June 21, 2024
News/Events The Secretariat Unstoppable Conference

Meet #Unstoppable Faces


Policymakers, representatives of Regional and International Organisations, Civil Society, Education, Academia, Media, Entrepreneurs, Businesses, and Innovators from the Western Balkans, V4 Group, European Union, Switzerland and Japan will be all gathered in Tirana in the landmark Unstoppable Conference.

Lasting 4 days, Unstoppable, organised by the Western Balkans Fund in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the International Visegrad Fund, unites 60 confirmed speakers and moderators.

To the conference will be added more than 100 participants, selected from hundreds of applications during a Call for Participants open from December 2022 to January 2023.

The list is yet subject to further enrichment.



#Unstoppable Speakers and Moderators



Olta Xhaçka
  Minister of Foreign Affairs and Europe | Republic of Albania

Liza Gashi  Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora | Republic of Kosovo*

Fatmire Isaki Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs | Republic of North Macedonia

Maja Wawrzyk Deputy Executive Director of the International Visegrad Fund

Takada Mitsuyuki Ambassador of Japan to Albania

Morikawa Hiroto Embassy of Japan to Albania

Christiane Hohmann Ambassador of EU Delegation to Albania

Ruth Huber Ambassador of Swiss Confederation to Albania

Edita Tahiri Former Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo

Adam Lovassy Hungarian Embassy to Albania

Gavan Patrick Gray  Professor at Tsuda University, College of Policy Studies

Petrit Selimi Millenium Foundation

Magda Jakubowska  Vice President of the Board at Res Publica & Visegrad Insight

Aida Corovic Activist

Blendi Salaj  Executive Producer / Presenter at Top Channel TV and Top Albania Radio

Violeta Jovanovic  Executive Director at NALED

Maja Raicevic  Executive Director at Women’s Rights Center 

Marta Lempart  Women’s right activist and the founder of the All-Poland Women’s Strike 

Ewelina Stacherzak  International Visegrad Fund

Jelena Marković  Founder of the “Smart Change” blog, psychological counsellor and coach 

Michael Frassine  Founder and CEO at Conceptual Plus and Art Cover Club | CEO at Castellino Home | Head of Branding and Self Marketing at LABA University

Elizabeta Imeraj  Former Prosecutor at Serious Crimes Prosecution Office | Lecturer 

Belma Alispahic  Biotech | Innovation | Business Development | Bioprocessing | AI | Start Up | Biomanufacturing | Bioprocessing | Leader | Mentor | Entrepreneur

Filip Vulović  Program Assistant at Civil Rights Defenders

Ognen Janeski   CoE and EU’s No Hate Speech Ambassador for Western Balkans / Editor-at-Large and TV-Host / International Media and Communications Expert 

Katarina Popovic   Alumni of Japan Aviation School

Domenika Vondrackova   Youth Speak Up

Tanja Tomich  Lead Project Coordinator at Municipal Services Improvement Project and Public Sector Energy Efficiency Project

Rafaela Rica  Founder of Iceberg Communication

Maja Aleksic  Investment Data Analyst, BlackRock, Belgrade

Zorana Antonijevic  Independent researcher, gender expert and feminist activist

Ramadan Ilazi, PhD  Head of Research at the Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS)

Azem Kurtić  Multimedia journalist/producer with 10 years of experience in local, state and international media and organisations.

Rudina Collaku  Women Center for Development and Culture

Sofija Todorović  Programme Director, YIHR

Marko Mihajlovic Human Rights Activist

Ania Sauku  Albanian Youth Delegate to the United Nations

Ferid Murseli  Institute D4D

Dimitrije Jovićević  Policy team coordinator / CONNECT International

Jovanka Visekruna-Jankovic Artlink

Amra Smriko Women’s Block

Alba Çela AIIS

Sanja Lazic  Thomson Foundation | Community building and crowdfunding for nonprofit and media organisations

Monika Kociova Center for International Enterprise

Selma Lalic Associate at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Law firm

Nikola Stjepanovic Youth Communication Center

Klodian Seferaj Open Society

Evisi Kopliku Regional Cooperation Council

Michele Ribota UN Women

Denis Piplas RYCO Deputy Secretary General

Alba Brojka Ryco

Ivona Gvozdenovic Vlade Divac Foundation

Jelena Markovic Smart Change

Dafina Beqiri Senior Programme Menager, Western Balkans Fund

Ksenija Vukmirovic Programme Menager, Western Balkans Fund

Fjordi Bisha WBF-EU Joint Action Manager

Uros Citakovic Western Balkans Fund Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Kaltrina Ajeti  Editor in chief at Radio Television of Kosovo Psychotherapist CEO in IKMK Teaching Assistant at University of Prishtina External Expert at Council of Europe office in Pristina

Valbona Dedja Western Balkans Fund Project Manager

Edlira Gjoni  Communications Professional Next Generation Leader at the McCain Institute for International Leadership

#Unstoppable Participants

Mersiha Jaskić CPCD/ Project Manager

Lavdi Zymberi OSCE Mission in Kosovo/ Local advisor to the President of the Assembly of Kosovo

Marko Vulević Faculty of Political Science (University of Montenegro)/ Student 

Marija Risteska CRPM/Executive director

Ljiljana Kolarski Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade/Institute for Political Studies in Belgrade/RESECO/ PhD student/Research trainee/Program Assistant

Evisi Kopliku Regional Cooperation Council/ Expert on Competitiveness

Daliborka Nikolic Udruzenje NOVA ZENA/ President of Association NOVA ZENA

Teuta Sahatqija CEO of Women in Tech Kosovo

Tatjana Premović Faculty of Economics (Universitiy of Montenegro)/ Student 

Bojana Angjelkovska Ministry of Finance/Central Financing and Contracting Department/ Senior Associate for European IPA funded projects 

Andjela Vukovic University of Belgrade/ Student of Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade, department Journalism and Communication

Jonida Mete “Dritë Shprese” NGO/ CEO 

Bojana Dujkovic Blagojevic The European Wergeland Centre and EuroClio HIP BiH/ Regional Project Coordinator for Western Balkans

Arita Suhodolli Balkan Investigative Reporting Network/ Project manager

Marija Premović Faculty political science (University of Montenegro)/ Student

Dobrina Damjanovska PODEM-Party of united democrats of Macedonia/ President of women’s organization

Dušica Jeleč Center for the Improvement of Society/ President and founder of the organization

Adena Vangjeli Center for Gender Justice in Albania/ Executive Director

Vladimir Kanostrevac Youth Council of Brčko distict of BiH / Youth worker

Veton Kastrati Values for Better Future / English Teacher

Ivana Radovanovic University of Montenegro/ PhD / Assistant Professor

Natasha Dokovska Spirovska Journalist for Human Rights/ Program Director

Aleksandra Mladenovic Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development/ President

Besarta Vladi Parliament of Albania / Director of Research & Analyses Service 

Mirela Biković Youth Resource Center Tuzla/ Social media manager, journalist and Program assistant at the Tuzla Youth Resource Center

Rita Zhubi Support Groups for Mental Health of Kosova/ CEO and Founder

Snežana Nikčević NGO 35mm/ National project coordinator

Kristina Ozimec PINA – Platform for investigative journalism and analysis / President of media organization PINA Skopje

Andrea Matijevic Institute for Political Studies, Belgrade, Serbia/ Junior Researcher

Hajdi Xhixha University For Business and Technology/ Vice-dean of Political Science Faculty

Azra Sose Primary school Bijelo Polje Potoci/ History and Geography teacher, professor of  English language and literature, Headmaster at Primary school”Bijelo Polje” Potoci, Mostar

Burbuqe Kastrati Lëvizja FOL/ Project Coordinator

Nikoleta Pavićević Institute Alternative/ Project Associate

Jasmina Trajcheva Organization of women of the municipality of Sveti Nikole/ Coordinator of executive office

Nebojsa Djeric European Youth Center Vojvodina/ Youth worker

Suela Kocibellinj Vizion OJG, civil society/ CEO

Dajana Cvjetković Centar za promociju civilnog društva/ Program Manager

Syna Osmanollaj PDK-Democratic Party of Kosovo/ Political activist

Mila Radulović Association of professional journalist of Montenegro/ General secretary 

Elena Petrovska Coalition Margins/ Senior Program Coordinator 

Tanja Pavić Impuls for women/ Freelencer 

Sara Cela Municipality of Tirana/ Senior Specialist 

Violeta Lemić APCU/ Targeting and Gender Officer 

Jeta Abazi Gashi University of Prishtina/ Lecturer

Maja Raicevic Sigurna Zenska Kuca/ Executive director

Gordana Nestorovska Association for social innovations and sustainable development RADAR/ President

Ivana Žanić Humanitarian Law Center/ Executive Director

Irena Myzeqari European University of Tirana/ Senior lecturer

Amra Smirko

Mimoza Gavrani Insituti10 and TV Program “Mimoza”/ Director

Maja Aleksic

Marija Karamucheva Uzunova Civil organisation” Step forward- Society for all” Valandovo/ President of civil organisation, Human resource manager, Inclusive Special education professional

Emila Spasojevic Commissioner for the Protection of Equality / Head of the Department for Normative Issues 

Xhesika Korra Institute of Romani Culture in Albania/ Program Manager

Nikola Stjepanovic

Albulena Nahi Ministry of Finance/ Expert of Financial Management 

Maja Cvetkovska Ministry of Interior / Head of Sector for IPA and community programs

Ana Stevanovic The Party of Freedom and Justice / International Secretary

Alba Gërdeci Epoka University/ Lecturer, Department of Law, Head of Rector`s Office, Head of International Relations Office

Remzie Shahini-Hoxhaj University of Prishtina / Prof. ass. dr. 

Mila Carovska Former Minister, now Freelance 

Blerina Gjerazi Aleksander Moisiu University, Durres / Lecturer

Snezana Mojsovska Salamovska University of St Kliment Ohridski Bitola , North Macedonia , Visiting Professor at Wroclaw University of Economics and Business,Poland / University professor 

Mila Mihajlović Feminist Advocate & Book Author, Young Diplomat / Gender equality advocate during UN Women’s active mandattee (HQ), UNICEF activist alumni, UNMIK activist alumni, Save the Children – Girl’s Reference Group Leader

Lidija Županić Šuica Edukacija za 21. vek/ Education for the 21. Century / president

Nataša Milojević FOSDI / Executive director 

Daniela Stojković Jovanović NGO WORLD AND DANUBE / Project manager

Simona Torotcoi Lecturer / CEU