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.

Board Members:

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 was a Political Adviser to the President of the Republic of Kosovo, and before that to the Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has extensive experience in the media, civil society and international organizations, and has worked as a trainer of Media Ethics, Investigative Journalism and EU Institutions. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and sociology from the University of Prishtina, and an MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics. 

Brikena Avdyli has extensive civil society and public affairs experience, including active project work for the inclusion and employment of women, young people and people with special needs. An advisor to former President of the Republic of Kosova Atifete Jahjaga, since 2019 she has led the Jahjaga charitable foundation. She has a Master’s diploma in international development from the American University in Washington D.C. and a profesional certificate for diversity and inclusion from Cornell University.

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 helped 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.