Ariana Qosaj-Mustafa

Programme Director and Senior Researcher

Ariana Qosaj Mustafa is Programme Director and Senior Researcher at Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development – KIPRED. She holds a MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization from The London School of Economics and Political Science-UK and BA in Law studies in Law Faculty from Prishtina University. She is currently a PHD Candidate in the Faculty of Law 'Iustinianus Primus,' in the State University of Skopje, Macedonia.

Before joining KIPRED, Ariana was a UNDP Legal Adviser to Kosovo's President Jahjaga, on Anti-Corruption activities and Presidents Political Adviser on Legal Affairs. Ariana is specialized in the field of policy-review and research, international law, and has worked extensively on institutional capacity building. She has over fifteen years of work experience in research and capacity building activities related to rule of law, women’s human rights anti-discrimination issues in Kosovo. Other areas of experience included protection of vulnerable groups (i.e. women and children), anti-trafficking, legislative reform, and trainings on gender equality, anti-discrimination and rule of law. Prior to joining the Office of President she worked with Kosovar Policy Research and Development -KIPRED, as Research Director where she led KIPRED projects on promoting and strengthening democratic values in Kosovo and the region. Prior to this position she was the Executive Director for local NGO Community Development Fund, a World Bank project in Kosovo. She is Board Member of the Centre to Prevent and Protect Victims of Trafficking based in Prishtina. In January 2013 she has been voted as Head of the Board of Kosovo Womens Network, an umbrella organisation for 100 Kosovo women focused NGO's. In 2010 she attended a Fellowship Program in Washington, DC, to support her on-going research and advocacy on areas of rule of law within KIPRED’s mission. Ariana did her research at the American University (AU), the Washington College of Law (WCL)

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