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  • 11.16.2021

    BoT Chairman of AADF visits the Pyramid construction site

    BoT Chairman of AADF visits the Pyramid construction site

    The renewal of the Pyramid of Tirana is one of the most daring projects in the AADF’s almost three decades of development projects and commitment in Albania.

    On November 16th, the Pyramid construction site was visited by our Chairman of the Board, Mr. Michael D. Granoff, Co-CEO’s Mr. Martin Mata and Mr. Aleksandër Sarapuli. In the presence of the Prime Minister of Albania Mr. Edi Rama, the Mayor of Tirana Mr. Erion Veliaj presented the progress of works done so far, the architectural and technical details of the project, its landscape and the project’s timeline.

    Considered by the Prime Minister as a highly strategical project about youth, the economy, technological development, to transform this building into the largest regional center of innovation and digital technology. We look forward to the completion of this project by 2022.

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  • 11.15.2021

    A wonderful history that we should share with the world!

    A wonderful history that we should share with the world!

    Chairman of the AADF Board, Mr. Michael D. Granoff and the Minister of Culture, Elva Margariti signed today for the establishment of the Foundation “Albanian Jewish Museum”. Following the examples from the best philanthropic practices in the world, the Foundation will enable the Museum to develop a contemporary program.

    One of AADF top priorities is to keep bringing to Albania “state of the art practice” – from around the world. “Initiatives like today, together with the will of the people who work for them, will surely make the world replicate the best practices from Albania in the near future,” said Mr. Granoff during the ceremony.

    Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, a prominent academic of Jewish cultural studies who advises AADF on the museum project, conveyed for the participants the spirit on which we are building this meaningful initiative. Mrs. Felicita Jakoel congratulated on the commencement of the works on behalf of the Albanian-Jewish community in Israel.

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  • 09.24.2021

    The International Design Competition for the Albanian Jewish Museum Architectural Project is officially open

    The International Design Competition for the Albanian Jewish Museum Architectural Project is officially open

    Five international architectural studios are invited to present their proposals for a contemporary building that blends harmoniously with the historic setting of the historical center of Vlora. It will mark to the urban landscape with an architectural 21st century building.

    The international jury will select the winning proposal in December 2021. The project will be further implemented along with an inspiring museum platform which will share with the world the unique story of coexistence between Albanians and the Jewish community.

    The Competition procedure is organized by the constancy office [phase eins] in Berlin on behalf of the AADF and the Ministry of Culture.

    For more details please visit: https://www.phase1.de/projects_albanian-jewish-museum-competition_e.htm

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  • 01.26.2021

    The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Albanian Jewish Museum on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Albanian Jewish Museum on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    “At a time when the world closed its doors to Jewish people Albania extended its arm of hospitality. Even among the devastation and death, there were heroes and rescuers and this is important to teach as well” Yael Weinstock Mashbaum,Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

    Every year on January 27-th the entire world commemorates the victims of the Holocaust and reflect on human rights and dignity. On this symbolic day the Albanian-American Development Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Vlora signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the Albanian Jewish Museum project.

    The Albanian Jewish Museum is an integral part of the re-vitalization of Vlora’s Historical center project. As one of its kind in Albania and the region, this museum will serve as a cultural magnet and present the unique story of Albanians and Jews throughout the history, especially during II-nd WW. It will set a new standard for museums in Albania in terms of management, architecture, exhibition and education.

    After closing its preliminary research phase, the initiative of Albanian- American Development Foundation Albanian supported by Ministry of Culture and Vlore municipality is now in its second phase, dedicated to the architectonic and exhibition development project.

    The conceptual framework for the museum, designed by AADF together with the consultant Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett proposes the development of a 21-century museum, deeply connected to the place, to those who once lived there and to those who live there today.

    “At a time when the world closed its doors to Jewish people Albania extended its arm of hospitality. Even among the devastation and death, there were heroes and rescuers and this is important to teach as well” Yael Weinstock Mashbaum,Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

    Every year on January 27-th the entire world commemorates the victims of the Holocaust and reflect on human rights and dignity. On this symbolic day the Albanian-American Development Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Vlora signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the Albanian Jewish Museum project.

    The Albanian Jewish Museum is an integral part of the re-vitalization of Vlora’s Historical center project. As one of its kind in Albania and the region, this museum will serve as a cultural magnet and present the unique story of Albanians and Jews throughout the history, especially during II-nd WW. It will set a new standard for museums in Albania in terms of management, architecture, exhibition and education.

    After closing its preliminary research phase, the initiative of Albanian- American Development Foundation Albanian supported by Ministry of Culture and Vlore municipality is now in its second phase, dedicated to the architectonic and exhibition development project.

    The conceptual framework for the museum, designed by AADF together with the consultant Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett proposes the development of a 21-century museum, deeply connected to the place, to those who once lived there and to those who live there today.

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  • 11.19.2020

    Junior Achievement Europe awards Mr. Martin Mata with Leadership Award 2020

    Junior Achievement Europe awards Mr. Martin Mata with Leadership Award 2020

    Leadership Award 2020, is the highest recognition of leadership achievement from JA Europe and today Mr. Martin Mata, chairman of BoD of JA Albania had the privilege and honor to be the recipient of this award!

    The award acknowledges and celebrates the exemplary leadership of Mr. Mata, which has cherished the vision of JA’s ambitious strategy to have every child in Albania participate in JA activities as part of their education pathway, reaching a 100% penetration in all schools in Albania. Because of such leadership, today, JA of Albania is recognized as the largest and a leading organization in entrepreneurship and financial education in Albania.

    Congratulations to Ms. Suela Bala – CEO of JA Albania, members of BoD and each member of Junior Achievement of Albania team for the outstanding results. Their efforts and hard work are highly appreciated!

    Thank you to the Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth for being such a vital partner in this cornerstone project for the education of kids in Albania!

    AADF continues to empower young people to gain new entrepreneurial and business knowledge and own their economic success!

  • 11.19.2020

    2020 Junior Achievement Europe – General Assembly

    2020 Junior Achievement Europe – General Assembly

    The 2020 JA Europe General Assembly was planned to be organized by JA of Albania in Tirana. Due to COVID 19, the meeting is being held online and we are doing our best to make it count! We truly wished everybody could be present in beautiful Tirana!

    At AADF we say Future is Today! As we fight this pandemic and turn challenges into opportunities, we know how important business, innovative and entrepreneurial education is. We are not working to go back to normal, we will go back to better! Our resolve and promise is that we will spare no effort to make it happen. JA of Albania keep making us proud!

    Mr. Martin Mata, Co-CEO of AADF, Chairman of JA Albania Board of Directors

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  • 10.19.2020

    The interview of AADF Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Michael D. Granoff with Ms. Ilva Tare – ILVA NOW – Euronews Albania – 19 October 2020

    The interview of AADF Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Michael D. Granoff with Ms. Ilva Tare

    ILVA NOW – Euronews Albania

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  • 08.04.2020

    Albanian Jewish Museum

    The National Council of Museums and the National Council of Cultural Heritage approved the preliminary project idea for the establishment of the Albanian Jewish Museum in Vlora. A project developed by AADF in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Vlora and the Albania Jewish community, which aims to build a contemporary institution of the 21st century that will tell a unique story of coexistence, trust and hope.

    With the consultancy of Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett AADF developed a proposal that aims to be the only one of its kind in Albania and the region, that sets a new standard for museums in Albania in terms of mission, concept, architecture, management, direction, exhibition creation, storytelling, education, public programs, partnerships and community engagement.

    The Albanian Jewish Museum will be a museum deeply connected to the place, to those who have lived and those who continue to live there. A museum for all, a welcoming place, accessible not only physically but also intellectually, a place to visit for tourists, a source of pride for locals, a meeting point with their history for Albanian Jews.

    This very important first decision paves the way for the designing and development of the next phases of the museum project, that will serve as a cultural magnet, economic promoter for the area and cultural destination for tourists and the Jewish community.

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  • 07.27.2020

    U.S Ambassador Yuri Kim visits AADF

    “I am proud of what the Albanian-American Development Foundation does and how they construct and execute their projects. With its performance, AADF proves that it is possible to do business in Albania maintaining the highest standards of transparency, innovation and professionalism!” – Ambassador Yuri Kim

    AADF had the pleasure to receive a special visitor today! Ambassador Yuri Kim was briefed by the Co-CEOs Martin Mata and Aleksandër Sarapuli on the portfolio of projects, their status, their impact and importance for the bettering of lives of the Albanian citizens.

    AADF is thankful to the role and activity of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana and to Ambassador Kim in particular for her strong support and attention to the AADF. We wish her the best of success in her very important mission to advance and improve the democratic processes in Albania!

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