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LEAD Albania

LEAD Albania, a fellowship program similar to the White House Fellows Program, aims to provide gifted young Albanian professionals with first-hand experience in the process of governing Albania.  Fellows are assigned to senior positions within the Prime Ministry, Office of the President, Ministries, and Municipality of Tirana. The Fellowship experience is supported by an educational component where Fellows participate in seminars on: European integration, public policy, decision making, foreign policy, security policy, leadership, and soft skills development. The program envisions that Fellows will not only learn in their positions but that they will also contribute significantly to the productivity, efficiency and innovativeness of the host institutions. Five years from its successful implementation, the AADF approved the extension of the LEAD program to a second five-year period, budgeted at $3.2 Million and making it an overall investment of $5.7 Million.

About

Engagement in the work of the central government agencies is at the heart of the LEAD Albania program. Fellows will spend a year as full-time, paid advisers or assistants to the top officials of the Prime Ministry, Ministries, the Office of the President, and the Municipality of Tirana. Fellows may also be required to work on issues outside of their area of expertise. Responsibilities can be wide ranging and will be defined in the job description developed by the AADF and each host institution prior to placement of the Fellow. Fellows may be required to undertake domestic and international travel as part of their assignment and for learning purposes.

The list of positions for Fellows may vary from year to year. The number of Fellows selected will also depend on the quality of applications. The year-long Fellowship begins in the fall of each year.

The LEAD Albania Program will pay each Fellow a salary and benefits based on the pay scale of the agency where they are placed. Fellows will not be permitted to have additional employment during their year of government service. In return for the privilege of participating in the Program, Fellows will be expected to apply what they have learned by contributing to the nation as leaders in their respective communities, professions, and in public service. Fellows will be expected to return to their former occupations or undertake new career paths with the attained experience in public policy. Participants will be better prepared to contribute to national affairs, thereby fulfilling the mission of the program.

Host Institutions

Prime Minister’s Office, Ministries, Office of the President and Tirana Municipality offer positions for the fellows. The Albanian-American Development Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with each of these institutions.

During the application process, Fellows are asked to choose the institution where they prefer to be placed. If selected as a finalist, the fellow will be recommended as an adviser to the top ranking official of the respective institution.

Current Class

The 2018 Class of LEAD Albania Fellows

1

Ardit Çami received his Master of Law (LL.M) in International Business Law from Coventry University, United Kingdom, where he also served as a Course Representative and member of the Law Society. He holds an Integrated Diploma of the Second Level in Law in Albania. Ardit is a member of the National Chamber of Advocacy since 2011 and has been practicing law for more than 8 years. He has worked as a legal counselor in the private sector, state public sector and civil society. The expertise of his has assisted international organizations, such as, the international Mabetex Group, the state Energy Regulatory Entity of Albania, ÇAMI Law Firm, Save the Children (UK), CRCA Albania etc. He has received intensive course training and certifications from the World Bank and Credins Bank. Ardit has been taking part in roundtables discussions, offering his contribute on various drafts laws concerning civil society. His areas of expertise include, civil and criminal law, energy law, court litigation, corporate and banking law, procurement law and civil society activism. He is currently challenged in enhancing his leadership role and skills through the Lead Albania Program.
Host institution: Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

2

Bledar Qalliu holds a bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Tirana. He received a Master’s degree in International Commerce from the University of Padua in Italy and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Waseda University in Japan. Bledar is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Comparative Politics at Waseda University. He has been a Monbusho Scholar for more than six years, as part of a scholarship program awarded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. Bledar has worked as an education policy analyst at the Ministry of Education and Science of Albania for more than three years until 2011. He has contributed to the drafting of several national and intersectoral strategies in the field of education and science and has reported to national and international institutions on the progress of the Albanian Government in aforesaid fields within the framework of the European integration process. During his graduate studies Bledar has worked part- time as an instructor of several modules in Intercultural Communication, International Business, Business Negotiations, etc., at some of Japan’s largest corporations.
Host institution: Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

3

Doriana Matraku has graduated in Economics, from the University of Tirana. Doriana has completed a Master of Science in Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics, in the field of Banking Sector with the dissertation topic: “Financial Crises and warning models. Albanian case”. From 2000, Doriana is a full-time lecturer at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics, in the following courses “Introduction to Economics”, “History of Economic Thought” and “Economics of Social Issue”. From 2010, she is a local consultant at the Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency. She is author and co-author of many academic papers and presentations in national and international conferences, focusing on banking sector, financial crises, higher education, etc. She is author of two monographs published in Albania and Germany. From 2011, Doriana holds the academic title of Associated Professor, received from University of Tirana.
Host institution: Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth

4

Elena Pici holds two undergraduate degrees, in Economics and in Law and an MSc in Local Economic Development, with Distinction, from London School of Economics, UK, as a Chevening scholarship holder. Furthermore, she has attended a course on the economic and financial issues shaping EU in Brussels, with a scholarship from Konrad Adenauer Foundation. She started her career as an Economic Program Coordinator at Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Over the past year, Elena has been working as a banking supervisor, at Bank of Albania and as a lecturer at the Economics Department, Epoka University. She has also been a TTF fellow of the Open Society Foundation, through the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program. Elena has also an extensive volunteer experience with civil society organizations that are focused in developing skills and leadership among the young generation.
Host institution: Prime Minister Office

5

Elkjana Gjipali received a master degree in ‘Film Directing’ in the Academy of Arts in Tirana. She is specialized in film industry in Warsaw under the guidance of Mr. Krysztof Zanussi. She has worked as an executive producer for 8 years at ‘Durres Film Festival’ one of the most prominent evens where celebrities like Francis Ford Coppola, Paolo Sorrentino, Claudia Cardinale visited Albania. During the last 10 years she has established herself as a creative producer and director of several short and 3 feature national movies in Albania with several production companies in Albania.  Also, she has managed project within the programs like ‘Creative Europe’ and ‘Eurimage’. Besides producing and directing she has been active in education through cinema and in 2017 she has founded the first Albanian film club ‘Kino Tirana’ that promotes film literacy in Albania for the younger generation.
Host institution: Ministry of Culture

6

Esmeralda Byberi holds a bachelor degree in Economics & Business Economics combined with a minor in Law from Utrecht University in Netherlands. She received the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship for 3 years and was part of Honours Programme. During her studies she worked for the University and was part of Career Fair Board. She continued her postgraduate studies in Management, Organizations and Governance at the London School of Economics (LSE) in the United Kingdom.  After her studies she followed a traineeship at the European Commission Office in London, with a focus on renewable energy. Upon her return in Albania, she worked in Vodafone Albania for 3 years in areas of business process design and policy compliance. She has regularly engaged in research activities related to the energy market in Albania in collaboration with national and international energy associations.
Host institution: Municipality of Tirana

7

Jonida Burba graduated in 2007 as a High Police Specialist from Police Academy in Albania, Tirana and has 10 years of professional experience in different police sectors. She holds a Bachelor degree in Law, and a Master of Science degree for National and International Penal Law from European University of Tirana. In recent years, Jonida has worked as a border and immigration police officer, at the International Airport of Tirana and as a specialist for detecting crimes, in various police sectors in Tirana. Her most recent professional assignment was at the Police Directory of Tirana, as a specialist at Criminal Assets and Money Laundry Section, part of the Task Force Unit of Economic Crimes Sector. Jonida has been engaged in Albanian Police Syndicate (Union) from 2010, where she held the position of General Secretary of the Union and gave her contribution to the formation of the first Police Woman Forum.
Host institution: Ministry of Interior

8

Orjola Shahaj graduated in Oral Health Sciences at Albanian University. In 2016, she was awarded a Chevening Scholarship which is UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. She pursued her Master in Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon completion of her studies, she engaged for a short period of time in research about national level interventions to facilitate early detection of cancer. The main focus of her recent research activity is related to governmental initiatives aimed at reducing health inequalities. In her early career, she focused on further education for oral health professionals. She has been actively engaged in reinforcing evidence base practice among oral health professionals in Albania through her work as coordinator at an open access Albanian journal that addresses these issues. She has also volunteered in activities aimed at promoting better oral health outcomes among hard to reach populations in rural parts of Albania.
Host institution: Ministry of Health and Social Welfare

9

Nita Shala holds a B.A. in Law, LL.M. in International Cooperation against Trans-national Financial Organized Crime, and M.Sc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice (University of Oxford). Nita has submitted and is awaiting defense of the title Ph.D. in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. Her research centers on the right to guarantees of non-repetition for violations of human rights and is funded by the Swiss Government Excellence Fund. Nita is lawyer and criminologist with professional experience, among others, in institutions such as the OSCE-Presence in Albania; PAMECA IV; Permanent Mission of the Republic of Albania to the United Nations Office in Geneva; USAID Anti-Corruption and Internal Audit Office in the Kosovo Energy Corporate; and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Host institution: Ministry of Interior

10

Sidrit Tako holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in International Economics and Trade Administration from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China (2012). After his studies Sidrit became project manager of the overseas investments in South America and Eastern Europe region for the MCC (Metallurgical Corporation of China), where he successfully developed investment strategies and market research for the mining sector. Furthermore, he acted as an advisor to the CEO of the MCC. Sidrit is a member of ‘ThinkInChina”, an academic forum on Chinese economy and politics and a translator for ICCLE (International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education). As an executive member of Klik Ekspo Group, he has focused on developing international economic and cultural projects, with the aim of promoting Albania to the Asian continent. Since 2015, Sidrit is involved in the private sector in Albania as a dedicated and results-driven manager.
Host institution: Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Alumni

Admir Malaj – Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth

Bledar Dervishaj – Ministry of Justice

Dritan Fino – Ministry of Finance

Eduart Gjokutaj – Ministry of Finance

Elona Bano –  President’s Office

Ergis Sefa – Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth

Krislen Keri – Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure

Ledio Braho – President’s Office

Qamil Dika – Municipality of Tirana

Sokol Muça – Ministry of Education and Sport

Adanela Musaraj – Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Management

Besjona Mehmetaj (Dede) – Ministry of Education and Sport

Edmond Ahmeti – Ministry of Culture

Endri Mykaj – Prime Minister’s Office

Erton Graceni – Prime Minister’s Office

Gilbert Vigani – Municipality of Tirana

Julinda Mansaku – Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure

Sokol Bardhi – Ministry of Interior

Ujvara Ponari – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Bruxhilda Kito – Ministry of Interior

Dritan Palnikaj – Prime Minister’s Office

Ekflodia Leskaj – Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship

Enton Duro – Ministry of Finance

Gerion Dhimo – State Minister for Innovation and Public Administration

Jonila Gabrani – Ministry of Health

Klodiana Beshku – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lumturi Hoxha – Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure

Marsida Duli – Ministry of Health

Alban Lila – Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship

Soana Jaupllari – Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship

Albana Hana – Ministry of Justice

Elfrida Bino – Ministry of Energy and Industry

Sabina Juka – Ministry of European Integration

Sonila Turshilla – Ministry of European Integration

Sashenka Lleshaj – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Emiljano Kaziaj – Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth

Enkelejda Hamzaj – Municipality of Tirana

Besarta Vladi – State Minister of Innovation and Public Administration

Selection

The LEAD Albania program management and the selection commission will look into the following criteria when selecting Fellows:

  • A record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career.
  • Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service.
  • The skills to succeed at the highest levels of the government, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Other qualities include:

  • Exceptional writing ability
  • Foreign language skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Strong management skills
  • Very good interpersonal skills
  • Level of expertise in the proposed focus area

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be Albanian citizens (dual citizenship is also acceptable).
  • Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education. Completion of graduate and postgraduate studies may be of significant advantage.
  • Preferably, applicants will have a minimum of 5 years of post-graduate work experience. In case of a completed PhD, the preferred minimum is 3 years.
  • Employees of the central government and the President Office are not eligible.
  • There are no age restrictions. However, the Fellowship Program was created to give selected applicants the experience of government service early in their careers.

Applications for the 2019 Class of LEAD Albania Program are now open. Please visit the “Apply” section below for more information.

 

Selection Commission

The Selection Commission for the LEAD Albania Program is composed of two AADF representatives and three outstanding citizens who represent a different range of backgrounds, interests, and professions. The Commission interviews selected candidates from the first round and then recommends those individuals it finds most qualified to host institutions for appointment as Fellows.

 

FAQ

What is the LEAD Albania Program?

The LEAD Albania Program (Leadership Experience And Development) is an initiative of the AADF for leadership development. The concept of the program is derived from the White House Fellows Program in the United States. Its purpose is to provide gifted young Albanian professionals with first-hand experience in the process of governing Albania and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of society through a one-year Fellowship placement attached to a top-ranking government position.
Fellows also participate in an Education Program where they will meet with a series of individuals including the Prime Minister, Ministers, Constitutional Court Justices, Advisers and other senior central government officials, Members of Parliament, military leaders, journalists, historians, business executives, leaders from non-government organizations, and foreign heads of state or diplomats as opportunities arise. There will also be a series of seminars on European integration, public policy, decision making, foreign policy, security policy, leadership, soft skills, etc.

What is the mission of the program?

Its purpose is to provide gifted young Albanian professionals with first-hand experience in the process of governing Albania and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of society.

What type of individual is the program seeking to find?

The LEAD Albania program management and the selection commission is looking for individuals who are most likely to fullfill the mission of the program. The following criteria are considered when selecting the Fellows:

  • A record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career.
  • Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service.
  • The skills to succeed at the highest levels of the government, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Other qualities include:

  • Exceptional writing ability
  • Foreign language skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Strong management skills
  • Very good interpersonal skills
  • Level of expertise in the proposed focus area.

These qualities combined with the strength of one’s character are taken into consideration when selecting a class for the Program.

Who is the Selection Commission of LEAD Albania Program composed of?

The Selection Commission on the LEAD Albania Program is composed of two AADF representatives and three outstanding citizens who represent a different range of backgrounds, interests, and professions. The Commission interviews selected candidates from the first round and then recommends those individuals it finds most qualified to host institutions for appointment as Fellows.

What is the program schedule and selection timeline?

Interested candidates can apply online at the application section of our website. All applications must be submitted with supporting documents by March 15.  Please see application section for more details.

April

First round selection
Applicants are notified in April if they have been selected for first round interviews. If selected, they will receive a notification explaining the time and location for interviews.

May

First round interviews
First round interviews will be conducted by an AADF panel. The candidates selected for the second round of interviews with the Selection Commission will be notified of the time and location by e-mail.

June

Interviews by the Selection Commission
Candidates will be interviewed by the Selection Commission in the second round of interviews. These interviews will determine which Fellows will be recommended to the host institutions.

July

Interviews with host institutions
The finalists recommended by the Selection Commission will interview with principals at the host institutions.  Host institutions will make the final decision.

September/October

Final design of individual placements.
Fellowship year begins with an October launching ceremony.

What is expected of a LEAD Albania Fellow during the program year?

Being a Fellow in the LEAD Albania Program is an honor, a privilege, and a full-time commitment. Fellows are expected to fully engage in their work placement, which lies at the heart of the Fellowship. Work placements can offer unparalleled experience working with Government officials on challenging issues. The work often requires long hours and, at times, unglamorous duties that require as much perseverance as ability on the Fellows’ part. The work placement may also require travel on behalf of the host institution. The Education component augments and enhances the work experience through seminars, workshops, round-tables, etc.

How do I apply?

The online applications go live each year on January 15, on the AADF website and must be submitted by March 15, at 5:00 PM (CET). It is recommended that submission of the application is a few days earlier than the deadline in case of technical difficulties.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Applicants must be Albanian citizens (dual citizenship is also acceptable).
  • Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education. Completion of graduate and postgraduate studies may be of significant advantage.
  • Preferably, applicants will have a minimum of 5 years of post-graduate work experience. In case of a completed PhD, the preferred minimum is 3 years.
  • Employees of the central government and the President Office are not eligible.
  • There are no age restrictions. However, the Fellowship Program was created to give selected applicants the experience of government service early in their careers.

Can I be a Fellow if I have dual citizenship?

Applicants must hold Albanian citizenship, dual citizenship is acceptable.

Are there age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions. However, the Fellowship program was created to give selected Albanians the experience of public service early in their careers.

Does a candidate need to be of the same political party as the current principals of the host institutions?

No, fellowships are awarded strictly on a non-partisan basis.

What is the best approach for handling recommendation letters?

Applicants are asked to submit only three references. It is best to have recommendations from individuals who know you well and can fully answer the questions that are asked in the application. For example, a recommendation letter from a prominent person is not helpful if that individual cannot speak about your background and character.

At least one recommendation should be from an individual that can speak to your professional competence and accomplishments in your field. At least one recommendation should come from someone with knowledge of your community and civic activities.

In addition, one recommendation should be from your current supervisor, if applicable. A recommendation from a prior supervisor is acceptable, but a current supervisor is preferred.

If selected, can I continue to participate in organizations in which I currently serve such as corporate and government boards, or on local councils?

LEAD Albania Fellows are considered full-time employees of the host institutions and are subject to the Albanian laws and regulations. These standards prohibit Fellows from receiving any salary or any contribution or supplementation of salary from any source other than the LEAD Albania program. If outside activity that is uncompensated conflicts with your official duties, then you will not be able to continue that outside activity.

Service on advisory boards and other types of committees is evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if Fellows may continue the outside activity based on the precise nature of the activity and the official duties performed while serving as an employee of the host institution in the program.

Are applicants required to submit financial disclosures if selected? What happens if there is a conflict of interest with my investments and my assignment?

Certain placements will require that a financial disclosure form be submitted.

Conflict of interest matters that arise will be handled on a case-by-case basis according to all applicable laws and regulations. If you have questions during the application process about potential conflicts of interest, please contact the LEAD Albania Program office to inquire.

Are applicants required to undergo a security and background investigation?

The winning Finalists recommended to the host institutions are required to submit comprehensive background information, and must be qualified to pass a security clearance. The winning Finalists must submit the following documents: penal certificate, the respective certificates from court and prosecution and the bailiff office certificate. The host institution may conduct further background investigation and certify your security clearance by the Albanian National Security Authority.

If it appears that a security clearance will not be possible, a winning Finalist will be notified by the Program Director and will not be able to become a Fellow.

Please be assured that all of this information is carefully protected and kept confidential. Panelists and Commissioners do not have access to background investigation information. Information provided by candidates who ultimately are not selected will be destroyed.

How is the class of Fellows selected?

The selection process is very competitive. The LEAD Albania Program staff screen the applications to identify the most promising candidates. Approximately 50 of the most qualified applicants are selected to be interviewed in the first round by a panel from the AADF. Based on the results of the interviews from the first round, Program Management selects approximately 30 candidates to proceed for the second round. The Selection Commission, which is comprised of representatives of AADF and prominent personalities from academia, public and private sector then interviews the group and recommends 10-15 outstanding candidates to host institutions for a one-year appointment as Fellows. These candidates interview with the respective principals of host institutions, who make the final decision.

How should I prepare for the interviews?

We recommend that candidates prepare as they would for any other interview. We also recommend the following:

• Knowledge of your application, as each application is carefully studied.
• Study current events. One of the essential qualities of a LEAD Albania Fellow is that they are citizens of the larger world.
• Be current on key issues in your professional field.
• Develop a clear articulation about why you should be selected.

What is required of first round selected candidates?

First round candidates are expected to participate in an interview that determines the selection of the candidates for the second round interviews with the Selection Commission. The interviews are scheduled in July and will take place in Tirana. Interviews are conducted by an interviewing panel created by the AADF. Travel arrangements are the responsibility of each selected candidate.

What is required of second round selected candidates?

The selected candidates from the first round are interviewed by the members of the Selection Commission on the LEAD Albania Program. Travel arrangements are the responsibility of each candidate.

How are interviews with the host institutions conducted and how is placement determined?

Two to three finalists are recommended to every host institution. The individuals who are recommended have to participate in a series of briefings and interviews with the principals of the host institutions to make the final selection and determine their fellowship work placements. Travel arrangements are the responsibility of each Finalist.

Can a Fellow remain in his/her placement after the Fellowship year?

The Fellowship year concludes in fall of the following year, and the program encourages Fellows to return to their communities and professions. The Fellow can be asked to continue at an agency, but not in their capacity as a Fellow.

What is the Education component?

The Education component augments and enhances the work placement experience. Fellows are expected to fully participate in the Education component, which includes seminars, workshops, trips, round-table discussions etc. Each class meets with dozens of individuals including the President of the Republic, Prime Minister, Ministers, members of justice institutions, senior government officials, Members of Parliament, military leaders, journalists, historians, business executives, leaders from non-governmental organizations, diplomats in Tirana and high representatives of other countries visiting Tirana.

Are Fellows provided with compensation and benefits like salary and health insurance during the program year?

The AADF shall provide Fellows with a full salary package, including health and social security, for the entire year. Their remuneration is equivalent in accordance with the pay scale of the government agency where assigned. The Program provides travel allowances for domestic and international travel, equipment for the workstations (if needed), and training allowances.

Does the Fellowship provide housing during the Fellowship year?

No. Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Can Fellows receive outside income from other sources (private or public) during the program year?

LEAD Albania Fellows are considered full-time employees of the host institutions, they are part of the AADF payroll and are subject to the Albanian laws and regulations. These standards prohibit Fellows from receiving salaries or contribution from other sources.

Fellows cannot continue any outside activity that conflicts with official duties. Service on advisory boards and other types of committees are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

How are previously scheduled commitments or vacation handled during the Fellowship year?

The program year is a full-time commitment, with work, education, travel, and fellowship responsibilities. Almost all activities are mandatory. Only under special circumstances, and with approval by the Program Director, are Fellows excused from activities.

If you currently have a multitude of personal commitments, vacations, or issues, we strongly encourage you to reconsider the timing of the application. Each Fellow and the full class benefit most from full participation and engagement.

Where can I direct additional questions?

The program staff is available to provide assistance and answer questions. The staff can be reached Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM via email at leadalbania@aadf.org

Apply

Welcome!

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Class of LEAD Albania Program. The application deadline is on Wednesday, 15 March 2018, at 5:00 PM. This application is for the Program that will begin in fall 2018.

The application is submitted only online and is composed of the following sections:

1.General personal information;
2.Education background;
3.Employment history;
4.Voluntary and civic activities;
5.Contact details of minimum three recommenders (reference/recommendation letters will be requested and collected by the program management);
6.Declarations regarding security and justice clearance (i.e. whether the person has not been convicted of criminal offense or felonies, etc.);
7.Essays;
8.Explanation about the motivation to become a Fellow.

For reference and planning purposes see this sample application  To start the application process click here  (Only in Albanian)

The program staff is available to provide assistance and answer questions. The staff can be reached Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM via email at leadalbania@aadf.org

News

  • 10.08.2018

    LEAD Albania graduated Class of 2018 and welcomed the Class of 2019 – New Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Government of Albania for extending the project for another 5 years (2019 – 2024)

    LEAD Albania graduated Class of 2018 and welcomed the Class of 2019 – New Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Government of Albania for extending the project for another 5 years (2019 – 2024)

    On October 4th, LEAD Albania, the fellowship program sponsored by the AADF, organized the graduation ceremony of the current Class and welcoming of new Class that was hosted at the Prime Minister’s Office, Protocol Hall. Deputy Prime Minister, Mrs. Senida Mesi, the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Michael Granoff, members of the Board, members of the Selection Commission and Alumni, welcomed the class of 2019. A new Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Government of Albania for extending the Program for a second five years period (2019 – 2024). Selected fellows that will serve a one-year fellowship as advisers to the highest levels of Albanian government include: Oltion Pengu at Prime Minister’s Office, Eltion Meka  at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Eugena Topi at the Ministry of Finance and Economy, Oerd Bej at the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth, Besnik Maho at the Ministry of Justice, Manjola Stefani at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ermal Telha at the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Enyal Lani at the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Irola Andoni and Valbona Seranaj at the Municipality of Tirana. LEAD Albania is modeled after the White House Fellows Program and aims to become a unique and prestigious contributor to the development of future leadership in Albania. Five years from its successful implementation, the AADF approved the extension of the LEAD program to a second five-year period, budgeted at $3.2 Million and making it an overall investment of $5.7 Million.

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  • 06.21.2018

    “We are here to stay” – LEAD Alumni Event

    “We are here to stay” – LEAD Alumni Event

    Alumni of the Lead Albania Program in cooperation with the American Corner in Tirana, organized on June 20, the activity “We are here to stay”. The inspiration of the Alumni to organize the event comes from the recent interview with the Voice of America of Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of the Board of the Albanian American Development Foundation (AADF). During the interview Mr. Granoff stated that the Albanian youth is “voting with their feet”, by choosing to leave the country and that the answer to it is cooperation with a common vision. Participants shared their experiences during and after the Program, by highlighting that despite the challenges and difficulties encountered, they have chosen to stay in Albania and contribute to its development.

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  • 01.15.2018

    LEAD Albania: Call for Application

    Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF)

    For release:        January 15, 2018

    The Albanian-American Development Foundation announces the call for applications for the LEAD Albania Program 2019

    January 15, 2018, TIRANA - The Albanian-American Development Foundations opens the call for applications for the LEAD Albania Program 2019, a Program for Leadership Experience And Development designed to provide gifted young Albanian professionals with first-hand experience in the process of governing Albania and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of society through a one-year Fellowship placement attached to a top-ranking government position.

    The Call for Proposals for the LEAD Albania Program 2019 is now open until March 15, 2018. To find out more and to submit an application, please visit www.aadf.org/lead.

     

  • 10.11.2017

    LEAD Albania graduates Class of 2017 and welcomes the Class of 2018

    LEAD Albania graduates Class of 2017 and welcomes the Class of 2018

    On October 10th 2017, LEAD Albania, the fellowship program funded by the AADF, organized the graduation ceremony of the current Class and welcoming of new Class that was hosted at the Prime Ministry, Map Room. Deputy Prime Minister, Ms. Senida Mesi, the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Michael Granoff and members of the Board welcomed the class of 2017. Selected fellows who will serve a one-year fellowship as advisers to the highest levels of Albanian government are Sidrit Tako and Ardit Çami at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Jonida Burba and Nita Shala at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Esmeralda Byberi at the Municipality of Tirana, Bledar Qalliu at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Doriana Matraku at the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth, Orjola Shahaj at the Ministry of Health and Social Care, Elena Pici at Prime Minister’s Office and Elkjana Gjipali at Ministry of Culture. LEAD Albania is modeled after the White House Fellows Program and aims to become a unique and prestigious contributor to the development of future leadership in Albania.

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  • 05.29.2017

    LEAD Albania 2017 Fellows organize a charity activity at the Retirement Home in Tirana

    LEAD Albania 2017 Fellows organize a charity activity at the Retirement Home in Tirana
    In the framework of education component, LEAD Albania 2017 Fellows held on May 29, 2017, a charity activity at the Retirement Home in Tirana. With the aim of further improving the conditions of the elderly, the Fellows provided seats for the outdoor living environments, as well as a considerable number of flower vases that adorned the premises where the residents of this house spend most of their time. During the visit, Lead Albania participants talked with 54 elderly people staying in the house who welcomed the visit as well as the modest contribution. Some of the elderly said that the best gift for them is the presence of visitors in their place and the pleasure of the conversation with them. This activity aims to contribute to raising awareness for vulnerable categories as well as to enhance community engagement initiatives in Albania.
  • 05.22.2017

    LEAD Albania 2017: Study visit to EU Institutions and leadership development training, Brussels, May 15th – 19th, 2017.

    LEAD Albania 2017: Study visit to EU Institutions and leadership development training, Brussels, May 15th – 19th, 2017.

    LEAD Albania Fellows 2017 participated in the tailor-made training on leadership development that was organized within the framework of education component on May 15th to 19th 2017 in Brussels. The training was designed and delivered by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a worldwide known and highly specialized provider in leadership development programs. The training focused on developing fellows’ knowledge and skills for leadership and concluded the full training package, composed of Module 1 and coaching session that were organized in Tirana, on March 15th to 17th and April 18th to 19th. The visit was followed by a study visit on May 15th and 19th where Fellows met with officials from European Union Institutions. The agenda included a meeting with the Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Albania to the European Union and several meetings with officials from the European Commission: DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, DG for Trade, DG for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, DG Justice and Consumers, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, DG Migration and Home Affairs, and European Union External Action Services (EEAS). The meetings aimed at increasing Fellow’s knowledge about the EU and the European integration process of Albania. Fellows had the chance to exchange their views and ideas with representatives of the EU institutions and address several questions and topics for discussion.

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  • 03.27.2017

    LEAD Albania Fellows 2017 meet with Ambassador Donald Lu

    LEAD Albania Fellows 2017 met on March 24th, 2017 with H.E Mr. Donald Lu, Ambassador of the United States of America in Albania. The meeting focused on the recent political and economic developments in U.S, the relations and cooperation of the U.S with the Albanian government and countries in the region, the latest political situation and reforms in the country, as well as the role of women in leadership positions. The Fellows showed particular interest on aspects and challenges of leadership from the Ambassador’s personal perspective and experience.

  • 03.23.2017

    LEAD Albania 2017: Leadership development training on May 15th – 17th 2017

    LEAD Albania 2017: Leadership development training on May 15th – 17th 2017

    LEAD Albania Fellows 2017 participated in a tailor-made training on leadership development that was held from March 15th to 17th in Tirana. The training was designed and delivered by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a worldwide known and highly specialized provider in leadership development programs. The training focused on developing fellows’ knowledge and skills for leadership and it will be followed by the coaching session that will be held in Tirana in April and Module II that will be organized in Brussels, on May 15th – 17th 2017.

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  • 02.02.2017

    LEAD Albania 2017 Fellows meet Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade & Entrepreneurship, Mrs. Milva Ekonomi

    LEAD Albania 2017 Fellows meet Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade & Entrepreneurship, Mrs. Milva Ekonomi

    On February 1, 2017, LEAD Albania Fellows 2017 met with Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade & Entrepreneurship, including staff from the Minister’s Cabinet. The meeting focused on matters of foreign investment, trade policies, development of the tourism sector in Albania, the process of the EU integration and issues of governance and leadership from the perspective and experience of Minister Ekonomi.

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  • 11.25.2016

    LEAD Albania 2016: Meeting with AADF CO-CEOs

    LEAD Albania 2016: Meeting with AADF CO-CEOs

    The AADF Co-CEOs met with the Graduated Fellows from LEAD Albania 2016 Program to talk about their experiences during a full year in the Program and the impact that the Program has had in their professional development. The Fellows also expressed their commitment and willingness to contribute to the further development and strengthening of the LEAD Albania Alumni Network.

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Alumni

Admir Malaj – Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth

Bledar Dervishaj – Ministry of Justice

Dritan Fino – Ministry of Finance

Eduart Gjokutaj – Ministry of Finance

Elona Bano –  President’s Office

Ergis Sefa – Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth

Krislen Keri – Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure

Ledio Braho – President’s Office

Qamil Dika – Municipality of Tirana

Sokol Muça – Ministry of Education and Sport

Adanela Musaraj – Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Management

Besjona Mehmetaj (Dede) – Ministry of Education and Sport

Edmond Ahmeti – Ministry of Culture

Endri Mykaj – Prime Minister’s Office

Erton Graceni – Prime Minister’s Office

Gilbert Vigani – Municipality of Tirana

Julinda Mansaku – Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure

Sokol Bardhi – Ministry of Interior

Ujvara Ponari – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Bruxhilda Kito – Ministry of Interior

Dritan Palnikaj – Prime Minister’s Office

Ekflodia Leskaj – Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship

Enton Duro – Ministry of Finance

Gerion Dhimo – State Minister for Innovation and Public Administration

Jonila Gabrani – Ministry of Health

Klodiana Beshku – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lumturi Hoxha – Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure

Marsida Duli – Ministry of Health

Alban Lila – Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship

Soana Jaupllari – Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship

Albana Hana – Ministry of Justice

Elfrida Bino – Ministry of Energy and Industry

Sabina Juka – Ministry of European Integration

Sonila Turshilla – Ministry of European Integration

Sashenka Lleshaj – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Emiljano Kaziaj – Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth

Enkelejda Hamzaj – Municipality of Tirana

Besarta Vladi – State Minister of Innovation and Public Administration

Calendar

April

First round selection
Applicants are notified in April if they have been selected for first round interviews. If selected, they will receive a notification explaining the time and location for interviews.

May

First round interviews
First round interviews will be conducted by an AADF panel. The candidates selected for the second round of interviews with the Selection Commission will be notified of the time and location by e-mail.

June

Interviews by the Selection Commission
Candidates will be interviewed by the Selection Commission in the second round of interviews. These interviews will determine which Fellows will be recommended to the host institutions.

July

Interviews with host institutions
The finalists recommended by the Selection Commission will interview with principals at the host institutions.  Host institutions will make the final decision.

September/October

Final design of individual placements.
Fellowship year begins with an October launching ceremony.