Staff


Florian Xhafa
Member of Board of Directors

Mr. Florian Xhafa has been a founder and senior researcher at European Movement Albania and currently is a member of our managing board. He graduated with distinction at the Law Faculty, Tirana University (1999 )  and holds a Master degree on European Studies, from Tirana University.

His work experience is linked closely with Albanian legislation in the field of Agriculture, Rural and Regional Development and its approximation with the European legislation. Mr. Xhafa has a valuable experience in public administration started since 2000, initially as a lawyer at the Ministry of Agriculture; as Coordinator, at the Council of Ministers, and also served as Head of Agriculture, Environment and Fishery Unit, at the Ministry of European Integration. He was member of negotiation team for the Stabilization and Association Agreement between Albania and European Commission, in charge for Free Movement of Goods chapter.

Mr. Xhafa has written several publications related to Agriculture, Environment and Rural development in the light of European Integration process and the implications that it could bring for Albanian trade and economy.

He speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English and Italian.

Ilir Aliaj
Member of Board of Directors

Ilir Aliaj is one of the founders of the European Movement in Albania and currently sits in the Board of Directors. He holds two Bachelor degrees from University of Tirana in Geography and Law, and a Master degree from College of Europe, in "Pre-accessing Strategies" Simon Stevin promotion.

Mr. Aliaj, is Executive Director of Centre for Development and Democratization of Institutions, a think tank based in Tirana, Albania. He has been working for eight years as a journalist in different Albanian newspapers and published several articles on access to information, European accession strategies and the role of European Court of Human Rights in shaping the constitutional order of Albania.

He speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, French and Italian.

Gledis Gjipali
Executive Director
Contact: gledis.gjipali@em-al.org

Gledis has worked for several years at the Albanian Ministry of European Integration, initially at the Approximation of Legislation Directorate, dealing exclusively with adoption of EU legislation in areas of migration, asylum, readmission, organized crime, judicial cooperation, human rights, juvenile justice, and data protection. Later he joined the Directorate of Justice and Home Affairs, Justice Sector, dealing with the reform in judiciary system, property rights and data protection.

Gledis graduated at the Law faculty at Tirana University (2004). He carried out a traineeship at the Council of Europe, Directorate General of Political Affairs (2005), where he was in charge for preparing and updating the information regarding main institutions and political situation in the countries of the South-Eastern Europe. Since 2008 he is part time lecturer of European Law at Luarasi University, Faculty of Law.

He has extensive experience in project management while serving as Program Director and later Executive Director of EMA. He has written several publications and reports in the areas of European integration, free movement of persons, regional and rural development and electoral systems. He also serves since 2009 as Albania's country analyst for Freedom House, Nation in Transit Report.

He speaks Albanian (mother tongue) English and Italian.

Mona Xhexhaj
Policy Researcher
Contact: mona.xhexhaj@em-al.org

Mona holds a degree in Political Science with particular focus on International Relations, obtained at University of New York Tirana. During her studies she had the opportunity to complete an internship at the Multilateral Relations Department, Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also, she worked part-time in Eunacal Institute as Training and Event Coordinator.

Initially an intern at EMA for several months, Mrs. Xhexhaj is now in charge of project implementation and monitoring. Her duties include conducting desk and field research, communication with local actors and the ensuring the well-functioning of EMA's daily activities. She contributes in drafting reports and publications published by the organisation.

Her fields of interests include European Union studies, international law, political philosophy, and public relations.

She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, French, Italian and German.

Nirvana Deliu
Junior Policy Researcher

Contact: nirvana.deliu@em-al.org

Nirvana holds a BA degree in Political Science and has completed a one year Master in International Relations at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.  In 2015 she graduated in a MSc in Theory of Politics from University of Tirana. During her 6-month internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania, she has published a research paper focused on Balkan cooperation during the interwar period.

Nirvana has participated in different conferences in Albania and abroad regarding the functions and organization of the main international institutions such as EU, NATO or UN. Her main fields of interest include: international relations and cooperation between Balkan countries, new social and political movements, and political philosophy.

She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English and Italian.

Sajmira Kopani
Legal Assistant
Sajmira Kopani is graduated with honours for Bachelor and Master Degree on Public Law at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Law. During the course of her studies, Sajmira has been active in Centre for Legal Civic Initiatives (CLCI NGO) and Law Clinic, by assisting in providing legal advises and contributing as junior researcher in different projects.

For a year she held the position of the Vice President of Academic Activities at the European Law Students' Association, Albania (ELSA Albania). During this year she was the Academic Coordinator of Albanian Legal Research Group on the topic: “Freedom of Expression and Protection of Journalistic Resources” a researcher on the topic “Social Rights, Austerity Measures and their Implications -The Role of the European Social Charter in Maintaining Minimum Social Standards in Countries Undergoing Austerity Measures” and also contributed in organizing and participated in several conferences, moot courts and trainings.
She is appointed as a Legal Assistant by EMA, on July 2016 and she contributes in drafting reports and publications. Currently she is also a part time teaching assistant, leading seminars at Tirana University, Faculty of Law.

Sajmira’s research interests are in European Union law and policy. She has a special interest on private international law and human rights.

Sajmira speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English and Italian.

Blerta Hoxha
Policy Researcher

Blerta has previously covered the role of researcher at the Albanian Council on Foreign Relations (ACFR), policy assistant at the Association for European Performers Organisation (AEPO-ARTIS) in Brussels, policy assistant at the European Association for Viewers Interests (EAVI) in the framework of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme in Brussels as well as intern at the Albanian Embassy to France.

Mrs. Hoxha holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and International Relations (2006), and a Master degree in International Relations and European Integration (2008) from Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. In June 2009, she completed her Master in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Her research activities and publications cover the areas of Freedom, Security and Justice in the EU, the Enlargement of the EU towards the Western Balkans, EU Telecommunication policies, and Clientela relations between the European Commission and the Civil Society.

She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, French and Italian.
Mimoza Agolli
Associate Policy Researcher

Mimoza is a key contributor to EMA's Socio-economic Dimension of European Integration Programme. She graduated in 1998 for Tourism Management, holds a master degree in Economics and Management Sciences and a Diploma of Specialized post-University Studies (D.S.P.U) from Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece. Mimoza is attending PhD studies on Quantitative Economics, at Christian-Albrecht's University, Kiel - Germany.

She has worked as researcher and trade policy analyst at Albanian Center for International Trade (ACIT) focusing on quantitative oriented research on trade policies and their economic effect. She has paid special attention to explore foreign trade developments and policy options to improve and support positive developments in Albanian International Trade flows. Furthermore, she has been research consultant for the evaluation and capacity assessment consultant for the Human Development Report 2008, UNDP.

During her work as consultant, Ms. Agolli has explored the national rural budgeting process and the economic relevance this sector has for the Albanian development. Ms. Agolli has written several publications, study reports and statistical analyzes on these issues.

She speaks Albanian (Mother tongue), English, Italian, German and Greek.

Erlir Puto
Associate Policy Researcher

Erlir is mainly giving his contribution on democracy and good governance programme. He graduated from State University of Milano-Bicocca, (Laurea Quadriennale) in July 2004. His thesis was about the Constitutional Protection of Human Rights in South East Europe Countries: From E.C.H.R. to the Charter of Fundamental Rights: The passage of East Europe Countries in a new conception of Human Rights. As a Post Degree specialization he has accomplished the Specialization School on Legal Professions, at State University of Milan (October 2004 - July 2006.) During this period he also followed an Internship at the State Advocacy at Milan District Court and an Internship at Milan District Court Bankruptcy Section.

Currently he is a Lecturer of Administrative and Constitutional Law as well as Constitutional Comparative Law at Tirana University, Faculty of Law. Erlir Puto is author of the manual "Comparative Constitutional Law", UFO Press, Tirana, 2008.

He speaks Albanian (mother tongue) Italian and English.

Evis Kopliku
Associate Policy Researcher

Evisi is involved in the socioeconomic dimension of European integration programme. She holds a bachelor and Master degree in Banking and Finance (2010) from Eastern Mediterranean University (North Cyprus). She completed her Master studies in the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) in June 2011 in the field of European Economic Studies, with a specialization in European Economic Integration and Business.

As part of her work experience, Evisi has been working as a research and teaching assistant in the department of Banking and Finance in Eastern Mediterranean University. Her research fields cover the areas of European Financial Markets, Foreign Direct Investment and European Integration, Corporate Governance in the EU, and Macroeconomic Environment in the EU. She has been awarded the third prize by the Bank of Albania, in the "Governor's Best Diploma Prize 2010" competition for her Master thesis in Banking and Finance.

She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, French, Italian, and Turkish.

Ines Stasa
Associate Policy Researcher

Ines was engaged at EMA through an internship programme implemented in cooperation with the Albanian Assembly and due to her proactive attitude and willingness, she became part of our team.  Mrs. Stasa holds a bachelor degree in Political Science, from Tirana University and is currently attending Master studies in International Relations. Since January 2011, she works at National Employment Service, which matches with her fields of interests, such as public administration and policy making.

Mrs. Stasa is author of three essay books where the last one was published in cooperation with one of the well known cartoonist in Albania; "Suspense". Several of her articles are published in national daily newspapers and news blogs such as "Shqip" and Balkan Web.

She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English and Italian.

Borana Shala
Junior Researcher

Borana Shala holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Management (2010), a Master degree in European and International studies and in European Law (2013) from University of Strasbourg in France. In June 2014, she completed her second Master in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges.

As part of her work experience, Borana has done an internship at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of European Integration in Albania and has participated in different conferences in Europe and beyond. Borana has also been working as a journalist for Dokufest (Documentary film Festival in Prizren, Kosovo) and has published different articles in the Albanian and Kosovo’s main newspapers.

She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, French and Italian.

Heraldo Panozaqi

May 2017 - Present

Heraldo Panozaqi is at the end of Master of Science for Civil Law, Faculty of Law, University of Tirana. He has finished first part of university, bachelor, with high grades.

Heraldo had been part of several trainings, such as: Wintwer school in Tushemisht, Albania, “Future Leaders”, Leadership Tournament and intern at Commissioner against discrimination.

Heraldo also has been part of leadership, as Director of Seminar and Conferences in two student’s organisations such as: Network of Excellent Students Tirana (NES) and European Law Students Association Albania (ELSA)

His major field of interest are Civil Law, Human Rights, European Union, European Law

Spoken languages are: Albanian (native language), English and Italian

 

Ina Shënplaku 

February 2017 - May 2017

Ina Shënplaku is a student in the third year in the Faculty of Law, in Tirana University. For two years now she holds the tittle “Youth Ambassador of Peace” and has been the representative of Young Lawyers in "United Union of Justice" held in 2015, in Brazil.

Ina has participated in several conferences, tranings and various organizations such as "Junior Achievement Alumni", "Aiesec Leadership Tournament", "25 years Post-Comunism", "The right of migration" and " The judicial reform and the European integration of Albania ".

Ina  lately is a member of "Elsa Albania" and continues to be part of the service community center "Balashe" and "Protection of women from violence".

Her major field interests are European Law, Business Law, Human Rights, International Relations and Migration.

She speaks Albanian(mother tongue), English and Italian.

Albi Çela

January 2017 - May 2017

Albi Çela holds a Bachelor in Law Degree from Beder University in Tirana, where he is also pursuing his postgraduate studies in a Master of Science with concentration in International Law. Albi has been a very active student during his years of studies by contributing in organising and participating in several conferences, trainings and summer schools, such as “The Individual, The Society and Sustainable Development: From Globalization to Glocalization”,European System Protection of Human Rights Summer Course”, “First National Student’s Conference”, “Anti-Corruption Symposium “Eyes to the Future: Breaking the Corruption Barrier”. For three years now, he has taken part in the PhilipC. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C and Vienna, representing Albania in the largest moot court event. Moreover, he has recently gained experience as an Interner near the Court of First Instance in Tirana for a period of two months.

His major field interests are European Law, Public International Law, International Relations and Human Rights.

He speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, Italian and Turkish.

Inva Nela

September 2016- February 2017

Inva Nela is an undergraduate student in the department of Political Science and International Relations at Epoka University. She has concluded her third semester of studies in Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, due to an exchange program. Mrs. Nela has participated in several academic and social activities such as: Activism against Women Violence , Oxford Cyber Security Training Seminars, Interactive meetings with ambassadors and other political figures, and also in different conferences such as: INTOBEPS 2 in Ankara, World Lumen Congress 2016 in Romania and CEU Undergraduate Conference in Hungary. She has previously been an intern in the NGO sector and also as an intern in the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Her main fields of interest are European Studies, European Integration, Security Studies, Human rights and Women Empowerment.

She speaks Albanian (mother tongue),English, Spanish, Turkish and Italian.

Keti Kalaja
September 2016- December 2016

Keti holds a bachelor degree in the Faculty of Law, University of Tirana and will soon pursue her studies in Master of Science in Civil Law in the University of Tirana. She is interested in European Law, International Relations and Governance. Keti has been attending conferences, meetings, workshops and seminars related to law and social development, as well as court hearings at Tirana District Court, the Court of Appeal and Administrative Court. She has contributed as a volunteer at Red Cross Albania. She has attended the Academy for Public Administration.

She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, French, Italian and Greek.

Juna Hicka
June 2016 - Present

Juna is a final year student in her Bachelor studies in Law at University of Tirana. She is currently a member of U.S Embassy Youth Council, where she has been part of many projects like serving as an independent observer at the university elections in collaboration with the Institutional Election Commission , and "Fighting Corruption in the High Educational System" with the phrase #IResistCorruption where she has been attending meetings with students to create strategies about how to fight corruption in universities. She is interested in European Law, International Relations and Human Rights. She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, Italian and Spanish.

Megi Gjoni
April 2016 - June 2016

Megi Gjoni is a final year student in her Bachelor studies in Business Administration at University of New York Tirana, after completing a year at Webster University Vienna. During her studies she completed three internships: at American Bank of Investment in Tirana, KPMG Albania -Tax Department, and Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Water Administration - European Integration and Project Development Department. Moreover, she was awarded with the first prize at Start-up Weekend Competition in Albania and Best Speaker at Money Week Debate Competition. She is interested in International Relations and Business Law. She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English and German.

Doris Hysa
April 2016 - July 2016

Doris is currently attending her Bachelor Studies, final year, in International Relations at the European University of Tirana. In 2014 she worked as a data collector/interviewer at the National Center for Social Studies (NCSS) on the project for the modernization of the Social Assistance Scheme/ Program. In 2015 she and her team were finalists in the Debate Competition organized by the Foundation for Economical Freedom. Her main interests are the arena of the International Relations, Diplomacy, the future of the EU, political conflicts and the Syrian Refugee Crisis. She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, Greek and German.

Malvina Tare
January 2016 - March 2016

Malvina holds a BA degree in Philosophy and she is recently pursuing her studies in Master of Science in Administration of Social Issues at the University of Tirana. During her studies she completed a 6 month Internship at Center of Economic and Social Studies,(CESS), where she participated in research projects on various social and economical studies. Also, she had the opportunity to participate in an internship at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania. Malvina has participated in different conferences and training programs in Albania, mostly focused on social development issues. She has been involved as well in Coalition for Free and Fair Elections and for Sustainable Democracy (CFFESD). She is interested in social development, policy analysis and human rights. Malvina speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, French and Italian.

Lorina Misku                      

April 2015- December 2015

Lorina Misku is recently pursuing her studies in Master of Science in Public Law at the University of Tirana. She is currently engaged in an Internship at Albanian School of Public Administration. She has contributed as a volunteer at Open Mind Spectrum Albania/ YHRI Foundation, and contributed as an activist at JUST project, USAID program for strengthening the justice system in Albania. Also, she participated in a training course within EU youth programs for non-formal education, protection and integrity of disabled people rights, held in Romania. She is interested in Public and Administrative law, and Human Rights field. Lorina speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English and Italian.

Dea Elmasllari
April 2015- June 2015

Dea Elmasllari is a final year student in her Bachelor studies in Political Sciences and International Relations at Epoka University. During her studies she completed two internships: in Bank Asya Headquarters, Istanbul and the other one in the Local Municipality of Pogradec, where she developed her political background related to public administration and public policies. Her main interests in her field of study are International Relations, European Foreign Affairs and European Integration. She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, Turkish, Italian and French.

Romena Qamo
January 2015 - March 2015

Romena Qamo holds a Bachelor degree in Law from University of Tirana, and since November 2013 she attends Master of Science in Public Law. Two years ago, she had successfully completed an an Internship about Innovative Business projects organized by Protik and AIDA. In the Essay Writing Competition 2014 organized by EMA, Romena’s work was selected as top 3, and she was granted the possibility to present her Essay at the Conference “Legal and Institutional Development within the framework of SAA commitments”. Two years ago, she had successfully completed an Internship about Innovative Business projects organized by Protik and AIDA.

She is interested in public law and human rights. She speaks Albanian( mother tongue),  Italian and English.

Klau Ogrenaj
January 2015 - March 2015

Klau Ogrenaj holds a Bachelor degree in Law from University of Tirana, and since November 2014 she attends Master of Science in Criminal Law. She currently volunteers at the Center for Legal and Civic Initiatives. For three years, she was Coordinator in a Youth Center in Korca, in projects funded by the Albanian government in collaboration with UNICEF.

She is interested in criminal law and human rights. She speak Albanian (mother tongue), English and Italian

Sajmira Kopani
September - December 2014

Sajmira Kopani graduated as an excellent student from Bachelor studies at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Law and by November she will attend Master of Science in Public Law. She attended a three-month internship at Ombudsman Institution at the Section of Public Administration and the Department of Citizen Claim Receptions.

During the course of her studies, Sajmira has been active in Center for Legal Civic Initiatives and Law Clinic, by assisting in providing legal advises and contributing in different projects. She is interested in international relations and human rights.Sajmira speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English and Italian.

Alba Aliaj
September - November 2014

Alba holds a bachelor degree in Law from University of Tirana and by November she will attend Master of Science in Criminal Law. During her studies she had the opportunity to complete an internship at DM Consulting Services and two Professional Internships as a Legal Assistant in a law firm and in a public notary, near Tirana District Court, Albania. She holds the position as an Officer at Department of Academic and Career Preparation at Network of Excellent Students, University of Tirana.

Her fields of interest touch upon: Criminal Law, International Security, Defense Policy, European Foreign and Security Policy, Foreign Policy Analysis, Safety Studies, Law Enforcement etc.She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English, Italian, French and Spanish.

Javier López Prol
July 2014- September 2014

Javier graduated in Business Management in the University of A Coruña (UDC) and Corvinus University of Budapest, and Law in the UDC. He holds a Master in International and Development Economics by the Complutense University of Madrid, and is currently doing a PhD in Economics in the University of Graz. He has been working at IGADI (Galician Institute for Analysis and Documentation) and at the Galician Fund for Cooperation and Solidarity. Currently he is working at the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change.

At EMA, he has carried out a research about economic convergence between Albania and the European Union, which was published in the journal "Euro Economica" in December.

He speaks Galician and Spanish (mother tongues), English and Portuguese.

Donald Tafilaj
June 2014 - August 2014

Donald Tafilaj is a bachelor graduate in the Faculty of Law, University of Tirana and currently  continuing studies in Master of Science in Public Law in the University of Tirana. He is very interested in International Relations and Human Rights. Donald have been attending several conferences and meetings of both national and international level in Albania and other countries. Within its experiences and studies, he is pursuing his dream to become a well-known actor in the International Environment. He speaks fluently Albanian, English and Italian.

Imrane Limoni
June- September 2012

Imrane holds a bachelor degree in International Relations and Politics from London Metropolitan University and a master degree in European Studies from Kings College London. During her master studies, Imrane had the opportunity to complete research covering integration towards EU and its foreign and security policy. Both, her bachelor and master degree consulted the European Foreign Policy towards the Western Balkans (in different periods of time).

Currently, she is working on her PhD proposal, with a focus on political science. Her fields of interest touch upon: European foreign and security policy towards its Eastern and South Eastern neighbours, foreign policy analysis, international security, as well as EU-China relations. She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), German and English.

Odeta Berberi
July - August 2011

Odeta holds a degree (3+2) in International Relations from Perugia University and a Master degree in Business Ethics from University of Siena. Currently she is writing her master thesis on the "right to health approach" to peace building in divided societies: the case of Kosovo in the framework of the European Regional Master in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (University of Bologna and Sarajevo joint degree).

She has completed an internship at the Human Rights Centre (University of Prishtina), focusing on research under the project "The Health Insurance in Kosovo: a denied right" and contributed in the project implementation at the NGO "Voice of Roma". Her fields of interest touch upon: Human Rights, International Relations and European Integration. She speaks Albanian (mother tongue), English and Italian.