RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Board Members
Ronald Cami, Chairman
Ronald Cami is the General Council and member of the Board of Waypoint Capital. From 2016 to May 2018, Ron was a partner at the law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell, in Davis Polk’s corporate department in Northern California and New York. From 2010 through 2015, Ron was a partner and the General Counsel of TPG Global. From 1994 through 2010, Ron was a partner at the law firm,... read more
Nancy Y. Bekavac, Vice Chair
Nancy Bekavac is a consultant in higher education. From 1990 until her retirement in 2007, she served as president of Scripps College in Claremont, California. From 1988 to 1990, Ms. Bekavac was Counselor to the President of Dartmouth College... read more
Louis D. Sell is a retired Foreign Service Officer. Louis Sell worked six years at the US Embassy in Moscow and eight years in various places in Yugoslavia. He served as US representative to the Joint Consultative Group in Vienna, as Director of the Office of Russian and Euroasian Analysis, Director of the Office of US-Soviet Bilateral Relations, and as Special... read more
Edmond Coku is the founder of Sabius Capital, a private investment firm. Prior to founding Sabius, Edmond spent five years at Lehman Brothers, in Investment Banking, Corporate Strategy and Principal Investments... read more
Rezart Spahia - Formerly a lawyer at the law firm offices of Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP in New York and London, Rezart is now an entrepreneur based in Tirana. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Geography from the University of Tirana, a Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and a Master of Laws degree from the New York University School of Law... read more
James Myers is the Associate Provost of International Education and Global Programs at Rochester Institute of Technology. He previously served as the Director for the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies where he helped establish RIT Kosovo and created numerous corporate and government sponsored outreach education programs. He was also previously the Associate Dean and Associate Professor at RIT Croatia, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Bersant Disha holds an MSc in Finance from the University of Warwick and BSc in Business from the London School of Economics and is also a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) certified by ICMCI. Bersant has worked for over fifteen years in management and financial... read more
Jehona Gjurgjeala has extensive experience in strategy development, management and execution in both profit and non-profit enterprises. Jehona completed both her BSc and MSc at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the latter as the recipient of the prestigious British Council Chevening Scholarship... read more
Ardi Shita is the Managing Partner and Founder of Shita and Associates LLC. He is also an attorney-at-law, specializing in commercial and corporate law. He is graduate of Karl Franzens University in Austria, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and the South East European University in Macedonia... read more
Jill Adler is the founding Director of the East-West Parliamentary Practice Project (EWPPP), which was established in 1990 as a joint initiative of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in The Netherlands and the Ford Foundation (USA), in cooperation with a consortium of U.S. and European funders... read more
Richard Berman is the Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Innovation and Research at the University of South Florida, visiting social entrepreneurship professor in the Muma College of Business, and a professor in the institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation. He is currently an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (Formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) in Washington, DC, and is a board member for Emblem Health... read more
Ardian Hasanaj earned his MBA in 2018 from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, Baltimore, Maryland. He was Head of Mission/Managing Director of Caritas Luxembourg in Kosovo from 2012 to 2016, managing programs in the field of entrepreneurship, health, and education. Prior to joining Caritas Luxembourg, he was an entrepreneur and a management consultant for a range of organizations and programs in Kosovo... read more
Donjeta Sahatciu leads a team of 25 design and IT professionals at Rrota, a well-established digital communications agency in Pristina, and is the youngest female entrepreneur in the ICT sector in Kosovo. She's currently contributing to the missions of both Kosovo ICT Association and VentureUP as Board(s) Chair.... read more
Aferdita Ademi - Osmani is a Medical Doctor and Senior Public Health (PH) Expert with more than 20 years of experience as Manager & Project Coordinator of complex international health programs and projects and working experience in Kosovo, Macedonia, Slovenia & Switzerland. She has very good skills in facilitating health policy elaboration, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as ensuring active and inclusive multi-stakeholder participation and coordination (she provides technical assistance and worked with a number of Ministers of Health). She resides in Prishtina, Kosovo with her husband and her daughter.
Christopher D. Thompson is a team leader, strategist, and facilitator of rule of reforms in transitional economies. An attorney admitted to practice in Virginia and Washington DC, for over 20 years he has advised governments and local counterparts on commercial law, access to justice, and private sector development. read more
Yll Zagragja is an A.U.K/RIT graduate and holds multiple professional certifications in accounting and finance from educational institutions such as Baruch College in New York, University of California in Los Angeles, and KAF Institute in Kosovo. read more
Mr. Elvin Guri is an entrepreneur and investor. Currently CEO of Empower Capital Advisors, manager of Empower Capital Fund I, a Jeremie-supported fund investing in Bulgarian lower and mid-market industrial companies. Previously with PwC and EBRD, in 2001-2002 he co-founded JetFinance International, that became the largest consumer finance lender in South East Europe (sold to BNP Paribas Personal Finance in 2007). Among his other recent investments is Telekom Albania, the second largest mobile operator in that country. Mr. Guri has an MBA from the University of Oxford Said Business School. He also supports various educational institutions and initiatives in Bulgaria and Albania.
Michael E. Hess has been a principal at M&TCH Consulting since Jan 2012, after working at L-3 MPRI from August 2009. Before joining MPRI, he served as Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Mike was in that position from June 2005 until January 2009. Mike had over 30 years of active and reserve service in the U. S. Military serving in humanitarian operations in Turkey, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. He served in both command and staff assignments in the U.S. and Germany and taught European History at the United States Military Academy (USMA). He was also a banker a Swiss Bank Corp and Citicorp for over fifteen years.
Mike has a bachelor's degree from the USMA at West Point, master's degrees from Columbia University, and New York University, and is a graduate of the National Strategic Studies Program at the United States Army War College.
Honorary Board Members
Ambassador William G. Walker, Honorary Chairman Emeritus
Senior Former Chief of the OSCE Mission to Kosovo, former US Ambassador to El Salvador
Ferid Murad M.D., Ph.D., Honorary Board Member
Dr. Murad is recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology and world renowned pioneer in biochemistry, joined the George Washington University (“GWU”) faculty in April 2011 as a University Professor and Director of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Signaling. Dr. Murad teaches an undergraduate course, mentors graduate and medical students, and leads a laboratory in the... read more
Søren Jessen-Petersen, Honorary Board Member
Søren Jessen-Petersen was the fifth of the six Special Representatives for Kosovo of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG), during the nine years of UNMIK's administration of the country. More perhaps than any other SRSG, Søren Jessen-Petersen is widely respected and admired in Kosovo for his two years of service from 2004 to 2006 and is known as a true friend of this country.