Theme: Blissful Uncertainty?!
May 3rd, 2014
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Miranda ADEMAJ, was born in Kosovo and left for Germany when she was only 10 years old. Later she moved to Switzerland, where studied and worked in the financial industry and is now the CEO and founder of Skenderbeg Asset Management AG. Before this, Miranda engaged in a life changing experience as a backpack traveler around the world, that deeply affected her perspective in life and ultimately influenced her career path.
Wendy Hassler-Forest started at Musicians without Borders in 2008, co-organizing the start-up of the Mitrovica Rock School in Kosovo. After relocating to Mitrovica in 2009, Wendy conducted the daily project management in close cooperation with local partners and musicians. Wendy now works from MwB's Belgrade office, coordinating the Rock School program in Mitrovica and Mostar (BiH).
Perparim Rama, Kosovan born, is the CEO and Founding Director of 4M Group – an award-winning Architectural Designer and Conceptual Artist. His distinctly integrated approach and passion for architecture has been presented in numerous media publications such as London Building Design Magazine, BBC, RAI, The Times Newspaper etc. His career has included accomplishments such as being a consultant for the 2012 London Olympics, wining the world competition for the Best Bar award, with his hometown project ‘Hamam Jazz Bar’, and proudly making history at the 13th Venice Biennale in 2012, as the first person to represent Kosovo in the event.
Catherine Bohne was brought up by two Literature professors to love books and scholarship. At 16 she won a place at the Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa, and then went on to study biology in University back in the States. After knocking around a bit, she settled in Brooklyn where she took over ownership of the Community Bookstore of Park Slope, one of the oldest independent bookstores in NYC. After almost 10 years, she went on holiday to Albania, and found a new home in the Valbona Valley where she has now been living for almost 5 years, working to develop local tourism in summer, marking and mapping trails, helping with environmental research and working with the children of the valley in winter.
Albana Vrioni (Change Leadership Advisor & Practitioner) assists business leaders manage strategic change from a holistic perspective and is actively involved in promoting sustainable management strategies and practices. Her expertise evolves around IT enabled transformation, with successful projects delivered for European Institutions and National Administrations. A life journey full of changes, has added to her professional career a deep and personal experience in managing change in all its dimensions.
Kate Snow was born and raised in Las Vegas, USA. After graduating university, she came to Albania as a volunteer English teacher hoping to help others and explore the world. Kate is fascinated by Albanian culture and enjoys writing about her adventures on her blog, WildKatFormation.com.
Stefano Boeri (1956) is a Milan-based architect and founder of "multiplicity”, international research network dedicated to the study of contemporary urban transformations. He was editor in chief of the international magazines “Abitare” & “Domus” and author of Biomilano (Corraini, 2011), L'Anticittà (Laterza, 2011). Professor of Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano, he has taught as visiting professor at Strelka Institute, Harvard GSD, Berlage Institute e Architectural Association among others. Together with Richard Burdett, Jacques Herzog e William MacDonough, Boeri had taken part of the Architecture Advisory Board in charge of developing the guidelines for the urban transformations to be implemented within the frame of the 2015 Milan Architecture Expo.
At 19 years old, Veton Breznica became the first aviation ambassador and glider pilot of the Republic of Kosovo. Later, he was instrumental in the establishment of Air Cadets – Kosova; an NGO for aviation minded youth, aiming to produce the next generation of aviation professionals in Kosovo. Now, with more than seven years of active aviation training and personal development, Veton has gained international recognition for his achievement.
Donald Leka is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of TransMedia, creator of the industry leading and award winning cloud-computing platform, the Glide OS. Donald is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist. Mr. Leka has been a featured speaker and presenter at Harvard Business School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), TechCrunch50, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the All Things Digital Conference (AllThingsD), New York University (NYU), Boston University (BU) and The American University (AU). Glide has been featured in over 25 books on Cloud Computing including the 2011 "Cloud Computing Bible," by Barrie Sosinsky and "Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online," by Michael Miller.
Dr. Liri Berisha is a prominent pediatrician, the first First Lady of Albania and President of the Albanian Children Foundation. Dr. Berisha is extensively involved in awareness campaigns on issues that have children in their focus. She is a UNICEF ambassador with a portfolio of activities within and outside of Albania. Throughout her long career, Dr. Berisha has received national and international awards for her valuable contribution to children with different needs and for her unparalleled humanity.
Robert Aliaj DRAGOT, is an Albanian artist that has divided his life and work between Tirana and Brussels. In the end of 90's, after a long career as a pop star singer, Robert Aliaj DRAGOT nearly stopped with music to come back to his first concern as an art painter. Dragot's work is figurative and makes extensive use of techniques from photography, television and film. Now many years later in Brussels, he is focused especially to a multimedial research, experimenting with photography, moving images, animations, sounds and painting itself, without loosing the picturesque quality. His attention divides himself between a critical curiosity of the artistic scene in Europe and a renewed interest for the fast shock therapeutic change, which the Albanian state underwent.
Agron Shehaj, was born in Albania and left the country, during the 1990s mass exodus, when he was only 13 years old. He grew up in Italy, and studied Business Economics in Florence. At 28 years old he returned to Albania and became the CEO and founder of Intercom Data Service, the very first Albanian company capable to export services to the European market. With more than 3000 employees working in his business, Agron was awarded the prize “Employer of the year 2013”. He continues to extend its business in the most important cities of Albania, by improving new and yet experimental technologies, which connects the market to the customers.
Silvia Bino, MD, Ph.D, is the Head of the Control of Infectious Diseases and Immunization Department of the Institute of Public Health and an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine, Tirana University, Albania. She helped to establish syndromic based early warning surveillance system and coordinated surveillance, diagnostic, and response activities for pandemic influenzaA (H1N1) 2009 in Albania. Dr.Bino has been the Regional Coordinator of the network to strengthen surveillance and control of communicable diseases in South-eastern Europe. She has authored articles on infectious diseases published in professional and scientific journals and has participated in the writing of different guidelines, books and reports related to infectious diseases, influenza and public health surveillance
Linda Mëniku is a native speaker of Albanian. She is a lecturer in the department of linguistics at the University of Tirana, where she specializes in discourse analysis, text linguistics, Albanian as a foreign language, and media discourse. Linda has been teaching Albanian at Arizona State University and CLI for 11 years. She is the author of “The Gheg Reader” (2008), “Discovering Albanian” (2011), and “Colloquial Albanian” (2012). Linda is also the vice-president of Albanian Fulbright Alumni Association in Albania and the Head Representative of the American Councils for International Education
Besa Shahini is a policy researcher and analyst from Kosovo. She works with the Berlin-based think tank, European Stability Initiative (ESI), on the Europeanization of the Western Balkans. Between 2008 and 2010, Besa worked in the South Caucasus, researching the relationship between the EU and its eastern neighbors. Besa studied Political Science in Toronto and received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She now lives in Prishtina and in addition to her work, she writes a regular column for the online newspaper GazetaJnK.com.
Dr. Linda Spahiu is a pediatrician with more than 35 years of dedication and passion for her profession. She has engaged in several social initiatives, taking her to the most remote parts of the country during humanitarian and social crisis. Besides this, Dr. Spahiu has dedicated the past 10 years of her life to trace, protect and promote Albanian cultural heritage. Among others, she has donated to Tirana and its inhabitants "Oda Etnografike"-- a treasury chest composed of pieces from the national cultural heritage.
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Conference Hall, Orthodox Church
Rruga e Kavajes, 151
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