Meet Our Team
Head of AOS
PhD. Taulant Bino, has more than 27 consecutive years of professional experience in nature conservation and particularly the conservation of birds and their critical habitats.
His working experience is extended in Albania and in the Balkan region. He brings to AOS his advice as ornithologist, ecologist, lecturer of Ecology and former decision-maker in the field of nature protection and environmental management. He is author of the first guide book on birds of Albania and numerous publications on birds and nature conservation including scientific articles, reports and policy papers.
As part of AOS he has also been working intensively in designating IBAs in Albania, developing and implementing National Action Plan for species of conservation concern, transposing EU Bird and Habitats Directives in national legislation and leading projects on bird conservation and bird monitoring.
MSc. Erald Xeka, Environmental Biologist. Became part of AOS since its foundation in 2015. His passion for ornithology date back in 2010 when he was still a student.
In AOS he has been coordinating numerous of projects as: “Inventory of Breeding Birds in Albania for the Contribution in EBBA 2”; Conservation of Critical Habitats of Moustached Warbler (Bird ringing); Environmental Education for Protection of Shkodra Biodiversity; Promotion of Nature Tourism in the National Park of Divjake – Karavasta.
Since 2016 he is the team leader of the International Waterbird Census (IWC) in the Northern Region of Albania. Assistant Teacher in the Bird ID Program for preparing a class of student proficient in bird identification. Technical Assistance for the identification of Natura 2000 sites in Albania.
Currently, he is coordinating the project “Combating Illegal Killing and Illegal Taking of Birds in Albania”.
MSc. Besjana Sevo is a co-founder and Advisory Board member of the Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS).
She holds a Master of Science on Planning and Urban Management, graduated in 2015 from Polis University, Faculty of Urban Planning and Environmental Sciences.
She currently works as Project Manager of the “Let’s Make Divjaka Natural Again ” project, funded by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund-CEPF. As an urban planner she is specialized in the integration of nature protection and preservation, biodiversity of birds in sustainable urban and regional development.
Besjana formerly worked as a volunteer in several civil society organizations, both international and national level, including A.M.M.I and TEDx Talks Albania, as well as an intern for several months at UNDP Albania.
Klea Duro, environmental biologist, aims to give her contribution to the environmental protection and to raise the public awareness on environmental issues. Thanks to the knowledge gained in the Bird Identification course in Albania (BirdID 2018 Albania), now she is part of the AOS team, assisting in the implementation of the project “Combating of the illegal killing and trapping of wild birds in Albania”.
MSc. Olgerta Puta, a graduate in business administration. She has an extensive experience as an economist / financial in the sector of non-profit associations.
Since 1999, she has been involved as a volunteer in scouting where she is responsible for informal education of young people on environmental issues.
She currently works as Financial Officer of the “Let’s Make Divjaka Natural Again ” project, funded by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund-CEPF.
Translator and interpreter of German language and English, graduated from the University of Tirana.
Erald has been climbing, hiking and exploring extensively Albania since 2009. He started guiding for several tour operators in 2013 as a professional mountain and cultural guide. Based on his experience he aims to give his contribution to raise awareness for the preservation of biodiversity and nature issues in general as well as for the development of authentic local tourism. Erald is extremely passionate about nature conservation and environmental protection.
Finally. he has completed the 6 month BirdID Training Course 2018 and has been certificated by “Nord University” for identifying birds by image and their call. Currently, he is part of AOS staff within the “Let’s Make Divjaka Natural Again” project, funded by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund-CEPF.
Ramis Xhurxhi, one of the most active student in the environmental issues. He has a bachelor degree in Environmental Studies, meanwhile is following master’s studies in Urban Environmental Management. Ramis has been volunteering in AOS since December 2016 and since then he has participated in many activities, such as: International Waterbird Census (IWC 2018, IWC 2019), EuroBirdwatch 2018, Bird ringing in Orikumi lagoon, Bird Identification course in Albania (BirdID Albania 2018).
Recently, Ramis is assisting in the implementation of the AOS’s projects, the “Egyptian Vulture New Life” project as well as “Anti-Poisoning on Wildlife in Albania” project.
Ergi has been volunteering on national and international environmental NGO’s actively since 2016. His volunteering focus consisted of promotional and communication work on the non-profit sectors. Ergi has attended several environmental programs abroad, such as training course and seminars, supported by the European Youth Foundation and Erasmus+.
Since 2016, as an activist, his aim has been focused on raising young people’s awareness through Environmental Education Programs (EDP) addressed to young people.
He currently works as Communication Expert of the “Let’s Make Divjaka Natural Again!” project, funded by Critical Ecosystem Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).
Graphic & Visual Designer
MSc. Xhesika Berisha, Graphic Designer. Since 2012, she operates as a graphic designer, focusing primarily on creating conceptual works, editorials illustrations, magazines-cover designs, as well as “hard-copy” and e-communication.
As a professional graphic designer, quite energetic and communicative, she is always looking for opportunities that fulfil her professional background and expectations as well as accomplishing her goal, working with passion and responsibility.
She currently works as Graphic & Visual Designer of the Albanian Ornithological Society.
MSc. Kristi Bashmili is an expert in the field of Environmental Management with over 6 years of professional experience. He completed his studies at Polis University, first at BSC ‘Environmental Studies’ and later he followed master’s studies in Urban Environment Management. He is qualified in the field of Environmental Management, Ecosystem Assessment, and Nature Conservation.
Kristi has extensive experience in ecosystem assessment, urban solid waste management, strategic environmental assessment, moreover in research work for the protection and management of nature. Also, during his professional career, the development of sustainable tourism and campaigns for the protection of nature, have been included in his focus. Kristi has been volunteering in AOS since its inception, giving valuable contributions and supporting various causes and activities of the organization.
He currently works as Project Coordinator of the “Egyptian Vulture New Life” project, funded by the EU Life programme.