CNVP People

Ross Bull

Executive Director
Ross has spent many years implementing donor-funded projects in conflict, post-conflict and transition countries. His expertise includes: agro-rural, forestry and environmental policy; EU accession issues; and change management at central and decentralized levels of government. He has designed forestry projects in Burma, Latvia and Kosovo, and is an active forestry investor in Scotland and South America.

Anela Stavrevska - Panajotova

Country Director, Macedonia, Skopje Office
Anela works on NRM, especially forest eco-systems and their relationship with climate change. She has implemented regional capacity building projects in the Balkans covering community mobilization, rural and eco-tourism development in mountain areas, agro-forestry and NTFP value chain development, particularly for women’s groups.

Saso Petrovski

Sustainable Forestry/Land Management Expert Macedonia, Skopje Office
Sasho has worked for state and private companies delivering services to forest owners. He is implementing donor-funded projects related to forestry, nature, land management and capacity/institutional development in Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo. He specialises in forest management, forest inventory, wood product value chain development, forest certification, participatory forest policy development and land consolidation.

Voislav Todorov

Forestry Adviser Macedonia, Skopje Office
Voislav works on sustainable forest management, inventory of forest eco-systems and bio-mass utilization, as well as rural development. His skills include organisational and institutional strengthening of CSOs, lobbying, advocacy and facilitation, as well as research and development. He is involved in project preparation and management, as well as institutional networking.

Janaq Male

Country Director Albania, Tirana Office
Janaq specialises on integrated NRM and forestry development, including forestry and environmental legal/policy issues. His experience covers forest/pasture participatory and decentralized management, forest inventory, rehabilitation/regeneration of degraded forests, soil erosion control, forest fire prevention and nature protection/conservation, as well as project design, implementation and monitoring.

Haki Kola

Senior Forestry Adviser, Tirana Office
Haki focuses on integrated NRM, private forestry, bio-mass, coppice forest, renewable energy, protected areas, land tenure and institutional development. His experience covers carbon sequestration, payment for environmental services (PES). He has been involved in delegating more rights/responsibilities to local communities, as well as turning illegal cutting into the sustainable increase of bio-mass, employment and incomes for rural people.

Sheza Tomcini

Institutional and Organisational Development Senior Advisor Albania, Tirana Office
Sheza supports community development, civic engagement, gender issues and civil society in forestry and NRM. She is responsible for strengthening the role and importance of civil society in the forestry and natural resource sectors, including networking, lobbying and advocacy. She has knowledge of decentralization, institutional development and support for multi-stakeholder processes in forestry and rural development.

Stavri Pllaha

Senior Forestry Adviser Albania, Korca Office
Stavri covers forestry and NRM, as well as provides capacity building for industry, local government, the public and CSOs/NGOs. His management experience covers, national parks, protected areas, nature conservation and biodiversity. He has experience of developing globally secure tenure rights, small scale farming systems, locally managed eco-systems, and the management of NGOs. He is qualified in forest fire protection/prevention.

Elona Ballauri

Gender and Community Development Adviser Albania, Korca Office
Elona works on gender and women’s economic empowerment in forestry and rural development, as well as anti-corruption. She has worked with local action groups (LAGs) and communities that are oriented towards rural development and communal forestry on internal policy, development of strategy and organizational systems, including effective knowledge/skill transfer.

Albana Cule

Rural and Economic Development Adviser Albania, Korca Office
Albana supports gender, strategic planning, value chain development, multi-stakeholder approaches, networking, building partnerships, rural communities, economic development and rural tourism. She works with rural communities to address their development challenges and opportunities. She has led strategic planning processes in Albania and Macedonia, and specialises in developing tourism products/services for local impact.

Durim Kaba

Forest and Pasture Management Specialist Albania, Peshkopi Office
Durim has been involved in supporting forestry development in the region, implementing joint projects with communal forest federations and local government. His project activities have covered the environment, natural resource management, agro-forestry, participatory mapping, renewable energy, conflict resolution and legislation, including the local community/stakeholders in decision-making processes.

Hamit Salkurti

Forestry and Rural Development Adviser Albania, Peshkopi Office
Hamit has extensive experience working in Northern Albania, building teams at local level. He covers technical forest management, field evaluations, communal forestry and development of local forest organisations/rural communities. He has knowledge of NTFPs, especially nuts, rural tourism development, and the use of wood bio-mass as a renewable energy source in rural areas.

Isuf Omuri

Senior Advisor Natural Resource Management Albania, Kukes Office
Isuf supports local forest organisations, communities and local government representatives. His skills range from technical forest management to digital data processing. His experience covers forest management, digital data processing, use of GPS/GIS techniques, participatory mapping, farmer forestry, carbon sequestration, global warming, rural development and environmental issues.

Anila Aliaj

Gender and Institutional/Organizational Development Adviser Albania, Kukes Office
Anila works on rural development issues, cooperating with NGOs, CSOs and public institutions to strengthen their management and dialogue capacities. She has experience of organizational development, civic participation, women’s economic empowerment, advocacy, lobbying and public relations, as well as project proposal writing and training/facilitation. She is well networked at rural community level.

Mark Rupa

Forestry Adviser Albania, Shkoder Office
Mark supports the capacity development of local organisations in NRM, forest eco-systems, protected area management and bio-diversity surveys. He has established local action groups (LAGs), and offers courses on LFA and PCM in development and conservation. He uses latest methods to process and visualise environmental data applying GIS and cartographic software.

Xhevat Lushi

Country Director, Kosovo, Pristina Office
Xhevat has expertise in policy analysis for and operational implementation of agri-rural, agro-environment and NRM development, including the EU integration processes related to Chapter 13 of the acquis communautaire. He has implemented donor-funded projects with CSOs covering public policies, organizational development, climate change and land management. He has worked on cross-border cooperation projects, has exp. in developing...

Hajrush Kurtaj

Natural Resources Management Adviser Kosovo, Prishtina Office
Hajrush works on NRM, forestry, bio-diversity, environmental protection and nature conservation. He provides advice at field level, and has developed models for joint forest management. He is involved in increasing the capacities of municipalities, private owners and producer groups at national, regional and local levels. He is a good process leader, dealing with national/regional/local actors, and has good communication/facilitation skills.

Sebiha Ahmeti Ramaxhiku

Environment and Community Development Adviser Kosovo, Pristina Office
Sebiha supports the capacity development of private forests owners’ organizations and their involvement in decentralized joint forest management practices. She is experienced in working with participatory approach techniques and processes for stakeholders. Her expertise includes environmental policy and environmental impact assessment, gender issues and project development.

Ardita Dinaj

Rural and Economic Development Adviser Kosovo, Peje Office
Ardita's experience is related to the development of humanitarian organisations, involving volunteering, tourism development and agro-business. She works on the capacity development of local organisations, joint forest management practices, and rural/business development. She is experienced in bringing women and youth into the forestry sector, and raising awareness on gender issues and income generation.

Miftar Lokaj

Forestry and Wood Biomass Energy Adviser Kosovo, Peje Office
Miftar specialises on the management and development of forests, particularly strengthening the role of forest users and using wood bio-mass as a renewable energy source. He has worked on projects dealing with cooperation between municipal forest associations and the Kosovo Forest Agency.

Egzon Tahirukaj

Junior Forestry Adviser Kosovo, Pristina Office
Egzon is responsible for advisory activities linked to implementation of the SSPDF project, focusing on joint forest management, renewable energy, and sustainable forest management. He has a background in wood biomass, forest inventory and silviculture, and has previously worked for international projects and government institutions.

Pranvera Muçaj

GAP Analyst/Business Development Kosovo, Pristina Office
Pranvera is undertaking gap analyses concerning the Green Economy, LEADER/Local Action Groups, and the retention of rural youth. She is also responsible for identifying project opportunities with which to expand CVNP’s activities in Kosovo. She has worked on rural development issues with various donors for more than 5 years, particularly the EU’s IPA cross-border cooperation programme.

Mensura Nuhodzic Ferlin

Forestry Adviser Montenegro, Podgarica Office
Mensura has experience in private forestry, wood processing, non-wood forest products, forest and wood certification, as well as wood bio-mass production and use. She has experience of developing rural SMEs and entrepreneurship for women/youth. She has been involved in developing national forest policy and programmes, including forestry-related rural development, and promoting sustainable forest management.

Dragana Djukic

Representative Serbia, Belgrade office
Dragana is CNVP’s representative in Serbia, responsible for building links with local NGOs and networks, and developing project possibilities. She was previously Community Development Adviser in CNVP Kosovo, focusing on building relationships with the media and the Serbian community. Dragana's background is in political science and journalism.

Naida Katica

Representative BiH, Sarajevo Office
Naida has significant experience of implementing/managing donor-funded projects. Sectors covered include agri-economic development, employment generation in rural areas, women’s economic empowerment, and SME development (particularly wood processing).

Vasilka Sokolovska

Regional Finance Administrator Macedonia, Skopje Office
Vasilka administers CNVP Macedonia, overseeing all aspects of financial control, budget planning, variance analysis, project audits and preparation of financial statements. She provides financial leadership to CNVP’s two decentralized finance teams, and supports CNVP’s management team.

Arbnora Brovina Cuperjani

Finance Administrator Kosovo, Pristina Office
Arbnora has worked with various sectors and institutions covering architecture and reconstruction, civil society, municipalities, higher education, youth, women and forestry. She is responsible for all project financial and administrative duties in CNVP Kosovo.

Altin Kaba

Financial Administrator Albania, Tirana Office
Altin is responsible for the management and reporting of projects in CNVP Albania, including all financial and administration processes. He has worked as an administrator for World Bank, Sida and EU projects.

Rozi Beqiri

Financial Administrator Support Albania, Tirana Office
Rozi’s experience covers finance, human resources and administration in the development and civil society sectors, working with different donors. Her good communication skills and positive attitude are used to support the Financial Administrator in CNVP Albania.

Elena Acevska

Business Development, Social Media and PR Consultant Macedonia, Skopje Office
Elena graduated as a Forestry Engineer from Skopje University's Department of Landscaping and Environmental Improvement. She has work experience in environmental protection, as well as drafting laws and regulations governing the environment. She has also written articles and contributed columns for web portals. She is supporting CNVP's business development, social media and public relations activities.

Kristina Buzharoska

Project coordinator CCCC Macedonia, Skopje Office
Kristina has professional experience of sustainable forest management, illegal logging, climate change and rural development. Her skills include networking, organisational strengthening, promotion of CSOs, research and project management. Currently, she will be the CNVP coordinator for the EU-funded project Communities Communicating Climate Change (CCCC)

Associate Experts

Genc Pasko

Associate Expert
Genc graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Tirana University, and is currently a PhD candidate in Marketing and Tourism. Having spent 10 years in Albanian public institutions and development agencies, he joined the civil society sector in 1988, helping to build the capacity of NGOs and public institutions. Genc has worked for multiple international donors in the Western Balkans and East Timor

Almira Xhembulla

Associate Expert
Almira covers gender issues and support for local producer groups in forestry, encouraging improved participation and representation. She has experience of promoting lobbying and advocacy campaigns for CSOs to improve the policy environment for sustainable and decentralized NRM. She has experience of supporting local producer groups, especially those run by women.

Andrian Vaso

Associate Expert
Andrian is a specialist in integrated coastal zone management (ICZM), as well as environmental education, conservation, bio-diversity, climate change, integrated solid waste management, and related systems. He has experience in Albania on national environmental policies and legislation, as well as the EU environmental acquis. Andrian is certified as International Lead Auditor for Quality and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 9001, ISO...

Anke Stock

Associate Expert
Anke is a specialist in gender mainstreaming, sustainable development, environmental projects/policies, human rights and public participation. A lawyer, she has worked at Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), an NGO network that focuses on integrating gender issues into environmentally sound and sustainable development.

Aysegul Cil

Associate Expert
Aysegul works on urban issues, sustainable NRM, environment, nature and landscape planning, local bio-diversity action plans, sustainable tourism, and integrated coastal zone management in SEE countries and Turkey. She is a member of IUCN-CEC, and currently works as an Associate Researcher at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Angel Pesevski

Associate Expert
Angel works on donor projects to support the public sector, private companies and NGOs in institutional development and business diagnostics. He offers a practical, problem-solving approach with excellent inter-personal and communication skills. He is self-motivated, and can take priority decisions with which to meet operational deadlines.

Aleksandar Maksimovic

Associate Expert
Aleksandar has experience of managing environmental programmes at international level, working on environmental and nature protection programmes/projects in the IPA region. He is experienced in EU development aid instruments, as well as EU procurement and visibility procedures (PRAG, Visibility and Communication Guidelines, PPCM etc.).

Arend Jan van Bodegom

Associate Expert
Arend covers climate change and NRM, working in agricultural, forested and natural landscapes. He works at the Centre for Development Innovation (Wageningen University and Research). He was facilitator of the REDD+ platform, and is an active member of the Dutch energy institute ECN, the Dutch water institute Deltares and Wageningen UR.

Bistra Mihaylova

Associate Expert
Bistra covers water management and environmental issues. She works for Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) working in the Balkans on issues related to water ecology, drinking water and waste water treatment. Her experience covers water and sanitation safety plans, constructed wetlands, ecological sanitation and product chemicals.

Daniel Bogner

Associate Expert
Daniel has experience in environmental management, with particular focus on biodiversity and nature conservation in EU Member States and accession countries. His is a specialist in grassland ecosystems, nature conservation and biodiversity, as well as nature protection policies and plans. He has taught universities in Germany and Austria.

Elvin Toromani

Associate Expert
Elvin has more than 20 years’ experience of forest mensuration, forest biomass estimation, GHG estimation, dendro-climatology and web program design. He has assessed the socio-economic and bio-physical aspects of land degradation, as well as the key drivers and causes of poor land use and soil erosion in forest lands at watershed level. He has evaluated the environment impact of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline in Albania, as well as analysed value...

Franc Ferlin

Associate Expert
Franc has worked extensively on: forest policy; legislation and strategic planning; harmonisation of EU forestry and nature legislation; forestry organisation and institutions; public forestry administration and management; forestry extension service delivery; private forest owners’ associations and advocacy.

Ivica Sivrić

Associate Expert
Ivica has worked in the private sector in agriculture production, fish farming and mushrooms, as well as fruit and grape nursery, working for international organisations in Bosnia Herzegovina. He is the Head of the Centre for Rural Development and Agriculture (CRRP) within the Regional Economic Development Agency Hercegovina (REDAH), Mostar.

Iliriana Miftari

Associate Expert
Iliriana is an agriculture economist who has worked as a research expert for Kosovo’s Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Rural Development. Her interests cover multi-functional agriculture to achieve social, environmental and economic sustainability at farm and regional level. She currently works in the Department of Agriculture Economics, University of Pristina.

Levent Koro

Associate Expert
Levent works for main donors building capacity for central government institutions related to employment generation, private sector development and labour markets. He has been involved in: drafting project, programme and policy documents; preparing and implementing M&E frameworks; and conducting the final evaluations of projects/programmes.

Marianne Meijboom

Associate Expert
Marianne has significant experience of natural resource management, non-wood forest products, value chain development and farmer-led research. Since 2011, she has supported CNVP Albania. She is based in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Mihail Kochubovski

Associate Expert
Mihail is Head of Environmental Health at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia. His experience covers: manpower and budgetary issues in preventative health programmes; the impact of climate change on human health; management of solid/water waste; and disaster preparedness and responses.

Julije Domac

Associate Expert
Julije has been Managing Director of North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency since 2008, and President of the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment since 2013. He has worked as the national biomass programme coordinator in Croatia, and for FAO, UNIDO and the European Commission.

Melike Hemmami

Associate Expert
Melike works on participatory planning processes related to NRM, rural development and the delicate balance between agriculture and biodiversity conservation. She has extensive experience of EU legislation e.g. CAP, Water Framework Directive and Natura 2000. She is involved in participatory action research to solve problems through reflective processes.

Matthew Brown

Associate Expert
Matthew covers agricultural extension, advisory and consultancy services for farmers, crop production/agronomy, and capacity/institution building. He has worked in transition and post-conflict countries in Eastern/Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Balkans where he has managed complex, inter-disciplinary programmes.

Rutger Kuiper

Associate Expert
Rutger is a rural engineer who specialises in land and water use, including irrigation, drainage, multi-purpose land consolidation and geodesy. He has worked in the private and public sectors in the Netherlands, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans, particularly in Kosovo.

Samir Lemes

Associate Expert
Samir is an associate professor at the University of Zenica, Bosnia Herzegovina. He leads an activist environmental NGO, Eco forum Zenica. This aims to overcome major local air/soil/water pollution, improve access to justice in environmental issues by implementing the Aarhus Convention, and encourage public participation in decision-making.

Sophia Davidova

Associate Expert
Sophia is Professor of European Agricultural Policy at the University of Kent, and Honorary Director of the Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS). Her experience covers research, teaching and consultancy, particularly related to the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and sustainable rural development.

Thimaq Lako

Associate Expert
Thimaq has over 40 years’ experience of the sustainable management of natural resources in Albania. He has implemented environmental projects related to forestry, pastures, protected areas, biodiversity conservation, climate change, agro-forestry and sustainable development. His project experience has covered: rapid and participatory rural appraisal methods; on-farm demonstration plots for improved agro-forestry practices; community-based...

Vasko Hadzievski

Associate Expert
Vasko is general secretary of the Association of Agricultural Economists of Macedonia. He works with farmers, associations/cooperatives, government and scientific institutions. His skills include agricultural policy analysis, biodiversity, PCM, competitiveness, survey design and implementation, and project evaluation.

Zef Gjeta

Associate Expert
Zef has been a member of ministry working groups to prepare strategic documents for agriculture development, including strengthening farmers’ capacities to become more market-oriented. A marketing and extension specialist at MADA, he supported SME development in mountain areas of Albania. He has supported the establishment of wholesale markets, as well as designed marketing surveys for selected agriculture commodities.

Supervisory Board

Arno Willems

Supervisory Board member
Arno has thirty years’ experience in forestry and regional development, mainly in Europe and Western-Africa. He has worked for private companies and governmental organizations, and was a consultant for the World Bank, SNV and the Dutch Labour Union. He is currently Steward of Het Loo Royal Estate, The Netherlands.

Aurel Jupe

Supervisory Board member
Aurel graduated as a Medical Doctor and has a Master degree in Business Administration. His career has involved management responsibility within international government, non-government and corporate business organisations, where he has managed people and programmes while overseeing budgets and resources to achieve bottom-line results.

Maarten Bremer

Chair of Supervisory Board
Maarten has over twenty years’ senior management experience. He graduated in Human Resources Development and has a special interest in (international) change management and leadership development. He worked as regional director at SNV Balkans from 2003-6. He is currently Dean at Avans Hogeschool, The Netherlands.

Thijs van Buuren

Supervisory Board member
Thijs has over 25 years’ experience of financial management with special interests in internal auditing, risk management and governance. He has graduated as Controller for the Public Sector. He has worked for several internal NGOs, including SNV. He is currently Controller at Medécins sans Fontières, The Netherlands.