Dr. Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu is the current President of the Republic of Kosovo.
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.
Discussant: Anna Di Lellio, Adjunct Professor, NYU Program in International Relations
Chair: Lara J. Nettelfield, Clinical Professor and Program Director, NYU Program in International Relations