IISG Secretariat

Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) Secretariat

Agron Sojati, Head of IISG Secretariat

Mr. Sojati is an experienced security expert, with more than three decades of experience in leading different professional structures from military to law enforcement and with more than seven years at Southeast European Initiative for Combating Trans Border Crime in Bucharest, Romania, as Albania`s representative in SELEC Regional Center. His experience also includes 2 years of experience as member of European Atlantic Advisory Team for creating the Fusion Center for Law Enforcement Cooperation in GUAM (Moldova, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Georgia), chairing the Regional Working Group for SEE in adopting and approving the SEE Police Convention, under the Austrian EU Presidency, 2006. “hot pursuit”, “control delivery” and “common operations”, were among the articles in the Convention. Furthermore, Mr. Sojati was Vice Chair of Joint Cooperation Committee at SELEC Regional Center, 2005 – 2006, thus creating new units such as Counter Terrorism (CT) Unit and CVE Center.

His experience extends to providing contribution to the Regional Network of National Focal Points for P/CVE, contributing as member of the Prime Minister Cabinet on Security issues and leading the CT and P/CVE agendas, being member of National Committee on Anti-Corruption and representing Albania in various organizations such as: Commissions, Task Forces, Regional Organizations, meetings of the international organizations, etc.

Mr. Sojati graduated from The National FBI Academy and is a holder of Diploma on Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in International and European Security from the European Institute of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Agron Sojati, Head of IISG Secretariat

Mr. Sojati is an experienced security expert, with more than three decades of experience in leading different professional structures from military to law enforcement and with more than seven years at Southeast European Initiative for Combating Trans Border Crime in Bucharest, Romania, as Albania`s representative in SELEC Regional Center. His experience also includes 2 years of experience as member of European Atlantic Advisory Team for creating the Fusion Center for Law Enforcement Cooperation in GUAM (Moldova, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Georgia), chairing the Regional Working Group for SEE in adopting and approving the SEE Police Convention, under the Austrian EU Presidency, 2006. “hot pursuit”, “control delivery” and “common operations”, were among the articles in the Convention. Furthermore, Mr. Sojati was Vice Chair of Joint Cooperation Committee at SELEC Regional Center, 2005 – 2006, thus creating new units such as Counter Terrorism (CT) Unit and CVE Center.

His experience extends to providing contribution to the Regional Network of National Focal Points for P/CVE, contributing as member of the Prime Minister Cabinet on Security issues and leading the CT and P/CVE agendas, being member of National Committee on Anti-Corruption and representing Albania in various organizations such as: Commissions, Task Forces, Regional Organizations, meetings of the international organizations, etc.

Mr. Sojati graduated from The National FBI Academy and is a holder of Diploma on Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in International and European Security from the European Institute of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Maja Pinjo Talevska, Senior expert/Deputy Head

Ms. Pinjo Talevska has over one-decade-old multi-faceted and progressively responsible professional experience within the international organizations, national administration, as well as within her last post as Senior Policy Analyst in the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). Within her professional work capacity, she has been responsible for leading and implementing serval processes, which brought out concrete results i.e.: (i) setting up South East Europe 2020 Strategy implementation mechanism, (ii) establishment of monitoring system for the strategy, which included development of database for collecting indicators from the National Statistical Offices, (iii) development of Small Grants facility instrument, (iv) establishment of regional donor mechanism, including development of donors assistance database, (v) establishment of mechanism for regional coordination with all regional sectoral organizations active in the WB, thus creating strong, strategic partnerships.  In addition to the profound political awareness of the EU and SEE and thorough understanding of EU policy processes and context, her experience has furthermore included solid analytical, strategic planning, programming/proposal drafting, coordination and reporting skills.

All processes included multiple-sector approach, among which security was also covered, as separate sector.

As part of the regular work activities, she has also been dealing with the development of Balkan Barometer (BB) Surveys, public and business measurement tool, conducted in WB6, where she has been the editor of this extensive documents and author of the Balkan Barometer COVID-19 special edition.

Ms. Pinjo Talevska holds Master Degree of EU institutions and policies from Law Faculty of Skopje, North Macedonia and Post Graduate certificate in the same area form the University of Birmingham, UK.

Maja Pinjo Talevska, Senior expert/Deputy Head

Ms. Pinjo Talevska has over one-decade-old multi-faceted and progressively responsible professional experience within the international organizations, national administration, as well as within her last post as Senior Policy Analyst in the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). Within her professional work capacity, she has been responsible for leading and implementing serval processes, which brought out concrete results i.e.: (i) setting up South East Europe 2020 Strategy implementation mechanism, (ii) establishment of monitoring system for the strategy, which included development of database for collecting indicators from the National Statistical Offices, (iii) development of Small Grants facility instrument, (iv) establishment of regional donor mechanism, including development of donors assistance database, (v) establishment of mechanism for regional coordination with all regional sectoral organizations active in the WB, thus creating strong, strategic partnerships.  In addition to the profound political awareness of the EU and SEE and thorough understanding of EU policy processes and context, her experience has furthermore included solid analytical, strategic planning, programming/proposal drafting, coordination and reporting skills.

All processes included multiple-sector approach, among which security was also covered, as separate sector.

As part of the regular work activities, she has also been dealing with the development of Balkan Barometer (BB) Surveys, public and business measurement tool, conducted in WB6, where she has been the editor of this extensive documents and author of the Balkan Barometer COVID-19 special edition.

Ms. Pinjo Talevska holds Master Degree of EU institutions and policies from Law Faculty of Skopje, North Macedonia and Post Graduate certificate in the same area form the University of Birmingham, UK.

Eros Andoni,  Subject Matter Expert IISG Secretariat

Mr. Andoni has over 15  years of experience working for international organizations and national administration, as well as his last post as a diplomat, grade 1st Secretary at the General Consulate of the Republic of Albania. Within  professional work capacity, he has been helping and assisting Albanian nationals, both individuals and bodies corporate, when they presented the request to Consular office offering them full assistance in accordance with Albanian Law, Italian Law and regulation and international Law. He has been representing or arranging appropriate representation for Albanian Nationals before the tribunals and other authorities in Italy, for the purpose of obtaining, in accordance with the Laws and regulations, provisional measures for the preservation of the rights and interests of these nationals, where, because of absence or any other reasons, they were unable at the proper time to assume defending of their rights and interests. He has more than 10 years of experience working for different UK Government Organizations such as UK Border Agency, Home Office and Immigration Service, Metropolitan Police “New Scotland Yard”, Essex Police, Hertfordshire Police Force, in different investigations and in cooperation with the Albanian authorities.

Mr. Andoni holds a diploma issued by Faculty of Political and Judicial Sciences, Philosophy Degree at University of Tirana in Albania.

Eros Andoni,  Subject Matter Expert IISG Secretariat

Mr. Andoni has over 15  years of experience working for international organizations and national administration, as well as his last post as a diplomat, grade 1st Secretary at the General Consulate of the Republic of Albania. Within  professional work capacity, he has been helping and assisting Albanian nationals, both individuals and bodies corporate, when they presented the request to Consular office offering them full assistance in accordance with Albanian Law, Italian Law and regulation and international Law. He has been representing or arranging appropriate representation for Albanian Nationals before the tribunals and other authorities in Italy, for the purpose of obtaining, in accordance with the Laws and regulations, provisional measures for the preservation of the rights and interests of these nationals, where, because of absence or any other reasons, they were unable at the proper time to assume defending of their rights and interests. He has more than 10 years of experience working for different UK Government Organizations such as UK Border Agency, Home Office and Immigration Service, Metropolitan Police “New Scotland Yard”, Essex Police, Hertfordshire Police Force, in different investigations and in cooperation with the Albanian authorities.

Mr. Andoni holds a diploma issued by Faculty of Political and Judicial Sciences, Philosophy Degree at University of Tirana in Albania.

Ibrahim Begić, IISG Secretariat Assistant

Mr. Ibrahim Begić holds an M.A. in European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe, from the University of Bologna and the University of Sarajevo. He graduated with Honors from the State University of New York in Legal Studies, and from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Comparative and International Law.

After his studies, he worked for various NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region on human rights issues, reconciliation, peacebuilding, and youth participation. He was an active participant in many regional projects regarding education, cultural and cross border cooperation in the Western Balkans. Prior to IISG Secretariat, he worked as project assistant for Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) in Tirana, Albania on EU funded project “Enhancing youth cooperation and youth exchanges in the Western Balkans 6.” He worked as a legal officer for four years in consulting and finance firms in Sarajevo, BiH. Mr. Begić is an alumnus of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation from New York, holds a certificate in Raphael Lemkin Seminars for National Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

He is fluent in English and an independent French and Spanish user.

Ibrahim Begić, IISG Secretariat Assistant

Mr. Ibrahim Begić holds an M.A. in European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe, from the University of Bologna and the University of Sarajevo. He graduated with Honors from the State University of New York in Legal Studies, and from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Comparative and International Law.

After his studies, he worked for various NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region on human rights issues, reconciliation, peacebuilding, and youth participation. He was an active participant in many regional projects regarding education, cultural and cross border cooperation in the Western Balkans. Prior to IISG Secretariat, he worked as project assistant for Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) in Tirana, Albania on EU funded project “Enhancing youth cooperation and youth exchanges in the Western Balkans 6.” He worked as a legal officer for four years in consulting and finance firms in Sarajevo, BiH. Mr. Begić is an alumnus of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation from New York, holds a certificate in Raphael Lemkin Seminars for National Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

He is fluent in English and an independent French and Spanish user.