Matteo Mastracci

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.

He had been working as a lawyer in the field of criminal law. Matteo has expertise in new media, NGOs, and civic engagement, having worked in several human rights organisations. Since 2020 he has been working as a reporter for Oxford University Press in International Law (ORIL), International Human Rights module.

Matteo holds a law degree from University of Teramo (Teramo, Italy) and LL.M. degrees from LUISS School of Law (Rome, Italy) and Riga Graduate School of Law (Riga, Latvia). He is also currently completing his PhD at Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey) in comparative authoritarianism and the rule of law.


Donika Elshani

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.

Donika holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics (PPLE) College at the University of Amsterdam. She recently graduated from the Leiden University in The Hague with a Master’s degree in Crisis and Security Management.

Before joining BIRN Kosovo Donika worked with several non-governmental organizations, including the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation and the Balkan Civil Society Development Network in Kosovo as well as at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict and the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague.


Zgjim Sefa

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

Working as a journalist at is an important part of his professional career plans.

Zgjim is passionate about justice and monitoring the justice system and related issues and has an interest in researching and reporting on socio-political topics.


Arjana Berisha

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

In July 2021, Arjana joined the team as an intern and is now reporting for the platform as a Junior Investigative Journalist.

Her efforts focus on report writing and reporting on social-environmental issues, as well as reporting on other topics.

Arjana is a sociable person and dedicated to her work.


Ilirjana Hoti

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

She is in her final year of a Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”.

Ilirjana is also a certified Journalism and Media alumni of the prestigious Washington State University, where she completed ‘Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders program.

At, Ilirjana mainly focuses on reporting on issues of society and politics and translating international media articles. She also reports on daily events and other sectors in Kosovo.


Rinesa Osmanaj

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.

She is currently completing her final year of a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”.

Before joining BIRN, Rinesa interned with local Istog media station, “RTV FONTANA”.

Rinesa primarily covers the agricultural sector and issues of governance in the municipality of Istog, whilst still reporting on other sectors.

Always smiling but don’t let it fool you – she is serious when it comes to work.


Shkodrane Dakaj

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.

Shkodranja is a final year student of a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”.

Her strong desire to write about the topics of justice and security, pushed Shkodranja to enroll in the Faculty of Law/Criminalistics at AAB college as further tertiary study.

Aside from writing about security, law, and politics, Shkordanja finds herself writing about health.


Mirza Mršo

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

He has experience in making documentaries and feature TV series and in daily monitoring significant events. Before starting at BIRN BiH, Mirza worked for the Federation of BiH’s Public Service Radio and Television.

Aida Mahmutović

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

Aida began her career as an intern for the Center for e-Governance Development in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2011. In 2012 she was promoted to project coordinator. Her primary fields of experience are related to Internet governance and human rights. She was programme manager at One World Platform (OWP) and led Internet rights and women’s rights projects. This included international projects by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), such as “End violence: Women Rights and Safety Online”, “Local Actions to Secure Internet Rights”, and the global “Take Back The Tech” campaign.

She worked as an external consultant for DotSensei (Bulgaria), collaborated on the project by Article19 and TecticalTech, and was a digital copywriter for Greenpeace. In 2017, she started the Balkan School on Internet Governance. Since 2016, she has worked on Geneva Internet Platform’s Digital Watch Observatory as a content co-creator and curator covering global developments on privacy and data protection and cultural diversity, and later gender rights online and migration and technology. Since 2012, she has actively participated in the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum.

In 2014, she was selected by the UN Secretary General to serve a three-year term on the UN’s Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Internet Governance Forum. She served as executive committee member of the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) and as a member of the organising committee for the Regional Internet Forum.

Aida co-authored the GisWatch BiH country report (2014) on digital surveillance, “End Violence: Women’s Rights and Safety Online (2015.)” and “Cybersecurity Governance and Gender in the Western Balkans” for Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) (2021).

Aida is a DiploFoundation alumni. She speaks four foreign languages: English, Spanish, French, and Slovenian.



Nejra Džaferagić

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.

During her studies, she worked as an intern in the fields of investigative journalism, television, radio and online media. She obtained a Masters in Communication from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo. She is fluent in Bosnian and English.