Prof. Dr. Arben Malaj

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Prof. Dr. Arben Malaj is a member of the Supervisory Council of the Bank of Albania from December 2018. He has served previously as a member of the Supervisory Council, in the period July 2016 - November 2018.

Prof. Dr. Arben Malaj graduated in finance in 1986 from the University of Tirana. He holds the title “Professor” since February 2016.


In 2005-2006, he attended the “Senior Fellows Program” at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government Centre for Business and Government. His research focused on the economic and European integration prospects for Western Balkans. He has attended specialised postgraduate courses in European and American universities and has participated in many national and international conferences.

Over his long and rich professional career, Prof. Dr. Malaj has provided valuable contribution to both the academic and the public sector spheres.

Prof. Dr. Malaj served as Minister of Finance in 1997-1998, Minister of Economy in 2002-2003 and again Minister of Finance in 2003-2005, and as the Governor of Albania at the World Bank.

In 1997-2013, he was a Member of the Albanian Parliament, serving as a member, deputy chair and chair to the Parliamentary Committee on Economy and Finance. In 2001, he chaired the Albanian Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliament.

Prof. Dr. Malaj is co-founder and former-President of the Institute for Public Policy and Good Governance. In 2016-2017, he served as the Rector of “Luarasi” University. Over his long and rich professional career, Prof. Dr. Malaj has lectured full and part-time at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana.

He has authored a number of economic studies and has supervised many PhD students on their thesis regarding local, regional and global issues. His rich bibliography consists of scientific publications in Albania and abroad. He has co/authored a number of textbooks.

Prof. Dr. Malaj has delivered a series of open lectures in various universities in Albania, in our region and in the US.  He also contributes to the public discussion, in electronic and print media, on economic and financial matters in Albania.