Harvard Kennedy School

October 15, 2008

Minister Ahmet Shala makes an address to Harvard Kennedy School community members and students regarding the current state and future challenges of economic development in Kosovo.

Ahmet Shala was appointed as Minister of Finance and Economy on January 9, 2008. In his capacity as Minister he is responsible for budget, treasury and revenue collection, as well as for economic and fiscal policies in Kosovo.

Before becoming the Minister of Finance, Shala was Deputy Managing Director at Kosovo Trust Agency in charge of the privatization process in Kosovo. He was responsible for directing the division for managing and privatization of Kosovo’s nearly 500 socially-owned enterprises. From 2000 to 2002 Shala was a deputy Head of the Department for Trade and Industry in charge of directing the strategy development, polices and procedures for commercialization and transformation of Socially Owned Enterprises and private sector development. For a time he was also Policy Advisor for Economic Development within Pillar IV (European Union Mission in Kosovo).

During 1990s he worked in private business in the area of education and he was the founder of “The Cambridge School”, which is one of the leading institutions for English Language Teaching (ELT). Shala has also run private commercial and production business. At the beginning of his career he worked in the Trepça Mining Company within the Foreign Trade Department.

Ahmet Shala is also distinguished for his university career. He continues to be Professor of Marketing Modeling and Statistics at the Economic Faculty of the University of Prishtina. Shala was also Lecturer for Mathematics, Statistics and Economic Modeling.
Ahmet Shala attended PhD studies for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at Vaxjo University (Sweden) and at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). He received an MBA from the University of Prishtina in 1988 and a BA in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Prishtina in 1985. In 1995, he presented his PhD thesis in Strategic Alternatives called “Economic Integration and Development of Albanian Territories and Their Integration Into Europe – A Quantitative Approach”, which was approved by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Prishtina.

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