Sep 2016 Project Management Update from Kosovo


Majlinda Kelmendi makes history; To the heart of the Balkans with National Geographic; Ski slopes in Brezovica

By Kushtrim Mehmetaj

International Correspondent

Prishtina, Kosovo

Majlinda Kelmendi makes history; first gold medal for Kosovo at Rio 2016        

Kosovo participated for the first time in an International Olympic Games Tournament at Rio 2016.

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Majlinda Kelmendi, 25-year-old, representing the Republic of Kosovo, won a gold medal by defeating Odette Giuffrida (Italy) in the final of women’s 52 kg event to add Games gold to the two world titles and three European crowns she’s won since 2013. She was already the golden girl of judo — now she has the medal to go with it. The world No. 1, who represented Albania four years ago, gave Kosovo its first medal since becoming a member of the International Olympic Committee two years ago. This is the first Olympics at which athletes can compete under the flag of Kosovo. “I’m so happy,” she told reporters.

“To be honest, I came here for the gold medal, but it’s crazy. I’m so happy for me, for my coach, for all my country. This is the first time that Kosovo is part of the Olympics, and for the first time, I think gold is huge. “It means a lot. People, especially kids in Kosovo, look to me as a hero. “I just proved to them that even after the war, even after we survived a war, if they want something they can have it. If they want to be Olympic champions, they can be — even if we come from a small country, a poor country.” Kosovo now ranks 54 (out of 78 listed) after Rio2016 in the List of Countries by Medals won.

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About the Author

Kushtrim Mehmetaj

International Correspondent
Prishtina, Kosovo


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Kushtrim S. Mehmetaj
, BS, MS (Strategic Management) is an International Correspondent for PM World Journal for Albania and Kosovo. Mr. Mehmetaj is also working at the M4D OG, Management and Development consulting business. Mr. Mehmetaj has more than 12 years of professional experience in international environments including a number of management, support and advisory positions for various EU, USAID, SCO-K and other internationally financed enterprise and economic development organizations and projects, including the Hope Fellowship Program, the Kosova Private Enterprise Program, and the Kosova Trust Agency.

Kushtrim has extensive knowledge & experience in enterprise change management, modern corporate governance, strategic management, project management, financial & investment analysis, and human resource development. He has experience in investment promotion and economic development, and good knowledge of European Affairs, Competition Law and EU Integration processes. He holds many certificates related to business research, international business, entrepreneurship, market development, corporate governance, strategic management and other subjects directly related to programme and project management.

Kushtrim holds masters and bachelors degrees from the University of Prishtina in Kosove and ABMS Switzerland. Kushtrim is fluent in several languages, including English and German, lives in Prishtina, and can be contacted at [email protected].

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