Mensur Haliti is senior program manager for the Roma Initiatives Office, focusing on grassroots mobilization. Before joining the staff of the Roma Initiatives Office, from February 2010, he was a Roma Initiatives Fellow, whose work concentrated on activities related to grassroots organizing and advocacy in the Western Balkans.
He is originally from Kosovo, but during the civil war his family moved to Belgrade, Serbia. Haliti’s father has been an activist for social change for the past 30 years.
From 2005 to 2006, Haliti worked as a Local Contact Point in Serbia for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on issues affecting Roma refugees from Kosovo. From 2007, he served as the executive director of the Forum of Roma IDPs, a nongovernmental organization focusing on the rights of Roma refugees from Kosovo.
In 2008, he gained experience in political campaigning as a spokesperson for the Roma Party, which succeeded at winning a seat in the parliament for the first time. That year, he also worked as an adviser to the Roma Party’s newly elected member of parliament and as a coordinator in the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights.
Haliti had a one-year internship with the European Roma Rights Centre in 2009, and in 2010 he completed a year of the Youth Leadership Program at the Belgrade Open School. He completed the “Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change” program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2011.