Visar Ademi

Visar Ademi

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My Career

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Nikolla Parapullov 209/5 1230 Gostivar R. Macedonia, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic Of

Visar Ademi

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Works at:
My Career
Location in:
Nikolla Parapullov 209/5 1230 Gostivar R. Macedonia, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic Of

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Manager with very strong business consultancy background, strong language skills and in-depth international experience seeking a challenging management role to implement business improvement processes and raise the profile and competitiveness of companies within world markets

Specialties: Management, Training, Business Consultancy

Visar has worked/studied in

  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Visar speaks

  • English
  • Albanian
  • Macedonian
  • Serbian
  • Bularian
  • Italian

Visar has experience in

  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Technology

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Work

2012 – present

Founder/CEO

My Career
  • Provided start-up leadership for a market led and investment driven project supporting catalytic initiatives to stimulate foreign and domestic investment, capture higher value export markets, alleviate supply chain bottlenecks, and generate significant numbers of new jobs
2012 – 2013
(Mar – Jun)

Workforce Development Specialist (part-time)

Chemonics International
  • Engaged to complete a study to assess and evaluate the current gap between education institution and private sector companies and propose concrete activities that would increase collaboration between universities and private businesses. During the assessment the following were achieved:
  • o Creation of a reproducible model for universities to set up a career office or to establish a career coaching position to carry out the functions of a career office,
  • o Develop certification program and soft-skills training programs for students and job-seekers that led to improved employability skills of job seekers/interns,
  • o Developed special degrees and new curricula as result of partnership between anchor companies and education provider which equipped students with set of technical and soft skills tailored to the needs of specific sectors,
  • o Supported the five public Universities to create the non-Academic services such as Career Centers, career counseling in the Universities,
  • o Supported the HR and Headhunting companies in creating a functional partnership model with education institutions in Albania.
2007 – 2012

Workforce Development Component Leader

CARANA Corporation
  • Have introduced innovative solutions in the following areas
  • o National Internship and Job placement program: introduced innovative approaches for recruitment of talented students for the needs in the private sector which includes a transformation model from off-line activities into the on-line interaction of the recruitment process. Initiated the creation of the portal www.mycareer.com.mk which improved the interaction in the real time between the job/seekers and students with companies.
  • o Training and Certification program. developed the capacities of the professions were standards in providing the qualitative services were lacking. Also supported the companies to improve their market performance once these programs were implemented in the companies.
  • o Industry led Education Partnership Program.
2007 – 2012

Workforce Development Component Leader

USAID Competitivness Project , Macedonia
  • Provided start-up leadership for a market led and investment driven project supporting catalytic initiatives to stimulate foreign and domestic investment, capture higher value export markets, alleviate supply chain bottlenecks, and generate significant numbers of new jobs. Resulting partnerships will alleviate constraints and build capacity related to workforce development; productivity; supply chain efficiency and technology; access to markets and financing; infrastructural services, including industrial and logistical parks; and policies, regulations and their administration. To that end, the project assists anchor firms and their respective supply chains in finding partners, developing market linkages, and packaging deals, including identifying buyers, investors and access to finance. Through a strong workforce development component, the project facilitates:
  • Expansion of training programs or in some cases establishment of Centres of Excellence,
  • Working with anchor firms, champions in the industries, business associations, and educational institutions in creating the certification programs to reduce the skill gap of graduating students and job seekers
2005 – 2008

Business Development Consultant (part-time engagement)

Ecorys
  • Developed and delivered Training modules to companies, participating in Strategic Management and Marketing group
  • o Visited and completed needs assessment to more than 20 (twenty) companies, dividing them into groups according their needs.
  • o Developed in-house training materials for the companies (approx. 20), participating in the learning group matrix,
  • o Completed in-company projects for the companies in these groups
  • o Authored a case study published by HRDF and delivered to various institutions (academic, governmental and non-governmental, international) in Macedonia
2004 – 2007

Director

Indiana University
  • HELP is a USAID funded project implemented by Indiana University, USA. In this Business Development role, create, develop and deliver consultancy services for Business Development Centre (BDC), Career Centre and Instructional Centre and assist in strengthening the capacities of South East European University (SEEU).
  • o Manage $1.8 million budget of HELP project activities at SEEU, Macedonia, and provide leadership role in developing and strengthening the quality of services and teaching capacities of Business Administration and Computer Science Faculties.
  • o Develop and deliver ToT in various business topics and techniques for 20 (twenty) SEEU instructors to help them become business and management consultants, and to deliver services to regional companies.
  • o Work on one-to-one consultancy and deliver tailored training (more than 100) to companies on various Management and Marketing related topics.
  • o Coordinate and organize annual career fairs in the campus, where more than 60 most well known Macedonian companies attend and recruit students from the SEEU campus.
2004 – 2007

Deputy Chief of Party

Indiana University Northwest , United States of America
  • HELP is a USAID funded project implemented by Indiana University, USA. In this Business Development role, create, develop and deliver consultancy services for Business Development Centre (BDC), Career Centre and Instructional Centre and assist in strengthening the capacities of South East European University (SEEU).
  • Manage $1.8 million budget of HELP project activities at SEEU, Macedonia, and provide leadership role in developing and strengthening the quality of services and teaching capacities of Business Administration and Computer Science Faculties.
  • Develop and deliver ToT in various business topics and techniques for 20 (twenty) SEEU instructors to help them become business and management consultants, and to deliver services to regional companies.
  • Work on one-to-one consultancy and deliver tailored training (more than 100) to companies on various Management and Marketing related topics.
  • Coordinate and organize annual career fairs in the campus, where more than 60 most well known Macedonian companies attend and recruit students from the SEEU campus.
2005 – 2007

Team Leader and Regional Business Management Consultant (part-time)

Spark
  • SPARK is a Dutch funded organization that launched several Business Start-up Centre (BSC) projects in Eastern Europe with an objective of promoting the Entrepreneurship among students and youth in the Western Balkans (Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro) by supporting potential Entrepreneurs technically (training) and financially (small grants) to start their own business.
  • o Developed the general content of 10 Business Module Training on Entrepreneurship.
  • o Developed the Train-the-Trainers (ToT) program for local trainers, involved in delivery of the training.
  • o Developed the content of specific trainings delivered to potential entrepreneur
2004 – 2007

Lecturer

South East European University
  • Teaching business courses for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Some of the courses include: Entrepreneurship, Principals of Management and Marketing, Strategic Management, e-Marketing etc.
2004
(Jul – Oct)

Management Consultant

GFA Consulting Group GmbH
  • GFA Consulting Group is a German-based company implementing the Small and Medium Size Enterprise Development (SMEDP) project in Macedonia under the auspices of European Agency for Reconstruction.
  • o Evaluated the results of the projects according the objectives set-up by EAR.
  • o Worked with companies CEO’s, beneficiaries of the project, on the impact of the work of international consultants in their businesses.
  • o Developed the final report from the result of the project audit.
2004
(Jul – Oct)

Consultancy project for MBA program

EBRD
  • Worked on MBA dissertation thesis "EBRD's Micro-finance program In Western Balkans" - the field study included the following countries: Macedonia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • o Was responsible for preparation of reports for the EBRD headquarters on the performance of Pro-Credit Banks (where EBRD is majority shareholder) in Western Balkans,
  • o Reviewed the Banks performance according the specific methodology and recommended a set of suggestions to improve the Banks process (internal and external).
2004
(Apr – Jul)

Management Consultant

Learning Tourism- EU funden project
  • Designed and developed new strategy that enabled Cleveley Mere penetrating into the new market segment not considered before.
  • o Increased over 50% occupancy rate of company's facilities for corporate events such as training, workshops, professional courses and meetings.
  • o As a result of new segment penetration, number of clients increased significantly (60% compared to previous year), increasing revenue by more than 70%.
2002 – 2003
(Dec – Sep)

Executive Director for SE Europe

Equibonds SA , Macedonia
  • Responsible for marketing and operational plans for the company contractors.
  • Worked closely with CEO’s of contracting companies to increase the awareness of Monarch products (beverages and energy drinks) in the South East Europe market.
  • In a period of 2(two) months, signed contracts with 3 private bottlers from various countries of SEE region.
  • Provided access of products in a market of 20 million consumers,
  • Increased sales volume by 20% within a year of operation.
2002 – 2003
(Dec – Sep)

Executive Director

Equibonds SA
  • Responsible for marketing and operational plans of the licensing company.
  • Working closely with CEOs of the contracting companies to increase the marketing awareness of Monarch products (beverages and energy drinks) in the SEE market.
  • o In a period of 2(two) months, signed contracts with 3 private bottlers from various countries of SEE region.
  • o Provided access of products in a market of 20 million consumers,
  • o Increased sales volume by 20% within a year of operation.
1999 – 2002

Business Management consultant

Enterprise Support Agency - ESA Gostivar
  • Business Management consultant- the services offered by consultant included: Business Plan preparation, Entrepreneurial and Management Trainings.
  • o Assisted SME businesses with professional one-to-one consultancy such as: training, advice, business plan preparation, trade fair promotions
  • o Raised more than £100.000 in form of grants from international financial institutions, making the Agency self- sustainable after short period of time,
  • o Developed more than 30 Business-training modules and delivered more than 300 Workshops for ESA’s business clients (existing and start up companies)
  • o Deliver tailored and customized training to international organization such as, World Bank, SEED, IFC, GTZ etc. Being a leader trainer in all Workshops.
2002
(Jun – Aug)

Intern

Valvoline
  • o Prepared reports for the CEO on the performance of the Valvoline subsidiaries worldwide, compared to the agreed objectives stated in the contract agreements signed by the parties.
  • o Prepared weekly reports that stated the reasons for failure/success when increase/decrease of sales occurred

Work

2012 – present

Founder/CEO

My Career
  • Provided start-up leadership for a market led and investment driven project supporting catalytic initiatives to stimulate foreign and domestic investment, capture higher value export markets, alleviate supply chain bottlenecks, and generate significant numbers of new jobs
2012 – 2013
(Mar – Jun)

Workforce Development Specialist (part-time)

Chemonics International
  • Engaged to complete a study to assess and evaluate the current gap between education institution and private sector companies and propose concrete activities that would increase collaboration between universities and private businesses. During the assessment the following were achieved:
  • o Creation of a reproducible model for universities to set up a career office or to establish a career coaching position to carry out the functions of a career office,
  • o Develop certification program and soft-skills training programs for students and job-seekers that led to improved employability skills of job seekers/interns,
  • o Developed special degrees and new curricula as result of partnership between anchor companies and education provider which equipped students with set of technical and soft skills tailored to the needs of specific sectors,
  • o Supported the five public Universities to create the non-Academic services such as Career Centers, career counseling in the Universities,
  • o Supported the HR and Headhunting companies in creating a functional partnership model with education institutions in Albania.
2007 – 2012

Workforce Development Component Leader

CARANA Corporation
  • Have introduced innovative solutions in the following areas
  • o National Internship and Job placement program: introduced innovative approaches for recruitment of talented students for the needs in the private sector which includes a transformation model from off-line activities into the on-line interaction of the recruitment process. Initiated the creation of the portal www.mycareer.com.mk which improved the interaction in the real time between the job/seekers and students with companies.
  • o Training and Certification program. developed the capacities of the professions were standards in providing the qualitative services were lacking. Also supported the companies to improve their market performance once these programs were implemented in the companies.
  • o Industry led Education Partnership Program.
2007 – 2012

Workforce Development Component Leader

USAID Competitivness Project , Macedonia
  • Provided start-up leadership for a market led and investment driven project supporting catalytic initiatives to stimulate foreign and domestic investment, capture higher value export markets, alleviate supply chain bottlenecks, and generate significant numbers of new jobs. Resulting partnerships will alleviate constraints and build capacity related to workforce development; productivity; supply chain efficiency and technology; access to markets and financing; infrastructural services, including industrial and logistical parks; and policies, regulations and their administration. To that end, the project assists anchor firms and their respective supply chains in finding partners, developing market linkages, and packaging deals, including identifying buyers, investors and access to finance. Through a strong workforce development component, the project facilitates:
  • Expansion of training programs or in some cases establishment of Centres of Excellence,
  • Working with anchor firms, champions in the industries, business associations, and educational institutions in creating the certification programs to reduce the skill gap of graduating students and job seekers
2005 – 2008

Business Development Consultant (part-time engagement)

Ecorys
  • Developed and delivered Training modules to companies, participating in Strategic Management and Marketing group
  • o Visited and completed needs assessment to more than 20 (twenty) companies, dividing them into groups according their needs.
  • o Developed in-house training materials for the companies (approx. 20), participating in the learning group matrix,
  • o Completed in-company projects for the companies in these groups
  • o Authored a case study published by HRDF and delivered to various institutions (academic, governmental and non-governmental, international) in Macedonia
2004 – 2007

Director

Indiana University
  • HELP is a USAID funded project implemented by Indiana University, USA. In this Business Development role, create, develop and deliver consultancy services for Business Development Centre (BDC), Career Centre and Instructional Centre and assist in strengthening the capacities of South East European University (SEEU).
  • o Manage $1.8 million budget of HELP project activities at SEEU, Macedonia, and provide leadership role in developing and strengthening the quality of services and teaching capacities of Business Administration and Computer Science Faculties.
  • o Develop and deliver ToT in various business topics and techniques for 20 (twenty) SEEU instructors to help them become business and management consultants, and to deliver services to regional companies.
  • o Work on one-to-one consultancy and deliver tailored training (more than 100) to companies on various Management and Marketing related topics.
  • o Coordinate and organize annual career fairs in the campus, where more than 60 most well known Macedonian companies attend and recruit students from the SEEU campus.
2004 – 2007

Deputy Chief of Party

Indiana University Northwest , United States of America
  • HELP is a USAID funded project implemented by Indiana University, USA. In this Business Development role, create, develop and deliver consultancy services for Business Development Centre (BDC), Career Centre and Instructional Centre and assist in strengthening the capacities of South East European University (SEEU).
  • Manage $1.8 million budget of HELP project activities at SEEU, Macedonia, and provide leadership role in developing and strengthening the quality of services and teaching capacities of Business Administration and Computer Science Faculties.
  • Develop and deliver ToT in various business topics and techniques for 20 (twenty) SEEU instructors to help them become business and management consultants, and to deliver services to regional companies.
  • Work on one-to-one consultancy and deliver tailored training (more than 100) to companies on various Management and Marketing related topics.
  • Coordinate and organize annual career fairs in the campus, where more than 60 most well known Macedonian companies attend and recruit students from the SEEU campus.
2005 – 2007

Team Leader and Regional Business Management Consultant (part-time)

Spark
  • SPARK is a Dutch funded organization that launched several Business Start-up Centre (BSC) projects in Eastern Europe with an objective of promoting the Entrepreneurship among students and youth in the Western Balkans (Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro) by supporting potential Entrepreneurs technically (training) and financially (small grants) to start their own business.
  • o Developed the general content of 10 Business Module Training on Entrepreneurship.
  • o Developed the Train-the-Trainers (ToT) program for local trainers, involved in delivery of the training.
  • o Developed the content of specific trainings delivered to potential entrepreneur
2004 – 2007

Lecturer

South East European University
  • Teaching business courses for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Some of the courses include: Entrepreneurship, Principals of Management and Marketing, Strategic Management, e-Marketing etc.
2004
(Jul – Oct)

Management Consultant

GFA Consulting Group GmbH
  • GFA Consulting Group is a German-based company implementing the Small and Medium Size Enterprise Development (SMEDP) project in Macedonia under the auspices of European Agency for Reconstruction.
  • o Evaluated the results of the projects according the objectives set-up by EAR.
  • o Worked with companies CEO’s, beneficiaries of the project, on the impact of the work of international consultants in their businesses.
  • o Developed the final report from the result of the project audit.
2004
(Jul – Oct)

Consultancy project for MBA program

EBRD
  • Worked on MBA dissertation thesis "EBRD's Micro-finance program In Western Balkans" - the field study included the following countries: Macedonia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • o Was responsible for preparation of reports for the EBRD headquarters on the performance of Pro-Credit Banks (where EBRD is majority shareholder) in Western Balkans,
  • o Reviewed the Banks performance according the specific methodology and recommended a set of suggestions to improve the Banks process (internal and external).
2004
(Apr – Jul)

Management Consultant

Learning Tourism- EU funden project
  • Designed and developed new strategy that enabled Cleveley Mere penetrating into the new market segment not considered before.
  • o Increased over 50% occupancy rate of company's facilities for corporate events such as training, workshops, professional courses and meetings.
  • o As a result of new segment penetration, number of clients increased significantly (60% compared to previous year), increasing revenue by more than 70%.
2002 – 2003
(Dec – Sep)

Executive Director for SE Europe

Equibonds SA , Macedonia
  • Responsible for marketing and operational plans for the company contractors.
  • Worked closely with CEO’s of contracting companies to increase the awareness of Monarch products (beverages and energy drinks) in the South East Europe market.
  • In a period of 2(two) months, signed contracts with 3 private bottlers from various countries of SEE region.
  • Provided access of products in a market of 20 million consumers,
  • Increased sales volume by 20% within a year of operation.
2002 – 2003
(Dec – Sep)

Executive Director

Equibonds SA
  • Responsible for marketing and operational plans of the licensing company.
  • Working closely with CEOs of the contracting companies to increase the marketing awareness of Monarch products (beverages and energy drinks) in the SEE market.
  • o In a period of 2(two) months, signed contracts with 3 private bottlers from various countries of SEE region.
  • o Provided access of products in a market of 20 million consumers,
  • o Increased sales volume by 20% within a year of operation.
1999 – 2002

Business Management consultant

Enterprise Support Agency - ESA Gostivar
  • Business Management consultant- the services offered by consultant included: Business Plan preparation, Entrepreneurial and Management Trainings.
  • o Assisted SME businesses with professional one-to-one consultancy such as: training, advice, business plan preparation, trade fair promotions
  • o Raised more than £100.000 in form of grants from international financial institutions, making the Agency self- sustainable after short period of time,
  • o Developed more than 30 Business-training modules and delivered more than 300 Workshops for ESA’s business clients (existing and start up companies)
  • o Deliver tailored and customized training to international organization such as, World Bank, SEED, IFC, GTZ etc. Being a leader trainer in all Workshops.
2002
(Jun – Aug)

Intern

Valvoline
  • o Prepared reports for the CEO on the performance of the Valvoline subsidiaries worldwide, compared to the agreed objectives stated in the contract agreements signed by the parties.
  • o Prepared weekly reports that stated the reasons for failure/success when increase/decrease of sales occurred

Education

2003 – 2004

Lancaster University Management School

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
2001 – 2002

University of Kentucky

International Business and Diplomacy (Masters)
1994 – 1998

Universiteti i Tiranës

Baccalaureate

Achievements

  • Certified CMC with excellence
  • certified PMP
  • certified as M&A consultant

Additional Info