Jakup Krasniqi, President of Kosovo Assembly
Jakup Krasniqi was secretary general of PDK and currently is Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo. He was born on January 11, 1951, in the village of Negrovc near Drenas. He holds a doctoral degree in history from the University of Pristina. He was a member of the KLA delegation at the Rambouillet talks in early 1999. He joined PDK in October 1999 and was appointed the party's secretary general. Krasniqi headed the PDK caucus at the Kosovo Assembly after the 2001 general elections, but resigned after becoming minister of public services in Bajram Rexhepi’s coalition government. Following the 2004 general elections, he was chosen again to chair the PDK caucus at the Kosovo Assembly. He has also served in the Unity Team's political-strategic group during the final status process. He served as acting president of Kosovo from September 28, 2010 – February 12, 2011, after the resignation of President Fatmir Sejdiu.
Mimoza Kusari - Lila, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade and Industry, Kosovo
Mimoza Kusari-Lila holds a Master of Business Administration in the United States of America. During this time, she continued studies at the Institute of Economics, University of Colorado and Duquesne University in Pittsburg, where she finished masters in E-Business. Mimoza Kusari-Lila holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pristina. During her time at Duquesne University as the MBA student, Ms. Kusari – Lila was the founder and the first President of the Duquesne University Business Woman Association. Upon her return to Kosovo in July 2001, Mimoza Kusari-Lila worked for the World Bank and USAID project to support Kosovo businesses. She also worked as project manager at the American University in Kosovo Foundation education plan for Kosovo, as well as in the establishment of the institution.
Mimoza Kusari-Lila became part of public service in 2003 when she has been offered the position of spokeswomen and Adviser to Prime Minister of Kosovo, Bajram Rexhepi. In this position Ms. Kusari – Lila served until December 2004. Mimoza Kusari-Lila served as executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo (AmCham), from 2006 to 2009. During her time as the Executive Director of AmCham, the organization was officially accredited by the American Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC and the European Council of American Chambers in Europe (ECCAC). Mimoza Kusari-Lila became active member of Kosovo politics in the elections of 2009, running for the major of Gjakova municipality and nearly won. In February 2010 Mimoza Kusari – Lila was elected as the VP of New Kosovo Alliance Party. In general elections held in December of 2010, Mimoza Kusari – Lila was the most voted female in the Republic of Kosovo. After New Kosovo Alliance joined the Government coalition, Ms. Kusari – Lila was nominated and approved as the Deputy Prime Minister for Economy and Minister of Trade and Industry, a position which she holds since February 2011. Ms. Kusari – Lila is married to Arben Lila and mother of two sons, Adri 7 and Edon 1.
Jasmina Živković, Member of the Assembly of Kosovo
Jasmina Živković (SLS) is a member of parliament. Functions at the assembly: member of committee for rights, interests of communities and returns, member of the committee on legislation, member of the sub-committee for mandate, immunity and regulation. Mrs. Živković is from Strpce, and she is married, lawyer by profession and speaks fluent English. Previously she worked with the US KFOR, Raiffeisen Bank, as well as most recently the head of staff in the municipality of Strpce.
Flora Brovina, Member of the Assembly of Kosovo
Flora Brovina (born 30 September 1949) is a poet, pediatrician and women’s rights activist. She was born in the Drenicë and was raised in Prishtina, where she went to school and began studying medicine. After finishing her university studies in Zagreb, where she specialized in pediatrics, she returned to Kosovo and worked for a time as a journalist for the Albanian-language daily newspaper Rilindja. Soon thereafter, she returned to the health care profession and worked for many years in the Pediatrics Ward of the Pristina General Hospital.
She is the author of three volumes of poetry. The first volume, Verma emrin tim (Call me by my name), was published in 1973 and consists of 42 poems. Bimë e zë (Plant and voice), the second volume, appeared in 1979. More than two decades after her first publication, her third, Mat e çmat (With the tape it measures), has been described by Robert Elsie as “the most compelling and impressive of her volumes” for its reflections on “the fate of her people, with freedom and self-determination.”
In 2000, Flora was one of two recipients of the Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award given by PEN American Center to honor threatened or imprisoned writers.
Mrs. Brovina became member of the Democtractic Party in Kosovo ( PDK) Steering Council in June 2002 and of the party presidency in October 2006. She was reelected to the Kosovo Assembly in the 2004, 2007 and 2010 general elections. She serves as member of the board of the Women Caucus in the Assembly of Kosovo. She continues to be involved in protection of women and children, especially orphans.