Erion Veliaj

Mayor, City of Tirana, Albania

Mr. Erion Veliaj is the current mayor of Tirana, Albania. His involvement in politics followed a long engagement in civil society, international organizations and the media. In 2003, Mr. Veliaj founded the Mjaft (Enough) Movement, an organization that streamlined the activist and protest spirit of the Albanian youth, which was recognized by the UN Civil Society Award in 2004. In 2011, he joined the Socialist Party of Albania, in the capacity of the Youth and Emigration Secretary. He was elected member of the Assembly for Gjirokastra Constituency in 2013. Further, he joined the European Stability initiative, a central body for the promotion of EU enlargement. He has a Bachelor Studies in Political Studies from Grand Valley State University of Michigan, USA. Afterwards, he completed his Master's studies with focus on European Integration at Sussex University, UK.