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Ms. Valdet Sala

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valdet-salaValdete Sala activity and engagement in civil society promotion goes back to 1990, when she initiated the first independent and not politically affiliated women NGO, Refleksione. Her activity was later extended involving other players rather than only women, aiming to build a broader alliance for promoting the civil society in Albania and developing democratic practices of governance.
In early 90’s her contribution addressed and focused mainly in the civil society capacity building for creating structures independent from the state, that were pretty much absent in the Albanian society of that period. The qualifications gained during these years were mostly related to civil society promotion and development; introduction of democratic practices for citizen and public participation in the governance; policy and strategy formulation; management and implementation; women leadership. In this period, she contributed to several organizations and initiatives (President of Refleksione; Chair Board of Albanian Foundation for Civil Society; Project Leader for Women Information & Documentation Center, Counselling Center for victims of domestic violence; Founding member of Library Association; member of Editorial Boards on several publications on civil society; team member of Human Development Report (UNDP); etc.

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Ms. Sonila Salillari

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sonila sallillariSonila Salillari is an experienced licensed Project Manager with an extensive background in Capital Planning, Asset  Management and Software Engineering. Over the course of her 10 + year career she has been involved in all aspects of managing major projects throughout their life-cycle including scope, time and cost management. Her experience in capital asset management planning is mostly focused on planning and prioritizing the renewal of physical assets using life-cycle principles

She has extensive experience developing training program and related materials not only for end user but also for train the trainers and professional certification. She has also worked extensively in the areas of systems development and implementation.
Selected Project Experience

Professional Qualifications and Memberships
Certified Project Manager Professional (PMP)
from Project Management Institute (PMI)

Port Authorities NY and NJ – New York, NY - Setting up asset/structure inventory by using capital planning software methodology for Port Authorities NY and NJ. Included development of business process rules, change management and database structure for a diverse large portfolio (vertical and linear unique assets such as: bridges, tunnels, rail and tracks – over 10,000 assets and structures). 

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Ms. Delina Fico

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delinaDelina Fico was the first and only employee of the Women’s Center (now the Gender Alliance for Development Center) when it was established in August 1994. She served as the Women’s Center Coordinator until January 1997. Key accomplishments of the Women’s Center during those two years include:

Established and coordinated a network of 12-15 women’s NGOs, the first successful effort to bring to the same table people of different political leanings. The network members met regularly to exchange information and plan for joint actions.

Established and coordinated the Women’s Legal Group, with lawyers representing various members of the network. Among other initiatives, the group provided expertise to the network in reviewing and advocating for a pro-choice reproductive law in Albania.

Organized two national conferences on women and the media to highlight concerns about women’s image in the media and women journalists place in the media. 

In cooperation with UNDP, recruited and assisted in establishing the first group of advanced women trainers on gender issues, organizational and strategic development, as well as management.