Our Team

  • Jacopo Losso
    Director of Secretariat

    As the Director of Secretariat, Jacopo tracks issues of strategic importance to the early-stage investing ecosystem. He also strives to identify opportunities to influence the EU decision making processes, working closely with industry’s stakeholders to promote the excellence and expertise of EBAN’s Board Members to the European audience. Jacopo is also responsible of the coordination and implementation of EBAN’s activities in EU funded projects. Being the first contact point of the Association, he is also looking after members’ interests and helping ensure they obtain best value from their membership. Jacopo holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Thanks to his education and his strong academic background both in marketing and in financial management, Jacopo has a successful track record with international work experiences. He is a native Italian speaker and perfectly bilingual both in English and Spanish.

    info@eban.org

    Kardelen Kala
    EU Projects Manager

    As the EU Projects Manager, Kardelen works together with the team on EU-funded projects and also other pan-European projects and events. Before joining EBAN, she worked at two different EU agencies in communications, stakeholder relationship management and project management. Through these roles she acquired a lot of experience and knowledge on various EU policies and structures, building upon her education in European Studies. She also has extensive experience working with texts as a copywriter, translator, editor and proof-reader. Kardelen holds an MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Natolin (BE-PL). She has lived in 5 different countries in 3 different continents, and loves to travel, read, talk to different people and learn new and unexpected things. She is a fluent speaker of English, French and Turkish, and has some knowledge of Spanish.

    euprojects@eban.org

    Medina Braha
    Research Analyst

    Medina Braha graduated in Msc. Economics for Business Analysis at Staffordshire University, UK. She is currently a PhD candidate in Business Administration at Istanbul Commerce University, Turkey. As Teaching Assistant at Faculty of Economics, University of Prishtina, Medina delivers tutorials in the subjects Management, Business Ethics, Managing SMEs, Statistical Analysis, and Risk Management. Medina has experience in both public and private sector, as well as in national and international research projects. As Research Analyst at EBAN she does research on the “Compendium of Co-investment Funds with Business Angels” and the “Compendium of Tax Outlook in Europe: Business Angels Perspective” which remain an utmost tool to EBAN and its members and are highly regarded by policy makers across Europe. Other engagements regarding entrepreneurship and investment of SMEs include the presentation of her paper (Angel Investment vs. Kosovo: A Promising Opportunity?) at the 9th Annual International Conference of Alb-Shkenca Institute, participation in local and international business events as well as participation at conferences organised across Europe by the European business angels community. Medina managed a market research project for the global pharmaceutical company Abbott, at its Netherlands’ branch. She contributed to all parts of the project by presenting the current market position, providing conclusions and recommendations to the Board and designing future strategies to be taken by the company. Medina contributed one year to the EU Office Twinning Project supporting the Office of the Auditor General of Kosovo. She also did research for the Kosova Health Foundation in the field of treating the repatriated migrants, with specific emphasis to the repatriation of the Roma community in Kosovo. Medina attended various conferences, workshops and trainings in the fields of research, entrepreneurship, SMEs, economic development, angel investment, fundraising, financial and performance audit, marketing, human resources, business, project management, politics etc. As a student she worked part-time and as an intern in organisations such as Kosovo Energy Corporation, Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo, Central Election Commission of Kosovo and Zero Positive Publicis.

    medina.braha@eban.org

  • Keti Chikhladze
    Marketing and Operations Manager

    As Marketing and Operations Manager, Keti handles EBAN’s various communication channels, as well as being involved with all of EBAN's activities: organising events, liaising with the association's members and partners, implementing EU-funded projects, and more. Having obtained her MSc. with distinction from the University of Sheffield International Faculty in Thessaloniki, Greece, she went on to collaborate with the Hellenic Business Angels Network and publish a paper on “Early Stage Investment in South East Europe” at the World Business Angels Investment Forum. In addition to other international experiences, Keti received her BA in Business Administration with distinction from the University of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she is originally from.

    socialmedia@eban.org

    Emanuele Blasi
    SpaceUp Project Manager

    Emanuele is the project manager for SpaceUp, an EU funded project that aims at scaling up European space-tech companies. He worked as a consultant in strategy, finance and development for numerous companies in the ICT industry and the digital economy. He is also an expert of integrated reporting and strategy, maximizing financial and non-financial value creation in the short, medium and long term. Emanuele holds a double master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and ISAE/ENSICA (France).

    emanuele@eban.org