The AADF and the Faculty of Economy of the University of Tirana hosted an Open Lecture for Undergraduate and Graduate students. AADF Chairman Mr. Michael Granoff spoke about the beginning of the Albanian-American Enterprise Fund and the impact it has had on the Albanian economy. He also discussed the establishment of the foundation and the areas where the foundation operates. He addressed impact and the criteria used to measure success (i.e. touching as many people as possible and improving the leadership of the country).
Mr. Granoff stressed that to achieve success and to remain successful all organizations that operate in dynamic environments should embrace change and innovation, while remaining loyal to the core values of their mission. He highlighted the importance of education and used the education system in the U.S.A. as an example since American students have the freedom and are encouraged to explore different fields before deciding what profession they want to pursue. Finally, Mr. Granoff said that Albania’s leaders should think of the country as a company that competes in the market for foreign investments and for tourists in order to achieve success. At the end of the lecture, a Q&A was held and students were able to directly ask Mr. Granoff questions.
AADF Chairman Michael Granoff was honored with the title Dr. Honoris Causa from the University of Tirana for “his valuable contribution to the promotion and development of sustainable models and best practices in the fields of economy, culture and education in Albania”.
The ceremony was attended by former Presidents of the Republic of Albania; the Minister of Education, Ms. Lindita Nikolla; H.E. Donald Lu, US Ambassador to Albania; Mr. Lulzim Basha, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Albania; Mr. Gent Seiko, Governor of the Central Bank of Albania; University of Tirana representatives as well as friends of the AADF.
The rector of the University of Tirana, Prof. Dr. Mynyr Koni thanked guests and along with Prof. Dr. Dhori Kule, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Prof. Sulo Hadëri, acknowledged Mr. Granoff for his contributions to Albania in the last 20+ years.
Mr. Granoff was appointed by President Clinton to the Board of the Albanian-American Enterprise Fund, a US-sponsored private sector development initiative, where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Granoff has engaged and cooperated with Albanian educational institutions in order to implement projects that provide and guarantee quality standards in curricula and teaching, he has promoted enhancing entrepreneurial skills for students in the pre-university system, as well as assisted with improving the transparency of student assessment and enhancing the quality of education in public and private universities in Albania.
Mr. Granoff has shared his experience in business and leadership with students and young entrepreneurs by participating in forums for economics and academia.
On January 25-26, the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) organized the Consultative Forum on Business and Tourism Development Areas (BID/TID).
Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata, AADF Co-CEOs and Mr. Erion Veliaj, invited as Chairman of the Association for Local Autonomy, discussed the BID/TID concept as a model for urban areas management and the support provided to the businesses operating in these areas. AADF, as the initiator and catalyst of this model, has invested in the cities of Berat, Korça, Shkodra, Kruja, Tirana, Gjirokastra and Vlora, interventions that have improved services and investments in various commercial and urban areas. Forum participants were Administrators and Local Consultants of BID/TID associations working with AADF and the Municipalities of these cities. The activity focused on experience- sharing between BID/TID, for an improved work experience; Presentation of new administrators and consultants of BID/TID associations; Understanding relevant issues and support / training needs; and Orientation on 2018 Challenges. During the second day of the meeting particular focus was on the financial and procurement procedures of the associations, as well as measurement and reporting of the project indicators, presentations held by the AADF staff. The forum concluded with common agreement on the 2018 list of specific objectives to be followed by business associations, based on the key challenges. Future meetings will be planned periodically, in order to improve local capacities, also to measure and monitor the BID/TID associations performance, according to the objectives set together. BID/TID projects are financed and coordinated by AADF and respective municipalities.
AADF staff retreat focused on working culture and team building. Combined with visits at sites of cultural, historical and tourism management models, this year’s retreat was one of the best in terms of teamwork, spirit and positive energy.
The round table discussion between the AADF’s Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Culture was held on Wednesday September 28th. After the short presentation made by the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Kumbaro and her staff, the discussions were focused on new possible future collaborations between the two institutions. Considering the ongoing projects in cultural heritage such as: the new law on cultural heritage and other infrastructural interventions in historic centers, the AADF’s Board of Trustees highlighted the need for a proactive approach and productive collaborations in terms of sustainable development models regarding cultural heritage in Albania.
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CULTURE CORPS - YOUNG CULTURAL INNOVATORS DRIVING CHANGE
This call is open to all the young cultural professionals in Albania which want to develop their entrepreneurship skills, knowledge and network in order to start up creative enterprises in the cultural sector.
Culture Corps - Young cultural innovators driving change is a new initiative of the AADF which aims to strengthen the cultural sector and to expand the possibilities for innovation and change through the power of creativity. AADF will provide young artists, managers, architects, urban planners and other creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate at the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.
The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) is a 10 year project launched by Salzburg Global Seminar to engage 50 of the world’s most dynamic young cultural innovators every year. These innovators join Salzburg for 10 “culture hubs” in 6 regions of the world to experience an opportunity in developing the vision, entrepreneurial skills, and global networks needed to advance their organizations, causes and communities. The forum also encourages inter-hub collaboration to continue the cross-cultural exchange and learning, create dynamic platforms of engagement, and to provide innovative development and support. YCI is a one week session which includes intensive face to face training, global experience exchange, and professional networking. The Young Cultural Innovators 2016 session will be held in October at; Schloss Leopoldskron Salzburg /Austria.
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