over the paths that can be considered as the boundary of the homeland of poetry, at least, with a step that breaks through the dream gate, beyond which the muses pour into their hive, the honey of the heavens of speech”

(Inger Lalander – Sweden)

 

“Tafa’s poems are a testament, engraved by nails and language (just as the great Greek poet Jergos Seferis engraved his poems) from life, from the land of Kosovo, but applying to all countries and peoples. In Lulzim Tafa’s poetry, the darkened freedom speaks, a powerful geyser pouring out from the poet’s heart. These poems are a call from the deep space where it lives, and which is iconic and archetypal at the same time. They are a faithful and safe guardian of iconic acts, conveyed by Tafa onto his time. This poet, the preacher of hope, carries the sun through the darkness of time. This is how I saw all this while reading his poetry. Such privileges and honors do not happen frequently. This introductory word of mine is a modest gift to Tafa, to his poetry and to the overall Albanian poetry, which, I’m sure it will be a great European and world discovery”

(Mirash Martinovic – Montenegro)

 

“Lulzim Tafa belongs to the vitalist, neo-romantic, exalted poets. He has proven to be a subtle psychological analyst, at times nourishing a persuasively sarcastic humor”

(Lucian Gruia – Romania)

 

“The poet, Lulzim Tafa writes in a sensitive way, from deep experience, sincerely, warmly … His thoughtfulness and sensible attitude is transformed and streamed into almost every poem of the book, where the two main female protagonists Teuta and Ajkuna (Una) represent the main pillar, like fire and flames, but also breathing, longing, dreams, pleasure, memories … Tafa transforms dreams. He dresses and undresses metaphors, recognizes and immortalizes them, he weighs and measures the time and space, the world and the century … He cares for and observes the path of light, always observing the dark side, balancing it as a balancing instrument and almost at the same time between the life of a dog and a man the same, enjoying the fruits, but also the curse of the creation and the craft of the writer”

(Hristo Petrevski – North Macedonia)

 

“The poet Lulzim Tafa possesses the talent to transfigure the reality into a special lyrical record, in the confessions of rain and shadow, of life and death, of the lost love, but especially of the hope that the pain will be altered through love and faith in the morning of the existence of another future. Love is one of the pillars of author’s poetry, but also life and death, love having the strength to turn the time into echoes of filling in the desert in the hearts of some, an oasis of fruit and permanent dreaming. Lulzim Tafa possesses the knowledge to understand the secrecy of the dew drops in the tranquility before the dawn, as well as the bell sounds warning of the upcoming events.”

(Ion Deaconescu – Poet and researcher from Romania)

 

“Lulzim Tafa’s poetry sounds like an intelligent conversation with the reader. To put it bluntly, it is a poetry that captivates you with the emotion it transmits, as well as its linguistic expression. It’s easy to read but difficult to erase from your memory.”

(Agim Vinca, Kosovo University Professor, poet)

“The poetic asceticism for the untold, collective guilt and suffering, seen in the context of the intimate epic, is one of the most highlighted values of Lulëzim Tafa’s poetry in the book “A few more words to say.” The irony and paradox for exhibitors, disciplined and linguistically rationalized, complement the collective experience, which seems to be set in a mysterious harmony. This fragility is not the truth, but the passion for the truth, which is intended to be said in two words, but in fact, it is not said, or will ever be told except through poetic art, yes, as in the hushed but alarming poetry of Tafa.”

(Ibrahim Berisha – Kosovo)

 

“In the verses of Lulzim Tafa, the fulfillment of the aspired ideal is reached: to enjoy the beauty. Hence, the structuring of sensitivity, ideas, motives, topics, etc., as if they are a combination of visions in the prelude of a poetic anxiety, in which the poetic expression system relies on confronting the real with the unreal world, explaining the essence of life through the essence of poetry.”

(Sali Bashota – Kosovo)

“Tafa’s lyrics are distinguished by the extreme economizing of words, through the language play, without which there is no literature – it tells a lot and conveys messages of all times. His poetry has unbelievable abilities to communicate with the contemporary reader. We are convinced that it will communicate with both Albanian and foreign readers.”

(Salajdin Salihu – North Macedonia)

 

“A rebellious spirit, witty irony reaching sarcasm, the natural outbursts we encounter rarely in Albanian poetry are the traits that permeate the poetry of Lulzim Tafa, who manages to bring down the boundaries between epic and lyrics, meaning that at times it shows a lyrical epic and especially an epical lyric, in what can be called love poetry.”

(Rrahman Paçarizi – Kosovo)

 

“Lulzim Tafa occasionally constructs stylistic figures and interesting poetic expressions in the context of a number of variations that are related to his option. Lulzim Tafa provides us with innovation and quality, while his book enriches the foreign reader with legendary characters and current ideas. He presents a healthy lyrical spirit of fresh air in the content of literature. Characters, places and events are followed by the reader with special curiosity.”

(Laura Rushani – North Macedonia – Romania)

 

“Poetic creation of Lulzim Tafa is so powerful and so deep and at the same time a shocking phenomenon in the modern Albanian literature.  His verses are overwhelmed by a profoundly humanistic philosophy and are overly stinging against the behavior of those who benefited at this time of commotion. This time where commotion, intrigue, exploitation, selfishness, ignorance, and all other evils prevail, the poet calls on the “holy rain” to cleanse the conscience and announces the birth of the era of democracy and respect for human rights”

(Ile Demiri – Kosovo)

 

“Lulzim Tafa creates an interesting poetry which witnesses the power of the personality. If anyone asks God for courage or power, God does not give him the courage or power, but the opportunity in which the person must discover whether he has courage and power. The enemy in his verses turns to God for help, but in vain, because God does not help the wicked but the victim.”

(Baki Imeri – North Macedonia – Romania)

 

“In this form of poetry, I have done the reading as if reading the reality of time. Thus, Tafa purposely emphasizes the idea of repeating the topics. In brief, this deliberate repetition is read as time or days of the week repeat themselves, but the events change.”

(Jeton Kelmendi – Kosovo)

 

“The meditative depths of Lulzim Tafa appear with verses in a multitude of colors with moods, sometimes like fresh-breeze aquarelle, and occasionally with gloomy monochrome metaphors. Lyrics and drama interact by countering each other. Meanwhile, the messages are laconically intertwined with masterful engraving.”

(Shyqri Nimani – Kosovo)

 

“Lulzim Tafa makes the art of the possible, politics an art of literature through poetry figures: allegory, irony, satire, metaphor, symbol, comparison, epithet, paradox etc., which he distributes, a little, in poetry titles and more in verse. But these are not the figures that make this poet interesting, nor do they end his discourse.”

(Berat Armagedoni, Kosovo Literary scholar)

 

“The lovers of poetry will find in the verses of Lulzim Tafa the realistic qualities of the modern lyric: above all: warmth, grief, melancholy, directness, criticism, melody … The rich and picturesque language also represents a creative quality of the poet whose emotionality and tenderness are also a quality, emotionality and mildness arising from sincere excitement and dreams, all in accordance with Dionysus’s joy and lamentation. Thus, the individuality connects to the collectivity, and the local to the universal, thus gaining the broadest aesthetic importance, the poetic vision, and the rich metaphor of the expression.”

 (Milutin Djurickovic – Serbia)

 

“Lulzim Tafas’ poetry from the semiology point of view touches the heart: it is in the permanent mode of exploring, so it asks the same from the reader.   In other words, even what looks like a love poem, it is not (necessarily) (only) love poetry. Tafa’s verses are obsessively nourished by the motives of blood, thus directing it to own experience of illogical madness of war but also reminding us how and how much the poetry can be universal, even when it points to a very concrete period of a tragic reality. Tafa’s poetry is a detailed reconstruction of that reality, disturbed reminiscence against the universal pamphlet. Each of his poems is an enigma of blood episodes of history, and which the reader unfolds to puts in place pieces of historically proven events.”

(Tina Laco – Bosnia and Herzegovina)

 

“Lulzim Tafa is the poet who leaves open the possibility of multifaceted interpretation. His selected style of writing implies that he does not impose himself to the reader. Rather, he leaves the reader to freely enjoy his poetry and then through the plurality of interpretation to judge in his own way.”

(Xhemajl Peci – Kosovo)

 

“Lulzim Tafa views the world as a blessed and eternal gift. He knows how to decipher the internal light of words. His words shed light, because they are the eternal light of the Albanian soul. Lulzim Tafa gives priority to the elegance of poetic discourse. The poet is the owner of spiritual experiences in the context of manifested feelings. The author surprises us with the depth of describing moments and experiences. His verses look like neo-Romanticist pearls of postmodernist values that do not overlook the stately gender of the classic variant. Occasionally, the poet’s revolt is provoked by the fierce and relentless manifestation of the capitalism of the jungle which stains the traditional, moral and normal values.”

(Lucian Gruia – Rumani)

 

Poet Lulzim Tafa is a delicate and sensitive lyricist, who writes about his environment, about life and intimate love, about the homeland and nature, about patriotism and the universe and other more or less common themes and motifs. As much as he is national and patriotic (“Teuta”, “Skenderbeu”), he is also humanist and cosmopolitan in solidarity and tolerance, showing undisguised love and loyalty not only for his own, but also for all other nations around.

(Bajram Haliti – Roma poet and researcher)

 

Lulzim Tafa is a poet who writes cleanly, simply and humanly. He almost perfectly uses figurative language and stylistic combinations, both literally and in a symbolic sense. He does not seek any modernity or avant-garde experiments in his work, but, as Tolstoy would say: “He loves only what is possible and accessible to the human mind, in the poetry of this poet – everything is in its place. Lulzim Tafa helps us understand the incomprehensible and love what hurts.

(Vladimir Alexandrovich – Russia)

 

 

I find myself reading the work of Lulzim Tafa and discovering his great talent in these very sad times, when Europe is torn apart by the Russia-Ukraine war and I am struck by his foresight from his verses on peace and war, literally mesmerized by the unique, innovative and unprecedented style of love verses. They are pleasant and subtle erotic references that show human passion, but there are also many compositions with allusions to death in the usual minuet between Eros and Thanatos. His poetry is a form of resistance, a form of testimony and protest.

(Claudia Piccinno – Itali)

 

The stoic poetry of Lulzim Tafa gives us an example of the path to follow in the trials of our destiny, which recalls the ancient truth of the hermetic body about the analogy between the heavenly and the earthly. Behind the curtains of illusion, an increasingly inconvenient stasis, we find a self that, while engulfed in the flow of everyday life, maintains the necessary distance to not dissolve in its waves.

(Dymytro Chystiak – Ukraine)

 

The general content of Lulzim Tafa’s poems is salvation from all kinds of socio-psychological-spiritual anomalies that occur in the world of the 21st century. The relationship between the world and the mental state of the image is embodied not by general landscapes, but by vivid, concrete facts of life. Chaos and chaotic events, wars, conflicts, political games, incidents and massacres that prevail around the world, take deep content in his verses, being sometimes presented with ironic nuances, sometimes with harsh-realistic colors, the essence of the events are universalized and arise from the aspect of human truths.

(Elnara Akimova – Azerbaijan)

 

Lulzim Tafa is a poet who tries to summarize his life drama, portray and then unify it with the view of the world around us. His thoughts are clear and concise.

Precisely he makes it possible to establish a complete and almost perfect communication with the readers. From the beginning when it comes to the poetry of this poet, it is necessary to determine the aesthetic achievements and peculiarities of his lyrics.

(Jože Brenčič – Slovenia)

 

Lulzim Tafa in poetry does not take the role of a sage as some writers know how to assign themselves. He starts from a point. He starts simple; no dictionary; go a long way with just one of his world essentials. He reaches where he planned, but without the burden of the road, without the burdens of life. He enjoys the road and the events that come ahead of him. Tafa, with his creations, leads the way with poetic images in front of which the rest of us covet. We boldly covet it.

(Naime Beqiraj – Kosovo)

 

Lulzim Tafa’s poetry is a parable and a post-modern paradox, that highlights the reality that crashes with the traditional way of thinking (and poetry) as well. Tafa resemantizes the myth of Kronos with his laconic language and his own means of expression. Tafa doesn’t speak, instead he creates images that deliberately confuses them for the reader to rearrange them as in a mosaic ‘puzzle’, to make each word poetically a figure in itself, an event… Basically, Tafa’s poetry is the dividing line between mundane aesthetics and profane.

(Halil Matoshi – Kosovo)

When I read Lulzim Tafa’s poem for the first time, I was overwhelmed with an odd feeling of Rosemary’s life. His clear references to everyday life and furthermore his precise references to myths and symbols really caught my attention.

(Reza Hosseini – Iran)

Tafa’s poetry is the poetry of two poles that in themselves are opposites: on the one hand, it is the poetry of suffering and weakness. On the other hand, it is a poem of high morals and ideals, where the latter ultimately defeats the former. The author Tafa has the talent to tell a whole story and say a lot in just a few words.

(Ardit Mehmetaj – Kosovo)

Tafa’s verses have a condition to be read, they descend on flat fields, in unexposed alcoves, in steep mountains and in exposed social environments. Lulzim Tafa’s poetry apostrophizes various personifications, the tendencies that push the human mind to judge a normal path of society, the bastards sliding in the name of patriotism towards gluttony, the abominable gluttony. His poetry apostrophises various personifications, tendencies that push the human mind to judge a normal course of society, bastardizations slipping in the name of patriotism into gluttony, disgusting gluttony.

(Mergim Bekteshi – Kosovo)

 

Tafa’s poems are rich poems with a conglomeration of figures constructed through an imaginative “horizon”. The language that the author writes his poems shows the freedom of the poet in his lyrics, which allows the reader to give different interpretations to his poem, without limiting it. The lack of punctuation at the end of the verses makes this possible. Tafa’s poems are not built with a uniform rhythm, they consist of free form, which enables them to be read in one breath.

(Kreshnike Bruqi – Kosovo)

 

 

Ilir Tafa

Member of the Sterring Council
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Ilir Tafa was born in Lipjan, in 1974. He is one of the well-known and famous actors in Kosovo and abroad. He played in many films and theatre projects in Kosovo and abroad, especially in Bosnia and Croatia.

At the beginning of the studies, Ilir Tafa started mastering the actor’s profession and within a short period of time achieved highly praised performance, in theatre and cinema, both at home and abroad. So far, he played in several films and serials, and in many theatrical performances, with a variety of stage roles as: “Sonte jam vetëm”( Tonight I am alone),”Alo 038” (Hello 038), then “Studio 2” (Studio 2) in the featuring films “Atje ku nuk lind dielli”(Where the sun does not rise) “Shtëpia e tmerrit” (House of Horror), serial films “Kamera me yjet” (Camera with the stars) “Kandidati për president” (Presidential Candidate) “Kaçurrelët” (Curls) “Zogjtë e luftës” (War Birds).Since 2009 he participated in many theatrical artistic projects, films and TV as well. In the whole region of former Yugoslavia he became most famous due to serial film “Lud, Zbunjen, Normalan” (Crazy, Confused, Normal).

He was awarded the price of “Best Actor”, at the Film Festival of Kosovo – Gjilan, the Festival of Albanian Comedy in Preshevo, Balkan Theatre Festival in Pristina and the Albanian Theatres Festival held in Debar, Macedonia.

Ilir Tafa holds the highest university degree in the field of acting being at the same time a lecturer of Diction subject. He lives and works in Prishtina.

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Muhamet Mustafa

Member of the Sterring Council

Arian Zeka

Member of the Steering Council

Arian Zeka is the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo. He was appointed in this position in June 2012. He joined the organization in November 2009 serving as Head of Policy Department, and later promoted to Deputy Director. He promotes 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, international business community, and with representatives of local and international government agencies. During his leadership, the Chamber has almost tripled its membership, thus becoming one of the most successful AmChams among 45 AmChams throughout Europe. He is also ex-officio member of the Steering Council of the Arbitration Center.

Arian has served as member of the AAB College Steering Council since January 2016, and at the same time he is Member of the Board of Directors of SCARDIAN insurance company, and member of the Jahjaga Foundation Board, and Deputy Chairman of Kosovo Corporate Social Responsibility Network. Since January 2009, he is a Senior Lecturer at the Society of Certified Accountants and Auditors of Kosovo, teaching Accountant in Business (P3) and Business Analysis (P11) professional certification modules. He has also served as Chairman of the Fiscal Consultative Council, Chairman of the Business Community Office at the Kosovo Assembly, Consultant in German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), World Bank funded programs, etc.

Arian Zeka holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Management and is an alumnus of the U.S. Library of Congress Open World Leadership Program.

Agim Vinca

Member of the Steering Council

Agim Vinca was born on 22nd of May 1947 in Veleshte –Struga, in Macedonia. He completed the elementary school in his hometown, whereas the high school in Struga. He completed his Studies of Albanian Language and Literature in 1970 at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Prishtina, where he also got his Master and Doctoral degree. He is a Professor at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Prishtina lecturing the Contemporary Albanian Literature. Agim Vinca is among the well-known contemporary Albanian poets and one of the most distinguished scholars of the Albanian Literature. Agim Vinca is also engaged with literary translations. He participated in debates and scientific conferences in Prishtina, Skopje, Tirana, Istanbul, Rome, Paris, New York, Berlin etc. He lives and works in Prishtina.

Ibrahim Berisha

Member of the Sterring Council

Ibrahim Berisha (1955) was born in the Republic of Kosova. He earned a PhD in sociology of communications. After working as a journalist and editor in Kosova and abroad, he now teaches at the Department of Sociology in the University of Prishtina, Kosova. Some of his books that include sociological and cultural works, poetry, stories and novels are: Death of Colony, Powerless Wisdom, Media Culture, The Real Utopia, Media- Agents of Communication, Intellectual Convergence, Media and Transition, Socioculture, Cage of Fear, Tribe of Lost Kings, Woman of Loneliness, Wind of the rain, Tuesday Night, The Whisper of the Shadow, Origins of Renunciation, The End is Possible, Sunday’s Surface etc. His works have been translated into German, English, French, Swedish, Slovenian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Macedonian, Turkish, Romanian etc.

Mimoza Shahini

Member of the Sterring Council

Prof.ass. Mimoza Shahin is a full-time lecturer at the AAB College. She has been a lecturer in different Universities such as the State University of Prishtine and Mitrovica and in private universities such as Dardania College and the European University of Tirana. She graduated in Medical Sciences at the University of Tirana, Albania, later won the title of Master of Science at the University of Prishtina. While the title Doctor of Medical Sciences at the University of Vienna in Austria.

Prof.ass. Mimoza Shahin is a specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as a Family Therapist. During her career, she has been an International Advisor to the World Psychiatric Association for the Global Program for Children, a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal “Developmental Translational Psychiatry”, President of the “Association for Mental Health for Children and Adolescents” and the Kosovo Association for Family Therapy. She is the founder of the “Center for Human Services and Development.”

She is currently involved in projects that promote early childhood education and is a member of the advisory body of the Ministry of Education, for early childhood education.

Her international experience is related to her involvement in several international projects. She has been a member of the research group “ASEBA (The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment) for 11 years. Dr Shahini also contributed to the NATO publication ‘Political violence, organized crimes, terrorism and youth’ (2008), including the proceedings of the workshop on this subject at the Hacettepe University in Ankara (Turkey). The main focus of her studies has been the development of children and the connection of mental health problems with genetic, social, political and She is the author and co-author of several publications in the field of medical and psychological sciences

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Nedžad Korajlić

Member of the Steering Council

Nedžad Korajlić was born in 1963 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He completed the following studies: the Faculty for Security and Public Defence in Skopje (1990), the High School of Internal Affairs in Belgrade (1996), Master’s degree (2003) and Doctoral studies (2006) at the Faculty of Criminalistics, Criminology and Security Studies at the University of Sarajevo.

So far he has worked in many local institutions and universities as well as abroad, where he also exercised senior leadership positions. From 2012 he has been engaged as a dean and professor at the Faculty of Criminalistics, Criminology and Security Studies of the University of Sarajevo, professor at the Technology and Business College in Doboj, professor at the “Logoscentar” College in Mostar, and professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Sarajevo. Before 2012 he worked as a professor at these universities as well: University of Zenica, University of Travnik, University of Belgrade, etc. Since the year of 2006 he has been working as a professor at the Faculty of Law at the AAB College. In 2016 he was also elected a member of the Steering Council of this institution.

To date, he has published over 50 papers in scientific journals. He has also published several scientific books. He lives and works in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Adriatik Kelmendi

Member of the Steering Council

Adriatik Kelmendi was born on 20th of February 1978, in Prishtina. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Mass Communication in AAB College. He is also a speaker, columnist, journalist, and the host of the show “Rubikon” which is broadcasted in “Koha Vision” television channel, where different social topics are elaborated, he is also known as a writer and author. Adriatik Kelmendi lives and works in Prishtina.

 

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Lorik Cana

Member of the Sterring Council
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He was born on July the 27th, 1983 in Prishtina. His career in sport began at the age of seven at the Swiss club FC Laussane Sport, meanwhile his professional career began in France’s Ligue 1 in 2000, at the Paris Saint Germain (PSG), then it continued at the Club (OM) “Olimpique de Marseille”, where he was also the captain of the team.

From 2009 to 2010, he continued his career in England, in the Premier League team “Sunderland”, where he was team captain too, then from 2010-2011 in Turkey at the Istanbul team “Galatasaray”, from 2011-2014 he played for the Italian team of Serie A “Lazio” Rome, and in the end, he played for the French team FC “Nantes”.

In addition to the teams Lorik Cana played for since 2003 to 2016, he was also part of the Albania National Team as well as its captain, with a national record of 93 games played for the Albania national team.

Decrees and nominations:

Lorik Cana has been decreed and nominated for many positions such as:

  • Albanian Sports Ambassador, nominated in September 2018;
  • Ambassador of ‘’Grassroots’’ for the UEFA Program, October 2017;
  • Honorary Ambassador of Kosovo, decreed by the former President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, 2015;
  • United Nations Ambassador – UNDP, for the Millennium Goals for Kosovo, December 2006;
  • Ambassador of the Nation, decreed by the former President of Albania, Bamir Topi, November 2008;
  • UNICEF Children’s Rights Ambassador to Albania, October 2010;
  • Special Ambassador of Kosovo Sports in the World, appointed by the Kosovo Olympic Committee, 2011;

Since 2016, Lorik Cana holds the status of the Diplomat of the Republic of Albania.

Charity activites:

In addition to his contribution in sports and culture, Lorik has shown his personality in charity, as well.

  • He donated several times to the Children’s Village “SOS Kinderdorf” in Prishtina;
  • Being passionate about the Albanian cultural heritage, in 2009 together with his colleague Igli Tare, payed an amount of 20,000 euros to a collector in Italy to restore the head of the statue of Zeus which was stolen in 1991 from the archaeological museum of Butrint in Albania. The statue of Zeus is one of the rarest and most precious values ​​of Albanian and world archeology which is protected by UNESCO.
  • It should be noted that Lorik, except being a successful captain in football, has shown skills even in moderation. He moderated a special spectacle for Albanians. It was a concert in Vatican on the occasion of the consecration of Mother Teresa, where Lorik and Rita Ora successfully moderated this spectacle which was followed by more than 500 world televisions and millions of spectators.
  • Lorik is founder and Chairman of the Board of “LorikCana5-Foundation” in Albania and in the branch in Kosovo. The purpose of the Foundation is to support and promote sport, culture and heritage, including but without being limited in the culture of practicing pre-school and school children, in the development of their skills in sport and culture, their active engagement in sport and culture as well as the establishment and support of a new generation oriented towards culture and sport.

Gentiana Uruçi

Member of the Sterring Council (student)

Fadil Vokrri

Honorary member of the Steering Council

Fadil Vokrri (23.06.1960-09.06.2018) – honorary member

Fadil Vokrri was born on 23rd of June, 1960 in Podujevo.

He was a well-known football player in the Yugoslavian League where he played for FC “Prishtina”, a team of the second division, and scored 33 goals in 84 games. Afterwards, he joined a team in the first division of the Yugoslavian League where he scored 22 goals in 88 games. Vokrri considered the 80’s as the most significant time of his life. In 1984 he debut in the team that represented Yugoslavia, becoming the only Albanian player to be a part of the Yugoslavian representation in football. During his representation of the Yugoslavian team, he scored 6 goals in 12 games that he was part of. In 1986 he transferred to FC “Partizan” from Belgrade with which he played 27 games and scored 13 goals. He received the award as a Football legend in Kosovo, as he was the flag bearer of the Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo in 1984. In 1987 his fame only grew as he was declared the best player in Yugoslavia. His career continued to flourish in FC “Nimes”, France and later in the Turkish FC “Fenerbahce” where he enjoyed great success before finally retiring in France once again with his family. After the war in Kosovo ended, he returned to help reform the former FC “Prishtina”. In 2008 he became the head of Kosovo’s Football Federation.

On 15th of January 2016, he was once again elected for another four-year term as chairman of KFF.

Fadil Vokrri graduated from the Faculty of Business and Management, and besides his mother tongue, he was fluent in French, Turkish, and the Serbo-Croatian languages.

He passed away on 9th of June, 2018.