Ambassador Ilir Dugolli joined Kosovo’s diplomatic service with the first group of appointments following Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence in 2008. From 2008 to 2013 he served as Kosovo’s Head of Mission / Ambassador in Brussels, covering Belgium, Luxembourg, EU and NATO.
From 2013 to 2016 he was Kosovo’s Ambassador to Sweden (non-resident for Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Iceland), whereas between 2017 and late 2019 he was Director for Security Policies and NATO at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Between 2002 and 2004, he served as Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister in Kosovo’s first democratically elected government and during 2007-2008 negotiations for Kosovo’s status he was a legal expert to the Kosovo “Team of Unity.” Prior to joining the diplomatic service he was affiliated with the Law School and Political Science Department of the University of Prishtina.
He has been involved with various civil society initiatives, from being country representative of the Project on Ethnic Relations, to co-founder of KIPRED (Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development) and co-founder of D4D (Democracy for Development). He was also affiliated with the National Democratic Institute, European Elections Law Association, “Forum 2015”, the Kosovo-American Education Fund, Public International Law and Policy Group.
He studied law at the University of Prishtina and Central European University and was a fellowship holder of Yale University, Karl-Franzens University etc.