After more than ten years of absence, Hill told his audience he found Kosovo's progress remarkable. He added that, "Kosovo must [be patient,] but continue to have hope that a great future lies ahead with the right education, perseverance, and policies." The Ambassador spoke of the importance of education as a vital part of Kosovo's future, noting that, "KAEF has had an important positive impact and will continue to be a leader in Kosovar education." KAEF is an American Councils-run initiative that funds educational programs that provide Kosovo's future leaders with tools to promote economic development and ensure their country's prosperity.
American Councils' Chief Strategy and Development Officer, Miriam Parel, reported that the event raised over $50,000, which will be, "instrumental in supporting future fellowships for talented Kosovar scholars to study at some of America's finest graduate universities." American Councils Board Member David Gotaas and his colleague and KAEF Co-Chair Luan Dalipi noted, "We are very appreciative of the continuing support of this important program." Since 2004, American Councils has administered the KAEF endowment on behalf of USAID, which allows eight to ten Kosovars each year to pursue masters-level studies in the U.S.
Ambassador Hill served as U.S. Special Envoy to Kosovo from 1998 to 1999 and received the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis. During his career in the Foreign Service, Hill served in Iraq, Poland, Macedonia, Serbia, South Korea, and Albania. Hill currently serves as Dean of the University of Denver 's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
For more information about the event and the KAEF program, please visit http://www.americancouncils.org/program/1o/KAEF/ and www.kaef-online.org.