The Fifteen Minute City / Anuela Ristani, Deputy Mayor of Tirana, day three keynote

Deputy Mayor of Tirana, Anuela Ristani, to talk about successful city transformation whilst overcoming natural disasters and a pandemic.

Part of the UDG and AoU joint Symposium ‘The Fifteen Minute City’

The AoU and UDG are delighted to welcome Anuela Ristani, Deputy Mayor of Tirana, the capital city of Albania.

Anuela will share with us the amazing transformation Tirana has undergone to make it the people-centred city it is today. This is despite dealing with and overcoming the devastation caused by two significant earth quakes within two months of each other in September and November 2019, followed closely by the Covid-19 crises.

It is an inspiring tale of a city’s focus on improving the quality of life of its citizens. 

Ph. Tirana by Patrick Müller

Anuela Ristani is the Deputy Mayor of the Albanian capital Tirana, in charge of International Affairs and Sustainable Development. She joined the City in 2015 as Chief of Staff to the Mayor, Erion Veliaj and was appointed Deputy after he was re-elected in 2019.

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 Marketing and Communications expert.

Anuela holds an MBA from both Trulaske College of Business and Columbia School of Journalism at MU and a BA from the American University in Bulgaria. Outside work she writes on sustainable economies, lectures on international marketing and global affairs and is the mother of two young children. 

Anuela Ristani will be speaking on Friday 18 September 2020 at 14:00 BST

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