Panelists

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Michael Goldberg

is an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader whose teaching is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance. Goldberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. With support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Goldberg created a massive open online course (MOOC) called Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, which has attracted over 100,000 students from 190 countries and has been translated into 14 languages. Goldberg spoke about the impact of his MOOC at TEDxHeraklion in Crete (February 2015) and TEDxFulbright in Santa Monica (September 2015).

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Leonora Kusari

Leonora Kusari joined EBRD in March 2005. She is working as National Programme Manager at EBRD Small Business Support Team, responsible for delivery of SBS activities in Kosovo, including developing annual business plans and leading the local team to achieve them.
Previously, she worked for international companies such as: British American Tobacco, Nestle, Coca-Cola etc. as well as at local projects of international agencies. Leonora is graduated economist in Management and Informatics from University of Prishtina.

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Uranik Begu

Uranik is a highly experienced management and marketing executive, who currently is serving as an Executive Director at Innovation Center Kosovo (ICK). Prior to his work at ICK, Uranik has served as Head of Marketing and part of a management at Post Telecom Kosovo for four years.
Uranik is currently close to completion of his Doctorate degree in Management, at Swiss Management Center. He is also a renowned lecturer and has taught at several private universities, and the public university of Prizren. He also serves as a Board Member for the largest European Marketing Conference held in Zurich, the CMO Conference, also known as Davos of Marketing.
Uranik since six years ago is an active member of the Economic Development Council of Prishtina.

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Mergim Cahani

Mergim is the Founder & CEO of Gjirafa, Inc (www.gjirafa.com), the Albanian Search Engine. Gjirafa has recently raised $2.5M in angel and venture funding, with investors including Ester Dyson, Ondrej Bartos, Phillip Staehelin, and Rockaway Capital. An alum of StartupYard 2014, Gjirafa is working to bring state of the art e-commerce solutions to emerging markets in Kosovo, Albania, and the surrounding regions.