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Krenar Gashi (born 1982) is a researcher from Kosovo, currently pursuing a PhD degree at the University of Ghent in Belgium. He is the Founding Director of the Institute for Development Policy (INDEP) – the most influential think tank in Kosovo that works closely with Kosovo’s Parliament in areas of economic development, democratisation, and European integration.
Gashi studied sociology (University of Pristina, 2004-2007) and earned an MA degree in media and communication (Kosovo Institute for Journalism and Communication, 2010). He completed academic programmes in democratic studies (New School, New York 2009) and in strategic leadership of NGOs (Harvard Kennedy School, 2011).
In 2013, he obtained an MA in European Politics (with distinction) from the University of Sussex, where he was also awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for outstanding academic achievements.
Gashi started his professional career as journalist in early 2000s. In 2007, he was awarded for the Best Written Story, while serving as Kosovo Editor for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN). In 2008 he was covering Kosovo for the Financial Times and also established Prishtina Insight, the only English-language newspaper in Kosovo that continues to be published on fortnightly basis.
In 2009, Gashi left journalism and engaged in policy research with KIPRED institute, Kosovo’s first think tank, initially as research director and later as the excutive director. Under Gashi’s leadership, KIPRED played an important role in shaping public policy in Kosovo, drafting an amending numerous laws and strategies, including Law on Local Self-Government (2009), Law on Freedom of Association (2009, 2010), Strategy for Inclusion of Kosovo’s North (2010), Law on Law on Public Broadcaster (2012) and Law on Electronic Communication (2012).
In 2011, Gashi established INDEP – a research institute and an advocacy centre that focuses on democratisation, European integration and sustainable socio-economic development. Working closely with the Kosovo Parliament, under Gashi’s leadership INDEP has provided independent inputs to more than 30 laws and strategies and has a great influence in development policies in Kosovo.
Gashi is author of numerous policy papers, while he continuously contributes to various international publications and academic and policy conferences. He writes Bertelsmann Transformation Index and Freedom House’s Nations in Transit reports for Kosovo and is an active member of Partnership for Peace Consortium of Think Tanks and Security Studies Institutes study groups, managed by the George Marshall Center.
A frequent media commentator on public policy and political affairs, Gashi has built a reputation of an opinion maker, and is regularly quoted by national and international outlets and broadcasters.
Gashi’s academic research interests include European Foreign Policy, Security and International Relations as well as Party Politics and Politics of Transition. He has recently started his PhD research on conceptualisation of EU’s foreign policy, under mentorship of Professor Jan Orbie at the Centre for EU Studies of the University of Ghent.