Dr. Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu was born on May 17, 1982 in Mitrovica, Republic of Kosovo. She finished elementary and high school in Mitrovica.

She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Prishtina, while she completed her Master and Doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, USA. She was elected a member of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo in five terms. In the last elections she was a candidate for President.

In previous terms, she chaired the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on European Integration and was the Deputy Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Reform.

On February 3, 2020, Vjosa Osmani was elected the first female Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo. On November 5, 2020, Vjosa Osmani became Acting President of the Republic of Kosovo, offices she held until March 22, 2021.

During 2006-2010, Vjosa Osmani served as Chief of Staff of President Sejdiu and Senior Advisor on Legal Affairs and International Relations. She has represented the President in the Commission for the drafting of the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo. She was a member of the representative team of the Republic of Kosovo in the case before the International Court of Justice regarding the declaration of the independence of Kosovo.

Since 2006 she has been lecturing at the Faculty of Law of the University of Prishtina, while she has also lectured at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA as a visiting professor. For several years she has also lectured at RIT – Kosovo (AUK), AAB – Riinvest College and has held thematic lectures at other universities in Europe and the USA.

She has been honored by the University of Pittsburgh with the Sheth International Award. She is a member of the Board of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and a member of the Steering Committee of the young Deputies of the World Bank and the IMF.

She speaks English, Turkish, Serbian, Croatian and communicates in Spanish. She is married to Prindon Sadriu and have two twin daughters, Anda Elisa Sadriu and Dua Tiara Sadriu. She lives in Prishtina.

On April 4th, she took office as President of the Republic of Kosovo.

  1. From Policy to Practice: Successful Models in the Role of Government in Diaspora Engagement.

Context: Diaspora engagement is non-competitive in that a diaspora that wants to help one country is unlikely to want to help another country. This non-competitive nature means our models of diaspora engagement can be shared much more extensively than we currently do so. This is a missed opportunity for diplomatic and development cooperation.

Response: This session will provide a space for different government representatives from around the world to showcase effective policies, programmes, or partnerships that they have developed in relation to diaspora engagement. Specific areas of action showcased will include consular services, cultural heritage, language preservation, policy development, and others engagement terrains identified by panellists. It will provide a collaborative exchange of best practices and lessons learnt in how to effectively design and deliver impactful diaspora engagement, specifically in relation to the role of government. The ideas and insights shared in the session will be collated into a Diaspora Engagement Action Sheet which will be circulated to all participants in the rapporteur sessions and in the conference report.