Our Team

Elena Mamani

Executive Director
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Elena is an architect by profession, dealing with cultural heritage aspects since 2009. She has been closely involved in different activities that CHwB has undertaken in Albania, working with conservation and regional training.
I believe that I change things for the better, inspired by our heritage. There are no impossible achievements – all you need is to try, try, and try again.

Mirian Bllaci

Deputy Executive Director
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I am passionate about heritage, which for me is a burgeoning creative force internationally. The term “heritage” usually conjures up images of artifacts, monuments, museums. But it is much more than that: it is also about identity, social cohesion & innovation, and a solidary and just economy.  As such, and if dealt with in the right way, it can have a massive impact on society. This is precisely the scope of my work: make sure that heritage is elevated and remains at the forefront of much societal development and change.

Nedi Petri

Program Staff
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Nedi is an architect working in the cultural heritage field. He is mainly involved in architectural restoration/conservation and community involvement.
I think that I have all the reasons to believe that we can learn so much from the past for building a better future… if we only had a little patience… and try to really listen, even just for a moment, what “the others” (from the past or present) have to say.

Anisa Mano

Program Staff
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Anisa has finished her study in Political Science and is earning a Masters in Urban Social Development.
I believe that, as every problem has a solution, so does the preservation of cultural heritage. It is important to make the right choice, and there is no better way than if the solution comes from the combination of ideas and work in the community.

Enkeleda Roze

Finance/Administration
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Enkeleda has finished her studies in literature, but also in the last 10 years she is involved in the work of different organizations in the field of cultural heritage. Gjirokastra architecture and its impact on tourism development in the city constitute the main interests in her work.
I think that we should not forget the beauty of the values that the past gave us, but we should protect and provide them to the next generation.

Ana Pekmezi

Coordinator
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Ana is a young architect, a dream profession she had as a child. Since before she graduated, her main focus is in the cultural heritage and collective memory.

Guided by a passionate curiosity and a constant desire to learn, she has also experimented with Graphic Design and Photography.

Hajredin (Dini) Baushi

Logistics Officer

Dini is a professional driver, with his license since 1981, covering every category except motorcycles. He is the most capable driver and the one with the best sense of humor. Calm and respectful, he is our oasis of peace when coming back from field trips or inspection of monuments. There is no road that Dini would not take for cultural heritage.

Melinda Maliqati

Finance & Administration Officer

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Melinda finished her  studies in business administration and since then she has been working mostly with NGO-s active in the fields of human rights, economic development and culture.
I think that culture heritage reflect values, beliefs and aspirations, thereby defining a people’s national identity. It is important to preserve our cultural heritage, because it keeps our integrity as a people.”

 

Stavri Burda

Program architect
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Stavri is an architect specialized in structural analysis of historical constructions. He is passionate about urban revitalization and conservation of older properties that contribute to the historical context of communities. He believes that sustainable and ethical administration is a necessity that should be applied to all types of historical structures.

Jora Kasapi

Program architect
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Jora is an architect who graduated in Architecture and Sustainability. Led by the motto ‘The most sustainable building is the one that already exists’, she has been advocating for cultural heritage and city’s identity preservation. She sees the future of the built realm through the revitalization and therefore revalorization of the existing historic and cultural heritage assets, as a more innovative and ethical approach to architecture.

 

Chartier Amélie

Intern
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”I am currently completing my Erasmus Mundus master’s degree DYCLAM+ (Dynamics of cultural landscapes, Heritage, memory & conflictualities), and I am doing my final internship with CHwB Albania. Originally from France, I travelled during my studies and had the opportunity to visit Albania and the Balkans, a region that moved me thanks to its natural landscapes and that transported me culturally and historically through its divers and valuable cultural heritage. I am therefore happy to share and learn from an organization that works for its preservation and understanding, placing communities and dialogue at the heart of its projects.”