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Albana Bylykbashi

Second Secretary at the Consulate General in New York

What do you do, where are you based?

I am a diplomat of the Republic of Kosovo at the Consulate General in New York, in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. While studying and living in Australia for a while, my dream was always to come back and offer my support, to the best ability, to my country. Being a career diplomat, and represent your country abroad it's one of the greatest honors one could have. I have always had an interest in politics; with focus in foreign affairs, public diplomacy, and economic issues Kosovo faces while working to make a difference. Having friendly relationship with the United States of America, our presence here through the General Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo will enable us to drive our mission forward and achieve our goals.

What is the most you like about the job you do?

Having worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo at the Department of Bilateral Relations and International Organizations since its establishment, I have always enjoyed the work, and have been proud of being able to support my country. More ever, I enjoy being involved with and at the UN Security Council meetings, General Assembly, and other important development projects and challenges. Being able to support them, and make a difference in the world it is one of the most rewarding accomplishments.
It is very empowering for me, knowing that my responsibilities as a diplomat are toward my home country, and Kosovo citizens who live and work in the United States.

What is the best thing about the city you live in?

New York is one the most fascinating cities of all times in my book, and home to the tallest skyscrapers. No matter when people talk about skylines, I bet midtown Manhattan- home to cloud-piercing spires of the Empire State and Chrysler Building's is what they're imaging. These and other noteworthy structures like Woolworth Building and the Twin Towers (whose absence is being filled by the rising One Trade Center) cemented Manhattan's skyscraper supremacy throughout the 20th century. Being one of the most culturally diverse metropolitan cities in the world, you can see lots of performing arts, attend world-class music, and other events. One such event was the screening of the short movie "SHOK", nominated for an OSCAR, at the MOMA theater. It was a privilege and honor to have participated in organizing the screening of this movie by the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Washington DC and the Consulate General of the Republic of Kosovo in New York, which coincidence has been with the celebration of 8th anniversary of the Independent day of the Republic of Kosovo. Also, let us not forget about the famous song “New York, New York”, by Frank Sinatra.