Arben MalajPresident


2005-2006, Senior Fellow at M-RCBG Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on Research on Western Balkans European integration; ( )

1986 – 1986, graduated in Finance at the Faculty of Economy at University of Tirana

 Academic carrier

2019- Doctor Honorius Cause University “Eqrem Cabej” of Gjirokastra

2016 – Professor

2002 – Prof Assoc

1997- PhD

Since 1993, part, full-time lecturer and open lecture Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia USA, and EU universities

Professional and political carrier

2021– Member of Steering committee of Trade for Peace (

December 2017 – Sept 2019- the Honorary Counsel of Austria (

2017, Honorary President of the Tirana Chamber of Commerce

2016 – 2017, Rector of Luarasi University. (

2016 -2019 Member of Supervisory Board of Bank of Albania

2016 -2017, rated as Albania’s best economist.

2015-2016, Chairman of the Economic Council of Mayor of Tirana.

2013 – Co-founded the Institute for Public Policies and Good Governance

2009 – rated the country`s best politician.

1999- 2001, Chairman of Albanian Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliament

2004-2005, Minister of Finance -Governor of Albania at the World Bank.

2002-2003, Minister of Economy

1997-1998, Minister of Finance;

1997-2013, MP&Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on

Economy and Finance.

 Experience: Good Governance, citizen budget, gender budget, PFM Reform Strategy, Fiscal Policy, and fiscal planning, Programmed Budgeting and Performance-Based Budgeting, Fiscal Decentralization and intergovernmental transfers, Tax Administration, Expenditure Management and Reporting, Budget Execution and internal control,

 Working as an expert with different donors; WB, EU governments, and NGOs in EU&USA,

Prof. Malaj has held a series of open lectures at various Albanian, regional and American universities. He has given his public contribution to media and visual media.

Married with Raimonda, they have a daughter.

Prof. Arben Malaj, during his experience, has covered important roles as Minister of Finance, Minister of Economy, Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for Economy and Finances; the Albanian Inter-Parliamentary Delegation to EU Parliament; the Albanian Parliamentary Commission and Round Table for Stability Pact in the region; the Albanian Delegation to Central European Initiative, Governor of Albania in World Bank; the EU Phare Program on SMS-s. 

Prof. Malaj served as a consultant to different donors on Good Governance; Economic growth reforms; Citizen Budget; Gender Budget, PFM&; Fiscal Policy, tax policy, green budget, etc. 

He has conducted scientific research in the Harvard University, Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, from September 2005-June 2006, in the topic of problematic (opportunities, challenges) of the process of adhesion of Western Balkans Integration in EU. 

He was a Senior Executive Programmed in the European Centre for Security, George C. Marshall Center Germany, in April 2007, for the “Enlargement of EU and OTAN”. 

He studied at the Faculty of Economy at the University of Tirana; holds Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. 

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