People

Adelina Ahmeti

Journalist and Assistant Editor

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

Afërdita Fejzullahu

Journalist/ Researcher

Aferdita has been a journalist at BIRN Kosovo since 2018, where her first internship also started.

Aida Ajanovic

Project Manager

Aida joined BIRN Hub in January 2020.

Albina Sorguc

Detektor Journalist/Court Monitor

Albina joined the BIRN BiH Detektor team in September 2010. She has worked as a journalist since 2004.

Albulena Sadiku

Deputy Director, Kosovo

With a strong background in civil society, Albulena Sadiku has experience in capacity building, election monitoring and local government.

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

Journalist

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

Aleksandra Bogdani

Journalist

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

Translator

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

Amire Qamili

Journalist

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

Ana Curic

Journalist
Ana joined BIRN Serbia in 2017.

Ana Petruseva

Country Director, Macedonia
Member of the Board

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

Anja Vladisavljevic

Croatia Correspondent

Anja Vladisavljevic joined Balkan Insight’s team in May 2018 and she is a journalist and correspondent at for the website.

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).

Arta Sopi

Journalist

Arta Sopi became part of the KALLXO.com 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.

Astrit Perani

Production Assistant / Camera Operator and Video Editor

Astrit Perani joined BIRN team in January 2008 as a camera operator and video editor for the Life in Kosovo and Justice in Kosovo TV programmes.

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.

Bahrie Sadiku

Monitor of Public Services

Bahrie has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Law at the University of Pristina, and now intends to pursue a Master’s degree.

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.

Blerta Iberdemaj

Legal Officer and Monitor of Public Services

Blerta is a graduated lawyer from the University of Pristina.

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 Detektor.ba 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 Kallxo.com and the BIRN TV programmes Life in Kosovo and Justice in Kosovo.

Diellza Geci

Project Coordinator

Prior to joining the BIRN Kosovo team, Diellza was a mentor to several high school students as a part of the nonprofit organisation TOKA, where a crucial part of her experience was recognising the importance of volunteering and collaboration.

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.

Dorentina Kastrati

Project Coordinator/Journalist/Researcher and Assistant Editor

Dorentina is a journalist who joined KALLXO.com 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

Journalist

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.

Egzon Dahsyla

Journalist/ Researcher

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

Egzon Qarkaxhija

Camera Operator and Video Editor

Egzon is engaged at BIRN Kosovo as a camera operator and video editor.

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 KALLXO.com.

Eraldin Fazliu

Project Coordinator/Editor in Chief and Journalist

Eraldin Fazliu is the editor-in-chief of Prishtina Insight. He has been working in journalism since 2015 covering mostly politics and social issues.

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.

Eve-Anne Travers

Journalist

Eve-Anne has worked as a staff writer for Prishtina Insight since April 2018, after undertaking an internship with BIRN Kosovo in November 2017.

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

Editor

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

Goce Trpkovski

Journalist

Goce Trpkovski has been working as a journalist since 2004.

Gordana Igric

Founder

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.

Isa Vatovci

Journalist

Isa Vatovci has been part of the Kallxo.com 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 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 Resource Desk programme, including BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting.

Jack Robinson

Editor and Journalist

Jack Robinson works as an editor, writer and proof-reader at BIRN.

Jasna Andonovska

Finance Manager

Jasna has worked at BIRN Macedonia since January 2016.

Jelena Veljkovic

Journalist

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
Editor-in-Chief

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.

Jovana Prusina

Balkan Transitional Justice Programme Coordinator

Jovana Prusina joined BIRN in 2018 as the Programme Coordinator for Balkan Transitional Justice (BTJ).

Jurgena Tahiri

Designer

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.

Katerina Petrovska

Digital Media Officer

Based in Belgrade, Katerina is working on strategies and ideas for BIRN’s social media team, including providing new and creative ideas to help attract more readers.

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.

Larisa Rankovic

Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Based in Belgrade, Larisa is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of BIRN programs across the region, the reach and impact of the Network’s reporting and advocacy initiatives.

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.

Marcel Gascon Barbera

Romania Correspondent

Based in Bucharest, Marcel covers current affairs and writes features, interviews and other content on Romania since June 2019, when he joined the Balkan Insight team.

Marcel Lekaj

Monitor of Public Services

Graduated lawyer, Marcel is in the position of the monitor for the Prizren region.

Marcus Tanner

Editor

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

Matt Robinson

Editor

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

Matthew Collin

Editor

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

Editor
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.

Mirjana Narandzic

Editorial Assistant and Proofreader

Based in Belgrade, Mirjana is working as the Editorial Assistant at Balkan Insight and as a proofreader for BIRN’s Balkan Transitional Justice in the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language.

Miroslava Germanova

Reporting Democracy Slovakia correspondent
Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Miroslava covers a variety of topics concerning politics, rule of law, freedom and democracy in original features or interviews.

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 Mulaomerovic

Programme Assistant/Director’s Assistant

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

Journalist

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

Researcher

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

Pedja Urosevic

Executive Director BIRN LTD
Business Operations Manager

Pedja Urosevic started working as journalist for Radio Index in the late 1999.

Per Byman

Member of the Board
Secretary-General, Radiohjälpen, Sweden

Per Byman, is a Swedish aid worker and linguist.

Perparim Isufi

Managing Editor, KALLXO.com

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

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.

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.

Rona Rushiti Begolli

Project Coordinator

Rona joined the staff of BIRN Kosovo in December 2018 as a Project Coordinator and Financial Analyst.

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 Detektor.ba 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

Journalist

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

Shyhrete Maliqi

Junior Monitor

Shyhrete graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Pristina.

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 Coordinator

Sofija is a project coordinator at BIRN Hub in Belgrade. She is working as a coordinator for Resonant Voices Initiative and Digital Rights Monitoring within BIRN’s Investigative Resource Desk – BIRD. She is also an assistant on 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

Editor

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.

Tringa Rruka

Monitor of Public Services

Tringa graduated from the law school at the University of South East Europe in Tetovo, Macedonia.

Vasko Magleshov

Journalist

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

Editor

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

Vlado Apostolov

Journalist

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

Journalist

Xheneta Murtezaj has been engaged as a journalist at KALLXO.com 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.

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