WHO WE ARE
CEED strives for a world where entrepreneurs have the tools and support they need to spur innovation, create jobs, and build thriving economies.
CEED drives economic growth by developing, connecting and mentoring entrepreneurs to strengthen their businesses so they can create jobs and in turn accelerate economic prosperity. Building a community of entrepreneurs is paramount in our approach.
CEED not only provides entrepreneurs business know-how through its accelerator programs but also connects participants to mentors and a community of entrepreneurs that can help take their small businesses to next level. The holistic combination of market connections, community engagement, capacity building and access to capital set CEED apart.
SEAF is an investment management group that provides growth capital and business assistance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging and transition markets underserved by traditional sources of capital. Through our network of investment funds around the world, we invest in entrepreneurs seeking to build successful businesses, hoping to realize both returns to our investors and strong development impact in local communities.
With over 20 years of experience in SME investing, +500 SME investments and 1000 technical assistance interventions in frontier and emerging market SMEs, SEAF is intimately aware of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the management of their businesses. SEAF found that entrepreneurs were generally not as equipped to deal with rapid business growth. They frequently lacked knowledge and tools to assess new markets and struggled to gain access to capital. Entrepreneurs also lacked the right networks with other entrepreneurs who had experience entering regional and international markets bringing their businesses to scale. CEED was created to address these challenges by enlisting successful entrepreneurs to mentor those looking to grow their businesses. CEED was developed using a peer to peer model where entrepreneurs would share their experiences, help others overcome challenges, and develop trust in others in the network.
Country Director, CEED Kosovo
Kreshnik Lleshi has more than fifteen years of experience in development work with interational and local organizations in Kosovo and Region. He joined CEED Kosovo since it’s begining in 2009 and since than he has developed and managed several projects and programs that supported business comunity in Kosovo with focus on Economic Growth and Entrepreneurship. He supported young entrepreneurs through coaching, consulting and mentoring. Prior to joining CEED, he has worked with other development institutions and private companies such as Office Business Center Kosovo – OBCK as Business Development Advisor, Kosovo Trust Agency – Monitoring officer for Special Spinn offs, UNDP Kosovo- Project Manager. He is also an early investor in two companies in Kosovo.
Kreshnik holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Pristina, Postgraduation Studies Certificate from University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy and pending theses for his MBA in Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent, UK.
Program Manager, CEED Kosovo
Asdren Xërxa joined CEED in September 2010, and since then he has been managing and developing the overall Entrepreneurial programs and networking activities while developing the Entrepreneurs ecosystem. He has over 10 years of managerial experience in the private sector. Before joining CEED Kosovo he was the country representative for one of the biggest international relocation company, primarily working with the international community in Pristina, as well as working as a program manager for a leading multi-channel e-commerce and direct to Consumer Company. He has worked also with EBRD as a consultant, and has been trained as a Facilitator by CISCO Entrepreneur Institute and do Facilitate courses offered by this Institute in Kosovo. Besides his professional work, Asdren contributes to the community by organizing diverse activities on voluntarily bases.
Asdren holds a Bachelor degree in Business Management from IIMP in Prishtina, he also has acquired certification on EBCL, PME, ECDL etc. from the AUK-I in Pristina. Asdren is passionate about entrepreneurship, science, outdoor activities and photography.
Administrative and Financial Officer, CEED Kosovo
Valbona Nuredini has over 10 years of work experience with UNMIK on different sections such as PDSRG office, External affairs, Chief of staff and Planning & Operation in Security. Valbona has gained outstanding organizational skills as she has been highly involved in organizing, workshops, trainings and meetings. Additionally she has been involved in maintain communication relationship between UNMIK and the government. She holds a bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Iliria.
Business Development Manager, CEED Kosovo
Edona Nahi joined CEED Kosovo in August 2015. She has over 10 years experience working with international development projects in Kosovo. She worked as Finance and Senior Project Manager for Regional Development Agency – Centre, responsible for coordinating support to municipalities of the region Centre in project planning and implementation, as well as monitoring and evaluating the implementation EU projects. In addition, she has experience working as a consultant for different development projects funded by MIDF (Municipal Infrastructure Development Fund), GIZ (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation) and DFID (British Government’s Department for International Development). She is also an entrepreneur with a firsthand experience in setting up a business. Recently, she established a new company (www.HomeinKosova.com) that deals exclusively with short term rentals, providing a new service that was missing in the Kosovo market.
She holds a BA (Hons) in Communications and Creative Arts from Richmond, The American International University in London, UK and an MBA in International Management from the Fisher Graduate School of International Business, at Monterey Institute of International Studies, in California, USA. Her graduate studies in the USA were made possible by winning the KAEF, Kosovo American Education Fund scholarship.