Adelina Ahmeti

Journalist and Assistant Editor

Adelina began her career as an intern at at the end of 2015 and within a few months was promoted to the position of a journalist.

Admir Hodžić

Detektor Social Media Manager

Based in Sarajevo, Admir joined BIRN in March 2021 and is managing BIRN BiH’s official social media platforms, including Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, and more.

Aida Ajanovic

Project Manager

Aida joined BIRN Hub in January 2020.

Aida Mahmutović

Project Coordinator, BIRN BiH

Aida joined BIRN BiH team in April 2021. She is based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Albulena Sadiku

Deputy Director, Kosovo

Albulena Sadiku has a strong professional background in civil society and has spent 15 years working in media management, anti-corruption projects, capacity building, local government and production of field TV debates and reports.

Albulena Zeneli Jonuzi

Human Resources, Finance and Administrative Officer

Albulena studied Business Administration and is a member of the Institute of Accounting, Finance and Auditing.

Aleksandar Djordjevic


Aleksandar Djordjevic has worked as a journalist since 2009, mainly covering politics and public finance.

Aleksandra Bogdani


Aleksandra Bogdani is an investigative journalist for BIRN Albania.

Alexis Traussi

Social Media Officer

Based in Belgrade, Alexis is responsible for the oversight the network’s social media accounts and assists in video production.

Alma Koci


Alma Koci joined BIRN’s Balkan Transitional Justice team as a translator in December 2014.

Amire Qamili


Amire Qamili writes news and investigations for and Gazeta Jeta ne Kosove.

Ana Curic

Ana joined BIRN Serbia in 2017.

Ana Petruseva

Country Director, North Macedonia
Member of the Board

Ana Petruseva is an experienced journalist and one of the founders of the BIRN regional network and BIRN Macedonia.

Ardita Zeqiri

Journalist/ Junior Researcher

Ardita joined the BIRN team in October 2019.

Arian Hyseni

IT Manager and Technical Staff Coordinator

Having fostered a passion for Information Technology since the age of nine, Arian Hyseni is accustomed to putting to use the latest innovations in the field.

Arita Suhodolli

Project Manager

Arita completed her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Management with a sub-branch in International Relations at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Kosovo).

Arjana Berisha

Journalist/Junior Researcher

Arjana Berisha is a student in the last year of her Bachelor of Journalism studies at the University of Prishtina.

Arta Sopi


Arta Sopi became part of the team in November 2018. Before she joined BIRN, Arta worked at the newspaper Zeri, and prior to that she undertook an internship at the newspaper Koha Ditore.

Azra (Alihodzic) Salihovic

Financial Assistant

Azra is a financial assistant in BIRN’s Hub office Sarajevo.

Azra Husaric

Detektor Journalist/Court Monitor

Detektor Journalist/Court MonitorAzra Husaric joined BIRN BiH team in October 2019 as a journalist and works as a court reporter.

Behar Mustafa

Journalist / Researcher

Behar Mustafa is a court monitor and researcher working in the Mitrovica region and contributes as a journalist to the TV programme Justice in Kosovo.

Besar Likmeta

Country Editor, Albania

Besar has extensive experience in journalism, having worked in print, television and electronic media in both the US and Albania since 2003.

Blendi Shaqiri

Junior Video Editor

Blendi is currently a student at the Computer Science branch of Iliria College.

Claudia Ciobanu

Reporting Democracy Poland correspondent

Based in Warsaw, Claudia is reporting on political and social developments in Poland. Originally from Romania, she’s been based in Warsaw since 2012.

Denis Dzidic

BIRN BiH Executive Director and Editor

Denis Dzidic is the Executive Director and Editor for BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina. He joined BIRN in August 2008, and after working as a journalist, deputy editor and chief editor for BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina’s flagship website he has been named Executive Director as of October 1, 2019.

Deniz Sllovinja

Camera Operator/Video Editor

Deniz is a cameraman and video editor for and the BIRN TV programmes Life in Kosovo and Justice in Kosovo.

Diellza Salihu

Project Manager

Diellza is currently a third-year student at the Rochester Institute of Technology Kosovo (RIT Kosovo) and studies Economics, Statistics and Management.

Donika Elshani

Project Coordinator BIRN

Donika Elshani joined BIRN Kosovo in September 2021 as a project coordinator. She is responsible for maintaining donor relations, drafting project proposals, producing narrative reports, and coordinating project activities, among other things.

Dorentina Kastrati

Project Coordinator/Journalist/Researcher and Assistant Editor

Dorentina is a journalist who joined initially as an intern at the end of 2016.

Dragana Zarkovic Obradovic

Country Director, Serbia
Regional Manager, Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

Under Dragana’s leadership, BIRN Serbia has been recognised for its professionalism and its ability to influence the public agenda in the fields of media development and good governance.

Drenushe Ramadani

Journalist/ Researcher

Drenushe has been a journalist at the BIRN Kosovo since July 2018.

Dunja Hadzimurtezic-Tutic

Financial Assistant

Dunja joined BIRN Hub in September 2018. Based in Sarajevo, she works as an Administrative and Finance Assistant.

Durim Shala

Camera Operator/Video Editor

Durim Shala is a Camera Operator and Video Editor for Life in Kosovo and Justice in Kosovo.

Dusica L. Stilic

Regional Operations Manager

Dusica Stilic, based in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is an experienced manager and trainer with knowledge and skills in business management, project cycle, human resources and public relations. She is one of the first regional employees of BIRN, joining the Network in 2006.

Dusica Tomovic

Managing Editor of Balkan Insight
Dusica has been the Montenegrin correspondent based in Podgorica for BIRN’s regional publication Balkan Insight since 2013 and has been Balkan Insight Managing Editor since September 2018.

Dzana Brkanic

Detektor Deputy Editor

Dzana Brkanic, who joined the BIRN team in May 2013, has been working as a journalist since 2005 after beginning her career as a reporter for Radio Free Europe. Since December 2019 Brkanic acts as a Deputy Editor in BIRN BiH.

Edit Inotai

Reporting Democracy Hungary correspondent
Based in Budapest, Edit is reporting about Hungary for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.

Edmond Hoxhaj


Since 2001 working as journalist and correspondent in many newspapers and media in Albania and from September 2018 started working for BIRN Albania covering mostly the justice reform and organised crime issues.

Edward Szekeres

Reporting Democracy correspondent

Edward Szekeres is a Reporting Democracy correspondent reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia, with an occasional scoop in Budapest, Hungary.

Egzon Dahsyla


Egzon finished primary and secondary school in his hometown, Gjakova before beginning Journalism Studies at AAB College.

Ejup Gojnovci


Ejup Gojnovci started his career as a journalist in 2001 and has worked at several media outlets in Kosovo and collaborated with international media.

Elma Selimovic

Media Monitoring Offcer

Elma Selimovic joined BIRN BiH Detektor team in April 2013. She has worked as a journalist since 2006.

Emina Dizdarevic

Detektor Journalist/Court Monitor

Emina joined BIRN BiH’s Detektor team in March 2014.

Emirjeta Vllahiu

Journalist/ Researcher

Emirjeta Vllahiu joined the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in July 2018. She was initially engaged as an intern and currently is a junior journalist at

Erolinda Uka

Junior Monitor

Erolinda started her career as a junior monitor at BIRN in July 2019.

Etlira Gjikopulli

Office Assistant

Etlira Gjikopulli has been working as a Financial and Administrative Assistant for BIRN Albania since May 2014.

Fitim Limani

Junior Monitor

Fitim has been working with BIRN as a junior court monitor since September 2019.

Gabrijela Vukicevic

Finance Officer

Gabrijela Vukicevic joined BIRN Serbia as finance officer in October 2016.

Gjergj Erebara


Gjergj Erebara is journalist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, in Albania.

Goce Trpkovski


Goce Trpkovski has been working as a journalist since 2004.

Gordana Igric


Founder of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and Regional Network Director until May 2018.

Haris Rovcanin

Detektor Journalist/Court Monitor

Haris has worked with BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina since September 2016.

Hatidza Gusic

Programme Manager for Media Development and Capacity Building

Based in Sarajevo’s BIRN Hub office, Hatidza manages media projects and oversees implementation activities, as well as the process of developing rulebooks, guidelines and modification of existing provisions. She also acts as a liaison for the Network in terms of capacity building.

Hysen Gara

Stage Manager, Electric & Lights Maintenance (electrician)

Hysen has been taking care of the stage, lighting, and maintenance in BIRN Kosovo since 2011.

Ilirjana Hoti

Journalist/Junior Researcher

Ilirjana joined initially as an intern in July of 2021 and is now working as a Junior Investigative Journalist.

Irvin Pekmez

Detektor Journalist

Irvin joined Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Bosnia, BIRN BiH, in December 2020.

Isa Vatovci


Isa Vatovci has been part of the team since September 2018.

Ivan Angelovski

IRI Team Leader/Investigations Editor
Ivan Angelovski is an investigative reporter and editor working on long term international projects with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.

Ivana Drakic Brkan

Monitoring and Project Officer

Based in Sarajevo, Ivana assists with implementation of BIRN Hub’s programmes and provides day-to-day management of the monitoring and evaluation activities related to them, including working with programme staff, external consultants, implementing partners and key stakeholders.

Ivana Jeremic

Editor at Balkan Insight

Based in Belgrade, Ivana is an editor at Balkan Insight in charge of coordinating and working on investigative stories.

Ivana Nikolic

Programme Coordinator, BIRN Investigating Reporting Initiative

Ivana joined BIRN in 2020. Based in Belgrade, she is responsible for managing and coordinating all activities within the BIRN Investigative Reporting Initiative programme, including BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting.

Jasna Andonovska

Finance Manager

Jasna has worked at BIRN Macedonia since January 2016.

Jelena Veljkovic


Jelena Veljkovic has worked as a journalist since 1992, mostly covering topics of politics, public finance, corruption and war crimes.

Jeta Xharra

Country Director, Kosovo

Jeta Xharra is a renowned journalist in Kosovo and Balkans, hosting the award-winning current-affairs TV programme, Life in Kosovo.

Jeton Ispahiu

MCR Producer/Editor and Camera Operator

With international experience in media production, Jeton Ispahiu joined BIRN in 2008. He is responsible for providing video editing and final touches for the Life in Kosovo and Justice in Kosovo television programmes.

Jurgena Tahiri


She is working as a freelance graphic designer since 2010 and from November 2015 working for BIRN Albania.

Kalina Simic

Project Manager

Kalina Simic joined BIRN Serbia in August 2012 as a project manager.

Kastriot Berisha

Monitor/Legal Officer

Kastriot studied at the University of Pristina, at the Faculty of Law and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Katarina Zrinjski

Project Manager

Katarina joined the BIRN BiH team in October 2014.

Kristina Voko

Country Director, Albania

Kristina Voko is the executive director of BIRN Albania and coordinates the network’s activities, fundraising and projects in the office in Tirana.

Labinot Leposhtica

Coordinator for Monitoring of Courts and Law Office

Labinot has monitored court sessions for BIRN Kosovo for almost two years.

Lada Vucenovic

Project Coordinator

Lada Vucenovic joined the BIRN Serbia team in January 2010.

Lamija Grebo

Detektor Journalist/Court Monitor

Lamija Grebo joined BIRN BiH in January 2014 as a web archive assistant and intern. As of January 2015 she is working as a journalist for Detektor.

Madalin Necsutu

Moldova Correspondent

Based in Chisinau, Madalin Necsutu has been Balkan Insight’s correspondent from Moldova since 2017.

Maida Selmanovic

Finance Officer

Maida joined BIRN Hub in January 2008 as a Financial Officer based in Sarajevo. Maida is responsible for cash flow management, monitoring daily financial operations, reviewing financial data and preparing monthly and annual reports as well as accountancy and auditing and overall communication with other departments and the staff of BIRN.

Marcus Tanner


Marcus Tanner is Editor at Balkan Insight

Marian Chiriac

Country Director, Romania

Marian Chiriac has worked as a journalist since 1990, mainly covering politics and human rights issues.

Marija Petrovic

Marketing and Sales Manager, Belgrade Insight

Marija is a sales professional with a background in the media industry in Serbia and East Asia.

Marija Ristic

Regional Director

Marija Ristic is the executive director of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, a network of seven non-governmental organisations promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values in Southeast and Central Europe. Ristic oversees the activities and communications within the Network and represents it publicly.

Matt Robinson


Matt Robinson is a journalist, translator and former Reuters Bureau Chief for the Balkans and Special Correspondent for Central and Eastern Europe.

Matteo Mastracci

Digital Rights Researcher

As a researcher, Matteo works in BIRN’s Digital Rights Programme, focusing on tech implications for human rights and privacy in the Southeast and Central Europe region.

Matthew Collin


Matthew Collin is a journalist, broadcaster and author who has worked as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse.

Mediana Halili

Journalist/Researcher Junior

Mediana is in the last year of her bachelor’s studies at the Department of Journalism at the University of Pristina. She joined the BIRN team in September 2019.

Milica Stojanovic

Serbia Correspondent, Balkan Transitional Justice

Based in Belgrade, Milica works on stories related to transitional justice in Serbia.

Milorad Ivanovic

Milorad is an editor at BIRN Serbia in Belgrade. He is also coordinator and trainer on the project “Technical Assistance to Public Service Media in the Western Balkans.”

Mimoza Feraj

Finance Officer

She graduated from the Faculty of Economy in the Banking, Finance and Accounting department at the University of Pristina, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree.

Minja Ranisavljevic

Social Media Assistant

Based in Belgrade, Minja manages the output of BIRN’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other relevant platforms.

Mirza Mršo

Detektor Cameraman

Mirza joined BIRN BiH in March 2021. He has been a cameraman for 15 years in TV companies in Bosnia.

Naser Sertolli

Journalist/News Editor

Naser joined BIRN in January 2016, after 16 years of experience as a journalist, translator, and editor at the daily newspaper Zeri.

Natalija Jovanovic

Journalist and Media Researcher
During her journalism studies, Natatalija joined BIRN in 2015 as an intern working on media privatisation and public tenders for media. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade in 2016.

Nejra Džaferagić

Detektor Journalist

Nejra is a BIRN BiH journalist based in Sarajevo. Aside from journalistic reporting, she is in charge of running a database connected to public procurement procedures.

Nejra Mulaomerovic

Programme Associate

Based in Sarajevo, Nejra is working closely with project coordinator teams, carrying out and assisting in the implementation of programmes across all of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s platforms.

Nermina Kuloglija


Nermina joined BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina in August 2019.

Nicholas Watson

Reporting Democracy Editor

Nicholas was appointed editor of Reporting Democracy in 2020.

Nikola Cace

Administrative and Operations Assistant

Nikola joined BIRN Hub in May 2015 as an Administration and Operations Assistant.

Nuhi Shala


Nuhi Shala joined BIRN in 2019 after 18 years of experience as an interpreter, administrative assistant and registrar with international missions in Kosovo.

Per Byman

Member of the Board
Secretary-General, Radiohjälpen, Sweden

Per Byman, is a Swedish aid worker and linguist.

Perparim Isufi

Managing Editor,

Perparim Isufi joined BIRN Kosovo in May 2014 and currently serves as the managing editor of

Petar Subotin

Regional Development Officer

Based in Belgrade and working as the Regional Development Officer, Petar Subotin supports cross-regional projects implementation and serves as a worldwide liaison with key stakeholders, including private donors and governments.

Ramize Hyseni

Finance and Administrative Assitant

Ramize has eight years of administrative assistance within BIRN Kosovo, helping the organisation smoothly carrying its daily activities.

Rinesa Osmanaj

Journalist/Junior Researcher

Rinesa Osmanaj joined the team in July 2021. Starting out as an intern journalist, Rinesa is now working as a junior investigative journalist for the platform.

Robert Bierman

Member of the Board
Chief Revenue Officer of News Deeply

Robert Bierman serves as Chief Revenue Officer of News Deeply, Inc. News Deeply convenes stakeholders in global issues via single-subject digital news sites, events, research and membership groups.

Rrahman Ramaj

Procurement Officer and Financial Analyst

Rrahman Ramaj is a financial analyst for BIRN Kosovo.

Sasa Dragojlo

Serbia Correspondent

Sasa joined BIRN in 2020 as a correspondent for Balkan Insight. Previously, he has worked for Balkan Insight from 2015 to 2016.

Seid Hrncic

Operations Coordinator and Office Manager

Seid joined BIRN in November 2019 after 11 years of working experience in the business sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Semir Mujkic

Detektor Managing Editor

Semir Mujkic is managing editor for BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina. He joined BIRN in April 2017 and has worked as a journalist and deputy editor for BIRN BiH website where he is managing editor as of October 2019.

Serbeze Haxhiaj

Kosovo Correspondent, Balkan Transitional Justice

Serbeze Haxhiaj is covering issues related to establishing justice and
facilitating reconciliation after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. Her
particular focus is on war crimes, human rights issues, rehabilitation of
victims and peace approaches in dealing with conflict and its aftermath.

Shkelqim Xhaqkaj


Shkelqim graduated from the University of Pristina in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2017.

Shkodrane Dakaj

Journalist/Junior Researcher

On her path to becoming a journalist, Shkodranja took on an internship at in July 2021, and has since been promoted to a Junior Investigative Journalist role.

Sinisa-Jakov Marusic

North Macedonia Correspondent

Sinisa-Jakov Marusic is a Skopje-based journalist and regular contributor to BIRN’s regional publication, Balkan Insight, and the programme Balkan Transitional Justice.

Snezana Caricic

Office Manager/Financial Administrator

She joined the BIRN team in 2014 and is responsible for both finance and administration jobs, producing finance reports, processing invoices and daily track of daily revenue and spending.

Sofija Todorovic

Project Manager

Sofija is a project manager at BIRN Hub in Belgrade. She is responsible for planning, developing and implementing BIRN’s human rights reporting and monitoring projects. She is managing Regional Digital Rights Monitoring within BIRN’s Investigative Resource Desk – BIRD, while she also assists on the Reporting Democracy project.

Steve Crawshaw

Member of the Board
Secretary General, Amnesty International

Steve Crawshaw is the director of the office of the Secretary General of Amnesty International.

Tamara Chausidis


Tamara Chausidis is experienced editor and media freedom activist.

Tanja Maksic

Programme Coordinator

Tanja Maksic has been a member of the BIRN Serbia team since 2010. She develops and manages projects in the field of media policy and good governance.

Tim Judah

Chairman of the Board
Journalist, The Economist

Tim Judah is a front line reporter for The Economist and an author.

Urim Krasniqi

Photo Reporter and Video Editor

Urim became part of the BIRN Kosovo team in 2020, and with his extensive experience in the field of photography will help refresh BIRN’s visual library.

Vasko Magleshov


Vasko Magleshov is а journalist, anchor and TV host for more than 10 years.

Vesna Bjekic (1952-2014)

Administrative Officer

Over the course of her journalism career, Vesna has worked with Politika, 4 Jul, YU Panorama, Revijalna Stampa, many local Serbian newspapers, and Croatian weekly Danas.

Visar Prebreza

Managing Editor

Visar started his career as a journalist at the “Kosova Sot” newspaper in 2007.

Vladimir Karaj


Vladimir has been an editor at the BIRN Albania (Court and Crime
Reporting) since June 2017.

Vlado Apostolov


Vlado has been covering topics related to organised crime, corruption and human rights for the last five years and at the beginnings of his journalism career he was working as a reporter in the economic newsrooms in several media.

Vyrtyte Gervalla

Monitor of Public Services

Vyrtyte graduated from the University of Prishtina with a Bachelor’s degree in Law, maintaining a high level of academic achievement throughout her studies.

Xheneta Murtezaj


Xheneta Murtezaj has been engaged as a journalist at since July 2018, initially as an intern, and within a few months was promoted to the position of Junior Journalist.

Xhorxhina Bami

Kosovo Correspondent

Xhorxhina Bami reports on daily developments in Kosovo and also writes feature, analyses, reviews, interviews, and investigations. Originally from Albania, Xhorxhina been living in Kosovo since 2015.

Yllka Hoxha

Finance and Human Resources Manager

Yllka has been the Finance and Human Resources Manager at BIRN Kosovo since February 2019.

Zgjim Sefa

Journalist/Junior Researcher

Zgjim Sefa studied Law at the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” and has been engaged as a journalist at since July 2021.

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