CURRICULUM VITAE                                    

 

1.       Surname:                                BALLIU

2.       Name:                                                Qemal

3.       Date and place of birth:       08 August 1960, Tirana                  

4.       Nationality:                              Albanian

5.      Civil Status:                         Married                                                     6.      Work Address:                     Business Development Foundation (BDF)

                                                   Rr. Mehmet Brocaj, No. 10/1, Tirana, Albania

                                                                    Tel. +355 4 230983, Mob: +355 69 2315268

                                                                    Fax: +355 4 234892

                                                                    E-mail: qballiu@yahoo.com, fbv@albmail.com

7.       Education:

Institutions:

Polytechnic University of Tirana

Date:

From (months/year) To (months/year)

September 1979 – June 1984

Degree:

Textile Manufacturing Technologist

 

Institutions:

University of Turin and ILO

Date:

From (months/year) To (months/year)

October 2003 – June 2004

Degree:

MA in Development Management

 

8.       Language skills (Mark 1 to 5 for competence, where 5 is the highest):

Language

Level

Passive

Spoken

Written

Albanian

Mother Tongue

5

5

5

English

TOEFL CBT 250

5

5

5

Italian

 

5

4

4

Russian

 

5

4

4

 

9.     Membership of Professional Bodies:

9.1            Member of the Business Incubator in Tirana

9.2            Member of the OECD SEE countries SME forum

9.3            Member of the OECD – LEED program

9.4            Member of the Albanian American Trade and Development Association

9.5            Member of Microcredit Campaign Association

9.6            Member of the European Council for Small Business Entrepreneurship

 10.       Other skills (e.g. computer literacy, etc.): 

              Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Translating, Interpreting, Driving, Swimming

12.     Present Position:

Executive Director of Business Development Foundation (BDF)

13.            Years of professional experience:        20 years

14.            Key qualifications:

¨         Credit in banking system organized by EBRD. Seminar organized in Tirana, Albania, 13-14 February 1995;

¨         Business trainer certified by GTZ project. Programme held in Tirana, Albania, 29 May – 23 June 1994;

¨         Participation in the study tour on SME supporting systems in Hungary and Germany and EU. Organised by EU PHARE programme in Budapest, Hungary and Bonn, Germany and Brussels, Belgium in November 1995;

¨         Business counsellor certified by UNDP program. Programme held in Bucharest, Romania, September – October 1996;

¨         Business management training organized by EOMMEX. Seminar held in Athens, Greece, 03-21 November 1997;

¨         Business management training organized by KOSGEB. Seminar held in Ankara, Turkey, 26 August – 06 September 1998;

¨         SME development issues organized by UNIDO. Seminar held in Prague, Czech Republic, 15-24 November 1998;

¨         Public Support System for the SMEs. Seminar organized by InCeP-WASME. Organised in Tel Aviv, Israel, November-December 1999;

¨         Participation at the capacity building programme ”IFC/SEED facility for the support of SMEs at SEE countries” held in Bled, Slovenia in November 2001.

¨         Participation at the workshop “Strategic Plan Development for SMEs” organised by IFC in Thesaloniki, Greece 17-21 June 2001;

¨         Business trainer certified by IFC/SEED program. Training organised in Sarajevo, Bosnia, 18-23 October 2001

¨         Training program on International Labour Standards organized by ILO in Turin, Italy, 23 September-04 October 2002

¨         Participation at the international conference “Code of SMEs finance best practices in SEE countries” held in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17-18 October 2002, organised by the Centre for Economic Development.  

¨         Participation at capacity and institutional building program for the business service centres of the Mediterranean basin organized by Mondimpresa, financed by Italian Cooperation Department in Palermo, Italy during 2002-2003

¨         Training on the job for the development of SMEs. Organized by Mondimpresa in Pesaro, Italy, November 2003

¨         Participation at 6th CEI Summit Economic Forum “Extending the benefits of EU enlargement across borders” held in Warsaw, Poland 19-21 November 2003.

¨         Participation in the research team for the study “Current state of SME sector in Albania” and the study “Investment opportunities in Albania” commissioned by EU-Phare, 1994

¨         Participation at workshops organized by OECD, UN-ECE, UNIDO, KAF on best policies for financing SMEs. Programmes held in Turkey during 1998 – 2004

¨         National expert in carrying out the study on ”Best practices on financing SMEs in SECI and CEI countries- Albania case” commissioned by UN-ECE, 1998

¨         National expert in carrying out the study on “Construction building sector study and SME pipeline development in Albania” commissioned by IFC, 2001

¨         Participation at “Expert Meeting on Good Governance for the SMEs”. Organized by UN-ECE in Geneva, Switzerland, March 2004

¨         Participation at the training course “Strategies for Local Economic Development” organised by ILO Training Centre in Turin, Italy, May 2005.

¨         National expert for the carrying out the ILO study on “Territorial Diagnosis of the Handicraft Sector in Albania, Shkodra region” April-September 2006

¨         Participation at the international conference on “Tourism and Handicraft” held in Tehran, Iran from May 13-16, 2006 organised by UNWTO and UNESCO.

¨         Participation at the international conference on “Ethics, Human Rights and Development” held in Oslo, Norway in September 13-15, 2006, organised by Oslo University, NFU and SUM. 

¨         Participation at the capacity building seminar “Building development strategies for cities and regions” held in Trento, Italy, October 23-27, 2006 organised by OECD LEED programme.

¨         Participation at the seminar “Conciliation and mediation, consensus seeking skills for third parties” held in Vlora, Albania, 13-17 November 2006, organised by ITC-ILO.

¨         Participation at 9th CEI Summit Economic Forum “Fostering reforms and innovation for sustainable growth” held in Tirana, Albania 22-23 November 2003.

¨         Participation at 8th WAIPA World Investment Conference "The new sources of FDI: Emerging Economies on the Rise" held in Geneva, Switzerland, 08-09 March 2007, organised by WAIPA and UNCTAD. 

¨         National expert for the carrying out the ILO study on “Occupational Safety ad Health Profile of Albania” December 2006-March 2007.

¨         National expert for the carrying out the ILO and IOM study on “The Increasing Impact of Migrant Remittances for generating productive activities that leading to LED in Albania" January – March 2007.

¨         Participation at the OECD Forum 2007 "Innovation, Growth and Equity" held in Paris, France 14-15 May 2007.

¨         Participation at the EU Conference "European Charter for Small Enterprises" held in Berlin, Germany 04-05 June 2007.

 

15.    Specific experience in South-East Europe:

Country

Date: from (month/year) to (month/year)

Name and brief description of the project

Greece

08/2001 – 09/2001

Provision of strategic plan and development training program for the SMEs

Bosnia

10/2001 – 11/2001

Provision of strategic plan and SMEs development training program

 

16.       Professional experience:

Date: from (month/year) to (month/year)

September 1985 – March 1994

Location

Tirana

Company / Organisation

Textile Mill

Position

Executive Director of Spinning Plant

Job Description

Overall management of the plant in manufacturing blended yarns.

Date: from (month/year) to (month/year)

April 1994 – October 1998

Location

Tirana

Company / Organisation

SME Foundation

Position

Regional Business Agencies Coordinator

Job Description

Management support, staff development, public relations, training programs for staff and SMEs owners, counselling services for the SMEs.

Date: from (month/year) to (month/year)

March 1995 – February 1996

Location

Tirana

Company / Organisation

GTZ SME Promotion Project

Position

GTZ Business Trainer

Job Description

Provision of business management training program for SMEs

Date: from (month/year) to (month/year)

November 1998 – June 2001

Location

Tirana

Company / Organisation

Small Business Foundation (SBF)

Position

Executive Director

Job Description

Managing all the activities of SBF, Implementing different SME support projects,

business training, counselling, promotion and information for SMEs

Date: from (month/year) to (month/year)

July 2001 – August 2002

Location

Tirana

Company / Organisation

IFC/SEED (Southeast Europe Enterprise Development Programme)

Position

Senior analyst and principal trainer

Job Description

Provision of training events, studies and researches for the SME community in the South-eastern European region

Date: from (month/year) to (month/year)

September 2002 – onwards

Location

Tirana

Company / Organisation

Business Development Foundation (BDF)

Position

Executive Director

Job Description

Managing all activities of SBF, implementing different SME support projects funded by different donor: EU, ILO, UNDP, GTZ, USAID, OSFA, ETF, SNV, NORAD, WB. Provision of business training, promotion, counselling and information services for SMEs.