Yll Buleshkaj, Deputy Country Director, Kosovo
Yll Buleshkaj has served as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) deputy country director for Kosovo since 2014. Buleshkaj is a development professional with nearly 20 years of experience providing assistance in elections, democracy, human rights and governance-related activities in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prior to joining IFES, he was with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), providing support to election management bodies, media, formal and informal youth representation structures, and minority community caucuses in Kosovo, and parliamentary development support to women and youth assembly caucuses.
As an election specialist, Buleshkaj served as a technical training and counting and tabulation of results adviser for the Kosovo elections of 2001, 2002 and 2004 as part of the OSCE; a training adviser for Iraqi out-of-country voting (OCV) in 2005 as part of the United Nations (UN) International Organization for Migration; a counting and tabulation of results adviser for the Afghanistan provincial and central assemblies elections in 2005 as part of the UN Office for Project Services; and a UN adviser for Iraqi OCV in 2010 covering Scandinavia as part of the UN Development Programme. He also supported Democracy in Action (DiA), the largest Kosovo nongovernmental organization coalition that observes elections, to organize and train observers and acted as a troubleshooter for Kosovo’s 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2013 elections. He contributed to DiA’s 2007 election observation reports and to comparative trend analyses of the 2000-04 elections.
Buleshkaj holds master’s degrees in democratization and human rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna, specializing in state-building processes in Southeast Europe, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pristina.
Buleshkaj’s areas of expertise include electoral assistance, electoral reform, institutional development, inclusion, training, transparency, and counting and tabulation of results.