Germin: Germin is a non-governmental organization that uses technology and virtual channels to connect and engage Diaspora in advancing the development and democratization of their home countries. It started out in 2011 as an informal group trying to find its way to connect with the homeland, and was formally founded in 2014. Germin is run and supported by a group of Diaspora professionals ranging from the field of public policy, finance, information, technology, law, education, security and diplomacy. We have a wide network of professionals and part-time collaborators, currently residing in 24 countries including the Balkans, Western Europe, and North America.
The word ‘Germin’ is of Latin origin meaning ‘to grow, to prosper’. Making use of the latter, our organization aims to establish a solid foundation on which Kosova will eventually build its right walls on, for the betterment of the country in particular and its people in general.
EDP: The Program for the Engagement of Professionals from the Diaspora, (EDP) is a program which seeks to bring the experts from diaspora in their homeland with an aim to contribute toward the development of their homeland with their expertise and experiences in developed countries. The database of GERMIN coincides with more than 30K professionals around the world. Therefore, based on this “wealth of information and database” GERMIN is implementing the EDP program in Kosovo and Albania. The program brings professionals for a period of time starting from 3 weeks to 6 month with the idea to join to Institutions/organizations regarding their needs.
Lirim Krasniqi holds a Master of Science in Political Theory and International Development from the University of Tirana, Albania, and Cuza University in Romania. He is currently completing his second master/specialization in Comparative Politics and Political Economy at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. Krasniqi is a creative political researcher and policy analyst with a solid experience in various civil society organizations in Kosovo, with a focus on Migration and Diaspora, Political Economy, as well as Foreign and Security Affairs. He is the author of several policy analysis, policy briefs and articles published from Germin, and some of the most prominent journals/magazines in Kosovo. He has been engaged with Germin since 2017 and started the official engagement as policy analyst and project manager in 2018. As of March 2020, the new Board of Germin, appointed Krasniqi as Co-Executive Director of the organization.
Sihana Bejtullahu has a background of more than 8 years working in leading positions in the Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s), she is specialized in carrying out all aspects of a project, from conception to execution and feedback, which has given her an excellent reputation in the field. She holds a Master Degree in School Psychology and Counseling at the University of Prishtina – Faculty of Philosophy. Bejtullahu was directly involved in programs supporting education and innovation systems within youngsters in more than 24 Kosovo municipalities of Kosova by transforming ideas with social design into concrete projects. Bejtullahu is also active in different groups of activists who advocate for human rights such as women’s rights, and other vulnerable groups. Bejtullahu has joined the Germin Team as a Program Director in November 2019. In her role, she fosters an environment of teamwork and ensures that strategy is clearly defined while overseeing performance and maintaining the moral of the team. As of March 2020, the new Board of Germin, appointed Bejtullahu as Co-Executive Director of the organization.
Shpetim Shujaku, has been part of the Germin team since 2017. For the first two years he has served as the Financial Manager of Germin, meanwhile, in 2020 he has shifted towards Project Officing. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Banks, and Finances at the University of Prishtina. Apart from his professional career as an Economist, he is also engaged in the sport of Rugby as a player for Bears RFC and a Communications Officer at the Kosovo Rugby Federation.
Arbnor Mjeku has finished his bachelor studies for Political Science at the University of Prishtina, and after his Master studies for European Integration and Public Administration. During his Master studies, he has completed one semester in the University of Cukurova in Turkey and another one in the University of Ljubjana. His professional career until now consists of different institutions and organizations which consist of the Ministry of Local Public Administration, Presidency of Kosovo Republic, Albanian Embassy in Kosovo and a few other non-governmental organizations. Arbnor will be our Project Officer within the Program “Engaging Diaspora Experts – EDP”.
Meet Blerina Xhemajli, our newest Germin member. Born and raised in Denmark she made the decision to continue her education at the University of Tirana where she studied Philosophy. After she finished her studies Blerina continued her work for the Diaspora matters within the State Ministry of Diaspora in Albania. In her free time, she engages in volunteering activities at Europa Donna Albania, which advocates for breast cancer victims’ rights. Blerina will be engaged as a Project officer in Albania for the “Engaging Diaspora Experts” program.
Amarildo Çeka holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a concentration on human rights advocacy and an MBA with a Healthcare Administration concentration from Utica College in Utica NY. He possesses a Professional Certificate in Executive Leadership Cornell University and an Executive Leadership Certification from Harvard University. Amarildo is the first Youth Ambassador ever to represent Albania at the United Nations. While in the United States, he has sat on the board of United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica Area serving as a Young Leader. He returned to his homeland to serve as an adviser to the Albanian minister of Health and Social Protection, part of LEAD Albania Fellowship. He has been engaged with Germin on a volunteer basis since June implementing the Engaging Diaspora Professionals program and now will be leading Germin’s efforts to push forward the diaspora agenda in Albania.