Kushtrim Xhakli

Kushtrim Xhakli

Managing Partner, Consultant and Founder

Berlin Area, Germany
Management Consulting

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Kushtrim Xhakli's Overview

  • Managing Partner at Fast Europe Ventures Ltd.
  • Executive Board Member at IPKO Foundation
  • Speaker at Industry Conferences and Events
  • Senior Consultant at USAID
  • Product Developer at Hyper Island
  • Manager at Center for Promotion of Education

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Kushtrim Xhakli's Summary

Entrepreneur with an extensive global experience in new business models, innovation, telecommunication, hardware, e-commerce, payments, banking and digital projects.

Co-founder of Fast Europe Ventures Ltd a Baltic management, business model design, banking and technology solutions company working with clients like Vodafone, T-Mobile and Tele2 and co-founder of Berlin's renewable energy startup Changers.com

Board Member of IPKO Foundation and former Investment Management Referrer at HackFwd.

Work acclaimed by international online media outlets such as The Guardian, The Economist, TechCrunch, Forbes, BBC, Foreign Policy Magazine, Der Spiegel, France24. Winner of Best Practice Award in 2008.

web: xhakli.com

Kushtrim Xhakli's Experience

Managing Partner

Fast Europe Ventures Ltd.

June 2008Present (6 years 4 months) Baltic States (Vilnius/Riga/Tallinn)

Fast Europe Ventures Ltd is a telecommunication, management consulting and online technology solutions company serving financial, educational institutions, telecom operators and governments. FEV excels in strategy, telecommunication, media, mobile and financial services.

Executive Board Member

IPKO Foundation

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

2012Present (2 years)

IPKO Foundation goal is to seed and support the development of the next generation of leaders with a digital vision. These leaders may come from any sector or discipline but are united in their embrace of technology, Internet and the information society.


Industry Conferences and Events

2007Present (7 years)

I am often invited to speak about entrepreneurship in Universities, Business Schools and Industry Conferences contributing with insights, panels, papers and presentations.

2014 Gjakova Summer School for Entrepreneurship
2014 sTARTUp 2014 - Tartu, Estonia
2014 Hyper Island - Manchester, United Kingdom
2014 Vilnius University - Lithuania
2013 Balkan Venture Forum - Tirana, Albania
2013 SHARE Conference Republika Festival - Rijeka, Croatia
2013 Public and Digital Diplomacy - Pristina, Kosovo
2013 Balkan Venture Forum - Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 App Camp Kosovo - Pristina, Kosovo
2012 European Pirate Summit - Cologne, Germany
2012 University of Pristina - Kosovo
2012 Campus Party EU - Berlin, Germany
2012 KOSOWWWEB Conference - Pristina, Kosovo
2011 App Camp - Vilnius, Lithuania
2011 The European Pirate Summit - Cologne, Germany
2011 REDO Design Conference - Prishtina, Kosovo
2011 TEDxWarsaw 2011 - Warsaw, Poland
2011 Login 2011 - Vilnius, Lithuania
2010 Baltic Economic Forum - Riga, Latvia
2010 SHiFT - Lisbon, Portugal
2008 ECDL Foundation Summit - Vienna, Austria
2008 FEJS - Skopje, Macedonia
2008 LIFT Conference - Geneva, Switzerland

Organizer / Curator


2014Present (less than a year) www.dokute.ch


Digital Kosovo

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Public Relations and Communications industry

September 2013Present (1 year 1 month) Worldwide

Digital Kosovo is an initiative to enable Kosovo citizens act as digital diplomats, take part in online advocacy and help integrate Kosovo into the digital landscape.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry

August 2011December 2013 (2 years 5 months) Berlin Area, Germany

Changers device makes eco friendly behaviour measurable and personally rewarding.

The intelligent and mobile lifestyle solar-charger device enables everybody to produce and consume their own renewable energy. The device (winner of several international design awards) measures the exact amount of generated energy and CO2 savings and - connected to a computer - uploads this data to the community of Changers.com.

There you can see and compare your achievements with your friends and the rest of the world. And for each gram of CO2 savings it reward users with Changers Credits which they can redeem on Social Energy Marketplace for sustainable products and services from partners.

Investment Management Referrer

HackFwd Capital GmbH & Co. KG

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Investment Management industry

April 2012September 2013 (1 year 6 months) Berlin Area, Germany

HackFwd is a pre-seed investment company designed to enable great people to launch great companies accelerating the route to beta, profitability and success. Get in touch with me if you think that you fit to HackFwd criteria and receive funding up to €191K. Nice wrap-up on the HackFwd journey: http://hackfwd.com/kthxbai

Managing Director

IPKO Institute

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

January 2005June 2008 (3 years 6 months) Prishtina, Kosovo

IPKO Institute introduces targeted, innovative projects to transform local ICT opportunities and resources.

Founder: Trajnimi.com (Users: 25000+)
Trajnimi.com ECDL national e-learning platform offers Kosovo citizens a unique opportunity to develop technology education skills for FREE providing an accessible, open educational opportunity, content driven training for a wider computer literacy. Since 2008, Ministry of Education of Kosovo adopted the e-learning platform as a national learning education tool in entire education institutions.

- Launched in 2007 and within a year passed 25000+ registered users
- Winner of ECDL Best Practice Award 2008
- Ministry of Education of Kosovo adopted the Trajnimi.com e-learning platform as a national learning education tool in entire education institutions.

Winner of ECDL Foundation Best Practice Award 2008

Senior Consultant


Government Agency; 5001-10,000 employees; International Affairs industry

March 2007January 2008 (11 months) Prishtina, Kosovo

USAID sponsored World Learning program FORECAST, works with human and institutional capacity development and helps institutions improve their organizational performance. Consulted the USAID FORECAST Kosovo project on: Human and Institutional Capacity Development, Participant Training, Technical Assistance, and Academic Study & Education.

Product Developer

Hyper Island

Partnership; 51-200 employees; Education Management industry

September 2004December 2004 (4 months) Sweden

Hyper Island is a private tertiary institution and educational company specializing in real-world industry training using digital technology. It was founded 1996 in Sweden and has presence through offices or campuses in Sweden (Headquarters), UK, US and Singapore. Hyper Island offers full time programs with digital media focus and short term classes aimed at industry executives.


Center for Promotion of Education

May 2000August 2002 (2 years 4 months)

- Responsible for implementation of plans, strategies, budgets and forecasts.
- Led management to ensure proper operational controls, administrative/reporting procedures, and people / technology systems are in place for operating efficiency.
- Established the standard for programs to be in compliance with all donor, country, funding, and city regulations, certifications and requirements.
- Consulted with the Board Members on policy changes, strategic direction and operating plans.
- Supervised the team developing effective and achievable strategy and provided analysis and support to the team as to whether the strategy was working.
- In charge of hiring external consultants that led to succession of goals and strategies.

Kushtrim Xhakli's Publications

  • Entrepreneur Inspiration

    • The Guardian
    • May 22, 2014
    Authors: Kushtrim Xhakli

    For many, formal education is something that takes place in the early years of life and is left behind entirely when the world of work beckons. I take a different view: I believe learning is a lifelong thing. While we do learn so much on the job, there is a huge benefit in formal study.

Kushtrim Xhakli's Skills & Expertise

  1. Start-ups
  2. Entrepreneurship
  3. E-commerce
  4. Mobile Devices
  5. Strategy
  6. Marketing
  7. Business Development
  8. Venture Capital
  9. Product Management
  10. Business Strategy
  11. Digital Media
  12. Digital Strategy
  13. Marketing Strategy
  14. Leadership
  15. Product Development
  16. Management
  17. User Experience
  18. Project Management
  19. Telecommunications
  20. Research
  21. Market Research
  22. Negotiation
  23. Information Architecture
  24. Interaction Design
  25. Angel Investing
  26. Strategic Partnerships
  27. Digital Transformation
  28. Rapid Prototyping
  29. Public Policy
  30. Data Mining
  31. Management Consulting
  32. Business Transformation
  33. Design Thinking
  34. Mobile Applications
  35. Mobile Commerce
  36. Mobile Payments
  37. Mobile Banking
  38. eBanking
  39. Legal
  40. Public Administration
  41. Online Advertising
  42. E-Learning
  43. Digital Diplomacy

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Kushtrim Xhakli's Honors and Awards

  • Best Practice Award 2008

    ECDL Foundation
    • 2008

    ECDL Foundation established the annual Best Practice Awards to acknowledge and credit individuals, initiatives and projects that are considered as exceptional examples of the implementation of ECDL Foundation programmes that help to raise levels of digital literacy.


Kushtrim Xhakli's Projects

  • Mobile Payments Solutions

    • July 2009 to Present
    Team Members: Kushtrim Xhakli

    Telecommunication media company Fast Europe Ventures and internet portal Telegrafi.com have teamed up to introduce a payment service for mobile users in Kosovo. The service enabled customers to use their mobile phones as mini-credit cards, and make payments using the available credit on their mobile phone accounts. Since January 2009, Fast Europe Ventures has been closing agreements with operators and partners based in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia to launch the mobile payment service in the region. The company served 2.8 million mobile subscribers in the Western Balkan region. According to Fast Europe Ventures data, spending for m-payments in Europe reaches EUR 30-50 per person on average, with EUR 10 annual spending per person.

  • Baltic E-Banking Report

    Team Members: Kushtrim Xhakli

    eBanking Report aim is to reflect the financial sector and show where the banks are vis-à-vis their peers, and motivate them to perform better services and solution by selecting a leader in the market and strengthening the financial sector.

    Report is put together using top-notch, unbiased researchers and closely examines each bank's e-banking system functionality, security, convenience, innovation, customer service responsiveness and mobile banking experience. The methodologies used are laid out in the report's subsequent section and in accordance with European Banking Authority (EBA).

  • Digital Kosovo

    • May 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Kushtrim Xhakli

    Kosovo citizens face a number of barriers using internet to its full potential. From shopping websites to travel, people simply cannot select Kosovo on websites around the world. This initiative seeks to help overcome these virtual barriers and advance Kosovo’s digital presence across major websites around the world, so that citizen of Kosovo can access the internet in the same way as all global citizens.

    The primary objective of the Digital Kosovo is to advance Kosovo's position in digital world and assist the citizens of Kosovo to overcome virtual barriers in web portals around the world.

  • UpCode™

    Team Members: Kushtrim Xhakli

    UpCode™ includes an optical reader that uses mobile devices to add any electronic information or system to printed products and to electronic information on screens. With the application it is possible to integrate all businesses and all forms of eCommerce, with print and screen media. Complete integration of localization, personalization, objects and other data.

Kushtrim Xhakli's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Speaker

      TED Conferences
      • Education


    • Mentor

      Startup Weekend
      • Science and Technology

      Mentor at events in several countries.

    • Member

      Sandbox Network
      • Economic Empowerment
      May 2008 present (6 years 5 months)
    • Speaker

      LIFT Conference
      • Education


Kushtrim Xhakli's Education

Teesside University

Master's degree, Digital Media Management


Grade: Hyper Island

Change Management, Transformational Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Branding, Communication, Creativity, Idea Generation, Concept Development, Project Management, Digital Development, User Experience, Human Interaction, Design, Research, Group Dynamics, Leadership.

Hyper Island

Dipl. in Management, Management


Business Communication, Going Online, Graphic Design, Branding, Marketing, Management, Advanced Project Management, E-Commerce, Finance, Information Systems, Telecommunications, Business Development. Industrial placement: Sweden

Kushtrim Xhakli's Organizations

  • Sandbox Network

    • May 2008 to Present

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