Lushi Xhevat

CNVP Executive Board Member-Country Director, Kosovo , Pristina Office & Acting Director Skopje, North Macedonia
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 11 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 agri-businesses, rural diversification and the LEADER/LAG approach

Male Janaq

CNVP Executive Board Member- 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.

Petrovski Saso

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

Regional Project Developer, Skopje Office
Voislav works on sustainable forest management, inventory of forest eco-systems and bio-mass utilization, as well as rural development. Currently he is working as regional project developer, and he is responsible for regional project management. 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.

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.

Cule Albana

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.

Salkurti Hamit

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.

Omuri Isuf

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.

Aliaj Anila

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.

Rupa Mark

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.

Kurtaj Hajrush

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.

Ahmeti Ramaxhiku Sebiha

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.

Dinaj Ardita

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.

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.

Nuhodzic Ferlin Mensura

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.

Djukic Dragana

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.

Katica Naida

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).

Sokolovska Vasilka

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.

Brovina Cuperjani Arbnora

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.

Kaba Altin

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.

Buzharoska Kristina

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)

Acevska Elena

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.


Local coordinator in Resen
Svetlana graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, and her postgraduate studies are ongoing. During her studies, she worked as a demonstrator in the realization of activities within the Pedagogy Institute in Skopje. Svetlana is CNVP’s local coordinator for the current project NTFP for Prespa Economic Development. With her job, she enables easier communication and collaboration between the stakeholders of this project

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.

Jupe Aurel

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.

Bremer Maarten

Chair of Supervisory Board
Maarten has over 20 years of management and executive experience. He has been working in the field of the learning and development of people and organizations and has a special interest in change management and social innovation. He worked as regional director at SNV Balkans from 2003 – 2006. He is currently vice-president of ArtEZ University of the Arts

van Buuren Thijs

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.

Associate Experts


Associate Expert
Christoph has a Master’s degree in renewable energy and forestry, and is a specialist in the forestry/timber industry. Since 2010, he has lectured on ecology and renewable energy at the University of Applied Science in Carinthia, Austria. He has his own engineering company, and is experienced in the design, implementation and quality management of biomass district heating plants

Ballauri Elona

Associate Expert
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.

Beqiri Rozi

Associate Expert
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.

Bogner Daniel

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.

Brown Matthew

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.

Cil Aysegul

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.

Davidova Sophia

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.

Domac Julije

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.

Ferlin Franc

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.

Gjeta Zef

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.

Hemmami Melike

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.

Kaba Durim

Associate Expert
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.

Kampen Peter

Associate Expert
Peter has an extensive experience within forestry and environmental development often in combination with leadership and management, including project management. His specialisation is in sustainable forest management and multi-stakeholder engagement in forestry (a.o. community or family forestry). Expert areas of engagement are; forest associations and development, forest governance, land tenure, environmental services, forest biomass and renewable energy utilisation. Peter has more than 25 years of experience...

Kiš Alen

Associate Expert
Alen is a forest conservation and sustainable forest management expert who works at the Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina/Serbia. He focuses on protected areas and national ecological network design and governance with cross-sectorial linkages, particularly forestry and water management. He is familiar with GIS-based platforms for land use analysis and planning, as well as climate change adaptation in land use practice and policy development

Kola Haki

Associate Expert
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.

Koro Levent

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.

Lako Thimaq

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 carbon sequestration; and wetland ecosystems.

Lemes Samir

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.

Maksimovic Aleksandar

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.).

Meijboom Marianne

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.

Muçaj Pranvera

Associate Expert
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.

Pasko Genc

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

Pllaha Stavri

Associate Expert
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.


Associate Expert
Sandor started in agricultural administration in 2001 at the Ministry of Agriculture, building the capacity of the EU Paying Agency and achieving its EU accreditation, as well as working as a national expert in common market organisations and EU fund management of agricultural, rural development and LEADER measures. He has participated in several EU Twinning and FAO projects in the Balkan region.

Sivrić Ivica

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.

Toromani Elvin

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 chains for wood products in Balkan countries.

Vaso Andrian

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 14001), and holds the Albanian License on Environmental A

Xhembulla Almira

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.