Ilir Deda has over a decade experience of work in national and international public and non-governmental institutions. His work has influenced decision making and policy development both at national and international level regarding Kosovo. He has extensive knowledge of national, regional and international affairs, governance, security and institution-building. Deda Member of Parliament of Kosovo, Member of Committee for European Integration; (from the center-left opposition Movement for Self-Determination/Vetevendosje); and is a guest Lecturer at the ISPE College in Pristina, teaching on Governance and EU. Ilir Deda has the been Executive Director of Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED). He has also served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Political Advisor to President Atifete Jahjaga. Prior to joining the Office of the President, Deda was one of the co-founders of the FER party, which joined Vetevendosje Movement at the end of March 2011. Deda was with KIPRED since 2008, first as the Research Director, and afterwards as the Executive Director. He has worked as a policy specialist for UNDP HQ in New York; researcher at the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School; researcher at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy; was a political advisor to the first Kosovo Prime Minister (Bajram Rexhepi ); and was an Analyst for the International Crisis Group in Kosovo. He is also the author of 2008/09/10 Kosovo reports of Freedom Houses’ Nations in Transit annual publications. Ilir Deda has a Master of Arts from The New School University (New York City) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He has also published over a dozen papers both in Kosovo and abroad.