Wiki Academy Kosovo 2017 

 Wiki Academy Kosovo 2017 
 October 30, 2017, Ponder Workshop: Wiki Academy Edition 

Previous Speakers/Mentors

Petrit Selimi

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.

HE Mr Jan Braathu

Norwegian Ambassador in Kosovo


Ambassador Jan Braathu is Norway’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo. He has been working in or with the Western Balkans since 1996 and with this he has developed a good understanding of the region. His main contributions are strengthening the information society and innovation in Kosovo. He actively participates in ICT events in Kosovo.

Arnau Duran

Catalan Wikipedian


About to turn 22, and hopefully a future civil engineer, Arnau is a young wikipedian who has been contributing to Catalan Wikipedia and been an activist for the open knowledge movement since 2006. Apart from editing, he has participated in several different projects which involved institutions like universities, museums, libraries and schools from all over Catalonia.

Arild Vågen

Wikimedia Sweden


Arild Vågen is the first Wikipedian in Academy at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Arild has been a Wikipedia contributor for over four years and a board member of the Swedish Wikimedia chapter (Wikimedia Sweden) since 2012. He has been involved with several of Wikimedia Sverige's GLAM collaborations. Arild has an academic background in political science and peace and conflict studies specializing in Human Rights.

Sanja Pavlović

Wikimedian from Serbia


Sanja Pavlović is a student at the University in Belgrade, third year at Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Journalism and Communication. Her involvement with Wikimedia is focused on Wikinews, but also Wikipedia. She has served as president of media board of Wikimedian from Serbia for the last 6 months. She has experience with peer education.

Kushtrim Xhakli

Board Member of IPKO Foundation /


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, 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.

Besa Shahini



Besa Shahini is a Senior Analyst with the European Stability Initiative (ESI), currently based in Prishtina. Before joining ESI, Besa was the co-founder and the director of the Kosovar Stability Initiative (IKS). In addition to her involvement with ESI, Besa occasionally guest-lectures in universities and writes a regular column for the Albanian-language online newspaper Besa holds a BA in Political Sciences from York University in Toronto and a MPP from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Mark Dickinson

Career Diplomat


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.

Katie Chan

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.

Daniel Cosentino

AUK Professor


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.

Kiril Simeonovski

Wikimedia Macedonia


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.

Milos Rancic

Wikimedian from Serbia


Milos Rancic (1973) is a Wikimedian from Belgrade. He is the founding President of Wikimedian from Serbia. He is also a Unix system administrator and a trained linguist.

Myrna Macgregor



Myrna Macgregor has been a member of the British Diplomatic Service since 2008. She has worked on EU economic reform, State Protocol and was seconded to the communications / speechwriting team of DG Competition in the European Commission. She has been head of the political and projects team at the British Embassy in Pristina since autumn of 2011.

Daniel Mietchen

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.

Andy Mabbett

UK Wikipedian for over 10 years


Formerly founding manager of Birmingham City Council's website, the first municipal government website in the world, Andy Mabbett is now a freelance digital consultant, and is 'Wikipedian in Residence' at Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Services. He has been a Wikipedia editor for over ten years, and has developed and spoken about Wikipedia's GLAM collaboration projects (including QRpedia) to audiences across the UK, and in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Hamburg, and Washington DC, as well as on BBC Radio. In January, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for his "work on open data, Wikipedia and social media". He is Wikipedia User:Pigsonthewing, @pigsonthewing on Twitter, and blogs at

Shkumbin Brestovci

FLOSS Kosova/Rrota


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.

Elvana Zaimi

Language Editor


Elvana Zaimi is the author of several books, professional copywriter and lecturer at university level. Elvana is assisting virtually in the Wiki Academy Kosovo by helping participants with the copywriting of articles. More on Elvana.

Bernard Nikaj

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.