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.
Deputy Executive Director
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.
Enkeleda has finished her studies in literature, but also in the last 15 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.
Pezana Rexha studied architecture at The Polytechnic University of Tirana and graduated in January 2010. She has been working since she was 14 and created her first enterprise when she was 18 years old. Her life is driven between architecture and entrepreneurship. Characterized to deal with difficult tasks with social and ecological missions. In the last 2 years life brought her near Cultural Heritage. Now she is eager to put her knowledge in so many different fields (architecture, entrepreneurship, community) and to manage to create systems and solutions that can make cultural heritage thrive.
Hajredin (Dini) Baushi
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.
Finance & Administration Officer
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 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 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.
Arnold has studied Archaeology in the University of Tirana. His passion for archaeology and cultural heritage has led him in adventures and endeavors throughout Albania, Turkey and Spain. The other half of his professional career was spent volunteering and working in social inclusion projects, home and abroad. He is eager to explore creative tools and methods that can increase public engagement with cultural heritage. The blending of archaeological and social work experiences had led him to realize that: “Cultural heritage is a powerful instrument for fostering social development and inclusion, shaping identities and life-values”