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Behgjet Pacolli First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosova

Behgjet Isa Pacolli

Date, place of birth, family:
30 August 1951, Marec, Pristina. The second of ten children of Isa and Nazmije. Married to Ms. Masha Pacolli. Father of five children, three daughters and two sons (Arbresha, Selena, Hana, Isa dhe Diar).

Primary Education: Primary Education, Marec – Kosovo.

Secondary Education:Secondary Education, Pristina.

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 Correspondent for foreign languages and Deputy Head for development within Textile enterprise, Gjilan.

1976 Commercial Director for regional development in the Company Peter Zimmer, Kufstein Austria.

Commercial Director in the Company Interplastica Project Engineering in Morbio Inf. Swiss.

1980-1990 General Director Interplastica Project Engineering in Morbio Inf. Swiss.

1990 Founder, President and Owner of Mabetex Project Engineering, Lugano Switzerland.

1992-2009 President of CRS-Credito per lo sviluppo e ristrutturazione, Lugano Switzerland;
President of Mabco Construction, Lugano Switzerland
President of Swiss Diamond Hotel Management, Bermuda;
Owner of Corporation Interfin Finance London;
Owner of Mabetex International (located in 18 countries of the world);
Owner of Insurance Company Siguria, Pristina;
Major Shareholder in Economic Bank, Pristina;
Owner of Saranda Properties, Astana Kazakistan;
Owner of Sine Tempore International ;
Owner of the Travel Agency Diamond;
Owner of Nuova Bernasconi – Lugano
Board member of several companies in the world

Other humanitarian activities:

Main sponsor of Foundation Aleksandër Moisiu;
Founder of Foundation and orphanage “Bambini Di Sakha”
1993 - Founder and Sponsor of the Hospital for housing and caring of abandoned children with physical problems in Sakha);
1999 - In cooperation with the Foundation “Insieme per la pace” and Ms. Fanfani, intervenes massively to offer Aid in Kukës, Ivangrad, for the refugees from Kosovo;
Support to hospitals in Kosovo with medical equipment;

Founder of Foundation Ibrahim Kodra,Lugano;

2000-2004 - Support for the establishment of KPC infrastructure in Pristina and the contribution for its professional equipment;

2005 – Support for building a Memorial Centre in Penuhë, Podujeva;

2004 – Mediation for the release of hostages in Afghanistan (after tree weeks he successfully managed to release three hostages, UN employees, Shqipe Hebibi, Annete Flaninghan dhe Angjilito Najan;

– Mediation for the release of journalist taken hostage in Afghanistan, Gabrielle Torsello;

2006 - Foundation Behgjet Pacolli, Pristina (study scholarships, social assistance for people in need, building houses for the poor and other contributions in the social and cultural life);

2007 – Contributed in mediation for the release of 23 Korean hostages in Afghanistan;

2008-2011 - Permanent lobbying for the recognition of the Republic of Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state;

2007 Designer, sponsor and donor of all infrastructure of the American University in Kosovo AUK;

2009 Finance the construction and enlargement of the Philosophic University of Pristina;

2008 Finance the project for reconstruction and restoration of the Mosque of Llap in Pristina (an object of cultural heritage of Kosovo); 1

Sponsor of Sports and Culture in Kosovo;

Full contribution for building shelters and houses for poor families; (continuing)

Support for sending patients abroad for medical treatment; (continuing)

Social Assistance to invalids and persons in need (monthly salary); (continuing)

Political engagements and activities

Promoter and Founder

1999 FORK – Foundation Rebuilding Kosovo , Pristina;
2000 Founder of UAB, Union of Albanian Businessman, Lugano;
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 Kosova Alliance, Washington ((lobbying organization for the independence of Kosovo, 2005-2007);
2006 Founder and President of Political Party New Kosova Alliance, AKR (political party which is in the first elections in 2007, was ranged the third political party in the country);
Member of Center for International and Strategic StudiesCSIS Washington, Permanent Advisor of the Committee chaired by Henry Kissinger;
2007-2010 Member of the Parliament of Republic of Kosovo;
2011 Member of the Parliament of Republic of Kosovo (second mandate)
2011 PRESIDENT of the Republic of Kosovo
2011 Initiator and signer of the Agreement for the political consensus for constitutional and electoral reforms.
2011 FIRST DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER of the Government of Republic of Kosovo and responsible for foreign policy and foreign investments.

Decoration of KPC;
Award and honorary titles from the Rochester Institute of Technology
Decoration from AUK (American University of Kosovo)
Decorations from the State of Peru, President of Peru;
The highest Decoration of the Russian Federation (awards on Architecture) second foreigner after American Armand Hammer to receive this Decoration;
Honorary citizen of Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan;
Global Honorary Consul of Liberia (2002-2008);
Peace Ambassador (Universal Peace Federation);
Global Piece Cavalier of the Millennium; award by Centro Internazionale per la Pace fra i Popolan award given to Michail Gorbaciov, Perez De Cuellar, S.S. Giovanni Paolo II, Luciano Pavarotti, Helmut Kohl, Mother Theresa of Calcuta, Kofi Annan, Bill Gates, etc;
Acknowledgment from Foundation Nelson Mandela;
Acknowledgment from Foundation Clinton Global Initiative.
Honorary citizen of Lezha – Albania
Title Doctor Honoris Causa from the European University of Tirana
Presented with the “Key of Tirana”

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

Various publishing’s from socio-economic, political and cultural sphere:
Founder and publisher of the magazine “Albanica”.
Founder of the magazine “Lajm”
Author of Autobiographical book “From one challenge to another, life of Behgjet Pacolli, 2010.

Other info:


Forum’s in English language

in German language


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in Russian language

1 Mosque of Llap in Pristina was build in 1470 during the Ottoman Empire and is one of the oldest buildings in Pristina.