Our Team


Rifat Demalija (Executive Director)

Mr. Demalija, is one of the founders of the YFI since 2001. He has performed a variety of duties within the association, starting with volunteering, assisting and facilitating project activities, working as Project Coordinator. Recently, he oversees project implementations, develop fundraising and coordinate the team work. He serves as the Executive Director of the YFI since 2008. Rifat is a PhD Candidate in Political Science, (Doctoral profile: Democratization and Transition) at the European University of Tirana.
He is certified by Council of Europe as Trainer on Human Rights Education for Young People. He speaks English, French and Albanian.



Lavdrim Shehu, part of founders group of Youth in Free Initiative, received the University Diploma on year 2000 on Linguistics (English) from “Lugj Gurakuqi” University, Shkoder. In 2011 received the Masters Degree on Leadership and Career Management, at the Communication and Science Department of European University of Tirana presenting the thesis on “Generated characteristics of leaders in North East Albania”.
He has vast experience working for the civil society in Kukes Region. He currently is the Programme Coordinator of YFI.  


Doriana Gjuta joined the Youth in Free Initiative Organization in 2009 as a volunteer participating in the Internship Programme at the Municipality of Kukes. After that she has served as project assistant and project coordinator in different projects funded by UN Women, SOROS - Open Society Foundation for Albania, Olof Palme International Center, etc. Also she has represented YFI organization and contributed volunteering in different national and international activities in the field of Human Rights Education, Democracy and Gender Equality. She teaches Accounting and Principles of Marketing at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana, Kukes Branch. She has a degree in Finance, University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics and is currently finishing her postgraduate master studies in Public Administration, actually she is preparing her master thesis. 


Gazmend Dulla, is one of YFI the founder from 201. He is qualified in Business Administration. From 2010-2012 he attend postgraduate studies on “General Management” at the University of McGill, Canada. Apart from the experience on public sector Mr. Dulla has a long experience on the civil society field, where he continues to contribute for YFI organization as project coordinator and managing the financial part of the organization. In the past, he has been engaged with different international agencies such as UNDP, OSCE and CIVITAS on different roles, such as expert and proposal writing. Since 2008, because of personal engagements, he offers his contribution for YFI partly on distance assisting different projects and activities.    

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