Shkendije Geci Sherifi is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kosovo to Sweden as of May, 2019. Before coming to Sweden, she was the Director for Europe and European Union and Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo.
In 2013 she was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to Croatia. Upon completion of her diplomatic mission in Croatia, President of the Republic of Croatia, awarded her with the Order of Duke Branimir for excellence in promoting bilateral relations of Kosovo and Croatia. Prior to that she served as the Ambassador Republic of Kosovo to Hungary from 2010 to 2013 where she established the first Kosovo Embassy in Budapest.
Shkendije is the first woman ambassador of Kosovo. She was appointed soon after Kosovo began to establish its diplomatic missions throughout the capitals of the world. After completion of her diplomatic mission in Budapest, she was awarded with the Middle Cross Order of Merit of Hungary by the Hungarian President for outstanding service in the promotion of the relations of the two countries.
Before embarking on her diplomatic career, Shkendije accomplished different academic and professional training programs from reputable universities and institutions of Europe and US.
From 2008 up to her appointment as Ambassador she worked for the International Civilian Office/EU Special representative, responsible for Religious and Cultural Heritage Policy. Shkendije was an Associate Lecturer of the University of Pristina, and from 2001 to 2008 she worked for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, dealing with Human Rights and Rule of Law and Capacity Building. In addition, from 2000 to 2004 Shkendije was an active member of the European Centre for Minority Issues at the Expert Committee for Education and Youth.
Shkendije has a PhD in Foreign and Security Policies from the National University of Public Service, Institute for International Studies in Budapest and holds a MA degree in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta. She also taught Diplomacy and Politics at the University for Business and Technology in Prishtina. She is the author of many scholarly articles published in different international academic journals.
Shkendije Geci Sherifi was born on 14 February, 1972 in Gjilan, Kosovo. She is married to Tansel Sherifi and they have to children, Nisa and Ene.