Ms Gashi was born on 20 July 1993, in Dobrajë e Madhe - Lipjan, Kosovo*. She holds BA in Economics from the University of Pristina "Hasan Prishtina". Currently, she is doing an MBA program at the University of Staffordshire.
Ms Gashi has been actively engaged in youth sector in Kosovo for more than four years through her work in several civil society organizations.
From 2015 until 2017 she was Director of Kosovo Youth Centers' Network (KYCN), which is an umbrella organization of 21 Youth Centers from Kosovo. From 2015 until 2016 she was the civil society representative from Kosovo in the Working Group during the establishment of RYCO.
Ms Čule is a highly motivated marketing professional with demonstrated experience in content writing, brand development and communications. Her technical academic background is economics and finance with focus on market outreach at the intersection of trade, policy and law.
Prior to joining RYCO in 2022, she has served at the Ministry of Finance of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a finance intern, after which she continued pursuing career in private sector by working as junior finance specialist.
Ms Čule holds a Master's degree in Finance from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Zagreb and a Bachelor's degree in Management from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Mostar.
Her academic records also include an exchange program at the Universita di Bologna in Italy, Faculty of Economics department of International Management and the two-month internship at the Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Aside from her great academic achievements, she has been awarded with Bronze medal at the State Championship of BiH in competitive Ballroom dancing. Sandra speaks fluent English and has a very good understanding of Italian, Spanish and French languages.
Alba Brojka believes that change is possible when people are empowered, a conviction she held throughout her work in the civil society in Albania and in her current affiliation as Head of Local Branch Office in Albania. She is a political scientist and in the past year she served as an adviser to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs through the LEAD Albania fellowship. Alba Brojka has also served as Special Representative on Youth and Security for the Albanian (2020) and the Slovak (2019) Chairmanships of the OSCE.
Alba has gained a vast experience in democracy support by working as a Western Balkans consultant with numerous national and international organizations such as the OSCE, ODIHR, European Endowment for Democracy, National Democratic Institute Albania, Regional Youth Cooperation Office etc. She has volunteered and contributed to different civic and youth initiatives in the local and regional level, while also contributing as guest lecturer and member of panels on different topics related to European integration, youth and gender mainstreaming and security issues.
Alba has a high interest in developing her professional capacities and in learning new languages. She has attended trainings on leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School and project management from the World Federation of the UN Associations. Alba has excellent command of English and French, and has so far invested in learning Arabic, Serbian and Russian. Mrs. Brojka holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy of the EU from the post-graduate institute College of Europe. Alba has graduated in political science from the University of New York Tirana and in law from the University of Tirana.
Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) is an independently functioning institutional mechanism, founded by the Western Balkans 6 participants (WB 6): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, aiming to promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation between the youth in the region through youth exchange programs.