Petrit Selimi

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Petrit Selimi
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
26 February 2016 – 5 June 2016
Preceded by Hashim Thaci
Succeeded by Enver Hoxhaj
Personal details
Born (1979-05-01) 1 May 1979 (age 37)
Prishtina, Kosovo
Nationality Kosovan
Political party Democratic Party of Kosovo
Spouse(s) Arlinda Selimi
Children Rrok Trim Selimi
Residence Prishtina, Kosovo
Alma mater BA in Social Anthropoly from University of Oslo
Master of Science in Media and Communication from London School Economics (Ongoing).
Website Petrit Selimi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Petrit Selimi (born 1 May 1979 in Pristina, Kosovo) is a Kosovan politician, former acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo. He has served in the position of a Deputy Foreign Minister during two consecutive mandates, under Prime Ministers Hashim Thaci (2011–2014) and the current mandate of Isa Mustafa (2014-ongoing). After the election of the former Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci as a President of Kosovo, Selimi was named the country's Foreign Minister. Selimi now serves as the National Coordinator for Kosovo's chapter of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. In his previous job as country's Foreign Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister Selimi has initiated several noted diplomatic initiatives including Kosovo's award-winning Digital Diplomacy program as well as Interfaith Kosovo initiative. Wired Magazine called Selimi "a pioneer in digital diplomacy."[1] He was also selected as the "team-leader of the year 2013 in digital diplomacy" in the global survey by Turkish magazine Yeni Diplomasi.[2][3] In recent press coverage in Huffington Post, Selimi was also noted as a prominent promoter of global interfaith dialogue. [4]


As a children's rights activist in his teens, Selimi in 1995 co-founded "Postpessimists", the first network of youth NGOs in the former Yugoslavia. The organization later won Global Youth Peace and Tolerance Award.[5]

After finishing studies in Norway, Selimi returned to participate in various civic initiatives, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Soros Foundation in Kosovo. He later helped found Balkan Children and Youth Foundation, serving for two terms as a member of the Board of Directors, alongside President Martti Ahtisaari, CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and others.[6]

Selimi was also one of the founders of the daily newspaper Express, serving as the first publishing director of this daily newspaper. In 2004 he co-founded Stripdepot, comics bookshop/cafe, situated in downtown Pristina.[7][8]

Selimi worked as private public relations consultant in Kosovo,[9][10][11][12] until June 2011, when he got appointed by the Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi as a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo.[13][14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Petrit Selimi is married with Arlinda Selimi since 2010. They have a son Rrok Trim Selimi. They live and work in Pristina.


In 2016, Selimi won the prestigious global Doha Award for Interfaith Dialogue, in a ceremony organized by the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue. The Award was granted to Selimi by the Qatar Minister of Justice.

In 2014 Selimi was honored as Knight Commander of Royal order of Francis I, bestowed to him by Cardinal Martino of Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, for Selimi's role in promoting interfaith dialogue and tolerance.

In 2008 Selimi won a Chevening Scholarship from the British Council enabling him to undertake studies at London School of Economics.


  1. ^ "Pushing the Boundaries of Digital Diplomacy in Kosovo | WIRED". Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Yeni Diplomasi’s Review of Digital Diplomacy in 2013 | The Public Diplomat". Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kosovo can't get recognition from the UN, but it can get it from Facebook | Public Radio International". Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Petrit Selimi Unsung Interfaith Hero | HUFFINGTON POST". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "デポリング". Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ "". Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Stripdepot Cafe | Eastern European Comics". Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ Warrander, G.; Knaus, V. (2007). Kosovo. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 106. ISBN 9781841621999. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Young Kosovars hope to shape newly declared state -". Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Kosovo Begins to Find an Independent National Identity - TIME". Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "Pristina’s Music Scene ‘Comes of Age’ :: Balkan Insight". Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Petrit Selimi - Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Kosovo". Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Kosovo seeks recognition from Arab states (". Archived from the original on 2011-10-25. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  15. ^ "The pull of Brussels | The Economist". Archived from the original on 2011-10-13. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 

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