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Petrit Selimi

Petrit Selimi

Petrit SELIMI is Kosovo's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has been appointed in 2011 as one of the youngest members of the cabinet. In the government of Kosovo he was also Coordinator for the implementation of regional cooperation agreement between former foes Kosovo and Serbia as well as member of the State Commission on Religious Freedoms.

At the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Selimi's portfolio included establishment of public and digital diplomacy initiatives, supporting both lobbying efforts for Kosovo recognition in multilateral organizations as well as promoting internal reconciliation. He founded Interfaith Kosovo Initiative which was highlighted in several consecutive reports by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as positive contributions to fostering dialogue between faiths in Kosovo. US State Department also highlighted Selimi's initiative Interfaith Kosovo in its global annual report on Religious Freedoms.

In the field of Digital Diplomacy, Selimi initiated several innovative programs such as Wikipedia trainings, recognition of Kosovo by social networks, Instagram competitions and was in 2013 selected as Team Leader of the Year in Digital Diplomacy in an annual global survey by Turkish magazine New Diplomacy. Selimi also was one of the initiators of setting of the Jewish Memorial monument at the garden of Kosovo parliament and is active in supporting civic dialogue in Kosovo. On issues of religious extremism, interfaith dialogue, public and digital diplomacy, Selimi lectured at Yale, Harvard, NYU, George Washington University, John Hopkins University, Georgetown, etc.

Petrit Selimi studies in University of Oslo and London School of Economics, he speaks native level Albanian, English, Norwegian and Serbian. He is married and has one child.

Before joining politics, Selimi has previously worked as a PR consultant for major western firms including Reiffeisen Investment, NASDAQ-listed Telenor ASA and was a co-founder of daily Express newspaper. He has also been a civil society activist and a member of the Boards of Directors of George Soros Foundation in Kosovo and Balkan Children and Youth Foundation set up by President Ahtisaari. He was also one of the founders of the first ever youth NGO's in Kosovo in 1993.

In 2014, Selimi was ordained as a Knight Commander of Royal order of Francis I, bestowed by Cardinal Martino of Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, for Selimi's role in promoting interfaith dialogue and tolerance.

You can follow him on Twitter at @petrit
 

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