RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Faculty
Phone: +381 38 608 608
Shqipe Neziri Vela graduated from the American University in Kosovo (RIT Kosovo) in 2007 with a BA in Management and Entrepreneurship. She pursued her MA studies at the University of York (United Kingdom), Department of Political Sciences, whereby her research focused on the impact of Europeanization in the public administration in Kosovo.
Previously, Ms. Vela completed her second MA degree at the Central European University (Hungary), School of Public Policy, exploring the path to reform energy policies in the Western Balkans. In addition, she was granted a scholarship at the Hebrew University (Israel) to conduct research on global environmental policy.
In 2012, the Washington Leadership Program through the U.S. House of Representatives, appointed Ms. Vela to initiate the application of the Republic of Kosovo to the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a bilateral U.S. foreign aid agency established by the U.S. Congress.
Since 2012, Ms. Vela has served as a mentor to international students who benefit from the Erasmus Mundus Program, a program that aims to enhance the quality of higher education and promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through mobility and academic cooperation.
Ms. Neziri-Vela is also a published author. Her book entitled, “Energy Policy in Western Balkans: Path to Reform and Reconstruction,” focuses on Energy Policy in the Western Balkans and is listed on Amazon in a paperback edition.
Mr. Vela has over 15 years of professional experience in parliamentary governance, democratization, rule of law, anti-corruption, energy and environment policies at central and municipal level. Her prior work experience includes various positions in the public and private sectors, and development agencies in Kosovo, Hungary and the United States, including UNDP, the World Bank, UNICEF, and USAID.
Ms. Vela is a cofounder of the Kosovo-Hungarian Friendship Association and is a columnist for the monthly magazine Flatra.