Ambassador / Director for NATO and Security Policies
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo
Ilir currently serves as Director for NATO and Security Policies at the Kosovo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2008 to 2013 he served as Kosovo’s first Ambassador to Belgium, whereas from 2013 to 2016 he served as From Kosovo’s Ambassador to Sweden (non-resident for Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Iceland). Following Kosovo’s independence, he was among the first group of diplomats charged with establishing Kosovo’s diplomatic missions. In late 2008 he established the Kosovo Embassy in Brussels (covering the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Republic of Estonia and international organizations in Brussels). He has been involved with a number of civil society initiatives, including as president of the board for the Project on Ethnic Relations - Kosovo, co-founder of KIPRED (Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development), and co-founder of D4D (Democracy for Development). He was affiliated with the European Elections Law Association, z’Forum 15,z’ the Kosovo-American Education Fund, Public International Law and Policy Group. Between 2002 and 2004, he served as Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister in Kosovoâ€™s first democratically elected government and during 2007-2008 negotiations for Kosovo’s status he was a legal expert to the Kosovo “Team of Unity.” Prior to joining the diplomatic service he was a lecturer with the Law School and Political Science department of the University of Prishtina as well as with American University in Kosovo..