Ilir Salihu has been Deputy Auditor General of Republic of Kosovo since April 2017.
He graduated from the Faculty of Economy, University of Prishtina, while he obtained the title Master of Business Administration (Strategic Management) from the prestigious management school in Slovenia – IEDC Bled School of Management. He has attended other academic programs in Industry Management at University for Management and Economy in Växjö, Sweden, and Entrepreneurship Program at American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad.
Salihu’s career is rich with managerial positions. Before the war of 1999 he was involved in the people’s movement for freedom and independence of Kosovo. Belonging to the youth leaders during 1992-99 he contributed to establishment of independent institutions of Kosovo, in particular to organisation of independent education system and youth’s life.
After the war, Salihu started his professional career at the Department of Trade and Industry as officer for Socially Owned Enterprises management and development supervision. Upon establishment of Kosovo Trust Agency (KTA), Salihu was initially engaged as privatisation officer, then he moved to KTA’s Department for Publicly Owned Enterprises. In 2005, he was appointed Director of Department and at the same time KTA Deputy Director for Publicly Owned Enterprises.
During 2005-2008 Salihu chaired the Board of Directors for Post and Telecommunication of Kosovo (PTK) and for Prishtina International Airport. During that period both enterprises went through a multidimensional transformation.
From July 2008, Salihu was part of important national and international institutions as Chief of Staff and Adviser for Economy to the President of the Republic of Kosovo (2011-2013), Advisor to Minister of Trade and Industry (2014-2016), Advisor for Economy at International Civilian Office (ICO, 2008-2011).
Salihu’s academic life was full of engagements since 2011 lecturing the Human Resources Management, Strategic Management, Organisational Behaviour and Leadership and Consumer Behaviour. Other than that, Salihu has also provided consultancy services to different international organisations and local businesses.