Brikena is a UK qualified Barrister (lawyer) with several years of experience working at the self-employed Bar and as a defence lawyer for the Government Legal Department in London. Brikena is originally from Kosovo and is the first Albanian woman to qualify as a Barrister in the UK.
Brikena is Founder and Head of the British-Albanian Lawyers Association (BALA), a non-profit organisation focused on promoting co-operation between lawyers in the United Kingdom, Kosovo and Albania, advancing the knowledge in the field of law, supporting future generations of lawyers and promoting the rule of law and access to justice. BALA organises regular talks and has had a number of high profile guest speakers, including Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Kosovo’s Supreme Court President and Kosovo’s first female president.
Brikena is actively involved in promoting the rights of the Albanian Diaspora. In 2018 Brikena addressed the Kosovo Parliament on diaspora engagement and presented before Kosovo’s Parliamentary Commission for Legislation the results of her diaspora rights work with a Kosovo-based NGO.
Brikena is the first recipient of the 'Ambassador of the Nation' Award from the Albanian Government, which she received in March 2019 in recognition of her diaspora community work.
Brikena was appointed by the Albanian Government in April 2019 on Albania’s Diaspora Coordinative Council, an institution which was created by the Albanian Government in 2018 for the first time in the history of Albania. The mission of the Council is to represent the interests of the Albanian Diaspora and to act as a bridge between the Albanian Diaspora and the Albanian Government. The Council consists of 15 Albanian Diaspora members from different countries and works with the key figures of the Albanian Government, including Albania’s President, Prime Minister and Government Ministers, on diaspora strategies and policies.
Brikena is Chair of Trustees of I Can Be, a British charity focused on bringing down barriers to opportunity for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In 2016 Brikena was invited by the British Embassy in Kosovo to meet HRH Prince Charles as part of events celebrating the links between Kosovo and the UK.
Brikena has spoken about her inspiring journey to the law in the British and Albanian media. She came to the UK at the age of 16 from Kosovo, 3 years before the Kosovo war, speaking little English and qualified as a Barrister 9 years later. Brikena has given inspirational talks for different organisations and is regularly invited to speak on Kosovo’s and Albania’s TV and radio to discuss her work and issues affecting the Albanian Diaspora.