Members of University Board
Klaus Tochtermann, PhD
Klaus Tochtermann, received his Diploma and his PhD in Computer Science from Dortmund University (Germany). After a PostDoc at the Texas A&M University in the U.S. he moved to Austria in 2000. From 2000 to 2010 he was the director of Austria’s leading research institute for knowledge management, the Know-Center. In 2006 he was appointed as full professor in Computer Science at the Graz University of Technology. Since 2010, he has been director of the ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics in Kiel and Hamburg Germany). He also holds a full professor position for Digital Information Infrastructures in the Computer Science Department at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (Germany). Under his leadership the ZBW received the international LIBER Award for Library Innovation in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 ZBW was awarded “Library of the Year in Germany”. Klaus Tochtermann has repeatedly held guest professorships abroad, such as at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) or the UITM in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). Finally he is member in numerous national and international scientific expert committees.
Veli Kreci, PhD
Over a career in higher education that stretches from University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), Pittsburgh, USA, to South East European University, North Macedonia, Dr. Kreci has focused on the teaching & research and management of educational activities. Prior to joining to the South East European University, he served as Assistant Director of the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Management (GCPPM), the GSPIA’s project in North Macedonia. Dr. Kreci served as Vice-Dean for Postgraduate Studies at the Faculty of Contemporary Social Sciences, at the South East European University. He currently serves as Director of the Max van der Stoel Research Institute and he is Associate Professor in the field of Public Policy at the South East European University. In 2019 he was Adjunct Professor at the Seattle University, WA Seattle, delivering four-week intensive graduate course on Effective Policy Making in European Union. He also holds lectures in national and international universities as visiting lecturer. He is author and co-author of several publications dealing with approaches to policy making in local and national level, innovations on the public administration reforms, and in the area of decentralization as powerful design for effective local policies. Dr. Kreci received his PhD in Political Sciences from the South East European University, did his masters degree in Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and completed his undergraduate in Political Sciences at the Istanbul University. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA in 2009, and a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, 2013-2014. Dr. Kreci is leading researcher and coordinator of several national and international academic research projects.
Professor Elena DUMOVA-JOVANOSKA
She is Head of the Department - Structural analysis at Civil Engineering Faculty, “Ss.Cyril and Methodius” University, Skopje Macedonia. Vice-Dean for education and science (2001-2007), Vice-Rector for education (2008-2012), Head of PhD School Board (2009-2012), Regional Coordinator of South-Eastern European Centre for Doctoral Studies-SEEFORM (since 2004), External expert in the work of Agency for Evaluation of High Education in Republic of Macedonia (2003-2004), Member of Macedonian Bologna Follow-up Group (2004-2005), Member of Macedonian Team of Bologna Promoters (2008-2012), Member of pull of expert of Institutional Evaluation Program of EUA (2012-2014). Working on above mentioned positions she had opportunity to be involved in defining and executing Faculty/University Educational and Research Policy, participating in the National Bodies for implementation of Bologna Process, introduction of European Standards in Higher Education and Research Activities at Faculty/University level in Macedonia, participating in the accreditation procedure of Higher Education Study Programs. Her research interest is the field of Structural Analysis and Earthquake Engineering.
Born in Skopje. He has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Comes from a family that deals with
the production of gold jewelry, since 1965. After graduation he continues with development of family
handcraft workshop into known international company.
Since 2003 Nebi Hoxha also is a founder of American School of Kosova. ASK is K-12 education school accredited in Washington. Since 2006, Hi is a founder of three furniture factories: Tefik Çanka, Divani, Deko and one company for interiors, Tedes Contract. Except production, Nebi Hoxha also is a founder of the company “Rubin Invest”, that deals with building construction. Since 2006, it has built dozens of high residential and business buildings. Since 2018 he is a founder of the newest innovative trading complex in Kosovo, FRV (Ferizaj Retail Village). All these companies are part of the "OXA-Group", where he is also a founder and member of the board of directors. At the same time, in addition to the private sector, he was also active in the non- governmental sector as a member of the Board of Esnaf Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Albanian foundation for scholarships, Chairman of the Balkan Association of Jewelers, four years as a Board Member of the Economic Chamber of North – West Macedonia and five years as a President of ECNWM. Three years as managing board member of South East European University. Nebi Hoxha during his career is certified in business administration certified by International Trading School (ITS).ECNWM has been a key institution in the business eco-system in the country for the past 15 years, always offering constructive partnerships with state and international institutions, universities as well as being the macroeconomic policy corrector, through promoting sustainable economic development.
John Parrish - Sprowl, PhD
John Parrish-Sprowl, PhD, currently serves as the Director of the Global Health
Communication Center (GHCC) of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts as well as
Professor of Communication Studies and adjunct professor of Women, Gender, and
Sexuality Studies. Prior to this position, he was the Chair of the Department of
Communication Studies. In addition, he is a member of both the University College and
the Russian and Eastern Europe Institute faculties of Indiana University.
Professor Parrish-Sprowl is a member of the One Health Action Collaborative of the
National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and has been elected to the
legislative Assembly of the National Communication Association, twice as Chair of the
Applied Communication Division. In addition, he has been a reviewer and editorial
board member for numerous journals. He also serves as a research associate of the
Center for Intercultural New Media Research (CINMR) and the CMM Institute.
An award-winning educator and consultant, Dr. Parrish-Sprowl is known for his
international applied communication research and project consultancies, focusing on
issues of health, economic development, and education. He has served as a Fulbright
Senior Specialist, been a visiting faculty member, lectured, conducted research and
consulted with universities, businesses, and NGOs in a number of countries, including
Albania, Belarus, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Netherlands, North Macedonia,
Poland, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. In addition, in the US, he has made
presentations at several universities, multiple businesses, and trade groups, as well as
TEDx. Dr. Parrish-Sprowl has been honored with awards from his current and past
universities, as well as universities in Poland, along with several other organizations.
Dr. Parrish-Sprowl has presented numerous papers and published several articles and
book chapters, including many in award winning volumes, as well as edited books.
Within the past few years Dr. Parrish-Sprowl has worked with WHO in the areas of risk communication, radiation emergency response guidelines, and the development of communication capacity related to influenza vaccine production and uptake and served as a member of WHO Roster of Experts in Social and Behavioral Change.
Visar Shehu, PhD
Visar Shehu, PhD, received his MSc in Computer Science from Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis and his PhD in South East European University. He has been a faculty member of CST department of SEEU since 2006, currently working as an Associate Professor. Since 2016 he has served as a Coordinator for Research and Mobility of the CST department. He is an author of many scholarly articles in his field and has managed research projects in the fields of data analytics and STEM education. Visar is actively involved in establishing strong cooperation between the industry and the academia. In this capacity he is a founder of two software development companies that successfully operate internationally with offices in North Macedonia, Kosovo, USA and Switzerland. Visar has been appointed a board member in 2020.
Veronika KAREVA, PhD
Dr. Veronika Kareva is a Professor of Systems and Methods in Higher Education and Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communication, South East European University. She joined the University at its foundation in 2001 and for many years taught EFL at the Language Centre and also managed that Centre. She currently teaches at the Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications and serves as Executive Adviser for Quality Assurance. Dr. Kareva has been a Board member since 2012.