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Behgjet Isa Pacolli - Minister of Foreign Affairs


Date, place of birth, family:
30 August 1951, Marec, Prishtina. Married to Mrs. Masha Pacolli. Father of six children, three girls and three boys (Arbëresha, Selena, Hana, Isa, Diar and Arman).



Primary: Education, Marec, Kosovo.
Secondary: Secondary Education, Prishtina, Kosovo.
Higher Education: 1970-1973 Foreign Trade Institute Hamburg, Germany
Post Graduation: 1982-1983 Master in Marketing and Management – Institute Mösinger Zurich.



Professional profile,

- 1974-1975 Deputy Head of development department c/o Textile Enterprise, Gjilan, Kosovo
1976 Sales Director for Eastern European Countries c/o Company Peter Zimmer, Kufstein Austria
1977-1980 Commercial Director of Interplastica Project Engineeringin Morbio Inf. Switzerland
1980-1990 General Manager of Interplastica Project Engineering in Morbio Inf. Switzerland
1990 Founder, President and Owner of Mabetex Project Engineering, Lugano Switzerland, which include:
- CRS-Credito per lo sviluppo e ristrutturazione, Lugano, Switzerland
- Mabco Construction, Lugano, Switzerland
- Swiss Diamond Hotel Management, Bermuda
- Corporation Interfin Finance, London, UK
- Mabetex International (located in 18 countries of the world)
- Insurance Company Siguria, Pristina, Kosovo
- Economic Bank, Pristina, Kosovo (major shareholder)
- Saranda Properties, Sinetempore Internatinal, Diamond Fashion, Diamond Travel Agency
- Nuova Bernasconi – Lugano, Switzerland

Political engagement and activities,
Promoter and Founder:

- 1999 FORK – Foundation of Rebuilding Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo

- 2000 Founder of Union of Albanian Businessmen (UAB), Lugano, Switzerland

- 2004 Founder of SEED, Foundation for the economic development of the South-Eastern Europe, Washington (Foundation for promoting and lobbying for the independence of Kosovo)

- 2005 Founder of the Organization New Kosovo Alliance, Washington, D.C. (lobbying organization for the independence of Kosovo, 2005-2007)

- 2006 Founder and President of Political Party New Kosovo Alliance, AKR (a political party which in the first elections in 2007, was ranged the third party in the country); Member of Centre for International and Strategic Studies CSIS Washington, Advisor of the Committee chaired by Henry Kissinger 2006-2010

- 2007-2010 Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Kosovo

- 2011 Member of the Parliament of Republic of Kosovo (second mandate)

- 2011 President of the Republic of Kosovo

- 2012-2014 First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo

- 2012-2014 Zëvendëskryeministri i parë i Republikës së Kosovës


- Decorations of KPC

- Award and honorary titles from the Rochester Institute of Technology

- Decoration from American University of Kosovo

- High Decorations from the President of Peru

- The highest Decoration of the President of the Russian Federation “State’s Award for Architecture & Art”

- Honorary citizen of Astana, Capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan

- Peace Ambassador by the Universal Peace Federation

- Global Peace Cavalier of the Millennium, award by Centro Internazionale per la Pace fra i Popoli

- Acknowledgment from “Nelson Mandela Foundation”

- Acknowledgment from “Clinton Global Initiative Foundation”

- Honorary Citizen of Lezha city, Albania

- Title Doctor Honoris Causa from the European University of Tirana, Albania

- From the Mayor, honored with the “Key of Tirana” , Albania

- 2011 Honorary citizen of Korça, Albania

- 2011 Laureate of “Gusi Peace Prize International” , Manila, Philippines

- 2012 Honorary title “Mayor of Mayors” , by mayor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

- “Key to the City” of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

- 2012 Medal of Honor of the chancellor of Community College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

- 2014 Honored with the special prize of Leadership by POLIS International University, for the contribution in political development, Kosovo political peacemaking, forfor the contribution in political development, Kosovo political peacemaking, for the ideas in creating the Movement for the Albanian Economic Union as well as humanitarian contribution

- 2015 Honored with the highest decoration of the state of Albania “Honor of the Nation” given by the “Honor of the Nation” given by the President of Albania, H.E. Bujar Nishani

- 2015 Acknowledgment from the city of Tirana, given by the Mayor of Tirana


- Mother tongue: Albanian
Foreign languages: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, etc.


- Various publishings from socio-economic, political, and cultural sphere

- Founder and publisher of the magazine “Albanica” & “Lajm”

- 2010 Author of autobiographical book “From one challenge to another” , life of Behgjet Pacolli”

- 2014 Author of summary of references and studies on the Albanian economic area, “Union Begins from Economy”

- 2014 Author of documentary book “Lobbying for Kosovo” which is a summary of documents, articles, experiences, and comments about lobbying for the recognition of Kosovo

- 2017 “15 Rules of Success according to Behgjet Pacolli”

Other humanitarian activities:

- 2004 Mediation for the release of hostages in Afghanistan (after three weeks he successfully managed to release three hostages, UN employees, Shqipe Hebibi, Annete Flaninghan and Angelito Nayan)

- 2006 Mediation for the release of Italian journalist Gabrielle Torsello, taken hostage in Afghanistan

- 2007 Contribution toward the release of 23 Korean hostages in Afghanistan

- 2012 Mediation for the release of James Berisha, who was taken hostage in Eritrea;

- Main sponsor of “Aleksandër Moisiu Foundation”

- Founder of Foundation and Orphanage “Bambini Di Sakha”

- 1999 With the Foundation “Insieme per la pace” intervenes massively to offer aid for the refugees from Kosovo and hospitals of Kosovo

- Founder of “Ibrahim Kodra Foundation” , Lugano, Switzerland

- 2000 – 2017 (ongoing) Founder of “Behgjet Pacolli Foundation” , a foundation which has given support to many causes, such as scholarships for students, social assistance for people in need, building houses for the poor, sponsor of sports & culture, and continuous support for sending dozens of Kosovo patients abroad for medical treatment. Other contributions of the foundation include;
- Founder and Sponsor of the Hospital for housing and caring of abandoned children in Yakutskt, Sakha Republic
- Support for the establishment of KPC infrastructure in Prishtina and the contribution for its professional equipment
- Building of a Memorial Centre in Penuhë, Podujeva, Kosovo
- Donor of the entire infrastructure and buildings of the American University in Kosovo (AUK)
- Full restoration of the Mosque of Llap in Prishtina (an object of cultural heritage of Kosovo)
- Financing & construction of the enlargement of the Philosophic University of Prishtina, Kosovo, etc. etc.

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