Board of Directors

Founders and Board of Directors:

Prof. Sulejman Kodra, is the Chairman of the Board of Language Schools in Albania, and one of its founding members since 1994.  Prof. Kodra is a medical doctor and a Professor of the Faculty of Medicine at Tirana University Hospital Center for over 40 years. He is a respectful intellectual in the Albanian and European academic circle, and has continuously taken part in numerous scientific works and publications. Prof. Kodra has an important role in founding LSIA and representing it with several of our partners.  

 

Ambassador Genci Mucaj, Graduated from Tirana University in 1997, where he majored in English language and American & British Studies. While he was still a student he co-founded and became a board member and Executive Director of Language Schools in Albania (LSIA).  Since 1994, LSIA has over 23,000 students enrolled in language studies, principally English, in three countries, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. Ambassador Mucaj served as CEO of LSIA up until 2005 when he started a new career in the Albanian Foreign Service, and later was appointed as the Albanian Ambassador in the Republic of Turkey from 2013-2016.

 

 

Prof. Shpresa Qatipi Rira, is one of the founding members of Language Schools in Albania since 1994 and holds the position of National Senior Teacher in charge of academic programing. She is a Professor of English at Faculty of Foreign Languages, at Tirana University. Prof. Rira has an immense experience of over 35 years of teaching English at all levels. She is a respected individual among the community and within the education sector. Prof. Rira is considered with high professional integrity from her colleagues and has intensive expertise in participating in several academic activities on her field of studies.  She is one of certified local examiner of Cambridge ELS, in Tiana Albania.  

 

Prof. Fatmir Vrapi, is one of the founding members of Language Schools in Albania holding the position of Academic Director since 1994, he’s in charge with academic programing and examiner for the English final exams. He has over 35 years of experience in teaching, and has been the Head of the Foreign Languages Cathedra at Polytechnic University of Tirana since 2002. Prof Vrapi has published many articles, and publications, he’s well-known figure and is a greatly respected intellectual in his field of studies.

 

 

Dr. Gjergji Cico, is a board member of Language Schools in Albania holding the position of Director of Korça branch since 2002. Dr. Cico is one of the most respected intellectuals in his hometown and beyond. Dr. Cico has an extensive experience of over 40 years, as an education director, journalist, translator, and a social activist in several publications both nationally and internationally. Dr. Cico has achieved the admiration and respect of everyone who has had the honor and pleasure to work with him.            

 

Administrative Team:

Ms. Olda Cico, Started as CFO in 2013 and later she was appointed as the Managing Director at Language Schools in Albania, she currently holds this position since 2015. She has a Master in Business Management and Finance, and has a substantial experience in bookkeeping also manages financial transactions. Along with her professional career she is enthusiastically involved with other organization dealing with peace building and social justice for woman and vunerable parts of societies, in which she loves taking part.

 

Ms. Ariana Alimi, is the National Project Manager of LSIA and in charge of building a new partnerships and developing current ones into new levels. She has an extensive experience in teaching and running specific projects successfully. She has taught English in International Schools in Tirana, and as well as ESL levels. She has experience in projects and has worked in the past for Governor James Florio, in New Jersey.  Ms. Alimi used to run the Center for American and Albanian Studies at Kristal University, a think tank with notable results in searching, exploring and finding out new facts of our historic relations between the two nations. She holds a degree in International Business from Pace University, Manhattan, New York.

 

Mr. Shpetim Drymishi, is a film editor, anchor, and actor, social activist with generations of working career and a founding member of LSIA in Berat, one of our largest schools since 1999. He is one the most proactive member of our staff who has change the philosophy of schooling through art. He’s a treasurable and appreciated individual among friends and colleagues and represents a high standard of ethics in teaching methodology.       

 

Mr. Indrit Balliu, is one of LSIA first administrative staff since 1994, he was the office manager for one of our schools located in Shijak, Durres since 2006. He returned as our staff, after almost 10 years of extensive career as social activist for human rights and democracy, SG of the Union of Civil Society in Albania and has recently assumed the position of Networking and Office Manager at the LSIA Durres since 2016. Mr. Balliu has substantial experience in management and holds a much respected position within his colleagues in the community.  Mr. Balliu is an educator and a humanitarian with successful experience in the profession areas for which he holds and masters those skills. He is recognized as a reliable confident and trusted professional throughout all of his endeavors.

 

 

Mr. Heraldo Bogdani, is the Office Manager LSIA Tirana since 2016, with a stable experience in management who has worked in few international companies. He assures that the school is running properly and is also in charge with the marketing aspect and reaching out to new students and as well as taking care of the current ones.  Public relation and management is Mr. Bogdani’s field of expertise, he takes care of the social media portals such as Facebook and Instagram accounts which are followed by thousands of followers.

Senior Teachers:    

Mrs. Shqipe Picori, one of our Senior Teachers and a founding members of Language Schools in sea side city of Durres. Mrs. Picori is a respected professional with generation of teaching experience in the Durres region. She is known and admired by the community and respected by her students and colleagues.  She is one the first teachers experimenting with success the FCE, furthermore Mrs. Picori implemented the First Certificate in English, following the methods from Oxford University Press, which later became a general practice in the LSIA teaching program.    

 

 

Prof. Lek Ndoci, is one of our Senior Teachers and a founding member of one our schools in Fushe Arrez, he’s a well-known and a much respected teacher in the northern part of the Albania.   Prof. Ndoci has left a great impact and changed the lives of several students in the northern area and has achieved the highest scores with LSIA students nationally. He is an icon of teaching in his home town and a renowned intellectual. He has participated in several of LSIA training programs in Albania and United Kingdom and is a leader of many students groups nationally. 

 

 

Mrs. Bardha Bullari, one of our Senior Teachers and also a founding member of Language Schools in city of Kuçova. Mrs.Bardha is a respected professional with an extended generation of teaching experience in her hometown; she is known and admired by her students and colleagues.  She was the director of Education Department in her region with remarkable results in her leadership. She is one of the precise authorities in the field of education with an experience of over 35 years, in both teaching and as an activist for social justice and equal education for everyone. She has participated in several of LSIA training programs in Albania and United Kingdom and is a leader of many students groups who often travelling to United Kingdom.

 

Mrs. Leti Dika, is one of our Senior Teachers and a founding members of Language Schools in lake side city of Struga Macedonia . Senior teacher Leti is a respected professional with a long of teaching experience in her town. She is known and admired by her students and colleagues and has achieved remarkable results in her region. She is an authority in the field of education with an experience of over 28 years of both teaching and activist for social justice and right of education for everyone. She has participated in several of LSIA training programs in Albania and United Kingdom and leader of many students groups travelling to United Kingdom.        

 

Mrs. Diana Koxha, is one of the Senior Teachers of Language Shools in Tirana. Mrs. Koxha is a respected professional with an extended generation of teaching experience in her hometown Korca where she started her career as an English teacher. She has experience in teaching for over 34 years. Mrs. Koxha has been teaching English in different schools in the country before settling herself with Language Schools for more then 10 years now.   

 


Ms. Ermelinda Hoxhalli, Graduated with an English Degree from “Fan Noli” University, Korce in 2002. She worked as a translator and social worker at the Swiss Foundation "Terre des Hommes" in 2002-2006.  Ms. Hoxhalli taught English in different schools in the cityof Korca. She currently holds a position as deputy director of Middle School "Sotir Gurra", in Korca. Ermelinda Hoxhalli is a respected teacher amonge colleagues and students as well as an activist for equal rights education for everyone. After an experience of seven-years as an professor at Fan Noli University, Korce Ms. Hoxhalli started working as English language teacher at LSIA, Korce since 2008, position which she successfully still holds today.