Aferdita Hakaj is the Associate Director for the Center for International Human Rights. She has studied Law, International Affairs and Economics at Pennsylvania State University, Cambridge University and John Jay College. Prior to joining the Center, Aferdita worked at the United Nations with the following divisions: the Department of Management, the Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) where she researched and explored issues related to human resources, central emergency assistance projects, small developing islands security issues post 9/11, as well as humanitarian policy and economic development topics. Aferdita has held various leadership positions in the past, such as: Vice President of the United Nations Student Association and the Founder and President of the Albanian Students Association at John Jay College. She participated and published background material as Former Director, Assistant Director and delegate for the National Model United Nations Conference during 2003 to 2006. Aferdita was recently a panelist on the importance of soft power as a tool for international peace and international cooperation at the 2012 International Conference on Cultural Diplomacy and the United Nations.