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Head Asylum Migration and Counter-Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) Programme

Stela Haxhi is the Head of the Asylum, Migration and Counter-Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) Programme, within the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

Previously, she worked as an Independent Senior Consultant for DCAF and different clients, focusing on the governance of migration, refugee protection, counter-trafficking, Rule of Law and Security Sector Reform.

Between 2010-2014, Dr. Stela Haxhi was seconded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs/Human Security Division as a Migration Management Expert/Senior Legal Advisor to the European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo.

From 2002, she joined the Swiss State Secretariat on Migration as a Senior Legal Advisor, dealing with Refugee Status Determination, migration & humanitarian policies, development of migration dialogue with China, India and Kosovo, negotiations of visa, readmission agreements and migration partnerships. As a Coordinator Schengen-Dublin, she was in charge of the management of the External Border Fund (EBF).

Previously in her career, she worked for nearly nine years as a prosecutor for the Albanian General Prosecutor Office, dealing with criminal proceeding, mutual legal assistance and extradition.

Stela Haxhi holds a PhD in Public International Law & Constitutional Law and a Master Degree on Nation-State Concept and Minority Rights, from the University of Fribourg/Institute of Federalism in Switzerland. She has also studied at Hague Academy of International Law, University of Bern and College of Bruges.

She is a member of the Swiss Pool of Experts for Civilian Peace Building and an Alumni Member of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). She volunteers as an Expert for the Swiss Human Rights Platform.

She is the author of a book and different articles. She is a trainer in Project Cycle Management & Resource Mobilisation as well as in Migration Law & Human Rights.