Our Team

AFI has a select team of executives and experts, well versed in financial and financing instruments, with remarkable experience in market characteristics and developments, customer requirements, and adaptation and structuring of financial products.

Merita Gurabardhi

Executive Director

Merita Gurabardhi has seventeen years’ experience in the financial sector and over ten years in the banking system, having held leading positions in the corporate and small business sector at the American Bank of Albania, ProCredit Bank, and at Raiffeisen Bank, where she was Director of the Domestic Corporations Department.

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Her experience also includes senior management positions in various companies and projects. Ms. Gurabardhi graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana in Finance and Banking and completed her Master's degree in Business Administration in Zurich, Switzerland at Robert Kennedy College, in partnership with the University of Wales.

Entela Gjyzari

Head of Finance and Reporting

Entela Gjyzari has twenty years’ experience in finance and accounting, ten of which are in the banking and microfinance sector. She held important positions at the Société Générale Bank of Albania, where she headed the Department of Control and Consolidation Management. learn more

Ms. Gjyzari also headed the Finance and Operations Departments of the Albanian Association of Savings & Loan and has held key positions in the field of budgeting, reporting and financial control in the private sector.

Ms. Gjyzari is a graduate in Finance and Accounting of the University of Tirana, where she also completed her Master's degree in Finance at the Faculty of Economics.

Elvina Projko

Accounting Specialist

Elvina Projko has studied Business Administration at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana and has conducted various trainings in the field of accounting.
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Ms. Projko joined the AFI team after an eight years’ experience in the field of accounting and online tax declaration in various private-sector profile companies.

Jona Ismailaj

Risk Analyst

Jona Ismailaj joins the AFI team after a two-year-experience working for Condé Nast in London as a Management Accountant.

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Ms. Ismailaj graduated from the University of Warwick in Finance and Accounting and has a M.Sc. in Risk Management from the London School of Economics.

Elona Telha

Head of Legal

Elona Telha has fifteen years’ professional experience in the banking and energy sectors. Ms. Telha has held important positions in charge of the legal sector at Société Générale Albania Bank and was Director of the Legal Department of CEZ Albania. Ms. Telha has also run the Contract Management Team of Abkons within the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project.
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Ms. Telha graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tirana and was licensed Attorney at Law by the Albanian National Bar Association.

Amanda Çelanji

Customer Relations Manager

Amanda Çelanji joined the AFI team after nearly five years’ experience in client portfolio management.
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Ms. Çelanji graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana in Business Administration and from the Faculty of Social Sciences in Political Science, where she also completed the Master of Political Theory.

Orjada Kulla

Head of Risk Department

Orjada Kulla has five years’ experience in the field of risk management in the banking sector, starting out as a Credit Risk Analyst and then as a Portfolio and Model Manager at Credins Bank.
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Ms. Kulla is a graduate of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Bank, Insurance and Financial Markets. She has completed her Master’s degree in Banking and International Finance at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Laert Sala

Operational Manager

Mr. Sala comes from a two-year experience with Abkons, where he worked on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project. Mr. Sala has finished his studies at the University of Parma in Political Science and also holds a M.Sc. in Political Theory.

Eriselda Idrizi

Back Office Specialist

Eriselda Idrizi has five years’ experience in customer service at Raiffeisen Bank. In addition, Ms. Idrizi has been trained in banking products, bank conflict management, bank risk policies and management, sales policies and on-site implementation planning.
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Ms. Idrizi graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana in Finance and Accounting and is currently studying Law part time at Marin Barleti University.

Ana Xhoxhaj

Marketing and Sales Manager

Ana Xhoxhaj joins the AFI team after a two-year experience with Abkons, where she worked for the Reporting Department on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project.
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Ms. Xhoxhaj graduated from the Mediterranean University of Albania in Business Administration and has a M.Sc. in Finance and Banking.