Kelmend Hapçiu has over twenty five years of journalistic experience as a reporter, editor and media manager. He is the founder, director/editor-in-chief of the only independent news agency in Kosovo, KosovaLive. He was reporter/columnist/editor of the first ever independent publication in Albanian in Kosovo, weekly Koha. Mr. Hapçiu served as its editor until 1997, when the weekly turned into daily. He worked as the foreign news editor/reporter of the daily Bujku, published by the original staff of daily Rilindja (newspaper), which was banned by the Serb government in 1990. As a reporter he covered a wide range of issues from every day life. In the late ‘80s, focusing mainly on political issues, he served as a correspondent from the Kosovo parliament.For a brief period associated with the Kosova Fund for the Open Society in Prishtina, Kosovo. One and a half year international fellowship program with the Kettering Foundation, a think-tank which focuses its research around the broad question “What makes democracy works as it should”, based in Dayton, OH, USA. He holds B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Prishtina. Apart from his native Albanian, he is fluent in English, Serbo-Croat/Bosniak, Turkish and has passive knowledge of French. Mr. Hapçiu was involved in several translation projects from English into Albanian, among them Al Gore’s ‘The Earth in Balance’, (co-translator) and John Stuart Mill’s ‘On Liberty’.
Afërdita Saraçini-Kelmendi, owner of one of the leading television stations in Kosovo, RTV21, Blerim Shala, former journalist and publisher/owner of one of the leading dailies in Kosovo – Zeri, current vice-chairman of the political party Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (Aleanca për Ardhmërinë e Kosovës – AAK), Daut Dauti, publicist, Akan Ismaili, former CEO of IPKO, leading internet/mobile provider in Kosovo, current Kosovo Ambassador the United States.