Artan Alijaj is NDI’s resident director in Liberia. Artan has managed democracy strengthening programs for more than 17 years and has extensive experience designing and conducting political party training on topics including internal party democracy, party outreach and messaging techniques, policy development, party caucus formation, party branch strengthening and utilization of technology. Artan began working with NDI in Liberia in 2017 as a senior technical advisor and provided guidance to NDI’s overall strategic approach in Liberia.
Prior to his role in Liberia, Artan served as senior program manager in NDI’s Kosovo office and managed a wide range of programs focused on political party development, civil society advocacy campaigns, the political participation of women and youth, and government transparency initiatives. He worked with political parties to connect with their constituencies, as well as to support civil society organizations to advocate their priorities to parties and government representatives. Artan also trained political parties in Egypt and Afghanistan, providing tailored assistance based on needs assessments and political context analysis. In addition, Artan directly supported campaign communications and trained volunteers in support of get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts for an American senatorial campaign, and received training on techniques for developing internal party structures, GOTV strategies, and the application of technology tools to strengthen political party development through an internship with a German political party.
Artan earned a B.A. in Management and Informatics from University AAB in Kosovo and an MBA from Swiss Management Center University in Switzerland.