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 through Diaspora success stories.
She has also founded and previously led the United World Colleges (UWC) Kosova, an education movement that helped place talented and youth leaders of Kosovo into world-leading education institutions that are part of the UWC network.
Ms. Gashi’s policy and research experience in international development, migration matters, and foreign policy 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.
Mr.Gashi 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.