Strategy Adviser, UNICEF and Ministry of European Integration (Kosovo)
European Stability Initiative
Verena Knaus returned to Prishtina in early 2008 to head ESI's research and outreach efforts in the Balkans. Prior to that, she managed ESI’s Turkey project based in Istanbul, covering Turkey’s Europeanisation process, the role of Islam, the Kurdish question and the position of women. From 2001 to 2004, she led the Lessons Learned and Analysis Unit within the UN Administration in Kosovo. As an independent insider, she provided hands-on policy advice on Kosovo's economic development prospects, privatization, inter-ethnic relations and migration policies. As a co-founder of ESI, she has helped to turn it from a network of Balkan enthusiasts into a widely respected think tank operating across South-East Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Bologna. Verena is also a World Fellow of Yale University and co-author of the first guidebook dedicated to Kosovo.