In january the ISF staff welcome the new (and first) Strategic Cooperation Director, Mr Kole Gjeloshaj.
The principal mission of Mr Gjeloshaj is to strenghten and enlarge the relation with member countries around the world while supporting the continental development of ISF, as discussed by the ISF Executive Committee. An other important aspect of the Kole's mission is to support the development and promotion of the Gymnasiade - School Summer and Winter Games while strenghtening relation with several international public institutions.
Kole has started his career in 1996 at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and, after seven years of activity in the sport department, in 2003 he was appointed as first Director of the Educational Services. Since then he has been in charge of implementation of Conferences and Forums. He created the leadership seminars. He has been representing FISU at several committees and/or conferences of international organisations dealing with Education and Sport (Unesco, Council of Europe, European Union, International Olympic Committee and other several sports conferences). Furthermore he was in 2015, the head of the FISU team at Unesco for advocate for proclamation of the International Day of University Sport.
He was in charge for the development of new committees -Development Committee, Gender Equality Committee, and Students' Committee - and developed several guidelines, surveys and policy papers. For a period of eight years (2003-2011) he was as well in charge of the Development Programme of the Continental Federations in order to integrate them into FISU (foundation of the Pan-American 2007 and creation of the Oceania 2007-2009).
In addition, he has gained experience in sport events Protocol by serving as Coordinator for Protocol (since 2002) gaining as well in the meantime knowledge in State protocol as former Chief of Staff to the FISU President (2001-2011). He authored FISU sports events protocol guidelines.
Alongside of his professional career, he has developed an academic activity at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB-French speaking - Free University of Brussels) as Scientific Collaborator at the Institute of Sociology (2000 - currently associate member of Cevipol). He co-authored two books, contributed to two dictionaries and wrote more than thirty articles translated in five languages. In the last twenty years he has been lecturing in different academic institutions. He delivered more than fifty lectures or presentations in Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
He is graduated in Political sciences (International relations) and holds certificates in Sociological Politics and in Migration, ethnic diversity & intercultural relations from the Universite Libres de Bruxelles and Universite de Liege.
Between 2015 and the 1st January2018, the ISF passed from 1 to 9 employees working mostly form the head office in Antwerp, Belgium.