|Minister of Defence|
September 15, 2013
Ilir Meta (Elect)
|Prime Minister||Edi Rama|
|Preceded by||Arben Imami|
|Member of Parliament|
|Prime Minister||Edi Rama
|Prefect of the County of Tirana|
|Deputy Mayor of Tirana|
|Born||11 September 1964|
|Political party||Socialist Party of Albania|
|Alma mater||University of Tirana
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, United States (MPA)[a]
University of Verona, Italy (Ph.D.)
She was born in Tirana, on 11 September 1964. She is married to Leka and they have a son, Mikel.
She received a Doctorate in Economic Science at the University of Verona, Italy, in cooperation with the University of Tirana, Economic Faculty, since 2007. She has a master degree in Public Administration from the Lincoln University in Nebraska, United States, in cooperation with University of Tirana since 2000, and also graduated from the University of Tirana, Economic Faculty, in Finance since 1986.
She entered politics in 2002, when she was appointed Deputy Mayor of the Tirana Municipality. In 2005, she was appointed Prefect of the Tirana County and in 2009 was elected Member of Parliament holding the position of Vice Chair of the Economy and Finance Committee throughout the legislature. Since 2007, she is a member of the Socialist Party leadership. She has studied in various fields such as, international markets, bond and assets, labour and investment markets, trainings on small and medium enterprises and banking management. She has participated in a programme of the U.S. State Department, “Women in Politics”, and in the “National Security Policy” programme of the Marshall European Centre for Security Studies.
- Acronym preferred by the University of Nebraska
- "Women Given Unprecedented Role In Albania Cabinet". Eurasia Review. 1 August 2013.
- Nicholas de Larrinaga (16 September 2013). "New Albanian defence minister appointed". IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. London. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
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