Previous Jury Members
Article Contest Jury Members
Deputy Minister at Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Petrit Selimi is one of Kosovo's civil society activists and media experts. From 2005-2006 Selimi was one of the founders and the first Executive Director of the Express, an independent daily published in Prishtina. Since June 2011 he has been a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo.
Mark Dickinson, OBE, pursued his career in the British Diplomatic Service. He was British Ambassador to Macedonia between 1997 and 2001, and then, after a year at Harvard, Head of the British Mission in Prishtina from 2002 to 2006. He was an advisor to the Kosovo Government on economic issues during the final status talks. He is now pursuing a career as a gardener.
Co-Founder of Wikimedia UK
Katie Chan is an active Wikimedia volunteer, currently a member of the Grant Advisory Committee of the Wikimedia Foundation and Scholarship committee of Wikimania 2013. From 2008-2009 Katie was one of the founders and the first Chair of Wikimedia UK, the local Wikimedia chapter covering the United Kingdom. A Wikipedia editor since December 2004, she is an administrator on the English Wikipedia.
Board Member of IPKO Foundation / Changers.com
Kushtrim Xhakli is a recognised entrepreneur with a high passion for innovation and market disruption, known for starting companies from scratch and managing to bring a range of new technologies into challenging environments. He is co-founder of Changers.com, a Berlin based company that develops innovative solar device which makes eco friendly behavior measurable and rewarding. Also founding partner of Fast Europe Ventures LLC and Board Member of IPKO Foundation.
Professor of Entrepreneurship/Project Management
Bernard Nikaj teaches Entrepreneurship and Project Management at University of Prishtina, classes where Wikipedia is part of the learning process. He also serves as the Senior Political Adviser to the Minister of Trade and Industry. He has spent the last ten years working as independent consultant concentrating on information technology use for organizational change and public management projects. In the meantime he served on the Executive Board of FLOSS Kosovo and Chaired the Program Committee of Software Freedom Kosova Conference. He holds degrees in Economics, Management and Information Systems from University of Prishtina (BA) and London School of Economics (M.Sc.) and is currently working towards a PhD at the Maastricht School of Governance.
Lecturer at AUK
Maike Verhagen is a lecturer at AUK and holds an MA in Adult Education and Social Sciences. She is from Belgium originally and has worked in the field of Education and Development in Zambia and Bolivia amongst other places. In Kosovo her experience includes training and capacity building with NGO activists and civil servants, working on youth issues and Higher Education reform, setting up Career Guidance Centers and internship programs for students, and teaching Leadership, Creative and Critical Thinking and Research Techniques at AUK.
Program Officer at the Norwegian Embassy
Gent Lepaja is Program Officer at the Norwegian Embassy. From 2005 to 2011 he has been working as ICT manager in Express, an independent daily published in Prishtina. He has ICT education background, which makes him very active in this field.
Photo Contest Jury Members
Daniel Cosentino is an artist/educator born in Lincoln Park, NJ in 1974. He is currently a lecturer and Department Chair of Multimedia and Visual Communication programs at the American University in Kosovo through the Rochester Institute of Technology's Global Programs. Cosentino holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Philosophy and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography/Imaging Arts from RIT. Cosentino first worked with Wiki technologies at RIT as a teaching assistant for a liberal Arts course “The Rhetoric of American Electoral Politics” with Dr. Amit Ray in 2007. Recently his work with students at AUK together with collaborator Dr. Michael Waschak was awarded a prestigious ‘Provosts Learning and Innovation Grant’ for adaptations to course curriculum using Wiki technology to connect global campuses through Environmental Policy and Multimedia and Visual Communication content.
Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science
Daniel Mietchen is Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. Trained in Biophysics at Humboldt University in Berlin, he did a PhD in Physics at Saarland University, focusing on applications of Magnetic Resonance Imaging to biological systems low in liquid water. Thematically, his research ranges from fossils and embryonic development to cold hardiness, music perception, brain morphometry and vocal learning. This entails the transdisciplinary collaboration with researchers from around the globe, which sparked the initial interest in what is his current focus - the integration of research workflows with the World Wide Web, particularly by way of collaborative platforms like wikis.
Shkumbin Brestovci is a cofounder of Rrota Creative Studio, cofounder of FLOSSK (Free/Libre Open Source Software Kosova), a passionate Free Culture supporter and a modest Wikipedia contributor. Shkumbin is also the manager of KosovoGuide, the Creative Commons licensed portal promoting the unique touristic attractions of Kosovo.
Jetmir Idrizi is a freelance photographer from Kosovo. His work focuses on social issues, until 2012 published regularly in the Kosovo daily Express. Since 2006 his work has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, agencies and international organizations in Kosovo and abroad. His work has been part of many collective exhibitions in Kosovo, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Ethiopia and Angola. In 2012 he was awarded the most prestigious photography prize in Kosovo - Gjon Mili.
Nita studied Graphic Design in the University of Prishtina, since 2003 has been working at The British Council in a range of departments delivering many local and regional projects in Education and Culture, by creating exchange opportunities between the cultural scene from Kosovo and UK.
Visar graduated from Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Prishtina in 2001. In 1997 he started working for the Kosovo daily Koha Ditore and during 2004-2010 worked as photo editor for the daily Gazeta Express. Since June 1998 he has worked as photographer for the Associated Press. His work has featured in exhibitions in Kosovo, Spain and Serbia and in the world's most renown newspapers and magazines.
Kiril is a founding member of Wikimedia Macedonia, free software activist, economic researcher, and long-time editor on the Wikimedia projects. His experience in the past includes participation in several initiatives and projects mostly concerned with the use of the Wiki software in education, as well as participation at several international conferences. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and worked as a demonstrator in Mathematics and Accounting at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje.