Meet The Team

Our team of diversely skilled professionals continually push themselves to learn and evolve. Bringing the knowledge and best practices on the road to successful implementation of our project.

Norbert Pijls Project Director
tel: +383 38 517 715 ext: 101
Norbert Pijls Project Director

Norbert Pijls is Project Director of the DEMOS Project.

Norbert has almost 20 years of working experience in strengthening local governance and decentralization processes in countries in South East and Eastern Europe of which 10 years in Kosovo. He worked for international organizations such as VNG International (the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities) and the Kosovo mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Since January 2010, he has been working for Helvetas as manager of the LOGOS program and the DEMOS program in Kosovo. Norbert has extensive experience in designing and implementing project interventions in the field of local governance. He has worked with a variety of international development partners like SDC, EU, Matra and SIDA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Leiden, and a Master’s Degree in International Comparative Public Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Norbert speaks Dutch, English, German and Albanian, is an enthusiastic music lover and grows a lot of his own food.

Ertan Munoglu Project Manager
tel: +383 517 715 ext: 102
Ertan Munoglu Project Manager

Ertan Munoglu is working with Helvetas since 2014.

Currently he is the manager of the DEMOS project. Ertan has over 15 years of experience in development cooperation programmes with various international organisations such as the European Commission, GIZ, UNDP, etc. His experience includes work with local governance, public administration reform and civil society development in the context of the European integration. Ertan is a political scientist, holding a master’s degree on European politics from the University of Sussex, UK.

Majlinda Jupolli Deputy Project Manager
tel: +383 51 77 15 ext: 110
Majlinda Jupolli Deputy Project Manager

Majlinda Jupolli joined Helvetas in 2012.

Currently she works as Deputy Project Manager for the DEMOS Project. Majlinda has more than 10 years of experience in development cooperation programmes with a thematic expertise on local governance and decentralization, municipal finance, local service delivery, transparency and accountability. Majlinda holds a master degree on International Environmental Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and a bachelor degree in Finance and Accounting from the Univerisity of Prishtina.

Merita Barileva Senior Intervention Manager
tel: +383 51 77 15 ext: 113
Merita Barileva Senior Intervention Manager

Merita Barileva works as Senior Intervention Manager for the DEMOS Project.

Merita has more than 20 years of experience in development in Kosovo. She initially worked for many international organizations, such as OXFAM GB for more than 5 years, than she continued working for local organizations such as Organization for Development Actions (ODA), Advocacy, Training and Research Center ATRC.

All her experience is related to support public institutions to improve governance thus in this dimension her experience is more in working with local level to increase transparency, participation of citizens in decision making process, accountability etc.

Merita has joined Helvetas in 2006, engaged initially as national project officer. She holds a Master degree on “local development and civil society” from Prishtina University the department of Political Science.

Visar Sutaj Senior Intervention Manager
tel: +383 51 77 15 ext: 112
Visar Sutaj Senior Intervention Manager

Visar Sutaj works as Senior Intervention Manager for the DEMOS Project.

Visar has more than 10 years of experience in development in Kosovo. He initially worked for many international organizations, such as the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and East-West Management Institute (EWMI). Before joining Helvetas in February 2018, Visar has worked for local NGOs as well, in projects related to local governance and public administration reform. In addition, Visar has extensive experience in working with municipal and central institutions as a consultant. In 2017, he was engaged by DEMOs as an External Consultant to provide technical & professional support to the Ministry of Local Government Administration (MLGA). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree on Economics, Legal Studies, International Relations and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), and a Master’s Degree on Service Management from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Recently, Visar has completed a Master’s Degree on Finance Law from the University of Prishtina (UP).

Ilire Daija Buza Senior Intervention Manager
tel: +383 51 77 15 ext: 109
Ilire Daija Buza Senior Intervention Manager

Ilire Daija Buza works as Senior Intervention Manager for the DEMOS project.

Ilire has more than 15 years of experience in the field of good governance, public financial management in Kosovo. She has extensive experience with the public sector. She assisted in the development of the National Audit Office through different funding projects for more than 10 years. She contributed on the increase of transparency and effectiveness, improvement of internal controls and analysis tools, project management and development of relations with different stakeholders. Prior to this, her work experience is built on a background in operational duties and oversight of donor funds. She holds a Master’s degree on Business Administration (MBA) from Sheffield University, UK and a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Economy, Management and Informatics, Prishtina, Kosovo.