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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.

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 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.

Alumni

Fellows are currently conceptualizing the structure for the Alumni network which will promote LEAD Albania in the years ahead.

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.

The online application for the LEAD Albania Program are now closed. The applications for the class of 2018 of LEAD Albania will go live on January 15, 2017 on the AADF website and must be submitted by March 15, 2017 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.

 

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.

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 application will go live on January 15, 2017 on the AADF website and must be submitted by March 15, 2017 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

Thank you for your interest in LEAD Albania Program. The application period for the class of 2017 is closed. Applications for the class of 2018 of LEAD Albania Program will begin on January 15, 2017 and will end on March 15th, 2017, at 5 pm.

News

  • 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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  • 10.31.2016

    LEAD Albania 2017: Workshop on “Public Administration and the Role of Advisors”, 23 – 29 October 2016

    LEAD Albania 2017: Workshop on “Public Administration and the Role of Advisors”, 23 – 29 October 2016
    In the framework of the education component, LEAD Albania Fellows of 2017, participated in the workshop on “Introduction to Public Administration and the Role of the Advisors” that was organized by the AADF in cooperation with Futuré Center, Dardhë, Korça, from October 23rd until 29th 2016. The Fellows acquired knowledge on the legal basis, organization and functioning of the Albanian public administration, communication, negotiation, event management and time management, as well as on diplomatic protocol and business etiquette. The training aimed to develop participants’ knowledge and skills on public administration and the role of advisers, and it was delivered through theoretical sessions and interactive exercises. The workshop also served as a teambuilding activity for the Fellows. During this period, the Fellows also visited the Korça Bazaar.
  • 09.27.2016

    LEAD Albania graduated Class of 2016 and welcomed the Class of 2017

    LEAD Albania graduated Class of 2016 and welcomed the Class of 2017
    On September 27th, 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 Ministry, Map Room. Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Niko Peleshi, the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Michael Granoff and members of the Board welcomed the class of 2017. Selected fellows which will serve a one-year fellowship as advisers to the highest levels of Albanian government include Alban Lila and Soana Jaupllari at the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Albana Hana at the Minisry of Justice, Elfrida Bino at the Ministry of Energy and Industry, Sabina Juka and Sonila Turshilla at the Ministry of European Integration, Sashenka Lleshaj at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Emiljano Kaziaj at the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, Besarta Vladi at the State Minister for Innovation and Public Administration and Enkelejda Hamzaj 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.
  • 08.04.2016

    LEAD Albania 2016: Study visit to EU Institutions and leadership development training, Brussels, July 11 – 15, 2016

    LEAD Albania 2016: Study visit to EU Institutions and leadership development training, Brussels, July 11 – 15, 2016

    LEAD Albania Fellows 2016 participated in a study visit on July 11th and 12th that was organized within the framework of education component, where Fellows met with officials from European Union Institutions. The agenda included meetings with officials from the European Parliament: DG for External Policies of the Union and Members of the European Parliament, Ms. Elly Schlein, first Vice-Chair of the EP Delegation to the EU-Albania SAPC and Mr. Knut Fleckenstein, standing rapporteur for Albania. The agenda also included several Directorates-General of European Commission: DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, DG Justice and Consumers, DG Trade and DG Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. 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. The visit was followed by a tailor-made training on leadership development on July 13th to 15th 2016 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 April 25th to 27th and May 31st to June 1st.

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  • 06.04.2016

    LEAD Albania Alumni event on Cultural Heritage

    LEAD Albania Alumni event on Cultural Heritage

    LEAD Albania Alumni, the Albanian-American Foundation (AADF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, organized on June 4, 2016, at the National Museum of Photography “MARUBI” in Shkodra, the conference “’CULTURE HERITAGE – A TOOL FOR DEVELOPMENT’, ‘Revitalization of Historical Centers and the Impact in the Sustainable Social and Economic Development’, ‘Public – Private Partnership in Cultural Heritage’”. Attending the event were Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of the Board at AADF, Ms. Mirela Kumbaro, Minister of Culture, Ms. Romana Vlahutin, Head of the EU Delegation in Albania, Ms. Voltana Ademi, Mayor of Shkodra, participants of the “LEAD Albania 2016,” friends of the program, as well as experts in the field of cultural heritage.

    The event focused on the revitalization of historic centers and the impact on sustainable economic development and social and public-private partnerships in cultural heritage. Ms. Kumbaro, Mr. Granoff and Ms. Vlahutin supported the idea that culture and cultural heritage cannot be subjects only to visits and entertainment, but can be a source of economic development. The Mayor of Shkodra, Ms. Voltana Ademi emphasized the important role of Shkodra as a city with cultural traditions and the significance of continuing such partnerships.

    Alumni members and LEAD Albania Fellows moderated the activity and addressed various issues related to the topic of viewing cultural heritage as a tool for development. The LEAD Albania Program is an AADF initiative for the development of leadership in Albania.

     

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  • 04.21.2016

    LEAD Albania Fellows and Alumni meet with Minister of Finance, Mr. Arben Ahmetaj

    LEAD Albania Fellows and Alumni meet with Minister of Finance, Mr. Arben Ahmetaj

    On April 21, 2016, LEAD Albania Fellows 2016 and LEAD Albania Alumni met with Minister of Finance, Mr. Arben Ahmetaj, including Staff from the Minister’s Cabinet and the Ministry of Finance. The meeting focused on matters of public finance, current developments in Albania, and issues of governance and leadership from the perspective and experience of Minister Ahmetaj.

     

  • 03.09.2016

    LEAD Albania Fellows 2016 meet with Ambassador Donald Lu

    LEAD Albania Fellows met with H.E Mr. Donald Lu, Ambassador of the United States of America in Albania. The meeting focused on the recent reforms in the country, the relations and cooperation of the U.S with the Albanian government, and the latest political and economic developments in Albania. The Fellows showed particular interest in the experiences and challenges of leadership from the Ambassador’s personal perspective and the Ambassador’s view on the engagement of women in leadership and strengthening their role in decision-making.

  • 02.19.2016

    LEAD Albania Alumni Program, “Justice System Reform and Social Justice” event

    LEAD Albania Alumni Program, “Justice System Reform and Social Justice” event

    In the framework of the World Day of Social Justice, LEAD Albania Alumni organized the “Justice System Reform and Social Justice” event, which was supported by the Ministry of Justice. Invitees included Minister of Justice, Ylli Manjani; US Deputy Ambassador, Mr. David Muniz, AADF Co-CEO, Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli, LEAD Albania fellows and alumni, supporters of LEAD Albania, as well as other experts from the legal field and academia.

    During his speech, Deputy US Ambassador, Mr. Muniz congratulated the AADF for the creation of the “LEAD Albania” program- a development initiative for leadership experience in Albania and praised the Albania LEAD Alumni participants for this activity, encouraging them to continue to contribute to judicial reform, so that the latter is implemented accordingly. Minister Manjani also thanked the alumni for the initiative and thanked AADF for their in the selection of such professionals, who are making an important contribution to public institutions and Albanian society. Minister Manjani said he was willing to support LEAD Albania in all future endeavors.

    Members of the LEAD Albania alumni moderated the event and spoke about various issues related to judicial reform, as well as the importance of a code for minors, quality and enforcement of legislation to strengthen the rule of law, administration of justice and social justice, the principles of social justice and implementation and read a quote from President George Washington.

    The LEAD Albania program is an AADF initiative for the development of leadership in Albania, which supports the development and strengthening of the Alumni Network.

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  • 02.15.2016

    LEAD Albania Program on Dite e Re, Ora News

    We invite you to watch the LEAD Albania Program Interview featuring Denada Kakeli, LEAD Albania Project Coordinator, Ujvara Ponari, LEAD Alumni Coordinator, Klodiana Beshku, LEAD Albania Class of 2016 on Dite e Re, Ora News.

  • 02.05.2016

    AADF Co-CEO Mr. Martin Mata interview with Endri Xhafo on LEAD Albania program

    The AADF Co-CEO, Mr. Martin Mata interview at ABC News with Endri Xhafo about LEAD Albania program.

Alumni

Fellows are currently conceptualizing the structure for the Alumni network which will promote LEAD Albania in the years ahead.

Calendar

March/April

First round selection
Applicants are notified in March/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.