The Academy are thrilled to have Deputy Mayor of Tirana, Albania, and 2021 Urbanism Awards finalist, Anuela Ristani joining us at Congress in Belfast. Anuela will wrap up our Thursday at the Ulster Museum with a practical, deliverable perspective on this year’s theme of Cities Overcoming Challenges.

Anuela is the Deputy Mayor of Tirana in charge of International Affairs and Sustainable Development. She joined the City in 2015 as the Chief of Staff, and was appointed Deputy after 2019 elections. During her work for the city she has overseen the Green City Action Plan, the Tirana Child Friendly agenda and the Resilience and Sustainability strategies.

Prior to joining local government she established the National Youth Service where she also co-founded RYCO – Regional Youth Cooperation Office with the participation of the six Western Balkan Countries. Ms. Ristani joined public service from more than a decade of experience with multinational corporations and International Organizations where she’s served as Strategic Management and Communications expert.

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