Project & Communications Officer
Blerim Mustafa, a Norwegian national, is a project and communications officer at the Geneva Centre. He assists with the planning, organisation and implementation of capacity-building programmes, conferences and panel discussions on themes related to inter-religious dialogue, migration and human rights held under the initiative of the Centre and its partners at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG), in Azerbaijan (Fifth World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue) and in Austria (From Interfaith, Inter-Civilizational Cooperation to Human Solidarity). Mr. Mustafa also contributes to the implementation of communication and social media initiatives with the aim of improving the Centre’s exposure to different stakeholders. He likewise represents and delivers written and oral statements on behalf of the Geneva Centre at the UN in Geneva during informal consultation sessions on the long-term efficiency of the Human Rights Council (HRC), the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Special Sessions of the HRC and manages partnership relations with NGOs and IGOs.
In addition to his present function, Blerim serves as a digital media and human rights adviser to a former UN Independent Expert / UN Special Rapporteur and Professor of International Law. In light of his experience, he has been a panellist at conferences addressing human rights issues held at UNOG and at the World Communications Forum which have included speakers from the European Commission, OHCHR, the University of Berkley, UN Volunteers and the International Commission of Jurists. He enjoys publishing poems with Ex Tempore, a literary journal published annually by the United Nations Society of Writers, and opinion pieces in international media outlets.
Prior to joining the Geneva Centre, Blerim worked for the International Organization of Migration (IOM) as a Communications and Knowledge Management Associate. He was responsible for contributing to the promotion of the Migrant Assistance Division's (MAD) programmes and policies related to counter-trafficking and assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) of migrants. He was also in charge of enhancing information and knowledge sharing within the team under the supervision of the Head of IOM's MAD.
Blerim has also worked as a freelance journalist for an Albanian news agency in Geneva. His news reporting have been cited by leading media outlets in 8 countries. Over his career as a journalist, he has interviewed spokespersons from UNDP, IOM, OSCE, the Nansen Centre for Peace and Dialogue, the Nobel Peace Prize Institute, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre - the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway as well as Oxford and John Hopkins University. His interest for journalism started while completing his studies in Norway where he served as an interim sports journalist for Norway's leading newspaper, Verdens Gang (VG).
Blerim has likewise served as a communications consultant for an international communications consultancy (Leidar) and contributed to the execution of advocacy projects for the likes of international organizations, NGOs and private companies - based in Switzerland, Norway and the United Kingdom (UK) - such as Green Cross International, the Association for the Prevention of Torture, the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Causedirect, GovFaces, UNI Global Union, the International Basketball Federation, the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, Union Cycliste Internationale, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), the Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation, Yara International and Petroineos (joint venture between INEOS and PetroChina).
Among his academic credentials, Blerim holds an MA in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy, an Executive Certificate in Advocacy in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Oslo. He has likewise completed training courses on human rights and communications with the University of Cape Town, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), IOM, DiploFoundation and Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP).
Blerim is currently a Ph.D. candidate and a post-graduate researcher at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester (UK) where he writes his Ph.D. thesis on the right of self-determination in the post-Cold War era.
He speaks Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French, Albanian and Serbian, and is currently learning German.