Leon Malazogu is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kosovo to Japan, as well as non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kosovo to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and Tuvalu. He completed his studies at the American University in Bulgaria and the University of Notre Dame, specializing in international relations, governance and conflict resolution. Before taking this position, Leon ran Democracy for Development Institute (D4D), a think-tank dedicated to research links between democracy and development. Leon has served as a Board Member of the University of Prishtina and was a part of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group set up by the University of Graz. He taught in several universities in Kosovo and Macedonia and was scholar in residence at the Arizona State University. Leon served as Regional Representative for the European Centre for Minority Issues, Research Director at the Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development, adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, and ran the Kosovo Office of the Princeton-based Project on Ethnic Relations. Leon has published numerous studies on democratization and regional affairs. Follow him on twitter @malazogu.