Arjan Dyrmishi (
Executive Director and Founder

Arjan Dyrmishi is the Executive Director and Founder of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Governance. His experience includes both the government and non-government sectors. He has held different senior positions in the Albanian government, including the Prime Minister’s office, the Ministry of Defence, the National Intelligence Service and the State Minister for Diaspora. In the non-government sector he has written a number of publications in the field of security sector reform and governance, regional security and diplomacy, governance, democratisation and anticorruption. He has frequently appeared in the media and public events to comment and advocate on matters related to those fields.

Besnik Baka
Communications Associate

Besnik Baka graduated  in Journalism and Communication (University of Tirana) and holds two post-graduates degrees: MA in Global Journalism (Orebro University & Oslo University College) and MA in Democracy and Human Rights (University of Sarajevo & University of Bologna). He has been involved in the civil society milieu in Albania since 2008 as a researcher, public communication officer and project manager. His fields of expertise include human rights, security studies, environmental issues and democratic governance. He has been involved as a communication officer with various national and international organizations and has a long expertise in designing and implementing communication plans, long/short term communication strategies, campaigns and related Public Relations interventions.

Mirsada HALLUNAJ (
Researcher and Project Manager
Mirsada Hallunaj was graduated in Political Science from the University of Tirana and has completed a Master’s Program on Public Administration (MPA) from University of Tirana University of Nebraska. She has completed a number of international training and qualification programs in the areas of anticorruption, security, terrorism and counterterrorism, human rights, EU, and international relations. Her previous working and professional experience with civil society and other international organizations in Albania has focused mainly on projects related to public administration, anticorruption, elections and other governance matters. The respective research studies conducted in the framework of these projects have been published and presented in public events or conferences.
Geron Kamberi
Associate Researcher

Geron Kamberi is an Associate Researcher on the area of EU integration and security. In the period 2016-2019 he worked as Executive Director of National Agency for Scientific Research and Innovation – NASRI, a public body entity whose main role and responsibilities is to fund the national research projects and coordinate EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme. Mr. Kamberi hold a MA Degree in European Politics from Sussex European Institute – UK and brings extensive experience from international NGO sector working on policy issues, analytical work and project management. He has worked for a long period as Programme Coordinator at Open Society Foundation – Albania as well as Policy and Advocacy Officer of two important international NGO based in Tirana as Oxfam GB Office and World Vision Tirana and Kosova Office.  His expertise especially in EU related issues, security as well as on development and regional policy have been highly relevant in its work as associate researcher of different Albanian think – tanks. His research works has resulted to of number research policy papers written as author or co-author including several articles on EU –Albania relationships published at national daily newspapers.