Mr. Gjergj Murra, the Executive Director of the Western Balkans Fund is a career diplomat from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania, where served as the Head and the Director of Regional Initiatives Department. With more than sixteen years of diplomatic experience, he is a recognized expert of multilateral diplomacy with a deep knowledge concerning regional cooperation processes in South Eastern Europe and Western Balkans.
As the Albanian National Coordinator on different regional initiatives, he is familiar with their activities, scope of work, their progress and challenges and with the practices and procedures of the Association Stabilization Process for Western Balkan countries. During his long career, Mr. Murra was Director of the Stability Pact Secretariat for Albania and a member of the Senior Review Group of the Stability Pact, which proposed its transformation into the Regional Co-operation Council. For two and half years, he worked as an expert to the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat, in Sarajevo.
Before joining the MFA, Mr. Murra had an academic career as a professor of social-psychology and sociology at the Tirana University and other high educational institutions. He holds a PhD degree in social-psychology.