The TIP Board
Consistent with our statutes and our obligations under Kosovo law, The Ideas Partnership’s Board is responsible for overseeing and guiding our work in the long-term. The Board aims to protect the underlying values and aims of The Ideas Partnership, as well as our effectiveness, our legal compliance, and our integrity. It offers support, advice, guidance and strategic decision-making to the team who are making things happen day-to-day.
Board members are long-term friends and supporters of TIP’s work, chosen because of their experience and their commitment to what The Ideas Partnership is and what we can be.
Anemona Zeneli is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in Teaching and Curriculum at Syracuse University in New York. She had been working with The Ideas Partnership for over three years before joining the board.
Ardian Arifaj has been active in current affairs in Kosovo for twenty years. He has been a journalist, and a political analyst and commentator, and now works as a senior foreign policy advisor.
Donjeta Ibra holds a Master degree in Economic Sciences from the University of Prishtina. Her previous work experience includes supporting the work of the Assembly of Kosova and working with TIP for over three years. Currently, Donjeta is working on Kosovo’s higher education sector.
Elizabeth Gowing is an educator and writer. After ten years working as a teacher and then an educational policy advisor in London, she moved to Kosovo and devised and implemented a series of voluntary charitable and capacity-building projects in education, the environment and cultural heritage, leading to the creation of TIP. Her books Travels in Blood and Honey, Edith and I, The Rubbish-Picker’s Wife and The Silver Thread, and her frequent articles and lectures, describe her experiences among the people and culture of the region.
Kaltrina Kusari recently completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Calgary in Canada. She prefers to use an anti-oppressive approach when working with marginalized populations, and her involvement with TIP beneficiaries is a constant source of inspiration for her work.
Robert Wilton was advisor to the Prime Minister of Kosovo in the years before the country’s independence, and subsequently an international official supporting its implementation, and now helps run a democracy/human rights mission in Albania. A practising life coach, he is also a novelist, a writer on Balkan history and culture, and a translator of Albanian poetry.