Secretariat’s team is recruited through a transparent and competitive procedure by the EBRD, respecting professional standards of work. Number of Secretariat’s employees is decided by the EBRD.
Dr. Diana Leka – Head of Secretariat
Dr. Diana Leka is an expert with a long experience in trade and foreign direct investment. She has worked for over 20 years in the public and private sector as well as in projects (EU, IFC, UNDP, GIZ) focused in the areas of regional trade, FDIs, public advocacy on business competitiveness, SMEs and exports, monitoring of public policies etc. She is a licensed auditor from Moody International (2005) and a licensed European Manager of QMS from the German Institute of Quality. As an independent consultant, she delivered consultancy services in setting up quality management system (ISO, HACCP) to private and public companies as well as independent EU Evaluator contracted by EUD in Albania in relation to the evaluation of the offers for IPA 2007 on supporting SMEs to become more competitive in the EU market. She has published several articles in the Albanian print media on issues related to the investment climate in country, including challenges of the Albanian companies while integrating into the EU and regional markets, as well as incentives to investment in Albania compared to the region. She has been the national coordinator of the Albanian Investment Report (UNDP/UNCTAD, BoA, INSTAT, etc) for 2010 and 2011.
Ms. Leka holds a university degree in Economy from the University of Tirana, a Master Degree in Economy and Financial Management from the University of Aix – Marseille No. 2, France, and a PhD Degree on the “Challenges of Albanian companies in the process of EU integration” from the University of Tirana. In addition, since 1998, she has delivered lectures on Operation Management, Quality Management at public and private universities in Albania.
Following her recent experience as Adviser to the Minister of Finances 2013-2014, Ms. Leka joined the IC Secretariat as Director, leading the work on the identification of the main impediments to investment in key sectors of the economy, facilitating the consultation process with the private sector in the elaboration of main obstacles and relevant recommendations of doing business and organizing the work of the Investment Council.
Ermelinda Xhaja – Economic Expert
Ms. Ermelinda Xhaja joined the Secretariat after a seven-year experience in the OSCE Presence in Albania as National Programme Officer for Economy and Anti-corruption. She has a previous six-year experience in the Albanian Ministry of Economy dealing with strategic programming and donor coordination. Additionally, Ms. Xhaja has an academic background as assistant professor in various economic courses in Tirana and Vlora University. She holds a university degree in Business Management and a Master Degree in Economy from the University of Tirana. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Economy of the University of Tirana. As Economic Expert in the Secretariat, Ms. Xhaja will be responsible for reviewing and identifying economic and business implications of the current legal and institutional framework with a focus on private sector concerns, provide detailed analyses and practical recommendations on improving the business climate and in general fostering investments in Albania.
Elvis Zerva – Legal Expert
Mr. Elvis Zerva has 10 years of law experience in the private sector, specifically in the area of litigation, regulation, and relevant industry experience such as banking and electronic communications. Mr. Zerva holds a Bachelor Degree in Law and a LL.M in European and Constitutional Comparative Right both from the University of Tirana. Currently, he is pursuing his graduate studies for a Master in European Competition Law from the University of London. Since 2008, Mr. Zerva is member of the National Chamber of Attorneys. As part of the Secretariat, Mr. Zerva will be responsible to identify the legal aspects that impede the development of the private sector and thus investment climate in Albania, provide detailed analyses on the identified issues and practical recommendations that aim to improve the business climate in general and fostering investment (foreign and domestic).
Elisa Lula – Administrative Assistant
Ms. Elisa Lula has a 6-year work experience (2003 – 2009) in an Italian company, a leader in the European market in the mechanic industry, followed by a 5-year work experience (2009 – 2014) in the administration of international projects (EU, GIZ) with a focus on innovation, SME competitiveness and entrepreneurship. She holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages from the University of Tirana (2003), and an MBA degree with a major in Entrepreneurship from Regent University, USA (2015). In this position, Ms. Lula assists in all the administrative and logistic issues, management of IC correspondences, event management, etc.