Mimoza Kusari Lila
Member of Parliament/Party President, Alternativa
Mimoza is a Member of Parliament in Kosovo, serving as the chairwoman of the Green Caucus Group. She broke off from the New Kosovo Alliance in 2017 with a group of other politicians to create the Alternativa party, a liberal democratic party focused on qualitative education, employment and self-employment as their immediate agenda. She was previously the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo and Minister of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Mayor of Gjakova, becoming the first female mayor in Kosovo’s history.
During the Kosovo war, Mimoza was a refugee in Macedonia and used her time there to report on the refugee situation for NPR. She was also involved with Doctors Without Borders and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and later worked for the World Bank and USAID to support Kosovar businesses.
Mimoza graduated from the University of Prishtina with a degree in Management and Information Systems and completed her Masters’ Degree at the University of Colorado and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
She was selected as a Fellow for the 2019-2020 VV Engage Cohort.