The 2017 Class of LEAD Albania Fellows
Alban Lila holds an undergraduate degree in law studies. He received his Master of Law (LL.M) from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, USA. Alban completed a post-graduate program at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS in Washington DC, focusing in International Economic Development. He has been practicing law for more than 8 years and has been active in the fields of law and development. At the beginning of his career, Alban focused his work in the area of business and commercial law. He assisted international investors interested in developing enterprises in Albania and has conducted market research and risk assessments including legal aspects of their potential investments. Alban has been part of round table discussions that focused on introducing the best practices and the improvement of the legal framework and regulations. Host Institution: Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship
Soana Jaupllari has graduated in Economics and Applied Statistics, from the University of Tirana. Soana has completed a Master of Science in Economic European Studies through a joint program of the University of Tirana and University of Bamberg. She holds a PhD in Economics, in the field of International Trade, from the same university. From 2002, Soana is a full-time lecturer at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics, mainly in Microeconomics and International Economics. Soana is author and co-author of many academic papers and presentations in national and international conferences, focusing on development of trade potentials, competitiveness in different sectors, trade liberalization, etc. From 2015, Soana holds the academic tittle of Associated Professor, received from University of Tirana. Host institution: Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship.
Albana Hana holds a double degree in Law and Social Sciences from the University of Tirana and an MA in Democracy and Human Rights in Southeast Europe from the University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo. Albana is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in law at the University of Hamburg, Germany aiming to highlight the importance of procedural legal certainty and harmonization of private law, especially in Europe, in addressing the uncertainties arising in cross-cultural communications in the era of globalization and European integration. In the framework of her doctoral studies, she’s been conducting research at the University of Oxford, Cambridge, and Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg), UNIDROIT (Rome) and other renowned institutes in the areas of her research interests. During the years 2005-2012 Albana has worked at the Ministry of European Integration and has been a lecturer on social sciences at “Marin Barleti” university. She is a certified trainer for EU funds. Host institution: Ministry of Justice
Elfrida Bino graduated in 2001 as a Lawyer from the Faculty of Law, University of Tirana and holds a Master Degree on Administrative Science from Albanian University in Tirana. She has 11 years of career in public administration where she has been Head of Unit of Market Surveillance and member of EU Integration Unit in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy. In recent years Elfrida has worked as legal expert in several projects supported by EU. Recently, she worked as project coordinator at ECAT Tirana, in the framework of a National Cleaner Production Program in Albania. Meanwhile, she offers voluntarily her legal expertise in the field of nature protection for the Albanian Ornithological Society. During her experience as lawyer, Elfrida is specialized in drafting of Albanian legislation and its approximation with European legislation in the field of free movement of goods, consumer protection and environmental protection. Host Institution: Ministry of Energy and Industry.
Sabina Juka holds a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Kingston University, London. Following her studies, Sabina has interned at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2011, Sabina has developed a professional experience in the public sector and civil society in Albania. She has worked in central government agencies, such as: the Council of Ministers, under the position of local consultant at the Department of Strategy and Donor Coordination; Municipality of Tirana, as head of Projects Implementation Division in the Department of Tourism and City Promotion; and the Central Inspectorate, as inspection specialist for the implementation of the Inspection Reform as integral part of the Regulatory Reform. Since 2013, Sabina has been working for the civil society sector as a project expert at Albanian Besa Capital Foundation. Host institution: Ministry of European Integration
Sonila Turshilla holds a Bachelor and a Master degree in Social Sciences from Tirana University and has completed a Post Graduate Studies Program offered by the Department of State of USA, JFDP (Junior Fellowship Development Program) in Political Sciences and International relations at the George Washington University. She holds a degree from College of Security and International Studies in Marshall Center, Germany, and Diplomatic Studies in Clingendael College in the Netherlands. From 2006, she became part of the Albanian Foreign Ministry as a diplomat in charge of political desk of Americas Directorate. Later she joined for 6 years the Albanian Mission to EU in Brussels in charge of political dossier covering public and media relations, and following closely the Visa Liberalization process. Sonila worked as a lecturer at University of Tirana, Faculty of Social Sciences. Recently, she worked as a freelance expert on EU Affairs, Media and Communication for the public sector and intergovernmental organizations. Host institution: Ministry of European Integration
Sashenka Lleshaj received her Master of Science in Russia & East European Studies from the University of Oxford. She previously completed a BA in Political Science at the University of Tirana and a BA in International Relations at the European University of Tirana. Sashenka has completed a master-level course in Human Rights at the University of Oslo. She started her career by first joining the Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS) as a TTF Fellow through the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program. Over this period, she worked on the Western Balkans’ EU accession process as well as on Albanian citizens’ perceptions about domestic and regional issues. Sashenka has an extensive professional experience on research design and methodologies, data analysis and project management and has presented her work in international conferences and workshops. She has been engaged in research activities and consultancy with the University of Oxford, CRRC Georgia, OSFA, CFFE and EU Policy Hub in Tirana. Host institution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Emiljano Kaziaj holds a PhD in communication sciences from Ghent University, Belgium. He studied public relations for his master’s and journalism for his bachelor degree at the University of Tirana. His doctoral research investigates the role of media in the social construction of childhood and its influence in child protection systems. Throughout his experience as a researcher at Ghent University, Emiljano published several articles in international high ranked academic journals, presented papers in several international conferences on media and communication and lectured at Ghent University on qualitative methods of research in media studies. In his previous job Emiljano served as the Advocacy Manager and National Education Coordinator for World Vision. He successfully led a project on inclusive education for children with disabilities and drafted the first manual for teachers on inclusive education in Albania. Host Institution: Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth.
Enkelejda Hamzaj is currently pursuing a PhD at University of Tirana, Faculty of Social Sciences. She received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistic and Philological Studies at La Sapienza University, Italy and at the same university her master of science in Multimedia Communication and Journalism. Enkelejda has a Master of Arts in Higher Education for International Functions from the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI) in Rome, Italy. She lectured for several years at Marin Barleti University teaching journalism and cultural studies and at the same time she was the coordinator of the international office. Enkelejda has worked at Youth Act Center, a non-profit organization, responsible for international youth unit implementing various Erasmus+ projects. She has been actively involved in various volunteer initiatives in the service of the community. Enkelejda has participated in several scientific conferences and published several research articles in international scientific journals focused on issues such as public opinion and the community role in the social development. Host institution: Municipality of Tirana
Besarta Vladi holds a PhD in the field of Innovation Management from European University of Tirana. Her PhD thesis is evaluated from ‘Foundation for Economic Freedom’ with ‘Pashko Prize 2015‘. Besarta holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration (Public Administration Profile) from European University of Tirana and Aston University (Birmingham, UK). She holds a Bachelor Degree for Political Science at the University of Tirana and a Bachelor Degree for Public Relation and Communication at European University of Tirana. Her first work experience was as project manager and trainer at Kosovo Management Institute. Since 2011 Besarta works as a lecturer at the Department of Management & Marketing at the European University of Tirana. She worked as editor of ‘Economicus’ scientific Journal. Besarta is part of two important international initiatives: ‘COST’ program (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and ‘CONSUS’ project (Connecting Science – Society Collaborations for Sustainability Innovation). Host institution: State Minister of Innovation and Public Administration.