Advisory Board

Mërgim Cahani

Advisory Board Member

Mergim is the Founder & CEO of Gjirafa, Inc (, the Albanian Search Engine and a content platform. Gjirafa has recently raised $2.5M in angel and venture funding, with investors including Rockaway Capital, Esther Dyson, Ondrej Bartos, Phillip Staehelin.  An alum of StartupYard 2014, Gjirafa is working to build the Internet Economy and bring state of the art e-commerce solutions to emerging markets in Kosovo, Albania, and the region.  Previously he founded iziSurvey, a mobile survey solution, and MatchBox, now a defunct dating application. Currently Mergim serves as the President of the Board of Governors at the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo, as an advisory board member of several startups, accelerators and funds, and has over 15 years of industry experience with startups, technology, management, and investment experience.

Previously Mergim worked in New York for Broadridge Financial Solutions (NYSE:BR), an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the department of Computer Science at St. John’s University, and an executive management consulting program at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (NYSE:MS). His education includes a Summa Cum Laude BSc degree in Computer Science from St. John's University, an MSc degree in Computer Science from New York University, and an MBA degree with honors majoring in Executive Management from The Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University


GAP Donatorët

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency National Endowment for Democracy Rockefeller Brothers Fund Open Society Institute European Union in Kosovo