Uranik Begu, Executive Director at Innovation Center Kosovo (ICK), has been appointed as High Commissioner for Kosovo. High Commissioner Begu represents Kosovo in the Global Startup Committee of the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
Uranik Begu is a highly experienced management and marketing executive who currently is serving as Executive Director at Innovation Center Kosovo (ICK). Prior to his work at ICK, Uranik served as Head of Marketing and in management at Post Telecom Kosovo for four years. Uranik is about to complete his Doctorate degree in Management at Swiss Management Center. He is a renowned lecturer and has taught at several private universities and the public university of Prizren. He also serves as a board member for the largest European Marketing Conference held in Zurich, the CMO Conference, also known as the Davos of Marketing. He is currently highly engaged with other partners on enriching the Kosovo entrepreneurial ecosystem and supporting Innovation, running Innovation Center Kosovo as an Executive Director, organizing Global Entrepreneurship Week Kosovo in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, and serving as Ambassador to the Hello Tomorrow Challenge in Paris. Other activities and positions include Chapter Director of Startup Pristina powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Kosovo organizer for Startup Europe Week 2017; Global Ambassador at InBIA; World Bank Consultant; lead delegate from Kosovo to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow 2014 and in Milan in 2015, Medellin in 2016, and Johannesburg in 2017; Fellow of the 2016 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leadership Initiative (Y-TILI) from the US State Department; expert on the SEECEL project for Entrepreneurship; participant in several strategy development initiatives such as those initiated by the OECD, the Prime-minister’s Office of Kosovo, the Ministry of Economic Development and STIKK; speaker and mentor; panellist at many local and international events, conferences, workshops such as Startup Weekend Pristina, Mobile App Camp Skopje, KOSICT Conference Pristina, CMO Conference Zurich, Digital Pristina, Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2016 Medellin; lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Marketing; mentor at CEED Kosovo; mentor at Startup Grind powered by Google for Entrepreneurs; judge at numerous global start-up competitions, the Startup Open, the EU Youth Award, the Startup Weekend, the Krypto Labs Contest, the Kauffman FastTrac Facilitator for Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture; consultant for the Voucher Counseling Scheme, KOSME.
Arton Celina, Chief Executive Officer of the BPB Bank, has been appointed as Senator to the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Senator Celina represents Kosovo in the International Finance Committee of the Grand Assembly.
Arton Celina was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the BPB Bank in Kosovo in May 2016. He started his career in the banking and microfinance institution KEP in 1999, and has been with ProCredit Bank since 2002. Mr Celina joined the team of TEB Bank JSC Kosovo in 2007, initially as a Regional Manager and was later appointed Head of Sales and Marketing. Since 2013 Mr Celina has held the position of Deputy Managing Director at TEB Bank JSC in Kosovo, serving the business segments. Mr Celina graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Pristina University. He did his post-graduate studies and graduated in the field of management at UBT. In 2013, he received his PhD in Business Administration from SMC University in Switzerland.
Nora Haxhiu Dushi, Angel Investor of Rising Tide Europe, has been appointed as Senator to the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Senator Haxhiu Dushi represents Kosovo in the Global Woman Leaders Committee of the Grand Assembly.
Nora Haxhiu Dushi is an entrepreneur, angel investor and member of the Kosovo Business Angels Network. She is an investor with The Rising Tide Europe, a global movement to increase women’s participation in angel investing. Ms Haxhiu Dushi worked for the United Nations Mission in Sudan during the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. She has worked for the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo since its establishment. She holds a degree in Business Administration/Human Resources Management.