Meet our Chevening Western Balkans Cyber Security Fellows 2022-23

This fellowship delivered at Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, provides fellows with an understanding of policy and legislative approaches in cyber security and its implications for national security, commercial opportunity, crime prevention, and the right to privacy.

Petar Backovic

Security Engineer, Private Family Office

Petar has a bachelor degree and science specialist diploma in Information Technology and Network Security. He has spent the past nine years working in IT. In his free time, Petar likes participating in sports like skiing, kayaking, rock climbing and hiking.


Liljana Pecova Ilieska

CEO, IMPETUS - Center for Internet, Development and Good Governance

Liljana’s 20-year career has spanned governmental institutions, self-regulatory bodies and CSOs. She is a forward-thinking person, with proven experience in project development, capacity building delivery in privacy and digital literacy, and policy developments in good governance issues.


Erblind Morina

Co-founder and Security Researcher, Sense Cyber Research Center

Erblind is co-founder of Sense Cyber Research Center. He has worked in the banking industry for more than four years as a cybersecurity specialist and has a broad portfolio of experience. Erblind received a Bachelor of Security Studies and is pursuing his master’s degree in Cybersecurity.

Klorenta Pashaj

Head of Communication and Information Dissemination Unit, National Authority for Electronic Certification and Cyber Security

Klorenta was named one of 100 Most Influential Women in Europe in Cyber Security and is the first Albanian expert to be accepted by the European Commission into its FUTURIUM Women4Cyber Registry. Klorenta participates in both national and international discussions in cyber security.


Visar Shllaku

Chief Technology Officer (CTO), E-Tech L.LC

With 14 years of experience as a solution architect in systems integration and cyber security, Visar is the co-owner of a successful business. As the CTO, he is responsible for researching, developing, leading, and implementing local and international projects for specific technologies.


Laura Thaqi

Security Engineer, Beriflapp LLC

Laura was born in Komoran, a small city of Drenas in the country of Kosovo. Laura finished her studies in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, and continued certification programs in cyber security in Chicago, USA. She is currently a remote Cyber Security Engineer for Open Systems Zurich.

Western Balkans Cyber Security Fellowship

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