North Macedonia's Hani Appointed New RYCO Secretary General Succeeding Đuro Blanuša

The Regional Youth Cooperation Office   (RYCO) has a new Secretary General as Mr.   Albert Hani has been appointed in the post
during the online meeting of the Governing Board which was held on March 5, 2021, said a press release issued by RYCO Head Office in Tirana on Friday.
The decision was made by the representatives of the Western Balkan governments and youth representatives in the RYCO Governing Board. The mandate of the new RYCO Secretary General will start on 3 April 2021 after the four- year mandate of the current RYCO SecretaryGeneral Mr Đuro Blanuša ends.
Mr. Hani is currently serving as the Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in North Macedonia. He is a civil society activist with longstanding experience of more than 22 years in managing and leading peacebuilding and youth projects for a number of international organizations. Besides his formal legal background and specialization on international law, he has conducted postgraduate studies on human resources management, gender and politics as well as history and international relations.He is also a PhD candidate who practices teaching of multicultural communication at the State University of Tetovo, North Macedonia. He is a   well-known  peace promoter, mediator and   trainer on topics of peace-building, human   rights, management and project cycle management. Moreover, he has facilitated hundreds of training sessions and   conferences for numerous target groups   such as governments, civil servants, police, youth, civil society and businessmen.

Mr. Hani will lead RYCO and will represent the organization at the highest level. He will uphold the position for the period of four years without possibility of extension. As defined by the Statute of RYCO, candidates for the  position of the Secretary-general   are selected through an open call and   based on merit. The Secretary-general is accountable to the Governing Board while the nationality of the Secretary-general rotates in a manner inclusive to all RYCO Contracting Parties.The open call for the new RYCO Secretary General was launched on 7 November 2020 and it was opened for one month period. After the RYCO Secretariat evaluated the received applications based on the eligibility criteria, the RYCO Governing Board interviewed seven best evaluated candidates. /