Liza Gashi is the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Diaspora in Kosovo. Ms. Gashi is an executive leader,
innovator, social entrepreneur, and policy analyst with
experience in migration and diasporas, public and
digital diplomacy, civic engagement and advocacy.
Ms. Gashi is the founder and former executive director
of GERMIN, a leading regional nonprofit specializing in
engaging diaspora communities in advancing the
development and democratization of their home
countries in Western Balkans. Ms. Gashi and GERMIN
has been at the forefront of shaping the public
discourse on diaspora matters and has advocated on
the advancement of the country’s policies, legislation
and institutional approaches on diaspora engagement.
Ms. Gashi has founded KosovoDiaspora.org, a
crowdsourcing digital engagement and diplomacy
platform that has promoted Kosovo’s statehood
internationally. She has also founded and previously led
the UWC Kosova, an education movement that helped
place talented and youth leaders of Kosovo into world
leading education institutions that are part of the United
World Colleges network.
Ms. Gashi’s policy and research experience in
international development, innovation, foreign policy,
and migration matters spans across international and
local organizations, including the United Nations
Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs
(UNDPA), the International Organization for Migration
(IOM), the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein
Sieg, and IREX.
Ms. Gashi is fluent in Albanian, English and Spanish.
She has completed a Master of Public Administration
(MPA) at Arizona State University and holds a
bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College (IA) in
International Relations, Political Science, and Spanish
Language and Literature. She is also a proud alumna of
United World College in Costa Rica and the National
University of Córdoba in Argentina.